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Harold Allnut suffered all through life with muteness and a hunchback. After running away from home and his cruel parents in Gotham City, he found his way to Hub City. There he encountered Hub's mayor, Myra Connelly-Fermin and her daughter, Jackie, stranded with a stalled car. Harold fixed the car and in return, Myra gave him a lift. When they stopped at City Hall so Myra could pick up some papers, they were stalked by a convicted murderer, Carlton 'Cathy' Fregosi. Using his innate genius with mechanical objects, Harold helped Myra an Jackie escape, trapping Fregosi in an elevator.
Eventually, Harold returned to Gotham. There he and his abilities came to the Penguin's attention. The Penguin provided shelter in exchange for Harold creating new devices to be used in the Penguin's crime sprees. However, anytime Harold tried to object to what the Penguin asked, he threatened his life. Batman fought the Penguin's gang on many occasions, and eventually rescued Harold from the stout felon.
Grateful for his reprieve, Harold turned his skills to helping the Dark Knight build new crime-fighting gear; eventually he maintained everything Wayne used, from the Batmobile to the Batcave's computer systems. Shortly after Harold came to live in the Batcave, Batman's back was broken during a confrontation with the villain Bane. As Bruce Wayne began his long recuperation process, he turned the mantle of the Bat over to his recently acquired ally, Jean-Paul Valley-aka Azrael. Valley lacked Wayne's strict moral code, however, and quickly devolved the Caped Crusader into an armored avenger, barring Harold from the Batcave. Harold found a new way in and worked in secret, ultimately supporting Nightwing, Robin, and a recovered Wayne in their attempts to stop Valley.
Little has been recorded of Harold's activities between the restoration of Wayne as Batman and the arrival of the mysterious villain called Hush. Dr. Tommy Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, sought revenge against Wayne for a long-ago slight, and used his miraculous surgical skills to transform Harold from a misshapen man into what passed for "normal." To repay the scheming surgeon, Harold agreed to hide microcircuits inside the Batcave's computer systems. The circuits then transmitted subliminal cues into Batman's mind, throwing the Caped Crusader off balance as Hush pressed forward his plan. Hush eventually killed Harold, whom he felt was nothing more than a loose end to be tied up. As he died, Harold confessed to Batman that he continued to look up to the hero, despite his own betrayal. A sympathetic Batman buried Harold overlooking Wayne Manor.
First Appearance: The Question (1987) #33
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#22 Azrael: Agent of the Bat (1998)
- 'Angel in Hiding, Part 2'
#63 Batman (1940)
- 'The Quakists'#65
- 'The Witness'#76
- 'There Shall Be A Beginning'#77
- 'Poison Road'#78
- 'The Amazing Adventures of Captain Death'#80
- 'Deadly Faux'#81
- 'Azrael Works'#82
- 'Joker: Last Laugh: The Evil Men Do...'#84
- 'The Sentinel'#86
- 'Bruce Wayne: Fugitive, Part Fifteen: Confession'#92
- 'New Boss'
Batman: Cataclysm (1999)
Batman: Knightfall (1993)
Batman: No Man's Land (1999)
Batman: Prodigal (1997)
Batman/Predator III (1997)
Detective Comics (1937)
#635 Nightwing (1995)
- 'Mind Games'#636
- 'Mind Control'#650
- 'The Dragon'#655
- 'The Anvil of War'#676
- 'KnightsEnd, Part Three: Too Many Ninjas'#676 (DC Universe Logo Edition)
- 'KnightsEnd, Part Three: Too Many Ninjas'#679
- 'Prodigal, Part Three: The Vermin Factor'#681
- 'Prodigal, Part Eleven: Knight Without Armor'#688
- 'The Rip'#720
- 'Cataclysm, Part Five: The First and the Last'#721
- 'Cataclysm, Part Fourteen: Shifting Ground'#724
- 'Aftershock: The Grieving City'
#20 Robin (1993)
- 'Cataclysm, Part Eleven: The Day After Judgement'
#8 Robin 80-Page Giant (2000)
- 'KnightsEnd, Part Five: Death's Door'#14
- 'Troika, Part Four: Big City Bomber'#16
- 'All Fall Down'#23
- 'Underworld Unleashed: Buggin''#24
- 'Underworld Unleashed: Insects and Violence'#45
- 'Cataclysm, Conclusion: Flattened'#56
- 'Love Stinks'#58
- 'The Stranger'
#1 Robin III: Cry of the Huntress (1992)
- 'Nature's Bride: A Tale of Robin and Marital Bliss'
The Batman Chronicles (1995)
The Question (1987)
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