Real Name: Edward Nigma
First Appearance: Detective Comics #140 (October, 1948)
Powers: Genius Level Intelligence
Affiliation: Secret Six, Legion of Doom, Secret Society of Super Villains
Love Interests: Dr. Chase
Did You Know: The Riddler has a daughter named Enigma.
A Little Back History…
Edward Nigma grew up in Waterbury and continually annoyed all around him with his never ending string of queries. In an attempt to feed his ego, he would try to become the go-to person, or the person with all the answers, even if that meant that he would have to form the questions.
His obsessive need to have the answers was pushed to an extreme when, while in class, the teacher created a contest that would reward the winning child a book of riddles.
What was the contest?
Who could solve the puzzle she presented the fasters.
To ensure that he would win, Edward snuck into the school after hours and worked on the problem until he could do it in under a minute.
Needless to say, he won.
Realizing that his cheating afforded him victory, he became fixated on finding other ways in which he could benefit from cheating. This would lead him to a life of crime as the costumed villain, The Riddler. As time continued, The Riddler identity became not only one that could steal massive amounts of riches but on that would be able to prove Edward’s superior intelligence over all that were around him, including Batman.
As time passed, he has become known for his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as his smooth talking and quirky personality. He became very famous by, unlike other villains who tried to kill their enemies, placing his enemies in elaborate traps.
Not the Saw kind.
Seeing that Batman and others outmatched him, he would enlist the aid of two female sidekicks, Query and Echo. These two ladies were responsible for helping him pull off larger crimes.
- Born Edward Nigma
- Irritated all around him
- Won a school contest by cheating
- Realizes that cheating leads to riches
- Wants to prove his superiority over everyone
- Doesn’t kill too often, but rather places his enemies in elaborate traps
- Takes on two female sidekicks, Query and Echo