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Fright confronts Batman in Batman #630.
|First appearance||Batman #627 (April 2004)|
|Created by||Judd Winick (writer)|
|Alter ego||Linda Friitawa|
Fictional character biography
Fright first appeared as Linda Friitawa, a scientist in the employ of the Penguin, assisting the Scarecrow in his experiments to refine his fear-inducing chemicals. Friitawa had been a geneticist until losing her medical license for unauthorized experiments on human beings. An albino, Friitawa slept through the day and worked all night assisting the Scarecrow. In contrast to the Penguin, who constantly harangued and bullied the Scarecrow, Friitawa showed him kindness.
Soon, a gigantic creature dubbed the "Scarebeast" began killing off the Penguin's underlings. Although the creature exhaled fear-inducing toxin and resembled the Scarecrow's costume, Friitawa claimed to believe the Scarecrow when he claimed he had nothing to do with the creature.
Batman defeated the creature and discovered that it was, in fact, the Scarecrow. Unbeknownst to the Scarecrow, the Penguin had hired Friitawa, to alter the Scarecrow's own genetic experiments and infect him with them, causing him to transform into the Scarebeast. Friitawa also used the Scarecrow's genetic experiments to cure herself of her albinism and give herself superhuman abilities. When Batman confronted Friitawa and the Penguin with his discoveries, she told him to call her "Fright" and ran off.
Recently, she has joined the new Black Mask in his Ministry of Science. She is also his lover.
Powers and abilities
According to the Penguin, Fright has the ability to exhale nerve toxins. She also has superhuman strength and agility, the degree of which is unknown.
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