|Real name:||Jervis Tetch|
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|First Appearance:||Batman #49 (November 1948)|
Obsessed from a young age with Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Jervis Tetch, an expert hypnotist, embraced a delusion that he was the incarnation of a character in the story, the Mad Hatter.
Using his skills for mesmerism, the Mad Hatter has committed many crimes, often themed around the book that inspired him and his love of hats and headgear, going so far as to implant his hats with mind-control chips to amplify his hypnosis skills. The Hatter was also a prolific rapist and murderer, brainwashing countless women who he believed to be "Alice" and later murdering them when he was finished with them.
Above all other headwear, however, he covets Batman's distinctive cowl, and will stop at nothing to acquire it.
Arkham Origins IncidentEdit
Following the Joker's robbery at the Merchants Bank, three of the Hatter's henchmen arrived to sing Batman an invitation to his tea party, before collapsing on the ground. Batman then received a transmission from Tetch, who revealed he had kidnapped a young girl, whom he refers to as "Alice". At his head-quarters, a hat shop in the Bowery, the Mad Hatter affected Batman's mind, trapping him in 'Wonderland'. After beating Tetch's mind games, Batman breaks free of the illusion, sees Tetch taking the girl hostage then threw his Batarang that went reverse behind Tetch and Batman took him down. Batman apprehends the Hatter and rescues Alice.
Road to Arkham IncidentEdit
Arkham Asylum IncidentEdit
The Clown Prince of Crime wished Tetch to be present during the Arkham Riots, as evidenced by his name being on Joker's Party List, yet the Hatter was nowhere to be found. However his personal effects were later discovered in the Asylum Botanical Gardens.
The reason for that was, unbeknownst to Batman and the Joker, Tetch was being held prisoner, hidden deep within the Asylum by Dr. Hugo Strange, who wished to steal the Hatter's mind control technology. From the patient interview tapes, its revealed that Strange gave Jervis at least one kidnapped woman, despite knowing that Tetch always killed his "Alice's", in order to win his trust.
Using Tetch's skills, Dr. Strange began to drug and hypnotize the mentally malleable Asylum warden Quincy Sharp, making him more open to Strange's suggestions (a side effect of this was Sharp eventually believing he was being spoken to by or was believing himself to be the Spirit of Arkham, although it debatable whether or not Strange was aware of this).
Tetch's name also appears on the time board on the second floor of the surgery room, suggesting that Strange may have lobotomized Tetch (with possible help from Dr. Thomas Elliot) to make him more obedient (Catwoman would later comment that "Strange real did a number on him").
After Arkham IncidentEdit
Dr. Strange would eventually forced the Hatter to create the TYGER Guards: all ex-military and former SWAT operatives and all brainwashed into being unquestioning soldiers. There were also rumours that Strange would also use the same method on any Arkham City inmates who showed potential, kidnapping them of the streets and turning them into TYGER operatives.
In the Rocksteady preview of Batman: Arkham City Strange was shown tortured a TYGER officer, forcing him to recount every precise detail regarding a encounter with the Batman, utilizing the Mad Hatter's brainwashing techniques: electric shocks, and truth serums.
By this point, Strange had learned how to produce all of Tetch's formally top secret chemicals and mind control chips himself. So, having outlived his usefulness, Tetch found himself thrown into Arkham City.
Now without his patron, Tetch wandered the prison city, lost and alone. Eventually he was forced to use what little mind control chemicals he had left to force random inmates into being his "friends".
Arkham City IncidentEdit
Shortly after Batman saves Vicki Vale from Joker's snipers when the helicopter crashes, he is contacted by Alfred. He says that Lucius Fox finished the cure he was working on. When Batman injects the cure in him, he passes out and wakes up in Mad Hatter's lair, strapped to a chair and surrounded by various inmates wearing rabbit masks and under the Hatter's control, all a part of the Mad Tea Party. . The Hatter reveals that he saw Batman with Vale earlier, having been attracted to the heilcopter crash and set an impromptu trap for his one time enemy: what Batman thought was "the cure" was in fact a hypnotic chemical that he tricked Batman into taking.
The Hatter then attempted to control Batman with a special mask that resembles the jabberwocky from the Batman TAS episode, Mad as a Hatter. Unfortunately for the Hatter, Batman breaks through with sheer will and after a fight with the Hatter's mind controlled gang, he eventually defeats him and flattens his hat.
Tetch managed to survive Protocol 10 later that night, and when Batman returned to his lair afterwards, he found Jervis still standing on the table, mourning the loss of his favourite hat, wondering if 'Alice' will be angry with him. Catwoman also visited the Hatter, who mistook her for Alice. Catwoman tells him she'll look for her and see if the Cheshire Cat will help.
- Master of hypnotism and mind control
- Obsessed with hats, especially one-of-a-kind items
- Delusion schizophrenic with a fixation on Alice in Wonderland
Behind the ScenesEdit
- "Welcome to Wonderland, Batman!"
- "But you don't understand. I need you. I can't win without you."
- "No time to sit, no time to chat. I'm searching for Alice and I've lost my hat."
- "Alice, come out, don't pout, don't make me shout. Alice, come out, where are you?"
- "You are my soldier now, Batman. You will do anything as I say."
Game Over LinesEdit
- "Oh dear, oh dear, what have I done? Oh that's right, I killed the Batman."
- "O Frabjous Day! Callooh! Callay!"
- "Oh lovely, Mr. [Deathstroke], would you like some tea?...Alice?" (to Deathstroke)
- Alice, Alice...*giggles* you're not Alice." (to Deathstroke)
- "When you wake up, you will be mine."
- "You're late, Batman. Late, late, late."
- The Mad Hatter's bio can be unlocked by scanning a tea set in the Botanical gardens, which is also the answer to the riddle: "What time is Tea time in Wonderland?"
- The Riddler was apparently aware of what Strange was doing with Tetch, as was Penelope Young who interviewed Tetch for her notes.
- If you go as Catwoman to talk to Tetch, he will ask if you are Alice. Since you can't get anything out of him, Catwoman says that she would go get Alice, jokingly stating she is with the Cheshire Cat.
- From the patient interview tapes, its revealed that Jervis killed a great deal of women who Hugo Strange calls "Alice", though Tetch insists he didn't do it and that he only invited them for tea, becoming distressed.
- What Dr. Strange did to Tetch (mind-controlling and abusing him) is a form of poetic justice: doing to him what he did to countless innocent women.
- The idea that the Hatter is a murderer/rapist comes from the comic: Joker's Asylum: the Mad Hatter.
- Oddly enough, Mad Hatter doesn't have a skeleton in Arkham Origins (as seen in Detective Vision). However, it is most likely an error overlooked by the devs.
- Oddly, Mad Hatter seems to wear the exact same suit in both Arkham Origins and Arkham City, explaining why in City, it is a lot more dirty and ripped.