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Ranking the big baddies of 'Gotham': 'Tonight's the Night'

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Rise of the Villains: Tonight’s the Night” | Aired Nov 9, 2015

Anyone can have a bad week—even the villains on Fox’s Gotham. Seven weeks in a row, the villains were rising to power and leaving the citizens of Gotham City trembling at their feet. Death, destruction, and a little showmanship was their bread and the butter; it was a fun sight to see. But not every journey can be easy and perfect. There are some bumps along the away, and these future Batman villains felt their fair share this week.

“Tonight’s the Night” showcases a few Gotham villains coming face-to-face with the moment they’ve been waiting for all season. Everything they’ve been planning (and dreaming of) could finally be accomplished. It’s their time to shine, their moment in the sun! Unfortunately, they can’t stop bad luck. Even the best of the best has to falter occasionally. Gotham isn’t going to make it too easy for these big baddies!

On this week’s Gotham, 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:

FUMBLING FOES

6. Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin)

Oswald is still reeling from his bloody experience last episode. He’s now hiding deep in the woods and trying to avoid capture from Theo Galavan and the Gotham City Police Department. While he does pop up as a sinister priest in Barbara’s nightmare, his contribution is only a dream (and doesn’t count in this list since it’s not real). When Edward Nygma finds him later in the episode, he’s essentially a shell of his former self—begging for help in a bloody shirt. Oswald has a lot of ground to catch up after his tumble down the villains’ tower.

5. Silver St. Cloud

Silver is taking the week off from his villain duties. After controlling much of the action last week, her role is simply being present when Bruce arrives to meet with her uncle. Although since her manipulation and control over Bruce didn’t work out in the end (he didn’t sign over Wayne Industries), her villain tactics are a failure … for now.

4. Theo Galavan

Like his niece, Silver, Theo’s manipulation of Bruce ultimately failed. His plans this week went up in smoke as everyone started coming to the realization that Theo couldn’t be trusted. First, Bruce decides at the last minute to not sign over his company in exchange for the name of the man who killed his parents. And then the GCPD arrests Theo for the kidnap and torture of the last Gotham City mayor. Theo’s hold over the others is slipping and he needs to find a way out of his new mess.

PLENTY OF POTENTIAL

3. Edward Nygma (aka the Riddler)

Edward is cleaning up his mess from last week. After the Riddler (his psychotic inner voice) played a little game with the future Batman baddie, Edward plans to dispose of Kringle’s body deep in the woods. He’s ready to bury pieces of her away from prying eyes, until an innocent bystander surprises him at the worst moment. Edward Nygma kills the bystander and plans to bury him too. It isn’t until later that he finds his new potential.

While digging in the dirt, Edward notices someone has stolen some food from his picnic. He follows the trail of blood to a trailer, which reveals Oswald’s hiding spot. Oswald is in pain and needs some help from his new friend. But how will Edward help an injured Penguin?

THE BIG BADDIES

2. Tabitha Galavan (aka Tigress)

Tabitha continues to play a backseat role to another villain’s plan. She only serves to assist others in getting the job done. This week, she’s helping Barbara in her mission to torment and potentially kill her former fiancé, James Gordon.

As Barbara is manipulating James for most of the episode, Tabitha orchestrates a truck to crash into the GCPD police car carrying James, Bullock, and Barbara. Tabitha and her assassin goons begin killing police officers before kidnapping a passed-out James Gordon. She offers the same help when the GCPD crash Barbara’s fake wedding at the chapel. But this time, Tabitha gets shot in the shoulder! This is the first time someone on Gotham has hit Tabitha, and it could be the first of many, so that isn’t a good sign.

Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) threatening James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) in a wedding dress

1. Barbara Kean

Barbara, for the most part, got everything she wanted in this episode. She left the comfort of Theo’s apartment to put her plan into action to get revenge against Lee and James. Everything she does helps her to manipulate her former fiancé and pull him into a trap he doesn’t expect. James is captured and brought to the wedding from hell.

The deranged bride (she’s wearing a wedding dress!) has planned everything for James to feel the mental and emotional guilt of abandoning her. She kidnapped the priest, found witnesses, took over the venue, tied up the groom, and is keeping her competition at bay—she’s thought of everything. While the GCPD does break up her “wedding” and she falls from the church window into critical condition, her manipulation has caused more harm than good.

Barbara created a wedge between James and Lee by orchestrating this event; Lee now knows James still loves Barbara, and he has a dark side that will always connect them together, even if he denies it. Barbara took a chance in her first solo outing as a villain, and she made a move that could play a bigger role later this season.

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

Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7C on Fox.