Batman: Arkham City

2011 video game

Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Arkham City is written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini with Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill, and is based on the franchise's long-running comic book mythos. In the game's main storyline, Batman is incarcerated in Arkham City, a massive new super-prison enclosing the decaying urban slums of fictional Gotham City. He must uncover the secret behind Arkham's sinister Protocol 10 while protecting inmates from the notorious criminals housed there. The game's leading characters are predominantly voiced by actors from the DC Animated Universe, with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively.

Bruce Wayne|Batman

  • [to Catwoman] You're not safe here... no one is.
  • This is not a time for negotiation.
  • [to Mr. Freeze] Today is not a good day to push me, Victor.
  • Where's Ra's? If he's dead again, I need you to wake him up.
  • [to Ra's Al Ghul] You've become what you've always fought against, and I will stop you.

The Joker

  • Surprise! You fell for the ol' fake Joker gag, Batman.
  • Good evening, troops! This is General J with a quick update on what's going down here in Arkham City. As you can see, I'm looking much better. In fact... Ohhhh. I think I'm looking better than ever. Ha! Oh, I can hear you all now: "How did this happen?" "Can I get me some of that crazy cure?!" "I want answers, damn it! Now!" Well, here's the thing. Answers don't give you everlasting satisfaction. Sometimes you need to brace yourself for disappointment. Think about it. Imagine your favorite TV show. You've been through it all. The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences, and then: Bang! They tell you what it's all about. Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church? You guys just need to know one simple thing. I'm back. Back for good! Now arm yourselves, boys. We've got a prison break to plan. No hostages. No surrender. Oh, I know. It sounds like suicide, but listen. Whatever happens. I'll be right behind you.

Selina Kyle|Catwoman

  • [after dodging a sniper bullet] This place is dangerous... I like it!
  • Sorry to disappoint you boys. It's just little ol' me.

Professor Hugo Strange

  • How does it feel, Wayne, to stand on the very stones that ran with your parents' blood? Do you feel sad? Full of rage? Or does that outfit help bury your feelings, hiding your true self? Oh, you are a truly extraordinary specimen. I look forward to breaking you...
  • I feel I should thank you. Capturing Bruce Wayne is so much easier than capturing Batman, and now that we have you, Protocol 10 is ready to commence. It will be my legacy. A monument to your failure. And if you try to stop me, I guarantee everyone will know your secret.

You are mine, new inmates. Let me introduce myself: I am Professor Hugo Strange and I am in charge of the Arkham City Facility. Up until this point, you have shown total disregard for the law, for society, and yourself. From this moment on, you are no longer part of the society that you have shown no respect for. You have been separated from the good people of Gotham. By committing the actions that resulted in you being sent here, you have given up the right to a so-called normal life."

  • While in my custody, you will follow the rules of Arkham City to the letter. These rules ensure your continued well being. Rule 1: Do not approach the security wall surrounding the facility. Any attempt to approach the wall will be considered an act of escape and will be met with extreme force. Rule 2: All prisoners must surrender themselves for full psychiatric examination when requested. Failure to surrender will be met with extreme force followed by a level nine and ten psychiatric profiling. Rule 3: TYGER operatives have full jurisdiction in Arkham City. If for any reason a TYGER operative approaches or issues an order to you, you must immediately adopt a kneeling position and place both hands on the back of your head. Failure to adopt this position will be considered an aggressive response and will be met with extreme force. These rules are mandatory and by the power vested in me, by the people of Gotham City, lawful."
  • Arkham City provides regular food drops at designated points throughout the day. Food drops will only occur at these times and in these locations. Prisoners are responsible for ensuring that food is distributed fairly."

"Prisoners of Arkham City. You have given up your basic human rights because of your crimes against society. Gotham is a safer place without you. You are responsible for your own survival within this facility."

  • All Arkham prisoners are responsible for their own care. Limited medical resources are available to all prisoners in the Arkham Medical Center.
  • The perimeter wall of Arkham City is patrolled by TYGER operatives. Do not approach the wall. Failure to comply will be met with extreme force.
  • The containment wall surrounding Arkham City is designated out of bounds to all prisoners. Do not approach the containment wall.
  • The perimeter wall separates you from the good people of Gotham. It is there to protect them from all residents of Arkham City.
  • Do not attempt to escape from this facility. TYGER operatives will pacify any attempted escape with extreme prejudice.
  • Arkham City is an equal opportunities penal facility. So called super-criminals will not be afforded any special treatment.
  • All prisoners must surrender themselves for psychological profiling at regular stages. Refusal will not be tolerated.
  • The perimeter wall is out of bounds to all prisoners of Arkham City.
  • Do not attempt to access the perimeter wall.
  • Citizens of Arkham. As I speak, there is a new inmate entering my facility. The more nostalgic among you will recognize him as Quincy Sharp, Mayor of Gotham, and failed Warden of Old Arkham Asylum. Please provide him with the welcome he deserves.
  • Lower your weapons. Mr. Wayne will not be any trouble, will you, Mr. Wayne? The cuffs can stay on. We don't want to make things too easy for him.
  • Stop right there, Batman! We need to talk, and I know you wouldn't be able to live with yourself if your actions caused this poor man to die... I have a question for you. Before my arrival, this city was drowning under a tide of filth. Had you ever considered that all this is your fault? Your presence creates these animals. Like germs they spread. You created the environment that allowed the germ to mutate, to become stronger. Look at the Joker. Would he even exist if not for you? It must be depressing: all your sacrifices and yet you are the one to blame! Oh, this is beautiful! We have at long last defeated the great Batman! Soon, I will take my rightful place at my Master's side... We will rule over this world... So thank you, Batman, for all your help... Now... KILL HIM!
  • A pointless effort, Dark Knight. You cannot stop the inevitable. I will rain down fire and brimstone on these animals.

Well done. Protocol Ten is progressing beautifully.

  • As we move into the final stage of Protocol Ten, I would like to congratulate all TYGER forces on this wonderful achievement. As I look at the screens in front of me I can see that we are rapidly approaching fatalities of twenty-two percent. My projections show that within three hours, every single inmate of Arkham City will be dead and Protocol Ten will move into stage two. By the end of the month, new camps in Keystone and Metropolis will open; each modeled after Arkham City. You should all be proud of your part in this. We are the solution this world needs. We are the future.
  • Don't let me down. You are better than he is. Remember that.
  • This is no time for nerves. Stay focused and kill him.
  • He's making you look like children.
  • This is unacceptable. I taught you better than this. Oh, Batman, this is not over.
  • Months of training and still you fail to beat the Batman. This is unacceptable.
  • What do you think you are doing, Wayne? You cannot stop me. I have won.
  • Within the hour, every single piece of criminal scum will burn, and then I will turn my attention to your allies. I will march to Wayne Manor, I will drag your faithful butler through the streets of Gotham and I will make him tell the world how you have failed. My Arkham City experiment is a success and you... you will kneel before me, begging for your life...
  • Good. Refocus your attacks on the Museum. I want Cobblepot's fortress leveled.
  • How very disappointing. Prepare to fire again. I want that museum gone, Captain.
  • [Final words] Computer: Activate Protocol 11... Passcode: Wayne...

Dr. Victor Fries|Mr. Freeze

  • I will turn your blood to ice!
  • Death is cold, Batman.
  • You will bring me Nora... or you will die!
  • Have you ever seen a flower die? Watched something that was once so beautiful, so full of life, collapse and rot from within?
  • I learn from my mistakes, Batman. Do you?

Oswald Cobblepot|The Penguin

  • [to Batman] Look around you. This horrible bunch of psychopaths are all begging to join up with me, but unfortunately for them, I only take the best. And today, the best means whoever can kill you. Come on out, lads, it's initiation time.
  • What the hell is happening down there? Hello! Is someone gonna answer me? I give you one simple task: stick up a couple of freaking machines. And what? You couldn't even get that right? I hope Batman broke every bone in your stupid bodies. I hope you lie in there, desperately trying to breathe through fractured ribs and punctured lungs. And if you're not, you better summon whatever strength you've got left and run. 'Cause after I'm done with the bat, you're all next!
  • "Oi! Just you and me left! The Bat vs. the Bird! fires a grenade launcher at Batman
  • My family used to own Gotham. It will again.

Edward Nygma|The Riddler

  • Do you admit that I am smarter than a bat?
  • You are all experiencing fear in anticipation of some specific pain or danger. This is perfectly understandable.
  • Explore! Find my challenges! And when you fail to solve them and lie blubbering like an ignorant child on the floor, you will know that the Riddler is better than you!


Commissioner Gordon: What the hell happened in there? Batman, what happened?
Harley Quinn: Shhhhh, there there... [singing] Hush, little baby, don't say a word / Momma's gonna kill for you the whole damn world.
Two-Face: [to Catwoman] Heads or tails, kitty cat?
Tyger 4: We have positive ID on Batman. He is kicking all kinds of ass down there.


[Opening Lines, amidst shock torture]
Hugo Strange: Wake up, Mr. Wayne. We have much to discuss...
Bruce Wayne: ...Strange? You won't get away with this!
Hugo Strange: I already have. (Shocks Wayne again) I assume that you thought yourself untouchable? Well, as you can see, no one is untouchable. (Shocks him again)
Bruce Wayne: Shut Arkham City down! It's out of control!
Hugo Strange: Shut it down? By the end of tonight, I will be a hero. Just like you... BATMAN!

Catwoman: No gun, Harv? Shame. This is gonna hurt.
Two-Face: [draws his backup] Two guns, bitch!

Catwoman: Figured you could use my help.
Batman: You're right, I think I chipped a nail back there.
Catwoman: You stick to the brooding. I'll handle the wisecracks.

Joker: Get back here, Harley! [coughs]
Harley Quinn: But I want to know who he is, sweetie.
Joker: No one's who you think they are, my dear. Why spoil the fun?
Batman: It was all a lie. There's nothing wrong with you.
Joker: Nice of you to say, but you of all people should know… there's plenty wrong with me. [holds up a vial of his blood] Take my blood for example. I wish somebody would… This stuff is killing me!
Batman: Why should I care?
Joker: Because now, there's a teeny little bit of me in you too, Bats. [Batman turns around to see that Joker has injected his own blood into him] Oh, come on. Don't tell me it's not what you always wanted. Look, we're running out of time, I need your help. I nearly had a cure; it was so close and then it was taken from me.
Batman: So we both die. I'm fine with that.
Joker: Are you? Imagine, sucking down that last breath, knowing that Gotham is doing the same.
Batman: What are you talking about?
Joker: Oh, didn't I say? I've spent weeks shipping samples of my blood to emergency rooms all over the city.
Batman: So, that's Protocol Ten. Poison Gotham. I expected more.
Joker: Protocol Ten? [gasps] Never heard of it. [leans into Batman's ear] Hold tight. [kicks Batman's wheelchair, bursting him out through the window] I'll be in touch!

Penguin: So, Batman, you 'ere for the cops, the ice man, or me? [laughs]
Batman: I was only here for Freeze and the hostages, but now, I'm taking you down too.
Penguin: Ooh, aren't you scary.
Batman: You're about to find out.

Batman: You're finished, Cobblepot.
Penguin: No! I'm sorry. Please don't hurt me.
Batman: I can't guarantee that.
Penguin: [pulls out detonator] Me neither.
[the platform Batman is standing on explodes]

Penguin: Well, look who it is. What's up, Batman? Did a little bird tell you that Two-Face was back?
Batman: I'm surprised he didn't kill you. What did you do, hide?
Penguin: Who do you think you're talking to? Oswald Cobblepot doesn't hide from anyone, understand? He just… he just didn't see me, that's all.
Batman: How convenient.

Batman: Let's just talk about this…
Joker: Now you want to talk?
[pointing a gun to Talia's head]
Joker: Too late, Batman!

[Batman, after drinking a portion of the cure and destroying the machinery that operates the Lazarus Pit, wakes up after being knocked out. The Joker calls out to Batman from the darkness.]
Joker: Quick, the cure! What are you waiting for? Come on! I killed your girlfriend, poisoned Gotham, and hell... it's not even breakfast. But so what? We all know you'll save me.
Batman: [pondering whether or not to give the cure to the Joker] Every decision you've ever made ends with death and misery. People die. I stop you. You'll just break out and do it again.
Joker: [chuckles darkly] Think of it as a running gag! [leaps out of the darkness and stabs Batman in the shoulder with a knife, causing him to drop the vial containing the cure on the ground, shattering it] NO! [drops to the floor and begins desperately trying to grab some of the cure] Are you happy now?
Batman: Do you want to know something funny? Even after everything you've done, I would have saved you.
Joker: [laughs, coughing] That actually is… pretty funny… [starts laughing and coughing, then gasping for air and finally dies, smiling]

Batman: I told you I'd find her.
Mr. Freeze: Thank you, Batman. I am sorry I doubted you.
Batman: Just fix her and quit this life. You're better than this.

Mad Hatter: More tea, Batman?
Batman: Where am I? What's going on?
Mad Hatter: What a question! Shall I tell you? [laughing] You look so confused, maybe I should! Well, it's quite simple, really. I planted a teeny-tiny little idea in your head. A sort of remote hypnotic suggestion, very complicated stuff. I'm sure you wouldn't understand, but as you can see, it worked! You're mine now! You're mine, and there's nothing that Strange can do about it. Oh, are you not going to drink your tea? It's special tea! My special tea! My "specialty". [giggles]
Batman: Go to hell, Jervis.

Batman: Don't ever try to get in my head again, Hatter.
Mad Hatter: But you don't understand, I need you! I can't win without you...
Batman: Then you lose. I'm not your slave. Not now, not ever.

Two-Face: [speaking to himself] The only way to get by in this place is to get ourselves some respect...
Two-Face: ...Fear! That's how we get respect! Show them all how we do things!

Talia al Ghul: Thousands of warriors have fallen in pursuit of the Demon. Would-be successors have proven to be nothing more than children battling the enormity of creation.
Batman: I've seen worse.

Oracle: Bruce? Where the hell have you been? I thought you were dead.
Batman: Sorry to disappoint you.

Inmate 1: Do these things even work underground? I read the manual, it never said anything about working underground.
Inmate 2: Yeah, they work.
Inmate 1: If you say so.
Inmate 2: Since when have you been all about reading, anyway?
Inmate 1: I read.
Inmate 2: Porn don't count.
Inmate 1: Screw you.

Penguin: [blows up a bridge] See, I told you it would work. Blow the bridges and cut off the clown's forces. Easy.
Inmate: But Mr. Cobblepot, we're stuck too.
Penguin: So?
Inmate: We can't get back.
Penguin: And your point is?
Inmate: Well, it's just... you've left us over here with the Joker's crew.
Penguin: Try and take some of them down before you die, son. [laughs]
Inmate: You bastard.

Tyger 4: All units, this is Air TYGER 4. We have confirmation that Prisoner 4011 is in the courthouse. I repeat, Catwoman is in the courthouse.
Hugo Strange: Is she in danger?
Tyger 4: Affirmative. Target is being held by Dent. We believe he intends to kill her. How should we proceed?
Hugo Strange: [chuckles] Stand down. Let Two Face have his fun.
Tyger 4: Understood.
Batman: That doesn't sound good.

Jack Ryder: Bruce Wayne? Great, here I was reporting on your crummy press conference, and now here we both are. I guess that'll teach you to get involved in politics, won't it?
Bruce Wayne: Listen to me carefully, when they open the door, do not panic. Stay close to me.
Jack Ryder: Do you think I'm taking advice from some guy who's never even been in a fight?

[After Catwoman's failed attempt to retrieve Ivy's plant from the TYGER vault]
Poison Ivy: Where have you been?! Where is my... You haven't got it, have you?
Catwoman: Yeah, about that. Look, Red, it wasn't my fault. Strange didn't--
Poison Ivy: I'll kill him!
Catwoman: Be my guest.
Poison Ivy: I'll kill all of you!
Catwoman: Okay, then... I think I'll be going now.
Poison Ivy: Yes, go! Join the rest of the meat. I'll destroy them all. First Strange, then Gotham - no one will be safe!

Mad Hatter: Are you Alice?
Catwoman: Sorry, Jervis, it's me - Catwoman?
Mad Hatter: Alice! I need my Alice...!
Catwoman: Wow, Strange really did a number on you, didn't he? Listen, I'm going to go and find Alice, okay? I hear she's with the Cheshire Cat... somewhere.

Catwoman: Well, isn't this nice? I guess Batman found your wife after all.
Mr. Freeze: Yes. My beautiful Nora is now safe.
Catwoman: So, is now a good time to talk to you about an idea I had to steal the Pharoah's diamond from the Egyptian Museum? It's really hot there and, well, all this latex really makes a girl sweat...!
Mr. Freeze: [sternly] Leave me with my wife, Catwoman.
Catwoman: Just asking, Freeze, just asking.

Catwoman: [sees Penguin trapped in a display case] What the hell are you supposed to be?
Penguin: Piss off!
Catwoman: Really? Okay, if you insist. Oh, I forgot to say: speak to me like that again, Penguin, and I'll show you just what it feels like for a poor little bird to be torn apart by a cat.
Penguin: Please, don't hurt me! I didn't mean it!
Catwoman: That's much nicer. See, you can be nice, Oswald. See you around.
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