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     Theo Galavan 
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Played By: James Frain

A billionaire newly arrived at Gotham City. He has plans for the city that will cause the rise of several villains.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Azrael was more of an Anti-Hero instead of a psychotic Serial Killer.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He tries to Face Death with Dignity, but Oswald's beatings ultimately gets desperate enough to beg for a Mercy Kill.
  • Asshole Victim: Halfway through Season 2, Gordon and Penguin are fed up with his Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! and Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, and decide on a long and brutal Vigilante Execution — to the point where he's actually begging to die faster.
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of "Pinewood", thanks to Hugo Strange. As with Mr. Freeze, his dead body was supposed to have been burnt, but Strange just happened to be running a resurrection program and chooses him to be his working prototype.
  • Big Bad: For the first half of Season 2.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: It's strongly implied that he and his sister Tabitha are lovers, with Tabitha referring to him as a "monster in the sack" in "The Last Laugh".
  • Came Back Strong: His resurrection as Azrael makes him super-strong and super-fast, and can survive being repeatedly shot at and falling from a roof.
  • Came Back Wrong: On the other hand, it does a number on his psyche, which latches onto the Order of St. Dumas' religious teachings rather than his actual identity. Strange uses this to manipulate Galavan into believing he is a 12th century knight.
  • Canon Character All Along: While he's still a completely new character made specifically for the show, he eventually becomes the show's version of Azrael in Wrath of the Villains.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: His first death. He is beaten by Penguin so badly that he begs for a Mercy Kill. Gordon then shoots him in the guy but that doesn't seem to kill him so Penguin decides to choke him to death by shoving his umbrella down his throat.
  • The Chessmaster: He organized the Arkham breakout, used Jerome and company to cause mass panic throughout the city, killed Jerome to make himself look like a hero so he could run for mayor, and blackmailed Cobblepot to murder his political rivals. He is even smart enough to have Cobblepot to pretend to try to kill him so he wouldn't be suspected of murdering them.
  • Composite Character: Galavan's family history has elements of Jean-Paul Valley (connection to the Order of St Dumas) and Zachary Gate from Gates of Gotham (vengeful descendant of a forgotten Gotham founding family). His plan to use Penguin to secure a victory for Mayor, is reminiscent of Max Schreck.
  • Darth Vader Clone: When he becomes Azrael, he wears heavy black leather, black armor, and speaks in a distorted voice while wielding a blade.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After being the Big Bad for the first half of season 2, he is manipulated into being an Elite Mook for Hugo Strange after being brought back in the second half as Azrael. Even when he goes off the rails later he's more of a Villain of the Week rather than a major Arc Villain.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. His whole evil plan is about avenging his family's honor but he has no personal love for his sister or niece. He also wounds his sister for leaving him at Gordon's mercy.
    • A perhaps more straight example could be his greeting Father Creel like an old friend, caring about his words and later dismissing Gordon's claim that the Order of Saint Dumas worked for him, by calling them his family's friends and protectors.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A very weak and downplayed case, but Theo was visibly and at least on an instinctive level, disgusted by Tabitha tearing Bunderslaw's eye off.
  • Evil Is Petty: He kidnaps Penguin's mother to force him to do his bidding and then later kills her.
    • The Waynes accused his ancestor of attempted rape 200 years ago and removed the family name from the city records, so the honor of a man his grandfather never met has to be avenged with a lot of murder.
  • Expy:
    • To the Batman Returns version of Penguin. An outcast from a wealthy family who suddenly returns to Gotham and plans to take it over by attracting enough good publicity to run for Mayor of Gotham, hires a bunch of freaks to do his dirty work, accelerates his plans at top speed after his "hero" facade shatters... ironically, he and this continuity's Penguin are sworn enemies thanks to a rather personal issue.
    • In Wrath of the Villains, he is one to Jean Paul-Valley, the original Azrael in the comics.
  • False Friend: He's pretending to be friends with Bruce Wayne, but obviously hides sinister motives underneath.
  • Fatal Flaw: He usually improvises if a plan goes wrong but doesn't plan ahead in the case that his sister would betray him for threatening his step-niece.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Speaks in a fairly polite manner, and is unrepentant about the chaos he's planning to cause.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Unlike the villains of the first season, who wore their motivations on their sleeves, the audience is completely in the dark about what he wants. It's revealed in "Scarification" that he is a member of the Dumas family, and is seeking revenge for a slight by the Wayne family.
  • Hidden Badass: While he usually leaves the fighting to his underlings, he is in fact more than capable in hand-to-hand combat (as Gordon learns the hard way in "The Son of Gotham"). This foreshadows his return as Azrael.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets arrested because Barbara, the tool he wanted to use to kill Gordon, gives the police vital information against him.
    • He stabbed his sister, giving her lover Butch a motive to ally with Penguin to kill him for good.
  • Hypocrite: Wants to avenge his family against the Waynes, but has no qualms about ruining other families (such as when he abducts-and eventually kills-Penguin's mother) in the process.
  • Ironic Name: After his resurrection, he is dubbed Azrael, the Redeemed One.
  • It's Personal: According to him, his family built Gotham including the very foundations upon which the city rests but they were cheated out of their credit. Now he's back wanting revenge.
  • Killed Off for Real: Penguin and Butch blow him up with an RPG after the former threatens to shove his umbrella in a different part of him this time around.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: According to Bullock, he's supposed to be a pile of ashes, not a supervillainous ninja who had just put Captain Barnes in critical condition. Later in "Unleashed", he actually does meet a fiery end—albeit not in an incinerator, but at the hands of an RPG-wielding mobster.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Fueling speculation of who he is, whatever he did to Zaardan either involved very precise chemistry and technology, or was outright magical.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Nice job killing Penguin's mother to punish him for trying to take matters into his own hands — despite him only doing so because you refused the pragmatic alternative of simply releasing her and possibly keeping him as an (uneasy) ally! Now not only is he out for your blood, but he also ruins your Villain with Good Publicity act in front of Jim and Bullock!
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Done subtly in "Mommy's Little Monster" when Penguin tells him he comes from "a long line of cowards". This comes back to bite him in the ass several times over.
  • Not Enough to Bury: The second time around he gets shot at point blank range with a bazooka and his body is completely disintegrated.
  • Obviously Evil: He's such a Smug Snake and his good reputation is built entirely on events that would be Contrived Coincidence even if we didn't already know he staged them.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • He has this reaction when Gordon reveals that he knows that he had Penguin's mother killed.
    • And again when Penguin shows up at Wayne Manor to save Bruce, Jim and Alfred.
    Galavan: Ooooh.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before his sister ices Sionis, after the latter had just asked Barbara to accompany him: "She doesn't want to go where you're going."
  • Reality Ensues: Even as the nigh-invulnerable Azrael, he can still be blown to pieces by an RPG, and as Alfred notes in "Anything for You", the mess that ensues ends up being quite the cleanup job for the Wayne family's gardener.
  • Revenge by Proxy: "Scarification" reveals that his family, formerly a ruling family in Gotham, was removed from the records by the Waynes after Caleb Dumas, his ancestor, was accused of raping Celestine Wayne. Centuries later, Theo orders a series of arson attacks on Wayne buildings, and seeks to kill Bruce, who most likely had never heard of the Dumas.
  • Revenge Myopia: The Waynes were the ones who destroyed his family two centuries ago, but he sees nothing wrong with unleashing untold suffering upon the people of Gotham who had absolutely nothing to do with the original feud.
  • Smug Snake: He tends to torture high profile people like senators and Mayor James in person. It bites him the back because James' testimony is what allows Gordon to arrest him.
  • The Sociopath: He has no problem plotting the murder of a child and doesn't even care about his own immediate family, even threatening to kill Tabitha and Silver on different occasions.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: He ends up blown to pieces by Butch's RPG.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he's already proven to be quite the badass when he takes down Gordon in a fight, he becomes an even bigger threat once he becomes Azrael in Season 2B.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: An interesting case in that while Theo's plan involving the Maniax did involve murder and chaos, no one could have had any idea that his actions would indirectly bring about the worst monster that Gotham would ever see.
  • Villain Ball: When he decides to kill Penguin himself, instead of shooting him on the spot he decides to give him an Any Last Words? moment which allowed Penguin to slash his throat and then escape.
    • In the Season 2 Fall finale, after getting apprehended, Gallavan decides to taunt Gordon on the fact that he will most likely get out of jail again quickly. Gordon decides to kill him knowing this fact.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Even though he's only recently arrived to Gotham, he is already well regarded enough to stand in for the Mayor in public events. But nobody knows he is secretly a villain. He even stages himself to be a hero, by "saving" the city in killing Jerome to make him appear to be the hero.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His ultimate plan is to kill Bruce Wayne and he has absolutely no problem threatening the same to Silver.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Sionis rejects his proposal Theo wastes no time ordering Tabitha to kill him in a most gruesome way. The same goes for Jerome, whom he killed to make himself look to be a hero.

     Tabitha Galavan 
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    Barbara Kean 

Barbara Kean

See Gotham - Criminal Groups

     Jerome Valeska 

    Aaron Helzinger 

Aaron Helzinger

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Played By: Stink Fisher

An Arkham patient and former member of the Maniax.


  • The Big Guy: He towers over the other members of the Maniax.
  • The Brute: He's the one who lifts the bodies of the shipyard workers over the ledge to throw them off the roof. He's also able to dish out a savage beating to Gordon without sustaining so much as a scratch.
  • Dumb Muscle: There's a trend with these tropes... Barbara chooses him to be her "friend" in Arkham because he's easily the biggest guy there and could protect her from harm. He also falls for her charms relatively easily.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: When he sees Oswald has ice cream and no one else does, he doesn't take it well.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Like Amygdala in the comics, he has the mind of a child. He also killed his whole family with his bare hands.
  • Sole Survivor: Aside from Barbara, he's the only one of the six inmates that Galavan broke out of Arkham who's not dead.

    Silver St. Cloud 

Silver St. Cloud

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Played By: Natalie Alyn Lind

Theo Galavan's niece and ward.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, she is a good person, but on the show she's a willing accomplice of the Galavans. She has a change of heart in the Winter Finale.
  • Arch-Enemy: She's become a major enemy towards Selina.
  • Becoming the Mask: Seeing Bruce willingly risk his own life to save hers in exchange even after her various emotional manipulations, Silver comes to care for him during the Season 2 winter finale, this time for real.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: She thinks that she's a chessmaster like her uncle, but Selina proves that she's not as capable at being a villain as she thinks she is.
  • Birds of a Feather: Invoked by Galavan. Silver is a socialite in the making who comes from a wealthy, high-class family like Bruce, and both have yet to acclimate to Anders Preps for similar reasons (he's been predominantly homeschooled, she was studying abroad in Geneva for two years). A good impression in their first few meetings and Bruce is instantly hooked.
    Silver (on being the new kid at school): "Then we shall brave it together."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems like a convincing Nice Girl around Bruce, but alone with her aunt and uncle or with Selina, she shows her true colors.
  • Break the Haughty: Selina hires a fake hitman to submit her to torture in order to get information out her that would help Bruce. After realizing she's been outsmarted by Bruce and Selina, they point out how pathetic of a villain she was. She breaks down crying out Bruce's name after he severs his ties with her for good.
  • Broken Pedestal: She becomes this to Bruce. He reveals that he truly did love her, but after listening to Selina, he learns of her dark side.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She was last seen escaping a building with Tabitha, then never again afterwards.
  • Dark Chick: A secondary one within Galavan's inner circle, she's nonetheless an instrumental tool in his plans to wrestle control of Wayne Enterprises away from Bruce and the current board members as part of his greater scheme to take over Gotham.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She never knew that Bruce and Selina were smart enough to trick her into giving them information and uncovering her villainy.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Selina. Both are young girls with an interest in Bruce Wayne; but while Selina is a Loveable Rogue who cares for Bruce, Silver is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who manipulates Bruce for her uncle's gain.
  • False Friend: She's acting as a friendly girl with a crush on Bruce, but is really toying with his emotions.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As we see in her "girl talk" with Selina, she nonchalantly threatens to kill her if she interferes in her plans for Bruce.
  • Fille Fatale: She's sent by her uncle to seduce Bruce.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After trying to fake one doesn't get Bruce's trust, she simply tells him the truth, that her uncle will cut her off or kill her if she doesn't get a kiss from him. Bruce plays along when Theo shows up to save her, and Silver is so touched that she interrupts the ceremony to kill Bruce, buying a precious few seconds for the cavalry to show up.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Discounting her aunt, who turns on Theo for her own reasons, Silver is the only known member of the Order of St. Dumas to wash her hands clean of the cult and repent.
  • Honey Trap: Her role in her uncle's plan is to serve as a kid-friendly version for Bruce. She's quite proud of her success.
    Silver: "See this finger?" (raises her left little finger) "I have little Bruce wrapped tight around it."
  • Kick the Dog: As if threatening Selina's life wasn't bad enough, she coldly mocks her for the fact that she has no mother and says nobody will care about Selina at all if she were to die.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Selina's light, ironically, considering whose side she's on.
  • Light Is Not Good: Usually dresses in light colors when not in school uniform and is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Invoked in-universe, as she is introduced dancing barefoot on a restaurant’s fountain, and from them on is all quirky and beautiful and friendly towards Bruce, but it's later shown to all be an act.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She's toying with Bruce's feelings under her uncle's orders and clearly doesn't care the least about him.
  • Mugging the Monster: She taunts and threatens Selina, who among other things, is an experienced cat burglar and armed robber, has clawed out a grown man's eyes, and killed at least one person by this point in the series.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Her comic counterpart has no connections whatsoever to the Order of St. Dumas, much less being a relative of one of his descendants.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: She tries telling Bruce that he's not capable of enacting such heroics in Gotham, but he coldly tells her that she doesn't know him at all.
  • Smug Snake: She practically brags about how villainous she is.
  • The Sociopath: Bruce is nothing but a target for her to trick and she doesn't care what her uncle has planned for the kid.
    • Subverted in "Worse Than a Crime" — she gradually grows remorseful and ultimately pulls a Heel–Face Turn, making her more of a pragmatist than this.
  • Teens Are Monsters: She's just as monstrous as her family. Subverted when she pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Underestimating Badassery: It turns out that she shouldn't have viewed Bruce and Selina as weak because they kidnap her, submit her to fake torture, and dupe her into confessing information for them.
  • Villain Ball: When alone with Selina, she drops her phony nice girl act and reveals her true colors while nonchalantly threatening her. Because of this, Selina is now fully aware of her intentions for Bruce and is now working to stop her. Subverted when it's revealed that Selina never fell for her act in the first place and knew the type of person she is.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't been seen since escaping a building with Tabitha.
  • Woman in White: She wears a white dress when Bruce first sees her.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Following the above Villain Ball moment, Selina tries to out Silver, but between her lack of evidence and Silver's ability to cry at the drop of a dime, Bruce's trust in Selina is damaged, allowing Silver to better wedge herself between them.

    Father Creal 

Father Creal

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Played By: Ron Rifkin

Leader of the Order of St. Dumas and an associate of Theo Galavan.


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