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"Do you have any idea what it's like living in someone's shadow?"[1]

King was the leader of the third Royal Flush Gang.



"Years ago, when I was your age, he broke up this gang for a while. He outsmarted us, humiliated us, and I've been waiting years to get him back."[2]

King unmasked

King unmasked.

When King was young, Batman broke up the Gang for some time. Consumed by anger and humiliation, he waited for years to exact his revenge. He had married into the gang by hooking up with Queen, who was the Gang's Ten at the time and whose dad was the King at the time, and becoming its Jack. The old King never thought much of his son-in-law due to regarding his successor as "nothing but empty bluff" and his replacement would nurture a long grudge about him and any comparisons to him.[1]

King eventually went back to Gotham City, now as the leader of the group, and on their first holdup on a yacht, he met the new Batman.

King seemed to be more cold-blooded, and even homicidal, than the other members. When they broke into a museum and were intercepted by Batman, the Gang took someone hostage. During their escape, King ordered Jack to drop the hostage from midair. He didn't tolerate any disrespect or defiance from anyone — even from his family. He admonished Melanie for her lack of focus during the museum heist, and told her to leave the family if she wasn't fully committed.

Later that night, the Gang returned home from a pulled off heist. However, King was disappointed in the fact that Batman hadn't shown up, for he had saved a card especially for him. Nevertheless, King got to use his deadly gimmick moments later, when they found out that Batman was inside the premises. King engaged Batman in an aerial mêlée, and even managed to cut off his right wing, but soon lost the upper hand when he collided with a balcony. He requested Ten's help, who hesitated long enough for the GPD to show up and take the Gang into custody.[2]

King and Ten

King lays his cards on the table.

Proof of love[]

Afterwards, King's confidence in Ten was considerably shaken. So, he concocted a plan in order to test his daughter, and to be sure where her allegiance lay. He staged their abduction at the hands of the Jokerz, and sent the ransom to Ten, instructing her to raid a big poker game — the Derby. When Ten did as instructed, King told her that despite loving her, they had to make sure she loved them too. Ten accused King of only wanting an accomplice, and not really loving her. At that time, Batman interrupted the family feud, and a skirmish ensued. However, Batman had forewarned both the Derby gangsters and the GPD, and King was quickly surrounded and outnumbered. Then, he surrendered himself to the authorities.[3]

Severing ties[]

King and Paxton

Unsatisfied with Paxton's deal.

The Gang eventually escaped, and took shelter at Casino Palace. However, now they operated with one member short: Ten. King had completely disowned his daughter and forbade his family from ever mentioning her again.

Tension grew as King failed to provide for his family with the same lifestyle they had been used to. Queen constantly compared King to her father, the former leader of the Gang, whom she held in high esteem. Tired of being berated and diminished in comparison to his predecessor, King decided to quit. The perfect chance presented itself when the Gang was hired by Paxton Powers to steal precious artifacts. At some point, King had become acquainted with Paxton's personal assistant Sable Thorpe, and the two cavorted and conspired to poach Paxton's illegal priceless collection.

King and Queen

King tries to comfort Queen.

King and the Gang broke in a museum to steal an exquisite effigy. While Jack was disarming the surveillance system, King slugged him for evoking Ten, and the alarms went off. It remains unclear whether that was intentional or not. Shortly after, Batman showed up, and during the getaway, Jack was left behind and arrested. King then met with Paxton to collect his fee, but he only got a meager payment, because the artifact was damaged. This provided him with the perfect excuse to enact his plan. King decided to abduct Paxton and demanded a pay of 20 million credits.

King threatens

Ran out of patience with his "house guest".

Paxton guaranteed that his money was frozen in investments, so King called Bruce Wayne and asked him for the ransom. When turned down, King became aggravated and raised his sword against Paxton. In such moment of despair, Paxton told King about his valuables, namely the Crown of Tikal that was worth what he was demanding. King wanted Sable Thorpe to go and pick up the Crown, but Queen distrusted Paxton's associates, so she suggested for Bruce to collect the trinket himself. Afterwards, Paxton made an enticing proposition: King would assassinate Wayne in exchange for millions of credits. After giving it a thought, King accepted.

King betrayal

King's new mistress.

At some point, King secretly passed the security codes on to his lover Sable Thorpe, who plundered the entire collection, while the others were busy with the transaction.

As soon as Bruce delivered the ransom, King tried to do away with him. However, he didn't expect the old man to put up a fight, and failed in his attempts. Then, he was tackled by Bruce's dog, Ace. After wrestling with the dog for a few minutes, King seized an opportunity to snatch the priceless crown and flee, leaving Queen to her fate.

He headed back to his hideout, where he met with Sable, and the two boasted of the well-succeeded plan. At that point, Queen, who had eluded capture, cut their assignation short and attacked her deceitful husband. King took her on and tried to escape, but was thwarted, and after another fight, seized by Batman. King was presumably returned to jail.[1]

Background information[]

King and the Royal Flush Gang made a couple of appearance in the Batman Beyond tie-in comics. In the first, he was shown to have an identical twin brother, who had married Queen's identical twin sister. They started their own gang to ruin Walker's chances of parole. In the second, Jack crowned himself King and his father cooperated with Batman and Melanie by giving them the locations of all their hideouts.


Batman Beyond


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Fogel, Rich (writer) & Lukic, Butch (director) (September 16, 2000). "King's Ransom". Batman Beyond. Season 3. Episode 1 (airdate). Episode 42 (production). Kids WB!.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (March 21, 1999). "Dead Man's Hand". Batman Beyond. Season 1. Episode 8 (airdate). Episode 6 (production). Kids WB!.
  3. Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Lukic, Butch (director) (November 6, 1999). "Once Burned". Batman Beyond. Season 2. Episode 7 (airdate). Episode 20 (production). Kids WB!.

Members of the Royal Flush Gang:
Joker's Group AceJackKingQueenTen
Ace's Group AceJackKingQueenTen
Walker Family AceJackKingQueenTen