In her youth, Talia travelled the world with her father learning from his intellect and skills, and she proved to be more competent than any of Ghul's other children. She excelled in managing his criminal and legitimate operations, and she was eventually appointed as Ghul's primary secondary, despite the fact that Ghul considers women to be inherently inferior to men. Ghul is supportive of his daughter, though he has commented that, if possible, he would correct "that sole failing" in his child, suggesting that he fears any possible distortion of her through chemical or biological modifications that might result due to her as gender.
Talia first met Batman when he rescued her from Dr. Darkk, the current president of the League of Assassins. It was then that Batman learned that Talia was the daughter of Ra's and that he and Darrk have had a falling out in business. Darrk turned against Ra's and tried to eliminate Talia in revenge, but Batman foiled Darrk's plan and when he was being taken back to the authorities, Talia shot and killed Darkk to save Batman's life.
Talia was then apparently kidnapped and her father, Ra's, sought Batman's help to find her, knowing that Dick Grayson, Robin, had also been kidnapped in the same way Talia was. Batman agreed to help Ra's find Dick and Talia; but as time passed, he learned that it had all been a quest to test his skills. It was all Ra's plan as a final test of Batman's suitability as an heir, since Talia had fallen in love with the Dark Knight.
Afterwards, Talia learned that her father had been killed by one of his scientists and she started a quest to find and kill the man. However, Talia didn't know that Ra's was revived and that the scientist had a formula which could be turned into a plague. When she cornered the scientist, she was stopped by Batman and they left the rogue scientist to die from his own weapon. Finally, Ra's and Talia were reunited and Batman noticed Talia's readiness to kill, which disturbed him. Talia was then sent on a mission to prevent Batman from interfering with Ra's activities and she pretended to join the Caped Crusader in order to throw off his investigations. Despite her efforts, Batman managed to learn the truth about Ra's crimes, starting their longtime rivalry. However, Batman showed some concern about having Talia as an enemy, and knowing that Batman had feelings for her made her happy, but she remained by her father's side.
When Batman travelled to Switzerland with the purpose of capturing Ra's, Talia became aware of his intentions and with Ubu's help, she prepared Ra's body for his "return". Batman arrived at their hideout and Talia informed him about Ra's death. As Batman was leaving, Talia joined him, but before she left, she activated a machine that started the process of resuscitation by placing Ra's body into the waters of the Lazarus Pit. When Ra's returned to life, Talia was the only person who could calm him from the madness caused by the Lazarus Pit and she helped him escape from Batman. Talia and Ra's travelled to one of his desert bases, but Batman soon located them. Ra's challenged Batman to a duel to the death, and Talia couldn't help but cry at the sight of her loved ones fighting each other. Batman was eventually defeated after he was stung by a scorpion and was affected by its lethal venom. Ra's left Batman to die, but Talia provided Batman the antidote behind her father's back. When Batman recovered, he finally captured Ra's, but he spared Talia, leaving her in the desert with a well-deserved parting kiss.
Not long after this, Talia posed as a servant for the Penguin, hoping to steal the loot from the criminal. Her ultimate goal was to use the money to release her father from prison and rebuild his empire, but in the end, she helped Batman capture the Penguin and left empty handed.
Afterwards, Talia gathered a small gang and organized a heist in Gotham in order to steal some valuable jewels. During the crime, they were stopped by Batman and in order to escape, Talia tossed her gun at the Dark Knight. Unfortunately, she was shot in the back and the bullet killed her instantly. However, her "death" was part of a plan in order to turn the Gotham City authorities against Batman. Talia was not actually dead and eventually, she revealed herself to Batman, once he was a wanted criminal and she tried to get him to join her and command Ra's empire. Batman refused, but before he could capture Ra's, he was forced to save Talia from a burning circus tent, allowing Ra's to go free. Talia served as enough evidence that Batman had been framed and she was subsequently placed under police custody while Batman's name was cleared.
Some time after this, Talia was part one of Ra's plans and she was responsible for kidnapping Batman and taking him to Ra's private yatch, where Talia and Batman were married under Ra's traditions. However, Batman didn't consummate the marriage and he managed to stop Ra's plan. In the final confrontation, Talia saved Batman once again from being murdered by her father's henchmen, but she left Gotham alongside the Demon. Talia also played a small role on Ra's plan to gain total control of the League of Assassins when she drugged Batman to keep him out of the way between Ra's and the Sensei.
A short time later, Talia travelled to Gotham in order to assist Batman on his crusade against crime. Her ulterior motive was to gain Batman's trust in order to stay with him after her father's apparent demise. Talia became involved with an enemy of Bruce Wayne, who was a former employee of her father. Although she claimed that she was trying to help Bruce, she was actually checking upon the man's business. Talia and Batman soon developed a romantic-working relationship and they journeyed across the globe trying to find a mysterious enemy who wanted to ruin Batman. Their trip continued until they arrived in Hong Kong and Bruce was trapped by the enemy, who was none other than Ra's al Ghul. Talia was aware of her father's plan and she tried to keep Batman away from harm, but when her body started to age to reflect her real age of 150 years old, she was forced to return to her father's side in order to regain her youth, betraying Batman in the process.
Her betrayal was caused out of necessity and Talia helped Batman escape from Ra's traps, regretting her previous actions. One of Ra's henchmen shot Talia, almost killing her because of her meddling. Ra's murdered the fool and he took her to the Lazarus Pit, where Talia was revived, but her defection from her father's side caused a final confrontation between Batman and Ra's, in which Ra's apparently died. Talia and Batman escaped Ra's headquarters in Infinity Island, just as the whole island was destroyed during a volcanic eruption. After these events, Talia decided to leave Bruce and find her place in the world, alone.
Eventually, Ra's was resurrected and Talia teamed-up with Batman to stop his genocide plans. Talia rescued Robin as Batman confronted Ra's, but once again the confrontation ended with Ra's apparent death. Grieving for her father, Talia chose to remain in isolation, away from Batman. This however, didn't last for much, as Talia was soon summoned to Gotham, where she learned of a big conspiracy to murder Batman. She joined forces with the Dark Knight and with Catwoman, although reluctantly, and together they stopped several of Batman's greatest foes on two occasions. Afterwards, Talia worked with Batman to stop the Penguin from spreading a lethal drug stolen from Ra's.
In the years since Talia meets Batman, she is repeatedly torn between loyalty to her father and her love of Batman. However, she has proven an important "ally" in her way; most prominently, she encourages Batman to return to Gotham City when it is declared a "No Man's Land" following an earthquake, and he has lost his fighting spirit and belief that he could save Gotham.
After Bane enters the League of Assassins, Talia's father, Ra's al Ghul, considers Bane a potential heir to his empire and wants his daughter to marry Bane. However, Talia rejects the international brute, regarding him as merely a cunning animal compared to the more cultured intelligence of his predecessor, and after Batman defeats Bane, Ra's agrees that Bane was unworthy of his "only" daughter.
After Jason Todd's death at the hands of the Joker, Batman brought his body back to Gotham and buried him with the rest of the Wayne Family. However, Jason was resurrected after the time altering event related to Superboy. Although Jason returned to life, his body and mind were still broken from the Joker's attack.
Out of love for Batman and the desire of making Batman love her again, Talia takes Jason to her father and Jason spends months in the care of the League of Assassins. Although his body recuperates, Jason's mind is shattered.
Seeing no other way to help him, Talia takes Jason to the Lazarus Pit and throws his body in while her father regenerates himself. Jason is fully revived in body and mind. Immediately afterward, to spare Jason her father's wrath, she aids in the boy's escape. Talia aided Jason financially and with information in order to help him recover his life back.
Talia, disillusioned with her father and his plans, leaves him to run LexCorp for Lex Luthor when Luthor becomes President of the United States. Although she seemingly supports Luthor, she secretly works to undermine him, anonymously leaking news of his underhanded dealings to Superman. When the time comes for Luthor's downfall, she sells all of LexCorp's assets to the Wayne Foundation, leaving Luthor penniless and his crimes exposed to all.
During his travels in Russia in the 18th century, Ra's al Ghul met a woman with whom he had a daughter named Nyssa. Ra's abandons Nyssa at a crucial time: She is tortured, and her entire family is killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Seeking vengeance, Nyssa plans to use her considerable wealth and resources to kill Ra's by befriending, kidnapping, and brainwashing Talia, turning her into a weapon to kill their father. To this end, she captured Talia and using a Lazarus Pit, killed and resurrected her in rapid succession, leaving Talia virtually broken from the trauma of dying and resurrecting again and again in so short a time. Rendered apathetic by her time in the camp, unable to feel anything, Nyssa also plans to assassinate Superman with kryptonite bullets she stole from the Batcave, hoping that, by uniting the world in one moment of tragedy, she would manage to feel something once more.
While Batman is successful in preventing the assassination of Superman, he is unable to stop Nyssa from killing Ra's. This, in turn, is actually part of a greater plan concocted by Ra's, who wanted to ensure that his daughters would accept their destinies as his heirs, and take up his genocidal campaign. Realizing and accepting this, Nyssa and Talia become the heads of The Demon, with Talia disavowing her love for Bruce Wayne as another result of her torture at Nyssa's hands. (Both sisters consider Batman to be their enemy.)
Talia is revealed to be one of the core members of the third Secret Society of Super-Villains (along with Lex Luthor (secretly Alexander Luthor, Jr. in disguise, Black Adam, Doctor Psycho, Deathstroke, and Calculator). This is revealed to be part of one of Nyssa's plans to take over the planet and bring about world peace and equality. Nyssa explains why she and Talia are working with the villains of the Society to Batgirl (Cassandra Cain).
Nyssa fails to recruit Batgirl to her new League of Assassins, and the Society fails to achieve its goals.
After Nyssa's apparent death at the hands of Cassandra Cain (who usurps control of The League of Assassins), Talia becomes the new Demon's Head. However, the League of Assassins has apparently splintered and Cassandra Cain has gained partial control.
The child of Talia and Batman, a boy named Damian was raised by The League of Assassins. 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 the spoiled, hot-tempered child anyway. Damian, effectively raised to be an assassin, kills a criminal and nearly kills Tim Drake, the newest Robin. Shortly afterwards, father, mother, and son confront each other on a ship which is destroyed by a torpedo.
Talia and Damien survived the explosion, and Damian is injured severely and has undergone a transplant of all his major organs.
Talia is prompted to read the history of Ra's al Ghul to her son, Damian, by a mysterious figure from Ra's past: the White Ghost. Unbeknownst to her, the White Ghost plans to use Damian as a vessel for Ra's return. However, mother and son manage to escape before the plan is completed. After the escape, Batman confronts the White Ghost; he fights Batman, but ends up falling into a Lazarus pit.
Soon, Talia learned that Batman had been captured by an organization called Black Glove and gathers a small party from the League of Assassins to investigate her beloved's disappearance. Talia arrives at Wayne Manor with the League and her son Damian; where they deactivate several traps and saved James Gordon in the process. Talia and her men went to Arkham Asylum, but they noticed a big explosion before arriving at the place. Suspecting that Batman might be injured, Talia decided to take vengeance on The Black Glove and all its members.
After Batman's death, Talia learned that the Suit of Sorrows was stolen from the Batcave and she summoned the Seven Men of Death to retrieve the Suit from the Order of Purity. While they created a distraction, she snuck into the Order's headquarters and attacked Azrael, the Order's protector, using the Sword of Salvation. A wound from that sword isn't lethal and Talia was forced to fight Azrael once again, but convinced him to listen the story about the curse of the Suit of Sorrows. Talia took Lane to her place and she informed him that Suit of Sorrows drives the man who wears it insane and then she allowed Lane to leave with the suit at his own risk. However, she was soon visited by Nightwing, who informed her that he has allowed Lane to work as Azrael under his supervision and during this meeting, Nightwing took the Sword of Salvation from Talia and gave it to Azrael.
Talia is placed on the new Society's inner circle by Libra. Despite Talia's interaction with the new Society she still behaves lovingly and almost devoted to Batman.
Following the events of Final Crisis where her lover and father of her son, Bruce Wayne, "dies", Talia leaves her son Damian in the care of Dick Grayson who eventually becomes the new Batman. Dick appoints Damian as the new Robin whom Talia aids when he is severely injured, most recently replacing her son's entire spine.
After Grayson frees Damian, Talia reveals to her son that she has begun cloning him after realizing that the Boy Wonder has completely sided with his father's circle during their confrontation. She is too much of a perfectionist to love her son after he has defied her in such a manner, and he is no longer welcome in the House of al Ghul.
She is later revealed to be the mastermind behind the Leviathan, a shadowy organization formed to oppose Bruce's "Batman Incorporated" project. She places a bounty of $500,000,000 on Damian's head, and declares war on Batman.
- Longevity: Extended lifespan through the use of Lazarus Pits.
- Genius Level Intellect
- Business Management
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- The exact history of the New Earth Talia has not been revealed thus far. In several alternate reality versions, such as the graphic novel Batman: Birth of the Demon (1992), explain how Ra's al Ghul met her mother, who was of mixed Chinese and Arab descent, at the Woodstock Festival. Talia's mother later dies of a drug overdose. This version contrasts the early history listed in Batman: Son of the Demon (1987), which states that Talia's mother was named Melisande and was murdered by a former servant of Ra's, named Qayin. Both of these stories are told from the perspective of an adult, Ibn al Xu'ffasch, who does not exist in the DC Universe.
- Ra's al Ghul successfully enlists Batman's aid in defeating a rogue assassin who had murdered his wife. During this adventure, Batman marries Talia and she becomes pregnant. Batman is nearly killed protecting Talia from an attack by the assassin's agents. In the end, Talia concludes that she can never keep Batman, as he will be continuously be forced to defend her. She fakes a miscarriage, and the marriage is dissolved.
- 202 Appearances of Talia al Ghul (New Earth)
- 61 Images featuring Talia al Ghul (New Earth)
- 12 Quotations by or about Talia al Ghul (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Talia al Ghul (New Earth)
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- ↑ Superman/Batman #6
- ↑ Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1
- ↑ Batgirl #67
- ↑ Batman Annual #26
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- ↑ Batman #681
- ↑ Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #1
- ↑ Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #2
- ↑ Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #3
- ↑ Batman: Son of the Demon
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