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Thomas Wayne, Jr. was the brother of Batman, believed dead as a child.

The eldest son of Dr. Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha (though one account claims he was actually the youngest), Thomas Wayne, Jr. was born three years before his brother Bruce.

Thomas Jr. suffered severe head injuries when he was struck by a car as a young child, and sustained permanent brain damage. Because he would always remain mentally unstable, and a danger to himself and society, his parents had no choice but to have him confined to a mental institution, Willowood Asylum, for life. Thomas Jr. adopted the asylum's name, Willowood, as his new surname, as his family name was kept secret. Although Thomas and Martha Wayne had planned to tell Bruce about his long-lost brother when he was old enough, they never got the opportunity as they were murdered by Joe Chill before they could do so.

Thomas Jr. eventually escaped and was coerced into becoming an assassin called the Boomerang Killer. Batman, in reality Thomas Jr.'s brother Bruce, learned of his existence and stopped him, also learning the identity of the man behind the killings. Later, Deadman seized control of Thomas Jr.'s body and used it to resume his career as an acrobat. Batman, upon locating his brother, demanded that Deadman release him but, upon being freed, Thomas Jr. ended up impulsively taking a bullet intended for his brother, saving Batman's life at the cost of his own.


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