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The Dark Knight Trilogy features plenty of criminal characters. This page is about those from the mob and those that don't fit on the other pages.

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Falcone Crime Family


    Carmine Falcone 

Carmine Falcone
"People from your world...have so much to lose."

Played by: Tom Wilkinson

Appears in: Batman Begins

The head Italian mafia and lord of Gotham City. Carmine Falcone all but controlled Gotham City, flooding it with drugs and crime. He is above the law, with most of Gotham's politicians and police on his payroll.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Most of his more altruistic and even dignified attributes from the comics are gone in favor of a Smug Snake personality which sees him confidently arrogant when things are going his way and downright terrified when things are going to hell.
  • Adapted Out: His cordial relationship to Thomas Wayne, who saved his life in the comics. Falcone genuinely respected Thomas Wayne and attended his funeral.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wants Crane to have him declared mentally unfit for trial. Crane obliges.
  • Blackmail: He attempts it on Crane, who responds by exposing him to fear gas.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While he is the biggest criminal in Gotham, he's soon outmatched by Ra's and Crane.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Even given his criminal influence in Gotham, trying to blackmail the Number Two of Ra's was never going to end well.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He tries admirably to be this, digging up Ra's and Crane's dirty laundry and making sure they hire his goons as an attempt to protect himself. Except considering how how out of his league he turns out to be and how he never expected to be involved with a criminals on this scope it doesn't do any good in the end.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Falcone has a dry, sardonic sense of humour.
    "Yeah, Doctor Crane, I can't take it anymore. It's all too much. "The walls are closing in." Blah, blah, blah. Couple more days of this food, it'll be true!"
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Initially he seems like the root of Gotham's problems and that bringing him down will solve the problem. As it turns out, he's simply a patsy for the League of Shadows, through the Scarecrow. He's captured and driven insane while his bosses continue their true plans.
  • The Don: He's the leader of the Italian Mob.
  • The Dreaded: He's the most feared man in all of Gotham for some time, and he's well aware of it.
    Bruce: I came here to show you that not everyone in Gotham's afraid of you.
    Falcone: Only those who know me, kid.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he, who believes himself the tip-top of Gotham's underworld, is absolutely intimidated by the men he's doing business with in the Narrows, involving stuffed rabbits, and he implies as much to Flass.
    Falcone: Ignorance is bliss, my friend. Don't burden yourself with the secrets of scary people.
    Flass: Scarier than you?
    Falcone: Considerably scarier than me.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Anyone watching his conversation with Bruce and not hearing the words spoken would think it was a cordial dinner (outside of the gun-waving) and not a Reason You Suck Speech.
  • Go Among Mad People: He is ready to go through this and slits his wrists to get sent to Arkham so he can blackmail Crane into helping him. Crane promptly fear-gases him, and the insanity stops being an act.
  • He Knows Too Much: Crane exposes Falcone to his fear gas to avoid being blackmailed.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In his first scene, he gives a young Bruce Wayne a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how he'll never understand Gotham's underworld. This leads Bruce to go soul-searching and world traveling, culminating in his becoming Batman and taking Falcone down. Underestimating Crane was also very unwise.
  • I Own This Town: And he's absolutely right. Unfortunately for him, Arkham is Crane's asylum, and Ra's isn't impressed.
    Falcone: Look around you. You'll see two councilmen, a union official, a couple of off-duty cops and a judge. Now, I wouldn't have a second's hesitation blowing your head off right here, right now, in front of them. That's power you can't buy.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Falcone is a Smug Snake who mocks Bruce about his parents' death. However, he's right to point out in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech that merely witnessing his parents being killed doesn't make Bruce an expert of the ugly sides of life. After being kicked out of the restaurant, Bruce starts traveling the world in order to learn what the criminal world is like.
  • Kick the Dog: Just before he has Bruce Wayne kicked out of the restaurant, he sneers about Bruce's father supposedly having "begged liked a dog" for mercy, which he only thinks is what happened. Just in case he was starting to look glamorous.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He is first taken out by the young man he taunted and taught "the power of fear". To stay out of jail, he feigns insanity. He is driven completely insane by the same poison he funneled into Gotham.
  • Mind Rape: Crane subjects him to this, successfully rendering him insane and unable to spill Ra's Al Ghul's secrets.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He unleashes a devastatingly accurate one on the young Bruce Wayne. Bruce takes this heart and it eventually ends with him becoming Batman.
    Bruce: I'm not afraid of you.
    Falcone: Because you think you got nothing to lose. But you haven't thought it through. You haven't thought about your lady-friend down at the D.A.'s office. You haven't thought about your old butler. Bang! People from your world have so much to lose. Now, you think because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life, but you don't. You've never tasted desperate! You're, uh, you're Bruce Wayne, the Prince of Gotham; you'd have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn't know your name. So, don't-don't come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you'll never understand. And you always fear what you don't understand.
  • Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the untouchable master of Gotham so the shock when Batman pulls the rug out from under him is extreme.
  • Starter Villain: Falcone is the first truly powerful villain that Batman encounters.
  • Tempting Fate: When Crane bluntly admits that Ra's would order Falcone killed for trying to blackmail them for a bigger piece of their operation, Falcone's reply is that "Not even he can get me here, not in my town." He's proven wrong literally seconds later even if it's a Mind Rape rather than a hit.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He knew that something was hidden in the drugs he'd been smuggling into Gotham on behalf of Ra's but didn't know what. He painfully discovers that he's been smuggling in the fear gas that was going to be used to destroy Gotham.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Batman disrupts his smuggling operation, he becomes progressively more disheveled and fearful as Batman takes his goons down. Later, when Crane confronts him in Arkham, Falcone is initially his usual self...sarcastic, confident...but he grows just a little uncertain when Crane starts talking about his mask. He plays it off with some humor, and then out comes the mask...
  • Villain Has a Point: His absolutely brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech makes Bruce realize how out of his element and league he is. Ironically he ends up providing Bruce with his core philosophies as Batman.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Played with. Everyone knows he's a ruthless mobster, but Gotham is so corrupt and Falcone is so feared that very few people even dare to try and bring him down. Batman is the only person to successfully defeat Falcone.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: By the time Batman captures Falcone it's clear that Ra's and Crane treated Falcone as an expendable goon in their operation, given that Falcone has to attempt extortion to get Crane's attention (and it doesn't go well). They were likely planning on abandoning him anyway; Batman just beat them to the punch.

    Joe Chill 

Joe Chill
"Not a day goes by that I don't wish I could take back what I did."

Played by: Richard Brake

Appears in: Batman Begins

A criminal best known for the murder of Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne in front of their young son Bruce Wayne.

  • Asshole Victim: How Bruce sees Chill's death.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Immediately following his parole hearing, a Falcone assassin disguised as a reporter pops him off after telling him, "Falcone says hi!"
  • He Knows Too Much: He shared a prison cell with Carmine Falcone, and was privy to many of his secrets. He was ready to testify against him as part of a deal for parole, but Falcone has him whacked after public court thanks to a corrupt judge.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Here's a good tip: if you're trying to rob someone at gunpoint and just want to get your hands on whatever it is you want from them (e.g. wallets and jewelry), never put your finger on the trigger. There's a good chance your gun will go off if your finger twitches at the slightest movement. As a matter of fact, even if Martha's death was also an accident just like Thomas's was, it was still a result of this—he wouldn't have had to shoot her in the first place if his trigger finger didn't twitch at the worst possible moment while his gun was trained on Thomas.
  • Justified Criminal: He lived during Gotham's depression and had to make do with robbery just to get back.
  • Spanner in the Works: The League of Shadows caused Gotham's depression in order to get the city to collapse, creating the circumstances that led to Chill's stickup. But then Chill's murder of the Waynes caused the city to wake up for a moment, realize the hellhole it had let itself become, and was inspired enough by their deaths to pull itself out and limp along until Ra's next scheme. Plus, you know, the whole "creating Batman" thing.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Although it's never explicitly stated how much guilt he may or may not feel about the murder of the Waynes, as Falcone told Bruce that Chill falsely bragged that Thomas Wayne "begged like a dog" in his last moments (and Falcone isn't exactly the most reliable source), it's clear that he was a scared and desperate man looking to rob just about anyone for a couple of measly bucks.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: This is the guy that started Bruce towards becoming Batman.

    Victor Zsaz 

Victor Zsaz

Played by: Tim Booth

Appears in: Batman Begins

A mob hitman with a penchant for carving knife marks into his skin.

    Salvatore Maroni 

Salvatore 'Sal' Maroni
"You sure you wanna embarrass me in front of my friends, Lieutenant?"

Played by: Eric Roberts

Appears in: The Dark Knight

The new head of the Italian Mafia in Gotham, and following the turf wars with his fellow mobsters, entered into an alliance with them against Batman. Though he lets the Chechen hire the Joker, he only does so as a last resort to keep the mob afloat; it's implied he actually hates the Joker, but is too afraid of him to do anything about it. That is, until the district attorney is disfigured and his assistant is killed...

  • Adaptational Job Change: From The Rival to Falcone to Dragon Ascendant replacement.
  • Affably Evil: He seems genuinely apologetic for what happened to Harvey and Rachel, and clearly did not want things to escalate the way they did.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Aspires to replace Falcone as the new master of Gotham but he's no threat compared to the Joker. It seem to come with the territory of being the biggest name in the Gotham underworld. It looks like you are the King but then things get (easily) out of control and you end up as the Joker.
  • Break the Haughty: When being interrogated he thinks Batman is bluffing when he threatens to drop him from the roof. He wasn't.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Friends? Have you met this guy?"
  • Decomposite Character: A nameless henchman replaces him as the one who tries to attack Harvey Dent in court. His role in Dent's scarring is also done in a roundabout way; he allows the Chechen to hire the Joker when he realizes things are about to go to hell, who sends his men to kidnap Dent and imprison him in a warehouse with a bomb, which explodes just as Batman saves Dent, who has his face accidentally burned in gasoline.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For the first part of the film, it seems like Sal, as new head of the Falcone Family and de facto head of Gotham's organized crime, is gonna be the Big Bad trying to end Batman's influence on the city. Then he hires the Joker, who takes over and plunges the city into utter chaos.
  • The Don: Like Falcone before him.
  • Dragon Ascendant: To Falcone, though we only meet him after he's assumed power.
  • Enemy Mine: In the animated bridge between films, Maroni and the Chechen get both their asses kicked by Batman and end their war. Debatable as to whether or not this is canon.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Maroni does love his wife, despite going to clubs on occasion with other women.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Of all the mobsters in the movies, he is the one with the highest moral standards, and he was quite bothered by the extent to which Joker is willing to go to get to Batman and Dent. He was already very uncomfortable with the idea of hiring. He finally finds the courage to rat the Joker to Gordon when Dent is disfigured and Rachel is killed. The interesting thing is he is actually doing it out of genuine decency, and not out of profit (as a matter of fact, he forsakes his money).
  • Evil Cripple: Played with. After being dropped by Batman, he's next seen moving around on a crutch... and all too ready to rat the Joker to Gordon after Joker raised the stakes significantly, to put it lightly.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He mainly cares about making profit, and there's absolutely no profit in the Joker's actions. Plus, when he refuses to rat the Joker to Batman, it's implied that it's more out of fear of what the Joker would do. When he finally lets Gordon know where the Joker is he's also eliminating the competition, because the Chechen is attending the meeting as well. By contrast, he is also forsaking his share of the money too.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: When Batman drops him off the second floor.
  • Smug Smiler: His default expression.
  • Smug Snake: Also like Falcone before him, even though he has even less reason to as he never even managed to unite the underworld under his rule.
  • Uncertain Doom: It is unknown what happens to him after Harvey Dent shoots his car's driver, causing it to lose control and crash, but as Harvey was the only one who is shown to have buckled up in the back...
  • Virtue Is Weakness: After discussing with his fellow mobsters that Batman doesn't kill the criminals, he sees that as an excuse not be afraid of him. Batman proves how wrong he is by showing how non-lethal but painful a fall can be, but even he knows that's nothing compared to what the Joker's capable of, as he tells Batman in no uncertain terms.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Batman on letting people die at the hands of the Joker as opposed to unmasking himself.


Other Mobsters

    The Chechen 

The Chechen
"We have to fix real problems: Batman."

Played by: Ritchie Costner

Appears in: The Dark Knight

The head of the Russian Mafiya in Gotham, once a weak outfit that took advantage of the power vacuum left by Falcone. He's entered into an alliance with his fellow mobsters. When the Joker offers to kill Batman, it's the Chechen who puts the word out to hire him.


"Give me one reason I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off."

Played by: Michael Jai White

Appears in: The Dark Knight

A short-tempered mob leader in Gotham, now part of an alliance with his fellow mobsters. Unlike the Chechen, he absolutely despises the Joker. He is quickly killed by the Joker, and his remaining gang is absorbed into the clown's ranks.

  • Angry Black Man: Given his few scenes deal directly with the Joker and his past actionsnote , perfectly justified.
  • Asshole Victim: Being a mob leader, yes.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: His main hangout is a pool hall.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He puts out a bounty to have the Joker delivered to him alive. The Joker's own thugs oblige.
  • Beard of Evil: A violent mobster with a dark beard
  • Black Dude Dies First: Funnily enough an example among murderers instead of civilians as he gets to be the first of the three mob bosses to be killed off in The Dark Knight.
  • Bullying a Dragon: While he's the only mobster opposed to allying with the Joker (if for the wrong reasons), the Joker gets under his skin enough that Gambol antagonizes him, openly puts a bounty on his head and goes as far as pressing his Berserk Button by calling him a freak. He doesn't last long before the Clown Prince personally kills him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Grandmas: When Joker disses Gambol and his grandma, that's when Gambol snaps and wants Joker dead.
  • Expy: Of Jefferson Skeevers.
  • Hot-Blooded: Exhibits this trait throughout the mob meeting, but then again it may stem from being in the same room as The Joker.
  • I Want Them Alive: Somewhat, as he did wish to personally teach the Joker a lesson just enough to double the bounty for him being brought alive.
  • I Gave My Word: "So, for dead, that's five hundred..." "How about alive?"
  • Nothing Is Scarier: His death. The Joker does something (he possibly gave him a grin like Joker's or worse) to him after giving his "Why So Serious" monologue. Whatever the case, one of Gambol's henchmen clearly sees something horrible happen.
  • Only Sane Man: Played with. He is the only mobster seen to consistently oppose allying with the Joker. As the latter's actions would prove, he was absolutely right. Of course he is Right for the Wrong Reasons as he despises the Joker primarily because of his defiant and cheeky behaviour and doesn't turn out to be ready to directly go to war with him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Even though the Joker pointed out Batman is the reason the mob lost their stranglehold over Gotham, Gambol placed a bounty on the Joker for his constant insults.
    Gambol: I'm putting the word out: 500 grand for this clown dead, a million alive—so I get to teach him some manners first.
  • Scary Black Man: Given his mob power and anger, yes he is. It's a pity the Joker's way scarier.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His business affords him some very nice suits.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He doesn't seem to get that the kind of guy who's willing to steal from you, directly confront you and joke about it, and then effortlessly kill one of your enforcers with a "magic" trick just might be a pretty dangerous character. By the time Gambol realizes his mistake, The Joker's already got a blade in his mouth.


"Rest assured, your money is safe."

Played by: Ng Chin Han

Appears in: The Dark Knight

The Hong Kong 'accountant' for the Gotham Mob.

    Bank Manager 

The Manager of Gotham National Bank
"Do you have any idea who you're stealing from? You and your friends are dead!"

Played by: William Fichtner

Appears in: The Dark Knight

A bank manager in charge of a mob bank in Gotham.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: You see that dude with the shotgun? He's in charge of the bank being robbed.
  • Badass Bystander: He's the trope picture for a reason. He looks like one more helpless muggle until he pulls out a shotgun and blows away one of the bank robbers.
  • Badass Boast: He certainly backed up his promise by taking down two of the other bank robbers before getting gunned down by the Joker. Even then, he still managed to survive multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and remained conscious long enough to spite his attacker.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted as he does eventually run out of bullets, but not before he shoots six times in a row without reloading.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Does not have a high opinion of criminals who kill each other for money, as he tells the Joker's bank robbers in no uncertain terms.
  • Honor Among Thieves: "Criminals in this town used to believe in things. Honor. Respect."
  • No Name Given: This is why his folder states "The Manager of Gotham National Bank".
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Why else would he have one in his desk?

Other Criminals


"You don't want to die, but you don't know how to take a life."

Played by: Tommy Lister

Appears in: The Dark Knight

A large, intimidating criminal on the ferryboat. When told about the Joker's social experiment, he convinces the guards to give him the detonator, which he then immediately throws in to the water to prove the Joker wrong.

  • Anti-Villain: He most likely committed a felony of some kind, but that does not necessarily make him irredeemable.
  • The Atoner: Whatever it was that landed him in prison, he's making up for it by putting other people's lives before his own.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: When the guards are faced with the moral dilemma, he's the one who takes charge.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When he throws the detonator out the window, as far as he knows he was going to die within minutes with no chance to escape. As the others react with shock and despair, what does he do? Calmly walks back to his seat, crosses his arms, and waits patiently.
  • Heroic Bystander: One convict among many who stands up to the Joker and saves two boatloads of people.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Fully expected to be making one when he threw the detonator away.
  • Large and in Charge: The cop doesn't come up to his shoulders.
  • Rousseau Was Right: This convict, who shows that love, kindness and decency can come from the seemingly ugliest and darkest of places, is the strongest case against the Joker's cynical ideology of fundamental human ugliness. It's also plainly on display with the other convicts who back him up when he intimidates the warden into giving him the detonator. None of them bat an eye when he tossed the detonator overboard. It's clear he told them what he planned to do and they backed him up fully aware of his intentions.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted. While he's a tall, broad-shouldered convict with an intense demeanor, he shows that he's a good person by not condemning the people on the other ferry.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Considering he chucked the detonator after saying "Give it to me and I'll do what you should've did ten minutes ago," he was condemning the warden for even considering blowing up the other ferry.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Whatever his failings may have been prior to his sentencing, he adamantly refuses to kill the other ferry's passengers even though not doing so will result in his certain death.

    Thomas Schiff 

Thomas Schiff

Played by: David Dastmalchian

Appears in: The Dark Knight

A paranoid schizophrenic and former Arkham inmate. One of the Joker's henchmen.



Played by: Aidan Feore

Appears in: The Dark Knight

Another of the Joker's henchmen recruited among the former inmates of Arkham.



Played by: Danny Goldring

Appears in: The Dark Knight

One of the Joker's masked thugs who participated in the robbery of Gotham National Bank.

Alternative Title(s): The Dark Knight Saga The Mob And Other Criminals


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