- Behold a city riddled with fear.
- — Edward Nygma src
Edward Nygma is a forensic scientist working at the GCPD Headquarters.
He quickly developed an attraction for fellow employee, Kris Kringle. However, she was romantically involved with an officer. When Tom Dougherty, her boyfriend, began physically abusing Kris Kringle, Nygma discovered the actions. Nygma threatened Tom and eventually murdered him.
Kris at first mourned the loss of Tom. She received a letter from Nygma that he had written in the guise of Daugherty, claiming to leave town. However, he secretly encoded a message in the first letter of each line to spell out his surname.
Nygma began to develop a more confident, and brazen personality in his head. The alternate voice would belittle him and demand more aggressive behavior from him. Nygma eventually worked up the confidence to ask Kristen on a date. She accepted and became attracted to his quirky personality. The two dated until Nygma informed her that he killed Dougherty. As she packed her belongings to leave, she began to feel emotionally distressed. When she threatened to report him to the police, Nygma attempted to stop her, accidentally killing her.
Nygma initially mourned the loss of Kringle, as his other personality taunted him. When Nygma believed himself to be sleeping, his other personality took over and hid Kringle's corpse at the GCPD building. Nygma found the body, almost getting caught in the process. Nygma eventually merged with his other personality, accepting his murderous nature. When Nygma went into the woods to bury Kringle's body, he discovered a wounded Oswald Cobblepot. Nygma nursed Cobblepot back to health, as the two formed an alliance.
As James Gordon and Leslie Thompkins became worried about Kris Kringle's disappearance, Gordon spoke with Nygma, informing him that are going to investigating the matter. Nygma became paranoid, falsely believing that Gordon suspected the truth. As a result, Nygma framed Gordon for the murder of a fellow GCPD officer.
When James Gordon escaped from prison and began looking to clear his name, he approached Nygma to ask for help. From Nygma's reactions and mannerisms, Gordon quickly deduced that it was Nygma who framed him. Before Gordon could react, Nygma electrocuted him into unconsciousness. As Nygma was preparing to kill and dispose of Gordon, he awoke and escaped from Nygma. Gordon went to Harvey Bullock and his allies and discussed the matter with them. Gordon asked them to gather the GCPD as they followed Nygma into the woods. Gordon sneaked up on Nygma, as the GCPD eavesdropped on the encounter. As Nygma admitted to the framing, the GCPD revealed themselves before Nygma could kill Gordon. Nygma was arrested and sent to Arkham Asylum.
Nygma remained a patient in Arkham until his friend, Oswald Cobblepot who had recently become Mayor cut a deal to release him from Arkham by falsely declaring him as 'Sane'. Edward would then go on to serve Oswald as his chief of staff. Nygma battled Butch Gilzean to win the ultimate loyalty towards their boss Oswald, Ed ultimately beat Butch by framing him for being part of the Red Hood Gang. Continuing to be a good friend to Oswald, on a night where he was supposed to meet Oswald for dinner, he ran into a woman who was the doppelgänger of Kristen Kringle, the woman who he loved but accidentally killed, she was called Isabella. Nygma and Isabella had a great bond, but their sudden relationship did not please Oswald due to his feelings for Ed. Oswald's increasing jealousy towards Isabella as he thought that she was stealing Ed. Oswald's frustrations reached peak heights, this led to Cobblepot ordering Isabella's death. Once news of Isabella's death had reached Ed, he mourned her death greatly and fell into a deep depression. Despite Oswald's best efforts of cheering him up, he found it difficult to recover. Once he had recovered he started an investigation to figure out who had killed Isabella, his only conclusion was that it was Butch who killed Isabella. Nygma kidnapped Butch and his girlfriend Tabitha and tied them up, he followed up by torturing Butch whilst he was still convinced that he was the one who murdered Isabella. Nygma then built a mini guillotine and took Tabitha's hand off, in Butch's moments of desperation, he told Nygma how much he enjoyed shooting Isabella in the head, this proved to Nygma that it was not Butch who killed Isabella because she died in a car. Nygma had then given up on trying to figure this out, however Barbara did some digging and discovered that Oswald had feelings for Ed, to her this was the perfect opportunity to spark war so that she could end up taking over the criminal underworld.
Barbara visited Ed and cleverly hinted that Oswald loved him, at first Ed did not believe this but he felt curious to figure out if it was true or not. Ed tricked Oswald to say that he had feelings for him, once he had he could finally see that Oswald was the one who murdered Isabella. Nygma came to Barbara, Butch and Tabitha and proposed that before they destroy Oswald, they would make him suffer first. Nygma mentally tortured Oswald on live TV during an interview by using Clayface to disguise as Oswald's dead father. Once Nygma thought he had tortured him enough, he revealed to Oswald that everything that had happened was all him. After testing Oswald to try and make him admit to himself that he is entirely selfish and cares about no one but himself.
After Oswald had proved himself, Nygma took him to the edge of a pier and shot him in the stomach, Oswald fell into the lake bleeding out. Nygma then left him to die.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Gotham and is an adaptation of Edward Nigma/the Riddler/Riddle Man. The original character was created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang and first appeared in Detective Comics #140.
- Edward Nygma is portrayed by Cory Michael Smith.
- 89 Appearances of Edward Nygma (Gotham)
- 4 Images featuring Edward Nygma (Gotham)
- 5 Quotations by or about Edward Nygma (Gotham)
- Character Gallery: Edward Nygma (Gotham)
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Mad City: How the Riddler Got His Name
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Under the Knife
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: All Happy Families Are Alike
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do...
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Strike Force
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: By Fire
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Mommy's Little Monster
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Tonight's the Night
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: A Bitter Pill to Swallow
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn
- ↑ Gotham (TV Series) Episode: Wrath of the Villains: Into the Woods
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