|Real name:||Jervis Tetch|
|First Appearance:||Batman: Arkham City (Batman #49)|
|Created by:|| Bill Finger|
|Portrayed by:||Peter MacNicol|
- "Welcome to Wonderland, Batman!"
- ―Mad Hatter[src]
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.
Batman: Arkham OriginsEdit
Not much is known about Jervis Tetch's early life, other than his being a self-claimed inventor, entrepreneur, and part-time haberdasher, and that prior to developing his mind control devices he had been constantly ignored. At some point, he became delusional and believed he was the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, and believed Alice to have been kidnapped by "them," thus constantly trying to "find her."
Shortly after putting the Lacey Towers case together, Batman encounters three henchmen in rabbit masks, singing that he is invited to the Mad Hatter's party. After they collapse, Batman receives a message from the Mad Hatter, requesting for Batman to enter a business proposition with him. However, his attempt at recruiting Batman was interrupted by a girl desperately calling for Batman to help her (making clear that Mad Hatter kidnapped her). Mad Hatter then silenced her and told the Caped Crusader that the girl was "Alice" and that she's been through a lot recently and promised to make her "right as rain" soon. Batman heads to his lair in the Bowery.
Tetch, anticipating Batman's arrival, then made final tests on his mind control, and discovered with glee that the devices actually work, not addressing him as "sir" aside. Batman, after taking out the brainwashed crooks, proceeded to confronted Tetch about "Alice's" location with the clear intention of rescuing her from his clutches, but Mad Hatter traps him with his hypnosis by forcing him to look at a clock above them, making him end up in "Wonderland". Batman manages to navigate through "Wonderland" and break free of Tetch's control, only to find him threatening to kill "Alice". Batman throws a Reverse Batarang at him and knocks him out.
Batman then told "Alice" that she was safe now, and she'll be alright as the police were on their way. However, the girl, deeply traumatized by Mad Hatter's actions to her since kidnapping her to the extent of sobbing uncontrollably, told Batman in a fearful tone that it won't be all right for her. If Batman returns to his lair, he will notice Tetch still unconscious, and he will notice the girl crying after what she has gone through.
Batman: Arkham CityEdit
- Master of hypnotism and mind control
- Obsessed with hats, especially one-of-a-kind items
- Delusional schizophrenic with a fixation on Alice in Wonderland
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! Mister Deathstroke! Would you like some tea? Alice?"
- "Alice? Alice? You're not Alice!"
- If the Mad Hatter is seen with Detective Vision, he has no visible skeleton. This was most likely a development error.
- The Mad Hatter appears as a side mission on Gotham's Most Wanted List.
- During the Mad Hatter mission, the Mad Hatter made a brief reference to the Hunting of the Snark, another of Lewis Carroll's works, at one point.
- Careful examination shows some distinct differences between Tetch's apperances in Origins and City. This version has a much tidier appearance, and has all his hair; the future version has a receeding hairline and a much messier outfit, akin to a homeless person.