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The Best Characters from the Batman Universe

Updated February 17, 2021 104.2k votes 10.5k voters 196.2k views86 items

List RulesMust be characters who have appeared in the Batman comics.

The DC Universe has some great characters in it, but perhaps Gotham City has some of the best. Being non-superpowered, Batman's allies and villains tend to have to rely on wits, muscles, and bad fashion sense. It makes them some of the most fun, the most creative, and sometimes the coolest cast of supporting characters in comics. Rank your favorite Batman characters, Batman sidekicks, and Batman villains now! 
 
What are the best Batman characters (names)? Take a look at this Batman characters list to see your favorites, like the Dark Knight himself, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, Bane, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and many, many more.
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    Batman

    Batman Beyond, Young Justice
    Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as...  more

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    Joker

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series
    The Joker is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC...  more

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    Alfred Pennyworth

    Batman, Batman: The Animated Series
    Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth is a fictional character who appears throughout the DC...  more

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    Dick Grayson

    Young Justice, The Batman
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    James Gordon

    Batman: The Animated Series, Batman
    Commissioner James "Jim" W. Gordon, Senior is a fictional character, an ally of Batman who...  more

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    Deathstroke

    Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
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    Poison Ivy

    Batman & Robin
    Poison Ivy is a fictional DC Comics supervillainess who is primarily an enemy of Batman....  more

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    Jason Todd

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
    Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics....  more

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    Red Hood

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
    The Red Hood is the alias used by multiple fictional characters, usually antagonists who...  more

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    Riddler

    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood
    The Riddler (Edward Nigma or Nygma) is a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC...  more

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    Bane

    Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises
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    Catwoman

    Maggie, Catwoman
    Catwoman is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics...  more

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    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
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    Nightwing

    Batman: Under the Red Hood
    Nightwing is a fictional character in the 2010 animated action thriller film Batman: Under the...  more

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    Barbara Gordon

    The Batman, Birds of Prey
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    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
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    Two-Face

    Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises
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    Tim Drake

    DC Universe
    Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake-Wayne is a fictional superhero that appears in comic books...  more

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    Damian Wayne

    DC Universe
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    Mr. Freeze

    Batman & Robin
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    Black Canary

    Justice League, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
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    Zatanna

    DC Universe
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    Penguin

    The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula
    The Penguin or Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is a fictional supervillain who appears in comic...  more

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    Lucius Fox

    The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
    Lucius Fox is a fictional character from the 2012 film Batman Revealed....  more

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    Deadshot

    Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe
    Deadshot is a fictional supervillain and sometimes an antihero who appears in comic books...  more

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