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Hush
Hush-character
General Information
Real name: Thomas Elliot
First Appearance: Batman: Arkham City (Batman #609)
Created by: Jeph Loeb
Jim Lee
Scott Williams
Affiliations: None
Abilities: Neurologist
Genius level intellect
Portrayed by: Kevin Conroy (voice)


"It took time, of course, to find the perfect donors. To graft on the flesh and, finally, to lose myself in order to create...this."
―Hush to Batman when he reveals his pieced-together face which looks exactly like Bruce Wayne.[src]

Hush, formally known as Doctor Thomas Elliot, was born into a wealthy family and was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, but, unlike Bruce, despised his parents due to his father's abusive nature and his mother's inability to control his father's temper towards him. Driven by independence and wealth, he cut the brakes of his parent's car which killed his father and severely injured his mother, who only survived due to the surgical skills of Thomas Wayne, Bruce's father.

Elliot was then forced to wait for his mother to die many years later to obtain the fortune, developing a violent and maddened rage towards the Wayne family, which would eventually centralize on only Bruce after the death of his parents. Driven by a desire for revenge against Bruce, Elliot has spent decades developing an elaborate scheme to ruin Bruce's life and satisfy his lust for vengeance.

Biography

Batman: Arkham Origins

Although he does not appear, Thomas Elliot is mentioned by Alfred; he tells Bruce that Thomas called to celebrate a surgery he just completed. Also, in Bane's lair, there is a newspaper on the floor with the topic "The Identity Thief Strikes Again". This means Elliot has already started constructing the mask of Bruce Wayne's face and finally finished it in Arkham City.

After Arkham Origins

When the Asylum was opened again Thomas Elliot started working there as a doctor.

At some point, he was the one responsible for the surgery that separated Hammer and Sickle, having been hired by the Joker to perform the surgery in exchange for the finances that would fund his later surgeries.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Although Hush doesn't appear, Doctor Thomas Elliot's night shifts appear on a duty roster hanging on the wall of the Surgery Room. Scanning his shift on the roster unlocks his bio. The duty roster confirms that he was recently treating The Mad Hatter and Firefly.

After Arkham Asylum

Thomas Elliot likely continued to work as a doctor at Arkham until his appearance in Arkham City.

Batman: Arkham City

Hush appears early during the events of Arkham City in the Gotham Cathedral, which has been made into the new medical facility for the prison. After Batman rescues all the doctors and nurses from Joker's crew, Batman finds Thomas Elliot (although his name is not known at this point) on a gurney with his face covered in bandages and holding onto a crate. Another doctor, Adam Hamasaki, informs Batman that the patient was a doctor and amazing surgeon who transferred to Arkham City from Arkham Asylum. Over the course of several weeks though, Elliot stole various drugs and then cut his own face off. He was found by Adam while laughing in a corner and holding onto a crate, leading Adam to believe that the gifted surgeon had lost his grip on sanity due to the hellish nature of Arkham City. He wrapped Elliot's face in bandages, but was unable to pry the crate from the man's hands.

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Elliot, as Hush, reveals himself to Batman.

While Adam believed Elliot simply lost his sanity, the truth was far more insidious. In reality, Thomas Elliot led another life as a serial killer known as "The Identity Thief", who had been murdering people in Gotham City, surgically removing their faces, and storing them in a crate for his own purposes. Elliot's goal was to take the faces of individuals with similar facial features as Bruce Wayne, with whom he held a personnel vendetta against, and surgically graft them onto his own face so that he could assume the identity of Bruce Wayne.

After learning that several of his targets have been incarcerated in Arkham City, Elliot transferred to the super prison to complete his plans, starting with removing his own face and grafting the skin of his victims on his own. Now known as Hush, Elliot escaped the Cathedral while Riddler was abducting the rest of the medical staff and made his way to an old brownstone behind the Solomon Wayne Courthouse.

While on his mission to discover the truth behind Protocol 10, eventually, Batman pursues Hush while the killer murders several more victims to remove their faces, using several complex forensic methods to cover his tracks. Batman surmises that the murders are so well executed that the killer had to have been planning them for a very long period of time and is amazed when he learns that the finger prints left at one crime scene is a match to his own. This leads Oracle to speculate that Batman himself may be behind the crimes, proposing that he may have been drugged by Hugo Strange or Scarecrow. Rejecting her idea, Batman continues his search.

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Elliot escapes impersonating Bruce Wayne.

In time Batman uncovers a third victim matching the same characteristics as the previous victims. While studying the crime scene he realizes that there are traces of bleach nearby. Following the trail, Batman eventually locates an Arkham inmate that said he'd been paid off by Bruce Wayne to dump the body and clean up the area. He reveals the location and Batman heads out to investigate.

When Batman finally tracks Hush to his hideout, he finds a disturbing and heinous makeshift operating chamber where Hush performed his inhuman experiments. It is revealed that Hush surgically altered his face and prints to look like Bruce Wayne by using his victim's faces and prints in his quest for vengeance. He ends up escaping, with Batman commenting he will track Hush down the next night. Contacting Oracle, Batman closed his active case in Arkham City, and opens up a new one for Thomas Elliot, planning on investigating everything related to this former friend of Bruce Wayne and new enemy of Batman once the Arkham City crisis was over.

Quotes

  • "This is the journal of Doctor Thomas Elliot. My work is complete. The pain, though still present, has been worth it. He will suffer for what he did to me. He will suffer the way I have suffered. As I look in the mirror, I understand how Leonardo felt when he finished the Mona Lisa, how Michelangelo felt when David was complete. My work has taken too long, but now it's time for my masterpiece to be unveiled. My new face is ready."
  • "I couldn't have put it better myself. I take it you're here to stop me?"
  • "I think you're too late."
  • "Really?"
  • "Bruce Wayne? It took time, of course. To find the perfect donors. To graft on the flesh and, finally, to lose myself in order to create this."
  • "Unfortunate but necessary to complete my plan."
  • "Would you believe good, old-fashioned revenge? To be honest, I don't care if you do. Wayne will suffer and you will not stop me."
  • "I can see you have your hands full with Arkham City, but it's time for me to leave. Pray we do not meet again. Next time I will not be in such a generous mood."

Trivia

  • This incarnation of Hush removes his victim's faces to graft a new one of his own, rather than using plastic surgery. This is similar to the character Jane Doe from the comics (rather ironically, Jane Doe removed Hush's Bruce Wayne face to wear as her own at one point).
  • It would appear his surgical disguise isn't 100% perfect, as his "Bruce Wayne face" is covered in very noticeable scars from the grafting procedure and he will noticeably press down and pull on his neck and throat and breathe deeply as if trying to readjust the face and his vocal cords from time to time.
  • After hearing Adam's account of what happened to Elliot, the radio next to him will broadcast a story concerning Bruce Wayne's arrest and incarceration in Arkham City. Elliot will move his head suddenly and utter "Wayne" in anger after hearing his name, showing just how obsessed and vengeful Elliot is towards Bruce Wayne.
  • Unlike in the comics, where Hush debuted with a full knowledge of Batman's secret identity (thanks to the Riddler), he is unaware that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one and the same.
  • Elliot is only addressed as either Bruce Wayne, Dr. Thomas Elliot, and the "Identity Thief", never as Hush, implying that this is the first time Batman has fought Hush in the Arkham-Verse.
  • Despite the clearly visible surgical stitches on his face, Elliot is still mistaken by a large number of inmates to be Bruce Wayne. Although they did notice the stitches, they appeared to dismiss this as the wounds Wayne suffered fighting off his various adversaries.
  • In several locations around Arkham City, mostly near Hush's surgical equipment, there can be seen a green necklace. This could be a reference to Elliot's green necklace, which once belonged to his mother.

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