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.
Falcone Crime Family
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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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.
- HeelFace 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, 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.
Played by: Tim Booth
Appears in: Batman Begins
A mob hitman with with a penchant for carving knife marks into his skin.
- Adaptation Expansion: His role is much more expanded in the Batman Begins video game.
- Ax-Crazy: The knife carving thing and his general violence is a good argument for Arkham.
- Bald of Evil: Just look at his picture and see if he has a full head of hair.
- Beard of Evil: A goatee in this version.
- The Cameo: He makes one scene.
- Covered with Scars: Glimpsed briefly during the Arkham break-out as a little Mythology Gag.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Evil ones.
- Kill Tally: Like in the comics, he has a literal version, as he's carved tally marks into his body for those he's killed.
- Knife Nut: A penchant for carving knife marks into his skin.
- Psycho for Hire: Arkham innmate and mob hitman.
- Serial Killer: An Implied Trope, since there's so many scars on his body and if you know about his comic book origin...
- Smug Smiler: During his trial, he breaks into a big grin when Crane testifies in his favor.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's spelled "Zsasz" in the original comics.
Salvatore 'Sal' Maroni
Played by: Eric 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...
- Affably Evil: He seems genuinely apologetic for what happened to Harvey and Rachel.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Aspires to replace Falcone as the new master of Gotham but he's no threat compared to the Joker. 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: Even he gets bothered by the extent to which Joker is willing to go to get to Batman and Dent, and he finally finds the courage to rat the Joker to Gordon when Dent is disfigured and Rachel is killed.
- Evil Cripple: Played with. After being dropped by Batman, he's next seen moving around on a crutch... and all too ready to rat the Joker to Gordon after Joker raised the stakes significantly, to put it lightly.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He mainly cares about making profit, and there's absolutely no profit in the Joker's actions. Plus, when he refuses to rat the Joker to Batman, it's implied that it's more out of fear of what the Joker would do. 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.
- 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.
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.
- Beard of Evil: As is typical of the Mafiya.
- Beneath the Mask: Is the only mob boss to take the Joker seriously from the get-go, but when the Joker burns a huge fortune and declares he's taking over the Chechen's gang, he loses his temper and calls the Joker a "freak". Unfortunately it's the Joker's Berserk Button.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Being dismembered alive and fed to your pet dogs is an expected humiliation dealt by Roman dictators, or Shakespeare, but the Joker doesn't mind.
- Death by Irony: After Lau betrays all of his clients and the media broadcasts it as a bulletin, the mob leaders watch on the TV set in one of Maroni's diners - except Chechen, who is happily dicing a piece of steak, eating each piece as it's cut. See Cruel and Unusual Death above for reference.
- Deal with the Devil: His willingness to hire the clearly mentally unstable Joker definitely qualifies. Needless to say it ends very badly for him.
- Didn't Think This Through: He's the one most eager to hire the Joker so he can kill off Batman. Lending his mob to the Joker as well, however, turned out to be a bad idea.
- Eaten Alive: Implied. There's no reason to suggest otherwise after the Joker simply tosses one of his mooks a simple switchblade. See Cruel and Unusual Death above for specifics.
- Enemy Mine:
- In the animated bridge between films, Maroni and the Chechen get both their asses kicked by Batman and end their war.
- He's willing to listen to the Joker's proposition while Maroni is still smirking in contempt and Gambol is fuming at the mere sight of him. After Batman captures Lau, the Chechen calls in the Joker without bothering to clear it with Maroni first.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "The Chechen" is the only name we're given for him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Implied to have been fed to his own dogs.
- Killed Offscreen: Justified considering Batman's history as a comic, and thus the targeted demographic, being eaten alive isn't a pleasant sight, ever.
- Large Ham: "My dogs! Are! HOON-GRAY!!"
- Laser-Guided Karma: He's done in by the same psychopath he had no qualms about hiring earlier.
- The Mafiya: The Russian branch.
- Only in It for the Money: This is why he's so angry when the Joker burns it all.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Is pissed when Crane gives him fear toxins to sell as recreational drugs that ruined the sanity of one of his customers and angrily confronted him. Not because he has a problem with the fear toxins or with broken minds, but because his business relies on repeat customers not people who are going to be scared off drugs.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Resembles an odd Al Pacino impression. Even the Joker mocks it near the end!
Played by: Michael Jai 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.
- 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 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.
Played by: Ng Chin Han
Appears in: The Dark Knight
The Hong Kong 'accountant' for the Gotham Mob.
- Bound and Gagged: By Joker. This obviously does not end well for him.
- The Chessmaster"I'm very good at calculations."
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: His assurance of safety is worthless because he's only concenered about his own.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Account with a PHD in money laundering.
- Dirty Coward: Noted to be a "squealer" by Joker and indeed, is not above selling out others to save his own skin. He abruptly ended his video conference with the mob after the accusation.
- The Evil Genius: Uses his calculating skills for evil.
- Kill It with Fire: The Joker does this to him; while he is tied up on top of a bunch of the Gotham Mob's money.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: Mobs turn to him to hide their dirty money, so he qualifies.
- Mythology Gag: Constant mentions of being good with calculations implies he could be lesser known Batman villain turned mob accountant The Calculator.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Sells out his clients very quickly when caught. Just as the Joker predicted.
- Out-Gambitted: By both Batman and the Joker.
- Smug Snake: He looks so confident when he says the "money is safe".....
- The Stool Pigeon: Once he's captured he's ready cut a deal and sell out the Gotham mobsters.
The Manager of Gotham National Bank
Played by: William 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?
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.
Played by: David Dastmalchian
Appears in: The Dark Knight
A paranoid schizophrenic and former Arkham inmate. One of the Joker's henchmen.
- Ax-Crazy: A paranoid schizophrenic and former Arkham inmate.
- Giggling Villain: Prone to nervous laughter.
- Impersonating an Officer: He's posing as a policeman doing the 21-Gun Salute for the police commissioner's funeral.
- Mook: One of the Joker's henchmen.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Harvey's interrogation.
Played by: Aidan Feore
Appears in: The Dark Knight
Another of the Joker's henchmen recruited among the former inmates of Arkham.
- Ax-Crazy: A villain from the nuthouse.
- Beard of Evil: He most likely doesn't have any concept for personal grooming.
- Cassandra Truth: The cops don't believe him when he tells them his insides hurt.
- Hearing Voices: The Joker promised him he'd make them go away...
- Psychopathic Man Child: His stomach complaints come across as a child that doesn't want to go to school, and yes is dangerous.
- Mook: Joker's henchman.
- Why Am I Ticking?: He's not aware that the Joker crudely implanted a bomb inside his stomach.