Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 41

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 18, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Edward Nygma becomes the Riddler after being fired from his job by his crooked boss who stole Nygma's idea of the Minatour Maze and used it as his own. The Riddler lures Batman and Robin to his giant maze in attept to destroy them both as well as his old boss.moreless

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  • Deadly Riddles

    This episode I thought was not quite the best but good all the same. This episode introduced us to another bat villian "The Riddler" loved the voice acting by John Glover(Smallville) comical but somewhat dignififed yet chaotic and sort of obsessiveness with puzzles, and egotism due to his intelect all of what The Riddler is. I like how he is made into a character we feel some sympathy for, like most villans/super villians he was sort of driven into the role, circumstances pushed him into it when a crooked CEO creep fires him and embezeles his idea so The Riddler gets revenge.

    I really loved the action in the maze it really kept me in suspesnse it had a video game pace to it. And there were a few close calls that made me jump from my seat, like that music puzzle or when they just about get decapitated from taking the wrong path marked Losers Ahead get it yeah I know bad pun; and that suspense in hoping they solve the puzzles right most notably the riddle of the Minator which actually is easy once you think about it, like all riddles.

    I only had two problems with this episode though I didn't feel the action in the maze was long enough I felt Batman and Robin could of solved a few more puzzles. And I didn't like the fact that Batman and Robin got to the end of the maze so easily, the Hand of Fate obviously a Deus Ex Machina device, but then again it will work everytime.

    But despite these flaws it was a good and rather suspenseful episode all the same. The ending was classic poetic justice, from what happens to the CEO creep at the end I can't help but feel that may of been The Riddlers plan all this time, to give him a riddle he may never solve.moreless
  • A below average episode.

    This episode introduces another of the great Batman villains, unfortunately it is a below average episode for this series.

    The episode has an interesting premise (Batman & Robin must ultimately navigate a maze built by the Riddler), and the Riddler is portrayed well. The episode fails in its execution. What may have seemed like a good idea on paper, ends up becoming a little to goofy. The main sequences near the end stretch on a little too long, as well.

    All in all, this episode can definitely be entertaining, but does not rank very high when compared to other episodes of this series.

    Two much better villain origin stories include "Feat of Clay" (2-parter), and "Two Face" (2-parter).

  • When Edward Nygma gets fired from his company without his amazing computer game idea, he decides to take revenge. It's up to Batman and Robin to stop Nygma. But first, they have to solve Nygma's puzzles and get to the center of his maze to stop Nygma's mamoreless

    A good episode with lots of puzzles, fun and excitement. Nygma's madness is awesome. However i didn't like his voice. Could be better. that's the only porblem.

    The episode tells us Nygma's bad pshycology and the chaos he lives inside very well. One of the best episodes in Batman TAS.
Hal Rayle

Hal Rayle


Guest Star

Gary Frank

Gary Frank

Dan Mockridge

Guest Star

John Glover

John Glover

Edward Nygma/The Riddler

Guest Star

Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Lucius Fox

Recurring Role

Loren Lester

Loren Lester

Dick Grayson/Robin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • John Glover is also best known for his work as Lionel Luther in Smallville another show based on another DC comics super hero telling the early Adventures of Superman.

    • John Glover who does the voice of the Riddler also has a small part in 1997 live action movie Batman and Robin.

    • In the scene where Riddler and his men are at the powerplant, the tied-up security guard's shadow is shaped like a question mark.

    • When Batman and Robin reach the center of the maze, the Riddler's eye mask and gloves are the correct purple hue. Yet when they show it again a few moments later, the gloves and eye mask are now a washed out greyish purple color.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (4)


    • Nygma's dispute with his former employer may have been an allusion to video game company Atari's policies in the early 1980s. At that time, Atari would not credit its programmers for their work nor give them royalties if the game sold well.

    • As Nygma enters the 8th Floor at the start, J. Snow and T. Burgio are names on two doors before his. They refer to storyboard artist Jeff Snow and Vehicle and Prop Design Trish Burgio.

    • Oklahoma!

      Batman: When is a minotaur's owner as high as an elephant's eye?

      The operative phrase of that riddle "as high as an elephant's eye" refers to a line in the song "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!"

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