Editing This Page: Moderator's Note
Since this page's predecessor had been abused by editors, there will be a stricter protocol regarding associations and appearances for this page that have to be followed. Edits that do not conform to these rules will be deleted. This is not 'Nam. There are rules.
1. This page is only for those Gotham heroes who do work, or have ever worked, directly under Batman, operating with his sanction, oversight and/or resources. Characters like Catwoman, the Birds of Prey, and so on are NOT to be added to this page, as they have traditionally operated with a sizable degree of autonomy separate from Batman.
2. This page is only for the circle of Batman's allies that operate, or have operated for at least a major portion of their careers, in Gotham. Do NOT add Batman Incorporated members like El Gaucho, Squire and Nightrunner to this page. As far as possible, this page should be Gotham-centric.
3. This page is only for characters appearing in DC's prime continuity, whether pre- or post-Flashpoint. Do NOT add Carrie Kelly or Helena Wayne to this page on the grounds that they were both Robin in their respective alternate universes.
4. This page should only be tagged for appearance in issues where at least three or more members of the Batman Family appear together or working/interacting together. If Batman and the current Robin are the only two members of the Family to appear in a given issue, tag the Batman and Robin team, not this one.
5. Friends and Enemies who are added to this page should be friends or enemies of multiple members of the Batman Family. For example, Deathstroke qualifies as a villain of the Batman Family since he has been an enemy of Batman, Nightwing, Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain. Someone like Mirror, on the other hand, has only ever been a Batgirl villain, and thus should not be tagged to this page.
The founder of the "Batman Family", Bruce Wayne took up the mantle of the Bat to avenge the murders of his parents by striking terror into the hearts of Gotham's criminal underworld.
Alfred has served for decades as the Wayne family butler, and became a father-figure to the young Bruce after the death of his parents. He has also been a major influence in the lives of the young men and women who became Batman's allies in the war against crime over the years.
Dick Grayson/Robin I/Nightwing/Batman III
When his parents were killed in a circus accident that was later discovered to have been orchestrated by a gangster named Tony Zucco, Bruce took Dick under his wing and raised him as his ward. Dick wanted to join Batman's battle, and so he became the first and most famous Robin. After years as Batman's sidekick, they had a falling out and Dick took up the persona of Nightwing, an independent hero. He eventually reconciled with Bruce, and was even officially adopted as his son. When Bruce was presumed dead following the events of Final Crisis, Dick took on the mantle of the Bat to keep Gotham safe in his absence. After Bruce's return, he went back to being Nightwing again.
Following the events of Forever Evil, Dick Grayson was presumed dead to most of the world. Bruce then tasked Grayson with a new mission: to bring down Spyral from the inside. He now acted as a double agent within Spyral, working alongside fellow agent Helena Bertinelli.
Having accomplished his mission and cleared the memory of his identity from the world, he returned to fight crime as Nightwing.
Kathy Kane/Batwoman/Katrina "Luka" Netz/Agent 0
Kathy was the Silver Age Batwoman. An heiress who took up fighting crime for the thrill of it, Kathy caught Batman's attention and he tried to discourage her as he believed she was fighting crime for the wrong reasons. Kathy was defiant and proved her skills as a crime fighter and a detective, impressing Batman. She and Batman grew close and developed a relationship. She eventually retired as Batwoman, although still occasionally donning the costume to help out Batgirl every now and then. To strike at Batman, the League of Assassins put a hit on Kathy's head, and she was killed by Bronze Tiger.
She was later revealed to be alive and the head of Spyral, although how this happened is still not known. It was then shown that she was more foe than friend, working with her evil father Doctor Dedalus. She met her potential demise at the hands of her father when attempting to double cross him.
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl I /Oracle
The daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, Barbara was the first Batgirl. When she was attacked and crippled by the Joker in The Killing Joke, she stepped into a new role as Oracle, one of the DCU's most powerful hackers and information brokers, coordinating the activities of heroes across the planet and leading the all-female superhero team known as the Birds of Prey. In the New 52, she was healed and became Batgirl again, but still leads the Birds. She currently operates out of Burnside, a borough of Gotham.
Jason Todd/Robin II/Red Hood
After Dick left to be Nightwing, Batman was left without a sidekick and operated alone for some time. One night, he came across a young street urchin who was trying to steal the Batmobile's hubcaps. Knowing that the boy's deep-seated anger combined with his social conditions would inevitably lead him to a life of crime, Batman decided to help him channel his anger into something productive, making Jason the second Robin. They worked together for some time until Jason was tricked and murdered by the Joker. Batman mourned his death, and considered it a cautionary tale against enlisting the young into his endless war. Jason was ultimately resurrected as a result of the large-scale reality warping taking place during Infinite Crisis, and became a lethal anti-hero known as the Red Hood. He has been both an enemy and ally to Batman, and currently maintains currently maintains good relations with the rest of the Family. Now he is infiltrating Gotham's world of organized crime for Batman while also leading his own team, the Outlaws.
Tim Drake/Robin III/Red Robin
After noticing Batman's increasingly erratic behavior following the death of Jason Todd, Tim Drake deduced his identity and persuaded Batman and Nightwing to let him serve as the third Robin. Following Bruce's presumed death during Final Crisis, Tim took up the mantle of Red Robin to travel the world and figure out what had really happened to his mentor. He later went on to mentor Bluebird and lead the Teen Titans.
While working with Batman's newly put together team of Batwoman, Orphan, Spoiler, and Clayface; Tim fell to an onslaught of drones threatening to kill hundreds of Gotham citizens. What the family does not know is that Tim was not killed, but mysteriously abducted by the enigmatic Mr. Oz.
Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael/Batman II
Jean-Paul was a servant of the Order of Saint Dumas, occupying the role of Azrael, the Order's angel of vengeance. Batman rescued him from that life, and Valley then spent a few years helping the Batman Family as a technician and inventor. When Batman was crippled by Bane, Jean-Paul was instructed to take on the mantle of the Bat to keep Gotham safe. However, the Order's mental programming along with latent schizophrenia slowly drove Jean-Paul over the edge, making him an unstable and murderous version of the Dark Knight. When Bruce recovered, he stopped Jean-Paul and reclaimed his mantle. Jean-Paul was later rehabilitated and became a member of the Batman Family operating under his old alias Azrael, but he was killed by Carlton LeHah at the end of his solo series.
He later returned in Batman and Robin Eternal with much of his character history erased. He currently acts as a heroic emissary for the Order of Saint Dumas, and works alongside Luke Fox and Kate Kane under Batman.
Stephanie Brown/Spoiler/Robin IV/Batgirl IV
The daughter of the villain Cluemaster, Stephanie adopted the alias Spoiler to foil her father's crimes before they happened. She caught the attention of Tim Drake, and they developed a relationship. When Tim quit being Robin per his father's wishes, Batman began to train Stephanie as the next Robin, but this was a failure as she was not yet ready for that kind of responsibility. Much later, after receiving training and tutelage from Cassandra Cain, Stephanie became the next Batgirl.
She was later introduced in the New 52 as Spoiler, joining forces with Batman when her father threatened to kill her and bring Gotham to its knees. She currently works alongside Batman in his new team consisting of Batwoman, Orphan, and Clayface.
Cassandra Cain/Batgirl III/Blackbat/Orphan
The daughter of legendary assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, Cassandra'sbirth and upbringing were part of a mass-scale eugenics experiment authorized by the League of Assassins to create the ultimate killer. When she made her first kill at the age of 8, she was horrified at what she'd done and ran away to live on the streets. She caught Batman's attention when, at the age of 14, she stopped her father from assassinating Jim Gordon by placing herself in the path of the bullet. Under Barbara Gordon's tutelage, she became the newest Batgirl. When Stephanie Brown took up the title, Cassandra used the alias Blackbat as a member of Batman Incorporated.
With much of her character history erased due to The New 52, Cassandra was reintroduced as a child assassin working with her father David Cain under the villainess known as Mother. When she became free of their rule, she chose to join the Bat-family under the identity of Orphan. She currently works as a member of Batman's Batwoman-led squad of heroes, fighting alongside Spoiler and Clayface.
Helena Bertinelli/Huntress/Batgirl II
The daughter of Sicilian mafia bosses, Helena lost her family to the vicious circle of crime that dominated their lives, and became the Huntress to avenge their deaths. While initially earning Batman's disfavor owing to her violent methods and disregard for criminals' lives, her proximity to the Batman Family kept her involved in matters that affected them whether she liked it or not. She made her own temporary Batgirl costume to keep order in the wastelands of Gotham following the cataclysmic earthquake, and later teamed up with various members of the Family over the years when Gotham needed her.
In the New 52, much of Helena's character history is no longer intact. She was formerly an agent, and later the Matron of Spyral, working alongside Dick Grayson. She is not quite a family member, but holds a friendship with Grayson, and works alongside Batgirl and Black Canary in the Birds of Prey as the Huntress.
Kate Kane/Batwoman II
Kate Kane is the cousin of Bruce Wayne, and the current Batwoman of Gotham. Ejected from the U.S. military for her sexuality, she lived as an aimless Gotham socialite until a chance rescue at the hands of Batman inspired her to take up the mantle of Batwoman. She operated as a hero independent from the Bat-family, often dealing with supernatural crimes.
After a few run-ins with Batman and his family of heroes, she finally accepted his offer to join up, serving as his number two in his new team, alongisde heroes such as: Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, Clayface, Luke Fox, and Jean-Paul Valley. She also solves crimes around the globe with Julia Pennyworth.
Damian Wayne/Robin V
Damian was the son of Batman and Talia al Ghul. Raised from birth by the League of Assassins, he came into his father's care at the age of 10. Demanding to be the next Robin as his birthright, he was eventually allowed to become Batman's sidekick as Bruce sought to use the job to steer his son away from the murderous lifestyle his mother had raised him in. Damian was ultimately killed by the Heretic as fallout of a global war between his parents.
Batman later found a way to resurrect his son through Apokoliptian magic. Damian currently leads his own incarnation of the Teen Titans.
Luke Fox/Batwing II
Luke Fox is the son of Bruce Wayne's business partner and ally, Lucius Fox, and is one of the newer inclusions to the Bat-family. He is an M.I.T. graduate and an accomplished MMA fighter. He was initially considered a candidate for the role of Batwing, but was turned down in favor of David Zavimbe. When Zavimbe resigns, Bruce passes down the mantle to Luke, along with a technologically advanced suit of armor. Still a bit of a rookie, the suit gives him the edge he needs to take on most foes.
He currently works alongside Batwoman and Azrael under Batman's command.
Julia Pennyworth is the daughter of Alfred Pennyworth and a member of the British S.A.S. She joined up with the family when Batman saved her from a near-fatal stabbing in Hong Kong during the events of Batman Eternal. She would operate out in the field, as well as in the Cave alongside her father as Penny-Two. When Batman fell in the Joker's endgame, she worked as support for the new government-appointed Batman, Jim Gordon. She's currently solving crimes across the globe with Batwoman.
Harper Row is a Gotham City teenager from the Narrows who became a big fan and helper to Batman (much to his chagrin) after he saved both she and her brother from being attacked by a group of bullies. She is a technological genius and often worked alongside Tim Drake.
Harper adopted the superheroic identity of Bluebird during the events of Batman Eternal, after the family was rendered incapacitated by the Mad Hatter. She was finally brought under the tutelage of the Bat when she proved useful in saving the family from the clutches of the Hatter.
In Batman and Robin Eternal, the mystery surrounding the death of her mother was revealed, causing her to take a break from superheroics and reassess her life.
Duke Thomas has had a connection with Batman since childhood, taking care of an unconscious Bruce Wayne during Gotham's Zero Year. Many years later, Duke took up superheroics with the We Are Robin crew when the Joker's endgame left him parentless. In these adventures, he made strong ties with Alfred, Damian, and Dick.
When Batman returned from the dead, he took Duke in as his new ward, recognizing the teen's tragedy and capability for heroism. He currently holds no codename, but is working with Batman under a new, accelerated training program; lending a hand both from the Cave and in the field.
Bat-Cow is a cow that Damian saved from slaughter. She occasionally wears a cape.
Titus is a dog. Specifically, he is Damian's dog. Best dog in the world.
A new addition addition to the family, Ace is a rescue that once served as a guard dog for the Joker. Alfred trained and rehabilitated him into a proper Bat-hound.