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Ranking the big baddies of 'Gotham': 'Damned if You Do ...'

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Rise of the Villains: Damned if You Do …” | Aired Sep 21, 2015

When the heroes are away, the villains come to play. Gotham is welcoming its lovable villains with open arms for its bigger, better (and battier!) second season. Batman isn’t Batman without his famous foes! Two-Face, the Riddler, and many more are revealing their rise to power. Even the enemies need to show their origin stories! Gotham City is on the brink of an all-out war and Fox’s Gotham is ready to tell the tale.

On the last season of Gotham, viewers got a taste of the villains from Batman’s Rogues Gallery in action. A few began their rule over the city (Penguin! Falcone!), while others were introduced before they joined the dark side (Two-Face!). The future foes made their presence known in Gotham City, interacting in the life of James Gordon. But their real fun is yet to come.

Gotham‘s first season was just the beginning. The villains are coming into power, and they’ll all be fighting to be the best at being bad. Some will win, while the rest will lose. With the villains taking charge, it’s time to chronicle their rise to the top.

For each episode, a few of the standout big baddies will be ranked for their success as a villain. Who’s showing off their dark side the best? Who’s got the potential? And who needs to quit while they’re ahead? Let’s start with the worst of the worst:


9. Zaardon

Is there really anyone else? The “all powerful” costumed caper barely offers up a challenge to Gordon. (Honestly, young Bruce Wayne and Catwoman could defeat this foe.) He tries to cause destruction in Gotham City, but he easily gets captured after a few fighting moves. The worst part? He’s being manipulated and doesn’t even know it.

“The Master” makes him drink something and plans for Zaardon to go to Arkham Asylum. But the liquid isn’t harmless–it’s a gas. Zaardon dies minutes after entering the Asylum and unknowingly lets out the gas for the real plan to begin. This wannabe baddie had no chance.

8. Richard Sionis

The millionaire couldn’t keep it together. After losing his big fight last season, Sionis is sent to Arkham Asylum. He’s easily being manipulated by Barbara and shows no sign of escaping. And when the time comes for him to gain real power and freedom, he turns it down! It’s no surprise that Tabatha Galavan eliminates this clueless villain from Theo’s new team. Dead weight is dead weight, literally.


7. Edward Nygma (aka the Riddler)

His brief moment at the Gotham City Police Department was all that he needed. Edward Nygma is showing signs of the mischievous villain that he will soon become. His mirror chat (with himself) gives the best look into his crumbling mind. It’s only a matter of time before he snaps and finds his next target.

Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan) observing a new person in Arkham Asylum

6. Jerome Valeska

The smile. The face-pulling. The hand movements. How could he not be the Joker?! However, that’s a chat for another day. Jerome has a thirst for the action. He enjoys watching Barbara manipulate mindless fools, and he loves the idea of Theo’s new group of villains. It’s still too early to tell what Jerome will get into next. But with this new team, the fun is only beginning.

5. Victor Zsasz

The hit man loves to kill. He’s found the bright side of the job: He enjoys murdering nameless people, like decapitating the guard, and tormenting enemies for his boss. The way he laughed at the decapitated head might be the tip of the iceberg for his moves this season.


4. Tabatha Galavan (aka Tigress)

She came in like a wrecking ball! Quite literally, she blew the doors off Arkham Asylum. Her first few moments are explosive, her way with a knife is impressive, and she didn’t have to say a word to make it happen. Tabatha is giving Victor a run for his money with the executions. And there’s plenty more, now that she’s part of Theo’s new group.

Barbara (Erin Richards) entering Arkham Asylum as a patient.

3. Barbara Kean

A much needed change has seen Barbara become a manipulative villain. She has an axe to grind with Lee, and if she ever gets the opportunity, she’ll finish what she started. She actually called her prey to torment her!

Barbara is a survivor and knows how to get ahead—she uses her “assets” to manipulate the men of Arkham Asylum. Sionis, the muscled man, and even Theo are captivated by her. There’s no telling what she’ll do next.

2. Theo Galavan

Theo is setting the stage for war. Right from the beginning, he puts his plan into action. He manipulates Zaardon to get what he wants: the villains of Arkham Asylum. Theo has the power, and his new crack team of villains is ready to do his bidding. He could prove to be a worthy enemy against the number-one spot if they are on opposite sides.

1. Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin)

As of the first episode of Gotham, Oswald is ruling the city with an iron umbrella. He’s taken over the mob, controls who lives and who dies, and offers up favors to his friends. Oswald had the most to gain without ever lifting a finger this episode. He got Gordon to do his dirty work by eliminating an enemy, he orders Zsasz to kill whomever he needs, and he got his friend back on the GCPD for future work. The Penguin is ruling the roost … for now.

Which villains do you think are rising to the occasion? Share your thoughts below!

Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7C on Fox.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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