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Arnold Wesker was a former ventriloquist in Gotham City where he suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder, possibly from a psychological trauma in his youth. Wesker turned to crime and carved a dummy by the name of Scarface. His dissociative identity was manifested within the dummy, who became the dominant personality. Dubbing himself the Ventriloquist, Wesker and Scarface went on a crime spree in Gotham.

The duo planned a series of gold vault heists with clockwork precision. The Ventriloquist's downfall came when Batman learned about the heists and deduced they were arranged by a clever criminal with a knowledge of planning and logistics. While fighting Batman, one of Scarface's own henchmen accidentally shredded him with a hail of bullets and reduced the dummy to a pile of wood. Horrified by Scarface's "death," the distraught Ventriloquist was sent to Arkham Asylum. Wesker seemed to be a model inmate on the road to recovery, but he secretly built a new Scarface dummy in the workshop, proving that Scarface was still in charge.

Wesker later escaped out of Arkham and plotted a new scheme. When Veronica Vreeland was holding an exhibit of stuffed extinct and endangered animals from a late relative's collection, the Ventriloquist and Scarface planned to steal the animals to sell them on the black market. However, the plan would likely fail without a decoy, so they recruited Catwoman into a 'partnership'. While she was framed for the heists, the Ventriloquist started selling the stuffed animals amongst underworld figures to the highest bidder, including the Penguin. However, Batman saved Catwoman and together they defeated the Ventriloquist. Wesker was sent back to Arkham.

As did every inmate in Arkham at the time, the Ventriloquist participated in the "Trial of Batman" acting as bailiff, though Scarface commanded more respect (or fear) among the inmates.  Wesker was also a victim of Lyle Boltons's barbaric inmate treatment, which even intimidated Scarface until Harley Quinn inspired fellow victims Wesker and the Scarecrow to finally speak out at a disciplinary hearing. The hearing resulted in Bolton's termination and led him to become the vigilante Lock-Up.

Years later, Wesker passed his psychological treatment at Arkham and was given a clean bill of mental health. Wesker got a new job at Wayne Enterprises as a mail clerk and was given an apartment at Wayne Gardens Halfway House. While enjoying his new life, Wesker was confronted by Scarface's henchmen, Rhino and Mugsy. The goons even hired midget criminal Hips McManus to impersonate Scarface in an attempt to shatter Wesker's rebuilt sanity and bring back their boss. Ironically, their plan almost got Rhino and Mugsy killed. The real Scarface persona was actually laying dormant, planning to pull another heist until being prematurely awakened by his henchmen. Scarface attempted to kill them, but Batman and Batgirl intervened and saved the thugs. Wesker then found himself caught in the middle of an intense psychological tug-of-war between Scarface and Batman, which Wesker ended by pulling out a gun and "killing" Scarface himself before getting the dummy shredded to dust by an industrial fan, thus ending Scarface once and for all. Afterwards, Wesker enjoyed a new quiet life, getting his job back at Wayne Enterprises and finding peace (and quiet) at last.

At some point in the future, Batman took possession of a Scarface dummy and kept it under glass in the Batcave.


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