->'''Norman Osborn:''' Something occurs to me -- either Spider-Man is destroyed, or you get Oscorp. Whatever happens, ''[[XanatosGambit you win]]''.\\
'''Kingpin:''' That's why ''I'm'' the Kingpin.
->-- ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', "The Spider Slayer"

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Wilson Fisk, otherwise known as The Kingpin, is a fictional crime boss, supervillain, and regular antagonist to ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}},'' ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' and ''ComicBook/ThePunisher.'' His over-sized appearance and personality are based on Sydney Greenstreet, a Hollywood actor famous for his roles as criminal masterminds. Created by writer Creator/StanLee and artist John Romita, Sr., he made his debut in ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' #50 (July 1967). His nickname, Kingpin, is a reference to the title of crime boss in mafia slang nomenclature. He ranked tenth on IGN's list of top one hundred comic book villains in 2009.

Fisk began his life as a poor child in New York City, bullied by his classmates due to his obesity. Fisk began training himself in physical combat, using his new-found strength to intimidate the bullies into joining his gang. He was eventually discovered by crime lord Don Rigoletto. Fisk became Don Rigoletto's bodyguard and right-hand man. Eventually, Fisk killed Don Rigoletto and took control of his criminal empire, immediately becoming one of the most powerful figures in New York's underworld. Kingpin enjoyed a long tenure in his new position, but he had made enemies such as the Maggia crime syndicate and the terrorist group ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}. The two groups teamed together to oppose Fisk, causing him to flee to Japan. There, he started a spice business in order to regain his wealth. After earning enough money, Fisk returned to New York and started gang wars, in an attempt to bring down the Maggia. With the criminal world in chaos, Fisk was able to step in and take back control.

While Fisk was a powerful crime lord, he posed as a legitimate businessman, one who made donations to charities, and seemed like a generous, wealthy man. He eventually met a woman named Vanessa, whom he married and had a son with, Richard Fisk. Vanessa did not know that Fisk was a criminal when she married him, and when she found out, she threatened to leave him if he did not give up his life of crime. He temporarily retired from crime, and the family moved back to Japan, until the existing New York gangs lured him back to New York in hopes of getting files he was known to have on the various high ranking individuals which contained "irrefutable evidence of various crimes" against them.

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!! This villain contains examples of:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Kingpin is agile enough to fight Spider-Man and Daredevil hand to hand despite his corpulent appearance. However, Kingpin himself said that very little of his body mass is actually fat. Confirmed by Daredevil who compared hitting Kingpin to hitting a brick wall. (Some sources say that his bulk is only 2% fat, even though [[ArtisticLicenseBiology that's impossible.)]]
* AdiposeRex: He's the King of New York Crime and he's bulky (some would say fat... but they'd be wrong).
* AffablyEvil: He's usually polite and somewhat soft-spoken.
* {{Archenemy}}: To Daredevil.
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: In an early issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Peter is unmasked by the Kingpin and his thugs, but his face means nothing to them. When Spidey starts fighting smarter and proves he's an actual threat, this comes back to bite them - all they have to go on is "teenage white boy".
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He became a gang leader by bullying the other tough guys at his school which led to him being noticed by the local mafia.
* AxCrazy: He hides it well most of the time, but he's still a brutal thug at heart who enjoys killing people with his bare hands.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassNormal: The Kingpin has no superhuman powers. However, he is incredibly strong and durable, possessing remarkable strength concealed by his FatBastard appearance. He has been shown to be strong enough to hurl people across a room, rip limbs from people (demonstrated under a handshake), crush a man's skull with his bare hands, leave imprints in concrete walls after punching them and even crush one of Spider-Man's web shooters without making any great effort.
** BadassInANiceSuit: He is almost always dressed in a white suit.
* BadBoss: Fisk has a tendency to execute henchmen who have [[YouHaveFailedMe screwed up]] or slighted him in some way, or are even just forced to die so that he looks more fearful to the survivors.
** He's the TropeNamer for KingpinInHisGym, training by fighting a bunch of hired martial artists. And he usually kills the last one standing, to encourage the others to do better next time. But if they do ''too'' well and make him look bad, he might kill ''all'' of them.
* BaldOfEvil
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: In the ''Daredevil'' movie.
* BastardUnderstudy: To Don Rigoletto. Fisk learned a lot from the old crime boss, served as his lieutenant and than killed him and took over his criminal empire.
* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the Punisher are usually hesitant to take out Fisk permanently. They know that there'll just be chaos without him. In fact, in one story, the Kingpin was legitimately out of the crime business, but he was asked back to New York City in order to help calm the chaos of myriad gang wars.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Can veer into this at times, though it was more prominent when he is a Spidey villain.
* TheChessmaster: He's always this, but in his prime in particular he controlled nearly all organized crime on the East Coast and even had a general in his pocket.
* ClassicVillain: As Spider-Man's nemesis. Who better to counteract a short, skinny teenager than a towering, middle-aged body builder?
* ContemplativeBoss: He's prone to doing this in his various forms when in his Penthouse.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He's a mob boss hiding behind the mask of a legitimate businessman and owns several companies.
* DependingOnTheWriter: He has been the subject of flip-flops of epic proportions: either he thinks drug dealing is rock bottom, or he's single-handedly keeping about half the world's drug barons in business.
* DiabolicalMastermind: He occasionally lurches into this archetype, particularly in the ''SpiderMan'' animated series.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Well, he never seems to use one personally, which is odd for a mobster, prefering to kill people with his bare hands. He is known to have a laser blaster concealed in his cane that he has used in a few stories.
* TheDon
* EnemyMine: A notable - non-canon - example was [[spoiler:the inter-company crossover where he apparently sided with Ra's Al Gul against Spidey and {{Batman}} to save Vanessa. The heroes didn't know it at first, but Fisk was actually helping them, proving to be even more of a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] than Ra's, only revealing his true loyalties in the end.]]
* EntitledBastard: He has a lot of this in his character and will pull DisproportionateRetribution on people who deny him his way. The Ultimate version was arguably worse, ordering {{Spider-Man}}'s school blown up while class was in session after Daredevil threatened to kill his wife. And during the threat, he kept pleading with Daredevil that he had done nothing wrong because it "wasn't personal".
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He loves his wife and son, despite the fact that both tried to kill him on at least one occassion. Sadly, [[spoiler: both came to tragic ends.]]
* EvilIsPetty: He seems to really have it in for costumed crimefighters and can never simply try and "kill" them; he has to utterly humiliate them and ruin their lives first.
* EvilPowerVacuum: When Spider-Man or Daredevil help to take down Fisk, it almost immediately turns worse, as less-refined, less-humane and less-subtle underbosses scramble to take the top spot Kingpin used to occupy.
* EvilVersusEvil: He's waged war against the Maggia crime syndicate and the terrorist group HYDRA.
* EvilVirtues: Can be generally counted on to keep his word; genuinely cares for his own family; sees his enemies in WorthyOpponent terms (sometimes) and will treat his underlings with respect so long as they don't fail or betray him.
* FatBastard: He's an incredibly huge person, but depending on the writer this is because his muscles are so huge they make him look fat or that he's a greedy slob with no sense of control. Some split the difference and write that he's got incredibly powerful arm and leg muscles but is fat everywhere else because of overeating--[[FridgeLogic ignoring the more medically likely explanation that, like sumo wrestlers, he is well-muscled everywhere, but eats enough to maintain a significant layer of padding on top of it]].
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In his own words, he was "an unpopular, blubbery child" before taking up weightlifting, and his career as criminal began as nothing more than a legbreaker in Hell's Kitchen.
* GemstoneAssault: One weapon he occasionally uses is a diamond stickpin in his tie that can squirt tear gas into the face of an enemy that he's grappling with.
* GeniusBruiser: A self-educated, self-made man who rose from humble beginnings to become the greatest criminal mastermind in the New York underworld, he is also a hulking, monstrous brute who is physically a match for Daredevil and even Spider-Man, on occasion.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Fisk started out with a cigarette holder, but switched to villainous cigars after they went out of style.
* GoKartingWithBowser: This happened in a rather memorable story. SpiderMan and several other New York super-heroes were having a poker game where the winner would promise to donate the winning pool to charity. Fisk crashed the party and asked to be dealt in, offering to add an incredibly large sum to the pool. His only condition was that, if he won, he be allowed to use their contributions to the pool to buy a Cuban cigar. Fisk's actual goal, as they quickly figured out, [[EvilIsPetty was to show them up and humiliate them]]; nonetheless, they agreed. [[spoiler:By the end of the story, everyone except Spidey and Fisk had folded, and finally, Spidey won.]]
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: In one storyline Fisk was originally sent to prison for larceny, after one of his dad's scams went south and his bulk prevented him from following his father up a fire escape. Once he comes out, he's got "connections" and uses what he's learned to begin building his criminal empire.
* IOwnThisTown: He remained the ruler of New York's criminal underground for a very long time.
* {{Kevlard}}: He appears to be a monstrously obese man who appears to harness the power of Kevlard. However, once he actually takes off his shirt and starts fighting, it's apparent he is ripped as hell.
* KingpinInHisGym: TropeNamer.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's 6'7 and while he weighs close to 400lbs, it's more muscle than fat.
* LightningBruiser: When Spidey, Daredevil and other heroes had their first fights with him, what surprised them most was how damn fast he was, especially considering how he looks like a FatBastard.
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Every single time he is thrown in prison, no exceptions.
* TheManBehindTheMan: There's a better than fifty percent chance that the supercriminal in a Spider-Man or Daredevil story is taking orders from or has ties to Fisk.
* ManInWhite: Usually wears a white blazer or business suit. It's used to reinforce his VillainWithGoodPublicity status in-universe.
* ManipulativeBastard: Yeah, he's good at this. To cut a long story short, he was a significant threat for Spider-Man, but he truly began to show how terrifyingly good at manipulating people he was once he became the main villain in the Daredevil comics. In the "Born Again" storyline by neo-noir comics master FrankMiller, the Kingpin finds out that Matt Murdock is Daredevil and begins a months-long plot to systematically destroy his life before finally trying to kill him, putting Daredevil through the trial of his life. He has his hands in every cookie jar, has a general in his pocket, and [[{{ParanoiaFuel}} has spies]] ''everywhere.'' Even after he's jailed, he proves very savvy at manipulating people from behind bars.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Fisk only wears personally tailored designer suits. Of course, given his size, his suits would probably have to be custom made regardless of the quality.
* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: He is still fully capable of running a criminal enterprise from inside prison and once even tricked IronMan into eliminating a competitor on the outside for him, able to do so because he still had enough information on the wider criminal underworld to make deals and manipulate the authorities.
* NebulousCriminalConspiracy: Fisk is currently running The Hand. They are responsible for training Daredevils girlfriend Elektra and his newer enemy Lady Bullseye up as assassins, and are a magical cult led by demons who worship another demonic creature called The Beast, who recruit members by killing them and resurrecting them as either undead ninja or, if they are named superheroes/ villains, brainwashed killing machines. The Hand started off as politically motivated rebels before being taken over by a more even cult called the Snakeroot, who generally form the Hand's elite.
* NeckSnap: Fisk made his final ascent to power when he snapped the neck of his boss, Don Rigoletto.
** In fact, this is usually his preferred method of killing someone when he does it personally.
* PragmaticVillainy: Shows this often, especially in ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', where he helps SpiderMan often when the alternative would be letting New York (or the world) be destroyed. As he tells Hammerhead:
--> "There is no profit to be made in the destruction of the planet. It is very bad for business."
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: We once had a whole page of Daredevil punching him from all possible angles, with no visible effect. Next page, Kingpin starts the payback with a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* RaceLift: In the comics he was white but in the live action ''Daredevil'' movie he's played by MichaelClarkeDuncan.
** AbilityOverAppearance: Apparently they originally auditioned several white actors but none of them were able to act well enough, so they went with Duncan because was the only actor his size with enough acting mojo.
* RevengeBeforeReason: In Born Again his underlings kept calling him out on it. This was a mistake, but they were right and his revenge scheme blows his plans to move into legitimate business out of the water as they result in him being publicly exposed as a crime lord. In ''Civil War'' he has Spidermans' Aunt May shot, to goad Spidey into a fight so he could show all the goons in prison he was still in charge. Spiderman beats the hell out of him, and warns the crowd if he or anyone tries something that again he'll come back and kill them.
* RevengeByProxy: He attacked Peter Parker by going after Aunt May and he's went after Matt by attacking Foggy Nelson before.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Plays the BigBad in ''Daredevil,'' ''Spider-Man'' and ''The Punisher'' series' arcs.
* ScaryBlackMan: You saw Michael Clarke Duncan's name up there, right?
* SelfMadeMan: He built himself up from a low-level street thug, to assassin, to the BigBad behind most of the organized crime on the East Coast.
* TheSpymaster: He has eyes and ears everywhere.
* TheStarscream: Fisk himself was a successful one, killing Don Rigoletto and taking over his criminal empire.
** He's had to deal with a few himself over the years; the biggest threat was probably his own son Richard, who assumed the identity of the Rose in an attempt to bring him down, but ultimately failed.
* StartMyOwn: Once Fisk realized that if he couldn't force newspapers to run or not run the stories he wanted, he could just start his own media empire.
* StoutStrength: Fisk looks like an obese man. And while he doesn't have any superpowers, he's physically [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower strong enough]] to beat Daredevil and has even given Spider-Man a hard time once or twice.
** Although later stories have made it clear that he's only held his own against Spider-Man because Spider-Man did not go all out when fighting him. Spider-Man, under normal circumstances and against non-superpowered opponents, has ''very'' strong psychological inhibitions against using his full strength out of fear of killing someone. When Fisk hired an assassin to kill Peter following him outing himself as Spider-Man and the sniper shot Aunt May by accident, Peter [[EvilCostumeSwitch put on his black suit]], tracked Fisk down in prison, and [[CurbStompBattle brutally beat him to a pulp]] before promising to finish him off if May died.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: In the Ultimate Comics he subverts it when Spidey tries to intimidate the Kingpin by dropping in on him unexpectedly, only to realize that the Kingpin put in shatter-proof windows to get rid of such problems. Makes the web head lose his cool. Kingpin doesn't even blink at the sound of Spidey hitting his window.
* TheSyndicate: He's the leader.
* TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain: Fisk was shot at point blank range by Echo, in revenge for killing her father. He lived through it but was rendered temporarily blind.
* VillainousValour: He's certainly got the courage to regularly go toe-to-toe with superheroes.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Used to have this, he posed as a legitimate businessman and made donations to charities but it got destroyed over the years.
* TheWorfEffect: If Spiderman is fighting seriously, the Kingpin is defeated easily to show how dangerous Spiderman really is.
* YouOweMe: In an early episode of ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' Spider-Man (in his civilian identity) saved the Kingpin from an assassination attempt by the Hobgoblin. Fisk didn't say anything about it at the time, but later he decided that he did owe Peter something and offered to pay for his wedding to Mary Jane.
** ManipulativeBastard: Between the two occasions, Fisk, under the false pretense of wanting to reward Peter, tricked him into being a patsy. As a result of this, Spider-Man learned about Fisk's true colors and, ever since then, "Peter" must pretend he doesn't know.
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