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Frederick Rhino was a loyal, though dimwitted legbreaker who found employment working for the Ventriloquist.

Rhino was a massive, musclebound thug, who served as the bouncer at the Ventriloquist Club on Gotham's Electric Street.[1] However, Rhino's primary duty was as an enforcer for the mobster Scarface. This position caused him to clash with Batman; often ending in his defeat.[2]

When The Ventriloquist was released from prison, he was joined once again by Rhino; with whom Scarface sought to rebuild his criminal empire. However, the Ventriloquist Club had been condemned and their drug empire had been taken over by the Street Demonz. Rhino proved vital in Scarface's comeback and reclaim of his lost criminal business.[3][4]

The Ventriloquist Club was reopened soon after and Wesker attempted his most audacious scheme yet. He and Rhino broke the Joker out of Arkham Asylum, intent on forcing the Clown Prince of Crime to reveal where he had stashed twenty-five million in loot after a robbery. The Joker's mockery of Scarface's syntax won him a nasty punch from Rhino. A wild card was thrown into the operation when the Joker was also targeted by an Eclipso-creature. As the police tried to sort out details in the aftermath, Wesker insisted that he was innocent and that the Joker had taken him hostage.

The Ventriloquist and Rhino were finally taken into custody when they attempted to murder U.S. Senator Lowry for refusing their extortion demands. This time, the trio was split up. Wesker went to Arkham Asylum, Rhino to Blackgate, and Scarface to an evidence box at the GCPD.

By the time he had reunited with Rhino, Scarface discovered that his territory had once again been seized by others and revenge was, as before, the first order of business. Wesker ended up in custody thanks to Batman and Robin, but Rhino escaped with Scarface to a secret vault set up for emergencies. Opening the door, the bodyguard found only a book -- "How To Throw Your Voice."

Rhino still had not mastered the secret of ventriloquism a year later and seemed destined for an early death when vengeful mobsters from the Ventriloquist's last assault arrived on the scene. The bodyguard was prepared to go complacently to his death until Scarface, discarded behind him, gasped "R-Rh... Rhino. Kill da gums!" His confidence bolstered, Rhino made quick work of the three thugs, tossing their bodies into the river and rushing to the boss' side.

Rhino had freed Wesker and, reunited with the Ventriloquist, Scarface vowed to kill an albatross, the bird that Wesker blamed for all the grief in his life. Rhino managed to capture the bird but the sudden appearance of Batman threw all present into a turmoil. As Wesker dived off the pier in pursuit of a "drowning" Scarface, he insisted that his bodyguard kill Batman.

Rhino aimed his rifle at the Dark Knight -- only to have the freed albatross foul his sights. His vision cleared, he had only enough time to see Batman's boot rocketing towards his jaw. He was swiftly returned to Blackgate.

In the wake of the Gotham earthquake, Rhino escaped from Blackgate and laid low in the weeks that followed, missing out on the Ventriloquist's attempt at extorting money from the city as the Quakemaster. Wesker was confined to Arkham, but soon escaped with the other prisoners in the newly declared "No Man's Land".

Eventually, Rhino and Wesker were reunited and Scarface carved out his own territory in Gotham City. Batman freed the area from their control only to find the residents in a state of panic that their rations would be cut off. "It ain't about good guys and bad guys anymore, Batman," the big man observed. "It's just about survival ..."

The Dark Knight acknowledged that he had a point and requested that "whatever you were told to do this morning? Keep doing it. I'll be back, Rhino." While the "No Man's Land" was in effect, Scarface's men would work for Batman, providing food and protecting the citizens.

Rhino surfaced again, when he served as bait in a scheme of the Penguin and Two-Face to temporarily remove the threat of Batman. Spying Rhino trying to kill a woman accused of stealing food, Batman attempted to seize the thug but was swiftly defeated himself -- by the supposed victim, actually a Russian metahuman known as Echo [5].

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