Riddle me this, cosplayers. Which long time villain, without question, would be one of the most fun to dress up like? You guessed it—The Riddler! Follow this costume guide, and you’ll look like the DC Comics supervillain from the Batman series in no time flat. You’ll have to bring your own crazy though!
Begin with a Men’s Long Sleeve Shirt under a Solid Green Party Suit. Then, choose a Green Derby Hat and Men’s Purple Necktie. Modern Classic Dress Shoes with Striped Socks will just about complete this look. But, you’ll need to accessorize with a Purple Fabric Mask, Nylon Stretch Gloves, and a Riddler’s Cane.
Debuting as a DC Comics comic book character in 1948, The Riddler has been played by four different actors since debuting on television in the 1960’s. Cosplayers have five different ways to play this role! In his original comic book state, The Riddler wears a green unitard covered in question marks. You can either purchase the unitard in solid green and simply draw or stick on question marks with material from any craft store. You can also pay a little extra and purchase on with the question marks. Add a simple purple mask and belt, and you’re done!
Group cosplay is simple. It might be fun to have four other friends play the Riddler’s other look over the years. Naturally, you can always include your nemesis, Batman and Robin, or fellow villains The Joker, Penguin, or Catwoman. You can even cross comic lines and intermingle with other DC Comics story lines as well. Be sure to check out the featured cosplay picture of The Riddler for more ideas.
Mr. Edward Nigma, aka The Riddler, is obsessed with word puzzles and riddles. After nearly seven decades, his character continues to evolve. At first, he was a playful and mentally sound, yet a highly intelligent criminal. Eventually, his playfulness was replaced by manic behavior with a compulsiveness to leave behind sophisticated clues to his crimes. He needs to outsmart everyone. Though smarter than everyone, his ego drove him to great lengths to prove it.
Early comic issues lead you to believe The Riddler was physically abused as a child by his father. His deep need to tell the truth, as a result of the abuse, led to the creation of elaborate clues and devices. They were his way of ensuring one had first proven to be an intellectually worthy adversary. His crimes and sense of style are over the top. He has to create scenarios in which his victims are forced to work for their survival. If you escape, it’s because you were smart enough to figure out his clues.