History Recap / BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost

24th Jun '17 6:09:34 AM HeraldAlberich
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The episode begins with a episode of ''The Gray Ghost'', a television series Bruce watched as a boy. In this particular episode ("The MadBomber") a series of bombings rock the city, with a ransom of a million dollars demanded otherwise there will be future attacks.

Cut to present day Gotham, where a series of bombings rock the city, with a ransom of a million dollars demanded otherwise there will be future attacks. Batman realizes that the bombings are the same as the ones in ''The Gray Ghost'', but since he cannot remember exactly how they happened as he fell asleep before the episode was over he begins to investigate what the connection is.

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The episode begins with a an episode of ''The Gray Ghost'', a television series Bruce watched as a boy. In this particular episode ("The MadBomber") a series of bombings rock the city, with a ransom of a million dollars demanded otherwise there will be to prevent future attacks.

Cut to present day Gotham, where a series of bombings rock the city, with a ransom of a million dollars demanded otherwise there will be to prevent future attacks. Batman realizes that the bombings are the same as the ones in ''The Gray Ghost'', but since he cannot remember exactly how they happened as (as he fell asleep before the episode was over over), he begins to investigate what the connection is.



Batman buys back his merchandise as a goodwill gesture, along with a note to meet. When Trent realizes it's ''The Dark Knight'' looking for him, he's understandably nervous, but agrees. No sooner do they meet than another bombing strikes Gotham, with Trent taking the opportunity to flee. Batman is not deterred however and waits for Trent at his apartment. Angry at being stalked, Trent threatens to call the police, but Batman believes Trent knows something about the bombings and convinces him to help. Trent reveals he has copies of ''all'' the old show episodes and reluctantly gives them to Batman, before telling him to leave him alone.

Bruce watches the film Trent gave him, with fond memories of watching ''The Gray Ghost'' with his father. Watching the "Mad Bomber" episode, he discovers toy RC cars delivered the bombs, something Bruce finds unbelievable. Nonetheless, Batman calls Commissioner Gordon with the information, who positions police and SWAT outside Gotham library, the next bomb target.

Sure enough, the toy cars appear. The first one is sniped. Batman takes out the second with a flamethrower, but the third escapes. Batman chases it down but finds it was only a decoy. More bomb-cars are sent after Batman, but someone drops a rope for him to escape: it's Simon Trent, dressed as The Gray Ghost. Batman shows him the toy car and asks for his help in investigating. Intrigued, Trent agrees.

Trent is taken to the Batcave, which leaves him in awe, as it is modeled after The Gray Ghost's lair. Batman had in fact used him as an influence, and shows Trent the memorabilia he had collected in a shrine. The computer picks up fingerprints on the toy car belonging to Simon Trent, but he denies being involved. Under interrogation he realizes that Ted Dymer, to whom he'd sold some of his toy cars earlier, must be The Mad Bomber.

Batman confronts the collector. He reveals he turned to crime to fund his toy collecting, and sets more bombs after him. Trent smashes through a window and knocks him into a bookshelf, which causes Dymer's toyshop to catch fire and explode. Batman saves him, before he breaks down in front of Batman and Trent over losing his precious toys.

When the incident hits the papers, the Gray Ghost hailed as a hero for assisting Batman in capturing the Mad bomber. Trent is filled with new purpose at his revitalized image, he also hands over his film reels of ''The Gray Ghost'' to be published to video, restoring his income and career. At a later signing event, Bruce asks Trent for his autograph and hints that he is really Batman.

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Batman buys back his the merchandise and returns it to Trent's apartment as a goodwill gesture, along with a note to meet. When Trent realizes it's ''The Dark the ''Dark Knight'' looking for him, he's understandably nervous, but agrees. No sooner do they meet than another bombing strikes Gotham, with Trent taking the opportunity to flee. Batman is not deterred however deterred, however, and waits for Trent at his apartment. Angry at being stalked, Trent threatens to call the police, but Batman believes Trent knows something about the bombings and convinces him to help. Trent reveals he has copies film reels of ''all'' of the old show episodes and reluctantly gives them "The Mad Bomber" to Batman, before telling him to leave him alone.

Bruce watches the film Trent gave him, with fond memories of watching ''The Gray Ghost'' with his father. Watching the "Mad Bomber" episode, he discovers toy RC cars delivered the bombs, something Bruce finds unbelievable. Nonetheless, Batman calls Commissioner Gordon with the information, who positions police and SWAT outside Gotham library, Library, the next bomb target.

Sure enough, the toy cars appear. The first one is sniped. Batman takes out the second with a flamethrower, but the third escapes. Batman chases it down but finds it was only a decoy. More bomb-cars are sent after Batman, but someone drops a rope for him to escape: it's Simon Trent, dressed as The the Gray Ghost. Batman shows him the toy car and asks for his help in investigating. Intrigued, Trent agrees.

Trent is taken to the Batcave, which leaves him in awe, as it is modeled after The the Gray Ghost's lair. Batman had in fact used him as an influence, and shows Trent the memorabilia he had has collected in a shrine. The computer picks up fingerprints on the toy car belonging to Simon Trent, but he denies being involved. Under interrogation he realizes that Ted Dymer, to whom he'd sold some of his toy cars earlier, must be The the Mad Bomber.

Batman confronts the collector. He reveals he turned to crime to fund his toy collecting, and sets more bombs after him. Batman. Trent smashes through a window and knocks him Dymer into a bookshelf, which causes Dymer's toyshop the toy shop to catch fire and explode. Batman saves him, before he breaks down in front of Batman and Trent over losing his precious toys.

When the incident hits the papers, the Gray Ghost hailed as a hero for assisting Batman in capturing the Mad bomber. Bomber. Trent is filled with new purpose at his revitalized image, image; he also hands over his film reels of ''The Gray Ghost'' to be published to video, restoring his income and career. At a later signing event, Bruce asks Trent for his autograph and hints that he is really Batman.



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* AscendedFanboy: As a kid Batman was a big Gray Ghost fan. It was a lot of his influence that he used for The Dark Knight.
* BadassLongcoat: The Gray Ghost sports one.

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* AscendedFanboy: As a kid Batman was a big ''Gray Ghost'' fan. He was strongly influenced by the show and the character when he created his Dark Knight persona, right down to modeling the Batcave after the Gray Ghost fan. It was a lot of his influence that he used for The Dark Knight.
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* BadassLongcoat: The Gray Ghost sports one.costume includes a trench coat, along with goggles and a fedora.



* BeneathSuspicion: The HiddenVillain MadBomber is [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman the young toy collector that bought Simon Trent Gray Ghost memorabilia earlier in the episode.]]]] When Simon Trent had his EurekaMoment, he cannot believe it:
-->'''Simon Trent:''' But I'm not the Mad Bomber, Batman. I'm not. I sold my Gray Ghost cars months ago to pay for my... ''No, it can't be him.''

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* BeneathSuspicion: The HiddenVillain MadBomber is [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman [[ChekhovsGunman the young toy collector collector]] that bought Simon Trent Gray Ghost Trent's ''Gray Ghost'' memorabilia earlier in the episode.]]]] episode. When Simon Trent had his EurekaMoment, he cannot believe it:
-->'''Simon Trent:''' But I'm not the Mad Bomber, Batman. I'm not. not! I sold my Gray Ghost ''Gray Ghost'' cars months ago to pay for my... ''No, it can't be him.''



* ButIPlayOneOnTV: An in-universe example: Simon Trent played a Batman-like superhero named Gray Ghost in an immensely popular TV show which little Bruce was a big fan of. Decades later, Trent is now facing poverty partly because he cannot get any roles because [[IAmNotSpock everyone still thinks of him as the Gray Ghost]]. Then Batman comes along on a case and ropes him in to assist him. Much to his own surprise, Trent makes a passable superhero (and more importantly, learns that the Big Badass Batman was primarily ''inspired'' by his portrayal of one). A fairly meta example, when you consider the [[AdamWesting actor voicing Trent]] is none other than Creator/AdamWest.

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* ButIPlayOneOnTV: An in-universe example: Simon Trent played a Batman-like superhero named the Gray Ghost in an immensely popular TV show which little Bruce was a big fan of. Decades later, Trent is now facing poverty partly because he cannot get any roles because [[IAmNotSpock everyone still thinks of him as the Gray Ghost]]. Then Batman comes along on a case and ropes him in to assist him. Much to his own surprise, Trent makes a passable superhero (and more importantly, learns that the Big Badass Batman was primarily ''inspired'' by his portrayal of one). A fairly meta example, when you consider the [[AdamWesting actor voicing Trent]] is none other than Creator/AdamWest.



** The Gray Ghost is also a CaptainErsatz of early DC pulp-hero ''The Crimson Avenger'', who wore a Shadow-like costume. Unfortunately, Batman supplanted him a year or so after his debut.
* CrackIsCheaper: An in-universe example -- Ted Dymer turned to crime to finance his toy-collecting habit.
* CoolOldGuy: Simon Trent, who in turn is voiced by real life CoolOldGuy Creator/AdamWest.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Simon Trent/The Gray Ghost, who is not only less concerned with criminals' welfare than Batman, but is darker than Creator/AdamWest's portrayal of Batman.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: The HiddenVillain MadBomber is [[ChekhovsGunman the young toy collector that bought Simon Trent's Gray Ghost memorabilia earlier in the episode.]]

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** The Gray Ghost is also a CaptainErsatz of early DC pulp-hero ''The the Crimson Avenger'', Avenger, who wore a Shadow-like costume. Unfortunately, Batman supplanted him a year or so after his debut.
* CrackIsCheaper: An in-universe example -- Ted example--Ted Dymer turned to crime to finance his toy-collecting habit.
* CoolOldGuy: Simon Trent, who in turn is voiced by real life CoolOldGuy Cool Old Guy Creator/AdamWest.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Simon Trent/The Trent/the Gray Ghost, who is not only less concerned with criminals' welfare than Batman, but is darker than Creator/AdamWest's portrayal of Batman.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: The HiddenVillain MadBomber is [[ChekhovsGunman the young toy collector collector]] that bought Simon Trent's Gray Ghost ''Gray Ghost'' memorabilia earlier in the episode.]]



'''Batman:''' Fingerprints on the toy car. And they belong to you, Simon Trent.\\

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'''Batman:''' Fingerprints on the toy car. And they belong to you, Simon Trent.\\Trent!\\



'''Simon Trent:''' But I'm not the Mad Bomber, Batman. I'm not. I sold my Gray Ghost cars months ago to pay for my... ''[[BeneathSuspicion No, it can't be him.]]''

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'''Simon Trent:''' But I'm not the Mad Bomber, Batman. I'm not. I sold my Gray Ghost ''Gray Ghost'' cars months ago to pay for my... ''[[BeneathSuspicion No, it can't be him.]]''



* KillItWithFire: Batman bursts out of the Gotham library with a flamethrower to destroy one of the car bombs.

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* KillItWithFire: Batman bursts out of the Gotham library Library with a flamethrower to destroy one of the car bombs.



* LoonyFan: Oddly enough, subverted; although Ted is something of a self-deprecating joke on behalf of Bruce Timm and the rest of the creative team, and still enthusiastically buys Trent's old props despite low customer demand, he's willing to destroy the remaining cars in his scheme. Even despite being inspired by the old show and the toys themselves to re-enact the fictional Mad Bomber's scheme, his goal was never to bring the Gray Ghost out of "retirement" for a fight -- he just needed money for his true love of toy collecting. In other words, he's much more loon than fan.

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* LoonyFan: Oddly enough, subverted; although Ted Dymer is something of a self-deprecating joke on behalf of Bruce Timm Creator/BruceTimm and the rest of the creative team, and still enthusiastically buys Trent's old props despite low customer demand, he's willing to destroy the remaining cars in his scheme. Even despite being inspired by the old show and the toys themselves to re-enact the fictional Mad Bomber's scheme, his goal was never to bring the Gray Ghost out of "retirement" for a fight -- he fight--he just needed money for his true love of toy collecting. In other words, he's much more loon than fan.



* MythologyGag: Batman says the Gray Ghost is the hero he aspired to be as a child. Sure enough, without the Shadow, Batman might not have existed, and without Adam West he might never have become as popular as he is today.

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* MythologyGag: Batman says the Gray Ghost is the hero he aspired to be as a child. Sure enough, without the Shadow, Radio/TheShadow, Batman might not have existed, and without Adam West Creator/AdamWest he might never have become as popular as he is today.



* ShoutOut: While The Gray Ghost is similar to Batman, his appearance and style is closer to Radio/TheShadow, one of Batman's chief influences at the time of his creation.
* TypeCasting: In-Universe: Simon Trent was unable to get any parts since a lot of people (the ones who still even remember) still see him as the Gray Ghost. At the end of the episode, things are looking up for him (later, a Grey Ghost movie marquee appears in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode [[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E13Epilogue "Epilogue"]]).
* TheUnmasking: When Batman shows Trent the Gray Ghost shrine he says, "As a kid, I used to watch you with my father. The Gray Ghost was my hero." He says the same thing as Bruce at a autograph signing.

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* ShoutOut: While The the Gray Ghost is similar to Batman, his appearance and style is closer to Radio/TheShadow, one of Batman's chief influences at the time of his creation.
* TypeCasting: In-Universe: Simon Trent was unable to get any parts since a lot of people (the ones who still even remember) still see him as the Gray Ghost. At the end of the episode, things are looking up for him (later, a Grey Ghost ''Grey Ghost'' movie marquee appears in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode [[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E13Epilogue "Epilogue"]]).
* TheUnmasking: When Batman shows Trent the Gray Ghost ''Gray Ghost'' shrine he says, "As a kid, I used to watch you with my father. The Gray Ghost was my hero." He says the same thing as Bruce at a autograph signing.



31st May '17 11:49:20 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Simon Trent/The Gray Ghost, who is not only less concerned with criminal's welfare than Batman, but is darker than Creator/AdamWest's portrayal of Batman.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Simon Trent/The Gray Ghost, who is not only less concerned with criminal's criminals' welfare than Batman, but is darker than Creator/AdamWest's portrayal of Batman.



* LoonyFan: Oddly enough, subverted; although Ted is something of a self-deprecating joke on behalf of Bruce Timm and the rest of the creative team, and still enthusiastically buys Trent's old props despite low customer demand, he's willing to destroy the remaining cars in his scheme. Even despite being inspired by the old show and the toys themselves to re-enact the fictional Mad Bomber's scheme, his goal was never to bring the Gray Ghost out of "retirement" for a fight -- he just needed money for his true love of toy collecting. In other words, he's much more loon than fan.



* ShoutOut: While The Gray Ghost is similar to Batman, his appearance and style is closer to Radio/TheShadow.

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* ShoutOut: While The Gray Ghost is similar to Batman, his appearance and style is closer to Radio/TheShadow.Radio/TheShadow, one of Batman's chief influences at the time of his creation.
12th Mar '17 2:48:41 PM MadAnthony94
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* BecomingTheMask: Trent becomes the Gray Ghost for real near the end of the episode. Batman is thrilled.



* OldSuperhero

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* OldSuperheroMythologyGag: Batman says the Gray Ghost is the hero he aspired to be as a child. Sure enough, without the Shadow, Batman might not have existed, and without Adam West he might never have become as popular as he is today.
* OldSuperhero: Sort of. Trent is merely an old actor who played a superhero. Until he takes up the mantle of said hero for real.
11th Feb '17 2:29:41 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BeneathSuspicion: The HiddenVillain MadBomber is [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman the young toy collector that bought Simon Trent Gray Ghost memorabilia earlier in the episode.]]]] When Simon Trent had his EurekaMoment, he cannot believe it:
-->'''Simon Trent:''' But I'm not the Mad Bomber, Batman. I'm not. I sold my Gray Ghost cars months ago to pay for my... ''No, it can't be him.''
9th Feb '17 6:34:52 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* InkSuitActor: The toy collector-cum-Mad Bomber is one for ''Bruce Timm himself'', who also voices the character!

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* InkSuitActor: The toy collector-cum-Mad Bomber is one for ''Bruce Timm ''Creator/BruceTimm himself'', who also voices the character!



* MadBomber: Played straight

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* MadBomber: Played straightstraight. It is even the name of the villain.
27th Dec '16 4:55:14 PM chasemaddigan
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* DescendedCreator: Creator/BruceTimm voices the Mad Bomber aka Ted Dymer
19th Oct '16 7:44:58 AM dlchen145
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* ButIPlayOneOnTV: An in-universe example: Simon Trent played a Batman-like superhero named Gray Ghost in an immensely popular TV show which little Bruce was a big fan of. Decades later, Trent is now facing poverty partly because he cannot get any roles because [[IAmNotSpock everyone still thinks of him as the Gray Ghost]]. Then Batman comes along on a case and ropes him in to assist him. Much to his own surprise, Trent makes a passable superhero (and more importantly, learns that the Big {{Badass}} Batman was primarily ''inspired'' by his portrayal of one). A fairly meta example, when you consider the [[AdamWesting actor voicing Trent]] is none other than Creator/AdamWest.

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* ButIPlayOneOnTV: An in-universe example: Simon Trent played a Batman-like superhero named Gray Ghost in an immensely popular TV show which little Bruce was a big fan of. Decades later, Trent is now facing poverty partly because he cannot get any roles because [[IAmNotSpock everyone still thinks of him as the Gray Ghost]]. Then Batman comes along on a case and ropes him in to assist him. Much to his own surprise, Trent makes a passable superhero (and more importantly, learns that the Big {{Badass}} Badass Batman was primarily ''inspired'' by his portrayal of one). A fairly meta example, when you consider the [[AdamWesting actor voicing Trent]] is none other than Creator/AdamWest.
30th Sep '16 11:07:56 PM erforce
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* {{Homage}}: The plot device of remote-controlled RC car bombs comes from ''Film/TheDeadPool''.
3rd Sep '16 10:06:52 AM Saveelich
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* AdamWesting: With the real Creator/AdamWest, no less, playing a character very similar to Live-TV Batman.

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* AdamWesting: With the real Creator/AdamWest, no less, playing a character very similar to Live-TV Batman.his [[Series/{{Batman}} live-TV Batman]].
24th Aug '16 2:01:59 AM Saveelich
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* AdamWesting: With the real Creator/AdamWest, no less, playing a character very similar to his 1960s Live-TV Batman.

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* AdamWesting: With the real Creator/AdamWest, no less, playing a character very similar to his 1960s Live-TV Batman.
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