The Riddler

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The Riddler


General Information

Real name:

Edward Nigma (Sometimes uses Nygma or Nashton.)

First Appearance:

Detective Comics #140 (October, 1948)

Created by:

( artist ) Bill Finger (writer) Dick Sprang (artist)


Secret Society of Super Villains,

Assorted Batman rogues

Reading: The Riddler

Justice League of Arkham


Genius-level deductive reasoning
Vast esoteric knowledge

Portrayed by:

Frank Gorshin
John Astin
Jim Carrey
( Voice )
John Michael Higgins ( Voice )

Cory Michael Smith
Conan O’Brien ( Voice )
( Voice )
Paul Dano
Matthew Gruber ( Voice ) John Glover (Voice)John Michael Higgins (Voice) Dave Franco (Voice) Robert Englund (Voice) Wally Wingert (Voice)Conan O’Brien (Voice) Robin Atkin Downes (Voice)Matthew Gruber (Voice)

Riddle me this.
―Riddler’s catchphrase.
Life’s full of questions, isn’t it, Batman? Though, naturally, I prefer to think of them as riddles.
―The Riddler [ src ]

The Riddler is a criminal themed around riddles, puzzles and games, and frequent enemy of Batman. Cocreated by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang for Detective Comics # 140 ( October 1948 ), Edward “E.” Nigma ( sometimes Nygma and Nashton ), he themes his crimes around these, even leaving clues for Batman and the police to solve hinting to his plans. Whilst not as physically capable as other enemies in the rogues veranda, Riddler is frequently considered one of Batman ‘s most intelligent foes and has even manipulated others into assorted schemes. He has besides fought other DC superheroes, such as green Arrow and the Flash, and featured in several “ super-villain ” teams, including the legion of Doom and Injustice League. in the first place intended as a one clock villain in his first appearance, Riddler became popular after his adaptation in the 1960s Batman series and performance by Frank Gorshin. The fictional character would frequently appear from the 1960s onwards, becoming a recurring enemy to the Dark Knight and his allies. Riddler has besides served as the main villain of several stories, most notably being the mastermind of the popular Hush storyline. ascribable to his frequent appearances in other media, Riddler is much regarded to be one of the core members of Batman ‘s rogues veranda and one of his most popular enemies .


Edward Nigma discovered puzzles when he was a young male child, and he gradually incorporated them into his criminal career. Issue # 2 of Justice by Alex Ross suggests that his father physically abused him, which left him with a compulsion to tell the truth ( materializing through the tell of riddles ), ampere well as a desire to prove his superiority by outwitting everyone around him .
The Riddler ‘s condemnable modus operandi is therefore profoundly ingrained into his personality that he is virtually powerless to stop himself from acting it out. He can not plainly kill his opponents when he has the upper hand ; he has to put them in a deathtrap to see if he can devise a life and end intellectual challenge that the bomber can not solve and escape. however, unlike many of Batman ‘s theme enemies, Riddler ‘s compulsion is quite flexible, allowing him to commit any crime equally long as he can describe it in a riddle or puzzle. He much has two female assistants, named Query and Echo. In Batman Secret Origins Special, Riddler proclaimed that he had four henchmen named “ Mark, Mark, Mark, and Mark ”. sometimes, he is shown to drive a “ Riddlermobile, ” a greens car with “ ? ? ? ” on the license plate. A knockoff of the Batmobile. Riddler besides often carries a trick question mark-shaped cane .



The Riddler ‘s compulsion stems from parental maltreatment that he endured as a child. After Edward got high gear scores on some important tests in school, his father, unable to grasp the fact that his son was bright and believing he had cheated, beat him out of envy. This, in theory, left him with a potent internal hope to tell the truth, and prove his innocence. This desire manifests itself in the form of his compulsion with riddles. His folly, a well as his descent into crime in general, may besides have roots in a ache to rise above the anonymity that he possessed in his youth. As Edward Nashton grew older, he opened a asymmetrical circus booth involving a devilish perplex. The customers would compete to solve the perplex for loot money, but if they failed to do so, they would have to pay Nashton a little fee for competing. In every case, Edward rigged the puzzle in advance to ensure that the customer would always fail .
Unsatisfied with the modest pickings of the perplex booth, Nashton closed the carnival attraction and a confident Edward announced to himself he was apt adequate to use his wits for crime and baffle the upholders of the law. Nashton concluded he would commit puzzling crimes and constantly fix the duel of wits between him and the law so he would always win. Donning a green costume covered with question marks, he turned to crime and set out to achieve infamy as the Riddler. At first, the Riddler proves initially successful, launching a crime beckon across Gotham City. Batman soon deduced that the new villain was leaving perplex clues for the law in advance of each crime and began acting on the clues to thwart the Riddler ‘s puzzling crimes, although Nashton swiftly evades get again and again. The Riddler ‘s last riddle clue asks, “ Why is corn sol hard to escape from ? ” Batman concludes that the answer is included in the fact corn is besides known as corn, which sounds like “ tangle ” when pronounced. At the scenery of his following crime, Nashton fled into a building complex tangle he had designed to be the ultimate death-trap and challenged Batman, who had entered the maze in pursuit, to escape from the maze before a bomb, hidden in one of the many passageways, goes murder. Batman escaped, but the explosion knocked the Riddler off a pier and sent him plummeting to his supposed doom. But by the time two months had passed, the Riddler made it gain he had indeed survived his capitulation and resumed his crime wave, robbing cash prizes from a countrywide perplex contest. The Prince of Puzzlers was ultimately apprehended when he gave the citizens of Gotham City a charade clue which he anticipated would draw huge push to the Gotham Museum, where Nashton planned to steal some egyptian artifacts and scat in the crowd. however, he was thwarted when Batman and Robin arrived and captured him before he could make his getaway. After being paroled from prison, the Riddler returned, and wishing for all of Batman ‘s attention, helped the Dark Knight solve his latest case and apprehended criminals he has been preoccupied with chasing. nowadays with Batman ‘s full-time and care, the Riddler sent him a perplex riddle, which convinced Batman that the criminal was out to rob a flawless black drop from a Gotham millionaire. Batman and Robin seized the Riddler with the pearl, merely to learn he had legally purchased it with his own money. late, when he arrested the Riddler as he fled an art gallery with a invaluable keepsake, Batman was shocked to learn the villain had legitimately inherited it from his uncle. shortly after, Batman and Robin figured out the Riddler had given them another puzzle-clue in the form of their two most late encounters. The first picture of the first encounter being at the millionaire ‘s yacht, the second at the Peale artwork gallery. Batman discovered there were actually two clues, one stage set to mislead him and the other revealed the Riddler ‘s actual crime. Batman decided that one of the clues was excessively well run and must ‘ve been a false lead. frankincense, the other clue must predict the scene of the Riddler ‘s adjacent crime. Solving the latest riddle, Batman rushed to the scene of the crime and caught the Riddler red-handed in the middle of a looting, easily apprehending him. The Riddler late appeared in The question, being convinced to become a “ big-time villain ” by a prostitute he met on a bus. He hijacked it and began asking riddles, killing and robbing anyone that got them wrong. The Question promptly subdues him by asking him philosophic riddles in recurrence. He was outwitted and had a aflutter breakdown before being set complimentary as a reward for getting one stopping point riddle right. In the one-shot “ Riddler and the Riddle Factory ”, the Riddler became the master of ceremonies of an underground crippled picture that focused on digging up soil on celebrities. Many of the celebrated people that he humiliates end up committing suicide soon afterwards, suggesting that possibly the Riddler did more than just inspire their deaths. In the goal, his actions turn out to be a battlefront for his attempts to find the concealed treasures of “ Scarface ” Scarelli, a Gotham City gangster who lived long before Batman ‘s reign of crime-fighting. Riddler had a working kinship with The Cluemaster, although he initially resented the villain for apparently copying his modus operandi. In their first encounter, he set his colleague rogue up with a bombard and sent Batman off chasing riddles that would lead to its being diffused, a well as away from his real plan : to steal a huge amount of invaluable baseball trade. The two teamed up on a few occasions afterwards, and were working together on a boastfully scheme shortly before Cluemaster ‘s apparent death in the pages of The Suicide Squad. He seems to be more rational and timid than his boyfriend rogues. During the Batman crossover storyline No Man ‘s Land, after Gotham City is ravaged by an earthquake and Arkham Asylum freed its inmates, Riddler elected to flee Gotham rather than stay behind in the wide-open chaos that ensued. It is during this time period that he made the poor choice of attacking Black Canary and Green Arrow in Star City, where he was easily defeated .


In the 12 part storyline Hush, it is revealed that Riddler had suffered from cancer, which besides afflicted Dr. Thomas Elliot ‘s mother. Riddler used one of Ra ‘s Al Ghul ‘s Lazarus Pits to rid himself of the disease, and offered Elliot the gamble to cure his mother equally well, provided he paid a large sum of money. however, Elliot was in fact eager for his mother to die in decree to inherit her fortune. Elliot, who went on to secretly become the mask criminal known as Hush, explained that he would merely give Riddler the money he wanted if Riddler played along with his “ crippled ” to get revenge on his childhood friend Bruce Wayne ; Riddler agreed, and the two of them set Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Clayface ( Johnny Williams ), and Scarecrow out to destroy Batman, with Ra ‘s and Talia Al Ghul, Lady Shiva ( In Ra’s ‘s hire ) and Superman ( Temporarily under Ivy ‘s control ) being temporarily drawn into the scheme deoxyadenosine monophosphate good .
During the psychotic break that followed exposure to the Lazarus Pit, Riddler deduced Batman ‘s secret identity, and that Jason Todd was once Robin. He then told Clayface to impersonate Jason in orderliness to torment Batman, who was haunted by the erstwhile Robin ‘s death. Batman inaugural thought that Riddler had stolen Jason ‘s cadaver and hid it outside of Gotham Cemetery, but it turned out that Jason was alert the solid clock time. When Riddler threatened to reveal Batman ‘s identity ( Commenting that “ now the universe is my oyster. Right, Bruce ? “ ), however, the Caped Crusader mocked the threat as harmless, stating it was like the old joke about “ What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence ” ; if Riddler revealed the answer to the riddle “ who is Batman ? “, it would become worthless, something Riddler would n’t be able to stand. Riddler had n’t even told Clayface Batman ‘s true identity when he was posing as Jason, the one thing that would have made the imposture arrant, and had only told Hush because he had to. In addition, Batman warned the Riddler that if he revealed the secret, it would give Ra ‘s alabama Ghul a critical hint that he used a Lazarus Pit without his permission, and the League of Assassins would subsequently retaliate against him .


The fallout from Riddler ‘s fail scheme would be played out in Batman: Gotham Knights # 50-53. In the fib “ Pushback, ” Hush reappears and beats Riddler insensible across a rooftop. Seeking recourse, Riddler would go to the Joker and the Penguin. He would offer to tell the Joker who had killed his wife if the Clown Prince of Crime would protect him from Hush. The Joker agrees, but finally Hush, with the help of Prometheus, defeats the villain, forcing the Riddler to flee for his life. In Detective Comics # 797-799 the Riddler faces a great humiliation at the hands of Poison Ivy in the storyline entitled “ depleted ”, which took place the same meter as “ War Games ” In this encounter, the Riddler would seek shelter from Ivy only to be humiliated. Riddler and Ivy then faced off in a physical duel, which Ivy won easily. Riddler was stripped of his deductive powers and left to rot as a extremity of Gotham City ‘s huge and inconspicuous dispossessed population. A prospect meet with an ex-NSA codebreaker gave him a positive environment in which to recover his judgment. During that persist, he experienced an induce flashback that led him to realize that his father had abused him many years ago. His founder, unable to grasp that his son was brainy, believed he had cheated in his accomplishments, and beat him out of jealousy. once Riddler discovered this, he besides realized that his compulsion was born out of a potent desire to tell the truth to prove his innocence of deception. Having made this connection, the Riddler spent some of his huge fortune, acquired over many years of crime, to get minor credit card surgery and across-the-board tattoo, covering most of his torso with his brand motion insignia. He returned and killed the codebreaker- who had pieced together his identity but could n’t act on it- then promptly stole a invaluable scroll out from under Batman ‘s nose. Since then, the Riddler has spent most of his time either legally amassing a huge fortune or attacking assorted heroes in ordering to prove his newfound power. He has apparently lost the desire to plant riddles or clues at his versatile crime scenes, although he inactive enjoys riddles in an abstract feel, and will occasionally make subtle references to them in the course of his crimes. After attacking and closely killing k Arrow and Arsenal, Riddler once again escaped before the Outsiders arrived to save them .
The Riddler late showed up in Infinite Crisis # 1, with a group of villains attacking the Gotham City Police Department while the city deal with the chaos resulting from the stopping point of Day of Vengeance. He was spinal column in his green suit and talking in riddles, even wielding his brass interview mark-shaped cane. He was adjacent seen escaping Arkham Asylum during the global supervillain breakout the Society engineered in Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special # 1, which took place entirely days after the prior supernatural calamity. Riddler re-appeared as partially of the Society ‘s “ Phase Three ” attack on Metropolis. He was bluffly defeated by the Shining Knight, who struck Riddler with his mace. The Riddler has a counterpart in the anti-matter population called the Quizmaster, who is a member of Lex Luthor ‘s Justice Underground. In Detective Comics # 822, The Riddler returns, having spent much of the former year in a coma due to the nonreversible fight against the Knight. He has apparently reformed, and is now a individual adviser on the murder of a affluent socialite. Hired by the socialite ‘s beget, he successfully – with great flamboyance and in front of the media – proves that a photograph of Bruce Wayne obviously implicating him in the crime depicts an imposter, and briefly works with Batman to investigate the crime. As a consequence of his coma, The Riddler has apparently lost his compulsion for riddles, but retains both his reason and his gigantic ego. furthermore, he suffered hard memory personnel casualty ; upon emerging from his coma, he barely remembers his own appoint. He does not appear to remember that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one and the like, though he does harbor some suspicions of once knowing something about Bruce Wayne. The Riddler appeared to solve the case with the suicide of the apparent murderer, and cursorily took the citation. however, Batman found testify that the suicide was a frame-up to divert attention aside from the real killer. finally, he loses interest in crime-fighting ; he finds his cases irritatingly dim-witted ; and may return to crime. In Detective Comics # 828, Riddler is a guest along with Bruce Wayne on board a ship during a party. During the party, an old friend of Bruce ‘s falls overboard and is mauled to death by sharks. Bruce suspects foul turn, and finally tracks down the killer, who Riddler was besides close to catching, before Nigma was bludgeoned over the head by a shark-tooth club. The killer pushes Batman out the window, and is about to drop him to his death, when Nigma wraps his tie around an arrow, lights it on burn, and shoots it into the killer ‘s back. As the world rolls around screaming, Nigma taunts him, refusing to douse the flames. Batman extinguishes the flame, and responds to Nigma ‘s affirmation that they ‘re now allies with hostile dismissal. Nigma besides asks Batman if the shark mauling victim was person he knew. Batman denies it and leaves. The gust Riddler receives to his head, followed by his subsequent questioning of Batman ‘s kinship with the deceased has led some to speculate that he may be regaining his memories. In Detective Comics # 837 the Riddler is hired by Bruce Wayne to track down an experimental drug developed by Wayne Enterprises presently being tested for muscle stamen and cellular re-formation which has been stolen by a lab assistant named Lisa Newman. He discovers that Newman is staying at the same Athenian Women ‘s Help Shelter as Harley Quinn. With Harley ‘s aid he defeats Newman and returns the drug to Wayne Enterprises. In Countdown # 42, Riddler tells Mary Marvel that he has gone straight and is now a detective. The two join forces to defeat Clayface, and after witnessing Mary ‘s modern malicious approach to crime crusade, suggests that she consider finding a mentor to help her control her powers or at the very least get some anger management. After a ghastly series cause of death surfaces on the streets of Gotham City, the Riddler hones in on closing the casing, lone to find that the killer whale is actually an old victim of his out for revenge. The unseasoned man, whose girlfriend years earlier had gotten caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between The Riddler ‘s crowd and security guards, captured Nigma and attempted to kill him, but Batman intervened just in clock and saved his erstwhile enemy ‘s life. In the 2008 miniseries Gotham Underground, The Riddler investigates the Penguin ‘s participation with the Suicide Squad. He saves Dick Grayson, who was clandestine during the Gotham Gang War between Penguin and Tobias Whale and deduces that Grayson is Nightwing. He appeared in Battle for the hood : The Underground, where he was hired by The Penguin to find Black Mask. To help in his investigation against Black Mask, he tracks down Selina Kyle, meeting up with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in the process. Most recently, in Gotham City Sirens # 1, Poison Ivy is controlling the Riddler, keeping him in a about vegetal state so she and Harley Quinn can move into his townhouse and use it as a hideout. When a villain named Boneblaster decides to make a name for himself by killing Catwoman, he takes the struggle to the Riddler ‘s townhouse. The townhouse is badly damaged in the follow chaos, but the Riddler is freed from Ivy ‘s master in the procedure. Dismayed at seeing his house in shambles, he takes his erstwhile brass question mark cane off of the wall and begins to vent his frustration on the already downed Boneblaster. soon after, the Riddler is attempting to solve a duet of improbable suicides, the first being the second gear best female tennis player in the earth, the second an angiotensin converting enzyme race car driver. During his re-enactment of one of the deaths, he is visited by both Catwoman and Poison Ivy, seeking his assistant for locating Harley after her abduction. Due to the events of the first issue, and Harley ‘s mental state, he cursorily declines, and brushes off Poison Ivy ‘s threats. In his efforts, he uncovers that these deaths are in fact homicides orchestrated by a consecutive killer who leaves subtle clues to the future victim within the body and clock of death of the current victim. While attempting to alert the media, he provokes Dick Grayson as Batman. Almost immediately, Riddler deduces that the Batman before him is a new one. however, Riddler reveals that the future victim will be the baby of the second victim, a young romance writer, something that Dick needed Alfred and the Batcave computer to figure out. In the end, Batman goes off to confront the killer whale, whereas Riddler agrees to look after the mean victim. After a brief, but expected misunderstanding about Riddler ‘s intentions with the youthful charwoman, Batman phones in to announce that he has apprehended and questioned not one, but three killers about their intentions, but gets no answers. Riddler about leaves the woman to her life, when the lights go out by chance. Riddler immediately concludes that Batman has not captured all of the killers, and pulls the charwoman out of harms manner when a bombard goes off in front of her bookshop. While Riddler and the writer obscure as the fastball clears, three costumed assailants enter the wreckage, looking for their victim to mark with their adjacent riddle. The two men are led by a woman going by Conundrum, and their costumes sport black and green color schemes along with disturbingly like question set emblazoned on their outfits. As Riddler stealthily disposes of the two grunts via use of his cane, Conundrum manages to take the writer hostage at point. At which point, Riddler deduces that Conundrum and her men are all college students, who specialize in Police Sciences. Due to his celebrated rehabilitation, Conundrum ‘s group decided to fill the void with their debut murders. Conundrum tied admits that Riddler was her idol, and that it would be a pity to kill him. At this point, Riddler announces that Batman is en route to their very placement, something both Conundrum and the writer have difficulty believe. Riddler claims that since his reform, he and Batman have become close, and that his cane now has its own GPS that alerts Batman to his localization whenever the interview marker is twisted. however unbelieving of his claim, Riddler sedately asks Conundrum with a smirk “ Why is this man smiling ? ” After his doubt has been delivered, Batman shows up and knocks out Conundrum. Riddler then admits that he is wholly baffled that Batman is indeed there, since he was only stalling for time until he thought of something, leading him to wonder if there truly is a Batsignal in his cane ( a jury during Riddler ‘s “ bluff ” shows that there is indeed a Batsignal in his cane, as a greens interrogate grade alongside a map shows up inside the Batmobile ‘s windowpane ). After the ordeal is over, the youthful writer hugs the Riddler, thanking him for saving her life. After which, she and the reform villain go out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, with Batman looking over them. Dick admits that Riddler is indeed on a path of convalescence, but must still be watched. After washing up in the men ‘s room, Riddler sees a gossip show on a racing circuit television receiver, showcasing a plainclothes Harley getting into a car with Hush disguised as Bruce Wayne. He then calls Selina Kyle and tells her to turn on her television. Afterwards, the Riddler goes to attend Arkham Asylum ‘s reopening gala to keep an eye on Kitrina Falcone. besides at the party are Dr. Arkham, Mario Falcone and Dr. Singh from Gene-Core, a company going into partnership with the Asylum. Oracle, angry at Huntress for kissing Dick, makes her go after Kitrina. unbeknown to her, the Riddler trailed both women. Kitrina Falcone breaks into Gene-Core ‘s lab, then sets off a bombard, destroying the lab and much of the construction. Having had the fail go off near his front, Edward has began using his old Riddler eye mask again. He has besides been seen to be acting suspiciously recently, suggesting that he may very well be returning back to a liveliness of crime. Some time late, Riddler arrives at his agency to find his secretary tie and gagged at her desk, with Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman waiting in his office. The women tell him that they ‘re being framed for the murder of a young charwoman who ‘s body was dropped into their pond, and they need his help to prove that they had no part in it. After examining the woman ‘s body, he comes to the stopping point that the trio were telling the accuracy, merely to be attacked by Dr. Aesop. He agrees to help his achromatic associates solve the murder, alone to find out the trio only used him as bait for Dr. Aesop, whom the women suspected of trying to run them out of their home. Feeling betrayed, the Riddler begins contemplating whether he should return to his nefarious roots. interim, Dick Grayson deduces that the Riddler must have been hired by person to attend Arkham Asylum ‘s reopening gala, and decides to look into the matter promote .

The New 52

In DC ‘s 2011 relaunch of all of its monthly titles, The New 52, Riddler appears as an inpatient at Arkham Asylum in Batman # 1. Redesigned in the style of the fresh titles, he sports a k mohawk in the shape of a wonder crisscross. Riddler appears in more traditional form in the light that concludes Batman # 15 “ And here ‘s the Kicker ”, the third part of “ Death of the Family ”. After it is revealed that Joker has secretly hijacked Arkham Asylum, Riddler is depicted as a current inpatient, calmly biding his time and twit guards. But when Joker appears and reveals his big respect for Riddler ( as the villain whose dangerous intellectual has kept Batman “ acuate ” ), he uses Joker-gas to force Riddler to prove he could have escaped his cell anytime he wanted. To his humiliate, Riddler does, and becomes quite alarm when Joker shares a write-up of his plan to ambush Batman. Joker admits Riddler will have fiddling partially in his designs, but should stick around for the “ display ” anyhow.

After the Batman is subdued by Joker, Penguin, Two-Face & Riddler, the Joker then proceeds to lock the other rogues in a trap to prevent any of them from actually killing Batman. Although the Riddler is able to promptly decipher an escape he unfortunately succumbs to a tranquilizer the Joker had previously given him to neutralize his ability as an escape artist. The Riddler is late apprehended after the frustration of the Joker along with Penguin & Two-Face. The Riddler by and by appears as the chief antagonist for both the second gear and third chapters of the “ zero class ” storyline. In the canon, the Riddler is batman ‘s first masked supervillain, who is not only able to best Batman twice, but is besides able to wholly take control of Gotham, causing it to become a flood barren where merely the healthy are meant to survive. Although the Riddler continues to be steps ahead of the Dark Knight, he is finally defeated by the aggregate efforts of Batman, Commissioner Gordon & Lucius Fox before he could truly destroy Gotham as he primitively intended. He is late moved to Arkham Asylum, which is at the time not fit to family such a criminal but is in the work of being renovated to fit the needs. subsequently during the “ Batman : endless ” storyline the Riddler appears once again although for merely two issues. While Batman and his allies have been battling an stranger villain that appears to have the upper hand, the Riddler has been patiently observing, refusing to take part of the schema due to his pride forbidding him from doing something so overemotional. It is n’t until the Riddler becomes inpatient with Batman ‘s slow progress that he attempts to get the Dark Knight ‘s attention. Although Batman at first suspects that Riddler is behind the latest attacks, Edward rebuttals by explaining that although he wants to defeat the Batman, he is not the mastermind but he does reveal the masterminds identity in the human body of a riddle. Despite not being separate of the plot, Batman still intends to take him rear to Arkham, causing the Riddler to trigger a bomb calorimeter that starts an avalanche. After tracking the Riddler through the harsh coke, Batman finally captures Edward and takes him back to Gotham .

DC Rebirth

Riddler is foremost seen during I am Bane, where he serves as the final line of refutation between Bane and the Psycho Pirate. Rather than put up a competitiveness, Riddler rather lets him inside, asking him to remind Batman of the War of Jokes and Riddles. In “ The War of Jokes and Riddles ” storyline, Batman retells an early conflict between the Riddler and the Joker. Finding that the Joker had lost his common sense of humor, Riddler orchestrated a war between them to help him regain it. Among the villains that join him are Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Clayface, Killer Croc, Deathstroke, Firefly and Victor Zsasz. Riddler is besides responsible for Kite Man, poisoning Charles Brown ‘s son for apparently helping Joker create the Jokermobile. finally, Batman sides with Riddler ‘s crowd and helps defeat Joker ‘s gang. however, he and Kite Man stage for the villains to be captured using gliders designed for the group. With his motivations ultimately out, Batman last lost dominance and decided to murder Riddler for all the trouble he had caused Gotham. however, Joker stopped him at the last moment, causing him to last regain his lost common sense of humor .

Names and Variations

many adaptations of the Batman mythos have given the Riddler the veridical name Edward Nigma ( or Nygma ) or E. Nigma. occasionally his full name has been given as Edward E. Nigma. Some have depicted this as a false name and his real number identify as Edward Nashton, who legally changed his list to Edward Nygma. ( “ E. Nigma ” = mystery which means mystery ) In the french and Québécois translations of assorted Batman titles, his nom delaware overcharge has been translated to Le Sphinx referencing the riddle-posing giant of Greek mythology that Oedipus confronted. sometimes, he ‘s besides known as L’Homme-Mystère, which means “ the Mystery valet ” in French. In Germany, the villain has been called Mr. Sphinx, a well as Der Rätselknacker ( which is a foreign translation, because a ‘Rätselknacker ‘ in German would be the man to unravel a riddle ). In Italy he is called Enigmista, the misprint translation of “ Riddler ”. similarly the quality ‘s finnish mention, Arvuuttaja, is besides a literal translation. In Mexico and Latin America, the Riddler is known as El Acertijo, which literally means “ The Riddle ”. In Brazil, the character is called Charada, portuguese translation of “ parody ” which besides means “ Riddle ”. In Spain, the Riddler is known as “ Enigma ” In Denmark, the Riddler is known as Gækkeren, which, loosely translated, is a person, who plays tricks on others, though not inevitably through the use of riddles. In Sweden, the Riddler has been known as Gåtan, which is swedish for “ the riddle ”, and sometimes Gåtmannen ( =Riddle Man ). In Russia, he is called Ребус ( russian for Rebus ). In some translations, the Riddler is besides called Человек-загадка ( Chelovek-zagadka ; literally, “ the Mystery Man ” ). In Greece, he is called Γρίφος ( Greek for “ Riddle ” ). In Poland he is called Człowiek-Zagadka ( Polish for “ The Riddle Man ” ), or sometimes Pan Zagadka ( “ Mr. Riddle ” ) In Hungary, the character is called Rébusz enchantress means riddle, rebus. In Chinese, he is normally called 謎語人, which literally means “ Riddle man ”. In Turkish, he is called Bilmececi, the literal translation of the character ‘s original list. In Czech, he used to be called Rébus ( literally rebus ), later is called Hádankář ( Czech for, ,The Riddle Man ” ) .

Powers and Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intelligence: Supreme problem-solver, criminal mastermind. His mind excels with puzzles, minds games, and manipulations and also shown to be skilled with engineering and technology.
    • Expert Detective: He possesses great deductive skills and analytic ability comparable to Batman.
  • Independently Wealthy: Riddler has a vast fortune that he has acquired over years of crime as well as legally.
  • Escapologist: Riddler is adept in escapology. Since childhood Edward has been a big fan of the late great Harold Houdini. Using this skill to build his infamous elaborate death traps and to easily escape handcuffs.


  • The Riddler ‘s Cane: a steel question mark shaped cane, it has a wide variety of technological devices and weapons, like Holograms, Security Bypass and Electrical Blasts.
  • Question Mark Grapple Gun: Riddler has used his own version of the grappling hook pistols used by the Batman Family.


  • Automatic handgun: In the Batman Forever Game, it shoots bubbles which can make their opponents blow up like balloons and temporarily float around in the air for a few seconds, if successfully shot at the opponents.
  • Gimmick-based items: Exploding jigsaw puzzle pieces and crossword puzzle throwing nets.


  • Query and Echo – Two females who serve as Riddler’s henchmen and bodyguards. Query’s real name is Diedre Vance and Echo’s real name is Nina Damfino. (Detective Comics Annual #8)


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1960s Batman

See: The Riddler (Dozierverse) Frank Gorshin played the fictional character in the series, the first incarnation to wear a green bowler hat hat and jacket on occasion. John Astin played the character in two episodes, where he was the first personification to carry a question mark-shaped cane. In 1979 Gorshin returned as the Riddler in Legends of the Superheroes. The fictional character ‘s real name was never revealed .
See: The Riddler (Schumacherverse)
See The Riddler (Gotham)
See: The Riddler (Paul Dano) Paul Dano portrays the Riddler in The Batman .



The Riddler had his first turn in animated shape in the Filmation Batman installments first seen on “ CBS Saturday Morning ” in 1968 as share of The Batman/Superman Hour with a James Cagney type accent. While he did n’t appear in The New Adventures Of Batman, he is shown briefly in the possibility root. He former appeared in Hanna-Barbera ‘s Challenge Of The SuperFriends as a member of the Legion of Doom. Playing off the Gorshin model, this Riddler is a hyperactive daredevil whose artificial riddles baffle all but Batman and Robin. He was voiced by Michael Bell. He made his only solo appearance in a Superfriend short circuit episode, “ Around The World In 80 Riddles ”, where he sprays Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin with a chemical to reduce their intelligence to that of two year olds .
See: The Riddler (DC Animated Universe)

The Batman

See: The Riddler (Matsudaverse)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman first gear mentions Riddler in a call to Commissioner Gordon that he halted Riddler ‘s “ crossword puzzle puzzle crime spree ”, but Riddler does not appear. The Riddler makes an on-screen appearance in “ Legends of the Dark Mite. ” He, along with Killer Moth, The Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Kite Man, Mad Hatter, Penguin, Catwoman, Catman, Polka-Dot Man, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, and Tiger Shark appear concisely in Bat-Mite ‘s resource. He appears in the lapp put as on the cover of his comedian record beginning appearance, and he catches Bat-Mite in the lapp trap as well. In the teaser of the sequence “ A Bat Divided ! “, he hosted the game read “ Riddle Me This ” telling riddles to a tied up Booster Gold to determine the fortune of Batman with every wrong answer given by Booster Gold giving Batman a shock. Batman managed to free himself before the concluding riddle and then freed Booster Gold and Skeets. Both of them managed to defeat Riddler and his henchmen. The Riddler is voiced by John Michael Higgins. The Riddler was the main antagonist in the sequence “ The Criss Cross conspiracy ! ” In it, the Riddler, 10 years prior to the events of the episode, crashed the “ thirty-fifth Annual Wordy Awards ” ceremony, and commented how proud he was to not have been invited or nominated while grabbing a trophy. however, Batman and Robin appear and combat with Riddler and his goons, and are interrupted by the sudden appearance of Batwoman, aka Katrina Moldoff. While Riddler notes that Batwoman ‘s skills are impressive, he flees from the scene of the crime only to be caught outside of the build by Katrina. He then asks her, “ Why are you like a bride on her wedding day ? ” While Katrina is confused, the Riddler then answers “ Because you ‘re about to be unveiled, ” and unmasks her in front of a drove of news reporters. He is then knocked out by Batman while Katrina is in shock. In the present day, the Riddler digitally stole money out of Gotham ‘s reserves when Batman ambushed him. Batman threatened to kill him, which surprised the Riddler until Batman revealed he was actually Katrina in the Caped Crusader ‘s body. The Riddler was surprised by this revelation, and knocked out Katrina by electrocuting him/her. He then wraps her in chains above a tank of acidic, where the Riddler asks, “ When is Batman not Batman ? And do you know what the answer is ? ” Katrina looks at him sternly, and Riddler answers “ Who cares ? ” and comments on he would either be destroying Batman or Katrina in Batman ‘s body, which he states is a win-win. however, Batman in Katrina ‘s torso, along with Nightwing, Batgirl, and Felix Faust, cathexis in and battle the Riddler and his henchmen, until Faust switches back Katrina and Batman ‘s bodies. Batman then knocks out the Riddler again and sends him off to imprison .

Young Justice

The Riddler makes several cameo appearances in the film voiced by comedian, Conan O’Brien. His invention resembles the Jim Carrey interpretation of the character. At one point of the film, the Riddler removes a Lego citizens named Jeff ‘s entrust arm with his cane. Another outstanding scene is when after Batman ‘s villains are trapped in a giant Christmas award, the Riddler is the only villain to question what just happened .

Video Games

The Riddler has besides appeared in several video recording games based on Batman. He was a bos in Batman: The Animated Series, the SNES and Sega Genesis versions of The Adventures of Batman & Robin: The Video Game, and versatile television game adaptations of Batman Forever. The SNES crippled had Riddler re-using the Riddle of the Minotaur Maze from “ If You ‘re so smart, Why Are n’t You Rich ? “ ( But this time with the Gordons as hostages ) and the chess dining table from “ What is Reality ? “. In the Sega CD game, which had fully-animated cut scenes, John Glover reprises his character as the Riddler. He is mentioned by the JLA ‘s Watchtower recorder in Justice League: Heroes. The message, sent to Batman, is “ just now, a play sells death ” .

LEGO Video Games

See: The Riddler (LEGO Video Games)

Batman: Arkham series

See: The Riddler (Arkhamverse)

DC Universe Online

Riddler appears in DC Universe Online .
See: The Riddler (Telltale)


Riddler has made several appearances as an action calculate as part of Hasbro ‘s Batman : The Animated Series and Legends of Batman lines, Mattel ‘s The Batman line, and Art Asylum ‘s minimates line. He has besides been produced as a Heroclix. The Riddler is one of the rare of Mattel ‘s Super Powers Collection line. He is a repaint green Lantern figure that was merely released in South America. He was besides character of the line of action figures The World ‘s Greatest SuperHeroes .


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