Bob Hawkins, better known as Bob the Goon was the Joker's close and trusted friend and first lieutenant among his Goons, until he was shot by Joker himself. He had shoulder-length blond hair, chin stubble, and a scar on his left cheek. Like the Joker's other followers, he was regularly seen wearing a dark purple leather jacket adorned with Joker themed patches and sunglasses. The maximum number of joker card patches on his right shoulder indicated his top rank in the gang.
Bob's personality was darkly jovial, as he was fond of laughing at his boss's morbid yet witty comments.
During Jack Napier's career in the mob, his most loyal enforcer and friend was Bob, who defended and protected Jack wherever he went, according to Jack. Bob was always busy trying to accommodate Napier, even in little things such as straightening the mirror or polishing the door handle of Jack's car.
In one incident, Lt. Max Eckhardt pulled his gun on Jack, and Bob immediately went to his friend's aid, and stood close to him while he aimed his own gun at Eckhardt.
Setup at Axis ChemicalsEdit
Bob accompanied Jack to Axis Chemicals. Bob nervously weaved back and forth as the torchman finally cut through the safe, which was found to be empty. The group realized it was a setup, exiting the room carefully. Bob entered a firefight with GCPD soon after. Bob threatened Batman to let Jack go, pressing his pistol to the side of Commissioner Gordon's head. He then made his way toward the exit, and called for Jack to follow. After seeing Batman seemingly drop his friend into toxic waste, Bob made a hasty retreat from the facility as police continued to gather.
Even after the incident that disfigured Napier and shattered his sanity, Bob still remained a steadfast Aide-de-Camp to the newly-dubbed "Joker". Bob was always dutifully present at the Joker's side, no matter what the circumstances. Bob led the Joker's new personal army of goons. Bob continued to perform many chores for his friend. After witnessing Joker kill Boss Rotelli with a high-voltage joybuzzer, the other mob leaders were dismissed. Joker then appointed Bob to investigate Alexander Knox to find out everything that he was trying to dig up on Batman. Before being left to this task, Joker then reminded Bob of him being his number one in a very similar manner to how Grissom told Jack Napier himself, this just prior to the failed Axis Chemicals heist.
Bob scouted City Hall in his usual attire while Joker and the rest of the goons posed as street mimes, planning an unsuspected mob hit on Vinnie Ricorso. He took photos as from behind cover while the mime goons distracted onlookers.
Moving into Axis ChemicalsEdit
After the massacre at City Hall, Joker decided to move their operation from Grissom's penthouse building to Axis Chemicals. After draping elegant fabrics around pipeworks, Joker created an office and photo collage room. Bob would often watch Action News reports with Joker here. In the collage room hundreds of photos taken by the pair were scattered on the floor and table, there Bob presented photos and information he collected on his excursions downtown. When Bob brought back his report on Knox, he told Joker of his partner Vicki Vale, to whom the Joker became romantically obsessed. After seeing her photo, Joker tasked Bob with brining him the phonebook.
When the Joker arranged to meet Vicki at the Flugelheim Museum, Bob enjoyed himself while he vandalized the priceless paintings with a large knife, although Joker stopped him from carving up Francis Bacon's Figure with Meat. Bob later carried the Joker's cane and escorted Alicia Hunt from the Joker Van, unable to walk by herself. Shortly thereafter Batman crashed through the overhead skylight and rescued Vale, firing a zipline to the main entrance. While the rest of the gang immediately gave chase, Bob and Lawrence stood beside Joker as he pondered where he gets such devices.
Bob and the rest of the gang jumped into their Joker Goon Cars to pursue the Batmobile. Eventually the pair jumped out to continue to flee the gang on foot. After cornering Batman in an alley, the gang emerged from their vehicle. The the tall goon and fedora goon each fired a shot into Batman's chest after the fat goon struck his back with a pipe. The group realized that there was no blood, then observed that Batman appeared to wear body armor. Bob, when the courage returned in his voice, ordered Batman to be unmasked. Vicki Vale took a photo of the group next to the unmasked Batman, prompted Bob to order her shot. Batman stopped playing dead at this point, the other henchmen were quickly taken down. Bob stood back during the melee and witnessed a Swordsman Joker Goon flip over a fence and fight Batman, but didn't he last much longer. Bob himself was then challenged by Batman, but dropped his knife and fled the scene.
Visiting Vicki Vale's apartmentEdit
Bob accompanied Joker and Lawrence to Vale's apartment the following day, carrying a large gift box.
Bob helped distribute cash to the crowd from a garbage bag while Joker danced and posed to the song "Trust." Bob met his end after Batman ruined the Joker's scheme to poison the public at Gotham City's 200th Anniversary Parade with Smylex. The Joker, looking for somebody to take his anger out on, asked Bob for his gun. Bob immediately obeyed, and was shot and killed. "I'm gonna need a minute or two alone, boys", Joker said in a moment of mock reflection. Bob's revolver was then handed to fedora goon, who enthusiastically carried out the order.
Behind the Scenes Edit
- Jack Nicholson was asked if there was anyone in particular he'd like to have fill the Bob the Goon role. Character actor Tracey Walter was his number one choice as he and Walter are close friends.
- Initially was there an alternate scene filmed in which Tracey Walter fought Michael Keaton with a knife. Producer Jon Peters was dissatisfied with how this fight turned out, and got second unit director Peter MacDonald to reshoot the scene entirely with martial artist Dave Lea playing Batman. In place of Bob, a new goon with swords was introduced played by Sken Kaewpadung. Though the scene was cut, it could still be seen in documentaries and trading cards.
- In the Batman script, Bob was identified as Robert Hawkins. The novelization of the film confirmed that as Bob's legal name.
- Bob is one of the only non-superhero/supervillain characters to get an action figure. In 1989 ToyBiz released a Bob figure with a "button activated power kick!". The information card on the back of his figure card identified him as Robert "Crazy Bob" Capistrano, which creates a contradiction to the Hawkins surname identified in the novelization. In the early days of franchising, licensees sometimes created discrepancies in identifying characters and objects.
- Some of the Joker goons in the 1989 Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum and Amiga video game adaptions of the Batman film were based off Bob, who shot at Batman. In the first level at Axis Chemicals, he was depicted wearing a trench coat, and in the final level at the Gotham Cathedral, he wore a Joker goon jacket, just like in the film (in the Amstrad CPC, GX4000, MSX, and Commodore 64 version, Bob only appeared in the Gotham Cathedral Level).
- Bob the Goon's name was the influence behind Kevin Smith's character Silent Bob in Clerks as stated in his An Evening with Kevin Smith special.
- "Who Mourns for Bob the Goon?" was a play developed by Joshua Young (Playwright) and Lucia Bellini (Director). It was a black comedy that tells the story of a man who believes he's the obscure comic book character "Bob the Goon", a loyal Joker henchman from "Batman '89". The audience follows Bob as he attends a special therapy group for individuals who all think they are, or were, third tier comic book characters.