Humpty Dumpty (comics)
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|First appearance||Arkham Asylum: Living Hell|
|Created by||Dan Slott and Ryan Sook|
|Alter ego||Humphry Dumpler|
|Team affiliations||Secret Society of Super Villains|
|Notable aliases||The Hobby Robber
The Super Saboteur
|Abilities||Knack for piecing together broken or disassembled items|
Humpty Dumpty is a fictional comic book character from DC Comics. Unlike many of Batman's enemies, Dumpler is not evil, sadistic or malevolent. He is a friendly and kind-natured man whose determination to take apart and reassemble malfunctioning machinery usually leads to disaster, and this is what makes him dangerous enough to incarcerate.
Fictional character biography
Humphry Dumpler is a hulking man with an egg-shaped head who speaks in rhyme and has a compulsive desire to "repair" that which he considers to be broken. He is shown in flashback to have been the victim of inexplicable, almost supernaturally bad luck almost since birth, illustrated by countless tragedies through his life. Eventually, he became determined to understand the mechanics of the world around him in an attempt to see what made things go wrong for him and attempt to fix them. In his crimes, Humpty would disassemble and reassemble mechanical devices which had upset him in some way. As his sole knowledge about their workings came from books borrowed from the public library, the "fixed" devices caused numerous accidents, such as a subway train derailing. Humpty Dumpty's final crime was to adjust the gears in a clock tower, causing one of its hands to fly off, provoking a chain reaction in which dozens of enormous signage objects crashed to the streets and killed people. When Batgirl tried to apprehend him for this, she dislocated her arms in the process. Humpty promptly slipped her arms back into her sockets and surrendered himself to her. Revealing that she had tracked him by his overdue library withdrawals, her sole question was why he had borrowed a book on human anatomy. Humpty placidly took her to his home to reveal he had dissected his abusive grandmother and sewn her back together with bootlace in an ill-thought attempt to "fix" her.
He was a model prisoner at Arkham Asylum and given various small projects to pass the time, such as repairing a broken mirror or fixing Scarface for the Ventriloquist. There, he befriended the financial fraudster Warren White and saved his life from Death Rattle and Two-Face.
During the Batman: Leviathan storyline, Humpty Dumpty masqueraded as Santa Claus and was prepping his car/sleigh/snowmobile vehicle so that he can get the toys he stole to the children at the Rainbow House Shelter. He is approached by a man named Abuse who asks if he knows about any missing children. Worried that he'll be found out, Humpty Dumpty knocked him out and fled to the shelter. Once there, Humpty Dumpty began placing repaired toys in the children's beds until Batman and Robin show up. As Batman questions Humpty, Robin notices something strange about the children. Even with the lights on and all three talking, none of the children have woken up or made a sound. Looking under the covers, Robin discovers the kids are all dead. Enraged, Robin asks Humpty if he killed all the children. Humpty tells him no, that he found them “near the river” as they floated up to him. Sad the children had died so close to Christmas, Humpty said he wanted to give them a holiday of some sort.
Powers and abilities
Humpty Dumpty has a knack of disassembling and reassembling different items.
In other media
- Humpty Dumpty appears in the Beware the Batman, voiced by Matt L. Jones. As revealed in the episode "Broken", Humphry was an accountant for the mob who was supposed to testify against Tobias Whale. However, after an attempt on his life, Humfrey went insane and gone into hiding to enact his revenge on anyone involved in the case against Tobias with toy soldier suits that are rigged to explode. Other than capturing Tobias Whale, Humpty also targeted Tobias Whale's hit squad operative Joseph "Ice Pick Joe" Crimple, Tobias Whale's financial adviser Donovan Baker, and District Attorney Marion Grange. Humpty eventually goes after Lt. James Gordon (who talked him into testifying) and captures him while using his toy soldiers as distractions. When Batman figures out where he intends to kill off Gordon and Whale, Humpty Dumpty attempts to stop him from freeing them before forced to flee once his revenge falls apart. Explaining to Batman that Lt. Gordon and Tobias Whale are responsible for dragging him into their war, Humpty faked his death while disarming the rigged soldier suits and went into hiding once more.
- Though he does not appear physically, Humpty Dumpty's bio can be unlocked in Batman: Arkham Asylum by solving one of Riddler's riddles. The player has to examine a few broken toy soldiers on a bench in the Botanical Gardens in order to unlock Humpty Dumpty's bio.
- Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #3
- Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #2
- Villains United #5
- Villains United #6
- Secret Six Vol. 3 #6
- Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1
- Batman: Streets of Gotham #7
- Resurrection Man Vol. 2 #6
- Humphry Dumpler at DC Comics Wiki