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Professor Pyg
Pyg
General Information
Real name: Lazlo Valentin
First Appearance: Batman: Arkham Knight
Created by: Grant Morrison
Portrayed by: Dwight Schultz (Voice)

Lazlo Valentin mutilated his victims and tried to make them "perfect" under the alias of Professor Pyg.

Biography

Lazlo Valentin, aka Professor Pyg, was the villain behind "The Perfect Crime" side mission, where Batman tracked him down by investigating the corpses that were left behind as Pyg's failed, and "flawed" experiments. After a fight against Pyg and his Dollotrons, Batman took him down and brought him to the GCPD Lockup.

Before Arkham Knight

Lazlo Valentin was obsessed with making himself and people "perfect" after he was berated by his parents that he wasn't "perfect" or "wasn't good enough" to please them. As an adult, Lazlo was a gifted scientist, but after he suffered a schizophrenic breakdown, he believed that people must have their uniqueness removed if they were to be perfect the way that he envisioned. After he took up the deranged persona of Professor Pyg, Lazlo became the ringmaster of the Circus of Strange, where he toured the country, lured victims near his show, turned them into his Dollotrons, and "perfected" them as he saw fit. The end results were organic robots with doll masks that were grafted on their faces and were unable to feel or think anything. Those that he could not "fix" were simply tossed away like garbage. Eventually, Lazlo conceived a son, Janosz; and it's implied that he was born from a rape victim and Pyg had her either killed or turned into a Dollotron when she refused to be with him.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman found six victims that were strung up like a dressed deer in various places throughout Gotham City. Because the process of turning them into Dollotrons had corrupted their DNA, Batman had to use his Deep Tissue Scanner to look for any distinguishing features to identify them in the Missing Persons Reports. All of the victims had similar traits: troubled pasts, been through surgery prior to being kidnapped, had scars on them from accidents, had genetic deformities, and they all went missing at fair grounds and parks around the country; all of which were where the Circus of Strange had stopped on its route. Alfred found only one associated name that was involved with the circus: Lazlo Valentin, who leased a beauty salon in Gotham, but it expired before construction began on Wayne International Plaza. Alfred also warned Batman to be cautious of Pyg, as even by Gotham's criminal element's standards, he's unstable.

Pyg was interrupted in one of his experiments by Batman, who demanded that he release all of his prisoners from his Monster Machine. Pyg refused and turned his Dollotrons upon Batman before he joined in the fight, and threw knives at him. After Batman defeated the Dollotrons, he arrested Pyg and took him to the GCPD Lockup. On the way there, Pyg also mentioned wanting to get back to the Circus of the Strange, due to their waiting for him, although Batman told him that he did various crimes. Pyg was baffled as to how Batman had solved them as they were supposed to be perfect, and admitted how the deaths were because he couldn't save them. Batman then told Pyg that his discarding of the bodies was how he had managed to trace him, and that thanks to his experiments, those people that he experimented upon suffered a fate worse than death. Pyg then threw a tantrum and vomited, which caused Batman to tell him that he had problems. Upon arriving at the GCPD Lockup, Batman then forcibly lead Pyg to the building and threw him into a cell, where Pyg mentioned how his mother would be disappointed in him. When he was thrown in, Pyg lamented that he could have done better and had been perfect. Batman then told Pyg that he had a chance to redeem himself towards his victims by telling the police everything that he did to them. However, Pyg told him he was an "artist" and that he could make a maiden from a monkey, a model from a miscreant, and a beauty from a bat. Disgusted, Batman told Pyg that, since he killed and maimed innocents, he would make sure that he never set foot outside of a prison cell again. Pyg then plead that he still had more to give and asked to see under the mask with the implication that he wanted to give Batman a makeover.

If the player locked Pyg up and visited him in his cell BEFORE they encountered Scarecrow, The Joker hallucination would have Joker vowing to free Pyg first once he took over Batman's body largely because, since he's insane even by Gotham City's standards, he didn't deserve to be among the others in the cell. Similarly, Joker mentioned that Pyg was "sicker than [his] and Harley's honeymoon videos," yet eagerly tried to have Batman take up Pyg's offer.

Personality

Professor Pyg was obsessed with perfection, due to the constant chiding by his parents that he was never "good enough" for both of them, namely his mother who proved to have a deep-rooted influence on his unstable psyche. Seeing everything as something that he could make better, Pyg believed that the only path to perfection was removing anything unique or special about an individual, including their sex and DNA, and transforming them into his creations called the Dollotrons whom were immune to pain, which he viewed as another block to perfection. As he continued to create more Dollotrons, Pyg's delusions became more extensive and grandeur, and he likened himself as a God and claimed everyone as clay that he can mold to fit in his own image.

Pyg also showed a level of intelligence that was not hampered because of his mental illness. For example, Pyg's surgical skills and his using of the Circus of Strange as a cover for his criminal activities. However, Pyg's intelligence was affected due to his obsession with perfection as none of his victims were discovered, likely turned into Dollotrons and added to his society, but his frustration over his inability to turn them perfect due to their tattoos, scars, injuries or suchlike caused him to claim that they made him "sick" and he hung their mutilated bodies throughout Gotham with words, including "imperfect" next to them. That eventually led a trace back to Pyg and his subsequent defeat at the hands of Batman. Pyg was also something of an opera buff, and sang it even while he performed surgery on his victims, although his bio mentioned that he was an amateur of the matter.

Despite Pyg's insanity, he seemed to genuinely feel that by turning people into Dollotrons, he was fixing them by making them better. It was also revealed through his Audio Tapes, that Pyg had a son called Janosz. He seemed to genuinely care about his son, and left him an Audio Tape so he wouldn't feel alone, and described him as "perfect" and saved him from his mother who attempted to kill him. Pyg did not describe Janosz's mother, and simply claimed that she was perfect, but after his mother attacked her, he claimed that "the nails had done their work" and dedicated a large portion of time into fixing her before he mercy killed her. Although, it was also implied that Janosz was conceived from a violent rape. Pyg seemed to dote on his Dollotrons, and worried what would happen to them when he was taken to the GCPD Lockup and in captivity.

Quotes

  • "Pyg is like clay. Pyg is like God. Pyg is here to fix us all!"
  • "Pyg doesn't hurt, Pyg heals, Pyg fixes… My Dollatrons are works of art!"
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! The Circus of Strange, coming to a town near you! Never before has such a host of talented performers gathered in one place, to amaze and entertain!"

Gallery

Trivia

  • Professor Pyg got his name from the play Pygmalion, which reflected in the character's desire to transform people into an idealized state. The opera music that was played near Pyg and his victims was a reference to that.
  • When he spoke, Pyg had a lisp that resulted in him making various porcine sounds that befitted his alias.

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