My penultimate look of the best rogues and we're into the Top 10 when it comes to the villains that have proven to be worthy adversaries for the Dark Knight.
6: Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel)
This character might be less than thirty years old having made her debut in Batman: The Animated Series first before transitioning into the comics (and popping up in shows such as Birds Of Prey and Arrow) but she's certainly turned out to be a far more interesting and endearing character and her genuine friendship with fellow Rogue member, Poison Ivy has probably been more interesting than her destructive relationship with the Joker but either way, Harley has proven to be quite a force to be reckoned with in various mediums.
7: Two-Face (Harvey Dent)
Scarred by Sal Maroni and popping up in movies such as Batman Forever and The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent might have once been a strong force in trying to get the criminals off the streets of Gotham but he soon became every bit as dangerous as many of the criminals he took on and his ongoing rivalry with Batman has kept many of us entertained for years. However outing Montoya was not one of his greatest moments.
8: Ras Al Ghul
Also known as the demon and a man who has lived for centuries. Also known as the father of Talia (and Nyssa), grandfather to Damien (ugh) and someone who original wanted the Detective (Batman) to become his natural heir. While Ras is certainly a dangerous presence and one that was nicely brought to life in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy by Liam Neeson and will be appearing in Arrow soon, he also one of the more complex of Batman's adversaries as well.
9: The Scarecrow (Jonathan Crane)
He might not look physically threatening and I won't lie - in general scarecrow don't really generate much in the way of fear for me, but Crane is one of the nastiest and creepiest members of the Rogue Gallery and with his fear toxins, he can certainly put the frighteners on anyone unlucky to be around him.
The man who literally broke Batman's back and a far more interesting character than I was previously led to believe in Batman & Robin. Luckily both the comics and The Dark Knight Rises have been more than enough to showcase how much of a physical and strategic threat this particular character can be when he has gone up against Batman and because of that, he just about manages to get into my Top 10 list.
The last of this list will be up tomorrow.