When it comes to Batman, he has a gallery of villains to rival any other superhero. From the Joker and Mr. Freeze to Penguin and the Riddler, there's a host of evildoers waiting to get their teeth smashed in by the Dark Knight. He has no time for chit-chat as he seeks to clean up Gotham City's streets from all the bad vibrations.
While the more popular supervillains make regular appearances in the comics, there are a plethora of these creeps who are AWOL. Seriously, no one has seen them or knows of their whereabouts. Considering the nature of comic book reboots, it could merely be a matter of time before these dirty, rotten scoundrels make an appearance again. Here are 10 villains that completely disappeared from the Batman comics.
For years, Clayface was seen as a B-grade Batman nemesis. The status quo changed in Detective Comics when he joined the Bat-Family and tried to become a hero, developing a strong bond with Cassandra Cain. In truth, it's probably the best Clayface storyline to come out of DC Comics.
Due to nefarious influence, however, Clayface lost control and went on a rampage. It appeared as if Batwoman put him down once and for all, but it was revealed that he survived in later issues, thanks to Dr. October's assistance. Since then, Basil Karlo hasn't been seen in the Batman books and is presumably out of Gotham City with Dr. October.
When it comes to campy comic book villains, the cheesiest one is undoubtedly Egghead. The character was originally created for the Batman TV show, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and was portrayed by horror icon Vincent Price. If you thought Mr. Freeze's ice puns were bad in 1997's Batman & Robin, Egghead had some 'egg-cellent' one-liners.
The so-called smartest villain in the world made the jump to the comic book world, but he was never as popular or appealing as he was on the TV series. He hasn't been seen for several years, with only a passing reference of him mentioned in All-Star Batman.
8 DEACON BLACKFIRE
There was a stage when Deacon Blackfire was built up to be quite the sinister villain for Batman. While he wasn't in the Joker's league, he provided a different yet still psychologically disturbing challenge for the Caped Crusader. Unfortunately, he hasn't been around as much as you'd expect him to be.
While the Deacon appeared in Rebirth in a storyline where he tried to possess his last remaining blood relative, he hasn't had a meatier story like he did in Batman: The Cult or Batman: Eternal. Perhaps new Batman writer James Tynion IV will have some plans for this rascal in the next year.
7 POLKA-DOT MAN
Much like Egghead, Polka-Dot Man doesn't exactly inspire fear and falls straight into the silly side of the villainy camp. The character first popped up in Detective Comics #300 in 1962, wanting to prove himself to the criminal underworld. Like his outfit, though, he's pretty much a laughing stock among everyone.
With actor David Dastmalchian set to portray Polka-Dot Man in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, a betting man would place money on the villain appearing in a DC book before then. Perhaps he'll receive a larger role and more substantial influence than he has in the past. Or maybe he'll just end up as The Suicide Squad's Slipknot.
6 MAXIE ZEUS
Bless Maxie Zeus. While most villains have delusions of grandeur, he took it one step further and imagined himself as the god Zeus. He isn't exactly the most threatening of Batman villains and even ran into a tree when he tried to escape from Arkham Asylum once.
In the hands of a masterful writer, though, Zeus could be an intriguing and different villain to feature in a massive storyline. Who knows, maybe he could receive a superpower upgrade and actually become similar to the god? Anything is possible in the comic book world and that's an angle you should never write off.
If you think about it, Derek Powers is Terry McGinnis' Joker. In Batman Beyond's first season, Powers was introduced as the Big Bad and the one who turned Terry's life upside down. While he was terrifying enough as an evil corporate overlord, he made the full transition into a superpowered rogue as Blight.
Naturally, Blight made a jump into the Batman Beyond comic book series, providing several stern tests for Terry to overcome. It's been a while since Powers caused havoc in Terry's world, but this is more than likely to change in the near future. There's no way he'll stay away for too long.
4 MISTER TOAD
Granted, any character created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely is best kept to their body of work. Even more so when the character is a tribute to Mr. Toad from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. There was such joy to seeing a brand-new villain who completely epitomized the comic book medium and all its infinite wackiness.
Mister Toad went on to appear in the Beware the Batman TV show after his comic book debut. Sadly, in the comics, it was revealed that the Joker put an end to him. With the Multiverse, though, it's possible that he might make a return in a future story.
3 THE DOLLMAKER
The Dollmaker inadvertently became a part of one of the greatest Joker storylines ever when he helped the villain peel off his face for Death of the Family. It was such a twisted and unexpected event that could've turned Dollmaker into a big-time and feared DC villain.
Much like Professor Pyg, though, the Dollmaker is perhaps a little too dark and maniacal for anything outside of the New 52 universe. While it's possible to still tell tales involving the character, he shares more in common with Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre than he does with other comic book supervillains. He's not exactly family-friendly, you know.
2 MR. BLOOM
Created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo as something of an anti-Joker, Mr. Bloom was a floral foe who captured the imagination as soon as he debuted in DC Comics. From his distinct look to the way he carried himself, there was something haunting about this new character from the get-go.
Appearing at the tail end of the New 52, Mr. Bloom hasn't been a feature in Rebirth to date. While it's still early days and he hasn't been away for too long, there's a demand to see more of this intriguing villain who served as a power-broker for Gotham City's underworld.
1 TIGER MOTH
By name alone, Tiger Moth is one of the weirdest Batman villains. Seriously, Tiger Moth? Did the writers run out of inspiration and start slapping together random names at that point? Generally seen as a small-fry villain, Tiger Moth first appeared in Batman #181 in 1966.
The villainess tends to operate with the team of Dragon Fly and Silken Spider, and they're often inseparable in the comics. While Tiger Moth is often considered about as dangerous as a slice of cheese, she was under the employ of Ra's al Ghul in one storyline. Having her join the League of Assassins permanently wouldn't be a bad idea.