Characters: The Dark Knight Saga The Mob And Other Criminals
The Dark Knight Saga
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Falcone Crime Family
"People from your world...have so much to lose."
Played by: Tom Wilkinson
The head italian mafia lord of Gotham City. Carmine Falcone all but controlled Gotham City, flooding it with drugs and crime. He is above the law, with most of Gotham's politicians and police on his payroll.
- Blackmail: He attempts it on Crane, who responds by exposing him to fear gas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Falcone has a dry, sardonic sense of humour.
"Yeah, Doctor Crane, I can't take it anymore. It's all too much. "The walls are closing in." Blah, blah, blah. Couple more days of this food, it'll be true.!"
- Disc One Final Boss: Initially he seems like the root of Gotham's problems and that bringing him down will solve the problem. Nope; he's just the beginning.
- The Don: He's the leader of the Italian Mob.
- The Dreaded: He's the most feared man in all of Gotham, and he's well aware of it.
Bruce: I came here to show you that not everyone in Gotham's afraid of you.
Falcone: Only those who know me, kid.
- Faux Affably Evil: Anyone watching his conversation with Bruce would think it was a cordial dinner (outside of the gun-waving) and not a Reason You Suck Speech.
- Genre Savvy: He doesn't go into business with anyone before learning their dirty secrets. Not that it saves him.
- Go Among Mad People: He slits his wrists to get sent to Arkham so he can blackmail Crane into helping him. Crane promptly fear-gases him, and the insanity stops being an act.
- He Knows Too Much: Crane exposes Falcone to his fear gas to avoid being blackmailed.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In his first scene, he gives a young Bruce Wayne a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how he'll never understand Gotham's underworld. This leads Bruce to go soul-searching and world traveling, culminating in his becoming Batman and taking Falcone down. Underestimating Crane was also very unwise.
- I Own This Town: And he's absolutely right.
Falcone: Look around you. You'll see two councilmen, a union official, a couple of off-duty cops and a judge. Now, I wouldn't have a second's hesitation blowing your head off right here, right now, in front of them. That's power you can't buy.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He is first taken out by the young man he taunted and taught "the power of fear". To stay out of jail, he feigns insanity. He is driven completely insane by the same poison he funneled into Gotham.
- Mind Rape: Crane subjects him to this, successfully rendering him insane and unable to spill Ra's Al Ghul's secrets.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He unleashes a devestatingly accurate one on the young Bruce Wayne. Bruce takes this heart and it eventually ends with him becoming Batman.
Bruce: I'm not afraid of you.
Falcone: Because you think you got nothing to lose. But you haven't thought it through. You haven't thought about your lady-friend down at the D.A.'s office. You haven't thought about your old butler. Bang! People from your world have so much to lose. Now, you think because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life, but you don't. You've never tasted desperate! You're, uh, you're Bruce Wayne, the Prince of Gotham; you'd have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn't know your name. So, don't-don't come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you'll never understand. And you always fear what you don't understand.
- Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the untouchable master of Gotham so the shock when Batman pulls the rug out from under him is extreme.
- Starter Villain: Falcone is the first realy, powerful villain that Batman encounters.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Batman disrupts his smuggling operation, he becomes progressively more disheveled and fearful as Batman takes his goons down. Later, when Crane confronts him in Arkham, Falcone is initially his usual self...sarcastic, confident...but he grows just a little uncertain when Crane starts talking about his mask. He plays it off with some humour, and then out comes the mask...
- Villain with Good Publicity: Played with. Everyone knows he's a ruthless mobster, but Gotham is so corrupt and Falcone is so feared that very few people even dare to try and bring him down. Batman is the only person to successfully defeat Falcone.
"Not a day goes by that I don't wish I could take back what I did."
Played by: Richard Brake
A criminal best known for the murder of Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne in front of their young son Bruce Wayne.
- Asshole Victim: How Bruce see Chill's death.
- Character Death: His death at the hands of a Falcone assasin instead of Bruce is a pivotal moment.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Immediately following his parole hearing, a Falcone assassin disguised as a reporter pops him off after telling him, "Falcone says hi!"
- He Knows Too Much: He shared a prison cell with Carmine Falcone, and was privy to many of his secrets. He was ready to testify against him as part of a deal for parole, but Falcone has him whacked after public court thanks to a corrupt judge.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Here's a good tip: if you're trying to rob someone at gunpoint and just want to get your hands on whatever it is you want from them (e.g. wallets and jewelry), never put your finger on the trigger. There's a good chance your gun will go off if your finger twitches at the slightest movement.
- Justified Criminal: He lived during Gotham's depression and had to make due in robbing just to get back.
- Spanner in the Works: The League of Shadows caused Gotham's depression in order to get the city to collapse, creating the circumstances that led to Chill's stickup. But then Chill's murder of the Waynes caused the city to wake up for a moment, realize the hellhole it had let itself become, and was inspired enough by their deaths to pull itself out and limp along until Ra's next scheme. Plus, you know, the whole "creating Batman" thing.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Although it's never explicitly stated how much guilt he may or may not feel about the murder of the Waynes, it seems pretty clear that he was a desperate man looking to rob just about anyone for a couple of measly bucks. When he confronts the Waynes, he looks terrified as he threatens them. He's shaking with nerves and his eyes dart like they're not fully attached to his head. When he does pull the trigger, it's out of panic and a lack of trigger discipline. He flees the scene immediately without bothering to check the bodies or kill the remaining witness. The movie makes clear that his crime wasn't due to real malice but a symptom of the city's downward spiral. Years later, he feels sorry for what happened to the Waynes - not that it matters to Bruce. According to Carmine Falcone, Chill bragged about Thomas Wayne "begging like a dog" for his life before being killed, though Falcone might have said anything then to get under Bruce's skin. That, or he knew who his cellmate was and was simply trying to make himself out to be tougher than he really was in front of Falcone, but Falcone blew him off rudely and later turned that hot air on Bruce after having Chill whacked, only in a much more deliberately malicious manner.
- Token Motivational Nemesis: This is the guy that started Bruce towards becoming Batman.
A mob hitman with with a penchant for carving knife marks into his skin.
Salvatore 'Sal' Maroni
"You sure you wanna embarrass me in front of my friends, Lieutenant?"
Played by: Eric Roberts
The new head of the Italian Mafia in Gotham, and following the turf wars with his fellow mobsters, entered into an alliance with them against Batman. Though he lets the Chechen hire the Joker, he only does so as a last resort to keep the mob afloat; it's implied he actually hates the Joker, but is too afraid of him to do anything about it. That is, until the district attorney is disfigured and his assistant is killed
- Affably Evil: He seems genuinely apologetic for what happened to Harvey and Rachel.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Aspires to replace Falcone as the new master of Gotham but he's no threat compared to the Joker.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Friends? Have you met this guy?"
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the animated bridge between films, Maroni and the Chechen get both their asses kicked by Batman and end their war. Debatable as to whether or not this is canon.
- The Don: Like Falcone before him.
- Dragon Ascendant: To Falcone, though we only meet him after he's assumed power.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Maroni does love his wife, despite going to clubs on occasion with other women.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even he gets bothered by the extent to which Joker is willing to go to get to Batman and Dent, and he finally finds the courage to rat the Joker to Gordon when Dent is disfigured and Rachel is killed.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He mainly cares about making profit, and there's absolutely no profit in the Joker's actions. Plus, when he refuses to rat the Joker to Batman, it's implied that it's more out of fear of what the Joker would do.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When Batman drops him off the second floor.
- Smug Snake: Also like Falcone before him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what happens to him after Harvey Dent shoots his car's driver, causing it to lose control and crash, but as Harvey was the only one who is shown to have buckled up in the back...
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Batman on letting people die at the hands of the Joker as opposed to unmasking himself.
"We have to fix real problems: Batman."
Played by: Ritchie Costner
The head of the Russian Mafiya in Gotham, once a weak outfit that took advantage of the power vaccuum left by Falcone. He's entered into an alliance with his fellow mobsters. When the Joker offers to kill Batman, it's the Chechen who puts the word out to hire him.
"Give me one reason I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off."
Played by: Michael Jai White
A short-tempered mob leader in Gotham, now part of an alliance with his fellow mobsters. Unlike the Chechen, he absolutely despises the Joker. He is quickly killed by the Joker, and his remaining gang is absorbed into the clown's ranks.
- Angry Black Man: Given his few scenes deal directly with the Joker and his past actionsnote , perfectly justified.
- Asshole Victim: Being a mob leader, yes.
Played by: Ng Chin Han
The 'accountant' for the Gotham Mob.
The Manager of Gotham National Bank
"Do you have any idea who you're stealing from? You and your friends are dead!"
Played by: William Fichtner
A bank manager in charge of a mob bank in Gotham.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: You see that dude with the shotgun? He's in charge of the bank being robbed.
- Badass Bystander: He's the trope picture for a reason. He looks like one more helpless muggle until he pulls out a shotgun and blows away one of the bank robbers.
- Badass Boast: He certainly backed up his promise by taking down two of the other bank robbers before getting gunned down by the Joker. Even then, he still managed to survive multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and remained conscious long enough to spite his attacker.
- Bottomless Magazines: Averted as he does eventually run out of bullets, but not before he shoots six times in a row without reloading.
- One-Scene Wonder: He's in one scene, and what a scene it is.
- Casting Gag: William Fichtner was cast because of his previous role in the bank heist thriller Heat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Does not have a high opinion of criminals who kill each other for money; he tells The Joker when he believes he's just a Mook.
- Honor Among Thieves: "Criminals in this town used to believe in things. Honor. Respect."
- No Name Given: This is why his folder states "The Manager of Gotham National Bank".
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Why else would he have one in his desk?
"You don't want to die, but you don't know how to take a life."
Played by: Tommy Lister
A large, intimidating criminal on the ferryboat. When told about the Joker's social experiment, he successfully intimidates the guards into giving him the detonator, then immediately throws it in the water to prove the Joker wrong.
- Anti-Villain: He may have made a horrible mistake that landed himself in prison, but that does not necessarily make him a bad man.
- The Atoner: If any prisoner has the chance to be rehabilitated, he is the one.
- Bald of Awesome: This guy is the mannliest on that boat, despite the lack of hair.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: He does take charge in his scene.
- Heroic Bystander: One convict amoung many and then he stands up and save two boatloads of people.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Fully expected to be making one when he threw the detonator away.
- Large and in Charge: The cop doesn't come up to his shoulders.
- Rousseau Was Right: This convict, who shows that love, kindness and decency can come from the seemingly ugliest and darkest of places, is the strongest case against the Joker's cynical ideology of fundamental human ugliness.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. While he is large and broad and a convict, he's a heroic guy.
Played by: David Dastmalchian
A paranoid schizophrenic and former Arkham inmate. One of the Joker's henchmen.
Played by: Aidan Feore
Another of the Joker's henchmen recruited among the former inmates of Arkham.