|Warden Quincy Sharp|
|Real name:||Quincy Ulysses Sharp|
|First Appearance:||Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)|
|Created by:||Rocksteady Games|
|Affiliations:|| Arkham Asylum|
Ra's al Ghul
League of Assassins
|Portrayed by:||Tom Kane (Voice)|
Quincy Sharp first appeared in Batman: Arkham Asylum as the Warden of the Asylum. Though seemingly a minor character initially in a position of power, Sharp plays a pivotal role throughout the series as he is revealed as a serial killer within Arkham Asylum and a puppet to the mad and sinister Hugo Strange, with both men sharing a connection to a powerful criminal organization using them for their own operations and schemes.
Initially a political activist with a lust for power and an incentive to help his city contain the more dangerous criminals it houses, Quincy is manipulated by Ra's al Ghul and his organization, the secret and worldwide society of the League of Assassins. Through their agent, Shiva, Quincy reopens Arkham Asylum under their deceptive persuasion and manipulation as part of a much larger scheme, using the Joker's destructive plans for chaos as incentive to do so.
Years later, now acting as the Asylum's warden after successfully returning it to full operations, Sharp still aspired to achieve further political aspirations by becoming mayor and form powerful connections. To this end, Sharp allowed himself to be used as a pawn in a sinister plot constructed by Hugo Strange, also working with the League of Assassins for his own purposes and with orders from Ra's to further manipulate Sharp for political gain and control, to condemn all criminals, and many Gotham citizens, to oblivion. After becoming mayor through a calculated lie and deception in the wake of a massive and brutal Arkham riot and breakout as part of one of the Joker's inhumane schemes, Sharp puts Strange's ultimate plans into effect; Arkham City, an anarchistic prison built in the heart of Gotham itself.
Sharp is eventually horrified when he learns that Strange had planned from the very beginning to use Arkham City to murder thousands of individuals, with many of them actually being innocent victims. Strange intended to do so through Protocol 10, the systematic destruction of the city and its inmates through missile and helicopter attacks, after manipulating the course of events within the prison to receive authorization to enact such a violent and drastic measure.
However, after the arrest of Batman (as Bruce Wayne), he was later betrayed by Strange, who personally removed him from office and put him in the same prison they both worked on together, where he remained until its shutdown after Strange's death, his criminal nature revealed, and the ultimate failure of his plans. Realizing the true nature of Strange and the error of his ways as an unwitting pawn, Sharp is left as a humiliated and fallen public figure plagued with remorse and is eventually impeached and arrested by the GCPD after Arkham City's shutdown.
Not too long after his arrest, Sharp commits suicide in his cell after his realization that his life is destroyed beyond repair and will never regain the power he lusted for, dying as he had lived, a weak and cowardly man incapable of realizing the ramifications of his lust for power.
Batman: Arkham Origins
In the prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Quincy Sharp is a political activist. After being manipulated by Shiva under her master's orders, Sharp reveals his intentions to reopen Arkham Asylum in light of the game's events in an effort to create a more secure facility for Gotham's more dangerous criminals.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Around the time of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Warden Quincy Sharp has been running Arkham Asylum for the past three years and has dedicated his life to restoring sanity to the so-called super villains that plague Gotham City. He is currently campaigning to become the next mayor of Gotham; to facilitate the campaign, he has instigated stringent new security and experimental research policies at Arkham.
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 190 pounds
- Intense dedication to "cleaning up" Arkham
- Pompous and old-fashioned in demeanor, with a focus on his own political aspirations
- Contempt for Arkham inmates and disinterest in the specifics of their treatment masks a cowardly nature
Road to Arkham
After apprehending the Joker, Batman called Warden Sharp to tell him that he would arrive in fifteen minutes. Warden Sharp notified the Arkham security staff of his frustration of the Joker's previous escape and would not tolerate any more incompetence among the guards, stating that "we straighten out Arkham today, we straighten out Gotham City tomorrow".It's also strongly implied that Warden Sharp seized the opportunity to run for mayor after the then-current mayor resigned due to the stress of the Joker's assault on him and strapping him to an explosive vest.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Warden Sharp and his security personnel greeted Batman with his arrival at Arkham. A team of heavily-armored, helmeted, asylum guards wasted no time in strapping Joker to a handcart and preparing to wheel him to his cell. Sharp vocalized his disgust for the Joker and instructed his staff to take him down the intensive care unit, double checking that security was tightened. Sharp told William North, an Arkham security officer in charge of guarding the Intensive Treatment Lobby, that another Joker crime spree would cause him to lose support for his mayoral election. North assured Sharp that every guard was on duty and present at Arkham. Sharp obviously had his doubts, however, as he eyed North seriously, flatly telling him, "I hope it's enough, Officer North, for your sake." Sharp stayed with North and another guard in the upper level of the lobby as Joker was being taken through. He tries to assure Batman that the Joker will change, saying: "Don't worry, Batman. Next time you see this reprobate, he'll be a changed man. I got Dr. Young working on a cure as we speak." Sharp wasted no time in reporting to the Secure unit upon hearing of the Joker's escape from custody. After the takeover of the Intensive Treatment Center by the Joker, Harley Quinn took Sharp hostage, contacting Batman via several monitors in the Patient Pacification Chamber to show the bound and gagged Warden.
Shortly after, the Joker's men invaded the heavily guarded Arkham East, massacring the security guards on duty and securing the Arkham Mansion and the Botanical Gardens. They came across guards Aaron Cash and Zach Franklin escorting Dr. Penelope Young to her office. Upon overpowering the two guards after Young's escape, the clowns contacted Harley Quinn about coming to the mansion grounds to torture Dr. Young's whereabouts out of Cash and Franklin. Batman rescued the two guards, although not before Harley Quinn had started for the mansion, with a captive Sharp in tow.
Harley made her way through Arkham East to the Arkham mansion with Warden Sharp where they came across Batman, stunned on the floor after a large explosion in Sharp's office triggered by Dr. Young's attempt to retrieve his security codes. Harley removed the duct tape over Sharp's mouth before smashing him over the head with his own cane. Harley proceeded to take Sharp to the Penitentiary where she forced him to read a variety of ridiculous and outrageous statements over Arkham's intercom system, striking him with an electrified stun baton as he refused. ("All Arkham guards must now immediately unload their weapons. I recommend... unloading them into your head!") Batman followed them by tracking Sharp's DNA to the Security Control Room. Sharp watched in horror as a security monitor showed Harley Quinn freeing Poison Ivy, and the Joker setting loose all the more insane Arkham mental patients all over the island. Batman freed the Warden, receiving part of Arkham's security clearance codes, allowing him to bypass previously inaccessible areas. Batman told the warden to stay put while he went after Harley, with the Warden locking the door behind him.
Batman returns to the Arkham mansion where he makes a startling discovery inside a secret chamber room within Warden Quincy Sharp's office on the far left wall. Inside, there is a detailed blueprint map of Gotham City. Sharp had issued a proposal to the city official to build a new Arkham Asylum within a large section of the city, which has been approved.
The Spirit of Arkham
Warden Sharp harbored a dark secret, however; an alternate personality that referred to itself as "the Spirit of Amadeus Arkham". He believed that the only cure for insanity was death, and held a deep-seated hatred for every single inmate at the asylum, especially The Joker, whom this dark side of Sharp longed to murder, and also held the deep desire to burn Poison Ivy alive and lobotomize Harley Quinn. While under the Spirit's influence, Sharp left cryptic messages (referred to as "the Chronicles of Arkham") all over Arkham Island, hidden in hard-to-reach places and behind sealed walls. The messages are stylized in a manner similar to those Amadeus Arkham left on his cell walls after going insane. These messages serve as a journal of sorts, describing Sharp's experiences at Arkham and gradually making it more and more obvious that they weren't written by Amadeus, but by someone from the present.
Upon finding all 23 messages and realizing Quincy Sharp and the Spirit of Arkham were one and the same, Batman returned to the Penitentiary where he'd left him, only to find the Warden missing (a nearby Clayface commenting that "Why didn't the warden stay like you told him to? He sure left in a hurry"), and a final message, appealing to the one who reads it to continue Sharp's dark work, scrawled on the floor in his place, with the word "Batman" written several times within the circular writing.
The Chronicles of Arkham
- Deciphered Message # 1
- I am the spirit of Amadeus Arkham. Through my actions, I have saved this cursed city, though my own curse is to forever remain in the shadows. My story is carved into the very soul of Arkham and will only be revealed to those dedicated enough to discover it.
- Deciphered Message # 2
- My family's blood ran through the heart of Gotham. We were doctors, politicians and teachers; we have been the organ cleaning the arterial filth from the city. We have been its servants giving all to protect it. And still it has chosen to hurt us.
- Deciphered Message # 3
- As Gotham's veins slowly filled with pain and suffering, the effects were felt everywhere. My father fell first, infected by some foul disease; my mother lived on, but only in a dream. I returned to the family home to care for her where she remained in her bed for as long as her body continued to breathe. Her tears kept me awake at night.
- Deciphered Message # 4
- My journey lasted little over a month. Visiting academics in both Metropolis and Keystone, I was exposed to a wealth of new ideas. I began my day returning home in good spirits, eager to see my wife and family. I ended it kneeling in their blood, broken fragments of my life pouring through dripping red fingers.
- Deciphered Message # 5
- I returned to my work, but I could not shake the pictures from my mind. I should have been repulsed, but I was more eager than ever to find an explanation for why someone would do this.
- Deciphered Message # 6
- They brought the animal before me, shameless and barking like a mad dog. For what felt like days I endured his boasts. He took pleasure recounting his actions, cataloging his depraved crimes. What should have been revenge turned to pity. This poor dog needed my help.
- Deciphered Message # 7
- The island changed little over the years. Its reputation was in tatters, but I vowed to fix it. As the buildings were rebuilt I saw the future, a bright wonderful future.
- Deciphered Message # 8
- New brick, metal and paint covered old wounds. Fresh blood was injected into the body. Bright new minds came and all swore to uphold our promises. We all knew we were the ones to fix this city. And the city would thank us.
- Deciphered Message # 9
- My family's killer stood in front of me. Years of therapy have deemed him sane. I was proud to see him walk free. In exchange for his liberty the state required only a signature. He talked about wanting to walk in a park, how he longed to feel fresh air on his face, and then he took my father's fountain pen and killed my secretary. As he was subdued, he screamed out, pleading for forgiveness, for pity, but I had none. I watched as guards beat him to a stain on the floor.
- Deciphered Message # 10
- Spring was a turning point, a new beginning, a glorious realization of my true destiny. My family's killer perished in an unfortunate accident. These animals cannot be cured. Like dogs, they only respond to discipline. And if that fails, then I was afraid that these accidents would have to continue.
- Deciphered Message # 11
- I took a walk around my island. I passed by the penitentiary and felt nauseous at the thought of the filth it contained. I looked out over the Gotham Bay and in the distance I saw lights, no doubt boats bringing more filthy degenerates to my city. I swore again to protect her from this darkness.
- Deciphered Message # 12
- I argued with the latest group of young, eager doctors. They bored me with theories and ideas, proving that they had no theories on how to cure these animals. Only one shared my vision. I offered her the chance to explore her dreams. She accepted. We'll make a good team.
- Deciphered Message # 13
- The Gotham police dragged a new patient to the island. They said he was responsible for the disappearance of hundreds of the city's vagrants. As I looked at his disgusting body, all scales and teeth, my mind ran free, dreaming of delicious punishments to break this monster. Doctors gathered around, poking it, examining, but only I knew what would cure him once and for all.
- Deciphered Message # 14
- The beast was too strong. His animal savagery nearly cost me my life. I took my frustrations out on a lone patient. His case notes suggested he was a paranoid schizophrenic. His pleas as I beat him to death suggested much more. His confessions were illuminating. My path was clear.
- Deciphered Message # 15
- Every day I found the patients more distracting. Their insane mutterings and constant twitching disgusted me. There was only one way to cure this evil, only one way to purify the city and ensure its future. I needed to prepare myself. I needed to be ready.
- Deciphered Message # 16
- I had a sudden pang of conscience. I sought counsel from my priest on the choices I had made. I asked him if it was a sin to kill in order to save a life. The holy man said all life was sacred, but a judgment would not be upon my soul if I acted to save another. I left the confessional with my soul uplifted, convinced more than ever I am doing a service not only to mankind, but to God as well.
- Deciphered Message # 17
- I watched in silence as he brought in the woman. Her skin now a venomous green, the wanton creature no longer looked like a human being, much less a woman. The Bible says, "Suffer not a witch to live," yet he has once again delivered this female atrocity to our care. Once I have dealt with the monster, I think it will be time to see if green wood does, in fact, burn.
- Deciphered Message # 18
- Sitting in the darkness outside of his cell, I watched the crazed twitching, listened to the disgusting words that came out from his mouth. How can I let a dirty animal live? He is the cancer I have sworn to protect the city from.
- Deciphered Message # 19
- Curse me for a fool. How could I not see it until now? The Monster had a confederate! I hid in the darkness near his cell and saw with my own eyes one of the doctors whispering to him. She looked at him trough the transparent barrier with tenderness, with, dare I say, desire. My skin crawled with revulsion as she kissed the glass. Fighting the urge to dash the woman's head through the glass, I let her continue; the damnable clown might have shared secrets with her that would be useful once the mad dog has been executed. I'm sure the woman will reveal what she knows to me. If not willingly, then certainly under electronic persuasion. After that, a lobotomy, I think. Unfortunate for one so young, but her lust has put the reputation of Arkham at stake. Yes. A lobotomy, the very thing. There is no other way to ensure her silence in this regrettable matter.
- Deciphered Message # 20
- Yet again I found myself watching him. No one can provide a cure. He laughs in the face of those who try. Amadeus would not have let him live and neither should I. One last sip of cognac and I was ready.
- Deciphered Message # 21
- He watched as I entered the cell. He smiled as I showed him the knife. I told him how I will use it. How I will cleanse this city. And then terror. I was paralyzed. I struggled. I screamed, but I was silent. The monster looked at me, expressionless. He ran my blade slowly across my forehead; a smile cracked across his horrible porcelain face and I heard the filth fall from his mouth. Laughed and called me that horrible name.
- Deciphered Message # 22
- It must have been Crane, another one who doesn't deserve to live. Why do these people thrive on chaos? Joker in particular desired anarchy and, since his escape, will no doubt wreak it upon my city. I feel this is the end for my diary. Joker will be recaptured, my story will be told. I am not afraid. If Arkham becomes my cell, then I will know I did my best. I will be remembered.
- Deciphered Message # 23
- I am the spirit of Amadeus Arkham. Even though Amadeus had long since passed, his spirit lived on, surviving, moving through the walls of his asylum. When it chose me, I felt proud. I was honored to continue his work. To cleanse this city. If you are strong-willed enough to follow my tales, you are strong-minded enough to deduce my identity. Come and find me, friend. Together, we will save Gotham.
- Deciphered Message # 24
- My name is Quincy Sharp, the spirit of Amadeus Arkham. You have done well to decipher my story and I pray it has helped on your path. I trust that through my writings you will do what is right. Please. I implore you, continue my work. This city deserves a savior; continue my work!
Following his successful mayoral election, one of Sharp's first acts is to rebuild City Hall (destroyed by the Joker right before his takeover of Arkham). Unfortunately, a suicide attack on his pep rally held at the rebuilt city hall by Titan enhanced brother-sister team T&T does massive damage, destroying City Hall and killing hundreds. With this, Sharp gains the needed approval for Arkham City. The Attack also forces him to turn his own mansion into a temporary City Hall.
However, an investigation by Batman reveals much of Sharp's past, that his family has a long military history but Sharp himself failed military academy and his application into the military was denied as well. According to a psychological profile by Batman, Sharp is a text book schizophrenic, essentially a blank slate to be molded by a puppet master.
It's revealed that this puppet master is Sharp's psychologist Hugo Strange, who also arranged for T&T's attack to get approval for Arkham City. Sharp's delicate psyche is so sensitive that just to operate he has to be instructed by Hugo Strange to do even the most basic task like 'go to bed' or 'hang up the phone', and to do his job he needs constant morale boosting speeches fed to him by Strange.
Batman: Arkham City
Having survived the events of Arkham Asylum, Sharp takes full credit for stopping the Joker and his plans to destroy Gotham. Being seen as a hero now, Sharp is able to use that notoriety to easily win his election for Mayor. Now in complete power and control, one of his first courses of action is to implement a plan he had been formulating for some time and recently got approved by City Hall. The plan was to buy up a large portion of Gotham's slums and wall them off with reinforced barriers, creating Arkham City, the new prison for both Blackgate prisoners and Arkham patients alike.
Unlike Blackgate and Arkham Asylum, Arkham City is an anarchistic prison where the inmates are not kept in cells and are given free reign, with the only rule being that no attempts at escaping will be tolerated. The penalty for breaking this rule is death, a punishment Sharp entrusts with TYGER, an organization of mercenaries he has hired to patrol the borders, to carry out.
Unfortunately, a few hours after capturing Bruce Wayne/Batman, Quincy was finally breaking free from Strange's control and tried to trace the money used to fund Arkham City back to its source but was found by Strange, removed him from office after sentencing him with treason, and put him inside Arkham City at the mercy of the inmates. Batman, listening to Strange's announcement of Sharp's incarceration, tracked down Quincy Sharp and, after saving him from a mob of criminals desiring revenge against the ex-mayor, took him to the top of an adjacent building and interrogated him by threatening to drop him while holding onto his leg.
After learning everything Sharp knew about Strange, including the fact that there was a party involved who was also manipulating Strange's actions, Batman then threw him back onto the building, pointing out that Strange is incarcerating anyone who knows about his plans, and tells Sharp to enjoy the legacy he started regarding the persecution of all criminals. He is later seen in the Gotham City Cathedral being questioned by Vicki Vale.
After Batman: Arkham City
After Arkham City's shut down and the rescue of all political prisoners, Sharp is officially impeached from his position of Mayor and is placed under arrest for all the murders he committed at Arkham Asylum, as well as for his involvement with Strange. However, due to the methods in which Strange used to control Sharp, there was no physical evidence of Sharp knowingly working with Strange. Gotham no longer trusted Sharp however, when Vicki Vale presented a particular document with Sharp's signature on it, approving requisition orders for funneling weapons into Arkham City, including the rocket launcher that Joker used to shoot down her news chopper and murder her pilot and friend.
As a result, Sharp is arrested and placed within a cell, with the remnants of his sanity being tugged away by intensely real visions of Strange, imbued within Sharp's mind via the mad professor's mind control drugs, instructing the former mayor to commit suicide. Realizing that his life and reputation are both now destroyed beyond repair and still seeing Strange as his master, Sharp hangs himself from his cell's light fixture with his bed sheets. Quincy Sharp's legacy would always be remembered as one of a weak and pathetic man, who allowed himself to be used in a conspiracy to murder thousands, simply to satisfy his lust for power.
Psychological Profile (by Dr. Young)
Real Name: Quincy Sharp
During my tenure at Arkham, I often find myself wondering if it is just the patients who need help. What is it about this place that brings out the worst in people? Warden Sharp clearly overcompensates for a variety of insecurities, and is an excellent practitioner of avoidance and denial. He actually believes it's he who has made a difference here, and not the doctors. The man is quite clearly a fool and for the sake of the asylum, I hope his mayoral campaign goes well.
Sometimes I feel his full attention isn't on the job at Arkham. I imagine this is due to his mayoral campaign, but the problem may run deeper.
His constant interference and snooping into my work has been both annoying and patronizing.
Arkham City: Hugo Strange's Psychological Profile
Former Arkham Asylum Warden Quincy Sharp is now Mayor of Gotham City. Sharp won the election with a promise to radically reduce crime. After taking office, he enacted the controversial project to wall off the Gotham slums, creating Arkham City.
- "Please! Someone! Help me!"
- "He's taken control of the security overrides. I have the sequence generator, but without the terminal in my office, it's useless."
- "What? Oh... yes, of course."
- "It's useless. Half the code won't get you anywhere. We're trapped in here."
- "Good idea. Can't have someone of my stature fall back into their hands, now can we?"
- "Be quiet clown!"
- "Get that filthy degenerate out of here!"
- "I hope so Officer North, for your sake."
- "As of ten minutes ago, I have made it illegal to walk on the floors. Anyone caught doing so will have their legs removed and perform magic tricks for Emperor Joker. There I did it..."
- "Inform Doctor Young her patient is here."
- "Curing Joker will cement my reputation for my mayoral campaign."
- Players of Batman: Arkham Asylum can discover a secret room in the Warden's Office, with an approved plan designed by Sharp himself to "clean up" Gotham City. This is located on the bare wall on the first left once one enters his office, where one must have used all of their explosive gel on the middle of the wall. This location is not seen in any map or using Detective Mode. It is here Sharp stores his most important documents, safely hidden away during the Joker's takeover of Arkham. His personal computer and numerous filing cabinets are stored here. It is possible Sharp escaped with his most important files, as they appear ransacked and drawers are left hanging open when the room is discovered. How he was able to get in and out of this room is never revealed.
- If the player should return to the guard room after saving the Warden, he appears to be writing something down. However, the Warden likely heard the door open and panicked, quickly sitting back down under the desk.
- Some of the random inmate chatter in Arkham City reveals some rumors about Quincy's actions of killing some of the inmates when he was the warden at Arkham Asylum.
- The security badge on the Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn action figure mistakenly refers to him as "Webster Sharpe".
- He is commonly referred to as "Sharpie" and "Warden Idiot" by many inmates, including the Joker and Harley Quinn, in both the Asylum and Arkham City.
- If the player should return to the Church after beating the game in Batman: Arkham City, Vicki Vale will be interviewing Mayor Sharp. Speaking to both Sharp and Vicki Vale will unlock two interview tapes.