Born on the Caribbean island of Santa Prisca, the man known as Bane spent most of his early childhood in the hellish prison Pena Duro, as punishment for the crimes of his unknown father. As a teenager, he was subjected to clandestine military experiments where he was exposed to a steroid like substance called Venom. His anger, willpower, and determination enabled him to survive where others did not. Eventually, Bane and a fellow inmate, Bird, engineered their escape from Pena Duro during a massive riot.
Main article: Batman: Arkham Origins
Determined to prove his worth, Bane became one of eight assassins seeking to collect a $50 million bounty placed on Batman. As his rivals fall one by one, Bane correctly deduces that Batman will be coming after the Joker, who has taken the Royal Hotel hostage. They enact a scheme to entrap the Dark Knight, with Bane grudgingly agreeing to let the Joker have some fun with him first. Batman and Bane first appear to be evenly matched during their first fight, but a GCPD task force interrupt the proceedings before a clear victor can be established. Bane escapes in an attack chopper, while the Joker is captured. However, Bane has deduced Batman's true identity and breaks into the Batcave, brutally beating Alfred and nearly killing him. Eager to gain an edge, he attempts to create a more potent variant of Venom, using his own henchmen as guinea pigs. To his dismay, the research keeps yielding the same result, increased strength at the cost of sanity. When the Joker incites a riot at Blackgate Penitentiary, Bane infiltrates the facility, knowing that Batman will attempt to defuse the situation. The Joker has the two enemies engage in gladiatorial combat to the death. When he fails to gain a tactical advantage against Batman, Bane uses the refined version of Venom, greatly increasing his size and strength, but destroying his sanity in the process. Batman narrowly defeats him, with the help of Electrocutioner's shock gloves. He is subsequently incarcerated at Blackgate.
Main article: Batman: Arkham Asylum
In time, Bane's sanity returned, and he escaped confinement and continued his efforts to refine the Venom formula. Adopting a more subtle approach in his revenge, Bane engineered a mass breakout in Arkham Asylum, knowing that Batman would push himself to his limits recapturing all the inmates. Several weeks later, after most of the escapees had been caught, Bane ambushed an exhausted Batman and broke his spine. But Batman recovered and managed to best Bane by again cutting off his Venom supply. Bane was subsequently recaptured and quietly brought to Arkham Asylum so that Dr. Penelope Young could study him and the effects of Venom on the human body. He quickly became a guinea pig for Titan, a hybrid of Bane's refined super Venom and Poison Ivy's plant toxins. When discussing the Titan Project in public, Bane's involvement was kept secret, and he was referred to only as "Patient X". Officially, Bane was listed as an escapee from Blackgate Penitentiary.
The Joker had Commissioner Gordon kidnapped and taken to the Medical Center where Bane was being held, drained of Venom and left withered and helpless. After rescuing Gordon, Batman entered Bane's holding room. Bane begged Batman to cut him down, in hopes of getting revenge on Dr. Young, but before he could do so, the Joker activated Bane's chemical storage tank, infusing him with Titan and returning his immense strength to him. Bane then attacked Batman and threw him through a wall into the Boiler Room. Bane and Batman battled it out with the interference of the Joker's goons. Eventually, Batman cut Bane's Venom supply as the room collapsed upon itself. Batman escaped through a manhole to the surface where he reunited with Gordon. Bane managed to reattach his main valve and smashed his way to the surface, grabbing a hold of Batman and claiming that after he "breaks" Batman, the "bruja" (Dr. Young) would be next. Batman then summoned the Batmobile by remote control to their position and kicked Bane in its path. The Batmobile crashed into Bane, hurling him into the sea.
In one of the three post-credits scenes, Bane emerges from the water by the docks and grabs onto a floating case of Titan.
Main article: Batman: Arkham City
Bane is heavily involved in a sidequest in Arkham City, none the worse for being hit by the Batmobile. He has set up camp inside an old toy factory, and he is hunting canisters of Titan which were smuggled off of Arkham Island. He also set up a distress flare. Batman investigated and Bane enlisted the Dark Knight in destroying canisters--Batman takes six, and Bane takes the other six. Batman found the canisters in the possession of Penguin and Joker, and fought against a few transformed henchmen.
After accounting for his share, Batman returned to the factory, one step ahead of a large detail of Tyger security guards. Batman and Bane fought alongside each other for once, to defeat the guards. When the dust settled, Bane revealed he had brought his allotted canisters back, intending to hoard Titan for his own use. One of the Arkham City stories reveals he had been humiliated by Joker, who had used Titan again specifically to fight Bane, and became determined to never suffer that defeat again.
Bane made the mistake of trying to charge Batman head-on, and was trapped into a side room of the teddy bear factory, where he was left to cool his heels until he could be collected at a later date.
Main article: Batman: Arkham Knight
Following his conflict with Batman in Arkham City, Bane returned to his home nation of Santa Prisca a broken man. Upon his arrival, he found dead children and innocent civilians paving the streets, with the country being controlled by corrupt politicans, drug rings, and crime cartels. Wanting to rid himself of his addictions to Venom and Titan, Bane knew he would never be able to overcome his cravings, so he chose to divert his concentration on freeing his country through revolution. Slaughtering dozens of criminals and high ranking drug lords, his efforts proved fruitful. Having accomplished his goals, he set out to free his country of one final abomination - Peña Duro, the hellhole that birthed him.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength: Thanks to Venom, Bane's muscles are strengthened and are able to endure more strain and use than usual.
- Superhuman Stamina: Another benefit to Venom enhancing his body, is that his muscle have been toughened, allowing him to endure simple and weak attacks and physical trauma without much of a problem.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Thanks to the living hell of the Santa Prisca prison, Bane built his body up to perfection. Self-taught in how to fight, Bane is more than a match for Batman without Venom. When using it, he is even more deadly as a single punch can severely damage Batman's health.
- Chemistry: Bane has attempted for years to create a serum similar to Venom that will sate his addiction and give him a permanent increase in strength. He created TN-1, which fell below his expectations. Thanks to its side-effects, he was never able to try again due to becoming dumber.
- Tactical Analysis: In his early years, Bane was an excellent strategist. He was even able to deduce who the Batman was under his mask.
- Leadership: Bane is charismatic and intelligent enough to successfully lead his own gang.
- Genius Level Intellect (Formerly)
- Diminished Intellect: Though still intelligent, Bane's intelligence has been severely hampered by his use of the "TN-1" prototype to Titan, a condition that appears cumulative with his continually growing Venom addiction.
- Drug Addiction: Bane is addicted to the Venom he uses.
- Technological Reliability: Bane always has to have a storage tank of Venom on his back to sustain his large frame, which Batman was able to exploit by attacking the tank's tubing.
- Venom: A super steroid which increases the strength of whoever uses it.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the Arkhamverse video game series and is an adaptation of Bane. The original character was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan and first appeared in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1.
- Bane has been voiced by three actors over the Arkhamverse projects:
- Though Bane was explicitly shown to have been murdered by the Arkham Knight with a gunshot to the head prior to Batman: Arkham Knight in Batman: Arkham Knight #12, actual in-game text contradicts this and explains that Bane had gone back to Santa Prisca to fix his country.
- Bane constantly shouts to Batman "I will break you!". This is a reference to his famous line in Knightfall where he broke Batman's back. If the player is beaten by Bane, a game over animation will play of Bane breaking Batman's back in the same fashion.
- Bane's Game Over scene is the first one in the series showing Batman too instead of only the villain.
- Bane has a metal brace surgically attached to his lower back, to help with burn of his large muscles.
- Sometime after Arkham City, Bane managed to regain his knowledge of Batman's identity, despite losing said knowledge due to injecting himself with the TN-1 in Batman: Arkham Origins.
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