About Two-Face (Mania.com)

By:Chad Derdowski
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Source: DCcomics.com


Two-Face is one of Batman's many gimmick-based villains who plots all of his crimes around themes of duality. Half of his face is handsome, the other half is hideously scarred (hence his name) and all of his decisions are made based on the flip of a two-headed coin: one side perfect, the other side scratched with an X.


Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Two-Face first appeared in Detective Comics #66 (1942) and though his appearances throughout the 1950s and '60s were scarce, he returned in the early 70s and in the hands of Dennis O'Neil became one of Batman's most notorious arch-villians. Two-Face has had several notable appearances in other media, such as Tommy Lee Jones' over-the-top portrayal in 1995's "Batman Forever" and more recently, Aaron Eckhart's amazing performance in 2008's "The Dark Knight." Two-Face was also a recurring villain on "Batman: the Animated Series."


At age 26, Harvey Dent was the youngest District Attorney in Gotham City history. Along with Batman and Commissioner Gordon, Dent was one of the shining stars in Gotham, determined to clean up the city and end the corruption on the police force and in City Hall. Unfortunately, Dent's ambitions ended the day crime boss Sal Maroni threw acid in his face. Not only was Harvey's face scarred, his psyche was also damaged and he became the criminal known as Two-Face.


Two-Face has made a career out of committing crimes based on the number two such as robbing Gotham's Second National Bank on February 2nd at 2:00 am. It has been suggested that Harvey actually suffered from Multiple Personality Disorder long before his face was damaged and that the scarring simply brought out the other side of him. At various times throughout his history, Harvey Dent's face has been repaired, only to be re-damaged: usually by Harvey himself. At one point, he even became Gotham's protector in Batman's absence, but inevitably he returns to his old persona.


Two-Face possess no superhuman abilities but has been extensively trained in hand-to-hand combat by Batman himself.


Two-Face generally carries a large assortment of conventional weaponry including knives and guns as well as rocket launchers, poison gasses and bombs.