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- But just know that for all your posturing, all your strategy and gameplay, you're still nothing but a shadow. Forced to hide behind your alias. No one will ever know your name in this city. So what good is all that intelligence and maneuvering if no one knows it's you? Edward Nygma is and always will be nothing but an empty question mark.
Before the first appearance of the vigilante known as the Batman, Edward Nygma was the trusted strategist of Philip Kane, Bruce Wayne's uncle and the CEO of Wayne Enterprises during Wayne's absence, despite Nygma having what was described as a "questionable past". Disregarding Nygma's insidious suggestions for dealing with the reappearance of Kane's nephew Bruce, Philip greeted Bruce Wayne with open arms, even organizing a party for him at the Gotham Museum. Wayne, uncomfortable with the party, attempted to sneak out but encountered Nygma skulking in the shadows of an empty room. Through the use of riddles, Nygma tipped Wayne off to the fact that Kane was using the company to give weapons to the Red Hood Gang. Wayne, deciphering all of Nygma's hints, successfully escaped the party and told the mysterious man that they would meet again. However, Nygma did not expect it, though, since he tipped off the leader of the Red Hood Gang, Red Hood One, to Wayne's location, giving the gang leader the ability to ambush and kill the newly returned Gothamite. 
Discovering the conspiracy to kill his nephew, Kane threatened Nygma with a gun, claiming that having Wayne killed was not Nygma's decision. Not intimidated, Nygma used a magnet and the metal implant in Kane's head to incapacitate his boss, considering that his resignation as Kane's adviser. 
Having strategically calculated his plans, Nygma, donning the alias "the Riddler", cut the power throughout the entire city of Gotham, telling the people that they would need to get smart or die. As the lights darkened in Gotham, Riddler kicked off what he would later call "Zero Year". 
Working with a vengeful scientist named Karl Helfern, Riddler sat back as Helfern collected all the materials needed to bring the city to its knees. While Helfern's motives were to hurt Wayne Enterprises, Riddler's motives were to make the city of Gotham smarter - to eradicate those that dumbed down the human race. 
As Batman was distracted with Dr. Helfern, Riddler used the time to further the survival challenge he initiated in Gotham by blowing up the retaining walls around Gotham. The approaching hurricane that the city had been preparing for was now unchallenged, and the streets immediately flooded with several feet of water.  Using a special chemical developed by Dr. Pamela Isley, Riddler hastened the growth of plants throughout the city. The city, now a dark, savage jungle, was told to get smart or die by it's new overlord Riddler.
Nygma challenged the city: for one hour every day, he would show his face on the huge television in midtown. If anyone could ask him a riddle he couldn't answer, he would give the city back to the people. But, if the Riddler answered the brave challenger's question, that person would be dropped down a trap door to his death. 
Working with Lieutenant Gordon and Lucius Fox, Batman discovered the Riddler's location after multiple difficult tasks to find his broadcasting spot. Riddler and Batman met for the first time with their masks on where they had met for the first time with their masks off - the Gotham Museum.
Pointing multiple lasers at the vigilante, Riddler challenged Batman one last time by demanding he answer twelve riddles. Batman went along with it for a bit, afraid that the villain would detonate weather balloons throughout the city if he did not play along, but ultimately punched Riddler in the face before the mastermind had a chance to ask all his questions. Turning the power back on, Riddler's reign was ended. Nygma, deemed too dangerous for the usual Blackgate Penitentiary, was put in a straight jacket and detained at Arkham Asylum. 
The War of Jokes and Riddles
After having been imprisoned for about a year following the Zero Year, the Riddler had become a tool for the GCPD in whenever they found themselves stumped during an investigation. For a year he planned his escape by teaching one of the guards tricks to betting on football games in exchange for information about the other guards' personal lives. When a confused detective came to Nygma wanting his help to understand the series of killings perpetrated by the Joker, Nygma finally escaped, threatening every guard on his way out of his cell by simply reciting the names of all of their loved ones. He went to the Joker, telling him he understood that the clown's string of crimes were his attempts to make himself laugh again, and offered they team up to take down Batman. However, the Joker didn't find this offer funny, and shot Nygma in the stomach, beginning the event that would later be called, "the War of Jokes and Riddles". 
With the Joker's return to Gotham, sporting his own cut off face as a mask, the clown prince took over Arkham and began to spruce it up in anticipation of Batman's arrival. Nygma, still in his cell, asked Joker to let him out using the keycard of a dead guard. Considering Riddler to be a useful ally, Joker decided to challenge the Riddler in order to make sure he was at the top of his game for when Batman arrives. Tossing a toxic gas capsule into his cell, Joker told Riddler that, in order to survive, the mastermind had to figure out a way to get himself out of the cell. Without a problem, Riddler succeeded in his escape and joined Joker in his plan, being given the "strategist" title in Joker's royal interpretation of Batman's rogues gallery. 
Some time after the Joker's defeat, Riddler was taken back to his cell in Arkham.
When the Crime Syndicate arrived on Earth, the team of super criminals liberated Riddler, as well as all the other villains around the country, after seemingly killing the Justice League. Nygma, taking advantage of his freedom, immediately invaded the Wayne Enterprises building in order to kill a security guard who had denied him a pack of cards five years ago. Alone in Wayne Tower, having defeated all the advanced security systems of the building, Riddler opened up a pack of cards and played solitaire, waiting for Batman to eventually return. 
When the city was saved and Batman was seemingly killed, the inmates were shipped off, and Wayne Manor was restored to Bruce Wayne, who was trying to restart his life after receiving amnesia during the Joker attack. However, Riddler, Clayface, and Mister Freeze secretly remained behind and ambushed Wayne as he attempted to move back in, hellbent on ruining his life the same way he ruined theirs by funding Batman. The villains were eventually foiled by the new Batman, and Riddler was brought back to the newly renovated Arkham Asylum. 
Sometime during his stay in Arkham Asylum, Nygma became interested in how to stop the Flash, considering him a new and formidable opponent. After a breakout, Nygma gained possession of the Flash villain Heat Wave after he had been left for dead in Gotham during the the Crime Syndicate's invasion. Next, the mastermind donated an army of "protection" drones to Central City through a collection of shell companies and waited until the police force fell right into his trap by activating them throughout the city.  Finally, maneuvering public opinion against the Flash, Riddler secretly convinced the police force to allow the Rogues to arrest its city's hero, under the pretense that he was a threat. 
When the Flash was finally captured, the Riddler revealed himself and took control of the drones that had been sent to patrol th city, threatening to use them to kill anybody if the Flash activated his powers.  After the Flash was saved by Pied Piper from police custody, Nygma announced that, if the Flash did not reveal his secret identity to the world, he would destroy Central City by using Heat Wave, his hostage, as a human-nuke.  Working together with the Rogues, who felt betrayed by the Riddler, the Flash defeated Nygma and the drones and handed him over to the Central City police to be taken back to Gotham. 
- Genius Level Intellect
- Riddler's Staff: Riddler uses a staff with technological capabilities.
- Riddler (Edward Nashton) was created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang, first appearing in Detective Comics #140. However, in the rebooted Prime Earth continuity his first appearance as part of the DC Universe is in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's New 52 Batman series.
- 71 Appearances of Edward Nygma (Prime Earth)
- 17 Images featuring Edward Nygma (Prime Earth)
- 6 Quotations by or about Edward Nygma (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Edward Nygma (Prime Earth)
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #21
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #22
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #23
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #24
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #27
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #29
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #30
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Batman (Volume 2) #33
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #25
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #15
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #23.2: The Riddler
- ↑ Batman Annual (Volume 2) #4
- ↑ Flash (Volume 4) #48
- ↑ Flash (Volume 4) #49
- ↑ Flash (Volume 4) #50
- ↑ Flash (Volume 4) #51
- ↑ Flash (Volume 4) #52
- ↑ Batman (Volume 2) #23
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