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The Best Characters from the Batman Universe 

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List Rules Must 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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Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, Fight Batman Fight!
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 ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
nachshon_roth added Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman

Powers & Abilities: Flight, 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, ...more

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20 Times Batman Was Just so Lovable #27 of 1,245 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #5 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time

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Dick Grayson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Young Justice, The Batman, Batman & Robin

Powers & Abilities: Martial 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 ...more

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#3,341 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #3 of 176 The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time, According to Fans #14 of 20 The Absolute Worst Superhero Costumes Ever

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Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman, Batman: The Animated Series, The Batman
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, ...more

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22 Times Alfred Zinged Batman Super Hard #102 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #128 of 149 The Best Cartoon Characters of the 90s

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James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman: The Animated Series, Batman, Gotham
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 ...more

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15 Reasons Commissioner Gordon Is Terrible at His Job #167 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #33 of 176 The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time, According to Fans

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Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Riot18 added Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

Powers & Abilities: Healing 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 ...more

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman & Robin

Powers & Abilities: Poison 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 ...more

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#2,876 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #158 of 879 The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time #8 of 179 The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked

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Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

Powers & Abilities: Martial 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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#32 of 176 The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time, According to Fans #82 of 297 The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time #45 of 102 Comic Book Characters We Want to See on Film

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Riddler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

Powers & Abilities: Eidetic 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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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

Powers & Abilities: Hand-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, ...more

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Bane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

Powers & Abilities: Martial 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, ...more

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Barbara Gordon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
The Batman, Birds of Prey, Batman Begins

Powers & Abilities: Martial 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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#25 of 176 The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time, According to Fans #606 of 935 The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time #10 of 546 The Best Female Comic Book Characters

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Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight
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 ...more

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#367 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #44 of 879 The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time #7 of 179 The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked

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Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

Powers & Abilities: Fencing, Martial arts, Immortality, Hand-to-hand combat, Alchemy, + more

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 ...more

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#1,314 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #37 of 879 The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time #80 of 280 The Best TV Villains Of All Time

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Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman
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, ...more

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#392 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #35 of 879 The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time #13 of 20 The Worst Comic Book Movie Super Villain Costumes

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Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
RobertFreely added Batman: Under the Red Hood
Nightwing is a fictional character in the 2010 animated action thriller film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

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Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
maiknarf3 added Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
The Red Hood is the alias used by multiple fictional characters, usually antagonists who challenge Batman's skills within the DC Universe.

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#23 of 179 The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked #35 of 102 Comic Book Characters We Want to See on Film #12 of 78 The Best Batman Villains Ever

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Tim Drake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
BatmanArkhamEminem added DC Universe

Powers & Abilities: Martial 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 ...more

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#30 of 176 The 100+ Best DC Comics Heroes of All Time, According to Fans #114 of 297 The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time #15 of 73 The Best Teenage Superheroes

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Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman & Robin

Powers & Abilities: Superhuman strength

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

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Penguin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns
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. ...more

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#385 of 1,245 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #255 of 3,508 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #81 of 879 The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time

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Damian Wayne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
DC Universe

Powers & Abilities: Martial 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 ...more

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Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe
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 ...more

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Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe
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 ...more

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Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
Lucius Fox The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
Lucius Fox is a fictional character from the 2012 film Batman Revealed.

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Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters from the Batman Universe
The Batman, DC Universe

Powers & Abilities: Healing factor, Superhuman strength

Killer Croc is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is an enemy of Batman. The character was created by writer Gerry Conway and by artist Don ...more

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