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Frank Boles
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General Information
Real name: Frank Boles
First Appearance: Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Created by: Rocksteady Studios
Affiliations: Arkham Asylum
Joker
Abilities: Proficient with firearms

Great strength

Portrayed by: Danny Jacobs (voice)
"Oh Frankie, you really should learn to keep that fat mouth of yours shut. It'll get you into trouble."
―the Joker[src]

Frank Boles first appeared in Rocksteady Games' Batman: Arkham Asylum in August 2009. He was a corrupt security officer at Arkham Asylum in the employment of the Joker. Boles was instrumental in assisting the Joker and Harley Quinn with their orchestrated takeover of the facility.

BiographyEdit

Frank has been working at Arkham Asylum for eight years. He has the tendency to drink on the job and has been suspended twice for drinking. He also regularly holds poker evenings in the guard rooms. Frank is desperate to be top dog at Arkham; he fails to recognize that he is considered untrustworthy and generally disliked.

BackgroundEdit

It is unclear exactly how exactly Frank Boles met the Joker, although the latter insisted that they went "way back", having known each other for a few years. Boles felt indebted to the Joker after he helped him out of a previous situation, and likely aided in his frequent escapes from Arkham. He also used his own security clearance to give the Joker free rein of the facility whenever he pleased. This proved especially advantageous for the supervillain after he kidnapped Jason Todd, the second Robin, and tortured him in one of Arkham's dilapidated wings.[1]

Once Arkham administrator Quincy Sharp undertook an ambitious mayoral campaign, it became policy at the asylum to cover up undesirable incidents rather than publicize them. Boles became an integral part of this initiative, making fraudulent public statements to the Gotham City Police Department and the press as to the nature of escapes and other catastrophes.[2]

Perhaps Boles proved useful to Sharp in that regard, which is why he was retained on staff despite his rampant alcoholism, unprofessional nature, and several snowballing allegations of excessive force. He was almost universally unpopular among other employees; in their e-mail correspondence psychiatrists Sarah Cassidy and Gretchen Whistler commented on his lecherous attitude towards female staff.[3]

Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit

Boles ultimately found himself embroiled in the Joker's latest scheme to orchestrate the armed takeover of Arkham Island, destroy Batman, and get his hands on the Titan formula, a Venom derivative being developed by the facility's head of research, Penelope Young. He provided valuable security codes to Harley Quinn, which allowed to infiltrate the asylum and gain control of its surveillance and controlled access systems. Boles then paid an unexpected visit to Blackgate Penitentiary, which was destroyed shortly afterwards in a mysterious fire. Although arson was suspected, his involvement was never proven, and the state authorities had little alternative but to transfer most of Blackgate's inmate population - including the Joker's most loyal followers - to Arkham Asylum for temporary holding. The massive influx of Blackgate convicts placed the Arkham security force under unprecedented strain.

These factors allowed the Joker to swiftly seize control of the asylum after being returned there by Batman. Quinn took Sharp hostage and unleashed hundreds of violent offenders. During the chaos, Boles was instructed to kidnap police commissioner James Gordon, who had arrived at Arkham to oversee the Joker's return. He knocked Gordon unconscious and delivered him to Quinn. However, they were tailed by Batman, using his knowledge of the guard's past to isolate trace elements of his bourbon in the atmosphere.

Within the first few hours, the breakout was confined to the Arkham Intensive Treatment Center, and a number of armed security personnel under William North congregated at the building's entrance to prevent it from spreading further. Oblivious to his treachery, however, most were lured away from their posts and shot dead by Boles. Both Quinn and the Joker expressed due appreciation, complimenting Boles as "another valuable employee of the organization". They then just as jovially executed him, as his usefulness to their cause had expired.

Frank's corpse was later discovered by Batman, strapped to a stretcher with a green smile painted over his face and a large sign reading "dead end" chained around his waist. Batman later related the details of his death to both William North and Louie Green. Unmoved, North denounced Boles as "scum", while Green commented on the Joker's fickle loyalties.

Attributes Edit

  • Arrogant belief that he is the best guard at Arkham Asylum
  • Uses sarcasm to cover up insecurities and failures
  • Violent temper has resulted in many injuries to patients
  • Reprimanded constantly for drinking on the job

DialogueEdit

  • "Shut it, clown. A lot of people here really want to talk to you."
  • "I thought I told you to stay quiet!"
  • "Whatever, just be quick!"
  • "Quinn! It's clear! Get your ass in here!"

Notes/TriviaEdit

  • Frank Boles is the only major character in Batman: Arkham Asylum that never directly converses with Batman. Despite his proximity to the Dark Knight during the game's opening sequence, Boles only addresses the Joker and seems oblivious or indifferent to Batman's presence.
  • Frank's security access pass appears in Batman: Arkham VR, and may be used by the player to access an area in Arkham Asylum.

GalleryEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis by Tomasi, Soy, & McCaig. Vol 1 #3. December 2015.
  2. Arkham Asylum 'Completely Secure' Reassures Mayor; Late Night Alarms Confirmed as Test Only
  3. This correspondence, and others, were available as part of a Rocksteady viral marketing campaign in the employees' accounts on Arkhamcare.com. The website is now defunct.

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