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The Best Characters from the Batman Universe

Updated February 17, 2021 102.6k votes 10.7k voters 202.6k 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
    4,160
    813

    Powers & AbilitiesFlight, Martial arts, Eidetic memory

    Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and...  more
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    Joker

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series
    4,073
    832
    The Joker is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane, and first appeared in Batman...  more
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    Dick Grayson

    Young Justice, The Batman
    3,254
    739

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Richard John "Dick" Grayson is a fictional superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and illustrator Jerry Robinson, he first appeared in...  more
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    Alfred J. Pennyworth

    Batman, Batman: The Animated Series
    2,871
    682
    Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth is a fictional character who appears throughout the DC Universe. The character first appears in Batman #16, and was created by writers Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and...  more
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    James Gordon

    Batman: The Animated Series, Batman
    2,119
    602
    Commissioner James "Jim" W. Gordon, Senior is a fictional character, an ally of Batman who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27, and was...  more
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    Poison Ivy

    Batman & Robin
    2,030
    898

    Powers & AbilitiesPoison Emission, Chlorokinesis

    Poison Ivy is a fictional DC Comics supervillainess who is primarily an enemy of Batman. Created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, she made her first appearance in Batman #181. Poison Ivy is...  more
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    Deathstroke

    Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
    1,560
    446

    Powers & AbilitiesHealing factor, Superhuman speed

    Deathstroke the Terminator is a fictional supervillain, and sometimes antihero, who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He is a...  more
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    Jason Todd

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
    1,932
    657

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts, Detection

    Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Jason first appeared in Batman #357 and became the second character to take up the Robin identity,...  more
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    Riddler

    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood
    2,086
    774

    Powers & AbilitiesEidetic memory

    The Riddler (Edward Nigma or Nygma) is a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang. He first appeared in Detective Comics #140 (October...  more
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    Bane

    Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises
    1,703
    744

    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 character's origin was in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, and was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and...  more
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    Catwoman

    Maggie, Catwoman
    2,269
    1,067

    Powers & AbilitiesHand-to-hand combat, Empathy

    Catwoman is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics and is associated with the Batman franchise. Historically a supervillainess and often an antiheroine, the...  more
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    Red Hood

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
    1,168
    353
    The Red Hood is the alias used by multiple fictional characters, usually antagonists who challenge Batman's skills within the DC Universe....  more
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    Nightwing

    Batman: Under the Red Hood
    1,501
    323
    Nightwing is a fictional character in the 2010 animated action thriller film Batman: Under the Red Hood....  more
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    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
    1,778
    788
    The Scarecrow is a fictional supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in World's Finest Comics #3 and was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. His...  more
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    Barbara Gordon

    The Batman, Birds of Prey
    1,686
    805

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts, Eidetic memory, Hacker

    Barbara Gordon is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. The character was created by William Dozier,...  more
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    Two-Face

    Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises
    1,711
    818
    Harvey "Two-Face" Dent is a fictional supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and is an enemy of Batman. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #66, and was created...  more
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    Tim Drake

    DC Universe
    1,462
    678

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake-Wayne is a fictional superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics and in related media. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick. From...  more
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    Damian Wayne

    DC Universe
    1,255
    589

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Damian Wayne is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He is the illegitimate son of Batman and Talia al Ghul, and thus the maternal grandson of Batman villain Ra's al Ghul. The character...  more
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    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
    1,450
    703

    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. Besides being considered to be one of Batman's greatest enemies, given his high status as a supervillain,...  more
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    Mr. Freeze

    Batman & Robin
    1,341
    660

    Powers & AbilitiesSuperhuman strength

    Dr. Victor Fries is a fictional character from the 1997 film Batman & Robin....  more
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    Penguin

    The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula
    1,284
    758
    The Penguin or Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is a fictional supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. He is known as one of Batman's oldest and most persistent enemies. Artist...  more
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    Lucius Fox

    The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
    1,047
    566
    Lucius Fox is a fictional character from the 2012 film Batman Revealed....  more
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    Talia al Ghul

    The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe
    1,116
    686
    Talia al Ghul is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman. The character was created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Bob...  more
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    Black Canary

    Justice League, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
    455
    180

    Powers & AbilitiesMartial arts

    Black Canary is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by the writer-artist team of Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, the character debuted in...  more
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    Deadshot

    Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe
    1,113
    656
    Deadshot is a fictional supervillain and sometimes an antihero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. He is primarily an enemy of Batman. The character first appears in Batman #59 and was...  more
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List Rules: Must be characters who have appeared in the Batman comics.