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Riddler (DC)
Real Name: Edward 'E. Nygma' Nashton
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The Riddler's background is, appropriately enough, shrouded in mystery, and has been altered many times in retcons. The current story is that he was born Edward Nashton. As a young man, he was fascinated by puzzles and riddles and was very good at them, both because he was very smart and because he always cheated. When he grew up, he made a living at carnivals challenging customers to match wits with him, but eventually he sought greater excitement and turned to crime.

After enjoying great success as an ordinary criminal, he decided to match wits with the world's greatest detective, Batman. Donning a costume and calling himself the Riddler, he set up a series of daring crimes all across Gotham, but always sent a clue to Batman and the police in the form of a riddle or puzzle, which Batman inevitably solved just in time.

As revealed during the recent storyline "Hush," the Riddler, who was suffering from terminal cancer, was being treated by Dr. Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Batman's who held a deep-seated grudge against him. Elliot arranged for the Riddler to take a dip in Ra's al Ghul's rejuvenating Lazarus Pit, which cured him of his cancer. During the bout of temporary insanity that follows immersion in the Pit, the Riddler realized that Bruce Wayne was Batman.

Working together, the Riddler and Dr. Elliot, who became the costumed criminal Hush, orchestrated a massive and complex scheme to bring down Batman which stretched over an entire year of comics and would eventually involve Superman, the Joker, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Jason Todd, Harley Quinn, Clayface, Scarecrow, Two-Face, and Killer Croc.

After the scheme was exposed and failed, Hush returned to take his vengeance on the Riddler, beating him to within an inch of his life. The Riddler sought out the Joker for protection, offering the mad clown the identity of his wife's killer in exchange for Hush's death, but Hush and his new partner, the villain Prometheus, defeated the Joker and his men. The Riddler attempted to find refuge with Poison Ivy, but she, still smarting over being used by the Riddler and Hush, instead psychologically tortured him to the breaking point.

After living on the streets for some time, the Riddler was taken in by an ex-NSA codebreaker who helped him to regain his skills at riddling and also to reach an epiphany regarding the motivation behind his compulsion. Unfortunately, the man also was exploiting the Riddler's skills at code-breaking for his own gain, passing his friend's work off as his own.

Killing the codebreaker, the Riddler embarked on one last scheme to best Batman. The plan, which involved a priceless scroll, a bomb on a commuter train, clues and holograms, an impostor, and a man who was who he said he was but was not quite what he seemed, eventually culminated in the Riddler finally outwitting Batman, an especially sweet victory given that Batman had cheated during the encounter.

Having rid himself of his compulsion, the Riddler amused himself by amassing a legitimate fortune using his intellect and by toying with the Green Arrow and Arsenal. During the Infinite Crisis, however, while working with the Secret Society of Super Villains during the Battle of Metropolis, he was hit on the head with a mace by the Shining Knight. The blow left him in a coma for much of the following year.

Awaking during the One Year Later storyline, the Riddler appears to have been completely cured of his criminal tendencies and to have suffered selective amnesia, which means that he has forgotten that Bruce Wayne is Batman. He now works as a highly-paid private investigator, a profession for which he seems uniquely skilled.


First Appearance: Detective Comics (1937) #140

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Issue Appearances:
Absolute Batman: Haunted Knight (2014)
Absolute Luthor/Joker (2013)
Action Comics (1938)
All-Star Section Eight (2015)
Amazing Adventures of the JLA (2006)
Arkham Asylum: Living Hell (2003)
Arkham Reborn (2009)
Azrael (1995)
Batman (1940)
Batman [GER] (2007)
Batman 3-D (1990)
Batman 80-Page Giant (1998)
Batman 80-Page Giant 2010 (2011)
Batman 80-Page Giant 2011 (2011)
Batman And Superman: World's Finest (1999)
Batman and the Outsiders (2007)
Batman Arkham: Killer Croc (2016)
Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy (2016)
Batman Arkham: The Riddler (2015)
Batman Black and White (1996)
Batman Black and White (2013)
Batman Classics Sonderband (2000)
Batman Confidential (2007)
Batman Giant (2018)
Batman In The Seventies (2000)
Batman In The Sixties (1999)
Batman International (2010)
Batman Sonderband (1989)
Batman Unwrapped: Andy Kubert (2014)
Batman Villains Secret Files (1998)
Batman Zero Hour (2017)
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
Batman: Arkham Asylum Special (2009)
Batman: Arkham Asylum-Tales of Madness (1998)
Batman: Battle for the Cowl (2009)
Batman: Battle for the Cowl: Companion (2009)
Batman: Battle for the Cowl: The Underground (2009)
Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer? (2002)
Batman: Dark Knight Gallery (1996)
Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City (2015)
Batman: Dark Victory (1999)
Batman: Death Mask (2008)
Batman: Ego and Other Tails (2007)
Batman: Family (2002)
Batman: Featuring Two-Face and The Riddler (1995)
Batman: Fortunate Son (1999)
Batman: Four of a Kind (1998)
Batman: Gotham Knights (2000)
Batman: Harley Quinn (2015)
Batman: Joker (2009)
Batman: Joker's Asylum (2008)
Batman: Knightfall (1993)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Batman: Masterpieces (1998)
Batman: Odyssey (2010)
Batman: Odyssey (2011)
Batman: Odyssey (2012)
Batman: Orphans (2011)
Batman: Prodigal (1997)
Batman: Riddler - The Riddle Factory (1995)
Batman: Run, Riddler, Run (1992)
Batman: Scarecrow Tales (2005)
Batman: Shadow of the Bat (1992)
Batman: Streets Of Gotham (2009)
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives (2003)
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
Batman: The Long Halloween (1996)
Batman: The Man Who Laughs (2005)
Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman (2009)
Batman: The Widening Gyre (2009)
Batman: Two-Face and Scarecrow Year One (2009)
Batman: Viimeinen Batman-tarina (2010)
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (2009)
Batman/Judge Dredd Collection (2012)
Batman/Judge Dredd: The Ultimate Riddle (1995)
Batman/Scarecrow 3-D (1998)
Batman/The Spirit (2007)
Birds of Prey (1999)
Birds of Prey: Batgirl (1998)
Birds of Prey: Catwoman/Oracle (2003)
Bizarro World (2005)
Black Orchid (1988)
Catwoman (2002)
Catwoman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Catwoman: When in Rome (2004)
Convergence (2015)
Countdown (2007)
Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland (2011)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
DC Challenge (1985)
DC Comics Presents: Batman (2004)
DC Comics Presents: Batman - Arkham (2011)
DC Comics Presents: Batman - Dark Knight, Dark City (2011)
DC Comics Presents: Batman - The Demon Laughs (2011)
DC Comics Presents: Batman: Blaze of Glory (2012)
DC Holiday Special '09 (2010)
DC Infinite Halloween Special (2007)
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '80s (2011)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC (1996)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Detective Comics (1937)
Detective Comics Classics (2011)
Detention Comics (1996)
Gotham Central (2003)
Gotham City Sirens (2009)
Gotham Underground (2007)
Green Arrow (2001)
Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
Harley Quinn (2000)
Impulse (1995)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
JLA (1997)
JLA 80-Page Giant (1998)
Joker (2008)
Joker's Asylum II: The Riddler (2010)
JSA (1999)
Justice (2005)
Justice Leagues: Justice League of Arkham (2001)
Legends of the Dark Knight [I] (2012)
Legends of the Dark Knight [II] (2012)
Legends of the Dark Knight 100-Page Super Spectacular (2014)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle (2015)
Legends of the DCU: Crisis on Infinite Earths (1999)
Legends of the World's Finest (1994)
Nightwing (1996)
Robin (1993)
Rogues Gallery (1996)
Scarecrow (Villains) (1998)
Secret Files President Luthor (2001)
Secret Origins (1986)
Secret Six (2008)
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman [II] (2014)
Showcase '94 (1994)
Six Flags Official Park Map & Guide 2000 (2000)
Superman (1939)
Tales of the Batman - Gene Colan (2011)
Tales of the Batman - Tim Sale (2007)
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino (2014)
Tales of the Batman: Don Newton (2011)
Tales of the Batman: Len Wein (2014)
The Batman Chronicles (1995)
The Batman Chronicles Gallery (1997)
The Batman Gallery (1992)
The Batman/Judge Dredd Files (2004)
The Best of DC (1979)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
The Creeper (1997)
The DC Universe by Neil Gaiman: The Deluxe Edition (2016)
The New Gods (1995)
The Question (1987)
The Super Friends (1976)
Trinity (2008)
Two-Face: Year One (2008)
Underworld Unleashed (1995)
Underworld Unleashed: Batman- Devil's Asylum (1995)
Untold Legend of the Batman (1980)
Villains United (2005)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Will Eisner's The Spirit: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Video Game Appearances:
Batman Forever (1995)
Lego Batman: The Video Game (2008)
The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1994)

Group Affiliation(s):
Justice League of Arkham (DC)

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"Riddle me this, Batman."

"The riddles are gone, but the questions linger."

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