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Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts by Unpretty (link)

  • Recommended by: Veloren, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Synopsis: Multimedia fics and oneshots, usually focussed on the Batfamily and everyday life, 'though some are about other DC characters (Lois and Clark, notably).
    • It should be noted that this series takes place in Unpretty's dream DC universe rather than any particular continuity.
  • Comments: Consistently hilarious, but keep an eye on the rating of individual fics; some contain sexual content.

Hanging Work Lucy Gillam

  • Recommended by: Night Robin
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Dick Grayson
  • Synposis: This 'verse comprises of 20 individual oneshots. This Dick Grayson-centric series takes place in an alternate universe where it's Catwoman, not Batman, who takes in Dick Grayson after his parents' death, and chronicles how that changes Bruce and Dick's relationship throughout the years.

Patient J by Bat in the Sun (Fan Film)

  • Recommended by: Pretzl43
  • Comments: Arguably the precursor to the infamously excellent The Joker Blogs, predating them by nearly two years, which features an interview with the Joker that reviews much of his and Batman's personal history, the terrifying influence he has on others, and the best use of Jim Carrey's cover of I Am the Walrus and Nat King Cole's Smile in any medium. Take note that this Joker is a tad different from Heath Ledger's nihilist version. Rather he is obsessed with theatrics and the chemistry between he and Batman, much more akin to Mark Hamill's version. He's still frightening to watch and the depictions of his attacks on Jason Todd and Barbara Gordon are highly violent and unforgiving.
    • Feel free to peruse the rest of Bat in the Sun's works, you won't regret it.

The CATverse by Twinings and BiteMeTechie (link)

  • Recommended by: Twisted Midnight Dreams
  • Synopsis: A large series centering on the villains of Gotham City—the Scarecrow and his three unwelcome hangers on, specifically. Has nothing to do with Cat Tales.
  • Comments: I thought it was going to be a series of Sues. I'm glad that I was proven wrong. And the writing itself is great, seriously.

The Joker Blogs (Fan Film)

  • Recommended by: HG131, boomslangvenom, Vyctorian
  • Comments: This is a video series based on The Dark Knight Trilogy. Guess who it stars?
    • I must say, if they wanted to recast the Joker for the next movie and DIDN'T hire whoever is playing the Joker, I would kill them. This guy does Heath Ledger's Joker so well one must wonder if Heath is possessing him. Also notable for having Harleen Quinzell (before her madness), Dr. Arkham, and Joker being the scariest yet funniest guy on Youtube. If you don't watch this, well, lets just say that I'll put a smile on YOUR face.
    • Scary, scary, scary Original Flavor for Ledger's Joker. I do not know how they did it, but it's him.
    • My god. At one point, I found myself wondering why Heath Ledger had a slightly different voice in these videos than in the movie. Let me reiterate: I was wondering why a man I know to be dead sounded a bit different than I know he did in life. The man in these videos is the Joker.
    • Backing up pretty much everyone's thoughts and feelings. The joker is fantastic, the horrific comedy is there. You'll want to laugh, you may laugh and then be in horror at what your laughing at. The character's outside Joker are great, as the series goes on it get's filled with tidbit's and in-jokes that are so well-placed a non-hardcore fan wouldn't miss them, but to a hard-core batman fan they are pure gold on top of this diamond of a cake. And don't let the first few episodes fool, The Joker never stays in Arkham for very long.
    • Minding the praise for Joker, the other villains are also handled exceptionally well. If it wasn't for the goatee, the guy who played Crane could've easily passed off as him. Then there's Dr. Strange, Hush, The Phantasm, Lock Up, Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy), Jack Rhyder (The Creeper), Catwoman... It just goes on. This troper's can't wait to see more of The Penguin after just hearing his voice. And let's not even start on the almost unholy amount of Mythology Gags.

Cat Tales by Chris Dee

  • Recommended by: Looney Toons, eset, Marvel Girl
  • Pairings: Batman/Catwoman, Nightwing/Oracle, Robin/Spoiler, Aquaman/Wonder Woman
  • Notes: FanFiction.Net link here.
  • Comments: This 'verse comprises (as of November 2008) of 56 individual stories of several chapters each. This Catwoman-centric series manages to be Original Flavour while tossing so much of the recent reimaginings of Catwoman into the trash. Wonderfully funny and deeply dramatic by turns, skillfully and entertainingly written, it is worth the time to read. (Which you must do from the very beginning, or you'll have no idea what's going on or why in the later stories.)
    • Actually, this troper started towards the end and had little trouble understanding the plot. It made more sense after going back, but was hardly indecipherable or any less awesome.
      • It's mixed. This troper also started at what-was-then the end. Some of the stories are very referential to earlier parts of the series, while others stand fine alone. There are several distinct story arcs.
    • I love this series. If you detest what Frank Miller and his followers did to Catwoman, you'll probably really enjoy this series. Unfortunately for the DCU, it's better written than a lot of the current DCU. And it RetCons the material in a really creative way: the scurrilous rumors promoted by some hack named F. Miller and others are from in-universe tabloid press.
    • Very, very noticeable splashes of Writer on Board in Cat Tales. Either way, whatever a your opinion of Miller and Co.'s works are, it may be not to your taste when Chris Dee takes the oppurtunity to attack the writers rather than their work.
    • Seconded by this troper, who initially read the series while unfamiliar with Batverse and looks back in shock at the rampant character-bashing. Anyone Chris Dee/Catwoman dislikes—Ra's Al Ghul, Talia, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and Harley on occasion, Zatanna, etc.—will be slammed and ridiculed on a semi-regular basis and their character derailed/simplified for justification. The writing style and humor are generally good, and some of the character interactions are fun, but it might not be worth it in the long run if you care about someone the author doesn't.
      • This may be true in the minority, however, provided one keeps in mind that the author is putting forward a reality heavy projection of fanon - from the third person perspective of Catwoman, Batman, Alfred and a host of other characters, these ''bashings" may be read as the character's opinions and flaws.
      • Especially given that Catwoman quotes Lex Luthor as a credible source in her performance.

Bruce Has a Problem (link)

  • Recommended by: Shonen Hero
  • Synopsis: Harley Quinn discovers the identity of the man behind the cowl...then decides to shack up with him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Pairings: Bruce Wayne/Harley Quinn, Tim Drake/Cassandra Cain, Damian Wayne/Stephanie Brown
  • Notes: The initial oneshot was written by Adrian Tullberg, and then with permission from above a loosely-moderated Round Robin collaboratively written onward by Andrew J Talon, Scriviner, and a handful of other authors from the forum.
  • Comments: Having been creatively inspired by this oneshot, a group of fanfic authors from the SpaceBattles forum began writing a series of connected snippets that continued Bruce and Harley's budding relationship, and the repercussions/effects of such a relationship. The majority of the snippets share a similar Slice of Life / Rom Com tone to that of Cat Tales, as well as borrowing some minor naming/story conventions, but other then that the rest is solid, hilarious Original Flavor.

Batman Kink Meme

  • Recommended by: Roach Patrol
  • Comments: Capsrock on LiveJournal is hosting a collection of anonymous short fics written upon request. The quality ranges from decent to god-like, and the subject matter ranges from NSFW to terrifying.

The Batman Complex, by themanbatman

  • Recommended by: Dont Kill Bugs, Lavanya Six
  • Comments: A series of very well-done fanmade trailers for a psychological thriller where Bruce Wayne's life as Batman turns out to have been delusions resulting from paranoid schizophrenia. Using elements from The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, American Psycho, and others, themanbatman creates a very convincing set of trailers. The third trailer also features one of the best uses of Peter Gabriel's My Body is a Cage this troper has ever seen.

Silver Spider (Author)

  • Recommended by: Kereea, Zephyr7
  • Comments: Where to begin? There's The Changling which is an alternate version of Jason's resurrection that involves him fighting his way home and dragging Damian al Ghul with him, there's what I can only call the Jason Redemption Series: The Choice of Family, Antidote for the Poison, Separation Anxiety, In Father's Honor, Mother's Day, and Old Friends, New Beginnings. For everyone who wanted Jason to wise up and get a happy life, these are it. They show all of the Robins as (occasionally reluctant) brothers who do care about each other.
    • Special mention to Antidote for the Poison where Jason finds out that Tim was attacked by drug runners he thought he had corralled. Jason goes after them, with Damian right behind him. It's not them wanting vengeance that's epic, it's that Damian chooses not to take it, because it's not what Tim would do, and Jason agrees to go with it.
    • Also every single story has at least 1 CMOH. Changling has dozens.
    • Also all changes are clear character-development, and come from established traits. And the connections Jason makes with each of his brothers is unique and awesome.

The Spark in the Dark by paganpunk2

Hinn-Raven (Author)

  • Recommended by: Hello 101
  • Pairings: Tim/Stephanie, Cassandra/Stephanie
  • Comments: Several of the stories are focused on Stephanie Brown as a major character, and the longer oneshots are all AUs.
    • Author also has several other stories which are non-Batman.

RenaRoo (Author)

  • Recommended by: Rubber Lotus
  • Notes: Alternate link.
  • Comments: Mastermind behind the Cass Appreciation Prompts, Renaroo has written dozens of one-shots that bounce the good Cassandra Cain off a truly huge variety of characters, from Batman to Clark Kent to Death. Yes, that Death. All worth at least a single read.

Lysical (Author)

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Comments: This author writes mainly Jason-centric stories, a lot of them Slice of Life oneshots, but quite a few more plot-heavy series too. Of particular note are Retrograde Motion, which deconstructed the Fountain of Youth trope, and her additions to LanternWisp's series Nests and Cages, which chronicles an alternate take on Jason's journey back to the Batfamily.

audreycritter (Author)

  • Recommended by: therewriter
  • Comments: This author writes a lot of spectacular Bat family fanfic, and does an amazing job of using a lot of the characters and being able to switch effectively from each. A special mention to...
Cor Et Cerebrum
  • Notes: My gosh, Cor Et Cerebrum is a breathtaking series with one of the best original characters I’ve ever seen in fan fiction. I was skeptical at first, but the original character in this fic is incredibly funny, well developed, fascinating, and fits just right in with the rest of the Bat Family. Not to mention the other characters are pitch perfect, and again the writing merges drama and humor amazingly.

FinalArc (Author)

  • Recommended by: lyra_dhani
  • Comments: This author mostly writes Bruce and Dick father-son relationship. One of their fic is recommended below

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Error In Judgment by Adrian Tullberg [specific continuity unclear]

Crazy Cat Lady livejournal link link by aishuu [specific continuity unclear]

And the Rest is Ancient History by The Gray Ghoul [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Gordon Schumway, Jonn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The truth behind the Joker's mysterious past is revealed, as the man's facade slowly crumbles away to reveal the monster lurking underneath.
  • Comments: Some might think it blasphemous to reveal the Joker's background and origin, but this story does justice and more to Nolan's vision and Ledger's portrayal. Absolutely brilliant characterization follows the development of the Joker from an angry young man into the horrifying monster we see in the film, as the demonic clown hiding within him slowly begins to manifest more and more over the course of several years. There are layers upon layers of subtext in this series, and it's a thrill watching the Joker's slow but relentless transformation, particularly in his relationship with the people around him. Almost 600 reviews, just about all of them positive, illustrate just how truly great this fic is.

Broken Code by Phillipe 363.

  • Recommended by: Tropeaddict
  • Status Complete
  • Synopsis: Batman's life has a tragic history of alleyways and The Joker. And on a certain rainy, dark night another life changing moment is about to happen when Batman is finally fed up with The Joker, but his code means he can't ever kill. Only tonight that may all change when Batman's following actions will shock his family and the Justice League.
  • Comments: A enjoyable one shot that explores Bruce killing and how he doesn't turn into some crazy monster because of it. This removes the Joker Immunity for certain villains and shows Batman developing a more realistic mindset.

Batman Revealed by vballmania23 [set in a The Dark Knight Trilogy AU continuity]

  • Recommended by: Marioman 19, Jonn, alzbeta
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Bruce Wayne turns himself in at Harvey Dent's meeting and strange events begin to follow...
  • Comments: A truly excellent fanfiction. The characterization is spot-on and the author manages to capture the events that happen in every single way possible, telling it from the point of view of major characters such as Harvey Dent, James Gordon to even the most minor ones, such as the volunteering lunchlady at the prison.

Bat Tales by The Storyteller [set in the Burton movies continuity]

  • Recommended by: Fantasy Liver
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Batman finds Catwoman, who is desperate to reform. A new romance forms and Batman finds himself dealing with several new allies and villains and an even bigger threat than the ones he has previously faced.
  • Comments: One of my favorite Batman fics ever. Some of the dialogue is a little wooden but for the most part it is excellently written with lots of conflict mixed with some lighthearted comedy. Hell Night and The Devil Wears Purple will knock your socks off. They are that good.

Cogito, ergo sum by Cloudy Dream [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: helly
  • Status: ?
  • Synopsis: Lost and disoriented, he has to put together the missing puzzle pieces. He left to find himself, and came back with nothing. Featuring the obligatory amnesia ficlet, borderline sociopathy, some character developement and a road to self discovery. Also some action, sooner or later.
  • Notes: Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Comments: The writing is pure gold, the characters spot-on. The author takes the old clichè of a major character losing his memory, and uses it as basis for many different character studies and what is shaping to be a very compelling story, and one of the most creative seen in this fandom in a while. Features a particular writing style (present tense, second person) which this troper had never seen used in a multi-chapter fanfic, but suits the story very well.

Impromptu Affair by GreyLiliy [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Rubber Lotus
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: One night in a Gotham alley, Scarecrow find himself an unwitting partner of the Joker. Hilarity Ensues, especially when Two-Face shows up as well.
  • Comments: This is quite a good fic, mostly consisting of The Odd Couple-esque dialogue peppered with black humor and the occasional action sequence. Oh, and it seems that Harley's going to be joining the party soon. While you're at it, check out her other piece of Bat-fanfiction, Burlap (a Scarecrow origin story), as well.

The Pajama Game by ACleverName [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Toccata
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A dark one-shot exploring the background and mentality of Jonathan Crane, where even something as innocuous as pajamas can become horrifyingly traumatic.
  • Comments: This is not a humor story. REALLY. It is, however, beautifully written and disconcertingly tragic. Contains brief language. Does not contain clichés. Cold Shower and Homecoming (the latter under ACleverName2) are two similarly excellent one-shots by the same author.

Not Playing With a Full Deck by 4ofCups [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Lauralot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Feeling that he's been insulted by a news broadcast, the Joker kidnaps Lois Lane to exact revenge. Meanwhile, his men cause chaos across the city as Batman tries to track him down.
  • Comments: Not for the faint of heart, as it contains torture, language, and violence. However, the plotlines are genius and the writing fantastic. Her other work, The Joker's Prayer, is also wonderful.

Can't Get You Out Of My Head by J-Horror Girl [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: JtheDrafter, boomslangvenom
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The Joker has an involuntary associate in the form of a ghostly woman. He can't touch her, she can't walk away from him. They're just going to have to make the best of it, aren't they.
  • Comments: Good characterization from the Joker and our mystery woman, and they play off each other wonderfully. We also get such a nice look into how the Joker thinks. Meanwhile, we also have an intriguing B-plot with Batman and Alfred. If fantastic elements bother you than this probably isn't your story, though up through chapter nineteen I haven't seen anything besides our ghost. This story has 100 chapters and 1321 reviews.
    • Passionately seconded by boomslangvenom. Manages to make the pairing workable without making the Joker any less homicidal or turning Grace into Harley. There are also some very interesting looks at how the super criminal activities in Gotham are affecting the Gotham P.D. and even ordinary Gothamites. Note: additional fantastic elements appear in the form of the Endless, though they technically are part of the DC canon, and it looks like they will not be directly involved with the plot for long.

Duality by Seriousfic [set in a Batman Begins/Superman Returns crossover continuity]

  • Recommended by: Jonn
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A series of events proves more than either the Dark Knight or Man of Steel can handle alone.
  • Notes: Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Comments: Not only does this series pay full respect to both canons, it's filled to the brim with Continuity Nods that border on Fanservice. Not that I'm complaining at all.
    • A quick note: the fic was started (just) prior to The Dark Knight's release, and so ignores series continuity after Batman Begins. Since this means the Joker comes across as even parts Nicholson and Hamill I'm happy, but a heads up ahead of time helps avoid confusion.

Fear and Malice by E. S. Young [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: somebody else
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Harleen Quinzel, starting work at Arkham before Batman Begins, is eager to study insanity for its own sake. Jonathan Crane, meanwhile, conducts experiments while sneering down at his new co-worker. A brilliant story about their pasts, their presents, and the friendship forming between them.
  • Comments: Stylistically impressive and well thought out, with detailed interpretations of all characters (including asylum staff and future rogues). This fits perfectly into Nolanverse while regularly paying homage to both comics and the animated series.

Nerd by Night of the Living Monkey

  • Recommended by: Whadahell
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Scarecrow must deal with most unwanted guests: The Joker and Harley.
  • Comments: Well written, and quite hilarious. The dialog between the three main characters alone makes this worth reading.

Dear Joker by 4ofCups [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Chubert
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: The Joker takes on an advice column. Hilarity and horror in equal amounts ensue.
  • Comments: I'm not so sure whether I should be cowering in fear or laughing my head off. It's extremely well written, and it's the Joker, so expect... um... well, it's the Joker. So Yeah.

Makeup and Purple Suits by yesimahuman [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Chubert
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Joker evolved by putting on different costumes. He added brighter, flashier items to his existing ones, until he was forced to smile for all eternity.
  • Comments: I used the synopsis because I just couldn't think of one my own. It's kinda Mind Screwy, but it's a well written Joker story.

The Doctors and the Nurses They Adore Me So by Lauralot [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: somebody else
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Joker is brought to Arkham Asylum following his capture in The Dark Knight. Superficially the institution is boring but fairly standard for a mental hospital. Corruption has yet to remove its stain from certain staff members, however—leaving patients like Jonathan Crane considerably worse for the wear.
  • Comments: Gut-wrenching, hilarious, and gruesome in turn; this fic manages to be simultaneously realistic, in-character, and original. Adjectives aside, you seriously don't want to miss this one. It's incredible.

Rewrite by Silver Pard

  • Recommended by: Fanfictionlurker1, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice." The Joker shuffles the deck and makes himself anew with every card.
  • Comments: Very well written (which is a norm for this author) story, told in the form of the Joker's monologue. His characterization is spot-on, and the fic flows like poetry. Definitely worth reading!

Strange Behavior by Rick Peterson

  • Recommended by: Chuckg
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A different version of the Murderer/Fugitive arc, written during 2002 while the comics were still being published, containing the author's best guess at the perpetrator.
  • Comments: Now technically AU due to the canon story having ended another way, but I actually find this version slightly more plausible (not that the canon version wasn't good, admitted). The explanation given for why the proposed scenario involving Hugo Strange would fit every known detail of Vesper Fairchild's murder as of the time of publication is airtight, and the psychological drama is well-written. Also, for Birds of Prey fans, Oracle is the viewpoint character, and it guest-stars Black Canary.

Necessary Force by paxwolf

  • Recommended by: Anonymous
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: When a powerful terrorist threatens the safety of the planet, the Justice League must go to extremes to stop him, and Superman and Batman may have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.
  • Comments: The story and depth of the all the characters involved was just amazing. I really loved Superman and Batman's defining relationship here and the descriptions and imagery was so powerful. Featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Oracle, J'onn, Green Lanturn and others from the Justice League.

Broken Glass by Panamint

  • Recommended by: Lady Nomad
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Dick Grayson has always been a perfectionist. But what happens when perfectionism goes too far?
  • Comments: Very gripping scenario that could happen in the comic book universe. It covers the eating disorders and how hard it can be to overcome them. Everyone is in character but it focuses on their relationships on Dick. Featuring Robin (Dick Grayson), Batman, Teen Titans and others from the Batman universe.

The Salem Protocol by Esther-Channah

  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An AU spinning off from Batman RIP. Canon-compliant through Batman 677 and part of 678. After that, all bets are off. When GCPD makes a surprising arrest, Gordon knows he needs to call in support.

Impossible Worlds by messageredacted [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: myrdschaem
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are many ways in to Arkham Asylum; getting out is harder.
  • Pairing: Batman/Joker
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: There are many "Batman in Arkham" fics in the freeweb. This one just pretends it's one. The set up is typical but comes to a very surprising and well working end. Also, I'm putting this into general, because a) the pairing consists of two kisses which are plot relevant and near the end b) the typical shipping fic focus on the relationship building doesn't exist, it concentrates on the plot development. Seriously, it's worth the time even if you don't like slash. This is just a Gen fic that has slash which makes sense in context.

The Land of Nod by Neon Daisies [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: somebody else
  • Status: ?
  • Synopsis: A series of vignettes examining Batman, the rogues' gallery, and how they all fit together.
  • Notes: Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Comments: Twisted, tragic, funny, and poetic. The imagery is stunning throughout and the characterization spot-on.

Knock, Knock by Night of the Living Monkey

  • Recommended by: Schizo Technician
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jehovah's Witnesses are spreading the word of God all over Gotham. What happens when they knock on all the wrong doors?
  • Comments: Very funny. While the author clearly doesn't know all that much about the beliefs of Jehova's witnesses in much detail, he also doesn't have them do or say anything offensive and has them keep to the straight and narrow rather well. A comedy through and through about two very, very, very, very unfortunate Gotham residents, with the big names not appearing for very long.

Crisis of Infinite Batgirls by bookwormwithanattitude

  • Recommended by: Maridee
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A time-traveling villain has a grudge against the Batgirls.

Last Straw by WTFWonder [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: somebody else
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: People no longer take the Scarecrow seriously, so Dr. Crane decides the time has come to address a few misconceptions.
  • Comments: This fic manages to examine a lot of fandom derailment tendencies (Draco in Leather Pants, Uke, Freudian Excuse, Mary Sue pairings, and so forth) in a believable story with Gotham City...and corrects them via one very, very displeased super villain. Manages to be genuinely chilling and is 100% in-character. Even better that it uses Cillian Murphy's Scarecrow, who is often taken lightly by fans based upon his looks and employment under Ra's Al Ghul. Excellently written, already seems to be becoming a reference point for good Scarecrow representation.

Cassandra Cain, the Batgirl by Dan Ingram

  • Recommended by: bissek
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When confronting her mother, Batgirl is told that she is, has always been, and will always be a weapon, not a person. Upon returning to Gotham, Batman and Oracle help her start on the path to proving Shiva wrong.

A Gotham Christmas Carol by bradp521

  • Recommended by: Lady Nomad
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A What If? spin on the Dickens classic as Bruce Wayne is visited in the wake of War Games.
  • Comments: This is an interesting take on the Christmas Carol and it showed how Batman could reunite his family and understand that he can't fight alone. The character interaction is great and heartwarming. I deeply recommend this.

Brazilian Batman by Goldfield (Link)

  • Recommended by: Not JM Keynes
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Comments: Much better than it sounds, the author blends perfectly Batman with the Brazilian culture, transporting the motifs and themes of the Black Knight to Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately it is only in Portuguese. The author has also written Brazilian Superman, but it is much more cynical.

The Survivor by Gladrial10

  • Recommended by: Maybe Baby
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The story of Harley Quinn's earliest days in the criminal underworld, from the POV of one of Gotham's longest-lived career henchmen. You don't last long in the business without knowing the ropes and etiquette...unfortunately, no one bothers to inform Harley. So White takes it upon himself.
  • Comments: Peppered with well-written original characters, funny lines, and various comic tidbits. A year in the making, but long enough without dragging on. Written by someone who obviously knows the DC universe very well and feels confident enough to use what they please from the nineties animated adaption. A very balanced Joker characterization and a Harley that is immersed in her insanity, but not so much that she's made into an idiot. White feels very real and his unusual friendship with his employer's girlfriend progresses naturally, not feeling forced. I can't recommend it enough.

The Changeling by Silver Spider

  • Recommended by: Dedicatedfollower 467
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jason is awake and aware but half-a-world away from Gotham in enemy hands. He thinks of nothing but escape, but what happens when he meets a certain little boy? Partial AU. Starts off at Red Hood: Lost Days #1 then spins in its own direction.
  • Comments: A Jason and Damian centered fic, follows Jason's attempts to return to Gotham with his "little brother" in tow. Wonderfully written, keeps you right on the edge of your seat. Very much a family-oriented story. The author also has several other great Batfamily stories which you should check out.

Clockwork by HoistTheColours [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Virusir
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Several months after the events of The Dark Knight, the Joker has escaped from Arkham Asylum and is searching for a new place to plot his next attack on Gotham. Upon stumbling into an abandoned apartment however, he encounters a little girl.
  • Comments: A truly excellent fan-fiction that goes beyond any kind of exception from any reader. With it's original story-plot, evocative descriptions, and well-written mannerism of the characters (both canon and original), Clockwork is nothing short but a intriguing piece of literature that evolves a simple discovery of a little girl into a dangerous game of cat and mouse between the Clown Prince of Crime and a new villain rising up from the underground of Gotham City.

Living in the Red Light by E Kelly

  • Recommended by: Pacifist
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A streetwalker learns where fear and strength meet — in the shadow of the Bat. A Gotham Noir story.
  • Comments: Batman and prostitutes. Not the way you think.

Fall to Grace by E Kelly [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Pacifist
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A young Batman faces a powerful corrupt Senator, a deadly assassin and a mysterious woman with a past as painful as his own. A Gotham Noir story.
  • Comments: Batman goes after the politicians. The politicians go after Batman. The OC is well written and engaging. The scene with Barbara made me cry.

Good People of Gotham by seriousfic [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Jonn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A city decides to fight.
  • Notes: Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
    • Found a link, but the author name is different. Unconfirmed whether this is just a reposter or the original author under a different pen name.

No Dawn No Day by quipquipquip (link)

  • Recommended by: Laevatein
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the death of Bruce Wayne and disappearance of Dick Grayson, Damian Wayne takes up the mantle of Batman and struggles to live up to his father's ideals, while Stephanie Brown, as Batwoman, tries to keep him stable.
  • Pairing: Stephanie Brown/Damian Wayne
  • Comments: Great characterisation of Damian and Stephanie, and a tonic for those who are missing Stephanie Brown since the character was cast into limbo when the New 52 came along. The story does get quite dark by the end, but there is an alternate ending.

Snapshots by meyari

  • Recommended by: Keyseeker
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tim stalked Jason to Ethiopia. He managed to stop the Joker from killing Robin, but he got badly injured in the process. The Batfam finds out about the Drakes' neglect of their son and are determined to win custody of him.
  • Comments: It's nice to see Jason, Tim, and Dick all bonding. This fic really showcases both the Drakes' neglect and Tim's intelligence.

Birds of a Feather by Mithen [set in the DC Animated Universe continuity]

  • Recommended by: Heta4me
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Oswald Cobblepot is a respectable citizen and a member of Gotham's elite again, just as he's always wanted to be. His birds have to stay in cages, but he's free now. Isn't he?

Macushla by Hinn-Raven

  • Recommended by: Hello 101
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU. Stephanie Brown is nine years old when her world falls to pieces. Whisked away from everything she's ever known, she finds herself in the court of Talia al Ghul, training to be an assassin. And when she ends up as Damian al Ghul's bodyguard, well her life just gets stranger from there.
  • Notes: Has a sequel, Misericordia.

What No One Else Had Seen by susieboo [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Adele Potter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Nine-year-old Harleen Quinzel finds something she knows she wasn't supposed to see, and just has to tell someone. Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Crane, with some hesitation, accompanies her into the woods that night.

The Nightmare of Gotham by Nightmare1 [set in the Batman: The Animated Series continuity]

Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair by gypsydancergirl

  • Recommended by: Faliara
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It all comes full circle. Jason was brought back by a member of the al Ghul, and finds himself willing to return the favor. Robin can never die.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: I feel so proud to be the one to add this to the list. To quote someone from the comments section: 'I APPROVE. I APPROVE OF EVERYTHING. HEADCANON ACCEPTED. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. END OF DISCUSSION.' (Edit: In all seriousness though, it's beautiful. Putting it in Jason's POV was probably what dragged me in at first since I'm really a Jason Todd fan, but it was wonderfully done, what DC should've done, and just— woah. The author fixed the reboot in an epilogue, and it's really amazing, how Dami clinged to Dick for sanity, and everyone was wonderfully in character, and— I cannot recommend this enough.

Veridical Unreality by Hane no Zaia

  • Recommended by: Faliara
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Aided by a strange voice and visions of a supposed future, a younger Jason Todd stays clear of Batman and said man's tires, and continues his thieving career. Even so, his reality balances on a thin knife-edge and the Dark Knight really can't seem to stay away, can he?

exactly how this grace thing works by irnan

  • Recommended by: Night Robin
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dick gets de-aged. You'd think this would be a routine thing.
  • Comments: This is one of the best deaging fanfictions and Batman fic's I have ever read. It all starts when Dick Grayson (as Batman and not Nightwing) is de-aged to the beginning of his Robin cerrie so before he knows any of the Batfamily this allows him to honestly explore his relationship with the Bat Family and allows the Bat Family to see new sides of him. Execute interesting is the way he confronts the ways Bruce let him down in a way that is never fully addressed in the comics and even in most fic's though is a clear issue if throughout. None of the family is glossed over even characters that aren't there are explored at least in passing. This is basically a story about getting a second chance to find your true path and putting aside expectations to find out the truth in people. Basically as a Dick Grayson and Batfamily fan I loved it and I think others will too.

all the other rooms are a party tonight (and you never got an invitation) by irnan

  • Recommended by: Night Robin
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Following Bruce Wayne being lost in time he is surprised to come back home and see his family has moved on. Basically the Batman: The Road Home subplot is expanded in this fanfiction to see Bruce as a father being blindsided by his kids being grown up.

Nightmares and Regrets by Nightmare1

  • Recommended by: LePouvantail
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Everyone has at some time felt regret. Sometimes, it comes too late.
  • Comments: This is a bit of a Perspective Flip of some Scarecrow comics (mostly the Batman/Scarecrow: Year One miniseries), and is narrated by Jordan Schmidt, a young man who once bullied Jonathan Crane, and realizes his part in Crane's journey into becoming the Scarecrow. But when he crosses paths with Crane again, Jordan is not only forced to confront his fears, but his unresolved guilt at what he'd done all those years ago. This is a very poignant and emotional piece that showcases the wrongdoings of both men, muddies the waters of right and wrong, and highlights the hard road one must take when seeking forgiveness.

The Tainted Crane by Nightmare1

  • Recommended by: LePouvantail
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After eighteen years of Hell, Jonathan Crane finally gets the chance to turn the tables.
  • Comments: Another fic that pulls from Batman/Scarecrow: Year One comic, this one perfectly shows the hate and resentment Jonathan has for his great-grandmother that pushed him to finally get rid of her. I felt the dialogue, in particular, showcased the power struggle between the two of them, with Mary struggling to keep it and Jonathan calling the old woman out on the years of abuse and how he won't take it anymore.

Shared by Two by zombieboyband

  • Recommended by: ThisIsRidiculous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There's more than one type of delusion. A gun? Nothing so easy for you, moonbeam.
  • Comments: There's romance, but it's pretty much used as a tool to drive a point home.

Riddler's Filing Cabinet by rockemsockem

  • Recommended by: What The Spoot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Despite his apparent change of heart, Batman can't help but be skeptical of Edward Nigma: Private Eye. So he investigates.
  • Comments: Short, sweet, and deliciously creepy, particularly for the ending.

Batman 1939 by Stewart M (link)

  • Recommended by: Mopman43
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: December, 1940. Bodies are disappearing from morgues. A couple lies murdered in the street. To solve the mystery, Batman must seek the help of the most frustrating thief he's ever crossed. But the conspiracy behind it may still be too powerful. Chased on the coldest night of the year, has the Dark Knight found a foe so above the law even he cannot deliver the offender to justice?
  • Comments: A highly entertaining series of stories of Batman doing what Batman does, with the caveat that it is set in 1940, one year into Batman's effort against crime. Extremely well written and attention grabbing; come for the fights, stay for the asides into Gotham's history, culture, and inner workings.

I Saw Grayson Kissing Santa Claus by pupeez4eva

  • Recommended by: Linny_B
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It’s Christmas time, and Damian is on a mission — to stop this 'Santa Claus' fellow from molesting his older brother.
  • Comments: Freaking HILARIOUS fic. All the characters are on point. This is the craziest fic idea, and yet the author somehow manages to pull it off, and create a fic that'll have you crying with laughter the entire way through. It has a bit of everything — crazy Damian, scheming, trouble-making Jason, doting big brother Dick, Bruce trying his best to be a good dad (and kind of failing at it), Alfred being awesome...seriously, just read it. It's great.

All the Roofs of Uncertainty by Kieron_ODuibhir

  • Recommended by: darkemyst, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For all the blood on his hands, Red Hood was never just a villain. And Nightwing never gives up on family, not for good.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: Well written with great characterization for Jason and everyone he interacts with, the bulk of the story addresses a great number of things about Jason that were never able to be addressed in canon. Set in some never achieved future point in the pre-Flashpoint reboot continuity, assuming Bruce came home to Gotham to roost, and Dick went back to being Nightwing. The author is well versed in the comics history.

Snapshots by Blissaster

  • Recommended by: Reppuzan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synposis: Moments in Damian's life as he got to know Dickie, and came to love him. Even if he would never admit it.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: Adorable snippets (and I mean snippets. Each bit takes less than twenty seconds to read) of Dick and Damian bonding with drama and humor stuck in between. The writer really keeps everyone in character and the cover image is hilarious. Jason, Tim, and Bruce join in later chapters.

Dance with the Demons by DarkMark

  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On the day of Bruce Wayne's wedding to Selina Kyle, she is struck by an unknown assassin. Now Batman and his band must find out who did the deed... and deal out their own personal justice.

Batgirl & Supergirl by Mike Maihack

  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Batgirl is serious and committed. Supergirl is cheerful and carefree. They are best friends, even if Kara's permanent liveliness always drives overly-serious Barbara crazy.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Moirae & TiaNadiezja

  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Earth isn't what Kara Zor-El expected. Dirty, primitive, messy. She came expecting to raise her infant cousin and found him a grown man. She came expecting to raise him, and finds him trying to parent her. And then she finds herself becoming a member of the Bat-Family...

Apokalypsis: An Unremembered Death by TesubCalle

  • Recommended: by lillolillo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Barbara Gordon receives some cryptic messages that lead her to rediscover memories of a long-forgotten friendship.

Batman - The Tailor by TerminAitor

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gotham City's villains and lunatics don't have time to make their own clothes. They're too busy memorizing Lewis Carroll quotes or dreaming up deadly new gags. So when they need a new suit or a patch job, they head to their local tailor, a man who truly despises his job.

this is our home, we just don't have a door by wearealltalesintheend

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The one where Jason isn't getting involved, something is going on at the Manor, Bruce and Alfred are out of town, and Jason isn't getting involved.

Shock the Monkey by TheResurrectionist

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hal Jordan babysits the Batfamily for a day. It goes about as well as expected.

playacting by nex_et_nox

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jim Gordon accidentally meets the "newest" member of the Wayne family.

the city carries ruins in its heart by nex_et_nox

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jim Gordon's evolving perspective on Red Hood.

Stubborn by audreycritter

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dick is usually the one taking care of everyone else and he's bad at asking for help. So bad, in fact, that he never even actually asks — but Jason shows up anyway. And then Dick returns the favor. And then they both do for Tim. And it's just going to keep going from there. It's probably Alfred's fault. When your butler mom calls and says, "Go check on your brother," you don't argue. You just do it.

Inbox by audreycritter

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Jason Todd died, Bruce Wayne had a hard time letting go or dealing with any reminders of his son. When Jason Todd came back, what he needed to know was how much he had mattered. Fortunately, these things overlapped. Or, the story in which Jason listens to some voicemails for a dead boy — the boy who was him.

Someone That Hates To See Me Go by AutumnHobbit

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: How Jason realizes his family wants him to live, and how he realizes he does, too.

Best served cold by Balrog_Roike

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It begins with a batarang and ends with a bullet. And Jason finally wins.

Take it to the grave by Balrog_Roike

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Joker has a secret and he is never going to tell...

See no evil by Balrog_Roike

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The 'One Who Is All' will take their rightful place... In which Jason Todd is Lady Shiva's son.

Minimum Height Requirement by Drag0nst0rm

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Somewhere in the multiverse, there's a universe where letting his children dress up in capes and follow him into vigilantism seems like a good idea. Bruce is determined that it isn't going to be this one... Despite his children's repeated attempts to convince him otherwise. (Or: "When you're eighteen, you can do what you want. Until then, no capes.")

In Spite of a Crime by Drag0nst0rm

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Killing Batman is all but impossible as he is now. Killing Batman before he becomes Batman, while slightly easier, still seems doomed to failure. You can't stop Batman by causing more tragedy. ...But maybe by stopping a tragedy, you can stop Batman from being conceived in the first place. That's the theory anyway.

And So This Is Christmas by Drag0nst0rm

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's not that Alfred isn't happy with his job. It's just that sometimes he really wishes that he had known what he was getting into when he signed up for it.

For The City Sweetly Whispers by Drag0nst0rm

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The first time Bruce hears the city speak, he thinks he's losing his mind. By the time Gotham's killed Dick's parents and forced a nine year old into the Robin suit, he only wishes that were true.

And What Will Poor Robin Do Then? by Drag0nst0rm

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In another reality, things are different. Bruce Wayne is prince of the city-state of Gotham, the Joker is a quasi-immortal being fueled by the taint, and the question of who will carry on Bruce's civilian identity is far more charged then who will take up the Bat. One thing, however, remains the same: Sooner or later, every Robin doubts his place at the Bat's side.
  • Notes: Part of the Untainted series, a Heroic Fantasy AU.

Verdant by Cerusee

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Talia puts Jason in the Lazarus Pit to restore his mind. Then she takes him home.

The Price Of Revenge by IndigoElle (link)

  • Recommended by: SwiftyTheWriter
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Jason has returned to Gotham with one thought in mind; vengeance. After witnessing a scene that catches him off guard, Jason discovers the perfect way to gain retribution. All it takes is the manipulation of one person: Tim Drake.
  • Tags: For Want of a Nail

Everything Burns by LadyoftheSea, FFN Link, [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by ZoneAdv944
  • Status: Complete, with two sequels.
  • Synopsis: Miriam Kane is no stranger to the perils of Gotham City. After losing her mother, Miriam is left to move in with Bruce Wayne, her only living family. But when Bruce goes missing for seven years before returning under mysterious circumstances, a culmination of bad decisions leads to consequences she never saw coming. How far can Batman's limits be pushed before crossing the line, and how long can one person stay resilient when faced with the unimaginable?

Iron, Fire, Mirror-Glass by PurpleSoot

  • Recommended by KeyaS
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Bruce Wayne barely survives a brutal confrontation with the villain known as Bane, he comes away with a broken spine and the terrible certainty that his days as Batman are over. An unexpected discovery among his mother’s old things might offer him a second chance—but at what price? The story of a man willing to risk his soul for the sake of his mission, the dangerous creature he decides to call Robin, and the unlikely partnership that will come to shape the legend of Gotham’s Dark Knight.
  • Comments: An absolutely gorgeous fantasy take on Batman and Robin.

Good Samaritan by BiteMeTechie(The_Injustice_Trinity) (Fanfiction.Net link here)

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In Gotham, sometimes help comes from the least likely sources...

Jason Todd: The Not-So-Outlaw by GoAwayOlivia

  • Recommended by:cute_heart
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jason Todd isn't what Batman made him, he isn't what the Joker made him, he isn't what the League of Assassins made him, and he isn't what the Lazarus Pit made him. He's his own person and he's taking himself back, one home renovation at a time. Also he might just make friends with the people who are supposed to be his brothers while he's at it.
  • Comments: One of the best 'Jason returns home' stories ever made.

The Good Moments by Final Arc

  • Recommended by:lyra_dhani
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Dick shows up at Wayne Manor with a baby who won't stop crying. Alfred doesn't know what to say, Bruce doesn't know what not to say, and what Barbara has to say isn't appropriate for children. Tim is excited to be an almost-uncle, Jason's still processing the fact that he's a brother, and Cass is just fascinated by babies.
  • Comments: Prepare tissues because this fic is onion-cutting level of sad.

The Rule Stands by Engineerd

  • Recommended by: Lyra_Dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: I know what you’re going to say, Batman,” Damian said, shrugging the hand off his shoulder. “You’re going to tell me that Nightwing is dead, and that people don’t come back from the dead. Well, clearly you are wrong, seeing that you were dead and I was dead and Red Hood was dead and even Superman was once dead-” “My parents are dead,” Father interrupted. “Nightwing’s parents are dead. There have been a few notable exceptions in extenuating circumstances, Robin, but the rule stands. Everyone can die.” OR Damian meets a 10-year-old Dick Grayson, and they become best friends.
  • Comments: Featuring Damian and Dick's fluff brotherly relationship.

The Division Bell by pekuxumi

  • Recommended by: Lyra_Dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For about a year, Dick has dealt with Damian's arrogant and aggressive behaviour with patience and smiles. But what if Damian takes things too far one day, and Dick decides that enough is enough? NO SLASH, pre- reboot.
  • Comments: Despite the premise, this fic also featuring Damian and Dick's fluff brotherly relationship.

Straitjackets Are the New Black by temarcia and WorstCase

  • Recommended by: BassetHoundsGotLongEars
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Arkham has seen plenty of crazy. You can't choose your family, and you can't choose your fellow inmates either-so better get used to them!
  • Comments: Is still accepting requests from readers.
Who Can't Lie? [1] by Delusional_Lunatic3791

  • Recommended by: Flurkin 7
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: What happens when the oh-so-perfect Justice League crosses paths with a murder of serial killer vigilantes? Well, a lot of things, some that neither party expects.
  • Pairing(s): A lot. Let's just say that Delusional_Lunatic3791 just put the characters in a blender and went with what came out. Damian Wayne/Jon-El and Bruce Wayne/Kon-El and Diana Prince/Kate Kane are just a few examples.
Tags: Blood, Gore, Trauma, PTSD, Death, Character Death, Rape, Alternate Universe
  • Comments: DL, the author, may be nuts. All of the Bat Clan members have some kind of mental trauma, just about everyone in the story is gay, and most of the characters that DC owns have either been gruesomely murdered off-page or killed on-page. It's fairly safe to say that if you don't like blood, torture, mental illness, the queer community, and death, you shouldn't read this. But if you do, well, it's a well-crafted story that rotates narrators constantly and is basically just making the Bat Clan OP and somewhat insane.

Ghost Story by Insane Troll Logic

  • Recommended by: Lyra_Dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It starts with the phantom sound of laughter, glimpses of motion just out of sight, a boy in a tattered Robin suit, and the sneaking suspicion that not all of Jason made it back from the dead.
  • Comments: The ending is sad, especially for Jason's fans.


    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

''See It Coming by The Island Hopper [specific continuity unclear]

Persistence of Memory by E.V. Oleander [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Eagle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Life is a plague of memories for Bruce and Selina. They have done their best to get past them, they find themselves entangled in memories, deceit and truths of the past that they had done their best to hide.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
  • Comments: Perhaps the most realistic take I've ever read about Batman and Catwoman, E.V. Oleander manages to write a depiction of not only Bruce and Selina that is true to their characters, but of Barbara Gordon as well, bringing her into an alternate take on the Nolan verse. Perhaps the best part of her writing is how she manages to bring them together in a way that doesn't turn them into love starved twits, but rather retains the bearing and intelligence each of the characters has in canon. Barbara is smart and cunning, while Selina is the perfect foil to Bruce, even as they struggle to keep their alter egos secret from one another. A classic of fanfiction.

Fixing the Batman #50 Wedding Comic by Phillipe 363

  • Recommended by: Tropeaddict
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Addressing the Batman #50 issue for the wedding between Batman and Catwoman with fixing the massive screw up that happens in it since DC is up to it's usual crap of heroes can't be happy.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
  • Comments: A enjoyable story that allows Bruce and Selina to move out of the StatusQuoIsGod for their characters relationship. Also is obvious FixFic for the Batman #50 comic like it says in the title.

Catching Up by 01cheers [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: byaga
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One more — the 1001st, I know — version of what happened to Bruce and Selina at the end of the Nolan trilogy between the Gotham Bay blast and the Florentine cafe.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
  • Comments: The author of this fic says there are "no big surprises.... just light-ish entertainment", but this is one of the best-executed bits of "light entertainment" I've read on this subject. It cheekily corrects some of TDKR's more egregious bits of business illogic, the setting breathes Hitchcock/Stanley Donen, and Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are sexy, smart and mischievous. Great fun.

Twelve Days of Riddler by SpyVsTailor

  • Recommended by: Carroty
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Over the course of a year, Catwoman and The Riddler discover they aren’t so very different.
  • Pairing: Selina Kyle/Edward Nygma
  • Notes: Has two sequels, The Week of the Cat and The Summer of Scarecrow, as well as a collection of side-stories, Eddie & The Sea Monkey.
  • Comments: Great dry and witty characterization not just with Catwoman and Riddler as their relationship is explored, but the other characters who surround their lives in Gotham.

The Game We Play by Dark Jester

  • Recommended by: Xaun
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is set in the comic series world in the style of The Killing Joke and Arkam Asylum: A Serious House On A Serious Earth and covers a series of events starting with Batman spending a night locked up with the Joker and chronicles how what happens and what is said that night changes what they are and how they see each other.
  • Pairing: Batman/Joker
  • Comments: Well written, well punctuated, good story.
    • I wasn't expecting much from this, but it turned out to be a beautiful, well-written story. Blew my expectations away. Highly recommended.

The Knight Waltz by Blinky Productions (Fan Film)

  • Recommended by: Maki P
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For years, Batman and Catwoman have had a very non-conventional, love/hate relationship. Neither willing to completely submit to the other's ways. What was once an endless fight, has now become a sensually painful dance of seduction and courtship. It is their unending struggle. It is their Knight Waltz.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
  • Comments: Sexy, beautiful, romantic. And the production is excelent! A great short Fan Film about Gotham's sexiest and tempestous couple.

An Unusual Mission... by Adrian Tullberg

  • Recommended by: Cedarleaf, alzbeta
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Having alienated every available young woman within Gotham City limits, Batman is now stuck with the dilemma of finding a date for a charity gala to fend of rumors that his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, is gay. Feeling lonely and having absolutely nothing else on her social calendar, Wonder Woman volunteers to help him out. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Diana Prince
  • Notes: There is a fourth chapter published separately here.
  • Comments: Though only three (very lengthy) chapters long and a dead fic, this is absolutely one of the funniest DCU fanfics this troper has ever read and well worth the read. Crowning Moments of Funny are abound, and include the various superheroes' reaction to Wonder Woman going out with that useless flop Bruce Wayne, Alfred's shameless use of Hammerspace, Bruce kicking the immortal stuffing out of two Amazon guards after Queen Hippolyta pays a visit to Wayne Manor to defend her daughter's honor, Artemis's Immodest Orgasm over Alfred's cookies, and Martian Manhunter breaking up a psychic fight between Batman and Aquaman:
    Suddenly the two's heads stretched backwards, then slammed themselves into the conference table, hard, with a sound like mating coconuts.
    Martian Manhunter: I don't know about you but SOMEONE IS TRYING TO EAT HERE. Either start shouting like humans or beat each other up like superheroes!

Joker Comic by rawenna [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: MuchAdoAboutNonny
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Two years after the events of The Dark Knight, Dr. Harley Quinn is allowed to do a therapy session with the Joker. The red-haired Oxford graduate quickly catches the Joker's eye, and is therefore dragged into a living nightmare when he escapes. Complicating matters is a certain Mr. Wayne, who seems to have developed a soft spot for Harley as well...
  • Pairings: Joker/Harley Quinn, Bruce Wayne/Harley Quinn
  • Comments: What really drew this troper to the comic was the art. The artist has a way of developing characters simply through the art, subtly revealing the Hidden Depths of the characters in spaces where the dialogue simply can't tell enough about them. The eyes, in particular, are beautifully executed. The story itself is much better than it might at first appear. There is some slight trouble with Rouge Angles of Satin toward the beginning; Harley is introduced as Harley Quinn, not Harleen Quinzel, whihc might annoy a few long-time fans; and there are some slight signs of a Self-Insert in Harley's backstory. However, the characters are well-written, with Harley having just as much moxie as her canon counterparts, if with just a tad bit more common sense; Joker is as bad as the film made him out to be, even if he gives Harley a bit more respect than most incarnations; and Batman is...Batman, in all his over-protective and emotionally repressed glory. Well worth a look-see.

In Darkest Light by Meljean Brook

  • Recommended by: BioD
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After an odd sexual episode in the Watchtower, Batman and Wonder Woman go on a quest to find out what's been done to them that will take them from Gotham to Hades itself all while dealing with a certain Clown Prince of Crime.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Diana Prince
  • Comments: I have two sources to blame for my love of Wonder Woman/Batman; the DCAU and this story. It was one of my first encounters with (good) fanfiction and it more than holds up today. The charactarization for both Bruce, Diana, and all the peripheral characters is spot on and while the focus is most definitely on the romance that develops between the two heroes, the story delivers more than enough action to keep the average comic reader entertained. It's rated M so there's some smut, violence and naughty language, but you're on the internet so you shouldn't mind.

The Faith of Averages by LameBicycle98 [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: somebody else
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes both survive The Dark Knight's conclusion...but that doesn't mean they survive unscathed.
  • Pairing: Harvey Dent/Rachel Dawes
  • Comments: LameBicycle98 takes a concept which initially requires some suspension of disbelief and spins it in a way that proves not only believable, but also intelligent. Stunning prose, in-character while simultaneously showing great development, and maintains the overall tone established by Nolan.

Between the Shadow and the Soul by Rusty Halos [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: desir
  • Status: ?
  • Synopsis: When they were wearing masks, it was safe. He was the big damn hero, and she was the manipulative, clever thief. But once their own faces are all that's left, those roles blur together in a dangerous game of love and lust that spans cities, continents, and the biggest distance of all...the one between truth and acceptance. Bruce and Selina, in the after. To be less cryptic about it, this fic is set in the aftermath of The Dark Knight Rises, and follows Bruce and Selina on a journey to several different cities and countries around the world, all the while focusing in on their (legitimately funny) banter, hot sex, and multitude of issues.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
  • Notes: Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Comments: First I have to say that this author has some of the best prose I've ever read in a fanfic. From both a technical standpoint and an artistic standpoint, this story is a joy to read. The descriptions of the cities that Bruce and Selina pass through (Paris, Venice, etc.) are incredible and lavish. They really suck you into the world of this fic. The author also has a really distinct writing style that you'll pick up on almost immediately after starting it, and this troper personally really enjoys it. Secondly, the other huge draw with this fic is the amazing banter between Bruce and Selina. While other fics tend to play down the teasing aspect of their relationship, this fic is kind of powered on it. The banter is 100% believable, and is often sexy, hilarious, or both. While it starts off light-hearted, the fic also gets progressively more intense as Bruce and Selina develop a deeper relationship, and the pacing is spot on. You really feel like you're watching a couple fall in love. This fic hasn't been finished yet, but the author is pretty good about updating. Read it if you're into traveling, actually sensual smut, or believable Batman/Catwoman.

Psalm of the Lark by Jessica-X [set in the Batman Beyond continuity]

  • Recommended by: DragonDeathCab
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU of the reveal in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker where Harley Quinn is found by Batgirl in Arkham and recovers both physically and mentally, putting her on the road to becoming Gotham's newest Knight.
  • Pairing: Barbara Gordon/Harley Quinn
  • Comments: This is one of those for me that I always go back and read through. Harley Quinn is completely adorkable after her recovery and her heel face turn is plausible and well-handled. Femslash is not for everyone's taste, but Gordon and Quinn's relationship is well paced and their chemistry is pretty palpable. Definitely recommended reading.

So, Harv walks into a bar by ChanceORiley27

  • Recommended by: roguehistoria
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Two-Face and Harvey Dent, after deciding a change of scenery is in order, have 'adopted' a new bar. You can image Jamie Mackenzie's surprise when it's her bar they start to frequent.
  • Pairing: Harvey Dent/OC

Pieces by BlackBird47 [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: alzbeta
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Bruce and Selina's life together after the events of The Dark Knight Rises...
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
  • Comments: It's been a while since I read this one, but from what I recall it's beautifully written and it has quite some sex scenes, so be warned.

Bad Jokes by hahaharley [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: foxkindle
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Ever hear the one about the cute little therapist who fell in love with her homicidal maniac of a patient? It's a real killer.
  • Pairing: Joker/Harley Quinn

Sovenance by shobogan

  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Supergirl dies when she fights the Anti-Monitor. Barbara gives Kara's eulogy. There's a lot she doesn't say. Even if the universe doesn't remember Kara Zor-El, she will do.
  • Pairing: Barbara Gordon/Kara Zor-El

Silver Girls by BradyGirl_12

  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Drabbles exploring the relationship between Supergirl and Batgirl.
  • Pairing: Barbara Gordon/Linda Danvers

The Girl Who Fell to Earth by NorJC

  • Recommended by: lillolillo
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: What if Kara Zor-El was eighteen-years-old rather than 'sweet sixteen' when she'd arrived on Earth and Kara and Bruce Wayne found that opposites most certainly do attract? An AU of Superman/Batman: The Supergirl From Krypton.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Kara Zor-El

Nascent by Marshmellowtime

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When it came to Robin, the word simple would never quite do justice to the life he lived and the things he did. But when it came to Damian, the cold, arrogant, but fiercely loyal boy she'd grown to know, she found she didn't care.
  • Pairing: Damian/OC

Part Of The Night by KLCtheBookWorm

  • Recommended by: dmcreif
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set in The Dark Knight Trilogy. An AU for The Dark Knight Rises and sequel, where Selina reacted differently when Bruce visited her after he was bankrupted, and subsequently, Bruce and Selina ended up being held prisoner together by Bane. Has two parts: "The One Rule," which covers the events of The Dark Knight Rises, and "The Wayne Legacy," which follows the aftermath of the movie. [[ Trope page here]].
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne / Selina Kyle
  • Comments: A very beautiful read, which vastly improves and fleshes out Selina's character, giving her much more of a spine than in the actual movie. But not only does the story fix Selina, it also fixes some facets of Bruce's character, adds subplots that show other people affected by Bane's occupation, bringing in several cop characters from the comics as well as bring back Mike Engel for a subplot showing the press handling Bane. All in all, it strengthens many of the underdeveloped plot points from the movie.


The Man Who Sold the World by Chico_Cortes (link)

  • Recommended by: Berzerkerking
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Bloodborne
  • Synopsis: The hunter has ascended to the status to great one, and now has come to Gotham, shattering the barrier between worlds.
  • Comment: while not perfect by any means, it's a fun and enjoyable read with an interesting take on how it is to be a great one in a world as 'normal' as Gotham. The characters are also quite interesting.

World's Finest vrs The Children of the Atom by Kusco

  • Recommended by: fortunecookie
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: X-Men
  • Synopsis: The story starts with Batman investigating the abduction of a young mutant girl. The plot thickens when Batman is accused of the murder of Charles Xavier. Lots of plot twists follow until the true villains and their agenda are revealed.
  • Notes: Has a sequel, DC and Marvel: A Perfect Storm.
  • Comment: A must read for any X-Men or Batman fan. Being a fan of either is not a prerequisite for enjoyment though, the story is just that good. It's well written, has a compelling story and excellent characterization. Minor characters (Nightcrawler and many more) are given their opportunity to shine. There are hints at a Myth Arc with the Marvel and DC universes somehow merging and the world in danger of destruction, that are left open. The sequel seems to be picking up there, but hasn't been updated in a while now.

Flesh And Bones by ksjdfalsjdfskd [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: SlaaneshIsSexxxy
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Gossip Girl
  • Synopsis: Blair just wanted to withdraw some cash from the bank...
  • Comments: Really hoping this oneshot would have a sequel.

A Dark Knight over Sin City by capyle

  • Recommended by: alzbeta
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Sin City
  • Synopsis: Batman travels to Sin City on the trail of the Yellow Bastard and a handful of his worst enemies. Along the way, he run afoul of the Sin City underworld, Old Town, and just about everyone else.

Gotham Intelligence by Solauren [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: SAMAS
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: James Bond
  • Synopsis: Batman's actions in The Dark Knight are having greater consequences than he thought. The organization Quantum has started making overtures towards both Wayne Enterprises and the Gotham Underworld, and recent events have convinced a number of intelligence agencies, namely the CIA and MI-6, that Batman may be working with them to those ends. And none other than Special Agent James Bond is coming to Gotham to find the truth.

Ace Of Spades by LeontinaStardust

For Laughs by Slinky-and-the-BloodyWands [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: TempusCorvus, feral, Jonn
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Criminal Minds
  • Synopsis: Set after The Dark Knight. The BAU comes to Gotham to help catch The Joker after he escapes from Arkham. But if they want to catch The Joker, they'll need to profile The Batman.
  • Comments: I'd never seen an episode of Criminal Minds the first time I read this. So after watching some of the show, I went back. It's amazing how well Slinky writes the characters from both TDK and CM. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. Just read it.
    • I like the fic, though the narration and dialogue can be a bit awkward at times. No problem otherwise. —Jonn

The Mystery Of The Dark Knight by Sly M. Cogan

  • Recommended by: DrWillHatch45
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Sherlock Holmes
  • Synopsis: During Bruce Wayne's multi-year sojourn away from Gotham City, he learns detective skills by none other than the legendary Sherlock Holmes.
  • Comments: Very well written, and the characterizations for a younger Bruce Wayne and an older Sherlock are pretty interesting. They're not exactly how you're used to seeing them, but it fits within their personal histories. The plots(there are many different mini-mysteries in here) are well thought out.

a mirror, darkly by Silver Pard

  • Recommended by: Azusa
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Sherlock
  • Synopsis: Excerpts of a 123-year love letter from Gotham to London, (ongoing).
  • Pairing: Gotham/London
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: Every time I try to type something in here, it comes out wrong. It's impossible for me to capture what makes this fic brilliant. It's not the excellent use of semi-personification; it's not the excellent characterization; it's not the chilling tone kept all the way through the story. I don't know what it is, but I heavily recommend it. This is one of those rare fics that makes up for every bad thing that has ever raised its ugly head form the depths of the internet. In conclusion, just read it.

The Billionaire Boys Club by freakyperfume [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Captain Fine, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Iron Man
  • Synopsis: Tony always thought it was better to ask forgiveness rather than permission. When he meets Bruce Wayne, he plays it by his rules—that is to say: none at all.
  • Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark
  • Comment: This writer has Tony's voice down to a pat and the dialogue is just dripping with snark. Pretty much one of the best Bruce/Tony stories around.

Harry Potter and the Dark Knight by Denial and Deception

  • Recommended by: feral
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Madness is like gravity, all you need is a little push... Dark!Harry.

A Game of Thrones: The House of Wayne by OccamsChainsaw15

  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with: Game of Thrones
  • Synopsis: While the lords of Westeros battle for the crown, the last living member of the House of Wayne wages his own war in the shadows.
  • Comments: One of the best crossovers I every read, the author perfectly fuse the Batman mythos in the Game of Thrones world.

Vigilante by Zanganito

  • Recommended by: feral
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with: Death Note
  • Synopsis: After a terrible mistake with the Death Note, Light has a change of heart and decides to make up for the mistake in his own twisted way.

The Wizard of Gotham by Skysaber

  • Recommended by: feral
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter.
  • Synopsis: After failing to cheat Bruce Wayne on a deal for drills, Vernon Dursley takes his frustrations out on Harry Potter, by abandoning him in Gotham City.

Change is the Only Constant by Mara Greengrass

  • Recommended by: roguehistoria
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: House
  • Synopsis: When Bruce Wayne becomes Dr. Gregory House's latest patient, House's hidden past might just be disclosed.

Innocence And Experience by redgrass-and-silvertrees (link)

  • Recommended by: Reppuzan
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Young Justice
  • Synopsis: What starts as a normal patrol ends up shaking up the world of Young Justice when a future Robin appears. The Team struggles to deal with Damian and the future he represents all the while trying to send him home.
  • Comments: This story is a satisfying take on the age-old "Damian meets the Young Justice team". Instead of the usual "alternate unvierse" premise, the author attempts to canon weld Damian's Pre-New 52 life story into the Young Justice timeline through time travel, and does so seamlessly, even managing some throwaway references to Batman Beyond. There is a lot of angst, and Dick is sometimes irritatingly (but sometimes understandably) hostile towards his future little brother. Nevertheless, the original plot, good pacing, and overall strong dialogue make it well-worth reading for Damian fans while remaining firmly set in the Young Justice mindset. Takes place after the events of New Years Eve but before the timeskip.

The Least by AnimeWolfGirl16

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Inside Out
  • Synopsis: She was the least used emotion and she had accepted it a long time ago. Until one day changed all that.

Once Upon a Crime by Gaia Faye [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: Madame_Newbie
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Enchanted
  • Synopsis: Giselle, a Gotham tourist visiting from New York City, spends the day with a nice, young man with a song in his heart and scars on his face.
  • Comments: This story keeps everyone in canon. Although the very premise is crack, the author deftly juggles the interaction between Giselle and the Joker without sacrificing what made each of them unique. Batman even makes a cameo at the end.

Darkness Within by phoenixnz [set in The Dark Knight Trilogy continuity]

  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Smallville
  • Synopsis:
    • The Darkness Within Oliver and Chloe go to talk to Bruce about joining the league and Bruce tells him he knows the truth about Duncan’s accident. For that reason he does not trust Oliver.
    • Never Forget As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Green Arrow/Oliver Queen is still a bully boy and he will never let him forget it.
    • Facing the Past Clark tries to talk to Bruce about his attitude towards Oliver and it ends up being almost a philosophical debate on the rights and wrongs of the past.
    • Conscience When Chloe is badly injured, Bruce gains a new perspective on Oliver.
  • Comments: For those of us who saw the episode Reunion and lost respect for Oliver and think he got off to easy this is the story for you.

Seven Years Running... by Quinis

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: White Collar
  • Synopsis: It was supposed to be a simple undercover mission. A favour for a friend who needed a conman thief. No one else could really do it. The short, simple, undercover mission is still ongoing, seven years later. The only person cool with this is the one undercover. (Or: In which Neal Caffrey and Dick Grayson are one and the same.)

Batman & the Lady in Red by jjhatter

  • Recommended by Amazing Cartoon Hero
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Carmen Sandiego
  • Synopsis: When the World's Greatest Thief begins a strange crime spree in Gotham, angering some of the city's most notorious criminals in the process, it's up to the World's Greatest Detective to put the pieces together before the situation gets out of hand...

People Like Us by RovingOtter [set in the Joker continuity]

  • Recommended by Spectacular Troper
  • Crossover with: Taxi Driver
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Arthur Fleck/Travis Bickle
  • Synopsis:
    • People Like Us: Arthur Fleck is beaten and left on the pavement amidst the pieces of his broken sign. Someone finds him there. (Complete)
    • Funny Thoughts: Arthur and Travis have a conversation. (Complete)
    • West: Arthur and Travis leave Gotham and head west, hoping to start a new life together. It's not happy ever after, but it's something. (Ongoing)

Over the Line by RovingOtter [set in the Joker continuity]

  • Recommended by Spectacular Troper
  • Crossover with: Taxi Driver
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Arthur Fleck/Travis Bickle
  • Synopsis: Arthur Fleck kills three men on the subway. Someone sees him.

Alternative Title(s): The Dark Knight Trilogy


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