|“||You left me to rot in that abandoned wing of Arkham... for over a year… with HIM!||„|
|~ Jason blaming Batman for what he has become.|
|“||Do I look like Batman to you? Rethink your answer before I fill you up with lead.||„|
|~ Red Hood exclaiming he's lethally different from Batman.|
The Arkham Knight is the titular secondary antagonist turned anti-hero of Batman: Arkham Knight. His identity is later revealed to be Jason Todd, whereby he immediately transitions his identity to The Red Hood. He appears as the anti-hero and main protagonist in the Red Hood DLC Story Pack.
He was voiced by Troy Baker, who also provided the voice for the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The titular villain, as aforementioned, appears as one of the two main antagonists of Batman: Arkham Knight. Who is donning the mantle is currently unknown, yet he is still exclusively designed to be one of the few people who can hold their own against Batman, thus his appearance imitating the Dark Knight. He was shown in trailers to be using guns.
In the game, the Arkham Knight and his militia forces team up with Scarecrow and take over Gotham City on Halloween night. As Batman encounters him multiple times, the Knight mentions to Batman on how he ruined his life and how he's going to kill him. Throughout the game, Batman has multiple hallucinations of Jason Todd, the second Robin, being tortured and killed by the Joker. After taking down the Arkham Knight in an abandoned shopping mall, the Arkham Knight reveals himself to be none other than Jason Todd, whom Batman thought to be dead. Batman tries to get Jason to snap out of his rage and help him, but he refuses and runs away. After Jason disappears, super-villain Deathstroke takes command of the Arkham Knight's militia forces. Later towards the end of the game, Batman is captured by Scarecrow and taken to the now abandoned Arkham Asylum. At the asylum, Scarecrow is about to kill Batman after he reveals his true identity, but a now redeemed Jason comes back as Red Hood to rescue Batman and help him take down Scarecrow.
In the Red Hood DLC, which takes place after the main story, Jason has rejoined the Bat family and acts in Gotham as the Red Hood, targeting Black Mask and his operations. According to Black Mask's thugs, the Red Hood also took out Killer Moth some time prior.
Arkham Asylum Incident
Through unknown means the Arkham Knight was able to monitor the actions of Batman and everyone else involved on the night of the Arkham riots.
Arkham City Incident
Through unknown means the Arkham Knight was able to monitor the actions of Batman and everyone else involved with Arkham City.
After Arkham City Incident
Mere minutes after the Joker's death, the Arkham Knight witnessed a brief encounter between Batman and the new Electrocutioner, who was quickly defeated. When Batman left the Knight executed the would be super criminal with a shotgun blast to the head. Later, when the Joker announced his plans to blow up the walls of Arkham City and free all the trapped inmates, the Arkham Knight followed Batman to Arkham Asylum. Batman triggered a final trap his dead nemesis had left for him. Wanting to kill Batman himself, the Arkham Knight attempted to save Batman, risking exposure. Both managed to survive the resulting explosion. Before Batman emerged from the rubble the Knight discovered the remains of the Joker's diary. Deciding it would be useful to hold onto he fled the scene before emergency crews arrived, Batman remaining unaware of his stalker's presence. A family later spotted him in an alleyway after setting fire to a pair of the Joker's former henchmen. When Tweedledie, Tweedledum and Tweedledee were prevented from stealing Batman's new batmobile and put in a holding facility, the Arkham Knight shot all three as well.
Arkham Knight Incident
|“||To all embedded units in Gotham: Operation Savior has begun. Each one of you has a role. Each of you knows your role. So move out into this damn city and lock it down. I want our hands wrapped tight around Gotham's throat within the hour.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight.|
At first, the Arkham Knight is a mystery. The only information Oracle manages to give Batman is that his code name is the only thing intelligence sources can agree on and that he works with a Venezuelan black ops team. He is fanatically dedicated to besting and killing Batman for unknown reasons, displaying keen observation and insight into the Dark Knight's tactics. To this end he has allied with Scarecrow, intending to use a wave of Fear Gas to destroy not just Batman but Gotham as well, invading the city with his own private army of operatives and drones.
In the ACE Chemical Infiltration trailer the Knight uses these and an attack chopper to provide protection while Scarecrow finishes perfecting his new toxin. He abandons it temporarily to face off with the Dark Knight while he is attempting to rescue trapped workers, instructing his men to aim at the less armored sections of Batman's suit. As Batman attempts to leave with the last worker the Knight forces a showdown between his chopper and the new Batmobile.
The Arkham Knight has also set up check points around Gotham City, according to details released to Edge Magazine, making the ground a dangerous place for Batman to cross. The Caped Crusader will have to clear out these nests, presumably as part of a side-mission.
|“||Batman likes to play the hero, Barbara, and he's pretty good at it. But it's an act. Batman's not about saving the innocent, oh no, he's about punishing the guilty. Now don't get me wrong. He'll look for you, or... he'll try. But when it comes down to it, when he has to make a choice between you and the mission. He'll choose the mission. Every. Time.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight to Barbara Gordon.|
After being kidnapped by the Joker, Jason retained some defiance against his captors torture and mind games. As well, he held a lot of faith that Batman would come for him but his spirit was soon crushed when Joker revealed he had been "replaced" with the third Robin (Tim Drake). Subsequently, he became totally submissive towards the Clown Prince because of the intense torture he endured; however, he showed some determination and was able to escape the abandoned wing of Arkham despite being shot and wounded. But Jason was not the same person, he hated Batman and wanted him to suffer for leaving him to rot for nearly an entire year, even taking up a mantle to haunt his mentor; The Arkham Knight.
The Knight seems vengeful but patient and calculating as well. He seems to exploit opportunities as they are presented to him, such as discovering the Joker's diary or taking advantage of Batman's presence at Ace Chemicals to instruct his men to avoid aiming at the armored sections of his suit. He also seems psychopathic, displaying no regard for the "weak" Batman protects, contemptuous of the Dark Knight's principles and mercilessly killing those he deems deserving, such as the second Electrocutioner and remaining members of Joker's gang in cold blood. He also had an emotional breakdown towards the confrontation between him and Batman, highlighting his emotional and mental instability, especially towards his feelings with his former mentor. When Scarecrow asks why he hates Batman to such a degree the Knight coldly responds that no one could understand. He also considers himself Batman's greatest enemy because he understands Batman more than any of his enemies could've. Despite his cold and apathetic demeanor, the Knight was capable of feeling anger, worse than that, rage towards his enemies. This was specifically the case while revealing his true identity to Batman and literally screaming in rage over his mentor "leaving him to die." In contrast to his ruthless behavior towards killing Bruce, the Knight seems to care about his former allies such as Barbara Gordon (Oracle) and Alfred Pennyworth.
- Peak Human Fitness: Due to his rigorous training, the Knight is capable of borderline superhuman feats of strength, speed, and endurance. Effectively on par with Batman's physical abilities, he also has the advantage of being younger.
- Advanced Combat Skills: He is a master of countess forms of combat, including unarmed combat, marksmanship, guerrilla warfare, stealth tactics and takedown tactics / strategics.
- High Intelligence - He has an extraordinary intellect, being extensively trained by Batman in criminology, sciences, toxicology, medicine, swordsmanship, stealth tactics, intimidation. He is also a master of military strategy, teaching & military leadership.
- Resources: In the years since adopting the mantle of the Arkham Knight, he has acquired an impressive array of resources, including access to military-grade equipment, a vast personal fortune, and his own private army. Through this, he has acquired a highly-advanced suit and visor used to counter Batman's own skills and technology.
The Arkham Knight dons a militaristic version of the bat-suit meant to mock Batman's appearance. The inside of his helmet gives him a heads up display of his troops throughout Gotham and the ears relay his commands to his troops. By using the Arkham symbol on his chest plate he inflicts psychological warfare on Batman reminding him of the past Arkham events. The chest plate also acts as a countermeasure to the Batclaw.
|“||The gate's open, get ready. You got a billion dollar tank heading straight for you.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight, speaking to his soldiers.|
|“||I want you to imagine a city. A city broken, and crushed under our feet. Take that picture, hold on to it. Go make it happen.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight.|
|“||Oh, and avoid the bat symbol - it's a little trick. It's where [Batman's] armor's the strongest. Aim at the weak spots.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight.|
|“||I CAN FIX IT!!! I know now what to do. I take all this pain, all this blackness, and I put it all in a bullet, and I put it right between Bruce's eyes.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight to Barbara Gordon, after she suggests that he should allow the Batfamily to help him emotionally recover.|
|“||No way out! I did it. Cornered you. Done what no-one else could! All these years, all your enemies. But none of them understands you like I do. You think Crane found Oracle on his own? I’m the one who told him about Barbara. Me! I told you I knew everything about you, didn’t I? But don’t worry, Bruce, I kept some secrets to myself.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight to Batman.|
|“||You always told me Bruce... focus on what I want to achieve... and it'll happen. Well you want to know what I want now, huh? I want you... DEAD.||„|
|~ Arkham Knight to Batman.|
|“||You can't hide from me! I will hunt you down!!!||„|
|~ Arkham Knight to Batman.|
Game Over Lines
- "You failed Oracle, Batman. And I'll make sure she knows it."
- "You're finished. And Gotham's finished too."
- "I own the sky now."
- "You never stood a chance, Batman. Not against my army, and not against me."
- "I didn't want it to end like this, Batman. I kinda hoped you would put up a fight."
- "It's over, hero. Goodbye."
- "You're old, you're predictable, and you never stood a chance."
- "Look at me while you die, Batman. Look. At. Me."
- "That's what happens when you take on my men. You lose."
- "Ivy should've known better than to count on you."
- "This makes us even, Bruce." (Final Boss only)
- "This is justice, this is what you deserve." (Final Boss only)
- Notice that up close on the Arkham Knight's visors, there are holographic numbers. There also seems to be a map of Gotham City on the visor as well. His suit is also equipped with many of Batman's gadgets, including the Batclaw and possibly some sort of jammer.
- The Knight is the first villain in the Arkhamverse to be the titular villain in one of the games.
- He has been seen in previous demos calling Batman an old man, letting the audience know that he is obviously younger than the Dark Knight. His description implies that he is self confident and arrogant to such a degree that he believes he can beat the Dark Knight with ease.
- His name and insignia imply he is somehow connected to Arkham Asylum and/or Arkham City.
- Fans still considered Arkham Knight the main villain of the game because he had more screen time than Scarecrow, but this is later proven wrong, because Scarecrow started the entire plot, had bigger plans than the Knight, and is Batman's final confrontation.
- The Arkham Knight and Batman face each other 7 times in the game:
- Batman vs. Arkham Knight (thought he actually faces his remote controlled chopper)
- Batman vs. Arkham Knight (when he's attempting to rescue Barbara, Knight shoots Bruce in the side)
- Batman vs. Arkham Knight (Batman and Knight start to test each other's strength by choking each other, but Knight vanishes)
- Batman vs. Arkham Knight and his cloudburst (Batman's Batmobile goes against Knight's cloudburst vehicle)
- Batman vs. Arkham Knight (After Batman defeats his cloudburst, Knight attacks him from above, but Batman gets the upper hand)
- Batman vs. Arkham Knight's tank
- Batman vs. Arkham Knight/Jason Todd (The final time Batman and Knight fight each other, Knight is revealed to be Jason Todd)
- As soon as the trailer was put, many fans began to believe that the Arkham Knight was Jason Todd. But most fans pulled back their thoughts after seeing the trailer advertise the Red Hood DLC pack. While some fans have kept their theories about the Arkham Knight being Jason Todd, others believed that the Knight was either Slade Wilson, Ra's Al Ghul, and even the Joker.
- It seems the Knight possibly feels wronged by something Batman did either during Arkham Origins, Arkham Asylum, or Arkham City.
- It is later revealed that his actions toward Batman were so he could get revenge for believing he was abandoned by Batman at the hands of The Joker, who kept him prisoner and continually tortured him, physically and psychologically, for over a year.
- Arkham Knight is the second major antagonist to be voiced by Troy Baker, the first being The Joker in Arkham Origins as well as the second supporting antagonist, the first being Two-Face.
- Even though many fans still argue about whether or not the Arkham Knight or Scarecrow were the main villain of the game, the Arkham Knight is considered the second main antagonist after Scarecrow.