The first Wrath was a member of Batman's rogues gallery, where he served as a sort of anti-Batman. The Wrath's appearance and motivation are reminiscent of Batman's, but with notable differences. The Wrath (like Batman) is distinguished by perfectionism and obsession in what he does. His costume is also very similar to Batman's (though colored in crimson and purple with a W-insignia on the chest and cowl).
The parents of the boy who would grow up to become the Wrath were a couple of burglars, similar to Joe Chill. They were shot by a young policeman who mistook them for committing a robbery (in actuality, they were crawling out of a window to "skip out" on paying their rent). Due to this, the burglars' son dedicated his life to a campaign of revenge against law and law-enforcers. As he grew up, he became a professional assassin and for years traveled the world to work as a gun for hire.
Now calling himself the Wrath, the burglars' son finally returned to Gotham City to kill the man who had shot his parents. The Wrath's target turned out to be James Gordon, commissioner of the Gotham City Police and an ally of Batman. Thus, a clash with Batman became inevitable. In the course of their impersonal battle of wits, the Wrath learned of Batman's secret identity as Bruce Wayne and proceeded to attack several of his friends; Alfred Pennyworth was hospitalized, and Leslie Thompkins was taken hostage by the Wrath. The gravestone of Thomas and Martha Wayne was also vandalized and the remnants spraypainted with the words "GIVE ME C.G." ("C.G." referring to Commissioner Gordon), to the horror of Bruce.
In the end, the Wrath died during his showdown with Batman, having fallen from the roof of a building in Park Row. This happened after he was caught in a fire he himself had set earlier.
- This version of Wrath (Earth-One), including all history and corresponding appearances, was initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- The Wrath was the lover of Grayle Hudson, the daughter of deceased gang boss "Big Jack" Hudson.
- 3 Appearances of Wrath (Earth-One)
- 3 Images featuring Wrath (Earth-One)
- 1 Quotations by or about Wrath (Earth-One)
- Character Gallery: Wrath (Earth-One)
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