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Ringmaster (Marvel)(02 - Maynard Tiboldt)
Real Name: Maynard Tiboldt
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The Ringmaster originally had no inherent superhuman powers.

The Ringmaster's principal weapon is the powerful portable mind-control device which he carried concealed in his unique top hat. The hat has a swirling disk in the front which can send out a hypnotic beam and give him control of the minds of others. Tiboldt eventually had special hypnotic disks surgically grafted into his eyes. These implants allow him to mentally dominate individuals, but he still requires his hat to control large crowds.

With the Cosmic Ring, Tiboldt gained the ability to alter reality in a 15 foot radius around him.

Maynard Tiboldt was born in Vienna, Austria.

The Ringmaster is a powerless man with a unique hat which is designed to hypnotise people, thus allowing him to take complete control over their actions. He originally travelled across America with his "Circus of Crime"; The Human Cannonball, The Clown, Bruto the Strongman, The Great Gambonnos (acrobats and gymnasts) and Princess Python, the Snake Charmer. During their show, he would hypnotise the crowd and send his lackies out to steal any valuables on the victim's person. This has, obviously, brought him into conflict with many heroes, such as She-Hulk and Howard the Duck. The super-hero capable of causing him the most grief is Daredevil, as the hero's blindness prevents Ringmaster from hypnotising him. Although he once attempted to reform by aiding Doc Samson in the therapy that created the Merged Hulk personality for Bruce Banner when his MPD was causing him serious psychological damage, the Ringmaster has remained a consistent villain.

Recently, the Ringmaster travelled to Tibet and stole a ring that had once been created for the Mandarin shortly before his apparent demise. Made from a piece of a shattered Cosmic Cube, the ring allows him to manipulate reality within a fifteen foot radius. Attacking New York for 'practice', he clashes with various superheroes, including Spider-Man and Moon Knight. The action comes to a head in "Marvel Teamup" #10 (Sept. 2005). Moon Knight and Spider-Man are both given heart attacks, but then Daredevil joins the scene. Moments before the Ringmaster is about to fire them out of cannons, at the ground about one foot below, the Punisher shoots off his finger.

The Cosmic Ring was confiscated by Captain America, who encouraged the grouping of heroes to get the shot-off finger to the ambulance personnel for reattachment. Curtis Doyle later used the ring as the hero Freedom Ring until his death at the hands of Iron Maniac.


First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1962) #3

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
Alpha Flight (1983)
Avengers Forever (1998)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II (2007)
Blaze (1994)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015)
Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016)
Civil War: Casualties of War (2007)
Civil War: War Crimes (2007)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Cutting Edge (1995)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil (1998)
Deadpool & the Mercs For Money [II] (2016)
Deathlok (1999)
Die Spinne (1974)
Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising (1995)
Generation X (1994)
Ghost Rider (1973)
Hawkeye (2012)
Howard the Duck (1976)
Howard the Duck (2015)
Incredible Hulk vs Superman (1999)
Luke Cage (2017)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Spectacular (1973)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Team-Up (2004)
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
Power Man (1974)
Power Pack (1984)
Punisher War Journal (2007)
Scarlet Witch (2016)
She-Hulk (2005)
Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys (1983)
Spider-Man Annual (2019)
Spider-Man Magazine (1994)
Spider-Man Team-Up (1995)
Spidey Super Stories (1974)
Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
The Avengers (1963)
The Incredible Hulk (1962)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Rampaging Hulk (1977)
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
Thor (1966)
Thunderbolts (1997)
What If...? (1989)
X-Force (1991)
X-Men and Power Pack (2005)

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Circus of Crime (Marvel)(02 - Silver/Modern Age)

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