Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name
Gotham Season 3

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Critic Ratings: 11
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Episode Info

Nygma convinces himself that he doesn't need Penguin to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as "the Riddler." Bullock and Lucius Fox get caught up in Nygma's mind games while Gordon learns troubling news about his father's death. Meanwhile, the Court of the Owls reveals its next move.

Cast & Crew

Benjamin McKenzie
Detective James Gordon
Donal Logue
Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
Bruce Wayne
Morena Baccarin
Leslie Thompkins
Robin Taylor
Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova
Selina Kyle/The Future Catwoman
Cory Michael Smith
Edward Nygma/The Future Riddler
Jessica Lucas
Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
Lucius Fox
Drew Powell
Butch Gilzean
Maggie Geha
Ivy Pepper
Michael Chiklis
Detective Nathaniel Barnes
Benedict Samuel
Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter
James Remar
Frank Gordon
H. Foley
Winston Peters
John Stephens
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Critic Reviews for Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name

Straight up, this episode as a whole is terribly paced ... But underneath the mess episode writer Megan Mostyn-Brown has a ton of genuinely clever fun with Eddie and Oswald's relationship.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Nygma spends the episode transforming into The Riddler. The problem? The whole idea of the transformation is treated like a joke, as if Nygma can never really become a villain because he's going about it the wrong way and for the wrong reasons.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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The irony of it all is that just as [Nygma] begins to ascertain that he doesn't need some grand archnemesis or best friend to become a true villain, he may have just gained an amalgamation of the two anyway.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While the main plot was highly entertaining, the subplots didn't inspire a ton of confidence.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Ed has slowly evolved into one of the most fascinating villains on Gotham. Cory Michael Smith has long had a blast in the role, but this week, we finally get our first true taste of the show's version of one of Batman's signature roles.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The occasional swells of creepy Elfman-esque music and well-composed shots of the grey, gruesome city can't make up for a multitude of plot holes and overkill dynamics.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

An episode that continued building the mental madness that Season 3 has so far delivered, tonight's installment also dropped some big twists and badass sequences that seem to be leading fans down a particular Bat-avenue.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Gotham returned, after its second long break this season, with a fun episode that delivered big on Edward Nygma's long-game transformation into The Riddler.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

In terms of plot, it was less successful than some of the other Riddler-centric episodes we've gotten in the past, but nothing matched its insight into Ed's motivations as we saw him struggle to come to terms with his identity.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Gotham hit it out of the park this hour not only by giving us The Riddler but also by setting up other exciting storylines to take us through the rest of the season.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"How the Riddler Got His Name" was an occasionally zany, occasionally touching, and completely satisfying baptism of crazy that saw the final transition from tortured killer-nerd Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) to The Riddler

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…