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"You've finally met your match, Batman! Not surprising it's a woman!"
―Red Claw[src]

Red Claw was a femme-fatale villain specifically created for Batman: The Animated Series. She uses terrorism for her personal gain under the protection of her cover organization, Multigon.


Red Claw's real identity and past are not revealed. Apparently originating from Eastern Europe, she is the founder of an international terrorist organization. Both she and her operatives bear a red claw tattoo on their bodies, usually on the shoulder. Other than issuing threats and ransom demands against powerful countries, the Red Claw organization's main agenda is unknown.

Red Claw first came to Gotham City shortly after Batman's first encounter with Catwoman. She and her agents stole a deadly plague virus as it was being transported via train. Prior to this encounter, Red Claw's gender was unknown to global law enforcement. When a wealthy businessman stealing land from local wildlife proved to be a Red Claw agent, Catwoman became involved in the conflict. Batman and Catwoman were forced to put aside their differences to stop Red Claw from releasing the plague and killing millions.

Red Claw later resurfaced and kidnapped Frederick, a former agent of the British government. Seeking the activation codes for a dormant missile system, she discovered that she would need Frederick's former partner as well -- Alfred Pennyworth. This led Alfred's employer, the Batman, to England and into another conflict with the terrorist. Batman and Robin battled Red Claw and her minions at their castle headquarters but were unable to prevent the missiles from being launched towards London.

Pursuing and destroying the weapons with the Batwing, Batman was taken by surprise by Red Claw, who had stowed away. Red Claw managed to pull the hero's cowl from his face but was ejected from the jet before she could get a glimpse at his face. Parachuting into the ocean, she escaped capture once again or drowned. Her subsequent activities and final fate are unknown.

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Despite having no explicit superhuman powers, Red Claw was an expert martial artist. She was also an expert tactician. This combination lent itself well to her terroristic ideals and methods, and she was a natural leader for her cause. As such, she had access to a wide variety of weaponry (both biological and mechanical), as well as numerous henchmen working under her, ranging from thieves to businessmen.