BANE Bane spent his childhood in the hellish prison of Pena Duro on the corrupt South American island nation of Santa Prisca. He develops super strength through a forced experiment involving the drug Venom. Although his dependency on Venom is an immense weakness, Bane has been one of Batman's most intelligent and physically powerful foes. Bane is infamously known as the man who broke the bat. Though imprisoned most of his young life, his natural abilities allowed him to develop extraordinary skills within the prison's walls. He read as many books as he could get his hands on, built up his body in the prison's gym, and learned to fight in the merciless school of prison life. He committed his first murder at the age of eight, stabbing a criminal who wanted to use him to gain information about the prison. Bane is very smart & master strategist, the best example of this being when he first decided to take on The Batman. Aware that a direct assault on Batman would be foolish, Bane instead destroys the walls of Arkham Asylum -- allowing its deranged inmates (including the Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Ventriloquist, Firefly, Poison Ivy, Cornelius Stirk, Film Freak and Victor Zsasz) to escape into Gotham City. Consequently, Batman is forced to recapture the escapees, a mission that takes him three months. Running himself to exhaustion in the process, Batman returns to Wayne Manor where he finds Bane waiting for him (having previously determined his secret identity). After a brief explanation of his obsession to destroy him, Bane attacks Batman, toying with him throughout. Completely burned out, with no power, speed or timing Bane delivers the final blow, raising the Batman up and throwing him down upon his knee breaking his back, leaving him a paraplegic. Bane thus becomes the only man to have "Broken the Bat". Although primarily a villain, Bane is a complex character and has worked to take down drug lords. Despite their history, he has sometimes had Batman's financial backing and direct assistance. He has also worked with & been a team member of both The Secret Six, & Suicide Squad. Powers Superhuman Strength- The primary effect of the Venom drug is that it enhances his strength to low superhuman levels depending on how much is injected into himself. At the maximum healthy amount he can inject into himself, he is able to lift around two tons. He is ultimately capable of exceeding this limit and be able to lift over 3 tons, though not without momentarily losing his sanity. Enhanced Speed/Reflexes- His speed and reflexes are also enhanced with Venom, making him able to run, move, and react beyond the limits of the finest human athlete. Superhuman Endurance/Stamina/Durability- With the use of Venom, his stamina and endurance is greatly enhanced. His durability is heightened sufficiently to shrug off most blunt force trauma, yet he is not bulletproof. He can withstand blows from most superhumans, withstand falls from great heights, and possibly more. Superhuman Healing: He can also use venom as a type of medicine that can heal him from most injury, poison, wound, infection, and disease. Abilities Genius-Level Intellect- He possesses a genius-level intellect and is one of Batman's most intelligent foes. Escapologist- He is surpassed only by Batman, Nightwing, and Mister Miracle in the art of escape and infiltration. Hand to Hand Combatant- He is a formidable hand to hand combatant, able to hold his own against Batman and Ra's Al Ghul. He is not only a master, but has created several fighting styles. Expert Strategist- He is highly devious and a highly gifted strategist and tactician. Peak Physical Conditioning- Even without Venom, his physique is in its peak physical condition and is greater than that of most human level athletes. Bane is shown to still be stronger than Batman, able to lift/press approximately 1,500 lbs. Without Venom, Bane has proven capable of breaking Killer Croc's bones and standing toe-to-toe with other superhumans. He has also performed feats such as snapping steel cables that were used to shackle him, and denting and deforming an iron gate after punching it off of it's hinges. Despite his heavily muscled appearance, Bane is shown to be a surprisingly fast runner, as he's been shown to be able to keep up with the more slender member of the Secret Six with ease. Without the Venom drug, Bane has proven to be phenomenally durable. Examples include shrugging off bullets to the shoulder and other areas, and withstanding the torture of having numerous bricks thrown at all areas of his body.