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|“||You listen to me, kid. I know, somewhere inside that tuxedo, you understand the situation. Money gets money. The risks, the alliances, the hidden costs. Your father knew which hands to shake... And which to break.||„|
|~ Carmine Falcone to Bruce Wayne|
Carmine Falcone is the opening antagonist of Season One of the 2016 video game Batman: The Telltale Series. He is also a posthumous antagonist in the game's 2017 sequel Season Two, titled Batman: The Enemy Within.
He is the ruthless Don of the Falcone Crime Family and Gotham's most powerful crime boss. However, he has never been convicted as he could not be linked directly to any crime. Despite that or maybe just because of it, his men tend to leave a white rose, Falcone's symbol and calling card, behind at the scenes of their crimes.
He was voiced by Richard McGonagle, who also played the Lava Monster in Samurai Jack, Bill the Wrangler in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Alley in the Tom and Jerry movies, Peeps in Regular Show, General Grievous in season three of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Chameleon Sr. in OK K.O.! Let's be Heroes.
Episode One: Realm of Shadows
Before appearing, someone employed the cat burglar Catwoman, alongside six mercenaries, to steal a hard drive from Mayor Hamilton Hill. What the hard drive contains is unknown, as they fails to deliver the hard drive due to being stopped by Batman, though Catwoman is able to get away, while her accomplices are apprehended by the GCPD.
Carmine Falcone is first introduced at a campaign fundraiser for District Attorney Harvey Dent, who wants to become Gotham's next mayor, at Wayne Manor. Unbeknownst to Bruce Wayne, Harvey's financial backer and host of the gala, Harvey has invited Falcone whose assistance seems to be crucial in Harvey's campaign.
Arriving late at the fundraiser, Falcone starts joking that he wanted a new house anyhow and that the mansion is to his liking, despite the décor not quite belonging to his taste. He is then approached by Bruce, who can optionally shake his hand or refrain from doing so when Falcone extends his. Alfred then leads Bruce and Falcone to the parlor. Harvey follows but is refused entrance by one of Falcone's mobsters. Bruce can either accept that or insist that Harvey comes along. If Bruce insists, Falcone claims that a man's home is his castle and that he will respect that.
Falcone then talks to Bruce, claiming that he knows what needs to be done to save the city. He reveals that he's come for business, not for politics and he offers Bruce a partnership. He tries to assert his dominance by helping himself to Bruce's scotch without permission and ordering Bruce to chalk his pool cue, which the latter can refuse. He also indirectly threatens Bruce, claiming that while he can get Harvey the needed votes to become mayor, he can also make sure Harvey doesn't receive enough votes. He reveals that he has come to make sure that when Harvey gets elected, his criminal empire stays intact. Depending on the players choice, Falcone either leaves the party satisfied or threatens Bruce that people who say "no" to him do not stay defiant long before leaving.
The same night, it is shown in the news that a Caporegime of the Falcone Crime Family named Louie "Pistachio" Garmone was found hanging off a bridge.
When Bruce meets with his childhood friend Oswald Cobblepot later, Cobblepot refers to seeing Falcone on Bruce's party and expresses his dislike for the man. He also blames Falcone for the ruin of his family.
At a press conference Harvey and Bruce are hosting about the Thomas & Martha Wayne Memorial Hospital, the reporters receive news of a secret offshore account of both Falcone and Thomas Wayne, linking the Wayne family fortune to the mob. This greatly besmirches the Wayne name in the eye of reporters and backers of Harvey's campaign. Wayne Manor is also searched by the police. It is possible that Falcone is behind the scandal, as he implied that he would attempt to harm Bruce, should he refuse his offer.
When Bruce heads to a warehouse at the Eastside Docks to take down the employers of Selina Kyle, he finds dozens of bodies, a white rose (Falcone's symbol), both police officers and thugs. They seem to have been killed by an explosion although there are also traces of a nerve agent to be found. Upon further investigating and interrogating a surviving thug who was a sniper, Batman pieces together that a truck full of barrels containing the chemical agent have been stolen by Falcone's men, and deduces that Falcone is indeed behind the theft with plans to use the chemicals soon. After returning from the warehouse, Bruce finishes deciphering the harddrive he got from Catwoman. To his surprise, he finds out that the harddrive contains an entire catalogue of Falcone's criminal empire. After realizing what he's holding in his hands, Bruce decides to use this evidence to take down Falcone, as well as to clear his family's name.
After Bruce delivers the evidence to either GCPD Lieutenant James Gordon or Gotham Gazette reporter Vicki Vale, he locates Falcone at the Skyline Club, and as Batman, breaks into the club and takes down Falcone's goons. Alarmed by the noise, Falcone storms out of the room he's in and shoots at Batman with a submachine gun. Batman jumps off the balcony, onto the lower part of the exhibition and instead of killing Batman, Falcone accidentally kills two of his own men. From underneath the balcony, Batman surprises Falcone, disarming him, and the gangster runs back into his room. He manages to enter it but not before Batman is able to thrust a Batarang into either Falcone's back or the door. Inside the room, Falcone reequips himself with an assault rifle and shoots at Batman through the door. To create another distraction, Batman throws an EMP grenade through the door and enters the room through the window.
Although he disarms Falcone once more, Falcone activates a hidden sentry turret in the ceiling which shoots at Batman, forcing the caped crusader to take cover. With help from a Bat-Drone, Batman manages to blow up the turret while Falcone is thrown to the ground by the resulting explosion. Batman grabs the mobster and holds him over the edge of the building, demanding answers about the chemicals and the incident at the docks. However, Falcone claims to have nothing to do with the latter. Furthermore, he reveals that the chemicals belonged to him and were stolen from him. He also tells Batman that both of them are being played by a third-party. A news helicopter then shows up, as well as three GCPD officers. When Falcone refuses to reveal the name of the thrid-party, Batman can choose to either brutalize Falcone by stabbing him through the abdomen on a rebar pillar dislodged in the resulting explosion or restrain him and leave him dangling over the edge. In both cases, Falcone reveals that the third-party playing them are the Waynes, whom he calls the biggest gangsters in Gotham. Batman quickly leaves as soon as the aforementioned trio of GCPD officers start shooting at him, leaving Falcone behind to be apprehended. The latter's arrest is soon broadcasted to the public by the media. Falcone is then imprisoned at the GCPD Precinct awaiting his life sentence at Blackgate Prison thanks to the incriminating evidence provided by either Gordon or Vale.
Episode Two: Children of Arkham
Alfred reveals to Bruce that Falcone, Mayor Hamilton Hill and his parents were partners, and that what Falcone claimed was true. Remembering what happened the night his parents died, Bruce also realizes that Joe Chill did not kill his parents in a failed mugging, he assassinated them on Falcone's orders.
To find out the truth, Bruce visits Falcone in the GCPD Precinct's infirmary. Falcone is surprised to see him, claiming that even his own wife was not allowed in here. Falcone once more reveals that he and Bruce's father were close. Falcone reveals what Alfred already confirms, that he, Hill and Wayne ran the city. He is then overwhelmed by his pain and Bruce can either hurt him via brief strangulation or ease his pain with morphine. Once Bruce has made his choice, Falcone continues talking. He reveals more to Bruce about his parents (either about his father or his mother, depending on if Bruce strangled Falcone or eased his pain) and acknowledges that he relied on Chill in the past but claims that he was not the one who ordered the hit on Bruce's parents. He tells Bruce not to trust anybody but before he can reveal more, he is shot into the chest and head by Sergeant Renee Montoya, killing him instantly. Bruce finds out that Montoya wasn't acting on her own, but was drugged by a third-party.
It is revealed that both Cobblepot and the aforementioned third-party, a fanatical terrorist cell that he is working for known as the Children of Arkham, were behind Falcone's death, as well as being the cause of the Wayne family scandal due to having leaked information about the corruption of Bruce's father to the news outlets before the Thomas & Martha Wayne Memorial Hospital press conference, the break-in at City Hall, the employment of Catwoman, and the theft-turned-massacre at the docks in which they also left Falcone's calling card, the white rose, at the scene of the crime to make it look like he was behind it, meaning that the mercenaries from both City Hall and the docks, including the sniper from the latter that Batman previously interrogated, are members of the Children of Arkham, and are not Falcone's men. It is also later revealed that Mayor Hill was behind the assassination of Bruce's parents.
- If Bruce shakes hands with Falcone at the mayoral fundraiser at Wayne Manor, a newspaper at Cobblepot Park can be found later, referring to Falcone's visit asking whether Bruce has ties to the Falcone Crime Family, but if Bruce does not, then it will just simply say that he shunned Falcone at the fundraiser.
- This incarnation of Carmine Falcone is Telltale Games' take on the DC villain of the same name.
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