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Batman/Bruce Wayne

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Voiced By: Troy Baker

"Well, then... Time to save the city."

When he was a child, Bruce Wayne's life was turned upside down when a mugger shot his parents to death in front of him. Vowing to never let what happened to him happen to anyone else, Bruce travelled the globe for years, training his body to its mental and physical peaks. Using his family's wealth and his company's technology, and dressing as a bat to prey on criminals' fears, Bruce became Batman, a masked vigilante who seeks to bring justice to Gotham City.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: Depending on your choices, Bruce/Batman can be a much more aggressive, ruder, colder, crueller, and unempathetic character than how he's usually portrayed.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: On the flip side, Bruce can be much more pleasant, friendly, affable, humorous, and Adorkable and a much more traditional and inspiring hero as Batman compared to the other versions of the Dark Knight.
  • Adorkable: Can act a bit like this, such as when Harvey tells him to say “Hi, Bruce”, he says “Hi, Bruce”, proving that he is quite Literal-Minded. Then there’s some of his moments with Selina.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After the truth about his father sending innocents to Arkham is revealed, people look at Bruce with hate and distrust. Gets worse in Episode 4 when a group of people surrounds his car with intent to harm him.
  • Always Save the Girl: Episode 2 has a moment during the climax where you are given the choice to save Catwoman or Harvey Dent. If you save Catwoman Harvey will become Two-Face, if you save Harvey Catwoman will mostly be fine, but her trust in you and altruism will be negatively affected.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Bruce can make a simple one to Selina in Episode 5, telling her he's in love with her. However, this will end up driving her away since the two have only known each other for a few days and thus she finds it disingenuous.
  • Anti-Hero: He has his principles and his rules, but outside of them, he can be a cold, pitiless enforcer of the law.
  • The Atoner: At the end of Episode 5, after exposing and defeating Penguin, Two-Face, and Lady Arkham Bruce can make a public appearance promising to use his funds to remake Arkham into the mental facility its founders (the Arkhams before Thomas took it over) meant it to be.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • In Season 1, Episode 2, Bruce and Selina stand back to back while engaging in a brawl with the Penguin's goons.
    • In Season 2, Episode 5, Bruce and Selina stand back to back while engaging John and Harley, this time playing off each other with their combo attacks.
    • In the other path of Season 2, Episode 5, Batman and Joker fight back to back against the Agency.
  • Badass Baritone: A trademark of the character; however, in this version, his deep voice is enhanced through a voice changer, a la Dawn of Justice.
  • Badass Boast: He is fond of these.
    Gordon: Wait for backup!
    Batman: Don't need it.
    • Another before he fights Catwoman:
    Catwoman: Don't you know not to corner a wild animal? It's dangerous.
    Batman: Then let's put you in a cage.
    • And another one while investigating Falcone's hideout:
    Alfred: The White Rose... Falcone's symbol.
    Batman: A red rose after tonight.
  • Badass Normal: Taking down Blockbuster and surviving a brutal battle with Bane speaks for itself.
  • Bandage Babe: Male example, having the look after he is bandaged and in his underwear following a brutal fight with Lady Arkham.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: You'd need a chainsaw to cut through the chemistry he has with Selina.
  • Berserk Button: Does not take kindly to people insinuating his parents are crooks.
  • Big "NO!": Yells it after Lucius dies.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Bruce is very shocked at finding out how his father earned his fortune. He can also choose not to forgive Alfred.
    • His friendship with Oswald comes to a complete end when he starts murdering people on live TV. Oswald uses an unjustified version of this trope due to his Sins Of The Father mentality. Appeasing him is no longer an option for Bruce.
    • Judging by his expression, whatever respect he had for his father disappears when he realizes that Thomas used hospital drugs to render Oswald's mother mentally invalid and that he had done this to a number of other people. He can express this in dialogue options.
    • Then by episode 4 Harvey Dent officially becomes this to him when his former idol decides to kill him after no longer requiring him for his plans for Gotham.
    • His interactions with John can lead to this regardless of alignment. Vigilante Joker starts out thrilled to be working with Batman, but quickly grows frustrated with his no-killing policy. He outright *flips* when Batman tells Waller to leave Gotham rather than take her down altogether. If you affirm that you *did* see him as a friend, then Bruce may become a Repaired Pedestal for John, as The Stinger for the second season will show Bruce visiting John in Arkham.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • The tech isn't what makes the Batman. The loss of his battle analytical system barely hinders him at all.
    • And when he was forced to resort to using a prototype (and thus, unfinished) Batsuit because all his tech was hacked, he wasn’t slowed down at all.
  • Brought Down to Normal: At the end of episode 4, if he chooses to go after Dent, Bruce is forced to cut the connection to his tech to prevent Oswald from taking total control of it, leaving him in the dark.
  • The Charmer: As usual when posing as Bruce Wayne, although it's up for the player to decide. In Season 2, you have the option to flirt with a civilian at a casino, Catwoman, even Harley Quinn.
  • Chick Magnet: It's a well known fact that Bruce Wayne embodies this trope. He has many admirers in the game. Whether he flirts with them or not is up to the player.
  • Clothing Damage: Blockbuster does it to Batman in episode 2, damaging his mask so much that Bruce's left eye is visible.
  • Cut Himself Shaving:
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his all black attire, Batman is the good guy.
  • Dating Catwoman: Literally starts to date her in episode 3 if the player chooses to start a romance with her. Notably you can avert this for once and have Bruce show no interest in her at all, leaving her confused nearly to the point of Lampshading how unusual for a Batman story it is.
  • Dented Iron: Bruce has a number of scars on his face, chest, and back. Catwoman, who scratched his face during their fight, recognizes him as being Batman as a result. He may also have a chunk of his ear blasted away by Lady Arkham.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: A classic attribute of Batman. Bruce refuses to use firearms and be like the criminals he hunts. In "What Ails You," the player is given dialogue options telling Tiffany why he refuses her schematics for a rifle and whether or not he's ever thought to use one in the field.
  • Ear Notch: If Bruce unmasks himself to Vicki at the end of Episode 5, she'll blast him with her staff, taking a chunk out of his ear. It's later commented that it only makes Bruce look less than a disaffected playboy and more like a businessman to be reckoned with.
  • Expressive Mask: Batman's eyes are covered by his mask's lenses, but change shape to match his facial expressions.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Harvey decides to have his former best friend killed, severing their friendship for good.
  • False Friend: In the Vigilante route, after defeating Joker, he can tell him that he never considered him a friend.
  • Frame-Up: He gets institutionalized by Dent in Episode 4, but this being the Batman, its obvious he will escape.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He can be this if you choose the rude or harsh dialogue options.
  • Good Is Not Soft: This is a Batman who's just as brutal as his Arkham version. Though as a Telltale game, you get to determine just how much more brutal he can be.
    • Quite notable is how even if you take the "softest" approach with one character, Alfred mentions their injuries were still almost enough to be fatal.
    • Optional dialogue from a police officer in episode 3 implies that people have died from their injuries sustained in fights with Batman, although it's not clear whether the officer is being truthful, repeating rumors, or just trying to get a rise from Bruce.
    • Even if taking the nicest possible path, Batman gains a reputation for being taciturn and blunt while on the job.
    (If Batman doesn't show up to the press conference)
    Bruce: Don't worry. I wouldn't take it personally.
    Gordon: (Chuckling) Good advice when it comes to THAT guy.
  • The Hero: He's Gotham's Dark Knight, protecting his city from the villainous Children of Arkham.
  • Heroic Rematch: Against Bane, after getting absolutely crushed in their first fight. Bruce finally gets to learn more of him to face him a second time. Bane is more than beaten down by this fight.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Tiffany Fox. Through his close friendship with Lucius, Bruce has known her since she was a little girl. Tiffany's relationship with him either stays strong or breaks entirely depending whether or not she is allowed to become Batman's apprentice.
  • I Am Not My Father: Upon finding out his father was a crime lord, Bruce all but tries to be nothing like him. Even saying it word to word to Alfred and to some of Arkham's inmates as a dialogue option. Alfred is more than relieved to hear as such if you tell him considering he had a hand in his upbringing. The inmates, however, won't care considering he's the closest thing to revenge they can have on a Wayne.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Can be played this was if the player chooses the Nice Guy options. Being Batman, he's already considered this anyway.
  • It's All My Fault: He takes Lucius's death hard as he was the one who gave him Riddler's puzzle box to examine, not knowing it was a homing beacon for a missile.
  • It's Personal: He likewise has it out for Riddler for Lucius's death. How you play it, calm or openly, is up to you.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Deconstructed and zig-zagged all over the place; Batman playing rough sometimes gets information, sometimes leads to a dead end or trap, and sometimes doesn't yield anything at all. In any case, sudden violence will drastically affect his relationship with other characters, often for the worse.
    • Two of them in Episode 1. One involves taking a pipe to a mercenary (or just using it to scare him), as well as potentially breaking his arm. The other involves dangling Carmine Falcone out of his office, and can end with him being non-fatally impaled on a piece of rebar.
    • Batman gives Penguin a serious beating in their potential fight in "Guardian of Gotham", but Oswald still remains the loyal soldier when questioned, in spite of his injuries.
    • If Batman chooses to go against Gordon and interrogate Eli in "The Enigma", both of his tactics involve this route, with the "good cop" option being a bluff to send Riddler's homing missiles down on them, and the "bad cop" route being to pound him to a pulp. Either way, Eli is left terrified and Gordon is upset, but an extremely violent approach impresses Waller and horrifies Montoya, who accuses Batman of giving Eli irreversible brain trauma and calls him a monster.
  • Jerkass: You can make him as one when you choose the rude and aggressive options.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: You can also make him this when you balance between the nice and mean dialogue option.
  • Literal-Minded: When entering the fundraiser for Harvey Dent's campaign, Harvey notices him and tells him to "Say hi Bruce," one of the possible replies is "Hi, Bruce".
  • Living a Double Life: As Bruce Wayne/Batman, naturally. The gameplay is an even split between both identities and the player is occasionally given the option of approaching a situation as either Bruce or Batman.
  • Lovable Rogue: Can be played as a coy and compassionate swashbuckler.
  • Mafia Princess: A very rare male example. Bruce had absolutely no idea that his parents were involved with the mob as they used their money and connections to provide him his happy childhood.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: If you chose to be Just Friends with Catwoman she tells Bruce that his signals were very confusing to her with legitimate suprise.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's far from being the grimmest or the most violent version of the Caped Crusader, but he has more opportunities (and a greater abundance of willingness) to push the buttons of his deranged (and oftentimes pitiable) nemeses.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Tall, well built, and looks good in a suit. Or, as Episode 3 shows, when down to his underwear.
  • My Greatest Failure: He blames himself for getting Lucius Fox killed when he had him solve Riddler's riddle box.
  • Nice Guy: You can make him into this when choosing the nice dialogue options.
  • Not Himself: He's still drugged though most of Episode 4 and this causes him to lash out when Alfred and he find themselves stopped at a barricade and being confronted by angry citizens who recognize him. Even if you try go for a peaceful option, the serum will make Bruce go aggressive regardless. Though thankfully he manages to cure himself not long after.
  • Not So Different:
    • During a quiet moment with Selina, they can both agree that after their costumed escapades, taking off the masks to resume their real lives seems disappointing.
    • Invoked by Alfred, who notes that Bruce is just as much of a Control Freak as his father was. So much so that Alfred abandons Bruce's Batquest, and will leave unless the player has Bruce quit being Batman.
    • Waller tells him that he's just as crazy as the lunatics he fights. You can have him respond that he's well aware of that, and that's what makes him so good at fighting them.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He can choose a more sympathetic approach when dealing with his foes or savagely target their emotional and mental vulnerabilities to get back at them, as well as beat the hell out of them.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Can form a relationship with Catwoman if the player has been loyal to her.
  • Role Reprisal: From the LEGO Batman games.
  • Scars Are Forever: Unlike Alfred's eye in the alternate route, Bruce is in no real hurry to patch up his damaged right ear after Lady Arkham blasted part of it off.
  • Secret Keeper: He recognizes Selina Kyle as Catwoman the second they're introduced to each other, but keeps quiet at least in part because she deduces who he is as well.
  • Ship Tease: Along with the usual Dating Catwoman dynamic, he can also have moments with Vicki Vale until she reveals herself to be Lady Arkham in season one and Agent Iman Avesta in The Enemy Within.
  • Shirtless Scene: A few to help showcase his scars.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: After finding out that his father had criminal connections, Bruce had to deal with what his father started and fix all of his wrongdoings.
  • Shock and Awe: How Batman deals with Blockbuster in their second encounter. He's the victim of this thanks to Lady Arkham during the fight at the train station.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Most of his dialogue with Selina is sarcastic jabs at one another.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls off this Batman tradition on Jim Gordon at the beginning of Episode 3.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: An Enforced Trope. As brutal as the player can choose to be, they're never given the option to break Batman's famous stance on this.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Harvey Dent and/or John Doe, if the player so chooses.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Bruce was kept sheltered throughout his childhood from the awful things his father did to maintain their family fortune, and was raised by Alfred after their deaths; as a result, Bruce managed to avoid being corrupted by his wealth, and instead held onto the ideal of building a better Gotham in his parents' name.
  • Was It All a Lie?:
    • Selina reveals that her relationship with Bruce was just part of a long con to get close to Wayne Industries. Bruce has the option of asking this of her.
    • Bruce can end up on the other side of this at the end of season two. After Vigilante Joker is beaten, he asks if Bruce ever really thought of Joker/John as his friend.
  • We Used to Be Friends: By episode 4, his friendship with Harvey is long gone and the two are now enemies. Although Bruce can differentiate between Harvey Dent and Two-Face if the player chooses and if confronted in Episode 5 can attempt to bring out Harvey's good side.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • His fight with Catwoman in the opening of Episode 1 has him punch her so hard that it causes a black eye. He also slams her against a solid steel rooftop several times with his gadgets and martial arts throws, if the action commands are performed correctly. He can apologize later, though.
    • Also applies to his fights with Vicki Vale / Lady Arkham, particularly the last one, which involves them both trading nasty-looking punches to the face and torso.
  • Your Mom: A terribly non-comedic example wherein Bruce can distract Oswald in Episode 5 by telling him that his mother deserved to get locked up in Arkham.
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    Alfred Pennyworth 

Alfred Pennyworth

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Voiced By: Enn Reitel

"Don't let tombstones be your family legacy."

Bruce's trusted butler and foster father. Alfred does what he can to support Batman, but worries that Bruce will lose sight of himself if he becomes too obsessed with his crusade.


  • Battle Butler: He takes up a gun when Harvey invades Wayne Manor in Episode 4. In Episode 5 it's shown that he put up a decent struggle when Vicki and her goons come after him, even stabbing one with a pool cue.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He was disgusted by Thomas and Martha being involved in the mob, and was just about to leave until they were killed. He likely sees helping Bruce as Batman being a chance for redemption.
    • After Season 2, however he realizes that Batman might have made things worse and can leave Bruce forever depending on the player.
  • Eyepatch After Time Skip: If Batman opts to rescue Alfred instead of unmasking in Episode 5, Vicki will blast Alfred in the face after he slugs her. The ending shows that he now wears an eyepatch.
  • Eye Scream: If Bruce decides not to unmask, Alfred loses his left eye. He'll wear an eyepatch from that point on through Season 2.
  • Honest Advisor: Alfred never hesitates to tell Master Bruce what's what, and always makes certain he listens too.
  • It's All My Fault: Uttered verbatim by Alfred in Episode 5, saying if he'd only had the courage to expose the Waynes, there would be no Lady Arkham.
  • Mission Control: He's in constant contact with both Bruce and Batman.
  • Morality Pet: Bruce was this for him, since his safety was the only reason he didn't quit his job under the Wayne Family. The fact that he's the closest person to Bruce leads to him getting kidnapped by Lady Arkham in Episode 5.
  • My Greatest Failure: He believes that had he done something to stop Thomas Wayne in the past he could have averted a lot of tragedy in the present.
  • Mythology Gag: He is clearly based on Alan Napier, the actor who played Alfred in the Batman 1960's series, sans mustache.
  • Old Retainer: As expected of an incarnation of good ol' Pennyworth. He is Bruce's butler, confidant, partner in crime fighting, and when push comes to shove, a moral compass.
  • Papa Wolf: To Bruce. If he hears Bruce in danger or hasn’t heard from him in a while, you damn well know that Alfred Pennyworth will do everything in his power to keep Bruce safe.
  • Parental Substitute: He raised Bruce after Thomas and Martha were killed.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Alfred is no fan of violence, but he picks up an assault rifle in order to defend Wayne Manor.
  • Secret Keeper: He has been keeping Bruce in the dark regarding his parents' status as crime bosses.
  • Servile Snarker: Just because Bruce is his boss doesn't mean he doesn't throw a few barbs at him once in a while, such as wryly pointing out that Bruce's activities could draw unwanted attention.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After the traumatic experience of being kidnapped by Vicki, Alfred displays some slight essential tremors in his hand, which he tries to downplay to Bruce. He even mentions that it's happened before, and worse, when he was right out of military service.
    • At the end of Season 2, its revealed that reliving his experience of Thomas Wayne falling into darkness is what causes the tremors. He can see the same thing happening with Bruce after their experience with John Doe, and deciding to leave causes them to stop.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Season 2, Alfred approves of Bruce getting closer to Selina to the point of showing her the Batcave if the player chooses.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Exactly what Alfred was hoping to avoid by raising Bruce.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the final confrontation with Lady Arkham, if Bruce refuses to remove his mask, Alfred gets a chance to deck her. Too bad it costs him his eye...

    Lucius Fox 

Lucius Fox

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Voiced By: Dave Fennoy

The head of Wayne Enterprises' R&D division and the creator of Batman's gadgets.


  • Advertised Extra: Despite being a key player in Batman's team, he doesn't seem to do much or even physically appear as often as other characters in the game. He gets a bit more to do in the last episode, including acting as Mission Control when Alfred is kidnapped by the Children of Arkham and providing Bruce with a new Batman suit.
  • Black and Nerdy: To create all of Bruce's gadgets, he'd need to be.
  • Death by Adaptation: He's killed by a homing missile in the opening episode of Season 2.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite being a very important ally to Batman, he gets killed very surprisingly by a missile strike that blew up Wayne Enterprises after he unlocked the Riddler's puzzle box.
  • Famous Last Words: "We... really made a difference, didn't we, Batman?"
  • Good Parents: He loves his children, Tiffany and Luke. In Season 2, he's so proud of Tiffany's abilities that he happily suggests she join the team.
  • Nice Guy: As Alfred puts it “He was a good man. To lose him like this — it’s - it’s hard to bear. Lucius helped raise you, Bruce. He was family.”
  • Role Reprisal: From Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Sadistic Choice: Unintentionally presents this with his planned resignation after the board of directors fires Bruce: stay at Wayne Enterprises to spy and lose out on Battech support, or follow Bruce and lose any intel coming out of the company.
  • Secret Keeper: Lucius is one of the few people who knows that Bruce is Batman.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: One of Season One's main supporting characters becomes the first major casualty of Season Two.
  • The Smart Guy: Lucius builds Bruce's Battech.
  • Undying Loyalty: Lucius is incredibly loyal to Bruce, to the extent where he will quit Wayne Enterprises after the board of directors fires Bruce unless Bruce asks him to stay to spy on Penguin.

    Tiffany Fox 

Tiffany Fox

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Voiced By: Valarie Rae Miller

Lucius's daughter who recently joined Wayne Enterprises at the start of Season 2.


  • Age Lift: She's usually a young girl and the youngest of the Fox siblings. Here, she's already graduated college, and is older than Luke (though she still appears to be younger than Tamara).
  • The Apprentice: Bruce can decide to be her mentor, making her essentially Batgirl, complete with her own wing jetpack.
  • Ascended Extra: Of all the Fox siblings, Tiffany gets the least amount of focus, with her most exposure coming from Batgirl: Future's End, where she became Batgirl in an alternate future. Here, she gets far more focus than Luke and Tam.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's the one who killed Riddler way back in Episode 1, as revenge for killing her father.
  • Black and Nerdy: Definitely takes after her father, and according to him even surpasses him in this department.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The upgraded drone that she showcases while Bruce and Lucius are talking with each other. Bruce would later use it to hack Riddler's missiles in their climax.
  • Didn't Think This Through: If you choose to have Bruce reveal his identity to Tiffany in episode 3, in episode 4, she shows off designs of her own and suggests a gun. Bruce's Thou Shalt Not Kill reactions will make Tiffany realize that she crossed a major line and apologize, saying she got too carried away.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In Season 2 Episode 5, if Batman has taken Tiffany under his wing he's presented with the choice of forgiving her for murdering the Riddler and turning her in. If he picks the latter option, he'll tell her she'll get her day in court like any other criminal, but she'll remark she figured he'd say that and fly away saying he'll have to catch her just like any other criminal, remotely disabling his grapnel.
  • Foil: Tiffany as a hero is one to Vigilante Joker. Both Tiffany and John Doe are influenced by Batman, but whereas Bruce's patience and trust help Tiffany grow a sense of restraint and become Gotham's newest hero, it cannot stop John from giving into his dark impulses.
  • Jumped at the Call: If let in on the secret in Episode 3, by episode 4 she's already designing her own costume.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: At the start of the season, she doesn't know that Lucius was working with Batman. This ends up hurting her standing with Bruce since he can't reveal what Lucius was working on before he died if you try to be truthful with her. This, in turn, can become a defied trope in Episode 3 of Season Two in which you can choose to tell Tiffany the truth and she takes her father's place on the team.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her murder of the Riddler causes a cluster of different problems, including dividing the GCPD and the Agency more than they already were. It gets worse in the Vigilante path of Episode 5 where the In-Universe confusion of who killed the Riddler results in Waller and Joker becoming convinced each other is the killer, turning the Suicide Squad against Joker, and furthering Joker's mental breakdown.
  • Not So Different: Much like Bruce, she loses her father to crime.
  • Redemption Quest: If the player let Tiffany into the Bat-family in "Fractured Mask," Batman can chose to sort-of forgive her for killing Riddler rather than turn her over to the police; he says that rather than serve time in jail, she'll serve her sentence with him. This show of understanding gets through to Tiffany, and she takes up his offer to atone by protecting Gotham as his partner.
  • Secret Keeper: If the player is honest with Tiffany, she will be let in on Bruce's secret identity and become an ally.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Given what an unrepentant Hate Sink Riddler is, not to mention his effects on her family, it's hard to blame her for being the one to murder him.
  • Tranquil Fury: She's upset after her father's murder, but it isn't until Episode 5 she was actually murderously angry, and that she was actually suppressing even deeper rage.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Shows a bit of resentment due to the fact Lucius was away from home a good chuck of the time. Likely the reason she joined Wayne Enterprises was to be close to him. And then he ends up getting blown up by a missile on her first day on the job.

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    James Gordon 

Lieutenant James Gordon

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Voiced By: Murphy Guyer

"Sometimes I think this whole city's a crime scene."

A police lieutenant who is one of the few clean cops on the force. Gordon is Batman's main ally in the police.


  • Badass Mustache: His brushy moustache is a given, and he's one of the best cops on the force.
  • By-the-Book Cop: As usual, Gordon is totally incorruptible. If Bruce decides to give him the evidence on Falcone, he makes it clear that while he really appreciates it, this won't change anything regarding his investigations into the Waynes.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Naturally, though he's not quite Commissioner yet, but he is the only competent cop on the force who trusts Batman to a certain extent. However, episode 5 does see him become commissioner.
  • Defiant to the End: If you confronted the Penguin in Episode 4, Episode 5 begins with a wounded Gordon staring down Two-Face's enforcers, who have come to kill him for defying Two-Face's authority. Gordon decides not to go down without a fight. Fortunately, Batman shows up to save the day.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In Enemy Within, Waller decides to keep Gordon out of the investigation of the Pact, which means that Gordon has no idea that Bruce joined the Pact as an undercover Agency operative. This leads to Gordon demanding that Batman go after Bruce and eventually flat-out attempting to arrest Bruce for his crimes.
  • Morality Chain: For players. Gordon will notice when Batman isn't excessively violent or trying to kill, and in Episode 2 may fully approve of Batman, calling him a hero, or call him out if he gets too violent.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Downplayed. While he doesn't go full on Rabid Cop; by episode 3, being unable to deal with The Pact on his own and being bossed around by Waller leads to him being a lot more paranoid and on edge than usual. He even goes as far to hunt down Catwoman to spite Batman and later tries to arrest Bruce Wayne in what appears to be an attempt to assert his authority. If Bruce is on the best of terms with Tiffany, she will protest the arresting officers' violence, which leads to Gordon getting in her face, too — something Montoya is visibly surprised by.
  • Token Good Teammate: Dialogue suggests that he has a reputation as the last honest man on the police force, implying this trope. He is also the only officer to not draw his gun against Batman.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Issues one against another officer who ignores his order to not shoot at Batman during his fight with Catwoman.
    • Potentially issues one to Batman in Episode 2, chiding him for excessive violence that inhibits their relationship.
  • You Are in Command Now: At the end of the first season, he becomes Acting Commissioner after Commissioner Grogan dies in the beginning of Episode 5. Like Harvey, he's uncomfortable with the position at first.

    Renee Montoya 

Renee Montoya

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Voiced By: Krizia Bajos ("Season One"), Sumalee Montano ("Enemy Within")

A police officer assigned to Gordon's taskforce. She is one of the few good cops in Gotham. Unfortunately, she strongly distrusts Batman.


  • Aborted Arc: If you choose to go save Harvery over Renee, she turns in her badge for getting an officer killed and leaves saying she is going to make things right. Presumably there was going to be an arc involving her, but next time you see her, she's got her badge back as if she never quit.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In both Batman: The Animated Series and the comics, Montoya was a supporter of Batman and other heroes, even becoming one herself. Here, much like the The Amazing Spider-Man Series version of Captain Stacy towards Spidey, this version of Montoya is rather critical of Batman, condemning his actions and attempting to arrest him. She does grow to trust him however.
  • The Atoner: Goes Cowboy Cop to atone for killing Falcone while Brainwashed and Crazy. If Batman doesn't help, another officer gets killed trying to help her and she decides to Turn in Your Badge so that nobody else will get hurt in her quest for redemption.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In episode 2, Renee kills Carmine Falcone after being drugged by the Penguin.
  • Cowboy Cop:
  • Inspector Javert: In direct contrast to Gordon, even shooting at Batman despite Gordon telling her to stand down. Rescuing her first in Episode 3 will change her stance on Batman, realizing he tries to make Gotham a better place.
  • Irony: She distrusts Batman, yet she is kind and sympathetic to Bruce Wayne.
  • It's All My Fault: Renee is very hard on herself, blaming herself if Batman decides to help Harvey Dent before her. It isn't incorrect, but even then, it's still much.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the second episode, she's pretty shocked she killed Carmine Falcone when she comes out of her haze.
  • Not Himself: A staple of the Children of Arkham's drug, and Renee is no exception, flying into a rage when pricked.
  • Rank Up: She's made detective by the time of The Enemy Within.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Voluntarily turns in her badge if Batman does not help her in Episode 3, weighed down by the guilt of another officer dying for her Cowboy Cop attempt at being The Atoner. This evidently doesn't last, as she's back in uniform by Episode 5.
  • Undying Loyalty: Her dossier in season 2 notes she's fiercely loyal to Gordon.
  • Vigilante Man: She vows to stop the Children of Arkham, and turns in her badge in order to do so.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Episode 3, she will call out Batman for choosing to not back her up, though she'll quickly apologize if he tells her that he was off saving the mayor.
  • Workaholic: In season 2, Montoya's file states that she's completely sacrificed her personal life for her work. Bruce notes that in that, she and him are Not So Different.

    Commissioner Grogan 

Commissioner Peter Grogan

Voiced By: Robert Clotworthy

The commissioner of the GCPD in Season One.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Here, he gives up his life to save Batman and Gordon noted that he was a good man. This is in stark contrast to the initial mention of Grogan at the end of Batman: Year One, where Gordon's internal monologue mentioned him being even more corrupt than Gillian Loeb.
  • Ascended Extra: He was first mentioned at the end of Year One when Gillian Loeb was forced to resign and only made brief appearances in a Catwoman annual, Batman and the Monster Men, and Batman: The Man Who Laughs. Hell, the only mention of him outside of the comics before this game was during the A Cold, Cold Heart DLC for Batman: Arkham Originsnote . Here, he seems to take Loeb's place.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Regardless of whether he is being held up by Penguin's Children of Arkham goons or Two-Face's Police State, he ends up grabbing a gun being used in an attempt to kill Batman, and ends up taking a bullet in the gut for it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Hates Dent's Police State and fully in favor of Batman. While he does have an at-first annoyed reaction to Batman when finding him at the Vale residence crime scene, it's for the pretty reasonable excuse of a vigilante potentially contaminating another crime scene before the police can get to it — and considering how Batman already engaged a perp and unthinkingly pocketed evidence pointing to Falcone when investigating at the warehouse, he's justified in feeling as such.

    Harvey Bullock 

Detective Harvey Bullock

Voiced By: Keith Szarabajka

A longtime GCPD colleague of Gordon's and a good man at heart, but one whose surly demeanor and questionable tactics have held him back in the department for years.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Bullock is mentioned as having been one of the few good cops in Gotham before Gordon began cleaning up the department, while he was originally a paid crony of Hamilton Hill and not averse to the odd payola, even after his reformation. While he is tempted by Bruce's bribe, and is hinted to be heading down a corrupt path as a result, he still has the presence of mind to report the incident to Gordon.
  • Decomposite Character: His distrust of Batman and status as Gordon's Number Two are given to Renee Montoya.
  • Fat Slob: Downplayed; he's just an average, slightly rough-looking guy here, as opposed to the utter slob he is elsewhere.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: Invoked by The Joker, as he's implanted with a bomb. Turns out to be a harmless Jack-in-the-Box.
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Criminals

    Catwoman/Selina Kyle 

Catwoman/Selina Kyle

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Voiced By: Laura Bailey

"Don't you know not to corner a wild animal? It's dangerous."

A thrill-loving cat-themed burglar. After Batman thwarts her robbery at City Hall, Bruce winds up in a rather complicated relationship with her.


  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Her gloves have razor sharp claws that cut through flesh and stone alike.
  • Apologetic Attacker: If you gave yourself up for Selina, then in the Vigilante route, Waller has her rigged with a suicide collar to force her cooperation. She makes it clear to Batman that she does not want to fight him, but has no interest in gambling that Waller is bluffing.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In Season 2 Episode 3, if Catwoman is blamed for stealing the Riddler's laptop — which she can do — she'll try to make a break for it only to have one of her arms frozen solid from the elbow down. She recovers, but needless to say she is not happy about it.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: In Episode 2, Selina and Bruce stand back to back while engaging in a brawl with the Penguin's goons.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted.
    • Selina sports a black eye after her first fight with Batman, which takes quite a while to heal.
    • In Season 2, if Bruce doesn't warn her about the GCPD coming after her, she'll get multiple bruises and wounds all over her body.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Batman, of course. Becomes one-sided if she's friendzoned and more of a case of Arent You Goingto Ravish Me.
  • Beneath the Mask: On the surface, Selina can be arrogant and selfish. However, underneath it all, Selina does seem to care about others (including Bruce) and, to some degree, can be self-loathing.
  • Bound and Gagged: By Harley in both endings of Season 2 Episode 3.
  • Broken Pedestal: Choosing to save Harvey over her in episode two seems to cause this in her feelings for Bruce.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She starts out as a mercenary working for the Children of Arkham, but betrays them to Bruce to save her own skin. Then she goes back to working for the Children of Arkham in the hopes that they'll help her escape Gotham. When Lady Arkham decides that Catwoman has outlived her usefulness, Catwoman helps Batman foil the Children's latest plan. It eventually turns out that she was using everyone so she could steal a skeleton key for Wayne Tech security systems. In the second season, if Selina is treated well, and especially if they start to genuinely bond, she begins to turn around and try to do right by Bruce and in a climactic moment in Episode 5, she will justify his trust by not taking a death trap escape key and running, but freeing Bruce before leaving, telling him, "I told you — you can trust me."
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: She's a highly-skilled thief with a number of sophisticated gadgets.
  • The Cynic: She can express some comfort in a response Bruce can give that he's Batman just because he can be, and expresses some disdain for the idea of him having altruistic motives.
  • Dark Action Girl: Catwoman is an agile and formidable fighter, as seen when she's able to go toe-to-toe with Batman and escape. More apparent when seen in the bar fight in Episode 2, proving Selina doesn't need her equipment to be formidable.
  • Dating Catwoman: Can finally form a relationship with Bruce in season 2, episode 3 if the player has showed her loyalty.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Averted on Selina's end. If Bruce tells Selina when she plans to leave in episode 5 of season 1 that she shouldn't go because he loves her, she will rebuke him, telling him that he's only known her for a few days and that he shouldn't be so dramatic and clingy considering they've known each other for such a short amount of time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Selina is sarcastic and witty, engaging in banter with Bruce during their cafe-table discussion.
  • Explosive Leash: She'll be wearing one if captured by Amanda Waller. Villain Joker and Harley claim the control for themselves.
  • Eye Scream: Penguin shoots her in the goggles, nearly avoiding killing her or blinding her. And this is after Batman punched her in the same eye hard enough to fracture those goggles.
  • Fingerless Gloves: For some unfathomable reason, she wears some while on the job.
  • Friendly Enemy: She and Batman both emerge from their initial confrontation worse for the wear and have a tense conversation when they become each others' Secret Keepers, but do cooperate against Selina's dangerous employers.
  • Good Feels Good: Can be encouraged to admit that helping Bruce save some lives during their brief team-up was nice, but it's not enough to override either her cynicism or selfishness.
  • Grappling-Hook Gun: She steals a grapple gun from Batman in Episode 1 to make her escape. Batman can take it back in Episode 3.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Much like her characterization, Selina switches from hero to villain every time she considers her favored options. By Episode 3 of Season 2 she can have a more genuine Heel–Face Turn if Bruce has been loyal and supportive of her up to that point.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: She wears a Spy Catsuit made of black leather.
  • Hidden Depths: A conversation with her in he apartment can reveal that she's an avid bookreader, which Bruce can confirm by examining her book case in the morning. Turns out she both enjoys swashbucklers like Bruce himself but even more academic works like the Gita Govinda, which manages to impress Bruce. In their final conversation in Season 1, the one dialog option that doesn't cause her to dismiss Bruce is to tell her that she's capable of heroism for all of her cynicism.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Bruce and Selina noticing their wounds will instantly tip each other off of their true identities, and will give coded speech around Harvey confirming to each other their suspicions.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: The last conversation Bruce has with her in season 1 has her state that she's not a hero or a good person and has never wanted to be one. She's just a thief. Bruce can argue that she's wrong, stating either that they made a good team and were able to save lives together or that she saved his life which is something a good person would do, a hero. Selina will even admit that Good Feels Good.
  • It's All About Me: While Selina does have good qualities, almost all of her decisions are motivated by an acute sense of self-preservation. Her motivation for helping Batman deal with the hostage situation at the Monarch Theatre is less out of altruism than a desire not to 'owe' him anything. This culminates in her decision in Episode Four to leave Gotham before either Harvey Dent or the Children of Arkham come looking for revenge.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for Harvey's disfigurement, should it happen in Episode 2. When she sees his face in her apartment, realizing the extent, she is utterly horrified. She also had this reaction to Lucius' death at Riddler's hands as she knew him, but didn't know that he was capable such things, and blames herself for not having realised it in time to stop him.
  • It's Personal: In Enemy Within, Selina has a personal stake in the situation with the Pact. Namely, that the Riddler was a friend of hers and she wants to find out what turned him into a monster and who killed him. Interestingly, she seems to take this personally not only because it affected her, but also because it got one of Bruce's friends killed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be a bit selfish and self-serving at times, but Selina is ultimately a good person at heart.
  • Just Friends: If Bruce is kind to her but rejects her advances.
  • Karma Houdini: In Season 1 she gets away completely scot-free in the end despite assisting a terrorist organization and backstabbing everyone she worked with.
  • Kick Chick: Averted. Unlike many action females, Catwoman is more or less a straight up puncher.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Selina is a thief with a Hidden Heart of Gold, so she naturally has pet Siamese cat she loves.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: After investigating the Riddler's hideout with John, Catwoman backstabs Bruce to steal the de-incryption for herself. Batman can call her out on not trusting him to help, and offer to work together as a team.
  • Long Game: Selina reveals that dating Harvey and switching to Bruce was all part of a long con. However, several factors came into play. One, finding out Bruce was Batman, and, potentially, developing real feelings for Bruce. Bruce can ask her Was It All a Lie?, and her answer depends on how they interacted. Either way, she'll claim yes it was, but if romanced she will admit that it 'started out that way', and yes, she does care for him. Doesn't stop her from fleeing Gotham, though she returns a year later. She legitimately surprised if Bruce refuses to go along with her seduction attempts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It's Catwoman, what did you expect?
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the Vigilante route of Season 2 Episode 5, if Bruce turned her over to the Pact in Episode 3 she willingly joins Waller's Suicide Squad for a shot at revenge against him.
  • Relationship Upgrade: The player can choose to form a relationship with her in Season 1 Episode 3, and again in Season 2 Episode 3. The former is merely an act on her part albeit one which causes her to start to develop feelings for him, the latter is more genuine.
  • Reused Character Design: This Catwoman is based on the version seen in the Batman: Arkham Asylum design, complete with bangs peeking out of her cowl.
  • Role Reprisal: From the LEGO Batman games.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:
    • Upon seeing Harvey turn Gotham into a police state, she decides to get out of the city while she can, rightly fearing that Harvey will be gunning for her for the (supposed) betrayal with Bruce, which could compromise her Catwoman persona in the process. She returns in Season 2 Episode 2, helping Bruce from the shadows and offering to work for the Pact.
  • Secret Keeper: Determines that Bruce Wayne is Batman after seeing her scratch marks still on his face. Since her goggles fell off and she still has a black eye from the fight, he does the same to her.
  • Sensual Spandex: Her trademark Spy Catsuit costume really shows her great form.
  • She Knows Too Much: Penguin orders her murder when she doesn't deliver the disk drive that was in Mayor Hill's office.
  • Ship Tease: Naturally, she and Bruce hit it off, and their relationship can develop to the point where they sleep together in Episode 3. You are given the choice to do some Ship Sinking early on however, which makes Selina very confused.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: For such a cynical woman she expresses a lot of interest in Wide-Eyed Idealist Harvey Dent and the noble hero Bruce Wayne. The player can choose to form a relationship with her if Bruce expresses interest in her. It turns out to merely be an act on her part, but one which starts to lead to a more real attachment.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: As usual, she and Bruce share sarcastic banter at the others expense.
  • The Tease: After fighting alongside Bruce against some of Penguin's goons, you're given the option to kiss her, but if you try to she'll playfully push Bruce away when he goes for it. She also acknowledges that she's just toying with Harvey rather than stating if her relationship with him is serious. Deconstructed in episode 3, where Harvey loses his mind when he learns that their relationship wasn't serious and he lashes out at her and Bruce.
  • Tsundere: She acts very cold towards Bruce, even if he's kind to her, but can admit that she loves him deep down if the player plays their cards right. To the point where she considers a serious relationship with him.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Batman, as usual, provided the player makes Bruce interested. note 
  • Villainous Friendship: Had an off-screen one with Riddler, prior to his death. And before the serum started warping his mind. When she gets a glimpse of what he became in his hideout's videos, she's visibly disturbed. Nevertheless, she still cares about him enough to try to choke Tiffany for killing him before realizing she's Lucius Fox's daughter.
  • Wall Crawl: Her Cat Claw gadgets let her do this. Batman tries it out when Catwoman helps him escape from the Children of Arkham's leader. Batman may optionally choose to swipe it in Episode 3.
  • Warts and All: Catwoman has this attitude about herself, and believes it's not good for anyone, hero or not, to pretend they are anything that they are not. Bruce can tell her she tells herself that, and she's better than she thinks.
  • When She Smiles: Shows a few genuine moments of happiness when Bruce flirts with her.
  • Whip It Good: She uses a whip as her go-to weapon, and she's damn good with it.
  • Will They or Won't They?: As usual, she has this dynamic with Bruce.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Bruce can encourage her that she's more than just a thief who has no future, which gains a bit of interest in him thanks to his concern for her safety.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In Episode 3 Harvey visits Selina the morning after she'd brought Bruce back to her apartment and catches her and Bruce, both in their underwear. Depending on the choices the player made, Bruce and Selina either did end up sleeping together or Bruce just slept on the couch. Either way, he'll assume the worst. Notably though, from Selina's perspective, her and Harvey weren't really properly together or in a serious relationship, but that doesn't make the events that follow any better. In episode 5 Selina reveals that she never had any interest in Harvey, nor Bruce, and was just using Dent as a stepping stone to steal Wayne tech from Bruce.

Mobsters

    Carmine Falcone 

Carmine Falcone

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Voiced By: Richard McGonagle

"I can get Harvey the Mayor's seat... Or I can pull it out from under him."

The most powerful mob boss in Gotham.


  • Bad Boss: While firing at Batman, he guns down his own goons without batting an eye.
  • Bald of Evil: Balding, anyway and definitely evil.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: In the past. He was in a three man crime syndicate with Mayor Hill and Thomas Wayne.
  • Boom, Headshot!: He gets shot twice - first in the chest, then in the head.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He knows he's the "bad guy", calling himself a "mean old bastard". He strongly hints his Mafioso personality was crafted to intimidate the upper crust.
  • Character Death: Gets shot dead at the hospital in episode 2 courtesy of Renee Montoya.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Being the top criminal in the city has led him to make his penthouse office a veritable fortress, complete with bulletproof lockdown shutters on the windows, an arsenal of guns, and a button-activated turret that descends from the ceiling.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the main antagonist of Episode 1, but he's defeated at the end of the Episode and dies at the beginning of the second Episode. True to this trope, the extent of the real antagonists' menace is revealed after his defeat.
  • The Don: He's the reigning mob boss in Gotham.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Falcone strides into Wayne Manor, making everyone uneasy and flaunting his power by giving orders.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He mentions having a wife and it's implied during his scene in the infirmary that he genuinely got along rather well with his friend Thomas Wayne and with Martha Wayne. At the very least, he seems to remember them fondly and claims that he didn't kill them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He outright states that even a jerkass like him despised his former friend Thomas's cruelty.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He likes to pretend he's high society, but he can't keep his polite facade up for the space of a conversation.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a very deep, raspy voice, which is par for the course for any character played by Richard McGonagle.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One option for how Batman deals with him at the end of "Realm of Shadows" is to slam him through a piece of rebar.
  • Jerkass: Even being threatened by a black-clad vigilante who just took out a whole room of his boys can't make him be civil.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "You can't trust anyone in Gotham, least of all those you call friend. Your parents learned that the har—" (shot twice)
  • Made of Iron: For a Non-Action Big Bad, he sure can take a surprising amount of punishment during his Disc-One Final Boss battle: You can wound him with up to two Batarangs, slam him into various furniture, burn his arm in his own fireplace, detonate Crazy-Prepared explosives right next to him, and even drive him backfirst through a piece of rebar... and he'll still survive, albeit heavily hospitalized, in accordance with Batman's Thou Shalt Not Kill rule.
  • Not Me This Time:
    • He's a mob boss, but Falcone claims that he's not responsible for the chemical theft during which a bunch of cops and mercenaries died, as he claims those were his chemicals. After all, as Falcone explains, does Batman really think Falcone wanted to lure Batman on his trail?
    • He also claims that he didn't hire Joe Chill to kill the Waynes, but was killed before he could say any more.
  • Pet the Dog: During the scene where Bruce visits him in the infirmary, he talks to Bruce in a rather nice way, compared to the Jerkass he usually is. When talking about Thomas and Martha, he seems to remember them fondly, saying that Thomas was close to him, "more like a cousin" and that Bruce and him are practically family. He even claims to have a closet full of birthday presents he was never able to give to Bruce. And if Bruce agrees to ease his pain with morphine, he's genuinely thankful, and says that Bruce reminds him of Martha's kindness.
  • Recovered Addict: When taking his morphine, he hints that he was a heroin user in his youth, but kept clean for forty years while he ran the business.
  • Red Herring: He didn't steal the chemicals. Also, given the fact that he's partially responsible of Two-Face's birth in the comics, his involvement in Dent's campaign would lead you to believe that he would have a hand in Two-Face's birth here too. He doesn't.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Gets shot while Bruce talks to him at the hospital.
  • Starter Villain: He is detained by Batman in Episode 1 and killed in the beginning of Episode 2 during interrogation.
  • Undignified Death: Falcone unceremoniously gets his brains blasted out by a cop whacked out on Psycho Serum, while lying wounded in the GCPD's infirmary.
  • You Got Guts: Falcone will admit he respects Bruce insisting Harvey be present for their conversation, saying that it's his house and he's got a right to set the terms. He then demands that Harvey be "seen and not heard", and rudely tells him to shut up when he objects.

    Joe Chill 

Joe Chill

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Voiced By: Jarion Monroe

The mugger who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne. He's long dead, but Bruce is still haunted by his actions.


  • Adaptational Karma: Unlike most versions, he's arrested after the deaths of the Waynes and killed in prison.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Traditionally, Joe Chill was a simple crook, and only killed Thomas and Martha when things got out of hand, and spared Bruce afterwards. In The Telltale Series, Chill was hired by Hamilton Hill to assassinate the Waynes, and was going to kill Bruce too, only sparing him because the police were coming.
  • Asshole Victim: As Alfred put it, no one mourned for Joe Chill.
  • Death by Adaptation: In this continuity, he was stabbed to death in prison.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The nicest thing that can be said about him is that one of his victims really had it coming.
  • Nothing Personal: Said verbatim with "just business" before shooting the Waynes.
  • Professional Killer: He's an assassin for the mob.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was prepared to shoot Bruce as well, but fled after hearing approaching sirens.

    Rumi Mori 

Rumi Mori

Voiced By: Keone Young

A beloved philanthropist and biotech innovator who is secretly an illegal arms dealer. Season 2 begins with Bruce attempting to expose Mori.


  • Arms Dealer: His real job, which he has been involved in for decades; he managed to turn enough profit running guns during the Arab Spring to diversify his assets and present himself as legitimate.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Mori is an amoral arms dealer, but he stopped selling weapons to the Riddler when it became clear that the Riddler was going to use them for indiscriminate destruction.
  • Fingore: He loses two fingers to the Riddler's torture machine.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In Japanese, "Rumi" is normally a feminine name.
  • Karma Houdini: Depending on player choice in episode 1. If Bruce chooses to interrogate Mori instead of Knable, there are two ways to get Mori to give up the information on Riddler's whereabouts: you can either take his drive by force, or you can agree to Mori's request to transfer funds to get him out of the city. If you choose to transfer the funds, then depending on how events play out in future episodes, Mori may get away with his illegal arms dealing.
  • Noble Demon: Played with. He expresses sympathy for Bruce, but it's due to Mori's admiration of his father's criminal activities, and his offer to give up the data drive in return for a huge cash exchange is shady at best (even though he does keep his word if you accept). He can, however, offer a sincere apology for what happened if Bruce asserts Mori's connection to the death of Lucius Fox.
  • Villain Has a Point: When he is placed in the Riddlers death trap at the start of episode one, he calls out the villain for being insane. Given the circumstances, it`s pretty spot on.

The Children of Arkham

    Lady Arkham 

Lady Victoria Arkham

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Voiced By: Steve Blum

"We are the Children of Arkham, and we have opened your eyes."

The mysterious leader of the terrorist group known as the Children of Arkham.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Children can't even touch Batman in a fight. The leader, on the other hand, is capable of going toe to toe with him as an equal and even manages to significantly injure him after their first fight in Episode 3.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Her abuse at the hands of the Vales was a big contributer to her becoming Lady Arkham.
  • Big Bad: As the leader of the Children of Arkham, the major villain within the game.
  • Black and White Insanity: Adamantly convinced they are justified in their actions. And no matter what evidence is shown to the contrary, they refuse to believe that Bruce Wayne is anything other than an evil coward who is just as bad as his father.
  • Book-Ends: Was created by Vicki when the Vales trapped her in an inescapable hole and dies with her as she tries to flee the collapsing catacombs of Arkham Asylum.
  • Boom Stick: Fights with a staff that can fire concussive blasts.
  • Canon Character All Along: The Children of Arkham were created for the game but many people theorized that the leader would secretly be a canon Batman character and were proven right. What they probably didn't expect was that she was actually Vicki Vale.
  • Canon Foreigner: Not in their true identity, but the Children of Arkham Leader is revealed to be an entirely new villain persona titled "Lady Arkham".
  • Cast as a Mask: Using a male voice actor for the leader's voice helps to disguise their true identity further.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As good a fighter as Batman is but also has some extra advantage in the form of a staff capable of emitting shockwaves strong enough to send Batman flying a good twenty feet through the air.
  • Composite Character: Their faceless nature, considerable tactical skill, and grudge against Bruce Wayne, Arkham Asylum, and the whole of Gotham seem to deliberately invoke the Arkham Knight, while their plan to rig the city's rail transit as a poison-gas delivery system is lifted from the Dark Knight Trilogy's Scarecrow.
    • Her admiration of Batman is very similar to Anarky, in that while both see him as a force outside the system and try to get him to join their side, both will eventually dismiss him as using his strength to prey upon the weak, afraid, and helpless, and protect those in power, when he turns them down.
    • A fellow vigilante whose methods are too extreme for Batman, who's eventually revealed as a woman in Bruce's life? Sounds like there's a dose of Phantasm in there, too.
  • Dance Battler: Downplayed. The twirling battle staff really gives it this sort of vibe.
  • Death by Looking Up: Tries to limp to an exit in the crumbling cathedral, only for rocks to block her path followed shortly by being crushed.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Bruce has the option to reveal himself to her. She doesn't survive Episode 5.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: If Bruce unmasks himself in their final battle, Vicki is stunned at the revelation that Bruce is not some coward hiding in his ivory tower and is the city's protector and forces herself to rationalize this as him using Batman as his way of preying upon the weak...despite said people being less than amoral.
  • Evil Counterpart: The leader is one to Bruce as Batman. Both of them were motivated by the murder of their parents, and both want to take down the corruption of Gotham by adopting a masked persona, but the leader is willing to take it even further by creating an extremist revolution. Plus, while Bruce had Alfred to help him out after his tragedy, Vicki was brutally abused by the Vales.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Their voice is distorted by their mask, making them sound very deep. It also helps hide the fact that she's a woman.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Pulls one at the end of Episode 2, by making a broadcast to warn the audience that they are not safe from the Children of Arkham.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Batman defeats the leader by using their own staff against them.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: By Episode 5, their three-way war with Batman and Harvey has resulted in the loss of most of her army, the destruction of her Hate Plague drug supply, and the detainment of her top lieutenant. When the climax comes around, they're down to releasing the inmates of Arkham Asylum (though most of them outside of the Joker are caught) and trying to blackmail Batman into bringing Bruce Wayne (as she no longer has the resources to do so herself) to her by threatening to kill Alfred when, by her own logic, Bruce wouldn't be the kind of person who would care all that much about her killing his butler.
  • Jet Pack: In the final battle, they're revealed to have jet boots that let them fly around and deliver powerful kicks.
  • Karmic Death: When the chapel under Arkham begins to cave in during their final battle, the leader will state that Batman belongs there, buried and forgotten in the darkness. Not two minutes later, she gets crushed by falling debris while trying to escape. It gains an extra layer if Bruce removes his cowl, as she will refuse his offer of help, saying she knows his "true face" and can never trust him.
  • Lean and Mean: Much thinner than the heavily built Batman but no less dangerous. It turns out to be the quite petite Vicki Vale.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Justified, as they're wielding a sonic staff and their fight destroys most of the pillars holding up the old basement chapel.
  • Loony Fan: The leader states that they admire Batman before their final battle for working outside the system, hoping to potentially win him to the cause if he isn't killed; part of what triggers their breakdown is potentially seeing Bruce without his mask and being unable to reconcile it with her conception of Bruce Wayne as heartless and selfish.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The person Penguin is working for.
  • Meta Origin: Responsible for the origins of most of the major rogues in this continuity; the Leader is the benefactor/employer of Penguin and Catwoman, sends Harvey Dent down the road to becoming Two-Face, and has some as-yet unspecified connection to Joker.
  • Never Found the Body: Is mentioned in the second season that her body was never found.
  • Never My Fault: Has an insanely (due to actually being absolutely crazy) high degree of self-righteousness.
  • Not So Different: 'John Doe' notes that Bruce and Vicki are motivated by the death of their parents and Bruce can admit that tragedy can lead to motivation.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: It is unclear where they get all the resources, including high-tech weaponry. It's also unclear where they learned to fight well enough to be a challenge for Batman, especially considering Vicki's seemingly humble origins.
  • Pet the Dog: It's a Freeze-Frame Bonus, but a photo of Vicki and the Vales' other foster child is on the altar in Arkham Asylum's underground chapel. This implies, at the very least, that she sympathized with the boy as a fellow victim of the Vales' cruelty.
  • Power Floats: The leader's boots allow them to hover in the air and fly for brief periods.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While the leader initially appears calm and composed, towards the end of the game it becomes apparent that she is acting out her childhood revenge fantasy.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tells Batman he can't save Gotham from itself.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Is completely consumed by revenge for their upbringing and the city that enabled it. Even if you try to have Bruce reason with her, apologize for what his parents did to her family, and give into her demands to take off the mask, she is so far gone in her crusade that all pleas fall on deaf ears; to her, all the Waynes are evil regardless of their actions, and she won't quit until Bruce is dead and Gotham burns.
    Arkham: This must be some kind of... trick. Bruce Wayne he'd— he'd never be the man Batman is. He only looks out for himself. Ah, but of course... now I understand. As Batman, you can prey on the weak, the defenseless. Just like your father did! A true Wayne! There's nothing heroic about you!
  • The Reveal: The Leader's identity is revealed at the very end of Episode 3.
    Vicki Vale: I AM the Children of Arkham.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: More or less their mission statement: a revolution is coming to Gotham, no matter who has to die.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Leader's true plan is to avenge the Arkhams and all those unfairly put into Arkham Asylum by Thomas Wayne by releasing all the inmates of the Asylum.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Her mask gives them a distorted if somewhat masculine voice, though her identity is ultimately revealed at the end of Episode 3. As of Episode 4 however, she is now publicly known as Lady Arkham, meaning that everyone knows that she's at least female.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Vicki accidentally collapses the underground cathedral where they have their final battle with Batman, causing them to be crushed to death. This allows Batman to stop them for good and (if he revealed himself to them) keep his secret identity secret without breaking his no-kill rule.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Has no qualms gruesomely killing both of her foster parents to further their agenda. Of course, as abusive monsters, they more or less had it coming. Batman can express amazement that they survived as long as they did.
    Arkham: You want to know how I survived? I survived because every night, I dreamed of the revenge I'd take on them... Them and the rest of this forsaken city.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Played with. Bruce/Batman is really One Head Taller than Vicki, but Lady Arkham's special boots visibly let her stand eye-level with him.
  • Villain Has a Point: During their final battle, if Batman argues that Falcone and Hill should've been tried fairly, they retort that both of their sheer Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! made them untouchable — so outright killing them was actually a favor to Gotham. Given how they were The Dreaded to virtually every authority figure around, it's actually very hard to fault them; in fact, even Batman himself remains silent about it afterward.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In their final confrontation with Batman, should the player choose to reveal his identity, Vicki is unable to cope with the truth that the man she pegged for a selfish coward and the masked hero are one and the same, and she battles him in a Laughing Mad rage.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believes that the Children of Arkham are doing the harsh work that is necessary to purge Gotham of corruption.
  • White Mask of Doom: Sports a very intimidating one that resembles a skull.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Birth parents killed by Thomas Wayne, adopted parents abusive to the Nth degree... yeah, the leader's had an utterly horrible life. Doesn't even begin to justify the actions taken by the Children of Arkham, though.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Has all and even takes note of, all the clues necessary to determine Batman's true identity, but is so stubborn in her opinion of Bruce's supposed wickedness that it never comes to pass.

    Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot 

Penguin/Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot

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Voiced By: Jason Spisak

"A revolution is knockin' on Gotham's door!"

A childhood friend of Bruce. Oswald Cobblepot's family fell on hard times when he was a child. Oswald has since become a criminal and has returned to Gotham after twenty years with the intent of inciting a revolution.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the comics, Cobblepot hates the Waynes as he feels the family drove his to ruin. Here, Oswald's mother was driven insane and committed to Arkham by Thomas Wayne, who desired her land to build Wayne Tower on, making his grudge against them much more understandable.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Oswald is portrayed as a younger, slimmer, and much more charming character than his bald, portly comic book counterpart, which is used for Theodore Cobblepot, Oswald's father.
  • Adaptational Badass: This Oswald has had a history in illegal boxing matches and can hold his own against street thugs. He's also capable of going toe-to-toe with Batman in a fight, albeit by disabling most of his gadgets while armed with Power Fists.
  • Adaptational Origin Connection: This time around, he's the one who burns half of Harvey's face (unless the player chooses to save him in an in-game decision). This version is also an old childhood friend of Bruce.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Most versions of Penguin like to present themselves as members of high society; in an inversion of the norm, this Penguin sees himself as a champion of the oppressed who specifically targets the corrupt upper class of Gotham (though he still enjoys living large after taking over Wayne Enterprises).
  • Affectionate Nickname: He's one of Bruce's childhood friends in this continuity, and as such, the latter mainly refers to him as just "Oz".
  • Age Lift: While he's typically older than Bruce in the comics, here, the two are roughly the same age, and they grew up together.
  • And This Is for...: He executes Hill claiming it is for his mother. Episode 3 hints that he also did it for his father, who died mysteriously before Hill won the election.
  • Animal Motif: Oz retains the moniker of Penguin but it isn't initially clear why until his attack on the mayoral debate between Hill and Dent wherein he wears a penguin-like gasmask and a suit.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: For his attack on the mayoral debate between Hill and Dent, Oz wears a suit that compliments the penguin-like gasmask he dons as he proves to be a serious threat. Episode 3 has him dress much more conservatively when He becomes the new CEO of Wayne Enterprises.
  • Badass Longcoat: Oswald wears quite a nice coat.
  • Blood Knight: It's obvious that he gains a bit of a kick punching a couple of thugs into the dirt.
  • Cigar Chomper: The splash page for Episode 3 shows him enjoying a cigar.
  • Composite Character:
    • Due to his Adaptation Origin Connection with Bruce, he has the "troubled, orphaned childhood friend" aspect normally associated with Tommy Elliot AKA Hush or Roman Sionis AKA Black Mask. Like Hush, he also manages to gain control of Bruce's finances and company, and his motivation is an inversion of Elliot's — while Hush resented Thomas Wayne for saving his mother, Oswald is determined to destroy the Waynes for Thomas forcibly committing his mother to Arkham.
    • Arguably, he's also a hybrid of various other Penguins, as he has a similar appearance to the one in Gotham, a Cockney accent like in the Batman: Arkham Series, and is the same age as Bruce as in The Batman. He also is the field leader for the Children of Arkham, similar to the Arkham Knight.
    • He can potentially take Sal Maroni's role as the one who scars Harvey's face, should the player decide to save Selina over him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Give the guy credit, in ep 4 he manages to figure out that Batman uses his tech to plan his attacks and wore a device to counter it.
  • Defiant to the End: If you go after him in Ep 4, Batman beats him in a fight and tries to wring information out of him. But he completely refuses to reveal Lady Arkham's plans.
    • Deconstructed if he's fought in Episode 5 where his petulant attempts at defiance after he's pinned under the Cobblepot bust is depicted as being rather undignified and largely pathetic.
    • Subverted in Enemy Within, where it's mentioned in the Gotham media feed that he plead guilty at his trial and he's a model prisoner in Blackgate, seemingly resigned to his imprisonment.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: He wouldn't be the Penguin if he wasn't a brash thug in a monkey suit.
  • Did Not See That Coming: He knows how Bruce's mom was involved in the conspiracy that killed the Waynes, and tries to get a reaction from Bruce with it. Bruce can just say "It doesn't matter", which causes Oz to say the trope name almost word to word.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He yells at one of Falcone's Mooks for calling him "Mr. Cobblepot" instead of his preferred title of "Penguin".
  • The Dragon: To the leader of the Children of Arkham. Penguin commands the Children of Arkham's field operations and becomes Lady Arkham's greatest asset once he becomes CEO of Wayne Enterprises and gains access to all of that juicy Wayne Tech.
  • The Dreaded: Upon learning that she was hired by the Penguin, Catwoman tells Bruce that she'd probably be better off dead than letting him get his hands on her.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Probably his reaction when he found out what happened to his mother's betrayal.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Oz loves his mother dearly, to the point of avenging her unjust fate by Thomas Wayne.
  • Evil Brit: Of the Cockney variety, just like his Arkham counterpart. He uses a more refined accent when in public.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • In Episode 2, When Penguin drugs him into complete honesty, Harvey admits that while Gotham is not perfect by any means, he loves the city and genuinely wants to save it. Cobblepot proceeds to vehemently berate the DA for lying.
    • In Episode 3, if Bruce punches Oswald and then apologizes to him about it later in the episode, Oswald finds himself at a loss for words.
    • In Episode 5, if Bruce apologizes for what his family did to the Cobblepots, Penguin flies into a rage because he refuses to accept that Bruce could genuinely feel sorry for him.
  • Evil Former Friend: He was Bruce's friend when they were kids, but by the events of the game he now blames Bruce and his whole family for what happened to his mother and does everything he can to ruin both Bruce Wayne and Batman.
  • Evil Is Petty: During his brief time as CEO of Wayne Enterprises, Cobblepot changed the format of Wayne Tech's website, and is implied that he added some STDs to Bruce's medical records.
  • Evil Virtues: Honor, loyalty and patience, in that order.
  • Facial Horror: In episode 4, a drugged Bruce beaten his face in so badly that he has two black eyes and huge stitches all across his face.
  • False Friend: Encounters Bruce in the park, promising that they're still good friends who'll take on Gotham together. Episode 2 naturally proves that this was a bunch of bull and by 3, he makes it all but clear he just sees Bruce as an object of his revenge.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Oz is hammy and downright jovial 80% of the time, but he's still every bit a remorseless criminal and murderer, and his pleasant attitude never changes this fact.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Despite being good friends with Bruce in this version, he's still the infamous Penguin, so it's no surprise that he would go bad eventually.
  • Freudian Excuse: His reason for revolution is because Thomas Wayne and Mayor Hill drugged his mother and declared her insane to get her land. While it doesn't justify what he does, his motivations are pretty understandable.
  • High-Class Glass: Finally dons a sophisticated eyepiece resembling his traditional monocle in Episode 4. As he himself shows, it has the added benefit of targeting, then shorting out Bruce's cowl's connection to the Batcomputer, forcing Batman to fight blind and think on his feet. It gets knocked off during the struggle however.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Had a habit of smacking the bust in Cobblepot Park to vent out his frustrations. Depending on your choices, he winds up pinned under it after Bruce tosses a drone at him.
  • I Gave My Word: Make no mistake, Penguin might be a crook, a thief, a murderer and a con-man, but he is not a backstabber and he will honor every single deal he makes and stand by his word, no matter what.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The Cobblepots were once as wealthy as the Waynes. Their family fortune hasn't fared as well.
  • Kick the Dog: After taking over as CEO of Wayne Industries, he hands Bruce a watch he got from Alfred only to drop it on the floor at the last moment. One of Bruce's options is to simply slug him in the face.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In Season Two, it's mentioned in the Gotham news feed that he pled guilty at his trial and is behaving like a model prisoner at Blackgate, even being courteous to the staff and other prisoners.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Back in episode 2 he burns off/ almost burns off half of Harvey Dent's face. In Episode 4, his own face has been so beaten in by a deranged Bruce that he now has his own facial scars.
  • Lean and Mean: In contrast to usual portrayals of the Penguin. And he can actaully put up a decent fight too.
  • Made of Iron: Say whatever one wants about the Penguin, but the amount of punishment he tanked during his potential final fight with Batman in episode 4, would have been enough to put entire squads of soldiers down, with ease. Penguin kept going regardless. It took having his leg broken to finally stop him.
  • Mythology Gag: The bust found at the center of Cobblepot Park shares the likeness of the original comic book Penguin. However, this is not Oswald himself, but rather his father.
    • Oswald's device that allows him to control Waynetech resembles his iconic monocle.
    • In Episode 4, he now has two black eyes after getting assaulted by a Brainwashed and Crazy Bruce at the end of Episode 3, thus making Oswald resemble his Batman Returns counterpart.
    • If confronted in Episode 5 instead, Oz will be out in the rain and finally be seen carrying an umbrella.
    • He wants revenge against high society, like in Batman Returns and one memorable episode of the animated series. He resents the Waynes for usurping his family's influential position, like in The Batman (although it's more justified here), is an East End thug like in the Arkham games, and is more slender and attractive like in Gotham.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at the page image and say that he looks like a guy you can trust.
  • Plague Doctor: His "Penguin" mask resembles a plague doctor's bird-like mask.
  • Power Fist: If Batman confronts him in Episode 4, Penguin eventually dons a pair of mechanical gauntlets that lets him overpower Batman.
  • The Resenter: During his introduction, it is heavily implied that Oz envies how Bruce has retained his wealth and good family name, while he has been rendered bankrupt and disgraced. Ep 3 pretty much confirms it.
  • The Reveal: He is revealed to be the employer of Selina Kyle, and is the field commander of the Children of Arkham.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He wants Bruce dead because of what his father did to his mother.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Penguin's goal is to get revenge on everyone responsible for his family's downfall, which is to say Falcone, Hill, and the Wayne family, and he doesn't care how many innocents he has to kill in the process.
  • Secret Identity: Unusually for the character, he's not publicly known as Penguin, and uses a mask (and fake accent) when using the persona. However, his criminal connections DO know who he is, and his identity will be exposed to the public by Episode 5.
  • Sinister Schnoz: He has a prominent nose, though not quite the beak-like appendage of his usual portrayals. He makes up for it with his Penguin mask.
  • Smug Snake: Once he's voted in as the new CEO of Wayne Enterprises. He gloats to Bruce about how he'll make sure the Wayne name is all but forgotten.
    • And, despite his grand talk, he's nothing more than a pawn to the real villain. Vicki Vale.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His attitude to his mooks during his Villainous Breakdown, if the player chooses to go after him in Episode 4
  • Tragic Villain: He was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne until he discovered the truth. Thomas Wayne drove Oswald's mother to madness in order to steal their land and fortune. Oswald's father also committed suicide in grief and depression, leaving Os a homeless and penniless orphan. It's hard to blame him for his rage and hate towards the Waynes.
  • Troll: When Bruce regains control of the Wayne Enterprises server, he finds file folders with a penguin emblazoned on them, the company's logo rewritten in Comic Sans, and his own medical records defaced with what's implied to be a long history of venereal disease. Bruce dryly notes that Oz has a "peculiar sense of humor".
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: In Episode 3, Wayne Enterprise's board of directors fires Bruce and names Oz interim CEO as an apology for what Thomas Wayne did to his parents. Oz makes it clear to Bruce that he intends to use his new found authority to further his quest for revenge.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Yes Oz, surely Batman, a guy who manages to bypass the Childern of Arkham's forces and Wayne Security is gonna be easy picking if you disable his equipment. He isn't and for an added kick to the teeth, Batman beats him while he's using the Wayne Tech equipment to boot.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Averted. Both Bruce and Batman can call him this at the press conference and if you invade Wayne Enterprises, respectively, stating that he's nothing more than a pawn in the Children of Arkham's plans. He rebuffs it, stating he's "not a pawn, but a soldier", meaning that he knew what he signed up to and is willing to go down for the cause without any regrets if that´s what it takes. He even reasons that if they should find fault with him someday and destroy him as well, at least he got to see Bruce go down first.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: After meeting up with Bruce after two decades apart, Oswald forewarns his boyhood chum about a revolution coming to Gotham, not too subtly suggests that he will be leading it, and warns Bruce to either join him or stay out of his way.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In Episode 3, the Children of Arkham erase Oz's criminal record, making most of Gotham think of him as a noble victim of the Wayne family's cruelty.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If confronted in Episode 5, Bruce can say Esther Cobblepot belonged in Arkham to keep Oz distracted, causing him to lose his cool, relatively collected demeanor and try to kill Bruce with his bare hands.
    Cobblepot: I'LL KILL YOU!!
    • In Episode 4, if the player chooses to go after him, Penguin's frustration with his men being unable to stop Batman culminates in a brief, screaming rant at them while hurling a framed picture at their heads.
    Cobblepot: Does anyone have him!? (Children of Arkham soldiers exchange blank stares) Useless, useless! YOU'RE ALL BLOODY USELESS!!
  • We Used to Be Friends: Bruce's codex entries for Oz first express concern that he didn't see anything of the boy he grew up with when meeting him again, and slowly become more pessimistic as the game progresses, with Bruce later amending it to note that, in hindsight, there was only "Penguin" left. After the end of "Children of Arkham", his file photo is replaced with him wearing the Penguin mask at the auditorium, showing that there's no longer any hope for reconciliation between the two.
    Codex: There's nothing left of the best friend I once had.
  • You Don't Look Like You: At first glance, he's pretty unrecognizable as the (future) Penguin, due to his leaner body, full head of hair, and lack of any birdlike mannerisms.

    Blockbuster 

"Blockbuster" Roland

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Voiced By: Steve Blum

A blue-skinned, very muscular henchman of Penguin's.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has blue skin.
  • Bald of Evil: He has no hair, not even eyebrows.
  • The Brute: To Oswald.
  • Composite Character: Has the name of Roland Desmond, but the Dumb Muscle personality of his brother Mark.
  • The Dreaded: Due to his sheer size and power, Blockbuster is the only directly observed patient in the Arkham rec room, a form of treatment that not even confirmed dangerous murderers like Zsasz and Ventriloquist get.
  • No-Sell: He takes a barstool across the face without flinching.
  • Not Wearing Tights: He doesn't wear a costume, just ordinary street clothes.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Implied by The Quiet One below.
  • The Quiet One: While he's as brutish as you'd expect when working for Penguin, when staying in Arkham he's strangely quiet and mostly just stares off into space, with the orderly cryptically commenting that Batman "really messed him up" during the fight at the debate. He doesn't even take part in the riot caused by Lady Arkham in Episode 5 and is simply seen playing around with a door. It's implied that Batman shoving what was basically a taser in his mouth gave him brain damage.
  • Secret Identity: Averted. He doesn't wear a mask, he lets people use his real name, and there wouldn't be many ways to hide the identity of the two meter tall blue man anyways.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Doesn't hesitate to show off his muscles.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He vanishes from a penthouse in the time it takes Batman to grapple up.
  • Super Strength: He's significantly stronger than a human.
  • Volcanic Veins: He has glowing red/pink veins all over his right arm.

The Pact

    The Riddler 

The Riddler/"Eddie"

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Voiced By: Robin Atkin Downes

"Let me show you how it was done back in the day!"

A criminal known for his obsession with riddles and deathtraps. He operated in Gotham City before Bruce became Batman, eventually disappearing for so long that everyone in Gotham thought he was dead, and returning a year after the events of Season One.


  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Most versions of the Riddler tend to avoid direct combat with Batman. Here, he is a Genius Bruiser who can go toe-to-toe with the Dark Knight, putting up a pretty decent fight and taking a surprising amount of damage, especially for an older man.
    • While Riddler is at least usually depicted as a recognized criminal, this iteration is an international terrorist being globally tracked by Interpol and the Agency. He even got sentenced to life in Peña Duro (the prison Bane was born in), which he broke out of almost immediately. This may be what earned Bane's respect, as shown in the next episode.
    • Also, this version of the Riddler is the leader of the current rogue gallery, commanding the respect of Bane, Harley and Mr. Freeze. Pretty impressive for the guy who is an outcast even among other criminals in most portrayals.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In this continuity, he was the Riddler long before Batman was on the scene; when Hamilton Hill, Carmine Falcone, and the Waynes were still alive and running Gotham.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Well... not to Batman. But he has the sincere respect of Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and even Bane; they're even shocked by news of his death and pretty vindictive about avenging him. Compare other incarnations where his colleagues find him too annoying to work with.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Riddler is generally one of Batman's less violent enemies, more interested in the game than a body-count. This version, on the other hand, is outright vicious.
    "You should see your face. Its confusion is delightful. I think I'll take it with me!"
  • Age Lift: In "Fractured Mask", Waller says he's 60.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: John doesn't think too highly of him, to put it one way, saying that Riddler is "a thief, a killer, and he's rude."
  • Asshole Victim: He's killed with a toxic dart by an unknown assailant (who's revealed to be Tiffany in the finale) after Batman defeats him. Considering all the horrific things he did, it's hard to shed a tear for him. The only reason anyone is even angry about him being dead is that they wanted him to be The Stool Pigeon to others in his group.
  • Ax-Crazy: For someone who prefers his battles intellectual, the Riddler enjoys hurting people in the worst ways. This is very clearly established in a video where he eagerly carves a Peña Duro guard's face off as a souvenir. Alfred actually changes his mind from believing Riddler is in need of professional help to him being far beyond that with that one video.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a dark green suit with a lapel pin shaped like a question mark.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He was first introduced as a serious menace to Gotham, but he ended up being revealed as nothing more than a pawn to a higher power.
    • Played With: It's revealed by John that he was actually The Pact's leader. He just so happened to be the member that got taken out first.
  • Break the Haughty: When Batman finally turns his last death trap back around on him, saves the Agents, and stops him from killing hundreds, maybe even thousands of Gothamites with his missiles, Riddler breaks down and tries desperately to scramble away. It hits him even harder if Batman managed to keep all the captives from getting killed; even though he still tries to twist the knife in the end, he has to contend with his failure and his associates abandoning (or even betraying) him as well.
  • Cane Fu: His signature question mark cane doubles as both a grappling hook and a bladed weapon, as seen when he slashes a guard's throat open with it during his Establishing Character Moment.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While reeling from a kick to the face, he has the presence of mind to hook a whiskey glass from a nearby roulette table and then spin around to sling it at Batman's head. His main henchman Eli Knable also tends to use the environment in tandem with his boss, tossing a drink cart at Batman as Riddler quickly ducks.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: You can tell that when Batman managed to take control of his missiles, at the end of the day, he’s just no match for the Gotham Knight, physically and intellectually.
  • Deader Than Dead: By the time that the Pact prepares to invade the SANCTUS facility, they required samples of his DNA in order to access it and the secrets within his laptop. As if Riddler's body wasn't desecrated enough, Waller and the Agency invaded the Pact's hideout while they were absent to procure his blood (which was seemingly immune to the virus the villains planned to release), only for that to be destroyed by Agent Avesta at Bruce's behest. Needless to say, if there was any doubt he was dead, this definitely cements it.
  • Death by Adaptation: One of Batman's most prominent villains in the comics doesn't even survive past his second confrontation with the Dark Knight here.
  • Death Trap: Dabbles in these, even having portable tubes that work as these when on the move.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Much like Falcone before him, he's the main antagonist of Episode One, only to be defeated in the climax. Unlike Falcone however, he doesn't even survive past the first episode.
  • Domino Mask: Wears one under his hood.
  • The Dreaded: Alfred mentions how he was so feared back in the day that even Hill, Falcone and Thomas Wayne — an unstoppable triumvirate of political and criminal power in Gotham — knew to keep their distance from him.
  • Dying Clue: Just as he's dying, he reveals that he was a member of the Pact, alongside "that white-faced prick".
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: An In-Universe example. The riddles he tells Batman at the end of episode one are insultingly easy, and even then Riddler is willing to give hints. This is just to taunt Batman, and to make sure he has to choose between letting members of the Agency die or exposing him and Agent Avesta to his sonic blasts instead of accidentally getting one wrong.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He was a genius before, but the Lotus Virus made him vastly more intelligent and physically powerful, able to keep up with the Batman and take a licking even in late middle age.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He walks right up to a known arms dealer inside his own casino, slits a guard's throat when he tries to kick Riddler out, then takes everyone in the casino hostage and shoves the arms dealer inside a trap, telling him all he has to do is answer a riddle and he'll let him out. When the arms dealer fails to do so, the trap cuts two of his fingers off and almost takes his head off before Batman disables it. He even puts up a solid fight with Batman, unlike most versions of himself, and when it looks like he might lose, he detonates explosives attached to the statue he and Batman are fighting on and uses the confusion to escape while leaving Batman a puzzle box to solve. All this proves that this version of the Riddler is not someone to be taken lightly.
  • Evil Brit: It's understated, but an English accent can be heard in the Riddler's vowels.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's 60 years old and a complete psychopath.
  • Faux Affably Evil: For somebody who enjoys having a good intellectual conversation, the Riddler also has a taste for blood.
  • Fingore: Really seems have a thing for cutting off fingers. His first target ends up losing two of them before Batman saves him and one of the Agency agents loses his while trying to solve one of his puzzles.
  • Green and Mean: Dresses in an all green suit and is very mean.
  • Hate Sink: This version of the Riddler is nothing but a manipulative, egotistical, and sadistic sociopath with no redeeming traits. And that's not even getting into what he does to Lucius.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The missiles he had planned to use to target important figures in Gotham are hacked by Batman and used to free him from the cage he trapped him in and the rest harmlessly falling into the ocean. This forces Riddler to confront Batman directly and...well, you can see the outcome there.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Despite his boasting and righteous anger, he's incredibly petty at times.
    Batman: I save people. It's what I do.
    Riddler: Your naivete is just embarrassing. (Putting on a gruff voice) "I SAVE PEOPLE."
  • In the Hood: Has a hood incorporated into his own suit jacket, which looks more menacing than it sounds.
  • Jerkass: As John puts it “He’s a thief. He’s a killer. And worst of all, he’s... he’s rude.”
  • Kick the Dog: Riddler thrives on this, taking any chance he can to "go too far" and force Batman into a moral compromise.
    • When investigating his hideout, he not only decides to use the death of Lucius Fox as a means of driving a wedge between Batman and Gordon, but blithely comments on how there wasn't enough left of Lucius after the explosion for an open-casket funeral. The player even has the option to lose Batman's typical stoicism and threaten to make him pay.
    • His "final quiz" gives Batman a sadistic ultimatum — refuse to play along and watch three top Agency operatives be beheaded, or comply and let Agent Avesta get internally torn apart with UHF sonic bombardment, while being saved from that horrible death himself by the Batsuit's protection.
  • Lack of Empathy: Views his victims as little more than players of his sadistic games.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Able to strike quickly and with great force, even after taking multiple direct blows.
  • Made of Iron: While he's still bloodied and bruised by the end of his first confrontation with Batman, he certainly took a lot of heavy hits and dished out some good licks of his own.
  • Manipulative Bastard: At every turn, even in defeat, Riddler manages to somehow hurt and strain Batman's relationships with his allies (Alfred included). It comes back to bite him when he gets killed by his own allies.
  • Morality Pet: It's strongly implied that Catwoman was this to him, as he acted more kindly towards her.
    Catwoman: The man I knew was flawed, but he could still muster a little warmth.
    John Doe: Huh. Sounds like you knew a very different Riddler than the one I met.
  • Mythology Gag: Coming on the heels of Gotham, Riddler is again portrayed as a villain before Batman even shows up.
  • Narcissist: A staple for the character; he's highly theatrical and showy — even, as Tiffany notes, when designing his tech — and reacts poorly to Batman stealing his spotlight, calling him an upstart.
  • No Name Given: Or rather, no secret identity given. Throughout "The Enigma", Riddler is only referred to as his supervillain alias, and never as either Edward Nigma or Edward Nashton. Not even the case files provided by the Agency give anything away, and the Vigilante path of "Same Stitch" reveals that all existing SANCTUS documentation with his real name was destroyed to cover up his involvement. Catwoman referring to him once as "Eddie" in "Fractured Mask" is the closest anybody gets.
  • Old Soldier: According to Waller, he's in his 60's but fully capable of giving Batman a struggle in a fight.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: London actor Robin Atkin Downes portrays Riddler with an American accent, but his natural British accent does seep in every so often, resulting in a bizarre back-and-forth between American and Evil Brit.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: This version of the Riddler is unusually brutal and it's noted that he was a lot less ruthless during his original crime wave decades ago. This is why Catwoman continues investigating the Pact after the Riddler's death: the man she knew wasn't a monster and she wants to know what changed him. As of Episode 4, Bruce finds out what that was; exposure to an experimental virus created by SANCTUS (a subsidiary of the Agency), which had the ability to increase mental capacity at the cost of sanity.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Justified — although intensely feared, he just wasn't as prominent a figure as the mafiosi and fixers who once ran Gotham, and he suddenly disappeared so long ago that most of the city simply assumed he was dead.
  • Sanity Slippage: As a result of the virus treatments, Riddler began slowly mentally unwinding; even when Catwoman met him after he escaped from SANCTUS, he was still a somewhat friendly and charming man who could keep up a professional relationship. By the time he broke out of Peña Duro and carved off the warden's face, he was a self-absorbed, sadistic monster who alienated almost everyone around him, and who nearly destroyed the Pact with his grudges and compulsive desire to test Batman.
  • Skunk Stripe: Graying temples, suggesting both his age and intellectual prowess.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Though Riddler dies at the end of his debut, his actions can still be felt by Bruce (since he indirectly killed one of his closest allies) and it also cost Waller a valuable connection to the Pact. In Episode 2, the Pact goes out of its way to retrieve his corpse as part of their twisted plan, and Episode 3 reveals why—his eyes are needed to pass a "retinal scan" in order to break the encryption on his laptop, so the Pact can discover where a "blacksite" is.
    • An In-Universe example as well; though his return to Gotham's limelight (and presumably, leadership of the Pact) is relatively short-lived, the origins of his formidable intellect (and degrading sanity) were revealed as part of a SANCTUS experiment, of which he was the sole survivor. Not only is this a lead to a SANCTUS facility Waller wants to take down hard, it's also a target for the rest of the Pact; Harley wants to use the resulting virus to cure herself of a hereditary mental condition, Freeze wants to use it to cure his wife, and Bane wants to use it to cure his Venom addiction.
  • Smug Snake: As is tradition, the Riddler is quite overconfident in his intellectual abilities and doesn't hesitate to brag about this to Batman.
  • The Sociopath: Lack of Empathy? Manipulative nature? Sadistic tendencies? Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth? Yep, he fits the disorder to a T.
  • Starter Villain: He is dealt with by the first episode of The Enemy Within and serves to set up the rest of The Pact.
  • Trojan Prisoner: He let himself get caught in Peña Duro so he could break open the prison from the inside.
  • Villainous Breakdown: True to form, his confident demeanor completely falls apart when Batman takes apart his carefully engineered trap at the end of his episode. However, this is in part due to the fact that his associates didn't come to back him up, something he blames on that white-faced prick.
  • Villainous Friendship: If anything, Riddler has this with Bane and Selina, since Bane outright calls himself Riddler's friend when confronting Bruce Wayne after Riddler's death and Selina flies into a rage and attacks Tiffany when she confesses she killed Riddler
  • Wild Card: Ironically, even though he seems to be the most intelligent member of the Pact as far as puzzles and tech expertise go, his obsessive vendetta and narcissistic grandstanding lead him to gain greater attention from GCPD and the Agency, unlike his low-profile colleagues; Batman can even find an e-mail from Harley in his lair, telling him off for screwing around. Ultimately, it ends up being the deciding factor in why they betray him and cut their losses.

    Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel 

Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel

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Voiced By: Laura Post

"You got that look in your eye. The kind that says you're trouble."

A former psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. According to information Waller gives Batman after Riddler's death, she's working together with other criminals, Riddler having been one of them.

  • Adaptational Badass: In most versions, Harley is largely subservient to Joker. Here, their roles are reversed, with Harley being the dominant one in their relationship and John being the one desperate for her approval. She's also the de-facto leader of The Pact rather than a lackey. In addition, this version is more perceptive and manipulative as befitting the increased emphasis on her psychotherapy background, whereas most versions tend to portray her as The Ditz. Even in the Villain Joker path, their relationship is portrayed more equally as a Big Bad Duumvirate or Unholy Matrimony, and she strangles Joker in a rage either for being more interested in Bruce than her, or sabotaging the bombs, ruining her chance to cure her mental illness.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Zigzagged. She is more ruthless than usual, but also less actively malevolent.
    • Her relationship reversal with John is also this. Whereas the various Jokers usually treat their Harleys as tools at worst and favorite henchmen at best, this Harley seems to put John's legitimate best interest at some sort of priority and takes his input seriously, even if she doesn't always treat him with the respect she should.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She's a known criminal before John Doe becomes the Joker, though it's safe to assume they still met each other while both were still at Arkham. Waller confirms that John Doe was a patient of hers at the asylum.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Harley typically considers Catwoman to be one of her best friends, alongside Poison Ivy. Here, she acts largely cold and indifferent towards Selina and if Bruce decides to frame Selina as the mole in the Pact, Harley has her thrown into one of the Riddler's death traps.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Appears to have been a villain even before meeting the Joker. However, she seems to have kept her MO of aiding criminals whom she feels have been exploited by the prison system as it's hinted SANCTUS may have experimented on members of the Pact or extorted them using a virus that could cure their various ailments.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Much like other versions of herself, Harley calls John "Puddin'".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She'll fawn all over a villainous John in Episode 4.
  • Ax-Crazy: She rivals the Arkhamverse version in how vicious and unstable she is.
  • Badass Normal: Questionably so given the ease with which she carries that sledgehammer around, but while Bane has Super Serum and a squad of gun-toting mooks to carry out his robbery and Mr. Freeze has his cryo technology, she carries out her own mission by herself with no apparent powers or enhancements.
  • Bad Boss:
    • In Episode 4, after collecting a sample of the Lotus virus, she leaves the rest of the Pact to be arrested by the Agency.
    • In the Villain Route of Episode 5, after unleashing a bomb full of the Lotus virus at Wayne Tower, she removes one of her men's gas masks, exposing him to the toxin.
  • Beneath the Mask: She claims to give Bruce a glimpse of the real Harley when meeting with him in her office, and that her Ax-Crazy persona is a tool she uses to keep her male colleagues on their toes and at bay. Even if that were the case, it does not make her any less brutal or dangerous.
  • Berserk Button: Do not bring up her late father.
  • Big Bad: As the leader of the Pact, she serves this role in The Enemy Within. However, it's ultimately subverted when she loses the spot in vigilante route of the Season 2 Episode 5 as she's reduced to one of Waller disposable agents and upstaged by the Joker. it is however double subverted in the villain path where it becomes more of a Big Bad Duumvirate as it's her plan to gas Gotham and she's the one listing the demands on the TV, and The Joker has to keep his sabotage a secret instead of ordering her not detonate the rest of the bombs until he's had his fun with Bruce unlike the other Joker Incarnations. And Harley strangles the Joker once she finds out or learns about his obsession with Bruce. They do try kill and make up after that argument though. Until Joker ultimately abandons her to have a final boss fight with Bruce.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: By contrast she's ultimately reduced to this in the vigilante route. Despite managing to get take advantage of the disorder that the Agency is in once Joker hijacks the plot and holds Waller hostage, enough to be able to assume a position of power in the Agency enough to order a helicopter to shoot at Gordon and Batman (and optionally Tiffany)it's made clear Joker is the real threat and the one causing more damage to Gotham. Harley is also deluded enough to assume she still has hold over the newly formed Joker that she can easily talk him into surrendering despite the entire fact that she's in custody in the first place was John talking her down at the bridge. Naturally Batman has the option to mock this notion and after a quick fight where her shock collar is hacked by Tiffany (further showing how far she's fallen and doubles as Laser-Guided Karma if she threatened Tiffany back in ep 2) can further rub salt in the wound by pointing out despite all her grandstanding she's ultimately Waller's puppet. A far cry from her original position as the leader of the pact.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: If she encounters Tiffany, the latter will accuse her of killing her father. Harley tells her that, while she can't remember killing him, she's killed so many people that she may have forgotten.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Tells Bruce that he's rotten like her and the rest of the Pact.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: A trained psychotherapist who became a deranged criminal due to being unable to handle the trauma of her father's suicide.
  • Dark Action Girl: According to her criminal profile, Harley killed everyone in a bank - including security guards - during a robbery.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After being the main antagonist for most of Season 2, she is either forced into Waller's suicide squad or willingly becomes Joker's Number Two.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Makes several advances on Bruce - which he can either accept or reject - and makes some rather suggestive comments toward Tiffany should she encounter her.
  • Drop the Hammer: She carries around a sledgehammer as her main weapon. In the Vigilante version of Season 2 Episode 5, the Agency gives her a new high-tech hammer with an electrified head to use against Batman and the Joker.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Batman can find an e-mail from her in Riddler's hideout, telling Riddler that his actions are drawing too much attention to the Pact.
  • Females Are More Innocent: Zigzagged. She more-or-less became a villain because her father died, and the grief drove her insane, and she's less willing to kill her own minions than Bane or Freeze. Still, she's an unrepentant murderer, a willing leader to a terrorist group, and it's her influence that corrupts the Joker.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her father committed suicide, the trauma sending her into a mental breakdown.
  • Hidden Depths: If Bruce earns enough trust with Harley, she starts to let guard down around him, revealing that she's more vulnerable than she lets on and eventually admits that her Ax-Crazy, ruthless demeanor is an intentional front in order to deal with brutish criminals and psychopaths.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Despite being the Big Bad for much of Season 2, she is usurped from this position in the season finale by John Doe who ends up becoming The Joker. though it's downplayed in the villain route where unlike most portrayals of their relationship where The Joker is clearly in charge, Harley still calls a majority of the shots and it's her that drives the plan to gas Gotham , while The Joker has to keep his attempts to sabotage the plan by giving away the map a secret, despite the idea to gas Gotham to find someone immune was his plan in the first place, so he can play with Bruce more.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: In the ending of Season 2 Episode 4 where John Doe gives in to his madness and sets off the bombs around the bridge, Harley kisses him passionately and tells "Mistah J" she's proud of him.
  • In the Blood: Avesta theorizes that since her father killed himself, mental illness likely runs in her family and that she wants the SANCTUS serum to cure herself of any potential insanity she has.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: An original one her father used to sing to her, made all the creepier for not being given any explanation or context. If left behind at the heist, she sings it in the hallway before breaking down the door and shooting two of Bane's goons; later, she sings it while doing her makeup as she's about to have Bruce interrogated. There's a dialogue option specifically to say how unnerving it is.
    And they all fell down, / To the deep to drown,
    To the dark to drown...
  • Kick the Dog: When she first meets Bruce, she may make a rather cruel dig about his parents' murder. She also uses Tiffany to pressure John into admitting either Bruce or Catwoman stole Riddler's laptop. She also assaults a guard in Wayne Tower even after Bruce is able to talk his way past him for no other reason than she felt like it.
  • Monster Clown: She seems to have her evil clown look already, along with her position as a high-profile terrorist.
  • Mythology Gag: If John is able to disarm Harley at the bridge, her reaction is a paraphrased version of her rant from the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Trial" when she learns from Van Dorne that Joker snitched on her to get some time off his sentence. She's even dragged away like in the episode.
  • No-Sell: It takes all of about 3 seconds for her to see through John's attempt to manipulate her (if you had advised him to at the cafe),it's later averted in Episode 4 where John can potentially talk her down if Bruce trusts him. It's also implied her worsening mental state will prevent any No Sells if the Villain ending is picked.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls John Doe "Puddin" - she sometimes shortens it to Pud - and Bruce "Moneybags".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: According to an e-mail in Riddler's hideout, Harley didn't approve of Riddler playing his twisted games. Not out of any compassion for Riddler's victims, but because Riddler was attracting Batman's attention with his showy theatrics and was too fixated on his "beef" with Batman. She's also disgusted by Bane's love of combat and bloodshed — because it's too reckless when there's work to do (even someone as Ax-Crazy as her knows when to tone it down, evidently).
  • Swapped Roles: In this universe, she is the subject of John Doe's affection in the Mad Love relationship, rather than vice versa, and is the one who seeks to corrupt him. However, one potential ending of Episode 4 seems to have them stepping into their traditional roles as John slowly begins to assert himself more and Harley starts succumbing to her hereditary mental illness.
  • The Tease: Makes several obvious come-ons to Bruce throughout "The Pact", though hers tend to be more aggressive than Catwoman's. Also like Catwoman, it's deconstructed, as John and Harley are two deeply unstable people; if Bruce plays along, John starts to feel jealous, and politely turning her down causes some serious friction with Harley.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She openly flirts with Bruce in Season 2 Episode 2, making John jealous. She also doesn't take rejection well: If Bruce turns her down, she'll snap at John to shut up and smash her hammer into the wall of the elevator while growling in rage. It's taken Up to Eleven, in the sense that she still flirts with Bruce even if he turns her down.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In-universe — she seems to have her typical heavy Brooklyn accent, but it comes across as more of an affectation, and John can lovingly point out that it wavers in and out, particularly when she gets angry.
  • Yandere: Has shades of this for Bruce, especially shown when Bruce rejects her.

    John Doe 

John Doe

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Voiced By: Anthony Ingruber

"We're two threads in the same stitch — bound together even under strain."

A strange patient at Arkham Asylum, who befriends Bruce after he saves his life from some inmates who want revenge for Thomas Wayne putting them there. While he refuses to tell the doctors his real name, "John" is one of Arkham's greatest success stories and is widely considered to be harmless, but we know better. In Season 2, John is released from Arkham and joins the Pact, and he really wants Bruce, whom he considers his best friend, to join too.


  • Adaptational Badass: In Season 2, where he can become a Batman themed vigilante who's just as competent a fighter as the Dark Knight.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He doesn't approve of the other inmates picking on newbies, and even saves Bruce from a beating upon his arrival at Arkham. It's not much (and it's implied he may have ulterior motives) but it is a scruple of some sort, more than most versions of The Joker have. In Season Two, he plays the role of a willing if mysterious ally to Bruce. Furthermore, he seems to genuinely like Harley, as he asks Bruce to make sure he looks good in front of her, and if Bruce chooses to leave Harley behind instead of Bane, he will angrily demand they go back to help her.
    • Season 2 shows that John legitimately admires Batman, enough that he would go as far as betraying Harley, the subject of his Mad Love, potentially twice.
    • Gloriously put Up to Eleven in Season 2 episode 4. If Bruce Wayne puts faith in him, John will get over his love for Harley and brings her to custody. When Waller demands that he hands the virus over to her, John refuses, because he rightly believes she is too dangerous to be in possession of it. It is not until Waller callously attempts to off him in spite of his heroic exploit that he goes violent. And even in his rampage, he fully believes himself to be fighting for justice against the Agency and trusts Batman to be his ally. Simply put, this version of the Joker can become something of a Well-Intentioned Extremist, an Anti-Hero or even a Sociopathic Hero.
    • Ultimately Downplayed come the finale of Season 2, however. While John is obviously trying to be a hero in this case, and is still leagues better than his alternate version of being a complete villain, he's simply too unstable for it to ever happen, which he bitterly acknowledges after Batman is forced to take him down when he refused to not kill Waller.
    • Zig-zagged with Villain Joker. While he is a more traditional Joker and he happily shows this by gassing Gotham, he still cares for Harley; in fact, his turn to evil in this continuity was partly motivated out of a desire to save her, and when she gets angry at him to the point of strangling him, he actually does his best to apologize, and in general, their partnership is more equal. BUT on the other hand, he has no problem sabotaging her plans so he could keep torturing Bruce, and during the climax he happily leaves her behind with Catwoman so he could have Bruce all to himself for the final fight. Even as a villain, Joker still has some fondness for Bruce and his entire motivation is to make Bruce into his "best enemy" in an implied Suicide by Cop and a way to have something more beautiful than their old friendship.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he's often Faux Affably Evil or even Affably Evil in most incarnations, John Doe seems to actually be genuinely trying to be a good friend to Bruce (with mixed results), albeit with his own strings attached.
  • Adaptational Wimp: One of the most famous dynamics between him and Harley was that she was the infatuated flunkie who was pathetically devoted to him. Here, the roles are surprisingly reversed, with John wanting to earn Harley's approval by working for her.
  • Adorkable: During his less Ax-Crazy moments, he comes off like this.
    Catwoman: He's... something. Charming and unnerving at the same time.
  • Affably Evil: In Episode 4, he's very friendly to Bruce during his stay as an inmate, even genuinely acting as though he wants to be his friend. It doesn't stop him from causing a Prison Riot in a rather sadistic way by slashing a tally into Zsasz's face when he hasn't killed someone, but even that is ostensibly for a relatively good reason. He slips into Faux Affably Evil if he becomes a villain.
  • Ambiguously Evil: His aforementioned niceness compared to most incarnations of the Joker causes him to come off as this. He's clearly off his rocker in a lot of ways, and is a criminal allied with the Pact. But he also seems to genuinely care about Bruce as a friend, and tries to help him as much as possible (though not always in ways Bruce would necessarily appreciate).
  • Ambiguous Disorder: To say that John is emotionally unstable is a severe understatement. He suffers from intense mood swings, bouts of violent anger when he feels frustrated or humiliated, paranoia, and hallucinations. He also obsesses over his interpersonal relationships to the point of clinginess and has an extreme fear of abandonment, whipping himself up into hysteria in Episode 4 after he murders a group of Agency operatives out of the very idea that it might lead to Bruce getting angry with him. All of this behavior barring the hallucinations suggests that he at the very least might be suffering from a severe case of Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Arch-Enemy: Invoking this is his entire motivation as Villain Joker as he wants Bruce as his best enemy and gasses Wayne Enterprises and Gotham and hurting his allies to make things as personal as possible. Bruce denying him this sends Joker into a rage. Vigilante Joker inverts this as he wants to be Batman's partner and Bruce can actually make excuses for Joker's violent behavior until Alfred shows him news footage of The Joker's rampage. In one of the Vigilante Joker stingers, it's shown that they develop this relationship as Batman pays a visit to Joker at Arkham to keep an eye on him and the Joker declares that nothing will keep enemies like them apart.
  • Ax-Crazy: Though he's rather subdued about it for the most part, he definitely gets his kicks out of violence.
  • Badass Longcoat: As a Vigilante he sports the classic purple longcoat but modified to resemble Batman's cape.
  • Bad Boss: In the Villain route he shoots one of his men in the head to stop them from beating Gordon to death.
  • Batman Gambit: Villain Joker lures Batman himself into a trap by faking a Wayne Enterprises gun order document.
  • Benevolent Boss: In the Vigilante route he looks out for the well-being of his subordinates and the loyalty is returned as they initially try to refuse John's order to leave when Bane shows up
  • Big Bad: Regardless if John becomes a villain or a vigilante at the end of ep 4, he takes over as the main villain of the Enemy Within for its final episode. Also doubles as a meta Hijacked by Ganon as he becomes the main villain once the other villains are taken down.
  • Berserk Button:
    • People being rude is something that he hates more than anything else, which is ironic given how unwittingly obnoxious he can be. It's the main reason he hated the Riddler and just talking about it enrages him, and if it's pointed out that he's being disrespectful at Lucius's funeral he becomes deeply upset at himself.
    • Being told he's nothing special in the climax will cause him to go completely sideways.
    • He really hates being accused of murders he didn't commit as Bane learned the hard way when he accused him of killing Riddler.
    • In the Villain route, calling him John is a good way to tick him off. So is calling him some nameless scum that Bruce doesn't give two shits about.
    • In the Vigilante route, despite his sheer joy at working with Batman, every time he's prevented from killing due to Batman's Thou Shalt Not Kill code drives him into a rage. Ultimately Batman attempts at preventing him from murdering Waller is what drives them apart and causes his breakdown in this route.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: When he finally snaps in the "Vigilante" route he brutally slaughters a trio of Agency agents with his knife before breaking down in mad laughter
  • Camera Fiend: John loves taking pictures with his smartphone, whether or not the situation calls for it. His personal room in the Pact hideout is littered with a bunch of pictures from people he's annoyed. After finishing Season Two, the game lets you browse through his phone to see all the pictures he took throughout the course of the season.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Before fighting Bruce in the Villain Route, he declares himself the Villain of his dreams.
  • Catchphrase: He has a habit of calling people and situations that upset him "rude" and "disappointing" respectively.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Regardless of whether John becomes a Vigilante or a Villain he will fight Batman/Bruce. And during the fight John doesn't hold back at all and he laughs whenever he gets hurt.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's only ever called "John Doe", though the credits in Episode 4 list him as "Joker". Averted completely in Season 2 Episode 5, where he starts openly calling himself "The Joker" as a heroic/villainous alias, and the name is quickly picked up by the media.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the Vigilante path of the Season 2 finale, John is terrified that Waller will turn him into a slave like she did Bane.
    John: And look what happened to him! I don't want to have some maniac stab me!note 
  • Composite Character:
    • His one-sided obsession with Harley and potential status as an Anti-Hero is reminiscent of The Creeper.
    • Overall his entire Character is a love letter to all the previous Jokers. Makes sense considering his voice actor started as a youtube impressionist.
      • His John Doe persona takes influence from the Cesar Romano Joker as a goofy and harmless buffoon but with a hidden violent side. Like The Kevin Richardson Joker he's introduced as an unknown patient that not even the orderlies know how he got admitted in and the adaptational badass skills and bits of the Mark Hamill version as with his hatred of rudeness and him asking a favor from Bruce like he did with Charlie.
      • The Villain Joker takes the most influence from the Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto, Lego Movie and Death of the family incarnations.
      • Viglante Joker has the Mark Hamill, Heath Ledger, Kevin Richardson, and Cesare Romero and Arkhamverse incarnations as his influences.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Lady Arkham:
    • Vicki is a case of Adaptational Villainy. John is an Adaptational Nice Guy.
    • Vicki is female and outside of her costume looks like a regular person. John is male and has green hair and chalk white skin.
    • Vicki has a clear and defined backstory. John's life before Arkham Asylum remains a mystery.
    • Vicki despises Bruce for what his family did to hers. John legitimately considers Bruce to be his best friend.
    • Vicki became Lady Arkham before the events of the game. How John becomes the Joker depends on how Bruce treats him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: If Bruce starts flirting with Harley, John reacts... negatively. Harley will show interest in Bruce regardless of his actions, which will result in John seething with Tranquil Fury.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The ways in which both Bruce and Batman treat him will influence what kind of threat he'll become. At the end of Season 2 Episode 4, John will either trust Batman but loathe the Agency, becoming a vigilante; or will breakdown and pursue a personal vendetta on Bruce and terrorize Gotham. This is lampshaded by Alfred in Ep 5.
  • Deal with the Devil: He asks Bruce a favor in return for information about Lady Arkham. Whether Bruce complies or not is up to you.
  • Deuteragonist: In Season 2, he accompanies Bruce on various missions.
  • Dissonant Serenity: During the riot when Lady Arkham releases all of the patients, John just sits, drinks his beverage and bemusedly enjoys the chaos around him. This is in contrast to the way all of the others are acting.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Vigilante Joker imitates Batman — mostly all of the worst traits Batman has.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Essentially what his presence amounts to in Season One. He does relatively little aside from pointing Bruce towards the right direction and messing with him a bit, and it's Season Two where he plays a much bigger role.
  • Enemy Within: John's dark impulses are the titular Enemy Within of Season 2 Episode 5, regardless of whether the player picks the vigilante or villain paths.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Villain Joker invokes this by saying that what makes him a greater evil than Lady Arkham, Penguin, and Riddler is that he knows how to hit Bruce where it hurts, and he proves this by gassing Wayne Enterprises and several spots in Gotham while forcing Bruce to watch and kidnapping several of his allies. Vigilante Joker tries to invert this by saying his code makes him better than the rest of the Pact, but his actions as a vigilante end up causing more damage than the Pact could ever do, such as blowing up the GCPD and sending the Agency into chaos by kidnapping Waller.
  • Fallen Hero: In his Vigilante route. He at least tries to be a hero, but he ultimately fails to overcome his darker impulses as he breaks down and actively murders members of the Agency. After being beaten down, he will admit with no small amount of sadness and self-loathing that he just isn't cut out to be a hero.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: As a villain, Joker wears two different shoes and has shaved off one of his eyebrows.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: John's lack of wherewithal in social situations ("it takes a lot of confidence to tell a joke") mean that he's always afraid of slipping up or saying the wrong thing, especially in front of Harley, so anyone purposefully being even a little rude — like Riddler did when interrupting him — will humiliate him and get on his bad side very quickly.
  • The Fettered: If he became a Vigilante in Episode 4, he'll be this in Episode 5, ranting about his "Code" and chastising Batman whenever he's forced to make a compromise. If you went the other way in 4, he becomes The Unfettered. Even if he becomes a vigilante, his inner darkness causes him to try to kill Waller, and Batman's attempts to stop him from doing so cause him to become a villain.
  • Fighting from the Inside: In the Villain route of Season 2 Episode 5, it's indicated that what's left of John Doe wants Bruce to put an end to his evil persona's reign of terror: the Joker tells Bruce his only demand is for Batman to be his "best enemy" — the man he needs him to be — and stop him; and if Bruce tells him it doesn't have to be this way, the Joker replies that that the only thing that's left for them now is to be enemies after all that he's done.
  • Final Boss: Of Season 2, regardless of what he becomes in Episode 5. In the Vigilante Route, he’s fought by Batman after proving to be too unstable and dangerous to be a hero. In the Villain Route, he’s fought by Bruce after vowing to destroy Bruce’s life and be his “best enemy”.
  • Foreshadowing: His presence was foreshadowed as early as the first episode, when an article on the news ticker mentioned there'd been an accident at the Ace Chemicals plant. While this turns out to be a Red Herring for his origin, Vigilante Joker uses the Ace Chemicals plant as his hideout in Season 2 Episode 5, which is mentioned to have been shut down following said incident.
  • Friendly Enemy: If Bruce had the best relationship possible with John, in The Stinger, Bruce will visit John at Arkham Asylum, and John will display visible delight seeing him. It shows that, despite everything that happened between them, Bruce and John still consider each other friends.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Deconstructed. He pulls as much as he can without getting enough attention to be kicked out, up to and including cracking jokes about the deceased and taking a selfie with his best friend, Bruce Wayne, during the eulogy, but it's barely tolerated and shown to be his deeply inappropriate way of trying to belong.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: In Season 2 Episode 4, John tries to explain to Bruce, who comes across him surrounded by the bodies of several brutally-murdered Agency members, that he killed them in self-defence; stating that when they attacked him something "dark, and vicious, and desperate for survival" took over him.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In his Vigilante route he still brutalizes enemies in contrast with Batman who (usually) uses the minimum amount of force necessary to take down bad guys.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Vigilante Joker in a nutshell. Though he's cunning and strong enough to go toe to toe with Batman and the Suicide Squad, his mental issues, and his complete and utter lack of self-control and self awareness cause him to quickly become a Fallen Hero, becoming just as big a threat to Gotham as Villain Joker in his crusade against the Agency. He acknowledges as much to Batman in his ending, realising that as much as he wants to be a hero, he simply can't.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Vigilante Joker. An article about him and his gang mentions them helping an old lady cross the street by picking her up and carrying her. Not only was she waiting for a bus, but she wound up with two broken ribs.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Despite being a criminal, he has a lot of personal admiration for Batman and really wants him to take him under his wing. Batman for his part can give him a few pointers, even teaching him how to throw a batarang. In the Vigilante route of Season 2 Episode 5, John even styles his Joker persona after Batman, sporting a tattered trench coat evocative of Batman's cape, using "Jokerangs" and a grappling hook launcher, wearing black facepaint, and spiking his hair to emulate Batman's ears.
  • Hidden Depths: John may be socially inept and mentally unstable, but he's very smart and observant.
    • In Season 2 Episode 4, he reveals he knew Bruce put a tracker on him earlier in the season, and taunts him about how childishly easy it was to figure out Bruce is Batman, deliberately bringing up the fact that him leaving their conversation at the cafe as soon as the Bat-Signal went up was a dead giveaway.
    • Despite no suggestions that he has any mechanical prowess, if he becomes a vigilante as the Joker, he's shown to have replicated many of Batman's gadgets for his own utility belt with the aid of Willy Deever, including a crude but perfectly functioning line launcher. Even more so, he can do this without ever getting his hands on a Batarang or any other tech, meaning he sussed out how they worked from fleeting observation and described them from memory.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Has no idea how rude he's being at Lucius' funeral. If you call him out on it, he'll get very angry and upset at himself.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Constantly. Violence is one of the best ways for anybody to endear themselves to John.
    • In "Guardian of Gotham", he delights in the war between Harvey Dent and the Children of Arkham, and mentions that Bruce really caught his attention after seeing him beat the hell out of Oswald.
    • Rather than try to escape, he stands back and applauds Batman's work subduing an entire crowd of assailants during the Arkham Asylum riot in "City of Light".
    • During the funeral in "The Enigma", he expresses admiration for Bruce's dad, who by this point we know to be a monstrously brutal gangster. If Bruce gets rough with him, he also notes he's missed "your fire."
    • He's the one who falls for an already sadistic and violent Harley Quinn in "The Pact", rather than the other way around.
    • He's downright giddy watching Bruce and Selina fighting over the flash drive.
  • It's All About Me: The world revolves around John. He only cares about what others think of him, and only his feelings truly matter, which leads to some inappropriate comments. Bruce can call him out on this in Episode 4.
  • Joker Immunity: After fighting Bruce in episode 5 of season 2, a villainous Joker seems to die and is resurrected by Bruce.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: John can say some rather insensitive things and get quite violent at times, but he genuinely values his friendship with Bruce, and if Bruce decides to trust him, he'll help him and the Agency apprehend Harley.
  • Knife Nut: In Episode 5 of Season 2, John is revealed to carry a collection of knives. He'll use them as both a Villain and a Vigilante.
  • Laughing Mad: Considering who John Doe is, it'd be a crime if he didn't indulge in maniacal laughter. He tries to suppress it, but can't help himself. In Episode 4 of Season 2, he notes that part of it is that he laughs when he's nervous, and he's especially nervous outside of the confines of Arkham Asylum. In the second season finale, on the Vigilante route, after the Joker decides that justice is a lie, he starts to giggle incessantly, not even stopping while Batman beats the crap out of him.
  • Literal Metaphor: Stabs Bruce in the side with a knife, telling him he'll forever be a knife in Bruce's side — and heavily implying in order to get rid of them, he has to kill him.
  • Love Martyr: In an inversion of the norm, he's one to Harley. He clearly likes her and wants to impress her, but not only does Harley treat him with cold indifference, she seems more interested in Bruce instead. There is one possible exception: at the end of Season 2 Episode 4, John either becomes a serial killer or a vigilante, and if he becomes a serial killer, Harley actually will express interest in him.
  • Love Redeems: A platonic example. If Bruce continues to support and trust John all the way through the Vigilante route in Episode 5, and reaffirms their friendship when John finally crosses the Despair Event Horizon at the end of their final battle, it will ultimately lead to a reconciliation of sorts in The Stinger when Bruce goes to visit him in Arkham Asylum. John's reaction of sheer joy and Bruce's own smile indicate that, for all the suffering the two of them have endured and despite the damage John's actions have caused, their friendship has survived and John has at the very least gained some perspective along the way.
  • The Mentally Ill: John is categorically unable to handle rejection, forms deep obsessions with other people at random, struggles to behave appropriately in social settings for more than a minute, and has violent impulses. This worsens considerably once he gets away from Arkham and the small semblance of structure it imposed on him; he even mentions how he sometimes wants to go back.
  • Mood-Swinger: Usually pretty laid back, but he is prone to hysteric giggling and violent fits.
    "John": (suddenly pounding on a cell door, between sentences of a friendly conversation) WRONG NUMBER, DUMBASS!
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: "Vigilante" John believes this.
    John Doe: If there's one thing I learned from watching you: violence solves a LOT of problems!
  • Mysterious Past:
    • According to Socko (Arnold Wesker), not even the doctors at Arkham are sure where or when John came from, as there's no record of him being committed.
    • In episode three of season two, John claims that even he doesn't know where he came from or why he looks the way he does - he apparently has no memories prior to Arkham.
  • No Social Skills: Despite how manipulative and superficially charming he comes across as in Season 1, he shows shades of this in Season 2. For example, he gives Bruce a cheesy "Get Well Soon" card at a funeral. And his disappointment/anger in himself if Bruce rejects it and relief if Bruce accepts it suggest it was a genuine effort, not a sick joke. Not to mention the 'having a blast' jokes, the shouting, and the selfie with Bruce, also during said funeral. He admits it's hard to adjust to life outside of Arkham Asylum and that he misses "the padded walls" sometimes because he understood the rules of the place.
  • Not Good with Rejection: A non-romantic example. John doesn't take it well when his attempts at friendship are rebuked. He even says that his doctor told him this.
  • Not Me This Time: In Season 2 Episode 5, if you're on the Vigilante path, both Bane and Amanda Waller accuse the Joker of having killed the Riddler back in Episode 1. The Joker reacts first by stabbing Bane and then by attempting to kill Waller, swearing that he didn't kill the Riddler. It turns out he's telling the truth; it really wasn't the Joker who killed the Riddler.
  • Not So Different: Invoked — See the character quote, Joker's final words with Batman.
  • Parts Unknown: As Socko notes, nobody even knows when he was checked into the asylum in the first place, not even the orderlies.
  • Pass the Popcorn: After Vicki releases all the inmates, John's reaction is to sit back and watch the carnage.
  • Poisonous Friend: Promises to look after Bruce, and gives him hints about how to escape Arkham, but his idea of help involves starting a riot, forcing Bruce into a Sadistic Choice between making a phone call or saving a guard's life. It worsens in Season 2; although John is as nice as ever, he essentially encourages Bruce to "fall in with the bad kids" by insisting he meet the Pact and join their ranks, and clearly enjoys it if Bruce gets progressively more brutal.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: John has this in spades throughout Season 2, particularly with both Bruce, who he treats as his best pal, and Batman, who's his biggest hero. Best shown when Batman gives him a Batarang to play with and John promises to practice throwing "a hundred times a day" until he can curve it right.
  • Red Herring: Is heavily implied to be behind Riddler's murder. He isn't. Tiffany Fox is.
  • Sanity Slippage: In Season 2 Episode 4, John Doe tries to be good and suppress his vicious, sadistic side... but issues with Harley, Bruce's interactions with him, and Waller's actions at the end of the episode cause him to snap and either becomes a ruthless vigilante or become violent psychotic criminal determined to make Bruce pay for using him. In the vigilante path, he suffers a further breakdown when Batman tries to stop him from killing Waller and becomes a villain.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He's already figured out that Vicki Vale is not only the mysterious "Lady Arkham" but also a lost Arkham child and it's implied he might have figured out Bruce is Batman. "What Ails You" confirms he has indeed figured it out, though he may have done so only recently since he specifically cites Bruce ditching him at the cafe when the Bat Signal appeared as the thing that tipped him off.
  • Secret Test of Character: He hands Bruce a key while he goes off to find a TV remote. The key doesn't open anything in the room and he just wanted to see how willing he was to get out of Arkham.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • The season one finale, City of Light, ends with John, now out of Arkham Asylum, enjoying a martini at a bar. After watching the assassination attempt on Gordon (or Bruce, depending on your choice) on TV, he declares that it's his turn to get in on the fun...
      • If you choose to attend the press conference as Batman
        John Doe: Ooh boy, it's gonna be tough to top that! But I'll give it a shot...
      • If you went as Bruce Wayne
        John Doe: He sure does clean up well. See you soon, Brucie.note 
    • In Season 2 Episode 4, John jumps off the side of a bridge, having either decided to become a ruthless vigilante or a serial killer.
  • Serrated Blade of Pain: Vigilante Joker's smile-shaped Jokerangs have a jagged edge all the way around.
  • Shadow Archetype: At his core, John Doe is a mirror of Bruce and Batman... but with the worst traits overshadowing the good ones. Both he and Bruce have established issues with socializing with people (John's lack of social awareness, and S1 Bruce's struggle to host a fundraiser), they both have romantic tension with dangerous women, need people to help set them on the right path (Bruce's potential support to steer John right and Alfred's disapproval of violent actions and subsequent approval of non-violent actions), they both hide a darker aspect to themselves (Adorkable John has a growing dark side — the Joker — just waiting to get out, while philanthropist Bruce Wayne beats criminals with his bare hands as the Batman). Taken Up to 11 in the Vigilante Path where the Joker becomes a Vigilante after being inspired by Bruce's trust and being enraged at the corruption of the Agency, not unlike how Bruce lost his parents to a corrupt Mayor. This is Lampshaded by Alfred, who notes the Joker is a mirror of Batman even where Bruce is darkest.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: He acts very friendly to Bruce in Season 1, but he does some rather morally dubious things to break him out of Arkham and the final scene of the finale implies that he has ulterior motivations. In Season 2, while he does have a few screws loose, his friendliness with Bruce turns out to be genuine.
  • Shipper on Deck: While he confides in Bruce that he doesn't trust Catwoman, he immediately picks up on her and Bruce's attraction to each other and enthuses about it in Season 2 Episode 3.
  • Slasher Smile: His default smile is a creepy grin, even if he's not actively trying to be malevolent.
  • Snipe Hunt: Gives Bruce a mysterious key, which seems to be a cryptic hint on how to escape Arkham. None of the keyholes in the rec room fit it, and John laughs when confronted with it, saying that it's not the way to get out.
  • Spanner in the Works: Lady Arkham's plan to imprison Wayne and possibly get him killed in Arkham would have went off without a hitch if he hadn't shown up to save Bruce from some vengeful inmmates.
  • The Spook: Arkham staff have no records of his admittance (according to another inmate) and he's never given his name out to anyone. All we know is he seems to be personally acquainted with Lady Arkham.
  • Stalker Shrine: A multi-person one in his living quarters, set against a mural of a clown's face on the wall. He has photos of himself with a visibly disinterested Harley, a photo he took with some terrified man that he taped Bruce's face over, and a blank photo frame for Batman. There a few photos of just himself, so it also counts as a Shrine to Self.
  • Start of Darkness: The series functions as John's origin story — showing his devolution from a mentally-unstable but well-intentioned man into either a psychotic serial killer that will haunt Gotham for years as Batman's arch-enemy, or a dangerously unstable but well-intentioned vigilante... at least before his instability gets the better of him and he becomes a villain.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: John is uncomfortably clingy to Bruce, stalking him at the funeral reception and obsessing over how they're such good friends. When confessing that he's fallen in love with someone, there's even an option for Bruce, not having met Harley, to ask if it's himself; John is a little surprised, but softly murmurs "no", as if what they have goes beyond love.
    Bruce: "No matter what happens, I've got your back, John. I'm not going anywhere."
    John: "Pfft!"
  • That Man Is Dead: Invoked in his Villainous route. During a puzzle, the Joker has a headstone for John Doe, and repeatedly states that Bruce murdered him.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: If Bruce tells John he can't trust him in Episode 4, no matter what their interactions were, John will become a villain, invoking the trope.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He goes from being a submissive ally to Harley, to either a vigilante themed after Batman, or a homicidal terrorist who has an equal partnership with Harley.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the Villain route, he goes from being a somewhat unstable but loyal friend to Bruce, to a vicious, homicidal sociopath willing to hurt or kill anyone to get back at his old friend.
  • Tragic Hero: Vigilante Joker wants to be every bit the hero Batman is but his inability to rise above his psychological issues and darker impulses drive him into becoming a vicious Knight Templar and criminal that Batman has to stop.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Like some incarnations — such as in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — John's lips are bleached as well as the rest of his skin, and he uses lipstick to make them incongruously bright red.
  • The Unfettered: If he became a Villain in Episode 4, he'll be this in Episode 5, accusing Bats and Waller of hypocrisy for holding up a corrupt idea of justice. If he went the other way, he'll become The Fettered... initially, as his mental instability quickly gets the better of him and he careens into this trope.
  • Vigilante Man: In one of the endings of Season 2 Episode 4, John actually turns over to the side of good, and saves the day. However, it lasts all of 2 minutes since once he pulls the very Batman-like stunt of refusing to hand the virus over to Waller and saying it's better off destroyed, she tries to shoot him. This causes him to snap and go crazy, but instead of channeling his murderous urges indiscriminately he decides to channel it become a vigilante with a vendetta against the corrupt Agency, cackling that he and Batman are going to take them down together before leaping off the bridge.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the Vigilante route, after deciding that Batman and Waller are Not So Different, he brutally slaughters three Agency members and starts Laughing Mad.
  • Villainous Rescue: He ends up saving Bruce from a couple of vengeful inmates at the beginning of Episode 4.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His relationship with Bruce in the villain route.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Tells Bruce that before he realized he loved Harley, he thought he had a disease.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: During the scene where John admits he knows that you're Batman, he points out that he did have doubts considering how you were willing to toss Catwoman over to the Pact. However, if you instead gave yourself up to save Catwoman, John will still have doubts but for a different reason, as he's figured out you were using him.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: An inverted example in Episode 2. When trying to go through a opening in the fence around Riddler's hideout that's covered by sheet metal, John produces a crowbar...and beats on it instead of prying it off.
  • Wild Card: John's alignment and loyalties can vary wildly depending on the actions chosen.
  • Yandere: In the Villain Route of episode 5, Joker acts like a scorned and jealous lover towards Bruce, trying to kill or alienate all of his allies — whichever hurts Bruce the worst — so that he can have Batman all to himself as his "best enemy".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a vibrant shade of green. He has no idea why it's like that and he's sensitive about it.

    Bane 

Bane

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Voiced By: JB Blanc

"Stand up. This has only just begun."

A lifelong inmate of Santa Prisca's Peña Duro penitentiary turned international terrorist; already trained to peak physical ability, he augments his strength to superhuman levels with Venom, a powerful steroidal drug compound. Fiercely intelligent, but still the Pact's primary muscle.


  • A Father to His Men: This version of Bane is respectful towards his henchmen, ushering them out of the way when fighting Batman and imploring them to be safe and careful when travelling to their base. If Batman throws one of his men at Bane, then Bane will gently put him down before resuming the fight. It's later shown that this is only to the men that deserve his respect; he uses a treacherous member as an initiation for Bruce by commanding him to beat him senseless with a pipe, and you will get his disapproval if you show any mercy.
  • Affably Evil: He is very respectful and polite towards Batman and his own thugs.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In Season 2, Episode 5, Bane will plead for mercy in the Vigilante route when Joker jumps on his back and goes into a stabbing frenzy.
  • Badass Boast: A staple of the character; Bane knows how strong he is and just what horrific things that strength can do. If Bruce thanks him for his warning before being interrogated by John and Harley, he wishes him good luck, then responds with a pretty severe threat:
    "I hope [the mole isn't] you, Wayne. But if it is... I'll kill everyone that shows up for your funeral."
  • Badass Beard: A Badass Mustache and goatee combination, in a departure from his usually clean-shaven look in the comics and elsewhere.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: In Season 2 Episode 5, he has black sclera and green irises to accompany his Tainted Veins as a result of the upgraded Venom serum, and is prone to fits of menacing laughter.
  • Blood Knight: He relishes a good fight against a strong opponent and delights in bloodshed, which Harley derides as brutal machismo ("people gettin' killed just makes his day"). This leads to his downfall — he can get so distracted by fighting the police that Harley is forced to leave him behind.
  • Boxed Crook: If Joker becomes a vigilante, Bane is fitted with a potentially-deadly shock collar and forced to hunt him down for Amanda Waller. He's not too averse to it, though, as he wants revenge and believes that Joker murdered the Riddler.
  • The Brute: He prefers resolving things with violence and lots of murder, and goes out of his way to make even innocent bystanders suffer, while the other members typically attack only when threatened.
  • Co-Dragons: With Harley and Catwoman as part of Waller's Boxed Crook hit squad, in the Vigilante version of Season 2 Episode 5.
  • Composite Character: In Season 2 Episode 5, if under the Agency's control, Bane's costume is augmented with technological parts to improve his Psycho Serum intake, giving him a spine-mounted injector more in line with many comic counterparts, as well as an armored mouth-mask that gives him the muffled, metallic voice of Tom Hardy's Bane from The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Drink Order: His favorite brand of beer is Prisca Cervesa. John mentions that it's pretty much the only way to get him to talk to other people, and they always keep a case or two handy.
  • Hoist Hero over Head: Naturally, although he'll only deliver the iconic back-breaker if you wait for him to finish his monologue. If you interrupt him, he just picks Batman up again and throws him into a brick wall.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Doubting that "the aristocrat" is capable of "dirtying his hands", Bane throws down a lead pipe and forces Bruce to either pummel a thug he suspects of treachery, or be pummeled himself. He's quite impressed with you if you brutalize him, while mercy disappoints him; it ends up being the deciding factor in his vote.
  • Made of Iron: He shrugs off being stabbed in the throat and shot!
  • Masked Luchador: His mask evokes this even more than most of his other incarnations, complete with laces on the back and his nose and mouth (and mustache and goatee) fully visible.
  • Properly Paranoid: When Bruce is infiltrating the Pact, he is the one who treats him with the most suspicion.
  • Psycho Serum: Venom, a green chemical that gives him glowing green veins, immensely boosts his strength and durability, and turns him into a vicious berserker. Unlike most versions that use a series of gauntlet-controlled cables connected to his brain and spine, here he uses individual vials loaded into an applicator gun to shoot it into his bloodstream.
  • Role Reprisal: J.B. Blanc continues to voice the character following the Batman: Arkham Series ( specifically Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman Arkham Underworld).
  • The Starscream: He doesn't hesitate to complain about Harley's leadership and, if you decide to go with Bane, he doesn't wait very long after calling out to her, whereas Harley will wait much longer before being forced to leave. When they return to the base, he makes it clear that he doesn't want to rescue Harley and is quick to say that she's dead or in jail. When Harley returns Bane still tries to get her killed but she quickly asserts leadership by shooting two of his men.
  • Tattooed Crook: Sports an assortment of prison tattoos all over his arms, chest, and neck.
  • Villain Respect: Bane has this towards Riddler for breaking him out of prison, and believes Riddler was a better leader than Harley. Bruce can also earn this if he plays his cards right.
  • Villainous Friendship: Claims to have had this with Riddler, as he mentions when he confronts Bruce.
  • Villainous Valor: Subverted. Bane values loyalty and honesty most in others, and demands that both his fellow Pact members and his underlings remain true to him and the cause — but his desire for power and control means he's all too willing to throw nominal leader Harley under the bus.
  • Volcanic Veins: When using Venom, his body is covered in massive green veins.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: In Season 2 Episode 4, there is a Game Over that results specifically in his death.

    Mister Freeze/Victor Fries 

Mister Freeze/Victor Fries

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Voiced By: Matthew Mercer

A brilliant scientist who cryonically suspended his terminally ill wife, Nora, and lost everything trying to cure her disease, eventually turning to crime. A lab accident altered his physiology and turned him into a cold-blooded lifeform unable to survive in above-freezing temperatures, and he must wear a protective suit to operate in warmer environments.


  • Affably Evil: He's quite polite to Bruce for the most part.
  • An Ice Person: Rather than use a Freeze Ray, this version of Fries can freeze people simply by touching others with his gauntlet.
  • Devoted to You: Nora is Victor's universe. Everything he does, good or bad, is to ensure her survival. It's revealed that he Failed a Spot Check in regards to a possible cure for her illness, as the SANCTUS virus he wishes to procure for the Pact increases mental capacity while decreasing mental stability; then again, no one outside of SANCTUS and probably Riddler himself (proven to possibly be immune to the virus) knew about this aspect, so it's justified.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Victor is obsessed with finding a cure for Nora, no matter the cost, and harming or threatening her in any way is a very good way to piss him off; when John disrupts her cryopod by activating the EMP, a terrified Victor flies into a rage and demands that Bruce fix it or he'll kill them both. Even mentioning her after the incident is enough to provoke him to lunge at Bruce with his gauntlet activated.
  • Inside Job: When the Pact pulls off their first co-ordinated heist on multiple targets, due to his knowledge as a former high-level employee (and his considerable grudge against the company), Victor is the one who robs Gothcorp of sensitive biotech.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Inflicts this on *several* people as a way to 'test' his latest weapon.
  • Mythology Gag: The fact that Victor freezes his victims unarmed comes from his fellow incarnations in Batman Beyond and The Batman, though he has the goggles of the former here. The lack of a helmet on his high-tech suit comes from the 60's Batman TV show's later two incarnations and Gotham.
  • Pet the Dog: Shows a degree of sympathy if Bruce mentioned his parents during his attempt to earn his trust.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: If the player chooses to tell Freeze that he does expect something in return for helping him with Nora, he responds with, "Practical. I respect that."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sports his iconic red goggles.
  • Shock and Awe: This incarnation of Freeze also wields an electrified baton.
  • The Smart Guy: His role in the Pact, with their ultimate goal being to steal a virus from SANCTUS and bioengineer a cure for the members' various ailments, his medical and engineering expertise is likely the reason for his recruitment.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Instead of blasting people with a Freeze Ray like most incarnations of the character, this version of Freeze uses a high-tech gauntlet that freezes with a Touch of Death.
  • Villainous Friendship: Although Bruce and Victor initially get off on the wrong foot thanks to John's mishaps, their relationship can come to this if Bruce rubs him the right way, as he earns Victor's vote in pulling off the heist with the rest of the Pact.

    Eli Knable 

A high-level thug in the Pact, Eli Knable serves as Riddler's right hand man.


  • Beard of Evil: Has a small beard, though it's often covered by a balaclava.
  • Canon Foreigner: Unlike the others in the Pact, Eli is not based on an existing character.
  • Mook Lieutenant: His role in a nutshell, first for the Riddler, then for Bane.
  • Punny Name: Much like Riddler's real name being a play on "enigma", Eli's full name is a play on "enable"; when he's in police custody, he refuses to tell anyone what Riddler's plan is, and is more afraid of him than he is of Batman. In other words, Eli is enabling Riddler to get away with killing people unless you bluff or beat a confession out of him.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Riddler And Bane are, indeed, frightening villains, but Knable’s just... weak. He already gets his ass kicked in the first 5 minutes of the first episode and was begging to Batman to not hurt him and refused to spill anything about Riddler because he knows that the madman would slit his throat if he did. Cowardly, Knable, cowardly.

Citizens

    Harvey Dent 

Harvey Dent/Two-Face

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Voiced By: Travis Willingham

"I'm finally starting to understand. To see just how sick Gotham really is."

Gotham's DA. He is running for Mayor with Bruce's support on an anti-crime and anti-corruption platform.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Depending on the choices made, he can potentially never receive the infamous scars other Two-Faces are known for.
  • A Fool for a Client: After tossing out a number of attorney, he decides to represent himself in trial.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: If you confront him at the beginning of Episode 5. If you choose to snatch and pocket his coin, denying him the result, Harvey will completely break down, curl up in a fetal position and starts sobbing because he can't make any decisions and it breaks him. Throwing the coin away causes him to leap after it in a panic, falling several feet onto the stairs below. It's even sadder if you tried to talk him down and watched him struggle with his other personality.
  • Amoral Attorney: A more sympathetic case than most. Harvey genuinely wants to help Gotham, he's just not above dealing the mob to do so.
  • Ax-Crazy: He starts developing and having severe problems with his signature Split Personality in Episode 3. By Episode 4 and 5, he's a dangerous, violent lunatic in charge of the city.
  • Bad Boss: He blows up a building with countless innocent police officers loyal to him trapped inside. His response to it is calling the incident "unfortunate," but necessary.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Takes on Batman with high military equipment while still wearing his dapper suit.
  • BFG: In episode 4, when Harvey barges into Wayne Manor, he fights Batman with an AA-12 automatic shotgun loaded with explosive shells.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: His more extreme measures to combat the Children of Arkham since becoming mayor has devolved him into taking this role with Lady Arkham.
  • Big Brother Bully: In a way, "Two-Face" has this dynamic with "Harvey Dent" as the former have no qualms with trash-talking the latter without objections, as best seen in Episode 3.
  • Body Horror: Can get hit with this in Episode 2 if you save Selina over him to which Penguin will burn his face with a stage light and disfigures it into the iconic Two Face look. If confronted in Episode 4, the remaining left half of his body gains a matching appearance to his burnt face as well, completing the image.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He may be built like a tank, but without any support to back him up, he goes down like a house of cards whenever things gets violent. Deconstructed as this inability to defend himself and others is a major catalyst for the emergence of his darker personality.
  • Break the Cutie: In the beginning of the game, Harvey is a jovial, friendly man who is running as an incorruptable mayor. Episode 2 has him potentially becoming Two-Face. Episode 3 has really taken its toll on Harvey's sanity. note 
  • The Caligula: Not by any real willing choice mind you, but as mayor he starts tearing the city apart when he finally starts being overtaken by his Split Personality.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Dent is only referred to as "Two-Face" once, by Jack Ryder after he's been locked up, and only used as the perjorative adjective. However, the in-game diary does call him "Two-Face".
  • Crusading Lawyer: The other half of Harvey's characterization, as per usual.
  • Dating Catwoman: Literally, though he has no idea what her actual occupation is, or that she broke into City Hall.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • If you didn't pursue your affair with Selina, then his vendetta against Bruce becomes this when he assumes that they've been having an affair behind his back. Though even then, burning down Wanye's manor (if you went after Cobblepot) is way too extreme just for that reason. Though he justifies due Thomas's actions.
    • Likewise tries to have Gordon secretly killed for not going along with his program.
    • If you went as Bruce to talk with Harvey in episode 4, he sends two of his military to murder Bruce in Crime Alley, again for the fact he caught him in Selena's apartment.
  • Driven to Suicide / Dying as Yourself: The good side of Harvey Dent is driven to do this to protect the world from his evil side if Bruce is successful in drawing him out. Bruce will stop him from pulling the trigger.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He feels deeply betrayed when he believes Selina and Bruce to be in an affair, and it makes him even worse. The fact that Vicki drugs Bruce, and forcing Dent to send him to Arkham, seems to be the final straw.
  • Evil Is Petty: Attacks Wayne Manor and attempts to kill his former best friend Bruce all because he ruined his relationship with Selina.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: When his Split Personality comes out, Good Harvey is as terrified of Evil Harvey as Bruce and Selina are.
  • Evil Overlord: Episode 4 has Dent becoming a corrupt ruler of Gotham using extremist methods to change his city the way he wants it.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Whenever Harvey's evil personality is speaking, his voice becomes deeper and more gravelly.
  • Extreme Doormat: In a really weird way, "Harvey Dent" is one, as seen multiple times, rather follow the suggestions of others than standing up for his own. When combined with his other problems, he might have created "Two-Face" for the sole purpose of defying this trait and try gaining some backbone.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Episode 4 officially solidifies him as the villainous Two-Face when he assaults Wayne Manor out of petty vengeance against Bruce, even going so far as to have Bruce executed in a fake suicide to justify the fact that he's committing murder.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: It's actually possible to prevent him from getting his iconic facial mutilations, but the Children of Arkham's poison still gives life to his Split Personality, causing him to act the part of Two-Face despite still appearing as handsome and photogenic as ever.
  • Facial Horror: His burnt face looks like it's right out of The Dark Knight.
  • Fallen Hero: Episode 4 solidifies him as a monster who outright despises Bruce Wayne and nearly destroying Gotham City.
  • Fighting from the Inside: In Episode 3, he is actively struggling to control his evil side. When he picks up a knife to use on Bruce and Selina, he temporarily regains control and tosses it at a wall. If confronted in Episode 5 Bruce can get Harvey's good side to reawaken and struggle against his evil side, to the point that he even tries to kill himself.
  • Forced into Evil: Bruce and Alfred say, but downplay, this. Alfred remarks in Episode 4 that the drugs injected into Harvey in Episode 2 pushed him into becoming the paranoid wreck that he is, and after Harvey is defeated, Bruce can remark that Harvey was forced into his later actions.
  • Foregone Conclusion: While there are several points in which Bruce can try to befriend and protect Harvey, events inevitably drive him to becoming Two-Face whether or not he has his scars.
  • Funny Schizophrenia: Averted. Harvey's Split Personality is treated as dead serious and terrifying. Especially for Harvey himself.
  • Good All Along: Ep. 2 proves that Dent really is a good guy since he speaks truthfully at his campaign rally while under a Hate Plague. Subverted by episode 4 where he still becomes Two-Face in the end. However, if he's confronted in Episode 5 Bruce can potentially talk him down and get him to spare hostages by appealing to the good in him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: No matter what you do, Dent will hate Bruce Wayne anyway since he views him as the reason his relationship with Selina fell apart.
  • Guttural Growler: When his evil side takes over, he speaks with a deep snarl.
  • Heel Realization: If talked down in Episode 5, Harvey tells Bruce that he should have let him kill himself, believing that he's beyond saving at this point.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He promised to clean up Gotham by removing sadistic monsters like the Penguin from power in a peaceful regime only to become a deranged dictator using violent methods to kill his enemies exactly like Penguin and Lady Arkham.
  • Hello, Attorney!: D.A. Dent is quite the Hunk. He appears to be taller and even more muscular than Bruce.
  • Heroic Build: Makes Bruce look like a toothpick by comparison. This had lead to some interesting reactions by players.
  • I Am the Noun: If the right option is chosen and if he´s confronted in Episode 4, he answers Batman with one of these.
    (Batman): You´re going to turn yourself into the authorities."
    (Harvey/Two-Face): *Laughing* "I AM the authorities"!
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: What appears to be the root of all his mental issues, judging from his words, actions and reactions to both praise and disapproval from others.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even if Batman manages to keep him from being burned, he still develops a Split Personality and intense paranoia due to a combination of the attack on the debate and the Psycho Serum that he was forcibly injected with.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: This incarnation of Harvey Dent is noticeably tall and well-built, as is Travis Willingham.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite the fact that he repeatedly talks to Bruce about how he needs his money (almost treating his friendship as merely a means to get said money), after being dosed with the weaponized Hate Plague, the first thing he says is that he loves Gotham City, in contrast to Mayor Hill saying that he wants to incinerate the poor At the start of Episode 3, he can apologize to Bruce about denouncing him publicly, showing that Harvey also does legitimately value Bruce as a friend and wasn't using him altruistically. Sadly, his jerk part gets worst in episode 3 and 4 when Harvey assumes Selina whom he date was in a love affair with Bruce and becomes hostile towards him and worse of all he can burn Bruce's mansion to the ground if Bruce decides to chase The Penguin/Cobblepot ending their friendship.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The stress of the problems in Arkham wear on him greatly, and he's slowly losing his mind in the process. By episode 4, even if Harvey hasn't become Two-Face, he goes so far as to blow up an entire city block just to destroy the Children of Arkham's drug stockpile, and even seeks to take over Wayne Estate. While Alfred is quick to remark that he's still under the influence of the Psycho Serum from Episode 2, Harvey's paranoia just makes things worse.
  • Knight Templar: If Batman saves Harvey from being disfigured, then Harvey becomes paranoid and ponders turning Gotham into a police state to prevent another tragedy like the debate attack. By episode 4, he actually does this, but it gets shut down after his failed invasion of Wayne Manor.
  • Large and in Charge: Harvey is tall and broad-shouldered in addition to holding a high position of authority and trying to become mayor.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: If the player chooses to stop him first, then you have the choice to send Dent to Arkham Asylum; where he sent Bruce to at the beginning of episode 4.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The event that fully sets him off the deep end and straight into villany is when he catches Bruce in Selina's apartment and assumes they are having an affair. Regaining Selina's affection becomes a major goal.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Orders his men to execute Bruce Wayne and make it look like a suicide so nobody can see that the mayor is a sociopathic monster with a petty grudge against Bruce.
  • Manipulative Bastard: "Two-Face", using "Harvey" as a means to manipulate the GPCD into following him through raw charisma and convictions alone to make his police state and eliminate anyone who doesn´t listen to him.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Ultimately, Harvey is defined this way: as a sick man who is developing a homicidal Split Personality that terrifies him.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: When Harvey allows the warehouse where the Children of Arkham's drugs are located get destroyed, Bruce is furious that he allowed both a nearby apartment complex and a number of other officers to get killed in the destruction due to using too much explosives. Harvey justifies this because he needs to show that he isn't playing around anymore.
  • Morton's Fork: On two separate events, depending on player choice, Two-Face's coin toss becomes this. Instead of a live or die choice, the flip determines if he'll shoot his victim in the head or the heart.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He views killing Bruce as a way to somehow salvage his chances of getting back with Selina, despite the fact that Selina made it clear that they're over and done with.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Episode 5 his good side can be reawakened and be absolutely horrified at what he's done under the influence of his other half. It leads him to try and blow his own brains out.
  • Non-Action Guy: Particularly when compared to his girlfriend, Catwoman. However, he can handle himself when push comes to shove. If Batman goes to rescue Montoya, Harvey kills a man in self-defense with his bare hands. This lack of ability to defend himself is part of what brings out the dark side of Harvey's Split Personality.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Once Selina breaks up with him, Dent loses it and begins a crusade to kill his former best friend Bruce out of petty jealousy.
  • Not His Sled: It's possible to stop Harvey's disfigurement in Episode 2, although Harvey still develops the Split Personality.
  • Not What It Looks Like: If Bruce refuses Selina's advances Harvey will still find him recovering in her apartment and be convinced she's cheating on him when Bruce and Selina are both telling him the truth that nothing happened.
  • Realpolitik: He is willing to cooperate with Falcone if he thinks it will get him into office.
  • Sanity Slippage: The nerve toxin he received in Episode 2, as well as the many problem Harvey faces in Episode 3, quickly erode his sanity.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: When dosed with truth serum, Dent reveals that he really is a good guy deep down who genuinely cares for his city. However, he still becomes an unhinged villain in the end, losing all nobility he once had.
  • Slave to PR: As the Waynes' reputation begins to go down the gutter, Harvey tells Bruce that he'll be forced to publicly denounce him while also still relying on him to fund his campaign. He does however make it clear that it's Nothing Personal and that he still sees him as a friend. It's up to you how Bruce responds to this. In Episode 3, Harvey will tell Bruce how much he regretted doing it, and wants to make it up to him.
  • Split Personality: Episode 3 shows that Harvey, whether or not he is scarred as Two-Face is struggling with one of these. It is implied that Harvey have struggled with these issues in the past and the recent events have caused them to resurface.
  • Start of Darkness: At the start of the game, Harvey is a well-intentioned mayoral candidate and a friend of Bruce. As the series progresses, various factors (including a heavy dosage of the Children of Arkham's Hate Plague and possibly gaining his infamous disfigurement) ends up causing him to relapse on his split personality disorder and become Two-Face.
  • Stepford Smiler: Harvey's natural charm is genuine, but he often uses joviality to cover up his deep insecurities, fears, self-doubt, and instability; Bruce's codex entry for him after the hospital visit even discusses this, commenting that his discomfort to get back to work was "typical Harvey, showing off his smile to ease everyone's minds".
  • Storming the Castle: In episode 4, Harvey leads a group of police to seize Wayne Manor. Alfred and Batman has to stop him.
  • Symbolism: If the player saves Harvey in Episode 2, the Penguin still gives Harvey a black eye and bruises his face; these injuries stick with him after the Episode and are both on the same side of his face, indicating that he's become Two-Face despite the player's efforts.
  • Talking to Themself: Starts doing this after his Split Personality surfaces.
  • Third-Person Person: When his darker personality takes hold, he often refers to "Harvey" in the third person, to indicate his other self.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Throughout Episode 3 and 4, Harvey becomes a mentally unstable monster with an immature hatred against Bruce.
  • Tragic Villain: Harvey was a good man with Gotham's best interests at heart but his disfigurement or all the stress drives him over the edge and ultimately causes him to become a monster.
  • Two-Faced: Penguin gives him a gruesome, disfiguring burn by throwing a kleig light down on his head if Batman chooses instead to try and save Catwoman from being shot. Ironically for Harvey Dent, this is inverted if he is saved in Episode 2 but burned in Episode 4 as his face is the only thing not half scarred.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: An unintentional example but thanks to the Penguin injecting him with the toxin, this brings out his darker side just as he's inducted as the Mayor of Gotham due to Hill's death. Due to a combination of (potentially) losing half his face and finding Bruce in Selena's apartment and the attacks by the Children of Arkham, he ends up turning Gotham into a police state.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: His intentions are good, but he still throws his lot in with Carmine Falcone in what he terms a, "necessary evil".
  • Unwitting Pawn: In another bizarre example, "Harvey" turns into this to "Two-Face", as the latter plays "Harvey´s" good intentions like a puppet to get what he wants. They both are also this, ironically, to the Children of Arkham, as a roadblock and distraction for Batman, hampering his progress in fighting them.
  • Vigilante Man: If rescued by Batman in Episode 3, he wants to become one, thinking it's the only way to take out crime in Gotham. He even does this in Episode 4, as he kicks down the door of Wayne Manor brandishing an assault rifle.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If you confront Harvey in Episode 5, you can snatch away his coin and pocket it, causing him to curl up into a fetal position and start sobbing because he can't make any decisions and it breaks him.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: In the Episode 5 confrontation, saying the correct things will make Harvey put a gun to his head. If Bruce doesn't stop him from dying then Game Over.
  • We Used to Be Friends: After Episode 3, he feels utterly betrayed by Bruce after catching him in Selina's apartment nude and assuming the worst (if he's justified or not depends on the player). Once Episode 4 hits, he's more than willing to throw Bruce under the bus without a hint of remorse. If there's any chance at reconciliation remains to be seen.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His psychosis gets so severe by the end of the Season that stealing his coin renders him incapable of making any major decisions.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He has high hopes of changing Gotham City for the better.
  • Yandere: Episodes 3 and 4 are all about Harvey unjustifiably attempting to murder Bruce because he thinks that his former best friend was the one who ruined his chances with Selina and killing him will somehow save his relationship. If the player tells him off by stating that it's Selina's decision to date whoever she wants, he completely ignores that concept. Though this could be his split personality doing the talking.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Hill's death, Harvey wins the election by default. He's not especially proud of the circumstances of how he becomes mayor.
  • You Are What You Hate: He's elected mayor due to Hamilton's death but due to either his face being scarred (if you saved Selina) or stress from the the schemes of the Children of Arkham (if you saved him), he starts becoming just as corrupt as Hamilton, only in his case using his newfound power to enforce his will on the city. Heck if you go after Cobblepot in ep 4, he'll succeed in setting Wayne Manor ablaze and plans to say that Bruce forced his hand.

    Vicki Vale 

Vicki Vale

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Voiced By: Erin Yvette

A reporter for the Gotham Gazette and Bruce's main ally in the press.


  • Abusive Parents: Between the particularly brutal methods she used to kill them (particularly how she beat her father with a metal belt buckle) as well as what their other foster child says about not wanting to be taken to "punishment" (meaning the Torture Cellar that Bruce finds in episode 5), it's shown that the Vales were extremely abusive. Methods in there include a concrete cell with the only way out being a rope ladder that can be only let down from above, metal shackles caked in blood, and a collection of three belts also caked in blood. There are even bloody scratches on the wall that indicate that Vicki or another child around her time attempted and failed to climb out of the pit by hand.
  • Adaptational Badass: In all other continuities she is a mere reporter. In this continuity, she is able to lead the Children of Arkham, create a massive chemical, and beat the daylights out of the freakin Batman. All under the guise of a simple reporter.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a brunette here, despite normally being either a blonde or a redhead, depending on the continuity.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Her birth name is Victoria Arkham and she was adopted by the Vales.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In this adaptation, she is the leader of the Children of Arkham.
  • Ax-Crazy: When she decides she doesn't need her identity as Vicki Vale anymore, she goes back to the Vale house, injects her adoptive mother with a lethal dose of her Psycho Serum, and stabs out her eyes. Upon her adoptive father finding this out, she beats him with his own belt and hangs him in a closet. As Batman later finds out (see above), there's a good explanation for her rage, and the methods she used.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Looks like a reporter who wants the truth. Is a terrorist leader for real.
  • Composite Character:
    • Her existence as the last Arkham makes her one with Jeremiah Arkham, the second Black Mask in the comics.
    • Her status as a (possible) Love Interest and an Evil Counterpart to Bruce along with the Samus Is a Girl reveal makes her one with Andrea Beaumont/The Phantasm.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is chosen by Penguin to inject Hill and Dent. But when Batman shows up, she elbows her captor in the chest and runs away from the fighting. Of course, since she is his boss, it may have been part of the show.
  • Dark Action Girl: As Lady Arkham, she is Batman's deadliest opponent and puts up a good fight.
  • Death by Adaptation: After an intense fight with Batman during the climax of Episode 5, she gets crushed by falling rubble when the room starts to collapse. Can double as Death by Secret Identity if Bruce revealed himself. A possible subversion, as, according to The Enemy Within, her body was never found.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: She is the true Big Bad of the game, despite not appearing to be that important to the story for about half of the plot.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bruce. Like him, her parents were murdered at a young age and in her quest to avenge them, she became a masked crusader who sought to cleanse Gotham of corruption. The difference is Bruce became a protector of the innocent and a fighter against crime. Vicki was not so lucky, being raised in an abusive household instead of by a loving guardian like Alfred. Inevitably, she goes down the dark path and becomes a fanatical terrorist leader.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When unmasked as Lady Arkham in Episode 5 she's shown with a crew cut, likely due to having had a chunk cut off by her adoptive mother during their fight.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: She's very pretty and approachable, but she's the real mastermind of the Children of Arkham.
  • False Friend: Was really manipulating Bruce the whole time until she betrayed him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Fully capable of putting on a polite façade when in her civilian disguise, but is a brutal and ruthless terrorist.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her birth parents were murdered and her foster parents were Abusive Parents who locked her up in a small room as punishment. It's no wonder the poor woman snapped.
    Batman: No wonder Vicki's consumed with hate. It's all she's ever known.
  • I Am the Noun: In Episode 3, after Vicki drugs Bruce, Bruce can accuse her of being one of the Children of Arkham. Vicki responds with "I am the Children of Arkham!" and proceeds to reveal herself as Lady Arkham.
  • Important Haircut: In Episode 5, she's cropped her hair.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Unlike most Gothamite reporters, only out for fame and fortune, Vicki wants the truth, and is willing to tread dangerous water to get it. Only not really, as she is the leader of the Children of Arkham.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her abusive adoptive parents would lock her up and beat her up with belts. In Episode 4 Batman finds them dead in their house after Vicky dished out some pretty brutal revenge, and for extra karma points he discovers that she fractured her father's head with one of his belt before hanging him with it. She also stabbed her mother's eyes out after giving her a lethal injection of the children of Arkham's drug.
  • Mask of Sanity: Vicki is friendly, honest and a dedicated reporter, but it's all a lie. Lady Arkham, her true self, is Psychopathic Man Child for whom bloody revenge is her sole reason to live.
  • Master Actor: The fact she is capable of fooling The World's Greatest Detective shows she has some serious acting chops.
  • Never Found the Body: Bruce notes her body was never found after the end of the first season.
  • Nice Gal: She wishes Bruce the best even if he doesn't give her a quote for her story. Until she drugs him and reveals that she is a terrorist.
  • The Power of Hate: The reason she survived her years of abusive torment by her family is that she kept thinking of the revenge she would inflict upon them.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In this continuity, she's a member of the Arkham family. After her parents were killed by Thomas Wayne, she was eventually adopted by the Vales.
  • Room Full of Crazy: In the room where she was tormented by her family, she could do nothing but draw on the wall with chalk.
  • Ship Sinking: She and Bruce can have a fair amount of Ship Tease in the first two episodes. The reveal that she's Lady Arkham puts a stop to that idea.
  • Villain Has a Point: During her final battle, if Batman argues that Falcone and Hill should've been tried fairly, she retorts that their sheer Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! made them untouchable, so outright killing them was actually a favor to Gotham. Given how they were The Dreaded to virtually every authority figure around, it's actually very hard to fault her — in fact, even Batman himself remains silent about it afterward.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In her final confrontation with Batman, should the player choose to reveal his identity, Vicki is unable to cope with the truth that the man she pegged for a selfish coward and the masked hero are one and the same, and she battles him in a Laughing Mad rage.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her true role in the story spoils a great deal about the plot well in advance.
  • You Killed My Father: According to John Doe, her parents, the Arkhams, were killed by Thomas Wayne.

    Hamilton Hill 

Mayor Hamilton Hill

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Voiced By: Bob Pescovitz

The highly corrupt mayor of Gotham.


  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In this continuity, he hired Joe Chill to kill the Waynes.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Completely averted; despite his very public and gruesome death, Hill was such an awful human being that nobody in Gotham is shown to mourn, and the news shies away from memorializing him. Bruce, who has the option to express a small amount of compassion for even Falcone, can only remark that he should've been tried in court instead, or that he deserved what he got.
  • Asshole Victim: He's fatally and repeatedly shot by Penguin at the end of Episode 2 after admitting he was the one who ordered the hit on the Waynes.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: In the past. Was in a triumvirate alongside Falcone and Thomas Wayne.
  • Character Death: Shot dead by the Penguin.
  • Composite Character: Much like Lew Moxon in certain interpretations, he hired Joe Chill to assassinate the Waynes.
  • Corrupt Politician: He's very much in the pocket of Carmine Falcone and doesn't hesitate to abuse his power for personal or political gain. In Episode 2, it turns out he's not just in his pocket; he's his partner and was so alongside Thomas Wayne.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Many people throughout Gotham are aware of something rotten at City Hall, but his influence makes him hard to fight, let alone pin down, and most of the city is too worn down and cynical to care much about his corruption.
  • Dirty Coward: More than willing to throw others under the bus to save his own skin such as pleading with Penguin about putting the hit on Thomas Wayne when he felt he was going too far and giving the Children of Arkham access to WayneTech when they threaten him. Ultimately it doesn't save him from being gunned down.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. Before his death in episode 2 he claims, while under a nerve agent that prevents him from lying, that he arranged for the death of the Waynes, because he thought that Thomas was going too far. And in Episode 3, Penguin reveals that Hill wanted Martha dead since she was going to expose them.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As Gotham's mayor, he's responsible over the Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! for the Power Trio of himself, Falcone, and Bruce's father. Furthermore, he's also the one who hired Joe Chill to assassinate Bruce's parents, thus being this to Batman's entire career as well. Fat lot of good it ultimately does him, though (see Asshole Victim, Dirty Coward, and Villains Want Mercy).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Even if you don't count his role in killing the Waynes, thereby motivating the existence of Batman, his ordering of the search warrant of Wayne Manor helped draw public attention to issues that were ultimately used against him.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Should you visit him as Bruce, he'll state that the criminal actions of himself, Falcone, and Thomas Wayne were because Gotham was "chaos" prior.
  • Kill the Poor: Hill's secret obsession. Doesn't give him any favors when he's exposed of this at the debate.
  • Mayor Pain: Hill has helped keep Gotham the crime-ridden hellhole it is through his self-serving tenure as Mayor.
  • Pet the Dog: Can give Bruce Thomas' cufflinks if you speak to him as a civilian.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His foremost secret desire is to immolate Gotham's poor and homeless and use their ashes to fertilize the city parks.
  • Power Corrupts: Gives a speech about how power corrupts, and states the thickest of them lead to Arkham.
  • The Reveal: He is revealed to be the one, not Falcone, who ordered the Waynes' murder.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Pleads with Penguin not to kill him, insisting he has made amends. It doesn't work.

    Jack Ryder 

Jack Ryder

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Voiced By: Robert Clotworthy

A newscaster critical of Gotham's corrupt government.


  • Adapted Out: Obviously not him, but his Creeper persona. There's no indication that he's the Creeper in this story, so he's simply a normal newscaster.
  • Greek Chorus: Bruce can watch his show on the Batcomputer.
  • Kent Brockman News: Despite supposedly being the anchor of a straight news feed, Ryder will often start to editorialize during his segments (which, for any incarnation of the character, is pretty much par for the course).
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks quite similar to John Oliver.
  • Sincerity Mode: If you go to stop Harvey at the start of Episode 5, Jack graciously thanks Bruce for saving him and promises to make sure that the rest of Gotham know he's a good person.

    Thomas and Martha Wayne 

Thomas and Martha Wayne

Voiced By: Troy Baker (Thomas) and Lorri Holt (Martha)

Bruce's parents. They were philanthropists beloved by the entire city. They were murdered by a mugger twenty years before the start of the story.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In this continuity, Thomas and Martha Wayne were both mobsters, with the former being a mob boss.
  • Asshole Victim: Thomas, definitely. Martha is more debatable.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Thomas was in a crime syndicate alongside Mayor Hill and Falcone. He was considered the worst of the group.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: As opposed to his usual portrayal, Thomas Wayne is suggested to have been this.
  • Deadly Doctor: Thomas used his medical knowledge and resources to his advantage, such as drugging Esther Cobblepot into insanity.
  • Death by Origin Story: They were killed when Bruce was a child, motivating Bruce's eventual life as Batman.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They loved their son and did their best to keep Bruce separate from their crime business.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: They may be mobsters, but they always wanted their son to grow up in a happy life. Alfred even implies that they'd be proud of Bruce for what he's doing with his life.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Thomas may be long dead, but his actions have a large impact on the events of the plot — his partnership with Hill and Falcone led to massive systemic corruption in Gotham, while his murder of the Arkhams and committal of Esther Cobblepot to Arkham Asylum led to Vicki becoming the terrorist leader "Lady Arkham" and Penguin one of her lieutenants, respectively. The revelation of his family's hidden criminal past to the public causes huge problems for Bruce, including turning public opinion against him and forcing him to defend himself from accusations that he's continuing his father's legacy. Even inside Arkham, Bruce has to deal with patients sent there by Thomas.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: If Oswald wasn't lying, Martha wanted to quit being a mobster and to expose Thomas, Hill and Falcone, but she was killed under Hill's orders before she could do it. In Episode 5, Alfred confirms that she wanted to stop Thomas.
  • It's All About Me: The reason why Thomas sent Mrs. Cobblepot to Arkham was because she owned land that Thomas wanted for himself.
  • Moe Greene Special: A flashback to the mugging (which was actually an assassination) that got Thomas and Martha killed showed that Thomas was shot through his left eye.
  • Papa Wolf: Thomas dies trying to fight off Chill in order to protect Bruce and Martha.
  • Posthumous Character: This is one of the few stories to feature the deceased Wayne parents gaining more background on who they were and how it impacts their son on a more personal level than before.
  • Predecessor Villain: as it turned out Thomas Wayne was the third member of the partnership between Falcone and Hill before his death and may have been the worst of the trio.
  • Token Good Teammate: It's implied by Falcone that Martha was one for her husband's organization. If Oswald wasn't lying, she may even have tried to expose Thomas, Hill and Falcone when she learned how far her husband went, meaning that she was kept in the dark about some of Thomas' actions. Confirmed by Alfred in Episode 5.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Prior to the public reveal of Thomas Wayne's dark dealings at Arkham Asylum, Jack Ryder said on a newscast that the W of the Wayne Enterprises Tower was a "reassuring sight" symbolizing "something pure in the heart of Gotham" for "generations".

Arkham Asylum Residents

    Victor Zsasz 

Victor Zsasz

Voiced By: Kiff VandenHeuvel

A murderer committed to Arkham Asylum. Zsasz gives himself a scar for each person he kills.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Most incarnations of Zsasz are so Ax-Crazy that all he talks about is killing people and how it gives him a rush, but the game version seems to almost be a normal, approachable guy who only kills whenever paid to do so or if his Berserk Button is pushed. He's his normal psychotic self in Episode 5.
  • Affably Evil: Is usually just a normal guy until he needs to kill.
  • Bald of Evil: Is completely hairless and a Professional Killer.
  • Berserk Button: Having a tally mark without killing someone drives him berserk about not "matching".
  • Covered in Scars: As usual for Zsasz, one tally mark for each victim.
  • Knife Nut: Also as usual for Zsasz.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: If you decided to protect the orderly staff rather than go for the phone in Ep 4. Zsasz will manage to knock out Bruce during their scuffle. Come Ep 5, during the Arkham riot caused by Lady Arkham, you confront him again as Batman and return the favor with the extra interest of slamming him through a table.
  • Mask of Sanity: He's relatively calm for the most part, even having a rather civil discussion at one point, but if his compulsion hits, run.
  • Professional Killer: His talk about John Doe's technique gives the impression he is, when outside of the asylum, a career assassin, or in the very least very professional about killing; when discussing his scars, he also speaks of each victim as if he was contacted to off them, whether as voluntary suicide or by a maligned third party. That said, he could just as easily be a delusional Serial Killer.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Zsasz doesn't seem to like wearing a shirt at all.

    Arnold Wesker 

Arnold Wesker

Voiced By: Larry Brisbowitz

A mild-mannered man committed to Arkham. He is inseparable from his much-less mild-mannered sock puppet, Socko.


  • Adapted Out: Scarface is replaced by Socko in this incarnation, though he may just be confiscated by the Arkham staff as usual, and Wesker can't use him.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Never referred to as "Ventriloquist".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike most in Wesker's line of puppets, Socko appears to genuinely care for Arnold, albeit in a way that's rude and confrontational to others.
  • Mr. Exposition: Exists solely to dole out some Back Story of John Doe, or lack thereof, to Bruce.
  • Mythology Gag: Since Scarface is unavailable, Arnold's "companion" is Socko, a nod to Knightfall.

The Agency

    Amanda Waller 

Amanda Waller

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Voiced By: Debra Wilson

"Thunderbolt? I'm the whole Goddamn hurricane!"

East Coast Regional Director of the Agency, Waller comes to Gotham to clean up Gotham after the Riddler reappears.


  • Adaptational Heroism: She actually cares about the lives of the people who work for her and tries to protect them as best as she can, which makes her a saint compared to her other modern portrayals.
    • It can also be seen as Character Rerailment as in the original Ostrander comics she didn't consider her people to be fully disposable, not even the Squad.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While nice is overstating it, she's a few shades more tolerable here than usual.
  • Big Good: Becomes Batman's strongest ally after Gordon becomes overwhelmed by the threat that the Pact poses and starts to mistrust him.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Admits to Batman that the difference between right and wrong can be blurry sometimes but also asserts that getting the job done is all that matters.
    Waller: "Let's say everything goes pear-shaped and you get stuck in there longer than you'd like. Then what's right, what's wrong? It all gets... blurry. And guess what? That's ok. Because you're gonna have to do some blurry things that you're not proud of before this is done.
    Batman (If you choose to answer this way): "Whatever it takes to put these scum away, I'm sure I'll get over it."
    Waller (Smiling): "That's the spirit!"
  • Black Boss Lady: As usual, she is the director of the Agency.
  • Control Freak: As usual; the best way to get in her good graces is to let her call the shots.
  • Defiant Captive: In the Vigilante route, the Joker takes Waller to Ace Chemicals to get her to confess that she killed the Riddler. Not only does she refuse, she even snarks at and insults him.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: She is this for the Vigilante route of Ep 5, as she puts both Batman and Joker on the top of the Agency's most wanted list, forcing Batman to team up with The Joker just to survive. She even assembles a task force dedicated to hunting them down comprised of Bane, Harley, and Catwoman and attempts to force Batman to join the Squad. But despite this grand showing, Waller is forced into a stalemate once Batman reveals he has information on Waller's dirty dealings and is captured by The Joker once the Squad is defeated.
  • Exalted Torturer: It's strongly implied by both Gordon and Riddler that her department employs rather brutal methods when it comes to extracting information. Seeing the state Eli Knable is in when you arrive at the holding cells pretty much confirms it.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her ruthlessness and cynicism. Her willingness to do whatever it takes to secure the virus leads to her pulling a gun on John right after he saved all her agent's lives in the vigilante route. This results in him having a Freak Out and stabbing her in the gut before escaping, vowing to destroy the agency for good.
  • A Father to His Men: She genuinely holds the safety of her agents as a top priority.
  • Jerkass: As usual, she's not exactly a nice lady.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She does have something of a point about some of the methods used by the GCPD not being enough or being inefficiently used, especially when her people have better equipment.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As of episode 3 of Season Two, when Gordon goes off the rails and Bruce has no-one left to turn to, Waller shows that, sure, she's an abrasive bitch, but she is someone that Bruce can trust and that, ultimately, she does want what is right for Gotham, she just walks a wobblier moral ground than Bruce does.
  • Karma Houdini: At the end of the season, she leaves Gotham with the rest of the Agency, with no repercussions for any of her crimes.
  • Large and in Charge: Downplayed. She's basically Viola Davis' version, so she's not as heavy as her original comic counterpart, but also not the New 52 version.
  • Mythology Gag: If she gets her hands on Selina, she'll have an Explosive Leash strapped on her, a nod to the Suicide Squad.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Season 2 Episode 4, in the "good" ending John succeeds in talking Harley down but refuses to turn over the Lotus Virus, not trusting the Agency with it. Waller promptly tries to kill him, causing John to snap and trigger the C4 that Harley had been using to hold the bridge hostage. He then vows to take the Agency down as a vigilante.
  • Not Me This Time: Waller is willing to do ruthless things for the greater good, but in Season 2 Episode 5, she swears she didn't kill the Riddler back in episode 1. It turns out she's telling the truth; it really wasn't her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Visibly panics when Batman sends her a file detailing all of her insubordinate and illegal actions as director of the agency.
  • Pet the Dog: At the end of the Villain route, she's impressed enough with Bruce's efforts throughout the episode in stopping The Joker that she offers to pull some strings for Bruce's allies such as potentially agreeing to let Avesta work for him, removing Catwoman's collar, reinstating Gordon with high honors despite her own personal hatred of him, and promises to keep his identity a secret in a genuine tone. In the Vigilante route she actually helps out Batman during the climax of the fight and even takes care of Tiffany so Batman can focus on the Joker. She'll even in her own way try to apologize for letting things get out of control and even lets Catwoman off the leash or promises not to punish Avesta for leaking files and destroying the serum if Batman pushes the issue.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Lets a satisfied smirk slip if you decide to torture Eli for information, clearing approving of his suffering. note 
  • Secret Keeper: She is fully aware of Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne and uses this to blackmail him into working with her.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: She has connections to the governor, so James Gordon asks Batman to toe the line around her.
  • Shipper on Deck: If Bruce is on good terms with Waller at the end of Season 2, he can persuade her to not punish Agent Avesta for her betrayal and let her come work for him. Waller then notes that for reasons unknown to her, Agent Avesta is fond of Gotham... and of Bruce — mentioning one of Avesta's favorite restaurants and that he should take her there.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: In Episode 4 of Season 2, Avesta notes how she's become more hostile and less willing to accept others' opinions since coming to Gotham. Whether or not she actually did become worse is up for debate, since she seemed to be trying to engineer the "cure" serum from Lotus in order to get the Pact to become her version of the Suicide Squad.
  • Smug Smiler: Definitely has a habit of pulling self-satisfied smirks.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Forces both Batman and Gordon to work with her.
  • The Unfettered: She claims that she got the nickname "the wall" because she's unbreakable and non-negotiable when people try to blackmail her or try to deter her from her goals.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: She does want to make the world a safer place and greatly values her agents' lives but she is willing to cross many lines to finish the job and can be quite the Jerkass when pushed. She also takes sadistic pleasure in the suffering of criminals, as evidenced by her reaction to the torture of Eli Knable. Waller is shown on Episode 3's relationship screen to approve of blaming Catwoman and therefore allowing her to have an arm frozen so that Bruce's cover isn't blown. In Season 2 Episode 4 Agent Avesta remarks that Waller has become far more ruthless since coming to Gotham, causing her to question her allegiances. In Season 2 Episode 5, Waller admits that she's crossed moral boundaries and done a lot of bad things, but insists she's done so for the greater good.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A staple for the Wall; Amanda works under an "ends justify the means" philosophy.

    Agent Avesta 

Agent Iman Avesta

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Voiced by: Emily O'Brien

"The criminally insane... you're drawn to them, aren't you?"

A field agent of the Agency who is fascinated by Batman, and a Gotham native.


  • Distressed Damsel: In "The Enigma", the Riddler places Avesta and two male agents in death traps. Batman spends most of the conflict trying to protect Avesta in particular.
  • Hates My Secret Identity: She seems to have a crush on Batman, but harbors a grudge for Bruce Wayne, both owing to her being a native of Gotham City. Depending on Bruce's actions in the previous season to repay his family's crimes, this can be mitigated somewhat; at the very least, she's quite suspicious. Subverted in episode 2, as it is revealed that she knows the true identity of Batman, and was the person who informed Waller.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When forced to choose between her own life and those of two of her fellow agents, she asks Batman to sacrifice her. If Batman goes along with it, Avesta survives, but she is rendered deaf by Riddler's sonic blast machine.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Although her profiling of Bruce Wayne is clearly meant to rankle him, when she does the same to Batman, it's a result of her getting flustered around him. If Batman pointedly stays quiet, she's embarrassed and quickly apologizes; if he chides her for overstepping her bounds, she's ashamed.
  • It's All My Fault: If she was the one who destroyed the serum, she'll state We Could Have Avoided All This if she hadn't. Batman can either agree or tell her it was Stupidity By Committee.
  • Number Two: Acts as this to Director Waller, being the agent in charge of the investigation into the Pact and is seen by her side at all times.
  • Secret Keeper: Confirms in Episode 4 of Season 2 that she knows Bruce is Batman, leading to him realizing that she was the one who told Waller his identity in the first place.note 
  • Ship Tease: It's implied that she has a crush on Batman.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's the one Agency agent that Batman unreservedly respects, and the only one who sides with him. She can become a target of Vigilante Joker if Batman doesn't mention she's an ally.
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