|First Appearance:||Batman: The Telltale Series|
|Created by:|| Bob Kane|
|Abilities:|| Genius-level intelligence|
|Portrayed by:||Anthony Ingruber (voice)|
"John Doe" was a patient at Arkham Asylum. His history before his stay at the Asylum is unknown, even by the staff themselves. Whilst Bruce Wayne was incarcerated, he acted as an ally to the billionaire and helped set up an escape attempt. After being discharged from the asylum, John would go on to associate with a group called the Pact, whom he wished Bruce to get involved with.
Nobody truly has an identity for "John", with the name given to him by the Asylum staff. His background is unknown, not giving much of a story to anyone who meets him. Other inmates were scared of him, particularly Victor Zsasz, who found him unpredictable. However, to staff members, particularly Doctors Joan Leland and Harleen Quinzel, he seemed to be recovering and one of the more cooperative of the inmates.
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Upon Bruce Wayne's arrival in the asylum, he was attacked by two inmates. Upon arriving, John brutally assaulted them and offered help to Bruce. With Dr. Leland arriving, he tried to vouch that he had helped Bruce and that the billionaire had attacked the other inmates in defense. With Bruce either going along with or denying this, they left the cell to take him to the asylum's lobby.
As they walked through the Asylum, John conversed with Leland, though kept his eye on Bruce, saving him from a cannibal who complained about "not being able to taste". He also banged violently on another inmates door after he tried to use the phone, something Leland noticed. As they arrived in the Lobby, John bullied "Sane Lewis" out of his seat and left to get the remote from Leland. Before he left, he gave Bruce a key, asking him to use it.
When he returned, he turned over to the Gotham City News Channel, where he witnessed Harvey Dent announcing his imprisonment of Bruce to Arkham. Laughing at Dent's ramblings and his war with Lady Arkham, he was put down for these by Bruce. However, John also revealed his knowledge that Vicki Vale was Arkham's civilian identity, a piece of information he suspected Bruce to know. When the billionaire confirmed his mutual knowledge, John offered to help set him free, having noticed a "darker side" to him as he had attacked Oswald Cobblepot and knowing that letting him out would lead the billionaire [to find and fight her].
He then revealed Vale's past as the Arkham family's daughter, having been adopted by the Vales following her parent's murder on Thomas Wayne's orders. He offered to set Bruce free, but that he would require a favor if he did so. Bruce can accept or decline this offer, but John will continue regardless of his choice.
Walking up to Zsasz, who was playing chess with another inmate, he asked him what would happen if a tally mark was made before a kill. With him unable to respond, he cut the serial killer's face with a knife, causing him to lash out into his old ways. Offering a knife, he hoped that Zsasz's psychotic attack might distract the orderlies long enough for Bruce to get the phone and call to be released. With this, Bruce can decide to either go with the plan or help the orderlies.
Bruce puts himself in front of Victor and tries to stop the fighting. However, he is unable to and is knocked out by Victor. As he leaves the asylum with his butler, John calls out to "ask the Vales" as he is taken away to his cell.
Bruce chooses to use the riot as a distraction to use the phone and continue with John's plan. After calling either Lt. Gordon or his lawyers to release him, John talks to him, telling to "ask the Vales". As Bruce is taken away by Leland and an orderly, he tells Bruce that the two will see each other soon. John also sees Bruce as he leaves the asylum, reminding him of their deal.
Doe was among the inmates set free during the Children of Arkham's attempted break out. However, unlike the other inmates, he simply watched the chaos unfold, enjoying every second of it. After witnessing Batman defeat Zsasz, he clapped maniacally and told the vigilante how he "admired [his] work". When the GCPD stormed the room, he remained calm as an officer came in to arrest him.
In the following week, the staff at Arkham deemed him sane and decided to release him, believing that he could readjust to society. However, between his release and the GCPD's press conference, he hired an assassin to attack the event and prevent Gordon from rallying Gotham behind him. Depending on whether Bruce attends as himself or Batman, two possibilities will take place.
The assassin targets Bruce, driving the van towards him and the crowd following his announcement to either support the GCPD or cease construction on a mental hospital to fund and repair Arkham Asylum. After watching the assassin fail from the Stacked Deck bar, he promises to see Bruce soon, taking a drink and laughing maniacally.
The assassin targets Gordon, driving the van towards him and the crowd after reading a message sent to the city from the vigilante. As the van approaches Gordon, the vigilante jumps down and saves the newly appointed Commissioner from the assassin and knocking him out. As he watches from the Stacked Deck bar, John promises to try and top it with another attack, taking a drink and laughing maniacally.
During the year of freedom, "John" claimed to have found it hard to readjust to society. He also became acquainted with some of the world's most dangerous criminals, forming a group known as the Pact. John became one of the most wanted people in the world for "The Agency" and its director Amanda Waller, due to his connection with many of these criminals. After one of the criminals within the Pact, the Riddler, fell out with John and the group, due to his decision to attack Gotham and attract Batman's attention, he decided to invoke the favor he asked from Bruce.
Meeting him at the funeral for one of Wayne's friends, Lucius Fox, John got talking with the dead man's daughter, Tiffany, though made many inappropriate comments until Bruce interrupted the conversation and pulled him aside. John gave him a card he had bought and the two took places as the sermon began. During this, John asked Bruce to meet the Pact for him and join the group, in return of the favor he asked back at Arkham. When he mentioned the Riddler, Bruce began to ask information about him, leading to John giving him information about his operations in the East End of Gotham. As the funeral finished, John decided to leave, hoping to see Bruce again. Bruce has the opportunity to attach a tracking device to John, which he will seemingly not notice.
Later, John managed to learn about Riddler's safe house in the East End, he sent Bruce information about it. He also recommended talking to Rumi Mori, who had been on the criminal's kill list after refusing to sell one of his biotech companies. It is currently unknown whether John was the person who shot the Riddler with a poisoned dart, but it can be assumed that he and/or another member of the Pact arranged the murder to prevent Waller from learning about the groups operations.
The following morning, John was contacted by Bruce, who had decided to take up his offer to join the Pact. Bruce found him at the Stacked Deck, in the midst of therapy with a patron called Willy. After finishing off, the two left for the bar, during which John ordered him another drink. If Bruce placed the tracking device on him, John will reveal his knowledge of it and seemingly forgive him for placing it on him. When Bruce asked about his involvement in the Riddler's death, John denied it and talked about Bruce joining him as a member of the Pact. He also admitted to having lied about Riddler's involvement with the group and promised not to have anymore secrets between him and Bruce. He also offered a pinky swear, which Bruce has the opportunity of accepting. Whilst contacting Harley to let her know, Willy tried to attack Bruce. If Bruce chooses to subdue Willy, he will film the incident and, as the bartender calls the cops, decides to leave.
After receiving a text from Harley letting him know she was interested, he told Bruce about what had been decided and told him about his feelings for her. He also decided to hotwire a car, during which he asked for Bruce's assistance. When Harley arrived, he introduced the two and, at Harley's request, collected a slushy for her from a vender. When he returned, they left in the car as the owner returned. When Harley flirted with Bruce, he showed signs of being uncomfortable and even snatched the slushy when she offered him a drink. When they arrived, they initially stayed behind in the car, but followed him into the building shortly afterwards.
"John" seems to be a rather sadistic character, enjoying the pain of others, for the thrill of entertainment. Such example is when he caused Zsasz to have a violent outburst, due to his tallymarks not being equal to his kill count, saying he "hasn't had this much fun in a long time." He also seems to enjoy chaos in general, as he seems to find the Children of Arkham's actions fairly entertaining, and Harvey's wavering sanity is painfully obvious to him, but he enjoys it. He also seems to enjoy harmless pranks, giving Bruce Wayne a key that didn't seem to unlock anything, laughing at how Bruce "actually tried it". According to Leland, John also has issues with rejection, something confirmed if Bruce decides not to go through with their "favor".
John was very welcoming to Bruce when he first arrived, personally saving the billionaire from a group of patients that tried to attack him. He even willingly organized him to give him a chance of making a phone call, in return for a favor when he left Arkham. Dialogue he shares with Bruce hints that he may know the billionaire is actually Batman. When John was released, he only made contact with Bruce a year later, hoping to have him join the Pact. When he discovered Bruce was tracking down the Riddler, he also offered to give him information on how to find him, a promise which he kept. Bruce would later join the Pact, with John ecstatic that he could join, and assisted in the process for his induction. Depending on dialogue chosen and decisions made, John's relationship with Bruce may change in the future.
During the Arkham riots, where he first met Batman, John simply commented on how "inspiring" he had taken down Zsasz and stated that it was a pleasure to see his work up in person. He also had a blank frame, which he was reserving for a photo of him and the vigilante, though it is unknown what his plans were with him.
Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley QuinnEdit
Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. FreezeEdit
- "John" is based on the Joker, Batman's most iconic adversary and whom many consider the superhero's arch-nemesis. Internally, Telltale constantly refer to him as the "prototype Joker", with his future personality and actions dependent on choices and dialogue chosen by the player.