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| Image = Batman Family 0008.jpg
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| Image = Detective Comics Vol 1 969 Textless.jpg
 
| OfficialName = Batman Family
 
| OfficialName = Batman Family
| Aliases = Bat-Family, Batman Clan, Bat Disciples
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| Aliases = Bat Disciples, Bat-Family, Batman Clan, [[Bats]], [[Gotham Knights]], The Family, The Network
   
| Status = Active
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| First = {{c|Detective Comics Vol 1 #38}}
| Identity = Secret
 
| Universe = New Earth; Earth-One; Earth-Two; Prime Earth
 
| BaseOfOperations = [[Gotham City]]
 
   
| OrganizationLeaders = [[Bruce Wayne (Prime Earth)|Batman (Bruce Wayne)]]
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| Quotation = We may have began as the soldiers [[Batman (Bruce Wayne)|Batman]] built for his crusade. But we became something else, something he never expected. We started as an army. We chose to be a family. And if there's hope for us... there's hope for anyone.
| CurrentMembers = [[Barbara Gordon (Prime Earth)|Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)]]<br>[[Bruce Wayne (Prime Earth)|Batman (Bruce Wayne)]]<br>[[Lucas Fox (Prime Earth)|Batwing (Luke Fox)]]<br>[[Katherine Kane (Prime Earth)|Batwoman (Katherine Kane)]]<br>[[Harper Row (Prime Earth)|Bluebird (Harper Row)]]<br>[[Selina Kyle (Prime Earth)|Catwoman (Selina Kyle)]]<br>[[Basil Karlo (Prime Earth)|Clayface (Basil Karlo)]]<br>[[Claire Clover (Prime Earth)|Gotham Girl (Claire Clover)]]<br>[[Richard Grayson (Prime Earth)|Nightwing (Dick Grayson)]]<br>[[Cassandra Cain (Prime Earth)|Orphan (Cassandra Cain)]]<br>[[Alfred Pennyworth (Prime Earth)|Penny-One (Alfred Pennyworth)]]<br>[[Julia Pennyworth (Prime Earth)|Penny-Two (Julia Pennyworth)]]<br>[[Stephanie Brown (Prime Earth)|Spoiler (Stephanie Brown)]]<br>[[Jason Todd (Prime Earth)|Red Hood (Jason Todd)]]<br>[[Damian Wayne (Prime Earth)|Robin (Damian Wayne)]]<br>[[Duke Thomas (Prime Earth)|Duke Thomas]]<br>[[Titus the Dog (Prime Earth)|Titus]]
 
| FormerMembers = [[Henry Clover, Jr. (Prime Earth)|Gotham (Henry Clover, Jr.)]] (Prime Earth)<br>[[Timothy Drake (Prime Earth)|Red Robin (Tim Drake)]] (Prime Earth)<br>[[David Zavimbe|Batwing (David Zawimbe)]] (New and Prime Earth)<br>[[Harold Allnut (New Earth)|Harold Allnut]] (New Earth)<br>[[Jean-Paul Valley (New Earth)|Batman/Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Stephanie Brown (New Earth)|Spoiler/Batgirl (Stephanie Brown)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Cassandra Cain (New Earth)|Batgirl/Black Bat (Cassandra Cain)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Terrence McGinnis (New Earth)|Batman (Terrence McGinnis)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Helena Bertinelli (New Earth)|Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Jason Todd (New Earth)|Robin/Red Hood (Jason Todd)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Timothy Drake (New Earth)|Robin/Red Robin (Tim Drake)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Superman (Clark Kent)|Superman (Clark Kent)]] (New Earth)<br>[[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman (Bruce Wayne)]] (Silver and Bronze Age)<br>[[Ace the Bat-Hound (Earth-One)|Ace the Bat-Hound]] (Silver Age)<br>[[Bat-Mite]] (Silver Age)<br>[[Elizabeth Kane (Earth-One)|Batgirl (Bette Kane)]] (Silver Age)<br>[[Katherine Kane (Earth-One)|Batwoman (Katherine Kane)]] (Silver Age)<br>[[Bruce Wayne (Earth-Two)|Batman (Bruce Wayne)]] (Golden Age)<br>[[Selina Kyle (Earth-Two)|Catwoman (Selina Kyle)]] (Golden Age)<br>[[Helena Wayne (Earth-Two)|Huntress (Helena Wayne)]] (Golden Age)<br>[[Richard Grayson (Earth-Two)|Robin (Dick Grayson)]] (Golden Age)
 
 
| Allies = [[Gotham City Police Department]], [[Justice League of America]], [[Justice Society of America]], [[Teen Titans (New Earth)|Teen Titans]], [[Outsiders (New Earth)|Outsiders]], [[Superman Family|The Superman Family]]
 
 
| Enemies = [[Anarky]], [[Bane]], [[Black Mask]], [[Blockbuster (Mark Desmond)]], [[Blockbuster (Roland Desmond)]], [[Calculator]], [[Calendar Man]], [[Captain Stingaree]], [[Catman]], [[Cavalier]], [[Clayface (Basil Karlo)]], [[Clayface (Clay Payne)]], [[Clayface (Matt Hagen)]], [[Clayface (Preston Payne)]], [[Clayface (Sondra Fuller)]], [[Cluemaster]], [[Deadshot]], [[Doctor Double X]], [[Doctor Phosphorous]], [[Electrocutioner]], [[False Face]], [[Film Freak]], [[Firebug]], [[Firefly]], [[Hugo Strange]], [[Hush]], [[Joker]], [[KGBeast]], [[Killer Moth]], [[King Snake]], [[Kite-Man]], [[Lady Shiva]], [[Lockup]], [[Mad Hatter]], [[Man-Bat]], [[Maxie Zeus]], [[Mister Freeze]], [[Mister Zsasz]], [[Nite-Wing]], [[Nocturna]], [[Penguin]], [[Poison Ivy]], [[Ra's al Ghul]], [[Riddler]], [[Rupert Thorne]], [[Scarecrow]], [[Silver Monkey]], [[Talia al Ghul]], [[Terrible Trio]], [[Tweedle-Dee]], [[Tweedle-Dum]], [[Two-Face]], [[The Court of Owls]], [[William Cobb]]
 
 
| Origin = Variations of the Bat Family have existed on [[Earth-One]], [[Earth-Two]] and the [[Earth]] of modern continuity (as well as dozens of other parallel dimesions and [[:Category:Elseworlds|Elseworlds]] realities).
 
| PlaceOfFormation = [[Batcave]], [[Wayne Manor]], [[Gotham City]]
 
| PlaceOfDefunction =
 
| Creators = Bill Finger; Bob Kane; Dick Sprang; Dennis O'Neil; Chuck Dixon <!-- and many others -->
 
| First = Detective Comics #38
 
| Last =
 
 
| Quotation = We may have began as the soldiers [[Bruce Wayne (Prime Earth)|Batman]] built for his crusade. But we became something else, something he never expected. We started as an army. We chose to be a family. And if there's hope for us... there's hope for anyone.
 
 
| Speaker = [[Jason Todd (Prime Earth)|Red Hood]]
 
| Speaker = [[Jason Todd (Prime Earth)|Red Hood]]
 
| QuoteSource = Batman & Robin Eternal Vol 1 16
 
| QuoteSource = Batman & Robin Eternal Vol 1 16
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===[[Golden Age]]===
 
===[[Golden Age]]===
When Bruce Wayne was a young boy, he was forced to watch helplessly as a mugger named [[Joe Chill]] mercilessly gunned down his parents [[Thomas Wayne|Thomas]] and [[Martha Wayne]] in cold blood. This single act propelled young Bruce to pursue a career in crime fighting. As an adult, he decided that the most effective means of avenging the deaths of his parents, was by becoming a fearsome creature of the night, and thus the [[Bruce Wayne (Earth-Two)|Batman]] was born.
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Since the conception of Batman, the character was a loner on his crusade against crime. Eventually, Batman creators [[Bob Kane]] and [[Bill Finger]] alongside their frequent collaborator [[Jerry Robinson]] created Dick Grayson as "[[Robin]], The Boy Wonder", a sidekick for their hero and the initial concept for the Batman Family was introduced.
   
For the first few years of his career, Batman operated alone, prowling the rooftops of [[Gotham City]], but on one fateful evening, he watched history repeat itself. A gangster named [[Tony Zucco|Boss Zucco]] murdered [[John Grayson|John]] and [[Mary Grayson]], leaving their young son, Dick, an orphan. Bruce Wayne took Dick in, and trained him in the ways of crime-fighting. Dick became the flamboyant Boy Wonder known as [[Richard Grayson (Earth-Two)|Robin]].
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Batman and Robin operated as a solid team for many years. In the initial years of the Golden Age, Batman became a member of the [[GCPD]] and [[Commissioner Gordon]] became part of the Batman Family. For the most part of the Golden Age, the trio were the only members of the team with occasional collaborations by [[Linda Page]], Bruce Wayne's romantic interest. Shortly afterwards, [[Alfred Pennyworth]], or simply known as "Alfred, the Butler", was introduced as a pivotal figure in the Batman Family, acting as the unconditional supporting character for the team.
 
Batman and Robin operated as a solid team for many years. Eventually though, Dick grew up, and decided to retire his costumed identity as Robin. He went to law school and became a successful prosecutor working out of the district attorney's office in Gotham City.
 
 
Batman meanwhile, had succeeded in reforming one of his oldest foes, the [[Catwoman]]. The reformed Selina Kyle eventually married Bruce Wayne and gave birth to their daughter, Helena Wayne. Helena grew up to become the costumed vigilante known as the [[Huntress (Helena Wayne)|Huntress]].
 
 
In time, Bruce too decided to retire as Batman, but continued to fight crime as the newly appointed commissioner of Gotham City. He resumed the identity of Batman for one final mission – a mission that ultimately cost the dark knight detective his life. With the death of Batman, the "Bat Family" quickly dissolved. Dick briefly came out of retirement and joined the aging [[Justice Society of America]], while the Huntress became an active member of [[Infinity, Inc]].
 
   
 
===[[Silver Age]]===
 
===[[Silver Age]]===
In a parallel dimensional reality commonly referred to as [[Earth-One]], the lives of [[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]] and [[Richard Grayson (Earth-One)|Robin]] mirrored those of their "Golden Age" [[Earth-Two]] counterparts. One notable difference however, was that Bruce and Dick did not begin their crime fighting careers until well after World War II, while the Earth-Two versions of Batman and Robin owed their origins to a pre-War time period.
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Following the Golden Age, comic books fell under pressure of the media thanks to a publication by psychologist [[wikipedia:Fredric Wertham|Fredric Wertham]] and as a result, the Batman Family was expanded to include female figures and deter the claims of Batman and Robin's homosexuality. Like this, [[Batwoman]] and [[Bat-Girl]] were introduced alongside [[Bat-Mite]], the imp and [[Ace the Bat-Hound]].
   
After operating as the Dynamic Duo for many years, Batman and Robin found their influence quickly growing. An imp from a nameless alien dimension calling himself [[Bat-Mite]], took notice of the caped crusaders and began to idolize them. In fact, Bat-Mite worshiped the two so much, that he would often use his powers to place Batman and Robin in danger, just so he could watch his heroes fly into action. The Dynamic Duo had little tolerance for the impish nuisance, but was powerless to prevent him from becoming a part of their lives.
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However, the previous expansion was short-lived and in [[1964]], editor [[Julius Schwartz]] took reigns of the Batman comics and eliminated Batwoman, Bat-Girl, Ace and Bat-Mite, deeming them too silly and unfitting to the new stories he wanted for Batman. Schwartz also decided to remove the figure of Alfred by killing his character, but this decision was also short-lived as the portrayal of [[Batman (1966 TV Series)|Batman]] in the 1966 TV series showed Alfred alive and he had to be revived in the comics continuity.
   
At about that same time, professional athlete Kathy Kane decided to embrace her own super-hero identity, and became known as the [[Batwoman]]. She imitated the Bat tradition as closely as possible and even convinced her niece, Bette, to become her teen sidekick, [[Batgirl (Bette Kane)|Batgirl]]. Batwoman and Batgirl occasionally teamed up with Batman and Robin, but the Dynamic Duo were more effective operating by themselves. Ultimately, both Kathy and Bette retired their super-hero guises and the Bat Family became a two-man unit once again. Batman and Robin added one final member to their team-up roster however, [[Ace the Bat-Hound]]. Wearing a black mask to conceal a star-shaped scar on his forehead, Ace frequently aided Batman and Robin, having successfully rescued them from dangerous traps on multiple missions.<br>
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{{Image|Batgirl Barbara Gordon 0004.jpg|New Batgirl|right}}
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Editor Julius Schwartz worked alongside the TV Show producer, [[William Dozier]] in order to introduce a new female character to the Batman mythos and [[Barbara Gordon]] was introduced as the new [[Batgirl]], improved over the previous version of the character as she became the daughter of Police Commissioner Gordon. For the best part of the Silver Age, the new incarnation of the Batman Family remained unchanged until the ending of the publication era.
   
===[[Bronze Age]] - [[Modern Age]]===
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===[[Bronze Age]]===
Modern incarnations of the Bat Family origins bear many striking resemblances to previous versions, but for the notable absence of Bat-Mite and Kathy and Bette Kane.
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The Bronze Age was defined by radical changes in the narrative of the stories in current publication. Although the "Batman Family" remained unchanged, most of their characters came into the spotlight of their own stories and worked separate from each other. Batman became a loner once again, Robin went to college as the "Teen Wonder" and Batgirl continued her solitary activities.
   
Although [[Batman (Bruce Wayne)|Batman]] classically prefers operating as a lone vigilante, he has often had to rely upon the help of others to stem the rise of crime in the streets of Gotham City. His first recruit was adolescent Dick Grayson, whom he took upon as his legal ward and guardian. Similar to his Golden and Silver age counterparts, Dick became the crime-fighting adventurer known as [[Robin (Dick Grayson)|Robin]].
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A notable development of this period was the retroactive stories that showcased characters from the Golden Age and how have they aged in real time. The Batman Family of the Golden Age was expanded to include Batman's former rival, [[Catwoman]] as Bruce Wayne's wife, [[Selina Kyle]]. From their marriage came their daughter, [[Helena Wayne]], who would go on to become [[Huntress]], following her father's steps. These developments were mostly ignored by the mainstream comics continuity and none of these characters actually became part of the main Bat Family. Other minor characters who played small roles in this age were [[Man-Bat]] and [[Jason Bard]], both of which were soon forgotten as the Bronze Age came to an end.
   
In later years, Batman's needs required assistance from other masked vigilantes. Barbara Gordon, niece of Gotham City's police commissioner, [[James Gordon]], briefly donned a cape and cowl and fought crime as [[Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)|Batgirl]]. Batman disapproved of Barbara's choice, and never openly endorsed her as a partner, but felt obligated to watch over her and to keep her safe. Ultimately, it was Robin who convinced Bruce to let Batgirl ''in the loop'', and Bruce showed his approval by supplying her with her own fully-stocked utility belt.
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For almost the entire decade of the '70s, the Batman Family didn't play a relevant role and they would come together for rare occassions. By the end of the decade however, "Robin, the Teen Wonder" had become a much important figure of the [[Teen Titans]], as the leader of the team. The creative team developing the Teen Titans comics, needed to move Robin away from Batman's shadow as his sidekick and this caused a disruption in the Batman comics, which had decided to return to the old formula of Batman and Robin. For this reason in the early 80s, Dick Grayson, the original Robin, became Nightwing, the leader of the New Teen Titans and [[Jason Todd]] was introduced as the second Robin. Jason was introduced as the new Boy Wonder, but his background was too similar to that of Dick Grayson. This and other issues were eventually fixed after the [[Crisis on Infinite Earths]], which allowed DC to clear continuity mistakes and other errors along the way. Meanwhile, Batgirl disappeared from publications, as the creative team couldn't find a way to update the character for the new generation.
   
It was not uncommon for Robin and Batgirl to split off from Batman and handle their own cases, leaving the Dark Knight detective free to take on more dangerous adversaries such as the [[Joker]] and [[Two-Face]]. During these instances, Dick and Barbara began to develop feelings for one another, but were too dedicated towards their cause to ever act upon them.
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===[[Modern Age]]===
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After the Crisis, much of the previous continuity was erased or modified, but the Batman Family remained unchaged for the most part. The background history of Batman and Robin, with Dick Grayson as the first Boy Wonder was untouched and Jason's introduction and origin was improved by the new creative team. Commissioner Gordon and Alfred became more frequent figures as the supporting cast members of the team and Batgirl remained ignored.
   
Although the three heroes maintained an impressive crime fighting reputation, the time eventually came, when Batman decided that having too many partners was a liability. He was unwilling to put anyone else's life at risk, and so he fired Robin.
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Unfortunately, during the late '80s, the Batman Family suffered some major losses when the [[Joker]], Batman's arch-enemy, crippled Barbara Gordon and then killed Jason Todd. The notorious graphic novel [[Batman: The Killing Joke]] and the storyline [[Batman: A Death in the Family]] are often regarded as a turning point in the history of Batman as a whole. Although the loss of such important figures as Batgirl and Robin were important to develop new stories and bring new elements, this wouldn't be permanent and in fact, after these events, the Batman Family has only increased tremendously in later years, in comparison to the first fifty years.
   
While Robin cut ties with Batman to concentrate on his work with the [[Teen Titans (New Earth)|Teen Titans]], Barbara Gordon continued to support Batman through a series of adventures. She eventually retired her Batgirl identity however, in order to pursue a professional career. Only on rare occasion, would she come out of retirement to aid the citizens of Gotham City. Whether Barbara would have come out retirement permanently will never be known. Her career was tragically cut short, when the Joker broke into the Gordons home and fired a bullet directly into Barbara's spine, crippling her. Although her days as a masked vigilante were over, she continued to fight for the cause of justice as the computer hacker known as [[Oracle]].
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For instance, Barbara Gordon was no longer able to continue her activities as Batgirl as a result of the crippling injury at the hands of the Joker, but nonetheless, she continued her crime-fighting activities as the information broker and cybernetic guru only known as [[Oracle]]. Shortly afterwards, a young kid by the name of [[Tim Drake]] was introduced in the storyline [[Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying]], in which he figures the real identities of Batman and Robin and tries to make Dick Grayson resume his partnership with Batman. His plan failed, but in the process, he became the third Robin.
   
Shortly before Barbara's injury however, Batman decided to take on a new team partner. He discovered a young street urchin named Jason Todd robbing the wheels of the [[Batmobile]]. Impressed by the kid's boldness, he trained him as the new [[Robin (Jason Todd)|Robin]]. Their partnership was brief however, and ended in disaster. The Joker baited Robin into a trap and beat him nearly to death with a metal pipe before leaving him for dead in an explosion that Batman was too slow to prevent. For years, Batman believed that Jason Todd had truly died.
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For a few years, the new line-up of the Bat Family remained the same until the early '90s, in which the major storyline [[Batman: Knightfall]] was introduced. This story introduced a new member to the team in the young man [[Jean-Paul Valley]], whose heroic identity was [[Azrael]]. Initially programmed to be an agent of the [[Order of St. Dumas]], Azrael was taken in by Bruce Wayne to be trained and become a force of good. However, Jean-Paul was forced to take over the mantle of the Bat after the criminal power house known as [[Bane]] shattered Batman's spine across his knee.
   
Batman vowed to never again take on an untrained partner. The death of Jason Todd shook him to his core, and he began aggressively prowling the streets of Gotham City nonstop. He grew brash and violent, and even hospitalized several criminal suspects.
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Jean-Paul's tenure as Batman caused a disruption in the Batman Family, as he pushed everyone around him away. Unable to rely on such unstable leader, Tim Drake continued his adventures together and Commissioner Gordon stopped working with Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce's lack of interest in his recovery forced long-time friend, Alfred to resign and leave Bruce Wayne behind.
   
Meanwhile, a young boy named Tim Drake had discovered Batman's secret identity and realized that the Dark Knight was headed on a road towards disaster. He attempted to convince Dick Grayson (now Nightwing) to abandon his current team and return to Batman's side, but Dick refused. Tim took it upon himself to aid Batman in fighting past his grief, and before long he became the third individual to take up the name, [[Robin (Tim Drake)|Robin]].
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{{Image|Batman Family 0006.jpg|The 90's Bat Family}}
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In time, Bruce Wayne healed from his injuries and took the mantle of the bat back from Jean-Paul, which allowed Gordon and Alfred to return to their rightful positions. Although Bruce had returned, he allowed Dick Grayson to become Batman until he resolved personal issues during the storyline [[Batman: Prodigal]]. When Bruce officially returned, Dick Grayson resumed his Nightwing identity and Jean-Paul resumed his original identity of Azrael and occasionally teamed up with Batman to fight various foes. Following this, other costumed vigilantes appeared in Gotham City, such as the new [[Huntress]] and [[Spoiler]]. Unlike the previous version of Huntress, [[Helena Bertinelli]] was not related to Bruce Wayne in any way and instead, she came from a crime family, hating the criminal kind, reason why she put on the costume to fight criminals. On the other hand, Spoiler was [[Stephanie Brown]], the daughter of [[Arthur Brown]], aka the criminal mastermind "Cluemaster". A friend of Tim Drake, Stephanie donned a costume and the identity of "Spoiler" to display her contrary beliefs to that of her criminal father. Both Huntress and Spoiler's activities in Gotham were not sanctioned by Batman, who had the rightful authority to give allowance for vigilantism in his city. This attitude was a bit hypocritical from Batman, considering that he had allowed a reformed [[Catwoman]] to operate in Gotham and showed his support to her new activities, although she would eventually resume her criminal ways for good purposes. In a similar fashion, Huntress and Spoiler's activities were supported by Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Robin (Tim Drake).
   
The most shocking change in the Bat Family infrastructure took place only a few years later. A criminal power house known as [[Bane]] had discovered that Batman and Bruce Wayne were the same person and challenged him to the ultimate battle. Bane broke into [[Wayne Manor]] and fought with the Dark Knight. After a brutal struggle, Bane succeeded in shattering Batman's spine across his knee.
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When [[Gotham City]] was struck by [[Batman: Cataclysm|a terrible earthquake]] and the city was declared a [[Batman: No Man's Land|No Man's Land]], the entire Batman Family went into action. Initially, Batman abandoned Gotham with all hope, but the figure of a new Batgirl showed up and became the only member of the team to remain active in Gotham, alongside Commissioner Gordon and some of the GCPD. Oracle also remained as an information gatherer, but her participation was not influential. Eventually, Batman returned and organized the Bat Family to take control of Gotham back from the hands of crimials and lunatics that have seized the place. However, Batman soon discovered that the new Batgirl was actually Helena Bertinelli, who realized her Huntress identity wouldn't induce the fear brought by the figure of the Batman. Helena used a make-shift Batgirl costume to resemble Batman, but when she wouldn't stand up to the challenge posed by Batman in order to regain control of Gotham, she was forced to relinquish the mantle and it was given to [[Cassandra Cain]], a highly trained martial artist who had helped Oracle in the initial stages of "No Man's Land". With the new Batgirl, Batman summoned Oracle, Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman and Azrael to take back Gotham City, with assistance from their trusted allies, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon and [[Leslie Thompkins]].
   
While Bruce recuperated from his injuries, he named a man known as Jean-Paul Valley (formerly known as [[Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)|Azrael]]) as his successor. Jean-Paul became the new Batman, but he did not share the same strict moral code as Bruce did. Jean-Paul closed himself off from everyone associated with Bruce, including the Wayne family butler, [[Alfred Pennyworth|Alfred]]. Jean-Paul crossed the line of heroism when he allowed a serial killer known as [[Abattoir]] to die, when he could have easily saved his life.
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Having successfully recovered Gotham, the Bat Family stood stronger than ever before, with great numbers and skills. The team remained unchanged until the ultimate death of Azrael, which provided a turning point for the heroes. Batman distanced himself from the team and started working with [[Sasha Bordeaux]], Bruce Wayne's personal security assistant and eventually, Batman's crime-fighting partner. When one of Bruce's former lovers was found dead in [[Wayne Manor]], both Bruce and Sasha were found guilty of the crime and sent to prison. Although, Bruce broke out of prison, Sasha wasn't as lucky and she was eventually recruited by the secret organization called [[Checkmate]], in exchange of her freedom. Not long afterwards, a [[Batman: War Games|gang war]] broke out in Gotham and Bruce recruited help from the former assassin [[Onyx Adams (New Earth)|Onyx]], who provided vital assistance alongside [[Catalina Flores (New Earth)|Tarantula]], an ally that Nightwing had made during his time in [[Bludhaven]]. It was during this gang war that Spoiler was apparently killed.
   
In time, Bruce Wayne healed from his injuries and took the mantle of the bat back from Jean-Paul. Jean-Paul resumed his original identity of Azrael and occasionally teamed up with Batman to fight various foes.
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A shocking revelation eventually came to the Bat Family when it was revealed that Jason Todd, the second Robin, had somehow survived the brutal murder by the Joker and had remained hidden several years, planning his revenge and comeback with the identity of Red Hood in the storyline [[Batman: Under the Hood]]. Using violent methods against criminals, Red Hood became a ruthless vigilante who caused trouble to the entire Batman Family. Fortunately, his thirst for revenge was eventually quenched and he stopped wreaking havoc.
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In the following years, several more costumed vigilantes found themselves in the role of Gotham City's chosen protectors, including the modern [[Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)|Huntress]], [[Spoiler]], a semi-reformed [[Catwoman]], and a new [[Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)|Batgirl]].
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Afterwards, [[Damian Wayne]] was revealed as Bruce Wayne's biological son with [[Talia al Ghul]] in the storyline [[Batman and Son]]. Bruce was left in charge of raising Damian, who became a valuable member of the team. However, Batman was soon believed to be dead at the hands of [[Darkseid]] during the [[Final Crisis]], but in reality he had been sent to the past and he was tasked to survive all the way to the present in a time-travel voyage that would eventually kill him and destroy the present. In the aftermath of Bruce's death, a battle royale across Gotham took place during the storyline [[Batman: Battle for the Cowl]], in which members of the Bat Family struggled to find the missing Batman while others fought to take over the mantle of the Bat. The final battle between Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake ended up with a victory for Dick, who had to become the Batman in Bruce's absence. Like this, Dick Grayson became Batman once again and he promoted Damian Wayne to Robin, forcing Tim Drake to become [[Red Robin]]. Around this time, a new [[Batwoman]] was also introduced, different from the Silver Age version.
   
Most recently, the Batman Family has been put to the test during the events of "Batman R.I.P.," "Final Crisis," and lastly "Battle for the Cowl." After Bruce Wayne's struggle against the Black Glove which nearly cost him his life during "Batman R.I.P.," Batman found himself being used to create an army of super soldiers to help [[Darkseid]] take over New Earth in "Final Crisis." However, Batman was able to use his own memories to destroy a machine that was built to clone his likeness into a slew of identical Bat-Soldiers. Batman then tells Darkseid he will make a "once in a lifetime exception" and shoots Darkseid with the time-traveling bullet that killed Orion, leaving Darkseid mortally wounded. Moments before he was hit by the bullet, however, Darkseid managed to fire his Omega beams at Batman, charring his body and making him appear to be dead, although Bruce Wayne's being had been sent back to the dawn of time with the first man, Anthro. Naturally, the Batman Family was in disarray, Gotham criminals took advantage of Batman's absence, and the question stood, "Is Batman gone?" Feeling a combination of obligation and hesitation, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake Wayne, Alfred, and Damian Wayne debated as to what the future of the Dark Knight should be, until an estranged Jason Todd turned up as having taken a twisted cowl (which seems reminiscent of Jean-Paul Valley) for himself. Todd decommissioned an arrogant Damian, making Dick, Tim, and Alfred feel an even greater sense of urgency to sent the Caped Crusader back on the streets. However, Dick still refused, prompting Tim to hijack an old Batsuit himself and seek out Jason and his twisted Batcave. Jason managed to defeat Tim and severely injure him, leaving only Dick and Jason as the the heir to the cowl. As Alfred provided medical care for Damian and Tim was barely escaping with his life, Dick and Jason fought long and hard until Jason, vowing that he would see Dick "much sooner than you think," plummeted off of a moving train into the depths of the river below. The conclusion of this struggle found Dick accepting his role as the new Batman, with the darkest Robin yet, Damian, by his side. Tim, however, is far away from Gotham, believing that Bruce is not actually dead. He has taken the mantle of the Red Robin, and is currently exploring the globe finding clues as to the whereabouts of his adoptive father in the past.
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Afterwards, Spoiler was revealed to be alive and upon her return, she took over the mantle of Batgirl from Cassandra Cain, who relinquished the role under Bruce Wayne's prior instructions. The new Batgirl worked closely with Oracle and upon Bruce's return, they all gathered together to form [[Batman Incorporated]], an international organization, which promotes vigilantes allied with Batman and the Bat Family.
   
===DCnU===
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===[[New 52]] and [[Rebirth]]===
 
{{Post-Flashpoint}}
 
{{Post-Flashpoint}}
In this new timeline, several details of the Batman mythos have changed. There is a new [[Justice League Origins|origin story]] for the [[Justice League of America|Justice League]], establishing that Batman has only been publicly active for five years although he was considered an urban legend before this.<ref>''[[Justice League: Origin]]''</ref> [[File:Batwing Vol 1 7 Textless.jpg|thumb]] The [[Gotham City Police Department|GCPD]] are still hostile towards him as a vigilante, although he maintains an alliance with [[James Gordon (New Earth)|James Gordon]].<ref>''[[Batman: Faces of Death]]''</ref> [[Richard Grayson (New Earth)|Dick Grayson]] returns to his role as [[Nightwing]], making Bruce the only Batman again.<ref>''[[Nightwing: Traps and Trapezes]]''</ref> [[Barbara Gordon (New Earth)|Barbara Gordon]] recovers from her wheelchair and becomes [[Batgirl]] again.<ref>''[[Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection]]''</ref> [[Timothy Drake (Prime Earth)|Tim Drake]] as [[Red Robin]] becomes a founding member of the [[Teen Titans (Prime Earth)|Teen Titans]].<ref>''[[Teen Titans: It's Our Right to Fight]]''</ref> [[Jason Todd (Prime Earth)|Jason Todd]] as [[Red Hood]] forms his own team of mercenaries, the [[Outlaws (Prime Earth)|Outlaws]].<ref>''[[Red Hood and the Outlaws: REDemption]]''</ref>
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In this new timeline, several details of the Batman mythos have changed. There is a new [[Justice League Origins|origin story]] for the [[Justice League of America|Justice League]], establishing that Batman has only been publicly active for five years although he was considered an urban legend before this.<ref>''[[Justice League: Origin]]''</ref> The [[Gotham City Police Department|GCPD]] are still hostile towards him as a vigilante, although he maintains an alliance with [[James Gordon (New Earth)|James Gordon]].<ref>''[[Batman: Faces of Death]]''</ref> [[Richard Grayson (New Earth)|Dick Grayson]] returns to his role as [[Nightwing]], making Bruce the only Batman again.<ref>''[[Nightwing: Traps and Trapezes]]''</ref> [[Barbara Gordon (New Earth)|Barbara Gordon]] recovers from her wheelchair and becomes [[Batgirl]] again.<ref>''[[Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection]]''</ref> [[Timothy Drake (Prime Earth)|Tim Drake]] as [[Red Robin]] becomes a founding member of the [[Teen Titans (Prime Earth)|Teen Titans]].<ref>''[[Teen Titans: It's Our Right to Fight]]''</ref> [[Jason Todd (Prime Earth)|Jason Todd]] as [[Red Hood]] forms his own team of mercenaries, the [[Outlaws (Prime Earth)|Outlaws]].<ref>''[[Red Hood and the Outlaws: REDemption]]''</ref>
   
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The Batman Family is an informal name given to Batman and his various allies.
Quote1 We may have began as the soldiers Batman built for his crusade. But we became something else, something he never expected. We started as an army. We chose to be a family. And if there's hope for us... there's hope for anyone. Quote2
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History

The Batman Family is an informal name given to Batman and his various allies.

Golden Age

Inception

Inception

Since the conception of Batman, the character was a loner on his crusade against crime. Eventually, Batman creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger alongside their frequent collaborator Jerry Robinson created Dick Grayson as "Robin, The Boy Wonder", a sidekick for their hero and the initial concept for the Batman Family was introduced.

Batman and Robin operated as a solid team for many years. In the initial years of the Golden Age, Batman became a member of the GCPD and Commissioner Gordon became part of the Batman Family. For the most part of the Golden Age, the trio were the only members of the team with occasional collaborations by Linda Page, Bruce Wayne's romantic interest. Shortly afterwards, Alfred Pennyworth, or simply known as "Alfred, the Butler", was introduced as a pivotal figure in the Batman Family, acting as the unconditional supporting character for the team.

Silver Age

&quot;Silly&quot; Age&quot;

"Silly" Age"

Following the Golden Age, comic books fell under pressure of the media thanks to a publication by psychologist Fredric Wertham and as a result, the Batman Family was expanded to include female figures and deter the claims of Batman and Robin's homosexuality. Like this, Batwoman and Bat-Girl were introduced alongside Bat-Mite, the imp and Ace the Bat-Hound.

However, the previous expansion was short-lived and in 1964, editor Julius Schwartz took reigns of the Batman comics and eliminated Batwoman, Bat-Girl, Ace and Bat-Mite, deeming them too silly and unfitting to the new stories he wanted for Batman. Schwartz also decided to remove the figure of Alfred by killing his character, but this decision was also short-lived as the portrayal of Batman in the 1966 TV series showed Alfred alive and he had to be revived in the comics continuity.

New Batgirl

New Batgirl

Editor Julius Schwartz worked alongside the TV Show producer, William Dozier in order to introduce a new female character to the Batman mythos and Barbara Gordon was introduced as the new Batgirl, improved over the previous version of the character as she became the daughter of Police Commissioner Gordon. For the best part of the Silver Age, the new incarnation of the Batman Family remained unchanged until the ending of the publication era.

Bronze Age

The Bronze Age was defined by radical changes in the narrative of the stories in current publication. Although the "Batman Family" remained unchanged, most of their characters came into the spotlight of their own stories and worked separate from each other. Batman became a loner once again, Robin went to college as the "Teen Wonder" and Batgirl continued her solitary activities.

A notable development of this period was the retroactive stories that showcased characters from the Golden Age and how have they aged in real time. The Batman Family of the Golden Age was expanded to include Batman's former rival, Catwoman as Bruce Wayne's wife, Selina Kyle. From their marriage came their daughter, Helena Wayne, who would go on to become Huntress, following her father's steps. These developments were mostly ignored by the mainstream comics continuity and none of these characters actually became part of the main Bat Family. Other minor characters who played small roles in this age were Man-Bat and Jason Bard, both of which were soon forgotten as the Bronze Age came to an end.

Bronze Family

Bronze Family

For almost the entire decade of the '70s, the Batman Family didn't play a relevant role and they would come together for rare occassions. By the end of the decade however, "Robin, the Teen Wonder" had become a much important figure of the Teen Titans, as the leader of the team. The creative team developing the Teen Titans comics, needed to move Robin away from Batman's shadow as his sidekick and this caused a disruption in the Batman comics, which had decided to return to the old formula of Batman and Robin. For this reason in the early 80s, Dick Grayson, the original Robin, became Nightwing, the leader of the New Teen Titans and Jason Todd was introduced as the second Robin. Jason was introduced as the new Boy Wonder, but his background was too similar to that of Dick Grayson. This and other issues were eventually fixed after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, which allowed DC to clear continuity mistakes and other errors along the way. Meanwhile, Batgirl disappeared from publications, as the creative team couldn't find a way to update the character for the new generation.

Modern Age

After the Crisis, much of the previous continuity was erased or modified, but the Batman Family remained unchaged for the most part. The background history of Batman and Robin, with Dick Grayson as the first Boy Wonder was untouched and Jason's introduction and origin was improved by the new creative team. Commissioner Gordon and Alfred became more frequent figures as the supporting cast members of the team and Batgirl remained ignored.

Unfortunately, during the late '80s, the Batman Family suffered some major losses when the Joker, Batman's arch-enemy, crippled Barbara Gordon and then killed Jason Todd. The notorious graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke and the storyline Batman: A Death in the Family are often regarded as a turning point in the history of Batman as a whole. Although the loss of such important figures as Batgirl and Robin were important to develop new stories and bring new elements, this wouldn't be permanent and in fact, after these events, the Batman Family has only increased tremendously in later years, in comparison to the first fifty years.

For instance, Barbara Gordon was no longer able to continue her activities as Batgirl as a result of the crippling injury at the hands of the Joker, but nonetheless, she continued her crime-fighting activities as the information broker and cybernetic guru only known as Oracle. Shortly afterwards, a young kid by the name of Tim Drake was introduced in the storyline Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying, in which he figures the real identities of Batman and Robin and tries to make Dick Grayson resume his partnership with Batman. His plan failed, but in the process, he became the third Robin.

For a few years, the new line-up of the Bat Family remained the same until the early '90s, in which the major storyline Batman: Knightfall was introduced. This story introduced a new member to the team in the young man Jean-Paul Valley, whose heroic identity was Azrael. Initially programmed to be an agent of the Order of St. Dumas, Azrael was taken in by Bruce Wayne to be trained and become a force of good. However, Jean-Paul was forced to take over the mantle of the Bat after the criminal power house known as Bane shattered Batman's spine across his knee.

Jean-Paul's tenure as Batman caused a disruption in the Batman Family, as he pushed everyone around him away. Unable to rely on such unstable leader, Tim Drake continued his adventures together and Commissioner Gordon stopped working with Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce's lack of interest in his recovery forced long-time friend, Alfred to resign and leave Bruce Wayne behind.

The 90&#039;s Bat Family

The 90's Bat Family

In time, Bruce Wayne healed from his injuries and took the mantle of the bat back from Jean-Paul, which allowed Gordon and Alfred to return to their rightful positions. Although Bruce had returned, he allowed Dick Grayson to become Batman until he resolved personal issues during the storyline Batman: Prodigal. When Bruce officially returned, Dick Grayson resumed his Nightwing identity and Jean-Paul resumed his original identity of Azrael and occasionally teamed up with Batman to fight various foes. Following this, other costumed vigilantes appeared in Gotham City, such as the new Huntress and Spoiler. Unlike the previous version of Huntress, Helena Bertinelli was not related to Bruce Wayne in any way and instead, she came from a crime family, hating the criminal kind, reason why she put on the costume to fight criminals. On the other hand, Spoiler was Stephanie Brown, the daughter of Arthur Brown, aka the criminal mastermind "Cluemaster". A friend of Tim Drake, Stephanie donned a costume and the identity of "Spoiler" to display her contrary beliefs to that of her criminal father. Both Huntress and Spoiler's activities in Gotham were not sanctioned by Batman, who had the rightful authority to give allowance for vigilantism in his city. This attitude was a bit hypocritical from Batman, considering that he had allowed a reformed Catwoman to operate in Gotham and showed his support to her new activities, although she would eventually resume her criminal ways for good purposes. In a similar fashion, Huntress and Spoiler's activities were supported by Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Robin (Tim Drake).

When Gotham City was struck by a terrible earthquake and the city was declared a No Man's Land, the entire Batman Family went into action. Initially, Batman abandoned Gotham with all hope, but the figure of a new Batgirl showed up and became the only member of the team to remain active in Gotham, alongside Commissioner Gordon and some of the GCPD. Oracle also remained as an information gatherer, but her participation was not influential. Eventually, Batman returned and organized the Bat Family to take control of Gotham back from the hands of crimials and lunatics that have seized the place. However, Batman soon discovered that the new Batgirl was actually Helena Bertinelli, who realized her Huntress identity wouldn't induce the fear brought by the figure of the Batman. Helena used a make-shift Batgirl costume to resemble Batman, but when she wouldn't stand up to the challenge posed by Batman in order to regain control of Gotham, she was forced to relinquish the mantle and it was given to Cassandra Cain, a highly trained martial artist who had helped Oracle in the initial stages of "No Man's Land". With the new Batgirl, Batman summoned Oracle, Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman and Azrael to take back Gotham City, with assistance from their trusted allies, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon and Leslie Thompkins.

Batman&#039;s Allies

Batman's Allies

Having successfully recovered Gotham, the Bat Family stood stronger than ever before, with great numbers and skills. The team remained unchanged until the ultimate death of Azrael, which provided a turning point for the heroes. Batman distanced himself from the team and started working with Sasha Bordeaux, Bruce Wayne's personal security assistant and eventually, Batman's crime-fighting partner. When one of Bruce's former lovers was found dead in Wayne Manor, both Bruce and Sasha were found guilty of the crime and sent to prison. Although, Bruce broke out of prison, Sasha wasn't as lucky and she was eventually recruited by the secret organization called Checkmate, in exchange of her freedom. Not long afterwards, a gang war broke out in Gotham and Bruce recruited help from the former assassin Onyx, who provided vital assistance alongside Tarantula, an ally that Nightwing had made during his time in Bludhaven. It was during this gang war that Spoiler was apparently killed.

A shocking revelation eventually came to the Bat Family when it was revealed that Jason Todd, the second Robin, had somehow survived the brutal murder by the Joker and had remained hidden several years, planning his revenge and comeback with the identity of Red Hood in the storyline Batman: Under the Hood. Using violent methods against criminals, Red Hood became a ruthless vigilante who caused trouble to the entire Batman Family. Fortunately, his thirst for revenge was eventually quenched and he stopped wreaking havoc.

Bat Family in the 2000s

Bat Family in the 2000s

Afterwards, Damian Wayne was revealed as Bruce Wayne's biological son with Talia al Ghul in the storyline Batman and Son. Bruce was left in charge of raising Damian, who became a valuable member of the team. However, Batman was soon believed to be dead at the hands of Darkseid during the Final Crisis, but in reality he had been sent to the past and he was tasked to survive all the way to the present in a time-travel voyage that would eventually kill him and destroy the present. In the aftermath of Bruce's death, a battle royale across Gotham took place during the storyline Batman: Battle for the Cowl, in which members of the Bat Family struggled to find the missing Batman while others fought to take over the mantle of the Bat. The final battle between Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake ended up with a victory for Dick, who had to become the Batman in Bruce's absence. Like this, Dick Grayson became Batman once again and he promoted Damian Wayne to Robin, forcing Tim Drake to become Red Robin. Around this time, a new Batwoman was also introduced, different from the Silver Age version.

Afterwards, Spoiler was revealed to be alive and upon her return, she took over the mantle of Batgirl from Cassandra Cain, who relinquished the role under Bruce Wayne's prior instructions. The new Batgirl worked closely with Oracle and upon Bruce's return, they all gathered together to form Batman Incorporated, an international organization, which promotes vigilantes allied with Batman and the Bat Family.

New 52 and Rebirth

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The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.

The current Bat Family

The current Bat Family

In this new timeline, several details of the Batman mythos have changed. There is a new origin story for the Justice League, establishing that Batman has only been publicly active for five years although he was considered an urban legend before this.[1] The GCPD are still hostile towards him as a vigilante, although he maintains an alliance with James Gordon.[2] Dick Grayson returns to his role as Nightwing, making Bruce the only Batman again.[3] Barbara Gordon recovers from her wheelchair and becomes Batgirl again.[4] Tim Drake as Red Robin becomes a founding member of the Teen Titans.[5] Jason Todd as Red Hood forms his own team of mercenaries, the Outlaws.[6]

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  • As the Batman Family is not an officially recognized team, there is no credited first appearance. The earliest possible appearance would be with the introduction of Robin (Dick Grayson) in Detective Comics #38.


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