The Raincoat Henchman was among the average convicts at Blackgate Prison. He, along with many others, were identified mainly by their Arkham Security uniform raincoats. That identified them as the Joker's own 'security guards'. Hardened convicts that were transferred to Arkham Asylum from Blackgate, those burly enforcers remained fiercely loyal to the Joker. Raincoat Henchmen often kept their features obscured from afar by pulling their raincoat hoods over their faces.
Arkham Asylum Incident
The Raincoat Henchmen carried a variety of weapons in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Some utilized assault rifles that were taken from the asylum armories and dead security guards that they defeated, but most others were crudely armed with pieces of lead pipes that were torn from the Asylum walls. In most of the Combat Challenge Maps and battle rooms, Raincoat Henchmen were present in large numbers, mainly the melee battle rooms. In regular gameplay, Raincoat Henchmen actually only appeared twice.
There were a total of nine Raincoat Henchmen that were imprisoned at Blackgate. A 'mysterious' fire at the prison had forced authorities to transfer the convicts to Arkham Asylum. Shortly after the convicts were transferred to their cells, the Joker was recaptured by Batman after he attempted to hold the Mayor of Gotham City hostage with a bomb. Batman then returned the Joker to Arkham Asylum to be sent back to his cell. A team of heavily armed and armored security guards escorted Joker to the Holding Cells, where he broke free as he was taken back toward his cell by a guard and a doctor. After he killed them both, the Joker made his escape with the help of Harley Quinn, who had taken control of Arkham's security systems from the inside. He then released all the Blackgate Prisoners at the Intensive Treatment Center.
The Blackgate Prisoners roamed free after the Joker had seized control of Intensive Treatment, and took over much of the rest of Arkham Island as well. Later, in the Joker's takeover of Arkham, the Clown Prince of Crime gave Poison Ivy access to experimental, Venom-based chemicals called 'Titan'. That mutated Poison Ivy's Plants to monstrous proportions, which caused them to overrun Arkham Island. Meanwhile, Batman was trying to stop the plants from destroying the asylum completely and reaching Gotham. On his way to do so, Batman was forced to content with the Arkham Lunatics who rampaged through Arkham, and who were released earlier by the Joker to wildly attack everyone on sight, whether they were the Arkham staff, the Joker's own henchmen, or even Batman. The Joker himself warned of the more unsettled madmen to the Blackgate Prisoners, and told them: "Good evening, residents of 'Joker' Asylum. Some of our crazier guests have crashed the party early. And when I say crazy, I mean real psycho. Word of warning: If anyone sees a dribbling fool barking at the moon or maybe just purring like a kitten, you know your civic duty. Walk up to them. Put your arm around them. Show them that you care before you wring their necks. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!" However, it was many of the Blackgate Prisoners that were overwhelmed by the Arkham Lunatics and were killed. The Arkham Lunatics became such a threat on the ground that the Blackgate Prisoners became only willing to harass them from sniper vantage points, where they would be safer from retaliation.
Meanwhile, Batman had hurried to find one of Arkham's few surviving staff, a security guard named Aaron Cash, who knew the location of Killer Croc's Lair, where rare plant spores could be used to formulate an anti-Titan antidote. Along the way, the Dark Knight beat down a wild Arkham Lunatic who attacked him in the tunnel that connected the northern and eastern parts of Arkham Island. As Batman located Cash, the first Raincoat Henchmen, surfaced, eight in all. Because of torn Blackgate Prison uniforms that were scarcely the thing to wear in such chilly weather, (some convicts did not even wear shirts, as well) eight of the prisoners located Arkham issue security guard raincoats, stripped from dead guards who were killed earlier, and pilfered from storage lockers. Putting those on over their inmate clothing, they became Raincoat Henchmen. Eight such Raincoat Henchmen moved into the Arkham North to Arkham East Connector Tunnel, where they found the Arkham Lunatic who was knocked out by Batman earlier and beat him to death.
Some minutes later, the Dark Knight himself returned to the area, and found the group in the tunnel standing around the lunatic's corpse. The back of their raincoats were clearly marked 'ARKHAM SECURITY', with the asylum logo printed on the sleeve shoulders, but even from a distance, Batman could make out that the eight 'guards' were imposters in stolen jackets. After he beat up all eight of the Raincoat Henchmen, Batman continued to the courtyard of Arkham North, where a ninth Raincoat Henchman, who wielded an sniper rifle and wore night-vision goggles, was monitoring the area from a roof. Batman climbed a nearby watchtower to swing onto the sniper's post and defeated him. He then gained access to the Intensive Treatment Center, which came under emergency lockdown.
A Raincoat Henchman later appeared in the final Scarecrow Nightmare, and took the place of one of the Arkham security guards during a horrific take on the night's events. The Joker and Batman had their roles switched, with Batman becoming an inmate while the real inmates took the place of the Arkham staff. A Raincoat Henchman was seen taking Commissioner Gordon, Warden Sharp, Aaron Cash, and Dr. Penelope Young outside to kill them.
All of the Raincoat Henchmen were promptly re-arrested by the GCPD as they reclaimed the ruins of Arkham Asylum, and the surviving Arkham security guards took the convicts back to their cells after the Joker's final defeat.
List of Raincoat Henchmen in Batman: Arkham Asylum
The following was a list of all the Raincoat Henchmen who appeared in Batman: Arkham Asylum:
- Raincoat Henchman #1: Helped beat to death the mental patient in the Arkham North-East Connector Tunnel after Batman had gone to the old Arkham Mansion to find Aaron Cash. When Batman returned through the area later, he found this Raincoat Henchman kneeling next to the madman's body, and examining it.
- Raincoat Henchman #2: Helped beat to death the mental patient in the Arkham North-East Connector Tunnel after Batman had gone to the old Arkham Mansion to find Aaron Cash. He then stood over the corpse with a lead pipe, and kicked it.
- Raincoat Henchman #3: Helped beat to death the mental patient in the Arkham North-East Connector Tunnel after Batman had gone to the old Arkham Mansion to find Aaron Cash. Unlike most of his fellow thugs, this convict also carried an electrified shock baton, taken from an Arkham security guard. He attempted to use the shock baton on Batman as the Caped Crusader attacked the eight Raincoat Henchmen in the tunnel. Despite his efforts, however, he was overcome and knocked unconscious by Batman.
- Raincoat Henchman #4: Helped beat to death the mental patient in the Arkham North-East Connector Tunnel after Batman had gone to the old Arkham Mansion to find Aaron Cash. He stood guard for his fellow goons by watching the doors to Arkham North with a lead pipe. Unfortunately, he was expecting an attack from the wrong direction, and did not happen to be watching when Batman emerged from Arkham East instead.
- Raincoat Henchman #5: Helped beat to death the mental patient in the Arkham North-East Connector Tunnel after Batman had gone to the old Arkham Mansion to find Aaron Cash. He stood atop one of the tunnel's battered-down gates and watched as another thug examined the madman's corpse. Unlike some of the other goons, this Raincoat Henchman was unarmed. As such, he was more easily taken down by Batman, a master of unarmed combat.
- Raincoat Henchman #6: Stood atop one of the Arkham North-East tunnel's battered-down gates and watched as Raincoat Henchman #1 examined the body of the mental patient killed by the group earlier. Unlike some of the other goons, this Raincoat Henchman was unarmed. As such, he was more easily taken down by Batman, a master of unarmed combat.
- Raincoat Henchman #7: Stood atop one of the Arkham North-East tunnel's battered-down gates and conversed quietly with another prisoner. Unlike some of the other goons, this Raincoat Henchman was unarmed. As such, he was more easily taken down by Batman, a master of unarmed combat.
- Raincoat Henchman #8: Stood atop one of the Arkham North-East tunnel's battered-down gates and milled around, idly conversing with Raincoat Henchmen #6 and #7. Unlike some of the other goons, this Raincoat Henchman was unarmed. As such, he was more easily taken down by Batman, a master of unarmed combat.
- Raincoat Henchman #9: Was dispatched by the Joker to help stall Batman's advance into the Intensive Treatment Center. Emerging from Maintenance Access with a loaded assault sniper rifle in his hands, this convict was quickly detected by Batman. When Batman's information broker, Oracle, contacted him about how every route to Intensive Treatment was blocked off, Batman noted the Raincoat Henchman on the roof and replied: "There's a sniper on the roof. He got up there some how. I'll find a way." Batman then scaled one of the nearby guard towers, and used the Line Launcher to swing from the tower nest to the roof on the other side, and beat down Raincoat Henchman #9 and defeated him.
- Three Raincoat Henchmen appeared in the official trailer that was launched for Batman: Arkham Asylum, and guarded the doors to the Arkham Mansion. At first, what appeared to be a hooded security guard with his back to the camera was shown standing on the steps of the mansion. However, he soon turned around, and revealed a face that was painted with clown makeup which was characteristic of the Joker's Henchmen.
- Raincoat Henchmen were credited only as 'Raincoat Henchmen' on their development character models.
- The security guard raincoats that were worn by the Raincoat Henchmen were padded, and marked 'ARKHAM SECURITY' across the front and back. The sleeves were mounted with the Arkham Asylum emblem, and there were yellow highlights on the raincoats that glowed in the dark, which made any Raincoat Henchman obvious even from a distance, and easier to spot.
- The Raincoat Henchmen in the battle rooms who faced Batman as optional melee rounds of combat, often seemed to have a higher urge than most generic Blackgate Prisoners to run for an emergency gun locker and try to use the firearms stored within against the Dark Knight.
- The raincoats may have been taken from dead guards, or as Batman speculated, the armory.
Challenge Maps Featuring Raincoat Henchmen:
Combat/Melee Battle Room Challenges
- Intensive Treatment [Extreme] (Holding Cells, Intensive Treatment Center)
- Sewer Bat (Old Sewer, Caves)
- Shock and Awe (Extreme Incarceration, Penitentiary)
- Rumble in the Jungle (Titan Production Facility, Botanical Gardens)
- Heart of Darkness (Extreme Isolation, Intensive Treatment Center)
- Sewer Bat [Extreme] (Old Sewer, Caves)
- Shock and Awe [Extreme] (Extreme Incarceration, Penitentiary)
- Rumble in the Jungle [Extreme] (Titan Production Facility, Botanical Gardens)
- Crime Alley [Bonus Challenge Content] (Crime Alley, Gotham City)