"Our only hope is that towering
power for right and justice, the Caped Crusader."
Though Batman and Robin were highly competent crime-fighters,
they were not so bold as to take on villainy alone.
The Caped Crusaders had allies who assisted the heroes
any way they could. Some gave direct assistance while
others operated behind the scenes. In addition, the
heroes had many friends who offered the moral support
and occassional sandwich necessary to maintain a successful
crime-fighting career. As you will see in the list down
below, whatever help was given was graciously accepted
by Batman and Robin.
Commissioner Gordon has the
incredibly difficult job of keeping the peace in Gotham
City. He is staunchly dedicated to enforcing the letter
of the law, but is also fiercely loyal to Batman and
Robin. He will often ignore proper police procedure
or hand over command of his police force to give the
Caped Crusaders plenty of room to do what they do best.
He often employs videos of the Dynamic Duo's exploits
to teach his men new crimefighting techniques. He usually
works from his office, so as to be close to the Batphone,
but when duty calls he will don his hat and wade into
the crime-infested streets of Gotham City alongside
Batman and Robin. It is rumored that he keeps a 'bottle'
in his desk drawer, though perhaps only Chief O'Hara
knows for sure.
Gordon is wary of Warden
Crichton's liberal penalogical practices and rehabilitation
program at Gotham State Penitentiary. He often makes
known his negative opinion of parole, and rarely believes
that newly released criminals have indeed reformed.
He is a happily married man
and is the father of Barbra Gordon, though he has no
idea she is Batgirl. He also has several grandchildren.
He wears Wellington no. 4 aftershave lotion.
Gordon always complied with
Batman's suggestions, responding with something like:
"Whatever you think best, Batman."
"Of course, Batman."
"A brilliant deduction, Batman."
"I'll see to it right away."
"Yes, Sir. Very well."
"Keep me informed, Batman."
"Of course, by all means."
"We'll be there in a trice!"
Always by the Commissioner's
side, Chief of Police O'Hara is the hardest-working cop
in Gotham City. On top of his regular duties, he also
heads up the GCPD Anti-Lunatic Squad.
Apparently brought up in an Irish family, O'Hara is quick
to condemn criminals and sometimes lets his emotions get
the better of him.
He is often frustrated by the many puzzles and tricks
offered by Gotham's super-villains. Nevertheless, he always
follows Gordon's (or Batman's) orders, leading his men
in to help the Caped Crusaders whenever they need it.
He is happily married, though it is unknown if he has
Some of O'Hara's favorite
Saints be praised!
Saints preserve us!
The Devil you say!
Great slithering snakes!
Bless me suspender buttons!
Sure'n that's the truth!
Heaven protect us!
Shiver me timbers!
"My effectiveness as a crimefighter
depends on keeping my identity a secret."
Barbara Gordon lived a normal
life like any other young adult until she finished college
and returned home to Gotham City. It was then that she
decided to lend a hand to the cause of justice, perhaps
inspired by her father's tales of the Dynamic Duo's
exploits. Creating her own costume (she later won an
award for best-dressed crimefightress in Gotham City)
and Batgirl-cycle, she took the name Batgirl. A hidden
button under her vanity activates a secret revolving
door in her bedroom, which leads to the Batgirl-nook.
From there, the Domino Daredoll would don her wig and
change into the Batgirl costume. There is also another
door, leading to the Batgirl-cycle, which exits the
building through a secret freight elevator.
This "supremely feminine
scourge of all that is criminal" seems to have some
mechanical knowledge, and she is an accomplished fighter,
though she mostly kicks and rarely uses her hands. Her
sleuthing quickly brought her into contact with the
Caped Crusaders, which led her to develop a crush on
Batman. At first, he tried to discourage her from such
activities, partly because she was a woman. He was sometimes
known to say that she should "leave the crimefighting
to men." Undaunted, Batgirl continues to give aid to
Batman and Robin whether they want it or not.
Batgirl even gained such
notoriety that she had her own theme song:
Where do you come from, where do you go?
What is your scene, baby, we just gotta know.
Are you a chick who fell in from outer space?
Or are you real with a tender warm embrace?
Yaaa, whose baby are you?
Yaaa, whose baby are you?
is Bruce Wayne's faithful butler, and is the only person
who knows Batman, Robin, and Batgirl's secret identities.
Alfred keeps himself busy with his duties at stately Wayne
Manor, but he is often required to answer the Batphone.
From time to time, he can be found dusting equipment in
the Batcave, and when the Caped Crusaders' investigation
enters one of his many fields of expertise, he will gladly
lend a hand. Alfred is extremely knowledgeable in matters
of clothing and foodstuffs, and he is also an amateur
mechanic, fencer, meteorologist, and painter as well as
being an expert marksmen with the short, long and cross
bow; indeed, in his youth he was referred to as the Willam
Tell of Liverpool. On extremely rare occasions, he is
required to go out into the field. Before Robin was old
enough to drive, Alfred would put on his own Bat-suit
and drive the Batmobile if Batman was unavailable.
Previous to working for the
Wayne family, Alfred was an employee of the Earl of
Chutney. Over the years of service to Bruce Wayne, Alfred
has accumulated some modest savings, some of which he
has invested in the stock market.
He also had his own mode
of transportation, the Alf-cycle, a regular bicycle
with runners so that Batman could be brought into town
if the Batmobile was stolen or out of commission. Its
features include the Two-way Alf-radio, which provides
a direct communication link to the Batmobile in case
of emergency. When away from his cycle, he could use
a hidden transmitter in his handkerchief to communicate
with the Batcave.
Alfred also sometimes goes
undercover in the cause of justice. Some of the alternate
persona he uses are:
- Ethelbert Soames, Solicitor
at Law, with the firm of Soames, Sillwell, & Thistlethwaite,
of Liverpool, England.
- Serge Tort, attorney-at-law,
Batman's legal representative when he was wrongfully
- Gus, Batman's boxing coach
when he met Riddler in the ring.
- A.L. Fred, collector of
- the janitor at 32 Pussyfoot
Road, and the world's oldest living hippie.
- Lord Easy Street, a real
multimillionaire whom Alfred impersonated.
Harriet Cooper is one of
Gotham City's elite because her nephew is Dick Grayson,
who is the ward of millionaire Bruce Wayne.
She devotes much of her time to work with community
groups, such as the Gotham City Film Decency League.
She is also a member of the Gotham City Gourmet Society,
an organization she is quite active in. For instance,
at one time she was in charge of their annual tea-tasting.
But being a well-rounded person, she also enjoys a good
fight (as in a boxing match).
It is well-known that she
is a huge fan of Batman and Robin; everyone at the Gotham
City Ladies Bridge Club has heard about the time she
received a kiss from the Dynamic Duo. At around the
same time as Batgirl's entry onto the Gotham crimefighting
scene, Harriet embarked on a long journey to New Hebredes,
followed by a North Cape cruise.