Enigma (DC Comics)

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Enigma
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Teen Titans Vol. 3 #38
Created by Geoff Johns
Tony Daniel
In-story information
Team affiliations Titans East
Teen Titans
Notable aliases Riddler's Daughter

Enigma is a name used by two fictional characters, both supervillains in the DC Comics Universe. The character first appeared in Teen Titans Vol. 3 #38 and was created by Geoff Johns and Tony Daniel. A villain in Trinity has also used the name. Both characters have a connection (however loose) to the Riddler.

Enigma[edit]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Not much is known about Enigma, but she briefly joined the Teen Titans after Infinite Crisis, but like most of the members during that time period she left. During this period, she was known as the Riddler's Daughter, and seemed to be friends with Duela Dent. She is not as talented at riddling as she would like to be (mostly they are just bad jokes), and she wields a question mark-shaped cane as a weapon.

One Year Later, she is a member of Deathstroke's villainous Titans East, now known as Enigma. During a battle, she says to Dent "Wait'll dear old daddy gets a load of us!", implying that they may be sisters, or at least think they are. Enigma and Duela were later psychologically torturing Raven inside a hall of mirrors. There, she revealed that she joined Titans East as a way of getting her father to accept her.

It is revealed that the Joker's daughter is actually the daughter of the Jokester of Earth 3 and was part of the Riddler family. In Enigma's first post-Teen Titans appearance, the main DC Universe Riddler claimed Enigma to be his daughter.[1]

Recently, she appeared alongside Riddler while fighting Batman. At the story's conclusion in Batman #712, the Riddler asks her "What's purple and green and bleeds profusely?" Enigma's response is cut short by her scream at what is implied to be the Riddler murdering his "daughter."

Notes[edit]

  • A Pre-Crisis Duela Dent used five different daughter disguises to get the attention of Robin, the Boy Wonder. She attempted to rob a Chinese Restaurant dressed up like a female Riddler, and used question mark-shaped guns that fired rubber bullets. This ruse was discovered when Robin unmasked her, but just as soon as he did so, she escaped by using a smoke bomb, possibly unmasking him as well in the process (presumed because Robin later finds out he is maskless).

Second Enigma[edit]

In issue one of the Trinity series, a mysterious man, whose face is half-obscured by a metal mask, and wielding a powerful staff, joins forces with Morgaine Le Fey. His true name is unknown, but he takes the moniker "Enigma", from what Le Fey initially called him. Along with Morgaine, he plans to conquer the Keystone Universe, a.k.a. New Earth, the current mainstream DC Universe, by forcibly integrating the personality of the Trinity, the group formed by Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, and collecting artifacts related to their personal origins.

The costume and theme are suggestive of The Riddler, who often goes by the alias Edward Nigma/Edward Nygma (although the half mask is also suggestive of another Batman villain--Two-Face as it appears Enigma's face is scarred in the same way as he is) but Enigma's true identity is deliberately kept a secret until later in the series.

Approaching to the revelation, several clues are scattered throughout the miniseries: the Riddler claims to recognize the modus operandi of Enigma as his own, therefore asking Dick Grayson more time to disculp himself. Morgaine, feeling Edward Nygma life-force while he was at Madame Zodiac's mansion, claims that Riddler and Enigma share the same life-force, or a similar one. Enigma seems to have a personal connection to the antimatter earth, as evidenced by an emotional outburst when Despero suggests conquering it. This is confirmed when Enigma teleports himself to a base orbiting the Anti-Matter Earth. [2]

Eventually, Enigma is unmasked when he attempts to sap Superman's powers via red sunlight radiation, but reversed in wavelength, which is ineffective over a being of New Earth; this spurs Superman into scanning Enigma's body with his X-ray vision, confirming that he's the Antimatter Riddler. [3] His backstory is later recounted: As the Quizmaster, Edward Nashton had formed the Justice Underground to challenge the Crime Syndicate's superiority. Eventually, Nashton's face was burned by Ultraman's heat vision, with his wife and infant son killed, and his daughter's body nearly destroyed. In retaliation, Nashton set out to change the anti-matter universe, using the power of the Trinity to do so.[4] Enigma and his allies successfully steal the Trinity's power, only for them to return as godlike beings. Enigma realizes that what they got was not the totality of the power they could have accrued, and devises a plan to complete this power, bickering with Morgaine over her usage of power (she had thoughtlessly destroyed most of Europe in her lashing out against the world). Ultimately, their second attempt fails when the godlike Trinity returns, and Morgaine strikes a deal with Krona, hoping to gain his power by giving him to living soul of Earth, in return for the human soul within Enigma's robotic aide, S.P.H.E.R.E., the soul of Enigma's daughter, to replace it, with Morgaine holding her power over her. Enigma refuses, and attacks Morgaine and Krona, only for S.P.H.E.R.E. to send him to the safety of the anti-matter universe.[5] Enigma later returns, having gained the aid of the Crime Syndicate, to help defeat Krona. When the Earth's worldsoul is released, it rejects Krona, and restores Enigma's daughter to life, fusing her soul with that of Krona's Void Hound. When the conflict is over, two return to the anti-matter universe, hoping to give its inhabitants hope.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Batman #705
  2. ^ Trinity #14
  3. ^ Trinity #16
  4. ^ Trinity #21
  5. ^ Trinity #45
  6. ^ Trinity #52

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