Talia al Ghul (DC Comics)




Talia al Ghul (Arabic: تالياء الغول‎) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, daughter of the supervillain Ra's al Ghul, a love interest of Batman, and the mother of his son Damian Wayne, the fifth Robin.
Talia first appeared in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971). She is most commonly depicted as a romantic interest for Batman, an antagonist, or a combination of the two; her father, the leader of a worldwide criminal empire, considers Batman the man most worthy to marry Talia and to become his heir. While Batman is uninterested in the criminal empire, he has demonstrated considerable romantic interest in Talia.
Talia is a complex character, not quite heroine nor villainess but rather an antiheroine. The majority of her criminal acts have been committed at the behest of her father and motivated by loyalty to her father rather than personal gain, though recent depictions have shown her as a supervillain in her own right. She has saved Batman's life or helped him on numerous occasions, and on one occasion helped to bring about the downfall of Lex Luthor.
Talia al Ghul has been featured in various media adaptions. IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time List ranked Talia as #42. She was ranked 25th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Detective Comics #411 (May 1971)
Created by: Dennis O'Neil and Bob Brown

In-story information

Alter ego: Talia al Ghul
Phonetic: talia ǽl ghul
Translation: Next the gol
Notable aliases: Talia Head, Miranda Tate, Talia Demon, Daughter of the Demon, تالياء الغول
Relatives: Ra's al Ghul (father), Melisande (mother, deceased), Dusan al Ghul (brother), Nyssa Raatko (half-sister), Damian Wayne (son), Sensei (grandfather), Bruce Wayne (ex-husband)

Affiliations: Arthur Light, Bane, The Calculator, Cheetah, David Cain, Ducra, General Good, Red Hood, Jonah Hex, Jongleur, Lagomorph, Libra, Merlyn, Ubu, White Ghost

Team affiliations: Secret Society of Super Villains, LexCorp, League of Assassins, Leviathan, H.I.V.E.
Enemies: Batman, Black Alice, Black Canary, Breach, Catwoman, Nightwing, Doctor Hurt, Jason Bard, Jezebel Jet, Lady Blackhawk, Scandal Savage, Red Robin, White Ghost

Abilities: Expert at hand to hand combat and in the use of weapons, High level intellect, Utilizes her father's Lazarus Pits to restore life and heal wounds

Status

Alignment: Neutral
Identity Secret: Public
Race: Human
Citizenship:
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Assassin

Characteristics

Gender: Female
Height: 172.72 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Unusual Features:

Origin

Origin: 
Universe: Earth-One, New Earth

History

Early life

In her youth, Talia travels the world with her father learning and adapting his intellect and skills which she proves to be more competent than any of Ghul's other children. She excels to the point in managing
his criminal and legitimate operations, that she is eventually appointed as Ghul's primary secondary despite the fact that Ghul considers women to be inherently inferior to men. Ghul is supportive of his daughter though has commented that if possible, he would correct "that sole failing" in his child suggesting that he fears any possible distortion of her through chemical or biological modifications despite his aversion to her as a woman.

Batman

Talia first meets Batman when he rescues her from Dr. Darkk, the apparent leader of the League of Assassins. It is eventually revealed that the League is just one part of Ra's al Ghul's organization, The Demon, and that Darkk apparently turned against Ra's after failing in a mission (the usual punishment for this being death). At the end of the story, she shoots and kills Darkk to save Batman's life.
Dick Grayson (Robin) is kidnapped. Ra's al Ghul enters the Batcave, revealing to Batman that he knows Batman's secret identity and saying that Talia was also kidnapped along with Dick. Batman then goes with Ra's to search for Dick and Talia; in the end, it is revealed that Talia loves Batman and that the entire kidnapping is a setup designed by Ra's as a final test of Batman's suitability as an heir. Though Batman rejects Ra's offer, he returns Talia's feelings. In the years since Talia meets Batman, she is repeatedly torn between loyalty to her father and her love of Batman. However, she has proven an important 'ally' in her way; most prominently, she encourages Batman to return to Gotham City when it is declared a "No Man's Land" following an earthquake, and he has lost his fighting spirit and belief that
he could save Gotham.

Red Hood

After Jason Todd's death at the hands of the Joker, Batman brought his body back to Gotham and buried him with the rest of the Wayne Family. However, several weeks later, Superboy Prime resurrects Jason with a reality-altering punch. Although Jason is returned to life, his body and mind are still broken from the Joker's attack.
Out of love for Batman and the desire of making Batman love her again, Talia takes Jason to her father and Jason spends months in the care of the League of Assassins. Although his body recuperates, Jason's mind is shattered.

Seeing no other way to help him, Talia takes Jason to the Lazarus Pit and throws his body in while her father regenerates himself. Jason is fully revived in body and mind. Immediately afterward, to spare Jason her father's wrath, she aids in the boy's escape.

Livid at the fact that Batman failed to avenge his (Jason's) death by killing the Joker and that Batman had done nothing more than imprison him again, Jason pursues his own brand of justice. In order to stall Jason from killing Batman, Talia agrees to finance Jason and aid him in his training, so that he may then become the second Red Hood.

Bane

After Bane enters the League of Assassins, Talia's father, Ra's al Ghul, considers Bane a potential heir to his empire and wants his daughter to marry Bane. However, Talia rejects the international brute, regarding him as merely a cunning animal compared to the more cultured intelligence of his predecessor, and after Batman defeats Bane, Ra's agrees that Bane was unworthy of his "only" daughter.

Lexcorp

Talia, disillusioned with her father and his plans, leaves him to run LexCorp for Lex Luthor when Luthor becomes President of the United States. Although she seemingly supports Luthor, she secretly works to undermine him, anonymously leaking news of his underhanded dealings to Superman. When the time comes for Luthor's downfall, she sells all of LexCorp's assets to the Wayne Foundation, leaving Luthor penniless and his crimes exposed to all.

Death and the Maidens

During his travels in Russia in the 18th century, Ra's al Ghul met a woman with whom he had a daughter named Nyssa. Ra's abandons Nyssa at a crucial time: She is tortured, and her entire family is killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Seeking vengeance, Nyssa plans to use her considerable wealth and resources to kill Ra's by befriending, kidnapping, and brainwashing Talia, turning her into a weapon to kill their father. To this end, she captured Talia and, http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/6/66303/2131888-batman_053.jpegusing a Lazarus Pit, killed and resurrected her in rapid succession, leaving Talia virtually broken from the trauma of dying and resurrecting again and again in so short a time. Rendered apathetic by her time in the camp, unable to feel anything, Nyssa also plans to assassinate Superman with kryptonite bullets she stole from the Batcave, hoping that, by uniting the world in one moment of tragedy, she would manage to feel something once more.
While Batman is successful in preventing the assassination of Superman, he is unable to stop Nyssa from killing Ra's. This, in turn, is actually part of a greater plan concocted by Ra's, who wanted to ensure that his daughters would accept their destinies as his heirs, and take up his genocidal campaign. Realizing and accepting this, Nyssa and Talia become the heads of The Demon, with Talia disavowing her love for Bruce Wayne as another result of her torture at Nyssa's hands. (Both sisters consider Batman to be their enemy.)

Villains United

Talia is revealed to be one of the core members of the third Secret Society of Super Villains (along with Lex Luthor (secretly Alexander Luthor, Jr. in disguise), Black Adam, Doctor Psycho, Deathstroke, and Calculator). Talia mainly acts as a recruiter in the Society and is charged with bringing in new members. She is also in control of both the League of Assassins and the H.I.V.E Institue at this time (though how she gained control of H.I.V.E. at all is unknown). In issue #6 she duels with Scandal Savage (who she sees as an equal because of their fathers)during the Society's assault on the Secret Six, and despite having less protective gear and uses only a sword while Scandal wields her Lamentation Blades, Talia gains the upper hand and has Scandal in a death strike until she knocked unconcious by Scandal's mole in the Society and her lover, Knockout.
This is revealed to be part of one of Nyssa's plans to take over the planet and bring about world peace and equality. Nyssa explains why she and Talia are working with the villains of the Society to Batgirl (Cassandra Cain).

http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110525152453/marvel_dc/images/e/ec/Talia_al_Ghul_0005.jpg""Vast stockpiles of food rot, while people starve. Millions die from curable diseases, while drug companies rake in the billions. Our environment chokes on our waste, becoming so toxic that life fails. It's genocide by greed, apathy, and neglect. These are the real crimes. Something must change. The Society's plans are vast... they will succeed. I can't stop them. When the world gets a true taste of violent oppression, and their heroes lie dead and broken -- apathy will die. That's when you'll lead my league to sanction key society members. Leaving Talia and I to lead the revolution. A new world will be born, one of peace and equality. Millions of lives will be saved." --Batgirl #67

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/6/66303/2373955-bminc_cv2_var.jpegNyssa fails to recruit Batgirl to her new League of Assassins, and the Society fails to achieve its goals.

One Year Later

After Nyssa's apparent death at the hands of Cassandra Cain (who usurps control of The League of Assassins), Talia becomes the new Demon's Head. However, the League of Assassins has apparently splintered and Cassandra Cain has gained partial control.
The child of Talia and Batman from Son of the Demon is reintroduced to continuity in the story "Batman & Son," written by Grant Morrison. However, in this version, Talia either did not abandon the child (called Damian) or retrieved him from his adoptive parents and let him be partially raised by The League of Assassins. Talia gives him back to Batman, as part of a grand scheme involving ninja man-bats and the kidnapping of the British Prime Minister's wife. Batman is unsure whether this is his son, but he attempts to deal with the spoiled, hot-tempered child anyway. Damian, effectively raised to be an assassin, kills a criminal and nearly kills Tim Drake, the newest Robin. Shortly afterwards, father, mother, and son confront each other on a ship which is destroyed by a torpedo.

Talia and Damien survived the explosion, and Damien is injured severely and has undergone a transplant of all his major organs.

http://filmpopper.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/talia.jpgTalia is prompted to read the history of Ra's al Ghul to her son, Damian, by a mysterious figure from Ra's past: the White Ghost. Unbeknownst to her, the White Ghost plans to use Damian as a vessel for Ra's return. However, mother and son manage to escape before the plan is completed. After the escape, Batman confronts the White Ghost; he fights Batman, but ends up falling into a Lazarus pit.

http://www.comicsrecommended.com/images/dc/villainsunited_001_talia.jpgR.I.P. & Final Crisis

During the Batman R.I.P. storyline, Talia and Damian learn of the Black Glove's plot against Batman and begin devising a plan to help save him. Mother and son arrive at Wayne Manor just in time to save Commissioner Gordon from one of the Black Glove's deathtraps that had claimed another officer's life. Talia and Damian agree to join forces with Gordon to save Batman. Unfortunately, they are too late and arrive on the scene of Batman's apparent death, learning from Robin that Batman went missing and may be dead after fighting Doctor Hurt after Batman crashes Hurt's helicopter. Furious that Batman may be dead, Talia sends her assassins injected with the Man-Bat formula to murder Jezebel Jet (who played a major role in Batman's death), which they accomplish.
Following Batman's apparent death (It was later revealed Batman survived the crash only to be captured by Darkseid and apparently killed by the New God during the Final Crisis storyline), Talia leaves Damian in the hands of his adopted brother Dick Grayson. Once Dick becomes the new Batman, Damian is selected by Grayson to succeed Tim Drake as Robin. During Final Crisis, she is placed in the new Society's inner circle by Libra, though despite Talia's role in the Society she still behaves almost devotedly to Batman.

It is revealed that in Gotham CIty Sirens #2 that Talia had trained Catwoman to never reveal Bruce Wayne's secret identity even under the most intense psychological coercion.

Following an operation in which most of Damian's internal organs and bones are replaced, it is revealed that Talia inserted an implant into
Damian's spine that allows her or anyone she chooses (in this case the assassin Deathstroke) to remotely control her son's body. She intends to have Deathstroke use Damian to kill Dick Grayson, who she sees as holding back her son's potential, though this fails when Grayson utilizes the implant's two-way connection to electrocute Deathstroke. After Grayson frees Damian of her control Talia reveals that she has begun cloning her son upon realizing that Damian has completely sided with his father. She is too much of a perfectionist to forgive her son for defying her like this, and tells Damian he is no longer welcome in the House of al Ghul.

http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110527020201/marvel_dc/images/c/c5/Talia_al_Ghul_0010.jpgTalia's recent role has become more antagonistic towards Batman while her son has begun to side more with Batman, an unusual development as she and Damian now parallel Talia's devotion to Batman while defying her father, though Talia appears to be less forgiving to Damian than Ra's was to her.

Talia has now formed the Leviathan, a shadowy organization meant to counter Bruce's "Batman Incorporated" project. Talia declares war on Batman and places a 500,000,000 dollar bounty on her son's head.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Longevity
    : Extended lifespan through the use of Lazarus Pits.

Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intellect
  • Business Management
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
  • Marksmanship
  • Swordsmanship

Strength level

Weaknesses

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Transportation

Weapons

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