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In the very beginning of the movie (the airplane scene,) when Bane is about to leave the plane with the nuclear scientist, the following dialogue takes place between Bane and one of his men:

Bane: No, they expect one of us at the wreckage brother.

Man: Have we started the fire?

Bane: Yes, the fire rises.

And then the guy just gives up his parachute and stays behind in the plane. What is this all about? Does Bane have mind-manipulating powers of some sort, or are his men just so loyal that they are willing to kill themselves just because he asks them to nicely? And what about the word "brother"? It reminds me of cult leaders who convince people to just kill themselves so that they can be redeemed. In addition, what is Bane's ethnic background supposed to be in the movie? He clearly has an accent in English.

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Reference to your last question. – Mistu4u Jan 18 '13 at 10:54
By the way, tags in titles are discouraged. I cleaned up your titles but just so you know for future questions. Welcome to – Napoleon Wilson Jan 18 '13 at 14:50
So text that makes up a tag can't be used in a title? – Fixed Point Jan 19 '13 at 19:53
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It is exactly as you say, all of Bane's henchmen are willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause.

Due to Bane essentially taking over the League of Shadows, being a mastermind of his own accord, and having a cause that all his followers believe in, he attracts such skilled zealots and is able to use them as he pleases.

He shows no remorse for this because he believes that all the lives that are given to this cause of wiping Gotham clean will be worth it in the end, and it doesn't matter how much of his men fall, as long as the goal is reached.

So the short answer is no, he does not have any powers over one's mind. Just a cause that they all believe is worthy of their lives.

As far as Bane's nationality, that has already been answered in the comments and on another question.

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Just like terrorist group leader brain-washses his followers. – Mistu4u Jan 18 '13 at 16:07

Its because the police guy at the plane said that only one person was supposed to be at the plane. So bane wanted the guys to stay so that the investigators would believe that the doctor (dead guy with real doctors blood), the police guys and the one person died in a 'accidental' plane crash. Bane did this so they wouldn't know it was a kidnapping and that the doctor was captured.

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Bane was in the prison pit and escapes where he joins the League of Shadows. After Bruce kills the leader Bane becomes the leader for the League of Shadows. So in a way Bruce is responsible for the Bane's authority over the league.

I thought it was mentioned in the film, that after his training by the league he returns to the prison pit and frees the prisoners. They all join him as his army to take over Gotham.

The prison pit was created to hold the most notorious criminals and the insane. So their extreme loyalty comes from his history in the prison. Where he was known as the ruthless prisoner who would kill anyone in his way.

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It was never mentioned that Bane freed the prisoners from the pit. In the end he used that prison himself to imprison people (and those prisoners don't really look like they've been there for just a couple of years). It is mentioned that Bane himself was freed by Ducard, but that is unrelated to any freeing of other prisoners by him. And in the end their loyality doesn't seem to come from fear either, but rather admiration/inspiration. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 18 '13 at 21:53

To me it actually doesn't make any sense as to why he had to stay on the plane. I understand why he did, but he really didn't have to. First of all those agents did not really call in and say they only had one extra guy picked up. The guys had no intention of killing them, which Bane pointed out. Second, you would think there would have been a better DNA test done on the fake doctor stiff, because all they did was pump him with a small amount of the doctor's blood. Lastly and more importantly, that plane and the bodies in it have bullets and shell casing everywhere, the wings came off, they used explosives to blow off the back end. No investigator would believe that crash was an accident.

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