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Characters: The Dark Knight Saga The Mob And Other Criminals
The Dark Knight Saga
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"Wallets. Jewelry. Fast!"
"Not a day goes by that I don't wish I could take back what I did. Sure, I was desperate — like a lot of people back then — but... that don't change what I did."
Played by: Richard Brake
A desperate, low-life criminal responsible for the deaths of Thomas & Martha Wayne. Fourteen years later there's a chance for his release but a still bitter Bruce plans to put a stop to that
- Asshole Victim: How Bruce see Chill's death.
- Character Death: His death at the hands of a Falcone assasin instead of Bruce is a pivital 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, to which he would testify as part of a deal for parole. Falcone has him whacked in after public court.
- 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. It's possible that the death of the Waynes came from this.
- 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:
- He was a desperate man looking to rob a rich couple to get a couple bucks - his hand shakes as he holds the gun, he looks pathetically terrified as he threatens them, and he clearly panicked when he pulled the trigger. 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.
"People from your world...have so much to lose."
"This is a world you'll never understand. And you always fear what you don't understand."
Played by: Tom Wilkinson
The original head of the Italian Mob in Gotham City, considered untouchable by just about everyone. After being incarcerated thanks to Batman's intervention, Jonathan Crane drives Falcone insane with his fear compound to stop the mobster from revealing Ra's al Ghul's plans.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dry and arrogant is his way of speaking
- 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: leader of the Italian Mob.
- Fake American: Tom Wilkinson is British.
- Faux Affably Evil: Anyone watching his conversation with Bruce would think it was a cordial dinner 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: so Crane destroys his mind.
- 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:
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.
- Mind Rape:How Jonathan Crane stops the mob boss from revealing any of Ra's al Ghul's plans.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Unleashes an amazing one on the young Bruce Wayne. Bruce takes this heart and it eventually ends with him becoming Batman.
- 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: The first evil Bruce encounters.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the scene where he is captured, he becomes progressively more disheveled and fearful as Batman takes his goons down. Later, when speaking to Crane in the asylum, he starts off as 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: Sort of. Everyone knows he's a crook, but he's very good at paying off the right people so that no solid evidence is ever successfully brought against him until Batman comes into the picture.
Played by: Tim Booth
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?"
"I thought the D.A. just played golf with the mayor, things like that?"
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."
"You said you were a man of your word..."
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."
"I'm puttin' the word out: five-hundred grand for this clown dead. A million alive, so I can teach him some manners first!"
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 mop leader, yes.
"I'm good with calculations."
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!"
"Criminals in this town used to believe in things. Honor. Respect. Whadda YOU believe in?"
Played by: William Fichtner
A bank manager in charge of a mob bank in Gotham.
- Actor Allusion: The Dark Knight drew a lot of comparisons to Heat and Christopher Nolan admits to it be an influence. William Fichtner was one of the bank robbers in Heat.
- 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.
- The Cameo: 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.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Apparently, the mob hired a former Delta Force operator to manage their bank.
- 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."
"Give it to me, and I'll do what you shoulda did 10 minutes ago."
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 done 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.