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.

Biography

Comics

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.

Later, Strange joins the Secret Society of Super Villains, and he and the Scarecrow try to dose everyone in Gotham with fear toxin.

TV

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 about Batman's identity.

The Batman

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.

Young Justice

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.

Gotham

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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.

Arkhamverse

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.

Character Bio

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.

Film

Strange appeared as the secondary antagonist in the 2017 animated film Batman vs. Two-Face. he helps turn Harvey into 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".

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Theatrical Movies
Batman (1966): Joker | Catwoman | Penguin | Riddler
Batman (1989): Joker | Bob Hawkins | Alicia Hunt | Carl Grissom | Max Eckhardt | Vinnie Ricorso | Joe Chill
Batman Returns: Penguin | Red Triangle Circus Gang (Organ Grinder, Poodle Lady, Tattooed Strongman, Stungun Clown, Thin Clown, Fat Clown, Sword Swallower & Knifethrower Dame) | Max Shreck | Catwoman | Charles "Chip" Shreck
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: Phantasm | Joker | Salvatore Valestra | Arthur Reeves | Chuckie Sol | Buzz Bronski
Batman Forever: Riddler | Two-Face | Sugar | Spice | NygmaTech (Frogmen) | Neon Gang (Neon Gang Leader) | Salvatore Maroni
Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy | Mr. Freeze | Bane | Snowy Cones Thugs | Golums | Jason Woodrue
Batman Begins: Ra's al Ghul | League of Shadows (Ra's Decoy) | Scarecrow | Carmine Falcone | Victor Zsasz | Joe Chill
The Dark Knight: Joker | Joker's Thugs (Thomas Schiff, Chuckles, Kilson, Happy, Dopey, Grumpy & Bus Driver) | Two-Face | Sal Maroni | The Chechen | Gambol | Lau | Bank Manager | Michael Wuertz | Burmese Bandit
The Dark Knight Rises: League of Shadows (Bane, Talia al Ghul & Barsad) | Catwoman | John Daggett
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf
Suicide Squad: Eyes of the Adversary (Enchantress & Incubus) | Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot & Amanda Waller) | Joker's Gang (Joker, Jonny Frost, Panda Man & Monster T) | Griggs
The Lego Batman Movie: Joker | Harley Quinn | Phantom Zone Criminals (Zod, Sauron, Kraken, Lord Voldemort, Jaws & Gremlins) | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Two-Face | Bane | Riddler
Joker: Clowns (Joker, Clown & Ambulance Clown) | Penny Fleck | Randall | Wall Street Three | Penny Fleck's Boyfriend

Direct-to-video Movies
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero: Mr. Freeze | Dr. Gregory Belson
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: Joker | The Jokerz (Chucko, Dee-Dee, Ghoul, Woof & Bonk) | Harley Quinn
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman: Penguin | Bane | Rupert Thorne | Carlton Duquesne
The Batman vs. Dracula: Dracula | Penguin | Joker
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Batman: Under the Red Hood: Jason Todd | Joker | Black Mask | Ra's al Ghul | Riddler
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
Batman: Year One: Batman | Commissioner Loeb | Carmine Falcone | Arnold John Flass | Catwoman | Joker
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Batman | Joker | Mutant Leader | Ellen Yindel | Harvey Dent | Selina Kyle
Son of Batman: Deathstroke | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Talia al Ghul) | Ubu | Killer Croc | Man-Bats
Batman: Assault on Arkham: Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider, KGBeast) | Joker | Riddler | Penguin | Scarecrow | Victor Zsasz | Bane | Two-Face | Poison Ivy
Batman vs. Robin: Court of Owls (Samantha Vanaver, Talon, Owls Lieutenant, & Talon Warriors) | Dollmaker
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts: Animalitia (Penguin, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, Cheetah & Silverback)
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem: Joker | Scarecrow | Clayface | Silver Banshee | Solomon Grundy
Batman: Bad Blood: League of Assassins (Talia al Ghul, The Heretic, Onyx, Firefly, Tusk, Mad Hatter, Electrocutioner, Hellhound, Calculator, & Killer Moth) | Black Mask
Batman: The Killing Joke: Joker | Vinnie & Joe | Paris Franz
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants: Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Cheetah | Hush | Mad Hatter | Two-Face | Bane | Chemo | Killer Croc | Clayface | Joker | Dr. Kirk Langstrom
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders: Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Catwoman | Archer | Black Widow | Bookworm | Clock King | Egghead | False Face | King Tut | Louie the Lilac | Mad Hatter | Minstrel | Mr. Freeze | Sandman | Shame | Siren
Batman and Harley Quinn: Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Floronic Man
Batman vs. Two-Face: Two-Face | Hugo Strange | Catwoman | King Tut | Bookworm | Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Clock King | Egghead | Mr. Freeze | Shame | Harley Quinn
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Riddler | Clayface | Joker | Mr. Freeze | Catwoman | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: Jack the Ripper | Barbara-Eileen Gordon | Selina Kyle | Harvey Dent | Hugo Strange
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay: Professor Zoom | Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger, Copperhead, Black Manta, Punch, Jewelee, & Count Vertigo) | Killer Frost | Blockbuster | Silver Banshee | Vandal Savage | Knockout | Scandal Savage | Professor Pyg | Tobias Whale | League of Assassins (Deathstroke) | Two-Face
Batman Ninja: Joker | Harley Quinn | Catwoman | Gorilla Grodd | Bane | Penguin | Poison Ivy | Deathstroke | Two-Face
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Foot Clan (Shredder & Baxter Stockman) | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Ubu) | Joker | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Mr. Freeze | Scarecrow | Two-Face | Poison Ivy | Bane
Batman: Hush: Riddler/Hush | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Bane | Joker | Harley Quinn | Clayface | Scarecrow | Lex Luthor | Lady Shiva | Two-Face | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Thomas Elliot

Television
Batman 60s show
Joker | Penguin | Catwoman | Riddler | Mr. Freeze | Egghead | Queenie Goldstein | The Sandman | Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft | False Face | The Siren | Undine | Chandell | King Tut | Cornelia | Marsha, Queen of Diamonds | Baby Jane Towser

1970s filmation seris
Joker | Catwoman | Penguin | Riddler | Clayface | Mr Freese | Sweet Tooth

Batman: The Animated Series
Joker | Two-Face | Harley Quinn | Penguin | Catwoman | Rupert Thorne | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Scarecrow | Mad Hatter | Killer Croc | Clayface | Ra's al Ghul | Mr. Freeze | Man-Bat | Ventriloquist and Scarface | Roland Daggett | Clock King | Bane | Hugo Strange | Lloyd Ventrix | Kyodai Ken | Baby Doll | Emile Dorian | Red Claw | Boss Biggis | Sewer King | Talia al Ghul | Maxie Zeus | Lock-Up | Professor Milo | Count Vertigo | Daniel Mockridge | Grant Walker

The Batman
Joker | Penguin | Bane | Catwoman | Mr. Freeze | Ethan Bennit | Killer Croc | Man-Bat | Firefly | Riddler | Punch & Judy | Kabuki Twins | Hugo Strange | Cluemaster | Ragdoll | Temblor | Poison Ivy | Tony Zucco | Count Vertigo | Harley Quinn | Maxie Zeus | Clayface | Gearhead | Francis Grey | Killer Moth | D.A.V.E. | Dracula | Rumor | Toyman | Mirror Master | Lex Luthor | Black Mask | Sinestro | Joker 2.0 | Prank | Killgore Steed | Team Penguin | Julie | Spellbinder | The Joining | Cosmo Krank | Marty Slacker | Scorn

Beware the Batman
Anarky | Ra's al Ghul | Deathstroke | Two-Face | Killer Croc | Simon Stagg | Professor Pyg | Mr. Toad | Man-Bat | Cypher | Magpie | Lady Shiva | Tobias Whale | Phosphorus Rex | Lunkhead | Humpty Dumpty | Silver Monkey | Key

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Joker | Music Meister | Catwoman | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Clayface | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Lex Luthor | Harley Quinn | Morgaine Le Fey | Sweet Tooth | Queenie Goldstein | Bane | Black Manta | Gentleman Ghost

Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Joker | Scarecrow | Queen of Fables | Darkseid | Parademons | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Bane | Lex Luthor | Killer Croc | Man-Bat | Riddler | Kite Man | Doctor Psycho | Clayface | King Shark | Sy Borgman | Doctor Trap | Frank the Plant | Two-Face | Catwoman | Nick Quinzel | Sharon Quinzel

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Comics
Angle Man | Bane | Black Lantern Corps | Black Mask | Calculator | Captain Cold | Catman | Catwoman | Cheetah | Chemo | Deadshot | Deathstroke | Film Freak | Gorilla Grodd | Hellhound | Hugo Strange | Hush | Joker | Killer Croc | League of Assassins | Lex Luthor | Magpie | Maxie Zeus | Mercy Graves | Mister Freeze | Neron | Nightslayer | Penguin | Poison Ivy | Ratcatcher | Scarecrow | Suicide Squad | Two-Face

Movie
Patience Phillips/Catwoman | Hedare Beauty (Laurel Hedare & George Hedare)

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