- Black Harlequin, evil toy-maker
Black Harlequin in a villain in the world of Champions Online MMO
Rinaldo Maretti was raised by his cruel and paranoid mother after the death of his father at an early age. When Rinaldo entered puberty, his mother became increasingly convinced that Rinaldo was harboring perverted thoughts directed at his sisters. She had him locked away in the basement of the family's house. This was Rinaldo's home for several years, until he was able to get his freedom.
Rinaldo's father had been a toymaker, and the basement had been the man's personal workshop. It was here that Rinaldo constructed his first combat toys. When Rinaldo was sixteen years old, he armed his creations and sent them upstairs to kill his mother and sisters.
The authorities that discovered the bodies were equally horrified by his living conditions. Rather than suspect the teen, they placed him in the foster care system. However, he fared poorly in a traditional home and eventually fled his foster family.
Rinaldo adopted the name Black Harlequin and set out to enact his own unique style of merriment on the world, striking terror and death in those that found themselves the targets of one of his "escapades".
In October of 2003 Black Harlequin attacked the Omegaworld Amusement Park on the day of its opening. The villain held the park hostage until help arrived in the form of the Champions, who stopped Harlequin's scheme without losing the lives of any of his captives. Injuries received during the encounter resulted in the villain being hospitalized for several months.
Although Black Harlequin is a year-round menace, he has found a particular detain for the holiday season. It is during this time that decides to unleash his creations, often disguised as presents, and scatter them around Millennium City. Often those gifts are cheap presents. But the rest contain robot minions that attack everything in sight. It is often up to the heroes to stop that from happening. And then, when the city least expects it, he unleashes his giant mech creations.
Nobody really knows why he hates the holidays so much, although experts suspect it had to do with his childhood.
Powers and Abilities
Black Harlequin has no combat skills. In fact, he has an aversion to not only pain but in being with other people. He would rather have his creations do all the work for him. He is a master toy-maker. His attack toys are highly advanced in design, showing that the man possesses a dangerous level of engineering ability. This is especially true of his giant mech robots, include one of he beloved toy Clarence.
Black Harlequin is an antisocial individual, and has few if any friends other than the toys that he builds as his minions.
He disdains official figures of authority, though he holds a small amount of respect for the superheroes that step forward to halt his mischief. He's had at least one major encounter with the Champions, during which he took part in a particularly excessive and violent fight with the hero Nighthawk that resulted in Harlequin's prolonged hospitalization.
(See his Champions Online Wiki entry for more information.)