Quotes: Superhero Paradox
Commissioner Gordon: So many are here [at Arkham Asylum]. Nearly double from when you first appeared. Not that there is a direct correlation, but... Do you give it any thought?
Commissioner Gordon: Oh.
Batman: [internal monologue] I know what Gordon is implying. That my... presence... somehow attracts these men and women to my city...
Officer Wallace: I never much liked you, Batman. You and the rest of your "Bat Family". I always figured for every psycho you guys took down, another got inspired and popped up in their place. [...] You helped a lot of my friends, a lot of guys who wouldn't stop to spit on you if you were on fire. And it wasn't the first time you done that. I've been on the police force a lotta years. Sixteen of 'em. I remember the way things were before you. Back when Loeb was commissioner, not Gordon, and everybody was crooked and everything was ugly. This Wrath guy is on us. Not you. Because of the way things used to be. At least now we got somebody fighting to make it better. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm sorry, Batman. Maybe having all these Bats around Gotham... maybe that ain't necessarily a bad thing.
—Batman: The Wrath
I have a question for you. Before my arrival, this city was drowning under a tide of filth. Have you ever considered that all this is your fault? Your presence creates these animals; like germs, they spread. You created the environment that allowed the germ to mutate, to become stronger. Look at The Joker. Would he even exist if not for you? It must be depressing. All your sacrifices, and yet, you are the one to blame.
— Hugo Strange, Batman: Arkham City
I used to believe Batman was responsible for you people. But now I see nearly everyone here would have ended up exactly the same, Batman or not. Oh, the gimmicks might be different, but you'd all be out there in some form or another bringing misery to Gotham. The truth is, you created him.