|“||How does it feel to stand on the very stone that ran with your parents' blood? Do you feel sad? Full of rage? Or does that outfit help bury your feelings? Hiding your true self. You're truly an extraordinary specimen... I look forward to breaking you.||„|
|~ Professor Strange to Batman in Batman: Arkham City.|
|“||Only I can face Gotham's madness and not be overcome. I have perfectly optimized my brain chemistry. I am the one sane person in an insane city. Tonight, I confront you with your monstrous inadequacies. Then, as Cro-Magnon met Neanderthal, I club you, skin you and wear your hide. Because you're unfit for it. Gotham City needs Batman. And after tonight... Batman will be me.||„|
|~ Hugo Strange|
Professor Hugo Strange is a villain from DC Comics, most often opposing Batman. He used to be a normal psychiatrist, but he got overly obsessed with the Batman and his true identity, and he has plotted numerous schemes that revolve around genetics and mind control. In the Batman comics during DC Rebirth, he was the main villain of the story arcs I am Gotham and Night of the Monster men.
Hugo Strange was one of Batman's first archenemies in the Golden Age of Comics, appearing in the comics before better-known foes such as the Joker and Catwoman. He first appeared as a mad scientist who creates a dense electrical fog that enables him to commit crimes unseen by the police. He captures and tortures Batman, but the Dark Knight escapes and brings Strange to justice. Strange soon escapes from Arkham Asylum and creates a race of giant humanoid monsters, who wreak havoc on Gotham City. Batman defeats him once again, however, and knocks him off a cliff to his apparent death. (This story would be retold decades later in the graphic novel Batman and the Monster Men, set in the early days of Batman's career.)
The character reappeared in the 1980s, reinvented as a corrupt, insane psychiatrist who performs experiments on Arkham's inmates, turning them into hulking monsters. While Batman is able to to thwart him, Strange discovers his secret identity. Fortunately, he suffers a head injury that renders him amnesiac, thus protecting Batman's secret.
In the "New 52" universe, Strange has a tragic backstory: His son, David, is murdered by mob boss Rupert Thorne, and Hugo is driven mad with grief. He tries to erase the memory of David's death with mind control technology. The technique backfires, however; it leaves him unable to remember anything but David's murder. Batman reluctantly stops Strange from killing Thorne and Strange is imprisoned in Arkham.
Batman: The Animated Series
Hugo Strange appears in the episode "Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne". He uses his mind control technology to find out the secrets of Gotham's wealthiest citizens and blackmail them; he soon uses these methods to discover that Bruce Wayne is Batman. He arranges to sell the secret to Joker, Two-Face and Penguin. However, Batman uses Strange's own technology against him by creating a tape that makes it look like Strange is scamming the villains, who try to kill him. Batman saves him, and has Robin masquerade as Bruce Wayne to discredit Strange's claims.
Justice League Unlimited
He makes a cameo in the episode "Doomsday Sanction" as a member of Cadmus. He was originally supposed to appear in the episode "Question Authority" however because of his appearance in the show The Batman the character was off limits. It is also possible that he told Amanda Waller Batman's identity.
- Main article: Hugo Strange (The Batman)
Hugo Strange is a recurring villain in The Batman. The chief psychiatrist of Arkham Asylum, Strange proves more interested in discovering how the criminal mind works than actually treating it, going so far as to deliberately drive a cured Arnold Wesker back to crime as a "test" in "Fistful of Felt." His amoral methods eventually put him at odds with Batman and the law in "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind" when he creates a villainous robot using the brainwaves of all of Gotham's rogues in order to lure out and study Batman, and he finds himself incarcerated in his former workplace. He continues to make appearances throughout the series, and finally appears as the main antagonist in the series finale.
Batman the Brave and the Bold
In the episode "The Knights of Tomorrow" he is shown as one of the villains in a montage of villains defeated by Batman and Catwoman.
In the episode "Terrors" he is shown as the psychiatrist in Belle Reve prison. After a riot he ends up as the warden this is the real plan as he is secretly working with Icicle and The Light so he can end up helping the criminals in secret operations in the prison.
- Main article: Hugo Strange (Gotham)
Hugo Strange made his debut in the second season of the television series Gotham, and was played by B.D. Wong who also played Dr. Henry Wu in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
Professor Strange works at a lab underneath Indian Hill which is seen experimenting on human test subjects in order to achieve immortality. Not only is Strange revealed to be employed by the mysterious Court of Owls, he is also responsible for the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
This incarnation of the character is the first live-action appearance of Hugo Strange.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Professor Hugo Strange doesn't appear as a villain in the game Batman: Arkham Asylum. One of the Riddler's riddles revolves around him.
He has an entry in the Character Bios. His profile states: First gaining fame as a psychiatrist who declared that he’d fully analyzed the Dark Knight from afar, Professor Hugo Strange lent credence to his own claims by deducing Batman’s true identity as Bruce Wayne. However, his interest in the Batman turned into a deranged obsession, and he’s used his medical expertise to hatch a series of bizarre plots based around genetics and mind control in order to defeat the Batman and possibly take his place. Strange’s fragile mental state has left him with intermittent knowledge of Batman’s true identity, a fact that hangs over Bruce Wayne’s head – for if Strange ever snaps completely, Batman’s greatest secret might be revealed…
Batman Arkham City
- Main article: Hugo Strange (Arkhamverse)
Strange is also involved in several side stories. He hired Deadshot to assassinate some of the Political Prisoners, Jack Ryder, Bruce Wayne, and Batman.
Strange appeared as the secondary antagonist in the 2017 animated film Batman vs. Two-Face.
DC Comics Shorts
Hugo Strange appears in a short called Batman Strange Days. He sends his monster to a city to get him a human experiment. He returns with a woman in a white backless dress. He was about to experiment on her, until Batman comes in, flying in a plane. He fights Strange's monster, while his captive tries to run away, but Strange grabs a hold of her. While fighting the monster, Batman jumps on top of his shoulders and he makes him charge into a giant rock. Strange grabs out a knife and threatens to kill the woman. As Batman approaches him, Strange takes a step back, unaware that there's a cliff behind him, and starts to falls. Batman quickly fires a grappling hook at the lady that saves her from falling. Strange, on the other hand, falls to his demise. The woman asks Batman if it's over. Batman replies by saying, "for now".