Top 20 villians in Batman's rogues gallery: #20-11
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First appearance "Detective Comics" #583 (1988)
Created by Alan Grant, John Wagner and Norm Breyfogle
Arnold Wesker is truly one of Batman's best foes conceptually and visually, a small and mousy man who channels his evil heart through an Edward J. Robinson like ventriloquist dummy named Scarface. The Ventriloquist is one of Gotham's most ruthless crime bosses, and despite his comedic appearance, is also one of Batman's most cunning and enduring foes. The Ventriloquist is such a high concept villain that it's only a matter of time before some filmmaker or showrunner approrpriates him for use in another medium and makes him a househould name. The Ventriloquist and Scarface will fill anyone full of lead that dares laugh at the tommy gun-wielding puppet. Over the past few years, there have been several new villains wielding the Ventriloquist name, including a femme fatale and her puppet Ferdie who currently hold the Ventriloquist moniler in the New 52, but it was Wesker and Scarface that started it all.