History TearJerker / BatmanTheAnimatedSeries

5th Oct '16 1:41:38 PM ironballs16
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*** When ''[[TheStoic Batman]]'' gives the villain a downplayed CooldownHug, you know it falls into this category.
28th Sep '16 4:32:02 AM rufusluciusivan
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** The story is even more tragic for his girlfriend Clio. She truly loves him and remembers the times when he was still normal (as shown in her picture of them), but she is powerless to help him and forced to watch his sanity deteriorate. The worst part? During the climax, [[HopeSpot she nearly manages to get through him and for a brief moment, Maxie seems to come back to his senses...]] only for the Zeus personality to take over.
8th Sep '16 5:43:20 PM Saveelich
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Other than being one of the better known ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' adaptations, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has its ample share of tear-jerking moments, both on the HurtingHero himself as well as [[JerkassWoobie plenty of his adversaries]].

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Other than being one of the better known ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' adaptations, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has its ample share of tear-jerking moments, both on the HurtingHero himself as well as [[JerkassWoobie plenty of his his]] [[TragicVillain adversaries]].
7th Sep '16 10:03:58 PM Gravidef
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** What makes it worse is that we get to ''see'' Tetch's mental breakdown over the whole situation. Early in the episode, he admits that he knows that using his
** In "The Worry Men" all of this has sent him down the road to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.

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** What makes it worse is that we get to ''see'' Tetch's mental breakdown over the whole situation. Early in the episode, he admits that he knows that using his
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By "The Worry Men" all of this Men," Tetch has sent completely embraced his Mad Hatter persona, which reduces him down the road to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.
7th Sep '16 10:00:58 PM Gravidef
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* 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. 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 her, but decides that she would never fall for someone like him, and 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 into making him seem like a society gentleman). Unfortunately, he is shut down when Billy comes back in the picture. Enraged, he crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, eventually 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 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.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 her, Alice, but decides that she would never fall for someone like him, and 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 into making him seem like people, thus creating the illusion that he's a wealthy society gentleman). Unfortunately, he is shut down when Billy comes back in the picture. picture by proposing. Enraged, he Tetch crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, eventually 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...]]
7th Sep '16 9:56:00 PM Gravidef
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** The Mad Hatter [[AllLoveIsUnrequited pines after Alice, feeling that he's not good enough for her, and she has a boyfriend]]. They break up, and Tetch sees an opportunity to finally woo her, ''succeeds'' at it (albeit toeing the MoralEventHorizon by using MindControl to get others to help impress her), but is then shut down when Billy comes back in the picture. Enraged, he crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, eventually abducting her and getting bested by Batman. Then, as he's lying beneath the [[ItMakesSenseInContext claws of the Jabberwock]], he's ''forced to watch'' as [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Alice (who couldn't bear to look at Tetch anymore) runs into Billy's arms]], moaning out very softly...]]
--->'''Tetch/Hatter:''' [[MeaningfulEcho Would not, could not--would not, could not...oh, could not join the dance]].
*** Taken even darker in "Trial" where he admitted that if he couldn't have her, [[IfICantHaveYou he would as soon kill her]].
*** Also that that in "The Worry Men" all of this has sent him down the road to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.



*** 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.

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* 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. 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 her, but decides that she would never fall for someone like him, and 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 into making him seem like a society gentleman). Unfortunately, he is shut down when Billy comes back in the picture. Enraged, he crosses the Horizon firmly [[spoiler:by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, eventually 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...]]
-->'''Tetch/Hatter:''' [[MeaningfulEcho Would not, could not--would not, could not...oh, could not join the dance]].
** 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
*** 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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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.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.



** 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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** What makes it worse is that we get to ''see'' Tetch's mental breakdown over the whole situation. Early in the episode, he admits that he knows that using his
** In "The Worry Men" all of this has sent him down the road to [[MotiveDecay petty thievery]]. Batman {{Lampshade}}s this.
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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.
30th Aug '16 8:16:34 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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--->'''Mr. Freeze:''' The snow is beautiful, don't you think? Clean, uncompromising...
--->'''Batman:''' ...and cold.
--->'''Mr. Freeze:''' Like the swift hand of vengeance.
--->'''Batman:''' I saw what happened to your wife. I'm sorry.
--->'''Mr. Freeze:''' I'm beyond emotions. They've been frozen ''dead'' in me.
--->'''Batman:''' That suit you wear- a result of the coolant?
--->'''Mr. Freeze:''' Very good. A detective to the last. I can no longer survive outside a sub-zero environment. Tonight, I mean to pay back the man who ruined my life. ''Our'' lives...
--->'''Batman:''' Even if you have to kill everyone in the building to do it?
--->'''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:''' The snow is beautiful, don't you think? Clean, uncompromising...
--->'''Batman:''' ...
uncompromising...\\
'''Batman:''' ...
and cold.
--->'''Mr.
cold.\\
'''Mr.
Freeze:''' Like the swift hand of vengeance. \n--->'''Batman:''' \\
'''Batman:'''
I saw what happened to your wife. I'm sorry.
--->'''Mr.
sorry.\\
'''Mr.
Freeze:''' I'm beyond emotions. They've been frozen ''dead'' in me.
--->'''Batman:'''
me.\\
'''Batman:'''
That suit you wear- wear -- a result of the coolant?
--->'''Mr.
coolant?\\
'''Mr.
Freeze:''' Very good. A detective to the last. I can no longer survive outside a sub-zero environment. Tonight, I mean to pay back the man who ruined my life. ''Our'' lives...
--->'''Batman:'''
lives...\\
'''Batman:'''
Even if you have to kill everyone in the building to do it?
--->'''Mr.
it?\\
'''Mr.
Freeze:''' [Nods] ''(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.
29th Aug '16 6:03:08 PM NausicaaoftheSpirits
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** Before the two above-mentioned scenes, there's Alfred fearfully backing away from Duplicant!Batman, assuming that something terrible has happened to Bruce shortly after discovering the duplicant in the library. When the duplicant starts moving toward Alfred again, Alfred attempts to attack the duplicant, but the duplicant catches Alfred's weapon and tosses it aside, trying to assure Alfred that it's really him. The duplicant pleads with Alfred to help him find out how he ended up as a robot, but Alfred activates the secret passage to the Batcave and flees inside, ignoring the duplicant's pleas.
-->'''Alfred:''' You're one of Rossum's duplicants!\\
'''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!''
22nd Aug '16 12:37:11 PM maslego
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*** Somehow, it manages to get even worse. While Pamela does retire from being Poison Ivy at that point, she leaves behind one last vegetable creature to pose as her in Gotham to distract Batman and keep Harley company, accounting for her change in appearance in-between the two series. At one point during a fight with Batgirl, the new Ivy is hit with weedkiller and finds herself breaking down. [[http://imgur.com/gallery/GuVXW She attempts to seek out help for what is happening to her and...]]

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*** Somehow, it manages to get even worse. While Pamela does retire from being Poison Ivy at that point, she leaves behind one last vegetable creature to pose as her in Gotham to distract Batman and keep Harley company, accounting for her change in appearance in-between the two series. At one point during a fight with Batgirl, the new Ivy is hit with weedkiller and finds herself breaking down. [[http://imgur.com/gallery/GuVXW She attempts to seek out help for what is happening to her and...]]
19th Aug '16 10:24:53 PM GF93
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** As it stands, there are perhaps three villains (Dr. Moreau type, 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 three four villains (Dr. Moreau type, Firefly [since (Sewer King, Dr. Moreau, Firefly--since he crossed into the MoralEventHorizon early on] on-- and the Joker) that don't have a terribly sad backstory.
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