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TWO-FACE: Harvey Dent [bio]

Comic Book History

Who is TWO-FACE?
TWO-FACE is Harvey Dent, a criminal who has one half of his face horribly scarred. He has an obsession with the number "2," duality, and fate. As such, all of the crimes that he commits revolve around the number "2," and he's psychologically unable to do anything else. TWO-FACE was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, first appearing in Detective Comics #66. (1942)

First Appearance

At 26 years old, Harvey Dent is the youngest district attorney ever to serve Gotham City. He is elected about six months before Batman begins his war on crime. Dent, Captain James Gordon, and the Batman forged an alliance to rid Gotham of its crime families. However a corrupt Assistant District Attorney was hired by one of the crime boss to disfigure Dent with sulfuric acid.

If you've notice the name above is Kent, later retcon will change his name to Dent to avoid confusion to Mr. Clark Kent, Superman

The acid hit Harvey Dent's face and scarred half of his face. The scarring did not only affect Dent physically but also psychologically, as a criminal persona, who is obsessed with duality emerged. Thus TWO-FACE was born.

TWO-FACE carries a double-headed coin around with him that has one of the heads scarred, and he flips the coin before he makes any decisions involving a question of law and illegal activities; even when it would senselessly inconvenience him, sometimes surrendering when he otherwise could've escaped.

TWO-FACE will go around Gotham commiting his crimes and always revolving with the number "2".

In the "Hush" storyline, TWO-FACE has his face repaired via plastic surgery. With the fixing of his face, the "good" Harvey Dent persona re-emerged.

Later when Harvey Dent's integrity was questioned, his TWO-FACE persona resurfaced. Convincing the "good" Dent to scar his face again and return to a life of crime.

TWO-FACE attacked Dick Grayson, Batman, the hallucinating young Dark Knight sees a TWO-FACE as a Red and Black Batman.

TWO-FACE continues his criminal career but never truly evil, living most of his decision with a flip of a coin.

DC Animated Universe
TWO-FACE appears in Batman: The Animated Series, he was voiced by Richard Moll. District Attorney Harvey Dent suffers from deep-seated psychological trauma resulting from years of repressing anger. As a child, Dent developed another personality, "Big Bad Harv," who is as evil as the "Dent" personality is noble.

Batman: Brave and the Bold
TWO-FACE is featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold voiced by James Remar. He appeared in several episodes in this series.

In the 1989 Batman movie, Billy Dee Williams appears as a pre-disfigured District Attorney Harvey Dent.

In Batman Forever, Tommy Lee Jones portrays Harvey Dent/TWO-FACE. The origin of his criminal personality is exactly the same as it was in the original Golden Age comics. "Harvey TWO-FACE" plays up the "two" gimmick to the point where he even refers to himself in the plural.

Aaron Eckhart portrays Harvey Dent/TWO-FACE in The Dark Knight (2008). In this film, TWO-FACE is a much darker character, albeit portrayed sympathetically both as a tragic hero and villain.


Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

TWO-FACE does not possess any superhuman capabilities.

As the former district attorney, TWO-FACE is proficient in nearly all matters pertaining to criminal law. He is also proficient in hand-to-hand combat (trained by Batman) and an expert marksman (trained by Deathstroke).

Strength level
Harvey Dent possesses the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engages in intensive regular exercise.

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