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Top Five Additions to Batman’s Rogues Gallery of the Past 25 Years

by  in Comic News Comment

Since 1983, who are the top additions to Batman’s notorious gang of villains – his Rogues Gallery?

Find out now!

5. Bane


Yes, Bane was a silly choice to be the guy who “broke” Batman, but as a villain, he isn’t too shabby.

A mirror image of the self-made paragon Bruce Wayne, Bane also lost his parents at a young age, but Bane was forced to do his father’s term in prison, and decided then to basically be the peak person in the world.

Ultimately, his quest led him to prove himself against Batman, which he did, but only a weakened Batman.

Full strength, Batman kicks Bane’s behind, but Bane is still a formidable foe.

Prometheus almost had this spot, until Gotham Knights ruined him. Black Mask was also a possibility.

4. Ventriloquist and Scarface


This was an amazing move by Alan Grant, as the idea of a dummy and his ventriloquist being bad guys is SUCH a classic idea, these guys stepped right out of the Golden Age.

Sadly, the original Ventriloquist was killed off, but there’s a replacement one now.

3. Mr. Zsasz


Alan Grant’s Mr. Zsasz is easily my favorite of the new Rogues, because his gimmick of cutting a notch into his skin every time he kills someone is freaking brilliant.

But Zsasz just plain ol’ isn’t prominent enough to be higher than third. He is rarely even used!

2. Harley Quinn


It’s awfully tough to NOT pick Harley Quinn, as this cartoon creation of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm is probably the most prominent BRAND NEW addition to the Bat mythos of the past 25 years (Tim Drake, Oracle and Huntress don’t count under the whole BRAND NEW part), but she just spends too much time as a good guy.

1. Killer Croc


Killer Croc, however, has only occasionally been a sorta kinda good guy, but for the most part, he has been a stalwart member of Batman’s rogues gallery from the moment he was introduced, and I’m sure he’ll continue to be a thorn in Batman’s side for years more – as he has officially reached the “you’re not going to kill him off” stage of the Rogue’s Gallery, which is a truly heady place to be in.

Those are my picks!

Agree? Disagree? Let me know!