|First Appearance:||Batman: Arkham Asylum, (Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 January 1993)|
|Created by:|| Chuck Dixon|
|Abilities:||Abnormally strong reaction to Venom, giving him incredibly enhanced physical abilities|
|Portrayed by:||Fred Tatasciore (voice)|
A brilliant military mind and strategist, Bane was denied any hope for a normal life when he was forced to rot away within a foreign prison as a child for a crime his father committed. Since his father was able to escape from the government, Bane was forced to take his place in the prison, where he toned his body and mind to perfection and was eventually subjected to military experiments.
Among these experiments came Bane's dependence on the chemical agent, Venom, which granted him incredible strength and adrenaline. Breaking out of the prison, Bane sought to conquer worthy adversaries and make a criminal empire for himself. It wasn't long until he heard legends of Gotham City's Dark Knight and fought the hero numerous times in an effort to prove himself, only to be defeated and arrested time and time again.
In more recent years, Bane became a victim of a sinister plot hatched by The Joker and his pawn, Dr. Penelope Young, who drained the venom from his blood to create an even stronger variation known as Titan. In the end, Dr. Young was murdered and Joker's plans were foiled, but shipments of Titan remained within Gotham. Within Arkham City, Bane hopes to obtain the last remnants of the amazing compound for his own use to finally defeat Batman and become the most worthy opponent throughout the globe.
Imprisoned from birth to serve his dead father's sentence, Bane was raised inside the horrific environs of a Santa Prisca prison. Finding solace in smuggled books and meditation, he developed incredible powers of concentration. When he was subjected to military experiments with the experimental steroid Venom, his iron-forged will helped him survive where other test subjects had died, and he managed to escape. Determined to prove his worth, he sought out Batman and broke the Dark Knight's spine after causing a breakout that took Batman weeks to round up the escaped villains. But Batman recovered and managed to best Bane, cutting off the precious Venom supply that transforms Bane into a superhuman.
Height: 5 ft 6in (When on Venom; 9 ft 2 in)
Weight: 140 pounds (When on Venom; 350 pounds)
- Master strategist
- Intense focus
- Abnormally strong reaction to Venom, giving him incredibly enhanced physical abilities
- Determined to beat Batman, and all others who challenge him
Batman: Arkham OriginsEdit
Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit
After being knocked off Arkham Island by the Batmobile, Bane washed ashore and was quickly recaptured and brought back to Arkham by the GCPD after the Joker's riots. As he recovered from his injuries, Bane sat in solitude and plotted his move in Arkham City, as it was publicly announced Blackgate prison would be closed and all criminals relocated to the new prison. Having no love for his inmates, Bane started an undercover fight club and challenged anyone brave enough to take him on in hand-to-hand combat, all failing to beat his incredible strength.
However, Joker soon heard of the club and sent a member of his crew a surprise in Bane's arena: the Titan formula, abundant in supply at the Joker's base of operations. Nearly defeated, Bane vowed to eradicate all traces of the deadly drug from the streets of Arkham to prevent himself from ever being bested. While Robin investigated the prison posing as a street crook, Bane invaded the Museum and confronted Penguin about his supply of Titan and demanded it to be handed over to him.
However, he was met with Solomon Grundy, who's brute strength and near immortal power forced him to retreat to the Krank Co. Toy Company to plan his capture of all the Titan within Arkham City. Bane later attended Two-Face's court as a juror in the trial to commend Joker's death, voting against the clown prince for his possession of Titan and vowed to collect it for his own.
Batman: Arkham CityEditThe first hint that Bane would likely return in the sequel was the end scene of Batman: Arkham Asylum were he rose out of the water and snatched a Titan Container (one of the three endings). The second hint was in the Catwoman Trailer where we see Osito, Bane's toy bear, in Hugo Strange's vault. He was just featured in the digital comics of Arkham City and is revealed to come back for another chance at the Batman's back.
However, the comics also hint that he also wants to eliminate the Titan formula after an encounter with one of Joker's Henchmen who was injected with the formula and then died of a heart attack during their fight. While investigating Arkham City, Batman discovers Bane hiding in an abandoned toy factory. Bane has come to Gotham in search of the twelve remaining containers of the Joker's Titan drug. Rather than fight, Bane suggests that the two team up in order to collect all of the drug samples so that they can be properly disposed of. Dividing the containers equally, Batman and Bane both set out to find the drug. Later, after disposing of all containers of the drug with his explosive gel, Batman returns to the toy factory to check on Bane's progress. The two are quickly attacked by TYGER guards (replaced by Joker thugs if the main storyline is already completed) and easily defeat them.
After the battle Batman confronts Bane about the Titan and Bane reveals he never intended to destroy it, rather keep it. Bane had already acquired his six containers and was outraged that Batman had destroyed the ones he was sent for. Bane attacked Batman, but he was quickly disarmed and trapped behind a metal security fence.
Batman then reveals that he was actually playing Bane, knowing full well that Bane would double cross him, he used this to his advantage so he could destroy the last six containers in one place rather than look for them all over Arkham City. Bane is then left helpless as Batman destroys the last of the Titan. Bane then asked if he could be let out, but Batman refused, citing that aside from Bane's attempt at double-crossing him, there's still several things for Batman to take care of in Arkham City.
After somehow escaping his predicament Bane later appeared at the Church having been convinced by some of the inmates that there was Titan in the building. After breaking through the blast door Bane was confronted by the guards who tried to stop him but were unable to get past his bullet proof skin. Bane was then about to kill the officers but Azrael quickly came to their rescue. After a brief fight Azrael was able to stop Bane thanks to some assistance from Aaron Cash by cutting off his venom supply. Bane was then once again imprisoned, this time alongside Riddler who was rather upset with his new cell mate.
After Batman: Arkham City Edit
After his recent battles with Batman and subsequent defeats, Bane's body goes into massive drug withdrawal from the lack of both Venom and Titan, serving as the villain's breaking point to finally redeem himself. Realizing that his whole purpose was to free himself of his own torment and not simply kill, destroy, and conquer, Bane decides to finally lay his vendetta with Batman to rest once and for all and goes on a long journey back to Santa Prisca to destroy what truly haunted him as a young child and man; not Batman, but the corruption of the country's government and criminals, which violated his body and mind for years.
Leaving his mask and storage tank and devices within a crate situated in a Gotham shipping yard, Bane spends hundreds of days traveling back to his country, using sheer force of will to overcome his addiction to drugs. Realizing that he will never truly lose all cravings for Venom, Bane decides to take his addiction and lusts and transfer them into motivation to help the people of Santa Prisca and prevent others from being corrupted like he himself was decades ago. Seeing a young child bleed out from a gunshot wound upon his arrival, Bane knew that, beneath the spas and luxury resorts, Santa Prisca was just as corrupt as ever.
Bane's first targets were the drug lords of the country, who continue selling dangerous chemicals to children and engage in mindless gang wars that take the lives of countless innocents each and every day. Bane's new mission was just as bloody as it was with Batman and Gotham, but was now for a much more noble cause as the redeemed man looked upon the severed heads of the 12 most infamous drug lords in the country. Only one more target remained; Peña Duro, the corrupt prison that poisoned his mind and continues to operate. Bane soon demolished its walls and destroyed the corruption at its source, freeing all the innocents in the process.
While Bane was a man who allowed his addiction to define himself for countless years, his recent actions have proven that the small humanity within him, the innocent wish of a child to find peace, was never lost for good. With countless defeats at Batman's hands, the man was able to focus his efforts on the true evils that created him and not on a fleeting image of a self-defined perception of fate from a nightmare. Bane finally found the peace he so desperately craved and allowed himself to finally bring similar peace back to his own country and prevent other children and innocents from being turned into a monster like his former self.
- "That payaso will pay for this."
- "Where should I go next?"
- "I must get it all."
- "Where next?"
- "Shouldn't you be looking for the containers?"
- "What is it? Are you afraid you will fail?"
- "Titan must not leave Arkham City."
- "Help me, Batman. We must not allow these puppets to take the Titan."
- "The Titan is mine!"
- "I will send you back to your master in pieces!"
- "You dare to enter my home!"
- "You cannot beat Bane!"
- "I will snap you fools in two."
- "Stay out of my way, Batman."
- "That was meant for these fools."
- "Sorry, Batman."
- "Let me out of here!"
- "Do not do this, Batman!"
- "Free me!"
- "I will kill you for that!"
- "You can't do this to me!"
- When visiting Bane as Catwoman he tells her that if she doesn't release him he'll kill her too, making her the target of two assassins; the other being Deadshot.
- If one talks to Bane after destroying the Titan before or during Protocol 10, he and Batman are attacked by TYGER guards. If after, they are attacked by inmates.
- When defending the Titan, Bane can be heard shouting "THE TITAN IS MINE!!!" This hints at his betrayal.
- If you find the TITAN before talking with Bane, Batman will correct Bane on how many he believes are out there with how many he already had taken out. However, to make sure that you do not destroy them all before talking to Bane the TITAN container in the Industrial District does not appear until after you talk with him.
- Bane and Killer Croc are the only villains in Arkham City who doesn't have a game over scene, as you don't fight him directly.
- Inside the Confiscated Goods Vault, a teddy that is commonly mistaken as Osito can be seen. The Osito that appeared in Arkham Asylum can be seen in the collapsed Wonder City Streets.
- Bane is one of the only characters in the whole Arkham game series thus far that directly fights alongside Batman against other enemies, the other being Captain James Gordon in Batman: Arkham Origins.