- Two faces... just like this mirror. Two faces and two minds. Can't fix them until they're one. Right? Right?
- -- Two-Face src
- -- Two-Face src
Two-Face was once Harvey Dent, the District Attorney of Gotham City, and a close personal ally of Batman. However, after a criminal, "Boss" Moroni, threw acid in his face, severely disfiguring one half but leaving the other unharmed, he became the insane crime boss Two-Face.
Harvey Dent was born into a life of hardship. Growing up in a lower-class family, Dent was raised with an instinctive dislike and mistrust for the upper-class. His violent, cruel and mentally ill father frequently bullied and abused him as a child, with his favorite game being flipping his double-headed coin promising to spare the child a beating if the coin landed tails. These harsh surroundings resulted in Dent developing repressed mental illnesses of his own, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. His hard work ethic, however, allowed him to rise to become a lawyer and, eventually, the District Attorney.
He was nicknamed "Apollo" by the media, because he was charming, good-looking and seemingly untouchable. He was dedicated to his job of upholding law and order, and became one of the first supporters, allies and even friends of the Batman. At the time of his job as D.A., the worst criminal threat in Gotham was the nigh omnipotent mafia boss Carmine Falcone, "The Roman." After Dent struck several blows to the Roman's Empire, Falcone hired Mickey "The Mink" Sullivan to eliminate the D.A. However, the attempt by Mickey's gang to take out Dent failed. He forged a triumvirate with Batman and Commissioner James Gordon to bring the man down within the law, no matter what the cost. His slightly angrier temperament led Batman and Gordon to distrust him slightly, believing there was a possibility he might be the mysterious "Holiday" killer who was gunning down mob members at the time (including Mickey and his gang). The alliance ended tragically when Sal Maroni, believing Dent to be responsible for the death of his father, threw acid in his face during a trial. Dent was horribly scarred on the left side of his face.
Dent escaped from the hospital and descended into madness. He became obsessed with duality and opposites, and developed a second persona, the villainous Two-Face, to compliment the law & order obsessed Harvey Dent. As Two-Face, his trademark was crimes involving the number two. His obsession even shows in his clothes, which are usually composed of two halves made out of very different materials. He carries a double-sided coin with one side scratched at all times.
His first crime as Two-Face was the killing of his corrupt Assistant District Attorney Vernon Wells and Carmine Falcone. (Two-Face failed to kill Maroni, as he had already been assassinated at this point by Falcone's son Alberto.) Two-Face was eventually incarcerated in Arkham Asylum.
Two-Face next escaped from Arkham Asylum on the following Halloween (possibly aided by Maroni's twin sons Pino and Umberto), stole his old case files, and began the dismantling of the Falcone crime family. A new killer began following The Holiday's pattern, only this time not killing mobsters but cops. Dent saved Jim Gordon from the Hangman, as the new murderer was dubbed, and told Gordon he was not the Hangman. He continued using his alliance to the rest of Batman's Rogues Gallery to dismantle the mob. It was during this time he was having an affair with his successor as District Attorney, Janice Porter, a person he used to meet back at Gotham University when he was a professor. Porter was soon killed by Two-Face when she said she loved him. Over the the course of the year, he finally succeeded in eliminating Carmine Falcone's successor, his daughter Sofia Gigante Falcone who was revealed to be the Hangman the entire time, and even though he was taken in, Two-Face had permanently shifted the balance of power in Gotham's underworld from the mob to the so-called "costumed freaks."
History with "The Boy Wonder"
Two-Face was the reason Bruce Wayne fired Dick Grayson, then Robin, from being his partner. After a failed attempt to rescue the then D.A. from Two-Face, who also had The Dark Knight captive as well, Two-Face brutally beat Dick, scaring Batman into firing Dick.
Later, Two-Face killed a henchman who happened to be the father of Jason Todd, the second Robin.
After Todd's death, Two-Face resurfaced and carried out a number of obviously two-related crimes. Batman became increasingly obsessed with catching him, as Two-Face became fixed on taking down Batman. Meanwhile, Tim Drake tracked down Dick Grayson (who by then was operating as Nightwing and taking a break from his position as leader of the Teen Titans) and attempted to convince him to return to his position as Robin for Batman's safety. Nightwing refused and followed various clues left by Batman, meeting up with him for the attack on Two-Face's base. Two-Face collapses the building, trapping them. In the Batcave, Tim steals a Robin costume goes to the rescue. His intervention saves Batman and Nightwing and helps them apprehend Two-Face, leading Batman to accept him as the third Robin.
In the aftermath of the earthquake that left Gotham City in a shambles, Two-Face kidnapped Commissioner Gordon and put him on trial for his actions during No Man's Land, with Two-Face as both judge and prosecutor. Gordon played upon Two-Face's split psyche to demand Harvey Dent as his defense attorney. Dent cross-examined Two-Face and won an acquittal of Gordon.
It was also during this time that Two-Face met GCPD detective Renée Montoya. Montoya was able to reach the Harvey persona in Two-Face, and was kind to him. He fell in love with her, though the romance was one-sided. After the earthquake that ravaged Gotham, Two-Face outed her as a lesbian and framed her for murder, hoping that if he took everything from her she would be left with no choice but to be with him. Montoya was furious, and the two fought for control of his gun until Batman intervened, putting Two-Face back in Arkham Asylum.
A short time later, Two-Face met the brilliant surgeon, Dr. Thomas Elliot. Although Elliot specialized in neurosurgery, he was competent enough to repair Dent's face via plastic surgery.  Dent's sanity was restored, and the menacing "Two-Face" persona seemed to be gone forever. Thomas Elliot was also the villain known as Hush, and he had hoped to manipulate Harvey into acting as one of his many pawns in a campaign against Batman. With renewed sanity, the former D.A. stood by the side of law and order and betrayed Hush, catching him in enough time to save Batman's life, and shooting him into the Gotham river.
One Year Later/The Return of Two-Face
Having regained his trust, Dent was trained and conditioned by Batman to act as Gotham's primary vigilante protector when he, Robin and Nightwing all took a one-year hiatus to train during the Lost Year. When Batman returned, a series of murders occurred implicating Harvey and involving Two-Face's M.O.. When confronted on the issues by Batman, in his anger at being distrusted, the Two-Face persona resurfaced, and talked Dent into scarring his face and returning to his life of crime.
Harvey Dent has returned to the Two-Face identity and committing crimes.
Following the supposed death of Batman during the Final Crisis, Two-Face became one of the two major contenders for control of the Gotham underworld, fighting with the Penguin. However, a new Black Mask made his own play for power, recruiting a number of Arkham inmates and play his attacks on the two as attacks made by the other.
Battle for the Cowl
Two-Face realizes that there's another person under the cowl. He hires a teleporter and manages to infiltrate the Batcave. When the new Batman investigates the cave, he is ambushed by Two-Face with tranquilizer darts, and in a hallucination he sees Dent in a red and black Two-Face themed Batman costume. However, Alfred Pennyworth saved the hero from Two-Face's torture after he subdues his accomplice, and with his help Batman convinces Two-Face that he is the real, original Darknight Detective.
Since the arrest of Black Mask, Two-Face has been working at regaining his former power over Gotham. However, his plans have garnered the attention of the FBI. After he discovers a mole in his midst, he flees only to be stabbed by his own henchmen. Two-Face is left for dead, his body dumped off a bridge. Sometime later, two fishermen in the middle of a lake reel in Two-Face's water-logged body.
This section of the history takes place during Flashpoint, a massive crossover event set in an alternate timeline to the mainstream DCU. History was completely changed when Professor Zoom finally found a way to erase his nemesis the Flash without harming his own legacy.
In this timeline Harvey Dent never became Two-Face he is now a prominant judge. He lived with his wife Gilda Dent with their twin children. The Joker (Martha Wayne) kidnaps the Dent's children, and they ask Batman (Thomas Wayne) for help in their search. If Thomas cannot help, he warns Wayne destory everything he owns, including Wayne Casinos. 
Chief James Gordon locates the Joker (Martha Wayne) in Wayne Manor. Gordon is tricked into shooting Dent's daughter, as she has been taped to a chair and had her mouth taped shut with a smile drawn on it, so she is disguised as the Joker. The Joker then appears and murders Chief Gordon. Batman rushes in and manages to save Dent's daughter.
The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.
Two-Face is being held in Arkham Asylum when White Rabbit distributes a drug that makes the user immune to fear and drastically increases their size and strength. Batman storms the Asylum, believing him to be involved, and is nearly beaten to death. Two-Face has an adverse reaction to the drug, bleeding from his eyes, nose and ears before collapsing. Batman later interrogates him in hospital, not gleaning much useful information, but taunting him with the fact he'll never feel the same feeling of fearlessness.
Two-Face is not consistently evil; every time he contemplates a crime, he flips his two-headed coin. Only if the coin came up scratched-side did Two-Face go ahead and commit the crime, never questioning the result of the toss. This compulsion is a compromise between Dent's evil "Two-Face" personality and his former, law-abiding self. Over the years, he has been shown to rely on the coin to different degrees. Sometimes to decide whether or not to commit a crime, sometimes to decide whether or not to do something good, like save someone. He will even go out of his way to do good deeds if the coin mandates. In the questionable "Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth" one-shot, the doctors at Arkham were shown to have weened him off of the coin, and onto a die, then a pack of tarot cards. With the die, instead of only good and evil, he is given six different options, and with the tarot, seventy-eight. Two-Face is shown to be completely dependent, and is unable to even decide to go to the bathroom before sorting through the cards, wetting himself. During Countdown, when he is being deported to the "Hell Planet" along with the other villains in Salvation Run, Pied Piper and the Trickster offer to break him out of Belle Reve after defeating his escorting guards. Two-Face flips the coin, and it comes up clean, so he declines, and instead simply waits patiently in the middle of the hallway for more guards to show up. More recently however Two-Face has shown that without his coin he freaks. He doesn't know what to do and will kill people just to get his coin back.
Over the years, various attempts have been made to repair his facial scars, but none have successfully cured his insanity long term; although he has briefly returned to his Dent persona, he has ended up simply destroying one side of his face and becoming Two-Face once again.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Law: He is also a successful attorney, and is proficient in nearly all matters pertaining to criminal law.
- Firearms: However, Deathstroke the Terminator, after accepting a heavy fee has also trained him to become an excellent sharpshooter.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Dent has also been extensively trained by Batman in Hand to Hand combat.
- Mental Illness: Two-Face does things according to chance and therefore relies heavily on his coin to make decisions, making the coin his Achilles' heel. Batman has managed to incapacitate Two-Face on his coin such as by making him lose it or stopping him from seeing the result.
- Double-Headed Coin: Two-Face uses a two-headed silver dollar, one side of which is defaced, the other side clean. Flipping the coin dictates Harvey when making any significant life decisions. If the coin lands on the scarred side, Two-Face will pursue acts of evil. If the coin lands on the unmarked side, he is compelled to commit acts of good. At one point, Dent as Two-Face was so dependent on the coin for any of his criminal acts that he could be easily defeated by taking the coin away from him or preventing him from seeing the result of the flip. The original Earth-Two Two-Face was usually shown at this level of dependency Kent. Dent has since lessened his dependency on the coin flip to whether an situation should be implemented, rather than each individual act.
- Automatic Handgun: Typically Two-Face uses a variety of automatic and semi-automatic handguns to conduct his criminal affairs. He usually carries two.
- Left side of the face disfigured, often seen as brownish pink. Hair is white on the disfigured side. As Two-Face, the left side of Dent's face and left hand are mutilated and discolored. Dent also suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder.
- Occasionally, Two-Face will drive a "getaway" vehicle painted to reflect his personality (i.e., one side is painted green, while the other may be painted white).
- Sometimes, the guns tie into his motif, such as wielding dual .22 semiautomatics or a double-barreled shotgun.
- Harvey Dent is also known as Apollo, and One-Face.
- Detective Comics #66
- Batman #81 (1st Silver Age appearance)
- Batman: Year One
- Batman Annual #14
- Batman/Two-Face: Crime and Punishment
- Batman: Two-Face Strikes Twice
- Batman: Two-Face and the Riddler
- Batman: The Long Halloween
- Batman: Dark Victory
- Batman: Faces
- Batman vs. Two-Face (Collected)
- Batman: Face the Face
- 311 Appearances of Harvey Dent (New Earth)
- 84 Images featuring Harvey Dent (New Earth)
- 23 Quotations by or about Harvey Dent (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Harvey Dent (New Earth)
- Harvey Dent (New Earth) at Wikipedia.org
- Two-Face biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Two-Face profile at Batman: The Animated Series website
- Two-Face profle at Underground Online
- Two-Face at the DC Animated Universe Wikia
- About_Faces, a fan-blog dedicated to the character.
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