Real Name: Lyle Bolton
First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series “Lock-Up” In comics: Robin (vol. 2) #24
Powers/Abilities: Expert on high tech incarceration tactics, devices and procedures.
Who Is He: Starting off in Batman: The Animated Series has given the character of Lock-Up two different, but slightly similar, backstories: One where he was chief of security at Arkham Asylum, and another where he’s a police academy drop out. Lock-Up believes he can take care of the obscenely high crime-rate in Gotham City, permanently. His biggest feat was attempting to drown a handful of other villains, (including Two-Face) in a specially-crafted underwater death trap.
Real Name: Dr. Kirk Langstrom
First Appearance: Detective Comics #400
Powers/Abilities: Flight, echolocation, enhanced sight and hearing, superhuman strength, healing and speed.
Who Is He: This is your typical Jekyll and Hyde story: To cure his progressing deafness, Dr. Langstrom invented a serum to give him echolocation (a sonar that bats use to guide them in the dark). Yay science! Downside: the serum’s side-effects transformed sweet Dr. Langstrom into a hideous 7-foot mindless bat creature known as Man-Bat. To add to the minus column: the mutating serum is highly addictive, guaranteeing that Man-Bat will rear his ugly head over and over.
13. Mr. Fun
Real Name: Unknown
First Appearance: Batman: Family #1
Powers/Abilities: Skilled assassin, killer golf swing.
Who Is He: At first glance Mr. Fun looks like a wholesome, all-American, 1950s Ward Cleaver-type guy, which is true, except for the fact that he is a trained assassin who bashes people’s heads in with a golf club. He’s pretty much the Mr. Books of the Batman world.
12. The Riddler
Real Name: Edward Nigma
First Appearance: Detective Comics #140
Powers/Abilities: Genius-level IQ, skilled at making and solving puzzles and/or riddles, eidetic memory, mastery of engineering, chemistry, and technology, skilled detective.
Who Is He: The Riddler is a criminal mastermind with a penchant for puzzles, riddles and the color green. With a superior intellect and investigative skills that rival those of the Dark Knight, the Riddler is not just limited to leaving simple word-games for Batman to solve – he has been known to orchestrate full-scale frame-ups and misdirections that don’t make sense until the puzzle is solved.
11. Hugo Strange
Real Name: Hugo Strange
First Appearance: Detective Comics #36
Powers/Abilities: Genius-level intellect, master practitioner of psychology, chemistry, and biology.
Who Is He: Professor Hugo Strange was brilliant psychologist hired by the Gotham police taskforce to capture Batman – but like everyone in Gotham with a PhD and too much time, he eventually went coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. Strange uses his mastery of chemistry to turn people into mindless brutes called ‘Monster Men’ that possess superhuman strength and a fun cannibalistic instinct. His obsession with Batman took on a whole new level of weird when he dressed up in a Batsuit behind closed doors. He also stands as one of the few people to deduce Batman’s true identity.
10. Lady Shiva
Real Name: Sandra Woosan
First Appearance: Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #5
Powers/Abilities: Martial arts grandmaster, expert in martial arts weaponry, the ability to read body language and anticipate an opponent’s move, skilled assassin.
Who Is She: Shiva is one of the top martial artists in the entire DCU, and one of the few people skilled enough to open several cans of whup-ass on Batman. While still a dangerous assassin, Shiva does have a BIT of a moral code, and has even formed strong ties to the Batman family. She re-trained Batman after Bane broke his back, as well as the third Robin (Tim Drake). Shiva has also spent time as a member of the Birds of Prey, and her daughter would later become the second Batgirl (or third if you count Helena Bertinelli, which you shouldn’t!).
9. Calendar Man
Real Name: Julian Gregory Day
First Appearance: Detective Comics #259
Powers/Abilities: None, really… does a keen memory for dates count?
Who Is He: Originally a kind of a lame villain that was obsessed with dates, and only committed crimes on holidays, the Calendar Man was majorly reinvented as a Hannibal Lecter-esque figure in “Batman: The Long Halloween”.
8. Talia al Ghul
Real Name: Talia al Ghul
First Appearance: Detective Comics #411
Powers/Abilities: Expert at hand-to-hand combat and a wide variety of hand weapons, high-level intellect, olympic-level athlete, utilizes the Lazarus Pits to heal wounds, restore and extend life.
Who Is She: Talia is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and sole heir to his criminal empire after her sister Nyssa’s car “mysteriously” exploded. Talia is also the mother of Damian Wayne, Batman’s son and the current Robin. She is often depicted as being torn between her farther and her ‘beloved’ Bruce Wayne.
7. The Ventriloquist & Scarface
Real Name: Arnold Wesker
First Appearance: Detective Comics #583
Powers/Abilities: Master ventriloquist, skilled criminal strategist (Scarface persona).
Who Is He: The story of the Ventriloquist is an odd, but sad one. Born into a powerful Mafia family, Wesker developed Dissociative Identity Disorder as a coping mechanism, after witnessing his mother’s assassination by a rival family. As “The Ventriloquist,” the timid and submissive Arnold is a powerful crime lord in his own right, giving all orders (and executions) through his secondary personality, which is personified by a wooden dummy named Scarface.
6. The Mad Hatter
Real Name: Jervis Tetch
First Appearance: Batman #49
Powers/Abilities: Genius-level intellect and technological mind-control.
Who Is He: Jervis Tetch is a lonely wretch (rhyme points!), whose constant rejection from his peers has driven him completely mad. Suffering from OCD and standing only 4’8 has made quirky Jervis an easy target for his richer and better-looking associates, despite his brilliance. As the Mad Hatter, he uses mind-control technology to bend people to his will and commit various criminal acts (including crimes against rhymes).
Real Name: Basil Karlo
First Appearance: Detective Comics #40
Powers/Abilities: Body made out of ‘mud’ allows for shapeshifting and melting; can look like any person and create melee weapons.
Who Is He: So there’s been like eight Clayfaces, but the first Basil Karlo was probably the darkest. Originally a B-list horror actor, Karlo goes on a killing spree directed at the cast and crew of a remake of a horror film he once starred in, called “The Terror”. While he would gain the token mud powers in later stories, Karlo would initially stalk his prey wearing the mask of the film’s villain, “Clayface” and would even take a crack at Bruce Wayne for financing the remake. The Clayface from the ’90s Batman animated series carried the name, but was something of a biographical fusion of the comic book versions. Primarily based on Karlo, animated Clayface became the visual template for the character in the comics and other media from there on out.
4. Harley Quinn
Real Name: Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel
First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series “Joker’s Favor”; in comics, The Batman Adventures #12
Powers/Abilities: Does being totally bat-sh*t crazy count as a power? Talented gymnast, above-average human agility and strength, martial arts skills.
Who Is She: Why do good girls love bad boys? Once a promising young intern at Arkham Asylum, Dr. Harleen Quinzel was assigned to be The Joker’s psychiatrist. The Joker quickly fills Harleen’s head with stories of child abuse at the hands of his father, and soon the brilliant, yet naïve, doctor’s fascination turns from sympathy into outright obsession, transforming her into The Joker’s faithful love slave. She will do anything for her darling “puddin,” even kill. Every time The Joker would take out his violent rage on Harley, and strike her, she simply said “it felt like a kiss.”
3. Killer Croc
Real Name: Waylon Jones
First Appearance: Detective Comics #525
Powers/Abilities: Hardened scale-like skin, razor-sharp claws and teeth, regenerative healing factor, superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, durability, and senses, immune to toxins, expert swimmer, wrestler and street fighter.
Who Is He: Killer Croc is definitely one of those people you don’t want to encounter even in the most well-lit of alleys. Waylon Jones was born with a rare medical condition that gave him a thick scaly hide and razor-sharp claws and teeth. Of course, growing up a poor kid in the ghetto, looking like that, was a recipe for disaster. Soon eight-year-old Croc was killing his abusive drunk aunt and becoming a grade-A psychopath.
Later Croc would further mutate (how, I don’t know, but it’s still cool), and while his physical size and strength would grow, it was at the cost of his intelligence, making him a virtual slave to his primal desires and cannibalistic nature.
Real Name: Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Elliot
First Appearance: Batman #609
Powers/Abilities: Genius-level intellect, skilled athlete, marksman, and hand-to-hand combatant, master surgeon, master strategist and tactician.
Who Is He: Hush is Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend, who grew up to be one of his biggest foes. Unlike Bruce, Tommy had a horribly abusive drunk for a father and a useless gold-digger for a mother – so what was a boy to do? Cut their car brakes, thats what. His father died in the crash, but his mother was saved by Dr. Thomas Wayne, thus starting Tommy’s hatred for Bruce, and later Batman. Ending up in a juvenile psych ward, young Tommy convinces an intern named Jonathan Crane (later to become the Scarecrow) to release him.
As an adult, Elliot modeled his life similar to Bruce’s: rich, successful and harboring a dark alter-ego. Taking his moniker from an old nursery rhyme, Hush prefers using manipulation and guile instead of “noisy signatures.” As another villain to know Batman’s secret identity, he chooses to keep his attacks personal.
1. Black Mask
Real Name: Roman Sionis
First Appearance: Batman #386
Powers/Abilities: Criminal Mastermind, torture expert, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, accurate marksman, master of disguise.
Who Is He: Black Mask’s parents were “frenemies” with the Waynes, which started Sionis’s early hatred of Bruce. His self-absorbed parents continued to care more about their social status than their son, until he burned his family mansion down with his parents still inside. Growing up to be a powerful criminal mastermind, Black Mask single-handily took over the entire Gotham Mafia, and was also able to secure most of the corrupt Gotham P.D. on his payroll (including Harvey Bullock). As a shrewd businessman, he was able to attack Bruce Wayne financially – presenting a double-sided threat, without knowing that Batman and Bruce were are the same man .