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You are trying to understand madness with logic. This is not unlike searching for darkness with a torch.
~ Mad Hatter
(Singing) Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?
~ Mad Hatter to Alice in Batman: The Animated Series.

Jervis Tetch, better known as the Mad Hatter, is a villain from DC Comics, most commonly appearing as an enemy of Batman. He is a criminal in possession of mind-control technology that themes himself after the character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Biography

Mad Hatter made his first appearance in Batman #49 (October 1948) in which he attempts to steal a trophy from the Gotham Yacht Club but is foiled by Batman. This version of the Mad Hatter would be absent for nearly three decades, and in that time an Imposter Mad Hatter appeared.

Upon the real Tetch's return, in which it has been revealed has spent several years in Arkham Asylum following his arrest at the hands of Batman in his debut, he has "disposed" of the Imposter Mad Hatter and taken back his name.

The Mad Hatter began being depicted as a former scientist who researched mind technology and has developed a way to control humans with the use of microchips in their hats. He is also shown to have an obsession with Lewis Carrol's Wonderland books and believes himself to be the real incarnation of the Mad Hatter.

Tetch also has a fixation with female children and women, sometimes viewing them as the titular Alice from the books, often kidnapping ones that happen to have the name Alice, and some versions of the character suggest he may be a pedophile.

The Mad Hatter's origins weren't properly explored in the comics until the New 52 initiative which rebooted the DC Universe continuity. In the story, he was in love with a girl at a school named Alice and suffered from a disorder in which he was unable to grow. Tetch began taking experimental drugs in the hopes of enhancing his height, however, he began to lose his mind and grip on reality, which caused him to believe he was the Mad Hatter, resulting in him being committed by Arkham Asylum by his devastated parents.

Other Media

Batman (1966-1968 series)

See Mad Hatter (Adam West Batman)

Mad Hatter appears as a recurring villain in the series, in which he was played by David Wayne. He is based on the version in the silver age which would be revealed as the Imposter Mad Hatter, such as having an obsession with hats.

Batman: The Animated Series

In Batman: The Animated Series, Jervis Tetch is given what may be his definitive origin story. He was a neuroscientist experimenting his mind control devices on mice. He fell in love with a colleague named Alice, but being a naturally shy and awkward man, he felt unable to tell her. When he heard she and her boyfriend were fighting, he decided to step in. He dressed up as his favorite character from Alice in Wonderland to give himself confidence and used his mind control chips to make Alice believe he was a well-known man about town. When Alice's boyfriend proposed to her, Tetch snapped and resorted to using mind control to bring her to his side. Batman was able to stop him and free Alice from the mind control, but The Mad Hatter's sorrow drove him to become a criminal. He was voiced by the late Roddy McDowell.

The Batman

Mad Hatter was originally planned to appear in the 2004 animation series, but for unknown reasons, he didn't appear in the series.

Arkhamverse

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Mad Hatter in the Arkham games.

Main article: Mad Hatter (Arkhamverse)

The Mad Hatter doesn't appear in the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. One of the Riddler's riddles revolves around him.  

Obsessed from a young age with Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jervis Tetch, an expert hypnotist, embraced a delusion that he was the incarnation of a character in the story, the Mad Hatter.

Using his skills for mesmerism, the Mad Hatter has committed many crimes, often themed around the book that inspired him and his love of hats and headgear going so far as to implant his hats with mind-control chips to amplify his hypnosis skills.

Above all other headwear, however, he covets Batman’s distinctive cowl and will stop at nothing to acquire it. Mad Hatter makes his first appearance in Batman: Arkham City. After this, he also appeared in Arkham Origins and Arkham Knight as an antagonist, each time hypnotizing Batman to try to make him his mindless soldier. He is defeated each time and ultimately incarcerated at the GCPD.

Gotham

Main article: Jervis Tetch (Gotham)

Jervis Tetch appears in the FOX Batman origin series Gotham as the main antagonist during the third season and is portrayed by Benedict Samuel. In this interpretation of the character, he is an unstable hypnotist who comes to Gotham City to look for his missing sister Alice, who he has an unsettling fixation with.

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Batman (1966): Joker | Catwoman | Penguin | Riddler
Batman (1989): Joker | Bob Hawkins | Alicia Hunt | Carl Grissom | Max Eckhardt | Vinnie Ricorso | Joe Chill
Batman Returns: Penguin | Red Triangle Circus Gang (Organ Grinder, Poodle Lady, Tattooed Strongman, Stungun Clown, Thin Clown, Fat Clown, Sword Swallower & Knifethrower Dame) | Max Shreck | Catwoman | Charles "Chip" Shreck
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Batman Forever: Riddler | Two-Face | Sugar | Spice | NygmaTech (Frogmen) | Neon Gang (Neon Gang Leader) | Salvatore Maroni
Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy | Mr. Freeze | Bane | Snowy Cones Thugs | Golums | Jason Woodrue
Batman Begins: Ra's al Ghul | League of Shadows (Ra's Decoy) | Scarecrow | Carmine Falcone | Victor Zsasz | Joe Chill
The Dark Knight: Joker | Joker's Thugs (Thomas Schiff, Chuckles, Kilson, Bus Driver, Happy, Dopey, Grumpy & Bus Driver) | Two-Face | Sal Maroni | The Chechen | Gambol | Lau | Bank Manager | Michael Wuertz | Burmese Bandit
The Dark Knight Rises: League of Shadows (Bane, Talia al Ghul & Barsad) | Catwoman | John Daggett
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf
Suicide Squad: Eyes of the Adversary (Enchantress & Incubus) | Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot & Amanda Waller) | Joker's Gang (Joker, Jonny Frost, Panda Man & Monster T) | Griggs
The Lego Batman Movie: Joker | Harley Quinn | Phantom Zone Criminals (Zod, Sauron, Kraken, Lord Voldemort, Jaws & Gremlins) | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Two-Face | Bane | Riddler
Joker: Clowns (Joker, Clown & Ambulance Clown) | Penny Fleck | Randall | Wall Street Three | Penny Fleck's Boyfriend

Direct-to-video Movies
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero: Mr. Freeze | Dr. Gregory Belson
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: Joker | The Jokerz (Chucko, Dee-Dee, Ghoul, Woof & Bonk) | Harley Quinn
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman: Penguin | Bane | Rupert Thorne | Carlton Duquesne
The Batman vs. Dracula: Dracula | Penguin | Joker
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Batman: Under the Red Hood: Jason Todd | Joker | Black Mask | Ra's al Ghul | Riddler
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
Batman: Year One: Batman | Commissioner Loeb | Carmine Falcone | Arnold John Flass | Catwoman | Joker
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Batman | Joker | Mutant Leader | Ellen Yindel | Harvey Dent | Selina Kyle
Son of Batman: Deathstroke | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Talia al Ghul) | Ubu | Killer Croc | Man-Bats
Batman: Assault on Arkham: Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider, KGBeast) | Joker | Riddler | Penguin | Scarecrow | Victor Zsasz | Bane | Two-Face | Poison Ivy
Batman vs. Robin: Court of Owls (Samantha Vanaver, Talon, Owls Lieutenant, & Talon Warriors) | Dollmaker
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts: Animalitia (Penguin, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, Cheetah & Silverback)
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem: Joker | Scarecrow | Clayface | Silver Banshee | Solomon Grundy
Batman: Bad Blood: League of Assassins (Talia al Ghul, The Heretic, Onyx, Firefly, Tusk, Mad Hatter, Electrocutioner, Hellhound, Calculator, & Killer Moth) | Black Mask
Batman: The Killing Joke: Joker | Paris Franz
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants: Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Cheetah | Hush | Mad Hatter | Two-Face | Bane | Chemo | Killer Croc | Clayface | Joker | Dr. Kirk Langstrom
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders: Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Catwoman | Archer | Black Widow | Bookworm | Clock King | Egghead | False Face | King Tut | Louie the Lilac | Mad Hatter | Minstrel | Mr. Freeze | Sandman | Shame | Siren
Batman and Harley Quinn: Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Floronic Man
Batman vs. Two-Face: Two-Face | Hugo Strange | Catwoman | King Tut | Bookworm | Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Clock King | Egghead | Mr. Freeze | Shame | Harley Quinn
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Riddler | Clayface | Joker | Mr. Freeze | Catwoman | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: Jack the Ripper | Barbara-Eileen Gordon | Selina Kyle | Harvey Dent | Hugo Strange | Ivy
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay: Professor Zoom | Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger, Copperhead, Black Manta, Punch, Jewelee, & Count Vertigo) | Killer Frost | Blockbuster | Silver Banshee | Vandal Savage | Knockout | Scandal Savage | Professor Pyg | Tobias Whale | League of Assassins (Deathstroke) | Two-Face
Batman Ninja: Joker | Harley Quinn | Catwoman | Gorilla Grodd | Bane | Penguin | Poison Ivy | Deathstroke | Two-Face
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Foot Clan (Shredder & Baxter Stockman) | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Ubu) | Joker | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Mr. Freeze | Scarecrow | Two-Face | Poison Ivy | Bane
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