"Laugh, and the world laughs with you... unless you're laughing at other people's suffering, in which case the world is never as amused as I am."
Black Harlequin possesses a tall, lanky frame over which he wears a tuxedo outfit or jester’s motley; regardless of what he’s wearing, it’s always dark red and black in color. He paints his face in a distinct pattern, topped with a jester’s cap, and usually carries a cane with him. Harlequin is a selfish and unstable individual, prone to sudden mood swings that can result in deadly consequences for those who have captured the villain’s attention. He demands everyone either share in his fun as much as he does, or become the target of one of his often-bloody pranks
Rinaldo Maretti was raised by his mother, his father having died when he was younger. A cruel and paranoid woman, when Rinaldo entered puberty she became increasingly convinced that her son was harboring perverted thoughts directed at his sisters, and locked him away in the basement of the family’s house. This was Rinaldo’s home for several years, until he was able to earn 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 he was sixteen years old he armed his creations and sent them to kill his mother and sisters. The authorities that discovered the bodies were horrified by his living conditions, and rather than suspect the youth 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”