Thugs are criminals within Gotham City. During Batman's early years, Thugs were primarly citizens of Gotham on hard times. However, a decade later, they are now just hired help that enjoy the criminal life.
Arkham Origins Incident
Gotham thugs patrolled North and South Gotham during Batman's early days. They acted independently or in small groups, and were unaffiliated with any of the city's major crime bosses or supervillains, although may have been recruited later on. They can be observed planning robberies, discussing their crimes, or even attempting to clear out an ATM in Jezebel Plaza.
Meanwhile, a con-artist named Robert Hanes faked being a client for an account manager named Bryan Murphy, in order to gain access to account numbers. When Murphy tried to back out, Hanes threw him off a rooftop in Jezebel Plaza. Batman located Hanes in the Diamond District and apprehended him for the police. In Amusement Mile, Chucky Berks ran a counterfeiting scheme until he was exposed by a journalist named Owen Grant. Berks shot Grant after the former caught the journalist taking pictures of him. Batman located Chucky Berks and restrains him for the police, bringing him to justice for Grant's murder.
Cold, Cold Heart Incident
Arkham Origins Blackgate Incident
Arkham Knight Incident
One year after the Arkham City gang war between Two-Face, the Penguin, and the late Joker, Scarecrow returns, two years after supposedly being eaten by Killer Croc in the Arkham Asylum sewers. After reemerging, he unites all of Gotham's supervillains, including the henchmen of Harley Quinn, Two-Face, and the Penguin, alongside the Arkham Knight's personal army. Their goal is to create chaos, fear and destruction in Gotham, and to ultimately kill Batman.
- Throughout Knight, some thugs can be heard talking about having children; this implies they are either married, divorced, or dating. One mentions that he can't riot too late as he has to watch his kids on the next day; another asks for a reminder to break into a toy store to get his kids gifts. This shows that despite being criminals, the thugs can be good fathers to their children.
- Interestingly, there are no female thugs, despite criminals being of both genders.
- In Origins, a thug complains that he should be "enjoying" Christmas with his girlfriend. Another thinks about breaking into a jewelry store to get his girl a Christmas gift.
- Thugs refer to super criminals and Batman as "Freaks".
- Following the Knightfall Protocol, some thugs can be heard saying that they have had it with working for Two-Face, Riddler, and Penguin, deciding to go solo.