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Ranking the big baddies of 'Gotham': 'The Son of Gotham'

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham” | Aired Nov 23, 2015

Never count a villain out until they’re resting in peace. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, one Gotham villain has jumped right back into this race to potentially leave Gotham City shivering in their boots. This villain is so close to completing his mission—and he’s not alone! A few of the big baddies terrorizing the city are stepping up their game in the final hours before the fall finale. It’s a close race to be the best of the worst, but who will stand at the top come next week?

Similar to previous Gotham editions, the standout Gotham (and Batman) villains from this episode will be ranked for their villainous ways in Gotham City, the diabolical moves they make, and their rise to power.

In ascending order:


9. Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face)
Once again, Harvey Dent has played a background role to the key players of Gotham City. The future Batman villain has yet to explore his dark side—he (quite literally) sticks to his day job as a prosecutor. Though he should consider looking into a new field. After Theo Galavan forces the mayor to lie, the criminal is cleared of all charges and walks out of prison, foiling the plans of the heroes. Harvey Dent is failing on both accounts: He isn’t a terrifying villain, and he isn’t putting the bad guys away as a hero.

Silver St. Cloud (Natalie Alyn Lind) scared over being kidnapped

8. Silver St. Cloud
The “master manipulator” should head back to school. Now that Silver has been discovered as a liar, Bruce and Selina are wise to her tactics and know how to outmaneuver her. They effortlessly manipulate Silver into believing her life is in danger and that Bruce loves her. She hands over her most powerful piece of information in a moment of fear: The identity of the Wayne murderer. Silver has a lot of ground to catch up if she plans to get back in Bruce’s, as well as her uncle’s, good graces.

7. Edward Nygma (aka the Riddler)
Edward Nygma’s decent into villainy isn’t going to be easy—there will be some bumps along the way. This week, it came in the form of his new best friend, Oswald Cobblepott. As the Penguin heals from his brush with death, the former mob boss is using Edward as his errand boy to accommodate his every need. Edward is stuck playing babysitter until his ally is back to full strength to help him in his villain education.


6. Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman)
Selina may not have outright completed a villainous action this week; she does, however, flex her evil connections. To help Bruce get the information he needs, she calls on an old friend to kidnap her foe (Silver) and pretend to stage a torture session. For someone unaware of what was going on, the kidnapping would be absolutely terrifying. Selina enjoys watching Silver squirm, and she has no problem doing it again to get what she wants.

5. The kidnappers
Their act of villainy may have been an act, but it is terrifying. The kidnappers knew what they are doing! They get Silver to spill her guts and reveal her secrets when she thinks her life is in danger. If this was merely a joke, just think about what they could do if they were really bad?! This group has plenty of potential to be a good team for any villain.

4. Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin)
Oswald Cobblepot is on the road to recovery. He’s up and around Edward’s apartment to cause a little hell for his new ally. The color is back in his face and he’s able to move on his own without falling to the pain of his injuries. And once he hears the news of Theo’s acquittal, a wave of energy and determination hits Oswald. He wants revenge (and he wants it bad)! Oswald is on the hunt for his enemy and nothing seems to be in his way.


3. Tabitha Galavan (aka Tigress)
The powerful assassin isn’t at full strength, but she’s still a dangerous foe. After being caught red-handed at her apartment by Alfred (who is on the search for a missing Bruce Wayne), the two engage in a fight. She uses her whip and weapons to leave Alfred on the losing end of the battle: Alfred is disarmed of his gun and left with a blade stuck to his shoulder in the back of a garbage truck. Tabitha didn’t kill her target, but she did put up a great fight.

2. The Sacred Order of Saint Dumas
They’re mysterious, they’re dangerous, and they have no fashion sense. (It’s a recipe for trouble!) All jokes aside, the Order of Saint Dumas racks up quite a body count in their mission to perform their ritual. The secret group kidnaps and kills their targets with ease, its members are skilled with weapons, and they’re close to accomplishing their goal. Will they fulfill their own prophecy? Viewers will have to see with next week’s fall finale.

James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) being held hostage by Theo Galavan (James Frain)

1. Theo Galavan
The fallen villain has done the impossible: He came back stronger than ever! He’s survived being arrested by the GCPD and now he continues to get what he wants: He’s cleared of all charges after forcing the mayor to lie, and he ends the episode with Bruce at his mercy. Theo is close to completing his mission and getting revenge against the Waynes for destroying his family all those years ago. The powerful mastermind is sitting pretty at the top of this week’s list.

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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