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Thugs are the most common enemies in the Batman: Arkham videogame series. They are criminals who are individuals who commit crimes as well as the majority of thugs work for Gotham City's professional criminals such as Joker and Penguin. In the second year of Batman, various regular criminals committed crimes all over New Gotham City as they torture people and using firearms to control over the city.


New Gotham Battle

During the events of Batman's second year, criminals were overrunning the city and citizens were ordered to stay in their homes for safety. Criminals started various crimes which Batman stopped. Some thugs worked for the assassins, Joker or various other crime lords.

Thugs in Blackgate Prison followed the one responsible for leading the breakout; Joker. Thugs were overrunning the prison but Batman defeated them alongside both Bane and Joker where he then left for Captain James Gordon and the GCPD to recapture Blackgate.

Arkham Asylum

All thugs worked for Joker at this time and broke out of their cells; helping the crazed clown in his take over. Thugs murdered various Staff members such as Doctors and Guards as well as taking hostages. A small number of thugs was injected with Titan by Joker; becoming strengthened mutants which was left for Batman to take down.

Towards the end, some thugs were killed but the majority returned to their cells as the police recaptured Arkham Island.

Arkham City

During the events of Arkham City, thugs and criminals were transferred to that new facility under the orders of Professor Hugo Strange; Warden of Arkham City. Three gang leaders (Joker, Penguin, and Two-Face) began gang wars in the city and both Joker and Penguin were given military grade weaponry by Strange.

Towards the end, three gang leaders remained in their areas and didn't really kill each other as they remained in their controlled areas. Joker died, the Penguin was imprisoned in one of his cases in his Museum and Two-Face's was later defeated by Catwoman.


The majority of thugs work for various gang leaders and professional criminals.


  • Pipe
  • Baseball Bat
  • Knife
  • Broken Bottle
  • Body Armour
  • Tazer
  • Throwable Object
  • Proximity Bomb
  • Grenade
  • Thermal Goggles
  • Disruption Machine
  • Riot Shield
  • Assault Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Sniper Rifle



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Main Antagonists
Joker | Hugo Strange | Ra's al Ghul | Scarecrow

Secondary Antagonists
Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Killer Croc | Riddler | Clayface | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Two-Face | Bane | Firefly | Black Mask | Ferris Boyle | Deathstroke | Simon Stagg | Arkham Knight

Other Antagonists
Quincy Sharp | Victor Zsasz | Frank Boles | Razor | Dr. Penelope Young | Catwoman | Mister Hammer | Sickle | Solomon Grundy | Talia al Ghul | Azrael | Deadshot | Hush | Mad Hatter | Calendar Man | Electrocutioner | Copperhead | Lady Shiva | Commissioner Loeb | Howard Branden | Ricky "Loose Lips" LeBlanc | Tracey Buxton | Candy | Alberto Falcone | Anarky | Bird | Henry Adams | Christina Bell | Johnny Charisma | Albert King | Professor Pyg | Man-Bat | Deacon Blackfire | JT Wicker | Warden Ranken | Nyssa Raatko

Groups and Gangs
Joker's Gang | Thugs | Lunatic Inmates | TYGER | League of Assassins | Penguin's Gang | Two-Face's Gang | Riddler Thugs | Harley's Gang | Black Mask's Gang | Falcone Crime Family | Bane's Militia | Anarky's Gang | Arkham Knight's Militia