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Hugo Strange is a recurring antagonist in the cartoon show The Batman. He was the chief of psychiatry at Arkham who wanted to learn more about the criminal mind.

In his first three appearances, he was voiced by the late Frank Gorshin, who also played the Riddler in the 1960s Batman TV series and Brother Septimus in Are You Afraid of the Dark?. For the rest of the series, he was voiced by Richard Green, who also voiced Lord Orm in Justice League.

Personality

Professor Hugo Strange is an insane psychiatrist who grows to become Batman's greatest threat. His job as a psychiatrist ending after he toyed with his patients' well-being just out of curiosity, notably curing Arnold Wesker of his split personality Scarface, only to break his mind again. He cares nothing of innocent people as shown when he didn't look to find Detective Yin, instead focusing on finding out the Joker's past. He even made a robot to study Batman and bring him down. However, later on, he become so evil that he worked with The Joining to gain ultimate power and willingly sold out all of humanity to be destroyed by them, in return for all the knowledge in the universe. Even the Joker proved willing to help the police fight the Joining, where as Strange helps the aliens incapacitate and capture the Justice League. This proves Hugo cares about no one but himself and will do whatever it takes to get power.

Biography

Hugo Strange first appears during Ethan Bennit's court trail, while he reviews the seasons he has had with Ethan and lies, saying he is perfectly sane again.

One time Strange invented a machine that can go into people's minds. When the Joker kidnaps Ellin Yin, he and Batman use the machine to go into the Joker's mind. However, he appears more intrested in figuring out Joker's past rather than saving Yin, learning that Joker got no attention from his parents. There, he meets Batman who he gains an interest in since he wanted to save Yin and stop Joker.

A few weeks later, he is seen running a therapy session with the Joker, Penguin, Ventriloquist and Scarface. He noticed Scarface hating Wesker and decided to cure them. After separating Scarface from the Ventriloquist, Arnold was able to became a puppeteer. However, Strange wished to test if Arnold was really cured by placing Scarface in Arnold's apartment. When Bruce visited Hugo to ask if Arnold is alright, he lied and said Arnold is doing great and would be happy to attend the gala. When Scarface is beaten, Batman found out that Hugo put Scarface in Arnold's apartment, retrigging his insanity. Strange lied and said that he was trying to see if the criminal mind could really be cured. Batman lost trust in him and said he will be keeping an eye on Strange.

Strange then decided to make a robot to study Batman. After taking the profiles of the Joker, Penguin, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and Clayface, he built D.A.V.E.. He told the most powerful people in Gotham City that DAVE will help stop criminals, to which Bruce has a hard time trusting. After D.A.V.E. escapes, Strange lied and said that the glitch caused his escape. He let the robot run lose to observe Batman. Batman discovers Strange was behind the incident and pays him a visit in Arkham Asylum, where Strange tries to kill him. The hero orders him to shut down D.A.V.E., which Strange says he can't, because D.A.V.E. was made to know all there is to know. When the police find out that Strange was behind D.A.V.E., Strange gets arrested, thus losing his job at the asylum.

While in Arkham Asylum, Strange creates a toxin which makes Batman hallucinate that all Gotham citizens, including Gordon, Robin and Batgirl, are actually zombies. Strange explains his plans when Batman arrives to confront him and lies saying he took an antiote. He nearly tricks Batman into infecting all Gotham with the same toxin by passing the toxin as its antidote when Batman arrives at Arkham. However, before Batman uses the fake antidote, he realizes Strange's manipulation and doesn't activate a machine that would have spread out the toxin throughout Gotham while Strange gets sent to maximum security.

Strange later gets captured by Rumor, along with many other of his patients and members of Gotham City's criminal underworld. During his time captive, Strange desires to know more about Rumor's motivations by watching Bane try to break out of his cell. Additionally, Catwoman finds him annoying. Rumor tells him about his past, which Strange taunts him as he learns that Paul isn't a hero, but a man who wants to save his boss. He ends up rescued by Batman and gets taken back to Arkham Asylum once more offscreen. not joining the villains Batman and Robin fight.

When The Joining attack Gotham, Strange escapes Arkham and finds some alien tech, which he uses to contact them. He then makes a deal, saying he will help them if they give him all the knowledge in the universe, before leaving a robotic duplicate of himself behind to trick the guards and succeeding in contacting the aliens, offering them to capture the Justice League with their technology in exchange of the vast knowledge of the universe. After subduing Superman, Hawkman, Flash, Martian Manhunte,r and Green Lantern, Batman goes along with Green Arrow and Robin to Strange's bunker, where Strange captures them before they free themselves and their fellow heroes, only to be revealed that Strange drained up their powers and has given them to android replicas of the super-powered members of the Justice League. They escape and The Joining berates Strange for his failure to restrain them, but Strange reminds them that he warned them about underestimating Batman and demands his reward. The Joining does so, and unloads all the vast universal knowledge on Strange, but this proves to be so vast that it breaks Strange's brain cortex and renders him permanently catatonic. After defeating the androids and regaining their powers, the Justice League finds the catatonic Strange on his hideout and Martian Manhunter reads Strange's mind to find a way to defeat The Joining. In the end, The Joining is defeated, and the catatonic Strange gets send back to Arkham Asylum for the rest of his life.

Trivia

  • In "Strange New World", Strange's role in the episode was originally going to be filled by the Scarecrow. This has makes sense considering that Batman suffers hallucinations throughout the episode thanks to a toxin made by Strange, which resembles the Scarecrow's iconic fear gas. However, the Scarecrow was restricted from appearing in the show due the version played by Cillian Murphy in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
  • Alongside The arhhamverse and The Gotham version this is one of most evil Hugo Strange portralis out there.

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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
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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

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Joker | Catwoman | Penguin | Riddler | Clayface | Mr Freese | Sweet Tooth

Batman: The Animated Series
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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 | 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

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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