WANTED: Earth-Two's Most Dangerous Super-Villains
Occupation: Actor/Impersonator, Professional Criminal
First Appearance (Golden Age): Detective Comics #131 (January 1948)
Nothing is known of the criminal known as the Parrot until
he appeared in New York in 1947. Appearing at amateur night at the Star
Theatre, the Parrot – in an appropriately designed costume – wowed the crowd by
his ability to perfectly mimic any sound.
While popular for his talent, the Parrot had more serious aspiration in
theatre but was re-buffed as an imitator, not an actor. Frustrated by his lack of success, the Parrot
resolved to turn to crime.
His first act, wearing his distinctive Parrot costume, was
to imitate the voice of a local theatre manager who had rejected him, tell a cashier
to leave a safe unlock as he was about to make a deposit. Instead, the Parrot robbed the safe but not
before the manager returned and caught him.
The manager’s cries for help reached Air Wave who rushed into the
theatre to provide aid. Seeing the
Parrot, Air Wave attacked but his rebuffed by steel rods hidden in the Parrot’s
wing. As he goes to escape, he imitates
a woman’s voice and misdirects Air Wave, coming up behind him to push him over
a railing onto the performance below.
Grabbing a trapeze, Air Wave saves himself and giving
pursuit, hears the Parrot say he will take flight. Air Wave rushes out and sees the Parrot’s
spread wings. Diving after him, Air Wave realizes he has been fooled again as
it is only the Parrot’s costume that has taken flight and that the criminal is
now behind him. As the Parrot gains the
upper hand, Air Wave himself deploys the misdirection trick, broadcast the
sounds of oncoming police. This is
enough to distract the Parrot until Air Wave can overcome and leave him
captured for the arriving deputies (Detective Comics #141).
Air Wave vanished from Earth-Two a few months after this case and the Parrot’s further criminal activities, if any, are unrecorded.
Powers and Abilities
The Parrot was a talented vocal mimic who could quickly duplicate any vocal sound he heard. His skills may have included the ability to mimic other sounds but this is not clear. He was a fair to average physical combatant and had minimal acting skills
Weaknesses and Limitations
The Parrot had no superhuman abilities and could be cornered and overwhelmed with human-level physical force.
No version of The Parrot has been verified to exist in any timeline but Earth-Two.