Real name: Edward Nigma[1]
AKA: The Prince of Puzzles
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
Base: Hall of Doom
Affiliations: Legion of Doom
Rogue of: Batman
Voiced/Played: Michael Bell
Riddler Gallery

Legion of Doom Team Member

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The Riddler is a villain from Gotham City. He is a member of the Legion of Doom, and an enemy of Batman. The Riddler undoubtedly has the highest IQ of all Batman's foes. Cold, aloof, and possessed of a steely wit, the Riddler often challenges the SuperFriends to a duel of wits by leaving a trail of riddles, puzzles and cryptograms. In fact, he refuses to commit any crime without offering a clue as to how he can be caught. Unfortunately for the Riddler, he has met his match in Batman, who has been able to decipher even his cleverest conundrums.

Background Information


Riddler in his pink costume[2]

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, little is known about Edward Nigma or his secret identity as the Riddler. We do know that he is the victim of an intense obsessive compulsion disorder.[3]

We also know that Edward is a puzzle expert, who created a costumed criminal identity for himself, the Riddler.

After nearly dying following a failed attempt to kill Batman,[4] he returns to Gotham City. While in Gotham, he spins his web of crime and mayhem. Batman eventually apprehends the Riddler at the Gotham Museum.[5]

A few years later, Edward is released from prison. He tells Batman and Robin that he has reformed and wants to help them fight crime. He leads the Dynamic Duo to the underground hideout of the Molehill Gang and tries to confound the Duo with riddles. Batman is eventually able to defeat the Riddler by deactivating the suit. Riddler is then sent back to prison.[6]

Edward eventually breaks out of prison and tries to free himself of his compulsion to leave riddles as clues, with psychological conditioning. As the Riddler, he continues his crime spree. He is soon apprehended again by Batman.[7]

The Riddler is able to break out of prison again. He will continue on this routine with Batman for the next several years.[8]

Continuity from Filmation series: The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-1969)

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Filmation Version

The Riddler teams up with the Penguin and together they believe that they have discovered Batman's secret identity but in the end they were proven wrong.

He would also team up with up with Joker, Penguin, and Catwoman for various capers.

On one occasion, the Riddler teamed up with Joker and Penguin to ensure that Joker became mayor. They later captured Robin and left a riddle behind to trap Batman. Together they even tried to destroy Robin's confidence.

The Riddler would often use disguises to commit various crimes and leaves behind more riddles. He would return over the years to threatened Batman and Robin again.

Powers and Abilities

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  • A Master at Creating Riddles: The Riddler was skilled at creating riddles for the SuperFriends to solve.
  • Genius-Level Intelligence: Supreme problem-solver, criminal mastermind. He is a genius with brilliant deductive power. His mind excels with puzzles, minds games, and manipulations.
  • Expert Detective: he possesses great deductive skills and analytic ability.


  • Compulsively Honest: His inability to hide his true intentions and/or motives.
  • Obsessive Compulsion


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Legion of Doom Team Members


Lex LuthorBrainiacBlack MantaCheetahSinestroGorilla GroddCaptain ColdScarecrowToymanSolomon Grundy • The RiddlerGigantaBizarro

Expanded Team:
Doctor Natas

Episode Appearances


  • The version of the Riddler was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang.
  • The Earth-Two Riddler appeared last in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #142.[10]
  • The version of the Riddler was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Sheldon Moldoff.

External Links


  1. His real name was never mentioned in the series, but on Earth-One his name was Edward Nigma.
  2. As seen in the opening theme of The New Adventures of Batman.
  3. This obsession was first introduced in Batman, Vol. 1 #171 (May, 1965), which can be found at the DC Database.
  4. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #240 (April, 1957), which can be found at the DC Database.
  5. As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #242 (April, 1957), which can be found at the DC Database.
  6. As revealed in Batman, Vol. 1 #171 (May, 1965), which can be found at the DC Database.
  7. As revealed in Batman, Vol. 1 #179 (March, 1966), which can be found at the DC Database.
  8. This continuity is from the Silver Age version of the character.
  9. Go to DC Database for more on Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #140 (October, 1948).
  10. Go to DC Database for more on Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #142 (December 1948).
  11. Go to DC Database for more on Batman, Vol. 1 #171 (May, 1965).

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