Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby – Day Four
Okay, so we had the Top 100 Marvel and DC Characters List. I even went a little further, and showed you the NEXT hundred on the list. But what about those characters that were less supported? THEY have their fans, too, right? So this week, each day I’m going to take a look at some characters who made only ONE ballot – but were chosen FIRST on that ballot.
The Mad Hatter – 10 points (1 first place vote)
Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter, first showed up during the Golden Age, as a short-lived villain.
He returned years later (although that return was later revealed to be an imposter).
Later on, Tetch developed his gimmick that he has used to this day – which is mind control via hats.
He is obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, and appears to have difficulty differentiating it from reality.
Most recently, he was a member of Gail Simone’s Secret Six for a time.
Here is why Ethan Kaye had him tops on his list…
The Mad Hatter represents the extreme unpredictability that we all kind of hope that Batman villains should touch on occasionally. Whereas you have the Joker and the Scarecrow putting together massive plans involving poisons and elaborate constructions, the Mad Hatter is just nuts. Unpredictable, violent, obsessive, and completely unaccountable for his actions, just as happy pouring tea as he is kidnapping someone at gunpoint. The moments where we see him enjoying himself are just as rewarding as those when he’s getting beaten by Batman or Robin.
His appearances stretch from the lucid episodes (where he gets himself together enough to attempt mind control) to the completely unhinged (talking in nothing but snippets from the “Alice” books, having sex with hats) – and you never know which version is going to show up. But in every appearance he clings to his obsession, the Alice books, as the one crutch that keeps him from turning into a drooling puddle. It’s that preoccupation with some mad semblance of “order” and “style” that makes him more than a nut with a gun. He’s my favorite DC character by far, because, well, the potential of a completely mad character is limitless, isn’t it?