Gotham Knights feature a lot of villains that are scattered across the Batman Universe. It is up to the player to take down all these evil-doers with sheer skill and various familiar hero faces. So take charge as Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood and rid Gotham City of these vice folks.
The game features villains who have gained huge popularity due to mainstream media, such as movies and comics, as well as rather obscure ones that only hardcore fans know about. Such a roster of villains is designed to please all sorts of audiences.
How Many Villains Are There In Gotham Knights
In total, there are eight villains that the player encounters throughout the story of Gotham Knights. Some of these are highly iconic characters, while some are obscure rogue folks that many players find new. Following is the list of all these villains in Gotham Knights:
- Ra’s al Ghul
- Talia al Ghul – Main Boss
- The Court of Owls and the Talon (Two separate entities posing as a single threat) – Main Boss
- Harley Quinn – Side Boss
- Clayface – Side Boss
- Mr. Freeze – Side Boss
- The Penguin – NPC
- Professor Pyg
A notable character missing from this list is the Joker. It is left quite unclear as to the state of the Joker, whether or not he is dead in Gotham Knights’ universe. Unlike the caped Dark Knight himself, whose fate is depicted right at the very beginning of the game, no light is shed on the Joker’s whereabouts or existence.
Every Villain In Gotham Knights – Lore Explored
Gotham Knights has a number of villains for the player to defeat as the player progresses their way through the story. We have put together a brief profile of all of the villains that have been mentioned above.
Ra’s al Ghul
Fact that everyone is familiar with from the Dark Knight trilogy, particularly the Batman Begins entry from the series, Ra’s al Ghul is known and feared as the leader and overseer of the League of Assassins. He is also the father of another very iconic villain on the list; Talia al Ghul. Another interesting fact about him is that he is also the grandfather of Damian Wayne, who is a different Robin from the one we see in the Gotham Knights universe.
He is arguably the most iconic and original villain out of all the villains that we see Batman facing. The only other character giving him competition in this regard is the Joker himself. He has appeared in every form of media of the Batman universe, including comics, animated film features, movies, and video games.
Ra’s al Ghul has essentially attained immortality from natural death, all thanks to the wonders of the Lazarus Pits. The Lazarus Pits allow people to extend their lives. Ra’s has gone on to live for centuries thanks to this wonder of the Lazarus Pits.
Having such a long life also allowed him to hone his combat skills to an unfathomable extent. He is undoubtedly one of the strongest villains that Batman has ever had to face. The character was first brought to life by Neal Adams, Dennis O’Neil, and Julius Schwartz. He first appeared in June 1971 in the comic book Batman #232 Daughter of the Demon.
Talia al Ghul – Main Boss
Another particularly iconic villain and the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul himself, Talia al Ghul, is found frequently working for rogue organizations. One such notable organization is the Lex Corp and is often assisting the heroes in secret.
She also ends up marrying Batman in the lore. This results in a very twisted discord between Batman and his father, Ra’s al Ghul. Emphasis on the word “twisted”, because this twist is what adds significance to her existence as a compelling character.
Just like Ra’s, Talia al Ghul has, time and again, appeared across all forms of media in the Batman franchise. From comics to animated feature films to TV shows and video games, her character is found everywhere. Her most iconic appearance was arguably in The Dark Knight rises, where she was portrayed by Marion Cotillard.
Her character first came into existence back in May 1971 in the comic book Detective Comics #411 Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!. Bob Brown, Denny O’Neil, and **** Giordano were the ones to create her character.
The Court Of Owls And The Talon – Main Boss
Another vice organization found in the Batman universe is the Court of Owls. It is a secret organization that houses assassin figures, otherwise known as the Talons. The Court of Owls uses its assassins to control and influence Gotham City.
The Court of Owls is known for having a big hand behind a lot of the major events that occur in Gotham City. They are also notorious for resorting to considerably dirty practices in order to get things done and have it their way.
The Talon is a reference to William Cobbs, who is arguably one of the greatest Talons in the Court of Owls. Cobbs is also known for being the great-grandfather of **** Grayson, otherwise known as Nightwing.
Harley Quinn – Side Boss
Dr. Harleen Quinzel used to be a psychiatrist in Arkham Asylum before moving over to the bad side. Her descent to the dark side and to “Harley Quinn” started when she fell in love with the Joker, one of her patients at the time.
Although she fell madly in love with the Joker, and they started off on very good terms, their relationship has deteriorated a lot over the course of time. In certain recent adaptations, she finishes the abusive relationship she has with the Joker and takes up matters independently.
She has also appeared in a lot of media forms, including comics, video games, and animated feature films. She even has her own animated TV series with her own name. Harley Quinn will also be making an appearance in the upcoming game Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Her most famous appearance is arguably in Suicide Squad, where she is portrayed by Margot Robbie. Another notable appearance would be in Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, where she is portrayed by the same actress.
Her character was penned by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, her first appearance being in Batman: The Animated Series in the episode Joker’s Favor.
Clayface – Side Boss
There are many characters in the DC universe who have many origins. Clayface is one of those characters. Nevertheless, the most widely accepted take on his character is Basil Karlo, the son of a Visual Effects Artist.
Karlo created a substance known as Renu. After falling victim to a car accident, Karlo utilizes Renu to essentially reform his face, giving him the ability to shapeshift. However, he ends up taking too much of the wonderful substance into his body. As a result, he ends up transforming into Clayface.
Clayface has had a range of appearances, some comical while others are serious and dramatic. One original version has him as a part of the Mudpack group. Nevertheless, his shapeshifting ability and superhuman strength and abilities qualify him as quite a formidable foe.
The character first came into being back in June 1940, making his debut in Detective Comics #40 The Murders of Clayface. He was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.
Mr. Freeze – Side Boss
Dr. Victor Fries’ story starts when he forms his criminal empire with the aim of finding a cure for the terminal illness that his wife Nora is suffering from, who is frozen in a cryogenic manner.
Nevertheless, Nora was taken off of life support, causing an accident that resulted in Mr. Freeze’s body becoming ice-cold. This change also brings along the complication that his body is unable to survive above subzero temperatures.
Mr. Freeze was killed off by Joker in the lore. However, his origin was explored in detail later on in Batman: The Animated Series, in the episode Heart of Ice. The episode was so well directed and executed that it landed an Emmy for the show and also boosted Mr. Freeze’s popularity as a villainous character considerably.
Mr. Freeze made his first appearance as Mr. Zero in the comic Batman #121 The Ice Crimes of Mr. Zero! in February 1959. He got the name Mr. Freeze later on in the TV show episode Instant Freeze in 1966.
The Penguin – NPC
Known by the name of the Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot is one of the oldest villains in the Batman universe. His character dates back to the era of Bob Kane’s authorship. In fact, he was created by Kane and Bill Finger themselves in 1941.
He exhibits a particularly sad origin story, where he becomes a castaway due to his appearance. He resorts to the ways of evil and a life of crime when he is broken by the mockery that he has to face.
The name The Penguin comes from his beak-like nose, as that of a penguin, along with his love for birds, including penguins. He runs a nightclub by the name of the Iceberg Lounge, which is essentially a front for all the criminal activities that he is involved in.
The character has also made numerous appearances across various media forms of the franchise, the most notable one being in Batman Returns portrayed by actor Danny DeVito.
A particularly dark character with twisted “good” intentions on the list, Professor Pyg is an extremely disturbed surgeon. He has intentions of creating “beautiful” things, an example of which is kidnapping Gotham citizens and turning them into horrendous Dollotrons. Dollotrons end up having, as the name indicates, absolutely unpleasant doll-like appearances.
Unlike all the other entries on the list, he is unarguably one of the most twisted and dark characters of the Batman universe. Whether it is the things that he does or the appearance that he exhibits, he is unparalleled in being disturbing. The Circus of Strange is also overseen by Professor Pyg, which homes notable villains like Big Top and Mister Toad.
Professor Pyg made his debut in the comic Batman #666 Batman in Bethlehem in June 2007. The character was created by Andy Kubert and Grant Morrison.
This has been our take on all the Villains that the player has to face in Gotham Knights. Did a particular villain’s backstory pique your interest? Did you find an obscure villain’s character intriguing? Do you have any questions regarding the villain’s appearances in the game? Leave a comment down below and let us know if you have any questions or thoughts regarding the Villains in Gotham Knights.
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