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Anchoress is the oldest living inmate of Arkham Asylum.
Anchoress was born in Gotham City around the year 1898. As a young woman she was intrigued by experimental physics in relation to the human body and as such studied quantum mechanics against her parents' wishes who wished for her to go through with a marriage that they had her arranged in. One night an argument between the woman and her parents resulted in a lab accident which caused both her parents to die and for the woman herself to have her physiology altered on a quantum level.
Full of guilt over the incident, the woman had herself committed to Arkham where she was treated by four generations of doctors before the rise of dangerous criminals who were so disturbed that the doctors became focussed on the more violent inmates, leaving Anchoress nearly forgotten. She called herself the Anchoress as a reference to the Anchorite people who were largely penitents as she was.
Anchoress blamed Batman for her neglect as she held him responsible for the many of the insane super criminals of Gotham City. One night Anchoress used her powers to unleash the inmates of the Asylum in order to lure the Batman there, where she used her powers to capture, mock and torture the vigilante, forcing him to experience his most painful memories and nightmares. Batman ultimately broke free and defeated her. She was moved to a higher security cell capable of holding her, and only now as a murderous super-criminal was she granted the attention from the doctors of Arkham again.
- Mental Illness
- Power Limitation: The Anchoress can only use her powers so much before she has to recharge.
- 3 Appearances of Anchoress (Prime Earth)
- 1 Images featuring Anchoress (Prime Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Anchoress (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Anchoress (Prime Earth)