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Matches Malone was a Gotham City crook. After his death, Batman took over his identity as a disguise.

A relatively small-time arsonist with his brother Carver, Matches Malone came to Gotham early on in Batman's career, attracting Batman's attention when Carver was apparently murdered. Although Malone was the prime suspect, there was no concrete evidence to make the charges stick and Matches was released, only for Batman to subsequently find what appeared to be Matches' dead body in another fire, apparently a suicide. However, Batman never reported the death; at the time, he had been attempting to establish a criminal alias for himself to help him gather information, but the exclusive nature of the criminal sects meant that nobody would recruit someone they hadn't heard of, prompting him to adopt Matches' identity and use it for his own.

However, years later, Batman learned the truth about what had happened. Carver's death had actually been a suicide prompted by his guilt over a fire that he and Matches had started that resulted in the death of a homeless man resting in the building they had torched. Matches made the body look like a murder victim because he was ashamed of his brother's suicide. Subsequently deciding to fake his death and escape Batman, who was stalking him, Matches used the victim's body to fake his own death. Batman, being so eager to establish his criminal alias, never took the time to confirm the body's identity. Returning to Gotham after hearing reports of 'his' activities, Matches was shot by Scarface, surviving long enough to simply confess his role in events to Batman and Nightwing before dying. His last request was for Batman to bury him next to his brother Carver.

Having destroyed Scarface in 'revenge' for Matches' death, Batman commented to Nightwing later on that he continued using the Matches identity. In the years he had spent playing Matches, he had come to recognise that Matches wasn't an evil man. He had done some bad things which he never had the chance to make up for. Batman regarded his use of Matches' name as a chance to give Matches some absolution.


  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Though not a particularly skilled fighter, Malone does have some knowledge in hand to hand combat and some expertise as a street fighter due to his extensive experience as a career criminal.
  • Thievery: Malone's specialty as a criminal was mostly centered around insurance fraud and arson, and made a small fortune setting fire to buildings and collecting the insurance money for a long period of time with further expertise as a career con artist, showing great skill in fooling and suckering people into letting him stealing from them.
  • Firearms: Matches is never seen without some sort of semi-automatic handgun, pistol or revolver on his person, and has a very distinct familiarity in their use.
  • Arson: His first and foremost skill is his expertise in arson, having earned his nickname after he pulled off a series of arsons, and it can perhaps be said that he has some proficiency in demolitions and knowledge on how to burn a person.

  • Matches Malone's nickname derived from his habit of constantly keeping a match in his teeth.
  • Matches Malone has never been identified with a proper first name, either in Pre- or Post-Crisis continuity.



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