|Real name:||Jervis Tetch|
|Aliases:||The Mad Hatter|
|Portrayed by:||Roddy McDowall|
|Appearances:||Batman: The Animated Series|
- "Are you the dreamer, or merely part of somebody else's dream? That's just the question Tweedle-Dee put to Alice in Through the Looking-"
- ―The Mad Hatter[src]
Batman: The Animated SeriesEdit
First seen in the episode Mad as a Hatter, Jervis Tetch, a meek scientist experimenting with mind control equipment, has a romantic interest in his co-worker Alice. He was frustrated upon hearing that she had a boyfriend. But when news reached him that their relationship had sunk he made it his top priority to impress her (With a little help from his mind control chips). He dressed up as the Mad Hatter character from his favorite book and set off with a bunch of flowers ready to make his move. Alice was charmed by Jervis but misinterpreted his gesture as one to cheer her up. Alice mended her relationship and got back together with her boyfriend (much to Tetch's disapproval). His attempts at impressing Alice involved him brainwashing people to pretend that his was a "man about town" or "a celebrity." This brought him to the attention of Batman. When Batman confronted two hooligans that Jervis had mind controlled and told to "go jump in the river," he stopped the two from committing suicide and noticed that in their hats were 10/6 labels.
These "labels" were mind control chips and the Dark Knight suddenly remembered seeing a picture of the Mad Hatter in which his hat label was like this. He saw it in the office of Jervis Tetch. Jervis, now calling himself the Mad Hatter, has brainwashed Alice and kidnapped her. He'll have her, mind or no mind! Batman is soon on his trail where he encounters the Mad Hatter at an amusement park with an Alice in Wonderland section, he has brainwashed people to dress up as Wonderland characters and kill Batman. Batman releases them from the maniac's spell and confronts the Mad Hatter. The Hatter armed with an axe fights him but a huge ornament of the Jabberwock falls down upon him (when Batman throws a batarang at the string of the model). Alice is freed from the Hatter's spell and rejoins her sweetheart. The Hatter, trapped under the Jabberwock model, quotes Alice in Wonderland with all the sadness of the Mock Turtle.
In Perchance To Dream, Bruce Wayne finds himself trapped in a dreamworld where his parents are alive, he's engaged to Selina Kyle and isn't Batman. He is maddened to find that all the words in every book and newspaper are backwards. Bruce finds that this world does have a Batman, who seems more brilliant than he ever was. He confronts this otherworld Batman and pulls off his cowl to reveal Jervis Tetch. He talks to the Hatter and comes to the conclusion that all this happiness is a dream. And he needs to wake up so he throws himself off a building. He wakes up as Batman. The Mad Hatter captured him and projected these images into his head so that he could have his very own "Wonderland". When Batman finally freed himself from the equipment the Hatter was using, he demanded to know why Tetch had used the machine rather than simply kill him. Sobbing, Tetch replies, "You ruined my life! I was willing to give you any life you wanted, just to keep you out of mine!". Jervis was arrested and returned to Arkham Asylum where he probably escaped from.
In Trial, The Mad Hatter was one of the many Arkham Villains who escaped and put Batman on trial under the claims that "He created them". He was the main member of the jury and was the one who announced the verdict. He was also called to the stand and DA Janet Van Dorn asked the witness why he brainwashed and kidnapped her Alice. His first reply was put, mildly, that "Batman forced me to do it. She was going to take her away from me. I had no choice." Van Dorn bluntly pointed out that he could have just left Alice alone and respected her wishes, to which the Hatter shocked himself as he shouted in outrage that he would rather have let her die. Meekly, he requested to the The Joker that the last comment be omitted from the record. Fortunately, there was no record.
In the episode The Worry Men, Jervis used his mind control equipment to his advantage and brainwashed many people to do his bidding.
In Make 'Em laugh, The Joker stole his mind control devices for his own use. He brainwashed famous people to become villains and also brainwashed Tetch himself to fall into a sort of deep open-eyed sleep. He is also shown in Arkham playing chess with the Scarecrow. He also appeared telling the Joker to turn back to the previous T.V channel or in this case "Hey! I was watching that!" in Jokers Wild.
The New Batman AdventuresEdit. When the series was later redesigned, the Mad Hatter character design was radically changed. Looking shorter and rat like, the Hatter was an albino, white haired man in green clothes. This change was made in effort to make the character more like the original Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Many fans where not pleased by the change.
He appeared on a chat show along with Harley Quinn, The Riddler and The Ventriloquist. He claimed that he and the rest of the villains were just lost souls and that Batman was mad! (This whole sequence later turned out to be part of a dream brought on by the Scarecrow's gas). (BTAS: Over the Edge)
At the very same circus that Dick Grayson's parents were killed at, he disguised himself as an innocent circus clown. He again took advantage of his mind control equipment once more for his own personal gain. This time his mind control victims were not humans but animal. His plans were foiled again. (BTAS: Animal Act)
- He makes an appearance in Superman: The Animated Series episode Knight Time, where his expertise in nanotechnology allowed him to save Batman unwittingly from Brainiac.
- One of his costumes is often visible in the Batcave from Batman Beyond.