|Base of Operations||Gotham City |
League of Assassins
Green (on Venom)
|Height||6 ft 8 in (Normal) |
7 ft 3 in (On Regular Venom)
9 ft 2 in (On TN-1)
5 ft 6 in (Stunted by TN-1)
9 ft 2 in (On Titan)
|Weight||140 pounds (stunted by TN-1)|
350 pounds (Normal)
485 pounds (on Venom)
|Voice Actor||Fred Tatasciore (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City)
J.B. Blanc (Arkham Origins)
|First Appearance||Batman Arkham Asylum: The Road to Arkham (comic), Batman: Arkham Asylum (game)|
Determined to build a criminal empire, he sought out Batman and broke the Dark Knight's spine. But Batman recovered and managed to beat Bane, by cutting off his precious Venom supply.
Bane grew up in the horrendous and violent confines of the Santa Prisca prison: Peña Dura, and was imprisoned since he was a child for his father's crimes. Bane's father was a revolutionary mercenary who opposed the Santa Prisca government, but was eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison. The man died before his sentence was complete, however, and left his next of kin to be imprisoned instead: Bane. At the age of eight, Bane had committed his first murder with the use of a knife that he kept inside of his teddy bear, Osito, whom he viewed as his one true friend, when a fellow inmate tried to use him to find out information on the prison.
Despite his violent surroundings, Bane trained his body and mind to perfection, read any book that he could get his hands on, toned his body in the prison's gym, and even received a classical education from some of the prison inmates, including a Jesuit priest. Due to the cultural and geographical location of the prison, Bane learned a variety of languages, including English, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish. Before long, Bane came to have complete control over the prison population and became its self proclaimed ruler.
However, Bane would be plagued by intense nightmares that were centered around a city guarded by a dark and shadowy creature that resembled a bat. The Jesuit priest told him that he dreamed of Gotham, that his father had the same dreams before he died, claimed that their people's destinies would be fulfilled in that place, and how refugees from Santa Prisca helped build Gotham City 300 years ago. Seeking to achieve his own sense of peace and conquer other territories and their population, Bane lusted to escape from the confines of the prison.
Bane's ambitions would be set in motion when the prison owners and doctors sought to use him, and recognized his position as the prison's leader among the inmate population, to test out military experiments that primarily dealt with the chemical compound known as 'Venom', which could increase an individual's muscle mass, stamina, durability, and adrenal levels to inhuman levels. Bane was then strapped to a storage unit that pumped the drug throughout his system and, much to the success of the experiment, the Venom was perfectly assimilated into his body. However, Bane used this to his advantage, and violently slaughtered his captors, built up an army of mercenaries from within the prison and escaped with his army in tow, which included Angel Vallelunga, Sergio Ortiz, and Diego Ortiz, who adopted the names of Bird, Trogg, and Zombie, respectively.
While having achieved his freedom at last, Bane was soon addicted to the chemical of Venom and would constantly create more batches of the drug to feed his appetite and addiction for it. Before long, Bane began to despise his addiction, saw it as a weakness, and began to track down and slaughter its manufacturers. Despite this, Bane would never break completely free of his addiction. Seeking more challenges to prove his own strength and skill, Bane began to look for worthy adversaries and territories to conquer. After Bane's escape, his actions led to his being listed as a suspected terrorist, as well as a suspected subversive, suspected mass murderer, and suspected drug dealer, as well as being placed on the person of interest watch list alongside presumably other high-ranking warrants, and was also speculated to have suffered from medical psychosis, although he had yet to commit any crimes in the United States. Bane also decided to try to kick his addiction to Venom by creating TN-1, although his tests all indicated that it would cause gradual memory loss, and planned to get willing volunteers as he perfected the formula to eliminate the side effect.
After he heard from his right-hand man, Bird, who had previously worked with the Gotham criminal underworld, that there were rumors of a Bat-like creature who protected the city of Gotham, Bane believed this to be the same creature that plagued his nightmares and that it was fate that he and this 'Bat' creature would meet. Gotham City itself intrigued Bane because, like his previous environment in the prison, Gotham was ruled by fear; fear of the Batman. Bane then made it his mission to not only conquer Batman, but Gotham itself, and build up his own criminal empire to achieve the peace that he had longed for at last.
Before Arkham Origins Incident
Bane was one of the eight assassins that was hired by Joker, under the guise of the city's biggest mob boss, Black Mask, to kill Batman for fifty million dollars on Christmas Eve. Smuggled into Gotham along with several of his fellow mercenaries by courtesy of the crime lord, including his right-hand man, Bird, Bane was greeted by several of Black Mask's henchmen at Dixon Docks, with two of them being Enforcers that were charged with ensuring that Bane was as tough as he claimed to be by engaging him in a brutal fight. Bane soundly defeated both men, broke their necks in the process, and was presented with the contract for $50 million for the Dark Knight's head, though the mercenary was more concerned with killing the hero for his own grand plans and designs, with the bounty simply being a nice consolation prize.
Bane's true objective was to kill Batman to achieve his own sense of peace, and he believed that the Dark Knight was a dark figment of his imagination as he rotted away in his Santa Prisca prison cell, and then to conquer Gotham City and forge his own criminal empire. To that end, Bane and his forces seized complete control over sections of old Gotham easily with a decreased amount of police activity in light of the destructive events occurring all throughout Gotham, and set up their headquarters within an old sewer network.
While he set up multiple monitors and even a makeshift gym, Bane next struck a deal with the Penguin to obtain immense weaponry and military grade equipment and firearms as his forces stole several choppers to expand their forces. Bane also took full advantage of Bird's connections to the Gotham criminal underworld to smuggle in massive amounts of Venom, the chemical that allowed Bane to increase his strength and adrenaline.
Bane then began to not only sell Venom as a drug on the streets to find suitable followers and increase his numbers, but also experimented with the compound to create an even more potent variation of Venom known as TN-1, which would have eliminated the need of a storage tank. Having tested it out on numerous followers, many of which horrifically mutated and perished, Bane learned that one of the side effects was severe memory loss. Despite having made great progress with his research, to the point where his followers were able to assimilate the drug into their body without harmful physical effects, Bane had yet to find a solution to overcome this severe memory loss. Bane also poured much of his resources into uncovering Batman's true identity and studied the hero extensively within the research facility of his hideout, and eventually came extremely close to deducing who Batman really was.
At some point before or during the events of Arkham Origins, Bane met one of his rivals, Shiva, whom he was immediately suspicious of. Intent on finding out what her real motives were, Bane managed to have a conversation with her. Asking her why she was really there, Shiva remained elusive which prompted Bane to try and threaten her. Shiva responded by stunning Bane with inside knowledge of his plans which regarded the TN-1 formula. When Bane demanded to know how she came by this information, Shiva simply told him that her master had a great deal of knowledge. Bane then realized who Shiva's true master was, and immediately questioned her on what he was planning, only for Shiva to both threaten and warn him against trying to interfere.
This implied that Bane had encountered Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins before or, at the very least, had heard of them.
Arkham Origins Incident
Bane remained in hiding for the first part of the brutal night of Christmas Eve and made his plans. While Bird and his men had seized control of various areas within the criminal underworld, Bane was called to a meeting at the Royal Hotel with Firefly, Electrocutioner, and the Joker, the true mastermind behind the hiring of the assassins, who had been impersonating Black Mask for several days for his own agenda of chaos. Following the meeting, he waited at the Royal Hotel, knowing that Batman would come for the Joker. When the elevator door to the Penthouse opened, Bane tore Batman from the elevator roof, beat him, brought him to the Joker, and reluctantly gave them one minute to talk (which was due to the Joker's threat of detonating the Royal Hotel first while Batman, Bane, and himself were still inside when Bane attempted to kill Batman first).
When their minute was up, Bane knocked Batman about the room and flung him through the window and down into the Penthouse Library, before their fight progressed to the East Tower Terrace. Moments before a conclusion could be reached, Batman told Bane that the latter had "just ran out of time," and referred to the two police helicopters that had arrived under the anonymous contact of Alfred, and which were eventually blown apart by Bane's army, who had used their own stolen helicopters. Bane and his men then left, because he believed that the tides had changed too much after a stray bullet had grazed him and he promised to return for Batman's blood. However, Batman placed a tracer on Bane, that went seemingly unnoticed by him. Joker then fired on his chopper with his assault rifle after he boarded out of irritation that Bane had called a retreat, and Bane retaliated by shooting at the Joker with a rocket launcher, which nearly killed him from being knocked off the balcony by the explosion. Bane eventually ordered Bird to keep an eye out for Batman and fought him while he was delivering Venom supplies, and anticipated that Batman would attempt to interfere with the Venom shipments.
After he heard reports that an individual with a description similar to Bane had been shot, Batman broke into the GCPD Morgue, where he discovered that it was just one of Bane's Henchmen who had been using the TN-1 compound. Attempting to block any angle that Bane might have, Batman apprehended many of his mercenaries throughout the city, including Bird, who had previously attempted to seize control of My Alibi, a well known nightclub that was rife with corruption and was connected to the Gotham criminal underworld. After he followed the tracer, Batman arrived at Bane's Underground Field Headquaters, where he found the abandoned tracer beside some computers that contained evidence that Batman and Bruce Wayne were one and the same (it repeatedly played the line: "You just ran out of time" said by Bruce Wayne to Vicki Vale at the beginning of the game, and by Batman to Bane after their last fight). Batman then angrily destroyed the computers and all the other evidence, warned Alfred that Bane knew who he was, and to remain hidden in the Batcave.
While Batman was busy stopping the assassin and pyromaniac, Firefly, from destroying the Gotham Pioneers Bridge, Bane broke into Wayne Manor, located and destroyed the Batcave, violently attacked Alfred and left enough life in him to say his final goodbyes to Batman. Bane planned to mold Batman into the perfect warrior in battle through the anger and hatred that he would feel towards his fallen ally. As further insurance that Batman had only a few moments left with Alfred prior to the latter's death, Bane also, after communicating with Batman, wrecked the Batcomputer, and with it, his Detective Vision, which forced Batman to do enough hasty repairs on the Batcomputer to restore his Detective Vision to locate Alfred. However, Batman was able to save Alfred by jump-starting his heart with the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves, which were taken from him earlier that night after Joker had killed him.
Bane aided the Joker's siege on Blackgate Prison, and brought with him several of his own Venom powered henchmen. Batman made his way to the Panopticon, and found the Joker holding Warden Joseph hostage with Bane at his side. Joker revealed that he had understood Batman and his code of ethics and had made it his new mission in life to make the hero give up his one rule by forcing him to take a life. Joker revealed that Bane held a heart monitor that would charge up the electric chair, that he sat in, and told Batman that either he would kill Bane to stop his heart from charging up the monitor and the chair, or he would be electrified to death/Batman would end up killed; either way, Batman would be responsible for someone's death.
- "But you will. You will fight me with all your resolve. Or you will die. Someone is going to die: You, me or the clown. The question of which one of us it is - is in your hands."
Bane put on the monitor, and told Batman to use all his hatred and anger from the loss of his ally in battle, as Joker's men strapped Joker to the chair. To ensure that Batman and Bane would indeed battle, Joker had placed a bomb within the facility that would detonate and slaughter everyone if the heart monitor was removed from Bane. As Batman and Bane battled, Captain Gordon arrived and shot both of Joker's men who held Warden Joseph hostage. As Joseph and Gordon attempted to get Joker out of the chair, Joker elbowed both men, knocked out Joseph, held Gordon at gunpoint with his own gun, put the headpiece of the electric chair on Gordon, and raised the stakes even higher for Batman.
Batman came up with a plan to send Bane's heart in cardiac arrest, and used his Shock Gloves to defeat him and stopped his heart, which made the Joker laugh gleefully. Joker then attempted to shoot Joseph dead when he awoke and stood up to the mass murderer, but Gordon jumped in front of him and took the bullet instead. Joker continued to laugh and left the room to escape from the prison, continue his reign of terror, and to detonate the bombs that had he placed all across Gotham with his forces and the escaped convicts.
Batman revealed to Gordon, who was not severely injured due to his bulletproof vest, that Bane could still be revived and told him and the Warden to arrest the Joker before he could escape. As they did so, Batman revived Bane, who was more infuriated than ever and resorted to drastic measures. Bane used a sample of TN-1 on himself to become even more powerful. As Bane did so, he became a hulking mass of muscle with an uncontrollable urge to kill Batman. Batman sprayed a string of Explosive Gel in a circle around Bane, detonated it, destroyed the floor beneath them, and dropped them both into the Maximum Security Ward corridor. Batman learned from Alfred that he needed to defeat Bane before the TN-1 reached its full potency (which was estimated to be within ten minutes). Batman then proceeded to ambush Bane and rammed him into several electric prison cells, as well as beat him into submission. However, despite doing it enough to temporarily stun him, Bane managed to recover quickly, and punched Batman through a wall.
After one final, grueling battle, Batman was able to finally subdue Bane after he strapped him to a pair of electrified pacification devices with his Remote Claw. Bane then barely declared that he must find the Bat Man, which caused Batman to sarcastically tell him good luck with his goal. Batman also realized that Bane's memory had been left damaged by the extensive use of TN-1, which had secured his identity once again. After he defeated Bane, Batman left the assassin unconscious and hung upside-down and was later apprehended following the Joker's own defeat and recapture by the GCPD.
One of Bane's soldiers, alongside 20 other escapees, had also escaped Blackgate shortly thereafter (thanks to the Joker's earlier riot), and made plans with Bane's other henchmen to rescue him (as he had failed to bust him out in his earlier escape largely because he was unable to save both himself and Bane). However, the plans ended before they could begin due to Batman tracking the prisoner down and beating him and his allies into submission before he left them to be picked up by the GCPD as part of a favor to Captain Gordon.
Arkham Origins Blackgate Incident
Bane was placed in the Arkham Ward of Blackgate, which was a secure facility for the most dangerous criminals. Bane was also kept in a coma while most of his body had withered away due to being deprived of Venom. A few months afterward, a prison riot was instigated at Blackgate by Catwoman, with Bane being smuggled out by the female cat burglar. Catwoman cooperated with the three ringleaders of Blackgate's riot: Black Mask, Penguin, and Joker, and was under the employment of an anonymous employer (It was heavily implied that the employer was Amanda Waller). However, Batman interfered, and Bane was sent back into custody by Captain Richard Flag to save face.
Arkham Origins: Multiplayer
At some point after Arkham Origins, Bane somehow broke out of prison. With his strength and strategic mind reintact (and no longer suffering the physical effects of his TN-1 overdose), Bane reassembled his militia with Bird and units of elite soldiers, and fought a series of gang wars against the Joker and his thugs.
Between Arkham Origins and Assault on Arkham Incident
Determined to exact vengeance on the Dark Knight and conquer all of Gotham, Bane concocted a scheme to weaken Batman physically and mentally as well as weaken his resolve. He did this by staging a breakout at Arkham, releasing all of it's prisoners as well as it's super villains, including his old ally/foe the Joker. Bane watched as all of Batman's enemies systematically wore him down with his body's limit reaching its all time low and his mental state deteriorating. When the Dark Knight was at his weakest, Bane ambushed him at Wayne Manor, and managed to easily but brutally defeat Batman in combat, as Wayne was too weak to fight back. Not satisfied with simply killing Batman, Bane opted to prolong his adversary's pain and broke his back over his knee. Bane then took Batman's broken body and showcased his victory to all of Gotham. He then ruled over Gotham with an iron fist and cemented his reputation as the "Man who Broke the Bat", making him one of the most infamous criminals in Gotham City and one of Batman's most formidable foes.
However, Bane was, after Batman's recovery, apprehended by the Dark Knight and sent to Arkham Asylum.
Assault on Arkham Incident
Bane, along with several other villains were released by the Joker at the end of the film. Bane was seen rampaging through the chaos and possibly killed Killer Frost by throwing the GCPD cruiser that she was trying to get away into a wall, and caused it to explode. Bane was easily beaten by Batman, who showed up, removed his Venom tubes, and threw him off the bridge and into the water below.
After Assault on Arkham and the Road to Arkham Asylum Incident
Bane was eventually sent back to Blackgate Prison. A few years later, Bane was secretly brought to Arkham Asylum (arranged by the Joker, under the pseudonym, Jack White). Joker's plan was to have Dr. Penelope Young study him and the effects of Venom on the human body, so that she could develop a more powerful variant of the formula known as Titan. When discussing the Titan Project in public, Bane's involvement was kept secret, and he was referred to only as "Patient X". Officially, Bane was listed as an escapee from Blackgate to cover-up his transfer (Batman and the GCPD were led to believe that he had escaped Blackgate). During this time, Bane was forced against his will to be a human guinea pig for the Titan Project.
Just before the Joker's takeover of the asylum, Harley Quinn made her way to Bane's room and sedated him in order to keep him quiet when the "visitors" arrived.
Arkham Asylum Incident
The Joker had Commissioner Gordon kidnapped and taken to the Medical Facility where Bane was being held drained of Venom and was left withered and helpless. After he rescued Gordon, Batman then entered Bane's holding room in the Experimental Chamber. Bane begged Batman to cut him down, in the hopes of getting revenge on Dr. Young, but, before he could do so, Joker activated Bane's chemical storage tank, infused him with Titan in order to defeat Batman, and returned his immense strength to him. Bane then attacked Batman and threw him through a wall into the Boiler Room. Bane and Batman battled it out with the interference of Joker's Henchmen.
Eventually, Batman cut off Bane's Titan supply as the room collapsed upon itself. Batman escaped through a manhole to the surface where he was reunited with Gordon. Bane managed to reattach his main valve, smashed his way to the surface, grabbed Batman, and claimed that after he "broke" Batman, the "bruja" (Dr. Young) would be next. After he claimed that he would be break Bane "this time", Batman summoned the Batmobile by remote control to their position and kicked Bane into its path. The Batmobile crashed into Bane, and hurled him into the sea. In one of the three post-credit scenes, Bane emerged from the water by the docks and grabbed onto a floating case of Titan.
Between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City IncidentAfter being struck by the Batmobile and knocked off Arkham Island, Bane washed ashore, was quickly recaptured, and brought back to Arkham by the GCPD after the Joker's takeover. As he recovered from his injuries, Bane sat in solitude and plotted his move in Arkham City, as it was publicly announced that Blackgate Prison would be closed and all criminals would be relocated to the new prison instead.
Upon his arrival in Arkham City, and having no love for his fellow inmates, Bane started an undercover fight club and challenged anyone brave enough to take him on in hand-to-hand combat. They all failed to beat his incredible strength.
However, the Joker had heard of the club and sent a member of his crew with a surprise in Bane's arena: the Titan Formula, abundant in supply at the Joker's base of operations (the Sionis Steel Mill). But the henchman died of a heart attack before he could defeat Bane. Nearly defeated, Bane vowed to eradicate all traces of the deadly drug from the streets of Arkham to prevent himself from ever being bested.
While Robin investigated the prison posing as a street crook, Bane invaded the Museum, confronted the Penguin about his supply of the Titan, and demanded that it be handed over to him. However, Bane met Solomon Grundy, who had inhuman, brute strength and nigh-inmortality, and who forced him to retreat to the Krank Co. Toy Factory to plan his recapture of all the Titan within Arkham City.
Bane's single-minded quest would only be interrupted briefly when he later attended Two-Face's court as a juror in the trial to convict the Joker's death. Bane voted against the Clown Prince of Crime for his possession of Titan and vowed to collect it for his own.
Arkham City Incident
While he investigated Arkham City, Batman saw a distress flare and discovered that Bane was hiding in the abandoned Krank Co. Toy Factory. Bane came to Arkham City in search of the twelve remaining containers of Titan. Rather than fight, Bane suggested that the two team up in order to collect all of the Titan containers so that they could all be properly disposed of.
Dividing the containers equally, Batman and Bane both set out to find the Titan. Later, after disposing of all containers of the Titan with his Explosive Gel, Batman returned to the toy factory to check on Bane's progress. The two were quickly attacked by either the TYGER Guards or Joker's Henchmen and easily defeated them all. After the battle, Batman confronted Bane about the Titan and Bane revealed that he had never intended to destroy it all, rather keep all that remained for himself instead. Bane had already acquired six containers and had Batman destroy the ones that he couldn't obtained himself so he really would have all the Titan in his possession at the end.
Bane attacked Batman, but he was quickly disarmed and trapped behind a metal security fence. Batman then revealed that he actually played Bane, knew full well that he would double-cross him, and he used this to his advantage so he could destroy the last six containers in one place rather then look for them all over Arkham City.
Bane was then left helpless as Batman destroyed the last of the Titan. Bane then asked if he could be let out, but Batman refused, and cited that aside from Bane's attempt at double-crossing him, there were still several things that he still had to take care of in Arkham City.
After Arkham City Incident
After Bane had somehow escaped his predicament, he later appeared at the Church and Medical Center after he was convinced by some of the inmates that there was Titan in the building. After breaking through the blast door, Bane was confronted by the guards who tried to stop him, but were unable to get past his bulletproof skin. Bane was about to kill the officers, but Azrael quickly came to their rescue.
After a brief fight, Azrael was able to stop Bane thanks to some assistance from Aaron Cash by cutting off his Titan supply. Bane was then once again imprisoned, this time alongside Riddler who was rather upset with his new cell mate. It could be assumed that after the evacuation and shut down of Arkham City, Bane was taken into custody when the GCPD stormed the mega facility.
Before Arkham Knight Incident
The following information is currently considered non-canon and is not part of the main Batman: Arkham series timeline.
Bane was held in Stone Ridge Penitentiary. Somehow, Bane gained the loyalty of many of the guards and the staff of the prison who managed to provide him with some Venom. The guards who hadn't turned traitor were no match for Bane on Venom, and he took control of the building, but not before one of them had managed to set up a makeshift Bat-Signal. Batman arrived just in time to save that guard, but despite being hit full on by the brand new Batmobile and shot point blank by the guard with a shotgun, Bane escaped in the prison bus. The bus crashed into Krank co. Toys and the two began to fight hand-to-hand. Poison Ivy waded into the fight, and claimed that Batman was worth more to her in the hands of Penguin or Catwoman than Bane. Batman was knocked out, which allowed Ivy and Bane to concentrate on each other, but the Arkham Knight intervened, threw Batman's body into Ivy and detonated a massive Explosive Gel booby trap that resulted in all three of them crashing down into the sewers. With Ivy's help, Bane was temporarily defeated, but then both he and Ivy escaped. Bane had already broken Batman's Grapnel Gun so he couldn't follow Ivy out of the hole that was caused by the explosion, so, instead, the Caped Crusader followed Bane deeper into the sewers.
Batman followed Bane right into an ambush. Bane had a group of followers living in the sewers at the 'Church of Santa Prisca' where dozens of Santa Priscan soldiers that he had smuggled across the border were following his dream of turning Gotham into a paradise for his people. Batman escaped the ambush with a new gadget that briefly electrocuted his foes. Getting angry, Bane began firing a massive machine gun at Batman, and didn't care whether he hit his own men or not. Batman taunted Bane, and said that he was nothing more than a criminal and a junkie, which caused Bane to fly into a rage, and when it looked like Batman would get away, Bane threw one of his men who was equipped with a surplus of grenades after him. The grenades detonated, and destroyed the church, but Batman escaped. Bane survived the explosion and was later discovered, unconscious, by the Arkham Knight.
The Arkham Knight captured Bane and turned him into a guinea pig for Scarecrow's powerful, new Fear Toxin, since all of Scarecrow's other test subjects weren't strong enough (physically and mentally) to survive its effects. Even with his iron-forged will, Bane still suffered under the new toxin's effects: visions of bats. As Bane suffered, the Arkham Knight revealed to Scarecrow that he planned to use the tunnels dug under Gotham by Bane's forces to his army's advantage. Although still recovering from the Fear Toxin's hallucinations, the Arkham Knight and Scarecrow released Bane, who went off to confront Batman. But before they let him go, the Arkham Knight told Bane all of Batman's secrets (his secret identity, the real identity of the other members of the Bat Family, all of Batman's gadgets, etc.).
Bane eventually ambushed Batman. Bane grabbed him by the leg, while he dangled from the gargoyle that Batman was next to, refered to him as Mister Wayne, and named all the members of the Bat Family by their real names. Batman tried to get away from Bane, but the brute chased after him in a crazed rage, and saw him as a flaming bat monster. Bane cursed the Wayne Family and called Batman a monster to the Santa Prisca people. But, while Bane was distracted, the Arkham Knight ambushed him. The Arkham Knight tied a wire rope around Bane's neck and dragged him away from Batman with an APC. After he was dragged a distance, Bane knocked over the APC, and the Arkham Knight came flying out of it. During the ensuing battle, the Arkham Knight cut Bane's throat, immolated him with an exploding propane tanker, and pumped multiple bullets into his skull, which apparently killed him.
(Non-canon information ends here.)
Arkham Knight Incident
In the GCPD Lockup, Bane's teddy bear, Osito, and a Titan canister appeared in the Evidence Room along with the other equipment that was used by Batman's foes. When inspecting the case, a recording of Aaron Cash played, and said that Bane hadn't been seen since Arkham City closed (which also revealed that he had a serious case of withdrawal from Titan due to Batman's actions) and was likely off somewhere getting clean and when he returned, he wouldn't be happy. Bane's Mask and Venom/Titan tank was seen inside of a crate at the docks as one of Riddler's riddles.
According to a Gotham City Story, after he left Gotham City, Bane started fighting his Venom/Titan addiction. After long months of painful withdrawal, he returned to Santa Prisca looking for a new start. But upon returning to his homeland, Bane observed that his country was embroiled in a bloody turf war between the various cartels and drug lords (amped up on Venom), which had killed countless innocent lives including children. Bane eventually ended up killing the country's twelve most powerful drug lords, and lined up their decapitated heads on the beach. Bane's next objective was to destroy Peña Dura, the prison where he grew up and escaped from with his mercenaries years ago.
Bane was a character in the side mission "Fragile Alliance" in which he teamed up with Batman to destroy all of the twelve TITAN containers that Joker had smuggled with him. They after 6 containers each and when they met back up, they were attacked by either Joker's Henchmen or the TYGER Guards (If you have or not finished the story at the time you have done this mission).
Arkham Origins Multiplayer
In Arkham Origins Multiplayer. Bane was a playable character through activating the Marked door by Bane's Elites, which allowed them to take control of him.
Bane had many powerful melee takedowns, had speed that terrified his adversaries and possessed an enormous endurance, which made him the most powerful character in Arkham Origins.
In combat, Bane had no special abilities, he was marked, his health bar did not regenerate, and he did not respawn after being defeated.
But Bane compensated that by possessing unlimited sprinting, had opposing Elite's marked, melee from Elites and Heroes was suicidal, he could perform a smash attack that knocked Joker's Elites to the ground (It did, however, stun friendly Elites temporally), could perform a quick execution to the Heroes with ease, and had a larger amount of health than the Elites, the Heroes, and Joker.
Bane's only weapon was his rocket launcher. It dealt a large amount of damage, had unlimited ammo but had only one rocket at a time, did a big splash damage, had a long range, and was very effective against a group of Elites and also against the Heroes that took cover on vantage points or from a long distance.
Bane was intimidating, brutal and powerful, and used his brute strength, ruthlessness, and cunning in order to win battles. Cold and very confident in his strength, he was not above using trickery and power to achieve his goals, and was shown to be able to think of somewhat intricate plans that would end up taking out all his enemies.
He killed Joker's goons even when he was still in an alliance with Joker and he killed people with his bare hands without a care in the world. Bane was shown to have a deep hatred of Batman. He viciously threw him to the ground and tried to kill him, even though Batman had saved him from cardiac arrest. He also betrayed Batman in Arkham City in destroying the Titan containers, after fending off the TYGER Guards/Joker's Goons in his hideout. Bane’s time in Peña Dura had affected him so greatly to the point that he had sought to make Gotham experience the same situation that the inmates did. Bane commanded absolute loyalty from his men and he was perfectly willing to sacrifice them in pursuit of his own goals. But he had one weakness: his crippling addiction to the performance-enhacing drug/supersoldier serum, Venom.
After he overdosed with the TN-1 (a stronger, but experimental version of Venom) in Arkham Origins, Bane suffered memory loss and, while under its influence, his rage clouded his judgement. He was much less lucid, and had difficulty in speaking in full sentences. He's far less cunning and much more reliant on brute force, and essentially became a raging beast. But despite this, Bane still had enough clarity of mind to check grates and vents during his fight against Batman.
Years later, Bane (during Arkham Asylum and Arkham City incidents) suffered another overdose by a Venom-inspired drug, Titan (courtesy of the Joker). But this time, he appeared notably more intelligent than when he's amped up on the TN-1, as he not only spoke in full sentences, but he was also much calmer in nature as well as more cunning, and attempted to manipulate Batman (albeit unsuccessfully) in order to achieve his own goals. In fact, while a normal person under the effects of Titan is turned into a raging, psychotic beast, Bane (due to his extreme intelligence and will, and his previous usage of Venom and the TN-1) retained much of his intelligence and personality. But his high intelligence seemed to be affected by his emotional state and the anxiety produced by his addiction, as he was unaware that Batman knew Bane was going to try and keep the Titan for himself and used Bane to gather the rest for him during the events of Arkham City. It eventually reached the point where lowly henchmen were able to manipulate him (instead of the other way around) with the false hint of locations of Titan due to his emotional instability and addiction.
But during the events of Arkham Knight, Bane, like most of the other main villians, had undergone a significant change in personality. It appeared that Bane was trying to get clean of his Venom/Titan addiction after long months of painful withdrawal, as stated by the Gotham City Stories and Aaron Cash's Evidence Room description. He returned to his native Santa Prisca having given-up crime and looked for a new start. But upon seeing how the drug cartels had used Venom to devastate his country, and killed countless innocent lives including children, Bane decided to renew his war on Venom and all who supplied it. He eventually ended up killing the country's twelve most powerful drug lords, and lined up their decapitated heads on the beach. Bane's next objective was to destroy Peña Dura, which implied that he's slowly becoming the fearsome leader of men that he used to be.
In his first appearance in the game, Bane wore a luchador mask along with a leather jacket over a single Venom tube and padded armor. He also wore leather pants with boots. In the first battle of the final(?) boss, Bane looked the same as he did after the first boss fight, but without a mask. Bane also has scars similar to his mask on his face. When injected with TN1, Bane grew in muscle mass, and in size, disconnecting most of the Venom tubes he has.
Bane wore a similar luchador mask as the one in Arkham Origins. He has a TITAN storage tank attached with tubes, appearing red. Bane wears gauntlets with tubes attached to them, aswell. He wore a belt, and prisoner pants, with no boots. The bottom of his pants appear dirty. He also has a metal spine structure attached to his spine due to the fact he needs it to support his muscles while using TITAN/Venom in a fight.
Bane looks the exact same as he did in Arkham Asylum.
Real Name: Unknown
The fugitive known as “Bane” is currently on the run and wanted by the sovereign government of Santa Prisca following a prison break from Pena Duro Penitentiary. While no records have been found to substantiate this, rumors allege Bane was born and raised within the prison walls. Bane is believed to be traveling with a large group of mercenaries who refer to themselves only as “Followers”, Most notable is his chief subordinate Code-named Angel “Bird” Vallelunga, also a Pena Duro escapee.
Bane is rumored to have larger-than-normal size and extraordinary strength – though this is believed to be as a result of his abuse of performance enhancing drugs. Witnesses report observing temporary changes in musculature and bone structure in certain circumstances, but without physical proof this is regarded as unreliable testimony/exaggeration and highly unlikely.
Individual is deemed extremely dangerous – and is as cunning as he is physically strong. While he is often armed, his extreme physical strength is considered a deadly weapon even when he is unarmed.
Batman's Database Profile
Bane is a fugitive wanted by the government of Santa Prisca following a prison break from Pena Dura. While no records have been found to substantiate this, rumors alleged that Bane was born and raised within the prison walls - a seemingly impossible feat in the all-male penitentiary. Bane was the son of a crime lord based in Mexico and he's believed to be the heir so the police put him in prison at the age of 8.
Bane is believed to be traveling with a large group of his fellow escapees. Most notable was his chief subordinate, "Bird". Bane is rumored to have super-human size and strength. Most believe this was a result of his abuse of performance enhancing drugs, including the popular narcotic, Venom. Combined with a keen mind, this makes Bane an extreme threat.
CENTRAL SUBJECT FOR TITAN RESEARCH
Psychological Profile: The worst substance abuse case I have ever personally encountered. Bane was all but defined both physically and mentally by his use of the Venom compound. His body was ravaged and withered when he was in withdrawal, but upon being administered a dose of Venom, he became a physical monstrosity. A highly intelligent and strategic man. His sense of self had become totally dependent on his Venom addiction. When partaking, he displayed intense narcissism, manifesting as megalomania and a competitive preoccupation with Batman. Deprived of the compound, he was almost totally unresponsive in every way, approaching catatonia.
A childhood of intense deprivation resulted in a histrionic streak that had fixated him on destroying Batman in order to seek worldwide approval.
His antisocial upbringing has given him an intensely focused mind.
His addiction to Venom seemed unbreakable, and the compound's effects on him were very impressive; I can't help but be intrigued by the possibilities locked within this incredible substance....
Dr. Hugo Strange
- Intense Focus and Determination
- Genius Level Intellect (187 IQ)
- Master Strategist
- Eidetic/Photographic Memory
- Tactical Analysis
- Hand to Hand Combatant (Advanced)
- Determined to best Batman, and all others who challenge him
- Peak Human Condition: This ability allows Bane to have his bodily functions at the maximum limit of human condition; meaning that Bane's natural capabilities are near-superhuman.
- Superhuman Strength: Bane is stronger than average humans even though his capabilities are not classified as 'superhuman'. He is strong enough to lift roughly 750 lbs. He can easily overpower Batman's own physical strength.
- Peak Human Speed: This means Bane is faster than average humans; even though this ability is not classified as 'superhuman'. He can run up to 21 mph .
- Peak Human Durability: Bane was born with extensive gigantism. This means that Bane has the power to have denser and tougher bones/muscles than normal humans; even though this power is not classified as 'superhuman'.
- Peak Human Agility: Bane possess agility greater than that of normal humans .
- Peak Human Stamina: The ability grants Banee highly developed musculature that generate less fatigue toxins than the musclelature of most other humans, enabling him to gain greater endurance . He can exert himself at peak condition for a hour .
- Peak Human Healing: Bane naturally-accelerated metabolism heals injuries/wounds much faster than normal members of the human race.
- Peak Human Longevity: Bane ages slower than normal members of The human race, though not to a superhuman degree. He can live up to 130-135 years .
- His body has a strong reaction to Venom.
- Venom/TN-1/Titan-Enhanced Physical Attributes:
- Super-human Strength: He has such an enormous amount of physical strength without his chemical enhancements that he was able to lift a Brute with each hand. When he is enhanced, his strength increased to a point where he can go on par with buildings and vehicles and "win".
- Advanced Endurance: As long as he is enhanced, he can never tire nor wear himself down. He can withstand a highly-lethal amount of physical damage (compared to a normal human), such as being hit by a Batmobile moving at high-speeds.
- Bullet-Proof Skin: Due to his increased muscle and bone density, he is immune to ballistic attacks, even the state-of-the-art military gear like advanced mini-guns, high-powered assault rifles, and Sentry Guns.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: As long as he is enhanced, he can recover in several hours from injuries that would take even Batman several weeks to recover from. He also displayed no signs of damage from the Batmobile's lethal strike. He can also use Venom as a type of medicine that can heal him from most injury, poison, wound, infection, and disease.
- Enhanced speed/Reflexes: His speed and reflexes are also enhanced with Venom, making him able to run, move, and react beyond the limits of the finest human athlete.
- Bane: It is said 'that which does not kill you makes you stronger.' But that which makes you stronger, can often kill you. Addiction is a weakness. One that must be overcome. Venom has become my addiction - my weakness. To free myself, I have tried many things. For a time, I sought to eradicate Venom and wipe those who manufacture it from the face of the Earth, but lately I've gravitated towards project TN-1... a replacement drug which would eliminate Venom's addictive properties, and holds the promise of a permanent effect. If it works, I would no longer have need of the delivery system - another weakness. While early tests had to be terminated immediately, the latest subjects seem at least physically stable - but side effects are severe: immediate and permanent long-term memory loss followed by a general degradation of brain function that leaves the subject... primitive. Testing continues - the latest formula shows promise. Once I have eliminated the Bat, I will dedicate myself to finding a suitable 'volunteer' for my tests. End of recording.
- Bane: Answer my question. Why are you here?
- Shiva: The same as you, of course. Money, glory.
- Bane: Don't play games with me.
- Shiva: But you can play the cunning brute? I know of your reliance on Venom. And your desire to eliminate it.
- Bane: How do you - ?
- Shiva: When you've lived as long as the Master has, you can gather a great deal of knowledge.
- Bane: You're working for him? What is he planning?
- Shiva: You know better than to question his motives.
- "No. He's coming for you now. And when he gets here, I'm going to kill him. So you wait."
- "He's mine, payaso." (Joker)
- "You have-one minute."
- "I've long waited for this moment. With your death, I will find peace."
- "I have longed for this confrontation. Now. Begin!"
- "This is not how I envisioned our battle. I thought you would challenge me."
- "Let us see what you can do."
- "These tricks will not help you."
- "I can feel you breaking, Batman."
- "How are your reflexes?"
- "You will not last, Batman."
- "Is this the best you have to offer?"
- "I have barely exerted myself and yet you already falter."
- "You will break."
- "You are weak!"
- "Are your reflexes FAST enough?"
- "Your life is mine!"
- "Hardly a challenge."
- "You disappoint me."
- "Men do not fight with toys."
- "Will you offer me ANY true resistance?"
- "You will fall under my boot."
- "Run for your life!"
- "None will stand in my way."
- "Will you confront or avoid?"
- "You must come through me, Batman!"
- "I expected you to be a more worthy opponent."
- "Your technique is predictable."
- "This is the great Batman?"
- "YES! Hasten your end!"
- "Already you fail."
- "I will hear you SCREAM!"
- "The city below will bear witness as I tear down its god, and leave him in pieces."
- "I revel in this. We are as two titans, gods who battle for the soul of this city."
- "I will make this city kneel before me and then I will leave it in ashes."
- "Know well how Gotham will suffer once I have cast you down."
- "Very good. I see there is still some fight left in you."
- "When I'm done with him, I'll be coming for you, payaso loco." (Joker)
- "You cannot counter my tactics."
- "You cannot run."
- "Stand your ground!"
- "Face me!"
- "Over here, Batman!"
- "Accept your end!"
- "Fight me!"
- "You cannot win!"
- "Your misery ends now!"
- "This rooftop's getting too hot."
- "You got off easy."
- "I am in your house, Bruce."
- "Come home. Say your goodbyes. Once you've had time to turn grief into anger, then you'll be ready to face me."
- "I have left enough life in him for some final words...if you hurry."
- "Let's do this." (to Joker)
- "But you will. You will fight me with all your resolve. Or you will die. Someone is going to die: You, me or the clown. The question of which one of us it is-is in your hands." (to Batman)
- "A compassionate man would be home mourning the loss of his servant and life-long companion right now. Yet here you are." (to Batman)
- "You attention, Batman!"
- "Now we are getting somewhere!"
- "May you find the peace in death that you did not find in life."
- "There is nowhere safe."
- "Prepare yourself!"
- "Not long now, Batman."
- "You must face me!"
- "Rise to the challenge!"
- "Witness my strength."
- "Now you break!"
- "You leave me no choice, Mr. Wayne."
- "Now, die!"
- "No smoke!"
- "I want more!"
- "Found you!"
- "Oh! So you hide in the vents!"
- "Are you in there?"
- "Not in here!"
- "You must fight!"
- "I kill you!"
- "Get off!"
- "You in the vent again?"
- "Is Batman in the grate again?"
- "Come out of the grate now!"
- "I crush you!"
- "No more hiding here!"
- "I will be free!"
- "Now I kill the Bat!"
- "Fight me!"
- "I destroy vents!"
- "No more vents!"
- "Ha! I see you behind grate!"
- "Face me!"
- "Now I kill the Bat!"
- "No more hiding in the vents, Batman!"
- "No more hiding in the grates, Batman!"
- "The Bat Man. I will... I must find the Bat Man."
Progress of Henchmen
- "Three down. I am ashamed."
- "Vigilance, brothers! Need I say it again?"
- "Vigilance! Vigilance!"
- "Rise. Embrace your fear. Channel it into strength or die like a coward."
- "Strategize! Brothers! You must strategize!"
- "Do not accept defeat. Defeat is weakness."
- "Brothers! Deal with Deathstroke, OR deal with me! Your choice!"
Predator (KO'd henchmen)
- "Another falls. The Batman insults your honor and you insult mine."
Batman: Arkham Origins Multiplayer
Bane's Encrypted Transmission
- 1st transmission: "You have chosen wisely. I am creating an elite force; highly trained, ruthlessly efficient, the best of the best. Together, we will end Joker and break the Bat. I can tell you have it in you to excel. Perform to your potential, and you will reap the rewards. I've made new equipment available to you."
- 2nd transmission: "Your bravery and skill have been noted. Stay focused. Our rise is unstoppable. Soon, we'll have defeated the clown AND the Bat. Already, all of Gotham fears you. Feels good, doesn't it? I've arranged for you to receive something. Use it well."
- "This Wonder City Factory provides an army of mechanical guardians, kill anyone who stands in your way."
- "We have stage a distraction in Blackgate Prison. Kill anyone who stands in our way."
Advantage to Bane
- "We have majority control, keep it that way."
Disadvantage from Joker
Disadvantage from Heroes
Captain KO'd by the Heroes
No more reinforcements
Killed a Hero
Super Villain Door
Playing as Bane
Beaten by Heroes
Beaten by Joker
- "Beaten by mere clowns? Not nearly good enough."
Beaten the Heroes and Joker
- "Cut me down..."
- "Doctor Young. The "bruja." She drained the Venom from my blood. Must...stop...her..."
- "I will break you this time, Batman!"
- "I shall fold you like paper!"
- "I will crush you!"
- "You will not defeat me this time, old enemy!"
- "I will break you, Batman. Then the "bruja"!"
- "Surprised to see me, Batman?"
- "You knew it would not kill me."
- "Dr. Young's TITAN Formula. The payaso managed to send some off of Arkham Island before you stopped him." (Joker)
- "Too much. That is why I am here. I will not allow the basura of this city to abuse the TITAN. Dr. Young used me to create it. It is my duty to destroy what remains."
- "Of course. Each container has a radio beacon built in. There were twelve containers left in this city. We take six each then we meet back here."
- "TITAN must not leave Arkham City."
- "Shouldn't you be looking for the containers?"
- "What is it? Are you afraid you will fail?"
- "Where next?"
- "I must have it all."
- "Where should I go next?"
- "Good, now we...
- "Help me Batman. We must not allow these puppets to take the TITAN."
- "That was meant for these fools."
- "Sorry, Batman."
- "I'll send you back to your master in pieces!"
- "You dare to enter my home!"
- "You cannot beat Bane!"
- "Stay out of my way, Batman!"
- "I will snap you fools in two!"
- "The TITAN is mine!"
- "In a manner of speaking, yes."
- "TITAN is too powerful to be used against me. I needed it all for myself. Now do me a favor, and die!"
- "Do not do this, Batman!"
- "Let me out of here!"
- "Free me!"
- "You can't do this to me!" (Batman)
- "I will kill you for that!" (Batman)
- "Get me out of here!" (Catwoman)
- "If you don't open this door, I'll kill you too!" (Catwoman)
Game Over Lines
Batman: Arkham Origins
- "I hoped for more of a fight."
- "That was......unsatisfying."
- "And I had such big plans for you...."
- "You've been...broken. (second boss only)"
- "I'm disappointed. I expected better from you." (second boss only)
- "So, this is how the bat finally falls...." (second boss only)
- "First I broke your spirit, now I break your back." (final boss only)
- "He is gone, Batman. Because of you." (final boss only)
- "After all these years claiming to be the best, you are beaten by my worst!" (Deathstroke)
- "Defeated by my underlings *sighs*...not impressed." (Deathstroke)
Batman: Arkham Asylum
- "Once again I have defeated you, Batman." (punches Batman to death)
- "The bat is broken!" (breaks Batman's back)
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Knight
- Bane was one of the few villains who learned of Batman's identity in the Arkham Series, but, after the TN-1 overdose, he couldn't remember it. The others were Hugo Strange, Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul and the Arkham Knight.
- As shown in Arkham Origins: Blackgate and Assault on Arkham, Bane needed a regular injection of Venom to sustain his body or else he would shrivel away into a small human being. This would explain why Bane was so addicted to Venom in the Arkhamverse, and also why he was looking at an alternative to Venom in Arkham Origins. His shriveled form may have also been a side-effect of his TN-1 overdose.
- Bane's Arkham Origins appearance was very similar to the comics (The Knightfall story arc), as he knew who the Dark Knight's identity was, and was able to find his way to the Batcave due to his powerful intelligence.
- Physically, Bane in Arkham Origins resembles Killbane from Saints Row the Third as they both wear a jacket that covers their entire bodies along with a mask.
- Of all the assassins in Arkham Origins, Bane was the only one fought who was fought more than once.
- There's really no explanation as to why Bane didn't have his mask on during his second fight with Batman, or why there were marks around his eyes that resembled the ones on his mask.
- Since the TN-1 overdose, Bane was defeated and grew larger like he was in the future games. It was possible that the TN-1 had kept him in the overly large shape that he was in and was unable to shrink down to his normal size. However, since his large size in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City was due to the usage of Titan, it was just a speculation and wasn't confirmed.
- Curiously, the mutation to Bane's body, when injected with Titan was Not as severe as it was to the Blackgate inmates (e.g. No bones sticking out of the spine, Deformity not as uneven, still capable of basic speech & not limited to growls/roars). 3 possible reasons could explain this; Either because Bane had built up an immunity due to his prolonged use of Venom, and/or due to his Bone & muscle structure already being altered by TN-1, or even because Joker had not yet Perfected the formula...?
- In Origins, Bane had two tubes in his throat; however, they were missing in both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
- In Asylum and City, Bane had a metal structure that was surgically attached to his spine. This was likely to help support his muscles when using Venom and Titan.
- Bane's teddy bear, Osito, could be seen in Hugo Strange's Vault in Arkham City.
- In Arkham Knight, at least one member of the Arkham Knight's Militia could be heard claiming that he previously came to Gotham working on the behalf of Bane, which referenced the plot of Arkham Origins.
- Osito, Bane's teddy bear, means "little bear" in Spanish.
- Bane was perhaps the most notable Batman villain not to physically appear in Arkham Knight, although according to the Comics, set before the events of the game, it was implied he was killed by the Arkham Knight, though the comics canon was in question at that moment in time, especially with the information presented in Arkham Knight that said that Bane still lived and was back home freeing his home from drug lords.
- Out of all eight assassins in Arkham Origins, Bane is one of only four who does not swear at any point in the game, with the others being Deathstroke, Shiva, and Killer Croc.
- The CGI scene that shows Bane lifting Batman above his head and preparing to toss him through the window of the Royal Hotel is strikingly similar to a scene from The Dark Knight Rises.
- In Origins, the cutscene after Bane's penultimate fight shows Batman disposing of the heart monitor on his chest. However, in all subsequent scenes and gameplay shows that the heart monitor is still on Bane, even in his TN-1 form. This is likely an oversight by animators.