History Series / Batman

9th Jun '18 7:41:04 PM nombretomado
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For adult fans and TV-critics of the show back in the 60's, this line was the show's CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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For adult fans and TV-critics of the show back in the 60's, this line was the show's CrowningMomentOfFunny.SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.



** Scenes of pure drama would pop up here and there. The [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] of female criminals were handled completely seriously, with one reformed moll vowing that once she's out of prison [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes she's going to join her brother on his ranch in New Zealand]]. The very first Joker two-parter has a surprisingly downbeat scene in which a TV news anchor suffers a minor HeroicBSOD as a result of the Joker's crime spree and, [[BreakingTheFourthWall directly addressing the (in-universe) audience]], asks them in a grave voice to pray that JusticeWillPrevail...until the silliness returns when the Joker and his gang [[DeadlineNews storm the TV studio, gas the camera crew, and (non-lethally) shock the anchor with a joybuzzer]]. ("Have a laugh on me, Freddie!") Robin cries when it looks as if Alfred is about to be beheaded by the Archer, and ''everyone in the world'' cries when it appears as if the Mad Hatter has succeeded in killing the Dynamic Duo - including, in what was arguably a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for many viewers at the time, even the Soviets.

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** Scenes of pure drama would pop up here and there. The [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] of female criminals were handled completely seriously, with one reformed moll vowing that once she's out of prison [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes she's going to join her brother on his ranch in New Zealand]]. The very first Joker two-parter has a surprisingly downbeat scene in which a TV news anchor suffers a minor HeroicBSOD as a result of the Joker's crime spree and, [[BreakingTheFourthWall directly addressing the (in-universe) audience]], asks them in a grave voice to pray that JusticeWillPrevail...until the silliness returns when the Joker and his gang [[DeadlineNews storm the TV studio, gas the camera crew, and (non-lethally) shock the anchor with a joybuzzer]]. ("Have a laugh on me, Freddie!") Robin cries when it looks as if Alfred is about to be beheaded by the Archer, and ''everyone in the world'' cries when it appears as if the Mad Hatter has succeeded in killing the Dynamic Duo - including, in what was arguably a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} for many viewers at the time, even the Soviets.
20th May '18 11:33:22 PM finalsurvivor1
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* BackForTheFinale: A rather odd example. French Freddy "The Fence" Touche, a one-off associate of Catwoman's from season two, returns in the final episode helping Minerva. He's the only non-lead villain to make a second appearance.



** Batman dancing the Batusi, likely because Batman had been slipped a mickey by Riddler's moll Molly and wasn't in his right mind). Despite what detractors and spoofers suggest, this wasn't a OnceAnEpisode event. Later episodes tended to avoid making Batman himself look this overtly ridiculous.

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** Batman dancing the Batusi, likely because Batman had been slipped a mickey by Riddler's moll Molly and wasn't in his right mind). Despite what detractors and spoofers suggest, this wasn't a OnceAnEpisode event.event; it would only pop up once more at the climax of King Tut's debut towards the end of the season, and it made far more sense there. Later episodes tended to avoid making Batman himself look this overtly ridiculous.



** Batusi aside, the first two episodes actually contain grim subject matter rarely if ever touched upon in later episodes. Bruce Wayne mentions his parents being murdered, and the Riddler's girlfriend [[spoiler: dies a clumsy and needless death ''in the Batcave's nuclear reactor''. Although characters would occasionally die during the series, this death stands out as being somewhat darker than the norm for this series.]]

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** Batusi aside, the first two episodes actually contain grim subject matter rarely if ever touched upon in later episodes. Bruce Wayne mentions his parents being murdered, which would only be mentioned once more in a season two Joker episode, and the Riddler's girlfriend [[spoiler: dies a clumsy and needless death ''in the Batcave's nuclear reactor''. Although characters would occasionally die during the series, this death stands out as being somewhat darker than the norm for this series.]]



** Bizarrely, male and female criminals were kept in the same prison - and sometimes even in the same cells! [[LampshadeHanging The latter does not go unremarked by Batman in the "Ma Parker" episode.]]

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** Bizarrely, male and female criminals were kept in the same prison - and sometimes even in the same cells! [[LampshadeHanging cell blocks! The latter does not go unremarked by Batman in the "Ma Parker" episode.]]episode, though by that point, Ma Parker had taken over the prison.



-->'''Puzzler''': Have you taken leave of your senses?! I may be an Arch Villain, but I'm a ''American'' Arch Villain.

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-->'''Puzzler''': Have you taken leave of your senses?! I may be an Arch Villain, but I'm a naturalized ''American'' Arch Villain.



* HellholePrison: Averted. Warden Crichton is known for his earnest attempts to rehabillitate the inmates.

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* HellholePrison: Averted. Warden Crichton is known for his earnest attempts to rehabillitate the inmates, though Batman and the police occasionally worry that he's not being strict enough given the nature of many of the inmates.



** Black Widow was Mrs. Max Black, widow.

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** Black Widow was Mrs. Max Black, widow. widow, though this is something of a double subversion as Max Black was her late husband's name, and it's not uncommon for wives to sometimes go by "Mrs. (Husband's Name)."



** The ice skater Glacia Glaze (one of Mr. Freeze's molls) was born "Emma Strunk", and is outraged and humiliated when [[IKnowYourTrueName Batman mentions the latter]] as she's being arrested.

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** The ice skater Glacia Glaze (one of Mr. Freeze's molls) was born "Emma Strunk", and is outraged and humiliated when [[IKnowYourTrueName Batman mentions the latter]] as she's being arrested. Lola Lasagne, the Extra Special Guest Villainess from Penguin's second season three appearance, is a similar case in that she was born Lulu Schultz, but changed her name upon her short lived marriage to Luigi Lasagne.
12th May '18 11:01:53 PM Arivne
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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Occurs in "The Joker's Flying Saucer", "The Bookworm Turns/While Gotham City Burns" and "An Egg Grows In Gotham".

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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Occurs in WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve
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"The Joker's Flying Saucer", Saucer". When the Joker's henchman places a time bomb inside the Batmobile, he sets it to go off at midnight.
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"The Bookworm Turns/While Gotham City Burns" Burns". The Bookworm ties Robin to the clapper in the bell of the Big Benjamin clock. When the clock strikes midnight, the clapper will slam Robin against the bell and kill him.
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"An Egg Grows In Gotham".in Gotham". According to the Gotham City Charter, nine raccoon pelts must be delivered to Chief Screaming Chicken on a certain day. If he does not receive the pelts by midnight on that day, the ownership of the city reverts to him.
** "Batman Displays His Knowledge". Catwoman proposes to Batman that they have a meeting at midnight for her to turn herself in. Of course, it turns out to be a trick.
7th May '18 7:01:28 PM Malady
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3rd May '18 2:51:44 PM Ninamarie124
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28th Apr '18 11:15:58 PM nombretomado
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If you want Batman played DarkerAndEdgier, see Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 film]] (and [[Film/BatmanReturns its 1992 sequel]]), ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' and the ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse''. For a more modern take on Batman that retains UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} fun-factor[=/=]{{Camp}} absurdity combo of the series, see Creator/JoelSchumacher's ''Film/BatmanForever''. For Silver Age fun-factor with more tasteful {{Camp}} absurdity, see ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. For a DarkerAndEdgier take nonetheless heavy on {{Camp}}, see ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder''. And for camp absurdity minus the Silver Age fun-factor, see Schumacher's ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.

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If you want Batman played DarkerAndEdgier, see Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 film]] (and [[Film/BatmanReturns its 1992 sequel]]), ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' and the ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse''.''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse''. For a more modern take on Batman that retains UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} fun-factor[=/=]{{Camp}} absurdity combo of the series, see Creator/JoelSchumacher's ''Film/BatmanForever''. For Silver Age fun-factor with more tasteful {{Camp}} absurdity, see ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. For a DarkerAndEdgier take nonetheless heavy on {{Camp}}, see ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder''. And for camp absurdity minus the Silver Age fun-factor, see Schumacher's ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
28th Apr '18 9:25:15 AM ObsequiousEscargot
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* ParodyAssistance: An aversion -- three years after Shelly Winters appeared in an episode of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' as Ma Parker, spoofing Ma Barker (and the infamous Barker family shootout), ''Creator/RogerCorman'' cast Winters in the film [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Mama Bloody Mama]] as Ma Barker.
26th Apr '18 6:22:49 PM finalsurvivor1
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** Ma Parker and her sons from "The Greatest Mother of Them All"/"Ma Parker" are all named after notorious gangsters from the public enemy era.[[note]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Boy_Floyd Pretty Boy]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Gun_Kelly Machine Gun]], and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Dog_Coll Mad Dog]] are the sons, while Ma Parker herself combines [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Barker Ma Barker]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_and_Clyde Bonnie Parker]].[[/note]]



** Alfred once answered the Batphone with, "He's on his morning constitutional, Sir."

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** Alfred once answered the Batphone with, "He's on his morning constitutional, Sir."" Whether or not this refers to a walk or the other meaning is unknown.
7th Apr '18 10:32:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* DressedLikeADominatrix: Another early example of this trope. This 1966 version of the FemmeFatale villainess ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} wore a tight black leather catsuit with gloves, high-heeled boots, and often wielded a whip. Her comic book version at the time didn't yet wear anything like that (and wouldn't for more than 20 years).
28th Mar '18 9:24:46 AM finalsurvivor1
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* GadgeteerGenius: Batman, probably even more so than his mainstream counterpart. Batgirl has an impressive repertoire as well. Not to mention the fact that all the villains can get their hands on or design weird gadgets and can assemble deathtraps.

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Batman, probably even more so than his mainstream counterpart. Batgirl has an impressive repertoire as well. Not to mention the fact that all the villains can get their hands on or design weird gadgets and can assemble deathtraps.deathtraps.
** The Joker in particular has this as a gimmick. Most of his plots involve some new invention of his, such as a box that controls time and a way to emulate an alien invasion.
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