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I've long waited for this moment. With your death, I will find peace.
~ Bane to Batman.

Bane is a major antagonist in the Batman: Arkham video game series, appearing as a minor yet pivotal antagonist in both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a minor antagonist in both Batman: Arkham City and the 2014 animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham, the secondary antagonist of Batman: Arkham Origins, and a mentioned character in Batman: Arkham Knight.

He was voiced by Fred Tatasciore in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. However, in Arkham Origins, he was voiced by JB Blanc, who also voiced his Telltale incarnation.


Bane was raised inside the horrific environs of a Santa Prisca prison. Finding solace in smuggled books and meditation, he developed incredible powers of concentration. When he was subjected to military experiments with the experimental steroid known as Venom, his iron-forged will helped him survive where other test subjects had died, and he managed to escape becoming a freelance assassin. Bane was hired by the Joker (disguised as Black Mask) to kill the Batman, but ended up failing and was defeated by him.

Determined to seek vengeance against him, he sought out Batman, this time with a larger amount of the Venom steroid and broke the Dark Knight's spine after causing a breakout that took Batman weeks to round up the escaped villains. But the Batman recovered and managed to best Bane, cutting off the precious Venom supply that transforms Bane into a metahuman. Bane continues to seek revenge against the Dark Knight and now and again manages to beat him, but always ends up being defeated by him. Though not at as close and disturbing as his relationship with Joker, Batman and Bane seem to have a relationship that goes beyond the hero and villain. They both seem to have a very intense rivalry, and Bane didn't even care about the 50 million bounty, just fixated on proving his power over Batman.


Victims killed by Bane
  • Multiple Black Mask thugs
  • Multiple Joker thugs
  • Multiple Two-Face thugs
  • Multiple Penguin thugs
  • Multiple Arkham Asylum staff
  • Multiple Arkham City staff
  • Multiple Blackgate staff
  • Multiple GCPD officers
  • Multiple citizens of Gotham
  • Multiple TYGER guards
  • Multiple Blackgate inmates
  • Multiple Arkham Asylum inmates
  • Multiple Arkham City inmates



  • Joker (formerly)
  • Deadshot (formerly)
  • Deathstroke (formerly)
  • Firefly (formerly)
  • Killer Croc (formerly)
  • Copperhead (formerly)
  • Electrocutioner (formerly)
  • Lady Shiva (formerly)
  • League of Assassins (formerly)
  • Harley Quinn (formerly)
  • Scarecrow (formerly)
  • Dr. Penelope Young (formerly)
  • His own henchmen


  • Batman
  • Nightwing
  • Robin
  • Batgirl
  • GCPD
  • James Gordon
  • Aaron Cash
  • Harvey Bullock
  • Dr. Penelope Young
  • Joker
  • League of Assassins
  • Ra's al Ghul
  • Deathstroke
  • Harley Quinn
  • Penguin
  • Black Mask
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Scarecrow
  • Two-Face
  • Riddler
  • Killer Croc
  • Victor Zsasz
  • Bronze Tiger
  • Mad Hatter
  • Poison Ivy
  • Clayface
  • Calendar Man
  • Catwoman
  • Quincy Sharp
  • Hugo Strange
  • Blackgate staff
  • Arkham Asylum staff
  • Arkham City staff
  • TYGER guards
  • Maroni Family
  • Falcone Family


  • He's mine, 'payaso'!"
  • You have one minute.
  • "No. He's coming for you now. And when he gets here, I'm going to kill him. So you wait."
  • " I am in your house, Bruce."
  • "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."
  • "You have one minute."
  • I've long waited for this moment. With your death, I will find peace.
  • "You leave me no choice, Mr. Wayne"
  • (After defeat in TN-1 mode) "The Bat Man. I will... I must find the Bat Man."
  • "Coward!"
  • "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!"
  • "You in the vent again?"
  • "Is Batman in the grate again?"
  • "No more hiding here!"
  • "Cut me down....."
  • "Dr. Young. The "bruja". She drained the venom from my blood. Must... stop... her..."
  • "I will break you, Batman! Then the "bruja"!"

Game over lines

  • 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)
    • "I'm going to break your back" (final boss only)
    • "After all these years claiming to be the best, you are beaten by my worst!" (to Deathstroke )
    • "Defeated by my underlings *sighs*...not impressed." (to Deathstroke)
  • Arkham Asylum
    • "The bat is broken!" (breaking Batman's back)
    • "Once again I have defeated you, Batman."




  • Bruja, the name he gave to Dr. Young, is Spanish for "witch". Similarly, he refers to the Joker as "payaso", which is Spanish for "clown."
  • Despite having a major role in the Arkham Asylum, Bane is the only villain that doesn't have any interview tapes due to him not being a patient at the asylum and was only there due to the machinations of Joker while he was manipulating Dr. Young.
  • In Arkham Asylum, Bane constantly shouts to Batman "I will break you!". This is a reference to his famous line in Knightfall where he broke Batman's back. If the player is beaten by Bane, a game over animation will play of Bane breaking Batman's back in the same fashion. He also does this to the Dark Knight in the third movie of Nolan's trilogy.
  • In Arkham City, if you are Catwoman, you can speak to Bane when he is locked up after the Fragile Alliance side mission. He pleads with Catwoman to let him out and says he will kill her if she doesn't open the cage. Catwoman then replies "Will you really? See you later, Bane. Hopefully next time you'll know how to talk to a lady."
  • If one talks to Bane after destroying the Titan before or during Protocol 10, he and Batman are attacked by TYGER guards. If after, they are attacked by inmates.
  • When defending the Titan, Bane can be heard shouting "THE TITAN IS MINE!" This hints at his later betrayal.
  • If you find the TITAN before talking with Bane, Batman will correct Bane on how many he believes are out there with how many he already had taken out. However, to make sure that you do not destroy them all before talking to Bane the TITAN container in the Steel Mill does not appear until after you talk with him.
  • Bane is one of the only villains in Arkham City (the others being Killer Croc and Hush) who does not have a game over scene as you don't fight him directly.
  • Inside the Confiscated Goods Vault a teddy that is commonly mistaken as Osito can be seen. The Osito that appeared in Arkham Asylum can be seen in the collapsed Wonder City Streets.
  • In the Arkham Origins reveal trailer, Bane's list of associates includes Sergio "Trogg" Ortiz, Angle "Bird" Vallelungua and Diego "Zombie" Ortiz. These are his associates from the Knightfall story arc. Bird, however, is the only one of the bunch who actually makes an appearance in-game.
  • Bane is playable in an online multi-player mode in Batman: Arkham Origins, making him the fifth playable villain in the Arkham franchise after Joker, Catwoman, Scarecrow and Deathstroke.
  • In Arkham Origins multi-player, if Bane is in the map, Bird will be the one who talks with the elites by radio.
  • Despite commonly being depicted as having advanced hand-to-hand combat skill in most of his incarnations, in both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, he lacks any noticeable skill in fighting, instead relying on his superhuman strength. It should be noted, however, that his size in the Arkham series is much more disproportional and large than in most of his depictions, which would make fighting more difficult.
  • Bane's pre-battle appearance in Origins bears similarity to the clothes he wore in his portrayal by actor Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Bane appears smaller and significantly smarter in the majority of Arkham Origins than that of the previous games, because he hasn't been injected with a stronger version of Venom known as TN-1. A known side effect of TN-1 is severe memory loss and gradually declining mental capacity, thus explaining why Bane is noticeably less intelligent in previous games as well as being unaware of who Batman really is, even though he is aware in Origins. But considering that in Arkham Asylum, Dr. Young's notes refer to him as a highly intelligent and strategic man, and in Arkham City, Bane speaks articulately and acts much more calmly, it's very likely that Bane recovered at least part of his mental capacity (if not his complete memory about Batman's secret identity).
  • Bane's bio in Arkham City lists him as being 9 ft 2 and gives him a weight of 350 lbs, however his Arkham Origins bio lists him as being 7 ft 5 but gives him a weight in excess of 500 lbs which is unusual given that Origins features a pre TN-1 Bane. However, it should be noted that Bane's height and weight in the Arkham Origins bio is an estimate. It is most likely an in-universe mistake on the part of the GCPD. Bane's height and weight in Arkham Origins trailer bio lists him as 6 ft 6 and 285 lbs, which is more realistic.
  • It is safe to assume that Bane lost his following of mercenaries after the events of Arkham Origins, since he has no henchmen of his own in later games.
  • In Arkham Origins, Bane regularly comments that defeating Batman would allow him to be free and grant him peace. This may be a reference to his comic counterpart's childhood dreams of a Giant Bat that has haunted him since. This only adds more to his motivation to kill the Batman.
  • He does not look 5'6" in Origins when he's not on venom... He appears to be 6'7" without it and 7'5" with it. However, the TN1 might have stunted his growth.
  • In Bane's character profile from Arkham Asylum, it is clearly stated that the events of the Knightfall Saga, including Batman's breaking and recovery, have already occurred in the Arkham universe. However, in Arkham Origins, Bane only destroys the Batcave and beats Alfred, being eventually defeated by Batman. This does not exclude though another encounter, before the events of Arkham Asylum, where Bane actually breaks Batman's back, even though he doesn't know anymore that Batman is Bruce Wayne. This was due to the TN-1 giving him memory loss, making him forget he knew Batman's identity.


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Main Antagonists
Joker | Hugo Strange | Ra's al Ghul | Scarecrow

Secondary Antagonists
Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Killer Croc | Riddler | Clayface | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Two-Face | Bane | Firefly | Black Mask | Ferris Boyle | Deathstroke | Simon Stagg | Arkham Knight

Other Antagonists
Quincy Sharp | Victor Zsasz | Frank Boles | Razor | Dr. Penelope Young | Catwoman | Mister Hammer | Sickle | Solomon Grundy | Talia al Ghul | Azrael | Deadshot | Hush | Mad Hatter | Calendar Man | Electrocutioner | Copperhead | Lady Shiva | Commissioner Loeb | Howard Branden | Ricky "Loose Lips" LeBlanc | Tracey Buxton | Candy | Alberto Falcone | Anarky | Bird | Henry Adams | Christina Bell | Johnny Charisma | Albert King | Professor Pyg | Man-Bat | Deacon Blackfire | JT Wicker | Warden Ranken | Nyssa Raatko

Groups and Gangs
Joker's Gang | Thugs | Lunatic Inmates | TYGER | League of Assassins | Penguin's Gang | Two-Face's Gang | Riddler Thugs | Harley's Gang | Black Mask's Gang | Falcone Crime Family | Bane's Militia | Anarky's Gang | Arkham Knight's Militia