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Otis Flannegan (New Earth)

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Information-silkReal NameOtis Flannegan
Information-silkCurrent AliasThe Ratcatcher
Information-silkBase Of OperationsGotham City
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationCriminal; Rat-catcher
Information-silkHeight5' 10"
Information-silkWeight160 lbs (73 kg)
Information-silkOriginAt one time actual rat catcher in Gotham City, Otis Flannegan sank into a life of crime.
Information-silkUniverseNew Earth
Information-silkCreatorsAlan Grant, John Wagner, Norm Breyfogle
First AppearanceAppearance of Death

Quote1 Just call me The Ratcatcher official as was -- unofficial as is! Quote2
-- The Ratcatcher src


At one time actual rat catcher in Gotham City, Otis Flannegan sank into a life of crime. He's been imprisoned numerous times in his career (he's a regular in Blackgate penitentiary) for assault, kidnapping, and robbery. Flannegan calls himself The Ratcatcher because of a special trait he was gifted: the ability to communicate with and train rats. The Ratcatcher has used his minions to plague Gotham on more than one occasion by unleashing hordes of the vermin. In prison, Flannegan is able to smuggle items in and out with the help of his small friends.

Flannegan isn't the most devious or most powerful of Batman's rogues gallery, nor is he considered as insane. His supervillain outfit is a gas mask and vermin control gear. Flannegan is often drawn with rat-like features.

When Infinite Crisis began, the Ratcatcher was being protected by, in addition to his rat friends, the homeless community. When he was discovered and being taken away, one of the homeless attempted to aid Flannegan, but was easily knocked aside by the arresting officers. The man turned out to be an OMAC in hiding, and the injury apparently initiated its release. The OMAC identified the Ratcatcher as a gamma level threat and vaporized him.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


  • Leadership: Control over an army of sewer rats
  • Chemistry: Manipulation over various things with cyanide gases


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