Riddler in other media

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Adaptations of Riddler in other media
Created byBill Finger
Dick Sprang
Original sourceComics published by DC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #140 (October 1948)
Films and television
Film(s)Batman (1966)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018)
Television
show(s)
Batman (1966)
The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
Challenge of the Super Friends (1978)
Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
Super Friends (1980)
Batman: The Animated Series (1994)
The New Batman Adventures (1997)
Superman: The Animated Series (1998)
Batman Beyond (1999)
The Batman (2004)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Young Justice (2010)
DC Nation Shorts (2011)
Gotham (2014)
DC Super Hero Girls (2015)
Justice League Action (2016)

The Riddler was originally a comic book character and Batman's adversary, but has been substantially adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including feature films, television series, and video games. The Riddler has been voiced by John Glover in the DC animated universe, Robert Englund in The Batman, and Wally Wingert in the Batman: Arkham video game series. He has also been portrayed by Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the 1960s Batman television series, Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever, and Cory Michael Smith in the FOX television show Gotham.

Television[edit]

Live action[edit]

The Riddler, portrayed by Frank Gorshin in the 1960s Batman TV series (left) and Cory Michael Smith on the TV series Gotham (right).
  • The Riddler appears in the 1960s Batman television series and as one of the villains in the theatrical film spin-off. Frank Gorshin portrayed Riddler in the first and third season of the series and the film and John Astin portrayed Riddler in the second season. He made four appearances in season 1 (more than any other villain) but was reduced to only one appearance per season afterwards. The popular television series was inspired by the first Silver Age appearance of the Riddler, with the premiere episode being an adaptation of Batman #171.
  • Frank Gorshin also portrayed the Riddler in Legends of the Superheroes in 1979.
  • Edward Nygma is featured in the TV series Gotham, where he is portrayed by Cory Michael Smith.[1][2][3] This version is a forensic scientist working for the Gotham City Police Department who has a fondness for expressing findings in the form of riddles. He eventually turns to crime, however, and terrorizes Gotham as the Riddler. Nygma is depicted as being a brilliant but eccentric character who often has difficulty in social situations. He is consistently disrespected by his colleagues and by his superiors. He spends most of the early seasons in love with a woman named Kristin Kringle who initially does not requite his affectios. However this changes after he kills her abusive boyfriend in secret and saves her life from Jerome Velaska. They then initiate a romantic relationship which lasts until Nygma confesses to the former crime to Kristin and inadvertently kills her. Nygma then develops a split personality which remains until he embraces the darkness he now realises is within him and ultimately proclaims himself the Riddler after seemingly killing the Penguin.The series traces his evolution into a master criminal, as well as his complicated, sexual tension filled, love–hate relationship with fellow criminal Oswald Cobblepot.
  • In the fourth episode of the first season of the NBC series Powerless, the Riddler sends his henchmen to Charm City to steal a weapon from Wayne Security that would allow him to attack Arkham Asylum. One of the Riddler's henchmen (Robert Buckley) dates Emily Locke, who worked for the firm, in an attempt to get close to the weapon. Their plot is foiled when Van Wayne enters the office in a Robin costume and the Riddler's henchmen all scatter, thinking that Batman must be nearby.

Animation[edit]

DC animated universe[edit]

The Riddler as he appeared in Batman: The Animated Series (left) and The New Batman Adventures (right)
  • The Riddler appears in the DC animated universe, voiced by John Glover. For this version, the producers decided to play against the popular Frank Gorshin image of a cackling trickster to avoid confusion with the Joker, instead portraying the character as a smooth intellectual who presents genuinely challenging puzzles. The series's creators admit they did not use him often because his character often made story plots too long, too complex or too bizarre, and the creators also found it very hard to devise the villain's riddles.[4]
    • Riddler appears in Batman: The Animated Series. The character's design consists of a green suit and purple mask. In his debut episode "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?", Edward Nygma becomes the Riddler after being unjustly fired by his greedy employer, Dan Mockridge, whom he tries to kill. Despite Batman solving his riddles, he evades capture, and later appears in "What Is Reality?", where he locks Commissioner Gordon into a virtual reality world. Batman outsmarts him, however, and finally apprehends the villain by solving his riddle. Unlike the other villains that escaped Arkham Asylum, Riddler is actually released due to good behavior. He returns in the episode "Riddler's Reform", where he works at a toy company and uses his Riddler persona to advertise them and make millions. However, Riddler finds that he cannot control his need to commit riddle-based crimes, and eventually makes a seemingly inescapable deathtrap for Batman. The Dark Knight manages to survive, however, and apprehends him. When Batman refuses to tell him how he escaped, Riddler is returned to Arkham, plagued continuously by Batman's survival.
    • Riddler makes cameo appearances in The New Batman Adventures. The character's design is completely different: lacking the hair and mask and dressed in a unitard with a large question mark. In the episode "Over the Edge", Riddler was seen on a talk show with the other Batman villains in Batgirl's nightmare induced by Scarecrow's fear gas. In the episode "Judgement Day", Riddler was among the victims of the vigilante known as The Judge at the time he was crashing a banquet, being crushed by The Judge, knocking him.
    • Riddler appears in Superman: The Animated Series. In the episode "Knight Time", he is in league with Bane and the Mad Hatter to take advantage of Batman's recent disappearance. However, Riddler is quickly captured by Superman (dressed as Batman) and Robin, being the latter the one who handcuffs him to the cage where he had locked him.
    • Riddler makes a silent cameo appearance on Batman Beyond. In the episode "Black Out", one of Riddler's costumes is seen on display at the Batcave. Mannequins of the Riddler were also seen on display at the Batcave in the episodes "Disappearing Inque", "Splicers" and "Sneak Peek". In the episode, Terry's Friend Dates a Robot", an android drone in the guise of the Riddler fights the new Batman (Terry McGinnis). When asked about Riddler's fate, show's creator Paul Dini stated that the Riddler retired from a crime life and started running a men's clothing store with the Mad Hatter as his partner.[5]
    • Riddler was originally planned to appear in the third season of Justice League Unlimited, as a member of the Legion of Doom.[citation needed] Due to the Bat-embargo[clarification needed], this was not possible. This would have been a tribute to his appearance in Challenge of the Super Friends as one of the original 13 members of the Legion of Doom.

Other shows[edit]

  • The Riddler made his first appearance in animated form in the Filmation Batman installments first seen on CBS Saturday Morning in 1968 as part of The Batman/Superman Hour, with Ted Knight providing his voice.
  • The Riddler did not appear in the 1977 The New Adventures of Batman episodes. However, he did appear in the show's opening wearing a red version of his outfit. He was also mentioned on the news as being arrested for a crime.[6]
The Riddler as he appears in Challenge of the Super Friends
  • The Riddler appeared in Hanna-Barbera's Challenge of the Super Friends, voiced by Michael Bell. He appears as a member of the Legion of Doom and usually gives riddles to the Super Friends to delay them from meddling with the Legion's plans. In "Monolith of Evil", he uses a riddle to trick the Super Friends into getting a Monolith of enormous power guarded by a Lava Monster for the Legion after they fooled the Super Friends into abducting the United Nations and disguising the Monolith as the United Nations.
  • Riddler made his only solo appearance in the 1980s series Super Friends, again voiced by Michael Bell. In the short episode "Around the World in 80 Riddles", he uses his new Stupid Spray (which slowly causes the intelligence of those sprayed upon to be reduced to the intelligence of 2 year-olds) on Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, where different riddles will provide clues where the antidote can be found. The first one quotes "As your I.Q. drops to below 22, you'll need mya help to tya your shoes". The answer to the riddle led Super Friends to the Mayan ruins, where they ended up in one of Riddler's deathtraps. After barely escaping the deathtrap, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin find what appeared to be the antidote only to be a container for another riddle. The riddle reads "You're probably so dumb now, you need a simple clue. So find the tallest mountain and climb until you're blue". Due to the group's dwindling intelligence, Batman had to use the Batcomputer on his Batplane to decipher the riddle, with the answer being Mount Everest. Upon arriving at Mount Everest, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin encounter Riddler's blimp, where the Stupid Spray is at its final part on them. The Super Friends managed to claim the Stupid Spray Antidote and defeat Riddler. In "Revenge of Doom", Riddler was with the Legion of Doom when they got back together.
The Riddler as he appears in The Batman
  • In 2005, a new interpretation of the Riddler debuted in The Batman episode "Riddled", voiced by Robert Englund. This version exhibits a Gothic appearance, and is served by henchmen called Riddlemen. The episode "Riddler's Revenge" reveals that Nygma and his partner Julie (voiced by Brooke Shields) worked at a university on a device to enhance the human brain. Nygma was approached by a man named Gorman (voiced by Bob Gunton) who offered to buy the rights to the invention, but Nygma refused. After the device malfunctioned at a demonstration, Nygma accused Gorman of sabotage. After an attempt to kill Gorman, Nygma fled when Batman rescued him. By the episode "Riddled", Nygma has adopted his Riddler persona. Years later in "Riddler's Revenge", Nygma tried to kill Gorman again, but Batman stopped him and Nygma realized it was not Gorman who sabotaged him but his own partner Julie, who betrayed Nygma out of greed, which broke Nygma's heart.
  • The Riddler is featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by John Michael Higgins.[7] He is mentioned but not seen during Batman's call to Commissioner Gordon in "Deep Cover For Batman!". In the teaser for "A Bat Divided!", Riddler has a game show 'Riddle Me This' where Booster Gold fails to solve the riddles, harming Batman. Batman eventually frees himself and the two fight Riddler and his henchmen. Batman's riddle to Riddler is "Why are you like a clock in cement" with the answer being "Because your both doing hard time." In the main story of "The Criss Cross Conspiracy!", he was the target of revenge by Batwoman, whom he had humiliated ten years earlier by unmasking her in public.
  • The Riddler appears in the Young Justice cartoon series, voiced by Dave Franco. In "Terrors", he is an inmate of Belle Reve who escapes. In "Misplaced", a spell cast by Klarion the Witch Boy, Wotan, Blackbriar Thorn, Felix Faust and Wizard splits the Earth into two dimensions as a diversion to enable Riddler and Sportsmaster to steal an organism from S.T.A.R. Labs. In "Usual Suspect", Riddler joins Cheshire, Mammoth and Shimmer in ambushing the Young Justice Team at a crashed airplane. He did a riddle upon the attack about a type of plant to which Robin answered "Ambush." Riddler is incapacitated by Zatanna and reveals Hugo Strange as a member of the Light.
  • The Riddler appears in the DC Nation Shorts, voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic in the "Riddle Me This!" short. Here he asks the viewers different questions while Batman gets out of the traps answering the questions.
  • The Riddler makes a cameo appearance in Teen Titans Go! episode "The Titans Show", where the Control Freak brings him, along with various other supervillains, to take on the Titans.
  • The Riddler appears in Justice League Action, voiced by Brent Spiner.[8] This version doesn't wear a mask and has a shaved head. In the episode "E. Nygma, Consulting Detective" after being released from Arkham Asylum, Riddler helps Wonder Woman and Green Arrow find Batman after he was captured by Joker and due to the fact that Joker is stealing his riddle motif. The riddles that Riddler deciphers takes them to Solomon Grundy's cell where Riddler distracts him with a finger trap puzzle, the Iceberg Lounge where the riddle was under Penguin's trick umbrella, and the Gotham Art Museum where Joker gets Wonder Woman trapped. Upon Green Arrow freeing himself from the ribbon trap, he and Wonder Woman save Batman from being cut by the Lady of Justice statue when Joker tempts Riddler to use the voice-activated trap upon solving the Mississippi riddle. Upon Joker being apprehended, it was revealed that Joker did this because Riddler ate his doughnut. As Riddler walked off, he quotes "Riddle me this, Gotham. Who's getting better and better every day in every way? Me."
  • The Riddler appears in the web series DC Super Hero Girls, voiced by Yuri Lowenthal. He appears as a student at Super Hero High.

Film[edit]

Live action[edit]

  • Frank Gorshin reprised his role as the Riddler in the 1966 theatrical film Batman, alongside three other villains from the television series. As in the series, Gorshin's Riddler is calm and calculating at one moment, then wild and unstable the next. He compulsively sends Batman and Robin clues, which in the film leads to some minor tension with his fellow criminals.
Jim Carrey as the Riddler, from Batman Forever (1995)
  • The Riddler was to be in Tim Burton's second sequel to Batman. His appearance was said to include his hair shaved into a question mark (this element was later used in the New 52 Batman comics). This is evidenced by Daniel Waters's May 1991 draft where a reference is made to The Riddler. Actor Robin Williams was considered for the role, but Williams reportedly declined, a decision he regretted.[9]
  • Jim Carrey portrays the Riddler in the 1995 film Batman Forever. In this version, Edward Nygma is an employee of Wayne Enterprises who invents a device called "the Box", that transmits images directly into the user's mind. Nygma sees it as the next generation of television, but Bruce Wayne rejects the idea, as mental manipulation raises "too many questions". Nygma ultimately discovers that his device can drain people of their intellect to increase his own intelligence. After killing his supervisor, he dons the Riddler identity, allies himself with Two-Face and steals vast amounts of money and jewels to fund his own company, Nygmatech, and mass-produce his invention. The devices transfer the stolen information to a gigantic Mother Box on Claw Island, where it is planted in the Riddler's mind. In the process, he learns that Wayne is Batman. He and Two-Face raid Wayne Manor, destroy the Batcave, and kidnap Batman's love interest, Dr. Chase Meridian, and his new crimefighting partner Robin. In the film's climactic scene, Batman destroys the Mother Box, causing the information in it to flow unregulated into the Riddler's head (which is why it is all swollen and distorted the next time we see him), causing information overload and driving him insane. The Riddler is locked up in Arkham Asylum, where he believes that he himself is Batman when visited by Dr. Meridian.
  • The Riddler was originally going to have a cameo in the unmade Green Arrow film Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max, as one of the prisoners locked at Super Max.[10]
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan stated that the Riddler was originally set to be the main antagonist in the film, after the Joker's success in The Dark Knight. Leonardo DiCaprio, who collaborated with Nolan in Inception, was selected for the role, although Johnny Depp was previously considered for the role.[11]
  • The Riddler was originally set to appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he was cut from the film, along with Joker.[12]

Animation[edit]

  • The Riddler makes a cameo appearance in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, with his vocal effects provided by Bruce Timm.[13] In a flashback scene, he attempts to rob a museum but he is defeated by Batman and Robin.
  • The Riddler appears in the animated film Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, an adaptation of the video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, with Rob Paulsen reprising his role.[14]
  • The Riddler appears in the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham, voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler.[15] Batman rescues Riddler from a black ops assassination led by Amanda Waller and has him incarcerated at Arkham Asylum. Waller forms the Suicide Squad to infiltrate Arkham Asylum in order to retrieve a memory stick containing information of all Suicide Squad members in Riddler's cane, though her real motive is to kill the Riddler, as he is the only person who knows how to deactivate the bombs that are surgically attached to the spines of the Suicide Squad members. He reveals this knowledge to Killer Frost when she is sent to kill him on Waller's instruction. The Suicide Squad then agree to spare the Riddler in exchange for his help, and most are able to deactivate their bombs with the use of a device intended for electroshock therapy. Only Black Spider (who had been separated from the group) and King Shark (whose skin is too thick) are killed by Waller when she realizes what has happened. When everyone notices that the man wearing the "Black Spider" costume is still alive, the amused Riddler deduces that he is in fact Batman. He is quickly subdued after trying to shoot Batman, but escapes after the freed Joker sets all the patients of Arkham loose.
  • The Riddler appears in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and its sequel Batman vs. Two-Face, voiced by Wally Wingert, reprising his role from the Arkham video games.[16]
  • The Riddler appears in The Lego Batman Movie, voiced by Conan O'Brien. He was one of the villains invading the Gotham Energy facility. While he was on the road, he placed a giant question mark in front of an unsuspecting driver. After the driver stopped his car, Riddler tears his left arm off with his cane, leaving the car to be hit by a truck that Captain Boomerang and Two-Face has stolen. He later invades Commissioner Gordon's retirement party with the other villains, but Joker has them all surrender to the police. Confused, Riddler asks what just happened. He later breaks out of Arkham Asylum and teams up with Batman to save the city from the Phantom Zone inmates that Joker released and keep Gotham City from coming apart over the void.
  • The Brave and the Bold version of the Riddler appears in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, with John Michael Higgins reprising his role. Riddler is revealed to have started his career as a lab assistant to Professor Milo and seeks to revive a dimensional portal project he was involved in.

Video games[edit]

  • The Riddler is a boss in Batman: The Animated Series for the Game Boy, The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the SNES, The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the Sega CD and various video game adaptations of Batman Forever. The SNES game had the Riddler reusing the Riddle of the Minotaur Maze from "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" and the chess board from "What Is Reality?". In the Sega CD game, which had fully animated cutscenes, John Glover reprised his role as the Riddler. In the PC game Toxic Chill, the Riddler teams up with Mr. Freeze.
  • The Riddler appears in DC Universe Online voiced by Shannon McCormick. A chain of quests leads the players on the hero campaign to solve one of his riddles in order to talk to him. In the game, Riddler is a detective hiding from the Joker. When Joker sends Deathstroke to kill Riddler, the players help Query and Echo protect him. When Deathstroke is defeated, Riddler mentions that Joker never made the payment transfer. Before departing to another location, Riddler has the players tell Batman that Joker is working with T. O. Morrow on a new Joker venom.
  • The Riddler is referenced in the game Gotham City Impostors. Players are able to unlock a Riddler-inspired pattern for their weapons, depicting the iconic green background with purple questions dotted around it.
  • The Riddler makes a cameo appearance in Injustice: Gods Among Us. In the Arkham Asylum level, if one of the characters is thrown through the cell door on the right side of the second tier, they will be attacked by Two-Face, Killer Croc, Penguin and Riddler before being punched by Croc into the next tier of the Arkham arena.
  • The Riddler appears as a boss in the video game Young Justice: Legacy, voiced by Jason Spisak. During the Team's mission in Gotham City, led by Nightwing, they investigate the disappearance of Helena Sandsmark and the Riddler's securing of a piece of an ancient statue. They track down Sandsmark in Haley's Circus, but the Riddler uses a device to use Psimon's psychic powers on the team. When his scheme fails, he traps the heroes in his lair in the sewers, forcing them to participate in a deadly game show full of traps and obstacles. The Riddler eventually fights off the heroes and is defeated. It is later revealed that Riddler's pieces were a fake and he willingly served as a distraction to allow Klarion the Witch Boy to steal the real pieces.
  • The Riddler appears in Telltale Games' Batman: The Enemy Within (the sequel to Batman: The Telltale Series), voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.[17] This version of the character is never explicitly identified as "Edward Nygma", though Catwoman does refer to him as "Eddie". He is also significantly older than Batman and is known as "Gotham City's original costumed criminal", who operated whilst the city was controlled by Thomas Wayne and Carmine Falcone. Despite being 60 years old, he is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and mainly uses bartitsu with his cane. A former employee of the Agency's scientific division SANCTUS, he was the only surviving human test subject during experimentation with the "LOTUS virus"; the bioweapon maintained Riddler's youth but also drove him insane. Riddler makes his debut in the first episode of the series, titled "The Enigma". After disappearing for many years, Riddler returns to Gotham as the leader of the Pact (alongside "John Doe", Bane, Mr. Freeze, and Harley Quinn), a criminal group that plots an attack on SANCTUS's labs to steal the LOTUS virus. In his own revenge scheme, Riddler also murders members of the Agency via homing missiles guided by a distinct radio signal. He also begins targeting the vigilante Batman, which inadvertently results in Lucius Fox’s death when a decoded puzzle box triggers a missile strike on Wayne Enterprises. After Batman defeats Riddler, the latter is assassinated by Fox's daughter Tiffany using a poison-shooting drone as Riddler's dying words are "They broke the pact." His corpse is later recovered by the Pact to create biometric keys to bypass SANCTUS security and create a usable version of the LOTUS virus. Riddler's body is later destroyed by Amanda Waller and his blood is taken by the Agency to create their own version of the virus, though the samples are ultimately destroyed by an unidentified rogue Agency operative much to the dismay of Harley Quinn.

Batman: Arkham[edit]

Concept artwork of the Riddler for Batman: Arkham City

The Riddler is prominently featured in all four primary installments of the Batman: Arkham video game series, where he is voiced by Wally Wingert. In addition to serving as one of the many supervillains that Batman has to apprehend, his presence provides much of the puzzle solving content found in each game.

  • While the Riddler does not make a physical appearance in the series' first entry, Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), he hacks into Batman's communication system early on in the story and persistently challenges the Dark Knight to solve various riddles located throughout Arkham Island and its various facilities. When Batman deciphers all of the Riddler's challenges, he is able to triangulate the Riddler's location in Gotham City and the villain is subsequently arrested by the police. Audio tapes of Arkham psychiatrists' interview sessions with the Riddler can also be found in the game, which reveals that when Edward Nashton won a riddle-solving contest at school, his abusive father accused him of cheating and proceeded to beat him, resulting in his obsession with riddles as a way to prove his intellectual superiority.
  • The Riddler makes his first physical appearance in the sequel, Batman: Arkham City (2011). He, along with all of the other villains in Gotham, are captured and sent to Professor Hugo Strange's Arkham City, a lawless and walled city whose inmate inhabitants are free to wreak havoc. The Riddler kidnaps former Arkham guard Aaron Cash's medical protection team from the church, places them in deathtraps and threatens to murder them in order to force Batman to solve his riddles scattered throughout Arkham City. To discover the locations of Riddler's various trophies, challenges, and riddles, Batman interrogates his henchmen, who are embedded with gangs working for the Joker, the Penguin and Two-Face. At certain intervals, when Batman deciphers enough "challenges", the location of a room containing one of the Riddler's hostages is revealed, after which the Dark Knight must outwit the deadly traps within the chamber. The freed hostage then gives Batman a sequence of numbers from the Riddler, which correlates to a radio frequency that, once tuned in, will either give Batman a new location or tell him to find more trophies. After saving five hostages and completing 400 challenges, Oracle manages to discern the location of the Riddler's hideout. Once inside the Riddler's base of operations, Batman observes that the remaining hostages are trapped in a prolonged cycle of torture: they must continuously walk along a path or the explosives strapped to their heads will detonate. Batman must then avoid walking in front of each hostage until he reaches and manages to incapacitate the Riddler. The Riddler also plays a major role in the game's challenge mode, which is called "Riddler's Revenge". Various challenge maps show him having numerous henchmen working for him, including TYGER Guards, Ra's al Ghul's ninja assassins, Mr. Hammer and his twin Mr. Sickle, a Titan-empowered henchman and even Black Mask.[18]
  • The Riddler's Enigma identity is featured in the prequel game Batman: Arkham Origins (2013). Edward Nashton is described as a police consultant and apparent head of the GCPD's Cybercrime unit. Here, he has yet to take up the mantle of the Riddler and is known only as "Enigma". In the game, he has set up a series of signal jammers throughout Gotham City to disrupt the Batplane as well as Batman's own hacking transmitter. He plots to blackmail several of Gotham's most prominent citizens, in the hopes of making Gotham a better place by getting rid of those who are corrupt, although in the process risking the lives of several innocent people. Enigma also has several informants and pieces of extortion recordings scattered throughout Gotham, which Batman must uncover and decode in place of the Riddler trophies of previous games. His encounter with Batman prompts Edward to go into hiding and develop his identity as the Riddler; he hints to this as he calls Batman "quite the riddle".
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight (2015), during the chaos caused by the Scarecrow, the Riddler has set up several new challenges for his Riddler Trophies, some of which call on Batman to perform in the Batmobile. He captures Catwoman at one point to use as a hostage to make Batman play his game-Catwoman trapped in an old orphanage wearing an explosive collar that can only be deactivated by a series of keys that will be provided when certain riddles and challenges are solved-but Batman frees her. After solving all the riddles, the Riddler has a final showdown with Batman and Catwoman in his Riddler Mech and using his army of robots, the Riddler claiming in the aftermath that Catwoman's aid was cheating and Batman 'should' have been able to hack the robots' complex operating systems rather than just beat them up. In the prison following Scarecrow exposing Batman's true identity, the Riddler is the only one that refuses to accept that Bruce Wayne is Batman, incapable of accepting that his past theories are wrong. In the "Catwoman's Revenge" DLC, Catwoman infiltrates the Riddler's headquarters for payback after he kidnapped her, just as he was using his phone call in prison to check his computer. Catwoman defeats the Riddler's armed thugs and robots and transfers all his money to her bank account before leaving his factory to self-destruct.
  • The Riddler appears as a playable character in the mobile game Batman: Arkham Underworld, voiced again by Wally Wingert. He is the first supervillain the player unlocks, wielding a sawed-off shotgun and his cane, which he can use to electrocute enemies, create holograms and sabotage electronic devices. He can also bring in two of his robotic minions for assistance.

Lego[edit]

  • The Riddler is a character in Lego Batman: The Videogame[19] with his vocal effects provided by Tom Kenny. He is one of the three masterminds of the Arkham breakout, along with the Joker and The Penguin. He leads Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Clayface, with the goal of stealing the contents of the Gotham Gold Reserve. Each member manages to steal a specific item--Clayface gets a key, Mr. Freeze gets a freeze cannon, Poison Ivy gets some mutated vine seeds and Two-Face gets a super laser—before being defeated by Batman and Robin, until only he and Two-Face remain. He breaks into the gold reserve easily and then controls a bolt-blasting machine to stop Batman and Robin, but they defeat him by destroying the gold in the boxes and building boards out of them to reflect his bolts back at him and arrest him. In this game, his trademarked question-mark cane grants him the ability to exert mind control over marked targets, or to confuse other characters if they are close enough. Here, his voice bears a strong resemblance to that of Dr. Two-Brains from WordGirl, who is also voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • The Riddler appears in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes voiced by Rob Paulsen impersonating Jim Carrey's interpretation of the character. He is one of the five villains to raid Bruce Wayne's Man of the Year award ceremony. He flees with Two-Face, the Joker and the Penguin when Batman arrives, leaving Harley Quinn to cover their flight. He appears as a boss in the level "Theatrical Pursuits" and is arrested, but he breaks out of prison with multiple other villains after Lex Luthor frees them all. He is later an optional boss fight and unlockable character found on top of Wayne Tower. His catchphrase is "Riddle me this, Batman. Why won't you leave me ALONE?" making him the only map boss that mentions Batman by name.
  • The Riddler appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, voiced by Roger Craig Smith. He appears in a side quest where he hides a bomb for Mister Mxyzptlk to find and gives clues in a riddle. A trophy in the PlayStation 3 version called Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert requires the player to play as him in the Batcave.
  • The Riddler appears in Lego Dimensions, voiced again by Roger Craig Smith. When allied with Lord Vortech, he has taken over Middle-Earth from The Lord of the Rings and fights the heroes alongside a Balrog. After he is defeated, the Riddler is cornered on a cliff, where he falls off after Gollum accidentally grabs his leg climbing up.
  • The Riddler appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, with Wally Wingert reprising his role from the Arkham series.[20][21]

Spoofs and parodies[edit]

  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Inside Plucky Duck", a cartoon called "Bat's All, Folks!" parodied the Riddler as the Question Mark (voiced by Charlie Adler). He attacks Bat-Duck by asking "How can you tell if an elephant's been in your bed?" Bat-Duck asks "African elephant or Indian?" to which he quotes "Gee, I don't know" and is defeated by Bat-Duck. Gogo Dodo also dresses as the Riddler (the 60's TV show variant) after quoting a famous line from Hamlet in the pilot episode "The Looney Beginning".
  • Frank Gorshin and Adam West parodied the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire as their (uncostumed) 1960s Batman characters in a short film for The MTV Movie Awards, with West portraying Brad Pitt's vampire (or "bat-man") and Gorshin as Christian Slater's interviewer.
  • Meredith Stepien played the Riddler in StarKid Productions production of Holy Musical B@man!.
  • An episode of Drawn Together entitled "Captain Girl" featured a villain called the Mad Libber, a parody of the Riddler mixed with Mad Libs.
  • An episode of "Badman", a CollegeHumor parody of "Batman", features Batman finding a kidnapped Rachel Dawes held hostage by the Riddler (redesigned to look more like the villains seen in the Nolan films). He gets frustrated with Batman's stupidity over not solving his simple riddle and tries shooting him, but one of the bullets bounces off Batman's armor and hits him.
  • The Riddler appears in the "Superhero Speed Dating" sketch of Movie 43, portrayed by Will Carlough. He was revealed to be at the speed dating establishment posing as Supergirl.
  • A box with the Riddler's question mark appears in a Garfield comic on December 12, 2010.
  • A brief Robot Chicken sketch features the Riddler (voiced by Patrick Warburton) at home with his family. He poses a riddle asking someone to pass the salt and his wife angrily berates him for his needless complications. In another sketch featuring the Justice League and the Legion of Doom teaming up to defeat Starro the Conqueror, the Riddler (voiced by Paul Reubens) refuses to attack until someone acknowledges his riddling, prompting the giant starfish to crush him.

Action figures[edit]

Riddler action figure, part of the "Super Amigos Collection".
  • Riddler has made several appearances as an action figure as part of Kenner's Batman: The Animated Series, Legends of Batman, and Batman: Knight Force Ninjas lines; Mattel's The Batman line; and Art Asylum's minimates line. He has also been produced as a HeroClix. Five different Riddler figures were produced for the 1995 Batman Forever line, including a Target exclusive and one that says phrases from the film.
  • The Riddler is one of the rarest of Pacipa's Super Amigos line, the Argentinian version of Kenner's Super Powers Collection.[citation needed] He is a repainted Green Lantern figure that was only released in South America. He was also part of the line of action figures called the DC Comics SuperHeroes from Toy Biz.
  • Three versions of the Riddler have appeared in the DC Direct line, two based on his first appearance and one based on his look in the "Hush" storyline. The Japanese toy company Yamato has also produced a figure of him.
  • Mattel has included two versions of the character in its DC Universe toyline; one in his classic costume, and another in his current costume.
  • In 1974, the Mego company released two Riddler figures; one was 8" tall with a cloth outfit for the World's Greatest Superheroes line of toys (this figure was in production until 1979), the other was a smaller figure which was molded rubber over wire for the Bend 'n Flex line. In 1975 and 1976, Mego also released the 8" tall Fist Fighting Riddler which was basically the same as the 1974 figure except it had a mechanism which allowed a child move a lever on the figure's back to make the arms swing.[22]
  • Bearbrick released a DC Superpowers Riddler which was released at 2013 San Diego ComicCon (July 18–21) by Medicom Toy which was limited to only 1500.
  • DC Direct has released a Riddler figure in the Batman: Arkham City line.

Music[edit]

  • During his time on the 1960s television series, Frank Gorshin recorded an album with a song titled "The Riddler", in which he sings of his obsession with puzzles. He performed a musical parody of the character on Dean Martin's variety show in 1966.[23]
  • A 1966 album by The Marketts titled The Batman Theme featured a Dick Glasser instrumental song titled "The Riddler".
  • A song based on the character titled "The Riddler" was performed by rapper Method Man, and was featured on the Batman Forever soundtrack.
  • The Riddler makes an appearance in the video of the Nik Kershaw 1984 song "The Riddle".
  • The symphonic metal band Nightwish recorded a song called "The Riddler" on their album Oceanborn.
  • Composer Mohammed Fairouz wrote a piano suite based on Batman's rogues gallery. The final movement is titled "The Riddler".[24]

Attractions[edit]

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