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|“||Yes, see? This is exactly to what I'm speaking. We lashed our ropes to this diseased world... and ever since, which one of us has been there for you? Who filled your lives with the promise of more? Who was there while they idly played in their towers... judging you, treating you as mindless children too stupid to command your own destiny. Without me, who will pay your rent when you're on the verge of eviction? Who will dare challenge their brutality when it leaks to our dear citizens? Who will protect you... from the Big Bad Wolf?||„|
|~ Crooked Man|
|“||Do you really want the truth, or do you just want to look like the hero?||„|
|~ Crooked Man's famous quote.|
The Crooked Man is the main antagonist of the 2014 video game The Wolf Among Us. He is a Fable and a powerful and ruthless crime lord who's influence over all of Fabletown matches that of its government and holds much of its population within his grasp via his enforcements. The Crooked Man is also the first major villain that Bigby Wolf had to face as sheriff of Fabletown.
|“||I'm a businessman, not a killer.||„|
|~ The Crooked Man stating who he is.|
He is a very calm and collected, yet also cruel and manipulative crime lord from Fabletown who causes the events of the game. He runs an extensive criminal syndicate consisting of himself, his right-hand woman Bloody Mary, the pawn shop owner Jersey Devil, the pimp and serial killer Georgie Porgie, and the Tweedle brothers. He offers loans and illegal magical glamours (Potions that hide the existence of fables to humans) and also runs a strip club and pawn shop. It is mentioned that he killed his own family rather than let them stand in the way of constructing his criminal empire.
Episode 4: "In Sheep's Clothing" He is mentioned many times throughout the episode by his thugs and finally makes his first appearance at the end of the episode, in his lair with all of his thugs.
Episode 5 "Cry Wolf" The episode begins within his lair, with him being warm and welcoming towards the sheriff. However, tensions quickly flare up between the two, and he offers to give up Georgie Porgie in exchange for an alliance. However, this greatly angers Georgie Porgie and his girl, Georgie asks for assistance against the other thugs but they all back down, showing them to be greatly fearful of the Crooked Man. Eventually, all the thugs get in a fight with Bigby and the Crooked Man and Bloody Mary escape to his limo. He is encountered again at a large foundry after Bigby kills Bloody Mary. A tense standoff occurs between the two due to him holding a gun fully loaded with silver bullets (Which would kill Bigby instantly). The Crooked Man requests he is kept alive and brought to trial, which is what Snow White wanted, depending on the players decisions, he may or may not be brought to the Fabletown Government for a trial.
There once was a crooked Man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
- In the Crooked Man's lair, there is a stained glass window that depicts the events of his original rhyme.
- The Crooked Man, alongside his gang, is not mentioned or even cameoed in the comic book.