|“||You promised me fun. When are we gonna unleash a little hell?||„|
|~ Tabitha to Theo Galavan.|
|“||There's always a choice.||„|
|~ Tabitha to Barbara Kean.|
Tabitha Galavan is a major antagonist in the TV series Gotham.
She appears as one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Ethel Peabody) of Season 2, a major antagonist in Seasons 3 and 4 and a minor antagonist in Season 5.
She is the sister and former top 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. Much later, Butch was killed by Oswald to avenge the death of his mother at Tabitha's hand. Wanting to avenge Butch, Tabitha tried to kill Oswald but failed and was killed by him.
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 although she does become less reckless in later seasons. 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. This shows that she draws the line at harming family members or at least those who aren't a threat as she had no problem turning against Theo for mistreating them.
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 to act with less impulsivity and more calm or conviction. She later ends up becoming more open regarding her feelings towards Butch, trying to find a way to restore him. Her affection towards him also results in her death after Oswald stabs her after she tried to kill him.
Kill count: 12
- Three Arkham Asylum security guards - Shot
- Richard Sionis - Muilated
- Arnold Dobkins - Sniped
- Gertrud Kapelput - Stabbed in the back
- Cobblepot Double - Sniped
- Martinez - Stabbed in the neck with Boot heels
- Two unnamed mobsters - Throats slit
- Tommy Bones - Shot in the gut
- Barbara Kean - Electrocuted (resurrected)
|Appearances for Tabitha Galavan|
- She is the first live-action version of the DC villainess Tigress. Tabitha Galavan appears to be an original creation of the show,but she is very loosely based on the character.
- 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 similar to another assassin, Larissa Diaz (Copperhead) from the first season.