DC Comics’ Batman is among the most sought-after superheroes for its fans. Sure, Superman is the undisputed leader of the gang, but there’s no denying that Batman is so well-loved.

The story of Batman isn’t just about the Caped Crusader himself but also the myriad of villains who have become so iconic that there are independent and stand-alone movies and comics about them. You have the Joker, Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Bane, and a whole lot more. 

The Joker is the baddest of them all, but Batman has villains like the Riddler, who seems to eclipse the evil acts of the Joker. In this exciting piece, we look at the most evil riddles the Riddler has ever unleashed. 

The Riddler And His Riddles

The Riddler is a criminal mastermind who wreaks havoc in Gotham City. He has an obsession with riddles, puzzles, and death traps in his plans and schemes to prove that he’s intellectually superior to Batman and the Gotham City police team. 

His alter ego is Edward Nigma, a pun on the term “enigma,” denoting a person or thing difficult to understand. Using elaborate gimmicks, the Riddler’s crimes are often ostentatious and theatrical. 

In the comics, he is introduced as a character donning a domino mask and a green unitard with question mark prints, otherwise wearing a green suit and bowler hat. His official logo is either a black, green, or purple question mark. 

The Riddler has been featured in various movies, TV shows, and animated series of Batman. The closest depiction of the Riddler from the comics would probably be that from the movie “Batman Forever.” However, modern takes on the Riddler were seen in the most recent Batman movie, “The Batman,” starring the dashing Robert Pattinson. 

The Most Evil And Cunning Riddlers By The Riddler

1. ‘You Are El Rata Alada’

From ‘The Batman’

We start with a riddle from the latest Batman movie. Fans are very fortunate to see the Riddler’s character return in “The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves, also the mind behind “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

However, the Riddler here is very different. Instead of the usual comic nature, he is more delusional. And so are his riddles. 

One of his many riddles in the movie is “You are el rata alada,” whose answer is “www.ratalada.com.” 

In the movie, Batman and Jim Gordon, upon seeing the riddle, initially thought it was the Spanish translation for “winged rat,” which they believed refers to the Penguin as penguins have wings and some of the crimes in the movie led to Oswald Cobblepot.

When they confronted Penguin over this, he pointed out that the Spanish was actually incorrect, such as “la” and not “el” should precede “rata alada.” Batman rethought this and realized that “You are el” was an enigma for “URL.” They saw the Rata Alada website, and the rat was later revealed to be Carmine Falcone

2. ‘What’s Green And Red, And Goes Round And Round?’

From ‘Gotham’

“Gotham” is another show inspired by the DC Comics superhero, but this TV series features a young Bruce Wayne who is just starting to learn the ins and outs of Gotham City. 

What’s interesting is that the young Wayne’s life coincides with the lives of Batman’s most famous villains, who are made to appear as if they have existed long before Batman emerged as a superhero. The Riddler, who was an ordinary guy (not a costumed villain), was in the series. 

One of his famous riddles in the series was “What’s green and red, and goes round and round?” The answer is a frog in a blender.

3. ‘Why Is Corn Hard To Escape From?’

From Detective Comics # 140

Now, we get to a the Riddler riddle that’s less dark and less overthought of – that from the comics. 

It goes like this: “Why is corn so hard to escape from?”

The answer: Because it’s a “maize” (a wordplay on “maize,” another term for corn). 

True, this riddle is pretty “corny,” but it is so classic as it comes from the Riddler’s debut in the comics. 

4. ‘What Is Always On Its Way Here But Never Arrives?’

From Batman 1960

Can you answer it? If you guessed “tomorrow,” you are right.

This the Riddler riddle from Batman 1960s was as silly as the show. It is a bit difficult to solve, as well as a good existential question. Tomorrow always does not arrive like how “today” does, as it is, well, tomorrow.

5. ‘Tweedledum And Tweedledee Saw It, Can You See It?’

From The ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ Game

“Batman: Arkham Asylum” is probably one of the best and most thrilling games ever created about “Batman.” In this game, the Riddler is presented wearing dirty clothing that will remind you of the printed polo shirts of the characters in “GTA,” but the clothes still feature the question marks, of course. His goggles pulled to his forehead area are also worth noting.

A riddle in the game, “Tweedledum and Tweedledee saw it, can you see it?” is probably one of the wittiest around. If you don’t look closely, you won’t find the answer. The answer here is “seesaw,” whose syllables are in the riddle itself. The game’s player must keep moving to solve more of the Riddler’s mysteries.  

Those are some of the most cunning riddles from the Riddler. Other popular riddles from the villain are:

  • From “Gotham”: “I feel your every move. I know your every thought. I’m with you from birth, and I’ll see you when you rot.” – Your reflection.
  • F.rom the “Batman” TV show: “What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every race?” – The letter “e.”
  • From “Batman Forever”: “If you look at the numbers on my face, you won’t find 13 anyplace.” – A clock.

Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That

The Riddler has worn so many “hats” throughout the many works of “Batman” he has been into,” from the hilarious portrayal of him by comedian Jim Carrey to a darker version of him in Reeve’s “The Batman.” He also has a bag of interesting riddles. If you love solving riddles, you might want to get a bit DC-ish and try those from the Riddler.

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