|“||It's a sort of random action that makes me the better player. You, the black king representing order, and I the white king - well, I'm Anarky!||”|
Nothing is known about Anarky's true identity or past. He acts as a dark mirror image of Batman and looks upon him as his perfect foil and opponent in the game he is playing. Anarky, true to his name, believes it is his duty to bring about absolute freedom to the world via complete anarchy and chaos. He views order as boring and predictable and will do everything to stop it - even if it means bringing death and destruction throughout Gotham City.
In Tests, Anarky begins supplying vandals Junkyard Dog and Daedalus with tools to carry out acts of destruction. This is proven to be a pretext to get Batman's attention, however, when Anarky reveals his real scheme: He has attached bombs to two gondolas on the Gotham Sky Tram and tells Batman he only has time to save one. Despite his cunning, his willingness to fight dirty, and his disregard for human life, Batman foils Anarky's plans and saves everyone aboard the gondolas.
In Sacrifice, Anarky begins pitting the League of Assassins and Batman against each other by stealing Ra's al Ghul's body and asking Lady Shiva to infiltrate Gotham's Contagion Research Center and steal a virus in return for the body. His ultimate goal of causing an epidemic in Gotham by releasing a highly contagious virus is thwarted when Batman and Katana manage to contain the virus and prevent an outbreak. In the end, despite Lady Shiva's failing to obtain the virus, Anarky gives her the body anyways, leaving a note stating
|“||May you put this treasure to better use.
No hard feelings.
In Nexus, Anarky sends a bomb inside a parcel to Mayor Grange's office and attempts to frame Batman for the crime. When Batman, in an attempt to lure Anarky out, abducts District Attorney Harvey Dent, Anarky confronts them in a warehouse. During the ensuing fight, he places proximity charges (which are set to blow if any linked pair get too far apart) on each of their wrists. Anarky orders Batman and Dent go to Symbion Park, where they will surrender to the police, lest he detonates another bomb, which he has set up in that same park. Katana, who is linked with Anarky, escapes to Symbion Park on her motorcycle. When Anarky arrives, he realizes Batman has cracked the code to the proximity charges and knows that the bombs are in the park. Anarky escapes underground after detonating the bombs. He also makes a short appearance in Monsters where he apologizes to Dent for almost killing him, but tells him that the two should become partners in order to take down Batman.
In Hero, Harvey Dent has accepted Anarky's offer of partnership and is persuaded by him to hire a mercenary named Deathstroke after a botched attempt to catch Batman and Katana. Dent, now running for mayor after Grange's resignation, uses Deathstroke to bolster the reputation of his Special Crimes Unit. Deathstroke, however, is a loose cannon, and after a disastrous fight at Gotham Pier, turns on Anarky and kidnaps Dent. Afterward, Batman saves Dent and watches Deathstroke sacrifice himself.
In Twist, Anarky meets Dent in a hospital room where he is recovering from severe burns as the result of an explosion at the S.C.U. armory. Blaming his situation on Batman, as the result of a disguise by Slade Wilson (Deathstroke), he decides to kill him. Dent, wanting to tie-up loose ends, forces Jocelyn Kilroy to end her mayoral campaign via death threat and tells Deputy Mayor David Hull to establish martial law as he goes after Batman, all while Anarky tags along. Harvey attempts to catch Batman and is warned by Anarky that it's a trap, but is knocked out by Deathstroke on top of a building. In Alone, Anarky catches up to Dent and says that Batman, after assumedly dying in a helicopter crash, is no longer a threat to their goal of taking control of the city. Dent agrees but immediately turns on Anarky, saying that he is no longer needed and has become a liability. Anarky is chased into a corner but manages to pin Dent over a windowsill. Before he can stab dent, he disarmed by Commissioner Gordon and forced to flee.
Alone in a faraway room, after Batman has defeated Deathstroke and Dent has embraced becoming Two-Face, Anarky realizes Batman has defeated him in a game of chess representing the events of the series. Complimenting Batman on his victory, he asks aloud if the two should play again before setting up the board once more.
Anarky wears a completely white costume with a hood and cape, save for the symbol of anarchy on his chest. His utility belt is also white and contains various weapons such as flash-bangs and an extendable baton. It also has cylindrical attachments, much like Batman's belt in past incarnations. His eyes are completely white like Batman's but much larger.
In the first issue of the Beware The Batman comic series, Anarky disguised himself as Simon Stagg's home security product manager, going by the name "Robert Catesby". While in disguise, he had short blonde hair and brown eyes, wearing a grey suit and red shirt with a purple bowtie, as well as red sunglasses. Whether or not this is what Anarky really looks like, or if it was fake is unknown, although the latter is more plausible.
Powers and Abilities
- Genius-Level Intellect
- Peak Human Condition
- Peak Human Agility
- Peak Human Endurance
- Peak Human Reflexes
- Peak Human Speed
- Peak Human Strength
- Utility Belt
- Shotgun (on occasion)
- According to the creators, he is the key villain in the series.
- In the comics, there have been four versions of Anarky.
- The first and most prominent version, Lonnie Machin, was created in 1989. A teenage genius and minor antagonist of Batman, Anarky was a stand-in for the views of the author, Alan Grant: An anarchist who wished to improve the world by transforming society and overthrowing governments.
- The second Anarky was an even younger teenager, obsessed with war and combat, named Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong (formerly known as The General). In 2008, Fabian Niecieza wrote a storyline that involved the usurpation of Lonnie Machin's role as Anarky and its theft by Armstrong. Injured in his fight with Ulysses, Lonnie is rescued by Batman's sidekick, Tim Drake, and the two become partners against Ulysses, with Lonnie striving to reclaim the mantle of Anarky. This storyline ended without conclusion in 2011 when the comic book it was part of, Red Robin, was canceled.
- The third version of Anarky is a rebooted version whose identity has not been revealed, and about whom little is known except that he is has been portrayed as an African-American teenager.
- The fourth incarnation is a corrupt politician named Sam Young, who is obsessed with getting revenge on the Mad Hatter for murdering his sister.
- Unlike in the comics, this version of Anarky is an (young) adult instead of a teenager.
- The color of his outfit and face resembles the skin of the Joker. In the comics, it was suggested that Lonnie Machin may be the Joker's son.
- In the very end of the last episode, Anarky says, "Bravo Batman, checkmate. Shall we play again?" This phrase indicates that he pulled strings throughout the series. Several theories go as follows:
- He may be the one who put names of Simon Stagg, Michael Holt and Bruce Wayne on the list of the land deal of Keystone Wetland in Hunted
- He may be the one who's responsible for Killer Croc's mutation.
- He may be the one who gives Phosphorus Rex his powers.
- He may have secretly helped Magpie find out who she really was.
- "You have no idea what an honor it is to be chosen as my enemy. It's a really big deal!"
- "Madness is the more interesting choice. Logic and order are so predictable."
- "Welcome, Gotham City, to the art of destruction."
- "I on the other hand will fight against order and unleash freedom at any price."
- "Are you okay Batman? I hope I didn't blow you up. I just wanted to make sure I have your full attention."
- "Bravo Batman, check mate. Shall we play again?"
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