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Victor Zsasz
General Information
Real name: Victor Zsasz
First Appearance: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 June 1992)
Created by: Alan Grant
Norm Breyfogle
Affiliations: The Joker
Abilities: Physical strength and agility
Portrayed by: Danny Jacobs (voice)
"Come any closer and I'll paint the room crimson with her blood!"

Victor Zsasz is one of the several antagonists in the 2009 video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Mr. Zsasz is one of the escaped inmates when the Joker takes over Arkham Island. He takes hostages that Batman must rescue, preventing him from harming innocent Arkham guards and doctors. He can also be fought in the battle rooms as one of Joker's thugs that Batman must defeat to earn points, fighting like the regular knife thug among Blackgate prisoners.


A true sociopath, Zsasz grew up in a life of ease but nonetheless became a serial killer. Indiscriminate in his prey, body count is the only thing that matters to Zsasz. He carves a mark for each of his victims into his own body, and is saving a special spot for the Batman.


  • Sociopath with no regard for human life
  • No pattern of killing, making him difficult to track
  • Compulsive need to kill others

Road to ArkhamEdit


Victor Zsasz was already imprisoned in Arkham Asylum before of the events of Joker's takeover of the island. During a patient interview between him and Dr. Cassidy, Zsasz revealed through scary clues that he knew of Dr. Cassidy's four locks on her apartment door, how she forgot to buy cat food "again" and how every night she sat in her red chair with her cat on her lap (revealing that he stalked her before his imprisonment). Both scared and worried that Zsasz knew where she lived; Cassidy took leave from Arkham in order to get away from the insane serial killer.

Soon after Dr. Cassidy took her leave; Zsasz managed to smuggle a knife into his cell during another patient interview. Zsasz lashed out killing all guards sent into his cell to stop him. Victor was forced to surrender when four guards aimed their shotguns at him; Zsasz was then sent into solitary confinement for his actions, long enough to carve in 20 new tally marks. However Victor didn't stay long in solitary nor in Arkham for that matter; he soon escaped Arkham and returned to Gotham City to kill Dr. Cassidy.

After the door was answered, Zsasz kidnapped Sarah. Zsasz took Dr. Cassidy to an Old County Hospital in order to kill her. An anonymous tip was found in Cassidy's office, leading Batman to the hospital, where he saved Cassidy from her gruesome demise. Zsasz was subsequently put back into Arkham; vowing that one day he will kill the Dark Knight if he ever got the chance.

Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit

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Zsasz takes a security guard, Mike, hostage.

During the Joker's takeover of Arkham, Zsasz was let loose from his cell in the Intensive Treatment Center. Running free, he encountered two Arkham security guards in the Patient Pacification Chamber. After killing one guard who tried to stop him, he took hold of another guard named Mike, and strapped him to an electric chair. A third guard, Zach Franklin, came across Zsasz, and sounded the alarm, requesting backup on the radio. At least three more guards responded to the alarm and arrived with Dr. Gretchen Whistler, Zsasz's personal therapist. He warned that he would kill Mike if he saw "anything that looked even a little bit like a bat" getting too close whilst the guards attempted to talk him down. Zach Franklin and another guard stood barred at the entryway to the Pacification area, but were able to see Zsasz pacing behind his hostage in the electroshock chair. Franklin tried to call for more backup in the Processing Corridor in dealing with the hostage situation, but found no answer on the radio, as most of the other guards in the vicinity had been murdered by the Joker after his escape through the area. A surviving guard, Eddie Burlow, picked up the call near the door to the Decontamination Chamber but was unable to respond. He directed Batman to the Patient Pacification Chamber. Batman arrived on the scene and met Zach Franklin, who informed him of the situation. Batman used the chamber balcony and grappled behind Zsasz on the gargoyles that lined the top of the room. He snuck up on Zsasz, taking him out and leaving him back in the care of Dr. Whistler and the Arkham staff. He warned Dr. Whistler that it would take much time before Zsasz could be cured, if he could be cured at all. Soon after, Harley Quinn trapped the Arkham staff in the Pacification Chamber. One of the security personnel covered Zsasz with his shotgun to prevent any escape.

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A security guard covered Zsasz with his shotgun to prevent escape after his defeat by Batman in the Patient Pacification Chamber.

But yet Mr. Zsasz somehow escaped once again, killing three security guards above the Penitentiary in Arkham West. He then proceeded to prop them up like rag dolls around a table as if they were enjoying a game of cards. After the Joker's men had taken control of the Penitentiary, Zsasz proceeded to the heavily-guarded Arkham East. While the Joker's men wrestled the area from the guards, Zsasz invaded the Botanical Gardens. He entered the Botanical Glasshouse Entrance, where he encountered three more members of security at the doorway to the Botanical Glasshouse. Zsasz murdered two of them, arranging the dead guards in a lifelike pose around a park bench. After killing several more Arkham staff, Zsasz scratched out the tallies of his kills onto the bench. Shortly after, The Joker came across Zsasz in the Glasshouse Entrance with his latest victims. ("No doubt acting out some twisted fantasy", according to Joker) The Clown Prince of Crime took Zsasz to the Arkham Mansion after his men had captured Dr. Penelope Young in the Library, planning to torture the formula for her secret Titan drug out of her. Mr. Zsasz asked to be left alone with Young and successfully forced the secret out of her. Batman searched the mansion until he came across Zsasz, who was holding Dr. Young hostage with a knife to the throat. The Joker, contacting Zsasz via a monitor, tried to convince Zsasz to hurry up and kill her. Zsasz began to panic as he knew Batman would take him down if he did just that but he was also torn by his desire to kill her, slowly savoring her fright and saying that she was "just begging to be slaughtered". Before he could make a decision, Batman knocked him out with a Batarang to the head.

Dr. Young was driven to so many tears while Zsasz held her hostage and nearly killed her. She beat his unconscious body angrily, yelling at him "You monster! You evil, evil, evil monster!", while still crying. After Young was killed by an explosive set by Joker and Harley Quinn set her goons on Batman, Zsasz disappeared, suggesting that he escaped during the chaos, as no guards had arrived to detain him.

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Zsasz faces Batman in the Holding Cells along with two of the Joker's men (in security guards' overcoats).

His final appearance was in Batman's hallucination of a replay of the game's opening sequence caused by Scarecrow's Fear Toxin. Batman was placed in the captured position, with Joker capturing him, and Zsasz among the Arkham inmates escorting Batman in the patient handcart. After this, Zsasz had no further appearance in the game and his status remained unknown.

Batman: Arkham CityEdit

See: Victor Zsasz (Batman: Arkham City)

Psychological profile (by Dr. Penelope Young)Edit

"A Psychopath, Zsasz would fit perfectly into the desorganized asocial category of serial killer if not for his special fixation on the Batman. His motives are power and control, which he expresses quite literally by carving a scar into his skin to mark each of his victims. His obsession with the Batman is also manifested in a physical way: He is saving a special spot to scar when he kills the Dark Knight."

Additional Notes
"It's rare than a asocial serial killer motivated by control would have no history of childhood trauma; the exact reason for Zsasz's behavior remain a mystery."

"His low IQ further hampers my attempts to treat him. He spent hours at a time ritualistically counting the marks in his skin."

Extremely unstable!!! Not a canditate for a new research.

Patient InterviewsEdit

thumb|300px|right|Victor Zsasz's Patient Interview Tapes.

Tape OneEdit

Patient Interview #1, November 4th

  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: Taped patient evaluation 1. Patient name is Victor Zsasz, diagnosed clinically insane after the murder of at least 20 women in the Gotham area. Hello, Victor, I'm Dr. Cassidy. Seeing as this is our first session, let's spend some time getting to know each other.
  • Victor Zsasz: I don't need you, Miss Cassidy. Everything is meaningless.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: Don't you think that's a very negative outlook on life, Victor?
  • Victor Zsasz: You've no doubt read my file.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: Yes... yes I have. It says you come from a wealthy family. That your parents died. How you lost all the money gambling.
  • Victor Zsasz: And none of it matters.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: Why do you keep saying that, Victor?
  • Victor Zsasz: Because the only thing that does matter is the mark. Have you seen my work, Miss Cassidy?
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: If you're referring to the marks on your...
  • Victor Zsasz: Of course I mean my tally marks. And I have a space for yours. Do you want to see where?

Tape TwoEdit

Patient Interview #5, November 19th

  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: Taped patient evaluation 5. Victor is not responding well to treatment. Victor, yesterday we spoke about the people you killed.
  • Victor Zsasz: Ah, the zombies.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: They're all people, Victor.
  • Victor Zsasz: They are zombies, continuously shuffling through the daily grind, waiting for someone to liberate them.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: You mean kill them. The police report states that you have murdered, or liberated if you like, 20 young women in the last 3 months. Each had her throat slit and was left... posed.
  • Victor Zsasz: They were all lucky to be chosen to receive my gift.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: I doubt they would agree with you.
  • Victor Zsasz: Really? How about you, Miss Cassidy? As you take the elevator to your apartment each night, open the six locks to apartment 433, remember you forgot to buy your cat food. Again.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: How do you know where I... ?
  • Victor Zsasz: As you sit down on your favorite red chair, cat on lap, just waiting for something to happen. I can make it happen, Sarah. I am your salvation.

Tape ThreeEdit

Patient Interview #1, November 22nd

  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Patient's name is Victor Zsasz. For the record, the patient has transferred from, Dr. Cassidy, who is on leave after the incident last week. (Zsasz enters with guards) Hello, Victor. Please, take a seat. Guards, you can leave us.
  • Guard: Sorry, Doctor. Warden's orders. I can't leave you alone with him.
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: I understand. Hello, Victor. How are you feeling today? Victor! I can't help you if you don't speak.
  • Victor Zsasz: Depressed! Does that help you? Can you get into my mind, Doctor?
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Why depressed?
  • Victor Zsasz: I'm just thinking about the one that got away. The one I chose. I needed the mark. I want the mark!
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Zsasz's victims are always arranged in lifelike positions after their murders.

Tape FourEdit

Patient Interview #4, December 12

  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Victor has been more subdued recently. Response to medication has been poor. (Zsasz coming in with guards) Hello, Victor, is there anything you'd like to talk about today?
  • Victor Zsasz: (mumbling) Cutting and cutting and cutting and cutting and cutting and cutting...
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Victor!
  • Victor Zsasz: (mumbling) Cutting and cutting and cutting and cutting and cutting...
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: This is going nowhere. Guards. Get him out of here.
  • Guard: You heard the doctor, get up! Didn't you hear me? He's got a knife! Get a tranq in him! Get a tranq in him! Oh God! He's on Bill. He's cutting him. Get him off. Get him off. We need help here!

Tape FiveEdit

Case Study Notes, December 22

  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Victor has been in isolation since the attack on the guard last week. As I wait for him to be brought to me, I have had time to review his notes. I am increasingly worried he cannot be cured. He has no empathy for his victims. Deep down, I believe he views all of us as potential victims.
  • Guard: Doc, are you okay?
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: What's happening?
  • Guard: It's Zsasz. He broke out of isolation. He's gone.
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Oh God!
  • Guard: Don't worry, Doc, you're in the safest place. He's definitely left the island.
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Of course. But someone needs to alert the authorities, he'll need to kill again. Do you understand me? Needs to. Oh no. He's gone after Dr. Cassidy. (dialing on a telephone)
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: (phone rings) Hello?
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Sarah, it's Gretchen. Listen to me.
  • Dr. Sarah Cassidy: (Zsasz knocking at her door) Oh, for the love of... Hold on. There's someone at the door.
  • Dr. Gretchen Whistler: Sarah! Do not answer the door. Can you hear me? Do not answer the door. It's Zsasz! He's free.


  • If the player takes too long in rescuing Dr. Young, Zsasz will eventually decide to kill her thus causing the mission to be failed and bringing up a special Joker message in which he sarcastically announces "Now that was unexpected! Who'd have figured the deranged murderer would kill the poor little doctor?!"
  • During Batman's first encounter with Zsasz there are actually many different ways to take him down.
    • 1: The player can easily perform a glide kick followed by a ground takedown
    • 2: He can simply drop to the ground and knock him out from behind with a combo.
    • 3: Additionally the player can very easily knock Zsasz around the room and as long as they don't give him enough time in between hits to push the trigger they will not fail the mission. Sometimes Zsasz will actually try to fight back with his knives much like in the challenge mode. One particularly interesting way to defeat Zsasz is to use the cape stun attack on him repeatedly in order to push him around the room and into the electric barrier that barred your initial entrance to the room and the guards, however no matter where Zsasz falls after the cutscene his body will reappear next to the electrified chair.
  • Zsasz appears as sort of a 'boss' enemy in many brawling type challenge modes. He fights like a common knife enemy among the High Security Henchmen, but the taunts made are in his voice particularly. He will appear in the final round of melee challenge maps only and this time can be taken down any way the player chooses just like a regular thug instead of from a batarang or a simple takedown like in story mode.
    • In addition a skeleton in the "Scarecrow's Nightmare" DLC also wields two knives implying this hallucination is in fact Zsasz.
  • All of the main enemies in the game have special messages if you lose in their levels. Zsasz, however, is the only enemy not to have a special message. Instead, Joker plays his messages if you lose during Zsasz's levels. He gets his own in Arkham City.
  • Comparing Zsasz's appearance in Arkham Asylum to Arkham City, the most likely place Zsasz is saving to scar for killing Batman is his forehead.
    • However, some comic adaptations say that he is saving his mark for Batman for the inside of his eyelid


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