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"We have hospitals who treat the mentally ill with compassion... but that's not where you're going. I've arranged for you to get a transfer to Arkham Asylum in Gotham. I still have some friends there. They're expecting you."
Batman to Lex Luthor[src]

The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane,[1] or simply Arkham Asylum, is a psychiatric hospital located in the outskirts of Gotham City. It was founded by Amadeus Arkham in the early 20th century, transforming it from a family estate in to a treatment center.[1]

It is dedicated to rehabilitating those considered too dangerous for normal prisons such as Blackgate Penitentiary.


The Joker's RiotEdit

"Talk about a workplace romance gone wrong"
Amanda Waller, while discussing Task Force X

During the Joker's imprisonment at Arkham, Dr. Harleen Quinzel would blindly fall in love with her assigned patient. The Joker would gradually trick her into giving him a machine gun, allowing him to start a riot. His loyal goons overran the prison, killing the guards and freed him, presumably leaving the facility in disorder for a while.

Lex Luthor's ImprisonmentEdit

It is assumed that the Asylum would later be restored from the damage caused by Joker's riot, before the events that lead to Lex Luthor's imprisonment in it, having been transferred there from Belle Reve.


Current InmatesEdit

  • Doctor Aesop - A Gotham City-based criminal who uses the moral lessons found in Aeosop's Fables as his MO.
  • Lex Luthor - An immensely formidable supercriminal psychopath, imprisoned for committing unspeakable crimes against peace and humanity, orchestrating the Nairomi Incident and the US Capitol bombing (killing numerous people in both instances), as well as unleashing Doomsday, a monster that killed Superman and nearly brought about an apocalypse. Lex is transferred to Arkham from Belle Reve through the influence of Batman, since Lex had been declared insane therefore and unfit for trial.

Former inmatesEdit

  • Joker - An immensely formidable criminal psychopath, top crime boss of Gotham City's criminal underworld, imprisoned by Batman for committing numerous crimes, later released by his goons.
  • Harley Quinn - Once a psychiatrist at the Asylum, Dr. Harleen Quinzel would later become a patient at the institution herself, imprisoned by Batman for her numerous crimes, later transferred to Belle Reve.
  • Killer Croc - Formidable villainous metahuman, imprisoned for his many crimes in Gotham City, most notably cannibalism. He was transferred to Belle Reve.

See Also Edit

External LinksEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wallace, Daniel (February 16, 2016). Time Out Shortlist Gotham and Metropolis (Gotham City). United States: Time Out. p. 33.

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