The Batman Complex

Batman is one of the greatest superheroes of all time. No matter what the situation, place, or age of Bruce Wayne you know that he’ll act in almost exactly the same way. He is a super hero of the ages and is one of iconic characters of the last century. We can’t get enough of his search for vigilante justice, desperately trying to fill the void for the loss of his parents. He’s deep, dark, and extremely scary. How is it that Batman, in the face of everything, he has seen keep his moral compass and do the things that he does? More importantly, how can I make a character like that?

Strong Character Background

Batman’s backstory is one of the few constants around the mythos. His parents were killed at a young age right in front of him. Who killed him always has remained in flux but the act is still true. This one defining moment in his life is what set the wheels moving forward for him to don the mantle to become the Dark Knight. When crafting your hero make sure you pick an event or story that gives you a strong sense of who that character is. Superman, for example, doesn’t really have this. What about him makes him have those Boy Scout sensibilities, strive for truth, justice, and the American way? Nothing in his character background accounts for this; if put in the same situations as Batman would Superman really come out without changing what he is?

Strong Super Villain Foil

The Joker is the Batman villain. Thousands of stories have been told about the crazy circle those to find themselves in. Joker torments Batman, Batman catches the Joker, Joker gets out and starts the cycle all over again. Looking at these two more deeply you find similar traits, they are smart, driven and utterly crazy. Which is why they are so fascinating to watch. When the Batman fights the Joker he’s not just fighting his super villain it’s like he’s fighting a part of himself. Grappling with his inner insanity and struggling to come to terms with it. This foil is necessary in any good villain/hero relationship. The hero must see something worthy of redeeming in the villain, and in turn the villain must see something corrupt worthy in the hero. The dynamic leaving them forever locked in a tail spin.

Strong Sense of Justice

In the end the biggest thing to Batman is his sense of justice, and never backing down from his own inner laws. While he may thrive in chaos it’s his own rules that help him rise above everything and be the badass that he is. Batman has laid down his laws and has kept to them. To compromise would be to become what he despises most. Compromise is a weakness that must be stopped, by the hand of vigilantly justice.

Batman may be my favorite super hero, which is why I honestly could never play him. I’d never do justice to the greatness that his built up in my mind. Batman never backed down from a challenge, and neither did I. I have now crushed every challenge thrown my way, and am gearing up for the next one. Just remember, Batman makes everything funny.

With a one, two punch I’m done with this challenge.  What have you challenged yourself to and overcome?

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  • kinjikai

    Batman is the ultimate GM's pet NPC
    - always be more tragic than you/your character
    - always be more badass than you/your character
    - will always be there at the right time
    - will always have the right gadget/plan for any situation
    - will never die

  • kinjikai

    Batman is the ultimate GM's pet NPC
    - always be more tragic than you/your character
    - always be more badass than you/your character
    - will always be there at the right time
    - will always have the right gadget/plan for any situation
    - will never die