Bio: Ra's Al Ghul is the single most mysterious and cunning of
Batman's foes. He does not associate with the criminally insane group of
the rogues gallery. Ra's Al Ghul is a criminal like no other. No one
knows exactly when he was born, but he claims to have been alive for
over 600 years. His name translated means "The Demon's Head."
Ra's heads a worldwide criminal organization, whose mission is to purify
a polluted planet, and restore nature to the dominion abridged by the
human race, ultimately creating a better world where he would rule. One
of the major organizations he leads is "The Society of Shadows", lead by
Count Vertigo. He will use whatever means and force necessary to achieve
his twisted vision of a new utopian society. Ra's is always accompanied
by his faithful bodyguard, Ubu. His madness originates in the unique
power source which maintains his body's appearance, The Lazarus Pit. It
is a substance of unknown elements which replenishes the body, like a
fountain of youth. The side affects however are spells of sheer madness.
Being addicted to this substance for so long has dried any bit of morals
and values for Ra's Al Ghul. He views himself as above any preset laws
which are governed by mankind. He has many followers, and heads a cult
like organization filled with men who will do his bidding. He is
extremely dangerous and cunning.
His interest in Batman arose when he felt the Lazarus Pits affect was
dwindling. Ra's feels he needs a male to be his successor. Since his
only offspring is his daughter Talia, he has to choose a male to marry
her that is worthy of becoming ruler of his vast empire. Ra's proves his
resourcefulness to Batman by meeting the "Detective" as he calls him, in
his own Batcave confirming that he knows his secret. Upon implementing
many tests to prove whether Batman was worthy of becoming his successor,
Ra's knew immediately he had found the one. But Batman refused numerous
times, and thus Ra's believes that since he will not be with him, they
must be against each other, as enemies. He is highly sophisticated and
can be quite hypnotic. Ra's has returned many times after Batman thinks
has foe had perished.
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