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The Riddler (real name Edward Nigma[1]) is a supervillain with a penchant for charades and riddles. Despite not being taken seriously by other criminals,[4] he is an agent of and strategist for the Light.[5]

Physical appearance

Riddler is a thin man of medium height. He has brown eyes and brown hair in a flat-top, a spiky quiff with long sideburns and a rectangular head. He also has a gap between his two front teeth.

His Riddler costume is a colorful two-piece suit. He wears a dark green shirt and a lighter green jacket with a high collar; the shoulders are a darker green. A question mark is emblazoned on his left shoulder. He has a purple tie with a green question mark tie-pin in the middle. He also wears black pants with a green belt and question mark buckle, and triangular green glasses with a purple frame.[5]


Early life

Nigma started his supervillain career in 2008.[6]


Belle Reve Parish
September 16, 21:55 CDT

While imprisoned at Belle Reve Penitentiary, the Riddler tried to get on the good side of Icicle Sr., the head of the prisoners, but failed because everyone saw him as a joke. He again tried to approach the capo and the prisoners during lunch, but was once again rejected.

When a massive escape was attempted, the Riddler somehow managed to escape during the confusion when no one else could.[4]

Gotham City
November 5, 22:07 EDT

In a dimension without any children under the age of 18 (caused by a magic spell by Klarion and other sorcerers), Riddler infiltrated Gotham's STAR Labs. While Sportsmaster incited a riot outside to keep the police occupied, Riddler was able to sneak out with the last sample of Starro.

Later, Riddler and Sportsmaster presented the Starro tentacle to the Brain and other members of the Light.[5]

Smokey Mountains
December 30, post-10:48 EST

Riddler staged an ambush of the Team by baiting them with Cheshire and the echinoderm samples. The Team made short work of Riddler and his allies, Mammoth and Shimmer. Riddler was bound and gagged by Zatanna.

What the Team did not know was that the ambush was meant to fail, and only served as a ploy to smuggle the echinoderm aboard the Watchtower.[7]


Gotham City
September 16, pre-21:45 EST

Riddler met with Lex Luthor at the Museum of Antiquities's Babylonian wing.[8] The Light's plan to release Tiamat required for artefacts to be unearthed without it being traced back to them. Riddler spent months feeding clues to archeologist Helena Sandsmark so that she would organize a dig, without realizing she had been steered.[9]


February 17, pre-07:15 EET

After Sandsmark refused to give up the artefact, so Riddler kidnapped her.[9]

Gotham City
February 17, 20:20 EST

As the Team found the other artefacts, Riddler sprung the last part of his trap. He made no secret of his presence in the docks, which lured Nightwing and Alpha Squad back to the city.

Riddler and Psimon built traps for the Team to overcome, which were easy enough for Nightwing to solve. The Light could afford giving back doctor Sandsmark and Riddler took a fall, surrendering the last fragment of the Tablet of Destiny—or rather, a fake meant to buy the Light time for their final steps.[9]

Background information

  • In the comics, the Riddler is one of Batman's most enduring foes and belongs to the hero's infamous rogues gallery.
  • Young Justice marks the Riddler's 11th animated appearance. The character's animated debut was in 1968 as part of The Batman/Superman Hour, and since then, he has appeared in the original Super Friends, Challenge of the Super Friends, The New Adventures of Batman (opening sequence only), the DC Animated Universe (Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series), The Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Scott, Sharon, Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman (writers), Young Justice: Legacy (November 19, 2013): Riddler biography. Santa Ana, CA: Little Orbit
  2. Weisman, Greg (2011-01-04). Question #13908. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  3. Weisman, Greg (2013-03-20). Question #19579. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (September 23, 2011). "Terrors". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 11. Cartoon Network.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (March 3, 2012). "Misplaced". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 19. Cartoon Network.
  6. Weisman, Greg (2012-11-27). Question #17115. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  7. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Oliva, Jay, Divar, Tim (directors) (April 14, 2012). "Usual Suspects". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 25. Cartoon Network.
  8. Scott, Sharon, Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman (writers), Young Justice: Legacy (November 19, 2013): Red Arrow journal #7. Santa Ana, CA: Little Orbit
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Scott, Sharon, Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman (writers), Young Justice: Legacy (November 19, 2013): Gotham City. Santa Ana, CA: Little Orbit