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"A criminal mastermind more dangerous than The Joker and Lex Luthor put together."

Ra's Al-Ghul (Arabic for "the Demon's Head") is a DC Comics supervillain and is considered a second Arch-Nemesis for Batman.

Ra's Al-Ghul first appeared in 1971 to provide a new type of villain, and Worthy Opponent, for the Dark Knight. Though created at the dawn of The '70s, he is more accurately a product of The '60s, and was influenced by the popularity of James Bond. Ra's is an archetypical Bond Villain, but slightly tweaked to fit in well with Batman and the greater DC Universe.

As stated, Ra's is second only to The Joker in Batman's Rogues Gallery, and may better fit the mold of an Evil Counterpart than the clown does. Like Batman, Ra's has wealth, skills, charisma, intelligence, and cutting-edge-technology, but unlike Batman, he also has the League of Assassins, an entire shadow organization at his beck and call which follows him like a devoted cult. Ra's' ultimate goal is to stop the slow death of the planet Earth... by wiping out most of humanity. In its place, he plans to build a new society which will be overall superior.


Ra's is nearly immortal—he is literally Really 700 Years Old. His life is extended by repeated usage of the Lazarus Pit, a mystical spring which can retard the aging process, heal virtually any wound, and even bring back the dead (temporarily driving the subject insane, however). However, repeated use of the Pit has made him addicted, and he has grown more and more reliant upon it as his time grows short. Which brings us to our next point...

The next thing Ra's is most famous for is his beautiful daughter, Talia Al-Ghul. After Catwoman, Talia is Bruce's second great love. And like Catwoman, being on opposite sides keeps them apart. Talia is often conflicted by her loyalty to her father and her love for Batman. She will often pick one over the other, only to change her mind again later.

Ra's whole-heartedly approves of the relationship between Batman and Talia, but only insofar as it will produce him an heir should Batman himself comply. He finally got his wish when Batman and Talia had a one-night-stand (or she raped him, Depending on the Writer) and she gave birth to Damian Wayne. However, Damian later defected and Talia had him cloned. Then the clone later kills Damian, who later gets better. In other realities, Bruce and Talia's son is Ibn al Xu'ffasch, and he does take over for Ra's; in a mild twist, Ibn is a benevolent leader.


Ra's and Batman have a mutual respect for one another, and Ra's has even helped Batman at times as a show of good faith. However, he will just as easily disavow their "friendship" and declare that he and Batman are fully enemies (this has happened at least a billion times), and he's not above using brutal, efficient, and downright inhumane tactics to defeat his nemesis.

And if that weren't enough to make him awesome, Ra's is one of the few Batman villains that is fully aware of Batman's Secret Identity, even knowing the location of the Batcave.

Ra's Al-Ghul has appeared in:

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    Live Action TV 
  • Arrow: Ra's Al Ghul is referenced as early as the first season by former League member Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), with Sara Lance/The Canary as one of his agents in Season 2. He appears in person in the third season, played by Matt Nable. It's revealed Ra's is a Legacy Character, with individuals taking the name having their life extended by the Lazarus Pits. At the end of the third season, Malcolm Merlyn ends up taking the title of Ra's Al Ghul.
  • Gotham: Ra's Al Ghul appears in the second half of the third season, played by Alexander Siddig.

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Tropes which describe Ra's Al-Ghul and their associates:

  • Adaptation Name Change: The League of Assassins is sometimes renamed in non-comic works. Batman: The Animated Series called it the Society of Shadows, which became the Society of Assassins by Batman Beyond, and the Dark Knight Trilogy called it the League of Shadows.
  • Affably Evil: Genuinely courteous to his antagonists, especially Batman.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Refers to both Bruce and Tim as "Detective" as a sign of respect. He also never uses the title "Batman", since he views Bats as Bruce with a mask on.
    • Likewise, he refers to Superman as "Icon".
  • Alternate Company Equivalent:
    • Is considered DC's answer to The Mandarin from the Iron Man comics, despite Ra's being Arab and the Mandarin being Chinese. This is due to their comparable intellects, resourcefulness and fighting prowess. However, this was not DC's original intent for Ra's, as they based him more on James Bond villains. Nowadays, it's rather that the Mandarin's current characterization in the comics has been off of Ra's, not the other way around. Considering how Iron Man himself has been considered Marvel's answer to Batman, this all makes sense.
    • More directly, he was created as Batman's equivalent of Ernst Stavro Blofeld of the James Bond film series.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Ra's is Arabian, though possibly with some mixed Chinese ancestry. Depending on the Artist Ra's and Talia are subject to looking anything from East European to Arabic to Asian. Notably in Batman Begins, Japanese actor Ken Watanabe as Ra's Al Ghul was a decoy for the reveal that Henri Ducard, played by Irish actor Liam Neeson, is Ra's Al Ghul at the end (it's left ambiguous if Watanabe's Ra's was the actual Ra's or was a pure decoy on the part of Ducard). In any case, both actors were a decent match for the character.
  • Anti-Villain: He has good motives, is highly respectful to heroes, and has strong ties of loyalty. On the other hand, he's a Social Darwinist, and considers anyone who doesn't agree with him to be an enemy.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Arch Nemesis Dad:
  • Assassin: Leads a league of them.
  • Back from the Dead: To the point that he's become a Plot Device for resurrecting other characters in the Bat-family.
  • Badass Beard: LOOK at it.
  • Badass Cape: As if the trope pic couldn't tell you that his heavy green cape edged in elaborated gold embroidery doesn't create an imposing figure.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Again, look at the trope image.
  • Badass Normal: Lazarus Pit aside, he's completely human.
  • Battle Butler: A big manservant named Ubu. It's sometimes implied Ubu is a title and thus a Collective Identity or a Legacy Character.
  • Beard of Evil: Oh yes.
  • Big Bad: For lots of storyarcs involving Batman and his related characters, and sometimes even the Justice League. The most notable one is Justice League of America: Tower of Babel. In fact Ra's is commonly seen as the top gun of Batman's rogues gallery in terms of threat level and ambitions; even the Joker, while insanely dangerous on his own, serves more as a personal threat toward the Dark Knight.
  • Body Backup Drive: Has a lot of "spare bodies" (read: his own children) ready for use.
  • Body Surf: Has done this on occasion while "dead".
  • Born in the Wrong Century: In the time era where he came from, Ra's Al-Ghul was a kindhearted physician who had a mindset that was progressive and charitable to all men, even evil men like the prince who lusted after his wife. Unfortunately, his era was also a time of brutality, conquest, palace intrigue, and the strong taking what they wanted from the weak. Sadly for Ra's, he was on the wrong end of his time era's ugliness which destroys his idealism and kickstarts his Start of Darkness.
  • Breakout Villain: Debuting decades after Batman's creation, Ra's is a relatively newer addition to his rogues gallery, but still considered one of the best and most memorable. Even in continuities or stories that have nothing to do with Batman whatsoever, Ra's will often appear as a major threat, Big Bad or Arc Villain, demonstrating his massive appeal.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Did this to his own father, who was revealed to be "The Sensei", his second-in-command.
    • Many of his children have done this. In particular, Talia has shown extreme displeasure whenever he uses her feelings for Batman to lure her beloved into a trap.
  • Came Back Wrong: Sometimes Depending on the Writer, but using the Lazarus Pit makes R'as a little less sane every time he uses it, which is why he tries not to. Future stories have the Pit having diminishing returns using after a thousand years.
  • Canon Immigrant: Ibn al Xu'ffasch first appeared in the Elseworlds story Kingdom Come. Bruce suspects he's his son, but it isn't confirmed til near the end.
  • Characterization Marches On: For the longest time, he was known as an environmentally sensitive villain who believed nature should be treated with respect. However, by the time of "The Hunt for Robin" storyline, Ra's al-Ghul seemingly has no problem using whales as incubation factories for his new Damien clones, causing them great pain and death in the process. And considering whales are considered a very vulnerable species in general, Ra's, at this point, doesn't appear to be as environmentally sensitive as he used to be.
  • The Chessmaster: Better at it than any other Bat-villain. Even The Joker.
    • Ironically, the Joker is one of the few characters to actually beat him in literal chess (the others include Batman and Bane).
    • Many of his plans involve using Batman's own gambits against him.
  • Chosen Conception Partner:
    • Talia has chosen Batman as her ideal breeding partner and mate.
    • Nyssa, Talia's sister, once chose Tim Drake, but failed. This was arranged by and eagerly watched Ra's himself as part of his ongoing very uncomfortable interactions with Tim that started around the time Damian first came to Gotham.
    • Ra's himself has done this with more women than you can count.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While he'll often fight Batman in a one-on-one duel as a show of respect, he'll start fighting dirty when it looks like he's actually gonna lose.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Talia's anguish stems from her desire to please her father and live happily with her beloved Batman.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The sheer number of methods this guy can use to bring himself Back from the Dead is staggering. But we wouldn't know about them if he weren't forced to use them.
  • Daddy's Girl: Talia is certainly this. She is torn by her loyalty to her father and her love for Batman.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Talia has done some really, really, abhorrent things to please her father.
  • Dark Messiah: This is how his followers, including his loyal children, see him.
  • Darwinist Desire: Ra's desires a biologically optimal mate for his daughter. He dismissed Azrael as a possibility when his biology showed some traces of other animals (specifically, a gorilla was used as a surrogate mother to carry him to term).
  • Death Is Cheap: To the point that his Lazarus Pit has become the go-to Plot Device for resurrecting other characters (such as Lady Shiva, Jason Todd, Batwoman, and others).
  • Depending on the Artist: The trope picture shows gives him a lighter complexion than usual.
  • Depending on the Writer: In some continuities, Ra's Al-Ghul's centuries of fighting abilities are too much for Batman in a fight and Batman isn't able to do much more than foil his plans. In other incarnations, however, Batman is quite capable of defeating him in combat(albeit with some effort) and Ra's usually ends up getting humbled in some way at the hands of the Dark Knight.
    • His villainous plots and the motives behind them can vary depending on the continuity. Some writers present him as being a fanatical eco-terrorist who wants to purge the world of most of humanity. Other writers present him as being a Well-Intentioned Extremist who desires to combat crime and civilizational decadence through extremely brutal methods that Batman has a hard time getting behind. And of course, there are also some writers who don't even bother giving him more sympathetic motives and just present him as a murderous global terrorist who does what he does For the Evulz or to just personally spite Batman.
    • Does he truly respect Batman or is he being Faux Affably Evil? Writers approach him different ways:
      • Some writers treat Ra's as someone who truly wishes Batman no harm, but sees him as someone who unfortunately must go For The Greater Good.
    • Others portray Ra's as an ultimately selfish bastard who only "respects" Batman as far as it furthers his goals, and who will mercilessly destroy Batman's life in extremely petty ways for daring to refuse his offer.
      • Some portray Ra's as someone who is willing to die for what he believes in, whereas his life is secondary to the Utopia he envisions.
      • Others make him a megalomaniac who just wants make his own personal paradise, with people who further his schemes, and more baby-mamas than his harem could shake a stick at.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His backstory in Birth of the Demon reveals that was on the receiving end of some serious injustice from his hometown (namely, his wife got killed by a spoiled prince, and then the king convicted him for it). Once he's escaped, he leads a band of marauding nomads to slaughter the entire city. This is somewhat deconstructed, though, as he acknowledges that the experience doesn't really make him feel any better.
  • Eco-Terrorist: Ra's is dismayed at the human population boom and the way nature has suffered as a result. He plans to kill off most of humanity to forcibly restore the balance between humanity and the world.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The League of Assassins employs people of every nationality and ethnicity.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He generally opposes measures such as nuclear weapons that do more harm that good to the World's environment and he is often shocked by the savage, sadistic nature of villains such as The Joker. Ra's may not have a problem spilling blood but he won't do it unless he feels he must.
  • Evil Counterpart: Designed to be this for Batman.
  • Evil Old Folks: Emphasis on old. A long lived terrorist and mass murderer who abuses his own daughters and grandson and has predatory grooming interactions with Tim Drake starting when Tim was in high school and culminating in Ra's very eagerly arranging for Tim to be raped and murdered when Tim was 18. Tim and Cass weren't putting up with that though.
  • Exit Villain Stage Left: Unlike most of Batman's rogues, Ra's tends to escape capture rather than repeatedly break out.
  • Expy: A little Ernst Blofeld and a lot of Fu Manchu. And the bit about wanting the hero to marry his young daughter is Marc-Ange Draco.
  • Flash Forward: He once fought (or will have fought) the Legion of Super-Heroes, a thousand years from now. However, it turns out that this Ra's is just a clone of the original, who was presumably long dead. The clone did not know this, and takes the discovery very badly.
  • Fountain of Youth: The Lazarus Pit, which has prolonged his life at the cost of degrading his mental faculties.
  • Freudian Excuse: He had his wife murdered before his very eyes by the spoiled prince he had just saved. He was then wrongfully accused of murdering his own wife. Then he was left in a cage in the desert to rot before finally being saved. The kind of tragedy Ra's went through would screw just about anybody up. All it took was one bad day to turn him into the would-be world conqueror that he is now.
  • Friendly Enemy: He can be very amiable to Batman when he wants to be.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: His prime motivation is to destroy humanity for the harm it does to Mother Nature.
  • Grand Theft Me: One of the ways he prolongs his life.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: A number of villains are, or used to be, minions of his.
    • David Cain is an instructor for the League of Shadows.
    • Lady Shiva was intended to be one of his finest warriors, but she prefers being on her own.
    • His daughter Nyssa has troubled the Bat-family at times.
  • Heir Club for Men: He has lots of daughters, but considers none of them adequate to the job of being his heir. So he tends to throw them at men to produce better candidates. Downplayed in more modern works, where he has male heirs as well and is equally dismissive of them.
  • Hypocrite: Depending on the Writer, but many depictions of him focusing on his villainous nature tend to highlight how, under his grand goals and lofty plans, Ra's is really no better than the petty, shallow and selfish "common masses" he rails against.
  • I Want Grandkids: Well, he has them, but not enough for an heir.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Despite his importance, and that of various relatives, to the Batman franchise, he wasn't introduced until 1971 in real-world time.
  • Immortality
    • Resurrective Immortality: The Lazarus Pit can bring him back, if he needs it. But, it is less and less effective as he naturally ages.
    • In several adaptations, he branches out to the serial body-stealing form of immortality as well.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: On several occasions, R'as had the opportunity to kill Batman and his allies after foiling his plans, but instead congratulated them and let them go. Highlighted in a Batman/Daredevil crossover, when Bats quietly tells DD and the Kingpin to just leave and not try to get some karmic revenge on him.
  • Immortality Promiscuity: Ra's has had many lovers and many children across the centuries, though rarely considers them worthy of being heirs.
  • Immortality Seeker: One of his defining traits, and often used to push his more hypocritical depictions; Ra's is absolutely terrified of dying and will do whatever he can think of in order to preserve his own existence. Although he has the Lazarus Pits as a matter of course, he knows they're not 100% reliable — they can be exhausted, tainted or destroyed, and are either very hard or even outright impossible to replace — and so he's always looking for alternatives, either metaphorical (having worthy heirs) or literal.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Technically. He hates the idea of dying without his vision coming to fruition, and will do whatever it takes to prolong his life. If he had a worthy heir, he might be able to rest more comfortably—but even then, he'd probably stick around just in case, probably by taking the heir's body for himself. Even after his pits are destroyed, he still plans on using cloning to keep going.
  • Insistent Terminology: Ra's always calls Bruce "Detective", almost never "Batman", if ever.
  • It's All About Me: The degree can vary depending on the writer, but the only thing Ra's consistently cares about is Ra's himself. It's all about his plan to create a utopia, his plan to take on Batman as his heir, and his desire to live for as long as he possibly can, no matter the mental or moral cost.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": The first part of his name has been pronounced at various times as "Roz," "Raz," or "Raysh," but never by its Real Life Arabic pronunciation "Ross."
  • Knight of Cerebus: Stories about Batman are not normally light hearted or comedic, but Ra's al Ghul's first appearance "The Demon's Quest" in the 1970s is an early example of Batman becoming darker. Coming just a scant few years after the campy TV series, following a legacy of over three decades of gimmicky, costumed villains, Ra's was simply a very wealthy and very warped (albeit semi-immortal) man who, for reasons that made perfect sense to him but no one else, wanted to wipe out 90 percent of the human race. This was also the point in history at which Batman himself began to change, returning from the Dudley Do-Right archetype he'd cultivated during the 1950s and '60s to the stern, brooding, and slightly unhinged "dark" vigilante he was always meant to be. It's notable that the "Demon's Quest" storyline had the same effect two decades later when it was incorporated into the animated series, and then again a decade after that with Batman Begins, which was quite the palate-cleanser after Batman & Robin. Even the grisliest Joker stories are guaranteed to have a few laughs; Ra's al-Ghul stories are invariably about genocide, which is almost never funny, especially when the character is no-nonsense.
  • Legacy Character: A couple of adaptations, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Arrowverse, have taken to using this as an alternate to his Lazarus Pit immortality. Batman Begins has the characters talk of his immortality and The Reveal in the climax has the Henri Ducard Ra's Al Ghul whimsically talk of how myths and legends have mundane explanations. Arrow has Ra's explain that even with the Lazarus Pit he is only 150 years old (normally Ra's is upwards of 600 years old), but that he had succeeded the Ra's Al Ghul before him.
  • Longevity Treatment: He needs more and more frequent trips to the Lazarus Pit remain young.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter:
    • Talia to Batman, but rare for the trope, Ra's approves. But only because Talia might be able to seduce Bruce into becoming his successor, or at least produce a grandchild that will.
    • Her sister tries this with Tim Drake as well. Although in her case, she doesn't actually "love" Tim.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He expresses a fondness for the finer things, particularly truly exceptional works of human triumph.
  • Master Swordsman: He's boasted of having fenced in the courts of King Louis XII through XVI, and surviving Cossack dueling circles - right before kicking Bane's ass in a sword fight.
  • Middle Eastern Terrorists: Hardly a conventional example; he doesn't appear to even be religious, let alone a fundamentalist Muslim. But he is Arabic- specifically, descended from a nomadic Central Asian tribe that settled in the Arabian peninsula (possibly something like the Uyghurs).
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Doesn't care about killing millions or even billions of people, but is distressed when Joker kills Jason Todd in Batman: Under the Red Hood. Bats calls him out on this, and this is Ra's explanation.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Has nothing but contempt for humankind, aside from his "chosen" people.
  • Motive Decay: Frequently and often, versions of Ra's Al Ghul are introduced as a genocidal Well-Intentioned Extremist who wishs to turn the Earth into a paradise, but later on be pre-occupied with ever more selfish and heinous methods of just cheating death. Its implied that Batman, however, views him as a selfish bastard through and through, who hides behind eloquent philosophical excuses to dress up what is nothing more than egotism and megalomania.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ra's al Ghul means "the Head of the Demon".
  • Noble Demon: Pun inside, he has a code of honor which he adheres by.
  • No Brows: In the original design, creators Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams specified that Ra's has no eyebrows; to give him a subtly exotic appearance. Many later artists have missed this detail, and draw him with eyebrows.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Ra's really likes to loom about around Tim with no shirt under his long cape, starting with their meeting during The Ressurection of Ra's Al Ghul.
  • Old Master: Emphasis on old.
  • Ominous Opera Cape
  • The Paranoiac: Ra's Al Ghul has all the hallmarks of a paranoiac Narcissist cult leader. Most notably, he is a Control Freak whose League of Assassins has a policy of punishing failure with death, something that rarely seems to produce results but would serve the purpose of making the worlds deadliest assassins more eager to succeed than turn against him. In addition, he never once accepts responsibility for messing up his family nor any blame for any of the murders and atrocities he has committed over the centuries, or plans to commit in future. He is also prone to Revenge on everyone who isn't Batman, whom he admires and perhaps secretly envies, although his gigantic ego is rebuffed by the Detectives refusal to marry his daughter and become his heir. He is utterly cynical about the rest of humanity and is a firm believer in Might Makes Right and Violence Is the Only Option, punishing any follower- or Dark Knight- who disagrees with him with object lessons. Essentially, he comes across as a man who secretly fears that he isn't as special as he always thought he was, and falls back on increasingly violent and extreme methods to both prove that wrong and stop anyone from questioning his superior image.
  • Prefers Proper Names: Ra's uses proper names for those on whom he has not bestowed a title like "detective", for instance he calls Tim "Timothy", Cass "Cassandra" and Dick "Richard".
  • Really Gets Around: Has lots of kids, from a lot of mothers around the world, but none that are apparently worthy to be his heir.
  • Restart the World: Ra's' basic modus operandi.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Ra's has a particular affinity for green, be it formal wear, robes, or whatever.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He knows Bats is Bruce Wayne, but considers it irrelevant, and revealing his identity would be counterproductive towards his goals. Now that Damian’s around, it wouldn’t be hard to connect the dots back to him should his identity become public knowledge. Pre-Flashpoint, it was common knowledge that Talia Head (former CEO of LexCorp) was Damian’s mom but it’s unclear if they knew she was Ra’s daughter.
  • Sinister Scimitar: He's commonly depicted wielding one of these, cementing his "evil ancient Arabian" origin.
  • Sketchy Successor: What his father views him as.
  • Skunk Stripe: As pictured, he tends to sport these to demonstrate that he's old, but not quite washed up. However, when his Lazarus rejuvenation begins to wear off, his hair rapidly turns white.
  • Sleight of Tongue: At the conclusion of "The Saga of Ra's al Ghul", Batman is stung by a scorpion while fighting a duel against Ra's. Talia lingers by the dying Batman, saying she wishes to give him one last kiss. However, she uses the kiss to give him an antidote to the scorpion venom, allowing him to recover hours later.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Interestingly, Bane beat Ra's at actual chess without having ever played the game before and the Joker also beat Ra's at a game as well by constantly switching strategies during the game.
  • Social Darwinist: His entire philosophy is a combination of this and eco-terrorism; Earth's population has grown too large, and the vast majority of those souls are unworthy to live, especially as they defile the precious ecosystems of fragile Mother Earth. Consequently, he wants to cut out the "dead wood" of humanity and leave only the worthy to rebuild and repopulate. Fittingly, at least one comic claims he actively worked with the Nazis as part of his goals to exterminate as many people as possible.
  • Sparing the Aces: One of the reasons he's so determined to lure the Bat-family to his side.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: He has targeted Batman and his "sons" to produce a "worthy heir". He encourages his daughters (and his sister) to accomplish this by any means necessary. While Talia herself would rather do this the old-fashioned way, both she and Ra's sister have stooped to rape to accomplish it. Allegedly.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Talia is incredibly beautiful and stands 5'8"
  • The Syndicate: Leads a vast criminal organization called "the Demon", (hence "the Demon's head") of which the League of Assassins is just the tiny part that reports directly to him.
  • Tragic Villain: Just read his Freudian Excuse.
  • Tautological Templar: Fully believes that Humans Are Morons and wants to wipe out ninety-percent of the global population to create a utopia. And he decides who lives in that utopia.
  • Übermensch: He believes he lives up to this ideal and, as such, he's justified in his goals to take over the world.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Ra's often lends assistance to Batman when he sees need to, but it isn't always the kind of help he wants.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means; Willing to kill billions of people in order to save the Earth from collapse.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Ra's encourages to the point that you almost believe he wishes he was Talia. In Batman Beyond, he was Talia thanks to a Grand Theft Me. He later tried to pull another one on a rejuvenated Bruce and pass as son of Bruce and Talia so he could merge his empire with Wayne Enterprises.
  • Villain Respect:
    • The villain that most respects Batman, to the point that he always refers to him as "Detective".
    • He later begins calling Tim the same thing.
  • Visionary Villain: The top one in Batman's Rogues Gallery, if not the entire DC Universe.
  • We Can Rule Together: To anyone whom he believes is a worthy heir.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His son, Dusan, couldn't rest after death until he got Ra's approval, which Ra's finally grants him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Will go to any length to do what he believes is the right thing.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's certainly lived long enough to become adept in many different philosophies, cultures, languages, and customs.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Every time he uses the Lazarus Pit, he loses some sanity - and he knows this.
  • With Us or Against Us: Will show no mercy to anyone who opposes his ideals.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Batman one.
  • Yellow Peril: Well, he's actually Arabian, but he's modeled after these kinds of characters.


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