Eventually, Batman deduces a way to eliminate the Clench virus from an ancient "Wheel of Plagues" artifact whose knowledge has aided Ra's in the creation of the disease. Ra's performs the transfer of souls, but the White Ghost dies soon afterward. Because his host body is decaying from radiation poisoning, he needs to transfer his mind into another host body. This story was later adapted into a two-part story in Batman: The Animated Series during its third season under the title "The Demon's Quest". To ensure Ra's will not return, Batman oversees his nemesis cremation. Ra's convinces the head of his tribe, his uncle, to follow Ra's in his quest for revenge by promising the downfall of the Sultan. During the Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul storyline, he was revealed to be Ra's al Ghul's centuries-old father. [26], Batman and Ra's then encounter Glorious Godfrey. Thanks to spying on Wonder Woman and Batman, the League discovers there's a Pit in Gotham underneath Arkham Asylum. The duel with Ra's al Ghul hadn't gone as he had anticipated. The war between him and Batman continues until he and Solovar are usurped by Gorilla Grodd. Raʼs al Ghul (Arabic: رأس الغول‎, romanized: Raʼs al-Ghūl but originally pronounced by the creators as Re'sh, hence /ˈreɪʃ ˌæl ˈɡuːl/ RAYSH al GOOL[2] or /ˈrɑːz ˌæl ˈɡuːl/ RAHZ al GOOL;[3] "The Head of the Demon" or, in a rougher translation, "The Chief Demon") is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the crime-fighting vigilante Batman. The plan backfires, as Ra's is left withering in the pit, seemingly destroyed. Though little is known about his past, it is stated that he was born out of a union meant to strengthen his father's hold over "some long-extinct people",[35] suggesting that he was older than Ra's' other children. She has been both lover and mortal enemy to Batman, and is the mother of Damian Wayne. Most recent retelling origin story, Batman and Robin Vol. No matter." As explained by Talia in Batman: Birth of the Demon (1992), Ra's had met a woman of mixed Chinese and Arab ancestry at Woodstock. Ra's had ordered the hunt of whales, creating genetically altered super-humans in the wombs of sperm whales, part of a plan to rebuild the League of Assassins. However, the White Ghost, revealed to be Ra's estranged, albino son Dusan al Ghul, offers up his own body instead. Subsequently, Ra's declares himself "Ra's al Ghul", the "Demon's Head". Athanasia al Ghul is a character featured in the Injustice 2 prequel comics and does not appear in the Prime Earth continuity. While exiting the building Damian tells his mother to control her 'servant', Athanasia, who then assaults him. During a battle, Ra's kills the boy and flees to a Lazarus Pit, which he uses. [28], During Batman Eternal, Bruce briefly speculates that Ra's is the mastermind behind most of the attacks against him that have left Wayne Enterprises bankrupt and Batman pushed to the limit. A worldly and cultured elite warrior, Talia is the leader of her own cult of combatants, similar to the League of Assassins, as well as the mentor … By taking a desire that all of us have and warping it, he is truly a character we love to hate. Batman soon discovers that the whole affair is a charade orchestrated by Ra's to test Batman, which he passes. Ra's al Ghul is an international terrorist and assassin whose ultimate goal is a world in perfect environmental balance. The first mention of this ability is mentioned by I-Ching and Ra's al Ghul throughout the pages of Batman (1940) #670 by Grant Morrison. The plan fails, and Wayne and Grayson go ahead with the adoption. - Neal Adams, via SYFY WIRE Batman at 80: How To Craft The Perfect Batman Villain. This theft prevents Batman from realizing Ra's is using his traps until it is too late, as he is distracted by the search for the corpses of his parents. The significance of al Ghul's Eurasian profile is attributed to his known paternal heritage whilst his ambitions for world conquest is often compared and traced to the likes of Alexander the Great; an influence too shared by other family members such as Sensei[11] (Batman #671 (2007) by Grant Morrison and Tony S. Daniel), Talia al Ghul,[12] and Damian Wayne (Batman and Robin Vol.2 #0 (2012) by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason) (the name "Damian" being derivative of "damianos", Greek for "to tame"). Batman then infiltrates Ra's al Ghul's new Gotham penthouse headquarters and easily defeats his horde of ninjas and Ra's himself. When the ruler of the city comes to ask Ra's to cure the prince again, Ra's kills both him and his son. After his son's death, Ra's wishes he had treated Dusan far better as he was the only child who remained loyal to him. Created by: Ra's al Ghul's immortality begins of his true power, he has no police records about him that he is actually terrorist from over centuries. The ruler of the city, unwilling to admit to himself his son's culpability, declares Ra's guilty of the crime and sentences him to a slow, tortured death in a cage with Sora's corpse. Ra's raised him to be the new Alexander the Great. Talia is the result of that union. In the Amalgam Comics alternate dimension, Ra's is fused with Marvel Comics supervillain Apocalypse to become "Ra's Al-Pocalypse". Using the Lazarus Pits to extend his life, Ra's spends the next several centuries journeying the world. After the fall of Superman's regime Athanasia and the rest of the League come out of hiding. Athanasia is first seen beside her mother Talia breaking her brother Damian out of prison. He spares her life only after she refuses to publish the identity of Batman and gets rid of all of the evidence she has to that effect. The League of Assassins, one of the many smaller organizations making up The Demon, is thus sometimes called "The Demon's Fang" or "Demonfang". When they confront the book's auction winner Mr. Finlay, the young Bruce and Talia escape with both of the books to keep them safe. However, though some of the League resent Batman's plans, they eventually accept that the plans were created for the right reasons once Batman confirms that he trusts them by revealing his secret identity to the rest of the team. Inside the compound, they find that Ra's is wiping the hard drives clean, preventing data recovery. Many much-needed truths had been revealed, and before his death, Oliver's mind had been assaulted by the cold, hard truth; and he was unable to look away. Batman gives the Lazarus Pit sample to Ra's, at which point Batman is forced to fight Nyssa and her rebels. Batman is an ongoing comic book series featuring the DC Comics hero of the same name. Ra's al Ghul was a supporting character in the animated film. Most notable as the leader of the League of Assassins, Ra's al Ghul's name in Arabic translates to "Head of the Demon". Ra's' occupation as a physician, his wife's death, and the annihilation of the Sultan's city). Ra's is also featured in Birds of Prey #31-35, where he has a romantic fling with the Black Canary. Defeated, he swears that he will visit great agony upon Red Hood if he ever sees him again. Ra's first deduces Batman's secret identity when he realizes that the Dark Knight has to be rich, and learns that only Bruce Wayne has bought the equipment that a crime fighter would have; he is then ready to put Batman to a final test. As told in Birth of the Demon, Ra's al Ghul (known only as The Physician prior to adopting the moniker) was born over 600 years before his first appearance in Batman comics, to a tribe of Chinese nomads settling in the desert in eastern North Africa, near a city governed by a Sultan. A Head". His first choice is that of his grandson Damian Wayne, but Damian escaped to alert his father. It has a leader. Ra's al Ghul's adoptive use of Arabic monikers and the language itself is a result of al Ghul's settlement and cultured history both in erudition and regional pursuit of Lazarus Pit/longevity sources most commonly unearthed throughout the Greater Middle East (e.g. By understanding the germ theory of disease hundreds of years before anyone else, Ra's is able to infect the prince with a deadly virus by sending him contaminated fabrics. As the world entered the modern age and industrialisation began to cover much of the Earth, Ra's grew to despise the humans who he believed were destroying the world's natural beauty, thus setting him on a path of eco-terrorism. He orders the plane to tilt its angle, causing the wind shear to rip Batman from his purchase and drop down into the sea, where he is caught by Aquaman. For a time, DC Comics' policy was that Son of the Demon was not canon and that Batman had no son. Due to his expanded life span and longevity, Ra's has accumulated a vast knowledge and abilities excelling that of Batman's, including hand-to-hand combat, detective skills, chemistry, physics, and martial arts. So feared by the local sultanates and caliphates that none dared speak his true name... they would not tempt his wrath." She later appeared again alongside her grandfather in Gorilla City as King Solovar's guests.[45]. Batman takes an unconscious Ra's directly to Arkham where it is believed he really is the prisoner "Terry Gene Kase", a criminal with multiple personality disorder who has just been transferred to Arkham to finish out multiple life sentences. Unbeknownst to her, the White Ghost plans to use Damian as a vessel for Ra's return. Along with his physical abilities and resources, Ra's al Ghul has been shown to possess a certain degree of proficiency with mysticism. He enters the Well of Sins after an encounter with Jason Todd. [8] Ra's usually tries to assault the world's human populace with a biological weapon, such as a genetically-engineered virus. Following through immortal, Ra's gives enough which the demon always uses a chemical called Lazarus it's been slowly to restore youth. As told in Birth of the Demon, Ra's al Ghul is born over six hundred years before his first appearance in Batman comics, to a tribe of desert nomads somewhere in Arabia, near a city whose inhabitants' ancestors have journeyed to the Arabian Peninsula from China. Vanessa convinces her husband that she wishes no further violence, and they leave. Due to living so long, he is assumed to have lost track of how old he is. Talia is placed in prison by the Amazons while Ra's manages to escape. In The Batman Adventures #1, albeit Ra's didn't appear, he plays a larger role behind-the-scenes along the Society of Shadows and the Penguin. Ra's Al Ghul's first appearance in Batman 232, Ra's is set free by the son of a dying elderly woman, whom Ra's had earlier examined. He manipulates the Kingpin to his side by infecting the crime lord's wife Vanessa with terminal disease and promising him the cure in return for his allegiance. "I appear to be a vigorous fifty. In the second Spider-Man/Batman crossover book (considered an Elseworlds story), Ra's begins plans for worldwide devastation. Ra's al Ghul, in his new body, moves his base of operations to Gotham City where it is revealed that a remnant of his son Dusan's consciousness still remains within him. Ra's refuses to believe his enemy's passing despite the evidence, leading him to be involved in the Red Robin's (Tim Drake) quest concerning the fate of the original Dark Knight. Ra's accepts this latest rebuke and, with the help of his men, overpowers Batman and captures Damian, who has arrived to try to help his father. However, in 'Batman Annual 25' (published in 2006), Ra's Al Ghul is described as a "700-Year Old International Terrorist". -Sensei to Ra's al Ghul. Created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams, he was introduced in Batman #232's "Daughter of the Demon" (June 1971). Ra's performs the transfer of souls, but the White Ghost apparently dies soon afterward. Healed by the Fountain, Batman emerges and yells for Ra's. Ra’s al Ghul als Gegenspieler Batmans. Talia, disillusioned with her father, leaves the League to run LexCorp for former U.S. President Lex Luthor, before selling the company to Bruce Wayne for his Wayne Foundation to aid Batman and Superman's victory over Luthor. In Batman: Death and the Maidens (2004) by Greg Rucka, it is revealed that while traveling in Russia in the 18th century, Ra's fathers a child named Nyssa Raatko. The Well of Sins in the Arabian Peninsula, Red Hood and the Outlaws #22 (2013) by James Tynion IV and Julius Gopez) to East Asia (Peaches of Immortality,Year One: Batman/Ra's al Ghul #1). Ra's surprises Batman in the Batcave, seemingly to enlist Batman's aid in rescuing both Talia and Dick Grayson, the first Robin, both of whom have apparently been kidnapped. [35], Created by Greg Rucka and Klaus Janson in 2003,[36] Nyssa Raatko (Arabic: نيسا رعتكو‎) is Ra's al Ghul's oldest known daughter. The character was portrayed by David Warner in Batman: The Animated Series, Liam Neeson in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Jason Isaacs in Batman: Under the Red Hood, Dee Bradley Baker in the Batman: Arkham video game series, Matt Nable in the Arrowverse television series, and Alexander Siddig in Gotham. His organization unleashes a deadly virus known as Ebola Gulf A (a.k.a "The Clench") in Gotham City, putting Batman in conflict with a force he seemingly cannot defeat. Ra's returns to prominence and comes dangerously close to realizing his dream of worldwide genocide in the "Contagion" story arc of the Batman titles. After Ra's al Ghul was defeated, he held Talia hostage to make the Dark Knight kill him, but that backfired when Batman managed to disarm him with a Reverse Remote Control Batarang and Talia fled the room, angered that she had been betrayed by both Batman and her own father. The prince, who is sadistic to begin with, is driven completely insane by the Lazarus Pit. O'Neil, Dennis. In the first Superman & Batman: Generations series, created by John Byrne, Bruce Wayne tracks down Ra's al Ghul after passing the Batman mantle on to his son. "A demon in a dark tower. He sees Talia and Damian's bodies stored within it, and clings to the fuselage from outside as the plane takes off. A dying Ra's reveals that this is all part of his greater plan to ensure that his daughters will realize that he is correct in his perceptions about the world and what needs to be done to it, and that they would come to accept their destinies as his heirs. He participates in a discussion on how they will fight the Dark Multiverse invasion. Talia disavows her love for Bruce Wayne, and both sisters declare Batman their enemy. As he leaves, Ra's reveals that he had ordered Jackson Hyde to attack the US congress, causing the deaths of thousands and damage to Batman's plans of rebuilding society. [4] The character's creation and depiction was inspired by other works of fiction, such as the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Fu Manchu fiction. The wiki format allows anyone to create or edit any article, so we can all work together to create a comprehensive database for Batman: The Animated Series. The prince, who is sadistic to begin with, is driven completely insane by the Lazarus Pit. [57] After Shredder attempts to escape a confrontation with Batman and the Turtles, he is confronted by Ra's, who offers him an alliance. Ra's Al Ghul must routinely use the Lazarus Pits or the effects will dissolve over time. Created by editor Julius Schwartz, writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams, the character first appeared in Batman #232's "Daughter of the Demon" (June 1971). Originally appearing as an unnamed infant in the 1987 graphic novel Batman: Son of the Demon,[42] the character was introduced as Damian Wayne or Damian al Ghul (Arabic: دميان الغول) by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert in 2006. He and his daughter Talia first meet Bruce in the 40s at a Wayne Foundation auction to support the war effort, where The League of Shadows and the Nazis attempt to bid for a book detailing ancient treasures and locations. Aligning with Ra's al Ghul's character overview as an international environmental terrorist, in conjunction with the character's nomadic origins; co-creator Neal Adams has stated that the character has no fundamental regional/ethnic allegiance of any, necessarily. Whether this indicates Ra's' eventual return or a successor is unknown. Due to living so long, he assumes to have lost track of how old he is. Comparison of Ra's' appearance and other Chinese tribesman (notably Huwe) provided throughout the comic book. Morrison, Grant. Subsequently, Ra's declares himself the "Demon's Head.". I am actually a very vigorous four hundred and forty-eight...or is it four hundred and fifty-three? [44] Damian is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, making him the grandson of Ra's al Ghul. She is torn between the love of her father and her beloved, Batman. The use of Arabic monikers in particular (in regards to demons) is used as a scare tactic in Ra's' history promoting both his influence, and reign of terror throughout the Greater Middle East—his first eradication of a sultanate as described in Birth of the Demon, the same actions insinuated to have been repeated in Batman and Robin Vol. Unknown to both men, Lucius Fox has already given Tim power of attorney leaving him in control of the Wayne Family resources. As his parting gift, he has left Batman the Heretics to keep him entertained. Ra's resumes the battle and attempts to kill Batman, but the monks at Nanda Parbat stop him and banish him from the temple. After Talia encounters and falls in love with Batman in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971), Ra's begins to consider Batman as a possible heir. Freeze, Clayface, Killer Croc, and Cheetah to keep the heroes at bay. Learning that the Demon's Head still lives, Batman and his team circle the globe, preventing further outbreaks of the virus. He was a terrorist mastermind who originally founded the League of Shadows with the purpose of jeopardizing Gotham City, thereby … 2 #23.3. She claims to have miscarried and the marriage is dissolved. He is aided in this quest by the Lazarus Pits, reservoirs of rejuvenating chemicals that restore the dead and dying to life; these pits have granted him a lifespan of several centuries. Batman soon discovers the whole affair is a charade orchestrated by Ra's to test Batman, which he passes. He also becomes a near-immortal, aging one year for every century. Ra's al Ghul had a cameo appearance in the animated film. Though defeated, Ra's does cause the temporary exit of Batman from the JLA, who now distrust the Caped Crusader. She is insulted by Damian's apparent rudeness and wants him to say please before letting him out. Nyssa begins plotting her revenge, which comes to fruition years later. - Ra's al Ghul to Jean Paul Valley. For his own part, Batman's opposition to Ra's is complicated by his love for the villain's daughter, Talia. 06. Determined to win, Batman drags the Sensei into the Fountain, where he is killed for not being a pure soul. [5][6] He is the son of Sensei; the father of Talia al Ghul, Nyssa Raatko, and Dusan al Ghul and the maternal grandfather of Damian Wayne. Ra's returns to prominence and comes dangerously close to realizing his dream of worldwide genocide in the "Contagion" story arc of the Batman titles. His Post-Crisis origin story is told in the graphic novel Batman: Birth of the Demon (1992) by Dennis O'Neil and Norm Breyfogle. With the recent loss of her sister, she has apparently taken control of The Demon. He was portrayed as an aged but highly skilled martial artist. [56], In the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover miniseries, when the Foot Clan initially arrive in Gotham, Batman considers the possibility that they are a branch of the League of Assassins, but dismisses the idea as the Foot's combat skills show a focus on a specific area of martial arts as opposed to the more varied skills of the League. He is also the current Robin. [24] Red Hood engages Ra's, as Essence joins the battle. Note: Batman: Birth of the Demon provides a rough figure of 500 years for Ra's al Ghul's age. She is the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, sister of Damian Wayne and granddaughter of Ra's al Ghul. Because his host body is decaying from radiation poisoning, he needs to transfer his mind into another host body. [4] The character is one of Batman's most enduring enemies and belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up Batman's rogues gallery, though given his high status as a supervillain, he has also come into conflict with Green Arrow and other heroes in the DC Universe. Dusan sacrifices his body in order to ensure his father's life. Ra's al Ghul in Batman: The Animated Series. Midway through comic book. Affiliations: The following are members of Ra's al Ghul's family: Created by Neal Adams in 1968,[32] the Sensei was originally introduced as high-ranking member of the League of Assassins. The superheroine is injured and healed in the Lazarus Pit, which also restores the Canary Cry she lost years earlier. First origin story told, later adapted/referenced throughout the main continuity. Damian was supposed to lead the Demon's Fist but Mara now leads the group since Damian's choosing his father over the League. Over time, he becomes a master of many forms of combat, notably fencing. Upon taking Ra's to a "Fountain of Essence", which contains the qualities of a Lazarus Pit, Batman is confronted with the sight of the Sensei, who is revealed to be Ra's' father. Ra's allies himself with Bane, the man who once crippled and nearly killed Batman. Morrison, Grant. Ra's eventually uses the Pit while still healthy, both increasing his strength and putting his life at risk, in an attempt to outmatch the Dark Knight. [38] She is murdered by Cassandra Cain during the One Year Later storyline. Created by Benjamin Percy and Jonboy Meyers, the character debuted in Teen Titans Vol.6 in December 2016. He also organizes the kidnapping of the relatives of active superheroes as a deterrent to their involvement in his plans and resurrects Alfred Pennyworth with one of his Lazarus Pits. Among first panels of the comic book. Ra's al Ghul was voiced by David Warner in the DC Animated Universe. Athanasia is the secret daughter of Talia and Bruce and raised by Talia without Bruce or even Damian's knowledge. The long-lived madman eludes justice again. He proceeds to strangle Sora, on whom he has already had his eye for some time. Ra's then leads his tribe to raze the city to the ground and kill all of its inhabitants. Batman also shares a love-hate relationship with Ra's daughter, the beautiful Talia. Ra's then orders him to press the button on his machines which would send New York City under the ocean. He was very aggressive until he met his father, Batman. 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 #232 (June 1971) However, mother and son escape before the plan is completed. He voted against using nuclear weapons to end the war in Western Europe between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. He believes that the best method by which this can be achieved is to eliminate most of humanity. Along with attaching false information and a false identity to Ra's al Ghul's file, Batman attaches a false prescription of potent medication that ensures slurred speech and next to zero mobility. Ra's usually refers to Batman as 'Detective', possibly in recognition of his formidable mental prowess, and the intellectual battles in which they engage, as opposed to Batman's traditional physical conflict. He is an Heir to the Demon Head and expected to one day lead the League. 11 years later, Catwoman aids Talia in escaping Paradise Island and the two Ghuls continue their search for Lazarus Pits. The Bond film, based on Ian Fleming's 1963 novel of the same name, has Corsican international crime lord Marc-Ange Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti, in the film) wanting 007 (George Lazenby) to marry his daughter Contessa Teresa (Diana Rigg). He is born with the name Dusan al Ghul but because he was an albino Ra's called him "the failed one" and kept him alive only out of pity. Ra's accepts this latest rebuke and, with the help of his men, overpower Batman and capture Damian, who has arrived to try and help his father. Ra's catches the boy writing his own memoirs in their original language, of which Ra's has forbidden all records. It is too late for Ra's, as Nyssa stabs her father through the heart, seemingly killing him for good. 0. Determined to win, Batman drags the Sensei into the Fountain, where he is killed for not being a pure soul. https://batman.fandom.com/wiki/Ra%27s_al_Ghul?oldid=226267. Defeated, Ra's bows out of the plan gracefully but claims that there is no cure for the disease. Ra's also appeared, after a fashion, in the. As an albino, he was never considered a potential heir to his father's empire. The child is eventually born and left at an orphanage (eventually taking the name Ibn al Xu'ffasch). To his disappointment, Nyssa refuses to give herself or her family to Ra's; he retaliates by disowning her. [62], Ra's serves as a major antagonist in the comic prequel series to the video game Injustice 2. "The Clench") in Gotham City, putting Batman in conflict with a force he seemingly cannot defeat. "I raised you to be a new Alexander, a world conquerer... but you failed me over and over." One day you'll rule the world." Ra's convinces the head of his tribe, his uncle, to follow Ra's in his quest for revenge by promising the downfall of the king of the city. Real name: In Kingdom Come, a rogue superhuman claimed that Ra's al Ghul was killed. The only identification provided is Talia's jewel-encrusted necklace, which once belonged to Talia's mother. Ra's considers Bane a potential heir to his empire, despite his daughter Talia's distaste for the criminal mastermind. He believes that the best way to achieve this balance is to eliminate most of humanity. Ra's al Ghul, also known as Henri Ducard, is the main antagonist of The Dark Knight Trilogy, first appearing as the main antagonist of both Batman Begins and its video game adaptation, and the posthumous overarching antagonist of The Dark Knight Rises.. The Lazarus Pits have considerably prolonged Raʼs' life, making him particularly dangerous as he has honed his combat skills for centuries. Rucka, Greg. In The New 52 (a 2011 reboot of the DC Comics universe), Ra's al Ghul appears in a hooded robe at the League of Assassins' city of 'Eth Alth'eban. Ra's is set free by the son of a dying elderly woman, who Ra's had earlier examined. Batman takes an unconscious Ra's directly to Arkham where it is believed he really is the schizophrenic prisoner "Terry Gene Kase" who has just been transferred to Arkham to finish out multiple life sentences. Batman comforts Nyssa in her dying moments and closes her eyes before he leaves. [35] He ultimately sacrificed himself to ensure his father's survival during the Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul storyline. Ra's finds Bruce in the maze and threatens his life, but Bruce escapes as Ra's manages to obtain one of the books. Midway through the comic book. Nyssa plots to destroy all hope and optimism in the world by assassinating Superman with Kryptonite bullets she steals from the Batcave. Despite being mortal enemies, Ra's al Ghul and Batman maintain some level of respect towards one another. Ra's and the son head into the desert to seek the tribe of Ra's birth. Batman taught him how to calm himself and trained him to be the new Robin. In the "Tower of Babel" storyline, in JLA #43–46, Ra's discovers Batman's contingency plans for stopping the other members of the Justice League of America, should they turn or be turned evil, and uses them to try to destroy the group.