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|“||My downtrodden brothers and sisters of Gotham, you have nothing to fear. We are the Children of Arkham. We are here to end the masquerade, and expose the corruption at root in your city! For too long men like your esteemed mayor have profited from the pain of innocents! Tonight, we show you the TRUTH! Look at the hearts of these spineless creatures, chosen to lead. Candidates, take off your masks. Show Gotham your true selves. Tell them what you really think about the city you pretend to love.||„|
|~ Lady Arkham|
|“||I think it's time you knew my real name: I am… Lady Arkham. And you already know the Penguin. Look at him up there, taking everything that should belong to you, mocking you! The smug, insignificant bastard. He thinks he can get away with it… because none of them know who he really is; they wouldn't believe you if you told them. It would be so easy to get rid of him. Who else will deliver justice?||„|
|~ Vicki Vale revealing herself to be Lady Arkham while drugging Bruce into attacking the Penguin.|
|“||You want to know how I survived? I survived... Because every night, I dreamed of the revenge I'd take on them... and this forsaken city! Your time's run out.||„|
|~ Vicki Vale to Batman about her tragic past of being abused by the Vales if inquired about it by him.|
Victoria "Vicki" Vale, born as Victoria Arkham, and also known as Lady Arkham, is the main antagonist of Season One of the 2016 Telltale video game Batman: The Telltale Series and a posthumous antagonist in the game's 2017 sequel Season Two, titled Batman: The Enemy Within.
She is the fanatical leader of the Children of Arkham, and guises as an investigative reporter for the Gotham Gazette in order to hide her true colors.
As herself, she was voiced by Erin Yvette. While disguised as Lady Arkham, she was voiced by Steve Blum, who also voiced Blockbuster in the same series, as well Killer Croc and Sickle in the Arkhamverse.
|“||You don't know how I suffered!||„|
|~ Vicki to Batman.|
Vicki Vale was born as Victoria Arkham. Her parents were running Arkham Asylum until the corrupt Thomas Wayne had them both killed for not giving up the Asylum. Obsessed with vengeance, she vowed to get even with the Waynes. After the murder of her birth parents, she was adopted by the Vale family and was renamed Vicki Vale. However, it was later revealed that Vicki was brutally abused by her foster-parents in a secret hole in their basement, where she created the Lady Arkham persona.
Fueled by fanaticism, delusion, and hatred, Vicki joined the now-reformed Children of Arkham and became their leader. They were a political reform group-turned-fanatical terrorist organization who claimed that their motive is to "clean up" the corruption in Gotham City, usually by murder. But Vicki's true motive was personal revenge against Mayor Hamilton Hill, Carmine Falcone, and Bruce Wayne (even though Bruce was never involved in his father's corruption, she still holds him responsible), and also wanted the people of Gotham to suffer as she did, by spreading chaos throughout the city.
She also developed a powerful drug that makes people lose their morals and makes them act on their basic impulses, while a concentrated dose will permanently lock them in a mentally unstable state of mind.
Episode One: Realm of Shadows
Vicki was present at Harvey Dent's fundraiser at Wayne Manor. There, she met Bruce and hoped to gain close information about him. During their conversation, Vicki noticed blood on Bruce's collar, which he quickly brushed off. Upon seeing Carmine Falcone enter Wayne Manor, she became suspicious that Dent's campaign may have been soliciting votes from him and his organization. She was also among the guests that noticed if Bruce either shook Falcone's hand or refused to.
Vicki was also among the reporters in the press conference where Bruce and Harvey announced the "Thomas and Martha Wayne Mental Hospital". She was the only reporter who asked a question about the plans for the old Arkham Asylum. She later met Bruce after the press conference, which ended with the allegations of the Wayne's corruption. She offered to help Bruce in the public eye, by giving a quote about these rumors. If he chooses to, she records his comments and tells him how she will ensure Gotham will hear his defense. While being shown out, Vicki reassured Bruce that he'd pull through.
After decrypting Mayor Hill's drive, Bruce found it contained enough data to incriminate Falcone and expose his operations. Alfred suggested that he give the information to Vicki, so the criminal's ties would be public, though he can also give it to Lieutenant Gordon. If Bruce choses Vicki, she thanks him for it, as it is enough to both take down Falcone and improve her career. However, she does show some concern for her own safety, which Bruce could either offer her some tips or protection. Vicki also asks whether exposing Falcone will help the city and a symbol Gotham would need to stay hopeful. After the conversation finishes, Vicki departs and releases the evidence to all media outlets.
Episode Two: Children of Arkham
Vicki later appeared at the GCPD shortly after Falcone's murder. It was possible that she had drugged Sgt Renee Montoya and coerced her into murdering the crime lord. When Vicki noticed Bruce leaving the scene, she tried to converse with him and collect information about Falcone's murder. As Bruce left, she was given either Montoya's name or stonewalled completely.
At some point before the debate, Vicki filmed a video as Lady Arkham, and demanded that the citizens of Gotham fight the corrupted and take control of Gotham. She, along with Penguin, Blockbuster, and other members of the Children of Arkham attacked the debate between Hill and Dent. Vale was among the reporters at the Mayoral debate. It's possible she gave the Children of Arkham access to the building and helped bypass the security.
After it was attacked by the Children of Arkham, Vicki was among the hostages taken. "Forced" onto the stage by Blockbuster, she hosted the event with Penguin and inject Hill and Dent with the psychogenic chemical. When Batman finally intervened, Vicki took the opportunity to escape and was "saved" by the vigilante. It's assumed she made it to safety before the GCPD were able to interfere.
Episode Three: New World Order
|~ Vicki Vale showing her true colors.|
Vicki Vale injects Bruce Wayne with the psychosis-inducing drug during a press conference in which Oswald Cobblepot (secretly her second-in-command, the Penguin) is appointed the CEO of Wayne Enterprises, revealing that she is actually Lady Arkham. She coaxes Bruce into attacking Cobblepot, which he ultimately does. This action causes Bruce to be ironically incarcerated at Arkham Asylum.
Episode Four: Guardian of Gotham
|“||She wanted me to feel what my father had done to all those people.||„|
|~ Batman to Alfred about Vicki Vale.|
Vicki Vale fakes her own kidnapping and fully adopts her Lady Arkham persona. She goes to her adoptive parents home and brutally attacks her mother, lethally injecting her with a dose of her drug before gouging out her eyes, killing her. She then attacked her adoptive father, beating him to a bloody pulp with a belt (like how they used belts to torture her), before she hung him up with the belt by the neck like a noose, though the blood loss killed him instead of the hanging. She left her brother alive, showing compassion for him and that she seemed to actually care for him. She then used her father's warehouse to store her drugs, but they were later destroyed by Mayor Harvey Dent/Two-Face and his Enforcers.
Episode Five: City of Light
|“||Nothing will keep me from my revenge!||„|
|~ Vicki Vale fighting Batman.|
Together with the Children of Arkham, Vicki storms Wayne Manor while Bruce is gone. They capture Alfred Pennyworth and bring him to Arkham Asylum, intending to lure Batman there. When Batman turns up, Vicki opens all cells of the asylum, allowing the inmates to roam free. Most immediately attack Batman, while Vicki flees deeper into the asylum. Eventually, Batman is able to catch up to her and manages to break her mask into pieces with a single punch. Vicki is saved when Batman is attacked by Victor Zsasz, but moments later, Batman catches up to her again. He demands to know where Alfred is and, claiming that she will bring Batman to him, Vicki destroys the floor below them with her staff, causing both to drop into an older, abandoned part of the asylum. Down there, Vicki evades Batman once more. Before escaping for good, Vicki orders Batman to bring Bruce Wayne to her, threatening to murder Alfred should he refuse.
Further venturing through the old canals, Batman finds a tied-up Alfred in a chapel-like room. While trying to cut him loose, Batman is attacked by Vicki, who quickly gains the upper hand by threatening Alfred with her energy staff. Vicki notices how Batman talks to Alfred, noticing the caring tone. To find out how much Alfred means to Batman, Vicki starts beating Alfred up. Once again threatening to kill Alfred, Vicki orders Batman to remove his mask, leaving the latter with the conflicting choice of unmasking himself or refusing to do so.
- Batman complies, removing his cowl and throwing it to the ground despite Alfred's pleas not to. While Vicki is shocked to see Bruce's face, she initially refuses to believe it at first as she says that he only cares about himself, but deludes herself into believing that Bruce is Batman so he can prey on the weak and defenseless like his father did. She then fires her energy staff at Bruce, who quickly dodges the blast, but not fast enough that it was able to take out a small chunk of his right ear. Vicki maniacally laughs before she knocks Alfred to the floor with her energy staff.
- Batman refuses, pulling out a Batarang while Vicki talks and then throwing it at Alfred's restraints, allowing the latter to break free and punch Vicki in the face. However, she quickly retaliates by firing her energy staff at Alfred's head, and while the blast doesn't kill him instantly, it instead takes out his left eye, much to Batman's horror. Alfred quickly crawls away while Vicki manically laughs.
An intense fight then ensues in which Vicki attacks with her energy staff - claiming that the only truth left will be in Bruce\Batman's death. However, while Vicki mindlessly attempts to murder Bruce\Batman she does not realize that she is causing damage to the surrounding structure. When Bruce\Batman uses her powerful staff against her, Vicki is blasted through a column, causing the walls to crumble. Ultimately, Bruce\Batman defeats Vicki, smashing her into the altar, but due to the damage dealt to the structure, the entire hall starts to break down. Intending to leave Bruce\Batman and Alfred in the collapsing hall, Vicki activates her hover boots to escape. However, Bruce\Batman stops her with her own energy staff once more, smashing her into a wall. While Bruce\Batman frees or helps Alfred up, Vicki attempts to leave the hall on foot but is crushed to her death when the ceiling collapses onto her ending her obsession for revenge against Gotham.
A week later after the battle between her and Batman, her body was never found (only her mask and broken staff was recovered) and Bruce wasn't sure if she was dead or alive, but the Children of Arkham was dissolved after her defeat.
Following Vicki's death, the remaining members of the Children of Arkham and the escaped patients were all rounded up by the GCPD. The group was subsequently disbanded, with its members now serving various sentences in Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum. News reports would also report of Vicki's involvement as Lady Arkham, along with her defeat at Batman's hands. Batman would keep a display of Lady Arkham in the Batcave, which consisted of her concussion staff and either her broken mask or doll (depending on whether he attacked her or unmasked himself). If Bruce attends Gordon's rally, he can announce plans to renovate Arkham Asylum, in memory of her family and to help it recover from his father's actions.
|“||No wonder Vicki is consumed with hate. It's all she's ever known.||„|
|~ Batman understanding Vicki's hatred as a reason for killing her foster parents.|
Vicki Vale was first seen as a motivated and supporting character. It turns out that she is fanatic, ruthless, manipulative and unhinged. According to "John Doe", her parent's deaths left her with "an unquenchable thirst for vengeance", meaning she is obsessed for revenge (also shown by the murder of her adopted parents, leaving a vendetta sign on her mother by stabbing out her eyes). She always tries to justify her violent actions by pointing out certain kinds of motivations (mostly about her tragic past), making her delusional. She also shows signs of mental instability, caused by her foster-parents abusing of her. She did seem to care for her adoptive brother, leaving him alive at her house and even had a picture of them together below Arkham, embracing him in a hug.
- Peak-Physical Condition: She appears to possesses Olympic levels of strength, speed, senses, stamina, and endurance.
- Expert Combatant/Martial Artist: She is a highly skilled fighter who has gone toe to toe with Batman twice.
- Journalism: She has made a successful career for herself as an investigative reporter.
- Manipulation: She has great abilities to manipulate people to believe that she isn't involved.
- Fanaticism: She became the leader of a cult known as the Children of Arkham.
- Mesmerism: Using a special nerve drug, she was able to cause people to act on their impulses and loosen their hold on their morals.
Energy Lance: He even uses a special high tech lance which can project near-lethal shock waves. Lady Arkham Suit: She uses a high tech suit for her Lady Arkham persona. The suit has technology which allows her some superhuman abilities.
- Super-Leaping: Technology on her boots allow her to jump at superhuman heights.
- In the comics and other media, Vicki Vale is normally portrayed as one of Bruce Wayne's love interests and an ally.
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