Tom Wayne was a notorious cat-burglar from Gotham City, whose criminal career was thwarted by a leg injury caused during a shooting against the Gotham City Police Department.

Wayne was subsequently arrested and released years later. His son, Bruce was still a young boy when Wayne was released, and the former burglar decided to train Bruce in order to become the greatest burglar of Gotham City. For this purpose, Wayne bought a great house which was connected to an underground cave system. The caves provided the perfect space for training Bruce in acrobatics and improving his criminal skills. When Bruce reached adulthood, Tom Wayne provided him with a unique Batsuit, which Bruce used to become the criminal, Batman.

As a retired criminal, Tom Wayne was proud knowing that his only son had become the greatest criminal in the history of Gotham City.


  • This version of Thomas Wayne, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.



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