Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1, Episode 41

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? (18 Nov. 1992)

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A fired puzzle designer seeks revenge against his greedy former employer as The Riddler.



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Episode cast overview:
Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Robin / Dick Grayson (voice)
Lucius Fox (voice)
Daniel Mockridge (voice)
Henchman (voice)


A fired puzzle designer seeks revenge against his greedy former employer as The Riddler.

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The character of Daniel Mockridge would later make a cameo appearance in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993). See more »


When Batman turns the first key in the Riddler's labyrinth, the keyhole doesn't turn. See more »


Daniel Mockridge: If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?
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References Super Mario Bros. (1985) See more »


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Naughty gatecrashers must match wits with the dastardly Riddler!
28 July 2014 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

I remember this episode very well. What person who was ever a fan of this classic show doesn't? I'd say this was one of everyone's favourite episodes as a kid. Everyone remembers the cool cryptic clues of the life-size video game replica maze, the golden fire-breathing griffin robots, the minotaur, and the thing that most stuck in my mind over the years was the big scary Hand of Fate!!!(Batman, you cheater!) It's not quite as awesome as I had remembered, but it remains a great suspenseful and very interestingly-titled episode, as well as a very good introduction to the seldom seen intellectual menace of the Riddler. Now the people behind the series have stated that the reason they ended up using the Riddler a couple of times was because it was so hard for them to come up with riddles for him to use against Batman, which I personally find to be a rather pathetic reason.. But on the other hand maybe it was better that way, as sometimes in this show a villain was more interesting and effective the more sparingly they were used. If he were to show up as often as Mark Hamill's brilliant Joker it probably wouldn't have been nearly as special an occasion. I loved John Glover's voicing, he excellently brought the villain to life and had just the right tone of megalomania superiority complex, but dignified and eloquent at the same time. He nailed it, and the second you hear him as the character you'll never want to hear anyone else doing the voice again. The villain's origin was one they went with quite a few times, the big industrial tycoon jerk steps on and cheats some mostly regular innocent guy which is what drives them crazy and into a life of crime. I thought his former boss totally had it coming.. And the Riddler gets away with it too at the end, which is a nice unexpected turn of events. And the final scene is surprisingly creepy with Nygma's ex-boss escaping justice and getting away with his fortune, but being so terrified of the Riddler's possible retribution that he's unable to get a good night's sleep - which is priceless by the way! Hey please like my review, I might even bye you ice-cream! But only if you're good..

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