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Arnold Wesker, better known as the Ventriloquist, was the first criminal in Gotham to use that name, alongside his puppet Scarface.

During the second year of Batman's career, during the 'War of Jokes and Riddles' between the Joker and the Riddler, the two villains recruited all the criminals in Gotham they could to fight the other for the right to kill Batman. Wesker became active as a criminal at this point and joined the Joker's army. However, in order to stop the civilian casualties, Batman was forced to take out one side first and joined the Riddler's army against the Joker. Wesker was defeated by the Bat and taken to Arkham Asylum to be treated for his multiple personality disorder.[1]

Wesker was temporarily freed from Arkham, along with some other Batman villains, when he was drugged with a special serum of Venom that Bane had been working on. He was subdued by Nightwing and Robin.[2]

While he resided in Arkham, another criminal named Shauna Belzer would become his successor as the Ventriloquist with her own puppet Ferdie.[3]

Wesker temporarily came out of retirement when he escaped Arkham prior to Jim Gordon temporarily replacing Bruce Wayne as Batman. The Ventriloquist and Scarface allied themselves with the Penguin, Black Mask, and the Great White Shark before being taken back to Arkham.[4][5]

After Bruce Wayne returned to the mantle of Batman, he recruited Ventriloquist to his own personal Suicide Squad in order to kidnap Psycho Pirate from Bane on Santa Prisca. Batman knew Wesker's multiple personality disorder would overcome Psycho Pirate's mood-altering powers and successfully used Wesker to detain the Pirate.


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