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Falcone Crime Family
Played by: Tom WilkinsonThe head Italian mafia and 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.
- Adaptational Villainy: Most of his more altruistic attributes from the comics are gone in favor of a Smug Snake personality which sees him confidently arrogant when things are going his way and downright terrified when things are going to hell.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wants Crane to have him declared mentally unfit for trial. Crane obliges.
- Blackmail: He attempts it on Crane, who responds by exposing him to fear gas.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While he is the biggest criminal in Gotham, he's outmatched by Ra's and Crane.
- 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.
- Decoy Antagonist: See Disc-One Final Boss above. He's initially presented as the face of crime in Gotham but is revealed to be little more than an expendable goon of Ra's and Crane.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kick the Dog: Just before he has Bruce Wayne kicked out of the restaurant, he sneers about Bruce's father supposedly having "begged liked a dog" for mercy. Just in case he was starting to look glamorous.
- 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 devastatingly 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 really 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.
Played by: Richard BrakeA criminal best known for the murder of Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne in front of their young son Bruce Wayne.
- Asshole Victim: How Bruce sees Chill's death.
- 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. As a matter of fact, even if Martha's death was also an accident just like Thomas's was, it was still a result of this—he wouldn't have had to shoot her in the first place if his trigger finger didn't twitch at the worst possible moment while his gun was trained on Thomas.
- Justified Criminal: He lived during Gotham's depression and had to make do with robbery 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's absolutely 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.
Played by: Tim BoothA mob hitman with with a penchant for carving knife marks into his skin.
- Adaptation Expansion: His role is much more expanded in the Batman Begins video game.
- Ax-Crazy: The knife carving thing and his general violence is a good argument for Arkham.
- Bald of Evil: Just look at his picture and see if he has a full head of hair.
- Beard of Evil: A goatee in this version.
- The Cameo: He makes one scene.
- Covered with Scars: Glimpsed briefly during the Arkham break-out as a little Mythology Gag.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Evil ones.
- Knife Nut: A penchant for carving knife marks into his skin.
- Psycho for Hire: Arkham innmate and mob hitman.
- Serial Killer: An Implied Trope, since there's so many scars on his body and if you know about his comic book origin...
- Smug Smiler: During his trial, he breaks into a big grin when Crane testifies in his favor.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's spelled "Zsasz" in the original comics.
Salvatore 'Sal' Maroni
Played by: Eric RobertsThe 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?"
- Decomposite Character: A nameless henchman replaces him as the one who tries to attack Harvey Dent in court. His role in Dent's scaring is also done in a roundabout way; he allows the Chechen to hire the Joker when he realizes things are about to go to hell, who sends his men to kidnap Dent and imprison him in a warehouse with a bomb, which explodes just as Batman saves Dent, who has his face accidentally burned in gasoline.
- 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.
- Evil Cripple: Played with. After being dropped by Batman, he's next seen moving around on a crutch... and all too ready to rat the Joker to Gordon after Joker raised the stakes significantly, to put it lightly.
- 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 Smiler: His default expression.
- Smug Snake: Also like Falcone before him.
- Uncertain Doom: 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...
- Virtue Is Weakness: After discussing with his fellow mobsters that Batman doesn't kill the criminals, he sees that as an excuse not be afraid of him. Batman proves how wrong he is by showing how non-lethal but painful a fall can be, but even he knows that's nothing compared to what the Joker's capable of, as he tells Batman in no uncertain terms.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Batman on letting people die at the hands of the Joker as opposed to unmasking himself.
Played by: Ritchie CostnerThe head of the Russian Mafiya in Gotham, once a weak outfit that took advantage of the power vacuum 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.
- Beard of Evil: As is typical of the Mafiya.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Being dismembered alive and fed to your pet dogs is an expected humiliation dealt by Roman dictators, or Shakespeare, but the Joker doesn't mind.
- Death by Irony: After Lau betrays all of his clients and the media broadcasts it as a bulletin, the mob leaders watch on the TV set in one of Maroni's diners - except Chechen, who is happily dicing a piece of steak, eating each piece as it's cut. See Cruel and Unusual Death above for reference.
- Deal with the Devil: His willingness to hire the clearly mentally unstable Joker definitely qualifies. Needless to say it ends very badly for him.
- Didn't Think This Through: He's the one most eager to hire the Joker so he can kill off Batman. Lending his mob to the Joker, however, turned out to be a bad idea.
- Eaten Alive: Implied. There's no reason to suggest otherwise after the Joker simply tosses one of his mooks a simple switchblade. See Cruel and Unusual Death above for specifics.
- Enemy Mine:
- 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.
- He's willing to listen to the Joker's proposition while Maroni is still smirking in contempt and Gambol is fuming at the mere sight of him. After Batman captures Lau, the Chechen calls in the Joker without bothering to clear it with Maroni first.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He was shown to be horrified at the implications of The Joker's motives for committing crimes.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "The Chechen" is the only name we're given for him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Implied to have been fed to his own dogs.
- Killed Offscreen: Justified considering Batman's history as a comic, and thus the targeted demographic, being eaten alive isn't a pleasant sight, ever.
- Large Ham: "My dogs! Are! HOON-GRAY!!"
- Laser-Guided Karma: He's done in by the same psychopath he had no qualms about hiring earlier.
- The Mafiya: The Russian branch.
- Only in It for the Money: This is why he's so angry when the Joker burns it all.
- Pragmatic Villainy : Is pissed when Crane gives him fear toxins to sell as recreational drugs that ruined the sanity of one of his customers and angrily confronted him. Not because he has a problem with the fear toxins, but because his business relies on repeat customers not people who are going to be scared off drugs.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Resembles an odd Al Pacino impression. Even the Joker mocks it near the end!
Played by: Michael Jai WhiteA 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.
- Bad Guys Play Pool: His main hangout is a pool hall.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He puts out a bounty to have the Joker delivered to him alive. The Joker's own thugs oblige.
- Beard of Evil: A violent mobster with a dark beard
- Black Dude Dies First: The first of the three mob bosses to be killed off in The Dark Knight.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Grandmas: When Joker disses Gambol and his grandma, that's when Gambol snaps and wants Joker dead.
- Expy: Of Jefferson Skeevers.
- Hot-Blooded: Exhibits this trait throughout the mob meeting, but then again it may stem from being in the same room as The Joker.
- I Gave My Word: "So, for dead, that's five hundred..." "How about alive?"
- Nothing Is Scarier: His death. The Joker does something (he possibly gave him a grin like Joker's or worse) to him after giving his "Why So Serious" monologue. Whatever the case, one of Gambol's henchmen clearly sees something horrible happen.
- Only Sane Man: Played with. He is the only mobster seen to consistently oppose allying with the Joker. As the latter's actions would prove, he was absolutely right. Of course he is Right for the Wrong Reasons as he despises the Joker primarily because of his defiant and cheeky behaviour.
- Revenge Before Reason: Even though the Joker pointed out Batman is the reason the mob lost their stranglehold over Gotham, Gambol placed a bounty on the Joker for his constant insults.Gambol: I'm putting the word out: 500 grand for this clown dead, a million alive—so I get to teach him some manners first.
- Scary Black Man: Given his mob power and anger, yes he is. It's a pity the Joker's way scarier.
- Sharp Dressed Man: His business affords him some very nice suits.
Played by: Ng Chin HanThe Hong Kong 'accountant' for the Gotham Mob.
- Bound and Gagged: By Joker. This obviously does not end well for him.
- The Chessmaster"I'm very good at calculations."
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: His assurance of safety is worthless because he's only concenered about his own.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Account with a PHD in money laundering.
- Dirty Coward: Noted to be a "squealer" by Joker and indeed, is not above selling out others to save his own skin. He ended his video conference with the mob after the accusation.
- The Evil Genius: Uses his calculating skills for evil.
- Kill It with Fire: The Joker does this to him; while he is tied up on top of a bunch of the Gotham Mob's money.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: Mobs turn to him to hide their dirty money, so he qualifies.
- Mythology Gag: Constant mentions of being good with calculations implies he could be lesser known Batman villain turned mob accountant The Calculator.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Sells out his clients very quickly when caught. Just as the Joker predicted.
- Out-Gambitted: By both Batman and the Joker.
- Smug Snake: He looks so confident when he says the "money is safe".....
- The Stool Pigeon: Once he's captured he's ready cut a deal and sell out the Gotham mobsters.
The Manager of Gotham National Bank
Played by: William FichtnerA 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Does not have a high opinion of criminals who kill each other for money, as he tells the Joker's bank robbers in no uncertain terms.
- 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?
Played by: Tommy ListerA 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 most likely has committed a serious crime that landed himself in prison, but that does not necessarily make him irredeemable.
- 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.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he throws the detonator out the window, as far as he knwws he was going to die within minutes with no chance to escape. As the others react with shock and despair, what does he do? Calmly walks back to his seat, crosses is hands, and waits patiently.
- Heroic Bystander: One convict among 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.
- It's also plainly on display with the other convicts who back him up when he intimidates the warden into giving him the detonator. None of them bats an eye when he tossed the detonator overboard. It's clear he told them what he planned to do and they backed him up fully aware of his intentions.'
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. While he is large and broad and a convict, he has a good side.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Considering he chucked the detonator after saying "Give it to me and I'll do what you should've did ten minutes ago," he was condemning the warden for keeping the thing.
Played by: David DastmalchianA paranoid schizophrenic and former Arkham inmate. One of the Joker's henchmen.
- Ax-Crazy: A paranoid schizophrenic and former Arkham inmate.
- Giggling Villain: Prone to nervous laughter.
- Impersonating an Officer: He's posing as a policeman doing the 21-Gun Salute for the police commissioner's funeral.
- Mook: One of the Joker's henchmen.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Harvey's interrogation.
Played by: Aidan FeoreAnother of the Joker's henchmen recruited among the former inmates of Arkham.
- Ax-Crazy: A villain from the nuthouse.
- Beard of Evil: He most likely doesn't have any concept for personal grooming.
- Cassandra Truth: The cops don't believe him when he tells them his insides hurt.
- Hearing Voices: The Joker promised him he'd make them go away...
- Psychopathic Man Child: His stomach complaints come across as a child that doesn't want to go to school, and yes is dangerous.
- Mook: Joker's henchman.
- Why Am I Ticking?: He's not aware that the Joker crudely implanted a bomb inside his stomach.