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[[folder:Batman I (Bruce Wayne)]]
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--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/KevinConroy

--> ''"I am vengeance! I am the night! I am BATMAN!"''

Arguably the least-changed character from his comics counterpart, the DCAU Franchise/{{Batman}} has generally the same origin: his parents were shot dead after the three of them went to see a movie, and he decides to avenge them by becoming the vigilante Batman, complete with Batmobile and a handy utility belt.

This version of Batman, in particular, is notable for being an amalgam of the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]], [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] and [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] versions of the characters. He's dark and brooding, but also an excellent ParentalSubstitute and even [[DeadpanSnarker gets a few witty one-liners]] (as well as being caught in the occasional DeathTrap).

As a member of the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague, Batman usually serves as MissionControl more than anything, due to his lack of superpowers, and is not as openly active as his Justice League allies, preferring to work alone and from the shadows. Nonetheless, he has a vested interest in the group's activities, as it is Bruce Wayne's finances that paid for their Watchtower headquarters and Javelin ship. And as the SeriesFinale of JLU showed, he can still kick ass if need be.

[[Characters/{{DCAU-Batman Beyond}} See here for tropes applying to him in]] ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.

* AcePilot: He has a seemingly endless supply of Batwings. He does get shot down by other pilots on occasion, but typically that's because he's outnumbered more than anything else.
* AllEncompassingMantle: Like in the comics, he usually has his cape fully cloaking his body, looking really creepy when he pops out of the shadows in his own way. The artists even had pencil drawings to specifically show how the cape should look and how Batman should move like this.
* AmazonChaser: He seemed to enjoy watching Wonder Woman kick ass in "Maid of Honor".
* AmnesiacLiar[=/=]AmnesiaDanger: "The Forgotten", one of the early, unusual episodes, had this happen to an undercover Bruce Wayne disguised as a homeless guy. He gets kidnapped by a [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit greasy, overfed slavedriver]] who runs a mining operation, while Alfred is trying to find him. Very poignant episode, as Bruce gradually uncovers his memories and retakes his [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]].
* AntiHero: KnightInSourArmor
** In a subversion of his role in most other mediums, Batman is probably the least anti-heroic member of the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague aside from the Flash. Justice Lord Batman was the only member of the the parallel League to see how corrupt his world had become, and normal Batman [[WhatTheHellHero called Superman out]] on his ethically questionable handling of Doomsday.
*** The thing that Batman realizes that the rest of the League doesn't is that they need to have a squeaky-clean public image, or the world's going to come down on them.
** Batman can also lean towards a PragmaticHero on occasion such as when he interrogated a thug in front of his wife and young son.[[spoiler:The tendencies for Batman to become GoodIsNotNice, including the interrogation incident previously mentioned, is at least partially what made Dick Grayson give up being Robin and become Nightwing, as detailed in "Old Wounds".]]
* AscendedFanboy: In the Grey Ghost episode - he even keeps Grey Ghost merchandise in the Batcave and explains that he actually based its design on the Grey Ghost's lair.
* {{Badass}}:
** BadassBack: Just try to sneak attack him from behind.
** BadassBaritone: As voiced by Creator/KevinConroy
** BadassBoast / BadassCreed: "I am vengeance...I am the night...I! AM! BATMAN!"
** BadassNormal
---> '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''': There's nothing '''mere''' about that '''mortal'''.
** UnderestimatingBadassery: Lex Luthor at the beginning sees Batman as just a nuisance who is of no concern to him compared to Superman. This is until Batman breaks into his penthouse in the middle of the night, knocks out Mercy, and absolutely scares the crap out of Luthor, something Superman had NEVER been able to do. From that point, he gives Batman the same level of priority as Superman.
** CulturedBadass: Repeatedly quotes Literature/TheOdyssey in ''Justice League'' and quotes Shakespeare in an early episode. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize that Odysseus was a BadassNormal in an age of demigods like Achilles, paralleling his own status as a BadassNormal in the ''Justice League''.
* BatmanGambit: He has had to use one to get himself out of certain death situations, such as in "Mad Love".
* BatmanGrabsAGun: The eventual reason for his retirement.
* BerserkButton: [[PapaWolf You better pray that Batman sticks to his principles if you ever hurt his proteges or children in general.]]
--> I don't pass sentence. That's for the courts. But this time...this time I'm sorely tempted to do the job myself!
%%* BigDamnHeroes
* BigOMG: When he discovers Freeze's motives. The production team is still shocked that they got away with it.
%%* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Several times.
* BuildingSwing: A frequent method of entry when he's not using StealthHiBye.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Unlike most other incarnations of the Bruce Wayne character which are mostly portrayed as [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob laid-back playboys living off their trust fund]], the DCAU's Bruce takes a more active role in the day to day operation of Wayne Enterprises (until he loses the company in a hostile takeover). He still likes to cultivate an image as a slightly dimwitted millionaire though.
* CapeSnag: A version of his detachable clasp is shown in "The Last Laugh" when his cape becomes trapped in the grip of a robot Joker henchman -- Batman quickly detaches his cape and spends the rest of the episode capeless.
* CelibateHero: Well, not really, but it always works out that way in the end. It doesn't help that his LoveInterests were composed of [[DatingCatwoman villains]], [[GaiasVengeance eco-terrorists]], [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter villains' daughters]], and [[spoiler:his partner/apprentice who was also the daughter of his one ally in the police]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: In "On Leather Wings", he pries an elevator open with his bare hands.
* CharacterDevelopment: Throughout ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and its retools, he noticeably gets much colder and more cynical. In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague (Unlimited)'', probably due to the influence of his more ideal teammates, he eventually turns around and takes a marked effort in keeping the League true to its values.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Used for laughs. The Dark Knight is burning rubber to make it across town to stop a mobster from demolishing an old building (with people inside) when he sees a city bus shoot past him, completely out of control. Batman can't leave them to die, but he reacts the same way most people would if they had just hit a red light.
-->'''Batman:''' Perfect. Just ''perfect''. ''(alters direction to save them)''
* ClearMyName: In "Feat of Clay", Matt Hagen (prior to becoming Clayface) impersonates Bruce Wayne and gets him framed for an attempted murder -- the man was saved by Batman. Since his only alibi is [[SecretIdentity being Batman]], he's faced with having to clear his name some other way. In "On Leather Wings" and "Mask of the Phantasm", the police assume Batman has gone rogue after vaguely bat-like figures are seen leaving the scene of violent crimes.
* ClintSquint: He's extremely stoic and hard to surprise. When in costume, nearly his only way to react to anything is narrowing his eyes.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Through his years of crime fighting he has amounted quite a large stash of villain weaponry and gadgets that he keeps on display in his Batcave.
* CombatPragmatist: He's not above beating you with a ''{{chair|man Of The Brawl}}''.
** He'll also happily steal weapons from enemy combatants -- so long as they aren't guns -- and offer them to ''Superman''.
* ConfirmedBachelor: Poses as TheCasanova in his Bruce Wayne persona. Privately, his reasons are closer to a combination of MarriedToTheJob and ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies, at least since his youthful relationship with and aborted proposal to Andrea Beaumont. He did have some kind of relationship later with Lois Lane, Talia and even Barbara Gordon in varying levels of seriousness, and the old Bruce looks through old photographs and seems to regret his loneliness.
--> "Bruce: When I was younger, woman used to throw themselves at my feet."
--> "Terry: What'd you do?"
--> "Bruce: I stepped over them."
--> "Terry: Smooth."
--> "Bruce: I used to think so too."
* CoolCar: The Batmobile.
* CoolGarage: The Batcave
* CoolPlane: The Batwing.
* TheCowl: He's the trope image.
%%* CrazyPrepared: ...it's Batman.
* CreepyGood: His first encounter with Superman in WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries ''World's Finest'' solidifies his status as this.
* TheCynic::
-->'''Batman:''' You know, I've never seen [''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'']. I could never get past the title.
* DarkShepherd: He doesn't claim to be good, he doesn't act good, but he wants everyone to be good. Most common DarkShepherd scenario: vanishing, leaving a potential villain with food for thought, but not a scratch on him yet.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments.
-->''Superman: The Animated Series'': "Don't you have a tall building to go leap?"\\
''Justice League Unlimited'': "I could use some air support. Since I can't fly. At all. ... Now would be good."
%%* [[DealWithTheDevil Deal with the Big Bad:]] "This Little Piggy" has him dealing with Circe when he realizes ''fighting'' her won't save WonderWoman (who'd been [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a pig]]) in time. [[spoiler: She has him singing "Am I Blue?" to save Diana.]]
%%* {{Determinator}}: It is Batman after all.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Which is why he flips out when [[spoiler:Deadman possesses his body and shoots Devil Ray, killing him]].
* TheDreaded: Even the superpowered crooks in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' have a fear of him.
* EnhancedInterrogationTechniques: In "Feat of Clay", he used a minion's phobia about germs to extract information by threatening to drop a jar containing a liquid culture of a disease on the minion's head. It was a bluff, the jar merely containing a sample of completely ordinary seawater, but the fear it caused was as real as if the jar actually had contained deadly germs.
* EscapeArtist: Always prepared with the right tools and skills, from lockpicks to acid to liquid nitrogen. He learned from the master himself, John Zatara.
* EurekaMoment: Virtually every conversation he has with Alfred while pondering the crime du jour leads to a Eureka Moment (and an "Alfred! You're a genius!" declaration, and a bemused "Of course, sir" response).
* EvilLaugh: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1bmM7Ihv0Y His laugh in "Mad Love"]] is so creepy even Harley is creeped out.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Averted the "Missed me" dialog: Mad Hatter had trapped Batman under a playing-card wall and was about to axe off Batman's head. Batman throws a batarang directly at Hatter, to which Hatter easily dodges. Rather than sneer, Hatter resumes his attack only to discover Batman's toy severs a line suspending a huge gargoyle statue. Paralyzed with horror (OhCrap), Hatter is pinned beneath the statue's claw with Batman escaping in the nick of time. Yeah, just as he planned it.
* FakingTheDead: In "The Man Who Killed Batman"
* FearlessFool: In "Never Fear", the Scarecrow creates a toxin that removes Batman's fears and inhibitions, making him much more reckless than usual—and it doesn't stop there. The writers are savvy enough to even make him more heartless, as he doesn't fear what his own reaction will be if, say, Robin gets killed or if he breaks his one rule and kills a criminal. Scarecrow is making a point that fear is necessary, not just useful, and then in his usual mad fashion extends that to mean that he is necessary to have around.
%%* {{Fiction 500}}
* TheFinalTemptation: "Perchance to Dream" featured Batman caught in a virtual dream world by the Mad Hatter (who fortunately could not observe the dream itself) living a life as playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne, with his parents alive and well (and thus he had never become Batman). In the dream he was engaged to Selina Kyle (who was not Catwoman) and the mysterious Batman was someone ELSE who just showed up in Gotham. His friends and family in the dream almost had him completely convinced he had created his real life as a delusion to escape his feelings of not having accomplished anything on his own, but the illusion fell apart when he discovered he couldn't read anything (because reading requires parts of the brain not used in dreams?). Suffice to say, he did NOT appreciate the Mind Screw when he woke himself up.
** Trying to read something in a dream is a trick used by lucid dreamers to detect whether they are dreaming. Unless you have a photographic memory, your brain will have some trouble trying to remember or imagine a page full of text.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic
* FriendToAllChildren: Part of his JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality, best demonstrated in "Injustice For All" (he gently coaxes a little girl to go with him out of a burning building) and "Epilogue" ([[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he stays with a dying Ace]] [[TearJerker at her request]]]]).
* GadgeteerGenius: He actually built the ''Watchtower'' by the time ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' rolls about, as well as the Javelin. While not a 12th level intellect like Brainiac and Luthor, his main skill as a scientist is his peerless engineering, all his products are functional, competent and made to last.
** This is taken UpToEleven in ''Hereafter'' where [[spoiler: Superman is teleported to a post-apocalyptic Earth where Vandal Savage is the only survivor.]] Superman finds the Watchtower crashed to the earth, only to be told by Vandal Savage that it only fell out of orbit recently, which implies a span of several thousand years after the end of life on earth. Savage gives the Understatement when he remarks that it's a great feat of engineering.
%%* GeniusBruiser: It took him most of his childhood and the early part of his adulthood to get there.
%%* GenreSavvy
%%* GoodIsNotNice
* GrapplingHookGun: One of the gadgets that gets frequent use throughout the DCAU.
* GraveMarkingScene: Visits the place where his parents were killed once a year, on the anniversary of their death, even as a very old man in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* GreatDetective: Even in-universe, he has followers on the internet that acknowledge him as the "World's Greatest Detective".
* GrudgingThankYou: In "Night of the Ninja", Batman feared the titular Ninja could actually defeat him in combat (though he wouldn't admit it); when the final showdown occurs, [[BruceWayneHeldHostage he's in Bruce Wayne disguise and can't fight up to his full potential]]... until Robin comes along and "removes" the sole witness. In the denouement a day later, Batman thanks Robin for his assistance, and admits that defeating the Ninja might have been highly difficult, "maybe impossible".
%%* GuileHero
* HeroicBSOD: Gets a brief one in "I Am the Night" after he blames himself for [[spoiler:Commissioner Gordon getting shot.]]
* HeroicFatigue: Suffers an emotional breakdown like this in "I Am the Night"
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Falls into this in "I Am the Night", when Commissioner Gordon is wounded during a police bust. Batman bitterly reproaches himself for his failure, thinking he does more to help merchandise salesmen than the people who really need it. This trope is {{Lampshaded}} by Robin, who points out that Gordon is fully aware of the dangers of his job, and tries to remind Batman that Gotham would probably have fallen apart without him. Eventually, it's subverted when a disgusted Robin gives up trying to cheer up Batman and goes to the hospital to protect Gordon, since "Jazzman", the mobster they busted, has escaped from prison and is probably going to pay the Commissioner a "visit". Subverted again when Batman snaps himself out of his depression and goes to the hospital himself. Jazzman tries to whack Gordon, and runs into Batman...
* HeroicSacrifice: In "Starcrossed," he tries to manually pilot the Watchtower into the Thanagarian's hyperspace-bypass weapon. Fortunately, Superman saves him in the nick of time.
* HopeBringer: For the decent citizens of Gotham City and its Police Department (well, the non-corrupt parts)
* HorrifyingHero: This version of Batman strikes so much terror into evil that he's often seen as a ''monster'' outright rather than man, as shown for example in ''The Forgotten.''
--> '''Poor Random Mook (Running into boss's office, terrified out of his wits):''' A Bat!! A GIANT BAT!! HORRIBLE!!
* IcyBlueEyes: In the ''New Batman/Superman Adventures'' era, and in ''Beyond'' as well. The two versions of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' are a bit inconsistent about this, sometimes giving him his black eyes from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' instead.
* ImpersonationGambit: A few times, like in "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" or "Almost Got 'Im".
* ImplacableMan: In "The Underdwellers". First, one of the sewer kids tries to elude Batman through the tunnel system he knows like the back of his hand, only to find to his shock that Batman is waiting for him. The Sewer King gets his own surprise in a quiet moment when he thinks that he has eluded Batman and locked the door behind him, only to suddenly have it blown open seconds later as he realizes that the Dark Knight is after him and ''will not stop''.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Several times like when Batman stops "the Jazzman" from killing Gordon by flinging a batarang right into the muzzle of his gun in slow motion.
* InvincibleHero: Lampshaded when, after Batman returns from yet another seeming demise, the Joker shouts "Why won't he stay dead?"
* IRegretNothing: Contemplating his eventual demise in "I am the Night".
-->It might be the Joker, or Two-Face, or just some punk who gets lucky. My decision. No regrets.
%%* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KindRestraints: Happens to him twice, both as a result of the Scarecrow's toxins. The first time Bruce inhales a fear-inducing hallucinogen and is confined in Arkham Asylum while suffering various paranoid delusions, unable to convince his caretakers that the Scarecrow's plan is actually real. The second time, a fear-eliminating toxin turns him into a psychopath, and Robin ties him up against his will to protect his enemies.
* KnightInSourArmor: Moreso in TNBA and WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond than BTAS.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: "Beware the Gray Ghost" had him showing [[TheStoic as much squee as he can]] upon meeting the actor of a childhood TV hero, the "Gray Ghost", who seems to have inspired some of the Batman persona. [[AdamWesting Played by Adam West]] as a ShoutOut to earlier incarnations of Batman.
* KnuckleCracking: In "Robin's Reckoning", there's a crook who is loudly declaring "I'm no squealer" that Batman needs to get information out of. Batman just cracks his knuckles and narrows his eyes threateningly. The guy talks.
* TheLancer: When he becomes a part of the Justice League later on.
%%* LanternJawOfJustice
%%* LeaveYourQuestTest: "Perchance To Dream" and "Mask Of The Phantasm"
* MasterOfDisguise: He would occasionally disguise himself for undercover work in the criminal underworld.
* {{McNinja}}: He has the tools, the clothes, the attitude, the moves, even the backstory of training in Japan for it.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: In "Night of the Ninja", [[BruceWayneHeldHostage Bruce explains to fellow prisoner Summer]] that they escaped because Batman arrived and took down the bad guy. Hey, his voice changed so it was mostly true...
* MightyWhitey: Bruce Wayne is considered by his martial art's master, Yoru, to be his best student. This creates the friction between Wayne and Kyodai Ken who constantly refers to Wayne as "Rich Man's Son".
* MissionControl: It allows him to stay out of the spotlight in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* MyGreatestFailure: Both Dick and Tim. Dick because Bruce allowed their relationship to fall apart and Tim because of what the Joker did to him.
* NinjaLog:
** A panther lunges at Batman, and somehow it gets tangled in an empty cape.
** In ''Mask of the Phantasm'', the police open fire on Batman, only it's just his cape draped over a road barricade.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: His ThouShaltNotKill attitude had its heavy price in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''.
* NoSenseOfHumor: He is thought by many to have no sense of humor, but that's a false perception influenced by his extremely introverted personality. Indeed he becomes TheComicallySerious in the ''Justice League'' serving as a reliable straight man to a The Flash and, disturbingly, The Joker.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: As Bruce Wayne, particularly [[BruceWayneHeldHostage whenever he encounters his enemies out of costume]].
* OffhandBackhand: To the point that a mook's chances of hitting Batman actually ''decrease'' if he attacks from behind.
%%* OffscreenTeleportation
* OrphansOrdeal: "I haven't been a kid since I was eight years old."
* PapaWolf: Never, ''ever'', harm a '''single''' innocent-child in front of him.
* ParentalAbandonment: '''''[[RunningGag HIS PARENTS ARE]] [[MemeticMutation DEEAAAAAAAD]]!!!!'''''
%%* PathologicalFearOfDoors
* ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding: In one episode, an injured Bruce Wayne considered his Batman duties important enough to defy his doctor's orders to stay in bed and recover.
%%* PragmaticHero
%%* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang
%%* TheProudElite
* ReadingLips: Does this in ''Mask of the Phantasm'' and ''Shadow of the Bat''
%%* RecklessPacifist
* RoofHopping: His main mode of travel.
* SamaritanSyndrome: "I Am the Night'' featured him making his annual visit to the site of his parents' murder, which makes him late for a sting operation that he helped set up. He arrives in time to help subdue the crooks, but finds that Jim Gordon has been severely wounded. Batman's guilt (which is not helped at all by [[JerkAss Detective Harvey Bullock]]) over not being there in time to save Jim sends him into a HeroicBSOD. He is saved from a HeroicBSOD because he stops another attempt on Jim Gordon when he wakes up and finds out Jim has the same doubts.
** In other episodes, he's refused to let minor inconveniences like a cold and, oh, '''''blindness''''' stop him from bringing down the bad guy because he knows what kind of mayhem is being unleashed while he sits it out.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: On the other hand, he also has money.
* SecretIdentity
** SecretIdentityIdentity: in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', he realizes that the voice in his head is not his own because it calls him "''Bruce''".
* ShroudedInMyth: Demonstrated in "P.O.V." and "Legends of the Dark Knight". Very few people get a good enough look at him to get an accurate impression.
* ShutUpHannibal: Ra's al-Ghul [[StoryboardingTheApocalypse explains]] his wonderful plan to save the world by wiping out most of humanity. Batman responds with a note of wonder in his voice. "Yes... I can see it all clearly now for the first time. ''[[YoureInsane You are completely out of your mind.]]''"
* [[SingleEpisodeHandicap Single Episode Blindess]]: "Blind as a Bat"
* TheSmartGuy: Along with J'onn in the League.
* StealthHiBye: Master of it, to Gordon's repeated annoyance.
* TheStoic: It's part of his portfolio, after all.
** NotSoStoic: Anyone who gets to know him very well will attest to this. In this series, [[spoiler:Amanda Waller's flashback in "Epilogue"]] provides [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming quite possibly]] [[TearJerker the ultimate example]] of this.
%%* SugarAndIcePersonality
* SuperWindowJump: Does this regularly.
* TakeAThirdOption: Harley Quinn captures Catwoman and ties her to a conveyor belt heading for a massive meat grinder. Batman arrives and catches Harley, who then taunts that he can either bring her in or save Catwoman, but not both. Batman then... nonchalantly reaches over to the circuit breaker and [[CutTheJuice shuts off the power to the grinder]], to which Harley responds, "Good call—Help!"
* TalkingYourWayOut
** Used this when Harley Quinn singlehandedly captured him and put him in a DeathTrap ''he couldn't escape from''. He played off her infatuation with the Joker and convinced her to call him so that he could "witness" his death, knowing that his ego [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou wouldn't allow anyone else to off the Batman]].
** When caught and held defenseless by Scarface's gang, Batman convinces Scarface that the one who sold them out was Arnold Wesker, aka The Ventriloquist. Scarface angrily orders his men to kill Wesker, and when they hesitate he thinks they are traitors as well. Batman escapes in the chaos and bring the gangsters down. The twist? Scarface ''is'' Arnold Whesker - he is just a [[DemonicDummy ventriloquist's doll]] that Wesker uses to manifest his psychotic SplitPersonality.
* TaughtByExperience: ''Mask of the Phantasm'' had Bruce perform his first night as a vigilante in black clothes and a ski mask, yelling out police commands. He had all the training and gadgetry, but didn't really understand Batman's foundation of fear and intimidation. This is what leads him to being the poster child of CrazyPrepared. This aspect of the movie was a homage to ''Batman: Year One'', which used essentially the same thing.
* TheTeamNormal: The only member of the League who doesn't have any form of super-powers, [[SuperpowerLottery natural]] or [[EmpoweredBadassNormal bestowed]].
* TrophyRoom / SuperheroTrophyShelf
--> '''Poison Ivy''': So Harv, whatever happened to the giant penny?
--> '''Two-Face''': They actually let him ''keep'' it.
* TroubledButCute
--> '''Diana:''' No dating for the Batman. It might cut into your brooding time.
* TechnologicalPacifist: The episode "Blind as a Bat" marked Bruce Wayne's first, last, and only time developing anything for the military. After the troubles that stemmed from that, Bruce declared that Wayne Corp would never develop weapons again. It briefly does develop weapons under Powers' helm in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', but the no-weapons policy comes back in full force when Bruce regains control of the company.
* TemporaryBlindness: In the episode "Blind As A Bat."
* TenMinuteRetirement:
** In "I Am the Night", Batman messes up a stakeout, and Commissioner Gordon is shot as a result. In the wake of this, he goes into a deep, irrational depression and nearly gives up the cape and cowl, even when he hears that the gangster has broken out of jail and plans to finish the job. Only when Robin tries to save Gordon on his own does he finally snap out of it.
** "Chemistry" has him give up being Batman when he finally found the love of his life, preferring to settle down and marry (though Nightwing believed he would be back in the suit in a month). However it is later discovered that she, (along with everyone else's partner on said ship) is a plant person created by Ivy to inherit all their fortunes once they're dead. Bruce is back as Batman to foil her plot.
* TookALevelInBadass: Already incredibly badass in BTAS, Batman levels up as his career progresses and in the ''Justice League'' he takes on the likes of Vandal Savage, Brainiac and finally goes toe to toe with Darkseid himself, earning VillainousPraise from the most powerful being in the universe. This for a BadassNormal with no powers who took small crimes as seriously as major supervillains in a WretchedHive like Gotham.
** This becomes a plot point where an early issue raised doubts about Batman's ability to keep up with the rest of the league, after he easily gets taken out in a group fight against Luthor's ''Injustice Gang'' with Superman asking him to stay back while he investigates. Batman instead displays how his skills as a detective and master tactician and psychologist completely damages the opponents by triggering their ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. He progressively raises his game to hyper-competent levels. In a later episode, he's able to JudoThrow Kalibak, an alien Superman-level thug from Apokolips who Superman says he could have easily beaten.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Deliberately invoked. During the TNBA era, he's growing grimmer and colder.
* {{Ubermensch}}
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Wonder Woman. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Sorry, shippers]].
* UsedToBeMoreSocial: By the time Bruce is in old age the only friends of his who he ''hasn't'' alienated are dead.
* VillainRespect: From Ra's Al Ghul, Darkseid and Amanda Waller, though the level of villainy varies from extreme to mild.
** In Hereafter, Vandal Savage praises the engineering of The Watchtower which lasts for several thousand years after the end of the earth, only falling out of orbit a short while before Superman's arrival in the future. Savage is unaware that Batman was responsible for the engineering but does remark that it's a remarkable feat of engineering.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Superman and Flash.
* WeaponStomp: Has done this at least once.
* WhenHeSmiles: Horrifying appearance notwithstanding, the rare smile that he shares with children is so warm-and-kind it can melt glaciers.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: From his money, that's where.
* WithMyHandsTied: Is forced to beat up two burly orderlies while in a straitjacket and [[GoAmongMadPeople held for treatment]] in Arkham.
* WorkingThroughTheCold: In "Heart of Ice"
* WouldHitAGirl: Batman is smart enough to not recognize genders in a fight. This is especially true if his identity is at stake. In "Almost Got 'Im" during Poison Ivy's tale, Batman punches Ivy off when she tried to take his mask off. There's also this exchange from "Harley and Ivy":
--> '''Batman:''' Man or woman, a sick mind is capable of anything.
--> '''Poison Ivy:''' A very enlightened statement, Batman. We'll carve it on your headstone.
* WouldntHurtAChild: As with his comic counterpart, he absolutely hates it when others hurt children or puts them at risk.
* WreckedWeapon: Bane makes his presence in Gotham known by smashing the [[CoolCar Batmobile]] with his bare hands. Another villain, Lockup, puts a boot (wheel clamp) on it.
-->'''Batman:''' He trashed my car, Alfred. Between a couple of guys, that's real personal.
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[[folder:Batfamily]]

!! Robin I[=/=]Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
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--> '''Voiced by:''' LorenLester

--> ''"Hey, no one can be a Boy Wonder forever."''

Much like his comic counterpart, Dick was a member of ''The Flying Graysons'', a family of circus acrobats. His parents were killed by a mobster named Tony Zucco ([[{{Grease}} not]] [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zuko]]). After being taken in by Bruce Wayne, he eventually finds out his secret and takes up the role of {{Robin}}. Eventually, he grows up and strikes out on his own, taking a new name: {{Nightwing}}.

* EightiesHair: Sports a mullet as Nightwing.
* AloofAlly: As Nightwing at first in "You Scratch My Back". Occasionally afterwards too.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Birds.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: He and Batgirl show this in the end of "You Scratch My Back". [[spoiler:But sadly, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond they never got back together]].]]
-->'''Batgirl''': You alright?
-->'''Nightwing''': You know me, always happy to have a little help.
%%* BadassNormal
* BadassBiker: As Robin, he often rides a motorcycle alongside the Batmobile, and as Nightwing, he has his own Nightcycle.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: "Robin's Reckoning" and "Old Wounds" are very good examples. The former even has Dick admitting that he's too dangerous if you do manage to hurt him.
-->'''Robin''': You were right, you know, not bringing me along. [[ItsPersonal You knew I'd take it too personally.]]
* BigBrotherMentor: To Tim.
* BrokenPedestal: Unlike the comic Dick and Bruce never truly reconcile after their falling out.
* TheCameo: Averts being a BrotherChuck due to infrequent name-drops in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond,'' but his only post-''TNBA'' appearances are two brief glimpses in ''Justice League.''
%%* CircusBrat
* CommutingOnABus: Done intentionally. Dick spends most of the week at school, letting Batman establish himself both with and without a partner. He only appears in two episodes of the first season. This continues when he graduates to his Nightwing identity; ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' suggests he does double duty in both Gotham and Bludhaven.
* CoolBike: used one as Robin from time to time; later the Nightcycle.
* DanceBattler: While his fighting style is more acrobatic than dance-like, he did train in capoeira according to ''[[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures The Lost Years]]''.
* DatingCatwoman: Had his own brief fling with Catwoman in "You Scratch My Back".
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DesignatedVictim: You could tell when a writer wanted to get Batman alone and take Robin out of they way, because he would always be injured at the beginning of the episode, or taken hostage for Bats to rescue. Clearly they wanted Batman and Bane to fight one on one, but that's just ridiculous. It's not really the show's fault, as one of Robin's nicknames in the comics is "Boy Hostage". It's hard being a sidekick. Also, better writers on the show (such as Paul Dini) would incorporate Robin successfully into the story without victimizing him.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In "Old Wounds," [[spoiler:he flattens Batman with ''one punch'']].
* DominoMask: Both as Robin and Nightwing.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: A couple of times, also part of the ''many'' issues that broke up the dynamic duo.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric
* HesBack: In the end of "Sins of the Father".
-->'''Dick''': Hey, no one can be a boy wonder forever.
* JerkassFacade: In "You Scratch My Back", turns out Nightwing's aloof behavior is just to get closer to Catwoman and help Batman in setting her up.
* KidSidekick: He started out as one, but the series starts when he's in college.
%%* TheLancer: In BTAS.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: As Nightwing.
* MrFanservice: Nightwing is, shall we say, quite a handsome fellow.
* NiceGuy: Dick can sometimes be more level-headed than the Dark Knight, and rarely slips into the sick obsession Bruce has.
* NotSoDifferent: From Bruce. When Bruce adopted him as a kid, he told Dick about how his own parents died when he was his age. And also feels he could have done something different. While their surface personalities are very different, Dick can be just as grim and unsocial as Bruce. Tim comments on it, when he points out that they had the same answer ("Things change") when he asked them why they stopped working together. The difference isn't in how they ''are'', but in how they ''act.'' Dick, unlike Bruce, takes steps to avert the negative consequences of being a dark figure of the night, while Bruce seems to see it as a necessary sacrifice of his mission. When Tim points out their similarity in brushing him off, Nightwing immediately looks chagrined and tells him the full story. It's not hard to imagine Batman would have just continued to sulk.
* OriginsEpisode: ''Robin's Reckoning'' for Robin and "Old Wounds"/''[[Comicbook/TheBatmanAdventures The Lost Years]]'' for Nightwing.
* ParentalAbandonment: Although he's a little better at dealing with it than Bruce. Not only was he older than Bruce when it happened, but when you work without a net like his parents did the risk is something you always live with.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Towards Batman, which lead him to leave and become Nightwing.
* ReverseMole: To Catwoman in "You Scratch My Back".
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Dick's transformation from Robin to Nightwing.
-->'''Dick:''' ''(quitting as Robin)'' Things change! ''I'' change!
* ShamuFu: "Harley's Holiday" has him using two fish as nunchuks.
* {{Sidekick}} - Interestingly, he fills the same function as a KidSidekick without actually being one: he's college-age throughout most of ''B:TAS'' and graduates prior to ''The New Batman Adventures''.
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Just like in the comics, he leaves the mantle of Robin to become Nightwing.
* TookALevelInBadass: Well, a few ''more'' levels.
* TranquilFury: Robin is noticeably quieter in ''[=SubZero=]'', but after Barbara is kidnapped he's really, ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes really]]'' pissed off.
* UnwillingSuspension: Is chained up this way above a rising pit of water after being kidnapped by the title character in the episode "Bane". For best effect, they added an equivalent of CementShoes to his feet.
* WhatTheHellHero: He delivers these to Bruce on a couple of occasions, twice in "Old Wounds" on his growing obsession and keeping Batgirl's identity a secret from him and again (offscreen) when he finds out Bruce and Barbara have been seeing each other. He also gives one to Barbara for not telling him about it, resulting in breaking off their relationship.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: He had to leave the circus, since Zucco might come after him. [[TearJerker Saying good-bye to his friends he considers his family as much as his parents.]]
%%* YouFightLikeACow

!!Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)
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--> '''Voiced by:''' Melissa Gilbert (''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''), Creator/MaryKayBergman (''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero Sub-Zero]]''), TaraStrong (''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]])'', Stockard Channing (''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' seasons 1 and 2), Angie Harmon (''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker Return of the Joker]]'', ''Batman Beyond'' season 3)

--> ''"So Batman can't help me? Fine. Let's see what Batgirl can do!"''

The daughter of Police Commissioner Gordon, Barbara first takes up the Bat cowl when her father is framed for corruption by CorruptCop [[spoiler:Gil Mason]]. She plans to attend a "Gordon is innocent" rally while impersonating Batman, believing that the appearance of the Caped Crusader will drum up support for her father. When she gets involved in a drive-by shooting that hits the rally, she is partially unmasked by Robin when he rips the back of her cowl, freeing her hair and leaving the city wondering "Who is Batgirl?"

Barbara operates independently in her appearances in ''Batman: The Animated Series'', but is officially inducted into the Bat-Family by ''The New Batman Adventures''. She serves as Batman's main partner throughout the series, replacing Dick Grayson, while the new Tim Drake Robin is more of a once in a while helper.

In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', a much older Barbara has put aside the cowl and picked up the badge, taking her father's place as Police Commissioner of Gotham City. As fate would have it, the long-retired Bruce Wayne has just taken on a protege as the new Batman. [[Characters/{{DCAU-Batman Beyond}} See here for tropes applying to her in that show]].

* AdventureRebuff: Batgirl was rebuffed by Batman and Robin a couple times, but she eventually became Batman's partner and stayed even after Robin had left.
* ActionGirl: She initially appears only as Commissioner Gordon's daughter, [[CharacterDevelopment but over the series she transforms into]] Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} and becomes an official member of the Bat-family.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: According to Creator/BruceTimm, she was [[AscendedExtra made into a main character]] in ''TNBA'' because the network thought adding a girl to the main cast would help court female viewers.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Uses this to persuade Penguin in letting her and Dick in the Iceberg Lounge.
* AscendedExtra: She was a minor supporting character in the initial seasons, only appearing ''as'' Batgirl in three episodes, but becomes part of the primary cast after the revamp. In TNBA, she actually serves as Batman's main partner and the secondary main character of the series, appearing more often than both the new Tim Drake Robin and Nightwing.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: She and Nightwing show this in the end of "You Scratch My Back". [[spoiler:Sadly, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond they never got back together]].]]
-->'''Batgirl''': You alright?
-->'''Nightwing''': You know me, always happy to have a little help.
%%* BadassNormal
* BatmanGrabsAGun: She respects the Bat-Family's avoidance of firearms. However, she's a cop in her dayjob, and is willing to tote a gun when she and Batman infiltrate the base of the Sensei in ''[[Comicbook/TheBatmanAdventures Gotham Adventures]]'', which Batman isn't happy about.
* BigOMG: Says this upon seeing Freeze in a robotic spider body.
* [[spoiler:BreakingBadNewsGently: She intends to tell her father the truth, and has him sit down before she starts. He cuts her off to maintain deniability, though, as [[SecretSecretKeeper it's implied he already knew]].]]
* ChainedToABed: In the "[=Subzero=]" movie.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Dick accuses her of this when it comes to getting close to Catwoman.
%%* DistaffCounterpart
* DefiantCaptive: The ''[=SubZero=]'' movie. The highlight of it all is when Belson unlocks the chain binding her, she ''immediately starts swinging it at him.''
* ElCidPloy: This is Batgirl's origin: dressing up as Batman in an effort to add the Bat's support to Commissioner Gordon's innocence.
* FireForgedFriends: With Supergirl in "Girls' Night Out". Kara is after Livewire (who would join up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn), and Barbara teams with Kara to stop them. They'd bond through the episode, and in the ChristmasEpisode of JusticeLeague, "Comfort and Joy," it's said Barbara invited Kara to go skiing with her.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Though not an actual book, script, or screenplay, she has a dream at the beginning of "Batgirl Returns" where she saves Batman from Two-Face, Penguin, and Joker single-handedly. Just as they're about to make out, Dick Grayson wakes her from her nap.
* [[spoiler:HiddenDepths: She had been fearing for a while what would happen if she never got the chance to tell her dad.]]
%%* HotLibrarian
%%* TheLancer: In the "New Batman Adventures".
* MagicSkirt: in the ''New Batman Adventures'' revamp.
* MayDecemberRomance: She has a crush on Bruce, which [[spoiler:graduates to a relationship around ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman''. It's implied to end badly]].
%%* MsFanservice
%%* NiceGirl
%%* RedheadedHeroine
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Supergirl.
* ShesGotLegs: In the "New Batman Adventures" revamp.
* TimeShiftedActor: Barbara on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
* TrainingFromHell: Gets this one in "Cold Comfort" when Bruce increases her training difficulty level into 10 that he leaves her getting almost shot by the lasers.
* WithMyHandsTied: In "Batgirl Returns"

!!Robin II (Tim Drake)
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--> '''Voiced by:''' Matthew Valencia, Dean Stockwell [older]

This Tim Drake is a combination of both the comic version and Jason Todd, the Robin before him. The son of a two-bit crook who betrayed and was murdered by Two-Face, Robin falls into Batman's world while fleeing Two-Face's thugs who are chasing him over something left by his father. Like Grayson, Tim finds out Batman's identity, steals the Robin costume, and ultimately helps bring Two-Face down.

* AbusiveParents: Before he became Robin, his father worked for Two-Face and often left his son (who was under 13 years old) alone to fend for himself for long periods of time. When he double-crossed Two-Face, he abandoned his son to run away, only to be found killed outside of Gotham.
* AscendedFanboy: He was a massive fan of the original Dynamic Duo.
* BadassInDistress: In "Sins of the Father as he manages to escape the capture once Batman comes.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Witnessing [[spoiler:Annie's "death".]]
** [[spoiler: Being tortured by the Joker.]]
* CompositeCharacter: He has Tim Drake's name and intellect with Jason Todd's backstory and attitude and [[spoiler:The Joker ending his career as Robin]].
* DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Tim:''' I know [the American justice system] is bogus.
-->'''Bruce:''' And how did you come to that well-thought-out conclusion?
-->'''Tim:''' Watching you.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* DontYouDarePityMe:
-->'''Batgirl''': Your father left you all alone?
-->'''Tim''': Big deal. He's never around much anyway. I can take care of myself.
* GuileHero: In "Old Wounds", he helped convince Nightwing that Batman can change.
%%* DominoMask
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine
* [[spoiler:GrandTheftMe: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'']]
* KidSidekick: [[spoiler:Deconstructed, eventually.]]
* LegacyCharacter: Steals one of Dick's old costumes and becomes the new Robin.
%%* [[spoiler:MindRape: ''Return of the Joker'']]
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone: has a breakdown in ''ROTJ'', showing that he's tried not to think about it but he really regrets killing the Joker.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: His father runs off to save his own skin, and ends up dead.
%%* [[spoiler:ShellShockedVeteran]]
* StreetUrchin: An amalgam of his comic origins and those of second Robin Jason Todd. His father was a criminal who ended up on the bad side of Two-Face, and he quickly found himself an orphan, just in time to get far too deep in the middle of one of Batman's cases.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: He looks exactly like the mugshot of his dad Steven "Shifty" Drake.
* TeenGenius: He shares his intellect from the comics and in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'' he's shown to have some interest in technology. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' he even grows up to be a communications engineer.
* YouFightLikeACow: His pet name for Two-Face is Puke-Face.

!!Alfred Pennyworth
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--> '''Voiced by:''' Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

* BattleButler: On occasion. He's a former British secret agent and gets a few opportunities to utilize those skills in Batman's service
* CoolOldGuy: He's pretty darn cool, a magnificent example of the ServileSnarker, and [[BattleButler dangerous when pushed]].
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* LikeASonToMe: Alfred gives a double moment with a single line; in "Old Wounds," at Dick Grayson's college graduation he says that Dick is like a second son to him. Alfred is childless: His first "son" is Bruce Wayne.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Played with. Alfred and Frederick, an old compatriot of his, had been captured and injected with TruthSerum. When the serum starts to take effect, Alfred seems to be drunk off it. When Red Claw asks, "What's the second password?", he replies "The lion and the unicorn..." [[spoiler: Turns out Alfred was faking inebriation as the password was exactly what he said.]]
* NeatFreak: When he and Bruce briefly visit some run-down movie-store, Alfred tries his finger on the counter, reproachfully looks at the dirt it comes up with and then proceeds to wipe the counter clean (well, cleaner) with a cloth.
* NiceGuy: One of the best examples comes in his last appearance in the DCAU, "Starcrossed", where he [[PetTheDog consoles]] Hawkgirl when the League vote whether to expel her from the League for being a mole and advanced scout for the Thanagarian Invasion. Alfred admits that whatever they decide, her decision to [[HeelFaceTurn protect Earth and risk exile]] is proof enough for him that she is a hero and worthy of his trust.
* NoHeroToHisValet: While he remains unfailingly loyal through thick and thin, he also practically raised Bruce from childhood and taught him several of the tricks he would later come to use as Batman, with the result that he never fails to vocally criticize Batman to his face when he thinks it's needed and is practically the only person Batman cannot intimidate with his usual tricks.
* RetiredBadass: Former SAS soldier/high-ranking intelligence agent, who can not only defend himself against thugs, but also hold out against ''truth serum''.
* SecretKeeper: To the Batfamily
* ServileSnarker: Just as snarky in animation as he is in the comics:
-->'''Alfred:''' Why, you're the very model of sanity. Oh, by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.
** The "Beware the Creeper" episode, where Alfred gives this gem:
-->'''Alfred:''' Sir, something you may find interesting.\\
'''Batman:''' Go ahead, Alfred.\\
'''Alfred:''' The police just received a call about a [[BreathlessNonSequitur giggling lemon-yellow maniac trashing a thrift-shop, but here's the strange part]]: he paid for his purchase with Jack Ryder's credit card.
* SophisticatedAsHell:
--> As they say on the streets 'I ain't touching that one'
* SpotOfTea: As the most British of gentlemen, he frequently offers an ''actual'' 'spot of tea.'
* UndyingLoyalty: To Batman
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