Edward Nygma


The Riddler

Full name

Edward Nygma


The Riddler
The Chess Killer
Ed Nygma


GCPD ( once )
Kean crime family ( once )
Cobblepot crime family ( once )
Solomon Grundy ( once ; deceased )
Oswald Cobblepot ( on-off ) ( sexual tension )
The Narrows ( once )
Lee Thompkins ( ex-girlfriend )
Nyssa alabama Ghul ( thinker controlled by ; once )
Eduardo Dorrance

(mind controlled by; formerly)

Reading: Edward Nygma

Barbara Kean (sexual tension)


Professional Criminal
Manager ( once )
Mayor ‘s Chief of Staff ( once )
Second-In Command of the Narrows ( once )
Sleeper Agent ( once )

Forensic Science Technician (formerly)Professional Criminal Fight Club Manager (formerly)Mayor’s Chief of Staff (formerly)Second-In Command of the Narrows (formerly)Sleeper Agent (formerly)


Alive (resurrected)


Pilot “

Appeared in

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85 episodes

Portrayed by

Cory Michael Smith Source

I’ve shown this city who I truly am once before, and I will do it again. They will bow to the Riddler, and they won’t get up until I permit them to!
—Edward Nygma to Oswald Cobblepot[src]

Edward “Ed” Nygma ( Edward Nashton in some sources ), besides known as The Riddler, is the early forensic science technician working for the Gotham City Police Department with a preference for speak in riddles. He belated went down a path of criminal bodily process after murdering Tom Dougherty to protect Kristen Kringle from his abuse. He late started dating Kringle but killed her by accident adenine well after revealing this information to her. Ed ‘s alter ego would force him to embrace his dark after these murders. late, he framed Jim Gordon after the latter began looking into the end of Kringle. however, he was belated captured and sent to Arkham Asylum. Six months into his sentence, he was released due to the interposition of Oswald Cobblepot, to help with Oswald ‘s crusade for mayor of Gotham. Edward met a womanhood named Isabella, who bore a strike resemblance to Kristen. Oswald had Isabella killed out of jealousy and when Edward found out, he joined forces with Barbara Kean to enact his revenge on Oswald and destroy his conglomerate. After his plan to prove Oswald did n’t love him fail, Edward would try to kill Oswald by shooting him and pushing him into the river. Edward took on the persona of the Riddler and terrorized Gotham until he was frozen in a block of frosting by Victor Fries on Oswald ’ south orders, and suffered brain damage as a leave. Edward sought out aid and ran into Lee Thompkins, whom he finally formed a partnership with. Lee revealed that Ed ‘s brain wrong had worn off and that his issue was psychological and he started to become a better person. His other character ( the Riddler ) returned and wished to free himself by killing Lee, but that plan ultimately fail. He finally turned to Oswald for avail, which worked in unlocking the Riddler character, but both personas began to fall in sleep together with Lee. Ed was covetous of Jim Gordon and tortured him until Lee promised she would leave Gotham with him. After going back on her son, Lee feared Ed would try to kill her, and stabbed him, but Ed stabbed her a well and they both died. Ed was revived by Hugo Strange, but had sporadic blackouts with no recall of what happened. He took up residence in an abandon library during No Man ’ second Land, and was finally revealed to be a sleeper agentive role with a nick implanted in his brain by Strange, under the control condition of Nyssa al Ghul disguised as “ Theresa Walker ” and Eduardo Dorrance as part of their schema in destroying Gotham City. After Riddler managed to break free of his mind operate, he belated planned to leave the now abandoned Gotham behind with Oswald, although the match of them stayed behind and ended up helping with defending the city from Nyssa ‘s and Dorrance ‘s united states army. sometime after, Edward was arrested and placed back in Arkham Asylum, where he would spend the next ten years of his life being locked up. however, he was kidnapped and given bombs by Arkham guards under the orders of Jeremiah Valeska in order for Edward to blow up the newly built Wayne Tower. Though he was defeated by Selina Kyle and Barbara Kean, he managed to reunite with his besides newly released erstwhile friend : Oswald Cobblepot. Unfortunate for him, the two were caught and left for the GCPD by a cryptic vigilante, however they were able to escape and planned to take on the vigilante so that they could have the city for themselves .


early animation

Edward Nygma went to Hilltop Elementary school when he was at a youthful age. Edward earned his degree at Gotham City University. Prior to the events of the express, he won the Whippleburn Prize for excellence in criminal science writing for an article titled “ What ’ sulfur wrong With This Right ? Preventing false Positives at Crime Scenes. ” He besides authored other pieces for journals such as Evidence Quarterly, For Your Record and Post-Mortem Monthly. [ 1 ]

Working with the GCPD

Two months before the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Edward identified the consistency of Byron Stone, a thief who was killed during a robbery in Wayne Manor. He relayed this information to Gotham City Police Department detectives Harvey Bullock and Amanda Wong whose subsequent probe would help fast-track the events that would culminate in the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. [ 2 ] When Harvey Bullock and James Gordon are investigating the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Nygma presents data about the fastball recovered from Thomas Wayne ‘s body in the form of a riddle, to which Bullock impatiently demands that he “ tell ” quite than “ necessitate ”. Gordon, however, is willing to play along, and solves one of his riddles [ 3 ]. Ed comes to inform Essen, Gordon, and Bullock that Mackey had a high level of a knockout drug in his system. [ 4 ] Ed late informs Gordon and Bullock that Councilman Ron Jenkins and Zeller were killed by the same killer whale. [ 5 ] Amidst other forensics solve, Nygma helps elucidate the mechanism of action of the drug Viper, reacting to its ghastly effects with curiosity and fascination [ 6 ]. Ed begins to romantically pursue department archivist Kristen Kringle, angering her by reorganizing her file system in an attempt to improve it. [ 7 ] Ed helps Gordon and Bullock discover that a cadaver found belonged to Coleman Lawson. Nygma former decided to do his own autopsy on Coleman Lawson ‘s body, though he is soon discovered by the true aesculapian examiner, Dr. Guerra, who kicks him out. [ 8 ] Ed informs Gordon and Bullock about the discovery of the classifiable denture between the remains of the bomb calorimeter that went off survive night, which belonged to an abandoned metal factory. [ 9 ] When Gordon is temporarily transferred to Arkham Asylum, Nygma gives him a adieu embrace, demonstrating how much the detective ‘s friendliness means to him. [ 10 ] He continues his attempts to woo Kristen, giving her a cupcake with a fastball in it and declaring that “ it ‘s a riddle. ” Kristen, finding it “ menacing and wyrd and inedible, ” promptly returns it to him. Nygma later visits her in the records annex to explain what the gift was intended to represent — that “ a beautiful woman is a dangerous thing ” — but before Kristen can respond, Detective Arnold Flass appears and orders him to leave Kristen alone. Assuring her that he never meant to offend her, Nygma ‘s makes his way out and happens to overhear Kristen thanking Flass and remarking on how eldritch Nygma is. [ 11 ] Unwilling to give up fair yet, Nygma makes a card for Kristen and writes a short-circuit poem inside. When he comes by later to see what she thought of it, he finds Flass and some of the other police officers mocking it. In hurt of Kristen telling them to stop, they begin to tease him, and he leaves in embarrassment. later, as he ‘s in the lab “ surgically removing the onions from his takeout ”, Kristen comes in to apologize for Flass ‘ behavior, telling him that Flass happened to find the card in her desk and that she thought his menu was “ thoughtful. ” Encouraged, Nygma attempts to ask Kristen out, but she cuts him off and quickly makes her exit. Nygma smiles, murmuring to himself that “ there ‘s promise ”. [ 12 ] Annoyed by the incompetence of the aesculapian examiner, Dr. Guerra, Nygma takes to dissecting bodies without his license. Guerra begs Essen to do something about Nygma ‘s demeanor, and when they next catch him with his hand inside a cadaver, she suspends him. Nygma goes to the records room to tell Kristen and finds her clamant. She hastily gathers herself, and he explains his position to her, giving her binding a pencil he ‘d taken from her desk — immediately reduced to a little stump. Kristen says that she ‘s regretful to hear about his predicament and that she wishes something could be done. Getting an theme, Nygma sneaks back into the place belated and breaks into the checkup examiner ‘s footlocker, placing severed limb inside. Guerra is promptly fired after being found with the soundbox parts in his monomania. Reinstated out of necessity, Nygma returns to the annex to tell Kristen that he ‘s back. As he ‘s leaving, she stops him and declares that he owes her a newfangled pencil. [ 13 ] When Leslie Thompkins becomes the raw medical examiner, Nygma develops a cocksure working relationship with her, remarking to Gordon that she ‘s much better than her harbinger. Around the same time, he besides has a find meeting with Oswald Cobblepot, who stops by the station to speak to Gordon. Aware of who he is and intrigued by his presence, Nygma teases him, asking him whether he knew that male emperor butterfly penguins keep their eggs warm by balancing them on their feet. Bewildered and unamused, Cobblepot asks who he is, and then orders him to keep moving. [ 14 ] Ed accosts Kristen while she ‘s picking up files from the testing ground. He attempts to flirt with her and brings up the subject of Detective Flass, who has recently been reinstated. “ It ‘s barely that he ‘s such a bad — ” he begins, but Kristen cuts him off, placing a hired hand on his weapon. She tells him that she appreciates his concern, but has realized that there are far better men in the world than Arnold Flass. Kristen leaves the board and, grinning goofily, Nygma grasps the part of his weapon that she touched, sealed that she ‘d ultimately returned his affections. [ 15 ] As the day wraps up, Nygma approaches Kristen with a bouquet hide behind his back and asks if she has any dinner plans. Startled and regretful, Kristen says that she does, and introduces Nygma to her new boyfriend, Officer Tom Dougherty. Nygma remains civil, managing to retain his composure as Tom asks him a riddle. He answers it easily, and Tom promises that he ‘ll stump him next prison term. As the couple leaves the GCPD, Kristen casts another charitable glance back at Nygma. Nygma looks down at his wilt bouquet, then, in a fit of brokenhearted rage, tears it up and throws it into a garbage can. [ 15 ] Ed is asked by Gordon to find evidence from the sheath that was apparently missing. however, Nygma could not find the neglect evidence, though he did find a photocopy of an picture of a hand-painted unwrap heart. [ 16 ]

descent into insanity

Some days late, Nygma walks in on Tom and Kristen kiss in the annex. After Tom leaves, he notices bruises on Kristen ‘s arms, which she admits were Tom ‘s doing. Kristen shrugs off Nygma ‘s concern, not wanting him to get involved. Infuriated, Nygma confronts Tom himself. Tom asks Nygma if he ‘s ever been with a womanhood before, and when Nygma says nothing Tom declares that sometimes women “ need a tauten hand. ” Nygma insists his behavior is incorrect, and Tom asks him what he intends to do about it, again reducing him to silence. [ 17 ] Undeterred, that night Nygma waits outside of Kristen ‘s townhouse for Tom. When tom shows up, he declares that he wo n’t let Tom hurt Kristen any long and tells him that he should leave Gotham. For the first time, Tom in full realizes that Nygma has a crush on Kristen. He punches Nygma in the stomach. Before he can land a moment punch, Nygma impetuously draws a knife and incidentally stabs him. As he gapes in repugnance at what he ‘s done, Tom grips him by the shoulder as though to knock him down again, and Nygma flies into a rage, stabbing him ten more times. Looking over Tom ‘s abruptly body, Nygma gives a hysterical, terrify joke, overwhelmed by the magnitude of what he ‘s done. [ 17 ] The follow day, he returns to the GCPD with the now-dismembered cadaver, intending to dispose of it in the morgue. As he prepares to dissolve the human body from the bones, Kristen walks in to ask for some files back and recoils at the sight of the slaughter. Nygma constructs a hasty lie, claiming that the body parts are from a victim that was sliced up in an industrial accident. Kristen says that she ca n’t understand how Nygma is able to deal with those sorts of things on the job, and Nygma says “ one must have a sense of humor. ” She asks him whether he ‘s seen Tom around, and he tells her that he has n’t. To Kristen ‘s surprise, he then quickly ushers her out. He debates his following motion with Tom ‘s bare skull before smashing it, wondering loudly whether he should write Kristen a note in Tom ‘s diagnose to explain Tom ‘s sudden disappearance. He types one forbidden and plays dumb when he finds Kristen reading it. Exasperated, Kristen questions her choice in men and Ed tells her to read between the lines. After she leaves, chuckling to himself a fiddling, Nygma repositions the bill, revealing that the first letters of each line spell “ NYGMA ” down the leave margin. [ 18 ] however, Kristen finally notices Nygma ‘s hint and becomes leery. When confronted, Nygma denies knowing anything and is left alone. The fear of being caught, along with the pity of leaving such an easy hint, drives Nygma to criticize himself. [ 19 ] One month later, Ed is greeted by Jim in the before he was called to Essen ‘s office. After Gordon leaves, Nygma begins hallucinating, talking to his inner self. When his inside self-teases him, telling him to pursue Kristen Kringle, Nygma tells him to be quiet and storms out. [ 20 ] A few days late, Jerome Valeska and the Maniax breaks into the GCPD and begins a massacre. Nygma tackles Kristen and is shot in the arm with the bullet train that would have taken her life. [ 21 ] A week later, he practices asking her out by talking to a skeletal system in his lab. His alter-ego laughs at him, and says that he should “ take what he deserves ”. Nygma demands that Kristen meet him at his home for dinner. That evening, Nygma and Kristen are eating when Kristen apologizes to Nygma. She claims that she feels that she has been mean to him for the longest time. Nygma admits to thinking that he ‘s just been annoying her. She begins to reminisce about Officer Dougherty, ( placid not mindful that he is deceased ). Kristen wonders how she ever could have let Tom push her about as he did. Nygma nervously says “ I ‘m glad he ‘s dead. ” Kristen recoils in incredulity, saying that Nygma is incorrect, that Tom was animated. Edward promptly states that it was barely a design of speech, that Tom was merely dead to her. Kristen, feeling awkward, excuses herself to go to the bathroom, leaving Nygma to dwell on the near miss that he had. Nygma ‘s alter self appears and chastises him for blowing his gamble with Kringle. Nygma retorts for him to leave, unaware that Kristen was now in the room. She mistakenly thinks that Nygma was asking her to leave. Nygma stops her and tells her about the illusions, which Kristen merely shakes off. She then pulls Nygma in for a kiss. [ 22 ] Nygma later proudly announces to Detective Gordon and Leslie that he and Kristen are now an item, and asks if they would join them for a double go steady. Gordon declines, but Leslie agrees to go, forcing Gordon to agree. This goes well, and Leslie notes that Edward is changing. [ 23 ] The following date includes Nygma and Kristen talking, when Kringle, slightly intoxicated, asks if Nygma ‘s bedroom was in the adjacent room, implying that Kringle wants to sleep with Edward. After they are both prepared for go to bed, Kristen cursorily starts to spring up, abruptly cowardly that her die boyfriend, Dougherty, would discover Nygma and Kristen in concert. Nygma reassures her that she need n’t worry about him. Nygma confesses that he and Tom had an affray and that he was dead. Kristen is nervous, but she laughs, saying that Edward had her going, thinking it was a joke. Nygma informs her that he was n’t joking, then reveals that he had Tom ‘s badge as a trophy. Kristen becomes frightened, and yells out, claiming that everything she thought about him was right, resorting to calling him “ Menacing and weird ”. She starts to run away, stating how she could n’t believe she fell for Ed in the first place, and that she does n’t even recognize who he is anymore. She far threatens to have him locked up, claiming that he is a sociopath. Nygma however, denies having a mental illness. Kristen makes it to the door, with Edward grope after her, and she demands he let her go. Angrier than ever, Nygma tells her that he did it for her, to protect her. She slaps him, knocking him back a little bit. Nygma rises again and grasps her. Kristen busts a glass on his oral sex, causing him to fall, and his glasses to break. He then gets to his feet and cups his hired hand tightly around her mouth and throat. He attempts to reassure her by saying he killed Tom to protect her, saying she ‘d never let anyone hurt her, as he loved her, all the while, unwittingly choking the life out of her. When he released his grapple, Kristen ‘s lifeless body slumped down onto the deck, and Nygma screamed in grief. [ 24 ]

Embracing his dark side

Nygma wakes up the adjacent dawn to find that his own change ego has stolen Kristen ‘s body while the “ good Ed ” was unconscious. The Riddler personality taunts Edward and sends him on a ghastly scavenger hunt to find the cadaver. An envelope left on the bed tells Ed to find Kristen ‘s initials, KK, at the police station. He finally finds her severed hand in the ‘KK ‘ slot of a peddle machine, and, extracting it, discovers a rolled-up trash of wallpaper stuck to the hand. The following clue leads Edward to Leslie ‘s lab, where Kristen ‘s body is hidden in a drawer. Leslie about discovers the cadaver, but Ed cursorily makes up an excuse to get her away by telling her that he and Kristen had a contend and asking if she could give him some advice over coffee. late that night, Nygma returns to the lab and confronts his interpolate self, who asks Edward how it felt to commit a crime and not get caught by Leslie. Ed admits that it felt “ beautiful, ” and, grinning, he begins cutting up Kristen ‘s torso. [ 25 ] Nygma takes Kringle ‘s body to the woods to be buried and to say his concluding adieu. During this, he kills a hunter who comes across him. He returns to his car to fetch his gearing, planning to dismember the hunter ‘s consistency, but when he returns, he notices person has stolen his sandwich that he took for a cinch. Noticing a blood drag, Nygma begins to follow the suspect with the intent to kill them. Hours late he comes across an apart trailer, and when approaching the door it bursts open and Nygma is stunned. Placing back on his fall glasses, he notices it is Oswald Cobblepot, injured, fallible and begging for serve. [ 26 ] Nygma takes an unconscious Oswald rear to his apartment, Oswald is in fear when he sees Nygma, then Nygma sedates Oswald with a phonograph needle to calm him down, late when Oswald wakes up, he tells him that they have met once earlier at the GCPD and tells him that he will have nowhere to run and he will have to stay there until he recovers, Nygma tells Oswald that he has started murdering people, Oswald asks Nygma of his intentions, he then claims the murders have changed him and that he needs Oswald to guide him on his new path as he is one of the city ‘s most ill-famed killers, though Oswald refuses, and tells Ed that the path he is on will lead him to destruction and pain, Penguin by and by faints. Nygma kidnaps Leonard erstwhile former, he tells Oswald that he can kill Leonard for vengeance for his mother ‘s death, but Penguin then refuses, tells Ed he is done, and that he is leaving Gotham forever. Edward then drags Leonard into the closet, when he hears Oswald humming a song that his mother used to sing to him when he was a child. later that night, Ed plays the same song, awakening Oswald in the serve. Oswald asks him why he is playing the birdcall, and Ed replies with a riddle, which Oswald correctly answers as ‘ a memory ‘. Ed explains to Oswald that he heard him humming it under his covers, and figured that it had meaning to him. Oswald then explains to Ed that his beget used to sing it to him every night before he went to sleep. Ed then shows Oswald Kristen ‘s glasses and explains that they are all he has to remember her by, and when he looks at them he no longer feels gloominess, but gratitude. Oswald refuses to hear why, and proceeds to leave but Ed promptly stops him and tells him that love is their cripple weakness and that they are better off without it. Oswald is angered at this remark and grabs a tongue, and sticks it up to Ed ‘s neck, though Ed quickly saves himself by stating that Oswald ‘s mother was his weakness, and tells him a man with nothing left is ‘ a man who can not be bargained, a serviceman that can not be betrayed, a man who answers to no one but himself ‘. Ed then grabs the knife from Oswald ‘s hands. The newly befriended Oswald asks where Leonard is, Edward opens the water closet where he is being kept, and Oswald states his mother used to say a party ‘s not a party without entertainment, to which Edward smiles, then drags out Leonard. [ 27 ] late Ed is seen at study, talking to Penguin on his cell telephone about a punch toilet, cursorily hanging up as Leslie comes to Ed with files on the dead monk. Nygma ‘s cell earphone starts ringing, to which Leslie inquires if that ‘s Kristen calling Ed, when it ‘s in truth Oswald. Ed quickly fabricates a lie that he was talking to his plumber and proceeds to tell another lie that Kringle had left town with Officer Dougherty. He then breaks down in tears to cross off her suspicions. once Leslie leaves, he answers Oswald ‘s call, realizing Oswald was just calling to ask where the blue mustard is in Ed ‘s electric refrigerator, ending up finding it himself and ending the call. [ 28 ] When knocked out by Theo Galavan, a confused Jim Gordon wakes up to Nygma and Oswald singing with each other. It ‘s there that Gordon, Oswald and his crowd formulate a design to rescue Bruce Wayne from the order of St. Dumas. sometime late Nygma went back to the GCPD where he overheard a conversation with Leslie and Barnes, he heads over to her and tells her to go to his apartment. sometime after that Nygma heads over to hear the conversation with Bullock, Lucius, Barnes and Alfred about Gordon. Ed starts chuckle, and they all grow leery when they all go over to him and ask if he knows where Gordon is. He tries to riddle them and Lucius figures out that the answer is “ home, ” and asks Nygma if he ‘s talking about his own family. Nygma reluctantly replies yes. [ 29 ] sometime after Galavan ‘s death, during Victor Fries ‘ crime spree in which he freezes citizens of Gotham, Nygma is seen at the GCPD, doing forensics on a freeze policeman. Freezing a rose using liquid nitrogen, he comes to the decision that Fries was using cool melted helium as opposed to liquid nitrogen. Gordon asks where they get it, and Ed inquires why precisely they ‘d need some. Bullock explains that they do n’t and that they just wanted to know where it comes from, calling Ed a dummy. Ed is seen crushing the rose and says he does n’t like being called names. Gordon tells Ed to be easy and that Bullock was simply being colorful. After that Bullock leaves the room but Gordon stays to ask Ed the nature of Oswald ‘s relationship with him, and that he is concerned on why he aided a criminal. Nygma tells him that he found Oswald wounded and dying in the woods and that he nursed him back to health. Ed calls it an innocent mistake. Their conversation is then cut short when a collar is heard shouting and they head out to see everybody clapping that Oswald Cobblepot has last been arrested. When Oswald is put into a cell at GCPD, Ed comes to talk to him. He quietly asks him if he is doing approve, and if there is anything he can do to help, but Oswald responds that he is beyond help, however, he asks if Ed can take care of his mother ‘s grave occasionally, and tell her that he is thinking of her. When a guard comes in to collect Oswald and tells him he is going to Arkham, due to Oswald ‘s claim that he ‘s harebrained quite than a criminal, their conversation is cut short. [ 30 ] When Leslie asks Gordon for help on finding Kristen Kringle, Gordon goes to Ed for help and visits him in forensics, where he ‘s working on however another font with a cadaver. Gordon asks Ed if he has heard from Kristen Kringle recently. Ed then poses Gordon a permeate : “ I ‘m solid as a rock ‘n’ roll, but a discussion can destroy me, What am I ? ” before answering the riddle for Gordon, stating the answer is silence, and that he ‘s learn nothing. Gordon tells Ed he has n’t seemed to locate her, and that she has n’t cashed her last few paychecks, Ed asks if something bad has happened. Gordon then asks Nygma what Tom Dougherty is like, as Nygma responds “ Rotten ” and tells Gordon that Kristen left a note. Gordon asks if he can look at said note, but Ed says he did n’t think of it as a keepsake. With nothing left to go on, Gordon leaves. From this indicate on, Edward makes Jim an enemy and starts devising a plan to get him off his trail. [ 31 ] At the Gotham Museum Of Art, Ed slip in a bogus turkey, then sets it off when the home becomes populated. Nygma waits for the space to clear before going in with a knife and a green spray-can to leave clues for the police to find. Using the knife, he cuts off the paint and sprays a green question scar in its home. subsequently at the GCPD, Ed heads up to tell Gordon he is ready for their interview about Kristen leaving with Dougherty, but Gordon tells Nygma that he has to go to the Museum. Later, Edward is seen taking a fail out of his car, and puts it in a footlocker in the Gotham Train Station, spray painting a fleeceable question mark on the door of the cabinet. He waits for Gordon to get closer to the cabinet before activating it. Gordon then uses a crowbar to open the locker and grabs the bomb out and throws it into the statue before it explodes. Ed then flees the area. by and by, at the crime scene Ed asks for Strike Force Unit Alpha extremity Carl Pinkney ‘s signature for an Internal Affairs human body. Ed goes over to Jim and congratulates him on his quick thinking with the fail. Edward late picks up the crowbar that Gordon used to open the locker to further his design to get Jim off his back. back at his apartment, he is examining the crowbar he just took before Oswald knocks on his door, Nygma is happy that he is out of the Asylum he lets Oswald in, and asks why he is covered in feathers, but Oswald came to tell Nygma that he can change and anger is not the solution. But Edward tells him that he was hitting his stride and that he is truly grateful on all he taught him. and the bad stuff about Jim Gordon is in truth paying off. but Nygma asks Penguin to leave and that the new him is actually freaking him out, and thanks him for coming by. Edward changes the fail report to another sheet. Some fourth dimension late, Nygma calls the patrol place masking his articulation, about the mangle of Theo Galavan, Soon after that Edward goes to Officer Pinkney ‘s apartment to kill him for the concluding assemble of the puzzle, to frame Jim Gordon. finally putting Jim Gordon into prison. [ 32 ] After Jim Gordon was sent to prison, Nygma spots Bullock on the call with Harvey Dent, Bullock spots him going up the stairs, and tells him to come over to him. Bullock tells him that Jim is wasting aside in Blackgate and that the real number cause of death is out there, but Ed tries to put it back on Jim. but Harvey says that Jim is impeccant and that he did n’t kill Pinkney Ed says that that ‘s unfair and asks Bullock what he ‘s gon na do about it but before leaving, Bullock says that he wish he knew, Nygma starts to smirk. [ 33 ] After the news of Jim Gordon escaping prison was on the television at the GCPD, Bullock walks down stairs, Nygma is there and asks him if he has seen the news program. later, Jim Gordon goes to Ed for help on the phone cry audio that said Jim Gordon killed Galavan when Ed got into his apartment, scaring Ed, Jim tells him to relax and that he is n’t going to hurt him. Jim tells him that he needs his help and that he did n’t kill Pinkney and he needs to find the man who framed him Jim shows Ed the record that was recording from the I.A and that they secretly record everything that calls in, Ed says smiling “ They do ? Those sneaky little buggers, and-and what did you hear ? if you do n’t mind me asking. ” Jim tells him he did n’t hear much and that he disguised his voice and that there were other sounds on the tape, he figured because Ed works with sound recording he can help him. Ed tells him that he came to the right place Ed tells him he will get his stuff, and make some tea .
Ed tries to throw Jim off by saying, but Jim says he should at least clean the magnetic tape, Ed agrees to do so, and tells Jim that he needs some more tea, a satisfied Ed tells Jim that the museum overcharge was all a apparatus, and Jim tells Ed that he thinks Loeb was behind it and that he thinks it was “ vengeance ” and tells Ed he still has lackeys in the GCPD. Ed incidentally smashes a glass with the jug, Jim asks him if he is all right, and Ed tells him that he is. Ed then asks Gordon whether he think Loeb killed Pinkney himself, and Jim answers and says that he had some ‘psychopath ‘ do it for him. Ed is offended by this notion, and Jim calls the ‘murderer ‘ ‘sick ‘, but Ed brings up that Gordon had killed tons of people. Gordon says that it was in the occupation of duty, and brings up rumors he had heard. Ed tells Jim about the rumors of him killing Galavan, and a confused Jim asks him if Penguin told him anything about the night Galavan died, asking him if he talked to Oswald when Barnes brought him in, and Ed tells him the tape had finished. The noise is revealed to be a clock bird, and Ed is finally discovered by Jim. Ed ‘s clock bird sets off, and Ed starts laughing and tells Gordon that he knew that Gordon knew he had done it, before setting of an electric box wired to the mains electrocuting Jim. Later, Edward drags an unconscious Jim across the road, trying to put Jim into his car Jim wakes up and runs away, pulling a grease-gun from his pocket, Ed fires at him and shoots him. Ed runs into the build that Jim equitable escaped into and Ed hears him and shoots at him, Ed heads down to find Gordon ‘s blood on the step, before hearing him close the doorway, Ed runs out for Jim, but Jim disappeared into the city. At the GCPD when Selina Kyle tells everyone she knows where Jim Gordon is and that he knows where the bodies are buried, a worry Ed runs into the toilet trying to relax himself. [ 34 ] sometime late, when Ed is out in the woods where he buried Kristen Kringle he starts to dig up where she was buried, until Gordon sneaks up behind him. Ed hears his footsteps on the deck and pulls out the accelerator, pointing it at Gordon. Ed states that Gordon did find Penguin, but Gordon says that he only followed him, and Ed realizes that Gordon set up the scenario in the GCPD with Selina. Jim asks him how he became what he is, but Ed just tells him that this is who he constantly has been, and that he was last admitting the truth to himself. Jim states he was Ed ‘s ally, but Ed dismisses this, believing that Jim merely pitied him. Jim calls him wholly insane, and Ed tells him one death riddle for old times sake : “ A nightmare for some, for others, a jesus I come, my hands cold and black, it ‘s the warm hearts they seek ”. Jim answers the riddle by saying “ Death. ” and Ed says adieu to Jim, but Barnes and Bullock come from behind the tree and tells him to drop the gunman. Ed hesitates, saying he was arresting Jim but Barnes says he heard everything he said, and was giving Ed one last luck to surrender. rather Ed decides to make a hunt for it, until he tripped over a log, lifting his hands as he was surrounded by officers .

Sent to Arkham

As Edward is taken into Arkham Asylum, inmates start yelling and screaming. Edward stops to look but is dragged off by the guard. [ 34 ] In Arkham ‘s cafeteria, Ed broke up a fight between Aaron Helzinger and Rudy .
Ed later sees Gordon leaving out of the Asylum and Ed promises to find a way to get out of there, as no one beatnik him, though Gordon reminded him that he did. After that, Nygma listens to Hugo Strange and Ethel Peabody, commenting on Gordon as he could prove to be a big problem to their current plans. At that Nygma offers his help in taking Gordon down, but Strange refuses, though Nygma unintentionally gives him an estimate of how to solve his problem with Theo Galavan. Later, Ed was however upset about how Hugo Strange had dismissed him earlier. Ethel arrives and asks Aaron to come with her. As she closes the door, Ed holds it open with a newspaper. He realized that Strange hiding something, and follows Ethel and Aaron in a corridor and discovers that there ‘s a mysterious passage in the hallway. Later, Ed about has all the tools necessary to find the secret passage down the hallway except the bug zapper, as Norton had brought him a fly swatter alternatively. Afterward, he uses the objects he gained from the other inmates to gain access to the elevator leading down to the Indian Hill facility. Walking into the facility, Nygma discovers the screech of the atrocious creatures in the facility. [ 35 ] After Ed gets the elevator out of Indian Hill, Right after Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock walked by, A guard spots Ed, He asks him about what he is doing out of his cell, A frightened Ed tells the guard that it was a big error, he tells the guard that he good got lost, and he tells him he wants to go binding into his cell when Ed is back in his cell he tells himself he needs to get out somehow, before he spots the vent above his cellular telephone. late, he bumps into Selina Kyle in the vents, and two make a softwood with each early, with Selina giving Ed the directions out, and Ed telling her how to get to the basement. Nygma gets out of the vents soon after, but is immediately caught by guards. [ 36 ] Nygma is then put back in Arkham, sharing a cell with Stirk, a cannibalistic convict. Nygma tries telling Peabody that Strange will need him if he ‘s going to deal with Jim Gordon. Strange decides to take Nygma up on that, stating that he did find the hidden entrance to Indian Hill. Nygma is then hired as Arkham staff by Strange and put in charge of finding out what a appropriate Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox know about Indian Hill, a well as who they told. Nygma believes Strange gave him the speculate because he knows that Nygma would kill the both of them where they stand and not bat an eye. Nygma then sets a timer for five minutes, in which time poison flatulence would spew into the room and kill Bruce and Lucius. [ 37 ] Nygma asks if they know who funds indian Hill. Bruce answered “ Wayne Enterprises ”, and Nygma says he is right. then Nygma asks if they know who controls all of Gotham. Bruce answers falsely, and Nygma lets the flatulence into the room, but it just knocks Bruce and Lucius unconscious. Nygma tells foreign Bruce does n’t know everything, and Strange tells him he did a beneficial occupation. Nygma asks who controls Gotham, and Strange says he would have to kill Nygma if he told him. Strange says they will learn a batch from Nygma, and then a guard grab Nygma and locks him in a cell. Jim later springs Nygma and has him help him get into the board with the bomb. Jim locks Nygma back up in a cell. [ 38 ] Nygma began receiving visits from Oswald, who has since returned to his former self. Oswald had forgiven Nygma for previously casting him out and brings him gifts, one of them which included a sweater to keep Nygma warm in the cold cell. During a especial visit ( six months after the amerind Hill incident ) Oswald brings him a perplex box which is said to be advanced to the point that it gets passed down through generations, but Nygma successfully solves it in several seconds. He thanks Oswald for the kind gesture, and makes it authorize how regretful he is for how he mistreated him, which Oswald forgives him for. They begin to discuss the resurrect Fish Mooney whom Oswald fears for and ponders why she spared him when she escaped along with Strange ‘s early ‘monsters ‘ months previously. Nygma the reminds Oswald that “ Penguins eat fish ”. [ 39 ] A few days later Nygma is certified sane, causing him confusion due to merely serving for a short time and having been locked away for murdering three people. As the warden of the mental hospital sees him off at the gates, he assures Nygma that he is confident that he is amply reasonable. In actuality, Oswald paid the warden off to release Nygma, and a happy Nygma realizes this when Oswald pulls up in a limousine, and greets him : “ Hello, old acquaintance ”. [ 40 ]

Penguin ‘s Chief of Staff

Being released from Arkham Asylum under Penguin ‘s influence, Nygma is indebted to him and helps him run his mayoral campaign legitimately after discovering that Oswald was having Butch bribe the voters into electing him Edward went against Oswald and took back the payments that had been made by Butch. Upon discovering this Oswald threatened to have Butch kill him only for it to be revealed on live television receiver that Oswald had legitimately won by a landslide majority without the motivation to bribery, showing Oswald that the people stand with him with a sexual love riddle. Overjoyed Oswald announces Edward Nygma his foreman of Staff a lot to Butch ‘s disappointment. [ 41 ] [ 42 ] After that, Butch attacks Edward in Barbara ‘s club for exposing him as the drawing card of the Red Hood Gang. Edward was about strangled to death by Butch but Oswald hits Butch over the question with a bottle and Edward woke up after being unconscious for a few minutes. In the sign of the zodiac, Edward has a afflictive and hurt throat from the gag and Oswald gave him some tea to help his throat. Edward tells Oswald that he would do anything for him before Oswald embraces him. Oswald realizes that he is developing amatory feelings for Edward and soon feels ready to tell him but endlessly botches his attempts before inviting him over for dinner. While Edward is buying a bottle of wine he meets a librarian named Isabella, a dead ringer for Kristen Kringle, and they fall in love. [ 43 ] He misses having dinner with Oswald to spend the night with Isabella and when he returns to Oswald, who has even called the patrol since he thinks Edward is in trouble and was kidnapped, the latter is shocked when Edward reveals that he is in love. Oswald foster questions him about Isabella and finds out where she works, paying her a inflict. She says she gets her information from books and he lets it slip that Edward was in Arkham – a station she knows of for house murderers. however, when she confronts Edward she does not care about his by, which further infuriates Oswald when he sees them together. [ 44 ]

Oswald pays her another sojourn, this clock time at her home, and warns her to stay away from Edward but she refuses to do so. Isabella contacts Edward, asking him to meet him at her house and when he arrives he is confronted by her dressed as Kristen Kringle. She tells him not to be afraid and they kiss. Isabella then prepares to leave town and Oswald comes up with another design to get rid of her, employing Gabe to cut her brakes. While driving out of township she discovers her brakes are not working and she drives into the path of an oncoming train, which kills her. [ 45 ] When Edward learns of her death he is devastated and visits the scene of the crash to lay some flowers but learns from a blind homeless man that he heard her scream moments before her cable car was struck by the trail. He visits the garage where her car is and discovers her brakes were cut. He tells Oswald about his discovery but ultimately lays the blame on Butch. [ 46 ] He abducts Butch and Tabitha and tortures them, cutting off Tabitha ‘s hand, before Butch says that he killed Isabella by shooting her. Edward knows he is lying since Isabella was killed in a cable car crash. After learning from Olga that Oswald is in beloved with Edward and telling Butch, Barbara pays Edward a sojourn. He says he has spies trying to track down whoever killed isabella and she fake coughs “ Penguin ”, but Edward dismisses her claim as he believes Oswald has no motivative for causing her death. however, Barbara gives him a clue in the kind of a riddle which he solves with the response “ sleep together ”, leading to the penny finally dropping .

Destroying Penguin

by and by as Edward has Oswald sign his letter of resignation the former announces that he would like to become more than employer-employee which Oswald mistakes as a profession of love, leading to him finally blurting out that he is in love with him, which leaves the latter speechless as he meant that they should become occupation partners. Following this and realizing what Barbara had told him was true ( and feeling a deep sense of betrayal from the person he saw as his best ally ), Edward pays her, Butch and Tabitha a visit and says he wants to make Oswald pay for what he did to Isabella. [ 47 ] Edward decides to get revenge on Oswald by making him believe that he is seeing the ghost of his abruptly founder. Oswald first gear encounters his belated forefather ‘s ghostwriter in his mansion before seeing him again as he prepares to be interviewed on national television. The whole experience leads to him finding a pocket wax of human remains and then killing Edward ‘s substitute before he has a full blow meltdown during his consultation when he again sees his father ‘s ghost. however, the haunt turns out to be Clayface who is working aboard Edward. [ 48 ] After being led to a warehouse, Oswald is taken hostage by Edward, who chains him to Isabella ‘s car with a vat of acid above him, since he knows Oswald ‘s affair in her death. Oswald confesses that he killed her as he loves him. He leaves Oswald to his fortune but Oswald ultimately escapes with the avail of a security guard. however, he is late taken hostage by Butch and Tabitha. Barbara tells Oswald that if he wants to live he needs to call Edward in decree to kill him but Oswald chooses to die since he ruined Edward ‘s probability for happiness. Edward leads him to the pier where Oswald continues to profess his love to him. Oswald continues to pleading that he created him and that he loves him but Edward shoots him and he sinks into the water. [ 49 ]

Embracing his Riddler Persona

Following this, Edward becomes a much dark and maniacal name who begins taking hallucinogenic drugs so as to cast an complex number delusion of Oswald to speak to. After trying respective attempts at villains, including murdering intellectuals and wreaking havoc on the city and GCPD, leaving a series of riddles that lead Lucius and Harvey to him, he decides to get an adversary and make Lucius his adversary due to his high reason. While Oswald ‘s illusion keeps taunting Edward, Edward plays a game of riddles with Lucius for Bullock ‘s biography, which Lucius wins. He then has a heart to heart with Lucius, who calmly tries to reason with Edward and encourage him to seek professional help, but this alone makes Edward realize that he is destined to be the Riddler .
Edward then visits the docks where he killed Oswald and admits to the delusion of Oswald that he does regret killing him and that he sincerely valued their friendship, before throwing away the hallucinogenic drugs as a final form of closure and finally adopting his modern persona called “ The Riddler “. When Edward wants to know who runs Gotham, Jim leads him to the Court of Owls, who ultimately take Edward as their prisoner. Following the death of one of the Talons at Firefly ‘s hands, another Talon interruption into Oswald ‘s mansion and abducts him. He is placed in a cage following to Edward, who is shocked to discover that Oswald is inactive alive. [ 50 ] They start bickering but decide to work together to escape while agreeing to continue their feud. [ 51 ] Oswald and Ivy plot in concert to bring Edward down before the latter shows up with Butch and Tabitha, quick to kill Oswald. Oswald and Ivy escape but are subsequently confronted by Edward, Butch, Tabitha and Barbara who are then stopped in their tracks when fish shows up to take Oswald with her. [ 52 ] When Fish is late killed by an infect Jim, Oswald is taken into custody by the GCPD but they know that Edward wants to kill him therefore they decide to hand him over as a craft for the antidote to the Tetch virus in cattiness of Oswald ‘s protestations that Edward is a sociopath. [ 53 ] When they arrive Edward has Jervis Tetch connected to a fail but they are interrupted by Barbara, Butch and Tabitha. As a battle breaks out, Edward tries to escape but Oswald knocks him out and handcuffs him, escaping the scenery in a police car. When Edward rouses, they bicker and Oswald tells Edward that the latter will never be deoxyadenosine monophosphate chic as him. Edward guess that to be true, while attempting to free himself from his cuffs. Edward further questions Oswald about his plans for him and rubs salt into the wound when he tells Oswald that he is a itch child who throws a fit whenever he does not get what he wants – specially when what he wants ( Edward ) does not want him back. An anger Oswald brandishes his accelerator and gets out of the car, alone for Edward to kick the door candid since he has managed to free himself from his handcuffs. A ferocious Oswald tells him that it was supposed to be his turn to kill him and that the day Edward shot him was the day he was reborn as the Riddler, further adding that his whole character is based on a lie and there is nothing he can do about it .
Edward leads him to the harbor where he shot him and asks Oswald if he has any final words but the latter says he is fine for now. Thinking Oswald does not understand, Edward says he will not have a gamble subsequently as he is going to kill him but Oswald understands. Edward points his gunman but no fastball comes out, leading Oswald to take the bullets out of his crown pouch and reveal that he removed the bullets after he knocked him out and then summoned Ivy and Mr. Freeze, who show up. Realizing he has been tricked, Edward asks how he freed himself from the handcuffs and Oswald said he was using his tie pin as he wanted it to be personal before telling him that he may be controlled by his emotions but Edward himself is more predictable as he has “ a compulsive need to finish what [ he ] started in exacting fashion ”. Believing Oswald is going to kill him, the latter says rather that he wants Edward around to make certain that he never makes the same err again, which leads Mr. freeze to zapping Edward into an ice sculpt. The freeze Riddler was by and by brought to Van Dahl Manor, where he was stored in a special tank that prevented the ice from melting. Cobblepot then showed Ivy Pepper plans and sketches for his new cabaret, “ The Iceberg Lounge “, with him explaining that the name of the baseball club was not entirely meant to be an allusion to his dub “ Penguin ”, but besides the planned centerpiece that he wanted to display there as a trophy, the freeze Riddler. Cobblepot would then look at Nygma in his icy prison, not able to hide a smile at the satisfying sight. [ 54 ]

Centerpiece of The Iceberg Lounge

Remember how you accused me of being a slave of my emotions? No more. I’ve banished those feelings. And look how I have risen. But at what cost? I wonder which of us is frozen.
—Oswald Cobblepot to the frozen Edward Nygma[src]

While being interviewed by reporters at the Iceberg Lounge months later, Oswald ordered Ivy to reveal the frost Riddler to the group, remarking that their readers will find it interesting. When a diarist recognized the frozen man as Edward Nygma, Penguin came up with the excuse that Nygma had a very rare mind disease and had to be frozen until a cure is found. He moved on claiming that Ed begged him in his final lucid moments to not hide him away, but to preferably put him out with the people. however, Jim Gordon then showed up at the press conference to lead Merton and his crowd to Oswald and sarcastically asked if Edward knew he was being freeze as he suspected that Oswald probably froze him out of malevolence. Penguin responded by offering Gordon to view the medical record from Nygma ‘s doctor, but Jim rejected, knowing they most likely were fake or forced. When Oswald was ready for the open night of the Iceberg Lounge, he used the remaining prison term to talk to the freeze Riddler, ignoring that he would neither hear nor respond to it. Cobblepot asked Ed if he remembered when he accused Penguin of being a slave of his emotions, then telling him that they no longer will, since he banished those feelings, allowing him to rise to the crown of Gotham ‘s underworld once again. however, Oswald began to question the coast of this military action, asking his greatest adversary who of both was very fixed. Ivy Pepper, who sneaked from behind Cobblepot then said that Riddler decidedly was the fixed one, but Penguin ordered her to go somewhere else ampere soon as he noticed her. During opening night, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth would arrive at the Iceberg Lounge to speak to Cobblepot about his raw license of crime. Alfred remarked to Penguin that they were admiring his freeze checkmate, The Riddler, while Selina Kyle and Tabatha gave in to Victor Zsasz ‘s offer to work for Penguin. When Bruce went to speak to Selina on the roof, Merton and his crowd snuck through to the kitchen merely to be caught by surprise by Cobblepot and his minions. Alfred went to the ceiling to notify Bruce what happened downstairs. With Merton ‘s group apprehended by Cobblepot ‘s men, Penguin put them on display and made a speech about how he is the one keeping Gotham safe, not the GCPD, ruffianly Bruce Wayne suggested they be turned over to the GCPD rather of them being done away with, resulting in a discussion between them. however, ascribable to Oswald ‘s bad treatment towards her, Ivy Pepper turned off all the lights, betraying Cobblepot, resulting in a conflict as James Gordon and Harvey Bullock arrived. While Cobblepot was hit by a fear flatulence, Merton and his gang were defeated by Gordon, Bullock, Bruce, Alfred, Zsasz and Tabitha while Grady escaped. once given a dose of reverence toxin, Oswald hallucinated of a demonic version of Edward coming out of the frost block representing his greatest reverence. [ 55 ]

Suffering from Brain damage

The last thing I remember is being frozen at the river. How long was I on ice?”
“Five months. Since then, Penguin opened a club called the Iceberg Lounge. You were it’s centerpiece.”
“That little freak…he put me on display like some caged animal?
—Edward Nygma and Myrtle Jenkins after former was freed from his ice prison.[src]

Five months after Cobblepot ‘s victory over the Riddler, the latter one would ultimately be released from his arctic prison. When Penguin and Victor Zsasz were discussing about the excellent commercial enterprise the day had brought, Victor would tell his boss that his men stopped a pair of thieves that tried to rob from Penguin ‘s boss. Oswald would then keep refering to the frozen Nygma as if he were in the conversation, asking him if he could see what he has to deal with. To make surely no cargo was stolen, they left the Iceberg Lounge to examine the freight at Cobblepot ‘s warehouse. equally soon as Victor turned off all of the lights and the two were gone, Myrtle Jenkins entered the room with a blowtorch to free the Riddler from his frigid state. She would then take him to her hideout, leaving only his bowler hat hat behind in the middle of the fade ice. The Penguin was horrified when he discovered that Riddler was gone from his ice prison and ordered Zsasz to find him, bring him second to the Iceberg Lounge and kill the one who unfroze him. When Edward awoke in bed to find her apartment decorated with mannequins and newspaper cuttings of himself, he was unable to move and after she introduced herself as his “ # 1 fan ” she revealed he had been frozen for five months. The last thing he remembered was being at the docks and he besides expressed surprise that she outwitted Oswald by freeing him after she told him that he had been used as the centerpiece Iceberg Lounge. She attempted to nurse him back to health via acupuncture and testing him with riddles, which he was ineffective to answer. He finally managed to escape from her by knocking her out with a book of children ‘s riddles that she gave him in a bid to trigger his memory. After the auction, Oswald and Zsasz tracked down Myrtle and confronted her at her space for steeling Nygma. When she revealed Nygma ‘s damaged mind, not able to even answer children ‘s riddles, Cobblepot left the room and had Zsasz kill her to make an model. meanwhile, in the streets, a confuse Nygma walked down a street, where he saw a poster of Oswald in the Iceberg Lounge with himself frozen in the setting hanging on a windowpane, showing him that Penguin is in control condition of Gotham once again. [ 56 ]

I’m not the Riddler. Do it.”
“Stop. I’ve changed my mind. I’m not gonna freeze you. I would only be freezing Ed Nygma, who cares about that? No, better revenge is having you live, knowing that you are not him and you never will be again. Goodbye, Ed.
—Edward Nygma and Oswald Cobblepot concerning former’s fate.[src]

As he planned his revenge on Oswald, Nygma spent hours trying to make perfect riddles. He then sent rapping messengers with riddles to the Iceberg Lounge, that Cobblepot was ineffective to solve. later when the Riddler showed up at the Iceberg Lounge with the purpose of killing Oswald, the latter mocked him for his frightful riddles, which took him six hours to come up with and told him that he was not Riddler and not even Edward Nygma anymore. Victor Fries then zapped the gun out of the latter ‘s bridge player before Oswald told Nygma he was going to freeze him again. Nygma last admitted that he was nobelium longer The Riddler and told Fries to freeze him. however, this made Oswald change his judgment and said that he was going to make him live not knowing who he very was, sparing Ed ‘s life for more humiliation. [ 57 ] Out of despair, Nygma attempted to rob a drugstore but was outwitted by the pharmacist. He late encountered the born-again Solomon Grundy and recognized his face. Spotting the recognition, Grundy captured him and attempted to make him his “ friend ”. During their reunion, the duet confronted gangsters who were well outmatched by Solomon Grundy ‘s superhuman potency. soon after Nygma realized that he could make money out of Grundy, once the two of them joined The Narrows in Cherry ‘s place. [ 58 ] While there he bumped into Leslie Thompkins, who was working there and by and by discovered that she had a clinic down in the basement. She told him that she remained in Gotham since she felt guilty about not letting Jim stop the release of the Tetch virus and said that the Narrows was the area that had been affected the most and she felt the mighty thing to do would be to help those in motivation. She got him to hand over his money, telling him that she may be able to help him. When she left, Nygma gleefully declared that he was going to be identical smart again. [ 59 ] later on, to spite Oswald, Nygma decides to mock him in a clown express personally portraying Oswald as an annoying absurd egotistic male offspring that is ultimately defeated by Grundy. Nygma does this on a routine basis now preceding each contend at Cherry ‘s. Lee points out that finally Penguin might get news of this and retaliate. Nygma does n’t seem to care as he has Grundy to defend him. Lee besides point out the casualties that could happen which Ed claimed he did n’t care about. late after a fail kidnap attack on him at the behest of Oswald which ends with Cherry being exposed as Penguin ‘s witness and Barbara shooting her in the head, who along with Tabitha and Selina signify their resignation to Penguin. As Lee had shot Firefly ( Penguin ‘s hatchet man ) prior to publicly exposing Cherry and her being previously praised for offering treatment she ‘s declared the new leader of Cherry ‘s turf is with Ed as her second-in control .

Turning a New Leaf

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Riddler Release

I see the other you. The one whose name I wouldn’t speak. But because he has earned it and because I need him, I’m saying now: I need you…Riddler…
—Oswald Cobblepot to Edward Nygma, causing the Riddler to finally break free[src]

When Nygma went to Arkham Asylum to get himself imprisoned there, the Riddler started to appear in his hallucinations again and asked the riddle ‘What has two eyes but ca n’t see ‘. Annoyed, Ed answered with ‘two needles ‘ or ‘half of Mississippi ‘ but then said that he does n’t care. however, the Riddler thereupon whispered that it is Ed himself before vanishing. In this consequence, the board doorway opened and Penguin came in laughing out of gladness and explained that he knew his old supporter would understand his letter and come to Arkham. Due to Nygma ‘s confusion Cobblepot responded that he was not talking to Ed but quite to ‘him ‘, the matchless who read his letter. on the spur of the moment Ed saw the Riddler reappeareing adjacent to Penguin, holding Oswald ‘s tear and now stuck together letter in his hand and ordering Ed to read the first word of each sentence. Riddler then read out ‘Please bring Ed to Arkham so I can set you free ‘ before asking again ‘What has two eyes but ca n’t see what ‘s happening in front of him ‘ before shouting ‘Ed Nygma ‘ as the answer. due to this reveal, Ed became strain and explained that he came here to save Lee and screamed that he is only Ed Nygma and that Lee believes in him and sees him for who he is. consequently, Cobblepot yelled to Ed that he however sees ‘him ‘ and cursorily ran to him to stop Nygma from leaving and pressed him against the desk. Penguin told his erstwhile friend that Lee Thompkins may have made Ed potent but he still sees the other one whose name he would n’t speak. But because he has earned it and because he needs him, Oswald was now bequeath to say his name and thereon called him Riddler, causing the Riddler to reappear. ampere soon as these words left Cobblepot ‘s lips, the Riddler promptly calmed down, laid his playpen down, adjusted his glasses and then looked straight into Oswald ‘s eyes, asking him if they shall get to work before both of them bursted out into laugh, with Riddler immediately last complimentary from his inner prison once again. [ 60 ] now reunited with his old friend, Penguin ‘s top precedence before escaping Arkham Asylum was to ensure Martin ‘s safety and therefore sent the Riddler to free the male child from his captivity by the hands of Sofia Falcone. As The Riddler rescues Martin from Sofia Falcone ‘s two thugs on Penguin ‘s behalf, the latter approaches a defend at Arkham and is given a riddle, which he solves only to be punched in the nose. He lands in the hospital where he is broken out by The Riddler as Bullock is distracted by Victor Zsasz and Headhunter, who have shown up to retrieve Penguin for Sofia. Penguin and The Riddler wage Lee a visit and Penguin tells her that he freed The Riddler in order to get himself out of Arkham. They tell her of their plan to take down Sofia, while involves Victor Fries encasing Penguin in a stop of ice. Penguin is by and by cornered by Gordon and Bullock until a gunfight breaks out between them and Zsasz and Headhunter. The Riddler ends up being handed over to Sofia after Butch, who has since got his memory back, brings him to Tabitha and Barbara. He is tortured for information as Penguin, who was rescued by Lee, is encased in ice and delivered to her. however, the timer Fries gave him melts the ice and he confronts the Dentist, demanding to know where The Riddler has been taken. Sofia ‘s men take The Riddler to the pier with the intention of killing him until both men are shot by Penguin, who then tells The Riddler that he trusts him. Both of them agree that they never want to see that pier again. [ 61 ]

The Riddle factory

After taking down Sofia Falcone and her criminal conglomerate, Nygma started The Riddle Factory in the Narrows, a plot show where volunteers are put in end traps in front man of an audience to answer Nygma ‘s questions. If person wins, they get cash. If they lose, they get killed. One of the volunteers, Lars, guessed falsely and was forced to get a net full of rats put onto his steer. Luckily for Lars, Lee Thompkins showed up to stop Nygma. Lee tries to shut the read down but the consultation disagrees. Lee then decides to challenge Nygma and volunteers as the next dissenter. Nygma and Lee make a cover : If Lee loses, she has to spin the Wheel of Misfortune. If she wins, the game display is shut down. As the game begins, Nygma asks Lee the first riddle : “ I can be broken without being held. Given and then taken away. Some people use me to deceive, but when delivered, I am the greatest endowment of all. What am I ? Lee manipulates Nygma into giving her the solution, a promise. Lee is right and wins the first gear round. Later, during the second and final examination round, Lee comes up with her own riddle that Nygma has to solve. The permeate is : What three words are said besides much, meant by few, but wanted by all ? Nygma about says the answer, I love you, before realizing that this is a magic trick to get his Ed personality to come back. Nygma wo n’t say the answer and loses the game. former that night, when everyone leaves except Nygma, Lee comes back to tell Nygma that she knows he ‘s in love with her and that he can help her give what the people of the Narrows want. Nygma denies it at first and asks Lee why he would help her. Nygma then grabs Lee and puts a knife to her throat, saying she ‘s improper about loving her. She tells Nygma to kill her then, but he ca n’t. She then asks how many banks Nygma has robbed in one day, to which he answers three. She responds by saying he can do better. Nygma tells Lee that she ‘s playing a dangerous game, with Lee saying she knows. The two then kiss and embrace .


On the day Gotham City became a no man ‘s land, Jim Gordon was captured by Edward Nygma, who took him to the Narrows headquarter and tried to kill him in an effort to free Lee Thompkins from her feelings. however, Lee showed up and managed to convince Nygma that she no longer has feelings for Jim, and Gordon is released after Lee promises to leave Gotham with Nygma. With the city in chaos late that day, Lee decided to remain in the city to help the people of The Narrows, breaking up with Nygma in the serve. Their meet turns violent, and they stab each other to death but partake one final examination kiss as they succumb. At some point during the night, Penguin ‘s henchmen found the bodies of Ed and Lee in the Narrows and took them to the Falcone Mansion so that Hugo Strange could revive them. [ 62 ]

No Man ‘s Land


identical soon, Edward was resurrected and confused as to how he returned. He obviously kept waking up in different locations at random with no recollection of how he got there, and took up residence in a library. Every time he wakes up, he records his thoughts and experiences with a tape recorder .

No Man ‘s land : Day 87

Edward first base wakes up on a roof, laying down on a frame. He returns to the library and updates his progress. He looks into a mirror, believing it to be “ idiot Ed ”. He then wakes up again, but this time in a dumpster, a lot to his discouragement. While trying to figure it out, Edward screams in frustration at the mirror and demands the other Ed show himself. [ 63 ]

No Man ‘s land : Day 97

When Ed discovers that he was the one who blew up Haven, he started to suspect that person else is behind his bizarre behavior. He breaks into Oswald ‘s sign of the zodiac and questions him, finding out that Oswald paid Hugo Strange to resurrect him. He besides deduces that Strange has put some plant into his pass that can control his every go. Nygma is late captured by Barbara ‘s henchwomen and pleads his innocence, blaming Hugo for Haven. Barbara asks why she should assist him, with Ed promising her the best intel ever in rejoinder for the location of Strange. She gives him a localization where Hugo takes bodies, with Ed walking away in atonement. belated on while Hugo was opening a body bag, he and his bodyguard were surprise to see Nygma active and well. Ed questions Strange on how he got dominance of his mind but Hugo sprays him with a substance that knocks him unconscious. strange examines Ed ‘s brain to see where the malfunction is and when he fixed him, only for Jim to appear behind him, demanding that Strange wakes Ed up. Nygma again pleads his purity. Jim questions Strange on who is controlling Ed, but Eduardo Dorrance appears with a outside that stops Ed ‘s movements, revealing his partially in the incidental. Dorrance requests for Jim to put a bullet in Ed ‘s drumhead to prove his commitment to Theresa Walker, but Jim declines and tricks Eduardo into lowering his gunman so that he can attack and escape. Angered, Dorrance reactivates Ed and demands the death of Gordon. [ 64 ] former that night Ed managed to track Gordon down, entirely for him to get knocked unconscious. Ed late wakes up and is confronted by Jim as to whether he has full control of his heed or not. Ed ‘s answer shows that he returned to normal and Jim asks him to follow since the chip in his brain is a evidence of Walker ‘s crime. They would late go to the Sirens ‘ club where Barbara learns about Walker ‘s engagement behind Haven. Ed would then go to find a first care kit, only to notice Eduardo entering the club. He manages to catch up and make him believe that he is on his side ; but during a fudge crusade with Jim he throws a knife in one of the guard ‘s heads, resulting in a gunfight and Eduardo ‘s escape .

No Man ‘s domain : Day 98

Nygma ‘s nick was former removed from his mind at one of Bruce ‘s hideouts by Lucius Fox. The group then organizes a design after taking one of Walker ‘s recordings in which they will make a manage with Eduardo to spare Lee ‘s biography. While Gordon tries to strike the deal with Eduardo, Ed will distract the united states army with a forge bomb font. The plan about failed when Bullock solves the riddle that gave the soldier the revelation of a fake bombard password. abruptly, the united states army falls unconscious when the team releases a sedative natural gas. After a successful process, Ed escapes just as Jim was cook to speak with Lee. [ 65 ]

confrontation with Scarface

While Nygma started to build the submarine at the Gotham City Public Library, he and Penguin were approached by Cobblepot ‘s former accountant Arthur Penn, who had transformed into a ventriloquist-themed gangster and was under the influence of a cryptic dummy named Scarface. Penn and Scarface tried to take control of Penguin ‘s criminal empire and the submarine and decided to kill Oswald because he was no long utilitarian to them. With the assistant of the Riddler, Cobblepot managed to blow the ventriloquist dummy ‘s head off. Moments later, Arthur was then freed of Scarface ‘s charm and laid down his gunman. however, Penn was then shot dead by Nygma, who deemed him to dangerous even without the blank ‘s influence. [ 66 ]

back to Arkham Asylum

About six months after No Man ‘s Land, Nygma was incarcerated even again at Arkham Asylum for a ten, being seperated from his erstwhile partner, Oswald Cobblepot, who was incarcerated in Blackgate Penitentiary .

Ten Years subsequently

Being Kidnapped and Taken Out Of Arkham

I’m going to blow up the mayor.
“Didn’t you do that already?”
“It’s a callback!
—Barbara mocks Riddler’s plan

After being incarcerated in Arkham Asylum, he have grown long haircloth over the years he stayed in Arkham and leans against the wall behind a wall that seperates him from the Arkham guards. Edward examined a newspaper being read by one of the Arkham guards, discovering that Bruce Wayne is back in Gotham City, leading to him sarcastically referring to it as a “ big deal ”. concisely after, he begins to tell the Arkham guard that he knew Bruce and saved the city from Bane and Nyssa years back until he besides discovers that his erstwhile friend, Oswald Cobblepot, is being released from Blackgate, much to his surprise. As a consequence, the defend hits the fence with his baton, with Edward sinisterly laughing at the guard ‘s actions until he turns about and discovers that another inpatient is attempting to paint a deface and “ braindead ” convict ‘s remaining hair, preventing the inmate from continuing. then, he asks the inmate if he knows who he ‘s messing with before revealing that the disfigured inpatient is actually the ill-famed terrorist, Jeremiah Valeska. besides, Edward explains how Jeremiah is a legend, even if he has n’t been moving, speaking or doing anything for a ten, however, claims that if you ‘re going to screw with a caption then you should screw with them by rights before he snaps the other inpatient ‘s paintbrush in half, stabbing Jeremiah in the leg with one part. After the inmates laugh and Edward claims that this never gets erstwhile, an alarm clock is set off in the mental hospital, leading to the Arkham guards entering the place that the inmates stayed at, with two of the guards putting a chemise over Edward ‘s head and escorting him out of the mental hospital, much to Edward ‘s surprise and anger. Following his escape, Edward finds himself in a foreign and empty warehouse, sitting in a electric chair and being faced with a note on a case. After lento picking up the bill, he reads the note that appears to be from Oswald, telling him to show the city who the Riddler is and that there is everything he needs in the event. As he opens the case and discovers the bomb, he wickedly laughs and asks himself what Oswald is planning. late that day, Edward dons a new become and attends the party at Wayne Tower, being spotted, sneaking into a room, by an adult Selina Kyle, who tells Barbara Kean to follow her. then, Edward carries food on a platter, entering a room in the tugboat, where Mayor Aubrey James has his hands tied up, his mouth ducktaped and a vest with a bombard attatched to it. Edward provokes James by asking him if he ‘s athirst and wickedly laughing as he claims that it is James ‘ loss before watching the television receiver in the room that features news about Bruce Wayne returning to the city after a ten. After Alfred Pennyworth arrives on the stage during the party, Edward watches in boredom, asking where Bruce is before being approached by Barbara Kean, aiming his grease-gun at her and being surprised by her raw red hair’s-breadth color. As he lowers his gun, he tells her that he hopes she is n’t attempting to stop him before asking her if she remembers how “ amazing ” she was. She answers by telling him that she is hush amaze, however, she made a choice, leading to Edward telling her that some people are n’t able to make choices and that tonight, Gotham City will remember that he is the Riddler. She asks if blowing up the mayor was his plan to put his diagnose out there ahead Edward claims that it is a recall and explains that he was waiting for Bruce to begin his lecture in order for him to interru pt the party and present a permeate. concisely after, he continues to explain his newfangled plan since Bruce is n’t showing up until Selina knocks him out from behind with a pipe, stopping him from blowing up the mayor. After the party is interrupted by Jim Gordon and the GCPD, Edward is asked where the rest of the bombs are by Gordon, however, he claims that the bomb he used on the mayor was all he was given before he discovers that Oswald did n’t breaking him out of Arkham, a lot to his surprise. After being taken to an elevator by a GCPD officer, the officeholder is knocked out by person disguised as a GCPD officeholder, leading to Edward being taken away by him .

Reunited with Cobblepot and meeting the Dark Knight

After being taken by a cryptic man disguised as a GCPD military officer, Edward is taken into a total darkness cable car by the world, where he finally meets with his previous friend, Oswald Cobblepot, after a decade of being in Arkham Asylum. then, Oswald greets Edward, telling him that it ‘s very thoroughly to see him again while Edward explains how he believed that Oswald was the one who released Edward from Arkham and provided him with the bombs to blow up Wayne Tower. Oswald confirms that he did n’t have anything to do with it before telling Edward that he thought he needed help and saying “ What else are friends for ? ”. soon after, Oswald compliments Edward by telling him that he looks well, with Edward responding by saying that Oswald looks well excessively, other than the fact that he ‘s a moment blockheaded. Edward laughs after telling Oswald that it ‘s well to see him before something lands on their cable car with enough push to cause the car roof to be pushed downward. Afterwards, the cable car crashes into a nearby sidewalk, with the driver being knocked unconscious from the crash. Edward and Oswald push themselves out of the car while Oswald asks what had landed on their cable car in the beginning space before the two scream in terror after seeing a mysterious vigilante gliding above the two. late that nox, the GCPD arrive to the scene, along with Alfred Pennyworth and Lucius Fox. The two unwrap Edward and Oswald tied up onto a lamppost, struggling to escape the trap they were put in by the mysterious vigilante. sometime after, they are cut down from the lamppost, arrested by the GCPD and put into a hand truck in order to transport them rear to prison. In the GCPD truck, Edward argues with Oswald, who claims that the mysterious vigilante said that Gotham was Oswald ‘s while Edward responds by telling him that he was there. then, Oswald angerly tells Edward that he did not spend a decade in Blackgate to give Gotham City to the mysterious bat-dressed vigilante before Edward manages to get them out of their restraints. The two open the back doors of the truck and jump out in decree to ensure that they were detached. Once they began to walk, Oswald tells Edward that the two necessitate to find out who this vigilante is and show him that Gotham is their city, which Edward agrees to. abruptly, Edward stops Oswald from continuing to walk as the two glance up at the lapp vigilante, who was travelling from one build to another. As the two seem frightened to enact their plan tonight, the two agree that they could do it tomorrow before walking away together. [ 67 ]


Don’t you dare call me “Ed.” I’m the Riddler. And I became him when I killed you.
—Edward Nygma to Oswald Cobblepot[src]

Edward is healthy, creative, calculating, kind, and caring. His meticulous and observant nature, much detecting clues and connections his superiors miss. however, he is besides egotistic, being infatuated by his intelligence and enjoys telling riddles to prove this, much to the annoyance of most of his co-workers. He can besides be awkward, unintentionally contemptuous, and selfish, like getting the previous medical examiner fired as retaliation for getting him suspended by making it look like he was stealing torso parts. His obsession with riddles greatly annoys people he works with, who ask him to speak in layman ‘s terms in frustration. Jim much answers some of the riddles, making Ed happy. however, this can besides be a subconscious mind pulsation, as he left his name NYGMA hidden in a forge adieu message from Doughty to Kringle. Killing Dougherty was the catalyst for a major change in Edward ‘s behavior. The trauma of committing his inaugural murder was enough to cause Edward to develop a rip personality, one that ‘s crazier and more aggressive. These two personalities merge in the second season, as a consequence, Edward is more impulsive, paranoid and prone to anger, and he now sees certain people as obstacles in his path that should be removed, such as the orion he killed indeed that he would n’t find Kristen ‘s body, and evening Jim, his friend, when Jim started getting on Edward ‘s case about Kristen ‘s whereabouts. He late justifies his change in behavior to Jim, claiming this is who he is and that all it took, besides killing people, was admitting it to himself. In the fourthly season, Ed and Riddler are separate personalities again ; though each embodies something different about themselves as a wholly. Ed embodies their emotions, while Riddler is their high intelligence. Due to Ed abandoning his quest to regain his intelligence, Riddler briefly takes control at times, trying to get Lee killed so the injury can allow him to take back control of their body. After Riddler is given back control of their consistency by Penguin ultimately speaking his name, Ed decides to subtly influences Riddler ‘s feelings for Lee, so they can fuse bet on into one. however, Riddler is not swayed by Ed ‘s feelings, rather coming to love Lee himself, being more pull back to the darkness in her than the kind doctor of the church Ed see. however, Riddler is more prone to jealousy, due to Lee ‘s by romanticism with Gordon. In the fifth season, Ed and Riddler again blend. Unknown to him, thanks to Hugo Strange planting a manipulate chip in his brain, it silenced his original Ed Nygma personality, efficaciously freeing him of the ageless struggle. Without the conflict, Riddler actually manages to mellow out a bite, gaining some of the calm traits Ed had.

physical appearance

Edward is a white american male with combed over black hair and glasses. During his days working at the GCPD, Ed wore a grey suit and pants with grey shoes and his knead nametag on the forget english of his jacket. This was his forensic uniform. During season 2 and his fourth dimension in Arkham Asylum, Ed wore a white prison uniform with black stripes. His prisoner count was D-171. After being released from Arkham and becoming The Riddler, Ed wore an emerald green suit with a black vest with and emerald green tie. He wore a black bowler hat hat with olive green gloves. This was his kit throughout season 3, season 4 and season 5 up until episode 12. In the season 5 finale, Ed wore a darkness green suit with a brown singlet and black tie with a golden interrogate mark connect pin. Over this, he wore a blue green trench coat covered in black question sign patterns. He besides wore dark purple gloves. Ed wore the same bootleg bowler hat hat however he had new glasses that had been tinted with fleeceable .


Edward is a person of exceptional intelligence and imagination. He deserves to be appreciated by someone on his own level. And you, my dear, are simply not.
—Oswald Cobblepot to Isabella[src]
  • Genius-level intellect/Master tactician: Edward has a very high intellect and advanced mental faculties, claiming to understand topics preternaturally. Described by Barbara Kean as “a whiz at strategy,”[68] Edward is also able to flawlessly execute the crimes he commits through careful and methodical planning, such as when he had Jim Gordon incarcerated for murder. In his escape from Arkham, he knew when the guards and the guarding forces were walking around the floors of the asylum to scan the place, and knew how to act as he planted the bombs in the museum and the train station. Kathryn Monroe stated that a man with his intellect could be “quite useful” to the Court of Owls. Lee Thompkins called Ed “the smartest man in Gotham.”[69]
    • Eidetic memory: Edward has claimed that he is incapable of forgetting anything.[70]
    • Encyclopedic knowledge: Edward possesses a profound knowledge of anatomy and displays a wide-ranging command of esoterica from numerous fields.
    • Logical reasoning: Edward is able to calculate the likelihood of certain events. He also has the remarkable ability to view people and situations as puzzles to be solved. As such, Edward managed to successfully solve an advanced puzzle box within several seconds, an item of which has been passed down throughout generations due to its complexity, with even Oswald claiming that the most skilled mathematician couldn’t crack it.
    • Master manipulator/Master of deception: Edward is highly skilled at manipulating others, such as the inmates at Arkham. He was able to trick Kristen into thinking Dougherty left Gotham by writing a letter with his name in it. He also managed to keep everyone at his workplace from noticing his change of behavior following his mental breakdown.
    • Forensic expert: Edward worked in forensics for the GCPD prior to his arrest. He was able to use his skills of forensics to frame Jim Gordon for Carl Pinkney’s murder. He also noticed how the brake lines to Isabella’s car had been cut, something the GCPD *forensics team failed to see.
    • Explosives expert: Edward is highly trained at creating bombs, such as the ones he put in the museum and the train station.
    • Skilled lockpick user: Edward has at least rudimentary lock picking skills, as shown when he successfully broke into the medical examiner’s locker and accessing Hugo Strange’s elevator to Indian Hill.
    • Medical knowledge: Edward has some medical knowledge, having managed to save Oswald from dying from his gunshot wound and nurse him back to health.
    • Origami: Edward has some skill in origami. He used the wrapping paper of a gift given to him by Oswald in Arkham to create an origami penguin.
  • Expert marksman: Edward is proficient in the use of firearms, particularly handguns. He was accurate enough to shoot Jim Gordon in the leg with the latter’s own gun when he tried to escape, as well as Arthur Penn through the back of the head. He destroyed Haven with an RPG, firing it through the basement window and detonating the fuel oil tank.
  • Skilled knife-wielder/thrower: Edward is capable of using a knife to kill his enemies up close in a surprise attack. He has also some proficiency at knife throwing as seen when he killed a Delta Force member by throwing a meat cleaver at his head.
His strength of mind is impressive.
—The Dentist to Sofia Falcone[src]
  • Indomitable will/High tolerance for pain: Edward was able to survive being tortured by one of Sofia Falcone’s henchmen, even managing to survive being stabbed in the leg.


I know you, Ed. I may be driven by my emotions, but you are driven by something much more predictable: a desperate, compulsive need to complete what you’ve started in exacting fashion.
—Oswald Cobblepot to Edward Nygma[src]
  • Obsession: Nygma is obsessed with riddles, elaborate questions with answers that are extremely hard to discover.

early weaknesses

  • Degraded intellect: Prolonged cryogenic sleep in a block of ice has caused him some level of intellectual damage, vastly reducing Edward’s natural capability to create extremely complex riddles in a matter of seconds. Even Penguin laughed, antagonized and pitied him as Edward revealed that he spent hours coming up with terrible riddles. However, it is later revealed by Leslie Thompkins, that the problem is not physical; but psychological. Ed slowly begins to gain his wits back, but later discovers that his split personality had received all of his high-intellect and would only regain it when his darker persona took back control.
  • Split personality: Edward has a split personality revealed after killing Tom Dougherty and giving the fake goodbye letter to Kristin. It is unknow whether he’s always had this or it was formed due to him killing Tom. Nygma’s darker personality looked just like him, only without glasses and with a cleaner hairstyle and behaved with aggression and ruthlessness. He would interact with his dark side, usually while looking at his own reflection. His dark side was also capable of overshadowing him, although it was only shown doing this after Edward’s accidental killing of Kristin. After realizing he enjoyed the thrill of getting away with his crimes, it appeared as though both of his personalities merged. When Edward realized he was developing feelings of love towards Lee Thompkins, it caused his personalities to split again with his dark side looking just like Edward when he was dressed as the Riddler. It seems that the Riddler side of Edward is now able to get him to perform actions subconsciously, such as when Edward visited Arkham to taunt Oswald and left a note in the form of a riddle for him indicating that Edward would be the Riddler once more. This would later prove true when the Riddler persona convinced Ed to go to Arkham as opposed to committing suicide (in an effort to save Lee), after successfully finding a hidden message that Oswald left him so he could free the Riddler from Ed’s mind. He does so by saying the Riddler’s name, which likely has to do with the fact that prior to his freezing Nygma would have the compulsive need for Oswald to address him as the Riddler so that he could be seen as an equal in Oswald’s eyes, and saying it strengthened the Riddler as he finally got Oswald to see him as a worthy enough villain. But even after taking back control Ed still existed in their mind and started to influence Riddler so they could merge again. In the final season the two personalities merge again and unknown to him, thanks to Hugo Strange planting a control chip in his brain, it silenced his original Ed Nygma personality, effectively freeing him of the eternal struggle. Without the struggle, Riddler actually manages to mellow out a bit, gaining some of the calmer traits Ed had.


  • Guns/Firearms: Edward has used different types of pistols such revolvers, handguns, assault rifles, and RPGs.
  • Knives: Edward has used different types of knives such as folding knives, spring-assisted knives, throwing knives, meat cleavers, and switchblades.
  • Bombs/Explosives: Edward has used different types of explosives such as knock-out gas grenades and hand grenades.



  • In “A Dark Knight: Mandatory Brunch Meeting”, Nygma’s game show “The Riddle Factory” is adapted directly from Batman: Riddler (1995), which Cory Michael Smith described as his favorite comic book in a 2014 interview.[71]
  • He can play the piano.[citation needed]
  • Throughout Season 1, Edward was picked on many times by fellow officers such as Tom Dougherty. This mirrors his comic book counterpart, who was bullied as a child by both his father and school classmates.
  • Edward’s ringtone is eerily similar to a sped-up snippet of the “transition” tune from the 1966 Batman series.
  • Every woman that Edward Nygma was in a relationship with died:
    • Kristen Kringle, by his own hand accidentally after she was told he murdered her abusive ex-boyfriend.
    • Isabella, murder authorized by Oswald Cobblepot due to Oswald being jealous of her due to the fact she has something he longed for, Nygma’s love.
    • Lee Thompkins, stabbed her after she refused to leave Gotham with him after Ra’s al Ghul and Jeremiah Valeska turned Gotham into a No Man’s Land and stabbed him first.
  • Edward working for the Gotham City Police Department is most likely inspired by the Arkham video game series. In the Arkham continuity, Riddler was shown working for the G.C.P.D in the prequel game Batman: Arkham Origins.
    • Also, Edward’s alternate personality speaks to him in a distorted manner, similar to how Riddler’s voice recording does in the Arkham games.
    • The device he built to torture Tabitha and Butch might be yet another reference to the games, as the Riddler builds multiple elaborate death traps in the game Batman: Arkham City.
  • Edward’s relationship with his alternate personality is similar to the relationship between the unnamed narrator and Tyler Durden in the 1999 film Fight Club.
  • In some versions of the character, he has the surname “Nashton”, where he ends up taking the name Nigma (sometimes spelled Nygma depending on the writers).
  • Like most of his DC incarnations, Nygma always has an inability to tell a permanent lie. Even if he manages to get away with a lie like how he murdered Tom, he always leaves a clue about what actually happened, similar to how he made sure in each left margin, it spelled out “NYGMA”.
    • He may also tell half-truths. One instance is how he told Leslie Thompkins about his fight with Kristen, but leaves out the part where he killed her. Another occurrence is when he admits that Kristen “left” Gotham to be with Tom Dougherty (via afterlife).
    • Another example is his description of Tom Dougherty as “rotten”. Naturally, Gordon assumed that Nygma was talking about Dougherty’s personality, but Nygma was secretly referring to the fact that Dougherty is dead and decomposing.
  • His license plate is “RIDL LVR”.
  • This incarnation begins to craft his Riddler persona and gimmick years prior to Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.
    • This idea would later be used for the backstory of Riddler from the Batman: The Enemy Within video game, in which he operated in Gotham City as a costumed villain prior to Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.
  • The inmate number on Edward Nygma’s prison uniform at Arkham Asylum is shown to be D-171. This is a reference to the comic Batman #171 (1965), which marked the second appearance of the Riddler in DC Comics and the character’s first appearance since Detective Comics #140 (1948) after a 17-year absence during which he served a prison sentence.
    • This comic played an important role in the history of the character. Without Batman #171, the Riddler would have most likely been a forgotten or obscure Batman villain to this day. When William Dozier, the producer of the 1966 TV series Batman was looking for stories to adapt for his new television series starring Adam West, he also picked up Batman #171 with the Riddler story “Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler!”. He then partially adapted this story into the show’s pilot episode, “Hi Diddle Riddle” / “Smack in the Middle”.[72] Frank Gorshin’s portrayal of the Riddler introduced the obscure character to a wide TV audience and led to various more appearances in comics, turning the Riddler from a forgotten character into the iconic A-list villain that is known today. The number D-171 on Nygma’s Arkham uniform in Gotham references the importance of Batman #171 to DC comics history.
  • Nygma’s struggle with his darker side and having a split personality makes him similar to fellow Batman rogue Two-Face.
  • Although Nygma denied his love for Oswald Cobblepot (who in fact loved him), several fan theories suggested Ed may have always loved Oswald. One argument for this was when he hallucinated Oswald seducing him.

Behind the scenes

  • In DC comics, Edward Nygma, alias the Riddler, (alternate versions of his name include Edward Nigma or Edward Nashton depending on continuity) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang and he first appeared in Detective Comics #140 (1948). The first time the character’s origin was tied into the G.C.P.D. was in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins, where he is described as a police consultant and the apparent head of the Cybercrime unit.


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