|Real name:||Peter Merkel|
|Portrayed by:||Jeff Bennett|
A master thief and triple-jointed contortionist, Ragdoll is capable of bending his body in all sorts of impossible ways. Even able to survive in ways where a normal human would be crushed to death, like between the gears of a clock.
Able to bend himself in every imaginable (and even some unimaginable, such as the inside of Penguin's top hat) positions, Ragdoll is a formidable opponent for The Batman, but an even bigger adversary of Catwoman. While Catwoman's interests are merely in cat-related fare, Ragdoll's interests lay wherever the money is. To Catwoman's dismay, this is also in rare cat-items: vintage animation cels, priceless artifacts and the main jewel of their battle, two 'Cat's Eyes' emeralds, hidden in a Gotham Clock Tower by a mobster in the 1930s. Though never found, it was enough to pique the interest of Ragdoll and Catwoman, falling into a trap set by The Batman.
After a lengthy and spectacular battle, Ragdoll went to prison empty handed, Catwoman back home and The Batman (and Bruce Wayne) with two newly found emeralds.
In the episode, "Team Penguin" Ragdoll is a member of the team and slips through vents to disable cameras in the roberies. In the end, he is taken down by Robin.
Ragdoll is also seen amongst other villains in the episode "Rumors".
The Batman Strikes!Edit
- Issue #24
- Jeff Bennett (English)
- Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese)
- Christophe Lemoine (French)
- Diego Sabre (Italian)
- Gerald Schaale (German)
- Due to similarities with the Scarecrow (especially with his Batman: The Animated Series design) many fans tend to mistake Ragdoll for Scarecrow.
- In the comics, the Ragdoll was an enemy of the original Flash, Jay Garrick. His absence in the episode where Batman meets the Flash can be dismissed by the fact that the Flash used was the Barry Allen version.
- It is unknown whether this Ragdoll was based on the original Ragdoll (Peter Merkel) or his son, the second Ragdoll (Peter Merkel Jr.).
- In The Batman Strikes! Issue N.24, Catwoman gives him a plush that is very similiar to his original comic's design.