Harvey's the good one. He has to be. Otherwise... what am I?
Who do you think I am-- the Riddler? This is no game I play! This is obsession! I do what I do because of what fate has made me-- not because I enjoy "matching wits" with the Batman! Nor do I particularly care to make his life hell-- as the Joker does! Fate has cursed me with duality-- and I decided long ago that it is my ugly, evil side which dominates! Similarly, Batman's fate-given destiny is to oppose evil and ugliness. I act and he reacts! Let him come! I never run!!
Harvey Dent, also known by his supervillain name Two-Face, is a major antagonist in DC Comics, most notably appearing as the secondary antagonist of the Batman series.
He was Gotham City's former District Attorney, who turns to crime after half his face is disfigured. He decides whether or not to commit a crime by flipping his lucky coin, one side of which is scarred: if "good heads" comes upon a flip, he abides by the law; and if "bad heads" comes up, he commits a crime. Since the 1990s, DC's writers have depicted him as suffering from bipolar or dissociative identity disorder, with his "evil" personality in a constant battle with his former, "good" self.
Harvey Dent was raised in a dysfunctional household, frequently being beaten by his alcoholic father, causing him to develop bipolar disorder and paranoia. However, his hard work ethic led him to becoming appointed as Gotham City's District Attorney at the age of 26; the youngest on record.
While prosecuting criminal boss Sal Maroni, Maroni threw acid in Dent's face before Batman could intervene, horrendously disfiguring the left side of his face. This drove Dent insane with anger, and he adopted the criminal persona Two-Face.
He now makes all of his decisions with his double-headed coin with one side defaced and, due to their history with each other, is one of the arch-enemies of Batman (along with the Joker and Ra's al Ghul), but a close friend of Bruce Wayne, as well as every one of the Robins.
Two-Face's origin and history was altered for the New 52. In this continuity, Harvey Dent was abused as a child by his father, a corrupt businessman. After Harvey's father went to prison for fraud, he was sent to a rehabilitation center, where he met young billionaire Bruce Wayne, who was sent there for help in coping with his parents' deaths. The pair formed a pact, in which each of them would kill the other's tormentor when they got older (Harvey's father and Joe Chill, respectively). However, after Harvey's father was released from prison, he showed remorse for his past actions and wanted to become a better person and father to his son. Because of his father's redemption, Harvey backed out of the pact he made with Bruce, wanting to give his father a second chance. Although Bruce thought this was an incredibly naive move at the time, these events would have a major influence on him becoming Batman later in life.
Harvey and Bruce would continue to be friends as they grew older, with Bruce introducing Harvey to his future wife Gilda Gold and suggesting he run for district attorney. Harvey locks up many criminals with the help of Batman and Commissioner Gordon. However, tragedy strikes when Erin McKillen, a criminal whom Harvey prosecuted, takes revenge against him by killing Gilda. Erin also kidnaps Harvey and disfigures him by pouring acid on the left side of his face, transforming him into Two-Face.
Two-Face eventually attempts to kill McKillen, but Batman stops him and puts him in Arkham Asylum, beginning their feud. Years later, McKillen returns to Gotham City after several years in hiding to kill Two-Face, and thus reassert her control of her family's criminal operations. Her return sparks a climactic battle between her, Two-Face, and Batman. Two-Face scars McKillen with the same acid she used on him, but Batman stops him from killing her. Batman and Two-Face continue battling, with Batman trying to convince his foe to end his vendetta. Two-Face then calls Batman, "Bruce", revealing that he knows Batman's secret identity. Two-Face reveals that he struggled internally for quite some time over whether to kill his former friend, but decided not to because it would have violated his sense of justice. He disappears after the battle and Batman is unable to track him. Several panels of Batman and Robin #28 imply that Two-Face committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
In the DC Rebirth reboot, Two-Face's implied death is retconned, and he now has Killer Moth, Firefly, and Black Spider as henchmen. Following a confrontation, Batman takes Two-Face into his custody, until they both have to fight KGBeast. They defeat KGBeast, but are badly injured. Batman nurses Two-Face back to health, but Two-Face suspects Batman of trying to betray him and rubs acid in his eyes.
Two-Face and Batman mend their relationship somewhat in order to face off against KGBeast, the Penguin, and Black Mask. Batman tells Two-Face that he can cure Two-Face's split personality. Two-Face tells Batman that he will not remove the poisonous clouds over Gotham unless Batman hands it over. In the end, Batman injects the "cure", which turns out to be a sedative that renders Two-Face unconscious. Batman then takes Two-Face back to Arkham.
A pre-scarred Harvey Dent appeared in Batman released in 1989 played by Billy Dee Williams. Harvey Dent was elected as Gotham's new DA on taking down the wave of crime occurring in Gotham.
Dent was originally to be in the sequel Batman Returns, where he would be scarred in the film's finale when electrocuted by Catwoman, setting him up for his role as the villain in the third film. However Dent was replaced with new character Max Shreck played by Christopher Walken.
In the episode "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot", Batman fights an android version of Two-Face as part of his training. In the spinoff film Batman Beyond: the Return of Joker, a wax statue of Two-Face appears in the Batcave.
In the episode "A Better World", a parallel version of Two-Face is seen lobotomized in a parallel Arkham Asylum.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Two-Face appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Legends of the Dark Mite". This version is modeled after his first appearance in the Golden Age comics. He, along with the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, Killer Moth, Mr. Freeze, Kite Man, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Catman, and several other villains are shown briefly in Bat-Mite's imagination. Bat-Mite even falls into an over-sized coin that lands on bad heads.
In a later appearance in "The Fate of Equinox!", Two-Face who is voiced by James Remar, orders his henchmen to try and kill Batman. After flipping his coin with a good heads result, he ends up teaming up with him against the henchmen. Before he could make his next flip, he is knocked out by Batman.
He later makes a cameo in the episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" as a prisoner in Arkham Asylum.
His original voice actor from Batman the Animated Series later reprises his role in the episode "Chill of the Night!" where he attends a weapons auction held by Joe Chill along with a bunch of other Batman villains but is knocked out by Batman. When the building collapses he manages to escape.
In the episode "The Mask of Matches Malone" he and his gang steal a robe that gives whoever where's it 9 lives. Batman, Huntress, Black Canary, and Catwoman disguise themselves as criminals and sneak into his auction for the robe however when they try to fight him, Batman gets amnesia and thinks that he is a crime boss and steals the robe and later becomes a bigger and better crime boss then Dent who wants to stop him but his whenever he flips his coin it lands on the good side.
When Batman is up to his last life Dent (realizing that Batman is not going to stop the new crime boss) actually dresses up as Batman, pretends to be him, and fights Batman. Batman beats him however he then falls off a building and regains his memory. He later takes Two-Face back to Arkham.
In the episode "Crisis 23,000 miles Above Earth!", he makes a cameo in a roast for Batman.
Beware The Batman
In Beware The Batman, Harvey Dent is the District Attorney, and wants to solve Gotham City's "cape and mask crisis" through his Special Crimes Unit. He targets Batman and Katana as part of the problem.
He was scarred in an explosion caused by Dane Lislow which turned out to be an anagram for Slade Wilson.
He is voiced by Christopher McDonald, who also portrays Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore.
Harley Quinn (TV series)
Two-Face appears in DC Universe's adult animation series Harley Quinn as a member of the Injustice League and an associate of the Joker. He is voiced by Andy Daly, who also played Mayor Brown in Yogi Bear and Ken Dwight in Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Two-Face is never seen in person in the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. One of the Riddler's riddles revolves around him. It is also mentioned that Two-Face and his gang robbed a bank at the end of the game.
He does have an entry in the Character Bios. His profile states:
District Attorney Harvey Dent was one of Batman’s strongest allies in Gotham City, until a criminal threw acid in Dent’s face, hideously scarring him. The wounds fractured his psyche, and he was reborn as a schizoid criminal mastermind, obsessed with duality.
His former good-luck charm, a “two-headed” trick silver dollar, was damaged on one side in the attack, and Dent has seized on it as a reflection of his half-scarred visage. He flips it to decide the fates of his victims. Despite Batman’s efforts to reform his former ally, Dent is consumed by his fixation on chance, and his crimes are designed to prove out his diametric philosophy.
Two-Face serves as an antagonist of Batman: Arkham City. He plays a minor role in the main storyline, but serves as the main antagonist of Catwoman's story. His appearance in Arkham City is similar to his appearance in The Dark Knight.
At the beginning of the game, Two-Face captures Catwoman, and was planning to dump her in a vat of acid, but giving her a fair trial. When Batman found out that Catwoman was captured by Two-Face he goes to the courthouse to rescue her. After Batman rescued Catwoman, Two-Face disappeared, and wasn't seen or heard from until the end of the Catwoman story arc.
While playing as Catwoman, Two-Face's thugs were trying to figure out where Catwoman lives so they can get their revenge. When Two-Face eventually found out where she lived, he stole Catwoman's jewels, sold half of them to his thugs, and placed a bomb in her home. When Catwoman was attacked by Two-Face's thugs, she interrogated one of them to figure out where Two-Face was. Two-Face moved his lair to the Museum since the courthouse was destroyed by Hugo Strange. After Catwoman found Two-Face she defeated him and knocked him out cold.
Injustice Gods Among Us
Two-Face made a cameo in the Harley Quinn Star Lab Mission, Flip of the Coin, where he is standing by the battle between Harley Quinn and Catwoman and flips a coin to determine which person to shoot at.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Two-Face reappears in Batman: Arkham Knight in which he teams up with other criminals under Scarecrow to kill Batman.
I want what you want, Jim. I want to make this city a better place.
~ Harvey Dent to James Gordon.
A younger pre-disfigured version of Harvey Dent appears in the TV Series Gotham and is played by Nicholas D'Agosto. He debuts in the episode "Harvey Dent" in its first season, and appears in further two episodes "Lovecraft" and "Everyone Has a Cobblepot". He returns as a regular character in season 2 during its seventh episode "Mommy's Little Monster" and makes his final appearance in the season 2 episode "Mr. Freeze".
Harvey Dent is an Assistant District Attorney in Gotham City, who James Gordon turns to in hope of solving the Wayne Murders. Although not a villain in this series (as of yet) Dent does use the Wayne Murders to go after corrupt businessman and billionaire Dick Lovecraft and seems convinced he is responsible for the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne (in which it turns out later not to be the case).
He and Bruce would be friends first, before they become enemies. Dent also seems to have a temper; when Lovecraft mocks him, Dent loses his cool and threatens him with violence.
In the second season Dent works on getting an arrest warrant for Oswald Cobblepot after the latter attempts to kill Mayor-elect Theo Galavan (who is actually the main villain of the second season). He is later seen at a party when Theo is sworn in and sings his praises. The party is interrupted when Cobblepot and his men attempt to put a hit out on Theo but fail. When Theo is arrested for the kidnapping of former mayor Aubrey James, Dent drops his support for him and acts as a prosecutor at Theo's trial, although Theo is released as he had James threatened to name Cobblepot as the one responsible for kidnapping him.
After Galavan is murdered, Dent questions Gordon about his involvement, and pertaining to an incident in which Gordon, along with Alfred Pennyworth, Cobblepot, Selina Kyle and Harvey Bullock ambushed Theo's penthouse and wiped out members of the Order of St. Dumas in order to rescue a kidnapped Bruce Wayne. Gordon claims that Cobblepot and his men kidnapped Galavan before Gordon could stop them, and that Gordon had to tend to his pregnant girlfriend Lee Thompkins. Although Dent isn't convinced, Gordon is released without charge due to lack of evidence.
Even though the show does not portray Dent's transformation into Two-Face, certain episodes in the first season suggest a hidden dark side; During an interaction with Dick Lovecraft, Dent explodes in a rage and threatens him, only to then revert back to normal, seemingly unaware of his outburst. Also, several scenes depict him with his face half hidden in shadow, foreshadowing his disfigurement.
Two-Face makes a cameo in the season 1 finale of Titans titled "Dick Grayson". In the episode Grayson is transported into a dream world created by Trigon in which Batman goes on a killing spree, which includes targeting his rogues' gallery. Two-Face is one of them,since his dead body could be seen holding his coin in his cell at Arkham Asylum.