Hi. This is Thesecret1070. I am an admin of this site. Edit as much as you wish, but one little thing... If you are going to edit a lot, then make yourself a user and login. Other than that, enjoy Villains Wiki!!!
Over the years, I tried to join my father in his business pursuit. I wanted to gain his acceptance. I failed. Now, I was all alone. I realized I was going to have to learn to survive or be destroyed. And I did learn. By the time I got out, I had acquired all the skills needed to begin building my criminal empire. I even took the new name "Fisk". But I quickly became known as "the Kingpin".
~ Wilson Fisk explaining his past and how he became the Kingpin.
Controlling power is what I do best.
Sacrifices must be made.
~ Wilson Fisk's motto as his son Richard is sent to prison.
Wilson Fisk (formerly Wilson Moriarty), better known as the Kingpin, is one of the main antagonists of Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He is a powerful and wealthy crime lord of New York City and one of Spider-Man's archenemies. He is also the archenemy of Daredevil, Silvermane, and Black Cat.
This Kingpin is fairly close to the comics version, but he is often occupied with manipulating superpowered characters to do his bidding. In addition, as opposed to just being a crime lord in New York, the Kingpin has a global criminal organization; his headquarters is simply located in New York (in the Chrysler Building, which he dubs "Crime Central"). His physical abilities are generally depicted the same as his comics counterpart, except in one instance when he toppled a huge robot. His body mass is stated in this continuity as being only "2% fat", a statement followed by the declared possession of "350 pounds of muscle." He is the mastermind behind the creation of the Spider-Slayers and is responsible for the creation of the Insidious Six, the animated equivalent of the Sinister Six.
He is also involved in a power struggle with crime boss Silvermane. Initially, he operated behind the scenes until the "Framed/The Man Without Fear" two-part episode, where his identity was revealed to Spider-Man with the help of Daredevil, who was seeking revenge for his father's murder at the Kingpin's hands. The Kingpin's main associate here was at first Alistair Smythe, but after Smythe nearly betrayed the Kingpin because he believed Kingpin was going to kill him for placing his son in jail during the Daredevil two-parter, Dr. Herbert Landon replaced him. The Kingpin remained at large throughout the series, although an alternate dimension's version was arrested in the series finale. Another alternate version was shown to be the lawyer of that dimension's Peter Parker, though he proved just as underhanded as his counterparts. The Kingpin has proven to be more than a match for Spider-Man, eluding capture and even capturing Spider-Man on occasion. This series also described an origin for the Kingpin as seen in "The Man without Fear", somewhat different than the comic book version. As a boy, Wilson Fisk was influenced by his father, who sought employment as a mob criminal. When older, Fisk assisted his father in robbing banks and jewelry stores, culminating in one robbery where his father escaped but Fisk, hampered by his already-considerable weight, was captured by police. Fisk did not name his father at his trial and was sentenced to prison, where he resolved to survive. In adulthood, Fisk emulated his father's goal and climbed to a position of seniority within the mob, adopting the alias "Kingpin". He destroyed his police file by hacking into the police computer system and erasing it, removing all record of his earlier arrest. He also legally changed his name to Fisk which effectively virtually made his former life "cease to exist as far as anyone else knew". He then exacted revenge against his father, who was implied to have been killed by the Kingpin's henchmen. It was also revealed that his real name was Wilson Moriarty. He maintained a strained relationship with his wife Vanessa, who was well-aware of his activities and wanted him to let it all go. Though he loved her, she eventually left him after being briefly kidnapped by Silvermane.
Over the entire series, the Kingpin is responsible for a number of defining moments and events, either directly, or indirectly (as well as the actions mentioned above). These include, but are not limited to:
Revealing Spider-Man's secret identity (with the help of the Insidious Six), although Peter Parker found a way to fool the villains into believing he wasn't Spider-Man, thus retaining his secret identity.
Transforming his former associate Smythe into a half-robot mutant dubbed 'The Ultimate Spider-Slayer'.
The creation of a villain known as The Spot, the latter of which tried to overthrow him.
Successfully orchestrating an assault on SHIELD to break a prisoner out of SHIELD's custody. Kingpin then 'persuades' the prisoner into helping create a superhuman character known as Black Cat.
Created a stealth suit, which in turn, created The Prowler.
The Kingpin has also recruited a handful of famous and infamous villains onto his payroll:
You forget... I am a man of unlimited resources. I have my methods.
~ Kingpin explaining his plan to Herbert Landon.
I always make good on my debts, Mr. Brown. Name your price. Gold, jewels...
~ Fisk 'making a deal' with Hobie Brown
Kingpin doesn't have to do anything.
~ Kingpin's line to Prowler
Approximately 2 percent of my body mass is fat. Allow me to show you what 350 pounds of muscle is capable of!
~ Kingpin fighting Spider-Man.
Spider-Man, you have been a pain in my backside for too long. I hereby decree, that at long last, your life must be... terminated.
~ Kingpin to Spider-Man during his battle with the Insidious Six.
Spiderman the Animated Series - Daredevil vs Kingpin
This is the most popular version of the Kingpin, given his frequent recurring status as an enemy of Spider-Man on the series.
As only 2% of his body mass is fat and 350 pounds is muscle, the 2% is about 7 pounds fat, which is impressive since 4-6% body fat is generally considered the physiological minimum for human males.
In total, the Kingpin has appeared in 34 episodes throughout the entire season. The following lists each number of appearances per Season:
Season 1: 6
Season 2: 6
Season 3: 7
Season 4: 7
Season 5: 8 (one episode he is listed as Wilson Fisk. Two other episodes are an alternate reality variant of Kingpin).
This version of the Kingpin has never gotten truly punished, defeated, or taken into custody throughout the series, making this version of the Kingpin one of the only versions to get away with his crimes.
Despite this, in the final episode that featured the Kingpin, "Six Forgotten Warriors Chapter V: The Price of Heroism", he was severely injured after being shocked by Electro's electricity after foolishly attempting to attack him. He was taken to an ambulance to recuperate in the hospital. This is the closest the Kingpin came to getting killed or defeated, but he luckily survived. It is currently unknown what became of the Kingpin after this or if he ever gotten out of the hospital. It is also unclear if he and Landon are still partners and if he and Spider-Man should ever fight again.
Kingpin would have appeared in more episodes had the show continued on, and would have had a final showdown with Spider-Man and possibly Daredevil and finally be taken into custody for all the crimes he committed in the entire series.
In the episode, "Six Forgotten Warriors Chapter IV: The Six Fight Again", Wilson Fisk kidnapped Robbie Robertson, revealing to Robbie that he is the Kingpin all along, using Robbie as a hostage so that he will gain the keys for a doomsday device from Spider-Man. Luckily, Spider-Man, Black Marvel, and Destroyer were able to rescue him by giving him the keys and then later save his life after Kingpin dropped him from his helicopter. This proves to not be a smart move on the Kingpin's part, since Robbie works for the Daily Bugle, and could potentially put word out that the Kingpin is Wilson Fisk all along, thus putting an end to the Kingpin once and for all.
This could have made for an interesting episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, had the series continued on.