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The Best Characters from the Batman Universe

Updated September 21, 2020 108.5k votes 10.0k voters 187.6k views90 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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  • 1
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    853

    Batman

    Batman Beyond, Young Justice

    Powers & AbilitiesFlight, Martial arts, Eidetic memory

    Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Dick Grayson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    758

    Dick Grayson

    Young Justice, The Batman

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Richard John "Dick" Grayson is a fictional superhero that appears in comic books published by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    Deathstroke

    Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

    Powers & AbilitiesHealing factor, Superhuman speed

    Deathstroke the Terminator is a fictional supervillain, and sometimes antihero, who appears in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    640

    Jason Todd

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts, Detection

    Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics.... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    Poison Ivy

    Batman & Robin

    Powers & AbilitiesPoison Emission, Chlorokinesis

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

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  • 9
    Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Riddler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    2,133
    818

    Riddler

    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Powers & AbilitiesEidetic memory

    The Riddler (Edward Nigma or Nygma) is a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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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...

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  • 12
    Bane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    Bane

    Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts, Healing factor, Eidetic memory, Hand-to-hand combat

    Bane is a supervillain, often antihero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    1,826
    843

    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
    The Scarecrow is a fictional supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics.... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Barbara Gordon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    1,757
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    Barbara Gordon

    The Batman, Birds of Prey

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts, Eidetic memory, Hacker

    Barbara Gordon is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    2,346
    1,159

    Catwoman

    Maggie, Catwoman

    Powers & AbilitiesHand-to-hand combat, Empathy

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

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  • 16
    Damian Wayne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    567

    Damian Wayne

    DC Universe

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Damian Wayne is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He is the illegitimate son of... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    1,530
    708

    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises

    Powers & AbilitiesFencing, Martial arts, Immortality, Hand-to-hand combat, Alchemy

    Ra's al Ghul is a fictional supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics.... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    1,754
    903

    Harvey Dent

    Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises
    Harvey "Two-Face" Dent is a fictional supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Black Canary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    435
    122

    Black Canary

    Justice League, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Black Canary is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by DC... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Tim Drake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    1,495
    709

    Tim Drake

    DC Universe

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake-Wayne is a fictional superhero that appears in comic books... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    1,376
    711

    Mr. Freeze

    Batman & Robin

    Powers & AbilitiesSuperhuman strength

    Dr. Victor Fries is a fictional character from the 1997 film Batman & Robin.
  • 22
    Zatanna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    483
    176

    Zatanna

    DC Universe

    Powers & AbilitiesFlight, Magic

    Zatanna Zatara is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. Created by writer Gardner... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Penguin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
    1,319
    806

    Penguin

    The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula
    The Penguin or Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is a fictional supervillain who appears in comic... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    595

    Lucius Fox

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

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  • 25
    Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
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    680

    Deadshot

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

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