Rā's al Ghūl (レイシュ・アル・グール, Reishu Aru Gūru), is fictional character and antagonist of the Marvelous DC series created by C. B. Cebulski and Jim Lee. He is the League of Assassins' leader and council member of the Cabal Light.
One of the most long-lived men on Earth, Rā's increases and revitalizes his life by immersing himself in "Lazarus Pits". An international terrorist, his primary purpose is to restore the ecological balance by reducing the population of mankind.
An extreme environmentalist, Rā's' views humanity as a planet-destroying parasite that must be stopped, or at least "culled", before it's sheer numbers destroys the natural world.
His hatred of mankind is tied to his long life, having watched the world become increasingly industrialized, where areas of pristine and natural beauty are destroyed as technology takes over.
"You've become what you've always fought against, and I will stop you."
Appearance & BiographyEdit
- Voice actor: David Warner (English), Masahiko Tanaka (Japanese), Not Known (Arabic), Not Known (Basque), Not Known (Brazilian), Not Known (Cantonese), Not Known (Catalan), Not Known (Chinese), Not Known (Croatian), Not Known (Danish), Not Known (Dutch), Not Known (Finnish), Not Known (Filipino), Not Known (French), Not Known (Galician), Not Known (German), Not Known (Greek), Not Known (Hebrew), Not Known (Hong Kong), Not Known (Hungarian), Not Known (Indonesian), Not Known (Italian), Not Known (Korean), Not Known (Mandarin), Not Known (Norwegian), Not Known (Polish), Not Known (Portuguese), Not Known (Romanian), Not Known (Russian), Not Known (Serbian), Not Known (Spanish), Not Known (Swedish), Not Known (Tagalog), Not Known (Thai), Not Known (Valencian), Not Known (Ukrainian), Not Known (Brazilian Portuguese), Not Known (Canadian French), Not Known (European Spanish), Not Known (European Portuguese), Not Known (Latin American Spanish), Not Known (Latin Spanish), Not Known (Spain-Spanish)
Rā's al Ghūl is a tall and daunting man with green eyes. He has black hair with gray streaks. He has a long black mustache and wild, black eyebrows.
He dresses in a regal manner, with the majority of his clothes covered by a high-collared green cloak with large gold buttons. Underneath, he wears a black vest with gold hems, a white undershirt, and a golden sash. He wears black pants and knee-high black boots.
- Hair Color: Black with Gray streaks
- Skin Color: Not Known
- Eye Color: Green
- Age: Not Known
- Birthday: Not Known
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 200 lbs. (91 kg)
Rā's al Ghūl is a fierce and imposing leader treated by his direct subjects with most respect and reverence. All his assassins will do his bidding; he can even order them to go to sleep. Despite having their total submission, Rā's only provides his assassins with the information they need to fulfill a job.
- League of Assassins
- Cabal Light
- Tobias Whale - Ally.
- TYGER Security
- Melisande (wife)
- Dusan al Ghul (son; deceased)
- Nyssa al Ghūl (daughter)
- Talia al Ghūl (daughter)
- Robin (grandson)
- Justice Avengers
- Teen Titans
Abilities and PowersEdit
- Lazarus Enhancement: Rā's al Ghūl lived for several centuries thanks to his use of the Lazarus Pits which he used countless times that replenished his aged, injured, or even dead body. As a side effect to numerous exposures to the Lazarus Pits, Rā's strength and stamina were enhanced.
- Near Longevity: Rā's was kept alive for 600 years by the Lazarus Pits. Due to his unrestricted access to the Lazarus Pit, Ra's was able to live long past his original lifespan.
- Enhanced Strength:The Lazarus Pit enhanced Rā's strength, to the point that his older appearance was merely a trick that made his enemies think that he's weak.
- Enhanced Stamina: Contrary to his real and physical age, Rā's was just as energetic as a man in his prime.
- Martial Arts
- Swordsmanship: Rā's was deadly with a blade, and was able to wound someone fatally, which left them time to be saved or have a few last words.
- Occultism: Rā's had knowledge of magic.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Rā's had hundreds of years to study and learn, which made him effectively the smartest being on the planet.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): A trained assassin with centuries of experience, Rā's was on par or perhaps even better at killing than Deathstroke. Batman was forced to solely be on the defensive in their battle in Arkham City.
- Leadership: Rā's founded and lead the League of Assassins.
- Pedagogy: Rā's trained himself the man who became Batman.
- Tactical Analysis: Ra's was capable of seeing weaknesses and advantages in his plans and organization: All of which exploited his enemy's faults and helped to build the League even better.
- Weaponry: Ra's was adept in most forms of weaponry.
- Lazarus Pit: Basically a "fountain of youth", which kept Rā's alive and restored him even from the dead.
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Notes & TriviaEdit
- Rā's al Ghūl first appeared in Batman #232 (June 1971).
- Rā's once unleashed a viral plague upon Gotham City in one of his attempts of restoring global balance.
- Rā's al Ghūl consistently addresses Batman as "the Detective" as a show of respect to the hero's intelligence and determination. He occasionally refers to Tim Drake with the same title. He also refers to Superman as "the Icon".
- Rā's has considered other men, aside from Bruce Wayne, to be his heir and husband to his daughter, Talia, over the years. These men include Bane and Lex Luthor, however, only Bruce Wayne has ever captured his daughter's interest.