Batman (USA 1966 - 8. ABC network)
The Ring of Wax
Give 'Em the Axe
The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) smuggles a ring of a revolutionary new Universal Wax Solvent, capable of eating through anything. After getting it into the country he hides it inside a wax statue of Batman, which is intended for display at Madame Soleil's Wax Museum. In place of the wax Batman statue is a wax replica of the Riddler. At the statues unveiling, Riddler subsequently sprays the attending audience with a gun filled with paint, while a tape recorder announces two riddles.Inside his hideout at the Kandle Lite Kandle Factory, the Riddler and his henchgirl, Moth, melt the Batman figure into a vat of boiling wax; Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) solve the puzzles and arrive at the Gotham City Public Library and find the Riddler and his henchmen, Tallow (Joe E. Tata) and Matches (Michael Greene), attempting to steal a rare book on the lost treasure of the Incas from the vault with the use of the solvent. A battle breaks out, but the Prince of Puzzles uses his Doctor Riddler's Instant Forever-Stick Invisible Wax Emulsion to glue two heroes’ feet to the floor. This enables the Riddler and his gang to escape with the book!
Moth - appearance, character and role in the story -
Moth is a sexy and beautiful blonde in her 20s, who wears a purple catsuit and cape. She is a typical henchwoman and girly, interested in being rich and excited to commit crime but very cowardly.
Moth attempts to flee cowardly, only to fall backwards into the Maiden's Bath where she is then trapped by Batman to be picked for the police, much to her shock. When they arrive she tries to talk Batman out of her arrest by saying she has learned her lesson "crime doesn't pay", but Batman tells her that she learned her lesson too late by going far into Riddler's scheme; "Moths who hang around candles are bound to be burned." She is then taken away.
Moth is a typical henchwoman, only there to be pretty and not a competent villainess. Although she enjoys crime, she is cowardly and learns the hard way that crime does not pay.
- Linda Gaye Scott appeared as the henchwoman Vama in the 1967 two part episode "Invasion From Outer Space" for the TV series "The Green Hornet".
- The Riddler had many other molls and accomplices in the Batman series, including:
- Molly, the moll who danced the Batusi with Batman, appeared in the 1966 back to back episodes "Hi Diddle Riddle" and "Smack in the Middle". She was played by Jill St. John.
- Mousey, who disguised herself as a schoolgirl and is a member of the River Rats. Mousey appeared in the back to back episodes "A Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away" and "When the Rat's Away the Mice will Play". She was played by Susan Silo.
- Pauline, who was the sexy henchwoman in the 1966 back to back episodes "Death in Slow Motion" and "The Riddler's False Notion". Pauline was played by Sherry Jackson.
- The Siren, who was also known as Lorelei Circe. She appeared in the back to back episodes "Ring Around the Riddler" and "The Wall of the Siren". She was played by Joan Collins.
- Anna Gram (Batman), was one of the toughest henchwomen. After the fight she tried to run away, had a closer grappling with Chief O'Hara and kicks Robin. She appeared in the back to back episodes "Batman's Anniversary" and "A Riddling Controversy" and was played by Deanna Lund.