Ever since Bob Kane and Bill Finger created Batman in 1939, there’s been a whole host of characters in the character’s lore. Gotham is awash with heroes, villains, and those compelling characters who straddle the grey area in between. While the likes of Robin, Joker and Catwoman began in the comics just like the Bat himself, there’s a whole host of other great characters who only hit the pages after debuting elsewhere.
With several TV shows and video games down the years, plenty of amazing characters have entered the Batman canon through less than typical means. Some have been brief, bright sparks with limited appearances, while others have slipped seamlessly into Batman’s stories permanently.
As many of these characters were one-offs, it’s interesting to see how they reflect their era. Characters like Riddler have evolved through decades of popularity, but some here get just one chance to shine. Some are brilliantly whimsical and camp, others are cartoonishly silly, while others still have a rougher, more violent persona.
The comics might be what Batman is best known for, but as he approaches his 80th anniversary, this list proves he’s provided excitement everywhere he’s been.
Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.