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I'm just thinking about the one that got away. The one I chose. I needed the mark. I want the mark!
~ Victor Zsasz
If I see anything that looks even a little bit like a bat and this guard dies. DO YOU HEAR ME?
~ Zsasz after kidnapping Mike
Did I ever tell you about my first kill, Batman?
~ Zsasz

Victor Zsasz is a minor antagonist that appeared in the first two Batman Arkham game; Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

History

Zsasz's Past

Zsasz was once rich kid, but he lost his parents when he was young. All the money in the world couldn't bring his parents back, nor ease his pain. So to cope with the pain, Zsasz took on gambling, but he started to lose his money. After losing so much money, Zsasz devised an unknown plan to get his money back. He continued gambling Zsasz started to regain his money, to the point where he was able to gamble with others like Oswald Cobblepot, or what he considered, "a Disgusting Midget". Zsasz eventually gambled with the Penguin, and at first it appeared he would win as he had 4 sixes in his hands. However Penguin cheated as he had a three, a four, a five, a six and a seven in his hand. This resulted in Zsasz losing all of his money, and was kicked out of the Iceberg Lounge. Shortly after he lost all his money, and thinking of committing suicide, a nameless thug pointed a knife at him and demanded for his money. Without knowing, Zsasz grabbed the knife and rammed it into the thug's chest, instantly killing him. Zsasz said that plunging the knife into the thug felt good, but when the thug died, the feeling was gone. Before he knew it, Zsasz accidentally cut himself with the same knife, and that felt just as good, so in order to feel the enjoyment, Zsasz decided to kill anyone he encounters and cut himself for every kill.

Eventually, Zsasz encounter Batman. Batman managed to defeat Zsasz and was sent to Arkham. During his time in Arkham, Zsasz was several doctors so he could be cured from his mental illness. One of the doctors was Dr. Sarah Cassidy. Dr. Cassidy had several interviews with Victor Zsasz, but eventually growing more and more paranoid as he was threatening that she would be his next victim. Eventually, Zsasz was transferred to be a patient to Dr. Gretchen Whistler. One day, Zsasz managed to escape and went to find Dr. Cassidy. Dr. Whistler tried to warned Dr. Cassidy that Zsasz is on his way. However, before she could warn Dr. Cassidy, Zsasz arrived in front of Dr. Cassidy's doorsteps. After answering her door, Zsasz kidnapped Dr. Cassidy. Zsasz took her to the Old County Hospital. Just as he was about to kill her, Batman managed to arrived in time and rescued Dr. Cassidy from Zsasz. Zsasz was then arrested and sent back to Arkham.

Joker's attack on Arkham Asylum

Victor Zsasz (Profile Image)

Victor Zsasz Profile Image

In the videogame Batman: Arkham Asylum, Victor Zsasz is the first real villain that Batman will actually encounter after Joker escapes. He keeps an Arkham Asylum guard hostage in an electric chair, and Batman had to be stealthy and use the gargoyles around the electric chair and knock Zsasz down without being seen. Otherwise, he will kill the guard and the player will get a game over.

Later in the game, Victor Zsasz is ordered by Joker, to get Dr. Penelope Young to give up her research notes. He does this by threatening her with a knife, until the Batman comes to her rescue. What happened to Zsasz after being knocked out by Batman is unknown, but it is implied that if he was not recaptured that he escaped while Batman was fighting Quinn's goons who had arrived, as his body was not seen in the room during it. Later on in the game, after Batman is drugged by Scarecrow's fear toxin, Zsasz appears in Batman's hallucination. He is not seen again after this.

In some of the games' challenge modes, Zsasz is one of various thugs to be fought.

Before Batman: Arkham City

Victor Zsasz (Arkhamverse)

Victor Zsasz in Arkham Asylum

Though it's never implied, it's likely that Zsasz managed to kill Dr. Cassidy before he was transferred into Arkham City. It was also implied that when Arkham City was opened, and all the inmates were transferred, Penguin managed to capture him and place him in a trophy stand. Zsasz managed to escape before Bruce Wayne was arrested and placed into Arkham City.

Taking hostages in Arkham City

Victor Zsasz (Arkham City)

Victor Zsasz in Arkham City

Zsasz makes an appearance in Batman: Arkham City. He appears in one of the Side missions. In Arkham City, Zsasz would kidnap several political prisoners. He then would call a random phone somewhere in Arkham City and wait for someone to pick up the phone. Then he would threaten them that if they don't find another phone that was ringing in a certain amount of time, he would one, if not all the hostages. Batman does this several times and every time he find the phone that's ringing Batman would track Zsasz's location while at the same time, Zsasz would tell his story of why he became the serial killer he is today.

After Batman manage to tract down Zsasz, Batman took out Zsasz and rescued the hostages.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Zsasz makes a very brief appearence in the game on Batman's Bat-computer in the Clock Tower. 

Quotes

  • "If I see anything that looks even like a little bit like a bat, this guard dies...DO YOU HEAR ME!?"
  • "Stay back, Batman! Listen to my closely..."
  • "Come any closer and I'll paint the room crimson with her blood!"
  • "Find my phone now, Batman, or I'll carve this man's existence into my flesh."
  • "I'm going to take my time, Batman. Like you took yours."
  • "You missed my call."
  • "You took too long, Batman."
  • "He belched out smoke as put his card on the table."
  • "Hello, Batman. Do you recognize my voice?"
  • "Please hold for Mr. Zsasz. I'm sorry, his not available right now. You need to find the phone."
  • "Ring, ring."

Character Bio

His profile in the video game Arkham Asylum states: A true sociopath, Zsasz grew up in a life of ease, but nonetheless, became a serial killer. Indiscriminate in his prey, body count is the only thing that matters to Zsasz. He takes pleasure in arranging the corpses of his victims in life-like poses before carving a mark for each of his victims into his own body. He is saving a special spot for the Batman.

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