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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.

About

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.

Known Riddles

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?
  • Answer: Terrapins


  • 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?
  • Answer: Tomorrow


  • 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?
  • Answer: Chessmen


  • 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!!!!!!!

Trivia

  • 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.

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Theatrical Movies
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
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: Phantasm | Joker | Salvatore Valestra | Arthur Reeves | Chuckie Sol | Buzz Bronski
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
Batman: Hush: Riddler/Hush | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Bane | Joker | Harley Quinn | Clayface | Scarecrow | Lex Luthor | Lady Shiva | Two-Face | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Thomas Elliot

Television
Batman: The Animated Series
Joker | Two-Face | Harley Quinn | Penguin | Catwoman | Rupert Thorne | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Scarecrow | Mad Hatter | Killer Croc | Clayface | Ra's al Ghul | Mr. Freeze | Man-Bat | Ventriloquist and Scarface | Roland Daggett | Clock King | Bane | Hugo Strange | Lloyd Ventrix | Kyodai Ken | Baby Doll | Emile Dorian | Red Claw | Boss Biggis | Sewer King | Talia al Ghul | Maxie Zeus | Lock-Up | Professor Milo | Count Vertigo | Daniel Mockridge

The Batman
Joker | Penguin | Bane | Catwoman | Mr. Freeze | Killer Croc | Man-Bat | Firefly | Riddler | Punch & Judy | Kabuki Twins | Hugo Strange | Cluemaster | Ragdoll | Temblor | Poison Ivy | Tony Zucco | Count Vertigo | Harley Quinn | Maxie Zeus | Clayface | Francis Grey | Killer Moth | D.A.V.E. | Dracula | Rumor | Toyman | Mirror Master | Lex Luthor | Black Mask | Sinestro | Joker 2.0 | Prank | Killgore Steed | Team Penguin | Julie | Spellbinder | Cosmo Krank

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Joker | Music Meister | Catwoman | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Clayface | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Lex Luthor | Harley Quinn |

Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Joker | Scarecrow | Queen of Fables | Darkseid | Parademons | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Lex Luthor | Killer Croc | Man-Bat | Riddler | Kite Man | Doctor Psycho | Clayface | King Shark | Sy Borgman | Doctor Trap | Frank the Plant | Two-Face | Catwoman | Nick Quinzel | Sharon Quinzel

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