The Riddler is one of Batman’s most famous enemies, and he has one of the most interesting backstories of any Batman villain in comic book history. The smart and dangerous villain has become a fan favorite ever since being created all the way back in 1948 by comic book icons Bill Finger and Dick Sprang.
The Riddler first appeared in Detective Comics No. 140, and since then the Riddler has appeared in thousands of comic books and multiple animated series. Jim Carrey portrayed the Riddler in campy fashion in the critically panned film Batman Forever, and comedian and impressionist Frank Gorshin starred as the Riddler in both the much beloved Batman TV series and the feature film version of the show called Batman: The Movie.
The recent Arkham video games have made the Riddler even more popular thanks to the sadistic and dark portrayal of the narcissistic baddie. The side missions in the Arkham video game series require players to find hidden statues and clues placed throughout Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Gotham City. Once all the clues are found, Batman can take down the Riddler.
Comic fans eagerly anticipate the storylines featuring the prince of puzzles, and many fans cosplay as this Batman villain at comic book conventions such as San Diego Comic Con. Here’s a look at 15 things you probably didn’t know about the Riddler.
15 The Character Was Played By Two Different Actors In The 60s Batman TV Show
Frank Gorshin famously played the Riddler in the 1960s Batman TV show starring Adam West as the caped crusader. Gorshin reprised his role as the Riddler for Batman: The Movie. Who can forget the classic campy riddles that Batman and Robin had to solve? “What is small, yellow, sits in a tree and is very dangerous?” The answer is a canary with a machine gun, of course. "What type of people are always in a hurry? Russians!" These Riddles were the highlight of the movie and TV show. "What happens to a Turkey when it is turned upside down? It's gobbles up!"
14 He Is A Cancer Survivor
13 Weird Al Yankovic Voiced The Riddler
12 He Teamed Up With His Rip Off
11 He Hosted His Own Deadly Version Of Celebrity Jeopardy
10 Riddler Was Beaten As A Child
9 He Has Worked On The Side Of Good
8 He Got Plastic Surgery To Alter His Appearance
7 He Has An Elseworlds Counterpart
6 He Was Homeless At One Time
5 He Has Henchwomen Instead Of Henchmen
4 He Was Created By Comic Book Legend Bill Finger
3 There Are Multiple Songs About The Riddler
2 A Record-Holding Roller Coaster Is Based On The Riddler
1 He Was Spoofed On The Simpsons
The Simpsons has made fun of just about everything over its nearly 30 year history on television, and many times the animated comedy has poked fun at DC Comics characters. The Simpsons mocked the Riddler in the season 18 episode titled Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times. This anthology episode featured a Bartman segment where one of Bartman’s evil adversaries is Ned Flanders in a Riddler-esque orange costume with Ds instead of question marks. This Bartman villain is called the Diddler in reference to Flanders’ famous catchphrase. Rod and Todd were the Diddler's henchmen. Otto was a villain called the Toker, and Bartman also beat up Poison Lenny.
Sources: 66Batmania, BatmanWiki, SimpsonsWiki, GothamWiki
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