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-->'''Riddler''': And there were all these guys that you never see anymore--King Tut, Bookworm, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, Egghead...where did they all go? Batman and Robin were part of the fun--they were the straight men, but ''we'' were the stars. No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died...you look around these days, it's all different. It's all changed. The Joker's ''killing people'', for God's sake! Did I miss something? [[EndOfAnEra Was I away when they changed the rules?...]]

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-->'''Riddler''': And there were all these guys that you never see anymore--King Tut, Bookworm, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, Egghead...where did they all go? Batman and Robin were part of the fun--they were the straight men, but ''we'' were the stars. No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died...you look around these days, it's all different. It's all changed. The Joker's ''killing people'', for God's sake! Did I miss something? [[EndOfAnEra Was I away when they changed the rules?...]] rules...?]]


--> '''Riddler:''' Royalty? You've never met royalty?...

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--> '''Riddler:''' Royalty? You've never met royalty?...royalty? Just whom do you think stands before you, my cherub? I am the Prince of Puzzlers, the Count of Conundrums, the KING OF CRIME! I hold court here! NO ONE ELSE!

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* CompositeCharacter: The Arkhamverse version has some elements of the Calculator (an EvilCounterpart to [[MissionControl Oracle]]) worked into his characterization.

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** Though he is generally an opponent that must be defeated mentally rather than physically, how well he can handle himself in fight tends to vary. Some modern writers have [[TakeAThirdOption gone for a sort of middle ground]], where he starts out as a noncombatant, gets beat up a few times too many, and brushes up on his fighting skills.


* CoolShades: Increasingly the Riddler is shown wearing a pair of round sunglasses instead of a DominoMask, which was carried over in the ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' version of the character.



* {{Reconstruction}}: That's what happened to the Riddler when ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' dealt with him. Instead of copying Frank Gorshin's now overused take of a giggling trickster, the writers reimagined him as a usually smooth and calm intellectual BadassInANiceSuit who can genuinely challenge Batman in their contest of wits.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: That's what happened to the Riddler when ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' dealt with him. Instead of copying Frank Gorshin's now overused take of a giggling trickster, the writers reimagined him as a usually smooth and calm intellectual BadassInANiceSuit who can genuinely challenge Batman in their contest of wits. That in turn intrigued the writers in the comics to restore the Riddler to a regular and credible enemy of Batman.


* DubNameChange: He is known as El Acertijo (The Riddle) in Latin America, a mostly faithful translation. Since there is no equivalent for riddler in Spanish, the translators used the word riddle instead. It worked and has a good ring to it, being one of the names that stuck in Latin America when name translations for DC and Marvel properties started to be phased out.

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He is known as El Acertijo (The Riddle) in Latin America, a mostly faithful translation. Since there is no equivalent for riddler in Spanish, the translators used the word riddle instead. It worked and has a good ring to it, being one of the names that stuck in Latin America when name translations for DC and Marvel properties started to be phased out. out.
** In Canada, his name in French is classier as Le Sphinx, sharing the name with the riddle posing monster in Greek Mythology that Oedipus outwitted.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: That's what happened to the Riddler when ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' dealt with him. Instead of copying Frank Gorshin's now overused take of a giggling trickster, the writers reimagined him as a usually smooth and calm intellectual BadassInANiceSuit who can genuinely challenge Batman in their contest of wits.


As mentioned above, the character appeared in the 1960s ''Batman'' television series, portrayed by Frank Gorshin and Creator/JohnAstin; Creator/JimCarrey portrayed him in the 1995 film ''Film/BatmanForever'', and Cory Michael Smith portrayed Edward Nygma in the television show ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Creator/PaulDano will be portraying him in ''Film/{{The Batman|2021}}''. In addition, the character appears in many animated media and video games, including the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. In 2009, the Riddler was ranked as IGN's 59th [[TopOneHundredComicBookVillains Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time]].

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As mentioned above, the character appeared in the 1960s ''Batman'' television series, portrayed by Frank Gorshin and Creator/JohnAstin; Creator/JimCarrey portrayed him in the 1995 film ''Film/BatmanForever'', and Cory Michael Smith portrayed Edward Nygma in the television show ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Creator/PaulDano will be portraying him in ''Film/{{The Batman|2021}}''.Batman|2022}}''. In addition, the character appears in many animated media and video games, including the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. In 2009, the Riddler was ranked as IGN's 59th [[TopOneHundredComicBookVillains Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time]].


* {{Adorkable}}: His ''Gotham'' version is oddly endearing before he becomes a villain; he's a science-loving NiceGuy and a hopeless romantic who has stunted social skills, speaking [[MotorMouth too quickly]] and [[SpockSpeak too formally]] at times, he has a macabre sense of humor, and he can't help but speak in riddles, much to the annoyance of others. There's even a scene where he [[MundaneMadeAwesome uses a magnifying glass and forceps to pick onions out of his lunch]]. Even after becoming a murderous villain, he's still a gigantic nerd.


As mentioned above, the character appeared in the 1960s ''Batman'' television series, portrayed by Frank Gorshin and Creator/JohnAstin; Creator/JimCarrey portrayed him in the 1995 film ''Film/BatmanForever'', and Cory Michael Smith portrayed Edward Nygma in the television show ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Creator/PaulDano will be portraying him in the Creator/MattReeves directed solo film using the tentative title of ''The Batman'' that's set to release in June 2021. In addition, the character appears in many animated media and video games, including the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. In 2009, the Riddler was ranked as IGN's 59th [[TopOneHundredComicBookVillains Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time]].

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As mentioned above, the character appeared in the 1960s ''Batman'' television series, portrayed by Frank Gorshin and Creator/JohnAstin; Creator/JimCarrey portrayed him in the 1995 film ''Film/BatmanForever'', and Cory Michael Smith portrayed Edward Nygma in the television show ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Creator/PaulDano will be portraying him in the Creator/MattReeves directed solo film using the tentative title of ''The Batman'' that's set to release in June 2021.''Film/{{The Batman|2021}}''. In addition, the character appears in many animated media and video games, including the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''. In 2009, the Riddler was ranked as IGN's 59th [[TopOneHundredComicBookVillains Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time]].


* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Temporarily during ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'' where he wisely left Gotham while the getting was still good and tangled with other heroes, leading to a particularly embarrassing defeat at the hands of ComicBook/GreenArrow. Nygma never got over this particular defeat, and after his post-''Hush'' Humiliation Conga, he returned to Star City for a rematch against the Emerald Archer. He [[TookALevelInBadass nearly killed Ollie and still managed to escape capture]].
%%** There was also that one time he almost got [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] arrested.

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during ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'' where he wisely left Gotham while the getting was still good and tangled with other heroes, leading to a particularly embarrassing defeat at the hands of ComicBook/GreenArrow. Nygma never got over this particular defeat, and after his post-''Hush'' Humiliation Conga, he returned to Star City for a rematch against the Emerald Archer. He [[TookALevelInBadass nearly killed Ollie and still managed to escape capture]].
%%** There was also that one time ** During the ''New 52'' era, he almost relocated to Central City and nearly got [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] arrested.arrested just for the sake of proving himself better than the Flash.


* AwesomeByAnalysis: He's just as good as solving puzzles as he is at crafting them. He once was able to determine the exact value of the Iceberg Lounge brand T-shirts down to the cent, taking into account the thread quality, the cost of foreign sweatshop labor, and the Penguin's knack for turning a good deal.

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* AwesomeByAnalysis: He's just as good as at solving puzzles as he is at crafting them. He once was able to determine the exact value of the Iceberg Lounge brand T-shirts down to the cent, taking into account the thread quality, the cost of foreign sweatshop labor, and the Penguin's knack for turning a good deal.

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* AwesomeByAnalysis: He's just as good as solving puzzles as he is at crafting them. He once was able to determine the exact value of the Iceberg Lounge brand T-shirts down to the cent, taking into account the thread quality, the cost of foreign sweatshop labor, and the Penguin's knack for turning a good deal.


* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: His ''Gotham'' counterpart is driven entirely by this.

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* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: His ''Gotham'' counterpart LostInTranslation: A recurring problem with Riddler are his riddles in translations. Riddler uses a lot of puns for his riddles that don't have an accurate translation or substitute in other languages, making him one of the hardest characters to translate and understand.
** An example would be a riddle from ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamCity'', "You're a dummy if you don't try and buy one". Dummy can both mean a puppet like Scarface, and an idiot. In the Spanish translation, since there
is driven entirely by this. no equivalent to dummy, it had to be translated as "eres un bobo si no intentas comprar uno", with bobo just meaning "fool", making the riddle incomprehensible for Spanish-speaking players.


* TheCracker: Most contemporary versions of the character, including the ones featured in the ''Arkham'' series and the animated film ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'', depict him as a master hacker and programmer; in the former, he manages to crack even Batman's secure feed while cloaking his own location from Oracle, and in the latter, he's the only person besides Amanda Waller herself who knows how to [[spoiler: disable the bombs wired into the members of the Suicide Squad]]. His computer genius also appeared in "What is Reality?", an episode of ''The Animated Series'' that predates both above the above and featured the then-cutting edge technology of virtual reality games; Riddler created one of his own and used it to entrap Commissioner Gordon.

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* TheCracker: Most contemporary versions of the character, including the ones featured in the ''Arkham'' series and the animated film ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'', depict him as a master hacker and programmer; in the former, he manages to crack even Batman's secure feed while cloaking his own location from Oracle, and in the latter, he's the only person besides Amanda Waller herself who knows how to [[spoiler: disable the bombs wired into the members of the Suicide Squad]]. His computer genius also appeared in "What is Reality?", an episode of ''The Animated Series'' that predates both above of the above and featured the then-cutting edge technology of virtual reality games; Riddler created one of his own and used it to entrap Commissioner Gordon.

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