Tweedledum and Tweedledee
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Tweedledum and Tweedledee debut in Detective Comics #74.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #74 (April 1943)
Created byDon Cameron (writer)
Jerry Robinson (artist)
Bob Kane (concept)
In-story information
Alter egoDumfree and Deever Tweed
Team affiliationsSociety of Super Villains
Wonderland Gang
Notable aliasesTweedledee and Tweedledum
AbilitiesFat bodies that allow rolling and bouncing
The New 52:
Superhuman strength and resistance

Tweedledum and Tweedledee are two fictional characters, a duo of supervillains appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, primarily known as enemies of Batman.[1]

Publication history

Tweedledum and Tweedledee first appeared in Detective Comics #74 (April 1943), and were created by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and Don Cameron.[2]

Fictional character biographies

Dumfree Tweed and Deever Tweed are cousins who resemble each other so closely that they are often mistaken for identical twins. The pair are known as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, both as a play on words on their real names, and because they closely resemble Sir John Tenniel's depictions of those characters in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass. The two Tweeds always conduct their criminal activity in partnership with one another.[3] They prefer to mastermind criminal schemes and let their henchmen carry out any necessary physical activity. The Tweeds will often use their extraordinary resemblance to trick their opponents into thinking there is only one of them. Tweedledum and Tweedledee first encountered Batman and Robin when they began a crime spree in Gotham City. Batman and Robin have fought against the Tweeds and have overcome them on subsequent occasions.[4]

The pair makes an appearance in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth as inmates in Arkham Asylum. In this incarnation, they appear attached to each other by a pair of electroshock helmets, with Tweedledum representing the right half of the brain, and Tweedledee the left.

Although Tweedledum and Tweedledee are most often depicted as being the leaders of their own criminal organization, they sometimes are reimagined as the henchmen of the Joker.

In a shoot-out with the GCPD during War Games, Dum is shot in the head.[5]

During the Infinite Crisis, Tweedledum and Tweedledee appear as members of Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s Secret Society of Super Villains. Joker refers to them as "Tweedledee and the new Dum" implying that the original Tweedledum is either dead or still incarcerated. It was later confirmed in Detective Comics #841 that Dumfree Tweed had died and his twin brother Dumson Tweed had taken his place.[6]

The new Tweedledum and Tweedledee were part of the Wonderland Gang. Originally believed by the public to be run by the Mad Hatter, it was revealed that the Tweeds really ran the gang using one of Tetch's own mind control devices on him in order to cash in on his notoriety. They filled the Wonderland Gang with other pairs based on Alice in Wonderland (such as Mad Harriet, the Lion and the Unicorn, and the Walrus and the Carpenter). After Batman took down the henchmen, Mad Hatter eventually got back at them by sticking mind control chips on the two and turning them on each other. The villains were eventually arrested by the police.[7] After some imprisonment, the Tweeds reformed the Wonderland Gang with the Walrus and the Carpenter, but were quickly apprehended by Batman, Robin and Nightwing.[8]

During the Salvation Run storyline, Tweedledum and Tweedledee ended up deported to another planet where the other villains rounded up were sent to.[9]

Tweedledum and Tweedledee were seen being released by Hush, who was masquerading as Bruce Wayne.[10]

The New 52

In The New 52 (a reboot DC's continuity launched in September 2011), they are reintroduced as the Tweed Brothers, working with Mad Hatter. They have been manipulated by Mad Hatter in a plot to make Gotham City insane. They are soon taken out by Batman. They also seem to have superhuman strength and resistance.[11]

During the Forever Evil storyline, Tweedledum and Tweedledee are among the villains recruited by the Crime Syndicate of America to join the Secret Society of Super Villains.[12]

Powers and abilities

Tweedledum and Tweedledee officially have no superpowers, but their fat bodies enable them to bounce and roll as they please. In The New 52, the brothers have superhuman strength and resistance.

Other versions

Batman: Arkham

In the Batman: Arkham Knight prequel comic series, both Tweedledee and Tweedledum are hired by Penguin to steal a shipment from Waynetech. They are also given a henchman they dub "Tweedledie". Though successful in capturing the cargo, Batman catches up and defeats the cousins, leaving them behind for the GCPD. Tweedledum and Tweedledee are later killed by the Arkham Knight in their cell with a shotgun.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

In the Injustice: Gods Among Us prequel comic series, Tweedledee and Tweedledum appear in Year Five, meeting with Black Mask, Man-Bat, Bronze Tiger, Scarecrow, and Mad Hatter until Robin arrives and fights the villains. Robin easily manages to defeat Tweedledee and Tweedledum, but is soon overwhelmed by all of the villains and knocked unconscious until he's saved by Deadman who possesses Bronze Tiger and calls for help.

In other media

Television

Film

A more realistic version of the characters appear in the 2022 film The Batman, played by twin brothers Charlie and Max Carver, where they are portrayed as a pair of bar bouncers working for The Penguin at an illegal nightclub called The Iceberg Lounge, and are referred to simply as "The Twins".

Video games

See also

References

  1. ^ Steranko, Jim (1970). The Steranko History of Comics, vol 1. Supergraphics. p. 48.
  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. pp. 353–354. ISBN 9780345501066.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Kurt; Thomas, Roy (2019). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 180. ISBN 978-1605490892.
  4. ^ Fleisher, Michael L. (1976). The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes, Volume 1: Batman. Macmillan Publishing Co. pp. 358-359. ISBN 0-02-538700-6. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  5. ^ Detective Comics #799. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Detective Comics #841. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Detective Comics #841. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Detective Comics #847, DC Comics.
  9. ^ Salvation Run #3. DC Comics.
  10. ^ Batman: Streets of Gotham #16. DC Comics.
  11. ^ Batman: The Dark Knight (vol. 2) #8. DC Comics.
  12. ^ Forever Evil #1. DC Comics.
  13. ^ "Gotham Season 3 Details; Mad Hatter & More Villains Confirmed". Screen Rant. 23 May 2016.