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Two-Face

Two-Face is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He is an enemy of Batman.

Two-Face's real name was Harvey Dent, and he was the District Attorney of Gotham City. (Originally, the character's name was Harvey Kent, but his name was changed to avoid unneccessary association with Clark Kent.) Harvey Dent, Commissioner James Gordon, and Batman forged an alliance to rid Gotham City of evil. This alliance ended tragically when a crime boss who Dent was prosecuting threw acid in his face, horribly scarring one half while leaving the other half whole. These events are recounted in the comic book mini-series, .

The scarring of half his face brought out his latent multiple personality disorder and caused him to go insane, becoming the villainous Two-Face. Obsessed with duality and opposites, Two- Face's trademark was crimes involving the number two. Another trademark (how fitting that he should have two of them) was that Two- Face was not consistently evil; every time he contemplated committing a crime, he flipped a two-headed coin, one side of which is scratched. Only if the coin came up scratched-side up did Two-Face go ahead and commit the crime.

Attempts to repair his facial scars have not cured his insanity; he simply destroys the one side of his face all over again.

Two-Face in other media

Two-Face was not depicted in the 60s Batman movie or television series. In the 1990s, Billy Dee Williams appeared as District Attorney Harvey Dent in Batman, and Harvey Dent/Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones in the Batman Forever (1995). In , Harvey Dent/Two-Face was voiced by Richard Moll.

In Batman: The Animated Series, Harvey Dent had deep-seated psychological trauma resulting from years of repressing his negative emotions. This repression caused him to develop an alternate personality, known as 'Big-Bad Harv,' who was as evil as his outer appearance was noble. This alternate would sometimes come out in the form of violent bursts of anger. Eventually, Gotham City crime boss Rupert Thorn got his hands on Dent's psychological profile and threatened to blackmail him with it. Dent confronted Thorn and his gang in a chemical plant. During the encounter, Dent lost his temper and went on a violent rampage, which eventually resulted in a massive explosion in the plant. The explosion severely damaged the left side of his body, and the stress of the events broke down the last barrier to his evil side coming out. Later Dent's personality fragmented a third time, creating a superego personality called "The Judge" that attempted to crush the id that was Two-Face. Dent, looking to eradicate this new threat to him, had no idea that he himself was The Judge.