Characters: The Dark Knight Saga League Of Shadows
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Ra's al Ghul
Ra's al Ghul Decoy
"You cannot lead these men unless you are prepared to do what is necessary to defeat evil."
Asian Speekee Engrish: In some lines it's pretty noticeable. Likely unintentional, though, since it's Watanabe's own accent.
Ra's al Ghul:..[Gotham] is beyond saving and must be arrowed to die!
Bald of Evil: It's monk-like, befitting his home base, and the concept of his order.
Badass: His followers talk about how dangerous and cunning he is, as well as the mere fact that Ra's is in charge of the League of Shadows. Though he gets crushed under a pile of rubble pretty unceremoniously during his fight with Bruce.
Evil Plan: He wants to convince Bruce to go back to Gotham, but still work for the League of Shadows in secret. Then he wants Bruce to help them bring down Gotham. Bruce obviously disagrees. Though it might have been Ducard's plan, since he is the real Ra's al Ghul.
A major figure in the secret organisation known as the League of Shadows, Ducard approaches Bruce Wayne on behalf of Ra's al Ghul. He becomes Bruce's mentor, training him and attempting to impart his philosophy of justice to him. It is later revealed that Ducard actually is Ra's al Ghul, and he plans to destroy Gotham to remove such evil from the world. His plans are halted by his former student, and he is killed when the train he's using to help destroy the city crashes.
Affably Evil: There's a reason why his Big Bad status is a plot twist. Among other things, his relationship with Bruce was almost father-like, to the point of Bruce nearly throwing himself off a cliff to save his life.
Ancient Conspiracy: Is part of the League of Shadows; which he claims was involved with various historical events that hurt civilizations.
Bigger Bad: Of the third movie, and the entire trilogy, since his daughter and ex-communicated student are trying to carry on his legacy.
Body Double: The guy that died in a fire that was seemingly Ra's was actually a decoy, or at least that's what's implied.
Break Them by Talking: He tries to disprove Bruce's idealism by telling just how corrupt Gotham really is while burning down Wayne Manor. Bruce disagrees and believes there is still hope for Gotham.
He even does this posthumously in The Dark Knight Rises, telling Bruce that he is immortal in that his mission will continue to live on after his death and that Gotham will be destroyed. Bruce is hallucinating but still.
Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at in Begins when he talks about the loss of his 'great love' but it's not until Rises that we learn he was a mercenary who fell in love with a warlord's daughter. They married, conceived a child, and her father found out. He was to be killed but by his wife's sacrifice, he was only exiled.
Dark Messiah: Believes that by destroying Gotham he is saving it.
This is implied to be part of the reason that Bane was excommunicated from the League of Shadows. Rumors about Bane imply that he was (in Alfred's words) "too extreme for Ra's al Ghul", and Talia claims that Ra's only saw Bane as "a monster".
Hoist by His Own Petard: Jams the controls of the monorail train so that Batman can't stop it from reaching its destination. This also means it can't be stopped from crashing after Batman has Gordon destroy the track supports.
It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: In this universe, his name is pronounced "Raz al Gool" instead of "Raysh al Gool" like his co-creator Denny O'Neil intended. However, the former pronunciation is more correct in pure Arabic, while the latter pronunciation is a mix of Hebrew and Arabic.
Kill It with Fire: Attempts to do this when he burns down Wayne Manor near the end of Batman Begins and leaves Bruce to perish in the fire. Fortunately, Alfred saves Bruce.
Knight Templar: The League of Shadows 'restores balance' to the world by destroying corruption.
Late Arrival Spoiler: Much of the series' promotional material (including the picture on the main page) does not attempt to hide that he's the real Big Bad of Batman Begins.
Not So Different: He and Bruce have both suffered terrible losses, both seek to punish the criminal elements of Gotham (although their methods are rather different), and both use a dreaded persona (Batman for Bruce, Ra's al Ghul for Ducard) to inspire terror in the hearts of their enemies.
The Dark Knight Rises implies he was one to the orphaned Bane as well, to the point where Bane is willing to orchestrate an Evil Plan with his daughter so his legacy may be fulfilled posthumously. This is hammered in when a young Ra's is shown using a rope to rescue an injured Bane from the bottom of the pit in much the same manner Thomas Wayne rescued an injured Bruce in Batman Begins. Ironically, Ra's ultimately excommunicated Bane because of his prison-honed ruthlessness, only for his intended heir Bruce Wayne to later reject him for being too ruthless.
Broken Pedestal: At the end of those years Bruce finds himself disgusted with his ruthlessness.
Pay Evil unto Evil: The modus operandi of the League of Shadows, particularly seen when Ra's leads the massacre of the prisoners who murdered his wife.
Race Lift: Appears to be European, rather than Arab as in the comics.
Shadow Archetype: Ra's and the League claim that they serve justice, but their idea of justice is closer to karmic vengeance. Bruce thought the same in his earlier years before he came to realize that justice and revenge are not the same.
Warrior Therapist: Not only does he train Bruce but he helps Bruce deal with his parent's death.
A powerful mercenary and terrorist with big plans for Gotham city. His terrible strength and razor-sharp wits and intelligence make him a seemingly indomitable adversary to Gotham, as well as Batman and Bruce Wayne. He grew up alongside Talia al Ghul in the Pit, quickly developing a fondness and protectiveness for her and eventually aiding in her escape from the prison. His price would be horrific and disfiguring injuries at the hands of other prisoners, leaving him in constant agony; his mask was constructed to counteract this, supplying him with a very potent gaseous painkiller. He would later be rescued from the Pit by Ra's al Ghul at the behest of Talia, and after her father's death, conspires with her to avenge his death so he may "fulfill his destiny".
Achilles' Heel: His breathing mask; during their second fight, even with Batman's "hardening" in the prison and renewed drive, you can tell that Bane still clearly has the advantage until Batman damages his mask, causing the pain to overwhelm him.
Affably Evil: A zig-zag of this trope andFaux Affably Evil; Bane's affability is presumably genuine when directed toward his allies, and it crosses over into Faux territory when Bane maintains that same polite, jovial demeanor while beating someone mercilessly or preparing to snap someone's neck.
For example, when Bane compliments the singing abilities of the boy singing the national anthem right before he blows up the football stadium ("That's a lovely, lovely voice!"), it's hard to say if he's being deliberately ironic or creepily sincere.
He also gives a polite "thank you" to the terrified hostage who has been holding his motorcycle helmet during the Stock Exchange attack, immediately after a henchman was shooting into the ceiling.
He's almost always polite to the people he kills. "Thank you, good doctor!" is what he says before breaking Dr. Pavel's neck, and he says, "I'm on your schedule, captain," right before crushing Captain Jones's neck.
All There in the Manual: The novelization and original script include a few deleted scenes and alterations of existing scenes that expand on his past and motivations namely showing his training with Ra's Al Ghul and how he is ultimately more motivated to accomplish what his mentor could not by besting Batman and forcing Gotham to destroy itself, rather than out of complete devotion to his partner and friend Talia. The movie's removal of these scenes makes the interpretation of his motivations more ambiguous.
Bane: Ra's Al Ghul rescued me from the pit. That is why I must fulfill his destiny.
Always Someone Better: Bane has Batman's number in hand-to-hand combat but is obsessed with proving to himself and Batman that he is the better fighter and student of Ra's.
Authority Equals Asskicking: There's a reason why as The Leader of The League of Shadows or at least one of the leaders, Bane beats the everliving shit out of Batman. But when he does lead the remains of Gotham during his hostile takeover, he's more in charge.
Badass Biker: Bane also has the talent of a professional motorcycle rider, as he and his men escape from the Stock Exchange on motorcycles, doing ramps and easily evading the cops.
Badass Boast: He's a fountain of these, and he backs each one up in rather spectacular fashion.
Bane: And when it is done, and Gotham is... ashes... you have my permission to die.
Badass In Charge: In charge of the remains of The League of Shadows after their defeat in Batman Begins, and in charge of the city once his and Talia's plan goes through. Subverted Trope But Talia al Ghul is the true heir of the League and is also in charge, even if members seems to report chiefly to Bane.
Badass Longcoat: There's no denying it. His fur coat with shearling collar was specially designed for the film.
Handicapped Badass: This rendition of Bane suffered a serious injury in his backstory (from when he helped Talia escape from the Pit), leaving him in agonizing pain when he's without the anesthetic gas supplied through his mask.
Big Bad: Of the third movie. Possibly Talia's Dragon but nonetheless, he's still The Heavy.
Big Bad Duumvirate: Possibly, with Talia. The novelization and original script seem to support this interpretation, though Bane seems to drive the plot more than Talia.
Bodyguard Crush: Possibly on Talia. He protected her in the Pit. That might be one of the reasons Ra's despised him.
Bond Villain Stupidity: Both played straight and averted. The general revenge plan against Batman seems to be to beat him but then throw him into a cell so he's Forced to Watch his city burn; after Batman escapes and makes his return to Gotham, he eventually ends up subdued again, at which point Talia still wants him kept alive until the bomb goes off. Bane is savvy enough to know Batman's proven himself too great a threat, so after Talia leaves, he decides to kill Batman immediately despite his apparent loyalty to Talia. Fortunately, right around this point is where Selina Kyle has her Big Damn Hero moment.
Break the Haughty: Bane started out as big and tough and beat Batman during their first fight. But during the climax of the movie he was not only disillusioned by Batman's recovery. He also felt genuinely threatened by him, to the point of defying Talia's wish to keep him alive until the bomb's detonation.
Character Tics: Bane has a habit of holding his jacket lapels open like a very dapper gentleman, even when he's not wearing lapels or even a jacket. Given that he also permanently wears a somewhat uncomfortable anaesthetic mask, this may just be a way to get some air on his neck.
Fridge Brilliance when you realize Henri Ducard had a similar habit when he was the living Leader of the League of Shadows. Considering that Bane considers himself the one to "fulfill Ra's Al Ghul's destiny", it would seem he is trying to emulate his former mentor in every aspect possible.
Charles Atlas Superpower: The man can punch through concrete columns with his bare fists. He can also lift a fully armored Batman off the ground with one hand, and at the end of the fight, actually cracks Batman's cowl, which is specifically designed to withstand impact.
The Chessmaster: To what extent the Evil Plan was drawn up by Talia instead of by Bane is debatable but there's no denying his execution of it. A lot of Bane's moves, including abducting Dr. Pavel, attacking the Stock Exchange, and rigging the construction sites with explosives, clearly are things he planned.
The Coats Are Off: Casts his coat off during the climax, just before his second fight with Batman.
Combat Pragmatist: Unlike The Joker from The Dark Knight, he definitely knows how to fight. Like The Joker, he has no problems with underhanded tactics like on the airplane, where the paramilitary henchmen surprise the U.S. army soldiers by shooting through the plane windows when the soldiers aren't even aware the henchmen are nearby.
Cry for the Devil: After Batman defeats Bane in their climactic final battle, Talia intervenes and stabs Batman and spends the next minute explaining the full-extent of Bane's Tragic Back-Story and how his selflessness lead to him getting crippled and at the mercy of the other prisoners of the pit. She reveals that the only person who got him out of the pit excommunicated him because his experience in prison warped him into "a monster" who was too physically and mentally scarred by his upbringing to be accepted. It's a thorough Mood Whiplash after the triumph of Batman physically defeating him. It then gets subverted when Talia asks him afterwards to keep Batman alive, only for him to immediately ignore her when she leaves and get blasted across the room before he can kill Batman.
Curb-Stomp Battle: His first fight with Batman is so ridiculously one-sided that this is the only way you can describe it. Yes, Batman gets in plenty of good hits, they just don't have any noticeable effect.
His second one starts out the same way until Batman gets a lucky mask hit, and it's obvious that he would have won just as handily the second time had Batman not gotten that hit in.
Dark Is Evil: In direct contrast to Batman's Dark Is Not Evil. Bane even waxes poetic about his relationship with darkness while criticizing Batman's tactics during their first fight.
Bane: "Oh, you think the darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, and by then, it was nothing to me but BLINDING! [pummels him]The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!"
Dark Messiah: He convinces Gotham's citizens that he is trying to "liberate" them and give them control of their city from the corrupt businesses and government of the city. He succeeds with quite a few of them, driving the city further into chaos before the city is nuked, just to torture Batman.
Deadpan Snarker: For example, in his intro scene, he snarks about how terrible the CIA are at High Altitude Interrogations, saying a comrade isn't talking because "perhaps he's wondering why someone would shoot a man, before throwing him out of a plane."
When he's attacking the stock exchange, a trader protests that there's no money he can steal. Bane says, "Really? Then why are you people here?"
Death Faked for You: In the first six minutes of the film, Bane kidnaps Dr. Pavel and arranges a blood transfusion with a henchman so it would seem as though Pavel died in the crash. He has the line "Now, now, Doctor, now's not the time for fear. That comes later," to Pavel; and indeed, he forces the guy to arm an atomic bomb intended to kill the entirety of Gotham, then unceremoniously snaps his neck in public.
Death Seeker: Bane has a profound lack of self-preservation, demonstrated in that his and Talia 's ultimate plan involves detonating a nuke while remaining on ground zero, mostly because they have succumbed to Revenge Before Reason. Add in the fact that Bane admits that he's pure evil, though in his opinion a necessary one, and the resulting clash with his Knight Templar philosophy seems to have led him to this path. Though given a moniker like his, it's not hard to believe.
Delivery Guy Infiltration: Bane enters the Stock Exchange disguised as a deliveryman, wearing a motorcycle helmet to hide his face, which he then uses to take out the four guards at the entrance. In the same robbery, his henchman Petrov poses as a food delivery guy to sneak a pistol onto the trading floor.
Despair Event Horizon: Implied. Bane describes the Pit as the place where he learned the truth about despair, and after helping Talia to escape, was left permanently crippled with pain and unable to escape himself until Ra's Al Ghul rescued him. It's left ambiguous as to whether or not Bane ever crossed the Despair Event Horizon, and if he did, whether or not he ever recovered.
Dissonant Serenity: Despite the conditions surrounding him in Gotham (albeit conditions that he himself caused), Bane never seems anything but completely calm. Only when Batman damages his mask during their rematch does his cool begin to fracture. This could be the result of the gas being euphoric.
Doesn't Like Guns: Subverted, because although Bane is okay with using firearms when necessary, he only holds a firearm twice - when Gordon is delivered to his lair, he takes Gordon's pistol and uses it to shoot one of the thugs who delivered Gordon; the second time is at the end, where he's preparing to use a shotgun on Batman but Selina interferes before he can use it. The rest of the time, he prefers to break peoples' necks.
The Dragon: For Daggett, Bane presents himself as being this, doing all of Daggett's dirty work, including attacking the Stock Exchange to bankrupt Bruce so that Bruce will be bankrupted and Daggett can take over Wayne Enterprises. In reality, Bane was likely this to Ra's al Ghul during his time with the League of Shadows, and might have later become this to Ra's daughter Talia after she took over the League of Shadows following Ra's death. Though it's just as likely that he and Talia formed a Big Bad Duumvirate - the movie is ambiguous/vague enough to let viewers interpret their relationship in many ways. To such a point that it's very possible Bane is the Dragon-in-Chief. The novelization and original script seem to support the Duumvirate interpretation, but the movie leaves it ambiguous.
Dragon-in-Chief: Since Daggett is a talker, Bane does most of the dirty work for him, including an assault on the Stock Exchange which houses most of Wayne's money that Daggett wanted. As stated above, if Bane is truly Talia's Dragon, he fits this trope because he carries out Talia's plan by acting by himself. This makes him appear to be (and act like) the sole Big Bad himself, both in- and out-of-universe, until The Reveal.
The Dreaded: Selina Kyle is afraid of him, even more so once she sees him break Bruce's back. Alfred, after hearing rumors about him and seeing footage of him at the Stock Exchange, is convinced that Bruce doesn't stand a chance against him.
Dropped a Bridge on Him: Justified considering that up to the point where Selina Kyle kills him with the Batpod's cannons, he's been shown to be Nigh Invulnerable. Being blown away by the Batpod's guns is so sudden that the viewer may take a moment to realize what happened. Even more so, it seems like Hoist by His Own Petard, given that two of Bane's gunfight ambushes involved similar "take the other side by surprise" tactics.
Karmic Death: Considered that he blithely ignored his partner's last wish to spitefully Drop a bridge on Batman, one can interpret this as him getting his just desserts.
Evil Counterpart: Set up to be Batman's as both are intelligent, skilled and trained under the League of Shadows. The Reveal also shows that both men are Older Than They Look and physically crippled without devices in their respective costumes. Both men also seek to inspire hope in Gotham for entirely different ends.
He is also an Evil Counterpart to John Blake, as both men are revealed to seek to carry on the legacy of a former crime fighter. It's telling that Bruce Wayne eventually learns to trust John Blake with his legacy while Ra's Al Ghul rejects Bane.
Evil Brit: His nationality isn't stated, but Tom Hardy speaks like a jovial English gentleman.
Evil Sounds Deep: Not too much, but the mask deepens Tom Hardy's naturally nasal voice quite a bit. Some foreign dubs do give him a very deep voice, possibly to correct his (intentional) Vocal Dissonance in English.
Eviler than Thou: Daggett realized too late that he was out of his league. "You're pure evil."
He is also implied to be too evil for Ra's Al Ghul, himself a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Deleted scenes show that Bane's experience being tortured and crippled in the Pit made his fighting style too ruthless for even Ra's, leading to his ex-communication. It's subtly hinted that Bane's desire to use nuclear weapons may have also factored into it.
Evil Overlord: Is one for the new League of Shadows and becomes a discreet version over Gotham after he traps it with the intent of destroying it.
Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears a gauntlet/wrist brace thing on his right hand. This may be to Hand Wave the fact that Bane can shatter Batman's cowl, which is some durable graphite composite - with his bare hands and not break his hand in the process.
Fate Worse Than Death: He sought to inflict one on Bruce, by forcing him to watch as Bane tortured and ultimately destroyed Gotham, while Bruce was left in the Pit with his back broken, helpless to do anything about it.
Bruce: Why didn't you just... kill me?
Bane: You don't fear death. You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.
Bane: Yes. But not of your body. Of your soul.
Feel No Pain: His mask is primarily meant to relieve pain from his past injury, but judging from how he barely even reacts to Batman's blows in their first fight, it seems that it also makes him immune to all other pain as well.
More evidence for this comes in their second fight. Even though Bane has the physical upper hand, when Batman damages his mask, Bane suddenly feels the hits that Batman's throwing. It clearly disorients Bane, who probably isn't used to that kind of non-dulled pain, allowing Batman to take the lead in the fight.
He also demonstrates knowledge of psychological torture, which he sees as more intense as physical pain, the prime example of this being the fusion reactor/atom bomb. The bomb is armed, but not immediately detonated, for two primary purposes: to give Gotham a false hope that they may be saved by obeying Bane (they won't, as the bomb will detonate in 5 months regardless), and to force Bruce to watch as his city rots over a prolonged period of time, culminating in its destruction.
A throwaway line indicates that he has at least a working knowledge of nuclear physics, when he says "Five, by my calculations."
Genre Blind: Bane only falls victim to this twice. Once when he puts Bruce in the prison he grew up in which he knew Talia escaped from, rather than just shooting him when he had the chance, the other time when he expresses genuine shock at Batman exploiting his weakness in their rematch. Then again he may have kept Batman alive due to Talia's orders, seeing as Talia wants Batman to see his city destroyed, even if Bane had other ideas. Later, Bane sees the problem in keeping Batman alive and defies Talia's orders to keep him alive... though Selina blows him away before Bane can kill Batman.
The Heavy: In more ways than one. On top of being ridiculously well-built, he's also the main bad guy driving the plot forward. He's not the sole Big Bad, either - Talia holds this title as well, but Bane's got more influence.
Hero Killer: Although he doesn't kill Batman, Bane beats the tar out of him in their first fight and breaks his back. Bane also is responsible for the deaths of Gotham's mayor, the Special Forces team the government sends to save Gotham (he even hangs their bodies for the world to see) and kills various other characters like a CIA agent and Dr. Pavel. Bane is also arguably a Villain Killer too, as he kills both some of his henchmen and John Dagget. Long story short, if you stand in the way of Bane and Talia's plot, he is most likely to kill you.
Bane: "Ah, yes! I was wondering what would break first! Your spirit... or your body!"
Honor Before Reason: Fully intends to avert this when he is about to execute Batman with a shotgun rather than leave him alive as per Talia's orders. He would have accomplished it, too, if it hadn't been for Selina Kyle arriving and blasting him on the spot.
Hulking Out: While he doesn't display it as in the comic, it's given a nod with his seemingly gaining strength and ferocity once Batman breaks his mask. See also Turns Red.
Lightning Bruiser: When pointing to footage of him effortlessly taking out five security guards as evidence that he far out classes Bruce in hand to hand combat, the first thing Alfred points out is his speed.
Mighty Glacier: Downplayed. He's faster and stronger than Batman in a fight, to be sure, and more than enough to keep Batman at bay at close range. However, Batman compensates by being lighter on his feet and more agile. This, combined with the fact that Bane has trouble actually denting him after his intense physical conditioning, puts Bane at much more risk once in the open.
Made of Iron: Justified. Bane can easily tank Batman's blows without breaking a sweat and without any armor since it's really his mask letting him Feel No Pain. Once his mask is damaged, all bets are off.
Mask of Power: He uses the mask to get through the pain of a serious injury which had occurred when he was severely punished by the other inmates at the Hellhole Prison for helping Talia al Ghul escape.
Minor Injury Overreaction: See Villainous Breakdown. Justified in this case, as the mask was the only thing that could even allow him to walk, much less fight with no hindrances, due to his severe injuries, and once it was damaged...
No Sell/Nigh Invulnerable: His first fight with Batman has Bane not only No Sell Batman's attacks, but also his intimidation tactics. This includes maintaining his jocular Character Tic pose whilst Batman repeatedly punches him in the face with armored gauntlets.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A villainous example. He became Talia's protector and helped her escape. This selfless action on Bane's part resulted in several prisoners exacting revenge on him by beating him to within an inch of his life, forcing him to don an anesthetic mask.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Batman initially believes from the start that Bane is just another League of Shadows goon, and dismisses Alfred's assessment of his fighting prowess by stating he'll just "fight harder." It's only during their first fight that Batman learns just how dangerous he really is.
When he sees the flaming Bat Symbol, he can only utter, "Impossible!"
His reaction to Batman damaging his mask.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: A rare in-universe example: whenever Bane talks casual even when speaking louder he has an affable European (of the Scottish or German variety) accent, but when he gets really sinister or enraged, it slips into the Hispanic action. An example would be when he said "You betrayed us." during his first fight with Batman.
Older Than They Look: If the flashback is any indication, he is at least in his mid-fifties. If you want a general idea, Marion Cotillard, who plays Talia, is two years older than Tom Hardy.
Playing Gertrude: In a flashback, Bane is shown to be significantly older than Talia, who looks around eight. In reality, Marion Cotillard is a few years older than Tom Hardy. The age difference is aided by the mask.
Also, despite planning to destroy Gotham, he at least gives his prisoners food and provisions.
While this could also count as Honor Before Reason, he doesn't reveal Bruce's identity to the general public. Bane even went as far as clearing Batman for the events of the previous movie by reading Gordon's speech.
CIA Agent: Now what's the next step in your master plan?
Bane: Crashing this plane.[Paramilitary soldiers jump off the C130 Hercules descending over the commuter jet] With no survivors! [He breaks his cuffs as the soldiers land on the side of the plane and fire through the windows]
Most of Bane's talk to Batman in their first fight is this.
Punch Catch: In both fights with Batman. To add insult to injury, he hits Batman with his own fist the first time around.
Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Invoked in the opening of his first fight with Batman. Batman slugs Bane so hard, the punches are echoing off of the walls. Batman's hitting Bane so hard that he's letting out battle cries with each blow, but not in his Batman growl. And what's Bane doing? Just standing there with his hands on his shoulder straps, taking each and every one of those hits without so much as grunting.
That's just one of three instances in the film where he's seen knitting.
Red Herring: Beforehand, Batman believes (and as the audience we are led to believe) that Bane was the one who escaped from Hellhole Prison as a child and that he was Ra's al Ghul's child. The actual person meeting both descriptions is Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul. Bane was the prisoner who aided her escape, after which he was severely punished by the other prisoners, suffering the painful injuries that forced him to adopt his mask.
Scully Box: Was necessary in a number of scenes, because Bane is supposed to loom over Batman, and Tom Hardy is shorter than Christian Bale.
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Bane has a very noticeably florid manner of speaking, one that serves as a direct contrast to his intimidating voice and appearance and also highlights his intelligence.
Sibling Rivalry: One interpretation of his hatred towards Bruce. They were both taken under the wing of and trained by Ra's al Ghul. Bane embraces the beliefs of the League of Shadows and obviously holds Ra's in great esteem, wishing to fulfill his destiny. Bruce renounced the League and let Ra's die. Yet Ra's excommunicated Bane and instead considered Bruce to be his greatest student.
Single Tear: It's a big blink-and-you'll-miss moment, but during the climax of the movie where Talia's explaining their backstory and fixing his mask, Bane sheds a small tear.
Sleeves Are for Wimps: Not all the time, but in several scenes, he's wearing just his combat vest and show how huge his arms are.
Soft Spoken Sadist: The scene where he kills Daggett is the perfect encapsulation of this.
This Cannot Be!: Bane is clearly stunned by Batman's return. Even when he lies defeated at his feet he still can't believe what's transpired.
"I broke you..."
Trojan Prisoner: Bane and a few of his men pose as hooded prisoners to sneak onto the CIA plane and kidnap Dr. Pavel.
Turns Red: In a nod to his Hulking Out through the use of his mask (which feeds him Venom) in the comics, once Batman breaks Bane's mask, he attacks much faster and harder, sending Batman flying with a swipe and shattering a concrete pillar with a single punch. Since anesthesia causes muscle weakness, it's possible that cutting off his supply is what led to his increased strength.
Undying Loyalty: One of his mercenaries is willing to wait on a crashing plane simply because Bane needs to make sure the authorities find the number of bodies they're expecting.
Bane himself displays this towards Talia al Ghul. Though he does disobey her orders in order to kill Batman (or at least try to) after she tells him not to.
Vocal Dissonance: As shown below, Tom Hardy went all over the place with the accent and tone that the end result is a stark contrast with his ferocious appearance. It's like a bizarre mix of Sean Connery and Michael Gough.
Wicked Cultured: Exceptionally polite, eloquent, and possessed of bitingly sharp wit; he's also a ruthless terrorist.
Wife Husbandry: Implied; he and Talia certainly share an affectionate relationship, but whether it's romantic is unclear.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Given his backstory, it's almost impossible not to feel a degree of sympathy for him. In addition, going by his comment about being born and raised in the darkness, it's very likely that Bane, like Talia, was born in the prison.
Worthy Opponent: Has at least some level of respect for Bruce and compliments his fighting style during their first conflict.
Would Hit a Girl: Whereas Batman is the heroic version of this and fights male and female criminals, Bane refusing to recognize gender in a fight highlights his pragmatism and cruelty. Take his role in the Stock Exchange heist: when he enters, he uses his motorcycle helmet to smack a female security guard straight in the face, then uses it to quickly knock out three of her colleagues in a matter of seconds. He also has a female hostage on his motorcycle when he's leaving the building.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Played straight and implicitly subverted; Bane waited until the child singing the national anthem had left the football field before setting off the explosives, and protected a young Talia in the Pit, but was willing to kill every single inhabitant of Gotham, children included.
You Have Failed Me: Coldly kills two of his men for bringing Gordon to their hideout, risking the exposure of their operation.
Played by: Josh Stewart
Bane's second in command.
Affably Evil: Can be pretty friendly and respectful even if he plans on leading You to Your death.
Even Evil Has Standards: Has an expression that screams this whenever he see Bane doing something particularly ruthless. For instance, when Bane kills off the thugs who delivered Gordon to him for their failure.
Evil Brit: Barsad uses a Russian accent in the opening scene while posing as an Uzbekistani soldier to drop off Dr. Pavel and the three hooded "prisoners" with the CIA interrogator. In his Gotham scenes, such as talking with Captain Parker on the bridge, and when capturing Gordon, Barsad speaks with an English accent. Josh Stewart was born in America.
Fake Russian: Barsad poses as a Russian soldier to drop off the three "prisoners" and Dr. Pavel with the CIA interrogator. He plants the idea in the interrogator's mind that the "prisoners" are Bane's men, but never tells the interrogator that Bane is one of the hooded men. It's implied that the other soldiers in the truck with Barsad are either Bane's own men or soldiers who had been paid off.
Broken Ace: Successful charming beautiful businesswoman who wants to save the world front... hiding an upbringing that makes Bruce's look downright happy by comparison and, well, a very unique interpretation of how best to save the world.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: She anticipated the likelihood that Batman would try to force her back to the green energy generator room, so she activated the floodgates when she crashed, forcing Batman to seemingly pull a Heroic Sacrifice to ensure that the bomb does not blow up Gotham City.
Death by Adaptation: Maybe. It's a little ambiguous, but she's never heard from again after passing out.
Diabolus Ex Machina: As Bruce has Bane pegged for being Ra's Al Ghul's child, Talia revealing her true identity to him was a massive curve ball. Once she started directly meddling with the protagonists, she very nearly wins; her plans are foiled within seconds of completion.
Evil Gloating: Her gloat to Batman about killing him slowly and wanting him to be killed by a nuclear explosion that would also kill millions, ironically let Batman survive and be saved by Catwoman. If she had just killed him right there, she would have won.
Evil Plan: She wants to finish her father's evil plan, Mercy Kill Gotham, but her version is significantly more vicious since it involves Bane torturing the people for several months, whereas Ra's was doing his attempt in a single night.
Face-Heel Turn: She originally wanted nothing to do with her father's plans for Gotham, due to him excommunicating Bane... until Batman let him die on the monorail several years earlier. After that, she decided to take her father's plans farther than "what is necessary".
How calm she is when Bane, a man who has brought Gotham into anarchy and chaos, takes her and other Wayne Enterprises members hostage hints that she was prepared for it. To add to that, why does Bane seem to keep taking extra care to keep her safe during these moments?
Many of her lines intentionally echo Ra's al Ghul's. For example, in her first conversation with Bruce she mentions she wants to "bring balance" to the world, and later berates him for not doing "what's necessary" by mothballing the fusion reactor instead of finishing it to provide clean energy.
Also, in the trailers, she appears just as the chant reprises, giving a subtle clue as to who the one who got out of the Hell Hole Prison actually was.
After sleeping with Bruce, she has a whole monologue about how much she loves fire and what it means to her. This follows a good hour of fanatical terrorists using fire as a metaphor for their evil plot.
Early in the film, notice that she tells Daggett, "You understand only money, and the power you think it buys." Not only does this call back to the last film with the Joker's "All you people care about is money" line, but later, when Daggett tries talking down to Bane (who he paid a small fortune), Bane says with disapproval, "And this gives you power over me?"
Mythology Gag: Her role in the movie is similar to her appearance in Batman Beyond. In both the show and the movie, Talia tries to connect with Bruce and devotes her organization to philanthropic causes — in this case, clean energy. She's not actually her father in this continuity, but she intends to carry on his legacy.
Nice Girl: Subverted. She pretends to be nice, but she just wants to destroy Gotham.
Nuke 'Em: What she wants to do to Gotham with her "clean energy" project.
The Plan: She uses her identity as Miranda Tate to pursue her goals legitimately and uses Bane to pursue them illegally. The creation and theft of the bomb is only the most blatant example.
Reality Ensues: At the end of the film, she dies from a truck crash during the climax of Rises due to not wearing a seatbelt while trying to evade Batman.
Red Right Hand: At one point after her sex with Bruce, she was shown to have a scar that resembles the League of Shadows symbol. This hinted at her true identity as Talia al Ghul.
Rescue Romance: With Bane. He took care of her when she was a little girl and helped her escape the Hell Hole Prison; in turn, she sent the League of Shadows back to get him out. Whatever it was romantic or not, Ra's did not approve of their relationship.
Star-Crossed Lovers: It's ambigious but one thing is clear: Bane raised Talia in the Pit and takes care of her while she does her evil thing. In other words, he's her Alfred. Ra's is more upset that Bane was able to care for her when he could not and dislikes him because he is a living reminder of that.
The Unfettered: Kill innocent people, die herself, construct a years-long deception and alternate identity to infiltrate Gotham's elite, seduce the man who killed her father, allow her closest friend and protector to die... nothing is beyond her if it means Gotham is ashes in the end.
Walking Spoiler: Just knowing that Talia is in The Dark Knight Rises gives away much of the movie. It got so bad that as seen here, we split her off from her false identity, Miranda.
Wham Line: "But he's not the child of Ra's al Ghul... I am. And although not ordinary... I am a citizen."