He was created on Gothic Earth by the toymaker Guiseppe, who is based on Pinocchio's creator Geppetto and, like him, desperately wanted a son. Maligno was hated and mistreated by the adults of Odiare, but liked by the children, and, because of this, he manipulated Guiseppe into creating an army of carrionettes and then he ordered the killing of all the adults of Odiare. This act made the Dark Powers to bring Odiare into the Demiplane of Dread and choose Maligno as the darklord of the domain. His curse was that he can't possess the body of a human (an ability shared by the average carrionette). He doesn't like Guiseppe, but needs him since Guiseppe is the only one who can repair Maligno and any damage done on him is reflected on Maligno.