Holy 5 obscure villain facts, Batman!

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Pyg is short for Pygmalion.

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Professor Pyg's name is actually a reference to Pygmalion, a Greek myth character who thought all living women were flawed and ugly, so he made a sculpture of the perfect woman. He then prayed to Aphrodite, begging the love goddess to give the statue life. He got his wish and then married the statue

... in retrospective, that myth is messed up.

Anyways, Pyg apparently got inspiration from the myth in his own sick way.

Bane was engaged to Talia Al Ghul.

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Batman keeps refusing to join the League of Shadows, So Ras decided to pick another man to be his heir: Bane. The man who broke Batman joins the the League of Assassins, and Ras even wants his daughter to marry him. Talia has a short sort-of romance with Bane, but later rejects the big guy since he is mentally like a child. A cunning and cruel child, but still a child. And after Batman kicks Bane's ass, Ras agrees that Bane is unworthy.

Two-Face was too creepy for comics.

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Back when Two-Face was introduced in the Golden age of comics, he was an unusual grim bad guy for Batman. So much so that editors demanded that he got cured so Batman could fight more normal bad guys who was not as creepy.

Guys like like Mr. Freeze and Joker:P

Years later, Dennis O'Neil brought Two-Face back to the comics in 1971 as one of Batman's most prominent enemies.

Riddler was a private eye.

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After waking up from a coma that was a result of being hit in the head by the superhero Shining Knight, Riddler is cured of his insanity and obsession with riddle-themed crimes. But still having a massive ego and wanting to prove how dang smart he is, Nigma decides to become a detective and is hired by rich Gotham socialists to solve cases. He even had a team-up with Batman.

Clayface stole Wonder Woman's powers.

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So, one of Basil's many powers is that he can absorb clay, making himself grow even bigger.And Wonder Woman is made of clay.

So by using the absorbing power on WW, Clayface got super strength and the power of flight.

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God DAMN I love comics!

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I knew about the engagement (I guess it was the inspiration for Bane and Talia's weird relationship in TDKR) and Riddler being a private eye.

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I knew about the engagement (I guess it was the inspiration for Bane and Talia's weird relationship in TDKR) and Riddler being a private eye.

No, I think that was before the movie. Besides, TDKR was more of a adult-kid deal... I hope

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#4  Edited By socajunkie  Moderator

Great thread, I only knew about the Pyg fact because I'm a Greek Myth nerd.

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I knew about Bane and Clayface. I actually suggested the Clayface/WW thing to someone I knew worked for DC. It showed up not long after. It's possible someone else thought of it too, but the timing was realllll suspect. lol

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I have to say it again, I love these!

I knew 2 out of 5. Pygmalion and Riddler

Please keep them coming

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Bane, Riddler, and Clayface i knew about

... in retrospective, that myth is messed up.

i've heard FAR worse ones

on a related note, did you know that back when Diana's origin was still being made from clay, the fumes of the Lazarus Pit were shown to cause her to pass out (i think they were of a similar magic or something)? Source: Batman / Superman / Wonder Woman: Trinity by Matt Wagner

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The one about Pyg is real interesting. Never knew why he spelled it differently from "pig."

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#9 krisbishop  Moderator

Surprised I knew three of these facts.

Love it, though. Keep them coming!

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Vaguely recalled the clayface one. Can't say the same for others.

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The one about Pyg is real interesting. Never knew why he spelled it differently from "pig."

I only found out because I read a Morrison interview

Bane, Riddler, and Clayface i knew about

... in retrospective, that myth is messed up.

i've heard FAR worse ones

on a related note, did you know that back when Diana's origin was still being made from clay, the fumes of the Lazarus Pit were shown to cause her to pass out (i think they were of a similar magic or something)? Source: Batman / Superman / Wonder Woman: Trinity by Matt Wagner

Sure, but I mean that you don't notice how creepy it is till you think about it. This guy was basically like: "Living women are garbage! Im gonna go make a glorified waifu pillow and ask a god turn it alive AND in love with me!"

Like, screw that dude!

Also, WW is made of clay again after Rebirth

@cbishop said:

I knew about Bane and Clayface. I actually suggested the Clayface/WW thing to someone I knew worked for DC. It showed up not long after. It's possible someone else thought of it too, but the timing was realllll suspect. lol

Sue!

Great thread, I only knew about the Pyg fact because I'm a Greek Myth nerd.

Still, that is REALLY a stretch. That, and Pyg's interpretation of the story

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@waezi2 said:
@cbishop said:

I knew about Bane and Clayface. I actually suggested the Clayface/WW thing to someone I knew worked for DC. It showed up not long after. It's possible someone else thought of it too, but the timing was realllll suspect. lol

Sue!

If it was something I could sue over, they wouldn't have done it. lol

Also: if it was something I could sue over, I'd sue them for the vampire biting Superman and burning up from the inside out idea- that's been reprinted like 5 freakin' times at last count! (Told that to the same guy)

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@waezi2: ...yet another example of Rebirth writers and fans confusing "fixing" something with just "getting rid of new ideas"

I know it's dumb to get so emotional over what color Beast Boy is but I still do it anyway. WE DIDN'T GIVE RED A CHANCE, DAMMIT! *sob*

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Bane and Riddler I knew about but the idea that Clayface can absorb Wonder Woman because she's made of clay is really interesting

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Two-Face creepier than the Joker? LOL

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Two-Face creepier than the Joker? LOL

There was a time where Joker was sort of a moron who kept screwing up. He was more of a clown so to say :P