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Talia al Ghul


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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Detective Comics #411 (May 1971)
Created by Denny O'Neil
Characteristics
Alter ego Talia al Ghul
Affiliations Secret Society of Super Villains
Jason Todd
LexCorp
League of Assassins
Notable aliases Talia Head
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

Talia al Ghul is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, the now-estranged daughter of the supervillain Ra's al Ghul, and a love interest of Batman. She sometimes uses an anglicized form of her name, Talia Head (derived from her father's name, which is Arabic for "Head of the Demon"). DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Categories: Comics stubs | Batman | DC Comics titles ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Dennis ONeil (A.K.A. Denny ONeil) is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Lex Luthor is a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ... The League of Assassins is an organization of killers formerly led by Ras al Ghul, an enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... A Lazarus pit is a fictional natural phenomena in the Batman comics used most commonly by Ras al Ghul to regenerate his body. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Ras al Ghul (sometimes written Rās al Ghūl) (Arabic: رأس الغول) (Ras can be pronounced as both RA-AHS and RAY-SH) is a DC Comics supervillain, and an enemy of Batman. ... The love interest is a stock character, an object of romantic admiration and attraction for the principal character(s), or heroes. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Anglicized refers to foreign words, often surnames, that are changed from a foreign language into English. ... The Arabic language (Arabic: ‎ translit: ), or simply Arabic (Arabic: ‎ translit: ), is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ...


She first appeared in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971). Her usual role is as a recurring romantic interest for Batman; her father, the leader of a worldwide criminal empire, considers Batman the man most worthy to marry Talia and to become his heir. It is natural that Batman is uninterested in the criminal empire, but he has shown considerable interest in Talia. Categories: Comics stubs | Batman | DC Comics titles ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


She is a complex character, not quite heroine nor villainess but more of an anti-hero. She has undoubtedly committed criminal acts; however, they were usually committed due to her loyalty to her father rather than for personal gain. She has saved Batman's life or helped him on numerous occasions. Furthermore, she helped to bring about the downfall of Lex Luthor. In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain and Supermans nemesis. ...

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Character biography

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Early life

The graphic novel Batman: Birth of the Demon (1992) tells how her father Ra's al Ghul met Talia's mother, who was of mixed Chinese and Arab descent, at the Woodstock Festival. Talia's mother later died of a drug overdose. This was a retcon of Batman: Son of the Demon (1987), which stated that Talia's mother was named Melisande and was murdered by a former servant of Ra's named Qayin. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Arabs (Arabic: عرب) are an ethnic group who are predominantly speakers of the Arabic language, mainly found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A drug overdose occurs when a chemical substance (i. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In her youth, Ra's took her traveling with him around the world. He taught her hand-to-hand combat as well as the use of most conventional weapons, from swords to guns. She helped him in the management of various organizations that he controlled.

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Batman

Talia first met Batman in the story "Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!" in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971) by Denny O'Neil. In the story, Batman rescued her from Dr. Darkk, apparently the leader of the League of Assassins. At the end of the story, she shoots and kills Darkk to save Batman's life. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Dennis ONeil (A.K.A. Denny ONeil) is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s. ... The League of Assassins is an organization of killers formerly led by Ras al Ghul, an enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ...


There are reasons to believe that the entire incident with Dr. Darkk was a setup designed to test Batman. These reasons include:

  • Ra's al Ghul, not Dr. Darkk, has always been the undisputed leader of the League of Assassins.
  • The members of the League of Assassins are fanatics willing to die at a word from Ra's or Talia.
  • Talia's acting as a damsel in distress, unfamiliarity with and reluctance to use a gun, and reluctance to kill, are all behaviors completely inconsistent with future characterizations of Talia.
  • The killing of Dr. Darkk, thus preventing him from being able to talk, is very convenient for Ra's and the League of Assassins.

That "Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!" was a setup would be consistent with the storyline of the next appearance of Talia, in "Daughter of the Demon" in Batman #232 (June 1971). This storyline, by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams, introduced Ra's al Ghul and is widely considered one of the greatest classic Batman stories. In "Daughter of the Demon", 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 loved Batman and that the entire kidnapping was a setup designed by Ra's as a final test of whether Batman were suitable to marry Talia and to become his heir. Though Batman rejected Ra's offer, he nevertheless returned Talia's feelings. The League of Assassins is an organization of killers formerly led by Ras al Ghul, an enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... Fans that are determined to be the number one fans of celebrities get the chance to meet their idols and usually hang out for a day. ... A poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... USS Iowa (BB-61) fires a full broadside of nine 16/50 and six 5/38 guns during a target exercise near Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, 1 July 1984. ... The League of Assassins is an organization of killers formerly led by Ras al Ghul, an enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76 (April 1970), the first of a landmark run by artist Neal Adams and writer Denny ONeil. ... A classic image of Batman and Robin reinterpreted by painter Alex Ross. ... The Batcave is the secret headquarters of fictional DC Comics superhero Batman, (the dual identity of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne), consisting of a series of subterranean caves beneath his residence, Wayne Manor. ... For other uses of this term, please see Secret identity (disambiguation). ...

Talia is often depicted as being torn between devotion for her father and love for Batman.
Talia is often depicted as being torn between devotion for her father and love for Batman.

In the years since Talia met Batman, she would repeatedly be torn between loyalty to her father and her love of Batman. Talia Al Ghul, Batman & Ras al Ghul. ... Talia Al Ghul, Batman & Ras al Ghul. ...

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Bane

In the miniseries Batman: Bane of the Demon (March-June 1998), Talia entered a brief alliance with Bane, the man who "broke the Bat" in KnightSaga and whom Ra's had determined might be suitable as an heir. However, after a short time, she rejected Bane, though her father still wanted her to marry the musclebound assassin. When Bane was shortly afterwards defeated by Batman, however, Ra's gave up on trying to match Bane with Talia. A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Bane is the DC Comics supervillain best known for breaking Batmans back. ... Cover to Batman #497: The breaking of the Bat. ...

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LexCorp

Talia, disillusioned with her father and his plans, left him to run LexCorp for Lex Luthor when Luthor became President of the United States. Although she seemingly supported Luthor, she secretly worked to undermine him, anonymously leaking news of his underhanded dealings to Superman. In Superman/Batman #6 (March 2004), when the time came for Luthor's downfall, she sold all of LexCorp's assets to the Wayne Foundation. Lex Luthor is a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain and Supermans nemesis. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wayne Foundation is a fictional charitable foundation started by Bruce Wayne (better known as Batman) and named for his father, Thomas Wayne. ...

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Death and the Maidens

In Batman: Death and the Maidens, it was revealed that, during his travels in Russia in the 18th century, Ra's al Ghul met a woman by whom he had a daughter named Nyssa. Ra's abandoned Nyssa at a crucial time: she was tortured, and her entire family was killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Seeking vengeance, Nyssa planned to use her considerable wealth and resources to kill Ra's by befriending, kidnapping, and brainwashing Talia, turning her into a weapon to kill Ra's. Nyssa also planned to assassinate Superman with kryptonite bullets she stole from the Batcave. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Nyssa Raatko is a character in the Batman comic books. ... Prior to and during World War II Nazi Germany maintained concentration camps (Konzentrationslager or KZ) throughout the territory it controlled. ... Selection procedure of Hungarian Jews at the Auschwitz camp on 26 May 1944, where the Nazis chose whom to kill immediately and whom to use as slave labor or for medical experimentation. ... Brainwashing, also known as thought reform or re-education, is the application of coercive techniques to change the beliefs or behavior of one or more people usually for political or religious purposes. ... Superman, Phantom Zone criminals, and Jimmy Olsen, in front of a display of kryptonite models. ... The Batcave is the secret headquarters of fictional DC Comics superhero Batman, (the dual identity of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne), consisting of a series of subterranean caves beneath his residence, Wayne Manor. ...


While Batman was successful in preventing the assassination of Superman, he was unable to stop Nyssa from killing Ra's. This, in turn, was actually part of a greater plan concocted by Ra's, who wanted to ensure that his daughters would realize that he was correct about his perceptions of the world and what needed to be done to it. His wish being that they would come to accept their destinies as his heirs. Realizing and accepting this, Nyssa and Talia are currently the heads of the League of Assassins, with Talia disavowing her love for Bruce Wayne. (Both sisters consider Batman to be their enemy.) However, it is unclear whether Talia is acting fully under her own volition, or if she is under the control of her sister.

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The Society

In Countdown to Infinite Crisis, it was revealed that Talia was one of the core members of the Secret Society of Super Villains (the others were Lex Luthor, Black Adam, Doctor Psycho, Deathstroke, and Calculator). Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... Black Adam is a fictional comic book character, appearing in DC Comics, whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains in the past. ... Doctor Psycho is a supervillain in Wonder Womans rogues gallery. ... Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator), is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Calculator is a DC Comics supervillain, initially created by Bob Rozakis in the 1970s. ...

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Ibn al Xu'ffasch

In the graphic novel Son of the Demon, Ra's al Ghul successfully enlisted Batman's aid in defeating a rogue assassin who had murdered his wife. During this story line, Batman married Talia and she became pregnant. Batman was nearly killed protecting Talia from an attack by the assassin's agents. In the end, Talia concluded that she could never keep Batman, as he would be continuously forced to defend her. She faked suffering a miscarriage, and the marriage was dissolved. A pregnant woman Pregnancy is the process by which a mammalian female carries a live offspring from conception until it develops to the point where the offspring is capable of living outside the womb. ... Miscarriage or spontaneous abortion is the natural or accidental termination of a pregnancy at a stage where the embryo or the fetus is incapable of surviving, generally defined at a gestation of prior to 20 weeks. ...


In reality, Talia had given birth successfully. The child was left at an orphanage; he was adopted and given the name Ibn al Xu'ffasch. The only clue to the child's heritage was a jewel-encrusted necklace Batman had given to Talia which Talia left with the child. Ibn al Xuffasch is a character in the Batman comic book series who is the biological son of Batman and Talia al Ghul. ...


The story used to be considered to be outside of the DC universe's standard continuity. It is referenced in three Elseworlds storylines: Kingdom Come, its sequel The Kingdom, and Brotherhood of the Bat feature two alternate versions of the child as an adult, coming to terms with his dual heritage. Elseworlds logo. ... The cover to Absolute Kingdom Come by Alex Ross (2006) Kingdom Come is a comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics, written by Mark Waid and painted by Alex Ross. ... The Kingdom is a comic book miniseries published by DC Comics, written by Mark Waid. ...

Ibn is introduced to continuity in the story "Batman and Son". However, in this version, Talia did not abandon the child (called Damien), and he was partially raised by The League of Assasins. 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 his spoiled behavior and rotten temper. Damien does not have the ethics of Tim Drake or Batman, and kills a criminal and (seemingly) murders Drake. Ninja ) were agents of espionage, sabotage, and assassination in feudal Japan (from Kamakura period to Edo period), who served feudal rulers (daimyo or shogun). ... Man-Bat (real name Dr. Kirk Langstrom) is a fictional character in DC Comics universe who first appeared in Detective Comics #400, illustrated by Neal Adams. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ...

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In other media

In Batman: The Animated Series, Talia is voiced by Helen Slater, who is known for her portrayal of Supergirl, another DC Comics character, in the film Supergirl. Three of the episodes of the animated series are based on the two classic Talia stories "Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!" and "Daughter of the Demon". The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... Helen Slater Helen Rachel Slater (neé Schlachter, born December 15, 1963 in Massapequa, New York) is an American film actress and singer-songwriter of Jewish descent. ... It has been suggested that Kara Zor-El be merged into this article or section. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Supergirl was released in 1984, starring Helen Slater in her first motion picture role. ...


In the Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past" (a show that takes place in the future of BTAS) it was revealed that, before dying, Ra's al Ghul transferred his mind into Talia's body, "killing" Talia in the process. Actress Olivia Hussey, who is known for playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1968), voiced this incarnation of Talia. Olivia also previously voiced Talia in The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Batman Beyond (Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America and Australia/New Zealand) was an American animated television series created by WB Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Olivia Hussey as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, 1968 Olivia Hussey (born Olivia Osuna on April 17, 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentinian-British actress perhaps best known for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirellis 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet. ... Romeo and Juliet (1968) is an Oscar-winning film adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. ... The New Batman/Superman Adventures was the title given to an anthology series that combined Superman: The Animated Series and the reimagined Batman: The Animated Series. ...


She does not appear in Batman Begins but is mentioned in the novelization. Batman Begins is a 2005 Academy Award-nominated superhero film based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Nolan and David S. Goyer. ...

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Talia - Multiversal Omnipedia (410 words)
Talia was the daughter of Ra's al Ghul and a hippie he met at Woodstock, Talia was raised by her father and served him in his goals to remake the Earth.
Talia was a ruthless warrior, and a strong leader, but lacked the killing instinct of Ra's, and he knew it, which is why he hoped to marry her off to a worthy suitor to produce an heir.
Talia was later abducted and brain washed by her older half sister, Nyssa and used as a pawn in a revenge campaign against Ra's al Ghul.
Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Talia al Ghul (1742 words)
Talia al Ghul (تاليا الغول) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, the now-estranged daughter of the supervillain Ra's al Ghul, and a love interest of Batman.
Talia's acting as a damsel in distress, unfamiliarity with and reluctance to use a gun, and reluctance to kill, are all behaviors completely inconsistent with future characterizations of Talia.
The child of Talia and Batman from Son of the Demon is reintroduced to continuity in the story "Batman & Son", written by Grant Morrison.
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