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Ah, but we both know our play isn't over, Bruce. And ultimately I will emerge as the hero of our bitter comedy.
You've had your time on the altar. You've made this city into something that can work perfectly for you. I'm here to take it all away. Everything you've never deserved.
Thomas "Tommy" Elliot, also known as Hush, is a villain from DC Comics, appearing as an enemy to Batman and Batwoman. He and Bruce Wayne/Batman were childhood friends, but they were also each others opposite. Hush became a villain at an early age, and managed to become a surgeon. He serves as the titular main antagonist of the Batman: Hush storyline.
Thomas Elliot was a childhood friend to Bruce Wayne; like Bruce, he was born to a wealthy family in Gotham City. In their youth, Tommy and Bruce would play a Stratego-esque minifgure game; a child prodigy capable of advanced strategic planning, Tommy used the game to teach Bruce how to think like his enemies and use their strategies against them. These games would prove useful during Bruce's adulthood after he became Batman.
However, in comparison to Bruce, Tommy lead a miserable early life. While Thomas and Martha Wayne would treat their son with love and affection, Tommy was frequently subjected to physical abuse by his father, while his frail and submissive mother did nothing to defend him, willing for herself and her son to endure as much abuse her husband dealt to them so she could keep her lavish lifestyle, unwilling to return to her former life of poverty. Tommy would grow to despise both of his parents, but regardless of their failings, the ensured he was well educated, particularly in the philosophies of Aristotle, which he continued to quote well into his adult life.
Driven by a desire for independence and his family's wealth, Tommy attempted to kill his parents by sabotaging the breaks of the family car. While his father was killed in the ensuing crash, his mother was left in a critical condition, only to be saved due via an emergency procedure by Thomas Wayne, enraging Tommy. While he and Bruce spent a summer at a camp, Tommy took his anger out on his friend, leading to a fight that resulting in him being sent to a psychiatric ward; he blamed both Bruce and his mother for his outburst. He was eventually released by intern Johnathan Crane.
Following his release, Tommy spent the next to years tending to his mother, now suffering from cancer. When Bruce's parents were murdered, Tommy became even more resentful of Bruce, who now inherited the Wayne family fortune as he had intended with himself and his own family's money. During Bruce's absence from Gotham while he traveled the world studying and training for his future war on crime, Tommy became romantically involved with a young woman named Peyton Riley, whom his mother never approved of; in retaliation for not breaking off his relationship with Riley, Tommy's mother disowned him and wrote her son out of her will upon her cancer recovery. Enraged by this turn of events, Tommy smothered his mother to death with a pillow while Riley murdered the Elliot family lawyer and destroyed the new will. With the world assuming that his mother had died in a household accident, Tommy finally inherited his family's fortune as he had wished for years, after which he immediately abandoned Riley and travelled the world as Bruce had done before him. Despite graduating from Harvard University and becoming a successful surgeon, Tommy would continue to harbour an irrational grudge against his old friend.
In an alternate timeline where Batman saved his parents while traveling back in time, Bruce Wayne and Tommy Elliott were still friends as adults.
In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Hush is subsequently killed by Batman.
In Other Media
DC Universe Online
Hush appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by J. Shannon Weaver.
Hush is a playable character in Lego Batman: The Video Game'. He can be unlocked after rescuing all the civilian hostages throughout the game. He uses two handguns as weapons and can build objects and shoot faster than other characters. When left idle, he raises his hand to his mouth and makes a "hush" expression. He is also unlockable through the "Villain Hunt" minigame in the Nintendo DS version.
Hush appears in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, voiced by Nolan North. He appears as a boss fight and an unlockable playable character.
Nolan North reprises his role as Hush in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
Hush made an appearance in the video game Batman: Arkham City during a side mission; he was another serial killer who has been killing people inside Arkham City by cutting off their faces in order to graft a replica of Bruce Wayne's face onto his own. He returns in a side mission in the 2015 sequel Batman: Arkham Knight, (looking like Bruce Wayne) he enters Wayne Tower and puts a gun too Lucius Fox's head. Batman enters, removes his mask and reveals himself as Bruce Wayne. This doesn't change Hush's mind however, and he still attempts too kill Lucius. He is stopped by Batman by being smashed through a table, knooking him out. He was later arrested by the GCPD.
Like Batman, he was voiced by Kevin Conroy.
Hush was originally going to be featured in a planned DTV set on the animated series The Batman, along with that universe's versions of Riddler, Catwoman, Joker, Clayface, Mr. Freeze, and Penguin. The project was later scrapped by DC and WB. There is some sketch art of Hush in Legions of Gotham. Hush was also going to be introduced in the episode "Rumors", written by Joseph Kuhr. DC didn't like the idea, and the villain Rumor (voiced by Ron Perlman) was created in his place.
A young Tommy Elliot appears as a recurring character in the Fox television show Gotham, which acts as an origin series to characters appearing in the Batman franchise. He appears in the eighth episode of season 1 titled "The Mask" as a classmate and enemy of Bruce Wayne, although later becomes Bruce's friend in season 4.
When Bruce Wayne returns to his private school on the urging of his butler and guardian Alfred, he is approached by Tommy Elliot and a friend of Tommy's. Although Tommy acts well-meaning at first, he takes a sick fascination in the recent murders of Bruce Wayne's parents Thomas and Martha Wayne and begins to ask details, which causes Bruce to leave in disgust, much to Tommy's amusement. Later on in the day, Tommy mocks Bruce's mother, causing the pair of them to get into a fight although Tommy gains the upper hand as he uses his friends to back him up. When Alfred learns of the attack and Tommy disrespecting Martha's memory, he decides to teach Bruce to stand up for himself. He takes Bruce to Tommy's residence, where he gives Bruce his father's watch. Bruce wraps the watch round his knuckles and punches Tommy repeatedly in the face, managing to bring him down. Bruce and Alfred then leave together to have pizza, leaving Tommy on the doorstep bleeding and sore.
Tommy returns in the fourth season, in which Bruce begins to socialise with the other rich kids of Gotham City, which includes Tommy himself. Tommy has been shown to have matured and changed in personality since season 1, and admits that he deserved his beating at the hands of Bruce, even stating that he should have been struck harder. The group later attend a nightclub in Gotham City, which Bruce buys and impresses his new friends. Tommy begins to socialise with Bruce more often, and attends a party at Wayne Manor, which is subsequently broken up by Alfred due to Bruce's erratic nature.
Hush appears in Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants, voiced by Dave B. Mitchell. He appears as an inmate at Arkham Asylum who claims he doesn't belong there and needs to be released to an uncaring Penguin, who just walks by him.
Tommy Elliot appears in the first season of Batwoman in the episode "Down Down Down", in which he is the former childhood best friend-turned-enemy of Bruce Wayne, who had disappeared from Gotham City for three years. He is an estate developer instead of surgeon and commits crimes in an attempt to bring Bruce/Batman out into the open to get revenge on him, but instead ends up going up against Bruce's cousin Kate Kane, who is operating as the new vigilante Batwoman. He is later arrested and sent to Arkham Asylum.
He is portrayed by Gabriel Mann.
Hush has brown eyes and reddish-brown hair
Hush is six feet and three inches tall, and weighs 225 pounds.