The “ Victory has defeated you ” line is about how Batman’s successes has made him soft. He’s not use to fighting an equally skilled and brutal enemy after so long. That is why Bane beat him so badly during their first fight, because he greatly underestimated Bane’s strength and aggressiveness.
Quotes. Bane : [to Batman] Peace has cost you your strength ! Victory has defeated you !
BANE : Peace has cost you your strength, victory has defeated you.
It is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth, and it is time for me to resign .” [calls to prisoners] And do you accept this man’s resignation ? [prisoners roar with approval] And do you accept the resignation of all of these liars?!
“If this man is everything that you say he is, then this city needs me.” – Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight Rises. After Alfred alerts Bruce that Bane is wreaking havoc on Gotham, Bruce makes the decision to go back out into the city as Gotham’s hero, Batman .
“ Bane : Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark ; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING! The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!
” Do you feel in charge ?” -Bane ” I ‘ve paid you a small fortune.”-Daggett “And this gives you power over me?”- Bane.
Bane is someone ravaged by pain from a trauma suffered long ago, and the mask dispenses a type of anesthetic that keeps his pain just below the threshold so he can function. Hes suffering from pain and he needs gas to survive. He cannot survive the pain without the mask .
DC Rebirth. At the beginning of DC Rebirth, Bane still lives in Santa Prisca.