Recap: Batman The Animated Series If Youre So Smart Why Arent You Rich
Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler, seeks revenge against his former boss, Daniel Mockridge, who profited of off Nygma's game The Riddle of the Minotaur
This episode provides examples of:
- The Bad Guy Wins: The Riddler doesn't manage to kill Mockridge, but he avoids capture and leaves his old boss a nervous wreck who can't sleep without a shotgun next to him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dan Mockridge stole the fortune-making gaming products of Edward, then fired him.
- Cutting the Knot: Batman bypasses the video game maze re-creation by hacking the controls of the flying guardian; later, when faced with a robot minotaur, Bats orders the same guardian to ram it.
- Dungeon Bypass: The Riddler's maze. Batman hijacks a flying "Hand of Fate".
- Everyone Knows Morse: The Riddler manipulates the electric grid so the city lights are blinking on and off in Morse code to tell Batman a riddle. Not including spaces, it was 44 letters long, and Batman somehow didn't miss any of them. Justified in that both Batman and the Riddler would make a point to know Morse code.
- It probably helped that Batman was feeding the beats to a computer rather than doing it in his head.
- Hurricane of Puns: The Riddler's hints.
(Batman and Robin come across a sign that says "Loser's Ahead.")
Robin: "Loser's Ahead?"
(The duo turns a corner, two giant shurikens come out of nowhere, and the duo ducks just before the blades lob their heads off.)
- Karma Enigma: The Riddler gets away scot-free at the end. The producers have stated that they let the Riddler escape as a testament to his intellect.
- Malevolent Architecture: There is a maze in an amusement park full of death traps, path-blocking puzzles, and highly lethal robots that prevent you from going back the way you came. None of which seems so unusual for Batman until you remember that this was meant to be navigated by the park-goers.
- The maze was "tweaked" after-market by the its designer, the Riddler, who in the BTAS continuity is a Gadgeteer Genius, specifically to make it a death trap.
- Mobile Maze: A real-life amusement park labyrinth based on "The Riddle of the Minotaur", with robotic monsters and moving walls.
- Mook Bouncer: The Riddler has constructed a maze, complete with mechanical Wall Masters. Batman uses them to his advantage and rigs it to bring himself straight to the Riddler.
- Musical Trigger / Songs in the Key of Lock: A door has three possible keys, labelled "A, C, and D". The D key causes two blades to fly at Batman and Robin. When Batman tries to use the A key, Robin stops him, saying there will be three blades—the Key of A and the Key of D have three and two sharps, respectively. The correct answer is the Key of C, which has no sharps. They get through the puzzle.
- Now You Tell Me: "I guess this isn't a good time to tell you, nobody's ever made it to the center of the maze."
- Pyrrhic Villainy: Villain on villain case: Mockridge succeeds in continuing to make money off Nygma's intellectual creations, but lives his life in constant paranoid fear of Nygma coming to get him again.
- Sore Loser: After Batman solves the Riddle of the Minotaur, Riddler orders it to kill them all anyway.
- Tablecloth Yank: Robin knocks a thug standing on a table off his feet by pulling out the tablecloth. "I love that trick, but I can never make it work."
- Title Drop:
Nygma: Mark me, Mr. Mockridge, you won't be getting away with this! Your amoral greed is no match for an intellect like mine!
Mockridge: Oh yeah? Then tell me something Eddie... if you're so smart, why aren't you rich?