History TearJerker / BatmanTheAnimatedSeries

2nd Jul '17 2:02:30 AM Anicomicgeek
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* In a {{meta}} sense, 2014 turned out to be this, as both Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Alfred) and Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon) passed away that year.

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* In a {{meta}} sense, 2014 turned out to be this, as both Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Creator/EfremZimbalistJr. (Alfred) and Bob Hastings Creator/BobHastings (Commissioner Gordon) passed away that year.
29th Jun '17 2:42:59 PM kalel32688
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{TragicVillain}} "I can only beg your forgiveness, and pray you hear me somehow, someplace... some place where a warm hand waits for mine."]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{TragicVillain}} [[caption-width-right:350:[[TragicVillain "I can only beg your forgiveness, and pray you hear me somehow, someplace... some place someplace...someplace where a warm hand waits for mine."]]]]



** The 'summer's day' speech, and the conversation between Bruce and Victor leading up to it.

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** The 'summer's day' "summer's day" speech, and the conversation between Bruce and Victor leading up to it.



'''Batman:''' That suit you wear -- a result of the coolant?\\

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'''Batman:''' That suit you wear -- a wear--a result of the coolant?\\



'''Mr. Freeze:''' ''(nods)'' Think of it, Batman. To never again walk on a summer's day with the hot wind in your face, and a warm hand to hold. Oh, yes... I'd ''kill'' for that.

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'''Mr. Freeze:''' ''(nods)'' (''nods'') Think of it, Batman. To never again walk on a summer's day with the hot wind in your face, face and a warm hand to hold. Oh, yes... I'd ''kill'' for that.



--->I failed you. I wish there were another way for me to say it. I cannot. I can only beg your forgiveness, and pray you hear me somehow, someplace...some place where a warm hand waits for mine.
** Creator/PaulDini once said if he were to do the episode all over again, he would have ended it with Freeze weeping in his cell at Arkham, his tears turning to snowflakes that would then slowly settle on the musical figurine. Wow, Paul Dini thought of a way of making this ending even more of a tearjerker!

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--->I --->'''Freeze''': I failed you. I wish there were another way for me to say it. I cannot. I can only beg your forgiveness, and pray you hear me somehow, someplace...some place someplace where a warm hand waits for mine.
** Creator/PaulDini once said if he were to do the episode all over again, he would have ended it with Freeze weeping in his cell at Arkham, his tears turning to snowflakes that would then slowly settle on the musical figurine. Wow, Paul Dini thought of a way of making this ending even more ''more'' of a tearjerker!



** In the original ending of "Baby Doll" Batman would have shed a tear while comforting Baby Doll before handing her and take her to the police. They cut it because DC said Batman doesn't cry
* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE8GrowingPains Growing Pains]]", where Robin helps a scared amnesiac girl named Annie run away from a super-strong man. [[spoiler:Turns out the man is Clayface, and she's actually ''a part of him'' that he's trying to have merge back with him. He succeeds.]]

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** In the original ending of "Baby Doll" Doll," Batman would have shed a tear while comforting Baby Doll before handing her and take over her to the police. They cut it because DC said Batman doesn't cry
cry.
* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE8GrowingPains Growing Pains]]", Pains]]," where Robin helps a scared amnesiac girl named Annie run away from a super-strong man. [[spoiler:Turns out the man is Clayface, and she's actually ''a part of him'' that he's trying to have merge back with him. He succeeds.]]



* Really, BTAS was very good at this. Other especially sad episodes include "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE27MadAsAHatter Mad as a Hatter]]", "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE52Mudslide Mudslide]]", "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE5HouseAndGarden House & Garden]]", "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE19DeepFreeze Deep Freeze]]", "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE62HisSiliconSoul His Silicon Soul]]" and "Robin's Reckoning." Additionally, it is very hard to think of a character on the show who '''doesn't''' have a {{backstory}} that's ''really'' sad. Except Riddler, ''maybe''.

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* Really, BTAS was very good at this. Other especially sad episodes include "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE27MadAsAHatter Mad as a Hatter]]", Hatter]]," "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE52Mudslide Mudslide]]", Mudslide]]," "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE5HouseAndGarden House & Garden]]", Garden]]," "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE19DeepFreeze Deep Freeze]]", Freeze]]," "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE62HisSiliconSoul His Silicon Soul]]" Soul]]," and "Robin's Reckoning." Additionally, it is very hard to think of a character on the show who '''doesn't''' have a {{backstory}} that's ''really'' sad. Except Riddler, ''maybe''.



** As it stands, there are perhaps four villains (Sewer King, Dr. Emile Dorian (detailed below), Firefly--since he crossed into the MoralEventHorizon early on-- and the Joker) that don't have a terribly sad backstory.

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** As it stands, there are perhaps four villains (Sewer King, Dr. Emile Dorian (detailed below), Firefly--since Firefly (since he crossed into the MoralEventHorizon early on-- on), and the Joker) that don't have a terribly sad backstory.



*** This version's Scarecrow doesn't have a tragic past, either. He just liked to frighten things as a kid and that developed into adulthood. Though he does get some sad moments in ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures comics.
* The show's reimagining of Jervis Tetch, who becomes the Mad Hatter. In the comics and [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West series]], he was a gimmicky villain with an ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' theme. Here, he's depicted as a lonely genius who's developing MindControl technology for a science company run by a BadBoss who treats him like dirt. Tetch [[AllLoveIsUnrequited falls hard for Alice, a secretary at the company]], but she has a boyfriend named Billy, and he refuses to infringe on her...but when she has a fight with Billy, he sees his chance. He plans to woo Alice, but decides that she would never fall for someone like him; he instead develops the Hatter persona to impress her, giving her a grand night on the town (albeit toeing the MoralEventHorizon by using his technology to brainwash people, thus creating the illusion that he's a wealthy society gentleman). Unfortunately, he is shut down when Billy comes back in the picture by proposing. Enraged, Tetch crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, and then abducting and brainwashing her. He's eventually bested by Batman in an Alice in Wonderland theme park. Then, as Tetch is lying beneath the [[ItMakesSenseInContext claws of the Jabberwock]], he's ''forced to watch'' as [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Alice (who can't even bear to look at Tetch anymore) runs into Billy's arms]], moaning out very softly...]]

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*** This version's DCAU's Scarecrow doesn't have a tragic past, either. He just liked to frighten things as a kid and that developed lasted into adulthood. Though he does get some sad moments in ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' comics.
* The show's reimagining of Jervis Tetch, who becomes the Mad Hatter. In the comics and [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West series]], he was a gimmicky villain with an ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' theme. Here, he's depicted as a lonely genius who's developing MindControl technology for a science company run by a BadBoss who treats him like dirt. Tetch [[AllLoveIsUnrequited falls hard for Alice, a secretary at the company]], but she has a boyfriend named Billy, and he refuses to infringe on her...but when she has a fight with Billy, he sees his chance. He plans to woo Alice, but decides that she would never fall for someone like him; he instead develops the Hatter persona to impress her, giving her a grand night on the town (albeit toeing the MoralEventHorizon by using his technology to brainwash people, thus creating the illusion that he's a wealthy society gentleman). Unfortunately, he is shut down when Billy comes back in the picture by proposing. Enraged, Tetch crosses the Horizon MEH firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, and then abducting and brainwashing her. He's eventually bested by Batman in an Alice in Wonderland theme park. Then, as Tetch is lying beneath the [[ItMakesSenseInContext claws of the Jabberwock]], he's ''forced to watch'' as [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Alice (who can't even bear to look at Tetch anymore) runs into Billy's arms]], moaning out very softly...]]



** What makes it worse is that we get to ''see'' Tetch's mental breakdown over the whole situation. At the beginning of the episode, he admits that, from a sensible perspective, his interest in Alice is wrong, and that he should let her go...but he simply can't. When he briefly brags that his mind control devices could easily make her forget Billy, he stops himself and remarks that brainwashing her in that way would be cruel ("That would reduce her to a soulless shell...no. Not my Alice"). Unfortunately, the combination of briefly believing that he finally has a shot, using his devices on actual human subjects, and being rejected again breaks his mind. By the end of the episode, he's completely reversed his previous position and become a violent, obsessive psychopath deeply in denial, blaming Batman for what's happened to Alice

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** What makes it worse is that we get to ''see'' Tetch's mental breakdown over the whole situation. At the beginning of the episode, he admits that, from a sensible perspective, his interest in Alice is wrong, wrong and that he should let her go...but he simply can't. When he briefly brags that his mind control devices could easily make her forget Billy, he stops himself and remarks that brainwashing her in that way would be cruel ("That would reduce her to a soulless shell...no. Not my Alice"). Unfortunately, the combination of briefly believing that he finally has a shot, using his devices on actual human subjects, and being rejected again breaks his mind. By the end of the episode, he's completely reversed his previous position and become a violent, obsessive psychopath deeply in denial, blaming Batman for what's happened to AliceAlice.



** Saying Mad Hatter had a tragic backstory when he obsessed over a girl and didn't respect that she only liked him as a friend is really pushing it - although she never made it explicit that she only liked him as a friend, and seemed [[ObliviousToLove equally oblivious while out on their "date"]] after she and Billy had broken up. It's also possible that she simply didn't see Tetch as a possible suitor ''at all'', instead misinterpreting his kindness as the actions of a good friend...whether or not that makes it worse is up to you.
*** Your Mileage May Vary, but it's not entirely unreasonable to sympathize with a lonely person who gets picked on by their boss and has an unrequited crush. He handles it extremely poorly, and that's what makes him a villain, but where we see him at the beginning of the episode is a relatable place for a lot of people. And made ''far'' worse when Creator/PaulDini [[WordOfGod revealed that this version]] of the Hatter [[RippedFromTheHeadlines was based on a man who'd committed a workplace shooting]] [[http://www.animationarena.com/batman_the_animated_series.html for similar reasons]].
---->'''Dini''': With the Hatter, I made somebody who is technologically brilliant, but who lives in this dream world and was probably ridiculed as a kid; everybody used to call him names because he looked geeky and looked like the Mad Hatter. [[AppropriatedAppelation He actually had a poster of the Mad Hatter up]]. He liked Alice in Wonderland. When he came up with a way of controlling people, suddenly, they were able to do his will, and he loved it, and he was able to bring his fantasies of Wonderland and living happily ever after to life. But the main reason he did it was he was in love with somebody, and he didn't want to use that power to control her because he knew that he'd lose her, but ultimately, he had to. That drove him over the edge and drove him crazy, so there's an element of sorrow to that character - unrequited love taken to the nth degree.
** By "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE65TheWorryMen The Worry Men]]", Tetch has completely embraced his Mad Hatter persona, which reduces him to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.
* Dick's farewell to his circus friends in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE32RobinsReckoningPart1 Robin's Reckoning: Part 1]]" has always brought tears to Creator/BruceTimm's eyes. While Dick's parents' death is pretty strong, what's ''really'' strong is Bruce and Dick's flashback talk near the end of part one, when Bruce sees quite a bit of himself in the acrobat.
--->'''Bruce''': You keep thinking..."If only I've done something differently. If only I could've...warned them". But there isn't anything you could've done. There isn't anything either of us could've done.\\
'''Dick''': (''looking at Bruce's parents' portrait''): Your mom and dad?\\
''(Bruce nods)''\\

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** Saying Mad Hatter had a tragic backstory when he obsessed over a girl and didn't respect that she only liked him as a friend is really pushing it - it, although she never made it explicit that she only liked him as a friend, friend and seemed [[ObliviousToLove equally oblivious while out on their "date"]] after she and Billy had broken up. It's also possible that she simply didn't see Tetch as a possible suitor ''at all'', instead misinterpreting his kindness as the actions of a good friend...whether or not that makes it worse is up to you.
*** Your Mileage May Vary, YMMV, but it's not entirely unreasonable to sympathize with a lonely person who gets picked on by their boss and has an unrequited crush. He handles it extremely poorly, and that's what makes him a villain, but where we see him at the beginning of the episode is a relatable place for a lot of people. And made ''far'' worse when Creator/PaulDini [[WordOfGod revealed that this version]] of the Hatter [[RippedFromTheHeadlines was based on a man who'd committed a workplace shooting]] [[http://www.animationarena.com/batman_the_animated_series.html for similar reasons]].
---->'''Dini''': With the Hatter, I made somebody who is technologically brilliant, but who lives in this dream world and was probably ridiculed as a kid; everybody used to call him names because he looked geeky and looked like the Mad Hatter. [[AppropriatedAppelation He actually had a poster of the Mad Hatter up]]. He liked Alice ''Alice in Wonderland.Wonderland''. When he came up with a way of controlling people, suddenly, they were able to do his will, and he loved it, and he was able to bring his fantasies of Wonderland and living happily ever after to life. But the main reason he did it was he was in love with somebody, and he didn't want to use that power to control her because he knew that he'd lose her, but ultimately, he had to. That drove him over the edge and drove him crazy, so there's an element of sorrow to that character - unrequited character--unrequited love taken to the nth degree.
** By "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE65TheWorryMen The Worry Men]]", Men]]," Tetch has completely embraced his Mad Hatter persona, which reduces him to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.
* Dick's farewell to his circus friends in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE32RobinsReckoningPart1 Robin's Reckoning: Part 1]]" has always brought tears to Creator/BruceTimm's eyes. While Dick's parents' death is pretty strong, what's ''really'' strong is Bruce and Dick's flashback talk near the end of part one, Part 1, when Bruce sees quite a bit of himself in the acrobat.
--->'''Bruce''': You keep thinking..."If only I've done something differently. If only I could've...warned them". them." But there isn't anything you could've done. There isn't anything either of us could've done.\\
'''Dick''': (''looking at Bruce's parents' portrait''): portrait'') Your mom and dad?\\
''(Bruce nods)''\\(''Bruce nods'')\\



''(The two hug)''

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''(The (''The two hug)''hug'')



*** In "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE3ColdComfort Cold Comfort]]" Mr. Freeze finally lives his dream of [[spoiler: Nora being revived]] except at this point he's a complete shell of his former self and [[spoiler: thinks himself too much of a freak to reveal himself to her, and could only watch from the shadows as his former wife (possibly an amnesiac at this point) falls in love with her Doctor]] this shatters any humanity he had left.
* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE17OldWounds Old Wounds]]" is one of the worse tearjerkers in the DCAU as it shows the events leading up to the original Robin's split from Batman. The worst part is if you go back and watch the series from the beginning, you can actually see their relationship slowly break down over time due not only to the clash in their personalities and ideologies, but also Bruce's growing obsession and struggle with his own inner darkness. Truth be told, by the time Dick returns to moonlight in Gotham as Nightwing, he's NotSoDifferent from Bruce, but it's too late to salvage any relationship they had and he's mostly seen working with Tim and Barbara or else on his own, and then ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' reveals that Bruce and Dick ''never'' truly reconcile, and while Bruce will occasionally reminisce about past adventures with Barbara and Tim, he ''never'' talks about Dick.
** Worse still, Bruce is noticeably colder with Tim than he was with Dick. Bruce obviously cares for Tim, but their relationship never had the father/son vibe that Bruce had with Dick. It's not until late in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' with Terry that we see Bruce start to have that sort of trust and fatherly relationship again.
** Also one thing, many people very likely missed, is a certain detail when Tim becomes Robin. He borrows Dick's suit that Batman keeps on display, but Dick being an adult, it shouldn't fit Tim... that's because the suit on display is "kid sized". In other words, Bruce had happier memories with Dick as a kid than an adult, which is why he put that suit on display rather than the adult one.
* In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream Perchance to Dream]]", already a highly emotional episode if ever there was one, ends with TheMadHatter launching a tirade against Bats when he asks the Hatter why he trapped him in a [[LotusEaterMachine ideal dreamworld]]. The Hatter is [[TheMadHatter quite mad]], but it's delivered with such anguish...

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*** In "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE3ColdComfort Cold Comfort]]" Mr. Comfort]]," Freeze finally lives his dream of [[spoiler: Nora [[spoiler:Nora being revived]] revived]], except at this point he's a complete shell of his former self and [[spoiler: thinks self, [[spoiler:thinks himself too much of a freak to reveal himself to her, and could can only watch from the shadows as his former wife (possibly an amnesiac at this point) falls in love with her Doctor]] doctor]]; all of this shatters any humanity he had left.
* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE17OldWounds Old Wounds]]" is one of the worse tearjerkers in the DCAU as it shows the events leading up to the original Robin's split from Batman. The worst part is if you go back and watch the series from the beginning, you can actually see their relationship slowly break down over time due not only to the clash in their personalities and ideologies, but also Bruce's growing obsession and struggle with his own inner darkness. Truth be told, by the time Dick returns to moonlight in Gotham as Nightwing, he's NotSoDifferent from Bruce, but it's too late to salvage any relationship they had and he's mostly seen working with Tim and Barbara or else on his own, and then ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' reveals that Bruce and Dick ''never'' truly reconcile, and while the elderly Bruce will occasionally reminisce about past adventures with Barbara and Tim, he ''never'' talks about Dick.
** Worse still, Bruce is noticeably colder with Tim than he was with Dick. Bruce He obviously cares for Tim, but their relationship never had the father/son vibe that Bruce had with Dick. It's not until late in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' with Terry that we see Bruce start to have that sort of trust and fatherly relationship again.
** Also one thing, many people very likely missed, is a certain detail when Tim becomes Robin. He borrows Dick's suit that Batman keeps on display, but Dick being an adult, it shouldn't fit Tim... that's Tim. That's because the suit on display is "kid sized". "kid-sized." In other words, Bruce had happier memories with Dick as a kid than an adult, which is why he put that suit on display rather than the adult one.
* In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream Perchance to Dream]]", Dream]]," already a highly emotional episode if ever there was one, ends with TheMadHatter the Mad Hatter launching a tirade against Bats when he asks the Hatter why he trapped him in a [[LotusEaterMachine ideal dreamworld]]. The Hatter is [[TheMadHatter quite mad]], but it's delivered with such anguish...



'''The Mad Hatter:''' '''You''', of ''all people'', have the '''gall''' to ask me that?! '''You ruined my life!''' I was willing to give you ''any life you wanted''...just to keep you out of mine!
** [[spoiler:Bruce accepting the dreamworld as reality, and for about a couple minutes of screen time, we get to see him truly happy for the first time...ever. His desperation as [[ItMakesSenseInContext he searches for a coherent book]] as well as the look of pure anguish as he realizes which is his true life always brings a tear to my eye.]]
* The episode "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE17SeeNoEvil See No Evil]]", aside from being prime horror. We have a creepy ex-con whose former wife and young daughter have a restraining order against him. [[spoiler:So he steals some material that allows him to make an invisibility suit, poses as his daughter's imaginary friend Mojo, swipes valuable jewelry for her to gain her trust and finally attempts to kidnap her]]. Batman intervenes, he's exposed and foiled, and the episode ends with the girl [[spoiler:telling Batman that she and her mother are going to move away, where Daddy will never find them]]. The whole episode is heartbreaking.

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'''The Mad '''Mad Hatter:''' '''You''', of ''all people'', have the '''gall''' to ask me that?! '''You ruined my life!''' I was willing to give you ''any life you wanted''...just to keep you out of mine!
** [[spoiler:Bruce accepting the dreamworld as reality, and for about a couple minutes of screen time, we get to see him truly happy for the first time...ever. His desperation as [[ItMakesSenseInContext he searches for a coherent book]] as well as the look of pure anguish as he realizes which is his true life always brings a tear to my eye.is tear-inducing.]]
* The episode "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE17SeeNoEvil See No Evil]]", Evil]]," aside from being [[AdultFear prime horror.horror]]. We have a creepy ex-con whose former wife and young daughter have a restraining order against him. [[spoiler:So he steals some material that allows him to make an invisibility suit, poses as his daughter's imaginary friend Mojo, swipes valuable jewelry for her to gain her trust trust, and finally attempts to kidnap her]]. Batman intervenes, he's exposed and foiled, and the episode ends with the girl [[spoiler:telling Batman that she and her mother are going to move away, where Daddy will never find them]]. The whole episode is heartbreaking.



** The tearjerker value of ''any'' episode featuring the Joker mistreating Harley will be increased after seeing "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE21MadLove Mad Love]]".
*** After Harley manages to abduct Batman on her own, she states that she wants him out of the way so she and TheJoker can be happy together, leading to [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness his laughing at her naivete]] and this exchange.
--->'''Batman''': You little fool. The Joker doesn't love ''anything'' except himself. Wake up Harleen - he had you pegged for hired help the minute you walked into Arkham.\\

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** The tearjerker value of ''any'' episode featuring the Joker mistreating Harley will be increased after seeing "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE21MadLove Mad Love]]".
Love]]."
*** After Harley manages to abduct Batman on her own, she states that she wants him out of the way so she and TheJoker Joker can be happy together, leading to [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness his laughing at her naivete]] and this exchange.
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--->'''Batman''': You little fool. The Joker doesn't love ''anything'' except himself. Wake up Harleen - he up, Harleen--he had you pegged for hired help the minute you walked into Arkham.\\



'''Batman''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Was it his line about the abusive father]]? [[MultipleChoicePast Or the one about the runaway mom]]? He's gained a lot of sympathy with that one.\\

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'''Batman''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Was it his line about the abusive father]]? father?]] [[MultipleChoicePast Or the one about the runaway mom]]? mom?]] He's gained a lot of sympathy with that one.\\



'''Batman''': What was it he told that one parole officer? Oh yes - "[[MeaningfulEcho There was only one time I ever saw Dad really happy]]. He took me to the Ice Show when I was seven".\\

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'''Batman''': What was it he told that one parole officer? Oh yes - Oh, yes. "[[MeaningfulEcho There was only one time I ever saw Dad really happy]]. He took me to the Ice Show when I was seven".\\



*** This shatters her illusion, but she starts to lower him into the tank because she still sees him as the true problem with their relationship, but he convinces her that Mr. J won't believe her [[NeverFoundTheBody without his body as evidence]]. She then calls the Joker, who's ''infuriated'' at her, [[DontExplainTheJoke providing the picture and line for this]]. He then [[spoiler: ''pushes her out a third-story window'' onto some crates in the alley below. After a few lines of dialogue between him and Batsy, the camera then pans onto Harley's broken body...]]
--->'''Harley Quinn''': My fault...I didn't get the joke.
** And it goes FromBadToWorse--at the end of the episode, it looks like Harley is about to swear off the Joker for good and reform...only to find a flower in her cell saying "Feel better soon - J."
---> '''Harleen Quinzel''': Never again. No more obsession, no more craziness, no more Joker. I finally see that slime for what he is: a murderous, manipulative, irredeemable...\\

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*** This shatters her illusion, but she starts to lower him Bats into the tank because she still sees him as the true problem with their relationship, but he Batman convinces her that Mr. J won't believe her [[NeverFoundTheBody without his body as evidence]]. She then calls the Joker, who's ''infuriated'' at her, [[DontExplainTheJoke providing the picture and line for this]]. He then [[spoiler: ''pushes [[spoiler:''[[DestinationDefenestration pushes her out a third-story window'' window]]'' onto some crates in the alley below. After a few lines of dialogue between him and Batsy, the camera then pans onto Harley's broken body...]]
--->'''Harley Quinn''': --->'''Harley''': My fault...I didn't get the joke.
** And it goes FromBadToWorse--at FromBadToWorse. At the end of the episode, it looks like Harley is about to swear off the Joker for good and reform...only to find a flower in her cell saying "Feel better soon - J."
---> '''Harleen Quinzel''': Never again. No more obsession, no more craziness, no more Joker. I finally see that slime for what he is: a A murderous, manipulative, irredeemable...\\



'''Harley Quinn''': ...Angel!

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'''Harley Quinn''': ...Angel!angel!



---->'''Dr. Leland:''' So, tell me, Harley--how did it feel to be so dependent on a man that you'd give up everything for him, gaining nothing in return? ''(leaves)''
---->'''Harley:''' ''(bitterly)'' It felt like...
---->''(sees flower with "Feel better soon - J")''
---->'''Harley:''' ''(dreamily)'' It felt like a ''kiss''.
** "Mad Love" is probably one of the greatest episodes in the series because it doesn't back down on abusive relationships. While most of the interactions between Harley and Joker are PlayedForLaughs (the final act in "Harlequinade," for example), "Mad Love" shows just how obsessed Joker is with getting the Batman in ways that "The Man Who Killed Batman" only hinted at. And to see him snap at her the way he did was horrifying because she ''is'' a fan-favorite and the writers and animators tried hard to make her cute, quirky and adorable. Usually when she's happy, it makes at least some fans hearts melt and when she finally sees the Joker for what he is...the Joker knows just what to do to make her come running back. "Mad Love" wasn't the first episode to show their abusive cycle, but it didn't hold anything back in showing how devastating abuse can be.
*** The animators/writers taking their time in fleshing out Harley before this episode is a reminder that people who are trapped in the cycle of abuse are real people with hopes, dreams and unique personalities who fell in love with the wrong person. FridgeHorror sets in when you learn that some abuse victims end up severely injured or even dead.
* Bruce's guilt-fuelled dream in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE11TwoFacePart2 Two-Face: Part 2]]". "''Why couldn't you save us, son?''"
** The Two-Face arc was absolutely heartbreaking. With the first episode, it starts uncomfortable as we see the angry side of Harvey coming out more and more. It ends with his face getting scarred so badly that it destroys his mind, and the scene where he walks out and is seen by his fiance Grace is the capper. But it gets worse in the second part, whether it be his constant thinking about Grace and longing to be with her, Grace's shock at realizing that she accidentally led Thorne to Harvey which was further proof to Harvey that life is ruled by chance, and capping it with his complete psychotic breakdown when he can't find his coin, having a closer resemblance to an animal than a man. It finally ends with Batman going to a fountain after telling Gordon that there's always hope, wishing Harvey luck, and then flipping the coin in as it lands heads up. The arc rivals "Heart of Ice" for the biggest TearJerker of the series.

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---->'''Dr. Leland:''' So, tell me, Harley--how did it feel to be so dependent on a man that you'd give up everything for him, gaining nothing in return? ''(leaves)''
(''leaves'')
---->'''Harley:''' ''(bitterly)'' (''bitterly'') It felt like...
---->''(sees ---->(''sees flower with "Feel better soon - J")''
J"'')
---->'''Harley:''' ''(dreamily)'' (''dreamily'') It felt like a ''kiss''.
** "Mad Love" is probably one of the greatest episodes in the series because it doesn't back down on abusive relationships. While most of the interactions between Harley and Joker are PlayedForLaughs (the final act in "Harlequinade," for example), "Mad Love" shows just how obsessed Joker is with getting the getting Batman in ways that "The Man Who Killed Batman" only hinted at. And to see him snap at her the way he did was horrifying because she ''is'' a fan-favorite and the writers and animators tried hard to make her cute, quirky quirky, and adorable. Usually when she's happy, it makes at least some fans hearts melt and when she finally sees the Joker for what he is...the Joker knows just what to do to make her come running back. "Mad Love" wasn't the first episode to show their abusive cycle, but it didn't hold anything back in showing how devastating abuse can be.
*** The animators/writers animators and writers taking their time in fleshing out Harley before this episode is a reminder that people who are trapped in the cycle of abuse are real people with hopes, dreams dreams, and unique personalities who fell in love with the wrong person. FridgeHorror sets in when you learn that some abuse victims end up severely injured or even dead.
* Bruce's guilt-fuelled dream in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE11TwoFacePart2 Two-Face: Two-Face, Part 2]]". 2]]." "''Why couldn't you save us, son?''"
** The Two-Face arc was absolutely heartbreaking. With the first episode, it starts uncomfortable as we see the angry side of Harvey coming out more and more. It ends with his face getting scarred so badly that it destroys his mind, and the scene where he walks out and is seen by his fiance Grace is the capper. But it gets worse in the second part, whether it be his constant thinking about Grace and longing to be with her, Grace's shock at realizing that she accidentally led Thorne to Harvey which was further proof to Harvey that life is ruled by chance, and capping it with his complete psychotic breakdown when he can't find his coin, having a closer resemblance to an animal than a man. It finally ends with Batman going to a fountain after telling Gordon that there's always hope, wishing Harvey luck, and then flipping the coin in as it lands heads up. The arc rivals "Heart of Ice" for the biggest TearJerker of the series.



** And how about the very last time we see Harvey? He went even [[UpToEleven crazier]] and developed a ''second'' alternate personality called [[VigilanteMan The Judge]], a personality so separate from his 'normal' ones that it ''tried to kill him''. Batman stops him eventually and sends Harvey back to Arkham. We see Harvey in his cell, in a straightjacket as he plays out a court scene with himself on trial, saying "The People versus Harvey Dent. How does the defendant plead?" And all poor Harvey can do is brokenly say over and over again, "[[HeelRealization Guilty... Guilty...]] [[MadnessMantra Guilty...]]"

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** And how about the very last time we see Harvey? He went even [[UpToEleven crazier]] and developed a ''second'' alternate personality called [[VigilanteMan The Judge]], a personality so separate from his 'normal' "normal" ones that it ''tried to kill him''. Batman stops him eventually and sends Harvey back to Arkham. We see Harvey in his cell, in a straightjacket straightjacket, as he plays out a court scene with himself on trial, saying "The People versus Harvey Dent. How does the defendant plead?" And all poor Harvey can do is brokenly say over and over again, "[[HeelRealization Guilty... Guilty...]] [[MadnessMantra Guilty...]]"



* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE12OverTheEdge Over the Edge]]", period--[[spoiler:even though it's AllJustADream, it is still possibly the most emotionally intense episode. From Batgirl's death to Gordon and Bruce's reactions, to Bruce telling a teary-eyed Tim to leave for his own good. And in the last scenes of the dream, seeing how broken both Batman and Jim had become only upped the sadness.]]
** One of the more poignant parts is that [[spoiler:it's subtly implied that Gordon is well-aware of how his vendetta against Batman is both irrational and turning him into a [[HeWhoFightsMonsters monster himself]], but after sacking Wayne Manor and ordering the arrests of Alfred, Dick and Tim, there's no going back, and he knows it.]]
* "Feat of Clay".

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* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE12OverTheEdge Over the Edge]]", Edge]]," period--[[spoiler:even though it's AllJustADream, it is still possibly the most emotionally intense episode. From Batgirl's death to Gordon and Bruce's reactions, to Bruce telling a teary-eyed Tim to leave for his own good. And in the last scenes of the dream, seeing how broken both Batman and Jim had become only upped the sadness.]]
** One of the more poignant parts is that [[spoiler:it's subtly implied that Gordon is well-aware of how his vendetta against Batman is both irrational and turning him into a [[HeWhoFightsMonsters monster himself]], but after sacking Wayne Manor and ordering the arrests of Alfred, Dick Dick, and Tim, there's no going back, and he knows it.]]
* "Feat of Clay".Clay"



* Clayface's final moments in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE52Mudslide Mudslide]]". As his only hope of redeeming himself or ever being human again melts away, he miserably looks up at Batman and admits defeat:
-->Too late, Batman. Curtain's going down...for good this time.

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* Clayface's final moments in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE52Mudslide Mudslide]]". Mudslide]]." As his only hope of redeeming himself or ever being human again melts away, he miserably looks up at Batman and admits defeat:
-->Too -->'''Clayface''': Too late, Batman. Curtain's going down...for good this time.



* The show even makes you care about VillainOfTheWeek characters who never show up again. In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE42TygerTyger Tyger, Tyger]]", you're introduced to Dr. Emile Dorian, a deranged geneticist, and his creation, a cat-man hybrid named Tygrus. Dr. Dorian has Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kidnapped to be transformed into his mate. You're largely indifferent towards the creature until you find out he's sentient and capable of speech; he thinks of Dr. Dorian as his father and the only reason he's an antagonist in the episode is because Dr. Dorian lied to him, telling him that Selina would grow to love him once Batman was out of the way. He's eventually persuaded that Batman isn't his enemy, but this angers Dr. Dorian, who's knocked out in an ensuing struggle with Batman. Upon being confronted once and for all with the crushing reality that Selina definitely ''does not'' want to remain a cat-person, he forks over the antidote to her and bids her goodbye. Selina tries to persuade him to come with them, saying there's nothing for him on the doctor's island anymore. His response is terribly depressing:
-->There's nothing for me ''anywhere''.

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* The show even makes you care about VillainOfTheWeek characters who never show up again. In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE42TygerTyger Tyger, Tyger]]", Tyger]]," you're introduced to Dr. Emile Dorian, a [[MadScientist deranged geneticist, geneticist]], and his creation, a cat-man hybrid named Tygrus. Dr. Dorian has Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kidnapped to be transformed into his mate. You're largely indifferent towards the creature until you find out he's sentient and capable of speech; he thinks of Dr. Dorian as his father and the only reason he's an antagonist in the episode is because Dr. Dorian lied to him, telling him that Selina would grow to love him once Batman was out of the way. He's eventually persuaded that Batman isn't his enemy, but this angers Dr. Dorian, who's knocked out in an ensuing struggle with Batman. Upon being confronted once and for all with the crushing reality that Selina definitely ''does not'' want to remain a cat-person, he forks over the antidote to her and bids her goodbye. Selina tries to persuade him to come with them, saying there's nothing for him on the doctor's island anymore. His response is terribly depressing:
-->There's -->'''Tygrus''': There's nothing for me ''anywhere''.



* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE47BirdsOfAFeather Birds of a Feather]]": You ''will'' pity the Penguin. In this episode, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is released, fully intending to retire from crime--and finding that without his criminal friends, his life is pretty void of companionship[[note]]Also TruthInTelevision, as this is part of why recidivism rates for crime and drug use can be so high[[/note]]. He meets up with [[RichBitch Veronica Vreeland]], a shallow former LoveInterest of Bruce Wayne's, and a male friend (it's never shown whether they're romantically involved) who's an ever bigger {{Jerkass}} than she is. They decide to amuse themselves by pretending to like Penguin and bringing him into high society, being inspired by the fact that the most-talked about party of the year involved ComicBook/TheJoker crashing it and holding people hostage. The Penguin falls for it, going so far as to plan to propose to Miss Vreeland. Even Batman congratulates him on the new direction of his life (although still decidedly unconvinced that he's truly reformed). Unfortunately, Oswald finds out that they were playing him for a fool the whole time and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Veronica and her UpperClassTwit of a friend. Batman stops him and the saddened Penguin returns to prison, musing ironically to himself: ''"I guess it's true what they say. Society is to blame. High society."''
** After Oswald came to her defense and fought off some muggers, she could actually have [[RescueRomance been falling for him]], and the conversation where The Penguin found out about the plan to use him was because Veronica was chatting with her male friend about ''having second thoughts'' about the entire thing.
** This line from Penguin, after he realises he's been had and kidnaps Veronica and Pierce in revenge-

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* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE47BirdsOfAFeather Birds of a Feather]]": You ''will'' pity the Penguin. In this episode, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is released, fully intending to retire from crime--and crime...and finding that that, without his criminal friends, his life is pretty void of companionship[[note]]Also TruthInTelevision, as this is part of why recidivism rates for crime and drug use can be so high[[/note]]. He meets up with [[RichBitch Veronica Vreeland]], a shallow former LoveInterest of Bruce Wayne's, and a male friend named Pierce (it's never shown whether they're romantically involved) who's an ever bigger {{Jerkass}} than she is. They decide to amuse themselves by pretending to like Penguin and bringing him into high society, being inspired by the fact that the most-talked about party of the year involved ComicBook/TheJoker crashing it and holding people hostage. The Penguin falls for it, going so far as to plan to propose to Miss Vreeland. Even Batman congratulates him on the new direction of his life (although still decidedly unconvinced that he's truly reformed). Unfortunately, Oswald finds out that they were playing him for a fool the whole time and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Veronica and her UpperClassTwit of a friend. Batman stops him and the saddened Penguin returns to prison, musing ironically to himself: ''"I "I guess it's true what they say. Society is to blame. High society."''
"
** After Oswald came to her defense and fought off some muggers, she could actually have [[RescueRomance been falling for him]], and the conversation where The Penguin found out about the plan to use him was because Veronica was chatting with her male friend Pierce about ''having second thoughts'' about the entire thing.
** This line from Penguin, after he realises realizes he's been had and kidnaps Veronica and Pierce in revenge-revenge:



-->'''Penguin''': ''[[BigShutUp SHUT UP!]]'' All I wanted from you, dearie, was [[IJustWantToHaveFriends a little friendship]]. (''Sadly'') That would have cost you ''nothing''.

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-->'''Penguin''': ''[[BigShutUp SHUT UP!]]'' All I wanted from you, dearie, was [[IJustWantToHaveFriends a little friendship]]. (''Sadly'') (''sadly'') That would have cost you ''nothing''.



* A subtle one in "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE16AnimalAct Animal Act]]", in which Dick and Tim visit the former's circus home.

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* A subtle one in "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE16AnimalAct Animal Act]]", Act]]," in which Dick and Tim visit the former's circus home.



'''Dick:''' ''(looking up at the trapeze)'' It was.
* Poison Ivy's introductory episode "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE5PrettyPoison Pretty Poison]]", where she accidentally kills her mutant flytrap plant, then sets her whole greenhouse on fire. You actually feel sorry for fiction's ultimate eco-terrorist when you see the look on her face at what she's done.
** For that matter, even though she escaped at the end of the episode, "House and Garden," where she tried to have some kind of a family and normal life (even though it was all a fake) left you feeling [[SympathyFortheDevil some pity for Pamela]].

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'''Dick:''' ''(looking (''looking up at the trapeze)'' trapeze'') It was.
* Poison Ivy's introductory episode "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE5PrettyPoison Pretty Poison]]", Poison]]," where she accidentally kills her mutant flytrap plant, then sets her whole greenhouse on fire. You actually feel sorry for fiction's ultimate eco-terrorist when you see the look on her face at what she's done.
** For that matter, even though she escaped at the end of the episode, episode "House and Garden," where she tried to have some kind of a family and normal life (even though it was all a fake) left you feeling [[SympathyFortheDevil some pity for Pamela]].



* Selina desperately searching for Isis in the early scenes of "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE36CatScratchFever Cat Scratch Fever]]".

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* Selina desperately searching for Isis in the early scenes of "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE36CatScratchFever Cat Scratch Fever]]".Fever]]."



* Almost all of "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE49IAmTheNight I Am the Night]]", which starts with Bruce despondent over how crime will always exist no matter how many small battles with it he wins, and his spiral of depression getting worse when he blames himself for Gordon being shot.
** Bullock didn't make things any better. He tells Batman he should have been there for him and that Gordon was counting on him. He tells Batman is just as responsible as Gordon's shooter. Feeling more depressed, Batman swings away. And Bullock tells him it's not over, "I ain't talking about law! It's about you and me!" Though Bullock seems like an insensitive jerk, he truly cares about Gordon as Batman does. His anger steams from his belief that Batman causes more harm than good to the city.
* In "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE1Sideshow Sideshow]]", Killer Croc escapes into the wilderness and is taken in by a group of ex-sideshow performers who think he's escaped his own brutal circus masters. Eventually Batman finds them and his true nature shows itself, and as he's taken back to prison, the "seal boy" who first found him asks why he didn't just retire from his criminal life and stay with them in peace. Croc's response is surprisingly insightful, for him anyway: "You said you could be yourself out here, remember? I guess that's what I was doing: being myself."

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* Almost all of "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE49IAmTheNight I Am the Night]]", Night]]," which starts with Bruce despondent over how crime will always exist no matter how many small battles with it he wins, and his spiral of depression getting worse when he blames himself for Gordon being shot.
** Bullock didn't make things any better. He tells Batman he should have been there for him and that Gordon was counting on him. He tells him, even saying that Batman is just as responsible as Gordon's shooter. Feeling more depressed, Batman swings away. And Bullock tells him it's not over, "I ain't talking about law! It's about you and me!" Though Bullock seems like an insensitive jerk, he truly cares about Gordon as Batman does. His anger steams stems from his belief that Batman causes more harm than good to the city.
* In "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE1Sideshow Sideshow]]", Sideshow]]," Killer Croc escapes into the wilderness and is taken in by a group of ex-sideshow performers who think he's escaped his own brutal circus masters. Eventually Batman finds them and his true nature shows itself, and as he's taken back to prison, the "seal boy" who first found him asks why he didn't just retire from his criminal life and stay with them in peace. Croc's response is surprisingly insightful, for him anyway: insightful (for him, anyway): "You said you could be yourself out here, remember? I guess that's what I was doing: being myself."



* Tim overhearing that his father is dead in "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE2SinsOfTheFather Sins of the Father]]".
* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE13MeanSeasons Mean Seasons]]". The reveal that Calendar Girl's face is perfectly normal and beautiful, but she's so psychologically screwed up from the way the modelling industry treated her that she only sees the flaws in it.
** Made even worse with the RealitySubtext, as Sela Ward, who voiced Calendar Girl, was told ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sela_Ward#Career the exact same thing]]'' when auditioning to become a Bond Girl[[note]]"What we really want is Sela, but Sela ten years ago"[[/note]] (though she didn't go crazy as a result).

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* Tim overhearing that his father is dead in "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE2SinsOfTheFather Sins of the Father]]".
Father]]."
* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE13MeanSeasons Mean Seasons]]". Seasons]]." The reveal that Calendar Girl's face is perfectly normal and beautiful, but she's so psychologically screwed up from the way the modelling industry treated her that she only sees the flaws in it.
** Made even worse with the RealitySubtext, as Sela Ward, who voiced Calendar Girl, was told ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sela_Ward#Career the exact same thing]]'' when auditioning to become a Bond Girl[[note]]"What we really want is Sela, but Sela ten years ago"[[/note]] (though (though, thankfully, she didn't go crazy as a result).



* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE62HisSiliconSoul His Silicon Soul]]". Once again, the writers took something that could have easily been another stock superhero show story and made it into something poignant and tragic. Duplicant!Batman is an IronWoobie, you can't help but feel sorry for him/it. But especially, ''especially'' when the [[TomatoInTheMirror Duplicant's tomato gets squashed flat]].

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* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE62HisSiliconSoul His Silicon Soul]]". Soul]]." Once again, the writers took something that could have easily been another stock superhero show story and made it into something poignant and tragic. Duplicant!Batman is an IronWoobie, you can't help but feel sorry for him/it. But especially, ''especially'' when the [[TomatoInTheMirror Duplicant's tomato gets squashed flat]].



** Made worse when [[spoiler:he believes he killed Bruce and is stricken by guilt. Realizing the scheme Hardac built him to complete will kill many more people, he sacrifices himself to foil it. Bruce wonders if this meant the duplicate had a soul of his own.]]
-->'''Duplicant!Batman:''' [[BigNo NOOOOOO!!]] [[spoiler:I've taken a life! I've killed a man.]]
-->''[Goes back to the [=BatComputer=], which HARDAC has almost finished uploading itself into]''
-->'''Duplicant!Batman:''' My city... my people... ''[[HeelRealization What have I done!?]]''... NO!!!
-->''[Destroys the computer. Later, while Bruce and Alfred clean up]''

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** Made worse when [[spoiler:he believes he killed Bruce and is stricken by guilt. Realizing the scheme Hardac HARDAC built him to complete will kill many more people, he sacrifices himself to foil it. Bruce wonders if this meant the duplicate had a soul of his own.]]
-->'''Duplicant!Batman:''' [[BigNo NOOOOOO!!]] [[spoiler:I've taken a life! I've killed a man.]]
-->''[Goes
]] (''goes back to the [=BatComputer=], Batcomputer, which HARDAC has almost finished uploading itself into]''
-->'''Duplicant!Batman:'''
into'') My city... city...my people... ''[[HeelRealization What have I done!?]]''... NO!!!
-->''[Destroys
NO!!! (''destroys the computer. Later, computer'')
-->(''Later,
while Bruce and Alfred clean up]''up'')



'''Duplicant!Batman:''' Duplicants? What do you mean? (begins approaching Alfred again)\\
'''Alfred:''' What have you done with Master Bruce?! (He attempts to strike the duplicant with the pendulum, but the duplicant grabs it and tosses it aside)\\
'''Duplicant!Batman:''' Alfred, it's me! I need your help. I have to find out what's happened to me. (Alfred begins backing away again) I'm not going to last long like this! (Alfred backs into the clock. Then he reaches around the clock and feels around for the switch to activate the passage, before he finds it and presses it and edges around the opening clock and into the passage) Alfred, wait. ''Please!''

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'''Duplicant!Batman:''' Duplicants? What do you mean? (begins (''begins approaching Alfred again)\\
again'')\\
'''Alfred:''' What have you done with Master Bruce?! (He attempts (''attempts to strike the duplicant with the pendulum, but the duplicant grabs it and tosses it aside)\\
aside'')\\
'''Duplicant!Batman:''' Alfred, it's me! I need your help. I have to find out what's happened to me. (Alfred (''Alfred begins backing away again) again'') I'm not going to last long like this! (Alfred (''Alfred backs into the clock. Then he clock, then reaches around the clock and feels around for the switch to activate the passage, passage before he finds it and presses it and edges around the opening clock and into the passage) passage'') Alfred, wait. ''Please!''



* A blink-and-you-miss-it example, but in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker Christmas with the Joker]]", when Robin can't believe Batman has never seen ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', Batman responds that he "couldn't get past the title screen." It says an awful lot about Bruce's life that he can't stand a movie title ''implying'' a good life. Though after seeing it, he admit it has its moments.
* In the episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE22Chemistry Chemistry]]", Bruce has fallen in love. He tries to explain what he's going through to his partners:

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* A blink-and-you-miss-it example, but in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker Christmas with the Joker]]", Joker]]," when Robin can't believe Batman has never seen ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', Batman responds that he "couldn't get past the title screen." It says an awful lot about Bruce's life that he can't stand a movie title ''implying'' a good life. Though after seeing it, he admit it has its moments.
* In the episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE22Chemistry Chemistry]]", Chemistry]]," Bruce has fallen in love. He tries to explain what he's going through to his partners:



* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE53PagingTheCrimeDoctor Paging the Crime Doctor]]", Bruce pays the bail for Matthew Thorne, a disgraced doctor (who used to be friends with fellow doctors Thomas Wayne and Leslie Thompkins) with the misfortune of having a crimelord for a brother, asking only that Thorne tell him about his father.
* Maxie Zeus's backstory is also pretty tragic, in this version he has no "dark origin story" or MoralEventHorizon and he isn't even really evil. He was just a regular businessman who seemed to have gone into delusional insanity overnight, though for one second he seemed to have snapped back to normal only for his insanity to take over again.
** Getting electrocuted by his own weapon and fell on his head seemed to have further drove him delusional permanently. When he's sent to Arkham, he believes he's returned home to the 'true' Olympus.

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* In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE53PagingTheCrimeDoctor Paging the Crime Doctor]]", Doctor]]," Bruce pays the bail for Matthew Thorne, a disgraced doctor (who used to be friends with fellow doctors Thomas Wayne and Leslie Thompkins) with the misfortune of having a crimelord crime lord for a brother, asking only that Thorne [[TellMeAboutMyFather tell him about his father.
father]].
* Maxie Zeus's backstory is also pretty tragic, in tragic. In this version version, he has no "dark origin story" or MoralEventHorizon MoralEventHorizon, and he isn't even really evil. He was just a regular businessman who seemed to have gone into delusional insanity overnight, though for one second he seemed to have snapped back to normal only for his insanity to take over again.
** Getting electrocuted by his own weapon and fell falling on his head seemed seems to have further drove driven him delusional permanently.permanently into insanity. When he's sent to Arkham, he believes he's returned home to the 'true' Olympus.



* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE12ItsNeverTooLate It's Never Too Late]]", the episode about the crime boss and his priest brother. Seeing the flashback of ''how'' the priest lost his leg.

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* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE12ItsNeverTooLate It's Never Too Late]]", Late]]," the episode about the crime boss and his priest brother. Seeing the flashback of ''how'' the priest lost his leg.



** In general, this episode can make you sad for Stromwell in a JerkassWoobie / AlasPoorVillain kind of way. This guy is a textbook case of BeingEvilSucks. He's a powerful crime boss, has money and power. Good for him. His empire is also crumbling because of the rise of Thorne's own criminal empire, he's divorced with his wife, estranged with his brother and he is later horrified to find that [[spoiler:his son became sick because of the drugs his organization was selling]]. At least, his story ends on [[spoiler:a rather happy note, as he's convinced by Batman and his brother to surrender to the police and close down his empire. He may end in prison, but he's now at peace with himself and ready to make amends.]]

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** In general, this episode can make you sad for Stromwell in a JerkassWoobie / AlasPoorVillain JerkassWoobie/AlasPoorVillain kind of way. This guy is a textbook case of BeingEvilSucks. He's a powerful crime boss, has money and power. Good for him. His empire is also crumbling because of the rise of Thorne's own criminal empire, he's divorced with his wife, estranged with his brother brother, and he is later horrified to find that [[spoiler:his son became sick because of the drugs his organization was selling]]. At least, his story ends on [[spoiler:a rather happy note, as he's convinced by Batman and his brother to surrender to the police and close down his empire. He may end up in prison, but he's now at peace with himself and ready to make amends.]]amends]].



* In "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE16HarleysHoliday Harley's Holiday]]" it's pretty unfortunate that Harley was declared cured and released from Arkham perfectly ready to start a new life. Only for one tiny misunderstanding [[note]] She buys a dress, but walks away with it before the clerk can remove the security tag, but Harley doesn't hear her calling her to come back because she's listening to music on her headphones, causing the alarm to go off as she leaves, causing security to deal with her, with her thinking they're accusing her of stealing the shirt dress because of her reputation, causing her to snap and revert back to her psychotic ways [[/note]] to undo all of it within ten minutes.
* In a meta-sense, 2014 turned out to be this, as both Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Alfred) and Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon) passed away that year.
* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost Beware the Gray Ghost]]": During Bruce's childhood, his idol and hero was The Gray Ghost who was portrayed by Simon Trent. But now, Simon is a man living in poverty in a one room apartment unable to find any work since it because people only think of him as [[TypeCasting The Gray Ghost]] and don't take him seriously. After hearing he's been turned down again, he angrily shatters the picture of him as The Gray Ghost and knocks over merchandize and mementos he had kept from it before collapsing to the floor sobbing. The fact that he's voiced by Creator/AdamWest probably didn't help.
** Made especially tear jerking now that Adam West has passed away. The line "So, it wasn't all for nothing..." is simultaneously heartwarming and heart breaking...
* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE8TheForgotten The Forgotten]]" had a surprisingly effective moment where Bruce has a dream where he's walking through a homeless neighborhood, and stops to give cash to some of the nearby people. Soon, more join in, begging for cash, leading Bruce to simply stop and shed a tear at the realization that he can't help them all. Really humanizes Bruce and drives home his sense of guilt and responsibility for the people he's unable to help, not just as Batman either.

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* In "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE16HarleysHoliday Harley's Holiday]]" Holiday]]," it's pretty unfortunate that Harley was declared cured and released from Arkham perfectly ready to start a new life. Only for one tiny misunderstanding [[note]] She buys a dress, but walks away with it before the clerk can remove the security tag, but Harley doesn't hear her calling her to come back because she's listening to music on her headphones, causing the alarm to go off as she leaves, causing security to deal with her, with her thinking they're accusing her of stealing the shirt dress because of her reputation, causing her to snap and revert back to her psychotic ways [[/note]] to undo all of it within ten minutes.
* In a meta-sense, {{meta}} sense, 2014 turned out to be this, as both Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Alfred) and Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon) passed away that year.
* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost Beware the Gray Ghost]]": During Bruce's childhood, his idol and hero was The Gray Ghost who was portrayed by Simon Trent. But now, Simon is a man living in poverty in a one room one-room apartment unable to find any work since it because people only think of him as [[TypeCasting The Gray Ghost]] and don't take him seriously. After hearing he's been turned down again, he angrily shatters the picture of him as The Gray Ghost and knocks over merchandize and mementos he had kept from it before collapsing to the floor sobbing. The fact that he's voiced by Creator/AdamWest probably didn't help.
** Made especially tear jerking tearjerking now that Adam West has passed away. The line "So, it wasn't all for nothing..." is simultaneously heartwarming and heart breaking...
heartbreaking...
* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE8TheForgotten The Forgotten]]" had a surprisingly effective moment where Bruce has a dream where he's walking through a homeless neighborhood, neighborhood and stops to give cash to some of the nearby people. Soon, more join in, begging for cash, leading Bruce to simply stop and shed a tear at the realization that he can't help them all. Really humanizes Bruce and drives home his sense of guilt and responsibility for the people he's unable to help, not just as Batman either.
29th Jun '17 1:13:17 PM ironballs16
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** As it stands, there are perhaps four villains (Sewer King, Dr. Moreau, Firefly--since he crossed into the MoralEventHorizon early on-- and the Joker) that don't have a terribly sad backstory.

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** As it stands, there are perhaps four villains (Sewer King, Dr. Moreau, Emile Dorian (detailed below), Firefly--since he crossed into the MoralEventHorizon early on-- and the Joker) that don't have a terribly sad backstory.
15th Jun '17 12:34:30 PM Davethe3rd
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** Made especially tear jerking now that Adam West has passed away. The line "So, it wasn't all for nothing..." is simultaneously heartwarming and heart breaking...
14th Jun '17 1:14:33 PM thecarolinabull01
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* The reveal that Calendar Girl's face is perfectly normal and beautiful, but she's so psychologically screwed up from the way the modelling industry treated her that she only sees the flaws in it.

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* "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE13MeanSeasons Mean Seasons]]". The reveal that Calendar Girl's face is perfectly normal and beautiful, but she's so psychologically screwed up from the way the modelling industry treated her that she only sees the flaws in it.
13th Apr '17 3:48:04 PM BobSaget9
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** Also one thing, many people very likely missed. Is that when Tim becomes Robin. He borrows Dick's suit that Batman keeps on display. But Dick being an adult it shouldn't fit him... that's because the suit on display is "Kid sized" in other words, Bruce had happier memories with Dick as a kid than an adult, which is why he put that suit on display rather than the adult one.

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** Also one thing, many people very likely missed. Is that missed, is a certain detail when Tim becomes Robin. He borrows Dick's suit that Batman keeps on display. But display, but Dick being an adult adult, it shouldn't fit him... Tim... that's because the suit on display is "Kid sized" in "kid sized". In other words, Bruce had happier memories with Dick as a kid than an adult, which is why he put that suit on display rather than the adult one.
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{TragicVillain}} "I can only beg your forgiveness, and pray you hear me somehow, someplace... some place where a warm hand waits for mine."]]]]
11th Feb '17 4:33:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* "Heart of Ice"

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* "Heart "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE14HeartOfIce Heart of Ice"Ice]]"



* "Growing Pains," where Robin helps a scared amnesiac girl named Annie run away from a super-strong man. [[spoiler:Turns out the man is Clayface, and she's actually ''a part of him'' that he's trying to have merge back with him. He succeeds.]]

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* "Growing Pains," "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE8GrowingPains Growing Pains]]", where Robin helps a scared amnesiac girl named Annie run away from a super-strong man. [[spoiler:Turns out the man is Clayface, and she's actually ''a part of him'' that he's trying to have merge back with him. He succeeds.]]



* Really, BTAS was very good at this. Other especially sad episodes include "Mad as a Hatter," "Mudslide," "Home and Garden," "Deep Freeze," "His Silicon Soul" and "Robin's Reckoning." Additionally, it is very hard to think of a character on the show who '''doesn't''' have a {{backstory}} that's ''really'' sad. Except Riddler, ''maybe''.

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* Really, BTAS was very good at this. Other especially sad episodes include "Mad "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE27MadAsAHatter Mad as a Hatter," "Mudslide," "Home and Garden," "Deep Freeze," "His Hatter]]", "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE52Mudslide Mudslide]]", "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE5HouseAndGarden House & Garden]]", "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE19DeepFreeze Deep Freeze]]", "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE62HisSiliconSoul His Silicon Soul" Soul]]" and "Robin's Reckoning." Additionally, it is very hard to think of a character on the show who '''doesn't''' have a {{backstory}} that's ''really'' sad. Except Riddler, ''maybe''.



* The show's reimagining of Jervis Tetch, who becomes the Mad Hatter. In the comics and Adam West series, he was a gimmicky villain with an ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' theme. Here, he's depicted as a lonely genius who's developing MindControl technology for a science company run by a BadBoss who treats him like dirt. Tetch [[AllLoveIsUnrequited falls hard for Alice, a secretary at the company]], but she has a boyfriend named Billy, and he refuses to infringe on her...but when she has a fight with Billy, he sees his chance. He plans to woo Alice, but decides that she would never fall for someone like him; he instead develops the Hatter persona to impress her, giving her a grand night on the town (albeit toeing the MoralEventHorizon by using his technology to brainwash people, thus creating the illusion that he's a wealthy society gentleman). Unfortunately, he is shut down when Billy comes back in the picture by proposing. Enraged, Tetch crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, and then abducting and brainwashing her. He's eventually bested by Batman in an Alice in Wonderland theme park. Then, as Tetch is lying beneath the [[ItMakesSenseInContext claws of the Jabberwock]], he's ''forced to watch'' as [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Alice (who can't even bear to look at Tetch anymore) runs into Billy's arms]], moaning out very softly...]]

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* The show's reimagining of Jervis Tetch, who becomes the Mad Hatter. In the comics and [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West series, series]], he was a gimmicky villain with an ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' theme. Here, he's depicted as a lonely genius who's developing MindControl technology for a science company run by a BadBoss who treats him like dirt. Tetch [[AllLoveIsUnrequited falls hard for Alice, a secretary at the company]], but she has a boyfriend named Billy, and he refuses to infringe on her...but when she has a fight with Billy, he sees his chance. He plans to woo Alice, but decides that she would never fall for someone like him; he instead develops the Hatter persona to impress her, giving her a grand night on the town (albeit toeing the MoralEventHorizon by using his technology to brainwash people, thus creating the illusion that he's a wealthy society gentleman). Unfortunately, he is shut down when Billy comes back in the picture by proposing. Enraged, Tetch crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, and then abducting and brainwashing her. He's eventually bested by Batman in an Alice in Wonderland theme park. Then, as Tetch is lying beneath the [[ItMakesSenseInContext claws of the Jabberwock]], he's ''forced to watch'' as [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Alice (who can't even bear to look at Tetch anymore) runs into Billy's arms]], moaning out very softly...]]



*** Taken even darker in "Trial" where he admitted that if he couldn't have her, [[IfICantHaveYou he would as soon kill her]]. When that confession is compared with his early remark about refusing to even ''consider'' brainwashing Alice, we realize just how far Tetch has gone.

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*** Taken even darker in "Trial" "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE3Trial Trial]]" where he admitted that if he couldn't have her, [[IfICantHaveYou he would as soon kill her]]. When that confession is compared with his early remark about refusing to even ''consider'' brainwashing Alice, we realize just how far Tetch has gone.



** By "The Worry Men," Tetch has completely embraced his Mad Hatter persona, which reduces him to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.
* Dick's farewell to his circus friends in "Robin's Reckoning" has always brought tears to Creator/BruceTimm's eyes. While Dick's parents' death is pretty strong, what's ''really'' strong is Bruce and Dick's flashback talk near the end of part one, when Bruce sees quite a bit of himself in the acrobat.

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** By "The "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE65TheWorryMen The Worry Men," Men]]", Tetch has completely embraced his Mad Hatter persona, which reduces him to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.
* Dick's farewell to his circus friends in "Robin's Reckoning" "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE32RobinsReckoningPart1 Robin's Reckoning: Part 1]]" has always brought tears to Creator/BruceTimm's eyes. While Dick's parents' death is pretty strong, what's ''really'' strong is Bruce and Dick's flashback talk near the end of part one, when Bruce sees quite a bit of himself in the acrobat.



* "Deep Freeze" has two particular moments, the first being where Victor, having finally found the means to cure Nora, realizes that he has to give it up so that she won't lose the world she loved. The second is where he decides that he'd rather stay behind in Oceana to die with her than save himself.

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* "Deep Freeze" "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE19DeepFreeze Deep Freeze]]" has two particular moments, the first being where Victor, having finally found the means to cure Nora, realizes that he has to give it up so that she won't lose the world she loved. The second is where he decides that he'd rather stay behind in Oceana to die with her than save himself.



*** In "Cold Comfort" Mr. Freeze finally lives his dream of [[spoiler: Nora being revived]] except at this point he's a complete shell of his former self and [[spoiler: thinks himself too much of a freak to reveal himself to her, and could only watch from the shadows as his former wife (possibly an amnesiac at this point) falls in love with her Doctor]] this shatters any humanity he had left.
* "Old Wounds" is one of the worse tearjerkers in the DCAU as it shows the events leading up to the original Robin's split from Batman. The worst part is if you go back and watch the series from the beginning, you can actually see their relationship slowly break down over time due not only to the clash in their personalities and ideologies, but also Bruce's growing obsession and struggle with his own inner darkness. Truth be told, by the time Dick returns to moonlight in Gotham as Nightwing, he's NotSoDifferent from Bruce, but it's too late to salvage any relationship they had and he's mostly seen working with Tim and Barbara or else on his own, and then ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' reveals that Bruce and Dick ''never'' truly reconcile, and while Bruce will occasionally reminisce about past adventures with Barbara and Tim, he ''never'' talks about Dick.
** Worse still, Bruce is noticeably colder with Tim than he was with Dick. Bruce obviously cares for Tim, but their relationship never had the father/son vibe that Bruce had with Dick. It's not until late in ''WesternAnimation/{{Batman Beyond}}'' with Terry that we see Bruce start to have that sort of trust and fatherly relationship again.

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*** In "Cold Comfort" "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE3ColdComfort Cold Comfort]]" Mr. Freeze finally lives his dream of [[spoiler: Nora being revived]] except at this point he's a complete shell of his former self and [[spoiler: thinks himself too much of a freak to reveal himself to her, and could only watch from the shadows as his former wife (possibly an amnesiac at this point) falls in love with her Doctor]] this shatters any humanity he had left.
* "Old Wounds" "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE17OldWounds Old Wounds]]" is one of the worse tearjerkers in the DCAU as it shows the events leading up to the original Robin's split from Batman. The worst part is if you go back and watch the series from the beginning, you can actually see their relationship slowly break down over time due not only to the clash in their personalities and ideologies, but also Bruce's growing obsession and struggle with his own inner darkness. Truth be told, by the time Dick returns to moonlight in Gotham as Nightwing, he's NotSoDifferent from Bruce, but it's too late to salvage any relationship they had and he's mostly seen working with Tim and Barbara or else on his own, and then ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' reveals that Bruce and Dick ''never'' truly reconcile, and while Bruce will occasionally reminisce about past adventures with Barbara and Tim, he ''never'' talks about Dick.
** Worse still, Bruce is noticeably colder with Tim than he was with Dick. Bruce obviously cares for Tim, but their relationship never had the father/son vibe that Bruce had with Dick. It's not until late in ''WesternAnimation/{{Batman Beyond}}'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' with Terry that we see Bruce start to have that sort of trust and fatherly relationship again.



* In "Perchance to Dream," already a highly emotional episode if ever there was one, ends with TheMadHatter launching a tirade against Bats when he asks the Hatter why he trapped him in a [[LotusEaterMachine ideal dreamworld]]. The Hatter is [[TheMadHatter quite mad]], but it's delivered with such anguish...

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* In "Perchance "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream Perchance to Dream," Dream]]", already a highly emotional episode if ever there was one, ends with TheMadHatter launching a tirade against Bats when he asks the Hatter why he trapped him in a [[LotusEaterMachine ideal dreamworld]]. The Hatter is [[TheMadHatter quite mad]], but it's delivered with such anguish...



* The episode "See No Evil," aside from being prime horror. We have a creepy ex-con whose former wife and young daughter have a restraining order against him. [[spoiler:So he steals some material that allows him to make an invisibility suit, poses as his daughter's imaginary friend Mojo, swipes valuable jewelry for her to gain her trust and finally attempts to kidnap her]]. Batman intervenes, he's exposed and foiled, and the episode ends with the girl [[spoiler:telling Batman that she and her mother are going to move away, where Daddy will never find them]]. The whole episode is heartbreaking.

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* The episode "See "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE17SeeNoEvil See No Evil," Evil]]", aside from being prime horror. We have a creepy ex-con whose former wife and young daughter have a restraining order against him. [[spoiler:So he steals some material that allows him to make an invisibility suit, poses as his daughter's imaginary friend Mojo, swipes valuable jewelry for her to gain her trust and finally attempts to kidnap her]]. Batman intervenes, he's exposed and foiled, and the episode ends with the girl [[spoiler:telling Batman that she and her mother are going to move away, where Daddy will never find them]]. The whole episode is heartbreaking.



** The tearjerker value of ''any'' episode featuring the Joker mistreating Harley will be increased after seeing "Mad Love."

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** The tearjerker value of ''any'' episode featuring the Joker mistreating Harley will be increased after seeing "Mad Love.""[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE21MadLove Mad Love]]".



* Bruce's guilt-fueled dream in "Two Face, Part II." "''Why couldn't you save us, son?''"

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* Bruce's guilt-fueled guilt-fuelled dream in "Two Face, "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE11TwoFacePart2 Two-Face: Part II." 2]]". "''Why couldn't you save us, son?''"



* "Over the Edge," period--[[spoiler:even though it's AllJustADream, it is still possibly the most emotionally intense episode. From Batgirl's death to Gordon and Bruce's reactions, to Bruce telling a teary-eyed Tim to leave for his own good. And in the last scenes of the dream, seeing how broken both Batman and Jim had become only upped the sadness.]]

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* "Over "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE12OverTheEdge Over the Edge," Edge]]", period--[[spoiler:even though it's AllJustADream, it is still possibly the most emotionally intense episode. From Batgirl's death to Gordon and Bruce's reactions, to Bruce telling a teary-eyed Tim to leave for his own good. And in the last scenes of the dream, seeing how broken both Batman and Jim had become only upped the sadness.]]



* Clayface's final moments in "Mudslide." As his only hope of redeeming himself or ever being human again melts away, he miserably looks up at Batman and admits defeat:

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* Clayface's final moments in "Mudslide." "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE52Mudslide Mudslide]]". As his only hope of redeeming himself or ever being human again melts away, he miserably looks up at Batman and admits defeat:



* The show even makes you care about VillainOfTheWeek characters who never show up again. In "Tyger, Tyger," you're introduced to Dr. Emile Dorian, a deranged geneticist, and his creation, a cat-man hybrid named Tygrus. Dr. Dorian has Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kidnapped to be transformed into his mate. You're largely indifferent towards the creature until you find out he's sentient and capable of speech; he thinks of Dr. Dorian as his father and the only reason he's an antagonist in the episode is because Dr. Dorian lied to him, telling him that Selina would grow to love him once Batman was out of the way. He's eventually persuaded that Batman isn't his enemy, but this angers Dr. Dorian, who's knocked out in an ensuing struggle with Batman. Upon being confronted once and for all with the crushing reality that Selina definitely ''does not'' want to remain a cat-person, he forks over the antidote to her and bids her goodbye. Selina tries to persuade him to come with them, saying there's nothing for him on the doctor's island anymore. His response is terribly depressing:

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* The show even makes you care about VillainOfTheWeek characters who never show up again. In "Tyger, Tyger," "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE42TygerTyger Tyger, Tyger]]", you're introduced to Dr. Emile Dorian, a deranged geneticist, and his creation, a cat-man hybrid named Tygrus. Dr. Dorian has Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kidnapped to be transformed into his mate. You're largely indifferent towards the creature until you find out he's sentient and capable of speech; he thinks of Dr. Dorian as his father and the only reason he's an antagonist in the episode is because Dr. Dorian lied to him, telling him that Selina would grow to love him once Batman was out of the way. He's eventually persuaded that Batman isn't his enemy, but this angers Dr. Dorian, who's knocked out in an ensuing struggle with Batman. Upon being confronted once and for all with the crushing reality that Selina definitely ''does not'' want to remain a cat-person, he forks over the antidote to her and bids her goodbye. Selina tries to persuade him to come with them, saying there's nothing for him on the doctor's island anymore. His response is terribly depressing:



* "Birds of a Feather": You ''will'' pity the Penguin. In this episode, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is released, fully intending to retire from crime--and finding that without his criminal friends, his life is pretty void of companionship[[note]]Also TruthInTelevision, as this is part of why recidivism rates for crime and drug use can be so high[[/note]]. He meets up with [[RichBitch Veronica Vreeland]], a shallow former LoveInterest of Bruce Wayne's, and a male friend (it's never shown whether they're romantically involved) who's an ever bigger {{Jerkass}} than she is. They decide to amuse themselves by pretending to like Penguin and bringing him into high society, being inspired by the fact that the most-talked about party of the year involved ComicBook/TheJoker crashing it and holding people hostage. The Penguin falls for it, going so far as to plan to propose to Miss Vreeland. Even Batman congratulates him on the new direction of his life (although still decidedly unconvinced that he's truly reformed). Unfortunately, Oswald finds out that they were playing him for a fool the whole time and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Veronica and her UpperClassTwit of a friend. Batman stops him and the saddened Penguin returns to prison, musing ironically to himself: ''"I guess it's true what they say. Society is to blame. High society."''

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* "Birds "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE47BirdsOfAFeather Birds of a Feather": Feather]]": You ''will'' pity the Penguin. In this episode, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is released, fully intending to retire from crime--and finding that without his criminal friends, his life is pretty void of companionship[[note]]Also TruthInTelevision, as this is part of why recidivism rates for crime and drug use can be so high[[/note]]. He meets up with [[RichBitch Veronica Vreeland]], a shallow former LoveInterest of Bruce Wayne's, and a male friend (it's never shown whether they're romantically involved) who's an ever bigger {{Jerkass}} than she is. They decide to amuse themselves by pretending to like Penguin and bringing him into high society, being inspired by the fact that the most-talked about party of the year involved ComicBook/TheJoker crashing it and holding people hostage. The Penguin falls for it, going so far as to plan to propose to Miss Vreeland. Even Batman congratulates him on the new direction of his life (although still decidedly unconvinced that he's truly reformed). Unfortunately, Oswald finds out that they were playing him for a fool the whole time and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Veronica and her UpperClassTwit of a friend. Batman stops him and the saddened Penguin returns to prison, musing ironically to himself: ''"I guess it's true what they say. Society is to blame. High society."''



* A subtle one in "Animal Act," in which Dick and Tim visit the former's circus home.

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* A subtle one in "Animal Act," "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE16AnimalAct Animal Act]]", in which Dick and Tim visit the former's circus home.



* Poison Ivy's introductory episode, where she accidentally kills her mutant flytrap plant, then sets her whole greenhouse on fire. You actually feel sorry for fiction's ultimate eco-terrorist when you see the look on her face at what she's done.

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* Poison Ivy's introductory episode, episode "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE5PrettyPoison Pretty Poison]]", where she accidentally kills her mutant flytrap plant, then sets her whole greenhouse on fire. You actually feel sorry for fiction's ultimate eco-terrorist when you see the look on her face at what she's done.



* Selina desperately searching for Isis in the early scenes of "Cat Scratch Fever."

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* Selina desperately searching for Isis in the early scenes of "Cat "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE36CatScratchFever Cat Scratch Fever."Fever]]".



* Almost all of "I Am the Night," which starts with Bruce despondent over how crime will always exist no matter how many small battles with it he wins, and his spiral of depression getting worse when he blames himself for Gordon being shot.

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* Almost all of "I "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE49IAmTheNight I Am the Night," Night]]", which starts with Bruce despondent over how crime will always exist no matter how many small battles with it he wins, and his spiral of depression getting worse when he blames himself for Gordon being shot.



* In "Sideshow," Killer Croc escapes into the wilderness and is taken in by a group of ex-sideshow performers who think he's escaped his own brutal circus masters. Eventually Batman finds them and his true nature shows itself, and as he's taken back to prison, the "seal boy" who first found him asks why he didn't just retire from his criminal life and stay with them in peace. Croc's response is surprisingly insightful, for him anyway: "You said you could be yourself out here, remember? I guess that's what I was doing: being myself."

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* In "Sideshow," "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE1Sideshow Sideshow]]", Killer Croc escapes into the wilderness and is taken in by a group of ex-sideshow performers who think he's escaped his own brutal circus masters. Eventually Batman finds them and his true nature shows itself, and as he's taken back to prison, the "seal boy" who first found him asks why he didn't just retire from his criminal life and stay with them in peace. Croc's response is surprisingly insightful, for him anyway: "You said you could be yourself out here, remember? I guess that's what I was doing: being myself."



* Tim overhearing that his father is dead in "Sins of the Father."
* The reveal that Calendar Girl's face is perfectly normal and beautiful, but she's so psychologically screwed up from the way the modeling industry treated her that she only sees the flaws in it.

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* Tim overhearing that his father is dead in "Sins "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE2SinsOfTheFather Sins of the Father."
Father]]".
* The reveal that Calendar Girl's face is perfectly normal and beautiful, but she's so psychologically screwed up from the way the modeling modelling industry treated her that she only sees the flaws in it.



* "His Silicon Soul." Once again, the writers took something that could have easily been another stock superhero show story and made it into something poignant and tragic. Duplicant!Batman is an IronWoobie, you can't help but feel sorry for him/it. But especially, ''especially'' when the [[TomatoInTheMirror Duplicant's tomato gets squashed flat]].

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* "His "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE62HisSiliconSoul His Silicon Soul." Soul]]". Once again, the writers took something that could have easily been another stock superhero show story and made it into something poignant and tragic. Duplicant!Batman is an IronWoobie, you can't help but feel sorry for him/it. But especially, ''especially'' when the [[TomatoInTheMirror Duplicant's tomato gets squashed flat]].



* A blink-and-you-miss-it example, but in "Christmas With The Joker," when Robin can't believe Batman has never seen ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', Batman responds that he "couldn't get past the title screen." It says an awful lot about Bruce's life that he can't stand a movie title ''implying'' a good life. Though after seeing it, he admit it has its moments.
* In the episode "Chemistry," Bruce has fallen in love. He tries to explain what he's going through to his partners:

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* A blink-and-you-miss-it example, but in "Christmas With The Joker," "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker Christmas with the Joker]]", when Robin can't believe Batman has never seen ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', Batman responds that he "couldn't get past the title screen." It says an awful lot about Bruce's life that he can't stand a movie title ''implying'' a good life. Though after seeing it, he admit it has its moments.
* In the episode "Chemistry," "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE22Chemistry Chemistry]]", Bruce has fallen in love. He tries to explain what he's going through to his partners:



* "Paging the Crime Doctor", Bruce pays the bail for Matthew Thorne, a disgraced doctor (who used to be friends with fellow doctors Thomas Wayne and Leslie Thompkins) with the misfortune of having a crimelord for a brother, asking only that Thorne tell him about his father.

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* "Paging "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE53PagingTheCrimeDoctor Paging the Crime Doctor", Doctor]]", Bruce pays the bail for Matthew Thorne, a disgraced doctor (who used to be friends with fellow doctors Thomas Wayne and Leslie Thompkins) with the misfortune of having a crimelord for a brother, asking only that Thorne tell him about his father.



* "It's Never Too Late", the episode about the crime boss and his priest brother. Seeing the flashback of ''how'' the priest lost his leg.

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* "It's "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE12ItsNeverTooLate It's Never Too Late", Late]]", the episode about the crime boss and his priest brother. Seeing the flashback of ''how'' the priest lost his leg.



* In "Harley's Holiday" it's pretty unfortunate that Harley was declared cured and released from Arkham perfectly ready to start a new life. Only for one tiny misunderstanding [[note]] She buys a dress, but walks away with it before the clerk can remove the security tag, but Harley doesn't hear her calling her to come back because she's listening to music on her headphones, causing the alarm to go off as she leaves, causing security to deal with her, with her thinking they're accusing her of stealing the shirt dress because of her reputation, causing her to snap and revert back to her psychotic ways [[/note]] to undo all of it within ten minutes.

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* In "Harley's Holiday" "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE16HarleysHoliday Harley's Holiday]]" it's pretty unfortunate that Harley was declared cured and released from Arkham perfectly ready to start a new life. Only for one tiny misunderstanding [[note]] She buys a dress, but walks away with it before the clerk can remove the security tag, but Harley doesn't hear her calling her to come back because she's listening to music on her headphones, causing the alarm to go off as she leaves, causing security to deal with her, with her thinking they're accusing her of stealing the shirt dress because of her reputation, causing her to snap and revert back to her psychotic ways [[/note]] to undo all of it within ten minutes.



* During Bruce's childhood, his idol and hero was The Gray Ghost who was portrayed by Simon Trent. But now, Simon is a man living in poverty in a one room apartment unable to find any work since it because people only think of him as [[TypeCasting The Gray Ghost]] and don't take him seriously. After hearing he's been turned down again, he angrily shatters the picture of him as The Gray Ghost and knocks over merchandize and mementos he had kept from it before collapsing to the floor sobbing. The fact that he's voiced by [[Creator/AdamWest Adam West]] probably didn't help.
* "The Forgotten" had a surprisingly effective moment where Bruce has a dream where he's walking through a homeless neighborhood, and stops to give cash to some of the nearby people. Soon, more join in, begging for cash, leading Bruce to simply stop and shed a tear at the realization that he can't help them all. Really humanizes Bruce and drives home his sense of guilt and responsibility for the people he's unable to help, not just as Batman either.

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* "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost Beware the Gray Ghost]]": During Bruce's childhood, his idol and hero was The Gray Ghost who was portrayed by Simon Trent. But now, Simon is a man living in poverty in a one room apartment unable to find any work since it because people only think of him as [[TypeCasting The Gray Ghost]] and don't take him seriously. After hearing he's been turned down again, he angrily shatters the picture of him as The Gray Ghost and knocks over merchandize and mementos he had kept from it before collapsing to the floor sobbing. The fact that he's voiced by [[Creator/AdamWest Adam West]] Creator/AdamWest probably didn't help.
* "The Forgotten" "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE8TheForgotten The Forgotten]]" had a surprisingly effective moment where Bruce has a dream where he's walking through a homeless neighborhood, and stops to give cash to some of the nearby people. Soon, more join in, begging for cash, leading Bruce to simply stop and shed a tear at the realization that he can't help them all. Really humanizes Bruce and drives home his sense of guilt and responsibility for the people he's unable to help, not just as Batman either.
7th Feb '17 4:40:19 PM ironballs16
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*** Your Mileage May Vary, but it's not entirely unreasonable to sympathize with a lonely person who gets picked on by their boss and has an unrequited crush. He handles it extremely poorly, and that's what makes him a villain, but where we see him at the beginning of the episode is a relatable place for a lot of people. And made ''far'' worse when Creator/PaulDini [[WordOfGod revealed that this version]] of the Hatter [[http://www.animationarena.com/batman_the_animated_series.html was based on a man who'd committed a workplace shooting for similar reasons]].

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*** Your Mileage May Vary, but it's not entirely unreasonable to sympathize with a lonely person who gets picked on by their boss and has an unrequited crush. He handles it extremely poorly, and that's what makes him a villain, but where we see him at the beginning of the episode is a relatable place for a lot of people. And made ''far'' worse when Creator/PaulDini [[WordOfGod revealed that this version]] of the Hatter [[RippedFromTheHeadlines was based on a man who'd committed a workplace shooting]] [[http://www.animationarena.com/batman_the_animated_series.html was based on a man who'd committed a workplace shooting for similar reasons]].
2nd Jan '17 12:00:25 AM yesatron
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* "Forgotten" had a surprisingly effective moment where Bruce has a dream where he's walking through a homeless neighborhood, and stops to give cash to some of the nearby people. Soon, more join in, begging for cash, leading Bruce to simply stop and shed a tear at the realization that he can't help them all. Really humanizes Bruce and drives home his sense of guilt and responsibility for the people he's unable to help, not just as Batman either.

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* "Forgotten" "The Forgotten" had a surprisingly effective moment where Bruce has a dream where he's walking through a homeless neighborhood, and stops to give cash to some of the nearby people. Soon, more join in, begging for cash, leading Bruce to simply stop and shed a tear at the realization that he can't help them all. Really humanizes Bruce and drives home his sense of guilt and responsibility for the people he's unable to help, not just as Batman either.either.
** That's by no means the only moment: When Riley and the amnesiac Bruce are stuck in the Box, slowly roasting alive in the desert sun, Riley begins to have an emotional breakdown, crying about how he's beginning to forget things about his family and how he's never going to see them again. ''Then'', this outburst gives Bruce's subconscious the last piece of the puzzle it needs, and he remembers himself as a child with his parents, only for the happy memory to be subsumed by their looming, disintegrating headstone.
** Additionally, FridgeHorror sets in ''hard'' when you remember the horrifically cruel and unsafe conditions in the camp. Lethal cave-ins? A regular thing. That guy Boss Biggis made an example of? Almost certainly dead.
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