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"You promised me fun. When are we gonna unleash a little hell?"
—Tabitha to Theo.

Tabitha Galavan, also known as Tigress[1], is the sister of the former Mayor Theo Galavan who vowed to cleanse Gotham City by avenging the Dumas family which they were both descendant of. Following Theo's original death, she became involved in the criminal underworld and teamed up with Butch Gilzean and Barbara Kean. After Tabitha recovers from being attacked by a resurrected Theo, she opens up a nightclub known as The Sirens Club with Barbara on Oswald Cobblepot's land. Tabitha later forms an alliance with Butch, Barbara and Edward Nygma to overthrow Cobblepot and take the criminal underworld for themselves, which they succeed at. However, Tabitha and Butch become fed up with being mistreated by Barbara, which results in them planning to overthrow her. Barbara finds out and kills Butch, and gets into a scrap with Tabitha which leads to Tabitha killing Barbara. Following this, Tabitha (who now has nothing) begins to mentor and train a young street thief named Selina Kyle. For unknown reasons, Barbara was resurrected by Ra's al Ghul through the Lazarus Pit and, using Ra's resources, Barbara sought out help from Tabitha and Selina and offered them an opportunity to work alongside her in the weapons business.

Biography

Early life

Theo along with his sister Tabitha, grew in an estate by the sea, owning several dogs and horses, until the monks took Theo away. When Theo returned determined to retake Gotham, Tabitha joined him.

Breaking inmates out of Arkham

Tabitha bulldozed her way into Arkham Asylum to break six inmates out, killing several guards while doing so. Later at a penthouse, Tabitha's brother, Theo, introduced himself and her to the kidnapped inmates, offering them the chance to become a team of brilliant outlaws, that would make Gotham City tremble. After Richard Sionis refused, becoming jealous that Theo touched Barbara Kean, Tabitha killed Sionis on the orders of Theo, an act which she clearly enjoyed.[2]

Tabitha watched as the Maniax killed people by tossing them off of a roof. The next morning, she and Barbara worked together to torture Mayor James by whipping him constantly until he hit a wall. Theo expressed how happy he was to see Barbara and Tabita getting along. Tabitha said she and Barbara were bored, and Barbara asked why the boys get all the fun. Theo told them their time was coming and then asked if they had killed the mayor when he didn't move. Tabitha whipped the mayor across the chest, and he screamed in pain.[3]

Tabitha and Barbara had a relationship, which Theo realized when he saw them kissing. Later Tabitha saw Barbara kissing Theo.[4] Tabitha and Barbara went on to claw their way to the top of the Gotham food chain after teaming up with Edward Nygma to kill/ severely weaken Penguin. In the end however Tabitha and Barbara fight to the death( Barbara's) and Tabitha falls in with Selena Kyle after Selena is spurned by Bruce Wayne and they are currently unknown in their present positions.

Conflict with Penguin

Tabitha approaches crime boss Oswald Cobblepot and invites him to meet her brother. Theo plans to use Oswald in his scheme in taking over Gotham. When Oswald refuses to work with Theo, it is revealed that Tabitha and Theo have kidnapped his mother Gertrud Cobblepot and show him a video link where she is imprisoned in a cell. Oswald decides to cooperate and kills mayoral candidates that Theo wants out of the way in order to give him a greater chance at being elected.[5]

Oswald comes up with a scheme to get his mother back, so he orders his henchman Butch Gilzean to pretend he wants an alliance with Theo in order to gain information on his whereabouts, and even cuts off Butch's hand to make his defection look convincing. Regardless though Theo knows that Butch is working against him, and Tabitha attacks Butch and alters his conditioning put upon him by Victor Zsasz so he is now free from Oswald's command.[6]

Butch leads Oswald to his mother's location where Tabitha and Theo are waiting. Butch betrays Oswald by shooting his two underlings, and although Oswald begs Theo to release his mother Tabitha stabs her in the back, killing her. Oswald attacks Theo with a knife and Tabitha attempts to gun him down but misses with every shot and Oswald escapes by smashing through a window. When Theo is elected mayor and is at a party to be sworn in Tabitha watches from atop the capitol ready to sharpshoot Penguin when he comes however Penguin expects this and comes with an army of look alikes. Not only Tabi but the GCPD are all protecting the new mayor. When Oswald has Theo at gunpoint and tries to negotiate with Jim Gordon to let him kill Theo, Tabitha shoots Oswald in the arm. Oswald manages to escape from the authorities and goes on the run, although is severally wounded.[7] He ends up hiding in an abandoned cabin in the forest and being found by Edward Nygma and nursed back to health.

Attempt to avenge Barbara

After his games Theo decides to allow Barbara to kill Jim Gordon. Barbara kidnaps Jim and takes him to the Gotham Cathedral where they were meant to get married. Tabitha kidnaps Jim's girlfriend Leslie Thompkins and brings her to the church. When Jim escapes and shoots Tabitha's men, she ends up taking a bullet to the arm and makes her escape. Shortly after Jim gets into a fight with Barbara which causes her to crash through a window and later fall, in which she is injured and taken to hospital.[8]

Angry by this Tabitha decides to get revenge on Gordon and meets casino owner The Lady to put a hit out on Gordon. But this plan doesn't work as Gordon is able to hold his own against the hitmen and arrests one of them. Tabitha goes to meet Theo in prison (after he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping Aubrey James), but he is angry at her for having a contact put on Gordon. He informs her that the Order of St. Dumas are about to arrive in Gotham City and if she pulls a stunt like that again he will slit her throat, much to Tabitha's shock.[9]

Betraying her brother

After the Order of St. Dumas arrive, a released Theo kidnaps Bruce Wayne "The Son of Gotham" in order for him to be sacrificed and avenge the Dumas' family name. But Tabitha begins to have contempt for Theo, especially after his treatment of their niece Silver St. Cloud. Tabitha is present during the ceremony in which Father Creel prepares to kill Bruce, but it is interrupted when Silver shouts for them to stop, and later a joint operation including Gordon, Oswald, Selina Kyle, Alfred Pennyworth, Harvey Bullock and other gang members working for Oswald attack the Order members. Tabitha, Theo and Silver escape to his office and plan to parachute out of the building and escape, although it is shown he only has two parachutes, which he intends for only him and Tabitha to use. Theo attempts to strangle Silver but Tabitha comes to her rescue and attacks her brother. Both Tabitha and Silver then parachute out of the building, leaving Theo at the mercy of Gordon and Oswald.[10]

Alliance with Butch

A month following her brother's demise, Tabitha goes to meet Butch who is now running the criminal operations in Gotham after Oswald was accused of Theo's murder and became a fugitive. She persuades Butch for them to start a partnership and the pair start making out, in which unknown to them they are being watched by Selina.[11]

Tabitha was present with Butch when Oswald Cobbleplot showed up to beg for Butch's forgiveness for what was previously done to him. Although Butch forgives Oswald, Tabitha states that Oswald still needs to be punished.[12]

Butch Gilzean later found Barbara Kean sleeping in his house as Tabitha stated that Barbara "has come home."[13] However Butch became uneasy when Barbara appeared to have sanity slippage and kept changing channels, although Tabitha insisted she was harmless. When Barbara went to make a drink for them, Tabitha was shocked to see on the news that Theo was back from the dead and donning a warrior-like costume.[14]

Fearing Theo wanting revenge, Tabitha packed her bags and planned to leave Gotham, much to Butch's distress as he believed he had done something wrong. Before she could leave however Gordon and Bullock arrived and wanted answers on Theo. Tabitha revealed that what Theo had become wasn't like her brother, but a warrior named Azrael, due to the way he moved and dressed. Tabitha decides to form an alliance with the officers and shows them a Dumas crypt in Gotham City where her and Theo's grandfather is buried with Azrael's ancient sword. After arriving at the crypt, Theo arrives and kicks Gordon out and knocks out Bullock. Tabitha locks the doors to prevent Theo going after Gordon, and tries to get through to him and make him remember his previous life. However this causes further problems as it only jolts Theo's memory that Tabitha betrayed him, and he stabs her with Azrael's sword and leaves to finish the Order's mission in killing Bruce Wayne. Tabitha is later taken to hospital where she is in a coma. Oswald arrives at the hospital while Butch tells an unconscious Tabitha how much he loves her. Oswald forms an alliance with Butch to finish Theo once and for all, and they subsequently kill him at Wayne Manor by incinerating him with a rocket launcher.

Pressumably she woke up and recuperated. She also ended her relationship with Butch.

Running the Sirens Nightclub

Some time later she decided to open a night club with Barbara and called it "Sirens Nightclub". While running the club, Penguin made a proposal for them which they denied stating that they are big girls and can hadle themselves.

Some time later Butch sent some people to take back their territory which ended up in both Barbara and Tabitha killing all of them except the boss Boris. When they called Penguin, he asked why was he attacking them which ended up in Barbara deducing it and Butch getting caught. Penguin killed Boris, the boss of the guys that Butch sent and stated that she was only alive because of Butch.

Some time later Jervis Tech, a hypnotist made a show at the club. She stated that she wanted something "more whimsy" and he hypnotized a man into standing in the back of a chair and after the show Barbara started talking with him. Jervis Tetch hypnotized Barbara into loving him; Tabitha responded with a face of jealousy at first but then, he rejected her as part of the show. Tabitha knew of Barbara's extreme reaction to rejections, and pulls her away from Tetch, before leading the applause for his act with the crowd.

Tabitha was taken hostage by Victor Zsasz, under persuasion from Edward Nygma, in order to persuade Butch to expose himself as leader of the red hood gang. When Nygma's scheme works, Butch is captured, but Tabitha, evidently still harboring feelings for him frees him from his captors. The two flee and go into hiding together.

Just before opening the club one night, she was having a drink with Barbara when Jim Gordon came in, demanding to know the whereabouts of Jervis Tetch. Barbara starts teasing him, but he shoots the alcohol off the table. Tabitha is despleased and threatens him, but Barbara gives him the information he wanted, and he quickly leaves.

Upon becoming convinced that Butch is responsible for Isabella's death, Edward Nygma tracks the pair down and drugs their food to capture them. Once he has them in custody, he proceeds to subject the two to a series of sadistic punishments, intent on breaking Butch's heart. Throughout the torture sequence, Butch seems more concerned with Tabitha's safety than his own. The last of these punishments consists of a small custom-made guillotine that is designed to chop off Tabitha's right hand unless she uses her left one to push a button that will stop the guillotine but kill Butch. At first Tabitha states that she does not truly love Butch and intends to kill him and spare herself the pain. However, Butch replies that it doesn't matter to him, as he is only concerned for her safety. Swayed by her Butch's love and concern for her, she instead sacrifices her hand to save his life. After the two are released from Nygma's clutches, the hand is reattached at a local hospital, but she has trouble using it. The two vow vengeance against Nygma, but later join forces with him to bring down Penguin.

Destroying Penguin

Some time later she is seen with barbara arriving with nygma and it was revealed that basil was the ghost from Penguin. She did not want to make a big deal and simply send him to the cops but Barbara and Nygma ignored her.

She later kills Tommy Bones as he was not useful anymore. She then goes back to the club and talks to Barbara about killing Nygma but Barbara persuades her with a kiss. She than kills the mobsters.

One night along with Butch she captures penguin taunts him about the night she killed his mother and takes him to Barbara. When she starts flirting with Butch and Barbara shuts them she is displeased but she laughs when Nygma comes back and surprises Penguin.

Against Barbara

After Barbara became the queen of Gotham, Tabitha assisted her as a right hand torturing or interrogating the people Barbara told her to. When Jim asked Barbara a favor she and Barbara went to a warehouse and started interrogating people when a Talon assasin from the Court of Owls slaughtered all of Barbara's men and they both escaped.

Few days after, when she was talking to Butch at the club, she got mad when she saw Nygma on the club. When she asked Barbara what is he doing here she told her that he was helping her find out who was above her in power. Later that day, Jim showed up at the club and questioned her about Barbara , encouraging her by reminding her that she hates Nygma. Butch told her that Jim was right and that Barbara doesn't care about her anymore. After bringing a stolen bomb to Barbara and Nygma, she got even angrier and did not give it to Nygma willingly, Barbara called her and she ignored her. Later, she had a change of heart and called Gordon, telling him how to disarm the bomb which lead to Nygma failing and being captured by the Court. Afterwards, barbara got to the club looking for Tabitha angrily but she stood up to her and told her that she didn't keep her promise of her killing Nygma. Butch happily told her that Barbara changed and she left angrily.

Some time later, Ivy Pepper visited the Sirens club hoping to find Selina Kyle. Ivy started talking to her but she got annoyed and told her that she heard she was on the hospital in a pretty bad shape.

Still angry at Barbara, Nygma showed up at the club and told them that Penguin is alive and might be coming after them. While Tabitha and Butch disagreed, Barbara agreed on helping Nygma. They tracked down penguin, but he along with ivy escaped, however Tabitha managed to capture Selina. Later when they were questioning Selina, Barbara made Tabitha and Butch leave saying that "the adults needed to talk" which resulted in them becoming even angrier at Barbara. They convinced Selina to tell them were Penguin was hiding in return of money. Selina tricked Ivy into telling them were they were and when Penguin wealized that it was too late. When they were about to kill Penguin a truck showed up, Barbara asked alarmed if this was a trap, but then Fish Mooney showed up with armed men and answered "no not quitly", took Penguin and left. Butch replied "women always know how to make an entrance" which called Tabitha's attention.

Mentoring Selina

Over the course of the next three months, Tabitha trained Selina. After she deemed her ready, Tabitha sent Selina into the streets of Gotham to beat up several thugs that were located in a nearby alley. Using her whip and her fighting skills, Selina beat up all of them but turned her back to one combatant she believed to be down. Before the man could attack her, Tabitha knocked him out from behind. She complimented Selina on her performance but also reminded her to never turn her back on an enemy.

The two headed back to Tabitha's place where they were suddenly confronted by Victor Zsasz. Despite holding guns, Zsasz claimed that he has come in peace. He stated that the two were hard to track down, and, looking over the run down apartment, asked Tabitha why she lives like that when she used to be rich. Tabitha reminded him that Penguin stole her club and Zsasz replied that Tabitha killed Penguin's mother, so they should just call it even. Tabitha asked Zsasz why he has come and Zsasz reminded her that every criminal in Gotham now needs a license from Penguin. He then invited Tabitha to come to the opening of Penguin's new club, "The Iceberg Lounge", the next evening. where she is supposed to "kiss the ring" and get her license. Zsasz then left the apartment after implying that Tabitha doesn't really have a choice. Once Zsasz was gone, Tabitha claimed that the two need to find a new place immediately, but Selina stopped her and tried to convince her that it is in their interest to join Penguin. Tabitha, however, sternly claimed that she will not work for Cobblepot and ordered Selina to pack her things. When Selina headed to the opening alone to swear loyalty to Penguin, Zsasz confronted her and asked her why she has come alone. To the surprise of both, Tabitha revealed herself and told Zsasz that Selina has not come alone after all. Before she could swear loyalty to Penguin, however, a gang attacked. During the chaos, Tabitha disarmed Zsasz and took his gun.[15]

After both Tabitha and Selina have received an invitation to a building in Gotham, the two met up on the entrance. Heading inside, both were surprised and shocked when they were welcomed by none other than Barbara Kean. Tabitha didn't understand and stated that she killed Barbara. Barbara replied that this is Gotham, after all, and that Tabitha should check for a pulse next time. Galavan replied that she will do exactly that after she has slit Barbara's throat. She drew a knife but did not yet engage. Barbara told both of them that she is back in Gotham and that an opportunity - a new beginning - is awaiting all three of them. Barbara then came closer to Tabitha and apologized, claiming that not a day goes by she doesn't wish that she could take back all she did. Tabitha holded her blade to Barbara's throat but Kean kept talking, offering a heartfelt apology and allowing Tabitha to kill her should she choose to. The conversation then came back to business and Tabitha stated that it is quite unoriginal to start another club in Gotham. Barbara replied that his is not a club and pulled a lever, revealing hidden cabinets inside the walls that are filled with high-tech weaponry. Barbara claimed that with Penguin owning the city and issuing licences, every criminal in town would turn to her for weapons. She offered both Tabitha and Selina to join her but Tabitha furiously refused, claiming that she can never get back what Barbara took from her. She stated that Barbara can consider herself lucky that Tabitha didn't burn the place to the ground and stormed out of the building.

The Sirens

Back at their place, Selina Kyle tried to convince Tabitha that joining Barbara is in their interest. Tabitha wanted to know why Selina wanted this so badly. Selina replied that she is sick of being treated like a useless child and that joining Barbara is their best move. Suddenly, a voice behind her agreed and Tabitha pulled her gun and aimed it at her. The source of the voice was revealed to be Ivy Pepper, who wanted to talk. Tabitha refused, claming that she is Penguin's lapdog. Ivy, however, claimed that she hates Penguin and wants to get back at him and the men who treated her badly. Tabitha didn't believe it and ordered Ivy to get out. She then told Selina to get word out to Barbara; Tabitha was ready to talk business but needed something from Barbara in return. The two returned to Barbara's store where Barbara confirmed that Tabitha could ask anything of her in return. Tabithat demanded Barbara's hand - as both she and Butch lost one during the battle of Penguin, Nygma and Barbara. Now it is Barbara's turn to lose one. Barbara agreed to the terms but in the last moment, Tabitha moved the cleaver so it missed Barbara's arm. Claiming that she will trust Barbara for now, Tabitha left the building again.[16]

Personality

Tabitha shows numerous traits of a sadist, as well as those of a sociopath, and relishes pushing people's buttons, almost regardless of the danger. She seems less calculating than her brother, and more prone to act on impulse. She is shown to be flirtatious with anyone she finds attractive but can also develop an emotional attraction to others, which was demonstrated when she sent assassins to kill James Gordon for putting Barbara Kean in a coma, and when she defend Silver St. Cloud from Theo Galavan.

Tabitha has a low tolerance for those who threaten her with violence, as she impulsively attacked Alfred Pennyworth after he interrogated her about the whereabouts of Bruce Wayne, and she left Theo Galavan to die after he threatened her and Silver St. Cloud.

Despite betraying Theo, she still seemed to care for him and was angry at Oswald Cobblepot for "killing" him. When Theo returned from the dead as Azrael, she attempted to get through to him, and even reminisced about their childhood before the monks took him away.

Despite her frequent attempts to act indifferent towards Butch, she also seems to harbor affection for him, even going so far as to allow herself to be mutilated to save his life.

Because of many facts, including Barbara's toxic insanity, Butch's death and a confrontation with Lee (mutated by Tetch virus) who reflected her own cruelty, Tabitha seems less to act with impulsivity and more calm or conviction.

Abilities

  • Master hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Tabitha is a master of hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist, as shown during her fight with Alfred.
  • Peak of physical human condition: As an assassin, Tabitha is in top physical condition.
  • Skilled knife-wielder/thrower: Tabitha is skilled with using knives in combat. She was able to throw a knife into Alfred's back from a distance with precision.
  • Expert markswoman: Tabitha is an expert at using both handguns and rifles.
  • Whipsmanship: Tabitha is extremely skilled at using a whip, being able to wrap it around someone's neck as a ligature as a means of subduing them.
  • Manipulation: Being the sister of Theo Galavan, leader of the Underworld and a former informant to Theo and freer of Butch, the art of persuasion is not lost on Tabitha's end and she makes the most of her gift/talent.

Appearances

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Gotham: A City Gone Mad


Notes

  • Tabitha's appearance and choice of clothing is similar to another assassin, Larissa Diaz (Copperhead) from Season 1.

Trivia

  • In DC comics, there have been three incarnations of the villain, "Tigress". However, Tabitha Galavan appears to be an original creation of the show, that only shares her alias with the previous versions.
  • Tabitha's physical appearance, especially her look in the episode she was introduced, is reminiscent of Catwoman's appearance in the third season of Batman TV series (1966-1968), portrayed by actress and singer, Eartha Kitt. Her choice of weapon, a whip, is also a possible nod to Catwoman, as it is her signature weapon.
    • As such, Tabitha ends up becoming a mentor to a young Selina Kyle in the show during the season 3 finale and allows her to practice using the whip as a weapon.

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