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Two-Face – Harvey Dent
Have you read The Long Hallowe’en? Well, if you haven’t then you should. It’s a really wonderful tale of how Harvey Dent came to be Two Face while trying to take down Sal Maroni. It involves the trio of Batman, Gordon and Dent all being in on a scheme to take him down. The story is largely retold in that respect in Nolan’s The Dark Knight however the overall story is largely changed.
Two-Face’s appearance is, other than looking terrifying, an outward representation of his duality. A good Dent, and a ‘Big Bad Harv’. Because of this, Batman often tries to appeal to the good in Dent in an attempt to non-violently dissuade him from certain crimes.
Dent is a very worthy adversary of Batman, because he’s highly intelligent as well as physical fit and can handle a pistol pretty well. His duality I kind of see as a bit of irony as well seeing as during his entire career as DA he tried to take down the mob only to become one of Gotham’s biggest gang bosses. He runs a large crime chain and depending on when you come into the comics, sometimes is in control of a large portion of the city. Much like Penguin but far less subtle about it.
Dent has such a rich history with the Dark Knight that it’s hard not to place him in the top five. He deserves it. And even if the only appearance of him I ever read (which it’s not) was only in The Long Hallowe’en, he’d still be in my top five. His tale of falling from the top is phenomenal and very important as to how Batman now goes about business. He’s affected Batman’s persona just as much as everyone that follows.
Favourite appearance: The Long Hallowe’en