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 a recurring antagonist in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
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 has had his police file destroyed, removing all record of his earlier arrest – effectively making his former life "cease to exist." 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:
Reveal 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 procent of my body mass is fat. Allow me to show you what 350 pounds of muscle is capable of!
~ Kingpin fighting Spider-man.
Spiderman the Animated Series - Daredevil vs Kingpin