- "Gotham will be what I decide. A green world. Won't that be beautiful?"
- —Ivy Pepper to Bruce Wayne[src]
Ivy "Pamela" Pepper is the daughter of the late Mario and Alice Pepper. She became an orphan when her father was shot by Harvey Bullock in defense of James Gordon's life, causing her mother to commit suicide.
However, after feeling like she wasn't being taken seriously, Ivy took some potions that altered her appearance and gifted her with poisonous powers. Becoming known by titles such as The Witch and Poison Ivy, she has used her new abilities and knowledge of plant-life to become an extremely dangerous eco-terrorist.
We first see Ivy when she answers the door to detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. Jim and Harvey are investigating Mario in relation to his possible involvement in the killings of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Ivy is visibly scared when she answered the door, and tells Gordon that her father is mean. Mario comes to the door and allows the detectives in. Ivy strokes her plants while Mario is questioned. When the two detectives state they wish to search the apartment for evidence, Mario makes a run for it by escaping out the window. He is subsequently shot dead by Bullock after attempting to kill Gordon with a knife. What appeared to be Martha Wayne's necklace is recovered, which leads to Mario being framed for the murders, closing the Wayne murder case. Despite his abusiveness, Ivy and her mother resent the police for Mario's death. Afterward, Gordon begins to suspect Mario isn't the killer, and returns to the Pepper apartment where Ivy angrily refers to the police as "bastards". During this visit Gordon is informed by Alice that despite Mario being a violent person, he never killed anyone.
Ivy becomes orphaned when her mother commits suicide following the death of her father. She is taken into care and fostered in which her new parents rename her Pamela. She eventually runs away from them, choosing to live on the streets.
Life on the streets
- "Some give you visions. Some give you energy. Some help you to sleep. I've cultivated over a dozen kinds."
- —Ivy Pepper to Bruce Wayne[src]
Ivy is at The Flea when Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne arrive, with the latter and Ivy being introduced for the first time. Bruce apologises for what happened to her father, but Ivy (appearing to be losing it) says it isn't his fault her father is dead and begins acting strange, even causing Selina to be unnerved. Despite her father being killed and set up for killing Bruce's parents, she doesn't show any contempt towards him, and even notes that Bruce is cute. Selina quickly ushers Bruce away from Ivy, advising him not to look back.
Ivy falls sick and is found sleeping in a box in the rain by Selina. Selina takes her to Barbara Kean's penthouse as Barbara is gone and Gordon has moved out. Ivy answers the phone when Barbara calls, and when she asks about Gordon Ivy lies saying that she is a friend of him. Believing that the girl on the other end is a lover of Gordon's, Barbara angrily hangs up the phone, much to the amusement of Ivy.
Ivy encounters Bruce and his guardian Alfred Pennyworth as they search the streets for Selina. Bruce requests Ivy to send a message to Selina for her, which she agrees to for a payment, which Bruce orders Alfred to do.
Ivy and Selina are later discovered by Barbara, and after overcoming her own surprise, Barbara eventually sits with the two in the living room. Ivy and Selina later have outfits modeled by Barbara, while they judge them.
While waiting for Selina at the pigeon coop where Bridgit Pike feeds them, Bruce thought Selina was returning only to encounter Ivy who was surprised that Bruce is living at Wayne Manor again. This causes Bruce to suspect that Selina Kyle hasn't returned from Arkham Asylum yet.
Six months later, Ivy questioned Selina about the type of people she was being involved with. Selina told her that they were scary people and won't let her come along for her own good. Selina orders Ivy to look after the pigeon coop while she is gone, and departs leaving Ivy on her own. Just thereafter. Ivy is approached by what appears to be Bruce Wayne. However, he acts weird and questions Ivy about Selina. Believing this boy is Bruce, she asks him what has happened to him (due to his unkempt appearance and long hair). When the confused boy asks that if she knows him, she says she knows Bruce Wayne, leading to the boy to forcefully grab her demanding who he is. Terrified, Ivy shakes him off and makes a run for it. She arrives at a location where Selina is hanging out and discovers she is afflicted with a resurrected Fish Mooney who has gathered the escapees from the research facility Indian Hill to create a new incarnation of her gang. Nancy brings Ivy to Fish who wants to know who else Ivy has told about them. Selina tries to defuse the situation by saying Ivy is with her and doesn't know anything or has told anyone, but Ivy causes more harm than good by threatening to tell on Fish. Fish orders Marv to use his ability of aging people to death to kill Ivy. Ivy manages to get away from Nancy and runs off where she is pursued. She comes across a hole in the ground leading to a water drain. Selina tries to help her, but is held back. Marv sneaks up on Ivy and briefly grabs her before she falls down the hole and is swept away by the water's current, much to the distress of Selina.
An unspecified amount of time later, Ivy emerges from the Gotham River. Upon making her way to a truck, Ivy sees her reflection in the mirror realizing that she is now a fully grown woman and has outgrown her clothes. When a construction worker named Nick comes across the barefoot girl, he invites Ivy home to help her out. At Nick's house, Ivy drinks some water and then give the rest on a dying plant. While stating her history and how she "grew", Ivy was displeased that Nick threw out one of his plants. Later that night, Ivy changes into the clothes of Nick's ex-wife and had knocked Nick out using the plant he threw in the trash.
Selina mentioned to Bruce and Gordon about what happened to Ivy and states that she is still "missing".
Some time later, she attended The Sirens Club party to celebrate Oswald Cobblepot winning the election for mayor. She grabbed Selina by the hand when she caught her stealing and laughed at the fact that Selina did not recognize her. As Ivy Pepper didn't want to reveal her identity yet, she told Selina to continue taking wallets. Selina did get suspicious about her. Ivy later witnessed the fight at the club between Butch and Cobblepot and began smiling when things became violent.
Ivy later seduces a rich man named Anton where she uses a special perfume to control him into opening the vault. Upon knocking out Anton with a vase, Ivy enter the vault where she steals a green necklace. Anton recovers and tries to choke Ivy only for her to break free and get away as he asked if she is with "them". Ivy later reveals herself to Selina at her squat while she was feeding her cats. Bruce was later called in, as Selina told him that she should've suspected what Marv did to her when seeing his powers. Selina scolds Ivy for not letting her know she was back, as Ivy apologizes for not telling Selina that she was alive. Selina is told by Ivy that she has a way to get people to give her what she want. Ivy then comes clean stating that she had stolen from a rich man. Bruce breaks up the conversation stating that he hears something. The three of them start making a run from their attackers led by Luka Volk. Selina, Bruce, and Ivy go on the run as Ivy claims that claimed it. Bruce offers to buy the necklace from Ivy for a reward. Ivy accompanies Bruce and Selina to Anton's house and finds him dead. The three of them find a hidden key in the necklace. Bruce suggests to Selina and Ivy that they retreat to his house. At Wayne Manor, Bruce tells Ivy and Selina that he will have Alfred make up beds for both of them. When Ivy states that she doesn't want to come between Selina and her boyfriend, Selina states that she is not his girlfriend.
Ivy uses her perfume to manipulate Alfred into giving her the security code to Wayne Manor. She is later captured by Luka, Jacob, and Dmitry of the Whisper Gang to use as leverage to get the key back from Bruce and Selina. She is released when Bruce gives them the key and learns that it is used to unlock a weapon Luka believes can help destroy the Court of Owls. Bruce then agrees to help them secure the second key they require.
Allying with Oswald Cobblepot
- "You know, plants make better friends than most people. And some of them helped save your life."
- —Ivy Pepper to Oswald Cobblepot[src]
After Mayor Oswald Cobblepot was shot and thrown off a pier into the harbour by his former friend Edward Nygma, Ivy retrieved him and brought him back to her plant filled home, unknown to the citizens of Gotham, the police and even Nygma himself who believed he had truly killed his old ally. After Cobblepot awoke from his sleep Ivy informed him that he had been out for hours. Cobblepot informs her that he has someone to kill.
She later shows Oswald around her newfound home, an abandoned mansion estate outside of Gotham, throughout which she has cultivated a lush indoor garden in the dead of winter. She agrees to contact Gabe on Oswald’s request and they meet him together in her solarium. She expresses an instant mistrust and warns Oswald that she ought to use her pheromone perfume to ascertain Gabe’s loyalty. Oswald ignores her advice and mocks her assumption of friendship, calling her a ‘freak’, after which she storms out and leaves them alone. Her suspicion is proven correct when Gabe takes advantage of the opportunity to knock Oswald unconscious. She remains hidden on the grounds of the estate, however, to spy on Gabe’s arriving henchmen. She is eventually caught and tied up alongside Oswald where she dismisses his suggestion that she’s in any actual danger. After being asked to explain her confidence, she angrily declares that she could save them both if only Oswald would agree to show her some kindness. He agrees to these terms and she coyly invites a henchman’s attention. She entices him to lean in close enough to catch the scent of her perfume. With him under her control, she gleefully orders him to kill the remaining henchmen and spare Gabe for Oswald. She later holds Gabe at gunpoint while Oswald questions him. She makes good on her promise to force Gabe to admit his true loyalties, who admits he’s never respected Oswald and thinks of him also as a ‘freak’. Oswald murders Gabe with one of Ivy’s garden forks. They bury Gabe and the rest of the henchmen in her flower bed, where vines are seen twining preternaturally in and around Gabe’s open wounds. When Oswald apologizes for his behavior, she admits that people’s opinion of her can upset her deeply and they bond over this similarity. In an effort to console him she offers to share what she knows of the Indian Hill monsters, and suggests they band together to amass a whole ‘army of freaks’.
Ivy helps Oswald track down Victor Fries, who is still angry at Oswald for running him out of Gotham. Oswald offers to help Victor reverse his condition, so Victor agrees to help Oswald. They then look for Bridget, who is working in a welding factory. After Ivy hear how Bridget's boss talks to her, she convinces her to embrace what she has become, and Bridget goes with them. They hole up in Oswald's mansion, and Ivy breaks up a fight between Victor and Bridget, saying they are on the same team and calling them a family. Ivy sees Nygma on the news, and Oswald tells the group to rest up as tomorrow is going to be a busy day.
Ivy goes to see Tabitha Galavan, looking for Selina. Tabitha tells Ivy to try Gotham General, saying she heard Selina fell out of a window. Ivy finds Selina in the ICU, and a doctor tells her she can't be in there. Ivy used her perfume to make the doctor tell her about Selina's condition. The doctor believes Selina won't come out of her coma, and a furious Ivy tells her to leave. Ivy tells Selina that the doctor's don't know her like Ivy knows her and vows to help her. Ivy filled the room with various plants, and Selina eventually woke up. Ivy hugged her, but Selina started to get up and told Ivy she had to go to Wayne Manor to kill someone.
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The frozen Riddler was later brought to the Van Dahl Manor, where he was stored in a special tank that prevented the ice from melting. Cobblepot then showed Ivy plans and sketches with potential logos for his new nightclub, "The Iceberg Lounge", with him explaining that the name of the club was not only meant to be an allusion to his nickname "Penguin", but also the planned centerpiece that he wanted to display there as a trophy, the frozen Riddler. They would then look at Nygma in his icy prison, Oswald not able to hide a smile at the satisfying sight.
Betraying the Penguin
- "Enjoy your party, Penguin. You little twerp."
- —Ivy Pepper before turning off the Iceberg Lounge's energy sluppy[src]
While being interviewed by reporters at the Iceberg Lounge months later, Oswald ordered Ivy to reveal the iced Riddler to the group, remarking that their readers will find it interesting. When a journalist recognized the frozen man as Edward Nygma, Penguin came up with the excuse that Nygma had a very rare brain disease and had to be frozen until a cure is found. He moved on claiming that Ed begged him in his final lucid moments to not hide him away, but to rather put him out with the people. However, Jim Gordon then showed up at the press conference to lead Merton and his gang to Oswald and sarcastically asked if Edward knew he was being frozen as he suspected that Oswald probably froze him out of malice. Penguin responded by offering Gordon to view the medical record from Nygma's doctor, but Jim rejected, knowing they most likely were fake or forced. When Oswald was ready for the opening night of the Iceberg Lounge, he used the remaining time to talk to the frozen Riddler, ignoring that he would neither hear nor respond to it. Cobblepot asked Ed if he remembered when he accused Penguin of being a slave of his emotions, then telling him that they no longer will, since he banished those feelings, allowing him to rise to the top of Gotham's underworld once again. However, Oswald began to question the cost of this action, asking his greatest opponent who of both was really frozen. Ivy Pepper, who sneaked from behind Cobblepot then said that Riddler definitely was the frozen one, but Penguin ordered her to go somewhere else as soon as he noticed her.
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The next day, Ivy entered an Asian shop selling strange potions and spices. As soon as the owner noticed her, he angrily ordered her to leave again, since she never paid for the last stuff he gave her. He then recalled Ivy's perfume which she made him smell once before and called it a cheap trick. However, Ivy told the man that she was done with perfumes and is here for the good stuff, but he denied the existence of such things in his shop and said that he is closing up. Ivy disregarded his orders and asked where he stores his ancient, mystical potions made by shamans all over the world. Shocked by her knowledge, he asked her who told her about that, though she continued her monologue, shouting that she is done playing nice and needs a change, a big one. Furthermore, she explained that she needs strength and power, before grabbing the shop owner and forcing him to smell her perfume. Under the influence of the drug, he revealed that he stores the potions in his safe under the register. Since the safe was already opened, Ivy did not need a combination and quickly took two potions out before asking the man which ones make her stronger. The owner responded by warning her that it is dangerous stuff and too powerful for her since it can get in her blood and her DNA. Thereupon, she pushed him towards an electrical box, causing it to strike sparks and commented on the effects the potions could have as 'good'. Ivy then moved on and began drinking all the mystical potions, ignoring the warnings of the shop owner who escaped from the room. Immediately after, Ivy began to sigh in pain and her face started morphing.
Months later, Ivy was discovered by a few junkies who entered the now abandoned Asian potions shop. Once the leader explained his companions that the shop was an old Chinese man's place filled with rare drugs and similar stuff, but the place is empty now since the owner split town, they found her in a cocoon-like state laying on the ground in the middle of ivy plants, where after one of the junkies wanted to touch it, Ivy broke out of her organic prison, slipped off the remains of the cocoon and immediately stood up. However, the mutations she went through the last months left obvious traces behind, with Ivy now having an altered face and possessing new powers, allowing her to use plants as a weapon. As soon as she faced the junkies, the gang's leader began flirting with her and asked for her name. She responded by slowly telling him that her name was Ivy. The junkie then moved on to talk to her asking her what a nice girl like her is doing in such a place and tried to touch her hair. However, she quickly grabbed the man's arm causing him to scream in pain before pressing her hand on his mouth leading to him falling on the ground. Due to her new abilities, plants quickly began to grow in the dead man's face. Impressed by her own forces, Ivy stared at her hand, calling her powers 'a hell of a thing' before turning to the other two junkies who instantly escaped the abandoned shop in fear. Ivy then walked over the corpse to reach a nearby mirror hanging on a wall, allowing her to take a first look at her new appearance. As she couldn't believe what she looked like, she just commented on it as 'extraordinary'.
She later appeared at the Narrows after a failed attempt to kill Lee Thompkins in an apartment where she walked out of the building smiling as she continued to walk down the streets of Gotham. During her walk she noticed a few plants dying and saw a couple going into a taxi cab and hide from their sight as the taxi drove away. Later she broke down the door of their home and decided to make it her temporary home while they are away such as wearing the wife's sequin dress, taking and eating a tub of ice cream from the refrigerator, placing her dirty feet on their coffee table and watching some bad news on Gotham, then change the channel to a commercial ad for the Sirens club, where she sees Barbara, Tabitha and even Selina advertise for free drinks for women and decides to go there. After she arrives at the club, the Sirens question who she is, while the men are immediately drawn to her, which results in a fight. Tabitha breaks it up, but requests that Ivy left, to which she remarks that Tabitha is being rude, but has always been. She leaves and waves to Selina, who then realizes who she is.
Selina follows Ivy to the apartment she broke into and Ivy reveals herself. She demonstrates her new powers by scratching Selina's hand and infecting her with her poison. Ivy then gives Selina the antidote to the poison her body creates and Selina drinks it before the poison kills her. Scared by this new careless version of Ivy she proclaims "you've gone crazy". Insulted, Ivy declares that she has been reborn and will never be underestimated or ignored again. She takes Selina’s hand again and Invites her to "make Gotham our bitch".
Ivy and Selina later go to a house belonging to a man named Roland Charles and his family. When Ivy rings the doorbell Roland's wife answers and Ivy places her under her control with a new version of her hypnotic perfume. Mrs. Charles leads them into the dining room where Roland is having dinner with their two children, Ivy uses her perfume to place them all under her control. She explains to Selina that until the perfume wears off they are her devoted servants, she then makes them freeze in position. Selina (under the impression they are just there to rob the place) leaves the room. Alone, Ivy reveals to Roland that she knows what he does for a living, "torturing" plants in the name of science for Wayne Enterprises. In retribution for his crimes against nature, Ivy scratches him, infecting him with her Toxin and causing vines to sprout out of his mouth. Selina enters and is horrified to see what Ivy has done. Ivy grabs Roland's briefcase and leaves the room, Selina follows her, leaving Roland's family helpless to do anything as they watch him die.
The next day, Ivy and Selina are back at Ivy's hideout. Ivy is going over the information about what Roland was planning, a project called "Project M", but Selina is preoccupied by Ivy's actions. Ivy defends herself, stating that Roland had it coming. Ivy notes that the Project M would have to be approved by Bruce Wayne, but Selina still doesn't care and announces she is leaving. Ivy talks to her plants, saying that they don't need Selina. Ivy then applies her lipstick and heads over to Wayne Manor.
- "Oh I know a lot of things, Billionaire Boy."
- —Ivy reveals herself to Bruce[src]
At Wayne Manor, Bruce awakens to find Ivy in his home, but doesn't recognize her due to the growth, only remembering her new form from the Siren's club. He questions why she is there and she informs him she is there to speak for the plants. He asks her to leave, but she questions him about Project M. He is shocked, questioning how she knows about the project, and she refers to him as "Billionaire Boy", prompting him to realize who she is, as she kisses him, putting him under her spell and demanding answers on Project M. After receiving the answers she needs, Ivy poisons him, leaving him to die a slow and painful death, stating that it is what he deserves.
Ivy makes her way to the GCPD and meets with Lucius Fox. She places him under her spell and insists he take her to Project M, while also placing the rest of the GCPD under herself, demanding they call her beautiful and give her compliments.
Ivy and Lucius arrive at Project M and she retrieves Project M, which is actually Lazarus Water. Lucius questions what she plans to do with and she deviously claims she is going to make miracles happen.
As Ivy and Lucius are leaving, they are confronted by Jim Gordon, as Ivy grabs Lucius by the neck, holding him as her hostage. She and Jim greet each and she reminds him of when he murdered her father. Jim questions how her aging is possible and she says that first she was a seed, then a sprout, and now she has bloomed. She orders Jim to drop his gun or she poisons Lucius. Jim obliges and Ivy gives Jim the antidote for Bruce, in exchange for Jim letting her go with the Lazarus Water.
Ivy returns to her hideout, as do the home owners, who demand Ivy leave. Ivy uses a flower she has concocted from the Lazarus Water to poison them.
Ivy travels to the bar where Harvey Bullock works, questioning his whereabouts. When the bartender informs her he is out sick and questions if she wants to leave a message, she tells him that the people in the bar are the message, as she poisons them all with her Lazarus Water plant.
Ivy films a video of herself and it is leaked by the news, where she states that she intends to kill everyone in Gotham City by giving their city back to the plants, beginning with the people who have harmed or betrayed her.
Harvey and Jim search for Ivy and eventually find her, only for Harvey to fall under her spell. A spelled Harvey demands Jim drop his gun. Jim tells Ivy that she needs help, but she states that she has to leave to prepare for her big plans later that night. As she leaves, Ivy orders Harvey to kill Jim and then himself.
Ivy crashes a dinner at the Wayne Foundation and takes the building hostage, killing one of the guests and intending to kill them all. Jim and the GCPD manage to enter the room and demand Ivy's henchman drop their guns. Ivy order her henchman to kill everyone and then leaves.
Ivy returns to her hideout, only to find Selina waiting for her. Selina questions what is the bag Ivy is carrying and Ivy reveals that it is the last of the Lazarus Water she stole. Selina says she will not let Ivy use it to kill everyone and uses her whip to knock the water from Ivy's hands. Ivy attacks her and informs that one scratch is all it will take to kill her. Selina manages to retrieve the Lazarus Water and drops it, placing it under boot to smash, as Ivy pleas for her to stop. Ivy says that everyone in Gotham is guilty and spews out poison, but Selina claims Ivy is insane and smashes the vial anyways, as Ivy angrily attacks her. Ivy has her hands around Selina's neck to kill her, but Selina holds a knife to her. Ivy remarks that Selina always thought she was better than her, but Selina claims this isn't true and they were friends. Ivy says that was a long time ago and she is a different person now. Selina says that she doesn't want this and drops the knife. Ivy tightens her grip on Selina but lets her go, ordering her not to get in her way again. Ivy then flees the room.
No Man's Land
- "You are so utterly naive."
- —Ivy to Bruce[src]
After Gotham's descent into No Man's Land, Ivy takes over the park and gains a reputation as "The Witch". She is eventually defeated by citizens and imprisoned with salt placed on the ground near her to weaken her.  Bruce would come and she managed to convince him that she isn't a monster. Once out, she kills those that emprisoned her and was about to kill Bruce before he reminded her all the good Selina gave her. Ivy then gave Bruce a plant that could heal Selina but reminds him that it could change her personality. Bruce then runs away as Ivy watches him, smilling.
According to Selina, Ivy is creepy. No one would talk to her with the exception of Selina. When she meets Bruce Wayne, she does not blame his parents' death for causing the death of her father and takes interest in the former, noting that Bruce is cute and playfully calling him "Billionaire Boy".
Ivy has a sense of humor; she answers the phone when Barbara calls, and when she asks about Jim Gordon, Ivy lies saying that she is a friend of his. This causes Barbara to (incorrectly) believe that the girl on the other end is a lover of Jim's. Barbara angrily hangs up the phone, despite Ivy obviously meaning no harm. Ivy is also loyal and cares about friends, as she questioned Selina about the type of people she was being involved with. However, Ivy takes issue with being told what to do, as she got defensive when Selina told her to stay cool when talking to Bruce.
- "Yeah, people are dumb. Plants are better. You can trust them."
- —Ivy Pepper to Oswald Cobblepot[src]
Upon being aged into adulthood by Marv, Ivy becomes more mischievous and playful, as she takes pleasure in Selina not recognizing her as Ivy during an encounter at The Sirens nightclub, and even mockingly tells Selina to run along and "keep stealing wallets". She has also self-centred and somewhat thoughtless, as she didn't reveal herself to Selina unter much later - and that too only because she needed her help.
Despite her growth spurt into adulthood, Ivy still showed signs of a child-like nature and immaturity, mainly due to not having a natural progression growing up. When she teams up with Oswald Cobblepot to create themselves a gang of "freaks", she sees the union as a big happy family. Yet, she dislikes being talked down to and disrespected, as she aspires to be taken seriously in the criminal underworld.
On a more comical note, Ivy was shown to be very gluttonous, as she eats all of Selina's food and later asks for more. Even before that, she complained a lot to Selina about "starving".
- "Bruce and I have to go. You always did think you were better than me. But without my plants, you never would have left your bed."
- —Ivy to Selina[src]
After her mutation, Ivy seems to jump to conclusions easily and judge people very fast when it involves plants, with her having descended into eco-terrorism. When she learned of Project M that Wayne Enterprises was conducting with plants, she immediately assumed it was an experiment to develop new poison; she went straight for Bruce, as he was the owner of the company. Her relationship with Selina deteroriates to the point of them becoming enemies, due to Ivy's dark and cruel behaviour, which leads to her trying to kill Selina twice. She has also become more vengeful, seeking to kill Harvey Bullock for her father's death.
During her time in No Man's Land, Ivy largely lost most of her remaining humanity, becoming closer to her comic book counterpart. She has become more maniplative without having to use her powers, tricking Bruce into luring citizens that had fought her off into a false sense of security - so that she could kill them. However, her love for plants has taken a more positive turn, as she wants to create a beautiful garden. When Bruce reminds her that all the people she kills and feeds to the plants resulted in nothing but a dark wasteland that smelled of death, she was slightly unnerved, showing that she is aware she has some faults in her plans. She also had a single spark of compassion left for Selina, giving Bruce a seed that could repair her spine at the cost of unleashing the darkness in Selina (though she later tries to have Selina killed anyway).
- "I'm so sorry Ivy. I would never want to upset you."
"But you have, Bruce."
- —Ivy and Bruce[src]
However, Ivy continues to harbour a crush on Bruce, which is likely a reference to their relationship in the comics. She kisses him on the lips to hypnotise him, even though she could've done just made him smell the scent of her perfume, which is how she hypnotised everyone else. However, she still tries to kill him for what his company has done to plants, and later uses him as leverage to escape from Gordon. When Bruce tries to get her help to save Selina, she is initially eager to kill him. When she later interrupts Bruce and Selina's date, having come to take Bruce to use him in her plan, she states that he will love her, and after subsequently hypnotising him once more, kisses him again, and teases Selina over Bruce coming with her.
Ivy is initially a little girl with long, knitted ginger hair and green eyes. Her normal attire is generally an oversized striped shirt and ratty skirt. As the series progresses she grows slightly taller.
After being aged into adulthood Ivy’s appearance changes drastically. She is tall with a slender, curvaceous figure and long ginger hair that is slightly curled. Her attire generally consists of fashionable women’s attire.
When Ivy emerges from her cocoon her appearance is sharper. Her facial features are more angled. Ivy’s posture loses most of its childish habits and she now moves with more elegance and grace.
Powers and abilities
- Mutated Physiology: Upon consuming extremely potent mutagenic alchemical compounds, Ivy has gained superhuman powers.
- Poisonous biology: Ivy now possesses the ability to poison others at will by simply touching them, causing the poison to enter the victim's bloodstream. She claims that it is her "essence."
- Plant-generation: Once the poison has entered a person's bloodstream, it creates plants that will consume the victim from the inside. She caused toxicodendron radicans to grow out of a man's nose.
- Hallucination inducement: Those infected by Ivy's poison in a certain way will experience hallucinations before being killed.
- Precognition: After she drank various magical potions, Ivy had the power to produce poison that apparently had the power to predict events from the future. When Bruce was infected by her poison, he had a vision that included elements like his own future self as the Dark Knight, Jim Gordon's mustache, as well as Penguin's top hat and cigarette holder. All of this eventually came true, approximately eleven years after the vision.
- Poisonous biology: Ivy now possesses the ability to poison others at will by simply touching them, causing the poison to enter the victim's bloodstream. She claims that it is her "essence."
- "I also like plants. I've always been able to get them to grow for me."
- —Ivy Pepper[src]
- Botanist: Ivy possesses an advanced knowledge of plant life, identifying and growing different breeds such as psilocybe arkrescens (Blue Devil), cananga odorata, clove, fenugreek yarrow root oils, white willow, and nepeta cataria.
- Toxicologist: By extracting materials from her plants, she is able to create drugs or perfumes that serve as powerful hallucinogenics and hypnotic agents. Soon after coming out of the "cocoon" once her mutation was complete, she managed to create an antidote to the poison from her body.
- "I need you to come with me ... Because you love me so much. Well, not yet, but you will."
- —Ivy Pepper to Bruce Wayne[src]
- Hypnotism: When people smell a perfume she has crafted, they fall under her hypnotic control. She has subeqeuntly been able to hypnotise people verbally. Ivy has hypnotised both Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox twice.
- "Plants are so much more powerful than people imagine. They can poison you, heal you, make you fall in love."
- —Ivy Pepper[src]
- Hypnotic perfume: Ivy uses a special perfume that she wears that allows her to control anyone that smells it.
- Lazarus water: Ivy used to be in the possession of water from the Lazarus Pit which she stole from with the help of a mind-controlled Lucius Fox.
- Mutant flowers: When combining the Lazarus water with her mutated blood, it creates flowers in a matter of seconds. When people are exposed to the spores from these flowers, it kills them and causes the same kinds of flowers grow out of their bodies.
- Ivy is a vegan as seen when she told Selina not to use butter; a reference to her DC comic counterpart, Poison Ivy.
- In Rogue's Gallery, When Ivy is talking to Barbara on the phone, she is pretending to be an older woman involved with Jim. This serves as a twist of irony because she becomes physically older than she actually is.
- In A Dark Knight: The Fear Reaper , Ivy is seen asking to join Selina and Tabitha, whom have formed their version of the Gotham City Sirens alongside Barbara, which is a reference to the DC Comics group, the Gotham City Sirens, of which Selina as her alter ego Catwoman was a part of, alongside Ivy in her Poision Ivy ego, and Harley Quinn, whose own elements had been added towards Barbara.
- Ivy is the first character on the show to be potrayed by three different actresses.
- Her alias, Poison Ivy, has not been used onscreen, but in promotional material.
- In Season 5, Ivy takes up residence in the park, much like her comic book counterpart did in No Man's Land.
- Like Bruce Wayne, Silver St. Cloud, Oswald Cobblepot, and Jeremiah Valeska, Ivy is the only remaining living relative of her family.
Behind the scenes
- Even though the character was initially renamed for the show, she is based on the villainess Pamela Isley a.k.a. Poison Ivy. The character was created by artist Sheldon Moldoff and writer Robert Kanigher and she was introduced in Batman #181 (June 1966). Creator Robert Kanigher modeled Poison Ivy after Bettie Page, giving her the same haircut and Southern drawl as Page. Poison Ivy is depicted as an eco-terrorist that is an enemy and love interest of Batman. As she is one of Gotham's few villains that display anything close to superpowers, she is considered to be amongst his most powerful foes. Poison Ivy was promoted after the rise of feminism pointed out the need for a greater number of more independent female villains in the series.
- Danny Cannon originally confirmed that Ivy would eventually join the Gotham Sirens along with Barbara, Tabitha and Selina. However, this never happened during the fourth season and was entirely discarded when the show had to end after the shortened season 5.