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

Tabitha Galavan is a major antagonist of the TV series Gotham acting as the secondary antagonist in the Rise of the Villains Arc, a supporting anti-heroine in the Wrath of the Villains arc of the second season and a supporting anti-villainess in the 3rd season. She is portrayed by Jessica Lucas, who also portrays Olivia in the Evil Dead remake.

She is the sister and enforcer of Theo Galavan, killing those who endanger or interfere with his plans. However, near the end of the first half of the second season, Tabitha grows more and more dispirited about how Theo treats his family, which ultimately leads to her leaving Theo behind to save her niece Silver St. Cloud.

After Theo's death, she allies herself and falls in love with Butch Gilzean, who is now the new ruler of the Gotham Underworld after Oswald Cobblepot's empire crumbles. After Edward Nygma mistakenly assumes that Butch is responsible for his girlfriend's murder, Nygma captures both Butch and Tabitha. Although Oswald is eventually revealed as the true killer, Tabitha loses her hand in Nygma's interrogation.

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 defends 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.

Victims

Kill count: 12

  • Three Arkham Asylum security guards - Shot
  • Richard Sionis - Stabbed
  • Arnold Dobkins - Shot
  • Gertrud Kapelput - Stabbed in the back
  • Cobblepot Double - Shot
  • Martinez - Stabbed his throat with her heels
  • Alfred Pennyworth - Stabbed (Survived)
  • Theo Galavan - Left him behind to be killed by James Gordon and Oswald Cobblepot
  • Two unnamed mobsters - Sliced their throats
  • Tommy Bones
  • Barbara Kean - Electrocuted (Resurrected)

Episode appearances

Appearances for Tabitha Galavan

Season 2

  • "Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do..."
  • "Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock"
  • "Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh"
  • "Rise of the Villains: Strike Force"
  • "Rise of the Villains: Scarification"
  • "Rise of the Villains: By Fire"
  • "Rise of the Villains: Mommy's Little Monster"
  • "Rise of the Villains: Tonight’s the Night"
  • "Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow"
  • "Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham"
  • "Rise of the Villains: Worse Than A Crime"
  • "Wrath of the Villains: Mr. Freeze"
  • "Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn"
  • "Wrath of the Villains: Pinewood"
  • "Wrath of the Villains: Azrael"
  • "Wrath of the Villains: Unleashed"

Season 3

  • "Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell…"
  • "Mad City: Look Into My Eyes"
  • "Mad City: Anything for You"
  • "Mad City: Follow the White Rabbit"
  • "Mad City: Time Bomb"
  • "Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster"
  • "Mad City: Ghosts"
  • "Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It"
  • "Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
  • "Heroes Rise: These Delicate and Dark Obsessions"
  • "Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle"
  • "Heroes Rise: Light The Wick"
  • "Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine"
  • "Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling"
  • "Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul"

Season 4

  • "A Dark Knight: Pax Penguina"
  • "A Dark Knight: The Fear Reaper"
  • "A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows"
  • "A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself"
  • "A Dark Knight: Things That Go Boom"
  • "A Dark Knight: Queen Takes Knight"
  • "A Dark Knight: Pieces of a Broken Mirror"
  • "A Dark Knight: The Sinking Ship, The Grand Applause"
  • "A Dark Knight: One of My Three Soups"
  • "A Dark Knight: That's Entertainment"
  • "A Dark Knight: To Our Deaths and Beyond"
  • "A Dark Knight: One Bad Day"
  • "A Dark Knight: No Man's Land"

Trivia

  • She is very loosely based on the DC villainess Tigress. In the fourth season, Nygma actually introduces her as "The Tigress" during her fighting club match against Solomon Grundy.
  • Her choice of using a whip is a possible nod to Catwoman.
    • In the finale of the third season, Tabitha actually becomes a mentor for Selina Kyle and trains her to use a whip.
  • Her appearance and choice of clothing are familiar to another assassin, Larissa Diaz (Copperhead) from the first season.

Navigation

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Main
514A | Barbara Kean | Bridgit Pike | Butch Gilzean | Carmine Falcone | Edward Nygma | Fish Mooney | Hugo Strange | Ivy Pepper | Jeremiah Valeska | Jerome Valeska | Jervis Tetch | Jonathan Crane | Kathryn Monroe | Mario Calvi | Nathaniel Barnes | Ms. Peabody | Oswald Cobblepot | Leslie Thompkins | Ra's al Ghul | Salvatore Maroni | Sensei | Sofia Falcone | Tabitha Galavan | Theo Galavan | The Ogre | Victor Fries | Victor Zsasz

Secondary
Aaron Helzinger | Anubis and the Hunter | Arnold Dobkins | Arnold Flass | Aubrey James | Basil Karlo | Billy Boy | Carlson Grey | Clyde Destro | Davis Lamond | Dick Lovecraft | Dollmaker | Dorothy Duncan | Dr. Marks | Dwight Pollard | Eduardo Flamingo | Electrocutioner | Father Creel | Frankie Carbone | Gabe | Gerald Crane | Gillian Loeb | Grace van Dahl | Gus Floyd | The Lady | Larissa Diaz | Marv | Mario Pepper | "Matches" Malone | Merton | Nancy | Patti and Doug | Professor Pyg | Reed | Reginald Payne | Richard Gladwell | Richard Sionis | Ridgeback Monster | Robert Greenwood | Sid | Sid Bunderslaw | Stan Potolsky | Talon | Tom Dougherty | Trope | Tweaker | Tweed-Brothers | Zaardon

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