List of Batman supporting characters

List of Batman supporting characters
Cover art to Batman Incorporated #6. Art by Chris Burnham.

Throughout the stories published in DC Comics and in adaptations in other media since 1939, the Batman character has accumulated a number of recognizable supporting characters. The first Batman supporting character was Commissioner James Gordon, who first appeared in the same comic as Batman (Detective Comics #27), and is Batman's ally in the Gotham City Police Department. Robin, Batman's sidekick, was introduced in the Spring of 1940 and Alfred Pennyworth, Batman's butler, was introduced in 1943. Batman also forms strong bonds or close working relationships with other superheroes, including Justice League members Superman, Black Canary, and Green Arrow, as well as members of the Outsiders superhero team. Others such as Jason Bard, Harold, Onyx, and Toyman work for him. In addition, Batman has perhaps the most well known rogues gallery in fiction, including The Joker, Catwoman, and The Penguin.


Gotham City Police Department

The most notable member of the GCPD is Commissioner James Gordon, the police commissioner of Gotham City. Appearing alongside the main character in his first appearance, Gordon was the first Batman supporting character.[1] Batman has a strong (though secret and unofficial) working relationship with him.[2] Gordon, like other characters, has changed considerably over the years. Of particular note, is that in the early days of the characters, Gordon was not allied with Batman, and was more antagonistic towards him. However, he was a friend of Bruce Wayne.[1] In "Batman: Year One", Gordon is portrayed as one of the few honest, non-corrupt Gotham cops.[3] During "No Man's Land", Bruce offered him the knowledge of his secret identity, but Jim (still angry for Batman's early abandonment of Gotham in the days near the beginning of NML) refused to look and find out, hinting he may already know. Jim retired several months after NML,[4] but returned to duty in the One Year Later storyline.[5]

Members of the Gotham City Police Department have played prominent roles in Batman's extended 'family.' The GCPD were featured in their own series: the limited series Batman: GCPD and the ongoing series Gotham Central, in which they investigate the unusual crimes that plague the city, in a personal effort to minimize Batman's involvement.[6][7] Gotham Central series ended its 40 issue run in 2006.[8]

Batman Family

"Batman Family," is the informal name for a group of characters closely associated with Batman, generally costumed vigilantes who either have been trained by Batman or operate in Gotham City with his tacit approval. The group functions like a tactical unit of similarly-minded superheroes who operate in and around Gotham, with Batman as its team leader and, in many cases, its dispatch. Various members of the group are usually seen interacting with one another and assisting in each other's cases, even within their respective series. Although some members occasionally resent Batman’s intrusion into their lives, all respect him as a legend within the superhero community and rarely dare to challenge his authority.[9] Most of the members also have a strong rapport with the Dark Knight due to their long and close relationships with him over the years, and consider him a close friend and ally, and acknowledge that he most likely shares that sentiment, no matter how adverse he is to actually showing it.[10] In a 2002 storyline in which Bruce Wayne is accused of murder, Batman's friends gather to prove his innocence.[11] It has also been implied through Batman's history that this network serves as a surrogate family for Batman and keeps him from slipping too far into his ruthless vigilante persona.[12]

Current members

  • Batman (Bruce Wayne) – The "patriarch" of the team, young Bruce Wayne witnessed the brutal murder of his parents as a child, and used this trauma and his vast personal wealth to travel the world and acquire the skills needed to wage his war on crime.[13] After returning from his apparent death and disappearance at the hands of Darkseid,[14][15][16] Wayne reasoned that his return to the present would be the appropriate time to escalate Batman's war on crime to a global scale. To that end, he revealed to the public that he had been secretly funding Batman's activities for years (stopping short of admitting that he is Batman) and would use a new corporation, Batman Incorporated, to take Batman and his mission around the world.[15]
  • Nightwing (Dick Grayson) – An orphaned child acrobat who originally served as Batman’s first sidekick, Robin, and became Bruce Wayne's ward[17] and later adopted son.[18] As an adult, he took up the identity of Nightwing, and served as protector of Blüdhaven, Gotham's ugly sister city to the south.[19] In the wake of Bruce Wayne's apparent death, he began serving as the new Batman.[20] After Wayne's return, Grayson continues operating as Batman in Gotham City while Bruce Wayne himself takes to the world as the head "general" of Batman Incorporated.[15]
  • Alfred Pennyworth – The Wayne family butler and confidant to the Batman Family; raised Bruce Wayne after his parents were killed.[3]
  • Ace the Bat-Hound: In 1955, a few months after the Superman mythos saw the introduction of Krypto, the Batman mythos saw the introduction of Ace the Bat-hound, a German shepherd with a black mask covering most of his head, who helped Batman and Robin on various cases. Ace later reappeared as Bruce's guard dog and companion in the television series Batman Beyond, the 2005 television series Krypto the Superdog. He also makes appearances as Batman's crime-fighting partner on TV show Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The modern comic book version of Ace depicts him as a companion to Harold,[21] rarely playing a role in the plotlines.
  • Red Robin (Tim Drake/Wayne) – Another teenage crime fighter who took-up the mantle of Robin to assist Batman after the death of Jason Todd. After the last of his living family is murdered, he is adopted by Bruce Wayne at the end of the Batman story arc "Face the Face."[22] In the aftermath of Bruce Wayne's death and Damian taking up the mantle of Robin, Tim takes the identity of Red Robin to begin a global search for evidence of Bruce Wayne still being alive.[23] For a long time, Tim was the only hero in the DC Universe that believed Batman survived his encounter with Darkseid.[24] However, when trying to resurrect the body left behind at the conclusion of Final Crisis, Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne also adopted this belief,[25] and they were closely followed with the rest of the DC Universe at the conclusion to Blackest Night.[26]
  • Robin (Damian Wayne) – The biological son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul.[27] In Battle for the Cowl, Damian has been placed in the care of Dick Grayson by his mother, who apparently continues to keep a distant eye on him. After Grayson takes up the mantle of Batman, he chooses Damian to be the new Robin.[20] Confronting his father with what happens to him since his return, Bruce Wayne told Robin, "Batman and Robin will never die, Damian. Get ready to meet the public."[15]
  • Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) – The original Batgirl, daughter of Gotham police commissioner James Gordon.[28] After she was left paraplegic by the Joker, she became Oracle, the information broker to the DC Universe, and founded a covert team of female operatives called the Birds of Prey.[29] Following the reality-warping events of Flashpoint, Barbara returned to the Batgirl identity.[30]
  • Catwoman (Selina Kyle) was one of Batman's early adversaries. In later years, she becomes his frequent love interest and defender of Gotham City's East End.[10] One year after the events of Infinite Crisis, she retired (allowing Holly Robinson to take the mantle of Catwoman) and gave birth to a baby girl named Helena. Batman calls her out of retirement to infiltrate an Amazon sect.[31] Following a series of kidnappings of her baby, Catwoman gives her daughter up for adoption.
  • The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) is the daughter of a slain mafia family. She rejected crime and took to patrolling Gotham as an antiheroine.[32] She serves as an agent of Oracle, one of the Birds of Prey.[29] While her relationship with Batman has been tenuous, she recently earned his respect. In an alternate universe she is Selina Kyle's[Catwoman] daughter.[10]
  • Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) was the daughter of the criminal Cluemaster and became a teenaged superhero. She was Tim Drake’s love interest.[33] Upon Tim's retirement as Robin, she replaced him as the fourth hero to use the name.[34] Stephanie was fired for failing to follow Batman's orders. As Spoiler, she was tortured by Black Mask and apparently dies as a result of this.[35] Having revealed to Batman and Robin that she faked her death on the request of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, she returns to Gotham and begins fighting alongside Batman and his team once more.[36] In the aftermath of Cassandra Cain abandoning the role of Batgirl, Stephanie takes up the costume in the midst of trying to live a "normal life" and fights crime as the new Batgirl.[37]
  • Batwoman (Kate Kane) - A wealthy heiress and disgraced former West Point cadet who became a superhero, Kate Kane appeared after the timeline-altering Infinite Crisis in the pages of 52.[38] for several months.[39] For a portion of 52, she fought alongside Dick Grayson as Nightwing. In the wake of Bruce Wayne's apparent death, Batwoman was the feature character in Detective Comics for a short time, which prompted the launch of a Batwoman solo series.
  • The Birds of Prey are a covert group of heroes formed by Oracle that largely fight crime in Gotham. Prominent members have included Black Canary, Huntress, Lady Blackhawk, Savant, and Creote.
  • The Knight is the name of two allies to Batman. The original was the sidekick of the Shining Knight during WWII in Percival Sheldrake under the name the Squire. When he became an adult, he took on the Knight title, his son Cyril joining him as his Squire, and would team with Batman. Later, he would join the Club of Heroes. After Percy's death, Cyril would become the Knight and adopted Beryl Hutchinson as his Squire.
  • Creeper (Jack Ryder) was a Gotham City television personality that lost his job and got a security job, bringing him into conflict with the mob. After nearly getting killed in a gun battle, Ryder's life was saved by a scientist by a process that turned him into the Creeper. Shortly thereafter in his career, he would team with Batman and for a time became a frequent ally, at one point joining the Outsiders.
  • The Outsiders – Becoming fed up with the politics and practices of the Justice League, Batman formed the Outsiders to have his own unit to perform on his terms.[40] Drifting through various incarnations, Batman restarted the team and operated as its leader until his disappearance in Final Crisis.[41] In the wake of his death, he charged Alfred with assembling and maintaining a new team of Outsiders in an attempt to replace all of the individual skills of Batman through the various members.[42]

Batman Inc.

  • Blackbat (Cassandra Cain/Wayne) – A martial arts prodigy and daughter of the assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva.[43] Batman and Oracle trained her as the next Batgirl. After abandoning this role, she briefly became leader of the League of Assassins.[44] It is revealed later that the mercenary Deathstroke is responsible for brainwashing and influencing Cassandra's villainous activities.[45] She has since been legally adopted by Bruce Wayne as his daughter.[46] After the event of Batman: RIP, Cassandra ceased being Batgirl due to apparent frustration and passed her Batgirl identity to her close friend Stephanie Brown. After Bruce Wayne returns, it is revealed that Cassandra's disillusionment was a ruse, and that she had willingly handed over her Batgirl mantle to Stephanie because she was acting under her mentor's order in the event of his death or disappearance. Tim Drake is revealed to have been in regularly contact with her. She now operates as Blackbat as Batman Inc.'s representative in Hong Kong.
  • Batman (Jiro Osamu) – formally operated as the 2nd Mr. Unknown, now serves as the Batman of Tokyo as a member of Batman Inc.[47]
  • Nightrunner (Bilal Asselah) – Batman Inc.'s representative in Paris, a Sunni Muslim and expert freerunner.[48]
  • El Gaucho (Santiago Vargas) – renowned crime fighter in Argentina who was inspired by Batman, former member of Club of Heroes, now operates as a member of Batman Inc.
  • The Hood (George Cross) – Maverick Special Government Agent of England, now operates as a member of Batman Inc.
  • The Dark Ranger –Following the death of the first Ranger at the hands of Wingman, his former sidekick, the Scout, has taken up the mantle as the new Dark Ranger. Now operates as a member of Batman Inc.
  • Batwing (David Zavimbi) – The Batman Incorporated representative from the Democratic Republic of Congo.[49]

Status unclear

  • Misfit (Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe), Misfit debuts as a shadowy figure, wearing a homemade variation of Barbara Gordon's classic Batgirl costume, accurate enough to be mistaken for the original article at night.The mystery girl agrees to retire her Batgirl identity, but not to abandon her heroic activities.
  • Bat-Mite, a reality altering imp from the 5th dimension[50] Bat-Mite made many early appearances as Batman's "biggest fan."[50] Current continuity has treated him as an apparition of Batman's imagination, most recently during Batman's psychological breakdown at the hands of the Black Glove organization. During this, Bat-Mite described imagination as the 5th dimension and described himself as, "the last fading echo of the voice of reason."[51]
  • Talia al Ghul is the daughter of Ra's al Ghul and is the mother of Damian.[27] After learning of her son's intention to remain Robin, as well as his new devotion to his father's family, Talia has disowned Damian in favor of another son she will create.
  • The Question (Renee Montoya) - Detective Montoya was added into the comics in the 1990s as a character adapted from the animated series.[52][53] Renee's sexual orientation was unwillingly outed by Two-Face.[54] She later quit the GCPD when her partner Crispus Allen was murdered and the man responsible got off. Following this she became a main character in the 52 limited series.[55] Renee, the second person known as the Question, occasionally fights crime with the current Batwoman, who is her on-again-off-again lover.[56] During the Countdown, Oracle solicits the assistance of the Question and Batwoman. Although they promptly refuse "Bird" status, they have on at least two occasions worked under the orders of Oracle.
  • Holly Robinson is a former prostitute trained by Wildcat and her friend Selina Kyle, to briefly become the new Catwoman following the birth of Selina's daughter. In her civilian identity, retaining the skills she learned in training to become Catwoman, she was a main character in Countdown. The series saw her receive extensive Amazonian training as part of Granny Goodness' scheme to acquire new Female Furies. In the series' denouement, she and former supervillain friend Harley Quinn return to civilian life in Gotham, together.
  • Edward Nigma, aka the Riddler, after awaking from a coma, has "gone legit" by opening a well-known detective agency that sometimes helps out Batman.
  • Man-Bat (Kirk Langstrom) alternates from being able to control his monstrous persona to giving in to its instincts. When he does control it, he uses the Man-Bat for good. He was recently seen as part of the Network fighting crime.
  • Warlock's Daughter (Darla Aquista aka Laura Fell) is the daughter of a Gotham Mob Boss. When she dies in a brutal Gotham Gang War, Henry Aquista, her father, travels the world with his daughter's corpse, looking for a way to bring her back to life, and eventually comes back to Johnny Warlock, who he finds overseas. Johnny trades Henry's life for Darla's. She returns to the U.S. and finds Tim Drake in Blüdhaven, but is trying to kill Robin under orders from Johnny. Eventually, she fights alongside Robin and saves his life during a battle with metacriminals in Blüdhaven before she's taken in by the Shadowpact.
  • Simon Dark – A mysterious vigilante active in Gotham City, Simon Dark is a patchwork man constructed from the bodies of several dead children by a medical genius and a dark cult.[57]
  • Jason Bard – A private investigator hired to be Batman's daytime liaison in the "Face the Face" story line,[58] but after the onset of "Batman R.I.P.," Batman had not contacted him in some time. He then briefly worked for Robin during the outbreak of a gang war in Gotham City.[59]
  • Ragman - A similarly vengeful vigilante hero operating in Gotham, Ragman wears a mystical suit of living rags that functions as a kind of golem.[60]
  • Azrael (Michael Washington Lane) - The "Third Ghost of Batman," one of a series of Batman impostors created by Dr. Simon Hurt, has recently become the new Azrael wearing a mystical suit of armor given to the original Batman by Talia al Ghul.
  • Proxy (Wendy Harris) - The daughter of the villain the Calculator was paralyzed during an attack when she served with her brother on the Teen Titans. She acts as Oracle's sidekick and assists the new Batgirl; however, her connection to the rest of the Bat Family at large is unclear. Pre-Crisis, Wendy was the niece of detective Harvey Harris, a mentor to a young Bruce Wayne.
  • Catgirl, is Catwoman's sidekick. Kitrina is known for her abilities as an escape artist, first escaping from a locked box while tied up and thrown in the water by her uncle, Mario Falcone, and escaping from Catwoman while tied in an "inescapable knot." After Bruce's return from, Return Of Bruce Wayne, Kitrina Falcone will play a major role in helping Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne on their war on crime.
  • Lynx - Originally seen allied with Gotham's villains, Lynx would later be seen fighting alongside its heroes. After battling Red Robin, he comes to believe she's on his side.

Deceased members

  • Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley) was a genetically modified assassin of the Order of St. Dumas who once replaced Bruce Wayne as Batman when he was badly injured by Bane. Valley defeated Bane, but grew increasingly paranoid and violent. Bruce was forced to reclaim the mantle of the Bat. Valley returned to the Azrael identity and attempted to regain Batman's trust. After many years, he managed to find his way back into Batman's graces and served as an "Agent of the Bat" until his death. Because his body was never found, speculation arose as to whether or not he had actually died, but that speculation was laid to rest when Valley's body was reanimated as a member of the Black Lantern Corps during the Blackest Night.[61]
  • Orpheus (Gavin King) was an agent of a shadowy organization that had outfitted him with crimefighting equipment and training. He became one of Batman's agents and posed as a crime boss, but was later killed by Black Mask.
  • Harold Allnut – Harold was an aide of Batman's who helped design, make, and repair many of his gadgets. Harold was later killed by Hush.
  • Batwoman (Katherine Webb Kane)
  • Deadman (Boston Brand) was murdered by a member of the League of Assassins and returned to life to ask Batman for help in solving his murder. When the organization behind it comes to light, the pair work together to topple the group.

Former members

  • Jason Todd was apprehended by Batman while attempting to steal the tires off the Batmobile.[62] Recognizing promising skills in the troubled youth, Batman took Jason in and trained him to become the second Robin.[63] He later was killed by the Joker on a quest to find his mother.[64] Six months later, he was resurrected in a damaged state before being healed by Talia al Ghul. He went on to adopt the identity of the second Red Hood, an identity previously held by the Joker.[65] Sent on a tour of the Multiverse with Donna Troy and Kyle Rayner, Todd briefly adopted the identity of Red Robin after meeting the Batman of Earth 51, before seemingly abandoning that identity and costumed heroism altogether once more.[66] Battle for the Cowl saw Jason try to take the mantle of Batman by force after Bruce Wayne's apparent death, but he was stopped by Dick Grayson.[67] He has since resumed his role as the Red Hood, recently terrorizing Gotham and the new Batman and Robin.[68]
  • Flamebird, (Bette Kane), was the original Bat-Girl and niece of Batwoman in Batman stories of the early 60s. Following the timeline-altering Crisis on Infinite Earths, she was re-imagined as the heroine Flamebird, who takes her inspiration from Dick Grayson's costumed persona. Recently she has reappeared in Batwoman comics requesting to be her sidekick
  • Harvey Dent was the former District Attorney, and previously known as the villain Two-Face. He was deemed cured after his facial reconstruction surgery by Dr. Thomas Elliot. Dent was requested by Batman to watch over Gotham City during his one year absence with Robin. Dent's style of justice has been more brutal than Batman's precision-style vigilantism. Upon Batman's return to Gotham, a series of grisly murders of several members of Batman's rogues gallery points to Dent. When confronted by Batman, Dent blows up his apartment. The inner turmoil created by the situation forced Two-Face out of his psyche once again, and he's seen re-scarring his face with a scalpel and acid.
  • Bane would come to be an ally to Batman following their initial encounter however in the events surrounding Infinite Crisis, he appeared to return to his evil ways. Yet, he proves to walk a fine line as observed in the Secret Six.
  • Deadshot (Floyd Lawton) entered Gotham as what appeared to be another crimefighter. However, he would try to kill Batman to be the city's only hero. He would return later in the Suicide Squad forced to help people but when he learned he had a daughter, he sought to wipe out gangs that threatened her home. As a member of the Secret Six, he often walks a line between cold-blooded killer and murderous saint.
  • Catman (Thomas Blake) started his career modeled after Catwoman and Batman as a foe to the latter. Catman would also work for the Shade to help destroy remnants of Green Arrow's life as a hero after his apparent death, seemingly giving up crime and retiring. As a member of the Secret Six, Blake seems motivated to do good but is haunted by his violent, animal-like nature.
  • Cheyenne Freemont, fashion designer and daughter of two metahumans, she is reluctant to use her abilities as her parents were run out of town for using theirs. Briefly involved with Dick Grayson, she creates a costume similar to Nightwing's and uses her powers to help Nightwing save Jason Todd from the Pierce brothers before retiring as the female Nightwing.
  • Sasha Bordeaux, Bruce Wayne's former bodyguard. She is now Black Queen of the government organization called Checkmate as well as a partial OMAC cyborg.
  • Onyx (Onyx Adams) was Orpheus' bodyguard and protector. She took up his position as gang leader after Orpheus' death. A bond developed between Onyx and Cassandra Cain. After the events of Infinite Crisis, she was not seen in Gotham until Birds of Prey #114 in 2007, which reveals she has remained an active vigilante and a contact of Oracle.[69]
  • Club of Heroes was an international group of heroes largely made up of those inspired by Batman (counting him among their number). They would later disband but would reunite when the occasion arose. Several of their number went on to join Batman Inc.
  • Manhunter is the name of three associates of Batman. Paul Kirk was a masked man during WWII that became a pawn for the Council when they genetically altered him into an assassin. When Kirk learned that the Council was using him and created clones of him as their soldiers, he joined with ninja master Asano Nitobe and Interpol agent Christine St. Clair to destroy the organization and kill his doubles. Kirk would add Batman to this group before his demise in his mission, the remaining trio continuing his work posthumously. An exception in this would be made for the clone Kirk DePaul.
Mark Shaw was a human infiltrator for the Manhunters that would later distance himself from the group and become the super-villain Star-Tsar, infiltrating the Justice League as the Privateer. After some time in prison, he wiped his record with service in the Suicide Squad. Afterward, he would again go by the name Manhunter as a bounty hunter working with Oracle operating largely out of New York. Shaw would take down several of Batman's rogues before the two met battling the Sportsmaster.
Kate Spencer is the grand daughter of Phantom Lady that took up the title Manhunter and later joined the Birds of Prey. At one point, she became the district attorney for Gotham City where she continued to operate alongside the Birds as Manhunter.
  • Jason Blood is a demonologist based out of Gotham. Generally when dealing with such matters, Batman has consulted Blood (and employed help from Blood's "companion," the demon Etrigan). When the Justice League was stuck in the past, Blood was recruited to form a new version of the group based on a contingency plan established by Batman.
  • Nimrod the Hunter (Dean Hunter) was framed for a crime he did not commit by the criminal named Chancer. Breaking out of prison, he stole a military suit of armor and sought to clear his name with Batman's help.

Other superheroes

Batman regularly interacts with other DC superheroes in titles such as the Justice League of America. A few, however, have a marked presence in the core Batman titles:

  • Superman: As the two earliest superheroes, Batman and Superman are frequent costars in each other's titles, and are often used to highlight differences between vigilante and lawful crimefighting. In the early crossovers, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight were usually depicted as good friends who cheerfully assisted one another against foes who were too big to be dealt with alone.
In more recent times, their friendship has been depicted as more uneasy, but still with a deep amount of respect.[70] In the current chronology, Batman and Superman first encounter one another early in their careers when Superman arrives in Gotham City to arrest the notorious "outlaw" known as Batman, just as Batman is investigating a murderous criminal named Magpie.[71] Superman left this encounter with Batman, believing he had the best of intentions, though disagreeing with Batman's methods. As Superman flew back to Metropolis, Batman lamented to himself that Superman was a remarkable individual and that "perhaps, in another lifetime, he might call the Man of Steel his friend."[71]
They have collaborated many times in the years since then, learning each other's secret identities, recognizing that their goals are essentially the same, and despite their frequent tense relationship, close allies and friends.[72] Superman has entrusted Lex Luthor's Kryptonite ring to Batman, as a weapon to be used against Superman in case the Man of Steel should ever be turned against the people of Earth.[73] In keeping with that attitude, Batman and Superman are often depicted as being the opposite sides of the same coin, both products of their environments, as indicated in their vastly different styles of crime fighting. Superman became a hero because he subscribed to wholesome idealism, while Batman was motivated by personal tragedy and a troubled past. Regardless, after one instance of Batman using the ring to prevent a mind-controlled Superman from wrongdoing, Superman told Batman that he knew he, "gave the ring to the right person." Batman shook his hand, and simply said, "What're friends for?"[70]
  • Green Arrow: Oliver Queen began as a character very much inspired by Batman. He had a youthful ward, Speedy, much like Robin, as well as an Arrowcave, an Arrowcar, and an Arrowplane, similar to Batman's equipment. Most of these gimmicks were stripped by the 1970s, when both Batman and Green Arrow were revamped into more serious characters. Batman and Green Arrow have often been partners, especially during the 1970s, when Batman's team up title, The Brave and the Bold, was one of the few places outside of the pages of JLA where the Emerald Archer could be found. Like with Superman, early teamups between Batman and Green Arrow were very friendly, but their relations became strained in more recent incarnations. Batman and Green Arrow's interactions in the 1980s were often employed as counterpoints to differing techniques and political philosophies. Queen and Batman's relationship was further strained by the involvement of Green Arrow in the mindwiping events that happened in the pages of Identity Crisis, even though Queen voted against the mindwiping of Dr. Light and Batman, but this seems to have been forgiven for reasons unknown. Today, Green Arrow is frequently depicted as one of the few superheroes willing to stand up to Batman directly.
  • Black Canary: Dinah Laurel Lance is a former member of the Justice Society and of Oracle's covert team in Birds of Prey as well as being the wife of Green Arrow, a founding member of the Justice League of America, and its current chairperson. The relationship between Black Canary and Batman has not been stressed by the events of Identity Crisis, even though Black Canary was involved with the group who mindwiped Dr. Light.
  • Zatanna: Zatanna Zatara is a powerful sorceress, stage magician, and a former member of the Justice League of America. Her father, John Zatara, trained a young Bruce Wayne in escapology. Zatanna and Bruce have a working friendship in the comics, with Bruce calling her for assistance from time to time. Zatanna's standing with Batman after the events of Identity Crisis seems positive, even proposing that they start a relationship before Bruce tells her he cares too much about her to bring her into his world.
  • Wildcat: Ted Grant, an original member of the Justice Society of America and an ex-heavyweight champion boxer, trained a young Bruce Wayne at one point. The two have remained close allies, and Batman has been quoted as saying that Grant is one of the few fighters he respects.
  • Plastic Man: Eel O'Brian was a crook that developed super powers after falling into a chemical bath, deciding afterward to change his ways. Joining the FBI and the All-Star Squadron, he would make a life for himself in Gotham. During a case where the JLA fought the Injustice Gang, Plastic Man was brought in to the League by Batman to help, shortly thereafter joining the group. During this time, O'Brian became close to Batman and came to rely on him as a close friend, often the Dark Knight being the only person able to motivate the elastic hero to action.
  • The Question: Originally a Charlton Comics superhero, created by Steve Ditko, Vic Sage was revamped by Dennis O'Neil in 1987. Since the late 1990s, the Question has had a recurring supporting role in various Batman titles. Sage dies of lung cancer in 52 Week 38; former GCPD detective Renee Montoya is now the new Question.
  • Richard Dragon: As one of the martial artists in the DC Universe, Denny O'Neil's Richard Dragon appears occasionally in Batman-related titles. Dragon is involved in training the modern Huntress, and allusions are made to his involvement training Batman himself.
  • Toyman III: Hiro Okamura, a 13 year-old genius from Japan. He was recruited by Superboy and Robin (Tim) after he successfully created the composite Superman/Batman ship that saved Earth. He now works with Batman to create custom-equipment and weapons, replacing Harold. Hiro is revealed to be one of several robots, who fills in for the real Toyman while incarcerated, this was revealed in Action Comics #865.
  • Blue Beetle: Ted Kord was a close friend of Oracle (sometimes working with the Birds of Prey), served with Batman in the League, and an idol to Tim Drake. Before his death, his company became a subsidiary to Wayne Industries.
  • Alan Scott: Green Lantern of the Golden Age who works and lives in Gotham City.
  • Justice Society of America: Since the end of WWII, the JSA was headquartered in Gotham in a brownstone.
  • Nemesis: Thomas Andrew Tresser sought to clear the name of his brother, brainwashed by the Council into becoming an assassin, and take down that same organization. During the course of this, he would find an ally in Batman and the pair teamed together until Nemesis was successful in his goals.
  • Katana: Initially meeting at the formation of the Outsiders, Tatsu Yamashiro moved to Gotham in the penthouse that served as the group's base of operations. During her years as a member, Katana became close friends with Batman, occasionally teaming with him when he called upon her. When President Luthor formed a group of individuals led by Captain Atom to apprehend Superman and Batman, the Dark Knight entrusted Katana as his spy within.


Batman comics have introduced many classic villains. His rogues gallery is one of the most identifiable in modern fiction. The Joker, Two-Face, and the Penguin are some of the most recognizable foes; other notable villains include Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Ra's al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, the Scarecrow, Bane, Killer Croc, the Mad Hatter, and Clayface, among others. Some of Batman's rogues gallery are notable for sometimes functioning as allies as well as villains. Some examples of this are Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Two-Face (Harvey Dent), Red Hood (the Joker), Anarky, and Talia al Ghul. Recently, emphasis on the psychological motivations of Batman villains have painted them in a much more sympathetic light than in their earlier stories, most notably Mr. Freeze and the Ventriloquist in their Batman: The Animated Series incarnations.

Love interests

Batman has had many romantic relationships with various female characters throughout his years fighting crime. The following characters do not include the various female hangers-on that Bruce has employed to maintain his image as a playboy.

  • Julie Madison:
    • In the earliest Batman comics, Bruce Wayne dates the often-imperiled Julie Madison. The two eventually separate and Julie weds into European royalty, much in the manner of Grace Kelly.
    • In Batman & Robin, Elle Macpherson plays Julie, though the character seems to have little in common with her comic book self. The character adds little to the plot, and many of her scenes were edited out of the film's final cut.[citation needed]
    • Appeared in the first Batman serial (1943).
  • Vicki Vale:
    • In several 1950s stories, reporter for the Gotham Gazette newspaper Vicki Vale, was shown as an occasional romantic interest of Batman. Vicki Vale returned in the early 1980s, brought back by Doug Moench.
    • Kim Basinger plays Vicki in the 1989 film Batman, although Batman Returns stated that she eventually left because she could not cope with his double life.
  • Selina Kyle (Catwoman)
    • In All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder Batman's feelings towards her are based on the fact that she's sort of a female version of himself: another dark, beautiful creature that prowls in the night. In the current timeline, Batman and Catwoman became romantically involved during the Batman: Hush story arc.
      Catwoman and Batman in Batman: The Animated Series
      Batman ended the relationship because he was afraid if they had a relationship that Hush would use her to get to him. Later in "Batman: Heart of Hush" in attempted to kill Bruce, Hush kidnaps Catwoman and cuts out her heart. Even when their romance rekindled later on, Batman still suspected that Selina's reformation could be a result of a personality-altering mindwipe by Zatanna.
    • In pre-Crisis continuity, the Earth-Two versions of Batman and Catwoman were shown to have married in the 1950s, and later Selina gave birth to a daughter, Helena Wayne (alias Huntress) in 1957.
    • In Tim Burton's Batman Returns, Selina (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) seems to be the true love of Bruce's life, as not only their costumed identities but also their disturbed psyches are described as similar. Their relationship becomes intensely dramatic towards the end of the movie, to the point where Bruce actually implores her to abandon her vendetta against Max Shreck and come and live with him in Wayne Manor.
    • In Batman: The Animated Series, Bruce Wayne regularly dates Selina Kyle. In Batman Beyond, Bruce hints at a relationship with Selina in his past, as well as comparing that relationship with Terry's and the current 10 of the Royal Flush Gang. As in the comic books, sexual tension between their costumed characters is a major story point in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Wonder Woman: Diana and Bruce briefly dated within the pages of the Justice League of America comics [74] but nothing came of the relationship and the two remain friends.[75] This is echoed in the Justice League animated series, but Bruce and Diana seem to grow very close in the TV show, and even Batman hints at romance between them in the episode "This Little Piggy". In Blackest Night: Wonder Woman, their past relationship is referenced when Wonder Woman is able to use her feelings for Bruce to throw off the influence of her Black Lantern ring and join the Star Sapphires.[76]
  • Talia al Ghul: The daughter of the supervillain, Ra's al Ghul, Talia's father has encouraged the relationship in hopes of recruiting Batman as his successor. Unlike Catwoman, Talia is more than willing to play second-fiddle to Bruce's mission.
    • The two are currently at odds, as Talia has been brainwashed into hating both her father and Batman; however, she claims to be the mother of his son Damian, introduced in Batman #656.
    • In the now out-of-continuity graphic novel Batman: Son of the Demon, Talia bore his son (later named Ibn al Xu'ffasch).
    • In Earth-22's Kingdom Come, Talia admires Batman in his drive, determination, and nobility, but is always torn between him and the love for her terrorist father.
  • Pamela Isley: A peculiar relationship can be found between Batman and Pamela Isley, aka Poison Ivy. There has always been a sexual tension between the two, most notably in their canonical earlier encounters.[77][78] In Batman & Poison Ivy: Cast Shadows, Batman filled Ivy's cell at Arkham with flowers as a gift. The relationship even briefly deviated from the Batman/Ivy relationship into a Bruce/Pamela one when, in the comic series Batman: Gotham Knights, he helps her return to normal. This relationship has not been carried over to the mainstream Batman comics. In other instances, however, she is more than willing to kill Batman to achieve her goals. She is portrayed in the 1997 film Batman & Robin by Uma Thurman.
  • Silver St. Cloud: A storyline in the late 1970s featured Silver St. Cloud, who managed to deduce the secret of Bruce Wayne's alter ego, but she could not handle being involved with someone in such a dangerous line of work. The two parted ways; a 2005 miniseries features a return appearance of Silver St. Cloud, although the romance has not been rekindled.
  • Linda Page: Linda appeared during the Golden Age of Comics after Julie broke her engagement off with Bruce. A former socialite, she dedicated her time as a nurse for the elderly, instead of falling into the stereotype that rich women were spoiled and lazy. She dated Bruce for two years, but broke up him when he would not explain why he seemed to be wooing another woman (trying to reform a disguised Catwoman).
  • Rachel Caspian: In a 1987 storyline "Batman: Year Two", Bruce Wayne falls in love with Rachel. Unfortunately, Rachel's father moonlighted as a murderous vigilante who committed suicide once losing a battle against a gun-wielding Batman. Discovery of her father's evils drove Rachel to pay her father's penance on his behalf by enrolling in a nunnery and breaking off her engagement with Bruce Wayne, who had prepared himself to end his crimefighting career to marry her.
  • Natalia Knight: Nocturna aka Natalia Knight. Created by Doug Moench in the early 1980s. She was a jewel thief who briefly adopted Jason Todd and knew that Bruce Wayne was Batman. What made her remarkable was that she suffered from a rare "light sensitivity" disease and her skin was bleached white. She disappeared during the last days of pre-Crisis Batman after being stabbed by her brother Charles, floating into the crimson sky of the Crisis in her balloon.
  • Julia Pennyworth: The daughter of Alfred and a French Resistance fighter named Mlle Marie, Julia was brought in by Doug Moench in the early 1980s.
  • Vesper Fairchild: Fairchild's relationship with Bruce Wayne was established during Doug Moench's second run on Batman in the 1990s. A radio show host who left Gotham after the "No Man's Land" crisis, Fairchild was later killed by David Cain on orders from Lex Luthor as part of Luthor's attempt to get revenge on Bruce Wayne for his involvement in thwarting Luthor's attempt to take control of Gotham after "No Man's Land" ended.[79]
Bruce and Sasha embrace.
  • Shondra Kinsolving: Shondra is a psychic and the half-sister of Benedict Asp. She had a brief love affair with Batman, having been brought in to help him when he broke his back. Before Bruce could officially commit to her, Benedict kidnapped her and turned her abilities to evil use. Batman eventually defeated Benedict, but the damage to Shondra's mind was too great. As she healed Bruce's lingering injuries, Shondra's psyche regressed back into childhood. However, she recently made a cameo in Batman: Hush as one of the doctors assisting in Bruce Wayne's operation.
  • Sasha Bordeaux: Assigned as Bruce Wayne's bodyguard, Sasha deduced that Bruce was Batman. She was framed for Fairchild's murder and later joined Maxwell Lord's Checkmate organization. During The OMAC Project, Bordeaux was turned into a cyborg OMAC, but this incident has since been resolved. While Sasha and Batman kissed near the end of The OMAC Project, their relationship seems to have passed on.
  • Black Canary: Although Black Canary has a relationship with Green Arrow, she has shown an attraction to the Dark Knight and she and Batman have shared kisses from time to time [80][81] In All-Star Batman and Robin #7, the two show more of an attraction to one another.
  • Jillian Maxwell: In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, (reprinted in the trade paperback Batman: Haunted Knight) during the beginning of his career, Bruce find himself attracted to a woman who called herself Jillian Maxwell after meeting her at a costume party. However, Alfred's suspicion of her led him to checking her background, discovering a criminal record of a woman, whose description matches Jillian's, who used the aliases of Kathryn Cole, Christine Gherard, Diana Lopez, Pamela Weisman, and many other identities to seduce young wealthy men for their fortunes, then later arrange events that led to their deaths so she can have their wealth. After Alfred told Bruce of this, he was heartbroken, but Bruce kept an eye on the woman. When she used the identity Audrey Marguerite in Brazil, Bruce, as Batman, sent her a note, telling her to confess all her crimes.
  • Batman and Orion's wife Bekka, had a strong attraction to each other after she rescued him from Darkseid's forces on the planet Tartarus. She was later murdered.[82]
  • Lorna Shore: In Batman Confidential - "Lovers & Madmen", Bruce met a museum curator Lorna Shore during the beginning of his career. It was love at first sight as Bruce was able to find peace when he was with her for the first time since he was 8 years old after his parents' murder. However, after his encounter with The Joker and realizing that there will be more enemies like him, he broke off their relationship to protect Lorna. Lorna later left the city, feeling that Gotham is not safe anymore because of Batman and The Joker.
  • Jezebel Jet: A wealthy former supermodel of African descent. She is said to own an African province. Like Bruce, she lost her parents at a young age. Though she resisted Bruce's affections at first, she ultimately began a relationship with him. As a result, she discovered that Bruce was Batman just before Batman R.I.P.. Later, she is revealed to be a member of the Black Glove, a villainous organization aimed at defeating Batman, with Bruce's relationship with her having been mainly maintained so that he could catch her off-guard and learn the full details of her planned assault on him. She was apparently killed by a flock of Man-Bats created by Talia, but was later revealed to have somehow survived in Batman Inc. #8.
  • Dawn Golden: A childhood friend of Bruce Wayne. When they first met, Bruce did not like Dawn too much but the two eventually grew closer and ended up dating until she apparently broke Bruce's heart in college. Years later, Dawn would grow into a Gotham socialite but mysteriously go missing. Trying to uncover what happened to Dawn, Bruce would find that some of Gotham's worst like Killer Croc and The Penguin were somehow involved in his lost friend's disappearance. Dawn was eventually found by Batman, she was revealed to be placed in some sort of heating room, awaiting her death, and has a strange connection with Gotham's Criminally Insane.
  • Starfire: Having a longtime on-and-off again relationship with Dick Grayson during their time together in the Titans and Outsiders and beyond, the pair at one time almost married.
  • Charlotte Rivers: A TV anchorwoman who's visiting Gotham City to cover gruesome slayings and has a romantic relation with Bruce Wayne.
  • Jaina "Jai" Hudson :A charity fundraiser organizer who meets Bruce Wayne at one of her charity functions to raise funds for relief in Pakistan. During the event there was a flirtatious exchange between the two.

In other media


Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes and Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne from Batman Begins
A locket Andrea Beaumont leaves in the Batcave as a keepsake for Bruce.
  • Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman): Appears only in Batman Forever as the female lead. Kidman described the character as a "criminal psychologist who dresses like Jessica Rabbit."[83] Robin Wright turned down the role while Jeanne Tripplehorn and Linda Hamilton were also both considered.[84] Chase is a psychologist working with the Gotham City police and falls in love with both Batman and Bruce Wayne. She assists Bruce in analyzing a series of befuddling threats sent to him by the Riddler and also witnesses the death of Robin's parents by Two-Face. Later, she learns Bruce is Batman after he invites her and tells her how he found the cave and is kidnapped by the Riddler and Two-Face in a trap designed to make Batman choose between her and Robin. In the Riddler's lair, she is chained to the sofa before Batman arrives, and when she says Batman will arrive, Riddler mocks her, saying 'I'm counting on it.' She and Robin are both placed in glass jars, bound and gagged, over a pit of water and metal spikes, with the Riddler able to release them at the touch of a button. He plans to determine whether Batman and Bruce Wayne can co-exist, will Batman save Bruce's love, or the Dark Knight's partner. Batman saves them both after distracting the Riddler by giving him a riddle and breaking the device and Chase promises to keep his identity secret. She visits the Riddler after he screams in the asylum he knows Batman's identity, but when she asks him, he says 'I am' and shows himself to have made bat-like wings from his clothes. The character of Chase was introduced to DCU in Batman issue 500. Her name is a play on words; as a psychologist in love with Batman/Bruce Wayne, she is constantly "chasing" the psychological "middle" of her lover, Bruce Wayne/Batman, seeking to reconcile his two halves into one complete lover.
  • Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes/Maggie Gyllenhaal): In Batman Begins, Bruce hopes to become romantically involved with his childhood friend, now an assistant district attorney. He saves her from an attack by a criminal sent to kill her to prevent her prosecuting. She tells him that she cannot be with him until the time Gotham no longer needs the Batman. In The Dark Knight, Rachel is in a relationship with Harvey Dent. She is about to agree to marry Dent, and writes a note to Bruce Wayne telling him of her choice, reflecting that, while she believes there might come a day when Gotham will no longer need Batman, she no longer believes there will be a time that Bruce will not need Batman. However, the Joker kidnaps both Rachel and Harvey, resulting in Rachel's death in an explosion when Harvey is rescued, as the explosives are rigged to explode if one is rescued, and Harvey's transformation to Two-Face after part of his face is burnt. Alfred later burns the note so that Bruce will believe Rachel would have chosen him, reflecting that sometimes people need to believe that their faith will be rewarded.


  • Kathy Duquesne: In Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, while investigating the identity of Gotham's newest masked vigilante, Batman develops an affection to one of the suspects, Kathy Duquesne, daughter of mob boss Carlton Duquesne.
  • Andrea Beaumont: In the animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, most of the relationship between Bruce and Andrea is told through flashbacks. Andrea was a major factor during Bruce's struggle into becoming Batman. Bruce admitted that the pain of his parents' death had lifted due to Andrea. Bruce decided to abandon his oath and proposed to Andrea. However, Andrea gave back the ring the next day and went to Europe. Bruce meets Andrea again in the film and is crushed by the discovery of her being the Phantasm. She would return decades later, being hired by Amanda Walker to help create a new Batman. She initially agreed but backed down later on, citing that doing so would dishonor all the Batman stood for. She was based on Rachel Caspian.
  • Harley Quinn: In Batman: The Animated Series, there was a love/hate relationship between the two. She is one of the few inmates at Arkham that Batman believes that can be sane again. In the episode Harley's Holiday, she called Batman a "nice guy" and kissed him twice.
  • Barbara Gordon: In Batman Beyond, a past romantic relationship between Barbara and Bruce is alluded to in conversation. This is also hinted at in the animated film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
  • Lois Lane: In a crossover between Superman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, World's Finest, Bruce Wayne dates Daily Planet star reporter Lois Lane after meeting her at Metropolis Airport. However, she breaks off the relationship after she discovers that he is Batman. Bruce points out the irony to Superman that she likes Bruce Wayne and Superman, but not their respective alter egos. This seems to have carried over to the comics, as Lois Lane knows Bruce Wayne is Batman. They still have a very close friendship and she helps him keep an eye on the "reformed" Penguin while at a party of Wayne's.[85]
  • Zatanna: In Batman: The Animated Series, while a young Bruce Wayne studies escape artistry under Zatara the Magician, he has a relationship with Zatara's daughter. When she later becomes the magician crimefighter, Zatanna, she and Batman maintain a working relationship.

Other supporting characters

  • Joe Chill: The mugger who was mainly responsible for the death of Bruce's parents under orders of Lew Moxon.
  • Aunt Harriet Cooper, the maternal aunt of Dick Grayson, who appeared in the Batman comics and TV series in the 1960s.
  • Henri Ducard: Ducard is one of Wayne's few teachers who has had a continuing presence in the comics, having taught a young Bruce Wayne the art of the manhunt. Ducard's moral ambiguity led to future conflicts with Batman. In the movie Batman Begins, Ducard appears as Wayne's mentor in crime fighting, but it later turns out that he was actually Ra's al Ghul in disguise.
  • Lucius Fox: Although far less privy to Bruce Wayne's personal life than his business dealings, Lucius Fox is a trusted close associate of Wayne as his business manager responsible for both Wayne Enterprises and the Wayne Foundation. Depending on Fox's incarnation, Lucius may know nothing of Bruce's secret life; have some hints about it (such as Batman Begins), where he knows Bruce is doing something, but prefers not to know exactly what, for the purpose of deniability; or know about it entirely, as is the case in The Batman and The Dark Knight.
  • Dr. Thomas Elliot: A surgeon introduced in the Hush storyline, Thomas Elliot is a childhood friend of the Wayne Family. Elliot and Wayne parted ways at a young age, after the death of Elliot's father.
  • Legs: a homeless Vietnam veteran, and resident of the streets of Gotham City. The character was frequently featured in cameo appearances in various Batman comics during the 80s and 90s. As of 2010, the character has not been utilized in published material and has fallen into obscurity.
  • Professor Carter Nichols, a hypnotist who developed a form of "time travel hypnosis" that led into many time travel adventures for Batman, Robin and even Superman in the 1940s and 1950s.[82]
  • Daphne Pennyworth, niece of Alfred Pennyworth and daughter of Wilfred Pennyworth, briefly appeared in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
  • Lady Shiva: One of the most feared assassins in the world, Lady Shiva has often been a foe of Batman. However, after Batman broke his back fighting Bane, he went to Lady Shiva for training.
  • Bronze Tiger trained under Batman's ninja master Kirigi and was a member of the Sensei's League of Assassins (albeit brainwashed), at one point teaching Cassandra Cain. Tiger would best Batman in a battle during his mission leading members of the League to slay Kathy Kane. Thanks to Amanda Waller, he would be freed of the Sensei's programming and would return as an ally to Batman.
  • Dr. Leslie Thompkins: A life long friend of Thomas Wayne and Bruce's godmother. She is a strict pacifist and used to run a rehabilitation clinic for criminals and drug addicts. She had a falling out with the Dark Knight after Stephanie Brown's apparent death.
  • Martha Wayne: The mother of Bruce Wayne. Just like Thomas, she was shot by a mugger, which would be responsible for the creation of Batman.
  • Thomas Wayne: The father of Bruce Wayne. His death by a mugger, when Bruce was just a boy, inspired Bruce to become Batman.
  • Philip Wayne: Thomas' brother that would raise Bruce for a while after the loss his parents.[86]
  • Thomas Wayne, Jr.: Bruce Wayne's older brother. It has been said Thomas suffered brain injuries in infancy and was relegated to a life of care. However, one story tells of being left catatonic after the death of their parents and institutionalized. The brothers' uncle had told Bruce his brother had in fact died. Thomas would recover and choose to live a reculsive existence as an acrobat in a traveling circus. However, he would be brainwashed into becoming an assassin. The hero Deadman learned of this and decided to take over his life. Batman would later learn these facts and try to reclaim his brother. While Thomas was free of Deadman, he gave his life to save Batman by diving in front of a hail of bullets from his criminal companions.[87]
  • Alice Chilton: Bruce Wayne's nanny after the loss of his parents. She was Joe Chill's mother, a fact only Alfred was aware of.[86][88]
  • Slam Bradley: A private detective that largely operates out of Gotham, Bradley became good friends with Catwoman. Bradley's son, called Slam Bradley Jr., is a cop in Gotham and the father of Catwoman's daughter.
  • Vigilante: A murderous crimefighter that first troubled Nightwing before crossing swords with Batman.
  • Lock-Up: Initially an overzealous vigilante, Lock-Up would be tolerated during the events of No Man's Land as he controlled Blackgate Prison. However, he was seen acting alongside villains during Infinite Crisis.
  • Kirigi: Batman's instructor in ninjutsu who would also train several members of the League of Assassins.
  • David Cain: World renowned assassin who trained Bruce Wayne.
  • Tsunemoto: An assassin for the Yakuza who trained Bruce Wayne.
  • Chu Chin Li: A master of kung fu who trained Bruce Wayne.

Characters from alternate continuities

Several characters featured outside of modern Batman canon are of note:

  • Batman (Terry McGinnis) is the lead character on the animated series Batman Beyond. Set in the near future of earth 12 one of the 52 parallel earths to the original earth 1, the series depicts the adventures of a new, younger Batman mentored by Bruce Wayne. Terry is always treated similarly to the way Bruce treated Dick Grayson and Tim Drake in this continuity. Bruce has a respect for him and has found him to be a worthy person to wear the mask and that he is the one that makes Batman a good person. In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue", it is revealed that Terry is the biological son of Bruce due to Amanda Waller's involvement in creating a new Dark Knight under Project Cadmus' final project, Project: Batman Beyond. In 2011 he enter the official DCU.
  • Batman (Tlano) is an alien that brought Batman to his world Zur-En-Arrh to help him become his planet's hero and to battle robot invaders.
  • Harvey Harris: Harvey Harris was a detective from Gotham City (Earth-One continuity). He trained young Bruce Wayne in the art of criminal detection and provided the young boy with his first costumed identity - Robin. Bruce helped his mentor try and stop the KKK in Detective Comics Annual in 1989. Harris is good in combat, claims to have a black belt and uses a gun.
  • Carrie Kelly: Carrie Kelly became the first female Robin (chronologically though not canonically) in 1986's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. In Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, the follow-up to DKR, Carrie is called Catgirl, as a homage to Catwoman.
  • Helena Wayne: Pre-Crisis, the Huntress was Helena Wayne, daughter to Earth-Two's Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (Catwoman). The modern Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) has no biological relations to Catwoman or Batman.
  • Blackwing (Charlie Bullock) was a lawyer that become a hero patterned after Batman (after the hero's death) on Earth-2. He would team with that Earth's Huntress.
  • The Ninja (Kyodai Ken) was Bruce Wayne's rival in the way of the samurai under Yoru in Batman: The Animated Series. He would later return as an enemy in the series.
  • Bat-Ape was the masked identity of Mogo, a circus gorilla that helped Batman.
  • Proto-Bot was a prototype Bat-Bot introduced in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Bat-Horse was the steed of Bat-Hombre, who turned out to be an agent of El Papagayo. So, Batman took on the identity of Bat-Hombre and rode Bat-Horse in his stead.

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