Batman's rogues' gallery has generally been regarded as the best. While not many of them can bring Batman to submission, the most notable one is Bane who was one of the first villains that broke the Caped Crusader both physically and mentally. By "break" we mean broke his bones, his spirit, and his pride. That's how menacing Bane can be depending on the writer.
To make Bane more intimidating, he just doesn't seem to show any sign of weakness other than his reliance on a strength-enhancing drug called Venom, or for some, steroids on steroids. This gives Bane an enormous physical advantage over Batman. However, that doesn't mean Bane is an oaf who is all brawn and no brains. In fact, he has plenty of brains to spare and can even match the Batman in wits. He has shown time and again that his mind can be as sharp as his fighting skills or as strong as his muscles. Sometimes, he does by a display of strategy, and sometimes by imparting some words that can shake Batman's very foundations as a crime fighter.
Here are 10 of Bane's quotes that ought to reduce the Batman back to an eight-year-old kid who lost his... oh, wait...
10 "YOU MERELY ADOPTED THE DARK..."
"You merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you because they belong to me.”
By far one of the most popular quotes by Bane and you probably know where this came from. Christopher Nolan took a few liberties with his version of Bane for The Dark Knight Rises but in the end, he gave live-action Bane some sweet justice on-screen.
Bane's words, which are probably being used by a lot of fitness buffs and bodybuilders as inspirational quotes, have established how better he is of a warrior than Batman. Even without his Venom drug, his strength was equal or better than Batman's. The difference was, Bane's more used to a hard life than a billionaire's heir.
9 "PEACE HAS COST YOU STRENGTH!"
Batman prides himself as being the top costume wearer in Gotham and always wins... usually. Then Bane usually comes along to shake that comfy bat off his pedestal by breaking him. Because unlike Batman, Bane is a man who never stops or has never known peace.
There's no Batcave, mansion, or butler to cradle Bane after a hard days' work (of crime). For that matter, Bane will always be more prepared and stronger than Batman when it comes to combat. Bane somehow felt the need to reiterate this in the quote above while beating Batman to a pulp in The Dark Knight Rises.
8 "DO YOU FEEL IN CHARGE?"
One of the most iconic moments of The Dark Knight Rises. Bane puts his hand on a noisy and bossy rich guy, asks this question, and immediately shuts him up and sends him trembling. You can feel the violence in his voice and gesture and the most threatening part was that he merely used words.
Even the Joker would not be able to do that to an unruly thug without having to hurt him physically. That goes to show Bane's confidence and dominance; no need for loud tantrums or outright violence. If simple and calm words can't do the trick, then you're not scary or authoritative enough.
7 "WE WILL DESTROY GOTHAM... THEN YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO DIE"
Gotta hand it to Bane. Despite being juiced up and enraged to the core with his Venom, he often will not go for the kill. No, Bane prefers torture and a slow death for the grandest of his victims. That's why he made Batman watch him and his henchmen rip Gotham apart piece-by-piece in The Dark Knight Rises. That's also where this famous Bane quote came from.
It shows just how diabolical Bane can be, destroying what his enemy loves while he is watching. Of course, there's no doubt that Batman loves Gotham more than anything, it's his father's legacy, after all.
6 "LET'S NOT STAND IN CEREMONY HERE, MR. WAYNE"
"Mr. Wayne." Two words that would have made Batman urinate in his Batsuit, but he's probably prepared for that scenario too. Bane uttering those words in The Dark Knight Rises, however, was something unexpected even by the World's Best Detective.
Why did he not just reveal to the world that Batman was Bruce Wayne and let the people ruin him? Because that's cowardly, and Bane wants to defeat THE Batman, not let others do it for him. In the comics, he is kind of obsessed with him and also knew who he was just by carefully studying him. When you think about it, Bane not sharing Batman's greatest secret to the world is quite a clever move. You wouldn't want the world to know your leverage on your enemy, right?
5 "NO ONE CARED WHO I WAS UNTIL I PUT ON THE MASK"
A quote that's probably more chilling for Batman than for us to hear. Bane said it on The Dark Knight Rises and it showed how similar he was to the Batman. They are both alike, both children who got the short end of the stick with Bane getting only splinters. Moreover, Bane was probably what Batman would have been if Bruce Wayne wasn't Richie Rich.
For both damaged characters, the mask was everything. It was their true face, their ambition, and their reputation. The man behind it was merely the disguise, though Bane never really took his off, willingly.
4 "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHILDHOOD. It's A Myth."
Here we go, even more similarities between Bane and Batman. Bane first said this in the comic book series, Secret Six Vol. 3 #16. Had Bane said such words to Batman, the Dark Knight probably would have froze and contemplated his miserable childhood. Bane's childhood is not much different. In his established origin story, Bane was imprisoned as a child after his insurgent and incarcerated father escaped prison. The corrupt government of the fictional Latin American country of Santa Prisca decreed Bane should serve his father's prison sentence as a replacement despite his young age.
There, Bane learned the hard way to grow up. He spent most of his time in the prison gym and learning to defend himself. Still, he did not let prison dull his wisdom. He grabbed and read any book he could find and learned what he can. He also committed his first murder at the age of eight, the same age Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. Both skipped childhood and had to learn to become a man. Regardless, Bane's childhood makes Bruce's billion-dollar support system look like paradise.
3 "I'D KILL FOR ANYTHING..."
"I’d kill for anything. I’d kill to silence a grating voice, to darken the light in the eyes that dared look at me."
Beautiful and brutal, Bane's smarts is as big as his muscles, so don't be surprised at his rosy threats. Growing up in prison, Bane has learned to speak several languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin.
Still, it doesn't take much to rile Bane up. After all, he doesn't really have much to fear, being one of the biggest villains in Batman's rogues' gallery. Bane has proven to be intolerant of failures or blunders, both from himself or his henchmen. At one point, Bane has even taken over Gotham's underworld and became the supreme kingpin, defeating everyone-- even the Joker.
2 "I AM NOT A JOKE. I AM NOT A RIDDLE!... I AM BANE!
"I am not a joke. I am not a riddle! I am not a bird or a cat or a penguin! I'm not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet! I am not your broken friend! I am not your regretful teacher! I am not a child's fairy tale! I am not a circus act here to amuse and frighten you! I am not another one of your madmen howling at the moon! And I...I am not...I am not some rich boy playing dress-up! I AM BANE!"
A quote from Batman, Volume 3: I Am Bane. The Penguin, Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, Two-Face, etc.-- even the Dark Knight, all have one thing in common, they're all coo-coo-kachoo. Their plans? Equally outrageous, and a billionaire dressed who dresses as a bat is no exception. Bane, however, well, he gets to the point.
Bane's one of the few Batman villains who everyone can take seriously and who looks like he can actually do damage. Oh sure, sometimes he dresses up like a luchador every now and then (because of his origin), but his superhuman strength and genius-level intellect have made him more than a match for Batman.
1 "I AM BANE-- AND I COULD KILL YOU... INSTEAD, I WILL SIMPLY... BREAK YOU!"
"I am Bane -- and I could kill you... but death would only end your agony -- and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply... BREAK YOU!"
Bane was perhaps one of the first supervillains to dominate Batman. He's the one who "broke the bat" so to speak, by literally breaking Batman's back and forcing him in a temporary retirement while he heals. Bane did this in Batman Vol 1 #497 which is the origin of that quote. Bane simply could have killed him, like he said, but he's no simple criminal-- he actually has his own rules and conviction. To this day, Batman's easy and disgraceful defeat at the hands of Bane is one of the most notable disasters in the Dark Knight's crime-fighting career. Of course, Batman got back up once he healed and owned Bane. Because he's Batman.