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''The Batman Adventures'' was the official tie-in comic of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. It started in October, 1992 and was re-launched several times to match the various retoolings of the TV series, becoming successively ''The Batman and Robin Adventures'', ''Batman: Gotham Adventures'', and finally ''Batman Adventures'' (this last in the style of the ''JusticeLeague'' TV series). Lasting to 2004.

Being a printed work, it was much less hampered by censorship (so that, for example, Batman could actually be shown outright punching criminals, whereas the TV series turned him more into a CombatPragmatist). And just as the animated series had introduced viewers to Harley Quinn, Lock-Up, and sundry other original characters, ''The Batman Adventures'' gave us the thrillseeker Roxy Rocket and a trio of [[HarmlessVillain bumbling]], [[AffablyEvil lovable villains]] in Mastermind, Mr. Nice, and the Professor (or "Perfesser").

There were also a number of special issues, such as an adaptation of ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero SubZero]]'', the Eisner Award winning ''Mad Love'', which detailed Comicbook/HarleyQuinn's [[StartOfDarkness origin]] for the first time, and the miniseries ''The Lost Years'', which detailed the events that occurred during the three-year TimeSkip between ''The Adventures of Batman & Robin'' and ''The New Batman Adventures''. ''Mad Love'' was later adapted as an [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE21MadLove episode]] of ''The New Batman Adventures'', as was another anthology issue that became [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE1HolidayKnights "Holiday Knights"]].

The various series were a critical and fan favorite, especially given their relatively light and simple, yet engaging artwork and plots while TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks was in full swing. The book was still going strong, both a critical and financial success, when it was canceled to make way for ''The Batman Strikes!'', the official tie-in comic of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', a new, unrelated Batman animated series.

It is unrelated to DC's year-long official webcomic ''Batman: Shadow of Sin Tzu'', a prequel to the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' video game spin-off ''VideoGame/BatmanRiseOfSinTzu''.
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''The Batman Adventures'', in its various incarnations, provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: The [[spoiler:''Red Hood'']] is introduced as the ManBehindTheMan to the False-Face Society...and then that arc is completely dropped, never to be heard from again. At least the [[spoiler:Penguin as mayor of Gotham]] arc got a resolution.
* AbusiveParents: Lester Dent in ''Gotham Adventures'' #2, who used to beat or spare his son Harvey [[FreudianExcuse depending on the results of his coin flips]].
* ActuallyADoombot: One of the last issues of ''Batman Adventures'' applied this retcon to a character whose appearance and power set were significantly changed between ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]''; the issue ends with the two versions of the character meeting, and a reveal that the ''BTAS'' version is the real one and the ''TNBA'' version is a Doombot (or, more precisely, [[spoiler:one of Poison Ivy's plant-clone-creatures which she'd left to fill in for her when she quit town]]).
* AdaptationExpansion: ''Lost Years'' is an expanded adaptation of ''The New Batman Adventures'' episodes [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE17OldWounds "Old Wounds"]] and [[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE2SinsOfTheFather "Sins of the Father"]], turning both episodes into one longer story arc and adding scenes that expand on Dick's ideological differences to Batman and a trip to South America and Asia as part of his origin as Nightwing, as well as scenes that make Tim more similar to his comics counterpart by showing him to be a Batman fan who spies on him with binoculars.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: ''Gotham Adventures'' #30 shows that Clayface is mercilessly mocked by the other Arkham inmates.
* AllThereInTheManual:
** WeUsedToBeFriends: An issue explains why Catwoman cut all ties to the Bat-Family between ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'': [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1893329.html Batman saw her disfigure]] a RichBitch cosmetic entrepreneur for using AnimalTesting. The catch is that Catwoman doesn't [[ButForMeItWasTuesday feel so bad about that until]] she realizes someone like the Batman would never forgive such an act.
** HiddenDepths: In a TV show full of {{Tragic Villain}}s, the Scarecrow [[FlatCharacter is only a sadistic]] JerkAss, but Batman Adventures #4 and the Annual gave him Character Depth with a TragicDream with his genuine desire to teach again and become a true SaveOurStudents teacher.
** See ActuallyADoombot.
** A few of the rogue's darker origins that couldn't be expanded on in the series were put in the comic format, such as Two-Face's abusive childhood.
* AncientGrome: InUniverse example in ''Gotham Adventures'' #34. Maxie Zeus kidnaps a team of Hollywood set designers; inspired by an obvious ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' {{Expy}} film they made, his goal is to have them rebuild Rome.
--> '''Crew Chief:''' [[LampshadeHanging Okay, but why Rome? Aren't you, y'know... a Greek god? I mean, if you were a Roman god, wouldn't you be called Maxie Jupiter?]]
--> ''[[DeathGlare Maxie glares directly at him]]''
--> '''Crew Chief:''' You know what? I'm an idiot. I'm an idiot who doesn't deserve to be in your mighty and, uh, infallible presence so I'm going to leave now.
* AndThenWhat: The Annual # 1 of the comic ''Study Hall:'' shows Scarecrow at Arkham asking this to himself at the beginning of his RedemptionFailure:
-->'''Scarecrow:''' ''What will happen when I am too old or too infirm to engage with the Batman at our usual duel of wills? Then what? [[SaveOurStudents I was a teacher once…]]
** Poison Ivy also asks one of them to herself at the end of ''Batman and Robin Adventures'' # 24, ''Touch of Death''. This one shows [[{{Hypocrite}} how disconnected Poison Ivy is from her true motivations]] to save a Brazilian boy who is a PoisonousPerson from a GovernmentConspiracy and brings him back to his home.
-->'''Poison Ivy:''' ''[[AndThenWhat And with the kid, I could…]]'' {{Beat}}... ''[[DidntThinkThisThrough poison people FASTER?]]… ''[[EvilCannotComprehendGood what was I thinking?]]''
* AppealToNature: In ''Gotham Adventures'', one issue features an "all-natural" breakfast cereal that is taking Gotham by storm. Turns out that it's just ''so'' packed with organic, untreated plant matter that [[spoiler:Poison Ivy can control anyone who eats enough of it]].
* BadassAndBaby: ''Gotham Adventures'' [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/990722.html #26]]
* BananaPeel: In ''The Batman and Robin Adventures'' #5, "Second Banana", the Joker is captured at the end after slipping on his own banana peel.
* BatmanGambit: Batman explains how he did one to the Joker in "Mad Love".
* BecauseImGoodAtIt: Mr. Nice is a career criminal despite his highly moral inclinations, because he is ''incredibly'' good at it. (Seriously. You simply will not believe just ''how'' good.)
* BerserkButton: While Batman [[DoesNotLikeGuns never cared for guns]], here he often gets ''extremely angry'' and a ''lot'' more threatening once a thug brandishes a gun at him.
** Think that's bad? Scarecrow has a bigger one when after escaping Arkham and becoming a well respected professor at a local college under a new name. What is it? He found out his smartest student, [[SaveOurStudents one he did care for]], had just been [[RapeAsDrama Raped by her]] JerkJock boyfriend. Result?; [[SplitPersonalityTakeover Goodbye Crane, hello Scarecrow...]]
* BreakingTheBonds: Batman breaks through a whole lot of rope in a single SNAP! in ''The Batman Adventures'' #3.
* CanonForeigner: Mastermind, the Perfessor, and Mr. Nice.
* CanonImmigrant: Roxy Rocket started out in ''The Batman Adventures'', graduated to the animated series, and then appeared in the original comics.
* ChalkOutline: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #6. When Batman knocks out the murderer, he lands sprawled out on the outline.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #6, it was a plot point that Bruce Wayne is capable of an unassisted ten-foot vertical jump. The world record is ''four''.
* ChronicVillainy: Subverted. The reformed Riddler struggles with his compulsions, and begins to leave riddles for Batman — without doing anything illegal. Batman manages to stop him before he begins to commit crimes again by giving him a mystery to solve.
* ContinuityNod: Numerous examples; it often feels like the comic has more continuity than the animated series. For example, in ''Gotham Adventures'' #5, Batgirl hurts her leg. In the next issue, which details the origin of Comicbook/{{Deadman}}, Barbara is shown with crutches and bandages on her leg. The ''next'' issue mentions the murder case of Boston Brand (Deadman).
* ContinuitySnarl: The comic is supposedly canon to the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, but...
** ''The Batman Adventures'' #25 features guest appearances from mullet Superman and beard-and-full-head-of-hair Lex Luthor, with Batman and Superman already knowing each other and having a professional relationship free of animosity. While the character designs are obviously meant to reflect the state of affairs in the main comics at the time, ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' went with the more iconic clean-cut Superman and BaldOfEvil Luthor, and Batman and Superman don't meet until ''World's Finest'', where they develop a strained relationship.
** ''The Batman & Robin Adventures'' #16 features Thomas Blake (Catman), a muscular blond man and a former big-game hunter who admires Catwoman from afar and decides to become a copycat criminal. Blake would later appear in ''The New Batman Adventures'' without the Catman identity and with a completely different character design (more slender, with dark hair) and background (the leader of a cat cult).
** ''The Batman & Robin Adventures'' #19 features the origin of Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress: her family is killed by agents from five other mafia families during her adulthood; Helena decides to don a costume to take down the Bertinelli family's various criminal operations. The origin shown when the Huntress debuts in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has the Bertinellis killed during Helena's childhood on the orders of one man, Steven Mandragora, and her main goal upon becoming the Huntress is to kill Mandragora.
* TheCorpseStopsHere: ''The Batman Adventures'' #6 begins with Bruce Wayne found standing over a fresh corpse.
* CreatorCameo: In ''Gotham Adventures'' #58, minor characters that resemble Dan Slott and James Fry (the writer and artist of the story) appear.
* CriminalAmnesiac: "Catman", actually Batman rendered amnesic by Hugo Strange and duped into being Catwoman's partner in crime, in an issue of ''The Batman Adventures''.
* CutShort: The "Shadows and Masks" arc in ''Batman Adventures'' culminated in an awesome SequelHook revealing that TheManBehindTheMan was [[spoiler:the Red Hood]]. And then the series was canceled.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Believe it or not. Though still leagues less violent than the regular comic book (especially at the time the series started, when TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks was in full swing), the more relaxed standards of printed comics let the writers get away with much more than they would have in the cartoon. Some of the violence can actually be pretty cringe-inducing (like the Joker hitting a man with all his might using a mallet on the back of the head, which can kill a regular man instantly), and there's also many instances of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. Adult readers will be surprised.
* DecoyDamsel: The Catwoman successfully used this ploy on Batman in her very first appearance in the comic (issue #2). At the behest of [[spoiler: The Joker]], she steals the Crown Jewels of London. Batman chases her across London's rooftops, finally cornering her atop the Big Ben clock tower. Catwoman, realizing that there's no easy way to escape, pretends to attack Batman but then "accidentally" falls off the tower ledge, hanging on for dear life from one of the clock's giant hands and begging Batman to save her. He does so... whereupon she shouts "SUCKER!" and clocks him in the jaw, knocking ''him'' off the ledge and nearly killing him. Batman survives - and saves the Crown Jewels in the bargain - but then he is forced to watch in frustration as Catwoman makes a clean getaway, in what would prove to be one of many, ''many'' [[KarmaHoudini Karma Houdinis]] for her. (This issue was also notable for showing the normally non-homicidal Catwoman nearing killing Batman, even if it was just part of a mean-spirited prank.)
* DestinedBystander: Eel O'Brien plays a supporting role in the Black Mask arc of the last ''Batman Adventures'' series, but the series was canceled before it could built up to his becoming ComicBook/PlasticMan.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Joker tries to beat a henchman to death with a bunch of bananas over a $20 wager on the World Series.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet:
** The Joker broadcasts to every television in Gotham in ''The Batman Adventures'' #3. "Same Joker time, any channel at all."
** The Scarecrow breaks in on television and radio broadcasts to announce his scheme and demand a ransom in ''The Batman Adventures'' #4.
* DoNotCallMePaul / InsistentTerminology: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #6, It's not ''Professor Crane''. The name is ''Scarecrow''.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Joker gets annoyed when Harley explains a joke trap she set up, although it's implied he wouldn't accept it anyway.
* DramaticUnmask: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #3, the Joker catches Batman and rips off his mask on live television, to reveal [[spoiler:District Attorney Harvey Dent, who had been pretending to be Batman while Batman was pretending to be him]].
* DyingClue: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #6, the dying man whispers "Rose..." What he wanted to say, but didn't have the energy, was [[spoiler:"The rosewood grandfather clock conceals a secret passage, and that's how the killer got in and out." It would have been much less cryptic if he'd skipped the adjectives and just said "the clock".]]
* EdibleBludgeon: Issue #5 of ''The Batman and Robin Adventures'' opens with the Joker breaking out of Arkham and trying to club a henchman to death with a bunch of bananas [[DisproportionateRetribution because he welshed on a trivial bet over the World Series they had made before Joker was arrested]]. Joker eventually regrets this decision - not out of any moral concern, mind you, just the fact that bananas aren't sturdy enough to make an effective truncheon. When he tries to kill Riddler at the end of the issue, he uses plantains instead.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: An issue of ''Batman Adventures'' had Batman fighting Ra's al Ghul in a secret underground base on Easter Island. The base was under a field of head-and-neck moai, and when the action moved underground it was revealed that they had proportionally large bodies which formed the pillars supporting the roof of the secret base.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: The Penguin has one in ''The Batman Adventures'' #1.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Poison Ivy has a few instances, notably in ''Gotham Adventures'' #53, when Ivy assumes Batman is threatening the Amazon rainforest to get her to cooperate. He later tells Robin that he never even told her he was going to do anything; she just assumed that he would go to the same extreme lengths she would to get what he wanted.
* FalseReassurance: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #6, the true murderer is the one who'd told Dick "I'm the ''last'' person you have to convince Bruce is innocent."
* {{Flanderization}}: When the Mastermind, Mr. Nice, and the Professor first appeared, they were depicted as normal (well, [[CityOfWeirdos normal for Gotham]], anyway) criminals hatching fairly routine criminal plots (smuggling, hijacking, and burglary, respectively). But in future issues their traits were wildly exaggerated: [[SmallNameBigEgo Mastermind's ego mounted to godlike proportions]]; Mr. Nice went from someone who was merely BadassNormal to "killing machine able to fight off entire armies of soldiers" (and in fact the writers had to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this and come up with a pseudo-scientific explanation for it after a reader pointed out how ridiculous it was in the letters column); and the Professor, formerly just [[KnowNothingKnowItAll a smug intellectual wannabe]], became almost literally a walking encyclopedia who knew everything about ''everything''. Their crime capers (they teamed up twice) also got [[ZanyScheme increasingly outlandish and even cartoonish]], until they were behaving more like characters in a 1960s Disney family comedy than like ''Batman'' villains.
* FlashbackNightmare: The Scarecrow has one in ''The Batman Adventures'' #5, showing how he came to his current scheme.
* ForTheEvulz: In one issue Harvey Dent, the criminal Two-Face, has reformed and is starting a romance with his lawyer Grace Lamont. Joker hints to Harvey that Lamont is dating Harvey's friend Bruce Wayne, and is just seeing Harvey out of pity. Then he gets his assistant Harley Quinn to leak to a newspaper that Lamont is planning to marry Bruce, and delivers the newspaper to Harvey. One breakdown, jailbreak, attempted murder, and broken heart later, Batman asks the Joker why he caused such a horrible disaster. He said he did it because [[InsaneTrollLogic it was Tuesday.]]
* TheFullNameAdventures
* GenreSavvy: Joker attempts to speed up the ceremony when he and Harley are getting married, much to her annoyance. Poison Ivy crashes through the window, shouting "I object!" Joker annoyingly yells "I knew it, I KNEW IT!"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As Bane prepares to kill Thorne and his lieutenants, he tells Candice that he'll kill her second since he knows how she "likes to watch".
* GoldDigger: Harley tricks TheJoker into believing she inherited a fortune so he'd marry her.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: The Joker in ''The Batman Adventures'' #16
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Robin at one point smacks one of Scarecrow's thugs with a mannequin. The whole mannequin.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The Riddler]] during ''Batman Adventures''.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In the TV show, Poison Ivy advocates the causes of environmentalism and feminism, but those are only excuses to display her real sadistic urges of control and manipulation. Then we have a refreshing inversion at "Batman and Robin Adventures" # 24, "Touch of Death", where Poison Ivy rescues a Brazilian boy who is a PoisonousPerson from a GovernmentConspiracy and brings him back to his home. She claims it is because she wants to manipulate the boy, sincerely unaware that she WouldntHurtAChild, not even claiming EvenEvilHasStandards nor IWasJustPassingThrough.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: ComicBook/TheCreeper, in his ''Batman: Gotham Adventures'' appearance
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: In ''Gotham Adventures'' #33, The Phantom Stranger shows Bruce what life would be like if his parents survived and he never became Batman. (In short: he, Selina and his family live very happy lives, but Dick, Tim and everyone in Gotham... straight down the crapper.)
* JokerImmunity: Deconstructed in "Laughter After Midnight", a story by Creator/PaulDini in ''The Batman Adventures Annual'' #1. It begins with the Joker falling out of a police blimp after a climactic fight with Batman. First, he survives by falling into a park's lake (and even says "Don't worry, I'm all right"). Understandably angry that his archenemy threw him from a blimp, he begins a massacre of Gotham's midnight denizens while [[VillainsOutShopping buying donuts and a paper]]. He asks Harley to pick him up, but the police are with her. Then a RedShirt patrolman tries to arrest him and the Joker steals his patrol car. The comic ends in an eerie scene with the Joker trying to get home.
-->'''The Joker''': I wonder ''whose'' home it's gonna be?
* LoveTriangle: Several issues of ''Gotham'' and ''Batman Adventures'' (the first by Ty Templeton, the latter two by Jason Hall) explore one involving Mr. Freeze, his ex wife Nora, and her new husband Dr. D'Anjeou.
* MadLove: The TropeNamer
* TheManBehindTheMan: In the "Shadows and Masks" story arc of ''Batman Adventures'', Batman brings down the mob boss Black Mask, but it turns out at the end that Black Mask was actually an underling and front for somebody else.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: ''The Batman & Robin Adventures Annual'' #2 demonstrates Zatara and Zatanna using what is ambiguously presented as actual magic, instead of the simple stage illusions they use in ''Batman: The Animated Series''.
* TheMentallyDisturbed: One strength these comics have over the animated series is their tendency to portray the various Arkham inmates as people who are sick and have the possibility of rehabilitation. While the cartoon did apply this to a few of the rogues (most notably Harvey Dent, Victor Fries, and Harleen Quinzel), the rest were for the most part portrayed as simply evil.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: The Sensei.
* MonumentalBattle: ''The Batman Adventures'' #2 has a showdown on the Westminster Clock Tower.
* MortonsFork: One issue told the story [[DayInTheLimelight exclusively from Commissioner Gordon's perspective]] as he went on a mission to rescue a cop named Miller, who had been captured by gangster Rupert Thorne while trying to infiltrate Thorne's gang. [[BigDamnHeroes Batman shows up just in time (disguised as one of Thorne's goons, complete with a lifelike latex mask) and saves the day by beating the crud out of all of Thorne's assassins]], of course, but the climax is more memorable for a brilliant psych-out on Gordon's part. Thorne and Gordon each grab a pistol, and Thorne tries to force Gordon to drop his gun by threatening to shoot Miller (who is still tied up). Gordon simply pretends to be a CowboyCop, telling Thorne that if he shoots Miller, Gordon will just retaliate by shooting ''him'' - so either way, whether Thorne tries to shoot Miller or Gordon, he'll get killed. Thorne falls for the trick and surrenders like a coward.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: There's a story arc in ''Batman Adventures'' where the new mayor ([[spoiler:Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot]]) has declared Batman an outlaw and ordered the police to arrest him on sight. Commissioner Gordon continues as normal except that he closes his eyes or looks the other way when he's talking to Batman.
* MythologyGag: In ''Batman Adventures'' #10, Catwoman's closet is shown to have not only her ''BTAS'' and ''TNBA'' costumes, but the caped Silver Age version and goggled modern version as well.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Harley came this close to killing Batman, until he got her to bring the Joker in, who then effectively ruins the deathtrap (which Batman had counted on).
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Batman & Robin Adventures'' #12 features the televised reunion concert of the [[Music/TheBeatles Beat Brothers, who have a hit named "Love Is What We Need".]] [[WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings The Scarecrow's attempts to co-opt the broadcast and the ensuing fight with Batman and Robin at the studio leads the band to cancel the concert outright out of fear for their lives]].
* ObliviousToLove: In ''Gotham Adventures'' #24, Catwoman sets up an elaborate scheme just for a chance to try and reconcile with Batman following the incident described under AllThereInTheManual[=/=]WeUsedToBeFriends. He seems confused and just tries to arrest her. When Batgirl explains the situation to him later, he still seems to have literally no idea what Catwoman was getting at.
* OriginsEpisode: ''The Lost Years'' serves as one for Dick as Nightwing and Tim as Robin.
* OrphanedPunchline: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #2:
-->'''Security guard:''' ... so the bald guy says, "What? No shaving cream?"
* OutGambitted: In "Mad Love"
* PerpSweating: Detective Bullock attempts to sweat a wrongly-accused Bruce Wayne in ''The Batman Adventures'' #6.
* PlaceboEffect: Or rather, nocebo effect. In one issue, the Scarecrow claims on television that he's infected all of Gotham with fear toxin. Mass panic ensues even though he only ''really'' gassed the people in the building he was broadcasting from, and doesn't stop until Batman gets his confession on camera.
* PlantPerson: Poison Ivy
* PlayAlongPrisoner: The Joker in ''Batman: Gotham Adventures'' #1.
* ProperlyParanoid: In ''Batman & Robin Adventures'' #13, Batman is practically insane with paranoia after a particularly bad dose of fear gas, to the point of refusing what he thinks could be poisoned food from ''Alfred'', and keeps himself awake for days on end to figure out the Scarecrow's latest scheme--which he gets correct, down to the letter.
* PungeonMaster: Catman certainly loves his cat puns...
* RedemptionFailure: The CentralTheme for the Annual # 1, with four stories:
** ''Going Straight:'' FramingDevice where Batman investigates Roxy Rocket, a criminal escape artist that Batman was sure was reformed, but who seems to have come back to crime. Roxy claims to be framed and demands to ClearMyName.
** ''Puppet Show:'' The Ventriloquist finds work as a puppeteer in a kid's show and even has Croaky, a frog puppet who supports and encourages him to get straight, but a WhiteDwarfStarlet DepravedKidsShowHost knows about his past, and [[TheCorrupter tries to tempt him]].
** ''24 Hours:'' A DayInTheLife of Harley Quinn, the day she is released from Arkham and wants to go straight right until she meets the Joker again. Only two pages long, maybe a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for [[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE16HarleysHoliday "Harley's Holiday"]].
** ''Study Hall:'' After subjecting himself to an AndThenWhat, Scarecrow escapes Arkham to become a teacher in an university, but when a JerkJock [[RapeAsDrama rapes his]] favorite student, Crane will become the ultimate SadistTeacher.
* {{Revenge}}: Played with in the story ''Fear Itself'', where Joe Chill is ''obsessed'' with the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, because by the time he realized who he'd killed, the boy that he spared had become an "''untouchable millionaire''", with Chill spending the rest of his life living in utter terror of someone as rich and powerful as Bruce Wayne ''finally'' remembering his face and taking vengeance on Chill for killing the Waynes, to the point where Chill starts hallucinating Bruce Wayne appearing everywhere. Ultimately, [[spoiler:when Batman is unmasked while trying to rescue the dangling-from-a-balcony-railing Chill, the latter freaks out and falls to his death, believing that Bruce is a hallucination. Bruce is left utterly baffled as to what just happened, as he ''hadn't'' recognized Chill nor tied him to the Wayne murders]].
* RiddleOfTheSphinx: Used in an issue featuring -- who else? -- the Riddler.
* ShoutOut:
** In ''The Batman Adventures'' #5, two men appear in the Scarecrow's nightmare who look remarkably like [[ComicBook/TheSandman Cain and Abel]].
** ''The Batman Adventures'' #6 is a murder mystery with shout-outs to ''Film/TheThirdMan'', ''Film/CitizenKane'', and the works of Creator/AlfredHitchcock, who makes a CreatorCameo receiving an ArmorPiercingSlap.
** In ''Gotham Adventures'' #1, as the Joker attempts to escape Batgirl's custody, he remarks, "[[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit I could've gotten out of [these handcuffs] any time I wanted; I just had to wait until it was funny!]]"
** In ''Gotham Adventures'' #4, we see [[{{Seinfeld}} Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer]] stealing a car.
** In ''Gotham Adventures'' #10, Harley Quinn checks into a hotel under the pseudonym [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elise-Archer-as-Harley-Quinn/240470227181 Elise Archer]]. Also, one of the other writers hiding out there is "[[Literature/TheSatanicVerses Mr. Rushdie]]."
** An issue of ''Gotham Adventures'' features [[Literature/CatsCradle ice-9]], although it's never actually named.
** "Study Hall," a Scarecrow-centric story, contains multiple further references to Washington Irving's "[[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]]." The JerkJock is named Bromley after Brom Bones, and Jonathan Crane's alias as an English professor is Irving Diedrich.
** ''Gotham Adventures'' #35 has Bruce Wayne as [[Film/TwelveAngryMen the sole holdout on a jury trying to convince the others that the defendant]] is... guilty (he knows because he's Batman). At the end of the issue, he has a conversation outside the courthouse with a fellow juror--who, like Juror #9 in ''Twelve Angry Men'', is an elderly man.
* SmallNameBigEgo: The Penguin. In the very first issue, the Penguin asks his henchmen to share a new word they have learned ("because being a criminal doesn't mean being dumb"). This patronizing attitude backfires on him because the Penguin doesn't know what a word means, so he lies to them and makes it up. [[TooDumbToLive One of henchmen dared to complain, with unfortunate results.]] In ''Batman Adventures'' Vol. 2, a subplot for issues 1 to 13 was the Penguin winning Gotham's election for Mayor... but Batman discovers that it was another revenge scheme by the Clock King to ruin (ex) Mayor Hill's life. The Penguin really believed that the people liked him and had elected him (he actually came in sixth). Then we have this resignation speech:
-->''"So I resign. [[RichardNixon You don't get Oswald Cobblepot to kick around anymore!...]] At least not until the fall election, you've seen what I can do as Mayor, Gotham City. When the time comes, I'm sure to come back in a landslide!!... Now, NO further questions you vultures! I'm done with you!"''
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In their third appearance in the comic, the Mastermind, Mr. Nice, and the Professor get involved in a ZanyScheme to find a giant pearl that seems more like something out of a screwball comedy than an action-adventure comic book. Batman barely even appears!
* StoryArc: There are several short arcs of two or three issues. ''Batman Adventures'' also has ''Masks and Shadows'', which featured the False-Face Society (and ended up [[AbortedArc aborted]]) and the arc of the Penguin's impossible victory in the Gotham mayoral election.
* StupidGood: Hate to say it, but.... Bruce got suckered into teaming up with [[FemmeFatale the sexy, sinister Talia]] ''twice'', only for her to betray him both times and side with her father, Ra's al-Ghul, in his latest plot to destroy the human race. (And keep in mind that he had ''already'' learned that Talia was willing - if not always eager - to do her father's bidding on an episode of the animated series.) Ra's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this fact in the second of the two issues with [[DaddysLittleVillain "Is she not her father's daughter?"]]
* SuperpowerMeltdown: [[spoiler:At the outset of ''Batman Adventures'', Poison Ivy is shown to be becoming more and more plantlike when a stab wound is shown to do her no harm. In her penultimate issue her hair has been replaced by red vines, and she's gained the ability to shoot thorns from all over her skin. In her last issue, she's covered in buds and flowers and can no longer live without sunlight, and dies during the night. However, it's also revealed that she isn't Pamela Isley at all; see ActuallyADoombot]].
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: In ''The Batman Adventures'' #5, Robin manages to make the Scarecrow ''cry'' (and give him the antidote) by calling him Professor Crane and playing on his secret desire to teach again. He doesn't, however, manage to convince him to surrender, and the latter runs out the door and straight into Batman. Cut to Arkham, where a fuming Scarecrow [[DoNotCallMePaul refuses to answer to Crane]].
* TerribleTrio: The Threatening Three (Mr. Nice, Mastermind, and the Perfesser), a group of comical criminals (designed to resemble Archie Goodwin, Mike Carlin and Dennis O'Neil) who made at least one appearance per Adventures series until their final appearance in ''Gotham Adventures''.
* ThreeActStructure: Used without shame; the original thirty issues or so of ''The Batman Adventures'' even had helpful little blurbs spelling out where each act starts and ends.
* TilMurderDoUsPart: Played with in ''Batman Adventures'' #16, where the Joker starts reciprocating Harley Quinn's affections, and even proposes to her -- just after she receives a letter informing her she's inherited a fortune. The twist is that [[spoiler:the letter is a fake, which Harley sent herself; she's GenreSavvy enough to realise it will cause the Joker to marry and murder her, but crazy enough to believe that if she reveals the truth once they're married, he'll have no reason to murder her and they'll live happily ever after]].
** Amazingly, [[spoiler: she's ''right''. The Joker finds the whole deception romantic and agrees to marry her anyway. About as close as they ever get to UnholyMatrimony.]]
* TimeSkip: Between each incarnation of the book, perhaps most obviously with ''Batman Adventures'', which establishes several changes to the status quo like the Penguin having been elected mayor and outlawed Batman.
* TragicDream: Scarecrow wants to be a SaveOurStudents type of teacher... a dream available to everyone but him, because his true nature is the SadistTeacher.
* TranslationConvention: The tried and true comics convention of ''''.
* UnknownRival: Bruce never found out who killed his parents, so he doesn't understand why Joe Chill was scared enough to fall to his death when he accidentally unmasked Batman.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Batman's plan to stop the Joker kidnapping Harvey Dent in ''The Batman Adventures'' #3.
* UpperClassTwit: Bruce is a much stronger example of this here than in the animated series proper. When attending a science awards gala:
-->'''Socialite:''' Bruce, this is wonderful! I had no idea you were interested in science!\\
'''Bruce:''' I'm not, but the publicity is ''great'' for my image.\\
'''Socialite:''' ''(rolls eyes)'' Of course. Silly me.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Riddler at the end of Gotham Adventures #11.
* VillainsOutShopping: Averted by TheJoker at ''The laugh after Midnight'' when [[JokerImmunity after surviving his last fight with Batman]] he only wants to come back home, buy some donuts and a paper, call to Harley to pick him... while killing the vendors with Joker Venom.
* WhyThankYouX: In ''Batman: Gotham Adventures'' #1
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Thanks to the Scarecrow, the Beat Brothers will never do a reunion show again. His fellow prisoners are not happy, to say the least.
* WithThisRing: An idiosyncratic version for the idiosyncratic [[spoiler:Joker and Harley Quinn]] in ''Batman Adventures'' #16
* ZorroMark: The Cavalier, in ''Batman Adventures'' #1
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