Comic Book: Bane

The man who broke The Bat.

Bane was first introduced in the 1993 comic Batman: Vengeance of Bane and his backstory was established in Knightfall.

Bane never had it easy. He was sentenced to life in the prison Peņa Dura before he was even born, due to the corrupt government of his home country, Santa Prisca, punishing him for the crimes of his father. From early childhood, he was tormented of visions of a bat in his sleep. He developed his knowledge and skills in prison, learning how to defend himself, gaining a Classical education from a priest, and mastering several languages. He slowly climbed up the social ladder of the prison, even committing his first murder at age eight, until becoming "king" of Peņa Dura.

The people in charge noticed this and forced him to be the test subject for an experimental Super Serum, Venom. The drug, which had killed every subject before him nearly destroyed him too, but he survived and discovered that the drug also increased his strength vastly at the cost of being highly addictive and dangerous to stop using.

He eventually escaped the prison with several others and set out for Gotham City because, like Peņa Dura, it too was ruled by fear: the fear of The Batman, who Bane is convinced is the demonic bat from his nightmares.

Bane became one of many of Batman's enemies, but he was best known for snapping Batman's spine during the events of Knightfall.

Bane was originally created to replace Bruce Wayne with a different character in the role of The Batman. This was all in an attempt to make Nineties Anti-Heroes less popular, and it worked.

In recent years, he has weaned himself off the drugs and become something of an Anti-Hero himself, and was a member of the Secret Six until their dissolution shortly before the New 52 initiative.

He has made appearances in many different DC adaptations, including Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises (played by Tom Hardy), and Young Justice. His video game appearances include the Batman: Arkham series and LEGO: Batman.

Tropes which describe Bane

  • Adaptation Distillation: Is often applied to him when he appears in an animated show.
  • Batman Gambit: Releasing every single inmate from Arkham Asylum allowed him to wear down Batman enough to confront him and break his back.
  • The Chessmaster: Engineered the events in Knightfall to defeat Batman. He also defeated another expert Chessmaster, Ra's Al-Ghul, in chess without ever having played it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Having grown up in prison, he became very good at being this. He's also not averse to using a gun when the situation calls for it. And having Super Strength allows Bane to use very big guns if he so wishes.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Bane realized that confronting Batman on his own wouldn't likely work, so he created a trap for Batman which would weaken him beforehand and make him easier to defeat.
  • Delinquent Hair: Underneath his mask, Bane styles his hair in a short mohawk.
  • Determinator: This is what makes him so dangerous, rather than Venom.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has Super Strength and a mind to rival Ra's Al Ghul himself.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: When Bane decides to get himself clean of Venom, he gets himself locked in solitary confinement in Blackgate and uses the time to rebuild his physique back till he is almost as tough as he had been on the drug.
  • Shadow Archetype: When he first appeared, the impression was given that he was comparable to Batman in terms of intellect and physical prowess; essentially, Batman if he had grown up hated, abused, and imprisoned rather than loved, privileged, and free.
  • Signature Move: Hoist Hero Over Head, followed by cracking over the knee.
  • Super Strength: Thanks to Venom.
  • Super Intelligence: He has a form of this, but discipline and will are his more defining attributes.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Bane dislikes the possibility of the Joker-Scarecrow alliance defeating Batman, as the hero is his to break. Besides, he keeps Bruce's identity as a secret because he likes to have that trump card for his own use only.