- "Edward Nigma, AKA The Riddler, is obsessed with riddles, puzzles and word games. He delights in leaving clues for Batman at the scene of his crimes, which regularly leads to his downfall. Using specially-developed technology incorporated into his cane, he can take control of people's minds."
- ―Character introduction in LEGO Batman: The Videogame
- "Riddle me this, Batman: Why won't you LEAVE ME ALONE?!"
- ―The Riddler to Batman in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
The Riddler (also known as Edward Nigma or Edward Nashton), is a villain who executes schemes involving riddles, puzzles, death traps, and word-games. The Riddler has appeared in the Batman and Super Heroes themes.
- 1 Description
- 1.1 Batman Variation
- 1.2 Super Heroes Variation
- 1.3 Racing Suit
- 1.4 Classic TV Series
- 1.5 The Lego Batman Movie
- 1.6 Microfigure
- 1.7 2019 version
- 1.8 The Batman variation
- 1.9 Video Game Appearances
- 1.10 In LEGO Dimensions
- 2 Background
- 3 Appearances
- 4 Gallery of Variants
- 5 Notes
- 6 Appearances
- 7 LEGO.com Description
- 8 Gallery
- 9 See also
- 10 References
The Riddler uses the original male hairpiece in Black. He has a one sided face featuring a smirk and a purple mask with white eyes. He has a green torso, which depicts a tight green suit with a black question mark on the chest and a purple belt. The Riddler has grey hands (most-likely because purple hands would have been too expensive to produce at that time). He uses green legs without printing.
In The Bat-Tank: The Riddler and Bane's Hideout, The Riddler also has a simple jetpack made out of two Black teeth, two Black studs, two cones in Transparent Fluorescent Green, one Dark Stone Grey Technic Backstrap, and a Black Technic Brick.
Super Heroes Variation
Riddler uses the Small Clown's bowler hat, but in light grey and with a black question print on the center and front. Riddler's face isn't very different, but his mask is higher up and his mouth has his teeth showing in an evil smile. Riddler's torso has more toned muscles, a black question mark centered, and a purple belt with a yellow question mark. On the back of Riddler's torso are a few lines to symbolize the shape his unitard has against his back and a continuation of his purple belt. Riddler's arms and legs are both all green, but his hands are purple, the first official minifigure to have such. He is armed with a crowbar, which according to visual dictionary, is meant to be his question staff. This variation is exclusive to 6857 The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape.
At the 2012 New York Toy Fair, the set-up of 6857 revealed the preliminary version of Riddler's Super Heroes variation. The bowler hat was green and unprinted. Riddler had the same face as Robin's two Batman variations. The torso had black hands (rather than purple), no yellow question belt buckle, a large purple question mark (rather than black), many smaller, dark green question marks scattered around the torso, and he wasn't as muscular. The legs were unchanged and he was still accessorized with a crowbar.
This variant has a bright green bowler hat with a purple question mark, which is the most accurate one to date. His head has a more angular mask and a larger grin. The torso is divided by a purple line into two distinct sections. He has a bright green torso printed with a dark green zipped up suit with light green flaps, a purple scarf, zipped up pockets, a green dot with a purple question on the right side of the torso, and purple hands. The bottom left half of the torso is light green with dark green question marks and a pocket. His right arm and right leg are light green while the left is dark green along with his hips and left leg. He comes with a new gold crowbar to further represent his original golden question staff and he also has a banana.
This variant was inspired by the Riddler seen in Batman Forever in 1995, played by Jim Carrey, the variation of the character that wore the green bowler hat and the jacket with question marks.
Classic TV Series
This variant is based on Frank Gorshin's Riddler in the 1966 Batman television show. Riddler's hair is the same as Anakin Skywalker's Episode II variant. His face shows a lavender domino mask with blank white eyes, and Riddler with an evil smile and cheekbones. His alternate face shows the Riddler with an angry scowl. His jumpsuit is bright green, and simply decorated with a question on the chest, a few muscle lines, and a lavender belt. His hands are also lavender. His legs are unprinted.
The Riddler's appearance in "The Lego Batman Movie" appears younger than his previous versions. He features new headgear that includes an askew dark green bowler hat painted with a lighter question mark, and shaggy orange-brown hair, reminiscent of his appearance in "Batman Forever". He retains his purple mask and his expression is a small cheeky grin. His torso features a dark green tie and a green jacket with several light green questions scattered across. His arms are green with question marks printed on, and his hands are dark green and his legs retain their green color. He carries a golden cane with a new piece in green for the question-mark head.
A microfigure of him is included in 50003 Batman. He is green like the Super Heroes variant, and looks like a smaller version of that, but the main difference is his bowler hat is not there.
The 2019 variant of Riddler is inspired by the New 52 incarnation of the character featured in Scott Snyder's Batman run, namely the "Zero Year" storyline. Riddler is given a pantsuit which is a lighter shade of green than his other incarnations and a black shirt underneath. He wears a purple tie with a golden question-mark clip along with a large belt-buckle. On his head he has his purple mask, a green bowler hat, and ginger sideburns.
The Batman variation
Unlike Riddler's film counterpart, the hairpiece in the minifugre is supposed resemble his face being covered in cling wrap when he concealed his identity. He also wears glasses and a mask.
Video Game Appearances
In LEGO Batman
In LEGO Batman: The Videogame, The Riddler is identical to his appearance in 7785 Arkham Asylum, but is armed with a golden, question mark shaped staff that resembles his original staff in the Batman comics and movies.
On the Nintendo DS version of the video game, a second version of the Riddler also appears in his suit and bowler hat.
The Riddler is able to use mind control on certain characters and open certain doors which require a mind control character. He attacks with his question staff.
In LEGO Batman 2
Riddler reappears in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes with his appearance from 6857 The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape and his original question cane that appeared in LEGO Batman: The Videogame. In this version, he cannot use mind control like he could in the first LEGO Batman game. He can be found at the top of Wayne tower and when defeated is available to purchase.
In LEGO Batman 3
He looks identical to his 2014 minifigure from The Riddler Chase set, but he still has his trademark cane, this time in green. He can once again use mind control like he did in the 1st game.
1966 Batman Variant
This variation is based on Frank Gorshin's emmy nominated portrayal of the Riddler in the 1960's Batman show. He has light brown hair instead of the bowler hat, and has a light purple mask. The torso is almost exactly the same as the Super Heroes version, except that this model has slightly lighter colors, and the belt curves upward at the center instead of having a question mark. He wields the same cane from the first two games, but in green, despite Frank Gorshin never using one in the show. He includes all of the same powers as the classic Riddler.
In LEGO Dimensions
In LEGO Dimensions, the Riddler returns with his 2014 racing suit variant, but he does not have his cane with him.
As a kid, Edward Nygma (or Edward Nashton) was fascinated with word-games, puzzles, and riddles to the point where he became obsessed with them. He would then use this obsession to test his wits against the law and after much success tricking the average man/woman, he turned to crime as the Riddler. He set his sights on Batman, believing that he would be a worthy adversary, and leaves behind a clue at the scene which Batman always manages to solve before apprehending him. Unlike the other Batman rogues, the Riddler commits crimes behind mind games and it takes Batman's intellect to solve them rather than physical force. The Riddler has a genius intellect in constructing riddles and is armed with his question cane that contains weapons and computer technology.
About 7 years later, he discovers Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne, but Batman pointed out that if he revealed the riddle, his life will become pointless. After several wrong turns in his life, and getting beat up a lot, he eventually got hit on the head with a mace and forgot it all. After being in a coma, he turned over a new leaf and became a detective that rivaled the skill of Batman himself, earning Batman and Commissioner Gordon's trust. However the stint as a hero was short lived, as an explosion reverted him back to his mental insanity and obsession with riddles.
LEGO Batman Movie
Edward Nigma’s only super-power is his brilliant mind, which he uses to come up with mind-bending puzzles to taunt the Gotham City police as they try to guess where and when he’ll commit his next crime. Fortunately, Batman’s knowledge of useless trivia is second to none, making the Dark Knight Detective the perfect hero to put together the clues and stop The Riddler’s ridiculous riddle rampage. Bat-Fact: Uses too many question marks in his writing.
In LEGO Batman
In the first Lego Batman game, the Riddler has a prominent role as the main antagonist in the first of three arcs in the game.
After being detained in Arkham Asylum for too long, the Riddler works with The Penguin and The Joker to create a prison break, releasing them and 12 more villians into Gotham. The Riddler held a briefing session between his team of escaped criminals, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and Clayface. They were planning a siege on the Gotham Gold Reserves, but needed several objects to do so; A Giant Key, Mutant Vine Seeds, a Freeze Ray, and Wayne Tech's Super Laser.
Clayface assisted The Riddler in retrieving a key from a bank which he needed to rob the Gotham City Gold Reserves. When the key was secured, Clayface insisted on staying in the bank to collect the gold that was there, while the Riddler escaped in Two-Face's truck. He was then defeated and captured by Batman and Robin and sent back to Arkham Asylum.
The Riddler enlisted the help of Mr. Freeze in retrieving a Freeze Cannon from Freeze's old factory. When the Freeze Cannon was secured, Mr. Freeze insisted on staying in the factory to unleash the Freeze Girls as his minions. Like Clayface, Mr. Freeze was defeated and captured by Batman.
The Riddler met Two-Face outside of the factory, where Riddler Goons experimented on it until Batman arrived. At this, The Riddler and Two-Face used Two-Face's armoured car to escape the Batmobile, which destroyed four Riddler Goon vans in the process. When the Batmobile caught up with the Armoured Car outside of Police Headquarters, Two-Face's car was destroyed. The Riddler and Two-Face split up to evade Batman and Robin. Riddler was cornered by the duo, only to be saved by Poison Ivy.
After saving The Riddler, Ivy assisted him in sneaking into the botanical gardens. They were discovered by Commissioner Gordon who ordered Police Officers to hold the gardens. The Officers were defeated alongside Scientists and Janitors who worked at the site. With the seeds secured, Ivy stayed at the gardens to tend after the plants where she was defeated and captured, while The Riddler escaped the duo and met up with Two-Face with his reconstructed truck.
With all four items planned for the siege of the Gold Reserves in possession, Two-Face and Riddler made their move. They used the Freeze Ray to create a bridge of ice over a surrounding body of water, the vine seeds to scale a cliff, and the Super Laser to attempt to destroy the door. The laser beam rebounded and destroyed the Super Laser. With their primary weapon destroyed, Riddler and Two-Face were attacked by S.W.A.T. Agents, but managed to scale the reserves and build a device to enhance the Mind-Control technology in The Riddler's "?" cane. He took control of the Pilot in a nearby Police Helicopter to shoot down the reserve's doors. Using their different abilities, Riddler and Two-Face solved the puzzles of the interior and defeated many more S.W.A.T. Agents and Police Officers. Reaching the vault, the two made use of the defence robot to destroy the vault door, meaning they wouldn't need the key Clayface had obtained earlier.
By this time, Batman and Robin caught up with Riddler and his partner. Riddler ordered Two-Face to create a diversion. Two-Face shot a hole in a nearby barrel holding toxic waste, covering most of the floor in the deadly substance. Robin used pieces collected with his Attract Suit to create a swamp boat and reach Two-Face. In the resulting fight, Two-Face was nearly defeated, but escaped in the direction which Riddler had gone. Batman and Robin followed Two-Face through the vault, where they saw the Riddler enjoying the gold. Riddler ordered Two-Face to attack. Once more Two-Face was almost defeated, but ran to the side of The Riddler at the last moment. The Riddler then used the vault's defence laser to try and defeat the Dynamic Duo. Batman and Robin used the chromed gold to deflect the laser beams back at The Riddler until his laser was destroyed. The Riddler then changed his tactics to using the mind control technology in his question cane to take control of a whimpering Two-Face, and attack the Duo himself. Eventually, both Riddler and Two-Face were knocked back into a pile of gold bars, subduing them both.
In LEGO Batman 2
- "Hide and seek, Batman!"
- ―Riddler in LEGO Batman 2
The Riddler reappears in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes as a playable character. He hides boxes around Gotham City.
Riddler is one of the villains who raids The Man of the Year award ceremony, the others being The Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, and The Penguin. After robbing the mayor, he listens to Joker's "acceptance speech" after he steals the trophy from Bruce Wayne with the others at Lex Luthor's table. When the Dynamic Duo arrive in the Bat-boat, Riddler flees through the stage trapdoor with Joker, Penguin, and Two-Face, leaving Harley to cover their flight.
When Harley is defeated, Riddler hid in the band-room under the stage under a giant tuba. The tuba was destroyed, and he was chased by the Dynamic Duo through the theater with his henchmen defending them. Using the stealth suit, Batman was able to see through Riddler's hiding box and defeat him using the weights attached to it. After this, the box is reconstructed into an elevator that leads to the next level.
He was later one of the villains freed from Arkham Asylum by The Joker and Lex Luthor with the Deconstructor. He attempted to escape on Two-Face's truck with Two-Face and Harley Quinn when Batman and Robin arrived. They try to make a getaway, but Batman's sonar suit shatters some glass and makes many lego bricks fall in their way, destroying the truck and knocking the three unconcious. The Riddler, along with the other villains, escapes from the police into the city, where the Riddler hides on top of Wayne Tower. His goons are all over Gotham city througout the entire story, and they attack the heroes whenever they see them.
After the game is beat, he can be found on the top of the Wayne Tower and can be bought for 125,000 studs after he is defeated.
In LEGO Dimensions
The Riddler re-appears as an antagonist in a Batman-Lord of the Rings crossover level in LEGO Dimensions called Riddle-earth. In it, the Riddler appears in Middle Earth and quickly allies with Mordor Orcs, who work together to beat their arch-enemies, Batman and Gandalf, as well as Wyldstyle. The Riddler appears as a boss riding on Balrog (from LOTR) with a green chair on top.
Gallery of Variants
Gallery of Video Game Variants
- In The LEGO Batman Movie, The Riddler is voiced by Conan O'Brien who also voiced himself in the video game LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
- In LEGO Dimensions, he was voiced by the actor Gerardo García, he also voiced Gollum, instead that voiced them Ricardo Tejedo. Gerardo voiced two characters in the same videogame.
- Riddler's LEGO DC Super-Villains voice actor Wally Wingert reprised his role from the Batman: Arkham series.
- 7785 Arkham Asylum (Batman)
- 7787 The Bat-Tank: The Riddler and Bane's Hideout (Batman)
- 6857 The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape (Super Heroes)
- 50003 Batman (Microfigure)
- 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase (Racing Suit)
- 76052 Batman Classic TV Series - Batcave (1966)
- 70903 The Riddler Riddle Racer (The LEGO Batman Movie)
- 70912 Arkham Asylum (The LEGO Batman Movie)
- 76120 Batman Batwing and the Riddler Heist
- 76137 Batman vs. the Riddler Robbery
- 76183 Batcave: The Riddler Face-Off
- 212009 The Riddler
Video Game Appearances
- LEGO Batman: The Videogame
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
- LEGO Dimensions (Non-Playable)
- LEGO DC Super-Villains