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List of Batman Family adversaries

A gathering of Batman's primary enemies from Gotham Underground #2 (January 2008). Art by Jim Califiore.

This is a list of fictional characters from DC Comics who are enemies of Batman and members of the Batman family. Batman's primary enemies are collectively referred to as the "rogues gallery."

Super-villains and themed criminals

Classic Rogues Gallery

The following fictional characters are listed alphabetical order by the name of their supervillain persona. Each character's first appearance and brief biographies of each fictional character are also listed, pertaining to their fictional histories in the DC Universe and their notable appearances in media outside of the comics.

Sometimes more than one fictional character will share a supervillain persona. In those cases, the name of the character most associated with the supervillain identity will have their name in bold in their biography.

Villain First appearance Fictional biography
Anarky Detective Comics #608 (November 1989) Lonnie Machin is a teenage prodigy that creates improvised gadgets in order to subvert government. His violent methods and political philosophy set him, Batman, and Robin at odds.
As "The General": Detective Comics #654 (December 1992)
As "Anarky": Robin #181 (February 2009)
Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong, formerly known as the General, became the second Anarky after kidnapping Lonnie Machin. Unlike Machin, who had used the Anarky identity to cause social change, Armstrong's used the persona to cause psychotic and meaningless acts of chaos and destruction. This Anarky is primarily an enemy of Red Robin.
Green Lantern Corps (vol. 3) #25 (November 2013) A new Anarky was introduced in Batman: Zero Year, appearing during a black out in Gotham City. This Anarky is depicted as being an African American teenager (in contrast to the other Anarkys, who are Caucasian) who was shown rallying a group of followers and evacuees to occupy a sports stadium, on the basis that the area the stadium was built upon was gentrified at the expense of the local community and should be returned to them. The true name and identity of this character remains a mystery, making him the only Anarky to remain anonymous.[1]
Detective Comics (vol. 2) #37 Sam Young is a corrupt politician who became the most recent Anarky in order to enact revenge on the Mad Hatter. Young's sister was the Mad Hatter's first murder victim, or his first "Alice," as the Mad Hatter affectionately calls his female victims.
Bane Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993) Masked villain Bane's immense strength comes from a steroid called Venom. Bane's raw power coupled with his genius/near-genius level intellect make him one of Batman's most feared adversaries, and he once succeeded in breaking Batman's back. He was portrayed by Robert Swenson in Batman & Robin, and by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.
Black Mask Batman #386 (August 1985) Roman Sionis, a former business executive who originally hated Bruce Wayne rather than Batman, wears a black wooden mask and leads the cult like society of False Facers. Black Mask eventually became a mob boss controlling large sections of Gotham City's criminal underworld. Following the suspicious death of his multi-millionaire parents, Sionis had inherited their fortune and went on to bankrupt their company. Saved by a buyout by Bruce Wayne, Sionis came to resent and hate Wayne. Fixated on the concept of masks, Sionis carved one from his father's black coffin and sought revenge; his ensuing battle with the Dark Knight caused his mask to be burned into his skin, remaking him as the Black Mask. Sionis is now a feared gang leader and one of the most powerful mob bosses in Gotham City, with a burning hatred for Batman and Catwoman.
As "Jeremiah Arkham": Shadow of the Bat #1 (June 1992)
As "Black Mask": Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1 (May 2009)
Jeremiah Arkham became the new Black Mask following the death of Roman Sionis. Arkham, the director of Arkham Asylum, began to develop split personality disorder leading to him taking on the Black Mask identity.
Calendar Man Detective Comics #259 (September 1958) Calendar Man (Julian Day) is known for committing crimes that correspond with holidays and significant dates. He often wears costumes to correlate with the date of the designated crime. His best-known latter day appearance is in the miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween, where he is portrayed as a Hannibal Lecter-like figure, offering insight in Batman's search for Holiday, a vigilante who uses holidays as his modus operandi. Calendar Man knows that Alberto Falcone is the Holiday Killer and keeps this information to himself, taunting Batman with cryptic clues instead.
Catman Detective Comics #311 (January 1963) Catman (Thomas Blake) was a world-famous trapper of jungle cats who turned to crime because he had grown bored with hunting and squandered most of his fortune. He became a burglar who committed his crimes in a cat-suit made out of an ancient African cloth he believes gives him a "cat's nine lives." In a 1993 Legends of the Dark Knight story arc, he is reinterpreted as a serial killer who preys on young women.
Catwoman Batman #1 (April 1940) Catwoman (Selina Kyle) is an accomplished jewel thief. Although traditionally considered a villain, she has been sometimes portrayed as an antihero in later publications. She also has an on again, off again relationship with Batman, and will try to seduce him in most incarnations. She was portrayed by Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt in the 1960s Batman television show, by Lee Meriwether in the Batman movie of 1966, by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, by Halle Berry in Catwoman, Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises and Camren Bicondova in Gotham respectively.
Clayface Detective Comics #40 (June 1940) Actor Basil Karlo went mad when he learned that there would be a remake of one of his films with another actor in the lead role. Adopting the alias of the film's villain, "Clayface," his role, he attacked several of the remake's cast and crew at the points in filming when they were supposed to die before being stopped by Batman and Robin. Later he gained shapeshifting powers and became the Ultimate Clayface.
Detective Comics #298 (December 1961) Treasure-hunter Matt Hagen is transformed into the monstrous Clayface II by a pool of radioactive protoplasm. He now possesses super-strength and can change his claylike body into any form.
Detective Comics #478 (July 1978) Preston Payne suffered from hyperpituitarism, so he worked at S.T.A.R. Labs to search for a cure. He obtained a sample of Matt Hagen's blood, isolating an enzyme which he introduced into his own bloodstream. However, his flesh began to melt, so he built an anti-melting exoskeleton to not only preserve himself, but to also prevent him from touching anyone, as he also gained the ability to melt people with a touch (although he soon learned that he needed to spread his melting contagion onto others to survive). He later met and fell in love with Sondra Fuller, and the two had a son named Cassius "Clay" Payne (who later became the fifth Clayface).
Outsiders #21 (July 1987) Lady Clay (Sondra Fuller) has superpowers similar to that of the second Clayface. She meets and falls in love with the third Clayface, and gives birth to Cassius "Clay" Payne (who later becomes the fifth Clayface).
Batman #550 (January 1998) Cassius "Clay" Payne, otherwise known as Claything, is the son of Preston Payne and Lady Clay who inherited the abilities of his parents. Payne was separated from his parents and was experimented on by the government. Unlike his parents, Payne can only keep his metahuman abilities while awake and, if a piece of his clay body is separated from him, it can grow a mind of its own.
Batman #550 (January 1998) Dr. Peter Malley, also known as Claything, was a DEO scientist who was transformed when he merged with a sample of Cassius Payne. Dr. Malley has the ability to melt objects simply by looking at them.
Catwoman (vol. 3) #1 (January 2002) Todd Russell is a serial killer with the ability to transform into virtually any shape and size who targets prostitutes.
Batman: Gotham Knights #60 (February 2005) Johnny Williams is a former firefighter who gained a clay appearance and the ability to shape shift following an explosion at a chemical plant. He was manipulated by Hush and the Riddler to transform his appearance into that of Jason Todd in order to deceive Batman, which ultimately failed.
Batman Incorporated #1 (June 2011) The Clayface of Japan is a samurai with abilities similar to previous Clayfaces.
Cluemaster Detective Comics #351 (May 1966) The Cluemaster (Arthur Brown) was a game show host until he turned to a life of crime. He is also the father of Stephanie Brown, also known as the Spoiler.
Copperhead The Brave and the Bold #78 (June 1968) The villain known as "Copperhead" first appears in Gotham City in a snake-costume. He commits numerous thefts before finally being apprehended by Batman and the first Batgirl. He eventually becomes a hired assassin and would later sell his soul to the demon Neron in exchange for more power, being transformed into a deadly snake/man hybrid. A second Copperhead, Nathan Prince, is a member of the Terror Titans.
Count Vertigo World's Finest Comics #251 (July 1978) Count Vertigo first appeared in Star City, where he attempted to steal back the jewels his parents had sold when they escaped to England after the war. The victim of a hereditary inner ear defect that affected his balance, Vertigo had a small electronic device implanted in his right temple that compensated this problem. Tinkering with the device, Vertigo learned he was able to affect other people’s balance as well, distorting their perceptions so that they literally couldn’t tell up from down, an effect known as vertigo. Donning a costume and taking the name "Count Vertigo", he embarked on a life of crime. This would bring him in conflict with the DC super-heroes. Despite primarily being an enemy of Green Arrow and Black Canary, he has had many past confrontations with Batman in the past.
Deadshot Batman #59 (June–July 1950) Deadshot (Floyd Lawton) is an excellent sniper assassin and claims he "never misses" his victims. He became a villain by accidentally shooting the brother he loved and saving the father he hated, Floyd intended to shoot the rifle out of his brother's hand. He is often considered to be the second greatest assassin in the DC Universe, the first being Deathstroke. In the New 52, Deadshot was arrested for a failed assassination of a US Senator by Batman and was sentenced to life in prison. He will be portrayed by Will Smith in the upcoming 2016 movie, Suicide Squad.
Deathstroke New Teen Titans #2 (December 1980) Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) is a metahuman mercenary known to take on seemingly impossible jobs and the toughest targets as a personal challenge. Recently, Deathstroke has been seen working with Talia al Ghul, controlling the body and physical actions of the current Robin in order to kill the recent Batman. Deathstroke is able to control Robin's actions thanks to a neural-implant inserted into Robin's spine by his mother while it was being surgically replaced. Batman defeats Deathstroke by taking advantage of the two-way connection between him and Robin by using a taser on Robin, the resulting electric shock overwhelming Deathstroke's enhanced senses. He then tracks Slade down and attacks him in his hospital bed for controlling Robin and for the Chemo attack, informing Slade that what happened then, is just a 'trailer' for what he will do later. Also, he was one of the eight assassins contracted by Black Mask to kill Batman for the reward of fifty million dollars. In addition to enhanced strength, speed and reflexes, Deathstroke possesses heightened brain functions that make him a master strategist and tactical genius.
Firebug Batman #318 (December 1979) An African American former soldier and demolitions expert, Joseph Rigger returned to find his family dead due to substandard housing in three separate buildings. As the Firebug, Rigger seeks revenge on the buildings themselves, destroying them regardless of how many innocents died. He later turns to more straightforward crime. His weapons of choice are explosive bombs.
Gotham Central #3 (March 2003) A new Firebug debuts in Gotham Central #3. At first, his identity is a mystery, and he is wanted in the murder of a teenage girl who was killed after a baby-sitting job. Eventually, the Gotham police deduce that the culprit is Harlan Combs, the father of the child she was sitting. Combs had purchased the Firebug costume and armor from Rigger. He is injured fleeing the police and quickly arrested.
Deadshot: Urban Renewal #1 (February 2005) An unnamed character using the name Firebug debuts shortly thereafter. He had won the name and costume from an internet auction. After taking on the Firebug name, he enters the costume business. He later appears in a flashback revealing that he teams up with Mr. Freeze, but is defeated by the team of Batman and Harvey Dent prior to the One Year Later storyline.
Firefly Detective Comics #184 (June 1952) Firefly (Garfield Lynns) is an orphan who became a pyromaniac, developing a fireproof suit with a flamethrower to further pursue his "hobby." He invents numerous weapons that involve light to commit crimes with.
Harley Quinn Batman: The Animated Series "Joker's Favor" (September 11, 1992)
In comics: Batman: Harley Quinn (October 1999)
Dr. Harleen Quinzel was the Joker's psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum until she fell in love with him and subsequently reinvented herself as his madcap sidekick, Harley Quinn. She is often mistreated by the Joker, but that rarely changes how she feels about him. She often refers to him lovingly as "Puddin'" and "Mr J." She first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, voiced by Arleen Sorkin, before appearing in the comic book continuity during the No Man's Land storyline. She will be portrayed by Margot Robbie in the upcoming 2016 movie, Suicide Squad.
Professor Hugo Strange Detective Comics #36 (February 1940) Professor Hugo Strange is an insane psychologist who uses his mastery of chemistry to create a serum that turns his victims into mindless brutes who obey his every command. It has also been implied that the idea for the Scarecrow's "fear-gas" came from Professor Hugo Strange. He has succeeded in deducing Batman's identity.
Hush Batman #609 (November 2002) Hush (Dr. Thomas Elliot) is a brilliant surgeon who targets both Bruce Wayne, his childhood friend, and Batman.
The JokerArch Batman #1 (April 1940) The Joker is a homicidal maniac with a clown-like appearance, bent on creating havoc in Gotham City and fighting a never-ending battle of wits with Batman. His arsenal of weapons includes razor-cards, acid-spewing flowers, and fatal laughing-gas. He is Batman's arch-enemy as well as the most famous and recurring villain. He is often considered by many comic book fans to be the greatest villain of all time. In his appearances in other media, he has been portrayed by such actors as Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.
Joker's Daughter The Batman Family #6 (August 1976) In pre-New 52 continuity, Duela Dent is from Earth-3, she is the daughter of Three-Face and Jokester. She was part of The Riddler Family, with the Riddler as her step-father. In the New 52, while she is named Duela, her surname is never confirmed. The daughter of an affluent Gotham couple, Duela demonstrated some disturbing tendencies at a young age, which were exacerbated after her father secretly killed her pet pug. She became anorexic and began self-mutilating. After cutting her face, Duela received plastic surgery, but during the procedure she twitched too much under the surgeon's scalpel, further damaging her face. Eventually, she ran away from home to the Gotham City's Nethers, an underground cave system populated by escapees from Arkham Asylum. At some point following the Joker's recent return, Duela found his face/mask, and donned it, becoming the Joker's Daughter. She freed the women of the Nethers from their cruel subjugation from that area's men.
KGBeast Batman #417 (March 1988) While ruthless assassin KGBeast (Anatoli Knyazev) was on a mission to assassinate Ronald Reagan, Batman caught his left wrist in a loop of the bat-rope, but KGBeast cut off his own hand with an axe in order to escape. He later returns with a cybernetic gun prosthetic attached to his wrist. He is among the villains who are executed by the second Tally Man in Batman: Face the Face.
Killer Croc Detective Comics #523 (February 1983) Killer Croc (Waylon Jones) has a medical condition that warped his body into a massive crocodile-like form. He possesses super-strength and is immune to toxins. He will be portrayed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in the upcoming 2016 movie, Suicide Squad.
Killer Moth Batman #63 (February 1951) Drury Walker, alias Cameron Van Cleer, was a minor criminal who adopted the alias of Killer Moth, a Batman-like villain. He is also famous for being the first villain defeated by Batgirl. Later he made a deal with the demon Neron, and became a monstrous, insect-like creature.
Lock-Up Batman: The Animated Series "Lock-Up" (November 19, 1994)
In comics: Robin (vol. 2) #24 (January 1996)
Lyle Bolton is a former security guard who is obsessed with order, and becomes a costumed vigilante who brutalizes criminals; unlike Batman, however, he is willing and eager to kill them. In one storyline, he sets up a private prison for costumed villains. The version of the character featured in Batman: The Animated Series is a former security guard at Arkham Asylum who is fired for abusing the inmates.
The Mad Hatter Batman #49 (October–November 1948) The Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch) is inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to commit crimes. He uses his mind-control technology to bend people to his will, and is never seen without a large and fantastic hat. He desires Batman's cowl, even if it means killing him. More recent versions of the character are decidedly darker than the original; Gotham Central characterizes him as a violent schizophrenic, while Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth characterizes him as a pedophile.
Man-Bat Detective Comics #400 (June 1970) Dr. Kirk Langstrom invented a serum to give him echolocation (a sonar that bats use to guide them in the dark) to cure his growing deafness. Unfortunately, the serum had an unforeseen side-effect, transforming him into the monstrous Man-Bat.
Maxie Zeus Detective Comics #483 (May 1979) Maxie Zeus (Maximillian Zeus) is a former history teacher who loses his mind and starts committing crimes modeled after Greek mythology. He usually uses electricity-based weaponry to emulate the Greek god Zeus and at one point formed the New Olympians consisting of characters based on Greek mythology characters. He is murdered by one of his sons as a sacrifice to the god Ares, but he is alive in later comics.
Mr. Freeze Batman #121 (February 1959)
as "Mr. Zero" (designation changed in the 1960s TV series)
Mr. Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries) is a scientist whose invention of a freeze-gun went terribly wrong when it accidentally caused cryogenic chemicals to spill on himself. He now uses frozen weaponry and must wear a refrigerated ice-suit to survive. Batman: The Animated Series reinvented him as a tragic character whose crimes are motivated by a desire to save his terminally ill wife, Nora; this characterization was also included in the film Batman & Robin, in which he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Owlman Justice League of America #29 (August 1964) Originally, Owlman is an unnamed super-intelligent supervillain who was created as an evil counterpart to Batman. He is a member of the criminal organization known as the Crime Syndicate of America, who originated and operated on the reverse Earth-Three. In the New 52 continuity he was a member of the Court of Owls until he betrayed them. The new Owlman believes he is Bruce Wayne's previously unknown brother, raised in a children's hospital.
The Penguin Detective Comics #58 (December 1941) The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot) is a devious crime-boss who is seldom seen without one of his trick-umbrellas, and performs crimes based on birds. The Penguin uses his nightclub, the Iceberg Lounge, as a front for his criminal activities, which Batman tolerates for the sake of having him as an informant. He was portrayed by Burgess Meredeth in the 1960s Batman show and by Robin Lord Taylor in Gotham. Danny DeVito portrayed the character in the 1992 film, Batman Returns, in which he was reinterpreted as a former freak show performer with a homicidal grudge against Gotham City.
Poison Ivy Batman #181 (June 1966) Poison Ivy (Pamela Lillian Isley), a former student of advanced botanical biochemistry, employs plants of all varieties and their derivatives in her crimes. She has the ability to control all plant life and can create new henchmen with her mutated seeds. She is immune to all plant-based poisons.
Prometheus New Year's Evil: Prometheus #1 (February 1998) While the original Prometheus, Curtis Calhoun, was an enemy of Blue Beetle, the most notable villain to use the name is a twisted mirror image of Batman. As a child he watched in horror as police slaughtered his parents in a Bonnie and Clyde style shoot-out. He swore revenge upon "justice."
Rag Doll Flash Comics #36 (December 1942) Rag Doll is a master contortionist and hypnotist who has fought Batman on many occasions. Since the New 52, he has been an inmate at Arkham Asylum.
Ra's al Ghul Batman #232 (June 1971) Ra's al Ghul ("demon's head" in Arabic) is a centuries-old eco-terrorist who desires to bring balance to the planet, even if it means killing millions of people and annihilating whole cities. He knows Batman's secret identity and sometimes uses his seductive daughter Talia to gain leverage over the Dark Knight. He utilizes special pits known as Lazarus Pits which grant him near-eternal life. Ra's is the founder of the worldwide terrorist group, the League of Assassins, and is known to be one of Bruce Wayne's most intellectual and powerful adversaries. In the Dark Knight Trilogy, he is portrayed by Liam Neeson.[2][3]
The Reaper Detective Comics #237 (December 1971) The Reaper is a super-villain identity taken by three of Batman's enemies. The original Reaper first appeared in Detective Comics #237.
Ratcatcher Detective Comics #585 (April 1988) Otis Flannegan is a one-time actual rat catcher who turns to a life of crime. He has the ability to communicate with and train rats, and uses them to plague Gotham many times. Shortly after the Infinite Crisis began, Ratcatcher is killed by an OMAC agent in hiding who identifies the Ratcatcher as a gamma level threat and vaporizes him.
The Riddler Detective Comics #140 (October 1948) The Riddler (Edward Nigma; sometimes spelled "Nygma") is a criminal mastermind who has a strange compulsion to challenge Batman by leaving clues to his crimes in the form of riddles, puzzles, and word-games. He is also Batman's smartest foe, no small feat considering the diversity of his rogues gallery. He often carries a question-mark cane around with him, as well as many other trick puzzle gimmicks. He recently learned Batman's identity due to an epiphany in a Lazarus Pit, but kept it a secret to prevent Ra's al Ghul from learning he had used the Lazarus pits without permission. A subsequent head injury seemingly robbed him of this knowledge. He was portrayed by Frank Gorshin (who was nominated for an Emmy Award) and John Astin in the live action 1960s TV series, by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever and by Cory Michael Smith in Gotham.
The Scarecrow World's Finest Comics #3 (September 1941) The Scarecrow (Professor Jonathan Crane), an insane psychologist/biochemist who specializes in the nature of fear. Dressed symbolically as a scarecrow, he employs a fear toxin that causes its victims to hallucinate about their greatest fears. Ironically, he has a fear of bats. He was portrayed by Cillian Murphy in the Dark Knight trilogy of films.
Solomon Grundy All-American Comics #61 (October 1944) Cyrus Gold was a Gotham City merchant who was murdered and thrown into Slaughter Swamp, where he was transformed into an undead, superstrong zombie-like creature. Solomon Grundy was initially an enemy of the Golden Age Green Lantern, the large amount of wood in his body giving him protection against the power ring, and the Justice Society, but has both battled and aided various heroes during his multiple resurrections. He has battled Batman on a number of occasions, notably in The Long Halloween and Dark Victory.
Tweedledum and Tweedledee Detective Comics #74 (April 1943) Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Dumfrey and Deever Tweed) are a pair of cousins whose similar looks often have them mistaken for identical twins. Fat, lazy, and cowardly, the pair prefer to have henchmen do all their dirty work while they retire to a safe haven. The pair often wear costumes modeled on their namesakes from Lewis Carrol's Through the Looking-Glass. They are sometimes depicted as being henchmen of the Mad Hatter.
Two-Face Detective Comics #66 (August 1942) Former district attorney Harvey Dent has an obsession with committing crimes themed around duality and opposites. He makes major decisions by flipping a two-headed coin on which one of the faces is scarred. Previously, he was a close friend and ally to James Gordon and Batman, who wanted to clean up Gotham, but he went insane and adopted the Two-Face persona after gangster Sal Maroni scarred half of his face with acid. Over the years, he has reformed at various times, with his face being surgically repaired, only to later adopt the alias of Two-Face again. More recent comics portray him as having a split personality. In the character's various appearance in other media, he has been portrayed by actors such as Billy Dee Williams, Tommy Lee Jones, Richard Moll, Aaron Eckhart, Troy Baker, and Christopher McDonald.
The Ventriloquist Detective Comics #583 (February 1988) Arnold Wesker is a small, mild-mannered ventriloquist. Under his dummy Scarface's psychological influence, the Ventriloquist is a dangerous crime-boss. It has been implied that the Ventriloquist suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. He was amongst the villains who were executed by the second Tally Man in Batman: Face the Face but has been revived by DC Comics' New 52 reboot.
Detective Comics #827 (March 2007) The second Ventriloquist (Peyton Riley), called "Sugar" by Scarface, has surfaced in the pages of Detective Comics and has apparently been thought to be deceased (as part of her face is shown to be scarred from a gunshot wound). She is a more compatible partner than the original Ventriloquist was, since Scarface does not substitute the letter "B" with "G" anymore and is much more compliant with the dummy's brutal strategies. She and Scarface seem to have a relationship similar to that of the Joker and Harley Quinn. She is the former fianceé of Hush (Dr. Thomas Elliot).
Batgirl #20 (July 2013) The third Ventriloquist (Shuana Belzer), was born a twin, with her brother Ferdie being beloved by everyone. One day while being teased, Shuana learned she could move things with her mind. She would later use these powers to kill her twin, and make it look like an accident. Shuana was trying to find her place in the world when she first meet Ferdie, the dummy. She saw him at a birthday party, killed the clown who was using him. Shuana would later go on to kill her parents and start doing ventriloquist acts that would usually end with a dead audience.
Victor Zsasz Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (June 1992) Victor Zsasz is a serial killer who cuts a tally mark on to his own body for each of his victims. He is portrayed by Tim Booth in Batman Begins,[4] in which he is characterized as an assassin working for mob boss Carmine Falcone. He made his television debut in Gotham, played by Anthony Carrigan.[5]

Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins

Main article: League of Assassins
Villain First appearance Fictional biography
Bronze Tiger Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #1 (April–May 1975) Ben Turner comes from an upper middle class black neighborhood in Central City. When he was only 10 years old, he saw a burglar attacking his parents, and he proceeded to kill the man with a kitchen knife. In an effort to control the rage inside him, Turner turns to martial arts and eventually crime. He trained with the same masters as Batman and Green Arrow.
Cheshire New Teen Titans Annual #2 (August 1983) Batman battled Cheshire, when she team up with KGBeast bringing her into conflict with the Dark Knight and Arsenal. Batman battled her in Zurich, but the fight ends when Batman has Nightwing rescue Lian, after which she gives up peacefully allowing Batman to arrest her.
David Cain Batman #567 (July 1999) He is the father of Batgirl and an enemy to both her and Batman.
Dr. Darrk Strange Adventures #215 #2 (December 1968) The first known head of the League of Assassins.
Dr. Moon Batman #240 (March 1972) Doctor Moon is a highly immoral scientist and neurosurgeon. His areas of expertise are body modifications, psychological conditioning, and torture. He is known for hiring his services out to many different super-villains.
Kirigi Batman #431 (March 1989) Top martial artist. League of Assassins Trainer. Within the context of the stories, Kirigi taught Bruce Wayne and Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins the art of ninjutsu.
Kyle Abbot Detective Comics #743 (April 2000) Formerly an agent for the late Ra's al Ghul, Kyle is the bodyguard of Whisper A'Daire, empowered by his mistress with the same serum that gave her immortality and shapeshifting abilities. In Kyle's case, the serum turned him into an ageless werewolf, second in command of a small army of similarly empowered henchmen.
Lady Shiva Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #5 (December 1975) A deadly martial artist and a foe of Batman.
Mad Dog III Batgirl #67 (October 2005) David Cain, one of the world's premier assassins, was by the nature of his profession a very lonely man and began thinking about what he would leave behind when he died. He wished for a "perfect child" - specifically a "perfect artisan of his craft".
Merlyn Justice League of America #94 (November 1971) An expert assassin with the bow and arrow, Merlyn hires himself out for a hefty fee. Working with such villains as Maxie Zeus and Syonide. He has battled Green Arrow and Black Canary on several outings. He also tried assassinate Batman, but Green Arrow was able to deflect one of Merlyn's arrows with an arrow of his own, saving Batman's life. Merlyn admitted that Green Arrow had become the better archer, but escaped before he could be captured. Unable to return to the League of Assassins, he became a freelance assassin.
Nyssa Raatko Detective Comics #783 (August 2003) She is a daughter of Ra's Al Ghul.
Professor Ojo Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #16 (August 1977) Brilliant criminal scientist with a vendetta against atomic energy.
Sensei Strange Adventures #215 (November–December 1968) Top martial artist and immortal father of Ra's al Ghul.
Shrike Nightwing Secret Files & Origins #1 (October 1999) Boone harbors a long-standing enmity for Dick Grayson dating back to their youth, when the two shared a friendship that was in many ways doomed from its inception. the boy who would became known as the predatory Shrike traved alone throughout the Pacific Rim, gleaning an array of martial arts skills both from a variety of unsavory teachers, including several former operatives of insidious League of Assassins.
Silver Monkey Detective Comics #685 (May 1995) Silver Monkey is a martial artist who was trained by the Cult of the Monkey Fist. As an assassin and mercenary, he has become an enemy of Batman and Green Arrow. He was eventually gunned down and killed by the Ventriloquist.
Silken Spider Batman #181 (June 1966) Member of the League of Assassins. She alongside Dragon Fly and Tiger Moth attacked Wayne Manor during the events of "The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul."
Ubu Batman #232 (June 1971) Ubu is Ra's Al Ghul's Body Guard.
Whisper A'Daire Detective Comics #743 (April 2000) Formerly an agent for the late Ra's al Ghul, Ra's gave Whisper a serum that grants her immortality and the ability to shapeshift.
Whip Flash Comics #1 (January 1940) Rodrigo “Rod” Gaynor became the Whip to protect the helpless and fight injustice.

Morrison era super villains (2007-2011)

These are supervillains that were introduced under writer Grant Morrison.

Villain First appearance Fictional biography
Flamingo Batman #666 (July 2007) Flamingo is a psychotic hitman. He was lobotomized by the mob and was recruited by them. Despite his name as well as his pink uniform and vehicles, he is a sociopathic, mindless, killing machine, nicknamed "the eater of faces", a title he has lived up to. He appears as an enemy of Damian Wayne in the future. He appears in the present in issues #5-6 of the 2009 Batman and Robin series. His appearance is heavily inspired by the cover artwork for the Prince album Purple Rain.
Jackanapes Jackanapes is a gorilla in a clown costume that wields a machete and sub-machine gun. He appears as an enemy of Damian Wayne in the future.
Max Roboto Max Roberto is a cyborg with a partially cybernetic face. He appears as an enemy of Damian Wayne in the future.
Professor Pyg Morrison describes the character as "one of the weirdest, most insane characters that's ever been in Batman. We hear a lot about Batman facing crazy villains but we tried to make this guy seem genuinely disturbed and disconnected". Donning a pig mask, Lazlo Valentin is a mad scientist known for kidnapping people and brutally transforming them into minions he calls "Dollotrons."
The Weasel The Weasel is a man with all canine teeth. He appears as an enemy of Damian Wayne in the future.
The Absence Batman and Robin #18 (January 2011) A former girlfriend of Bruce Wayne, Una Nemo received a bullet in her head and survived. Now, she is stalking and killing other of Bruce's former mistress.
Big Top Batman and Robin #2 (September 2009) Big Top is a morbidly obese bearded man in a tutu. He is part of the Circus of Strange.
Dr. Dedalus Batman Incorporated #3 (March 2011) Otto Netz is a member of Leviathan.
The Heretic Batman and Robin #12 (April 2010) The mysterious Heretic is a clone of Damian Wayne, artificially aged and genetically enhanced by Talia al Ghul. He is Leviathan's most fearsome soldier, having killed both Knight and his "brother," Damian.
The Id Batman Annual #28 (February 2008) French supervillain who could awake hidden desires in any human being with a mere touch. Sister Crystal turned his head into glass, with his brain always visible.
Jezebel Jet Batman #656 (October 2006) Originally posing as a lover of Bruce Wayne, she was actually hired by the Black Glove in order to infiltrate Batman's psyche and push him over the edge of his sanity. She was defeat by Batman and taken to prison.
King Kraken Batman #676 (June 2008) King Kraken is an aquatic criminal from Sweden and a deep sea diver known to go up against Batman and Wingman.
Mr. Toad Batman and Robin #1 (August 2009) Mr. Toad is a mutated frog man. He is part of the Circus of Strange.
Phosphorus Rex A member of the Circus of Strange. He is a man with an ability to set himself on fire receiving no harm.
Ray Man Batman and Robin #26 (August 2011) A French supervillain. Ray Man can create visual illusions out of a hole in his head. While creating mass illusion, Ray Man pretends to be a reality-warping god-like superbeing, Paradox.
Siam Siam is a name used by conjoined triplets with a specialized fighting style. They are part of the Circus of the Strange.
Sister Crystal A French supervillain. She has an ability to turn everything she touches into glass.
Skin Talker A French supervillain. Skin Talker has a unique skin disease that make words appear on his body. He is fully in control of this ability, and the words on his skin have hidden hypnotic effects.
The Son of Man Otherwise known as the Man Who Laughs, the Son of Man is a French supervillain and an enemy of Nightrunner. As an infant, Norman S. Rotrig was mutilated by his insane father to be a living masterpiece of art. He broke four dangerous criminals out of Jardin Noir in order to make Paris an abstract art, no matter the casualties. He has his lips and cheeks removed, his face stuck in permanent "smile". Son of Man is considered a French counterpart of the Joker.
The Son of Pyg Batman Incorporated #4 (March 2011) Janosz Valentin is the son of infamous Lazlo Valentin (more known as Professor Pyg). Janosz wears a similar pig mask to his father, but it is heavily damaged and has red eyes. He appears to be masochist and claims he could teach to feel no pain.
Swagman Batman #676 (June 2008) Introduced in Batman R.I.P. as a member of the Club of Villains, Swagman is an armoured super-villain who targets members of the Batman Family.
White Knight Batman and Robin #21 (April 2011) A mysterious being of light who seeks to battle the darkness of Gotham City. White Knight targeted the relatives of Arkham Asylum inmates in order to save their souls by dressing them as angels and forcing them to commit suicide. A very resourceful and inventive serial killer, White Knight's ultimate goal is to kill Arkham inmates.

The New 52 relaunch villains

These are supervillains that were introduced following the New 52 relaunch of the DC Universe.

Villain First appearance Fictional biography
Nobody Batman and Robin (vol. 2) #1 (September 2011) Morgan Ducard (AKA Nobody) has almost telekinetic powers seemingly based on sound waves. Ducard is the son of Henri Ducard, the detective who once trained Bruce. He seeks to destroy the Batman Incorporated and believes that killing criminals could save more lives than simply putting them in prison and allowing them to live.
The White Rabbit Batman: The Dark Knight (vol. 2) #1 (September 2011) This mysterious woman is the mastermind behind a toxin known to obliterate all fear from one's mind. Due to her involvement with Bane and the Scarecrow, she once managed to defeat Batman.
Talon Batman (vol. 2) #2 (December 2011) An agent of the Court of Owls, as well as the court itself, was part of a city myth in Gotham City. The Talon, William Cobb, is the villain of the Night of Owls storyline and is sent by the Court of Owls to assassinate Bruce Wayne.
Dollmaker Detective Comics (vol. 2) #1 (September 2011) The leader of his "Family", Barton Mathis is a mad doctor who specializes in organ transplantation. He is responsible for the creation of twisted abominations made of several different limbs and organs, stitched into one being. He also runs an organ trade business and is responsible for cutting the Joker's face off. The Dollmaker has received recognition in mainstream media, having been portrayed by Michael Eklund in Arrow,[6][7] Colm Feore in Gotham,[8][9] and voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic in Batman vs. Robin.[10][11] Though the Dollmaker sees the Toyman as a father figure,[12] he is not to be confused with the Toyman's bilogical son, Anton Schott, who also used the Dollmaker alias.
Dollhouse Detective Comics (vol. 2) #2 (October 2011) Matilda Mathis is the Dollmaker's daughter who initially dressed as a nurse with a ceramic mask stitched into her face as the Dollmaker's right hand henchman.[13] She later took up her father's cause and became Dollhouse, kidnapping children and harvesting their organs for organ trade. She then turns whats left of their bodies into human dolls that she uses to decorate her garden.[14]
Jack-in-the-Box Member of Dollmaker's family, Jack has a mutilated, surgically enhanced body with arms seemingly made of rubber.
Bentley Member of Dollmaker's family, Bentley is his master's main muscle.
Mr. Toxic Mr. Toxic started off as "Gas Man," one of several amateur super-villains that the Penguin called upon in order to offer them "protection" for their money. The Penguin found it much harder to manipulate Gas Man than the other villains. By the time they discovered they had been cheated by the Penguin, it was too late. Gas Man resurfaces as Mr. Toxic and found himself more than a match for Batman. After Mr. Toxic robbed several nuclear plants, Batman discovered that Mr. Toxic was the dying clone of one of Bruce Wayne's fellow businessmen. Batman was able to defeat Mr. Toxic, who hasn't been seen since.
Olivia Carr A girl that was kidnapped and brainwashed into the Dollmaker Family.
Orifice A member of the Dollmaker Family who has different limbs and tissue stitched to his body.
Sampson Member of Dollmaker's family, Sampson is a small man made to look like a toy monkey.
Wesley Mathis A serial killer and former enemy of James Gordon who would take his son, Barton Mathis (who would grow to become the Dollmaker), on "hunting trips" in which he kidnapped and cannibalized human beings. He was eventually killed in a struggle with Gordon, leading to his son's personal vendetta against Gordon.
Eli Strange Detective Comics (vol. 2) #5 (March 2012) The criminal son of Doctor Hugo Strange. Eli Strange collaborated with Catwoman during some of his criminal activities.
Knightfall Batgirl (vol. 4) #10 (August 2012) Charise Carnes was a prisoner at Arkham Asylum when a massive breakout took place in which she watched the other inmates torture and kill others. After getting out of the Asylum, Carnes became a vigilante called Knightfall who torments and murders criminals, eventually becoming an enemy of Batgirl.
Mr. Mosaic Detective Comics (vol. 2) #5 (March 2012) Mister Mosaic is a deformed and rich man.
Jill Hampton Detective Comics (vol. 2) #6 (April 2012) She works for the Penguin and is Charlotte Rivers' sister.
Snakeskin A shapeshifter and Jill Hampton's boyfriend.
Mr. Combustible An upstart criminal under Penguin's guidance.
Hypnotic An upstart criminal under Penguin's guidance. He uses radio waves to control his victims minds.
Imperceptible Man A seemingly invisible criminal who came to Gotham in an alliance with the Penguin.
Emperor Blackgate Detective Comics (vol. 2) #13 (December 2012) A former Gotham street thug who eventually became the Penguin's right-hand man, Ignatius Ogilvy had aspirations of his own. During the Death of the Family crossover, he is temporarily put in charged of the Penguin's operations until Penguin had finished his business with the Joker. However, when Penguin is finished, he discovers that Ogilvy has taken over completely through fear and intimidation. Ogilvy later uses various chemicals to give himself a monstrous appearance, thick skin, super strength and other enhanced abilities. His reign isn't long, as he is taken down by Batman and sentenced to Blackgate Penitentiary. During his sentence, he takes control of the prison's criminal activity and dons the name "Emperor Blackgate".
Fishnet Catwoman (vol. 4) #17 (April 2013) Otto Baxter Kruft AKA "Fishnet" is a henchman for Gotham City mobster The Penguin, recognizable for wearing a fishnet stocking over his face.
Volt The Penguin's resident tech genius and creator of his weapons. An accident later gave him electric powers.
The Merrymaker Detective Comics (vol. 2) #17 (February 2013) A supervillain that leads a gang of Joker-obsessed criminals called the League of Smiles.
Brute Detective Comics (vol. 2) #19 (June 2013) A prisoner of Santa Prisca who has gone through extensive new experimentations with Venom.
Malicia An ally of Bane who has gone through Venom experiments at Santa Prisca.
The Professor A scientist on Santa Prisca who specializes in Venom experiments for Bane.
Wolf-Spider A recruit of Bane, who has been enhanced with the superdrug, Venom.
Scorn The Batman "The End of the Batman" (February 9, 2008)
In comics: Detective Comics (vol. 2) #22 (September 2013)
Sidekick to the Wrath, and a dark mirror-image of Robin. Although Scorn's first comic book appearance wasn't until 2013, he first appeared as the Wrath's sidekick in an episode of the fifth season of the animated series The Batman.
Mr. Bygone Batman Eternal #6 (July 2014) A mysterious man who is a product of the evil infesting Arkham Asylum.
Dr. Falsario Batman Eternal #18 (October 2014) The man who used hypnotic powers and manipulated Jim Gordon into firing at an unarmed man the night he supposedly caused the train accident.

Batman Beyond antagonists

Foes of lesser renown

In alphabetical order (with issue and date of first appearance)

Villain First appearance Fictional biography
Abattoir Detective Comics #625 (January 1991) Arnold Etchison is a serial killer who killed his family members and fed on the marrow of their bones. He is killed by Jean Paul Valley (Azrael) during his tenure as Batman. He appears in five issues: Detective Comics #625 (January 1991), Detective Comics #628 (April 1991), Batman #505 (March 1994), Batman: Shadow of the Bat #27 (May 1994), and Batman #508 (June 1994). He was reanimated to appear in Blackest Night: Batman #1-3 in 2009.[15][16]
Actuary Detective Comics #683 (March 1995) A mathematical genius who applies formulas to aid the Penguin in committing crimes.
Alpha Batgirl #35 (November 2003) One of the world's most dangerous assassins and a terrorist-for-hire, Alpha would go on to join the League of Assassins under Lady Shiva.
Amba Kadiri Batman #274 (April 1976) An Indian thief and leader of the Afro-Asian block of Underworld Olympians, she crossed paths with Batman only to be captured so that her team may go on in the competition. She is an accomplished thief and martial artist whom bears steel-clawed fingertips.
Amygdala Batman: Shadow of the Bat #3 (August 1992) Aaron Helzinger is a powerful behemoth with a childlike temper. He is quick to anger and turns into a murdering monster after doctors experiment on his brain. He has been stopped by Batman in the past by applying a severe blow to the back of the neck.
The Answer Batman Villains Secret Files #1 (October 1998) Mike Patten was an engineer in Gotham City that believed a civilization 15,000 years ago was wiped out due to a massive earthquake. During the events of Cataclysm, his wife and daughter perished leading Mike to believe the end of humanity was nigh and became the costumed Answer to prove his theory to society through robbery and murder.
The Architect Batman: Gates of Gotham #1 (July 2011) Zachary Gate is the descendant of Nicholas Anders, one of the architect brothers who constructed Gotham City's bridges. Upon his stepbrother's death, Nicholas attempted to avenge him by killing Gotham's founding fathers: the Waynes, Cobblepots, and Elliots, for he blamed his death on. He was then jailed for the murder of Robert Kane and declared that the forefathers' descendants would suffer for their sins. Zachary comes across this knowledge and name of The Architect from his ancestor's journals and decided to avenge him. Setting his goals in eliminating the forefathers' descendants.
Atomic-Man Detective Comics #280 (June 1960) Paul Strobe is a scientist who can shoot beams from his eyes that can transmute matter into another form and focuses them through the special lenses of his goggles.
Bad Samaritan Outsiders #3 (January 1986) A highly trained agent of the USSR that became an independent contractor in espionage, terrorism, and assassination working for virtually all major governments.
Bag O'Bones Batman #195 (September 1967) Radioactivity transforms Ned Creegan into a skeletal-looking "living x-ray photo" who calls himself Bag O'Bones and battles Batman and Robin. Creegan later returns as the Cyclotronic Man fighting Black Lightning and Superman. Still later, he adopts the name One Man Meltdown and battles the Outsiders. After getting the medical treatment he needs, Creegan goes back to prison, content to do his time in jail and then reform.
Bizarro-Batman World's Finest Comics #156 (March 1966) Not to be confused with Batzarro, Bizarro-Batman is a Bizarro version of Batman who appeared as a member of a Bizarro version of the Justice League of America. Bizarro-Batman originates from Bizarro World.
Superman/Batman #20 (June 2005) Batzarro is a Bizarro version of Batman whose origins remain unknown.
Benedict Asp Batman #486 (November 1992) Asp is the brother of Shondra Kinsolving, the trained physiotherapist who meets Bruce Wayne when he is dealing with exhaustion and helps to look after him after he is injured by Bane. He kidnaps her and turns her abilities to evil uses. Asp reveals Shondra's healing powers and, along with his own psychic abilities, uses her to telekinetically kill an entire village. Bruce eventually defeats Benedict, but the events traumatize Shondra.
Bear Batman Confidential #31 (September 2009) Once a loyal enforcer for a Moscow-based mobster, that is until Batman revealed to him that he had been lied to his whole life. The Bear is now the self-described Batman of Moscow, striking fear into its criminal underworld.
The Baffler Robin (vol. 4) #1 (November 1993) Titus Samuel Czonka is a villain that leaves riddles for Batman to solve similar to Cluemaster and Riddler.
Billy Numerous Teen Titans "Deception" (August 28, 2004)
In comics: Catwoman #78 (April 2008)
Originally a character from the Teen Titans animated series, he has the ability to make copies of himself and takes on Slam Bradley and Catwoman.
The Birthday Boy Batman: Earth One (July 2012) In the Earth One re-imagining of Batman's origin, Ray Salinger is a serial killer who operated at the beginning of Batman's career. Nicknamed "the Birthday Boy", Salinger kidnaps and murders young women who resemble his first victim. His modus operandi is he gives the person that he is about to kill a birthday cake with his first victim's name on it and tells them to "make a wish".
Black Spider Detective Comics #463 (September 1976) Black Spider is the name of several DC Comics villains; the first two are both primarily the enemies of Batman. The first Black Spider debuted in 1976, created by Gerry Conway. His real name is Eric Needham, a hunter of drug dealers who ruined his life. The second is Johnny LaMonica. He is later killed by Crispus Allen during a gang shooting. A third Black Spider appears named Derek Coe and battles the Birds of Prey. Since he survives a large fall, it is implied he may be a metahuman.
Black and White Thief Batman Gotham Knights #12 (February 2001) A minor villain of Batman
Blockbuster Detective Comics #345 (November 1965) Mark Desmond is a former chemist who experiments on himself and subsequently becomes a mindless brute who possesses super-strength. He is eventually killed by one of Darkseid's henchmen after joining the Suicide Squad (he has since been revived in DC Comics' "New 52" reboot). Later, Roland Desmond (the original Blockbuster's older brother) is mutated into the second Blockbuster when he is treated with experimental steroids. He becomes a crime boss in Bludhaven, home of Nightwing.
Starman #9 (April 1989) Roland Desmond became the second Blockbuster after a severe illness forced him to be treated with experimental steroids. Like his brother Mark, Roland became a child-minded super-strong monster. He ran wild in the Southwest, but Batman and Starman (Will Payton) brought his rampage to an end.[17][18]
The Blue Bat Batman #127 (October 1959) In an alternate universe, the Blue Bat was a criminal who wore the Batman costume.
The Bouncer Detective Comics #347 (January 1966) A metallurgist who discovers "an alloy of rubber, steel, and chrome" called "Elastalloy", which he uses to create a suit that allows him to bounce "tremendous distances or from great heights – yet not be harmed at all!" The Bouncer fights Batman twice, once alone and once as a minion of the Monarch of Menace.
Bonaventure Strake Batman #514 (January 1995) A villain that is incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary for murder.
"Brains" Beldon Detective Comics #301 (March 1962) A criminal genius who pulls off a twenty million dollar heist in Gotham City before being defeated by Batman. He is the father of Teen Titans foe The Disruptor.
Brand Batman #137 (February 1961) A cowboy-themed criminal.
Bruno The Dark Knight Returns (February–June 1986) In the Dark Knight Universe, Bruno is a Neo-Nazi who is a chief henchwoman of the Joker, with ties to the Mutant gang.
Brutale Nightwing #22 (July 1998) Guillermo Barrera was a top-level interrogator/torturer for the secret police in the Latin American country Hasaragua, until a revolution forced him to flee. He began a new career as a mercenary/assassin and eventually began working for Blockbuster in Blüdhaven, battling against Nightwing on several occasions. Brutale is an expert with all forms of knives and blades, being able to both fight superbly and inflict horrible pain on his victims.
Calculator Detective Comics #463 (September 1976) Noah Kuttler is a highly intelligent criminal who fights Batman and the Justice League wearing a costume designed like a pocket calculator. The costume has a large numerical keypad on the front and a flashlight-like device on the headpiece, which can make "hard light" constructs. The device analyzes the powers or tactics of the hero defeating him, and inoculates him from ever being defeated by that hero ever again. In spite of his powerful arsenal, Calculator never makes it big as a costumed villain. Now relying solely on his intellect, he works as a successful information broker, a source of information for supervillains planning heists, charging $1,000 per question. He sees Oracle as his nemesis and opposite number.
Captain Stingaree Detective Comics #460 (June 1976) Karl Courtney is a criminal who commits crimes using a pirate motif.
The Cavalier Detective Comics #81 (November 1943) A swordsman who speaks in Shakespearean English and dresses in a French musketeer costume. His real name is Mortimer Drake.
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #32 (June 1992) A second Cavalier, Hudson Pyle, shows up in the story "Blades." In this version, the Cavalier is a swashbuckling hero who becomes a media darling.
Charlatan Detective Comics #777 (February 2003) In the Pre-Crisis comics as seen in Batman #68 (with most DC comic books published at that time taking place on Earth-Two), Paul Sloan was an actor who was hired to play Two-Face in a movie, after the real Two-Face had retired from criminal activity. A prop man swapped out the water that was used for the acid with the actual acid after Paul "stole" his girlfriend. Sloan was disfigured because of that and ended up following in Two-Face's footsteps. Sometime later, Harvey Dent would try to redeem Paul Sloan but failed.

In the Post-Crisis comics, Paul Sloan is a successful actor who is persuaded to impersonate Two-Face by a number of Gotham's villains when Two-Face refused to join their scheme with Two-Face's coin landing with the unscarred side up. Paul ends up encountering Batman briefly in the process. He is later tortured and disfigured by Two-Face and experimented on by Scarecrow. Paul returned years later and attacking the various villains who had recruited him, all in an attempt to get to Batman. He is currently incarcerated at Arkham Asylum.

The Chancer Batman: Shadow of the Bat #7 (December 1992) A bank robber of unknown identity who is armed simply with a baton and his own luck.
The Clock II Star-Spangled Comics #70 (July 1947) In Pre-Crisis continuity, the second character to use the moniker, the Clock, is a clock-themed criminal who is primarily an enemy of Dick Grayson. Not to be confused with The Clock King II.
The Clock King II Batman: The Animated Series "The Clock King" (September 21, 1992)
In comics: Teen Titans #57 (May 2008)
While the original Clock King was an enemy of Green Arrow, the Temple Fugate version of the character leads the group Terror Titans, which antagonizes Robin and the Teen Titans.[19] The name and appearance of this character are the same as the Clock King from the DC animated universe.
Colonel Sulphur Batman #241 (May 1972) A self-styled warrior with a vast knowledge of psychological terror who fights Batman four times in the comics of the 1970s and 1980s. Sulphur also encounters Superman and Supergirl and puts together an Army of Crime.
Composite Superman World's Finest Comics #142 (June 1964) An out-of-work scuba-diver, Joseph Meach gained the combined powers of the Legion of Super-Heroes after being struck by the energy discharge of their statues while he slept. He then desired to defeat Superman and Batman. Later the effect wore off with his memory, but his powers were restored by an alien whose father had been imprisoned by Batman and Robin. Joe sacrificed himself to save the superheroes.
Condiment King Batgirl: Year One #8 (September 2003) The Condiment King (Mitchell Mayo) is a villain who makes use of various condiments, sometimes capable of causing anaphylactic shock. Chronologically, the Condiment King first appeared in Batgirl: Year One, written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty. He is a comedic relief villain that is easily defeated by Robin and Batgirl.
Corrosive Man Detective Comics #587 (June 1988) A convicted murderer, Derek Mitchel escapes from jail seeking vengeance on Mortimer Kadaver, but is involved in an unfortunate accident on the way that turns him into a literally corrosive man, his entire skin burned with chemical fire which can eat through walls and floors or maim human flesh. His encounter with Kadaver leaves the latter with a handprint burned onto his forehead and leaves Mitchell inert, although he surfaces at least twice more.
Cornelius Stirk Detective Comics #592 (November 1988) An Arkham Asylum inmate who possesses latent psychic abilities, specifically the ability to induce fear and hallucinations in others. A delusional psychotic, Stirk believes that he will die unless he regularly consumes human hearts.
Crazy Quilt Boy Commandos #15 (May–June 1946) An ex-painter who leads a double life as a master thief, he is blinded by a gunshot wound during a botched robbery. While in prison, he volunteers for an experimental procedure that would restore his vision. There is a side-effect, however: even though he can see, he can only see in blinding, disorienting colors. This drives him insane, and he adopts the identity of Crazy Quilt.
Villains United #2 (August 2005) Apparently, the new Secret Society of Super Villains, led by Alexander Luthor, Jr., has in its roster a new version of Crazy Quilt; a female with the characteristic costume and vision-helmet of the previous villain. Only glimpsed in the background, she has yet to resurface.
Crime Doctor Detective Comics #77 (July 1943) Matthew Thorne, the go-to surgeon for all criminals and a criminal mastermind in his own right, but he would stop his crimes to minister to the sick or injured. He later appears under a new name, Bradford Thorne, in Detective Comics #494 (September 1980). He is an expert in torture.
Crimesmith Batman #443 (January 1990) Dr. Ryan Smith is a brilliant scientist and media personality. He gives detailed plans for robberies to gangs of crooks with the understanding that they would give him a large percentage of the loot.
Crimson Knight Detective Comics #271 (September 1959) The Crimson Knight, whose real name is Dick Lyons, is a mysterious, metal-clad crime fighter who appears in Gotham City as an apparent aide to Batman and Robin. The Caped Crusaders suspect the new arrival may have illegal motives.
Cryonic Man Batman and the Outsiders #6 (January 1984) Philip was a lab assistant for professor Niles Raymond who developed a cryogenic chamber. Fearful of the threat of nuclear war, Raymond froze himself, Philip, and their wives in 1947 in hopes of surviving any oncoming conflict. Decades later, Philip was chosen to be woken up to determine if the world had become a safe place again. However, Philip's wife was inflicted with a debilitating disease and he subjected themselves to the freeze in hopes of waking up in a time with the medical advances to save her life. Becoming Cryonic Man, Philip sought organs to replace those of his wife which were failing bringing him into conflict with Batman and the Outsiders.

Cryonic Man is part of the "Cold Warriors" in Justice League Adventures #12 (December 2002).

Cyber Cat Catwoman (vol. 2) #42 (February 1997) Christina Chiles, a skilled assassin hired by Talia al Ghul to steal a prized artifact from the Gotham Museum. Talia wants it for her father, Ra's al Ghul, so he can use it to power a superlaser that can destroy an entire city. Catwoman is initially hired, but when Ra's al Ghul sees that she only wants it for herself, he secretly hires Cyber Cat to kill Catwoman and take the artifact.
Cypher Detective Comics #657 (March 1993) Avery Twombey, who works under the moniker "Cypher," is a corporate spy who uses his hypnotic powers to force his victims to commit suicide.[20] After a failed attempt to hypnotize Cluemaster, Twombey was murdered.[21] Cypher appears in the animated series Beware The Batman, where he is portrayed as a cyborg who can attach cables, which come out of his arms, onto the base of people's skulls and control their minds. This incarnation of the character works for the League of Assassins.[22][23]
Dagger Batman #343 (January 1982) David Rennington is the owner of a blade manufacturing company called Rennington Steel. When facing hard times, Rennington starts masking himself as the Dagger, running an old-fashioned protection racket until being apprehended by Batman. He is later recruited by Ra's al Ghul in Batman #400 (October 1986).
Deacon Blackfire Batman: The Cult #1 (August 1988) A religious fanatic who forms an army in the sewers beneath Gotham, largely composed of the homeless. Blackfire begins a violent war on crime, which escalates into him taking over the entire city, isolating it from the rest of the country. He appears in the four-issue miniseries The Cult, at the end of which he is killed by his followers.
The Dealer Batman #872 (February 2011) Primarily an enemy to Dick Grayson, the Dealer is an auctioneer who sells to the rich memorabilia and weapons used or that have formally belonged to reputable super-villains.
Dr. Death Detective Comics #29 (July 1939) Dr. Karl Hellfern is a mad scientist who made a few appearances in the earliest days of Batman and is considered Batman's first supervillain. Doctor Death developed lethal chemical gases and threatened wealthy citizens, demanding money and tribute to him in exchange for their safety. He was apparently destroyed in his first appearance when he caused a fire to destroy Batman, but returned next issue. In more recent years, he has been re-imagined as a dealer in black market biological weapons.In the New 52 he is a scientist who turns himself into a bone monster.
Dr. Double X Detective Comics #261 (November 1958) Dr. Simon Ecks discovers that human auras could be enhanced to function outside of the body. When Ecks creates an energy-duplicate of himself, the introverted scientist's unstable mind becomes dominated by the doppelganger Double X.
Dr. Fang Detective Comics #536 (March 1984) A Criminal Mastermind who was killed by the Night-Slayer.
Dr. Hurt Batman #156 (June 1963) After being granted eternal life by the demon Barbatos, Simon Hurt set out to kill his descendant, Bruce Wayne.
Dr. No-Face Detective Comics #319 (September 1963) Bart Magan tried to use a device that would erase a facial scar, but ended up erasing his face.
Dr. Phosphorus Detective Comics #469 (May 1977) Alexander Sartorius is a mad criminal with radioactive powers resulting from the meltdown of a nuclear power plant.
Doctor Tzin-Tzin Detective Comics #354 (August 1966) Doctor Tzin-Tzin is a Fu Manchu-inspired Asian-looking (but actually American) crime lord who battles Batman several times and once encounters Jonny Double and Supergirl (Power Girl in current continuity). Tzin-Tzin is seemingly killed on an airship during a battle with Peacemaker.
Doctor Zodiac World's Finest Comics #160 (September 1966) Theodore B. Carrigan is a carnival mystic who turns to crime, basing his robberies on horoscopes. In his first outing, he is apprehended by Batman, Robin, and Superman. Later, he steals a dozen coins from Atlantis, each bearing a Zodiac symbol, which bestow him with various powers. Once again, Batman and Superman thwart his plans.[24] Still later, he allies himself with Madame Zodiac to obtain a different set of Zodiac coins, but the two of them are defeated by Batman, Superman, and Zatanna.[25] (Doctor Zodiac should not be confused with the Zodiac Master.)
Dodge Robin #160 (March 2007) Michael Lasky was just a kid who wanted to be a hero. He ran into Robin a few times and tried become Robin's partner, but Robin refused since he just got in the way and told him to go home. One night as Robin was trying to stop some kidnappers, Dodge interfered and his teleportation belt got damaged. Dodge was left in a coma after the battle and Robin took him to a hospital. Robin, feeling responsible for Dodge's condition, visited regularly until one day he disappeared. In the future, Dodge would return, but not as his former self; his skin had been turned to a shimmering red and he was furious with Robin. He had fallen into a life of crime, selling a dangerous drug that turned normal people into meta-human murderers. His criminal enterprise built upon the hope that he would eventually meet Robin again and kill him. During a battle with Robin, Zatara and Rose Wilson his body inexplicably vanished and he is presumed dead.
Doodlebug Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1 (July 2003) Daedalus Boch is an artist who believes he receives visions of inspiration and then compulsively recreates them on whatever canvas they indicate, including people.
The Dummy Batman #134 (September 1960) Danny the Dummy, a pint-sized ventriloquist in a top hat and suit, has a hit act in which he plays the dummy to a normal sized "ventriloquist," Matt, who is revealed as the real dummy at the end of each show. The fact that people invariably refer to Danny as "the Dummy" infuriates him, and inspires him to use dummies for crime to make dummies out of the law.
Egghead Batman (TV series) "An Egg Grows in Gotham" (October 19, 1966)
In comics: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #3 (August 1992)
Egghead (Edgar Heed) is a fictional character, portrayed by Vincent Price, created for the 1960s Batman television series. He believes himself to be "the world's smartest criminal," and his crimes usually have an egg-motif to them as well as including egg puns in his speech where appropriate (e.g., "egg-zactly", "egg-cellent", etc.). The character would go on to make his debut in the comics as an inmate of Arkham Asylum and a patient of Jeremiah Arkham.[26]
Eivol Ekdal Detective Comics #346 (December 1965) Eivol Ekdal is a bald, slightly hunchbacked criminal scientist who is described as a "master craftsman, builder of escape gadgets and tantalizing traps for the criminal underground of America." He encounters Batman twice, in Detective Comics #346 (December 1965) and #361 (March 1967), before meeting his death at the hands of a couple of his criminal "customers". He was portrayed by Jack Kruschen in the 1960s Batman television series.
Electrocutioner Batman #331 (January 1981) The original Electrocutioner is an unnamed vigilante who kills criminals with electricity. He is later killed by Adrian Chase.
Detective Comics #626 (February 1991) The second Electrocutioner's identity remains unknown. He was a vigilante like his predecessor.
Detective Comics #644 (May 1992) Lester Buchinsky is the brother of the original Electrocutioner who started off as a vigilante like his brother but soon became a mercenary.
Elemental Man Detective Comics #294 (August 1961) John Dolan was exposed to a leak from an experiment the professor he assisted was working on, leaving him randomly turning into different elements. Designing a belt to control these transformations, he took to a life of crime as the Elemental Man before Batman was able to restore him. Strike Force Kobra had a member fashioned after Dolan named Elemental Woman.
Eraser Batman #188 (December 1966) Leonard Fiasco is a professional at covering the tracks of other crimes. For a 20 percent cut, the Eraser will "erase" the evidence of another crime.
Facade Detective Comics #821 (July 2006) Erik Hanson is a former employee at a trendy Gotham City nightclub for the city's popular socialites. He organizes a gang to replace them as a ploy to enter Gotham's elite.
False-Face Batman #113 (February 1958) A criminal make-up artist and master of disguise who uses his skill to impersonate wealthy people. In reality, he is white-haired and toothless. In the comics, Batman encountered him once, but False Face later became a recurring villain in other forms of media, such as the 1960s TV series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. False Face should not be confused with Clayface, and has no ties to Black Mask's False Face Society.
Famine 52 #26 (2006) One of the Horsemen of Apokolips, once posed as Sobek, friend to the Black Marvel family.
Film Freak Batman #395 (May 1986) Burt Weston is a wannabe actor who dreams of getting a big break by playing quirky villains. When each of his plans fails, he fakes his death similar to the movie The Sting. He is later killed by Bane.
Catwoman (vol. 2) #54 (June 2006) A second Film Freak that answers to the surname of "Edison" has recently surfaced.
Fright Batman #627 (July 2004) Linda Friitawa is an albino geneticist who was stripped of her medical license for her unauthorized, gruesome experiments on human beings. She assisted the Scarecrow with his experiments; however, oblivious to Scarecrow, she was secretly hired by the Penguin to corrupt Scarecrow's toxins and infect Scarecrow with them, causing him to transform into a creature dubbed "the Scarebeast". In contrast to her deeds and the Penguin, Friitawa always treated Scarecrow with kindness.
Gearhead Detective Comics #712 (August 1997) Nathan Finch had lost his arms and legs when frostbite affected him after a fight with Batman. An unnamed underworld doctor replaces them with cybernetic limbs.
The General Detective Comics #654 (December 1992) Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong, a psychotic child with the mind of a military genius, dresses himself and his henchmen in historical attire as they act out crimes based on military history. The character later became the second Anarky and an enemy of Red Robin prior to The New 52.
Gentleman Ghost Flash Comics #88 (October 1947) Primarily a Hawkman foe, the specter once named James Craddock also battles Batman several times, such as his appearances in Batman #310 (April 1979) and #319 (January 1980), and Detective Comics #326 (April 1964).
Getaway Genius Batman #170 (March 1965) The Getaway Genius (Roy Reynolds) is a criminal and getaway mastermind who encounters Batman several times in stories from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
The Globe Detective Comics #840 (March 2008) Hammond Carter is obsessed with maps and "plots crimes by latitude, longitude, time zones, and the shape of landmasses."[27]
Gorilla Boss Batman #75 (February–March 1953) Mobster George "Boss" Dyke is executed in the gas chamber, but has his brain transplanted into the body of a huge gorilla. The Gorilla Boss of Gotham fights Batman twice. Later, the alien villain Sinestro steals the Boss' cerebellum, expands it to planet-size, and uses it as a power source. This unnatural abomination is destroyed by Superman.[28] Later, however, the Boss is returned to his gorilla body and is used as a pawn by Gorilla Grodd.[29]
The Great White Shark Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1 (July 2003) Formerly crooked investor Warren "The Great White Shark" White, who avoids prison time by pleading insanity and is sentenced to Arkham Asylum. There, among other indignities and torture, White is assaulted and locked in a refrigeration unit by Jane Doe, who is attempting to take over his identity. His injuries, compiled with excessive frostbite, leaves White deformed. His skin turns a pale white, and the frostbite claims his nose, ears, lips, hair, and several of his fingers, leaving him very much resembling a great white shark and driven partially insane. He now uses his business connections to serve as a liaison and fence for many of his fellow inmates.
Gunhawk Detective Comics #674 (May 1994) Liam Hawkleigh is a highly paid mercenary who has encountered Batman and Robin several times. He had a female companion named Gunbunny, later Pistolera, who is a member of the Ravens. After the death of Pistolera, Gunhawk gets himself a new female partner, the second Gunbunny.[30]
Gustav DeCobra Detective Comics #455 (January 1976) Gustav DeCobra is a vampire, very much in the classic Dracula mold, whom Bruce Wayne and Alfred stumble upon in a seemingly abandoned house after their car overheats in the countryside. The artwork depicting Gustav DeCobra appears very reminiscent of actor Christopher Lee, who is famous for having played Dracula in a number of films during the 1960s and 1970s.
Harpy Batman #481 (July 1992) Iris was Maxie Zeus' girlfriend when he was in Arkham Asylum. She fought Batman after gaining super-strength and agility, but was bested by him.
Hatman Detective Comics #230 (April 1956) Originally posing as the Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch), this unnamed character was revealed to be an imposter. When the real Mad Hatter returned, he claimed to have disposed of the imposter,[31] though the imposter was eventually shown to be very much alive.[32] The former Mad Hatter imposter is currently worker under the moniker "Hatman."[33]
Headhunter Batman #487 (December 1992) Headhunter is an assassin who attempts to kill James Gordon in Batman #487, but is thwarted by Batman. Headhunter is accustomed to eliminating his targets by shooting them twice in the head.
Humpty Dumpty Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #2 (August 2003) Humphrey Dumpler, a large, portly, well-mannered man, is obsessed with putting broken things back together again even if he has to take them apart. Thinking that his abusive grandmother is broken, Dumpler dismembers and reassembles her in an attempt to fix her.[34]
Jane Doe Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1 (July 2003) Jane Doe is a cipher who obsessively learns her victims' personality and mannerisms, then kills them and assumes their identity by wearing their skin, eventually becoming that individual even in her own mind.
Jackie Glee Untold Tales of Batman #3 (August 1994) Jackie Glee was a man working for Sal Maroni, but failed him for not killing a police officer named James McDouget. He told Maroni that he could kill Batman, but killed a reporter, Brian Townsend, instead, believing he was the Batman. His failure cost him his life.
Johnny Stitches Gotham Underground #3 (February 2008) Johnny Denetto was the right-hand man of Tobias Whale. After Tobias Whale moved his operations from Metropolis to Gotham, Denetto ran afoul of his boss and had his skin peeled off while being kept alive. Denetto was saved by Bruno Mannheim, his skin sown together and reattached by Desaad, becoming Mannheim's contractor in Intergang's bid to take over organized crime in Gotham.
Johnny Warlock Robin (vol. 2) #121 (February 2004) A cruel enforcer working for mob boss Henry Aquista in Gotham City, Johnny Warren is fused with a demonic artifact, gaining tremendous power, but also losing a certain amount of will. He encounters Robin and Spoiler in his attempt to take over Aquista's operation, but burns his energy out. He then heads to Istanbul, determined in time to return to Gotham and get his revenge on the Boy Wonder.
Johnny Witts Detective Comics #344 (October 1965) Johnny Witts is the arrogant self-proclaimed "Crime-Boss Who's Always One Step Ahead of Batman!" Johnny Witts employs quick-thinking and quick-reflexes to outwit Batman. He has countered Batman in disguise as "The Swami." He also encounters the Super Friends in a 1979 story.
Junkyard Dog Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1 (July 2003) Tucker Long is completely obsessed with scavenging prizes and treasures from garbage. He apparently has the ability to create all manner of functional items — especially weapons — from junk. He is killed by fellow Arkham inmate Doodlebug.
The Key All Star Comics #57 (February 1951) The original Key was the head of a major crime syndicate and used various agents around the world in his misdeeds. He presumably perished after he leaped out of a cable car moving over a gorge.
Justice League of America #41 (December 1965) The second person to call himself the Key (real name unknown) was originally a chemist with Intergang. He develops mind-expanding "psycho-chemicals" that help activate his senses and allow him to plan crimes mere humans can never hope to understand. Being an enemy of the Justice League as a whole, Batman is his primary enemy. In one of his most famous encounters with the Dark Knight he tries to provoke Batman into murdering him so he could escape life itself, but the plan proves unsuccessful.
King of Cats Batman #69 (February 1952) Not to be confused with Catman, Karl Kyle is the brother and former cat-themed partner of Catwoman.
King Cobra Batman #139 (April 1961) King Cobra is a cobra-themed costumed crime boss, who is not to be confused with Copperhead, King Snake, or Kobra.
King Snake Robin #4 (February 1991) Sir Edmund Dorrance is a martial artist who becomes a mercenary, offering his professional expertise to various anti-communist rebels, and apparently made a great deal of money in doing so. While in Santa Prisca working with local rebels, his camp is taken by surprise by government commandos and he is blinded by gunfire. He flees to Hong Kong and becomes a businessman and the leader of the feared Ghost Dragons. He eventually gravitates to Gotham where he seizes control of the Chinatown district from the Triad gangs. This does not last long, however, and he loses control of the gang, sending him to join the terrorist cult Kobra. It is later revealed that he is the biological father of Bane. Bane tracks his father down, where Snake tries to have his son help him in taking over Kobra. The struggle results in Snake's apparent death.
King Tut Batman (TV series) "The Curse of Tut" (April 13, 1966)
In comics: Batman Confidential #26 (February 2009)
Professor William Omaha McElroy is the name of a Batman villain in the 1960s Batman television series. His criminal theme is based around Ancient Egypt the same way that Ancient Greece is the theme for Maxie Zeus.

He did not appear in a comic book until his appearance in Batman Confidential with the name of Victor Goodman. He leaves behind clues at the scene of his crimes in similar fashion to the Riddler. In his first comic appearance, this ironically leads to him fighting not only Batman, but also the Riddler, who does not appreciate his modus operandi being stolen. The morbidly obese character from the television show is in stark contrast to the physically fit representation in the comic books.

Kite Man Batman #133 (August 1960) Charles "Chuck" Brown commits crimes by arming himself with kite weapons and hang-gliding on a large kite. He is among the villains who was killed by Bruno Mannheim in 52 #25 (October 25, 2006).
Kobra Kobra #1 (February 1976) Jeffrey Burr and his twin brother, Jason Burr, were born as Siamese twins (with a psychic link to one another) but were kidnapped and separated from each other's bodies soon after their birth by the Cult of the Kobra god because a prophecy stated he would lead them to world domination. As they grew, Jeffrey became a terrorist and mad scientist, taking on the name "Kobra" as the leader of the Cult. After Jason began working with another organization to combat Kobra and his Cult, Kobra killed Jason but only to be haunted by visions of his deceased brother. He came into conflict with Batman after he began using Lazarus Pits of his creation. Both Kobra and his organization would go on to fight many other heroes and a rival criminal organization called SKULL. Kobra is finally captured and eventually murdered by Black Adam.
Following the death of their leader, Jeffrey Burr, the Kobra Cult resurrects Jason Burr. Jason Burr follows in his brother's footsteps and becomes the second Kobra.[35]
Lady Vic Nightwing #4 (January 1997) Lady Elaine Marsh-Morton is a woman hailing from a rich British family. She becomes a hired assassin in order to prevent foreclosure on her family estate.
Lark Batman #448 (June 1990) Lark is the Penguin's personal chauffeur and bodyguard. She was noted as having remarkable strength by Batman, and managed to keep Penguin alive when Black Mask was after him.
Lazara Batman: The Animated Series "Heart of Ice" (September 7, 1992)
In comics: Batman: Mr. Freeze (May 1997)
Nora Fries, Mr. Freeze's wife, is resurrected by a Lazarus Pit by Nyssa Raatko and now possesses the ability to manipulate flame and reanimate the dead. These events are presumably no longer canon due to changes to Mr. Freeze's origin.
Lord Death Man Batman #180 (May 1966) Lord Death Man is a Japanese criminal that wears a skeleton outfit. Originally he could put himself into a yoga trance to trick people into thinking he's dead but when the character was revived he received "upgrades". Was a one issue villain but was adapted into the Batman manga and many years later appears in Superman/Batman #68 and Batman Incorporated (sometimes he is also simply called Death-Man).
The Lump Mister Miracle #7 (April 1972) The Lump is a living psychological weapon created by the malevolent New Gods of Apokolips that was used to mentally torture Batman during the Final Crisis.
Lunkhead Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1 (July 2003) Lunkhead is a large, imposing, somewhat deformed bruiser of a man. He is killed by demons tricked by the Ventriloquist as revenge for destroying his Scarface puppet.
Lynx Robin #1 (January 1991) Ling is a beautiful martial artist and a member of the Parisian branch of the Ghost Dragons, a Chinese youth gang that serves King Snake. For failing to kill Tim Drake, King Snake takes out her left eye. Eventually, she takes control of the Ghost Dragons and attempts to expand their Gotham territory. She is later killed during an encounter with Batgirl.
Mabuse Batman: Gotham Knights #3 (May 2000) Mabuse is a common street criminal, a "geek" in a suit of armor made from a trashcan, who faces a young Batman early in the Dark Knight's career. He is responsible for breaking Batman's nose in a fight. The story is told in "Broken Nose", written and illustrated by Paul Pope, as part of the Batman Black and White series; its canonicity is uncertain.
Madame Zodiac Batman Family #17 (April–May 1978) Madame Zodiac first appears committing horoscope-themed crimes in Gotham City, but is defeated by Batgirl, Batwoman, and the Earth-Two Huntress. Later, she allies herself with Doctor Zodiac to obtain a set of Zodiac coins, but the two of them are defeated by Batman, Superman, and Zatanna.[25] Recently, she reappeared helping the Riddler in solving a mystery.[36]
Magpie The Man of Steel #3 (November 1986) Margaret Pye is a jewel thief who targets only jewels named after birds and then replaces the jewels with booby-trapped replicas. She is named for the Magpie, who in folklore is attracted to bright, shiny things. She is among the villains who was killed by the second Tally Man.
March Hare Detective Comics #841 (April 2008) Harriet Pratt is an Alice in Wonderland-themed super-villain and a member of the Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch)'s Wonderland Gang.
Matatoa Batman: Gotham Knights #16 (June 2001) Nicknamed "the Eater of Souls," Matatoa is an immortal cursed with killing people in order to consume their souls and essence in order to maintain his existence. He traveled to Gotham to battle Batman after a voice in his head told him to seek out an "undefeated warrior" so he could take his soul. Batman was able to beat Matatoa. The character made his multimedia debut in the animated series, Beware The Batman, voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley.
Mekros Batman #501 (November 1993) An assassin that was hired by Don Mercante to kill Batman but failed to do so.
Metalhead Batman #486 (November 1992) During his search for Black Mask, an exhausted Batman comes across a series of waterfront taverns filled with mauled, bloody inhabitants. After interrogating one of many severely injured victims, he finds the whereabouts of the so-called "Metalhead" at the local cemetery in the Sionis Family Crypt, resting place of Black Mask's family.
Mime Batman #412 (October 1987) Camilla Ortin is a girl who commits crimes dressed as a mime. She seldom speaks, which leads people to think she is mute.
Mirage Detective Comics #511 (February 1982) "Mike" (alias Kerry Austin) is a common man who takes a course at the Academy of Crime and starts using illusions as a gimmick villain. He fights Batman twice and Manhunter Mark Shaw once. He is killed in 52 #25 (October 25, 2006) by Bruno Mannheim, who bashes Mirage's head into the "Crime Bible"; then sends his body to the kitchen.
Mirror Man Detective Comics #213 (November 1954) Floyd Ventris is a criminal scientist who uses mirrors in his crimes, in a fashion similar to Mirror Master. In both his meetings with Batman, Ventris tries to expose Batman's secret identity. Years later, Mirror Man returns briefly in the pages of H.E.R.O. #7-9 (October – December 2003).
Mr. Camera Batman #81 (February 1954) A camera-headed villain that uses cameras in his crimes.
Mr. Cipher Batman #71 (June 1982) Not to be confused with Cypher, Mr. Cipher is a mask wearing criminal who was introduced in DC Comics' Silver Age (Earth One) era of publication. Mr. Cipher was killed in his first appearance and his existence was completely erased from continuity following Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Mr. ESPER/Captain Calamity` Detective Comics #352 (June 1966) An inventor builds an ultrasonic projector able to put "telepathic" suggestions in people, Specifically Batman, to distract him from his main crime.

Later, as Captain Calamity, he advanced his device so it could tap into psychic powers of some people, namely Titans member Lillith.

Mr. ZZZ Detective Comics #824 (June 2008) A Gotham City gangster. Appears to be half-asleep all the time.
Mr. Polka-Dot Detective Comics #300 (February 1962) Abner Krill is a minor Batman comic book villain from the Silver Age of Comic Books. As Mr. Polka-Dot (sometimes called the Polka-Dot Man), he turns the polka dots covering his costume into a variety of weapons.
The Mole World's Finest Comics #80 (January–February 1956) A minor criminal named Harrah, nicknamed "the Mole", tries to tunnel into the Gotham City Bank, but is stopped by Batman and Superman. Years later, during a tunnel prison break, Harrah almost drowns in a wave of toxic sewage that mutates him into a mole-like creature. During a second clash with Batman, the Mole is knocked into a flooded cavern of the Batcave and washed away, his ultimate fate still unknown.[37]
Monarch of Menace Detective Comics #350 (April 1966) In the earliest days of Batman’s career, the Monarch of Menace represented the Dark Knight’s only failure, being the first criminal ever to defeat Batman and leave Gotham with a fortune in stolen goods. Years later, however, the Monarch's teenage son tries to prove himself using his father's outfit in a crime spree. The young Monarch is defeated by Robin, while his father is lured out of hiding by Batman, who then finally defeats his old nemesis. The original Monarch later returns in Batman #336 (June 1981), but is once again defeated by Batman.
The Mad Monk Detective Comics #31 (September 1939) The Monk is one of the earliest Batman villains. He wore a red cassock, with a hood that bore a skull and crossbones on it. The Monk turned out to be a vampire, who has hypnotic powers and the ability to turn into a wolf, and was killed after being shot with a silver bullet along with his vampiric assistant Dala. His battle with Batman was the first multi-part Batman adventure. The Monk's hood has been in a glass display case in the Batcave ever since, in all subsequent official continuities.
The Mortician Batman: Gotham Knights #28 (June 2002) Porter Vito was trying some reanimation techniques to raise his dead parents, but when one of his zombies killed someone, he felt remorse and gave up his plans.
NKVDemon Batman #445 (March 1990) Gregor Dosynski is the protégé of KGBeast who tries to kill a list of ten Soviet government officials in Moscow, considering them traitors to the cause of communism. He is killed by police gunfire in an attempt to assassinate the tenth person on his list, then-president Mikhail Gorbachev.
Aquaman (vol. 4) #8 (July 1992) An assassin named Nicodemus (not to be confused with Thomas Hart who is also known as Nicodemus) takes up the mantle and costume of the original NKVDemon, and is hired to kill Aquaman. He is defeated by Aquaman and Batman, and eventually killed while in jail.
Robin (vol. 2) #47 (November 1997) The third NKVDemon initially works for Ulysses "The General" Armstrong. More recently, he served as the bodyguard to the head of the Gotham Odessa family, and was killed in the shootout that incited the Gotham gang war.
The Mutant Leader The Dark Knight Returns (February–June 1986) In the Frank Miller Batman Universe, the Mutant Leader was the leader of the gang known as the Mutants until the Batman came out of retirement and defeated the Mutant Leader, dismantling the Mutant gang.
Narcosis Batman: Shadow of the Bat #50 (May 1996) Real name unknown, he uses dream-inducing gasses to rob his victims of their sense of reality. His mother was a lush and his father was a thief. They were both sent away and he was neglectfully passed around the city. At the age of five his face was horrifically burned in a kitchen accident and, coupled with his family being split up, he began having chronic nightmares. He hates Gotham for being neglectful and wishes to plunge the city into an ever-lasting nightmare.
Nicodemus Batman #601 (May 2002) Thomas Hart is a masked figure in Gotham City who kidnaps corrupt city officials and burns them to death. He, just like the Batman, had lost his parents to a Gotham crime at an early age.
Nocturna Detective Comics #529 (August 1983) Natalia Knight (alias Natalie Metternich) is a thief and manipulator whose skin was bleached pale white by an experimental laser. Sensitive to light, she prefers to operate in darkness. Her adopted half-brother and lover is the Nightslayer, Anton Knight, who first appears in the same issue.
Ogre and Ape Batman #535 (October 1996) Ogre (Michael Adams) is a genetically altered man, whose "brother" is a genetically experimented ape. The Ogre has increased strength and the Ape has increased intelligence. Ogre tracks and murders the scientists who had collaborated with the experiment, only to be tracked by Batman himself. In the end, the Ape dies and Ogre wanders aimlessly through Gotham City.
Onomatopoeia Green Arrow #12 (March 2002) Onomatopoeia is a serial killer who targets non-powered, vigilante superheroes. He earned his name because he imitates noises around him, such as dripping taps, gunshots, etc. No personal characteristics are known about Onomatopoeia, including his real name or facial features. Onomatopoeia is a superb athlete, martial artist, and weapons expert. He carries two semi-automatic handguns, a sniper rifle, and an army knife.
Orca Batman #579 (July 2000) Grace Balin is a marine biologist who transforms herself into a monstrous orca, first attempting to steal a valuable necklace. She is among the villains who was killed by the second Tally Man.
The Outsider First speaks a message, unseen, to Batman in Detective Comics #334 (December 1964); appears in Detective Comics #356 (October 1966) In Detective Comics #328 (June 1964), Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, is seemingly killed saving the Dynamic Duo from a falling boulder. (It is subsequent to this event that the character of Dick Grayson's aunt, Harriet Cooper, is first introduced to look after Bruce and Dick at home in Alfred's stead.) It is later learned that Alfred was revived by a scientist named Brandon Crawford, which results in a dramatic change: Alfred awakes from his apparent death with pasty white skin with circular markings, superhuman powers (including telekinesis), and a desire to destroy Batman and Robin. Calling himself the Outsider, he indirectly and directly battles the Dynamic Duo on a number of occasions before being cured (This turn of events is possibly not part of the current continuity). In The New 52, he is the Earth-3 version of Alfred Pennyworth.
Panara Catwoman #37 (September 1996) Ms. Dorsey is a young woman that is diagnosed with an incurable disease. She seeks the aid of a geneticist who specializes in radical cures for illnesses. He traps Catwoman, believing her to be a werecat and thinking her to have special DNA, to use in Dorsey's cure, but finds that she was a "mere human."
Penny Plunderer World's Finest Comics #30 (September–October 1947) Joe Coyne, a thief obsessed with penny-oriented crimes, starts his career selling newspapers for pennies. He is later caught stealing pennies and gets the electric chair. The giant penny on display in the Batcave, which has been a longtime staple of Batman's lair, was originally one of the Penny Plunderer's devices.
Pistolera Detective Comics #674 (May 1994) Gunbunny (real name unknown) is a costumed criminal and the former partner and lover of Gunhawk. After a falling out with Gunhawk, she became a western-themed villain known as Pistolera and joined a group called the Ravens. She is later shot and killed by Deadshot.
Pix Batman: Gotham Knights #34 (December 2002) Ariadne Pixnit is an avant-garde tattoo artist who used "nanite-ink" — a nanobot-filled color matrix that she could program to form itself into designs on her subjects. After being beaten and raped by a street gang, Pixnit works undercover at her attackers' favorite tattoo shop, designing lethal tattoos (swords, scorpions, etc.) that she brings to "life" via computer in order to dispatch the gang members one by one. She later injects a large amount of the nanite-ink into her skull, giving her the ability to create creatures and weapons on her skin that she could animate and send against Batman.
Planet Master Detective Comics #296 (October 1961) Professor Norbert starts a crime wave using gimmicks based on the nine planets after inhaling a strange gas which turns him into a "Jekyll and Hyde"-like character. After the gas' effect wears off, it is revealed that Norbert's assistant, Burke, is the one who has manipulated him into committing crimes. A Planet Master (who may or may not be the same as the original) later appears as a member of Kobra's Strikeforce Kobra, and still later as part of The Society during the Infinite Crisis.
Professor Carl Kruger Detective Comics #33 (November 1939) A man recently released from an asylum with a Napoleon Complex who invents a destructor ray, which is released from a dirigible, killing thousands, and causing people to think this is an alien attack. He assembles an army of men who he calls the Red Horde, with which he plans world domination. Batman investigates Kruger, but a glass wall stops his batarang. He is knocked out from behind by a gun blow from someone hiding behind the Napoleon portrait. Batman is tied up, and left in the house with a bomb set to go of in five minutes, as the leader hopes to fake his death using Batman's death, as a burnt body will be found in the house. But Batman frees himself using a knife in his boot and escapes. He fakes his death by dressing a crook in his uniform before the destruction ray is used on him, and finally he defeats the Red Horde by coating the Bat-Plane with a formula that makes it immune to the rays, and Kruger is killed.
Professor Milo Detective Comics #247 (September 1957) Professor/Doctor Achilles Milo is a scientist who uses chemicals to battle Batman, most famously transforming Anthony Lupus into a mutated werewolf.
Professor Radium Batman #8 (December 1941-January 1942) Professor Henry Ross is a scientist who is accidentally transformed into "a human radium ray." In need of an expensive antidote, Ross uses his newfound powers to commit crimes in Gotham; anxious not to hurt anyone, but accidentally killing his girlfriend Mary Lamont. Going insane, Professor Radium finds himself battling Batman and Robin. He seems to drown in his first appearance, but returns in recent times and is revealed to have joined a subgroup of the villainous Society known as the Nuclear Legion.
Proteus Beware the Creeper #2 (July 1968) Offalian immigrant Remington Percival Cord escapes an environment of fear and violence of his home country to America but finds the same brutality he escaped. Becoming a shape-shifting figure in the Gotham underworld, Proteus emerges as the nemesis of the Creeper.
Puppet Master Batman #3 (October 1940) Not to be confused with Marvel Comics Puppet Master. A criminal who uses his thought waves and puppets to control people after an injection from a chemical weakens their will. He uses his controlled people to commit robberies and even takes over Batman's mind after one of his thugs scratches Batman with the needle, but help from Robin enables Batman to break free and defeat him.
Rainbow Beast Batman #134 (September 1960) After helping the president of a small South American republic against a dictatorial rebel, Batman and Robin are confronted with another menace — a Rainbow Beast. Spawned from a fiery volcano, the Rainbow Beast radiates four separate power-auras from different areas of its body. However, after using a power, the section of the Beast's body used becomes white, and it must leach color to regain its power. Batman and Robin trick the Rainbow Beast into expending all of its auras, leaving it entirely colorless. They ram it with a log and the Beast shatters into fragments.
The Raven Detective Comics #287 (January 1961) Joe Parker was given the identity Raven as a pawn for aliens Kzan and Jhorl that seek a meteorite.
Batman Family #18 (July 1978) Dave Corby is an agent for MAZE that battled Robin and Batgirl on occasion.
Roadrunner Detective Comics #876 (April 2011) Once an exotic car dealer, when Gotham City's organized crime fell after the capture of Jeremiah Arkham as the new Black Mask, Bixby Rhodes took the opportunity to start smuggling guns and other firearms to the newcomers in Gotham's crime world. Taking up the nickname of "Roadrunner," Bixby would deliver guns in the trunks of custom ordered cars.
Rob Callender World's Finest Comics #11 (August–November 1943) A laboratory assistant from the future who is accidentally drawn to 1943 by a time warp in an experiment. Seeing Batman and Robin fighting some crooks, he steals the clothes of one who is knocked out. Using his knowledge of future events, who tries to steal objects worth very little in 1943, but worth a fortune in his time, knowing he will soon be drawn back. He creates a device that sends a darkness ray, which special goggles are needed to see in. Rob steals $10,000 from a bank using the ray, saying if he accidentally takes more he will send it back, then assembles a gang of criminals to commit the robberies. Batman realizes how to see through the darkness ray, but he is tripped up by a criminal, who wants to shoot him. But Callender does not want them killed and uses a paralyzing ray on the two. Batman and Robin are then bound and gagged. Callender places the Dynamic Duo in a pit at the waterfront, not realizing the tide will soon come into the hole, which Batman cannot tell him due to his gag. Batman, however, is able to free himself using the sharp shells on the wall. He and Robin escape, but find a coin from 2043, however it is well-worn, meaning it is not certain which time Rob is from. The two stop Rob's last robbery of a painting by a warehouse guard who was about to throw it out anyway, and he is then drawn back to his era. Batman and Robin, discovering the stolen items are not wanted back, place them in the Batcave. In the future, Rob Callender sees them in the Batman museum, and remarks that he could not change the past.
Savage Skull Batman #360 (June 1983) Jack Crane is a rogue cop that is fired from the Gotham City Police Department due to his illegal activities. Disfigured in an accident that burns off his skin, Crane seeks revenge as the Savage Skull, but is defeated by Batman.
Sewer King Batman: The Animated Series "The Underdwellers" (October 21, 1992)
In comics: 52 #25 (October 2006)
The Sewer King is a staff-carrying, sewer-dwelling villain with an army of runaway children he uses as pick-pockets. He appeared among other obscure villains slain at the hands of Intergang boss Bruno Mannheim.[38]
Shrike Nightwing Secret Files and Origins #1 (October 1999) As a teenager, the boy known only as Boone is a friend of Dick Grayson, who would grow up to become Nightwing. As Grayson is learning under the tutelage of Batman, Boone is traveling throughout the Pacific Rim, learning martial arts from a number of teachers, including several former members of Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins.
Signalman Batman #112 (December 1957) Phil Cobb is a small-time criminal in Gotham who is convinced that he needs a gimmick to hit it big. Inspired by the Bat-Signal, he becomes the Signalman, using signals, signs, and symbols in his crimes; but is inevitably defeated by Batman and Robin, time and again. He is also a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains. For a brief time, Cobb changes his modus operandi and, inspired by Green Arrow, commits crimes as the Blue Bowman. Signalman is kidnapped and tortured by Dr. Moon and Phobia, and is presumed deceased, but later appears as a drug-addicted informant to Black Lightning.
The Snowman Batman #337 (July 1981) Klaus Kristin is the son of a male yeti and a human woman. In his first appearance, he comes to Gotham City to freeze it over, but encounters Batman in the process.
Spellbinder Detective Comics #358 (December 1966) Delbert Billings (also known as Keith Sherwood) is a painter who uses optical illusions and hypnotic weapons to commit crimes. Spellbinder is on the run from the law with his new girlfriend, Fay Moffit, when he is confronted by the demon-lord Neron, who makes an offer of immense power in exchange for his soul. Spellbinder declines, but Fay shoots Spellbinder in the head and accepts the offer for herself.
Justice League International (vol. 2) #65 (June 1994) A genuine mystic takes the name and appears as a member of the government sanctioned "League-Busters".
Detective Comics #691 (November 1995) During the Underworld Unleashed crossover, Delbert Billings turns down Neron's offer and is shot by his girlfriend, Fay Moffit, who then takes up the name Lady Spellbinder.[39]
Spinner Batman #129 (February 1960) Swami Ygar is a villain in a metal-clad outfit that is lined with metal discs.
The Spook Detective Comics #434 (April 1973) Val Kaliban is one of the world's greatest escape-artists, and uses his extraordinary abilities together with special effects to commit spectacular crimes and make people believe he was a real ghost. After several battles with Batman, he is killed by Damian Wayne.
Steeljacket Detective Comics #681 (January 1995) Steeljacket is a bio-engineering experiment, a cross between man and bird. His hollow bones give him extremely light weight, allowing him to fly. However, he must wear metallic armor to protect his frail body.
Stranger Batman #78 (August 1953) Really a Martian criminal Quork, who steals a spaceship and comes to Earth to steal weapons with his incredible technology, as weapons are outlawed on Mars. He is pursued by the First Lawmen of Mars, who team up with Batman and Robin, having observed them from Mars. The Stranger meets the lawmen, but kidnaps Robin, and is tracked down by a bug the Martian Manhunter (this story is thought to have inspired that character) has placed in his pocket. Robin is tied to a missile which is launched but is saved, and Quork is taken back to Mars.
Sylph Nightwing #48 (October 2000) Sylvan Scofield is the daughter of an inventor of a micro-thin fabric that can be manipulated into shooting out from around the wearer. Her abilities including gliding and wrapping others with the cloth. When others try to steal this invention, her father commits suicide and she goes after those she believe caused it in Blüdhaven. It was believed that she had committed suicide after her encounter with Nightwing, but that was later proven to not be the case.
The Synaptic Kid Detective Comics #633 (August 1991) The Synaptic Kid is a deformed metahuman telepath who attempts to enter Batman's mind and learn his secret identity for the purpose of blackmailing him, only to be rendered comatose when the attempt backfires.
Tally Man Batman: Shadow of the Bat #19 (October 1993) The Tally Man is a serial killer who murders around 60 people. He is a hired killer who wears a mask over his face, a long purplish smock with ruffled sleeves, and an oversized top hat.
Detective Comics #819 (July 2006) A hitman using the same name appears in Batman: Face the Face working for Great White.
Ten-Eyed Man Batman #226 (November 1970) Philip Reardon is a former Vietnam War veteran/warehouse guard who is blinded in a warehouse explosion that burns his retinas. Doctor Engstrom reconnects them to his fingers. Reardon blames Batman for his blindness. He is killed during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Thanatos Batman #305 (November 1978) Thanatos is the masked leader of the gang of terrorists known as the "Death's Head", devoted to the destruction of capitalism. The Death's Head is defeated by Batman and Thanatos is unmasked as Sophia Santos, also known as "Lina Muller", a reporter who had associated with Batman.
Thor Batman #127 (October 1959) Henry Meke is proprietor of a small museum featuring replicas of mythological curios. One night, a meteorite smashed through a window, hit the Hammer of Thor, and disintegrated. The hammer began to glow and Meke reached out to examine it. After touching the hammer, he was transformed into the mighty Thor himself. The metamorphosis is repeated during thunder storms. Thor then began a quest to finance the building of a temple to Odin by robbing banks.
Tiger Shark Detective Comics #147 (May 1949) Dr. Gaige is a famous oceanographer turned gang leader. He operates at sea and at Gotham's waterfront.
Tobias Whale Black Lightning #1 (April 1977) Ofttimes nemesis of Black Lightning, Tobias Whale moved his Metropolis-based operations to Gotham becoming a figurehead in organized crime after the demise of the Black Mask. This accomplishment is short-lived when the likewise Metropolis-based Intergang follows suit and Whale is forced to join their organization.
Trapper Detective Comics #206 (April 1952) Jason Bard is a criminal who is obsessed with animal traps and uses them in his crimes. He is not to be confused with the actual Jason Bard who is a member of the Gotham City Police Department.
Trigger Twins Detective Comics #666 (December 1993) The Trigger Twins (Thomas and Tad Trigger) are two cowboys that grew up apart without knowing they were twins. They discover they share a great skill as gunslingers and become bandits, taking their motif from their heroic Wild West namesakes. They are seemingly killed during the Infinite Crisis.
Torque Nightwing #1 (October 1996) Inspector Dudley "Deadly" Soames is the most corrupt cop working in the Blüdhaven Police Department. He first meets Nightwing when he is ordered by Redhorn, the Police Chief, to execute the young vigilante. Soames, however, betrays Redhorn and allows Nightwing to live, with the intention to pit various factions in Blüdhaven against one another. After Soames' scheme to use Scarecrow against Nightwing fails disastrously, Blockbuster grows weary of his underling, and attempts to have him killed. Soames responds with surprising cunning and ultimately tries to take Blockbuster's invalid mother hostage as part of a last bid for power. Nightwing attempts to intervene, but is forced to save innocent bystanders as Blockbuster twists the dirty cop's head 180 degrees, leaving Soames for dead. Soames survives thanks to a breakthrough medical technique and retrains himself to move normally, "seeing through the back of his head" with the use of glasses with a built-in array of mirrors. Soames brutally kills the doctor who had saved his life, and renamed himself Torque. He then gains the support of Intergang and starts a new gang war for the control of Blüdhaven and revenge against Blockbuster, Nightwing, and the city he now feels he owns.
The Ugly American Batman: Shadow of the Bat #6 (November 1992) Jon Kennedy Payne was brainwashed by the US government to be an assassin with extreme patriotic emotions. Something went wrong however and he developed a hatred for non-whites and foreigners of all shapes and sizes, including French dogs like poodles.But his rage came to an end when he was taken out by the same government as Batman subdued him.
The Wasp Detective Comics #287 (January 1961) Willie Blaine was given the identity Wasp as a pawn for aliens Kzan and Jhorl that seek a meteorite.
Wa'arzen The Brave and the Bold #180 (November 1981) In feudal Japan there were two mighty wizards, a good wizard named Kwan-yin and an evil wizard Wa'arzen, who served the barbaric dragon god in the marshes around what is now Shizuoka prefecture of Japan. Kwan-yin finally cornered his adversary in the dragon god's temple. There was a fierce battle that claimed the lives of both men with the body of Wa'arzen being cremated and his ashes sealed in a bronze burial urn which ultimately found its way to the metropolitan museum. The source of his arcane power, the scepter of the dragon god, was separated into three component parts and moved away. Unfortunately one of the scepter pieces found its way into the new shipment for the museum and the fragment had enough power to bring Wa'arzen back to life. A museum night guard was checking around and was swayed by the staff fragment making him carry it and use it to break the vase seal. Wa'arzen's spirit took the staff and animated one of the samurai armors on display to take care of the night guard however Batman was there and defeated the armor (who he originally thought was a crook.) The second piece of the Dragon Scepter was in the Kristy-Barnett Auction House were Lt. Corrigan was providing security. When Wa'arzen appeared and gained the second piece, Jim Corrigan changed to the Spectre to battle him with Batman appearing shortly thereafter. But the evil wizard proved to be a match for both of them before disappearing to get the last piece which is buried somewhere in the vicinity of the dragon god temple. He took down Batman before battling the Spectre and was able to overpower him using the power of the fully restored scepter. However he quickly forgot batman who destroyed the scepter using a batarang covered in liquid explosive. Without the power of the scepter keeping him alive, he was reduced back to a pile of ash.
Weasand Batman: Blackgate - Isle of Men #1 (April 1998) Weasand is referred to as one of the prisoners who escape from Blackgate Penitentiary in the aftermath of the earthquake in Batman: Cataclysm. He is shown as tall and extremely thin.
The Werewolf Batman #255 (March 1974) Anthony Lupus is a former Olympic Decathlon champion who is turned into a werewolf by a drug given to him by Professor Milo.
Wrath Batman Special #1 (June 1984) The Wrath is an anti-Batman whose criminal parents are killed by then-rookie policeman Jim Gordon in self-defense. As an adult, the Wrath becomes a cop-killer who copies many of Batman's methods, except for a readiness to use both lethal force and firearms to accomplish his goals. He perishes in his first appearance. A second Wrath, Elliot Caldwell, later appears in Batman Confidential, revealed to be the first Wrath's sidekick, a twisted version of Robin.
Zebra-Man Detective Comics #275 (January 1960) Jacob Baker is the original Zebra-Man, who was a high-tech scientist whose body is irradiated, granting him "magnetic" powers to attract or repel metal, wood, stone, and human flesh. His name comes from the black and white stripes on his body.
Outsiders (vol. 1) #21 (1987) A second Zebra-Man is later created by Kobra as a member of Strikeforce Kobra in order to combat the Outsiders.
Batman: The Dark Knight (vol. 2) #1 (September 2011) A version of Zebra-Man, who goes by the name "Vortex," appears in the New 52 as an inmate of Arkham Asylum.
Zeiss Batman #582 (October 2000) Philo Zeiss possesses surgically enhanced speed, reflexes, vision-enhancing goggles, and extensive martial arts training. Brought up by the Sicilan mafia, Zeiss eventually becomes a contract killer and bodyguard. He fights Batman to a standstill and nearly kills Catwoman.
Zodiac Master Detective Comics #323 (January 1964) The masked villain known as the Zodiac Master makes his presence known in Gotham by predicting a succession of disasters, all of which he has secretly orchestrated. Having cemented his reputation, he starts offering odds on the relative success or failure for the plans of various criminals, all in exchange for 25% of the take.


The following is a list of fictional teams or groups of supervillains that are enemies of the Batman Family, listed in alphabetical order by name. The first appearance and a brief fictional biography of each team is also listed.

Villains First appearance Fictional biography
Batman Revenge Squad World's Finest Comics #175 (May 1968) Cash Carew, Barney the Blast, and the Flamethrower don similar costumes to Batman with purple in place of gray and their symbol a skull with bat wings in a bid to destroy their nemesis.
The Black Glove Batman #667 (August 2007) A corrupt and exclusive organisation led by Doctor Hurt that is made up of wealthy and mostly villainous individuals.
Circus of Strange Batman and Robin #1 (August 2009) Circus-themed group of criminals led by Professor Pyg.
Club of Villains Batman #676 (June 2008) Villains led by Dr. Hurt as an antithesis to the Club of Heroes. Membership includes Joker, Le Bossu, Pierrot Lunaire, King Kraken, Charlie Caligula, El Sombrero, Jezebel Jet, Scorpiana, and Swagman.
Court of Owls Batman (vol. 2) #2 (December 2011) The subjects of a popular Gotham City nursery rhyme, this shadowy group is supposedly composed of some of the most powerful men and women of Gotham. They use assassins known as Talons to eliminate threats.
The Dollmaker Family Detective Comics (vol. 2) #1 A family of serial killers led by the Dollmaker that run an organ trade business and make dolls out of human flesh. Members include the Dollmaker, Dollhouse, Bentley, Jack-in-the-Box, Sampson, Olivia Carr, Orifice,[40] and formerly the Toyman[12] as well as the Dollmaker's unnamed son who was killed by the Joker.[41]
Falcone Crime Family Batman #404 (March 1987) Led by Carmine Falcone (also known as The Roman) and prominent in the storylines of Batman's early years, including Year One, The Long Halloween, and Dark Victory. In the comics, as well as the feature film Batman Begins, the Falcone family and Carmine Falcone, in particular, are portrayed as all but completely controlling Gotham City before Batman's arrival. Falcone was killed in The Long Halloween by Two-Face.
False Face Society Batman #152 (December 1962) A gang of masked criminals led by Roman Sionis.
The Fearsome Foot-Fighters Detective Comics #372 (February 1968) Experts in a French form of kickboxing, these acrobatic martial artists hail from the fictional Balkan country of Karonia.
Gorilla Gang Batman #156 (June 1963) A group of criminals who dress up in gorilla suits and commit crimes. Batman did a virtual reality test in which he imagined himself going to a different planet and Robin being killed. He starts confusing reality with the dream, enabling the Gorilla Gang to escape him, before finally he decides to stay out of crime-fighting briefly to stop more trouble. Robin visits a doctor to ask about Batman's mind. But while leaving, he is captured by the Gorilla Gang, who send a note saying that Robin dies at dawn, prompting Bruce to become Batman to save him. Robin is tied up and gagged and placed in a giant bubble attached to the ground with ropes. When it is cut he will float into space. Batman finds the Gang and battles them, but an axe is thrown and cuts the bubble loose. Batman comes into contact with the ropes, but overcomes it reminding him of the dream (at one point he met a plant with tendrils that tried to grab him), stops the bubble floating upwards, saves Robin, and defeats the Gorilla Gang.
Kings of the Sun Detective Comics (vol. 2) #30 (June 2014) Biker gang that has moved in on Gotham City, led by Holter.
League of Assassins Strange Adventures #215 (November–December 1968) Team of killers that was founded by Ra's al Ghul and has often swayed from working under his organization to working independent of it. The group has been led at times by Dr. Ebeneezer Darrk, the Sensei, Lady Shiva, and Cassandra Cain (under Deathstroke's influence). Notable members of its vast membership included Hook, Merlyn, Professor Ojo, Dr. Moon, Bronze Tiger, David Cain, Onyx, Shrike, Alpha, and Mad Dog.
League of Smiles Detective Comics (vol. 2) #16 (March 2013) A group of criminal Joker worshipers, led by a man known as the Merrymaker.
Leviathan Batman: The Return (December 2010) Leviathan is a shadowy organization with origins unknown, capable of creating surgically and genetically altered super-humans. They've also shown an ability to brainwash people for their cause. The head of the organization was once unknown, until it was later revealed to be Talia al Ghul.
Maroni Crime Family Detective Comics #66 (August 1942) Led by Sal "The Boss" Maroni, the Maroni family are a prominent crime family in Gotham. In the early years of Batman's career, the Maronis often vied for power and control of the Gotham underworld with the Falcone family. In the majority of Batman's incarnations, Sal Maroni is widely known as the mob boss who threw acid onto the face of District Attorney Harvey Dent during a trial. The resulting injuries and scarring transformed Dent into Two-Face. In The Dark Knight, Maroni plays the role of one of Gotham City's mob bosses. In The Long Halloween, Maroni is shot in the head and killed by Alberto Falcone, the Holiday killer. In the film The Dark Knight, Sal Maroni was portrayed by Eric Roberts.
Masters of Disaster Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April 1984) A group of mercenaries with an elemental theme.
Mirror House Cult Detective Comics #871 (November 2010) A cult led by the Dealer that religiously believes in evil and immorality. They gather at the Mirror House.
Misfits Batman: Shadow of the Bat #7 (December 1992) A group of Batman's enemies led by Killer Moth that includes Catman, Calendar Man, and Chancer.
Mud Pack Detective Comics #604 (September 1989) A group of super-villains who call themselves "Clayface." Members include Lady Clay, Matt Hagen, Preston Payne, and serial killer Basil Karlo, who consumes samples of the other Clayfaces, gaining all of their unique super-powers and abilities, becoming the "Ultimate Clayface."
The Mutants The Dark Knight Returns (February–June 1986) A gang of mutant punks that have taken over the city, they typically wear visors and have shaved or Mohawk hair styles.
The Network Batman: Family #1 (December 2002) A crime family led by the Athena that includes Bugg, Dr. Excess, Freeway, Mr. Fun, Suicide King, Technician, and the Tracker as its members.
New Olympians Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October 1984) Maxie Zeus' group of mercenaries selected to represent Greek and Roman gods in order to disrupt the 1984 Olympics. Formed by the Monitor, the group includes Antaeus, Argus, Diana, Nox, and Vulcanus.
Red Hood Gang Batman: The Killing Joke (July 1988) A gang of Gotham criminals who rotate men under the guise of their leader in order to help protect the identity of the gang's true leaders if a job goes wrong. The most notable "leader" of the Red Hood Gang was the man who became the Joker.
Royal Flush Gang Justice League of America #43 (March 1966) There have been several incarnations of the Royal Flush Gang. Each gang has consisted of a King, Queen, Jack, Ten and Ace. Over the years, several aristocratic crime gangs existed where they bring in new members (i.e. sons, daughters, husbands, wives) when the old ones retire or go to jail. At one point, a King was in charge of several members (two being his daughter and a Jack) to which Batman broke up the group.
Spyral Batman Incorporated #4 (May 2011) International spy agency, recently headed up by the enigmatic Otto Netz AKA Doctor Dedalus. Following his death, the agency came under the leadership of his daughter Kathy Kane, the original Batwoman.
Strike Force Kobra Outsiders #21 (July 1987) A group of super-powered operatives created by Kobra based upon some of Batman's most powerful rogues in an operation against Stagg Enterprises. Kobra operative Eve would form another incarnation that would menace the Outsiders led by Eradicator. The original group included Lady Clayface, Planet Master, Elemental Woman, Zebra-Man, and Spectrumonster. Eve's group included Windfall, Syonide, Fauna Faust, Dervish, and Spectra.
Terminus' group Batman and Robin (vol. 2) #10 (August 2012) Terminus was, by his own account, beaten by Batman at some point in his past and as a result he has some rare condition that required painful treatment to extend his life. He vowed to spend the remainder of his life in pursuit of defeating Batman, and showing the people of Gotham that Batman is the true villain. He gathers a group of villains, including Smush, Scallop, Bat Head and several others, who all blame the Batman for there current conditions.
The Terrible Trio Detective Comics #253 (March 1958) Warren Lawford, Armand Lydecker, and Gunther Hardwicke are a trio of magnates and scientists who wear masks of cartoon animals to commit crimes as the Fox, the Shark, and the Vulture, and have obsessions with Earth, Water, and Air.
Underworld Olympics Batman #272 (February 1976) An organization that hosts an international contest of the best criminals in the world separated by South American, North American, European, and Afro-Asian branches to see what region has the most accomplished villains on Earth.

Mobsters and plainclothes criminals

Besides his infamous rogues gallery of supervillains, Batman has also faced more "ordinary" enemies, such as assassins, mobsters, and terrorists.

In alphabetical order (with issue and date of first appearance)

Villain First appearance Description
Alfred Stryker Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) The first criminal Batman faced.
The Athena Detective Comics #775 (December 2002) Celia Kazantkakis, AKA the Athena, is a former CEO of Wayne Enterprises and current leader of a criminal organization called the Network.
Brainy Walker Detective Comics #242 (April 1957) Brainy Walker was paroled after three years for counterfeiting and immediately set out to commit fresh crimes. This time though, he used counterfeit thousand-dollars in bills as a distraction. He first planted the phony bills around Gotham City and broadcast clues to there whereabouts. The streets were choked as citizen sought the money. This kept the police occupied with crowd control and traffic control, allowing Walker to commit robberies in relative peace. Walker then tricked Robin into accidentally telling the location of the Batcave. Batman worked with Alfred Pennyworth to make Walker believed Robin's slip of the tongue was part of a plan to trap Walker and his men. When Walker gave up seeking the secret headquarters, he and his gang were finally apprehended.
Bruno Groft and Lekkey Batman #128 (December 1959) Bruno Groft was a foreign agent and assassin-for-hire whose gang kidnapped the Prince, Princess, and Ambassador of Morania. Batman and Robin defeated the gang and prevented Lekkey from assassinating the royal couple.
Carmine "The Roman" Falcone Batman #404 (February 1987) A powerful crime boss in the early years of Batman's career and the leader of the Falcone Crime Family.
Catfoot Regan and Beetles Branagan Batman #134 (September 1960) Batman and Robin apprehend Catfoot Regan trying to rob jewels from the movement of a huge clock at a clock fair. Clues on Regan's clothes lead them to the thief's boss, Beetles Branagan, operating a crime-ring from above the city in a huge advertising balloon.
Ernie Chubb Batman and Wildcat #1 (April 1997) Ernie Chubb is a criminal currently incarcerated at Blackgate Penetentiary.
Erin McKillen Batman and Robin (vol. 2) #24 (December 2013) Erin McKillen and her twin sister Shannon were born into the McKillen crime family. When they were little, they attended school with Bruce Wayne, who was still in mourning for his parents. Erin was regarded as a feisty child, getting into trouble and stealing kisses from Bruce. Upon the death of her father, she and Shannon took control of the McKillen family, and while she gained a penchant for ruthlessness, she and her twin sister were eventually arrested and sent to Blackgate Penitentiary. After losing three appeals, their defense attorney Harvey Dent betrayed them by joining the D.A.'s office and personally helping to keep them locked up. When Erin escaped from Blackgate, after her sister sacrificed her life to help Erin, she visited Harvey Dent, murdered his wife and scarred his face as a reminder of how he treated them.
The Faceless Killer Batman #542 Joseph Zedno is a killer who removes the faces of his victims.
Frenchy Blake Detective Comics #28 (June 1939) A dapper criminal who ran a successful group of jewel thieves.
Gentleman Jim Jansen Batman #134 (September 1960) Gentleman Jim Jansen was an orchid fancier and smuggler whom Batman and Robin discover trying to smuggle hot diamonds inside orchids.
Graham Batman #130 (March 1960) Graham was an expert builder of replicas of ancient weapons for movies. He begins leading a gang that uses ancient weapons such as ballistas and caltrops to loot banks.
Gregorian Falstaff Batman #317 (November 1979) A reclusive billionaire and business rival of Bruce Wayne who time and again tries to put Wayne Enterprises out of business. He once tried to kill Batman with an energy gun, but was pushed by Talia al Ghul into the gunfire, which instantly killed him.
Henri Ducard Detective Comics #599 (April 1989) Henri Ducard was once one of Batman's teachers in the art of crimefighting. Years later, Batman learns that his former mentor is a master criminal. He appears in the three-part miniseries "Blind Justice" in Detective Comics and a few other times later on.[42] In the film Batman Begins the character was portrayed by Liam Neeson and is purportedly an agent of Ra's al Ghul; however in the film's climax it is revealed that Ducard is in fact the real Ra's al Ghul.
James Gordon, Jr. Batman #407 (May 1987) The son of Commissioner Gordon and his ex-wife Barabara Kean, Gordon is a psychopathic serial killer and is primarily an enemy of his sister, Batgirl, and sometimes Dick Grayson.
Joe Chill Detective Comics #33 (November 1939) Joe Chill is the mugger who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents, inspiring him to become Batman. He first appears in Detective Comics #33, but is not named until Batman #47 (June–July 1948). Different continuities have portrayed him as a small-time criminal, a mob boss or a professional assassin.
Lew Moxon Detective Comics #235 (November 1956) A mob boss who hired Joe Chill to kill Thomas Wayne, which sparked Bruce Wayne into becoming Batman, as well as bringing the villain Zeiss to Gotham City.
Matt Thorne Batman #62 (December 1950-January 1951) An American criminal that brought several fellows felons with him to England to search of hidden Nazi treasure. They were thwarted in there efforts by the United Kingdom protectors, The Knight and Squire, aided by the Dynamic Duo.
Mr. Lyon Batman #19 (October–November 1943) A criminal who frames the Joker for placing people in animal enclosures that echo their names. He claims the Joker sent him a note threatening to place him in a lion cage, and uses this as an excuse to get bodyguards inside a secure area, which he uses to commit a robbery. The Joker hears of his framing, and places Lyon, Batman, and Robin inside a lion cage, but the Dynamic Duo are able to escape with Lyon, who is arrested along with the Joker.
The Peter Pan Killer Detective Comics #875 (March 2011) Roy M. Blount is a serial killer and pedophile that kidnaps children in Gotham City.
Rex Calabrese Batman Eternal #4 (June 2014) He was a gangster who used to run the Mob in Gotham City, his power was so immense he became known as the Lion. Operating around the mid twentieth century, Calabrese believed in something he referred to as the Natural Order. He believed that one day, much like he had done to the previous Mob boss, a new up and coming gangster would depose of him and kill him. This self-made prophecy was self-fulfilling as Calabrese was killed and his empire taken over by Carmine Falcone. Though he was not really dead but imprisoned in Blackgate, he was revealed as the father of Selina Kyle though they are estranged.
Ruby Ryder The Brave and the Bold #95 (April–May 1971) The world’s richest woman and top female tycoon, based in Gotham City, Ruby Ryder is also a femme fatale and a full-fledged big time criminal. Three meetings with Batman ended in defeat and prison. She also encounters Metamorpho, Green Arrow, the Metal Men, and Plastic Man (the latter of whom falls in love with her).
Rupert Thorne Detective Comics #469 (May 1977) Prominent head of one of Gotham City's top smuggling gangs. He is also the boss of "Matches" Malone, the criminal whose identity was taken over by Batman. He was voiced by John Vernon in Batman: The Animated Series.
Salvatore "The Boss" Maroni Detective Comics #66 (August 1942) The leader of the Maroni Crime Family and the gangster most notable for scarring Harvey Dent.
The Sleeper Killer Batman #516 (March 1995) A killer who was under the control of her handler, Remmy, who was assassinated by a government agent.
The Squid Detective Comics #497 (December 1980) The Squid (Lawrence Loman, also known as Clement Carp) is a Chinese crimeboss in Gotham City. He takes control of the underworld and almost succeeds in defeating Batman before apparently being killed by Killer Croc, a former member of the Squid's gang. However, the Squid returns alive in the pages of 52 #25 (October 25, 2006), only to die again as one of the crime bosses killed by Bruno Mannheim.
Sterling Silversmith Detective Comics #446 (April 1975) Sterling T. Silversmith (alias The Sterling Silversmith) has been obsessed with silver since childhood and now, as a silver-haired older man, has amassed a fortune in stolen goods. Bullets bounce off Silversmith thanks to a silver alloy woven into the fabric of his white suit. Batman has fought him twice, and once prevented Silversmith from murdering the Crime Doctor.
Tony Zucco Detective Comics #38 (April 1940) Tony Zucco is a mob boss (or low-level thug, depending on the continuity) who is responsible for the death of Dick Grayson's parents. In most continuities, Zucco tries to extort the circus the Graysons work for. When the ringmaster refuses to pay him, he sabotages the act by causing the highwire ropes to break, which sends Dick's parents falling to their deaths.
Wylie Detective Comics #42 (August 1940) Wylie was a millionaire whose business went bankrupt. He was vacationing in Europe when he fell in love with the artwork of one Pierre Antal. He purchased a number of the paintings at relatively inexpensive prices, despite his shaky finances. Wylie then concocted a scheme to bring Antal to America, get his work noticed, and let the value of his Antal collection appreciate so that he could sell the works and restore his lost wealth. He took the plan a step further by letting Antal paint a series of portraits of Gotham wealthiest citizens. After each painting was finished, Wylie would desecrate each image in a specific way that depicts a murder. Disguising himself with a green skull mask, Wylie then murdered the painting's subject in the way that was shown in the desecrated portraits, in the process creating great notoriety for Antal. To make sure the trail does not connect to him he made it seem as if the murderer try to kill him (and barely escaping with a shot arm.) When he tried to kill his fourth victim he was stopped by Robin. Meanwhile, Batman (suspicious of Wylie) laid a trap in the form of Bruce Wayne to get a self-portrait done by Antal. When Wylie broke into the mansion, he placed a gun on Bruce Wayne's head and fired point blank just as Batman arrived and captured him (The Bruce Wylie shot was just a dummy.) Rather than be tried for his crimes, Wylie shot himself. Batman would later note that he considered this to be the Dynamic Duo's first major case.

Two of Batman's mobster foes have donned costumes and crossed over to become supervillains:

  • The Hangman: A serial killer (during the Dark Victory storyline) who murders police officers on every holiday of the year, leaving behind a version of the children's word game "Hangman" (with key letters missing) with each new victim. All of the victims are police officers who, in one way or another, helped Harvey Dent rise to his position of District Attorney. In the end, the Hangman is revealed to be Sofia Falcone Gigante, daughter of the late crime boss, Carmine Falcone.
  • Holiday: Mysterious serial killer who murders mobsters and others over a year (during The Long Halloween storyline). The killer's weapon is a .22 pistol (using a baby bottle nipple as a silencer) with the handle taped and the serial number filed off. Also, every crime takes place on a holiday and a small trinket representing each holiday is left behind at the scene. Alberto Falcone, youngest son of Carmine Falcone, admits to be the Holiday killer, but then Harvey Dent says there were two holiday killers. Batman deduces that since he killed Vernon on Halloween with a .22 pistol, he was in fact the second holiday, however later in a lone monologue Gilda reveals herself as the second or technically first Holiday, who was responsible for the first three murders.

Corrupt cops and government officials

In alphabetical order (with issue and date of first appearance)

Villain First appearance Description
Adolf Hitler Green Lantern #3 (Spring 1942) A character based on the historical figure of the same name, Hitler appeared as an enemy of many members of the Justice Society, including Batman.
Amanda Waller Legends #1 (November 1986) Amanda Waller is a powerful government agent and mastermind (having no literal super-powers) who often comes into conflict with Batman and other heroes due to her questionable choices. Her moral ambiguity has put her in a position where she is portrayed in both protagonistic and antagonistic roles.
Arnold John Flass Batman #404 (February 1987) Then Lieutenant Jim Gordon's partner, upon his arrival in Gotham, Detective Arnold John Flass is in the pocket of drug dealer Jefferson Skeevers, crime boss Carmine Falcone, and corrupt Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb. He is apparently murdered by the Hangman killer in Dark Victory #3 (February 2000), but had previously appeared in Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #2 (1992), in a story set years after the Hangman killings. He is portrayed by Mark Boone Junior in Batman Begins, in which he serves as both Falcone's henchman and Ra's al Ghul's unwitting pawn.
Branden Batman #405 (March 1987) Branden was a corrupt S.W.A.T. leader in the early days of Batman's career. He is eventually murdered by the Hangman killer.
Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb Batman #404 (February 1987) The commissioner of police when Bruce Wayne first returns to Gotham and becomes Batman. He is on the payroll of Carmine Falcone and is later murdered by the Hangman killer in Dark Victory #2 (January 2000).
Commissioner Grogan Catwoman Annual #2 (1995) Loeb's replacement as commissioner, first mentioned in Batman #407 (May 1987), the final part of the Year One storyline. Grogan is described by Gordon as being even more crooked than his predecessor. His first name was said to be "Peter", "Jack", and "Edward".
Commissioner Peter Pauling Batman #341 (November 1981) A puppet commissioner installed by Mayor Hill, on the behest of Rupert Thorne, who later kills him.
Harvey Bullock Detective Comics #441 (June 1974) Prior to the 1984–85 DC maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Bullock is a corrupt police detective under instructions from Gotham City's Mayor Hamilton Hill to sabotage Commissioner Gordon's career. His method of doing so is to pretend to be exceedingly clumsy, thereby spoiling whatever Gordon is trying to do, seemingly accidentally. After inadvertently giving Gordon a heart attack, however, Bullock turns over a new leaf and becomes an honest cop.
Jack Forbes Batman: The Dark Knight #1 (2011) Member of Gotham Police Department's internal affairs. He became the new Commissioner after James Gordon's imprisonment and he had secretly allied himself with Carmine Falcone.
Lex Luthor Action Comics #23 (April 1940) Though Superman's primary foe, Luthor attempted to illegally acquire a vast percentage of Gotham's property during the No Man's Land incident, but he was stopped by the efforts of Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox. Later, when Luthor became President, he framed Bruce Wayne for murder. Eventually, Luthor was revealed as a criminal and deposed from the Presidency by Superman and Batman. In the last issue of Forever Evil, Lex learned that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Mayor Armand Krol Detective Comics #647 (August 1992) More incompetent than malicious, Krol had a strong dislike of Commissioner Gordon, demoting and replacing him with his wife, Sarah Essen Gordon. During Krol's last days in office, Gotham descended into near anarchy after Ra's al Ghul released the "Clench" virus during the Contagion story arc. He died after contracting the virus.
Mayor Daniel Danforth Dickerson III Detective Comics #743 (April 2000) Corrupt mayor of Gotham beginning after No Man's Land and remaining in office until his assassination by the Joker in Gotham Central #12 (December 2003).
Mayor David Hull Gotham Central #13 (January 2004) David Hull was Deputy Mayor under Dickerson and was his replacement.
Mayor Hamilton Hill Detective Comics #511 (February 1982) A corrupt politician who became mayor of Gotham City thanks to Rupert Thorne. He helped Thorne oppose Batman, notably by firing Commissioner James Gordon.
Mayor Sebastian Hady Batman #693 (January 2010) Introduced in Batman as an immensely corrupt and ruthless politician, and has publicly admitted to cheating on his wife. He was taken hostage by Azrael (Michael Lane) during the events of "Judgement on Gotham," but was rescued by Red Robin. He also tried to frame Commissioner Gordon for murder during the early days of the Batman Incorporated, but Batman easily exposed the allegations as false.

Goons and henchmen of Batman enemies

The following henchmen appear in the comics in alphabetical order (with issue and date of first appearance)

Villain First appearance Description
Aces Batman #32 (December 1945) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker in a college initiation-themed jewelry heist.
Achilles Robin (vol. 4) #30 (June 1996) Maxie Zeus' henchman.
Ajax Batman #4 (December 1940) Joker's henchman who was a part of Joker's crime circus.
Antaeus Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October 1984) Maxie Zeus' henchman who is a member of the New Olympians. His powers are based on the actual Antaeus. He was defeated by Geo-Force who used his powers to lift Antaeus from the ground.
Argus Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October 1984) Maxie Zeus' henchman who is a member of the New Olympians. He has telekinetic powers that enables him to see great distances and was a poor fight as he was easily defeated by Batman. His talents make him similar to the actual Argus Panoptes.
Beefy Detective Comics #99 (May 1945) Penguin's henchman.
Billy Detective Comics #610 (January 1990) A henchman of the Ventriloquist that was imprisoned at Blackgate penitentiary.
Bird Batman Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993) Bird helped Bane establish himself in Gotham.
Black Queenie Batman #5 (March 1941) A member of Joker's gang when it came to operating a smuggling operation on board a gambling ship.
Bruiser Batman #13 (October 1942) Joker's henchman assisted Joker into stealing people's signatures so that Joker can commit greater crimes.
Carmichael Batman #33 (February 1946) Penguin's henchman.
Craven Batman #22 (April 1944) Catwoman's henchman.
Dala Detective Comics #32 (October 1939) Dala is the assistant of The Mad Monk.
Diana Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October 1984) Maxie Zeus' henchman who is a member of the New Olympians. She is superb archer and a fierce swordswoman who also commands. Diana was defeated in a sword fight against Katana. Her talents make her similar to Artemis.
Deuces Batman #32 (October 1984) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker in a college initiation-themed jewelry heist.
Duke Wilson Batman #55 (October 1949) Member of Joker's team of 48 Jokers.
Echo Detective Comics Annual #8 (August 1995) Echo's real name is Nina Damfino, and she is a henchwoman of the Riddler.
Eddie Detective Comics #514 (May 1982) Maxie Zeus' henchman.
Frankie Carbone Batman: The Long Halloween #3 (February 1997) Frankie Carbone is a currently deceased thug who worked for Maroni Crime Family.
Fred Britt Detective Comics #491 (June 1980) Maxie Zeus' henchman.
Gaggy Batman #186 (November 1966) Joker's henchman. Gagsworth A. Gagsworthy was once a clown and tightrope walker at a circus. Due to being a dwarf (standing less than 3 ft) he was sent to a freak-show, which he resented. He caught the attention of the Joker after murdering a fellow clown following an argument and shortly after he joined the Joker in a life of crime. Gaggy was originally the principal sidekick of the Joker, serving as his most significant henchman. In his first appearances he was billed as "the Joker's answer to Robin", which resulted in the two having somewhat of a sidekick rivalry. Though his tenure in this role was short lived and he failed to become an established character, disappearing for a while. His role as the Joker's second in command was replaced by Harley Quinn. Over time he has resurfaced now and again, including as a fairly significant character in several issues of Gotham City Sirens and he has made two appearances of the animated television series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Hammer Batman #30 (August 1945) Penguin's henchman.
Hector Robin (vol. 4) #30 (June 1996) Maxie Zeus' henchman. He was killed by Maxie Zeus for questioning why he had Robin contact Oracle.
Heracles Robin (vol. 4) #30 (June 1996) Maxie Zeus' henchman.
Jack of Diamonds Batman #5 (March 1941) Diamond Jack Duggan is a member of Joker's gang when it came to operating a smuggling operation on board a gambling ship.
Jay Detective Comics (vol. 2) #5 (March 2012) Penguin's henchman.
Jim Jones Batman #15 (February 1943) Catwoman's henchman.
Joe Batman #47 (June 1948) Catwoman's henchman.
Joe Detective Comics #66 (August 1942) Two-Face's henchman.
Joey Detective Comics #514 (May 1982) Maxie Zeus' henchman.
Julie Caesar Robin (vol. 4) #19 (August 1995) A henchmen of Maxie Zeus who believes that he is Julius Caesar. He teamed up with the General once.
King of Clubs Batman #5 (March 1941) Clubsy is a member of Joker's gang when it came to operating a smugling operation on board a gambling ship.
Kite Batman #16 (April 1943) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker into robbing a fortune in jewels.
Lark Detective Comics (vol. 2) #5 (March 2012) Penguin's henchwoman who he sends to target a disguised Charlotte Rivers.
Lefty Batman #53 (June 1949) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker into stealing the golden golf clubs of the Maharajah of Nimpah.
Lewis Batman #44 (December 1947) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker in a plot to abduct two radium thieves and make Batman gamble for their lives.
Louie Batman #27 (February 1945) Penguin's henchman.
Morris Detective Comics #514 (May 1982) Maxie Zeus' henchman.
Mousery Mager Batman #35 (June 1946) Catwoman's henchman.
Mike Batman #35 (June 1946) Catwoman's henchman.
Moose  ??? Rhino's sister and Ventriloquist's henchman.
Mugsy Detective Comics #583 (February 1988) The Ventriloquist's henchman.
Needles Batman #25 (October 1944) He assisted Joker and Penguin into committing a crime spree.
Nitro Batman #16 (April 1943) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker into robbing a fortune in jewels.
Nox Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October 1984) Maxie Zeus' henchman and member of the New Olympians. She controls a mysterious dark force that enables her to fly and can manipulate it to take on different shapes. She was defeated in a gymnastics match against Halo. Her abilities make her similar to the actual Nyx.
Pete Batman #35 (June 1946) Catwoman's henchman.
Proteus Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October 1984) Maxie Zeus' henchman and member of the New Olympians. Besides shape-shifting, he can also elongate his limbs and even grow bird-like wings. Proteus first used his shape-shifting powers to make himself look handsome (since he dislike his previous appearance). He and Vulcanus were defeated in a deadly soccer match against Black Lightning and Metamorpho. His abilities are similar to the actual Proteus.
Query Detective Comics Annual #8 (August 1995) Query's real name is Diedre Vance, and she is a common henchwoman of The Riddler.
Raven Detective Comics (vol. 2) #5 (March 2012) Penguin's henchman introduced in the Faces of Death storyline.
Raju Detective Comics (vol. 2) #4 (February 2012) A mobster for hire during the Faces of Death storyline who is eventually hired by the Penguin in order to deliver currency to the Dollmaker in exchange for Batman's body.
Ray Quimby Detective Comics (vol. 2) #2 A killer who helped Wesley Mathis on his killing spree and has ties to the Dollmaker Family.
Frederick Rhino Detective Comics #583 (February 1988) Frederick Rhino is the enormous, towering, muscular, but not very intelligent henchman of the original Ventriloquist. He starts out as a bouncer at the Ventriloquist Club on Gotham’s Electric Street.
Slapsy Batman #12 (August 1942) Joker's henchman.
Slim Batman #46 (April 1948) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker in a crime spree that involved leaving greeting card clues for Batman.
Slug Batman #42 (August 1947) Catwoman's henchman.
Snipes Batman #23 (June 1944) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker in an upside down crime spree.
Sparky Batman #16 (April 1943) Joker's henchman who assisted Joker into robbing a fortune in jewels.
Street Demonz Batman #475 (March 1992) A criminal gang that works for the Ventriloquist.
Tino Batman #4 (December 1940) Joker's henchman who was a part of Joker's crime circus.
Tongs Batman #30 (August 1945) Penguin's henchman.
Trogg Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993) One of Bane's henchmen.
Turk Batman #17 (June 1943) Penguin's henchman who assisted Penguin at the time when he changed his arsenal to guns and fishing poles.
Volcanus Batman and the Outsiders #14 (October 1984) Maxie Zeus' henchman and member of the New Olympians. He wields a powerful hammer and can hurl high-temperature fireballs. He and Proteus were defeated in a deadly soccer match against Black Lightning and Metamorpho. His abilities are similar to the actual Hephaestus.
Zombie Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993) One of the villains that helped Bane jump start his criminal career in Gotham.

Allies in conflict

Some characters originally conceived as heroes have come into conflict with Batman.

In alphabetical order (with issue and date of first appearance)

Ally First appearance Description
Bat-Mite Detective Comics #267 (May 1959) Bat-Mite is an imp similar to the Superman villain Mister Mxyzptlk. Appearing as a small childlike man in an ill-fitting costume, Bat-Mite possesses near-infinite magical powers and comes from another dimension. Bat-Mite idolizes Batman, and thus he has visited Batman on various occasions, often setting up strange events so that he could see his hero in action. Bat-Mite is arguably more of a nuisance than an enemy to Batman, and often leaves the hero alone when he realizes he has angered his idol.
Jason Todd Batman #357 (March 1983) Jason Todd became the new Robin, sidekick to the superhero Batman, when the previous Robin, Dick Grayson, went on to star in the New Teen Titans under the moniker of Nightwing. After the character was killed off, he was resurrected as an enemy of Batman, eventually becoming the second Red Hood and assuming a new role as an anti-hero.
Superman Action Comics #1 (June 1938) Superman is far from being an anti-hero or villain. As a matter of fact, he does what he does for what he believes to be the good of mankind and is usually an ally to Batman. However, on many occasions throughout the decades, Batman has had to battle Superman for various reasons including (but not limited to) idealistic differences, mind control by a super-villain, and even simple misunderstandings.

See also


  1. ^ Archenemy:
    Though usually having numerous adversaries, most superheroes tend to have one main nemesis, or archenemy, that is considered to be their greatest or most notable enemy. Examples of superhero archenemies include Lex Luthor to Superman, Reverse Flash to The Flash, Sinestro to Green Lantern, Deathstroke to Teen Titans and Tobias Whale to Black Lightning from DC Comics, and also Marvel Comics being similar with Red Skull being the archenemy of Captain America, along with Fantastic Four's rivalry with Doctor Doom and the X-Men vs. Brotherhood of Mutants, Wolverine's relationship with Sabertooth etc. Batman's archenemy is considered to be the Joker.


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