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Royalty? You've never met royalty? And 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!
~ The Riddler, announcing himself
The Riddler is a major antagonist in the 1960s Batman TV series and the 1966 film.
He was portrayed by the late Frank Gorshin in Season 1, the 1966 film and Season 3 and John Astin in Season 2, due to Gorshin being unavailable.
The Riddler from the popular television series was inspired by the first Silver Age appearance of the Riddler, with the premiere episode being an adaptation of Batman #171. Gorshin's portrayal of the character was loosely inspired by Richard Hidmark's portrayal of gangster Tommy Udo from the film Kiss of Death.
Like many other versions of the character, Ridder boasts of his high intellect. He is an expert at making riddles and tricking people; using these skills to commit crimes and evade capture. However, despite this, Riddler is a poor fighter often providing little challenge for Batman and Robin physically. He is also very cocky; often letting his ego and insanity ruin his schemes.
The Riddler constantly makes riddles that revealed his next crime in an attempt to baffle Batman, but they always lead to his multiple downfalls:
Riddle: Why is an orange like a bell?
Answer: Because both need to be peeled
Riddle: When is the time of a clock like the whistle of a train?
Answer: When its two to two
Riddle: Why is a quarrel like a bargain?
Answer: It takes two to make one
Riddle: What kind of pins are used in soup?
Riddle: What was Joan of Arc made of?
Answer: She was maid of Orleans
Riddle: How many sides has a circle?
Answer: Two, inside and outside
Riddle: Which President of the United States wore the biggest hat?
Answer: The one with the biggest head
Riddle: What has neither nails or bones but has four fingers and a thumb?
Answer: A glove!
Riddle: There are three men on a boat with a pack of cigarettes and no matches. How did they manage to smoke?
Answer: They threw one cigarette overboard and the boat became a cigarette lighter.
Riddle: When is a person like a piece of wood?
Answer: When it's a ruler
Riddle: Question, what is it that no man wants, but no man wants to lose?
Answer: A law suit!
Riddle: What is black and white and red all over?
Answer: A newspaper
Riddle: What has branches and leaves but no bark?
Answer: A library
Riddle: What has yellow skin and writes?
Answer: A ball point banana!
Riddle: What people are always in a hurry?
Answer: Rushing people......Russians!
Robin: I've got it! Someone Russian is going to slip on a banana peel and break their neck!
Batman: Exactly Robin! It's the only possible answer!
Riddle: What is always on its way here but never arrives?
Riddle: The more you take away from it the larger it grows, what is it?
Answer: A hole
Riddle: Why is silk like grass?
Answer: They are both sold by the yard.
Riddle: Why is a bear like a fallen tree?
Answer: Because they both lumber.
Riddle: What room can no-one enter?
Answer: A mushroom
Riddle: What won’t run long without winding?
Answer: A river
Riddle: When is a person like a stupid relative?
Answer: When it's a man-a-kin.
Riddle: How much dirt is in a hole 3 acres square and 200 feed deep?
Answer: None because its a hole
Riddle: What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end and the end of every race?
Answer: The letter "E".
Riddle: When is a bonnet not a bonnet?
Answer: When it becomes a young woman!
Riddle: Why is a welder like a woman in love?
Answer: Because they both carry a torch!!
Riddle: Said one baker to another, how do you make a dishonest shortcake?
Answer: Lie-berry (Library)
Riddle: Why is a musician’s band stand like an oven?
Answer: It is where he makes his bread
Riddle: Why is a woman in love like a welder?
Answer: Because they both carry a torch
Riddle: What kind of men are always above board?
Riddle: What kind of a machines have ears?
Answer: A train has engin(ears)
Riddle: When does a Boy Wonder rhyme with bubble?
Answer: "When he's in trouble"
Riddler: WRONG!!! When he's DOUBLE - SPLIT in two halves - right down the MIDDLE!!!!!!!
Frank Gorshin was a fan of the Batman comic books since childhood and he said he liked the Riddler as a character.
Frank Gorshin left the show after the first season due to wage disputes so the role went to John Astin during the second season. His portrayal was disappointing to viewers so Frank returned for the third season.
Frank Gorshin was one of Jim Carrey's favorite actors, Carrey played a version of the character in Batman Forever, and shares similarities in the portrayal.
John Astin carried a question mark shaped cane prior to the original comic book character.
The Riddler's real name Edward Nigma is never mentioned nor are his origins.
The Riddler was the most recurring character in the first season, appearing in eight episodes.