Patreon Brian asked us to cover THE RIDDLER! Why does Edward Nygma keep leaving clues he knows Batman will solve? What is OCD really like? All these questions and more - listen now!
Riddler created by Bill Finger & Dick Sprang in Detective Comics #140 (October 1948)
Edward Nigma loved puzzles so much he became obsessed with using puzzles to cheat people out of money
Decided to challenge Batman as a worthy adversary
Hush – Riddler determines Batman’s secret identity and threatens to expose it, but Batman says that a riddle that everyone knows the answer to is meaningless
Becomes adversary of Green Arrow for a while
Spends a year in a coma and awakens to find himself cured of his insanity and obsession with riddles – but does not remember Bruce Wayne is Batman – he assists several heroes with his intellect for a while
Returns to villainy after being hit with a bomb, restarting his psychosis
New 52 – slightly new look, but same adversarial stance with Batman’s
Rebirth – begins as inmate in Arkham, and helps Gotham PD against the Joker
Offers Joker a partnership, saying if either killed Batman, the other would be unfulfilled – Joker shoots him in the stomach and leaves
Forms a team to fight Joker in a turf war over Gotham
Brian – why does he leave puzzles for Batman to find?
Why doesn’t he stop since he always loses? (12:29)
During his reformation, he retained his intelligence and detachment from humanity, yet wanted to do good – why?
Out of universe (36:14)
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