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Ranking the big baddies of 'Gotham': 'Mommy's Little Monster'

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Rise of the Villains: Mommy’s Little Monster” | Aired Nov 2, 2015

A little revenge goes a long way on Fox’s Gotham. These villains have been toying with each other over the last few weeks, shifting power back and forth until only one stands on top. It’s a cat-and-mouse game. Gotham City is left waiting in the wings while a bloodbath ensues on the streets. But for us Gotham fans, it isn’t a bad thing; it means more drama, more action, and more highlights from the dastardly villains.

One day these villains will go toe-to-toe with Batman, but until then, Gotham City is their playground. While established villains like Theo and Oswald dominate the city, emerging baddies like Harvey Dent (Two-Face) and Edward (the Riddler) have more ground to make up. Gotham‘s second season has barely started and it’s not a race, but a marathon. Anyone could rule the roost by season’s end—just ask Oswald!

On this week’s edition of Gotham‘s rankings, the standout Gotham (and Batman) villains from this week’s episode will be ranked for their villainous ways in Gotham City and their rise to power.

Let’s start at the bottom:


9. Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face)
The future coin-flipping Batman villain has kept a low profile in Gotham’s second season. He hasn’t made his presence known or explored his dark side yet. And while his transformation into Two-Face won’t be complete until the distant future, his villainous side is currently nonexistent. He only appears for a few minutes at the Gotham City Police Department to deliver an arrest warrant. That’s not very menacing compared to the other villains.

8. Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman)
Selina has met her match in the likes of Silver St. Cloud. Bruce has found a new crush and friend in the mysterious blonde socialite, but Selina can see through her lies. She tries to tell Bruce of the evil girl, but he dismisses her words as jealously. Silver has manipulated Bruce well! Catwoman needs to improve her game, or she could be losing her “friend” to a more manipulative foe.

7. Butch Gilzean
Butch has broken free from Oswald’s mind control and makes a name for himself in the crime world. Unfortunately for him, it means nothing. His group of thugs abandons him at the first sight of danger, and he’s quickly caught by James Gordon in his new hideout. While he does escape with his life from Victor Zsasz’s attack, Butch ran away like a chicken in fear for his life.

Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan) arriving with assassins to kill Butch.

6. Victor Zsasz
Victor didn’t kill Butch. His only mission for the night, along with his group of assassins, is to kill Butch. Even with several guns and a large group of trained assassins, they all miss firing one lucky bullet. Victor missed his opportunity to score an easy kill, especially since Butch was handcuffed to a pole!

5. Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin)
This is not Oswald’s week! He starts the episode determined to save his mother and kill Theo; however, it all goes downhill for him. He loses his best ally in Butch, his mother is murdered by Tabitha, and he fails to kill Theo. Oswald sends in an army of Penguins (not literally, of course) to kill his greatest enemy, yet he fails to get the job done. Oswald is starting back at the bottom, and he needs a miracle to regain his control.


4. Edward Nygma (aka the Riddler)
The Riddler has shown his face! After Edward accidentally kills the love of his life, his darker side is tired of waiting in the wings. The “Riddler” kidnaps Kringle’s body and leaves a set of riddles for Edward to solve to find the corpse. His evil side wants to show him the fun of living dangerously. And the plan works! Edward loves the thrill of being bad.


3. Tabitha Galavan (aka Tigress)
Unlike Victor Zsasz this episode, Tabitha is an efficient assassin. She gets the job done and quickly eliminates her target without any fuss. She tortures Butch into removing his mind control, she kills Oswald’s mother with a knife to the back, and she assassinates a strike-force team member … with her heel! Tabitha knows how to kill, and if her last bullet didn’t miss, she would have ranked higher on this week’s Gotham list.

2. Theo Galavan
The new Gotham City mayor is getting everything he’s always wanted. He’s now in the most powerful position in the city, and he can control the inner workings of his master plan from his comfy chair. The only flaw he can’t control is Penguin. His persistent enemy wants to kill him and get revenge for the death of his mother. And while Theo almost gets it done, he couldn’t convince James Gordon to kill his enemy. Theo is a great manipulator, but he’s not as masterful as he thinks he is.

Silver (Natalie Alyn Lind) boasting her control over Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz)

1. Silver St. Cloud
The newest face on the block is also the top villain this week. Silver is a Galavan, and while her real intentions were unknown during last week’s episode, she’s proven to be just as powerful a manipulator as her uncle. She manipulates Bruce into trusting her wholeheartedly, and easily makes Selina look like a jealous fool. Silver is helping her uncle with his plan to take down Bruce Wayne, and for the most part, her plan is working. Even with Selina showing up, her plan has no setbacks, and she scores a kiss with the future Batman. Silver had the easiest week and got everything she wanted with the least amount of blood. From the looks of it, she could teach her uncle a thing or two about manipulation.

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

Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
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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