Talia al Ghul (DC)
Search for 'Talia al Ghul (DC)' on Amazon
Talia was the younger daughter of Ra's al Ghul, considered heir to his empire despite her independent streak.
She entered Batman's life when he rescued her from Dr. Ebenezer Darkk, who had recently split from Ra's League of Assassins. After her rescue, she shot and killed the man who had affronted her father. Batman's arrival caught her attention, and after telling the Demon's Head of this heroic figure, began a relationship that mixed passion with betrayal, love with deceit, and left the Dark Knight with a son.
The entire Dr. Darkk incident was considered a test for Batman, gauging his suitability to assume control of the league and run Ra's operation. Ra's had Robin kidnapped, then introduced himself to Batman in the Batcave, noting that his own daughter was kidnapped in the same way. Batman's investigation and rescue of the pair convinced Ra's that Batman was a suitable heir, but the Dark Knight rejected the offer of Talia and Ra's business.
From the beginning, Talia found herself drawn to Batman despite their differing views of the world. His outright rejection of her father's offer, and subsequent efforts to dismantle the league, only seemed to encourage her own independence. When Batman and Ra's dueled in the desert, he was struck by a scorpion; as he lay dying under the blazing sun, she slipped him the antidote.
Little has been recorded about her early years or even who her mother was. She was clearly well educated in the arts and sciences in addition to being trained in weaponry and martial arts. She never knew her older half sister, Nyssa Raatko, and seemed to have been raised in isolation, under a's watchful eye. Her mother, of mixed Asian and Arabic descent, met the Demon's Head at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. One account indicated that the woman's name was Melisande, and that she was killed by one of Ra's servants, Qayin. Another account left the woman nameless and said she died from a drug overdose. Over the next several years Talia would turn up in Batman's life as ally or opponent, as the situation dictated. He continued to acknowledge but resist the attraction between them. At one point Ra's ga sed Batman, and when he awoke the Dark Knight discovered that Ra's had performed a marriage ceremony for him and Talia. The marriage remained unconsummated at that point: The Caped Crusader escaped and refused to acknowledge the bond.
At some later point they did finally admit their attraction and love, which resulted in another ceremony, followed by the birth of their son, Damian.
However, he continued to reject Talia so Ra's had her betrothed, instead, to Bane. She rejected the international brute, and after Batman defeated him, Ra's agreed that he was unworthy of his "only" daughter. Talia remained affectionate toward her "detective" but gave up on thoughts of a life together. Instead, she changed her focus toward charting her own destiny.
She abandoned her father and, using the name Talia Head, accepted Lex Luthor's offer to run LexCorp when he took office as president of the United States. To seal the deal, she provided Lex with a disk containing details of her father's operations. Once she took over the conglomerate, Talia fed incriminating information about Luthor's operations to Superman and Batman, which helped lead to the president's downfall. She then sold off parts of the company to Wayne Enterprises.
Talia returned to the family business when she was befriended by Nyssa, who proved to be her considerably older half sister, preserved, like their father, by the Lazarus Pits. Nyssa tortured Talia, killing and resurrecting her, using the moments of madness provided by a pit to turn Talia into her agent. In time, Talia located her fat er and finally killed him. Nyssa and Talia then assumed control of the League of Assassins. The changes hardened Talia's attitude toward Batman; she now opposed him more than allying herself with the Dark Knight. Additionally, after Batgirl killed Nyssa, Talia took control of the league, setting herself up as one of the most dangerous people on Earth.
The five-foot-eight woman used her newfound position of Demon's Head to become a founding member of Lex Luthor's Society, a band of super villains dedicated to wiping out the planet's super heroes. She toured the world, recruiting members, punishing those who refused membership, and opposing the heroes whenever they turned up. After the events known as Infinite Crisis, Talia began her own schemes, which included obtaining Kirk Langstrom's Man-Bat formula and creating an army of man-bats. She intended to obtain weapons of mass destruction from the British military, sending her son Damian to distract Batman. In the end, Batman stopped the plan as Damian chose his mother over his father, and the pair seemingly died in an explosion. However, they survived the explosion, although her son was injured and required a transplant of his major organs.
(aka Talia Head)
First Appearance: Detective Comics (1937) #411
Talia al Ghul (DC) is a favorite character of 19 users
View a chronological listing of this character's appearances
Absolute Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn (2012)
Absolute Batman Incorporated (2015)
HC Action Comics (1938)
- 'Absolute Batman Incorporated'
Annual 13 Adventures of Superman (1987)
- 'Father Box/A Father's Box'HC
- 'Superman: The Black Ring, Volume 2'TPB
- 'Superman: The Black Ring, Volume 2'#760
- '...Never-Ending Battle...'#772
- 'Kith & Kin, Part One'#773
- 'Kith & Kin, Part Two'
#5 Azrael: Death's Dark Knight (2009)
- 'Fallen Angel, Part 5: The Abduction'#6
- 'Fallen Angel, Part 6: The Temptation'#7
- 'Fallen Angel, Part 7: The Curse'#9
- 'Azrael on the Run, Part One: Breakout'#29
- 'Angel Errant, Part 1: The Descent'#30
- 'Angel Errant, Part 2: The Descent'
TPB Batgirl (2000)
- 'Death's Dark Knight'#1
- 'Book One: Simple Sacrifices'#2
- 'Book Two: Give and Take'#3
- 'Book Three: Why Ask Why?'
TPB Batman (1940)
- 'Destruction's Daughter'#69
- 'Destruction's Daughter, Part 4: Love's Labors...'
Absolute Edition Batman [GER] (2007)
- 'Hush'Annual 08
- 'The Messiah of the Crimson Sun'Annual 08 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Messiah of the Crimson Sun'Annual 25
- 'Daedalus and Icarus, the Return of Jason Todd'Annual 26
- 'Resurrection Shuffle'HC
- 'Batman R.I.P.: The Deluxe Edition'HC
- 'The Black Glove'HC
- 'Batman And Son'HC
- 'The Black Glove Deluxe Edition'HC
- 'Hush Unwrapped'HC
- 'Hush Volume 2'HC
- 'Batman Unwrapped: R.I.P.'HC
- 'Hush Volume 1'TPB
- 'Batman and Son'TPB
- 'The Black Glove'TPB
- 'Under The Hood Vol. 2'TPB
- 'Hush, Vol. 1'TPB
- 'Hush, Vol. 2'TPB
- 'Batman R.I.P'TPB
- 'Batman: Under The Red Hood'TPB (2014 Edition)
- 'Batman and Son'TPB (2nd Printing)
- 'Batman and Son'TPB (3rd Printing)
- 'Hush, Vol. 2'TPB (3rd Printing)
- 'Batman: Under The Red Hood'TPB (3rd Printing)
- 'Batman and Son'TPB (4th Printing)
- 'Batman and Son'TPB (4th Printing)
- 'Hush'TPB (4th Printing)
- 'Hush, Vol. 1'TPB (5th Printing)
- 'Hush, Vol. 2'TPB (5th Printing)
- 'Hush'TPB (9th Printing)
- 'Daughter of the Demon'#235
- 'Swamp Sinister'#240
- 'Vengeance For A Dead Man!'#243
- 'The Lazarus Pit!'#244
- 'The Demon Lives Again!'#257
- 'Hail Emperor Penguin!'#330
- 'Short Circuit!'#331 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'His name is the Electrocutioner...and his game is death!'#332
- 'The Lazarus Affair: Chapter One: Fallout!'#332 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Lazarus Affair!'#333
- 'The Lazarus Affair: Chapter Two: The China Syndrome!'#333 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The China Syndrome!'#334
- 'The Lazarus Affair: Chapter Three: Infinity Island!'#334 (Newsstand Edition)#335
- 'The Lazarus Affair: Chapter Four: Ashes To Ashes!'#400
- 'Resurrection Night!'#561
- 'Road to No Man's Land: Bruce Wayne Goes To Washington, Part Two: The Witness'#611
- 'Hush, Chapter Four: The City'#616
- 'Hush, Chapter Nine: The Assassins'#655
- 'Batman & Son, Part 1: Building a Better Batmobile'#656
- 'Batman & Son, Part 2: Man-Bats of London'#658
- 'Batman & Son, Part 4: Absent Fathers'#665
- 'The Black Casebook'#666
- 'Batman in Bethlehem'#670
- 'A Prelude to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul: Lazarus Rising'#670 (2nd Printing)
- 'A Prelude to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul: Lazarus Rising'#670 (Sketch Variant)
- 'A Prelude to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul: Lazarus Rising'#671
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Part 4: He who is Master'#675
- 'The Fiend with Nine Eyes'#680
- 'The Thin White Duke of Death'#681
- 'Hearts in Darkness'#683
- 'What the Butler Saw'
#4 Batman 3-D (1990)
- 'Ein besseres Batmobil / Man-Bats in London / E. Nigma, Detektiv und Berater'#5
- 'Wunderknaben / Abwesende Väter / Unkraut'#10
- 'Die drei Geister des Batman / Die Schwarze Akte / Haibiss'#11
- 'Die Legende von Batman - Wer er ist und wie er dazu wurde / Die Belagerung'#16
- 'Wiederauferstehungstanz / Lazarus erwacht'#17
- 'Die Auferstehung des Ra's al Ghul 1-3'#18
- 'Die Auferstehung des Ra's al Ghul 4-6'
Batman and Robin (2009)
HC vol. 02 Batman Black and White (1996)
- 'Batman vs. Robin - The Deluxe Edition'TPB vol. 02
- 'Batman vs. Robin'#7
- 'Pearly and the Pit'#10
- 'The Haunting of Wayne Manor'#11
- 'Mexican Train'
Batman Il Calice (2001)
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams (2003)
Batman In The Seventies (2000)
TPB Batman Incorporated (2011)
- 'Batman In The Seventies'
HC Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! (2012)
- 'Batman, Incorporated: The Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'Batman, Incorporated'
#1 Batman Legends (2007)
- 'Chapter 1: The School of Night; Chapter 2: Leviathan Strikes!'
Batman Sonderband (1989)
#8 Batman Unwrapped: Andy Kubert (2014)
HC Batman Versus Bane (2012)
- 'Batman Unwrapped: Andy Kubert'
TPB Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins 2005 (2005)
- 'Batman Versus Bane'
Batman World (2012)
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
HC Batman: Arkham Unhinged (2011)
- 'Batman: Arkham City'TPB
- 'Batman: Arkham City'
#39 Batman: Arkham Unhinged (2012)
- 'Chapter 39: Beloved: Part 2'#40
- 'Chapter 40: Beloved: Part 3'
Batman: Bane (1997)
Batman: Bane of the Demon (1998)
Batman: Birth of the Demon (1992)
Batman: Birth of the Demon (2012)
TPB Batman: Bride of the Demon (1990)
- 'Batman: Birth of the Demon'
Batman: Dark Knight Gallery (1996)
Batman: Death and the Maidens (2003)
HC Batman: Gotham Knights (2000)
- 'Batman: Death and the Maidens The Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'Death and the Maidens'TPB (2nd Printing)
- 'Death and the Maidens'#2
- 'Chapter Two'#3
- 'Chapter Three'#4
- 'Chapter Four'#5
- 'Chapter Five'#6
- 'Chapter Six'#7
- 'Chapter Seven'#8
- 'Chapter Eight'#9
- 'Chapter Nine'
TPB Batman: Harley Quinn (2015)
- 'Hush Returns'#66
- 'Job Termination'
TPB Batman: Il Figlio del Demone (1997)
- 'Batman: Harley Quinn'
Batman: La Nascita del Demone (1998)
Batman: Legacy (1996)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Annual 01 Batman: Masterpieces (1998)
- 'The Demon Laughs, Part One: Exit Screaming'#143
- 'The Demon Laughs, Part Two: Running Wild'#144
- 'The Demon Laughs, Part Three: The March Hare'#145
- 'The Demon Laughs, Part Four: Mad About You'
Batman: No Man's Land (1999)
Batman: Odyssey (2010)
Batman: Odyssey (2011)
#5 Batman: Odyssey (2012)
- 'Part 11'#6
- 'Part 12'#7
- 'Part 13'
HC Batman: Our Worlds at War (2001)
- 'Batman: Odyssey'TPB
- 'Batman: Odyssey'
Batman: Shadow of the Bat (1992)
TPB vol. 02 Batman: Son of the Demon (1987)
- 'Batman: Shadow of the Bat Volume 2'#21
- 'Knightquest: The Search: Bruce Wayne, Part One: The Hood'
Batman: Tales of the Demon (1991)
Batman: The Chalice (1999)
Batman: The Demon Awakes (1989)
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul (2008)
HC Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman (2009)
- 'Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul'TPB
- 'Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul'
TPB Batman: Under the Cowl (2010)
- 'Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman'
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (2009)
HC Batman/Spider-Man (1997)
- 'Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? The Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?'
Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity (2003)
HC Birds of Prey (1999)
- 'Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity Deluxe Edition'HC
- 'Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity'TPB
TPB vol. 07 Black Adam: The Dark Age (2007)
- 'Perfect Pitch'TPB vol. 08
- 'Blood And Circuits'#26
- 'The Suitor!'#31
- 'The Big Romance'#32
- 'The Stray'#33
- 'The Courtship'#34
- 'Part 4: Heartbreaker!'#35
- 'The Shout'#47
- 'The Chaotic Code, Part One: Icarus Rising'#48
- 'The Chaotic Code, Part Two: Crash & Burn'#49
- 'The Chaotic Code, Part Three: Family Matters'#87
- 'Perfect Pitch, Part One'#90
- 'Perfect Pitch, Part Four'#92
- 'Progeny, Part One: Inseparable'#96
- 'Headhunt, Part One: Through the Shards of a Looking Glass'#97
- 'Headhunt, Part Two: The Piper Must Be Paid'
TPB Black Lightning (1977)
- 'Black Adam: The Dark Age'#3
Black Lightning: Year One (2009)
TPB Booster Gold (2007)
- 'Black Lightning: Year One'#3#4
#7 Breach (2005)
- 'Blue & Gold, Chapter 2: O.M.A.C.'D'
#3 Comic 2000 (1991)
- 'The Beacon'#7
Bd. 03 Countdown (2007)
- 'Batman: Braut des Dämons'Bd. 09
- 'Batman: Der Kreis schließt sich'
Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)
#1 Crossover Classics (1991)
- 'Countdown to Infinite Crisis'
Damian: Son of Batman (2013)
HC Danny Fingeroth's Write Now! (2002)
- 'Damian: Son of Batman The Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'Damian: Son of Batman'
DC Comics Colección Novelas Gráficas (2016)
#27 DC Comics Essentials: Batman and Son (2014)
- 'Batman: El Nacimiento del Demonio - Parte I'#28
- 'Batman: El Nacimiento del Demonio - Parte II'
One-Shot DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
- 'Batman and Son, Part 1: Building a Better Batmobile'
#8 DC Comics Presents: Batman - The Demon Laughs (2011)
- 'Batman: Batmans Sohn'#42
- 'Batman: Die Geburt des Dämons, Teil 1'#43
- 'Batman: Die Geburt des Dämons, Teil 2'#130
- 'Batwoman: Das Klagelied der Fledermaus'
#1 DC Comics Presents: Robin War 100-Page Super Spectacular (2016)
- 'DC Comics Presents: Batman - The Demon Laughs'
DC Comics Presents: Superman (2010)
DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
HC DC Retroactive: Batman - The '70s (2011)
- 'DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner'
DC Special Series (1977)
#15 DC Universe: Origins (2009)
- 'Batman Spectacular'
TPB DC/Marvel (1996)
- 'DC Universe: Origins'
#16 Detective Comics (1937)
- 'Batman & Spider-Man'
Annual 01  Final Crisis (2008)
- 'Fables, Part I: The Monkey Trap'Annual 02
- 'Blood Secrets'Annual 04
- 'Private Casebook'TPB
- 'Private Casebook'TPB
- 'Batman: New Gotham Volume 1'TPB
- 'New Gotham, Vol. 01: Evolution'#0
- 'Choice of Weapons'#411
- 'Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!'#444#448
- 'Bedlam Beneath the Big Top!'#471
- 'The Dead Yet Live'#485#490#526
- 'All My Enemies Against Me!'#566
- 'Know Your Foes'#700
- 'Legacy, Part One: Progeny of the Demon'#701
- 'Legacy, Part Six: Gotham's Scourge'#750#838
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Part Three'#839
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Conclusion: Entitlement'#840
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul: Epilogue'#842
- 'The Suit of Sorrows'#853
- 'Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Part 2 of 2'
Final Crisis Companion (2009)
TPB Final Crisis: Requiem (2008)
- 'Final Crisis Companion'
#1 Gotham City Sirens (2009)
- 'Final Crisis: Requiem Caretakers of Mars'
#2 Infinite Crisis Countdown (2006)
- 'Girls Talk'#16
- 'Beginning Again'#17
- 'Ending Again'#18
- 'Behind The Bat, Behind The Clown.'
Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006 (2006)
#43 JLA Secret Files (1997)
- 'Tower of Babel, Part 1: Survival of the Fittest'#44
- 'Tower of Babel, Part 2: Seven Little Indians'#45
- 'Tower of Babel, Part 3: Protected by the Cold'
JLA: The Nail (1998)
#70 JSA: Classified (2005)
- 'JSA/JSA, Chapter 3: High Societies'#76
- 'In Search Of...'
#6 Justice League of America (2006)
- 'Honor Among Thieves, Part 2'#7
- 'Honor Among Thieves, Part 3'
#21 Legends of the Dark Knight [I] (2012)
- 'The Gathering Crisis'
#50 Legends of the Dark Knight [II] (2012)
- 'Dr. Quinn's Diagnosis Part 2 of 2'
Legends of the Dark Knight 100-Page Super Spectacular (2014)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
#138 Nightwing Secret Files (1999)
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Part Two: The Lesser of Two Evils'#139
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Part Six: Living Proof'#140
- 'Freefall, Chapter One'#141
- 'Freefall, Chapter Two'#144
- 'Freefall, Chapter Five'#145
- 'Freefall, Chapter Six'#146
- 'Freefall: Conclusion'#153
- 'Black Dawn'
Plastic Man (2004)
#19 Red Hood: Lost Days (2010)
- 'The Edwina Crisis, Chapter 2: The Death of Billy Batson'#20
- 'The Edwina Crisis, Chapter 3: The Gritty, Realistic Conclusion!'
#1 Red Robin (2009)
- 'Prologue: The First Step'#1 (Variant)
- 'Prologue: The First Step'#2
- 'Higher Learning'#6
- 'Benediction and Commencement'
#8 Robin (1993)
- 'Council of Spiders, Part Four of Four'#12
- 'Collision, The Conclusion'
#33 Secret Files President Luthor (2001)
- 'Legacy, Part Seven: Riptide'#168
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul, Part One: A Boy for the Demon'#169
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Part Five'
Secret Six (2006)
#1 Secret Six (2008)
- 'Six Degrees of Devastation, Part One: Exposed'
Shadow of the Batman (1985)
Suicide Squad (2001)
#170 Superman Monster Edition (2003)
- 'Bad Dog!: A Tale of Krypto the Superdog'#190
- 'Secret Identity'#198
- 'Not Dead Again'#223
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
#108 Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003 (2003)
- 'Metropolis is Burning'#120
- 'What Lies Beneath'#123
- 'Everyone Wants the Aegis'#124
- 'The Big Compromise'
Tales of the Batman: Don Newton (2011)
Tales of the Batman: Len Wein (2014)
HC The Batman Chronicles (1995)
- 'Tales of the Batman: Len Wein'
The Batman Gallery (1992)
#1 The Brave and the Bold (1955)
- 'The Batman Gallery'
#159 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'The Crystal Armageddon!'
HC The DC Universe by Neil Gaiman: The Deluxe Edition (2016)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
HC The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988)
- 'The DC Universe by Neil Gaiman: The Deluxe Edition'
The Saga of Ra's Al Ghul (1988)
Villains United (2005)
Infinite Crisis Special Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
- 'A Hero Dies But One'#1
- 'Villains United, Part One: And Empires in Their Purpose'#2
- 'Villains United, Part Two: A Fire in the Steppes'#3
- 'Villains United, Part Three: Privileged to Spill Her Blood'#4
- 'Villains United, Part Four: A Weapon to Unify'#5
- 'Villains United, Part Five: Victims of Aggression'#6
- 'Villains United, Part Six: At the End of All Things'
#16 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Batman To Ambush Bug'
- 'Krona to Losers'#23
- 'Syrene to Time Trapper'
League of Assassins (DC)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (03-Current)
Famous Quotes: - Add a Famous Quote
"What is it with men and these cities? They cling to them, like precious mistresses. Frightened the will leave in the dark if not pleased. Easier, I suppose, to love a city than bear the weight of true passion. Fragile and overwhelming. True poison. The touch that lingers. Easier to fight and fly and play at love than open your soul to it…and risk the unbearable dagger stab of loss. (Action Comics #772)"
< Previous Character | Next Character >
Add this character to a run of issues in a title
Suggest an image for this character
View the contribution history for this character