74 Facts About Riddler


Riddler is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

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Riddler has become one of the most enduring enemies of the superhero Batman and belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up his rogues gallery.

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Riddler has an obsessive compulsion to incorporate riddles, puzzles, and death traps in his schemes to prove his intellectual superiority over Batman and the police.

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Riddler's real name–Edward Nigma–is a pun itself; an "enigma" is a person or thing that is difficult to understand.

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Riddler has been adapted into numerous forms of media, having been portrayed in live action by Frank Gorshin and John Astin on the 1960s television series Batman, Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever, Cory Michael Smith on the 2014 Fox series Gotham, and Paul Dano in the 2022 film The Batman.

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Riddler's cheating rewarded, Edward embraced the mastery of puzzles of all kinds, eventually becoming a carnival employee who excelled at cheating his customers out of their money with his bizarre puzzles and mind games.

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Riddler soon finds himself longing for greater challenges and thrills and dons the disguise of the "Riddler" to challenge Batman, believing him to be a worthy adversary.

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The Riddler is hired by Carmine "The Roman" Falcone to tell him the identity of the Holiday killer.

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Riddler appeared again in the same chapter of the story in which Harvey Dent is disfigured when Batman comes to him for information about the attack.

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Riddler plays a slightly larger role in the story's sequel Batman: Dark Victory, in which Batman turns to him to figure out the significance of the lost games of hangman that are left at the scenes of the Hangman killer's crimes.

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Riddler later showed up as a member of Two-Face's jury during the Hangman's trial.

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Riddler has his henchmen employ several gimmicks and weapons used by the Scarecrow, Mr Freeze and the Joker to achieve this.

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The Riddler appears in The Question series, being convinced to become a "big-time villain" by a prostitute he meets on a bus.

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Riddler is outwitted and has a mental breakdown before being set free as a reward for getting one last riddle right.

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Riddler sees this, and then declares that he has "solved the riddle of Wayne Manor".

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Riddler's low reputation among heroes and villains was reflected when the Flash noted that Batman having trouble with Riddler was a clear sign that the world was ending.

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Riddler uses one of Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pits to cure himself and offers Elliot the chance to cure his mother as well, provided he pays a large sum of money.

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Riddler has Clayface shapeshift into the form of Batman's presumed deceased protege Jason Todd in order to torment Batman, who is haunted by the former Robin's death.

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Batman first thinks that Riddler had stolen Todd's corpse and hidden it, but it was revealed in a later storyline, Batman: Under the Hood, that Todd was alive the whole time and had personally played a role in Riddler and Hush's scheme.

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Riddler offers to tell the Joker who had killed his pregnant wife Jeannie if the Clown Prince of Crime would protect him from Hush.

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Once Riddler discovers this, he realizes that his compulsion is born out of a strong desire, to tell the truth, to prove his innocence of deception.

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Since then, Riddler has spent most of his time either legally amassing a huge fortune or attacking various heroes in order to prove his new-found power.

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Sometime between this incident and the events of Hush, Riddler was hired to steal artifacts imbued with mystical powers from one of Star City's museums, and then distract the authorities so that the related rituals could be commenced.

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Riddler sends Team Arrow on a wild goose chase around the city and then reveals that he has an atomic bomb housed in the stadium where the Star City Rockets play.

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Riddler reappears as part of the Society's "Phase Three" attack on Metropolis.

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Riddler is defeated by the Shining Knight and is struck in the head by the Knight's mace.

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Riddler has seemingly reformed and becomes a private consultant who takes on the murder case of a wealthy socialite.

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Riddler has suffered severe memory loss from the coma, and he barely remembers his own name.

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Riddler appears to solve the case with the suicide of the apparent murderer, and quickly takes the credit.

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Bruce suspects foul play, and eventually tracks down the killer, whom Riddler is close to catching before Nigma is bludgeoned over the head by a shark-tooth club.

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Riddler appears in Battle for the Cowl: The Underground, where he is hired by the Penguin to find Black Mask.

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Almost instantly, Riddler deduces that the Batman before him is a new one.

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Riddler deduces that Conundrum and her men are all college students who specialize in police sciences.

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Conundrum admits that Riddler was her idol and that it would be a shame to kill him.

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Riddler then admits that he is completely 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 Bat-signal in his cane .

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Dick admits that Riddler is indeed on a path of recovery, but must still be watched.

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Riddler then calls Selina and tells her to turn on her television.

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Sometime later, Riddler arrives at his office to find his secretary bound and gagged at her desk, with Harley, Ivy, and Selina waiting in his office.

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Blackspell is apprehended, but only after Batman suspects Riddler went to great lengths to orchestrate the ordeal, including poisoning himself with a nearly lethal dose of Joker gas to skirt suspicion and act on a grudge between him and Blackspell.

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Riddler is paid but is more interested in another reward, which Gilda promises after one more job.

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Joker admits Riddler will have little part in his designs but should stick around for the "show" anyway.

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The Riddler later appears in both the second and third chapters of the "Zero Year" storyline.

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Riddler appeared one more time in New 52 in the last three issues of The Flash.

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Alongside the Trickster, Riddler begins ruthlessly punching and beating the Flash before the speedster is quickly rescued by the Pied Piper.

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Riddler is first seen in custody at the GCPD, assisting them in solving a variety of crimes, including locating Joker's whereabouts, before stabbing a police officer to death 26 times.

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Riddler seemingly offers the Joker a partnership, acknowledging that if either of the two men individually kills Batman, the other will be left forever unsatisfied.

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Riddler is then seen meeting with Poison Ivy, discussing the Joker's need to rid anyone who could potentially kill Batman before him.

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Riddler eventually formed his team, consisting of himself, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Deathstroke, Clayface, Killer Croc, Two-Face, Firefly, and Victor Zsasz.

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Waging war on Joker's team across Gotham, Riddler is responsible for poisoning Charles Brown's son, resulting in his transformation into Kite Man who joins up with Joker's team consisting of Cluemaster, Deadshot, Mad Hatter, Man-Bat, Mr Freeze, Penguin, Solomon Grundy, and Ventriloquist.

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Riddler, using Hector Hammond's abilities, convinces the Society that Deathstroke is indeed evil by showcasing a simulation of Deathstroke killing them all right before Deathstroke himself is kidnapped.

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Riddler is a criminal genius capable of extraordinary lateral thinking in decoding and formulating puzzles of all kinds.

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Riddler is not especially talented in fisticuffs, but sometimes employs weaponry that exploits his gimmick, such as exploding jigsaw pieces, question-mark-shaped pistols, and his infamous question-mark staff, known to house a wide variety of technological devices and weapons.

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Riddler is shown to be skilled with engineering and technology, having confronted Batman and Robin with unique and elaborate deathtraps.

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Riddler is well known for being Batman's most intelligent adversary, and with a flexible theme to his crimes compared to similar criminals: all the Riddler requires is to be able to describe his threatened crime with a riddle or puzzle.

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Riddler once tried to commit crimes without leaving any clues using self hypnosis; however, he learned too late that while he was asleep his unconscious mind left riddling clues, causing Batman and Robin to capture him.

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However, the threat that Riddler actually poses is somewhat inconsistent across his various stories.

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Since The New 52 reboot, Riddler has been consistently depicted as a serious threat, with notable successes.

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Riddler has a working relationship with the Cluemaster, although he initially resents the villain for seemingly copying his modus operandi.

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Radically different interpretation of the Riddler is featured in Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Joker.

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Riddler's cane serves the purpose of helping to prop him up, due to a disabled leg.

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Riddler appears in the graphic novel series Batman: Earth One.

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The Riddler is subsequently arrested by the Gotham City Police Department and brought up on 43 charges of murder.

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Riddler's riddles are his method of subverting his condition so that he is still technically telling the truth, but always in as cryptic a manner as possible.

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Riddler has a heroic counterpart in the antimatter universe called the Quizmaster, who is a member of Lex Luthor's Justice Underground which opposes the evil Crime Syndicate of Amerika.

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Riddler later has the right half of his face burned by Ultraman, leading him to don a half-face and temporarily take on the name "Enigma".

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Riddler can be heard saying "ruh-riddle me this" in Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

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Riddler appears in the miniseries Kingdom Come, having been invited to a meeting of the Mankind Liberation Front by Lex Luthor.

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Riddler appears to have been invited to the meeting only upon the insistence of Selina Kyle, as Luthor does not appear enthused by his presence.

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Riddler is featured prominently in Batman: Gotham Adventures, a spin-off of Batman: The Animated Series.

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Riddler was about to make a riddle but Cyborg orders him to be silent.

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Riddler is freed by Harley Quinn alongside all the other inmates to attack the heroes.

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The Riddler is seen about to crush Batman's head with a large rock but hesitates as he tries to think of a riddle to say before committing the act, allowing the Green Arrow to knock him out with a boxing glove arrow, before being beaten down by Robin.

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Riddler made a minor appearance in the 2017 series Batman: White Knight.

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Riddler appears in the sequel storyline Batman: Curse of the White Knight, being among the villains murdered by Azrael.

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