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Duela Dent is a minor antagonist who appeared in CW's 2019 series Batwoman. She is a criminal who had a mental breakdown after feeling bad about her own physical appearance. This led her to cutting her face and later, evolved to cutting the faces of social media influencers treated on by Dr. Ethan Campbell.
She is portrayed by Alessandra Torresani.
Duela was born around 1995 to Evelyn Dent and an unknown father. By 2011, Duela had a pretty large psychiatric rap sheet. That year, she cut her own face after not feeling good about her own appearance. Her mother eventually walked in on her cutting herself and brought her to Dr. Ethan Campbell to treat her face with plastic surgery. Sometime after being treated by him without consent, she was admitted to a mental health facility.
After she was released from the facility, Duela started to cut the faces of social media influencers who also got plastic surgery from Dr. Campbell, starting with Mia Cortez. Later, she attacked Kimberly Wright at one of her photo-shoots, by brutally slashing her face. Eventually, she attacked her mother as revenge for making her think her face was horrible. Duela approached Batwoman, who evaded her baseball bat and threw her to the ground. Duela then slashed her mother's throat and ran away. However Batwoman was able to save her by covering up the blood with a medical cloth and she was presumably taken to the hospital where her life was saved by the doctors. Duela's next victim was Veronica May, who she firstly kidnapped from her van after killing her driver. She took Veronica to where they made her skincare line. She hung her above some acid, as revenge for abandoning her when she needed her most. She was eventually confronted by Sophie Moore. The two fought and while Duela had the opportunity to cut Sophie, Duela did not. Instead, she chose to restrain Sophie. Sophie fought back and overpowered her and instead left her tied up for the cops.
However, Duela was found by Alice, who told her she needed something from her and had her face cut off by Alice. This act finally made her feel perfect as she no longer had the scars and was presumably able to smile without feeling pain She was then picked up by the GCPD and sent to Arkham.
Duela seemed highly troubled with herself, feeling that others did not accept her. After carving up her face and being sent to a clinic, she became resentful of social media influencers for portraying a perfect look she could never achieve.
After stalking and carving up the faces of several influencers, her behavior seemingly escalated as she went after her mother and close friends who had forced her to have plastic surgery and had not accepted her for who she was. She carved up her mother's face and slit her throat to stall Batwoman from chasing her. She even got more murderous when she went after a former friend and wanted to drop her in acid.
- Duela is mentioned to have an uncle named Harvey which references Harvey Dent, the alter-ego of Batman's enemy Two-Face.
- Duela's self-inflicted scars (Glasgow grin) and what she does to her victims are similar to the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).