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List of The Batman villains

The following is a list of the villains who have appeared in the Batman animated series, The Batman, their background in the show and their likely inspirations.

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BaneBlack MaskBlazeCatwomanClayface / Ethan BennettClayface / Basil KarloCluemasterCount VertigoD.A.V.E.DraculaEverywhere ManFirefly/PhosphorusFrancis GreyGearheadHarley QuinnHideto KatsuHugo StrangeThe JoiningJokerJoker 2.0Kabuki TwinsKiller CrocKiller MothLex LuthorMan-BatMartyMercy GravesMaxie ZeusMetalloMirror MasterMr. FreezeNumber OnePenguinPoison IvyPrankPunch and JudyRagdollRhino & MugsyRiddlemenRiddlerRumorRupert ThorneShadow ThiefSinestroSmokeSolomon GrundySpellbinderTemblorTerrible TrioTony ZuccoToymanVentriloquist & ScarfaceWrath and Scorn
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Bane

Biography

Real name: Unknown

Bane is a South American mercenary. He is said to have undergone experiments in the Amazon. Bane is a match for Batman at first, even breaking a few of his bones and fracturing his arm. Unlike the comics version, he doesn't break Batman's back. Bane was stopped at a bank, where Batman constructed a Bat-Bot that could defeat him. However, before Bane totally destroys Batman and the Bat-Bot, Batman electrocutes the tubes of venom on his body, turning him back to normal.

In Brawn, Bane is mentioned, but not seen when Joker steals his venom. He appears in the Main Title Sequence for seasons 1 and 2 in his Venom-altered "super-form." He also appears, in both his normal form and his Venom-altered "super-form" in the opening credits for the third season. Bane appeared in Team Penguin, offering to take up the invitation to join Penguin's Injustice Gang. However, he was taken down by Batman and his new partner, Robin while robbing a bank.

In Rumors, Bane was captured by Rumor. At the end of the episode, he was set free, only to have his venom system destroyed by Batman and Robin. He is currently locked up in Arkham Asylum.

He also makes a cameo appearance in The Joining: Part Two, helping Gotham PD to take down the alien threat.

Bane was among the villains hired by Lex Luthor to take out Superman. He showed up in the episodes weaker than his debut episode. Batman was able to flip, and throw him an amazing distance.

Appearances

  • Traction
  • Team Penguin
  • Rumors
  • The Joining, Part Two (cameo)
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One

Black Mask

Biography

Real Name: Roman Sionis

Black Mask is a powerful crime boss, who has a vast organization of henchmen (including Number One) working for him. He has managed to steal a powerful shock wave generator, and hold the city ransom. However, Batman stops him from triggering the device, and captures him. Black Mask is held for questioning in Gotham PD, to find out where the generator is, and to stop his organization from triggering it again. However, his henchmen manage to break him free from jail before Robin and Batgirl manage to fight him and lock him in another jail cell while Batman is captured by Black Mask's henchmen. Black Mask eventually manages to escape and get on a helicopter to active the generator and destroy Gotham, but is ultimately beaten by the sidekicks, and once again arrested.

Black Mask made a re-appearance in Rumors. He was accidentally frozen by Mr. Freeze and was locked up in Arkham.

He also returns in season 5 where Lex Luthor hires him and Clayface to kidnap Lois Lane. He eventually uses a laser that has the powers of the red sun on Superman. After the other villains were defeated by Batman and Superman, Lois Lane tripped him and revealed that Lex Luthor is in cahoots with him. He also appears in "What Goes Up.." where he and Shadow Thief use the Nth metal to rob the Gem Depository. However Hawk Man and Batman become able to stop him.

Appearances

  • The Breakout
  • Rumors
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One
  • What Goes Up

Blaze

Biography

Real Name: Jane Blazedale

Dr. Jane Blazedale was a nuclear physicist who quit her job at Gotham University when her project for boosting nuclear energy output was shut down due to safety concerns. She eventually teamed up with Garfield Lynns and helped him steal the Phosphorous Isotope in order to upgrade his jetpack, but an accident transform Garfield into Phosphorous. Blaze insisted that Garfield go to a hospital, but he was bent on continuing his plan of stealing enough money to go away with Blaze forever. Blaze left Garfield and teamed up with Batman, Batgirl, and Robin in stopping Phosphorous from causing a meltdown at the power plant. She was arrested, but visited Garfield in Arkham to tell him that their relationship was over.

Appearances

  • White Heat

Catwoman

Biography

Real name: Selina Kyle

Catwoman is a masked thief. Agile, smart, charming and tough. In The Cat and the Bat, she attempts to steal from a yakuza boss named Hideto Katsu, but is caught on security cameras and flees the scene. In a later chase, she is shown to be a rival in hand to hand combat and athletic skills with Batman. The cat thief proved to be skillful enough to beat down the Dark Knight with Agility. She uses this to steal his utility belt. She attempts to steal from the Hideto Katsu again, but is nearly killed by the ninjas he calls over to assist him. However, she and Batman team up to defeat them. In the end, she reluctantly agrees to give back the utility belt but escapes the law.

She also reappeared in The Cat, The Bat and the Very Ugly when she teams up with Penguin (reminiscent of Batman Returns). However, the bird boy betrays her with his deadly geishas. Catwoman is cuffed with Batman to stop the infamous criminal Penguin in destroying the Gotham's children Hospital. Despite a good partnership, Catwoman kicks the Dark Knight to steal the feline statue she sought since the beginning. The Dark Knight stops Catwoman and hand-cuffs both her and the Penguin. Unfortunately, Penguin and Catwoman escaped using the Penguin's umbrella.

Ragdolls to Riches, when she and Batman are pitted against Ragdoll and The Laughing Cats, in which she fights Joker. In the end, she didn't manage to steal the emeralds but escapes the law once again leaving Ragdoll to either going to jail or fleeing...

In The Laughing Cats, her plan to make off with Black Siberian Leopards backfired when Joker interferes with his plan to give the leopards to the hunter Killgore Steed. Both their plots were thwarted by Batman and Batgirl.

In Rumors, she is captured by Rumor. She was not apprehended, and is still at large.

She is hinted to have a romantic interest in Batman and to a lesser extense, Penguin. however the latter was just an attempt to steal both the feline statue she wants and the bird statue the Penguin wants in The Cat, The Bat and the Very Ugly.

Influences

Catwoman, in The Batman, appears to be based on Selina's costume in the comics from 2001 onwards, with a few edits, including a new mask design and new claws. (See the article on Catwoman for more details.]

Appearances

  • The Cat and the Bat
  • The Cat, the Bat, and the Very Ugly
  • Ragdolls to Riches
  • The Laughing Cats
  • Rumors

Clayface / Ethan Bennett

Voice Actor: Steve Harris

Real Name: Ethan Bennett

Biography

Ethan Bennett was once working at the Gotham PD and one of Bruce Wayne's best friends. He was a supporter on the Dark Knight, and continuously as odd with his partner Detective Ellen Yin , who sees the hero as a criminal thoughtout the first season of the show. Wayne at one point attempts to reveal his secret to his friend to fully gain his trust.

On the episode "The Rubber Face of Comedy", Joker captured and tortured by him, which nearly driven him insane before being rescued by Batman and Yin. During the torture, he inhaled a fume from the Clown Prince Of Crime's Joker Putty (something that turns solid objects into a clay-like, putty substance). That turned Ethan into Clayface. Clayface was an adversary for The Batman but he also wanted revenge on the Joker for turning him into a claylike creature. After an attempt to rebuilt his life, Clayface given in to the dark side of his nature on the episode "Meltdown" and embarked a criminal career on "Grundy's Night"

Eventually, Bennett realized that being a criminal isn't who he was, and on the episode "Clayfaces," he turned himself in to the authority with The Joker, whom he captured, decided that he'd rather have justice other than vengeance from him. However, after actor Basil Karlo ingested the same formula which gave him his powers and became a new Clayface, Bennett determined to stop his successor in order to make sure his legacy as Clayface won't continue and a chance to make up for his crimes. Eventually the battle between the two Clayfaces ended with Batman gave them an antidote for their conditions, apparently forever.

On the episode, "Artifacts," suggested that Bennett would rejoined the law enforcement once more and would become a Chief of Police and an ally of Batman with Yin.

Appearances

  • The Bat in the Belfry
  • Call of the Cobblepot
  • Traction
  • The Man Who Would Be Bat
  • The Big Chill
  • Topsy Turvy
  • The Rubberface of Comedy
  • Clayface of Tragedy
  • Meltdown
  • Grundy's Night
  • Clayfaces

Clayface / Basil Karlo

Biography

Real Name: Basil Karlo

Basil Karlo was originally an amateur, ugly actor with poor acting skills. He was only in one low-budget B-movie, Revenge of the Atomic Clone. When he was turned down from a dog food commercial, Karlo stole a concentrated Clayface formula from the laboratory where the anti-Clayface formula was being developed, and drank it, thinking it would enhance his acting skills. When he gained shapeshifting abilities, he tried to audition again for the commercial as a tall, strong male lead, but failed. Angrily, Karlo attacked the auditioners, nearly killing them in the form of a wolf. When he was identified as a new Clayface, he became addicted to his new fame, and went on a criminal rampage, always hoping to get more and more of the media's attention, even trying to kill Batman to infuse his name with permanent fame. It finally took Batman, Robin, and the original Clayface, Ethan Bennett, to defeat him.

Karlo and Bennett took a dose from a Clayface cure. However, while Bennett was "cured," Karlo discovered in Arkham that he still has his Clayface abilities. It is noteworthy to mention, aside from that, that Karlo has even greater powers than the first Clayface, effectively marking him as the most powerful Clayface to ever be depicted in animation. His powers are so advanced, he can tear bank vaults off of their hinges by sheer brutal force with a sole clay hook, his constructs are far more perfect than Bennett's (though his poor acting skills tend to give him away), can generate massive waves of weapons from his body, can grow in size to become a behemoth threat, and his weapons are more advanced than Bennett's, allowing him to create weapons so advanced as massive rotating drills and other deadly and destructive weapons.

He was one of the few villains not captured by Rumor.

Basil Karlo later assisted Black Mask into kidnapping Lois Lane by posing as Clark Kent and trapping her in his body and loading her into the limo that Black Mask was in. However, he never talked but attacks most often. He escaped during the fight against Batman, Robin, and Superman, but was defeated at Lex Luthor's Gotham HQ.

Appearances

  • Clayfaces
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part Two

Cluemaster

Biography

Real name: Arthur 'Artie' Brown

Cluemaster is a question-themed villain. This version of Cluemaster, instead of being a children's game show host, is one of the contestants. Apparently living with his mother, for twelve weeks he was the champion on 'Think, Thank, Thunk'. However, he was beaten and claimed that the host and the producer had rigged his defeat. He kidnapped them and staged a version of 'Think, Thank, Thunk' in which the losers would be dunked in acid. However, he was defeated by Batman when he caused his over-weight body to collapse onto the floor, knocking him out.

He also makes a cameo in Rumors. He was accidentally frozen by Mr. Freeze and finally arrested at the end of the episode.

Appearances

  • Q&A
  • Rumors (Cameo)

Count Vertigo

Biography

Real name: Werner Vertigo

Count Vertigo appears in the episode Vertigo. Werner Vertigo was a former employee of Oliver Queen's company until Oliver fired him. With a mechanical eye he invented, he became Count Vertigo and caused Oliver Queen to fall off his boat, (upon experiencing vertigo) stranding him on the island for years. Now an enemy of Green Arrow, he appeared in Gotham City where he and his henchmen built a powerful gyroscope that was going to make the citizens of Gotham suffer from vertigo. Green Arrow thought that he was teamed up with Bruce Wayne, though Green Arrow teamed up with Bruce a.k.a. Batman to stop Count Vertigo. In the end he tried to flee in a helicopter but Batman and Green Arrow stopped him. When it appeared Green Arrow was going to kill him, he froze him with one of his arrows.

Appearances

  • Vertigo

D.A.V.E.

D.A.V.E is a robot made by Dr. Hugo Strange. It possess several Batman villains brains. That's why D.A.V.E called himself as an "the ultimate criminal mastermind"

Appearance:

Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind

Dracula

Biography

Real name: N/A (possibly Vlad Dracula III (Vlad Drăculea III)).

A murderous immortal creature who resided in Transylvania. After causing a series of mayhems on London in a failed plot of spreading a plague throughout the city, Professor Abraham Van Helsing led a group of vampire hunters made up of one of Dracula's victims Lucy Westenra's friends: Jonathan Harker, Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray-Harker, Arthur Holmwood, Quincey Morris, and Van Helsing's own student Dr. John Seward. They chased the vampire from England to his native land. Count Dracula was killed while sleeping in his coffin one night by the villagers led by the professor in the town. Driving a stake through his heart, Dracula perished.

His body was shipped far away from Transylvania and buried in Gotham Cemetery. His legends live on through Irish writer Abraham "Bram" Stoker, who wrote a book based of the accounts of Lucy's friends and the vampire's victims, which would leads to a series of theatrical and film interpretations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. His corpse and heart shriveled up, but the ability for him to come back was always there, if someone gave him just a single drop of blood.

The blood that revived Dracula came from The Penguin. Accidentally cutting himself on his umbrella knife, Penguin dripped his blood onto Dracula's shriveled corpse. The blood hit the heart and Dracula's body immediately began to regenerate. After sucking the blood from a nearby cemetery guard, Dracula recruited Penguin to be his "tomb keeper" while he slept during the day. Penguin resisted at first, but after being put under Dracula's mind control, he was forced to accept.

Dracula became intrigued with the man known as 'The Batman.' Thinking that his legacy had gone on long after his death, Dracula eventually confronted The Batman and asked him to join his side to take over Gotham City. The Batman refused and Dracula had nearly killed The Batman before the sun came up and started to burn Dracula's skin.

Dracula also became obsessed with bringing his dead wife back from the dead. Using the body and life force from Gotham City star reporter Vicki Vale, Dracula nearly succeeded in bringing back his dead wife with her cremated remains. The Batman intervened after defeating Dracula's minions, known as the "Lost Ones" by injecting them with a serum that counteract the vampiric virus in their system that turned them back to normal, and interrupted the process by throwing his garlic bombs, bringing the life back into Vicki and allowing her to escape from Dracula's clutches.

Dracula had a final showdown with The Batman, which eventually led them to the Batcave. After being nearly killed and Alfred knocked out, The Batman was able to turn on his prototype device that stored energy from the sun. Dracula had seen the device before at Bruce Wayne's corporate party, and realized that his enemy and the young billionaire are the same man, and Wayne was leading him to a trap. Dracula was caught in the beam of light and his flesh and blood was burned. The Batman delivered a final blow to Dracula that sent his bones scattering around the Batcave, ending Dracula once and for all. Alfred has swept his remains to a dustbin.

Influences

While Dracula is a character of the classic horror genre and not usually associated with Batman, the idea of the two fighting has been explored in two unofficial films before The Batman vs. Dracula, "Batman Fights Dracula" and Andy Warhol's "Batman Dracula," as well as DC Comics' Elseworlds graphic novel trilogy Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, Batman: Bloodstorm, and Batman: Crimson Mist.

After Dracula is killed and his body shattered, his skull can be seen. Dracula's dentition can also been seen several times throughout the movie. It appears Dracula's dentition was heavily influenced by the actual vampire bat, with both enlarged incisors and canines, instead of merely large canines like most vampire stereotypes.

Appearances

Everywhere Man

Firefly/Phosphorus

Biography

Real name: Garfield Lynns

Firefly is a work for hire arsonist who uses laser technology to commit his crimes. He was hired to take down the enemies of Gothcorp so Gothcorp couldn't fund the children's hospital, but was discovered and defeated by Batman.

In Fire and Ice, he teamed up with Mr. Freeze to ice over Gotham, but their rivalry led to them being defeated by each other and Batman.

Firefly reappeared in Team Penguin, as a member of Team Penguin, but, like the other members, was defeated.

In Rumors, Firefly was captured by Rumor. He was accidentally attacked by Killer Croc and arrested.

In White Heat, he is shown to have a new partner named Dr. Jane Blazedale (codename "Blaze"). After they stole a material called Phosphorus Isotope to experiment on, Firefly planned to use it to upgrade his battle suit only for an accident to affect him. Firefly mutated into Phosphorus when they ran into Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. Batman had a lead lining suit made by his next enounter. Batgirl found them at a grocery store and Blaze tried to persuade Phosphorus to get treated. At Gotham's Nuclear Plant, Batman wore his new suit to fight Phosphorus and eventually used liquid nitrogen to stop him. Phosphorus was incarcerated in Arkham where there may be a chance to restore him to normal.

Appearances

  • The Big Heat
  • Fire and Ice
  • Team Penguin
  • Rumors
  • White Heat as Phosphorus

Francis Grey

Biography

  • Real Name: Francis Grey

Francis Grey was originally a happy family man, but had a terrible life, with immense bills he and his wife were unable to pay. Francis, who has previously promised to his wife he would, for once, "make things right," decided to steal a valuable watch from the clock repair shop where he worked. Unfortunately, this set off the alarm, and upon running outside bumped into a nearby policeman, caused a hot dog stand to roll out into the street resulting in a massive car crash, a power outage, a destroyed newspaper stand, and a tanker truck exploding.

Francis was arrested then and there, and sentenced to 17 years in prison. As time went on, Francis was consumed by the one mistake he wished he could change, but buried these emotions when he began fixing clocks for the guards. This made the situation worse, as Francis soon found himself "surrounded" by all the time he was losing, and eventually snapped and screamed "STOP!!!" which miraculously stopped the clocks for a split second. Curious, Francis concentrated on one of the clocks, and not only stopped it, but reversed it by one second.

Francis realized he could manipulate time itself, and refined his power over the next 15 years in the hopes of going back 20 years to stop him destroying his life (his wife had divorced him in prison), but could only get a maximum of 20 seconds.

Upon parole 17 years after his arrest, Francis wished to make all of Gotham City pay, and began stealing components and ingredients and assembling a deadly nerve gas bomb for the purpose of detonating it on New Years Day in Gotham's Time Square.

Despite the efforts of Batman, Robin and Batgirl, all attempts to capture or convince Francis to stop failed, and the bomb was released, killing everyone in Gotham, including the heroes. Unfortunately, Batman had sent for Matthew, Francis' son, in the hopes he could make Francis stop. Francis was too late to stop the gas from killing Matthew, and, as he cradled his body in his arms, Francis screamed "NO!!!" as his erratic emotions amplified his power to such a degree, he was sent back in time to the point just before he stole the clock.

This time, Francis, remembering the Batman's last words of "It's not too late to make the right choice," decided to not steal the clock and sort out his problems another way. Apparently this worked, his relationship was saved, and he ended up living a happy life as a clock repair man with his son, making him one of the only reformed villains in the series.

This character is possibly based off the Clock King.

Appearances

  • Seconds

Gearhead

Real name: Nathan Finch

Biography

In this version, Gearhead is a criminal car racer who operates with advanced forms of nanotechnology, Gearhead first showed up with a souped-up yellow race car during a charity race that Bruce Wayne, alias Batman, was competing in. Gearhead stole all the charity money and rode off, leaving all the contestants baffled. Soon after, Bruce Wayne changes into his alter ego of the Batman and is hot on Gearhead's trail. However, the criminal's hi-tech vehicle had some surprises of its own--it could extend small metal cords and attach them to other vehicles, giving Gearhead full control over the vehicle. Later, back at the Batcave, Bruce and his faithful butler Alfred looked more deeply into nanotechnology and made some new adjustments to the Batmobile. With a bigger and better vehicle, Batman was ready for round two of his match. With the help of Batgirl, he rode out to take Gearhead down. In the final battle when Batman almost destroyed Gearhead's vehicle, the villain jumped out of his hi-tech car and it reverted into a junky, beat-up old one. Gearhead then took control of an ordinary motorcycle, and it transformed into a super vehicle just like his car had been. This revealed to Batman that Gearhead was probably some sort of a cyborg who was built of nanotechnology and could alter vehicles and mechanical devices at will. The fight went on for a while, until Gearhead tried to use his technology to take over the new Batmobile. To his dismay, however, Batman's new adjustments had blocked any take over and caused Gearhead's metal cords to lock in place when he tried. Gearhead was trapped and soon placed in jail.

Gearhead was among the villains captured by Rumor and was seen when the cell the villains were in opened up.

They also made a toy of him from the cartoon but renamed him "Metal Head."

Appearances

  • RPM
  • Rumors (cameo)

Harley Quinn

Biography

Real name: Dr. Harleen Quinzel

Harleen Quinzel was a famous phone-in psychiatrist who hosted the show "Heart-to-Heart with Harley." She would talk to people about their love life, but was threatened by a mother when she told her daughter to go against the mother's wishes. The company threatened to pull the plug on Harley's show, but she had other plans. When Bruce Wayne arrived to talk about his charity, Harley attempted to humiliate him by bringing in one of his dates. All while the Joker, who was a fan of the show because of Harley's quirkyness and obvious fraudulence, called up under the name Mr. J, and got to voice his opinion. The company cut Harley's show, and she resigned to her apartment. The Joker, whose henchmen had recently been arrested, decided to make her his new assistant. He visited her house and she willingly followed him to his lair. She revealed that a nutcase like the Joker would be a perfect chance to restart her career and write a book. Joker didn't like the idea, but when he sicked his hyenas on Harley, she just yelled at them to sit. After a little "therapy time," Joker gave Harley a new outfit representing a harlequin. They spent a romantic bombing spree together, but were almost stopped by the Batman. In the morning, Harley was furious when she found out that another psychiatrist was planning a special show that would air at the time and channel when her valentine special would have. She was even angrier when she found out that the analysis was on her descent from fraudulent program into criminal madness. She and Joker crashed the show and Harley attempted to take revenge. Batman showed up and the building began to burn. Joker ran off with the hyenas, leaving Harley to her fate. She was saved, but realized that perhaps it wasn't a good idea to be with the Joker. But as she got into the police car, the officer sat on a whoopie cushion. He pulled it out to reveal that Mr. J had made his mark on Harley. She began laughing hysterically, perhaps destroying any possibility of her becoming sane ever again.

In "Rumors" she was captured by Rumor. When it was mentioned by Rumour that he was targeting Joker next, She looked into an empty cell worriedly, showing that she still cares deeply for him.

In "The Metal Face of Comedy," Harley, along with the rest of the Joker's associates (Punch, Judy and Marty) spends the bulk of the episode continually switching allegiance with the original Joker and his nanobot composed clone Joker 2.0 (whom she was at first disgusted by). She, along with the Joker and her allies, are arrested at the end of the episode by Robin, after being saved from Joker 2.0, who had run amok, by Batman.

Influences

Harley did not appear in the comic book to begin with, but the animated series. This version of Harley hasn't changed much from the original other than the differences in her outfit (the mask covers up her eyes, her headpiece is move over the top than the original), and she even sports the same Queens accent, as well as her profession changing from an actual psychiatrist, to a psychologist with an on-line degree. The hyenas also make a return from the original, and she drops a few lines from the original series, such as "puddin'", which is only used once. Also, Hynden Walch, Harley Quinn's voice actress, has a similar voice to Arleen Sorkin's, who was the first woman to voice Harley in Batman: The Animated Series. She also remains an excellent gymnast and has proven herself to be quite skilled in close combat situations.

Appearances

  • Two of a Kind
  • Rumors
  • The Metal Face of Comedy
  • The End of Batman

Hideto Katsu

Biography

Hideto Katsu was the head of a crime family moved from the Orient to Gotham in order to make a living. He was known for being the owner of a valuable Oriental Palace. After Catwoman stole from him, Katsu wanted to have his Yakuza gang and his hired ninjas to kill her the next time she stole from him. Catwoman then came back for another theft. Batman arrived as well and the two took out Katsu's gang as well as Katsu. Evidence was discovered that he was planning to expand into Gotham. He hasn't been seen since his arrest.

Appearances

  • The Cat and the Bat

Hugo Strange

Biography

The morally ambiguous head chief of Psychiatry at Arkham Asylum, who is driven by his keen interest of the criminal mind.

A psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, Professor Hugo Strange has an interest in the minds of the psychopaths that fill the cells in Arkham. Strange testified at Ethan Bennett's, aka Clayface, court date, giving Ethan a clean bill of health for his mental stasis. The mad psychiatrist intended to "test" Bennett's mental affliction.

Although he claims to want to help the inmates at Arkham Asylum, Hugo Strange seems more bent on finding out how the criminal mind works, rather than simply curing it.

When the Joker kidnapped Ellen Yin and was then shortly arrested after by the Batman, the GCPD had to locate where the detective was abducted. The police authorized Professor Strange to use his brain machine to infiltrate the Joker's mind in order to find the location. It was clear by the end Strange never wanted to rescue "Yin" but to explore the psychotic clown's past and tumors. In the end of the episode, Strange records that he got what he wanted with Joker.

After being "cured" of his affliction by Professor Hugo Strange, Arnold Wesker was able to resume his life in the real world. Despite being successful in his new life, Professor Hugo Strange wished to "test" his criminal therapy and gave the Scarface puppet back to Wesker, causing him to fold and resume being Wesker and Scarface.

In Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind, Prof. Strange creates D.A.V.E., an A.I. program made with the brain patterns of several Gotham villains, including himself. When D.A.V.E. proceeded to escape and Strange was discovered to have preprogrammed and allowed it, he was determined to be insane and was incarcerated in Arkham. He said at the end of that episode that Batman may think that he has defeated the Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind but he must think again, stating that he thinks himself as the Ultimate Criminal Mastermind.

In Strange New World, he made plans to turn all of Gotham, bar himself, into zombie-like creatures who obey his every command. He was barely stopped in time and moved to maximal security if not he had escaped Arkham Asylum.

In Rumors, Hugo Strange is abducted by the hateful Rumor who wants to get rid of crime by executing them all. The mad psychiatrist requested a dead man favor in asking Rumor why is he seeking to punish criminals. The sinister self vigilante replied that his boss, Paul Karen, is a good man but was wounded critically by the Joker. Batman had a chance to eliminate villains but was following his code of ethics so he couldn't do what was necessary. Strange easily mocked Mario(Rumor) in saying that the bodyguard was not vigilante of justicer but only an emotional man who tried to undo his failure of being unable to protect his boss from his accident at the hands of the Joker. By the end of the episode, only Professor Strange and Catwoman remained at large.

In "Lost Heroes," he helps the Joining into capturing the Justice League and uploading their powers into their robots. However, when the Joining give him his reward of all the knowledge in the universe, his cerebral cortex cannot handle it and he is reduced to a drooling, catatonic state.

Appearances

The Joining

An extraterrestrial mental/technological societal/militant manifestation with an as yet unexplained origin and determination to conquer/destroy Earth. It/they are reminiscent of Brainiac, an enemy of Superman, who has ambitions on learning all knowledge there is to know and then destroy existence. In the two part episode, The Joining, they attacked Earth, causing destruction everywhere, and Batman and his enemies even worked together to destroy them. The Joining was supposedly destroyed. However, they later returned to Earth, being a little sneakier, for the last time was apparently a test, and this time, they had help from Hugo Strange, who consumed the powers of the Justice League, and gave them to the Joining. The heroes got back their powers, and destroyed the member of the Joining holding them, and the Joining's operating base was destroyed, along with the rest of the army of Joining duplicates.

Similarities to Brainiac

  • The idea of a creature who has ambitions on learning all knowledge there is to know and then destroy existence is similar to Brainiac's DCAU profile.
  • The Joining leader's face resembled Brainiac and the creatures voice resembled Corey Burton.
  • The Joining's appearance distinctly resembles Brainiac's black ship in Smallville, a TV show based around the Superman mythos.
  • When the Joining give Hugo Strange the knowledge of the universe, they extend tentacles into his head similarly to when Brainiac messes with someone's brain in Smallville.

Appearances

Joker

Biography

Real name: Unknown

The arch nemesis of The Batman, Joker is a maniacal harlequin whose bizarre appearance and unnerving instinct for the absurd have earned him a reputation as the most dangerous criminal in the annals of crime....For Joker, each transgression he commits is an elaborate joke in which he tries to leave his victims dying with laughter, literally. More than any other enemy, Joker becomes inextricably linked to The Batman, as the crazed killer insane clown plots begin to take increasingly more personal tolls on the crime fighter. While it seems Joker is often used as a comic relief, he is not to be taken lightly, as he was able to actually beat Batman once in a hand to hand combat without cheating in any way.

"All it takes is one rotten day to transform a normal man into a monster! ...Well, in my case, a rotten day and a chemical bath!

Wanting nothing more than to make people laugh while he was still sane, Joker was born when he fell into a vat of chemicals. Rising out of the vat, the chemicals had turned his skin stark white, his hair bright green, his mouth became stretched into a horrible grin, and he was incredibly insane after that. Joker's weapons include a set of razor-sharp playing cards, joker venom a toxin that infects his victims with a ghastly grin similar to his along uncontrollable spasms of laughter, and an exploding jack-in-the-box. He is highly agile, extremely intelligent and inhumanly cruel, looking at every single humanity suffering as a joke. He was often accompanied by his two goons, Punch and Judy. After their arrest, he got a new partner - the maniacally happy Harley Quinn.

In Rumors, it was revealed that Joker was the one responsible for an accident that crippled businessman Paul Karon during the fight with Batman causing Paul's bodyguard to become Rumor and exact revenge.

In The Joining Pt. 2, Joker helps the Gotham Police Force fight The Joining alongside some of the other villains.

In The Metal Face of Comedy, an accident with Joker's hacking helmet at the bank resulted in the creation of Joker 2.0. While the Joker was at the hospital, Joker 2.0 had Joker's latest henchman Marty hack him into Wayne Enterprises to use the latest Nanobot technology to create a body. When Joker escaped from the hospital, he encountered the clone and both of them ended up at the point of double-crossing each other. After Joker 2.0 was defeated, he and his henchmen were arrested with him wondering if Penguin had any henchmen problems.

The origin of the Joker in this series seems to be the same as the The Killing Joke, (the Joker was even wearing red clothes in the flashback possibly referencing the Red Hood) though it is unknown however if Batman was present.

It is strongly implied that the Joker has killed more people than any other villains in the series. Like previous series, Joker considers Batman his favorite opponent or 'sparring partner'.

Appearances

  • The Bat in the Belfry
  • Topsy Turvey
  • The Rubberface of Comedy
  • JTV
  • Meltdown
  • Strange Minds
  • The Laughing Bat
  • Night and the City
  • The Batman vs. Dracula (also as Joker Vampire)
  • A Fistful of Felt (cameo)
  • Brawn
  • The Laughing Cats
  • The Apprentice
  • Team Penguin (cameo)
  • Clayfaces
  • Two of a Kind
  • Rumors
  • The Joining (Part 2)
  • Joker Express
  • The Metal Face of Comedy
  • The End of The Batman
  • Lost Heroes (cameo)

Joker 2.0

Biography

Joker 2.0 is a cyber version of Joker made with a duplicate of Joker's personality and brain and was downloaded onto a computer by a mishap with a machine that Joker was using to mentally download money. Before Batman could trap Joker 2.0 inside the computer, Marty, a cyber geek and Joker's new henchman, downloaded it allowing Joker 2.0 to go wild. Marty informed Joker 2.0 that Wayne Industries had created special nanobots that can self-multiply and take on any shape. Joker 2.0 was hacked into the system and used the nanobots to build a new body. After going to the hideout The old Joker, who was in the hospital after the accident, had escaped and returned to his hideout and met the 2.0 Joker.

Joker's henchman couldn't choose which one to follow, with both Jokers deciding to become partners. Unbeknownst to both of them, each planned to double-cross the other. Later, they both committed crimes in Gotham, making it harder for Batman to stop them. Joker 2.0 eventually decided to take over Gotham and get rid of Batman, Robin, and the original Joker, eventually growing into a giant body. Robin, finding out that Marty was the Captain Slash character in an online game, came up with an idea. Robin told Batman that Joker 2.0 could be trapped inside the video game. Batman, in the Bat-Bot, sent a signal from Joker 2.0 into the computer, causing Joker 2.0 to be trapped inside the video game forever. Joker 2.0 was later seeing being beaten up by Nightwing, Robin's character in the video game.

Appearances

  • The Metal Face of Comedy

Kabuki Twins

  • Voice Actor: The Kabuki Twins have no lines.
  • Real Names: Peri and Gale.

Biography

The Kabuki Twins are the Penguin's assistants. Not much is known about them besides they do not speak and that they are talented fighters. They use their blade-fingers to attack and block, as well as to climb and the like. When they are not fighting, they cloak their red skin-tight costumes with green ceremonial robes similar to that of a kabuki fashion, along with black wigs. Their faces are always hidden behind two white masks. Their origin, like them, is a mystery. It has even suggested that they might be animatronics that Penguin has somehow acquired during his "tour" of the orient.

Appearances

  • Call of the Cobblepot
  • Bird of Prey
  • The Cat, the Bat, and the Very Ugly
  • Night and the City
  • A Dark Knight to Remember
  • Rumors

Killer Croc

Biography

Real name: Waylon Jones

His true origin is that he is an ex-military man changed by genetic experiments, Killer Croc is a virtual powerhouse. With the strength of a crocodile, Croc is able to chomp and swim his way around Gotham.

Killer Croc wants to submerge all of Gotham in water in order to facilitate his plundering of the city. He recruited three robbers as his henchmen. After flooding the city so it's banks were easy to pillage, Croc was eventually taken down by The Batman. Though the battle was lengthy, The Batman exploited Killer Croc's weakness for air underwater and half-drowned him, depriving him of oxygen and putting him in an unconscious state enough to get him and his henchmen arrested.

In Team Penguin, he joined Team Penguin, but was defeated along with the other members when Batman froze the water he was in.

He was one of the villains captured by Rumor in Rumors and was seen by viewers being caught in his sewer den.

Appearances

  • Swamped
  • Team Penguin
  • Rumors
  • The End of The Batman

Killer Moth

Biography

Real name: Drury Walker

Killer Moth started out as a wimpy wannabe. He first joined Penguin's team, in order to prove himself worthy of being a villain, and to serve his idol, Penguin. However, because of his geeky, wimpy and gullible nature, he was usually picked on, teased, and even only being accepted to the gang only to serve as a "Coffee Boy." However, when he and his pet moths were exposed to an unstable chemical the gang had stolen, his moths died and merged with his skin and mutated into a cocoon, and eventually, was turned into a powerful, gigantic moth monster. However, even if terrorizing the rest of the gang, he still had his wimpy personality, and was still bossed around by Penguin, whom he has complete loyalty to. Killer Moth was taken down by Batgirl and Robin.

In Rumors, Batman mentions Rumor kidnapped him along with Firefly and Ragdoll, he was one of the other villains captive victims by Rumor.

Appearances

  • Team Penguin
  • Rumors

Lex Luthor

Biography

Lex Luthor is an enemy of Superman. He hires Metallo and equips him with his only piece of Kryptonite he has to defeat Superman, but is defeated by Batman. Luthor hires Black Mask and Clayface (Basil Karlo) to kidnap Lois Lane while he leaves for Gotham with Mercy Graves. While Superman, Batman, and Robin fight Black Mask and his henchmen, Clayface, Mr. Freeze, and Bane in order to rescue Lois, Lex Luthor captures Poison Ivy and mixes her mind controlling spores with the Kryptonite powder he already had. He uses it in Superman to become his personal slave. After Batman frees Superman from his control, both of them destroy his robots, overpower Lex Luthor and defeat him.

Appearances

  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part Two

Man-Bat

Biography

Real name: Dr. Kirk Langstrom

In an effort to become the ultimate "Bat" in Gotham, Dr. Langstrom began working on a mutative serum that would transform him into the extremely powerful and evil Man-Bat. The Man-Bat wreaked havoc throughout Gotham, but was eventually apprehended when his serum wore off. He was left serving time in Arkham.

Later, the Penguin stole a sonic device to control birds, which in fact turned out to control bats. Activating it, the remnants of Langstrom's serum within his system kicked in, again forcing him into Man-Bat. Langstrom worked unwillingly with Penguin until Batman managed to duplicate Penguin's sonic control.

As of the Rumor incident, he was seen again as both Kirk Langstrom and Man-Bat (in battle after being released), hinting at the probability he might have gained the ability to change at will.

In "Attack of the Terrible Trio," some of his formulas were the results of the Terrible Trio's origin. Dr. Kirk Langstrom was confronted by Batman when the Terrible Trio attacked a beach party. He said he wasn't responsible and said he wasn't trying to go down that path. Batman later asked him to make an antidote to counter the stolen formula recipes.

When transformed into Man-Bat, Langstrom has increased strength, a sticky mucus that binds specific areas on the victim, razor-sharp claws, a thirst for the blood of mammals (his first foray into Man-Bat led him to the Gotham Zoo, where he sucked the blood out of a goat), and sees via the means of echolocation. While the world looks solely black-and-white to him, objects emitting heat will show up as solid white.

Appearances

  • The Man Who Would Be Bat
  • Pets
  • Rumors
  • Attack of the Terrible Trio

Marty

Biography

An associate of the Joker (who refers to him as "Slacker" due to his habit of playing video games all the time) and the newest member of his crew (it's never clear how he came to be in the Joker's employ, though Harley may had something to do with it ). Marty is an expert at robotics and computer hacking. When not helping Joker, he is playing a video game where his character is Captain Slash. Like the rest of the Joker's posse, is arrested at the end of the episode after nearly being killed by the Joker's nanobot clone, which Marty was indirectly responsible for creating.

Appearances

  • The Metal Face of Comedy"

Mercy Graves

Biography

Mercy Graves works for Lex Luthor. She helped Lex Luthor with his plan to "protect" the world from domination (except from himself). She was also known to try to attack Batman and Robin, but she was double-crossed, and defeated by Batman and Robin .

Appearances

  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part Two

Maxie Zeus

Biography

Real Name: Maximillion Zeus

An Eccentric Gotham Billionaire Maximillion Zeus attempted to run for mayor of Gotham, but his eccentricities and obsession with ancient Greece was his downfall as he lost to incumbent Mayor Marion Grange. He attempted to conquer Gotham with an armored airship. he was defeated by Batman with help from Batgirl.

Appearances

  • Thunder

Metallo

Biography

Real name: John Corben

Metallo first appears when he attacks Superman during a check donation to Gotham. His Kryptonite caused Superman to be losing the fight until Batman and Robin showed up. They managed to get the Kryptonite out of Metallo enough for Superman to recover and trap Metallo, although it is said that a certain type of battery may be able to repair him. Whether he will return is unknown.

Appearances

  • The Batman/Superman Story Part One

Mirror Master

Biography

  • Real Name: Dr. Samuel Scudder

Mirror Master, a major enemy of the Flash, intended to rob Gotham's richest people by trapping them in the mirror world. Also, he created clones of Batman, Robin, and the Flash in order to carry out his dirty work, as well as trapping Flash and Batman in the mirror world, but they escaped. Currently, he and his sidekick Smoke were carted off to prison by Flash. In Lost Heroes Part One, he returns (or a robotic version of him working for the Joining) in time to give Flash to Hugo Strange.

Appearances

Mr. Freeze

Biography

Real Name: Victor Fries

Mr. Freeze is a villain who uses his ice technology as a means of stealing the objects of his passion: the rarest, most valuable diamonds. Formerly Victor Fries, Mr. Freeze is a ruthless criminal who The Batman thought had met his demise in a cryogenics accident which instead left him in some sort of undead state in which he freezes everything he comes into contact with. Batman required a special Arctic batsuit to defeat him in his debut episode "The Big Chill."

Mr. Freeze reappeared in an alliance with Firefly in "Fire and Ice," but their rivalry caused both Freeze and Firefly to be defeated.

Freeze appeared in an attempt to steal valuable diamonds that Penguin's relative had stolen from the Queen in "The Icy Depths," but like Penguin, he was defeated.

In "Artifacts" he is the only future villain the audience sees, now inside a larger suit, the "Deep Freeze 2.0" which is bigger, has more ice creating abilities, and a larger dome, with glass only penetrable by his love - diamonds. The new suit is also equipped with flame-proof cybernetics and a shatter-proof internal liquid nitrogen supply. He is also seen with spider-like legs for a lower torso when he crawled outside of his suit after his defeat, and froze himself (again) in the hopes someone would revive him in the "Bat-free future." However, when he woke up a thousand years later, he was stopped by people using holograms to look like Batman.

In "Rumors," he is among the villains captured by Rumor. In the battle against Batman, he accidentally froze some of the other villains.

In "The Joining: Part Two," he is seen helping Gotham PD defend the city against the alien race, saving Commissioner Gordon's life in the process.

In "The Batman/Superman Story, Part 1" he is one of the special cadre working against Superman, freezing the Man of Steel after a crippling blast of red solar radiation by Black Mask's cannon and two weakening battles with Clayface II and Bane.

Appearances

  • The Big Chill
  • Fire and Ice
  • The Icy Depths
  • Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind
  • Artifacts
  • Rumors
  • The Joining, Part Two
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One

Number One

Biography

The Number One is the name given to the second-in-command of Black Mask's crime organization. After Black Mask was locked up, the first Number One managed to capture the Batman and take away his utility belt. Number One led Black Mask's henchmen during an attempt to free him. After breaking Black Mask free, Black Mask congratulated Number One and later took out a gun from Number One's coat and shocked him. Black Mask later chose one of his henchmen at random and decided to make him the new Number One. He popped up on the news as one of the villains captured by Rumor and was seen with the rest of Black Mask's henchmen and other villains when it came to luring Superman to their trap, which might indicate he was able to convince Black Mask his services were still useful.

A new Number One was seen as he questioned how Black Mask was going to use the Nth Element on the Gem Depository. Black Mask exposed him to it and was up on the ceiling. When Number One understood Black Mask's plan, Black Mask sent him flying upward toward the atmosphere and elected an eyepatch-wearing female as his new Number One.

The female Number was appointed second-in-command for being one the Oraganization's best elites. She is notoriously bombarding Warhawk from a war helicopter but is ultimately stopped when Hawkman destroys the chopper. The female Number One managed to survive with a parachute.

Appearances

  • The Breakout
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One
  • What Goes Up...

Penguin

Biography

Real name: Oswald Cobblepot

Oswald Cobblepot, like Bruce, is an ostensible billionaire in his 20s - but the similarities stop there. Unlike Bruce, "Ozzy" is rude, selfish, arrogant and homely as well as being a grotesque penguin-bodied character. While Gotham's other villains may have it out for the Batman, the Penguin is unique in that his scorn is often directed at Bruce Wayne, who serves as a constant reminder of everything he is not. Employing the use of highly trained birds and an arsenal of deadly umbrellas, as well as two faithful Kabuki assistants, he is determined to rebuild the Cobblepot fortune by criminal means.

On top of attempting to kill Alfred after their first meeting, Penguin declared revenge on both The Batman and Bruce Wayne. Despising Wayne's pretty boy image, Penguin went to the manor in an effort to get rid of Wayne once and for all. The Batman interfered with Penguin's plans ("How'd you find me this time?!" "It's what I do") and eventually returned Penguin to jail once again.

Upon escaping, Penguin teamed up with Catwoman in an effort to steal two powerful, ancient Egyptian statues that give the holder the ability to expel and use the power of light. Double-crossing Catwoman, Penguin stole both statues, hand-cuffed The Batman and Catwoman, and fled. Though he attempted to destroy Gotham, Penguin was unsuccessful, as the team he created was too deadly for both his Kabuki Twins and Penguin to fight.

In the movie The Batman vs. Dracula, Penguin was searching for a gangster loot when he unwittingly revived and was subsequently hypnotised by Dracula to become his servant. He returned to normal when Dracula was slain by the Batman and was arrested.

In "The Icy Depths," Penguin and Mr. Freeze competed to get the sunken treasure at the bottom of Gotham Bay.

In "Team Penguin," Penguin gets the idea to form a team of super-villains from a movie in order to "clip the Bat-jerk's wings." However, this only resulted in him sitting back while ordering his "team-mates" around, and snapping at them whenever they suggested a different name for his team. All he got for his team were Firefly, Killer Croc, Killer Moth, and Ragdoll. He did send out other invitations, but Bane was taken down by Batman and Penguin mentions to Killer Croc that Joker, Mr. Freeze, and Riddler said "No!"

He was one of the villains captured by Rumor (despite him trying to get Batman to turn him over to the police) and was accidentally frozen by Mr. Freeze.

In "The Joining" Pt. 2, he assists some of the villains and the Gotham Police force in fighting The Joining.

In "Ring Toss," Green Lantern's ring flew right into him and he had to master it before he robbed a charity party and Gotham. Batman and Robin fought Penguin before Sinestro crashed the battle. He chased after Penguin until he gave the ring to Batman.

Influences

The appearance of the Penguin in this continuity is a younger version of the deformed look created in Tim Burton's Batman Returns, with flipper-like hands and an oversized, Burtonesque top hat. His irritable, rude personality is in direct contrast to his personality in the previous Batman animated series.

Appearances

  • Call of the Cobblepot
  • Bird of Prey
  • The Cat, the Bat, and the Very Ugly
  • Pets
  • The Laughing Bat
  • Night and the City
  • A Dark Knight to Remember
  • The Batman vs. Dracula
  • A Fistful of Felt (cameo)
  • Fleurs du Mal
  • The Icy Depths
  • Team Penguin
  • Rumors
  • The Joining, Part Two (cameo)
  • Ring Toss
  • The End of The Batman

Poison Ivy

Biography

Real name: Pamela Lillian Isley

Pamela Isley is a charming, clever and quick-tempered schemer, known to go to extreme measures to get her environmental messages heard. After a tragic accident transforms her into the evil half-human/half-plant that she names Poison Ivy, she is able to control anyone who gets a whiff of her plant pheromone 'spores.'

Pamela Isley is still a high school student and obsessed with plants. Anything or anyone that harms Mother Nature is an enemy to Pamela.

In order to carry out her plans against the industries that are harming plants in Gotham City, Isley hires Temblor to do her dirty work (since Isley running around with her friend, Barbara Gordon, would certainly turn too many heads). After Temblor's payment for his jobs doesn't come through and he learns his "boss" is really a teenage girl using a voice scrambler, he attempts to get rid of the annoyance in his life. During the fight, The Batman shows up to detain Temblor, but before he can completely save her, Isley is exposed to a powerful dosage of plant growth accelerator ("Chloro-Mulch") and her transformation to Poison Ivy begins.

For her first act, Ivy captures Commissioner Gordon and attempts to take his life; before she can, The Batman shows up. She quickly puts him under her control with a mind-controlling dust. Batgirl shows up to help free Gordon but finds herself overpowered by The Batman and Poison Ivy; despite this, Batgirl's able to snap The Batman out of the mind control and together they take down Ivy.

A period of time later, the mayor planned to tear down Gotham Park, and its plants in order to build a new hospital. His decision was despised by many people - including Poison Ivy. So, she hid Gotham City's most powerful citizens and infected them with a virus that made them think that they were enjoying nature. She also managed to capture Penguin also. Meanwhile, plant clones took their place in the real world. Batman, however, accidentally killed Penguin, only to find that it was not Penguin at all, but his plant double. After rescuing Batgirl, they found Poison Ivy, and her plans were foiled.

She had a cameo appearance in "Rumors" where she is one of the captive victims of Rumor.

Also, in "The Batman/Superman Story" she is captured by Lex Luthor, who is able to obtain from her mind-controlled spores that were laced with Kryptonite dust so he can control Superman.

Appearances

  • Batgirl Begins, Part One
  • Batgirl Begins, Part Two
  • Fleurs du Mal
  • Rumors
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part One
  • The Batman/Superman Story, Part Two

Prank

Punch and Judy

  • Voice Actor: Punch and Judy have no lines

Biography

Joker's two henchmen, Punch and Judy are oversized versions of their nursery rhyme counterparts and, like the Joker, are pale, green haired and wear mostly purple and green clothing. Though physically powerful, the two are quite unintelligent and easily defeated by Batman in almost all his encounters with them. They are apparently mute, never speaking or making any sounds; this is referenced to in "Clayfaces" where Clayface, disguised as both Punch and Judy, tells Joker that his current plan is ridiculous, which prompts the Joker to exclaim:

''Okay; 1. You never ever talk to me like that,
and 2. When have you two ever talked at all?

Appearances

  • The Rubberface of Comedy
  • JTV
  • Night and the City
  • The Laughing Cats
  • The Apprentice
  • Clayfaces (they were Clayface in disguise)
  • Two of a Kind
  • Rumors
  • Joker Express
  • The Metal Face of Comedy

Ragdoll

Biography

Real name: Peter Merkel

A master thief and triple-jointed contortionist, capable of bending his body in all sorts of impossible ways.

Able to bend himself in every imaginable (and even some unimaginable) positions, Ragdoll is a formidable opponent for The Batman, but an even bigger adversary of Catwoman. While Catwoman's interests are merely in cat-related fare, Ragdoll's interests lay wherever the money is. To Catwoman's dismay, this is also in rare cat-items: vintage animation cells, priceless artifacts and the main jewel of their battle, two 'Cat's Eyes' emeralds, hidden in a Gotham Clock Tower by a mobster in the 1930s. Though never found, it was enough to pique the interest of Ragdoll and Catwoman, falling into a trap set by The Batman. After a lengthy and spectacular battle, Ragdoll went to Arkham empty handed, Catwoman back home and The Batman (and Bruce Wayne) with two newly found emeralds.

In Team Penguin, he joined Penguin's team along with Killer Croc, Firefly and Killer Moth. Ragdoll suggests they call their team "Villains United", an allusion to the Villains United comic in the Countdown to Infinite Crisis, of which Ragdoll is a member of. He was later defeated along with other members and arrested.

In Rumors, he was one of the many other villains captured. He was accidentally frozen along with many other villains by Mr. Freeze, after being set free.

Appearances

  • Ragdolls to Riches
  • Team Penguin
  • Rumors

Rhino & Mugsy

Biography

Rhino & Mugsy are two thugs who work as henchmen for the Ventriloquist & Scarface.

Appearances

  • The Big Dummy
  • A Fistful of Felt

Riddlemen

Biography

The Riddlemen are the henchmen of the Riddler. In their first appearances, they were a gang of high-tech hackers wearing green trenchcoats of various sorts and goggles, with many using caps as well, and were both male and female. In Riddler's Revenge and Rumors, the Riddlermen were simply two men clad in dark green skintight costumes with Riddler's customary question mark in the chest. They are thought to have killed Gorman for Riddler, as they are seen giving Riddler his cane back, after Gorman stole it.

Appearances

  • Riddled
  • Night and the City
  • Riddler's Revenge
  • Rumors

Riddler

Biography

Real name: Edward Nygma

Edward Nigma was fond of puzzles ever since he was a boy, but his father teased him and wanted him to go out for sports. Eventually Edward grew tired of this life and got a job at a university. Together with another scientist, Julie, they created a memory module device that enabled the user to remember things they may otherwise forget. When enabled, the device would allow the wearer to read books at superspeed and not forget a single bit of information--when they needed to recall what it was they read, a remote could enable the device to recall what the user had just read. The demonstration to the dean of the University was a rousing success, but Gorman, a man who kept attempting to steal the fruits of Edward Nygma's labour, constantly pitching a partnership between the two of them in order to capitalise on Nygma's genius and get himself in on the profits sabotaged it, or so Edward thought. After getting Eddie fired from the university which was funding him research, Nygma broke into Gorman's house and tried to play a deadly game of Q&A before The Batman rushed to Gorman's rescue. It was in this encounter with The Batman that Edward knew he needed more of a challenge and he found it in The Batman.

Donning The Riddler persona in his debut episode, Riddler is able to stump and confound almost everyone in Gotham--everyone except The Batman. Knowing that he would be helping Detective Ellen Yin to discover his riddles, Riddler moved them across the city, stopping his containers of "explosives." The explosives, in reality, turned out to be nothing more than gelatin dessert. Upon discovering this, The Batman and Ellen discovered that inside Riddler's clues he left other riddles to his real plans; to steal the information in the city's archive and use it to wreak havoc on Gotham. Chasing Riddler down, they found him at the site of where the original clue was given.

Later, the Riddler participated in a three-way turf war between himself, Joker, and Penguin. Riddler made his mark with giant green lights on several buildings that were placed in a pattern resembling question marks, much like Joker had covered the buildings with a bleach-white powder called "Joker White" and the Penguin had spray-painted trails of jet-black paint. All three villains agreed that the title to be "king of Gotham" would go to the one who could capture and unmask the Batman, and Riddler threw off the Gotham police (who were also hunting for Batman) by turning out all the lights in the warehouse that Batman was in, then sending a train (under his control) to cut off the police cars from chasing the Batmobile. Riddler managed to stop Joker & Penguins' minions by opening a drawbridge that the Batmobile barely crossed, but the two themselves were not deterred. Meanwhile, Riddler created a false signal via a transmitter to lure Batman and detective Yin into another warehouse, with hopes of capturing them in a small rocket pod and delivering them to his hideout-an oil drilling platform in Gotham bay. However, Riddler accidentally captured Joker & Penguin instead, and the two proceeded to beat Riddler's minions to a pulp. Meanwhile, Batman arrived and managed to defeat all three.

Sometime later, Riddler's latest attempt on Gorman's life as he attempted to blow up a boat full of his inventions that Gorman 'stole' from him, hoping to finally exact his revenge on the executive failed once again due to The Batman and the two were trapped in the explosion of Gorman's shipping boat. Gorman escaped the boat in time before setting off the charges himself with Riddler's stolen cane. It is unknown if Gorman survived afterwards, however, as when Riddler's henchmen The Riddlemen come to pick Riddler up from his location in Gotham Harbor, they give Riddler his cane--whether this is the same one that Gorman took is unknown. If it is, however, it seems Riddler's henchmen may have exacted his revenge for him. Riddler later found out, with the help of Batman, that the real saboteur the day of the demonstration with the memory module was really Julie and not Gorman. Riddler's own desire to be with Julie had clouded his judgment on this matter and he attempted to kill Julie as well before Batman and Robin intervened. Riddler was defeated and Batman and Robin left the police to deal with Julie and Riddler.

Riddler was among the captive victims of Rumor.

Though brilliant, Riddler is also sick and twisted. With his inability to not give riddles about everything he does, he always leaves that as a weak spot for The Batman to exploit.

Appearances

  • Riddled
  • Night and the City
  • Riddler's Revenge
  • Rumors

Rumor

Biography

Real Name: Mario

When villains were disappearing all over Gotham, Batman decided to investigate. He found out that an inventor named Paul Karon had broken his legs after an attack by Joker, and was using an exoskeleton to support himself. The person who had captured the villains was reported as being metallic, so Batman suspected him. It turned out that it was actually Paul's bodyguard, Mario. The latter wanted to kill all of Gotham's villains so that he could erase his failure of saving his employer. Rumor was obsessed by that failure that he wanted all criminals to be punished. Just as he was about to execute them all, Batman and Robin showed up, and battled and defeated Rumor, only for every imprisoned villain to be released to exact their revenge on Rumor. Batman and Robin fought against almost every villain they ever faced, until they were all defeated and jailed, along with Rumor.

Appearances

  • Rumors

Rupert Thorne

Biography

Rupert Thorne, a Gotham Mob boss, was a major threat to the city. However, The Batman tracked down Thorne and then took out his henchmen, before capturing Thorne and handing him over to the police.

However, he recently has appeared to have got out of prison since he made a cameo appearance at the Ice Pick Club when Batman was looking for Tony Zucco's location.

He made a cameo is "Rumors" where he was one of Rumors victims and was later put in jail after the villains were defeated.

Appearances

  • The Bat in the Belfry
  • A Matter of Family (cameo)
  • Rumors (cameo)

Shadow Thief

Biography

Real name: Carl Sands

An enemy of Hawkman, Shadow Thief first appears to break Black Mask from Arkham Asylum. Shadow Thief then tries to steal a meteor form the Thanagar Star System. When Batman and Robin attack, Black Mask's men attacked and Shadow Thief easily takes down Batman and Robin when Hawkman arrives to fight Shadow Thief. Batman, Robin, and Hawkman then pursue the van that Black Mask and Shadow Thief escaped in when Shadow Thief covers the entire Batmobile followed by the rescue by Hawkman. Black Mask and Shadow Thief later siphon some of the Nth element in a plot to rob the gem dipository. Shadow Thief later uses one of the Nth element powder as part of a diversion by using it on the train tracks so that the train would fly up and away. That was eventually thwarted by Batman and Hawkman. When Batman and Robin knocked out Black Mask, Shadow Thief exposed Robin to the Nth Element, but was saved by Hawkman. Batman and Shadow Thief fought them until Black Mask got free. The helicopter crash caused Black Mask's taser to hit Shadow Thief enabling Batman and Robin to knock him out. Shadow Thief then fell right toward Black Mask as the Gem Depository was crashed into the ocean. Hawkman later took Shadow Thief into custody and flown him back to Midway City.

Appearances

  • What Goes Up

Sinestro

Biography

Sinestro served as Hal Jordan's teacher in the Green Lantern Corps until he went power hungry and was expelled from the Green Lantern Corps. Sinestro escaped from his prison and came to Earth where he attacked Green Lantern (before he had a chance to recharge his Power Ring) at the airport as Hal Jordan sends his Power Ring to Batman. When Penguin ended up with the Power Ring and fought Batman, Robin, and Hal Jordan, Sinestro attacked Penguin who ended up reluctantly giving the ring to Batman. Batman placed the ring on him to fight Sinestro when the Power Ring's powers started to weaken. Once Hal Jordan recharged his Power Ring, he helped Batman fight Sinestro where Sinestro was disarmed of his ring by Batman. Green Lantern then took Sinestro back to his cell.

Appearances

  • Ring Toss

Smoke

Biography

Smoke is the assistant of Mirror Master. Very little is known about her, though her relationship with Mirror Master is a pun on the expression "smoke and mirrors."

Appearances

  • A Mirror Darkly

Solomon Grundy

Biography

In this show, Solomon Grundy is a creature made out of the rage of villagers whose land was turned into a swampland for the industrial waste that was cropping up from the rapid expansion in Gotham's early life. He rose from the mud to take the things most precious from those that signed the papers which started the waste dumping process. It was said that a hundred years after he first rose, he would rise during a lunar eclipse and take the riches of the families' descendents that he stole from a century ago.

It was later found out that Grundy was just being impersonated by Clayface. However, at the end of the episode, a loud growl is heard from within Gotham Swamp as two boys hanging out their claimed to have seen him. This leads to the assumption that the real Solomon Grundy is still there, although he is not seen.

Appearances

  • Grundy's Night

Spellbinder

Biography

Real name: Delbert Billings

In this show, Spellbinder is a three-eyed mystic with the ability to induce hypnotic visions in whomever he chooses.

Able to induce realistic, in both sight and feeling, hallucinations into his victims, Spellbinder is capable of doing this because he possesses a "third eye." Bruce Wayne explained it to Alfred...

"During my studies in the Far East, I learned of a remote temple, whose monks performed a particularly intense form of meditation, believed to lead to that which only a few could achieve--the mystic power of the third eye. A state of awareness so pure or potent, one could project ones visions into reality."

Possessing the power of the third eye and a criminal mind, Spellbinder controlled Gotham's wealthy into giving up their prized possessions. When he attempted to steal a rare gem that would strengthen his spells, Spellbinder was stopped by The Batman. Despite a difficult fight against Spellbinder's tricks, The Batman was able to escape them with his mind. With a well placed punch, The Batman knocked Spellbinder out cold.

Spellbinder was among the captive victims of Rumor. Though he never appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, a version of Spellbinder appeared in the show's spinoff Batman Beyond.

Appearances

  • The Butler Did It
  • Rumors (cameo)

Temblor

Temblor is a brand new Batman villain appearing in the animated TV show, The Batman. Like the Shocker, Temblor uses specially made metallic gloves which have two yellow circles, that, when activated and slammed into the ground, can create small earthquakes. Temblor can also create powerful soundwaves by clapping his hands together. Temblor is voiced by Jim Cummings.

He first appeared in the episode "Batgirl Begins Pt. 1". Pamela Isley secretly hires him to take down businesses which disrespect nature. When Temblor later finds out that Pamela and Barbara Gordon have no money to pay for his jobs, he attacks them until Batman arrives. During the fight, plant chemicals fall on Isley, beginning her transformation into Poison Ivy, and Temblor is defeated.

Temblor later makes a cameo as one of the many villains incarcerated by vigilante Rumor. During the villain fight against Batman and Robin, he was accidentally frozen by Mr. Freeze.

Temblor appears as one of the many criminals loose in Gotham in an issue of The Batman Strikes!, Waiting to Pounce, when Batman is forced to fight him after numerous criminals escape Arkham Asylum due to Catwoman. Temblor appears in another issue, in Joker's group of villains in How To Take On a Room Full of Goons, and is defeated along with Mr. Freeze in an amusement park.

Terrible Trio

Biography

The Terrible Trio are university students named David, Justin, and Amber who have gained the appearances of their codename from the formulas stolen from Dr. Kirk Langstrom's computer which they made into dissolving patches. David became Fox, Justin became Shark (with the appearance of a hammerhead shark), and Amber became Vulture. They first appeared to attack a beach party. After Batgirl gended off Fox, all three ran into Batman and fought them near the pool until David's roommate Jake was mutated into a humanoid gorilla giving them the opportunity to escape. After the headmaster's plan to have all DNAs of all University students, they soon began to plan to turn all the students into humanoid animals with a detonator. Batman and Batgirl later fought them on the night when a football game was and ended trapped in a cage with the snakes cage knocked over. Batman and Batgirl managed to escape and use the mutagen antidote on Shark, Batgirl managed to used the mutagent antidote on Vulture, and Batman destroyed the detonator causing Fox to mutate into some horned Griffin-like creature upon exposure to the mutagen. After Batman crashing him into an electric wire, David (who was cured by the next scene) and Justin were sent to jail while Amber was presumably sent to a women's prison.

Appearances

  • Attack of the Terrible Trio

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Tony Zucco

Biography

Real name: Antonio Zucco

Tony Zucco was part of a knife throwing act in the circus. However, during one of his acts, Zucco missed and cost his fathers life. Later on in life, Zucco became a Gotham mob boss and he and his brothers used their intimidation tactics on all traveling acts and new businesses that came to Gotham. His brothers are a strong man (referred to in the credits as Bruiser), a lion tamer, and a juggler.

When Haley's Circus was in town, Zucco attempted to coerce the Grayson family to pay him protection money, but John Grayson would not stand for it. John's son, Dick Grayson, had called the police minutes after Zucco first appeared in their big top tent and the call was intercepted by The Batman who quickly took down Zucco and his brothers, even managing to knock the "lion tamer" brother out, allowing the police to take him away.

Swearing revenge on The Batman and the Graysons for the loss of his brother, Zucco planned the death of the Graysons by removing two nuts from the railings of the Graysons trapeze act. While swinging back and forth, Mary Grayson noticed the loose bolts and looked at her husband who quickly knew what would happen. The trapeze fell apart before young Dick Grayson's part of the act started and Dick watched his mother and father fall to their death.

Going after and interrogating the remaining Zucco brothers, The Batman attempted to take down Zucco himself for killing Dick's parents, but he was knocked out and then tied to a knife throwing board. Luckily for Batman, Dick arrived in the guise of Robin and freed Batman. After a fierce battle, Zucco was eventually taken down by The Batman and his new partner, Robin, and delivered over to the police.

Appearances

  • A Matter of Family

Toyman

Biography

Toyman faces off against Batman and Superman with his toys and high-tech punching gloves. He ends up knocked out by some bombs during his fight with Batman and Superman.

Appearances

  • Lost Heroes Pt. 1

Ventriloquist & Scarface

Biography

Real name: Arnold Wesker

When ventriloquist Arnold Wesker and his friend "Scarface" were booed off-stage one night, Wesker returned with Scarface later that night to rob the entire audience. Turning to a life of crime ever since, everyone knew that without Arnold Wesker there was no Scarface...the only problem was, Arnold didn't know that. Believing that Scarface was the true "puppet master," Arnold did whatever Scarface "told" him to do; this ranged from jewel heists to big-time robberies.

Scarface was upgraded with a giant, metal version of himself, in which Wesker was the "Dummy." Scarface "died" when a train hit him and shattered him into shards of metal. Wesker was locked up in Arkham shortly after.

After being "cured" of his affliction by Professor Hugo Strange after he and Scarface were defeated by the Batman again, Arnold Wesker was able to resume his life in the real world. Before Scarface warped his mind, Wesker was a famous voice actor for a children's TV show. Once the show ended, Wesker did shows with a new set of puppets, but was unsuccessful. One of these puppets was Scarface and together they became a formidable villain for The Batman. Despite being successful in his new life, Professor Hugo Strange wished to "test" his criminal therapy and gave the Scarface puppet back to Wesker, causing him to fold and resume being Wesker and Scarface.

Wesker was eventually separated from Scarface a third time when he and another one of Wesker's puppets, Mr. Snoots, were ran over by the train on Wesker's old TV show. Wesker was taken back to Arkham.

When Wesker and Scarface appear in Rumors, Scarface is seen to be held in a cell next to Wesker's. Wesker is looking worried as he watches his "boss" sitting alone in the cell.

Appearances

  • The Big Dummy
  • The Batman vs. Dracula (Wesker's cameo appearance)
  • A Fistful of Felt
  • Rumors
  • The End of The Batman

Wrath and Scorn

Biography

William and Andy Mallory's parents had been jewel thieves who were sent to jail around the same time that Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. Since then, the younger Mallorys had become friends with Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson. Resenting the Batman's targeting criminals like their parents "just trying to earn a living," they became Wrath and Scorn, an evil analogue of the Bat-team to aid Gotham's villain community. They first appeared to prevent Batman and Robin from catching Penguin and were reported to have helped Killer Croc escape. On the night of Gotham's Million Dollar Fun Ball, a lottery jackpot that the Joker plotted to steal, Wrath and Scorn attacked Batman and Robin so as to allow Joker to get away. Wrath later met with Joker, Penguin, Killer Croc, and the Ventriloquist & Scarface and offered his help to steal money engraving plates that were being delivered. Wrath and Scorn later delayed the police with an explosion when Batman and Robin arrived. Around this time, Batman and Wrath discovered each other's secret identities. When police backup arrived, Wrath and Scorn escaped with the other villains. They found the Batcave and attacked Batman and Robin, and soon started to destroy the Batcave. Batman used one of his utility belt devices to summon bats to help. Wrath and Scorn ended up defeated in the end, but threatened to reveal Batman's and Robin's true identities to every criminal in prison. Just as they were about to be carted off to jail, Joker infected Wrath and Scorn with his laugh gas, asserting that destroying Batman is his job alone. This left them helpless, giggling lunatics and prevented them from getting a chance to reveal Batman and Robin's identities.

Appearances

  • The End of The Batman

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