Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 17

Two-Face (1)

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 25, 1992 on FOX
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Harvey Dent, campaigning for a re-election, vows to rid Gotham of Rupert Thorne's crime and corruption. The tables turn when Thorne gets a hold of Dent's psychological records and discovers his alternate personality the violent Big Bad Harv. Thorne attempts to blackmail the DA with this, and the following fight in Thorne's chemical plant hideout results in an explosion that scars the left side of Dent's body, despite Batman's attempts to save him.


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  • Two-Face origin episode with all the ingredients that made this cartoon series so fun, frightening, and masterful.

    This first installment of a two-parter introduced us to the animated version of Two-Face, one of Batman's most well-known villains. As Alan Burnett envisions him, he is terrifying, menacing, self-loathing, but fair in his own twisted way. Harvey Dent is troubled by his past, which he has suppressed so long that his bottled anger has created a second personality vying for control. Its heartbreaking and memorable television to watch his transformation, which culminates in a scene eerily reminiscent of the Joker's own transformation in Tim Burton's Batman film.

    What makes Two-Face a great villain is his similarity to Batman. Both are well-respected and wealthy men in society. And both have darker personalities borne out of violence that have usurped their original personalities. Bruce Wayne no longer exists, and neither does Harvey Dent. The key difference, what makes the story so fantastic, is that they both have a moral code, but Batman's is based mostly within the law (a mix of vigilante justice and civil law) while Two-Face relies on the flip of a coin. This simplifying of a moral code to good or bad, live or die, yes or no (and leaving the decision completely to chance instead of calculated reason) is what makes him so evil and so terrifying.

    Alan Burnett has written a classic episode that does honor to the Batman mythos. There are lots of allusions to the number two in the episode as well, if you look for them.moreless
  • Dented

    Enter Harvey Dent. This is a little too long and drawn out two part origin episode of Two Face. How he falls from grace, is injured , becomes psychotic and takes on all of the scum crime lords in Gotham. Bats has to stop him but is conflicted on how to help Harvey/Two Face.

    I guess for me it just kind of bores me. It's too long and drawn out for such a simple gun toting villain in my opinion.moreless
  • One of the best episodes ever. Ever.

    Man....what can I say.... Along with Joker and The Riddler, Two Face is my favorite villain ever. The hole plot of this, the problems of Harvey and all that stuff made this episode (and pt 2) two of the best episodes of the series. The begining was superb, with Big Bad Harv at Harvey's dream. The hole part of Batman fighting -but unseen- those Thorne's thughs and Harvey going mad was excellent.

    Harvet Dent becomes Two Face too fast, In my opinion. We only saw him in 2 episodes -1 nearly a cameo and the other uncouncius in mostly the entire episode- and we couldn't see a development of him. But the part of his tranformation and all the part at the hospital was really sweet. Classicmoreless
  • Two Face Begins

    This is the begining of one of my favorate villians in the Batman universe Two Face. I really love the way it is handled in this episode it was dramtic and really sad because it was a tragic tale about a good man that was slowly but surely losing his mind, making a painful transference into the dark side while losing everything that is good in the process.

    What I like is how we've know Harvey Dent in the series before turning into the villian. He's this nice guy that I could be friends with and believes in what is good, even has someone to love. But we see little by little he breaks down. Those scenes when something triggers his repressed anxiety like when a crook kicks mud on him or hearing bad news about the judge setting the criminals in the raid free his id persona I'll admit are intesnse, I really like the use of red coloring when he exersises overagression that voice of his yang person is menicing.

    According to psychology Harvey has what's called dissociative identity disorder which happens when you have feelings of anxiety you don't exersise and so you create another persona to exersise those feelings. The dycodomy that we see Harvey deal with is facinating and suspensful you can't help but feel afraid of Harvey's transformation and that he could explode at any moment if someone pushes the wrong button.

    And of course the ending is tragic when Harvey sees his burnt face which is the mark of the Two Face supervillian but signifys he's at the point of no return. But worst of all he sees his significant other faint at the sight of him. This just marks the end of Harvey Dent and the begining of Two Face.moreless
  • One of the series best

    Let me start by saying that this is the episode where we get to see Harvey Dent, Bruce's best friend become Two-Face. One of this series greatest achievements was the idea to introduce Harvey as a supporting character, before turning him into Two-Face, creating a bigger impact on the audience when it happened. This episode definitley created a big impact, not only is it dramatic but it has a lot of phsycological aspects in as well, such as the reason for Two-Face's being. This isn't the comic books he didn't simply get his face scarred and decide to become a criminal. The scarring is Two-Faces external appearance, his being and inner personality is caused by Harvey's mental problems. The only gripe I have is the animation, noone else ever seems to bring this up but the animation just......bugged me , when I say "animation" I mean the way which the characters are drawn. Anyway, that was a minimal flaw and doesn't really ruin the episode at all. This is definatly the best episode of the series at this point in the show, and the first one since the pilot to be really spectacular and outstanding. Truly a turning point in the series.moreless
Murphy Cross

Murphy Cross


Guest Star

Robert DoQui

Robert DoQui


Guest Star

Matt Landers

Matt Landers


Guest Star

Richard Moll

Richard Moll

Harvey Dent / Two-Face

Recurring Role

Mari Devon

Mari Devon

Summer Gleeson

Recurring Role

John Vernon

John Vernon

Rupert Thorne

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The photo in the newspaper that Rupert Thorn was holding had a picture of Harvey when his face is covered with bandages in the hospital. It should have been a picture of him from a photo on file or a photo album and how could they have got a picture of him in the hospital?

    • The part where the thug kicks mud onto Harvey's suit, is the same side that becomes "dirty" or in other words, where he is hideously deformed. After that incident Harvey shows his two-face side by attacking the thug.

    • When Harvey is initially taken to hospital following the accident, you can clearly see his neck (and presumably all lower) is unaffected, as is his hair. When Two-Face emerges, the skin on the left side of his neck is blue, and his hair is half white. In the second part of the episode, it becomes clear that even his left hand has been turned blue.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Rupert Throne: (Reading Harvey's file) Listen to this boys. Says here that when Harvey was a little boy, he was bothered by a bully. Everyday the bully would bug him after school, until one day little Harvey got so mad, he sluged him one.
      Thugs: Oooh.
      Rupert Throne: Of course, the bully ran away, which made little Harvey very proud. Until he heard that the bully was in the hospital.
      Candace: That was some punch.
      Rupert Throne: That's what Harvey thought. Except the guy was in the hospital for appendecitis. But poor Havrvey felt so guilty, he never showed his anger again. And that was the start of Big Bad Harv.

    • Big Bad Harv: There's just one problem...
      Thorne: What's that?
      Big Bad Harv: You're talking to the wrong Harvey.

    • (Dent is leaving his election-night party early, after receiving a call from Rupert Thorne with the threat of blackmail)

      Bruce Wayne: You're in trouble.

      Dent: My friend, you don't know the half of it.

    • Dent Supporter: Oh, Mister Dent, I want you to know that I voted for you two times!

      Dent: Well, ma'am, I trust that it was in two separate elections.

    • (Dent has just roughed up a thug who was being brought into police custody)

      Gordon: What in the name of heaven did you think you were doing?

      Dent: I… don't know… I guess he just pressed the right button.


      Gordon: That's one heckuva button.

    • (Harvey Dent has just arrived at a police raid)

      Harvey Dent: Hey Jim. How's it going?

      (criminals Fire bullets dangerously close to Gordon and Dent, who duck behind nearby squad car)

      : (tersely) Could be better.

    • Bruce Wayne: If there's anything I know, it's how to keep a secret.

    • Rupert Thorne: All men have something to hide. The brighter the picture, the darker the negative.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode is episode 10 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 DVD.

    • Psychiatrists rarely, if ever, request their patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) enter an inpatient program at a psychiatric hospital. An outpatient program is more common.

    • Crime lord Rupert Thorne makes his first appearance in this episode along with his henchwoman for the two-parter, Candace, and Harvey Dent's fiancée Grace.

    • Richard Moll, who plays the dual part of Harvey Dent and Two-Face, was somewhat of a Two Face in the voice cast for this entire series. He showed up numerous other times as the voice of the Bat-Computer and other smaller parts.

    • This episode reveals the origin of Two-Face.


    • In the therapy session, one can see an outline of what will become the scarred left side of Two-Face during a flash of lightning.

    • The scene where Harvey asks for a mirror resembles the scene from Batman when a surgeon had just finished operating on the Joker and he asks for a mirror upon seeing the doctor's expression of horror.