- Ah, but we both know our play isn't over, Bruce. And ultimately I will emerge as the hero of our bitter comedy.
- -- Tommy Elliot src
- -- Tommy Elliot src
Born a child of wealth and privilege, young Thomas Elliot, later to become Hush, was close friends with Bruce Wayne. Bruce's father, Thomas Wayne, was happy to see the two bond, and felt that Bruce finally found a friend that he could relate to. Thomas and Bruce enjoyed playing games of strategy, Thomas always seemingly outmaneuvering the otherwise brilliant Bruce.
One day, Thomas Wayne took Bruce and Thomas with him on a business trip to Metropolis. They were instructed to stay in their hotel room, but they snuck out to see the big city whereupon they witnessed a battle between the formerly retired superhero Green Lantern (Alan Scott) and his old nemesis the Icicle (Joar Mahkent).
Thomas's father Roger Elliot was an alcoholic who would physically abuse young Thomas. His mother Marla, who came from more humble beginnings and married into the Elliot family's wealth, was unwilling to risk losing her acquired social status and wealth and instead stayed with Roger, continuing to expose her son to her husband's abuse. She forced Thomas to memorize war strategy and Aristotelean philosophy so that he could better defend himself against his father's abuse and learn to strategically maneuver and avoid his wrath.
At age 10, Thomas attempted to engineer the death of his abusive parents and gain their wealth by cutting the brakes in their town car. The ensuing car accident was blamed on Roger's drinking problem, although detective Slam Bradley suspected that Thomas might be involved. Roger Elliot died in the crash, but Marla was rushed into surgery, where she was saved by Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne. Marla's recovery at the hands of Bruce's father became the beginning of Tommy's grudge against the Waynes, and particularly Thomas Wayne himself. After the accident, Marla became very possessive and controlling of Tommy, as he was the only family she had left (and her only tie to the Elliot name).
Later that year, Bruce's mother managed to convince Marla to send Tommy along with Bruce to summer camp. A few days into the program, Thomas nearly confessed to Bruce about murdering Roger Elliot when Marla showed up unannounced at the campsite, demanding that Tommy return home with her because camping was too dangerous. As Marla fussed over Thomas, some of the other children began mocking him and calling him a "momma's boy", leading to Thomas violently lashing out at the other children.
After the camping incident, Tommy spent the rest of the summer at Arkham for anger issues, under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Crane, who would later become the Scarecrow. While hospitalized, Tommy began to have increasingly paranoid thoughts, and began to believe that his friend Bruce had conspired with Marla to ruin Tommy's summer. It was at this point that Tommy's grudge against the Waynes also included his (now former) best friend Bruce. Dr. Crane recognized that Tommy had sociopathic tendencies, but rather than keep him at Arkham for treatment, he found the boy interesting and expedited his release. Later in life, Scarecrow would serve as one of Thomas's mentors as Hush.
Soon after Tommy's hospitalization at Arkham, Bruce's parents met an untimely demise at the whim of mugger Joe Chill's two bullets. Elliot, in his hatred of both Thomas Wayne and Bruce, felt that justice had been served. Afterward, Marla continued to closely control Thomas, holding the promise of funding medical school over his head if he continued to acquiesce to her every demand. Thomas remained in Gotham and cared for her throughout her illness with cancer, despite her increasing mental instability and insanity. In the meantime, orphaned Bruce spent his time traveling the world, presumably training. Thomas envied Bruce's freedom, and his mother constantly comparing him negatively to Bruce furthered his grudge against his former friend.
Thomas eventually found love in the form of Peyton Riley, a mobster's daughter. Marla, disgusted by her background, refused to meet Peyton, leading to a heated argument in which Thomas yelled at Marla for never protecting him from his father's abuse. The next day, Marla wrote Thomas out of the family will, cutting him off and ending his medical school dreams. In a rage, Thomas smothered his mother to death with a pillow. Peyton, upon seeing what Thomas had done, arranged for the murder of the lawyer who had overseen the Elliot will and destroyed his documents, effectively reversing Marla's changes. Shortly afterward Thomas broke up with Peyton, leaving to travel the world and claiming that he refused to be tied down ever again.
Thomas was working as a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia when Edward Nygma came to him as a patient with brain cancer. The Riddler then went off on his own and used one of Ra's al Ghul's lazarus pits to heal himself. The Riddler then approached Thomas to try and sell him information about the Lazarus pit, assuming the doctor would be interested in its ability to cure cancer, but instead Thomas - who had figured out Nygma's identity by now and realized he had connections to Gotham - asked him for help to get revenge on his old friend, Bruce Wayne. Riddler agreed, and while researching Bruce Wayne he discovered his identity as Batman. After sharing this information with Thomas, Thomas took on the identity of Hush and began plotting his revenge on Bruce. Jason Todd also confirms Bruce's identity to Hush .
Hush convinced and manipulated several other of Batman's Rogues Gallery to help him attack Bruce, although he never shared his knowledge of Batman's true identity. When Elliot finally revealed his plans to a physically and emotionally tired Batman, the Dark Knight was saved only by the intervention of Two-Face (Harvey Dent), whose Two-Face personality had been unwittingly removed by Elliot when he repaired his disfigured face. Dent shot Hush twice, causing Hush to fall into the Gotham Bay and disappear.
Hush reveals that his return was hastened when he began to hear whispers of the Black Glove's upcoming attack on Batman. Believing that it his right alone to kill Batman, Elliot sought to wipe the Black Glove. Hush performed routine plastic surgery on his own face, only later revealing the result was, to look nearly identical to Bruce Wayne.
Hush notes how Gotham has fallen apart in Batman's absence, and ponders how to use this to his advantage. Elliot faked experiencing the spontaneous combustion of the public being caused by Firefly, and when Alfred Pennyworth arrives at his cell to assist, overpowerd him and escapes. However, he re-emerged as Bruce Wayne to the shock of the city stating that he will donate a billion dollars a month until their financial crisis was over. By posing as Bruce Wayne, Elliot initially believes himself to be untouchable by Wayne's children, as he can now claim control of Wayne Enterprises, as well as knowing the true identities of the Batman Family. However, Elliot soon discovers himself to be underestimating them, as Dick and Damian along with the Outsiders and assorted other super-heroes explain to Elliot that he will forever be watched and controlled by them, and should he step out of a line, that there will always be someone ready to take him down. With no other option available, Elliot reluctantly agrees to be Grayson's puppet posing as Wayne preventing the public from realizing he was dead.
Though this has prevented Elliot's original plan of sapping the Wayne fortune, he has not allowed it to halt his scheming altogether. Hush notably appeared as a member of the Gotham Shield Committee, and around Gotham quite frequently, often attempting to make connections. When Ra's al Ghul arrived in Gotham, promising to ruin the Wayne family in retribution for Red Robin's actions against him, he immediately sought out Hush. Faced with the prospect of Elliot using Ra's al Ghul's support to turn on the Batman Family again, Red Robin (Tim Drake) activated a contingency plan set in place by Wayne to transfer control of Wayne Enterprises to Drake if something like Hush's case were to occur, leaving him with no official standing in the company.
Hush continuously attempted to push the boundaries of his new role as Wayne for the Batman Family - such as recommending that convicted criminals should be allowed back on the streets - while confident in the knowledge that, even if he provokes them to kill him, he could die knowing he left them with a permanent mark. However, this plan backfires when criminal Jane Doe - a woman who lost her face in an accident - became obsessed with Wayne after his role in her release, to the point that she infiltrated his life by taking the face of his new assistant, and subsequently cut off Elliot's new face with the intention of becoming Wayne herself, but when the true Wayne returned he finally ended both Doe and Hush's plans. With Wayne's public revelation that he has been Batman's financial backer for years rendering Hush's knowledge of Batman's identity irrelevant, he was sent to Arkham Asylum.
During the events of Batman: Gates of Gotham, Hush was freed from Arkham by a new villain named the Architect. As this is happening, Red Robin (Tim Drake), Dick Grayson, and Blackbat come to the realization that the Elliot family is connected to a series of bombings that destroyed three historical Gotham bridges.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Genius Level Intellect: Thomas Elliot, Hush, is a neurosurgeon possessing a genius level intellect.
- Deception: Elliot is also a master strategist and manipulator, responsible for setting in motion a grandiose series of events aimed at confounding the Batman.
- Marksmanship: It also appears that Hush is an expert marksman. During his first physical encounter with Batman, he easily defends himself by shooting away Batarangs as they came sailing towards him.
- Medical Science: Although he specializes in brain surgery, Elliot is also a proficient plastic surgeon, having repaired the extensive scar tissue on the reformed villain known as Two-Face, as well as performing cosmetic surgery on his own face to mimic Bruce Wayne's.
- Tactical Analysis
- Batman: Hush
- Batman: Hush Returns
- Batman: Heart of Hush
- Batman: Hush Money
- Batman: House of Hush
- Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond
- 84 Appearances of Thomas Elliot (New Earth)
- 53 Images featuring Thomas Elliot (New Earth)
- 10 Quotations by or about Thomas Elliot (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Thomas Elliot (New Earth)
- Hush at dccomics.com
- Hush (comics) at Wikipedia.org
- Hush biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
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