History TearJerker / BatmanTheAnimatedSeries

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.
25th Mar '17 11:27:39 PM Blastmasterism324
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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.
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]].
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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=TearJerker.BatmanTheAnimatedSeries