|Real name:||Pamela Lillian Isley|
|First Appearance:||Batman: Arkham Asylum, (Batman #181) (June 1966)|
|Created by:|| Robert Kanigher|
|Abilities:|| Expertise in botany and toxicology|
|Portrayed by:||Tasia Valenza (voice)|
- "Nature always wins."
- ―Poison Ivy's last words before she died[src]
Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley was a plant-human hybrid, the result of a scientific experiment gone wrong, and who was known as Poison Ivy. Ivy's known goal was to wipe out all of humanity and cleanse the world of pollution. She developed a variety of powers including pheromone seduction, plant manipulation, and mind control, as well as various toxic based abilities.
Poison Ivy did not actually appear in the game, but she, or rather, her identity of Pamela Isley, was alluded to in the story DLC Cold, Cold Heart, where she was implied to have visited GothCorp sometime between the main story and Mr. Freeze's takeover of GothCorp.
After Arkham OriginsEdit
Ivy's crimes became more ecologically focused as she increasingly abandoned her human side, and identified more with the natural world. Ivy's unique brand of eco-terrorism often put her into conflict with Batman, whose iron will usually protected him from her seductive powers.
Apparently, Ivy preferred to be all natural when in incarceration, with her plants and barely covered herself: she only kept one or two buttons on her shirt buttoned, wore foliage panties, and took on a "naked goddess" persona.
Batman, while searching for Warden Sharp at the Penitentiary of Arkham Asylum, came across Poison Ivy in her cell at the Green Mile. After she sensed that her plants were in pain, Ivy plead desperately with Batman to save them. Not sharing her concern, and knowing full well what kind of havoc that Ivy could wreak if she was released, Batman disregarded her plea, left her in her cell, and continued to look for the Warden. Soon after, Harley Quinn also made her way past Ivy, and Ivy begged her to let her out so that she could rescue her "babies." At first, Harley refused because Ivy wasn't on The Joker's 'Party List;' however, she gave in rather quickly and unlocked the cell door, which left Ivy free to make her way over to the Botanical Gardens.
After he discovered Joker's Secret Lab in the Gardens, Batman went to Ivy, whose plants had been used to help create the venom. Ivy refused to help at first, and decided instead to let the Joker "have his fun," but eventually agreed after Batman threatened to destroy her plants if she didn't cooperate. Ivy then told Batman that the spores that were needed to create the anti-venom were produced by a plant that was located deep in Killer Croc's Lair. Before he left, Batman instructed Ivy to return to her cell or he'd be back, to which Ivy replied that she'd be waiting for him.
The Joker subsequently injected Ivy with the new Titan formula. Instead of creating a "monster plant" as the Joker expected, Ivy remained the same on the outside (although with glowing green irises) but gained an enhancement to her chrolokinetic abilities, inducing rapid growth and evolution amongst her plants, and even among the newly mutated plants were a species that produced glowing airborne toxic spores (though it should be noted that Batman said that Ivy used a similar species of plants during an attack on Gotham City a year ago).
Ivy took the opportunity to take over the entire island with her newly mutated plants, vowed to kill Batman and eventually, the Joker himself, much to his delight; and looked forward to the coming battle. Batman eventually returned to the Gardens with the anti-venom formula, where Ivy beckoned Batman to come to her lair. Along the way, Batman was attacked by two security guards under Ivy's control, and was forced to defeat them both. Batman attempted to inject Ivy's Plants with the anti-venom before he was stopped by an attacking Ivy, who forced him to contend with more Arkham Guards who were infected by her mind-controlling plant spores, including William North and Eddie Burlow. The two engaged in a long and strenuous fight, which resulted in Ivy's defeat. After the Joker's defeat, Ivy was taken back to her cell by the Arkham Staff.
After Arkham AsylumEdit
After being given an overdose of Titan by the Joker, her attempted escape, and mind-control of the Asylum Guards during the Arkham Island Lockdown, Poison Ivy was left to die in her airtight cell by Warden Sharp, who blamed her for the mass destruction of Arkham Island.
As her health started to decline, Ivy prayed for salvation, which came in the form of a priest who was unknowingly covered in pollen from the trees near his church. As he performed the last rites, Ivy manipulated the pollen spores into an antidote that worked in harmony with the unique, natural toxins in her blood, and to the amazement of the priest, she began a full recovery.
Catwoman explained to Batman that while she was procuring stolen goods and other items around Arkham City, she rescued Poison Ivy from TYGER Security, and then dropped her off in Gotham Central Park. It seemed that this was part of a plan by Catwoman to gather powerful allies for future venues in Arkham City. Catwoman promised to water Ivy's plants, a promise which she broke and lead to the events between her and Ivy in Batman: Arkham City.
During his transfer to Arkham City, The Riddler had hired Poison Ivy to help him escape his holding cell so that he could head to his new hideout.
Ivy briefly appeared later in Two-Face's Trial against the Joker as a jury member, where she testified against him, and blamed him for her poisoning, the destruction of Arkham Asylum, and the attempted murder of Harley Quinn.
- "Well what do you have here? Weird, out of place plants... check. Mindless, hypnotized henchmen... check. The oh so subtle odor of rotting pumpkins... check. Looks like I've found the entrance to Ivy's lair."
Poison Ivy's presence in Arkham City came with the Catwoman Online Pass: she appeared in two out of four of Catwoman's Episodes.
While she plotted to break into Hugo Strange's TYGER Confiscated Goods Vault, Catwoman decided to ask Ivy for assistance, and said that she preferred a woman's touch. Catwoman headed to Ivy's Lair, an old hotel, that was full of plants and hypnotized thugs, where Ivy was shown angry with her. Ivy attacked Catwoman with the hypnotized thugs and heat-seeking spores, which Ivy had prepared for months to rid Arkham of "flesh-sacks" and replace them with spores; despite Catwoman explaining that she "just wants to talk". When all the thugs were defeated, Ivy used one of her vines to attack and hang Catwoman upside down, where she expressed her anger over the death of her plants, which Catwoman promised to look after, and stated that the only remaining one of those flowers was within Strange's Vault.
Catwoman offered to retrieve the flower for Ivy if she created a route for her to get into the vault. Ivy agreed reluctantly, and knew that Catwoman could get the plant for her. Catwoman showed some confusion at first, as if Ivy would do it or not. Later, it was shown that Ivy had used her vines to create an underground tunnel to the vault. Once Catwoman was inside the vault, she spotted Ivy's plant, threw it on the floor, and killed it as revenge for Ivy attacking her, and distant screams of Ivy could be heard. When, (or if) Catwoman decided to return to see Ivy, she blamed the death of the plant on Strange. Filled with hatred, Ivy stated that she would soon take her revenge on Strange, and then Gotham.
Ivy was eventually kidnapped, alongside Catwoman, The Carpenter, and Vicki Vale by the Mad Hatter, and brainwashed into believing that they were specific characters from Alice in Wonderland (in Poison Ivy's case, the Red Queen/Queen of Hearts), and later ended up fighting Batman alongside the others before Batman removed the effects of her brainwashing.
Poison Ivy was offered a chance by Scarecrow to take Gotham City and rid themselves of Batman once and for all. Having refused his offer, Scarecrow took Ivy prisoner and brought to his penthouse in Chinatown as a test subject for his new fear gas. Fortunately for Ivy, the gas didn't affect her and she was taken into custody by Batman once he took down Scarecrow's goons. Ivy was taken to the GCPD in the Batmobile and placed in an isolation chamber.
Later, Batman realized he needed a way to counter the effects of Scarecrow's new toxin and that Ivy was the only one that showed a natural immunity to it. Heading back to the GCPD, Ivy revealed to Batman that she created a spore to counter the effects of Crane's toxin which she used on a molecular level. She also theorized that she could make the whole city immune as well, but she couldn't produce enough on her own. The only way for her to do so would be at Gotham's Botanical Gardens which was where Batman took her. Ivy began manipulating the only living large plant in the gardens with the help of the Batmobile's ground penetrating sonar emitter. Once the plant was brought back to life, the Arkham Knight's Militia began attacking it, leading to Batman having to defend Ivy while she worked to produce the spore.
When the Knight sent more troops and tanks to attack the Botanical Gardens, Ivy utilized the plant she was in and Batman used the Batmobile to take on more tanks that came into the vicinity of the gardens. After taking out the drones, the militia sent Cobra tanks to attack them, which Batman took down on his own. Realizing Ivy wasn't safe, Batman tried bringing her back to the GCPD only to be alerted by Alfred on the Cloudburst which went off, sending Crane's fear toxin throughout Gotham. The toxin actually caused her plants to begin dying, so she stayed with them while Batman went to find Simon Staggs in hopes of destroying the cloud of fear toxins.
After Batman dealt with the cloudburst and the Arkham Knight, Batman headed for the gardens once more to check on Ivy. When he arrived, he found a weak Ivy giving one last burst of power she had into the plant, restoring it and absorbing Crane's toxins into herself. Batman held her in his arms before she dissolved into particles, thus dying from the effects of the toxins. After her corpse disintegrated, the plants she used, cleansed Gotham of all the toxins.
(Patient Interview #41; November 12)
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Patient interview. Pamela Lillian Isley. November 12, 11:33 AM. Good morning, Pamela. How are you today?"
- Poison Ivy: "Fine. Today is a special day."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "What do you mean?"
- Poison Ivy: "This is the anniversary of my new life, when I found my true self, my destiny."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Are you referring to the event with Dr. Woodrue?"
- Poison Ivy: "Yes, what else? Of course, at the time I thought Jason had poisoned me, but in retrospect he did me a huge favor."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "And why do you believe what he did has... helped you?"
- Poison Ivy: "He showed me the bigger world. A world I should protect. Of course, my first offer was rejected."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Offer? You tried to kill everyone in Gotham."
- Poison Ivy: "Well, sometimes you need to prune back hard in order to make something flourish."
(Patient Interview #42; November 13)
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Patient interview. Pamela Lillian Isley. November 14, 10:21 AM. Hello, Pamela. Today I'd like to go back to something you said in our last conversation."
- Poison Ivy: "Ask me anything you like."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "You said your first offer to help Gotham was rejected. How can you possibly believe that?"
- Poison Ivy: "What do you mean?"
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "You released thousands of poisonous spores into Gotham, killed hundreds of people. How does that help anybody?"
- Poison Ivy: "I'm not interested in bodies, Doctor. Horrible fleshy sacks walking around destroying my poor babies with their greed and arrogance."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "But aren't you one of those fleshy sacks? You're a... were a doctor too. How can you turn your back on us?"
- Poison Ivy: "Quite easily, as it happens, but not you....Stephen. You're different. I feel we have a connection."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Really? You do?" (Dr. Kellerman is slowly being seduced by Ivy's mind control and is falling under her spell)
- Poison Ivy: "Of course.."
(Patient Interview #43; November 15)
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Pamela! I got you what you asked for. Do you like it?"
- Poison Ivy: "Oh yes, Stephen, I love it. Such a beautiful flower. Do you mind it if i keep it?"
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Oh no, Pamela. I can't leave it. It's against all the rules. I'll just bring it and show it to you when I visit."
- Poison Ivy: "But it's me, Stephen. I get so lonely on my own. You wouldn't want me to be lonely, would you?"
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "No, of course not. Keep it. Just don't let anyone see it. Really. No one."
- Poison Ivy: "You can trust me, Stephen. Thank you. Now give me a kiss."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "I can't... people will see."
- Poison Ivy: "No one's watching. What is wrong with you? Don't you love me? Call me Ivy."
- Dr. Stephen Kellerman: "Of course I love you."
(Patient Interrogation # 1; November 17)
- Warden Quincy Sharp: Where is Doctor Kellerman?
- Pamela Isley: How should I know, Warden? It does seem careless of you to have lost him.
- Warden Quincy Sharp: I have no time for your games Miss Isley. Tell me where you have him. We have security footage of you and him leaving your cell last night.
- Pamela Isley: So?
- Warden Quincy Sharp: Do I need to spell it out? We know you hypnotized him, or whatever it is that you do. We know he took you somewhere, but conveniently, security cameras across the island were mysteriously covered by leaves and flowers at 3 AM. Now tell me where he is!
- Pamela Isley: I’m not saying a word unless you do exactly what I tell you to do.
(Patient Interrogation # 3; November 18)
- Warden Quincy Sharp: We found him. No thanks to you. The poor man could have died.
- Pamela Isley: So?
- Warden Quincy Sharp: He has a wife. A child.
- Pamela Isley: As do the plants he tramples underfoot. The spores he breathes in and destroys my children. Why does he deserve anything more than them? You people ignore what is happening in front of your eyes.
- Warden Quincy Sharp: I refuse to put the welfare of plants before the welfare of people.
- Pamela Isley: And that is why you will lose. There's more happening than you know, Warden. It’s all connected.
Height = 5' 8"
Weight = 115 pounds
Yet another patient whose treatment is complicated by a bizarre medical condition, Isley has a modified genetic code that incorporates plant DNA and renders her physically toxic to others. She is essentially deeply antisocial, believing herself to be not only inhuman but superior to others; this diagnosis is tied into her hypersexuality, which takes the form of a constant attempt to seduce others to do her bidding. She also displays a narcisstic belief in her role as the protector of the entire natural world.
Oddly, Isley is another former doctor who is now an inmate.
She seems resentful during our treatment sessions; I believe the fact I'm a woman frustrates her erotomania. She desperately believes that all male residents of Arkham are at least partly in love with her.
I've been looking through her old research papers, many of which were never published. There is some fascinating work there...
Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit
- "It's rude to keep a girl waiting, Batman."
- "Save me from the evil Bat."
- "I need help here, boys."
Batman: Arkham CityEdit
- I've spent weeks perfecting the toxins that will destroy your pathetic meat sack of a body.
- A billion micro-organisms will enter your bloodstream. Spores will grow, replacing the blood in your veins, and when I'm done, your flesh will be replaced with bark.
- You can't outrun nature, Selina. My spores will fill your lungs and kill you from within.
- Do you really think you can beat mother nature?
Game Over Lines Edit
Batman: Arkham Asylum Edit
- "You're dead and buried, darling."
- "Sorry love. You're plucked."
Batman: Arkham City Edit
- "You ruined everything, Selina!"
- "You shouldn't have come here, Selina."
- "And another arrogant human dies."
- In Dr. Young's notes, she has seen only her own profile, due to the fact that her picture was the only picture to have her genetics (lips) on it, although the lipstick could belong to Dr. Young.
- The vines on her body were intended to resemble body tattoos.
- Tasia Valenza, who voiced Ivy in the game, also voiced Martha Wayne.
- Pamela Isley's ID badge at GothCorp during the Heart of Ice DLC story was most likely a reference to the teamup between Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin.
- It appears that her powers have grown since Arkham Asylum, given her claims to have perfected new pheromone formulas, a reference to her former status as a scientist.
- Poison Ivy is the only character that Batman does not interact with, as he cannot enter the building she is in. However, it is likely he was aware of her location, as there are large plants covering the area.
- It is mentioned in a side story that Ivy was able to cure herself of Titan poisoning via spores on the clothes of a priest who visited her cell. Despite this, Batman makes no attempt to ask Ivy to manufacture a cure for him, likely because she is more hostile towards him than Mr. Freeze.
- Ivy seems to already have a friendship with Catwoman before the game, but she became angry at her because Catwoman forgot to water plants Ivy had given her, and, as a result, the plants died. Although Catwoman tries to smooth things over, Ivy only begrudgingly helps her, and is still mad at her by the end of the game.
- Both Catwoman and Ivy lose their possessions to Hugo Strange and have them permanently lost during the events of Protocol 10.
- Ivy appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown in the Business District level, Ivy's taking over the Gotham Police force with the usage of her toxic pheromones and turns them against Batman. After taking care of the police Batman arrives at The Solomon Wayne courthouse to find Ivy awaiting him with Robin who she also had under her control. Batman engages in an intense battle against his sidekick and ultimately wins. Ivy admits defeat and surrenders to Batman willingly. Although she attempts to kiss him as a means to escape but Batman outsmarts her and handcuffs her away back to Arkham.
- Unlike the other voice cast, Tasia Valenza does not reprise her role for Arkham City Lockdown. Instead, Amy Carle assumes the role of Poison Ivy.
- When Batman talks with Officer Boulden in the GCPD, he can learn that he is attracted to her.
- Although she apparently dies, if the player goes back to the place of her death, they will see a flower growing from Ivy's clothes.