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Villain Overview

And you, James Gordon, belong in the past. The world has moved on while you and people like you were living your sad, normal lives. I was pushing the boundaries of evolution. The future belongs to my children and that future is... here.
~ Professor Strange.
Death is not an ending. It's just a new beginning.
~ Hugo Strange to Victor Fries.

Professor Hugo Strange is a major antagonist in the TV series Gotham.

He appears as one of the two unseen overarching antagonists (alongside Ra's al Ghul) of Season 1, one of the two main antagonists (alongside Theo Galavan) of Season 2, serving as the main antagonist of the Wrath of the Villains arc, a major antagonist Season 3, a minor antagonist in Season 4 and one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Bane) of Season 5.

He was portrayed by BD Wong, who also played Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park film series, Whiterose in Mr. Robot and voiced Godspeed on The Flash.


After realizing that reanimated humans need a new identity in order to successfully 'live', Strange transforms Theo Galavan into the vengeful fighter Azrael. Using this breakthrough in his research, Strange plans to revive many more of the villains delivered to his lab.

He is responsible for the creation of Mr. Freeze, Azrael, Firefly and Clayface as well as for the resurrection of Fish Mooney and various other experiments.

It is also revealed he was the one who had hired an assassin to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne in order to cover up his experiments. After the GCPD finds out about his experiments, Strange plans to blow up Indian Hill, as well as Arkham, with a bomb which is defused in time by James Gordon and Lucius Fox. Strange is then arrested by the GCPD.

He is brought to a secret government facility outside of Gotham, where he is supposed to reveal how exactly he managed to get the results of his experiments. This, however, gives mobster Fish Mooney the chance to find him. Although the GCPD and Oswald Cobblepot try to intervene, Strange is taken by Mooney, who successfully escapes with him. After managing to save Mooney, Strange is delivered to the Court of Owls and helps them in preparing their plan for "cleansing" Gotham City.

However, he works with the Court against his will and when Gordon and Harvey Bullock appear in his secret lab he willingly hands them over his files and a sample of the virus he is weaponizing for the Court. He is not arrested because this would alert the Court. Gordon also realizes that Strange is playing both sides so that, no matter whether Gotham or the Court wins, Strange will come out on top.


Professor Strange is the Chief of Psychiatry at Arkham Asylum and is also running experimentation on people in the underground research facility Indian Hill for Wayne Enterprises.

He also answers to a secret organization called the Court of Owls, who gave him the task of reanimating the dead. In his search for a way to reanimate deceased humans he is eventually successful when he resurrects Theo Galavan.


  • Genius-level intellect/Expert psychologist/Master tactician: Hugo's brilliance knows no bounds and he is a master tactician as well as a professional psychiatrist. He was able to resurrect the dead, create "monster" like creatures, and give several of his subjects special abilities.

Episode appearances

Season 2

  • Wrath of the Villains: Mr. Freeze
  • Wrath of the Villains: A Dead Man Feels No Cold
  • Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness
  • Wrath of the Villains: Into the Woods
  • Wrath of the Villains: Pinewood
  • Wrath of the Villains: Azrael
  • Wrath of the Villains: Unleashed
  • Wrath of the Villains: A Legion of Horribles
  • Wrath of the Villains: Transference

Season 3

  • Mad City: Burn the Witch
  • Heroes Rise: Light the Wick
  • Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine
  • Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling

Season 4

  • A Dark Knight: No Man's Land

Season 5

  • Legend of the Dark Knight: Pena Dura
  • Legend of the Dark Knight: I Am Bane


  • This is the first live-action incarnation of the Batman villain Hugo Strange.
  • Professor Strange was first mentioned in the mid-season finale episode "Rise of the Villains: Worse Than a Crime", before making his debut in "Wrath of the Villains: Mr. Freeze".
  • Wong said about Strange: "We know that he's interested in reanimation. Why he's interested in that or what he's going to do with that ability isn't really clear, even to me [...] It does mean, if he's ever successful in reanimating someone, that all bets are off for anyone that's ever died."
  • Strange's reanimation techniques would be used by former Indian Hill scientist Dwight Pollard to resurrect Jerome Valeska during season 3. Although Jerome was in Strange's keeping during his work at Indian Hill he didn't have time to resurrect him himself.
  • Hugo Strange appears in the Gotham prequel tie-in book Gotham: Dawn of Darkness.
  • This incarnation of Strange has been directly or indirectly involved in the creation of many of Batman's future rogues' gallery. His experiments at Indian Hill led to the birth of Firefly and Mr. Freeze and Clayface. Strange also seemed to have a clone of Jerome Valeska which escaped with the other monsters and may or may not become the feared supervillain "The Joker" as well as brainwashing Theo Galavan into believing he was Azrael. And also granted Jane Cartwright superpowered abilities at the asylum, which transformed her into "Jane Doe". He was indirectly involved in the creation of Solomon Grundy, as chemicals from Indian Hill were dumped at Slaughter Swamp and revived Butch Gilzean back from the dead. And in season 5, he was involved in Eduardo Dorrance's transformation into the supervillain Bane.
  • Because of Hugo Strange's influence in shaping the events of the series (such as ordering the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne) and his role in season 5, he could be considered one of the bigger bads along with Ra's al Ghul and Court of Owls.

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