Condiment King
Condiment King
Real name: Buddy Standler
Base: Gotham City
Weaponry: Ketchup and Mustard guns, hot sauce packets
Voiced by: Stuart Pankin

Condiment King was the criminal identity adopted by television comic Buddy Standler.


Buddy Standler was a famous stand-up comic and television personality. As one of Gotham City's best known funny men, Standler regularly judged the annual "Laugh-Off" comedy competition, along with Harry Loomis and Lisa Lorraine. One year, he was unfortunately present when an unregistered contestant, the Joker in disguise, was given the hook. The Joker swore revenge, and stole the Mad Hatter's mind control technology to humiliate all three judges.

Under the Joker's mind control, Standler adopted the identity of "The Condiment King" and held up the exclusive Crown Restaurant with a pair of squirt guns attached to ketchup and mustard hoses. Batman stopped him, and, while acting up, the King tumbled off a roof and landed on a passing police car. Unconscious, he was taken to the hospital, while the restaurant sued him for damages, and the network that carried his television show canceled it. He was pardoned of his unintentional crimes after the Joker's plan was foiled.

Background information

Condiment King crossed over into official DC Comics continuity in 2002's Birds of Prey #37. Writer Chuck Dixon would use the character on two more occasions, in Batgirl: Year One and his 2008 run on Robin. As with the character's animated appearance, Condiment King was played primarily as comic relief, and his real name is Mitchell Mayo (pun obviously intended) rather than Buddy Standler.


Batman: The Animated Series

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