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James Van Dyle is a poacher who pretends to a wildlife conservationist and a villain in Batman Beyond. Van Dyle is voiced by German actor Reiner Schöne.

James Van Dyle was a sociopath and a poacher who stole wild animals from their natural environments and sold them to the highest bidder while using the Wildlife WayStation as a coverage that was alleged to helping orphaned animals. The facility was where Van Dyle arranged for the animals' migration transmitters to be removed so that he could sell them.

When Fingers grew to be a talking gorilla, he broke out of his prison and went after Van Dyle. Fingers encountered Batman and told him of Van Dyle's corruption which prompted Batman to help.

Van Dyle spotted Batman cloaked, stunned him with a taser, and dumped him into a cage with a lion in it so Batman can fight for his life. Once Fingers stepped into save Batman, Van Dyle and his crew fired them at both. Just before Van Dyle could kill Batman, Commissioner Barbara Gordon arrived to the scene and the old idiot denied the poaching accusations made to him until Fingers supported those claims.

Fingers caught Van Dyle as he was getting away and was about to kill him since Van Dyle murdered his mother until Batman convinced Fingers to let Barbara arrest him. Van Dyle was then thrown in prison for his crimes against humanity.

Personality 

Initially James Van Dyle was presented as a caring nature lover and devoted wildlife preserver who spent his life and fortune trying to help protect and save endangered species from extinction. This made him very popular with the public, who viewed him as a charming, charismatic, caring, and devoted, conservationist. However, this was all just a charade to hide Van Duke's true personality. In truth, Van Dyle is an extremely greedy, arrogant, sadistic, merciless, and vile poacher who either kills or kidnaps vulnerable and endangered species in order to profit off of them. Contarry to his charade he has no respect for wildlife and sees animals as only sources of income. This was shown by how he keeps no recollection of the specific animals he sells, showing that he only cares about the value he can make off of selling them. 

Van Dyle shows all the traits of a sociopath, having utterly no empathy for those he hurts nor remorse for any of his heinous acts. This extents not only to animals but other humans as well as he had no problem trying to kill Batman when he interfered. Van Dyle is also very sadistic as instead of killing Batman right after he captured him, he instead tried to feed him to some captive lions and watched with malicious glee. Despite this, Van Dyle is, in truth, a coward as when it appeared Fingers would kill him, he pathetically begged for his life. 

Trivia

  • Van Dyle shares many similarities with Sloan Blackburn.  
    • Both are initially presented as devoted conservationists until they are revealed to be sociopathic criminals who lead their own poaching organizations
    • Both kidnap a baby animal from its mother-Sloan kidnapped Talky a cheetah while Dyle kidnapped Fingers a gorilla
    • Both are also nearly killed by animals they poach until they are spared from death and arrested by other humans instead, with Sloan nearly killed by a herd of Forest Elephants and Van Dyle by Fingers.

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