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|“||Alice has until now been focused. Her plans are always calculated, pointed. Collateral damage is minimized, but this type of chemical exposure will undo all of that. Any wisps of sanity Alice is clinging to will dissolve in the wind. If she doesn't jump off the nearest rooftop, well, then... I imagine she'll unravel completely, out herself to Gotham in the process of going nuclear. I would hate to be in the blast radius when that happens.||„|
|~ August's prediction of Alice's deteriorating psyche.|
|“||Son, you're better off without her. All she ever did was put your life in danger to advance her own agenda. All I've done... is protect you from the cruelty of the world.
The only thing cruel in my world is you!
|~ August Cartwright and Jonathan Cartwright.|
He was the son of the late Mabel Cartwright, father of the late Jonathan Cartwright, and the kidnapper of Beth Kane. August captured and imprisoned Beth for many years so she can be friends with his sons. However, August's imprisonment and his mother's abuse of Beth led her to become the psychotic criminal "Alice." In the present day, August had taken on the identity of "Dr. Campbell" and became a well-known plastic surgeon in Gotham City until his deception was discovered and was killed by Kate Kane.
He was portrayed by John Emmett Tracy; while disguised as Ethan Campbell, he was portrayed by Sebastian Roché.
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On the exterior, August always appeared to be an extremely good mannered person and often presented himself as an eerily calm, level-headed and patient individual, speaking with a callous voice and almost never raising his tone. However, he was actually very abusive and manipulative against both his son, Johnny, whom he raised with the belief that his face was too horrible to be ever accepted or loved by other individuals, and his young prisoner, Beth Kane, whom he cruelly threatened on more than one occasion, physically and mentally tortured her to the point that she didn't make any noise when her father and sister come to rescue her fearing that August might have killed them. He even went so far as telling Beth that her family had abandoned her, eventually "breaking" her and permanently damaging her mental sanity, which resulted in the birth of Alice.
August was an extremely intelligent individual with his skills in lying and manipulation bordering a Machiavellian personality, he managed to exploit the tailoring ability of Beth's fingers to give the finishing touch to his skin grafts masks project, which was eventually revealed to be on his own advantage as he used it to give himself the respected life he believes to deserve as Ethan Campbell. Despite this, he claimed that all of the villainous action he had done was for the sake of his son, to whom he wanted to provide a safe place in the world, yet his own deranged nature often led August to be violent and cruel even over Johnny.
A very methodical individual, August seemed to despise dirt and germs, having no qualm in ruthlessly killing a kitten in front of both Johnny and Beth, as "animals bring disease".
- August is an avid pipe smoker, which is why Beth nicknamed him the "Caterpillar".
- This is a reference to the Alice in Wonderland character named the Caterpillar, who is also known as the Hookah Smoking Caterpillar. Similar to Beth's kidnapper, the Caterpillar is mean to Alice in the story and is often very cryptic just like August's reasons for why he is holding her for most of the times seen in the flashbacks.
- August is similar to Eobard Thawne as they disguised themselves as another individual for several years; Thawne as Harrison Wells and August as Ethan Campbell.
- August can be considered responsible for Jonathan Cartwright, Beth Kane, and Duela Dent's desent to Villainy.