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->''"But wait, the wildest is yet to come!"''

This is the campy, colorful, comedic adaptation of the titular comic book character, produced for Creator/{{ABC}} from 1966 to 1968; it featured Franchise/{{Batman}} (played by Creator/AdamWest) and Comicbook/{{Robin}} (played by Burt Ward) foiling daffy and innocuous criminals via detective work and slow fist-fights which were [[TheHitFlash punctuated]] by large comic-style POW!s, BAFF!s and ZONK!s. Producer William Dozier and head writer Lorenzo Semple Jr. were assigned to create a Batman TV series; not being big fans of the comics, they hit on the idea of [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] and parodying the over-the-top tropes of comics and the square [[ComicallySerious humorlessness]] of superheroes. The result was an instant smash hit in 1966 that appealed to both kids and adults: children tuned in for the superhero adventures, while adults caught the [[ParentalBonus jokes and satirical humor]].

With its intentionally absurd writing (particularly Batman's array of gadgets, which seemed large enough to cater for [[CrazyPrepared any given situation]] -- the legendary Shark-Repellent Batspray comes to mind) and shonky production values, this was more like a televised {{pantomime}} than anything resembling portrayals of superheroes in modern day media. The series managed to become something of a cultural icon, but it is also partly responsible for the general public's dim view of comic book writing and comics in general today (though, [[SilverAge at the time]], it was a pretty faithful adaptation of the comics).

For most of its run, ''Batman'' aired ''twice'' a week, on successive weeknights (which was unusual at the time). The episodes were two-parters; a {{cliffhanger}} punctuated the end of the first episode and the narrator iconically told the audience to "tune in tomorrow -- same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel!" The series switched to airing once a week in the final season.

''Film/BatmanTheMovie'', an original theatrical feature film based on the series, was released in 1966. Among other things, the movie's larger budget provided the Dynamic Duo with some additional vehicles that stuck around for the remainder of the TV series (by recycling footage from the film): the Bat-Boat, the Bat-Copter, and the Bat-Cycle.

The series still tends to be polarizing. Many enjoy it for its sheer farce and surrealism -- or for its nostalgia value -- but at the same time, many modern Batman fans consider this Batman to be the opposite of the Batman they know and love. Many comics fans also consider the show to be responsible for tainting an entire medium in the eyes of the general public; to this day, mainstream news stories about comic books are likely to have headlines like "Pow! Zap! Wham! Comic Books Aren't Just For Kids Anymore!" The series is sometimes blamed for causing the Batman comic line to adopt a "campier" tone as well, but [[{{Misblamed}} in truth]] the main difference between this series and the "New Look" Batman comics that immediately preceded it was that the TV show was intentionally funny. The series did play a key role in the continued existence of the entire Bat franchise, however; comics sales had been in a serious decline, but the series provided a great deal of publicity, which led to a much-needed sales boost in Batman comics.

The show's legacy continued long after its cancellation. Almost a decade later, Adam West and Burt Ward would reprise their roles on ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'', a Creator/{{Filmation}} animated series which competed with {{Hanna-Barbera}}'s ''Main/SuperFriends''. West would eventually wind up voicing Batman on the last two "Super Powers" branded seasons of ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''. (Robin continued to be played by his longtime ''Super Friends'' voice actor, Casey Kasem.) The show's style also influenced ''SupermanTheMovie'', the first ever big-budget superhero film.

West and Ward would play Batman and Robin in live action one final time (joined by Frank Gorshin as the Riddler) in the 1979 TV ''Legends of the Superheroes'' specials. In the early 2000s, West and Ward (again joined by Gorshin) portrayed cartoonish versions of themselves in a CBS Movie ''Beyond The Batcave'', consisting of a modern day plot to find the stolen Batmobile mixed with flashbacks to the events behind the scenes of filming the series in the 60s.

In 2013, [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/03/dc-to-launch-digital-first-batman-comic-based-on-classic-tv-show/ DC announced]] ''Batman '66'', a digital-first comic based on the series, with license to the rights for all the actors on the show, and written by Jeff Parker of {{Aquaman}} and Marvel's AgentsOfAtlas.

For many, many years, the show was never given any sort of proper home video release, which was especially awful in light of the TV-on-DVD boom. Reasons for this varied, with some of the issues cited being music licenses, royalties for the numerous "Bat-walk" cameos, and the fact that Bat-media as a whole is owned by Warner Bros. while the series and its various elements are owned by 20th Century Fox. (''Batman: The Movie'' has no such issues.) Fortunately for fans, the series is currently airing on Creator/IFC and on Creator/MeTV. Finally, on January 15, 2014, Warner Home Video confirmed [[http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Batman-DVDs-Planned/19353 the entire series would be released in one gigantic box set later in the year.]] Burt Ward later confirmed that date would be November 11, 2014. The news comes [[MilestoneCelebration just in time for Batman's 75th anniversary]].

If you want Batman played DarkerAndEdgier, see Creator/TimBurton's [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 film]] (and [[Film/BatmanReturns its 1992 sequel]]), ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' or ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. For a more modern take on Batman that retains the SilverAge fun-factor[=/=]{{Camp}} absurdity combo of the series, see Joel Schumacher's ''Film/BatmanForever''. For Silver Age fun-factor with more tasteful {{Camp}} absurdity, see ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. For a DarkerAndEdgier take nonetheless heavy on {{Camp}}, see ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder''. And for camp absurdity minus the Silver Age fun-factor, see Schumacher's ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.

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!! "Holy trope lists, Batman!":

* AbandonedWarehouse: Including, but not limited to, abandoned factories for surfboards, umbrellas and ''launching pads''. For such a candy-colored town, Gotham City has an awful lot of abandoned buildings. It's no wonder there's such a rise in crime.
** Sometimes averted when villains like Joker and Catwoman use ''active'' businesses such as a printing company and a restaurant respectively as a front.
* ActingForTwo: Liberace (yes, Liberace) once played both an {{Expy}} of himself as well as his own EvilTwin brother.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The Dynamic Duo, the Caped Crusaders, etc.
** The Penguin is especially fond of alliteration, calling Catwoman a "Felonious Feline" and the Joker a "pompous popinjay".
** Batman also engages in it a lot.
* AdiposeRex: King Tut
* AffablyEvil: Mr. Freeze (especially the Creator/GeorgeSanders version).
* AffectionateParody: [[http://tothebatpoles.blogspot.com/2011/09/spotlight-on-hi-diddle-diddlesmack-in.html This article]] argues that the mere fact of playing a relatively ambitious live-action production of a superhero (viewed at the time as an inherently worthless material) had to be played as a superficial, deliberately light self-parody devised by mainstreamers who never even suspected that a rich timeless fantasy was lurking underneath.
* AirVentPassageway: Batman and Robin infiltrate a building via air ducts in "A Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away".
* AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues: Inverted by the Penguin when he runs for Mayor of Gotham City; his campaign features 'plenty of girls and bands and slogans and lots of hoopla, but remember, no politics. Issues confuse people.'
* AmmunitionBackpack: Mr. Freeze wore a tank of freezing gas on his back to fuel his FreezeRay.
* AnachronismStew: King Tut [[DeathTrap drowns Batman]] while quoting Shakespeare.
* AndIMustScream: The Paralyzing Fog inflicts this on Batgirl.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Multiple examples.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening
* AnyoneCanDie: Generally avoided thanks to Batman being CrazyPrepared. However a few people, both good and bad, ''are'' killed in season 1.
* AristocratsAreEvil: SpecialGuest Villains Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and Lady Penelope Peasoup.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** In the classic form of ListOfTransgressions, the list of Joker and Catwoman’s crimes includes “overtime parking”.
** King Tut's line in one episode: "My Queen is disloyal, my handmaiden is a traitor... and everybody's being mean to me!" It's made all the better by the fact that Victor Buono is one of the [[LargeHam hammiest hams]] in the entire series.
** Tut's crimes are at one point listed as "Kidnapping, murder, grand theft, and malicious mischief." The latter is a term for willful or wanton destruction of other people's property (i.e., vandalism).
* AscendedExtra: The Riddler. Before 1966, he had only appeared in three stories total, two of which were in the 1940s. But his 1965 revival story caught the eye of the TV producers, who made him the series' first SpecialGuest Villain, and ultimately one of the top four.
** Also in a meta sense - the popularity of Gorshin's Riddler led to the character becoming a prominent member of Batman's Rogue's Gallery in the comics, where he remains to this day.
* AsYouKnow: Utilized heavily when discussing villains, especially the few who have origin stories (namely, Mister Freeze and King Tut). Few, if any villains are "introduced" in the series; even when the audience meets them for the first time, it's established that Batman and Robin have had many previous encounters with them.
* BaldOfEvil:
** Egghead, portrayed by Creator/VincentPrice.
** Mister Freeze, as played by Otto Preminger.
* BashBrothers: Batman and Robin, even more so in this adaptation than in most. This trope could have easily been called "Dynamic Duo".
* BatDeduction: TropeNamer.
* BatmanGambit: Alfred, Batman, and Robin pull one on Joker in "Flop Goes The Joker" with some paintings.
* BattleButler: Alfred shows himself to be a surprisingly good fighter on occasion, able to deliver solid punches to henchmen and once single-handedly defeating the Joker in a fencing duel. And then single-handedly trapping him in the Batpoles (conveniently unlabeled since Alfred had just repainted them), and sending him repeatedly up and down the poles with the Bat-elevator until the Joker was begging him for mercy. And ''then'' having the childish paintings he'd created to foil the Joker's art heist scheme be praised by the art world and sold for big bucks... which he donated to a children's charity. A whole string of [[MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] in a row.
* BeachEpisode: "Surf's Up! Joker's Under!" features Batgirl wearing a sexy one-piece bathing suit... and Batman and the Joker wearing swim trunks ''over'' their regular suits for a surfing contest.
* BedlamHouse: Averted. Arkham Asylum was not introduced in the comics until several years after the TV series' end. In any case, the show typically represents the villains as flamboyant, but sane, crooks (even TheJoker!), with King Tut (who has a form of insanity that presents itself as a SplitPersonality) being the only notable exception.
** The Joker ''did'' put white makeup over a mustache, so there is that.
* BeepingComputers: Bat-computer.
* BetweenMyLegs: A shot of the Dynamic Duo framed between Shame's legs in "It's the Way You Play the Game". It was an homage to similar showdown scenes in Western movies.
* BigElectricSwitch: Multiple episodes.
* BigGood: Batman is this for Gotham, owing to an extremely cordial relationship with the police and citizens, who hold him in awe. One episode in which he went missing lampshaded this, as Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara were paralyzed, reeling in horror at the prospect of actually having to try ''solving a case themselves''.
* BillionsOfButtons: Devices in the Bat-cave have tons of buttons on them.
* BondVillainStupidity: AND HOW!!!!
** Speaking of Bond, Adam West supposedly got the role of Batman after producers saw [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRNcoJtsZhg this commercial]] in which West spoofed Bond.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Each Main/CliffHanger had Batman and Robin in mortal peril! Yet they always ingeniously escape!
** This was double subverted at least once. In the episode where the Mad Hatter was using radioactive chemicals to terrorize Gotham, he locked Batman and Robin inside a "fluoroscopic cabinet" to have their flesh burned off by deadly radiation. His plan appeared to have worked: we saw two skeletons (actually dummies) wearing the heroes' costumes inside the cabinet. Once the "bodies" were discovered, a wave of horror and grief swept the entire world; even Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara burst into tears. Finally, in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, Batman and Robin came out of hiding and explained that they had indeed escaped; they had left the skeletons behind as decoys in order to fool the Mad Hatter and his goons.
** Also {{Lampshaded}} in the beginning of the second season. After the customary near escape, Robin exclaims that this time, he was really worried. Batman replies that he himself was not scared one bit. Has Robin not noticed how every time a criminal puts them at mortal peril, they escape? Robin concludes that they must be smarter than the criminals. Batman, in a [[{{Narm}} crowning moment of narm]], says that he prefers to believe it's because they're pure at heart.
* BoundAndGagged: Batgirl in "Catwoman's Dressed to Kill".
** There's a lot more tied-up scenes for Batgirl. Plus, it's not like the Dynamic Duo aren't exempt of getting tied up... even BEFORE Batgirl showed up.
* {{Brainwashed}}: It happened a few times with other villains, but it was the main gimmick for The Black Widow and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds. Averted with the Mad Hatter, who did not use mind controlling hats in the comics until years after the end of the TV series.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Several examples
* BrickJoke:
** In "Pop Goes The Joker", Dick noticed the Batpole signs were missing, as Alfred had removed them for repainting. "In "Flop Goes The Joker", Alfred trapped Joker in the Batpoles after a HostageSituation at Wayne Manor when he accidentally went into Bruce's studio and found the button in Shakespeare's bust. Not only were the signs still not there, but Alfred deactivated the automatic Bat costume change mechanism, preserving the Dynamic Duo's secret identity.
** From the same two-part episode, Bruce mentions ''[[MythologyGag The Man Who Laughs]]'' before the opening credits. Later, that's the only painting that Joker doesn't damage at the art gallery.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Happened a couple of times to Bruce, and also to Barbara Gordon, who is kidnapped by the Penguin in her debut episode and manages to change into and out of her Batgirl outfit twice over the course of her "captivity."
** Of course, Batman ''knew'' that this would happen to him eventually, which is why Bruce Wayne never goes anywhere without [[CrazyPrepared dehydrated Batsuit tablets]].
** In one episode where "Bruce" was left in the death trap, a mook laments it's not "Batman".
* TheCameo: In many episodes (particularly during the second season), Batman and Robin would find an excuse to climb a wall. Inevitably, a celebrity would open a window and exchange dialog with them. A far-from-exhaustive list of "Bat-Climb Cameo" characters:
** JerryLewis.
** Lurch from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.
** Edward G. Robinson as an art collector.
** SantaClaus (played by Andy Devine)
** [[AmericanBandstand Dick Clark.]]
** Werner Klemperer, in character as [[Series/HogansHeroes Colonel Klink]] (which, yes, raises a host of unanswered questions and even potentially UnfortunateImplications!)
** Howard Duff in character as the hero of ''The Felony Squad'', another TwentiethCenturyFox show airing on ABC at the time (this series started its run a few months before ''Batman'', which would make this a plug for the other show).
** In a particularly memorable example, the Dynamic Duo encountered Franchise/TheGreenHornet and [[BruceLee Kato]] in the window, greeting them as fellow heroes. In a later episode, these heroes were full-fledged guest stars, but now Batman and Robin believed them to be criminals, as they pretended to be in their own series. (Although it didn't go both ways; in the universe of ''The Green Hornet''[[note]]from the same producers[[/note]], ''Batman'' was a fictional program that various characters were occasionally seen watching on television.)
** The final "window cameo" was by Cyril Lord, a well-known British floorcoverings distributor of the time, who got a moment in the Bat-spotlight (using his nickname of "Carpet King"), after selling TV producer Howie Horwitz a fine Persian rug, and did so at a discount in exchange for his time onscreen.
* {{Camp}}: Practically the TropeNamer, insofar as it popularized the use of the term in the mass media.
* CanonImmigrant: Quite a few characters and concepts introduced for the show ended up in the comics. DCComics does not have the legal right to use characters explicitly created for the show, however, so many of these are unofficial:
** The Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl was introduced in the comic version in collaboration with the writers for the TV series, as a ratings stunt for its third season.
** There's also Chief O'Hara. Though mentioned in the 1960s, he first appeared on panel in the comics during the Steve Engelhart/Marshall Rogers run in ''Detective Comics''.
** This series actually ''invented'' Riddler's "less silly" bowler-hat-and-suit look.[[note]]Specifically, it was designed by Frank Gorshin, the actor who played the Riddler. He ''seriously'' hated the tights he was originally forced to wear.[[/note]] In fact, it's only because of Frank Gorshin's Emmy-winning performance on this show that you've ever heard of the Riddler, who appeared a grand total of ''twice'' in the comics (both in 1948) prior to 1965.
** The show also brought Mr. Freeze, a formerly obscure villain, back into the comics (and created the name Mr. Freeze, since he was Mr. Zero in the comics). In much the same way, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' brought Mr. Freeze back into the modern comics decades later after a long absence, and introduced the tragic characterization that's defined him ever since.
** King Tut finally appeared in the comics in 2009.[[note]] ''Batman Confidential'' #26 (April 2009)[[/note]] As a 40-plus year journey, this may be one of the longest canon immigrations on record. Technically, however, the comic book King Tut is a different character from the one owned by 20th Century Fox and Greenway Productions, with a different personality and visual look. Since King Tut is a historical figure (and thus in the public domain), this is kosher, but DC would not be legally allowed to publish a character similar to Victor Buono's.
** Egghead had an unofficial cameo as an Arkham Asylum inmate,[[note]] ''Shadow of the Bat'' #2-3[[/note]] and also showed up in issue #16 of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' tie-in comic.
** Aunt Harriet is often ''incorrectly'' thought to be a Canon Immigrant, but she was introduced in 1964, replacing the dead Alfred (he got better.)
** A great many of the villains originally created for the show make unofficial cameos as prisoner "extras" in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' animated series, including King Tut, Egghead, Archer, Bookworm, Black Widow, Siren, Marsha: Queen of Diamonds, Louie the Lilac, Ma Parker, Shame, False Face and the David Wayne version of the Mad Hatter.
** Much as with Gorshin's Riddler, Burgess Meredith's Penguin is so iconic that it's still not only referenced (''Series/TheDailyShow'' drew comparisons between the character and Dick Cheney), it's also arguable that Penguin's the Bat-Villain least changed since the 60s depiction. He still does the laugh in the comics, too.
** Subtler than most, but a few moments in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' have Heath Ledger's Joker laughing rather like Cesar Romero's, most notably in the video he sends to police. Ledger famously locked himself away in a hotel room trying to find a laugh unlike Creator/JackNicholson's, and the effect of the campy Romero laugh is unsettling in context.
** Batman '66 has an inversion, as one issue introduces the Batman '66's own version of The Red Hood (the original version, not [[Comicbook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws Jason Todd]]) as [[spoiler: a Helmet that caused anyone wearing it to become a joker-aligned criminal mastermind, created when an attempt to calm the prisoners of Akham Asylum down by projecting brainwaves onto them backfired when [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead The Joker proved to be too much to handle]]]]. Said issue also introduced a psychiatric nurse by the name of [[ComicBook/HarleyQuinn Dr. Quinn, who referred to the Joker as "Patient J."]]
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin: The Penguin, acting as a respected restaurateur as part of a CivilianVillain scheme, has considerable difficulty when he actively tries to get thrown in prison so that he can consult an expert forger criminal colleague. (Although this is because Batman recognizes that he's trying to get sent to prison and convinces the cops not to arrest him.) When [[spoiler:he was finally sent there, the criminal he wanted to meet got reformed]].
* CaptainObvious:
--> Batman: "According to my Bat Compass, north-by-northeast is in a general north-northeasterly direction."
* CatchPhrase: "Holy [insert relevant joke here], Batman!"
** "It's the Batphone, sir."
** "ToTheBatNoun!"
** "Whoever he is behind that mask of his..."
** "Stately Wayne Manor, home of millionaire Bruce Wayne and his youthful ward Dick Grayson."
** [[OfficerOHara "Saints preserve us!"]]
** "Wild!" - The Preminger version of Freeze.
** *waughwaughwaugh* - The Penguin's laugh.
** Did you forget, "old chum"?
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: The Gotham city police department.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Episode "That Darn Catwoman". After Robin is placed under Catwoman's control, he breaks a chair over Batman's head while fighting him.
* TheCheerleader: "The Joker Goes To School"
* ChekhovsSkill: Batman had mastered an Indian rope trick called Ruszííí Szidááá Rákóóó years ago. It came handy in the third season.
** Robin's bird call skills save them from a balloon in "The Duo is Slumming".
* CityOfWeirdos: The citizens of Gotham City were pretty blasé. The Batmobile could screech to a halt in front of City Hall and the Caped Crusaders dash up the steps in their colorful costumes without so much as a second glance from passersby. Even looking out a window and finding Batman and Robin walking up the side of your building was treated as routine. Then again, given how often they climb buildings...
* CivilianVillain: Very common, particularly with the frequently recurring SpecialGuest Villains. Sometimes played straight (e.g., [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Catwoman Goes To College"]]), but frequently, the trope is only implicit. At the beginning of an episode, (for example) the Joker is allowed to move about freely and lay the groundwork for his next scheme, Batman and Robin being helpless until he commits an actual crime. The details of Joker's parole status, rationale for lack of outstanding arrest warrants, etc., are generally unspecified.
* ClarkKenting: Here, it's very notable. As Bruce Wayne, Adam West uses a more laid-back, natural delivery, as opposed to Batman's intense, melodramatic manner, but it's still very recognizably the same voice. And Dick Grayson and Robin sound and act almost exactly the same.
** Because Batman's costume had no pockets, Adam West developed an 'arms folded' stance so that he could still look dignified in the costume. Occasionally (notably when on his date with Kitka in the movie), he forgets and uses the same body language as Bruce Wayne.
** It gets a little unbelivable, when even Aunt Harriet, who lives with Bruce and Dick, doesn't even suspect a thing when they walk into the house, and give her a kiss for her birthday. Saying that "Bruce called in a favor".
* ClownCar: It turns out that the Batmobile's trunk is spacious enough to hold SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, the Penguin, ''and six of their henchmen''.
* ColorblindCasting: When Julie Newmar was unavailable for the third season, Eartha Kitt was cast as Catwoman in her place. Nothing was made of the fact that [[FairForItsDay she was now black]]... except that the ShipTease between her and Batman stopped, [[ValuesDissonance to avoid hints of an interracial relationship.]]
* ComicBookAdaptation: Although the various ''Batman''-related titles were adjusted a bit to match the tone of the series (leading to serious MoodWhiplash later when the comics turned serious again), it wasn't until 2013 that DCComics launched an actual comic book version of the TV series, titled ''Batman '66''.
* ComicallySerious: Practically Batman's defining characteristic. He never has any idea that anything he's saying is funny, and Adam West has said that the key to the comedy of the show was saying the ridiculous lines with a straight face.
* TheCommissionerGordon: Actor Neil Hamilton played this completely straight, apparently unaware that it was [[StealthParody a parody]].
* CompanionCube: In ''A Piece of the Action/Batman's Satisfaction'', Pinky Pinkston much prefers to converse with her sub-ordinate, Colonel Gumm, by pretending to talk to or explain things to her dog, Apricot.
* CompellingVoice: The Siren, but it only works on men.
* ConcealingCanvas: In "The Duo is Slumming" and "That Darn Catwoman".
* ContinuityNod: In "Ring of Wax" Riddler is careful to deactivate the Batmobile security system before driving it away. This seems to nod to his intro episode, in which he set off the security system trying to steal it.
** The Joker/Penguin teamup three-parter during the second season also references the fact that it's not the first time that Joker has tried to contaminate Gotham's water supply - previously, he'd tried to do it in "The Joker's Provokers".
* ConvenientEclipse: "The Cat and the Fiddle"
* CoolCar: The Batmobile, almost to the point of being a metal IconicOutfit. There have been ''plenty'' of other Batmobiles before and since, but in car-guy circles the George Barris version for this series is ''the'' Batmobile.
** Even cooler if you see the real thing in person, since EVERYTHING on the car is meticulously and hilariously labeled, like the bat-accelerator, bat-radio, bat-emergency brake... it's cool because audiences watching would never be able to see the various labels and buttons.
* CoolGarage: the Batcave.
* CountingBullets: Batman and Robin have been known to do this; once Batman even counted the number fired from a machine-gun!
* CowboyEpisode: "Come Back, Shame"/"It's How You Play The Game"
* CrazyPrepared: This ''is'' still Batman, you know. Just with the emphasis more on the "crazy" than the "prepared".
** [[http://i46.tinypic.com/nfryte.jpg For instance.]]
** He even carries live fish in his utility belt just in case he encounters a hungry seal.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Batman to Mr. Freeze, as noted in the episode "Instant Freeze". (Freeze's origin here is strikingly similar to the Joker's origin in the comics -- [[FreakLabAccident thrown into chemicals by Batman]].)
* CriminalAmnesiac: King Tut, owing to a [[EasyAmnesia simple blow to the head.]] Unlike most cases of this, the "good" identity knows what happens when bumped on the noggin, and takes steps to avoid it. Not that it helps.
* CrossOver: The Penguin is shown at a table in a nightclub scene in an episode of ''TheMonkees'', and 40 years later in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode for a nuns/penguins joke.
** The series itself had a two-part crossover with Franchise/TheGreenHornet. Most notably, at the end of Part 1, Batman and Robin square off against The Green Hornet and [[BruceLee Kato]]. The fight ends on BruceLee whooping the ever-loving shit out of Burt Ward... I mean: A "tie"...
* CutLexLuthorACheck: "The Joker's Flying Saucer". The Joker creates a flying saucer that can (based on the Joker's comments) travel through outer space to other planets. He decides on the standard "conquer the world" strategy when he could have just sold the design to NASA for billions of dollars.
* DanceBattler: Batgirl, as portrayed by former professional ballerina Yvonne Craig.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Despite a general addiction to overly-elaborate [[DeathTrap deathtraps]], the villains occasionally demonstrate this trope:
** The first Mr. Freeze was this because instead of a DeathTrap, he just [[JustShootHim shoots Batman]] with his freezing gun. Sadly he got better.
** Catwoman was this as well when she simply had a drugged Batman thrown out a twelfth story window! Once again he was [[CrazyPrepared prepared]].
** The Clock King and the second Riddler took advantage of Batman's [[RunningGag habit]] of [[ThereWasADoor avoiding doors]] by setting traps near the window.
** Penguin even was this by using Chief O'Hara as bait to lure Batman to a spot where he could [[JustShootHim shoot him]] with a machine gun.
* DatingCatwoman: TropeNamer... only fitting considering Catwoman was usually played by Julie Newmar. Meow, indeed.
** Infamously, when Eartha Kitt was cast, they introduced Batgirl specifically to avoid this "problem".
* {{Deathtrap}}: You can rely on seeing one in the middle of every two-parter.
* DeconstructiveParody: Arguably the first season and Film/BatmanTheMovie: In the pilot, the Riddler deconstructs the SuperHero by tricking Batman into falsely arresting him so he can make a FrivolousLawsuit for a million dollars, exposing Batman’s SecretIdentity. The second episode shows the Penguin taking advantage of Batman’s BatDeduction to commit crimes. Mr. Freeze is DangerouslyGenreSavvy. Film/BatmanTheMovie ends lampshading ReedRichardsIsUseless when Batman refuses Robin’s idea to alter the personalities of the world leaders for the betterment of the world (and then exactly that happens unintentionally). The next seasons suffer great SeasonalRot.
* DeusExMachina: Lampshaded when their Bat-chopper gets shot down and they just happen to land on the mattress factory. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJlHjf_E--4 Hand me down the shark repellent Bat-Spray!]]" Anti-[fill-in-the-blank] pills were commonplace, including Anti-Penguin-Gas (taken before attending a town hall meeting held by The Penguin) and Anti-Hypnosis (to block the effect of The Joker's hypnotic music box) pills.
* DiamondsInTheBuff: The Penguin seems to have had this trope in mind for the movie he directed starring Batman and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds.
* DistaffCounterpart: In the comic book story that inspired the first Zelda The Great episode, the "magician" role was played by a man named Carnado.
** Batgirl to Batman, in-universe.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: In "King Tut's Coup", two of Tut's henchmen do this to Robin, knocking him silly.
* DutchAngle: Used extensively. The wall-climbing scenes were filmed at an angle to make them look convincing. Meanwhile, the scenes set in villains' hideouts were filmed at an angle to emphasize how "crooked" the criminals were.
** In fact, this show was previously the TropeNamer, back when this trope was named PowZapWhamCam.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Batman dancing the Batusi, which only happened in the pilot episode (and likely because Batman had been slipped a mickey by Riddler's moll Molly and likely wasn't in his right mind). Despite what detractors and spoofers suggest, this wasn't a OnceAnEpisode event. Later episodes tended to avoid making Batman himself look this overtly ridiculous.
** The episode also ends with "Same Time, Same Channel". No "Bat-".
** In addition, the second half of the episode had the recap shown with still frames, when all the later second-part episodes' recaps would show an actual clip of every important scene before freezing it.
* EasyAmnesia: King Tut.
* EekAMouse: In "Nora Clavicle and The Ladies' Crime Club." Nora [[ExploitedTrope exploits]] it by replacing the men on the police force with women and releasing mechanical explosive mice all over Gotham City. All the policewomen couldn't do anything about it since they fainted. Justified as the women chosen for the police force are all housewives, while an episode from a previous season shows the force ''does'' have women on it.
* EnthrallingSiren: [[ShoutOut Lorelei]] [[ClassicalMythology Circe]], The Siren, who can sing a note three octaves above high C to enthrall people.
* EscapeArtist: Zelda the Great.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Done with a Riddler {{Expy}} called Puzzler when it's suggested they sell a prototype plane to a foreign government:
-->'''Puzzler''': Have you taken leave of your senses?! I may be an Arch Villain, but I'm a ''American'' Arch Villain.
** This may have been the basis for a line in a CaptainAmerica/Batman crossover in the 90's. When Joker discovers Red Skull's affiliation with the Nazis, he flat-out refuses, saying, "I may be a criminal lunatic, but I'm an ''American'' criminal lunatic!"
** In the movie, when the Penguin was implementing a plan to get mooks inside the Batcave, he told the other mooks to be careful with their handling because they have mothers.
** Shame uses this at one point saying he isn't ''all'' bad, just ''mostly'' bad.
** Joker even shows signs of this by wanting to safely pump out the gas he used in a DeathTrap in case an innocent passerby ran across it.
* EverybodyLives: The only exceptions are "Smack in the Middle", "A Death Worse Than Fate", and possibly "The Bookworm Turns" as well as ''Film/BatmanTheMovie''.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Miss Iceland from ''Green Ice / Deep Freeze'' is never addresed by her real name.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Everything's Worse With Penguins]]: ... and Jokers, and Riddlers, and Catwomen! [[note]] and all the other villains Batman faces![[/note]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Try to count the number of buildings, sets, and objects humorously labeled with the same titles the dialogue just gave them. [[spoiler: You will give up.]] This even occasionally extends to henchmen with "Henchman" written on their shirts.
** Occasionally subverted, as in the Liberace episode, where a strong bare bulb in police headquarters is labelled "Subtle Interrogation Lamp"
* ExpoLabel: Constantly, especially on Batman's equipment in the Bat Cave.
* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: A very old newsboy is cleverly used to HandWave a PlotHole in "Zelda The Great":
-->'''News Boy''' (handling the Gotham City Times Extra with the lines: “Big joke on bank bandit: stolen cash was counterfeit!: ''Extra! Extra! Get your newspaper here! Read about the bandit’s stolen counterfeit money, [[ContrivedCoincidence Yes that’s all what he did, steal counterfeit money!]]''
-->'''Bystander:''' ''Hey, [[FridgeLogic what was counterfeit money doing in the vault of the First National Bank?]] ''
-->'''News Boy:''' ''Well, if you want to know it, you will have to buy a paper. I am not a special news service.''
-->Bystander buys paper and leaves.
-->'''News Boy:''' ''And what was it doing there?''[[HypocriticalHumor (Reading the paper)]] ''[[HandWave Oh, awaiting at the bank for disposal.]]'' [[BreakingTheFourthWall Looking directly at the camera:]] ''Makes sense.''
* FaceNodAction: Two of the Bookworm's henchmen in "The Bookworm Turns", before taking a swing at Batman.
* FilmFelons: In a three part adventure, the Penguin is pretending to be producer and director of a film. Batman is not fooled for one second, but plays along to find out what his ultimate scheme is.
* FilmOfTheBook: Many of the early episodes are adapted very closely from stories in the comics.
* FreakLabAccident: Mr. Freeze's origin; see CreateYourOwnVillain.
* FreezeRay: Guess who...
* FrivolousLawsuit: This is the plot of the pilot episode; the Riddler invokes this when he cleverly tricks the Dynamic Duo into falsely arresting him and then demands Batman pay him a million dollars (in the sixties!). The point is not only the money (Bruce Wayne can afford it) but the fact that Batman must reveal his SecretIdentity, thus ruining his SuperHero career.
* FullNameBasis: Bruce is almost always referred to by the narrator and other characters as "Millionaire Bruce Wayne" and Dick as "his youthful ward Dick Grayson." Contrast NoNameGiven and OnlyOneName below.
* GadgeteerGenius: Batman, probably even more so than his mainstream counterpart. Batgirl has an impressive repertoire as well. Not to mention the fact that all the villains can get their hands on or design weird gadgets and can assemble deathtraps.
* GallowsHumor: Surprisingly enough, this happened in "An Egg Grows in Gotham." During the Bat-climb scene, no less - as Batman and Robin climb down the building, a jury foreman [[note]] Bill Dana, playing his famous Hispanic character Jose Jiminez [[/note]] sticks his head out the window, and informs them that they've almost decided on a criminal's sentence. A few seconds later, he pokes his head back out, and asks the Dynamic Duo, "Can you leave the rope"?
* GangOfHats: Henchmen always have themes related to the SpecialGuest Villain. In the case of frequently-recurring villains, the theme may be more related to the villain's latest scheme than to the villain's own motif. A few illustrative examples:
** In "Catwoman Goes To College"/"Batman Displays His Knowledge," her henchmen wear Gotham City University sweaters and "freshman beanies," and are named Penn, Cornell, and Brown.
*** In "That Darn Catwoman"/"Scat Darn Catwoman" her goons are named after famous literary detectives (Marlowe, Spade, & Templar).
** In "The Ring of Wax"/"Give 'Em the Axe," the Riddler's henchfolks have candle-themed names[[note]] Tallow, Matches & Moth, in case you were wondering [[/note]] in keeping with the wax-museum theme of the caper.
** The Puzzler's gang, unusually for a one-shot villain, isn't named after puzzles, but rather various modes of flight, due to his plan to steal a high-tech plane. This actually isn't surprising if you know that his episode was originally written for the Riddler.
** The Mad Hatter's goons are a ''literal'' example.
** In "Joker's Flying Saucer" his gang are all named after different shades of green.
** Subverted in the pilot, where the henchmen are just generic gangster types.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Even this show has a few. One is in the Ma Parker episode - her daughter's prison number is her measurements!
** Then there's La Maison du Chat, literally The Cat House.
** In one episode "‘The Joke’s on Catwoman", the charges against the criminals in front of a literal JokerJury include "mayhem", [[http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2011/03/page/2/ which is an actual felony]] (effectively "permanently mutilating someone"), a very violent crime by the show's standards.
** In one episode Batman says he likes Catwoman because she gives him "curious stirrings in my utility belt."
** One episode ends with a woman inviting Bruce into her apartment for "milk and cookies". Before going in he looks at the camera and says "man doesn't live by crimefighting alone."
** One episode had a villain named Dr. Cassandra fire at Batman, Robin and Batgirl with a alchemical ray gun that would render them two-dimensional. (Just go with it.) When Batgirl commented "I'm getting flat!" Dr. Cassandra's husband responded with "What a pity!" Later in the same episode, Robin admires a sleeping Batgirl and Batman says something about "the first thrust of manhood"...which might be slightly less unsettling if her sleep weren't drug induced.
* GigglingVillain: The Riddler. This is the portrayal that Jim Carrey [[Film/BatmanForever based his own performance of the Riddler on.]]
* GlassShatteringSound: Batman and Robin get trapped in a glass in the second season. They break the glass by using their voices.
* GrapesOfLuxury: King Tut gets this treatment at one point.
* TheGreatWhodini: Zelda the Great, in her eponymous episode
* {{Hammerspace}}: Batman is able to store objects of any size in the small pouches in his belt or hide them under his cape, even the massive Bat-shield or the Empty Alphabet Soup Bat-container and Batfunnel. Occasionally the pouches are briefly much larger or even suddenly covered in controls or labels if he has to use gadgets from his belt on-camera, but by the next shot, the belt is back to normal. This is even more the case with Robin's utility belt, which doesn't even pretend to have pouches yet still holds all necessary gadgets.
** Riddler's belt/girdle on his unitard also seems to store things despite having no pouches and being flush against his skin.
* HarmlessFreezing: Partially averted with Mr. Freeze's FreezeRay. In the his first appearance those who a hit by it are nearly killed. In later appearances Freeze rarely uses it thanks to [[CrazyPrepared precautions]] taken by Batman. In his second appearance, Miss Iceland is put in a block of ice, and when she comes out, she is ok.
* HaveAGayOldTime: In "The Joker Trumps an Ace" Joker labels his van as "Let Gayfellow Take You To The Cleaners!" to disguise it. Obviously 'gay fellow' was meant to be a pun on the Joker's cheerful nature, but given that his actor was a "confirmed bachelor" it does make one chuckle.
* [[SheWillComeForMe He Won't Come For Me]]: Catwoman once held Batgirl captive to lure Batman out of the way. Batgirl said he'd not save her because stopping Catwoman would be a priority. Batman [[TakeAThirdOption sent somebody else to rescue Batgirl]].
* HighHeelFaceTurn: '''Constantly.'''
* TheHitFlash: With on-screen sound effects, one of the show's defining tropes.
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: Batman and Bruce Wayne [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgCkmUS1IYI have a phone conversation]].
* HollywoodTorches: In the episodes "The Bloody Tower" and "Marsha's Scheme With Diamonds".
* HotLibrarian: Barbara Gordon.
* HumanKnot: Robin and Batgirl are tied in a "Siamese Human Knot" by Nora Clavicle.
-->"''The slightest move by any one of you will only draw the Human Knot tighter, crush your bones and strangle you!''"
* HumiliationConga: "Flop Goes the Joker": Alfred utterly schools Joker at fencing with a fire poker, then traps him on the Batpole elevators and sends him shrieking up and down for a good five minutes.
* TheHyena: Joker
* HypocriticalHumor:
--> '''Gordon''': You know I'm violently opposed to police brutality!
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: In one episode, the Penguin marries a woman who's convinced of this. [[CaptainObvious She's wrong.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Two-Thirds of the Time/The Titles Would Rhyme. This was dropped in the final season.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The "Bat Signal over a spinning background" wipe was one of the show's distinctive and oft-imitated features.
* ImprovisedWeapon: A staple of the fight choreography for both heroes and villains.
* ImprovisedZipline: The Penguin and his henchmen in "The Penguin's A Jinx" and Batman and Robin in "Batman Sets The Pace".
* InsistentTerminology: It is ''always'' "Stately Wayne Manor". ''Always''.
--> '''Suzy Knickerbocker:''' ''Oh, I don't know, Boy Wonder, I hear millionaire Bruce Wayne is really one of the hippies. All that marvelous money and fantastic'' Wayne Manor.
--> '''Batman:''' Stately ''Wayne Manor''.
** There is one exception: In "Penguin's a Fink" it is just called Wayne Manor.
** In 'Fine Finny Friends'/'Batman Makes the Scenes', even the surveillance camera monitor for stately Wayne Manor is labelled "Stately Wayne Manor".
* [[InvisibleMonsters Invisible Villains]]: For when your budget is just too damn small to hire actual stuntmen.
* KickChick: Batgirl specialized in ballet-flavored high kicks. She was effectively ''limited to'' kicks and [[ImprovisedWeapon Improvised Weapons]] by the producers, who wouldn't let Batgirl give or receive punches, as well as her actress actually ''being'' a former ballerina.
* KneelBeforeZod: In "The Spell of Tut", King Tut does this to Robin.
* KnockoutGas: An ''extremely'' common weapon on the show, in a variety of forms and colors. Most often used by the villains, but Batman and Robin use it too, in the form of "Bat-Gas," most often to transport characters to and from the Batcave without learning its secret location.
* LampshadeHanging: The "Instant Costume Change Lever" near the Batpoles. How does it work? [[RuleOfCool It just does.]]
* LargeHam: Everybody. That's right - [[WorldOfHam EVERYBODY]]. Even Batman himself, despite (or perhaps because of) being TheComicallySerious.
** Not so much with Alfred, though he does have his moments.
** Penguin's comparatively subdued, too, and comes off as more of a serious threat because of it.
* LatexPerfection: Although False Face is supposed to be an expert at this, pretty much anyone in this series can pull it off.
** "Smack in the Middle". The Riddler's henchwoman Molly puts on a mask made from Robin's face and masquerades as him.
* LaughingMad: The Joker (of course), but ''especially'' the Riddler.
* LawfulStupid: The police. [[PoliceAreUseless They're stupid in general, really,]] but there's an episode where Egghead becomes Commissioner (ItMakesSenseInContext) and forbids them to arrest any of his friends. They go along with this to the extent that when someone reports a theft, the officer in question charges him with jaywalking. Not to mention Chief O'Hara's casual mention of how if he sees Batman and Robin he has orders to shoot.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Often when praising Batman, Commissioner Gordon would often look right into the camera. Batman sometimes did so as well when speechifying.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Most of the major characters (including the villains) have one.
* LemonyNarrator: William Dozier, [[DescendedCreator the show's executive producer]] (and who was uncredited for his role), provided the memorable narration.
* LighterAndSofter: As well as brighter and more colorful.
** The {{irony}} is that given the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks state of the comics at the time of the TV series]], this was a very accurate adaptation, or even DarkerAndEdgier. It was only in later adaptations that Batman would be SeriousBusiness.
* LimitedWardrobe: Taken UpToEleven when Catwoman wears her costume to her ''parole hearing'' and subsequent college classes.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: ''"Instant Freeze"'': Mr. Freeze does this to a employee at the Princess Sandra’s Hotel. Despite this, the next episode reveals that ''somehow'' he survived anyway.
* LivingProp: In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, LargeHam King Tut madly screams his dialogue to the ear of one of the beautiful mute LivingProp slave girls of his harem. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTQ0RHE8ZhA She doesn’t change her indifferent expression]].
* MacGuffinGirl: A meta example. [[http://tothebatpoles.blogspot.com/2011/09/batscholar-on-episodes-3-4.html This blog]] explains that the first few episodes (like ''"Fine Feathered Finks/The Penguin's a Jinx"'') were lifted directly from the comics. Those episodes' story was taken from a February 1965 Penguin comic. The only marked difference was that Penguin attempts to steal the [[MacGuffin giant jeweled meteorite that is only mentioned in the show]]. Dawn Robbins does not appear in the comic story. It was easier and cheaper to kidnap the girl than create a meteorite for television, so the writers introduced Dawn Robbins.
* MadArtist: Bookworm is an author variant. His BerserkButton is his inability to get published, due to his lack of creativity. In one episode, the Joker inadvertently starts his own art movement and then runs with it.
* MagicCountdown: In "While Gotham City Burns" Batman and Chief O'Hara have only a minute to save Robin from being killed in a DeathTrap.
* MagicalDatabase: The Bat Computer and Batman's own impressive scope of knowledge---both general and esoteric.
* MasterOfDisguise: False Face.
** Joker is described as such in his first appearance. He uses it later to good advantage imitating a rich, corpulent Maharajah.
* MeaningfulName: Lord Marmaduke F'''fog'''g, Mrs. Max '''Black, widow'''. Pat Pending, the richest inventor on Earth.
* MidseasonReplacement: Batman was one of the first significant examples.
* MoodKiller: Episode ''"The Bat's Kow Tow"'' concludes with Batman and Catwoman {{almost kiss}}ing when Robin off screen shouts out something along the lines of "C'mon, Batman! The police are here!" Catwoman, in a contained fury, says "Boy Blunder!"
* MoodSwinger: King Tut
* {{Mooks}}: They're lousy fighters, with only the occasional one ever landing a punch. On the other hand, they ARE snappy dressers, with cute Halloween costumes and even nicknames that play off the villain's gimmick or the theme of the show (resulting in a GangOfHats).
** Although the Mooks often manage to get in decisive blows when it counts, i.e. when it's near the end of part one and the Caped Crusaders have to be knocked out and placed in the deathtrap ''du jour''.
* TheMovie: Film/BatmanTheMovie, released in 1966.
* MsFanservice: Batgirl was added in the third season in large part for this.
** One shouldn't discount the lovely Julie Newmar either.
** Nor should they discount Eartha Kitt. Purrr...
* MurderByCremation: One of the cliffhangers had Bruce Wayne captured in a net and put on a conveyor belt to be run into a 10,000 degree furnace.
* MysteriousPast: Averted. The Joker's past is well-known to Batman and the police department, though the viewer is only told that he was once a conjurer and hypnotist of repute.
** Batman and Robin were never given an OriginStory, oddly enough, aside from a brief mention in the pilot that Bruce Wayne's parents were killed by "criminals". Granted, their origins are pretty dark and likely unfit for a show like this.
* MythologyGag: In "Pop Goes The Joker", Bruce even mentions ''The Man Who Laughs'', the painting that inspired Bob Kane to create the Joker.
* NephariousPharaoh: King Tut, one of the supervillains. He wore clothing appropriate for a pharaoh and liked to use Eygptian-themed dialogue. He was actually Professor William [=McElroy=], an Egyptologist at Yale University. Every time he gets hit on the head he develops a split personality that thinks he's a reincarnation of the original King Tut. Hitting him on the head again restores his original personality.
* NeutralFemale:
** The typical gun moll in the series typically stands around during the fights like a complete ninny. Even Catwoman and the other female villains (as well as older villains who wouldn't be expected to be physical) stand back and let the Mooks do the fighting. The only woman who actively participated in the fisticuffs was Batgirl. (Or footicuffs, since as noted above she was limited to kicks.)
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] once with a moll who stole a cop's gun and tried to shoot the Dynamic Duo, and in the Pilot, where the Riddler's moll, Molly, actually tries to shoot Batman.
** Chandell (Liberace)[[note]]or, technically, Chandell's EvilTwin brother[[/note]], being more savvy that your average criminal mastermind, had a trio of female henchmen. When it came time for Batman and Robin to fight the male Mooks, the women did everything they could to get between the Dynamic Duo and the Mooks. Batman and Robin had to pull their punches [[WouldntHitAGirl to avoid hitting the women]], leaving them open to the Mooks' attacks.
** Averted in another episode where instead of standing around she decides to run away during the fight.
** Shame's moll Oakie Annie averts this; she has a gun, like the rest of Shame's gang, and during the first fight with Batman, she contributes heavily to Shame's victory by shooting a chandelier than drops on Batman's head.
* NeverRecycleABuilding: Gotham City had some serious problems with abandoned factories and warehouses. It's almost like they ''wanted'' them to be taken over by criminals...
* NiceHat: The Mad Hatter's hat looks good ''and'' shoots stun beams. What more could you ask for?
* NobodyHereButUsStatues: Used by the villains of the show to surprise the Dynamic Duo.
* NoNameGiven: Most of the villains, mooks, and molls went exclusively by their villain names, even when they'd supposedly reformed (the Penguin ran for Mayor as "Penguin"). The real names we know from the comics (Oswald Cobblepot, Edward Nygma, Selina Kyle, etc.) were never used. Two rare exceptions are King Tut, whose harmless professor alter ego was named William [=McElroy=], and the Mad Hatter, who was frequently referred to by his real name, Jervis Tetch. Other aversions: Mr. Freeze was identified once as Dr. Shivel (it was ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that coined the Victor Fries identity), and Black Widow was Mrs. Max Black, widow. Of course, Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and Lady Penelope Peasoup had no villain names at all, although [[StevenUlyssesPerhero they hardly needed them]]. Also, we never know Miss Iceland's real name.
* NoSeatBelts: That was a early criticism about the show with the Dynamic Duo never belting up in the Batmobile. Considering that kind of car safety feature was still relatively new, the producers thought the heroes taking the time to belt themselves would be funny enough to fit their goodie two-shoes shtick and included a quick scene of them doing so in the car. As it happens, the joke's effect was lost and the show was praised widely for encouraging the use of such an important auto safety function.
* NoodleIncident: In "A Penguin Is A Girl's Best Friend", a movie-making Penguin puts a scene in his script that is censored at the last moment on grounds of being indecent. It's never made clear exactly what was there, but it involved a milk bath, Batman, and Marsha Queen of Diamonds wearing [[DiamondsInTheBuff exactly three large diamonds]] in parts unknown.
* NotMyDriver: Egghead does this to Bruce Wayne in "An Egg Grows in Gotham".
* OddNameOut: "Marsha, Queen of Diamonds" features police officers O'Hara, O'Toole, O'Rourke, O'Leary, and Goldberg.
* OfficerOHara: Chief O'Hara was the TropeNamer.
* OnlyOneName: Alfred was never given a last name (since the character's official last name of Pennyworth wasn't established in the comics until 1969). Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara had no first names, nor did recurring characters Warden Crichton and Mayor Linseed.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase: "Same bat-time... same bat-channel!"
** Although in at least one episode, it was "Same ''cat''-time... same ''cat''-channel!"
** In at least one episode featuring Shame, it was "''Shame'' time... ''shame'' channel!"
* OutGambitted:
** In one episode both the Joker and the Penguin consider themselves victorious for seeing the inside of the Bat Cave, until Batman points out that they still have no idea where it actually ''is''.
** The last half of "Flop Goes The Joker".
* {{Outlaw}}: Shame and his gang.
* PalmFistTap: Robin does this quite often, usually accompanied by a "Holy ____, Batman!" exclamation.
* PaperThinDisguise: Common. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, in particular, was sometimes able to fool people by simply ''wearing a hat''.
** While wearing his suit and clownface makeup, and without changing his voice. Gothamites are kinda dumb.
* ParentalBonus: The show's initial success was based on this. The early episodes were full of LampshadeHanging, DeconstructiveParody, and {{Fanservice}} for adults, but also worked as straightforward superhero adventures for kids.
* PercussivePickpocket: "The Joker's Last Laugh". The Joker (a "master conjurer", according to Batman) bumps into Commissioner Gordon on the subway and manages to not only switch his cufflinks but also wraps several feet of antenna around Gordon's waist and down his pants leg!
* PerpSweating: In the episode "The Dead Ringers", Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara put Harry (Chandel's EvilTwin brother) under a bright light (which was labelled ''[[HypocriticalHumor subtle interrogation lamp]]'') while questioning him.
* PlungerDetonator: "While Gotham City Burns". The Gotham City police use one to blow open a giant steel book and free the Dynamic Duo.
* PoliceAreUseless: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in "The Devil's Fingers" when it seems like Batman and Robin aren't available to fight the special guest villain:
--> '''Chief O'Hara''': If you're thinkin' what I'm afraid you're thinkin...
--> '''Commissioner Gordon''': Precisely, Chief O'Hara. The moment we've dreaded for years has arrived. This time, we're going to have to solve a case ourselves!
** For adult fans and TV-critics of the show back in the 60's, this line was the show's CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Presumably since exploring the origin as present in the comics would be too dark, Bruce Wayne's parents are merely stated as having been killed by "criminals" (possibly multiple ones), rather than going into detail. Also, curiously, Thomas Wayne is implied to have been a lawyer, not a doctor, in the pilot.
** ItMakesSenseInContext. Given that the show was all about squeaky-clean heroes, the son of a doctor shouldn't be someone engaging in violence constantly.
* PrettyInMink: A few furs, such as a white mink worn by Marsha, Queen of Diamonds.
* ThePrimaDonna: Parodied with Dawn Robbins from ''The Penguin's A Jinx'':
--> ''Oh, what a drag it is being a famous movie star and so rich. [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere Why doesn't anything exciting ever happen to me?]]''
* PsychicStatic: Egghead tries to use a mind reading machine on Bruce Wayne, looking for proof that he is Batman; instead, all he reads is inane trivia, so he decides Bruce can't possibly be Batman.
* PublicSecretMessage: Batman talks to one of the villains over a broadcast radio station, but requests that all other citizens of Gotham switch off to avoid hearing his private message. Naturally they oblige.
* PunchClockVillain: Zelda the Great only steals (and quite reluctantly) to pay for the amazing devices she uses in her act. She ultimately performs a sincere HeelFaceTurn.
* PutTheirHeadsTogether: "The Penguin's A Jinx". During a fight Batman takes out the Penguin and one of his henchmen by knocking their heads together.
* RealMenWearPink: Louie the Lilac {well, technically purple).
* RecycledSet: Superintendent Watson's office at "Ireland Yard" in the "Londinium" three-parter is an obvious redress of Commissioner Gordon's office set. So obvious that Gordon [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the similarity, noting that due to the similar demands of police work worldwide, ''all'' police commissioners' offices are essentially the same!
* RedheadedHero: Batgirl; subverted, in that the red hair was actually a wig to help disguise her real identity.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Almost every villain that appeared on the show, since Batman frequently mentioned having fought the episode's villain before even when it was said villain's debut. Notable exceptions include the Minstrel and Ma Parker.
* ReversePolarity: Batman does it in the 1st season episode "Better Luck Next Time".
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Averted, unlike many comics depictions before and since in which Bruce Wayne is the poster child for this trope. In this series, Bruce Wayne is nearly as beloved and respected in Gotham City for his philanthropy as Batman is for his crime-fighting. In fact, he has been asked to run for mayor several times.
* RoboticReveal: "The Joker's Last Laugh". Batman twists the nose of a bank teller and the top of the teller's head blows off, revealing springs and other mechanical parts. The teller was actually one of the Joker's android robots.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: The Clock King was originally an enemy of Green Arrow in the comics and the villains Puzzler and Archer started out as minor Superman villains.
* RuleOfFunny: This series practically runs on it.
* SchmuckBait: Death bee beehive trip wire.
* SecretIdentity: Batman and Robin have them, of course:
** Unlike many examples of the trope, however, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson seldom feign weakness. Wayne in particular is quite capable of handling himself in a scrap. Although in one case where Bruce went undercover as an ally of the Joker, he pretended to join ineptly in a fight against Robin and "clumsily" did more damage to the Joker's goons instead. In a later Joker caper, Bruce fought the mooks but pulled his punches just enough that they wouldn't suspect him of being a fighter on Batman's level.
** Batman and Robin's secret identities are a frequent plot point. Batman's identity was actually uncovered by King Tut on two occasions, but his EasyAmnesia saved the Dynamic Duo.
** Oddly enough, doubly played straight with Batgirl -- Batman himself has no idea who Batgirl is, and vice versa, despite Alfred's knowledge of both secrets. Batgirl doesn't suspect Alfred knows who Batman is (and she can't think of two people more different than "Batman" and "Bruce Wayne") and Batman figured out Alfred is keeping secrets from him about Batgirl but he won't force Alfred to betray her trust.
** Franchise/TheGreenHornet and [[BruceLee his sidekick]].
* SecretKeeper: Alfred. Not just for Batman, but also Batgirl.
* SheFu: Demonstrated by Batgirl.
* ShoutOut:
** In "The Cat and the Fiddle" Catwoman's thugs are crawling around the outside of the Gotham State Building. Commissioner Gordon says "Are they birds?" and Chief O'Hara says "Are they planes?", a reference to the signature line from ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', "Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's Superman!"
** "An Egg Grows in Gotham"
*** Chief Screaming Chicken is the sole remaining representative of the Mohican tribe, making him "The Last of the Mohicans" (a reference to the James Fenimore Cooper novel ''Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans'').
*** At one point Chief Screaming Chicken says the phrase "Kemo sabe". When Egghead's goon asks him what it means, he says he doesn't know - he heard it on the radio. This refers to the ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' radio show, in which Tonto regularly used that phrase.
*** An unnamed police detective played by Ben Alexander tells a woman to "Give me just the facts", a reference to Sergeant Joe Friday's "Just the facts, ma'am" line from ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' and to Alexander's character on the show, Frank Smith.
* SoLastSeason: Happens to Mister Freeze's signature FreezeRay -- in Freeze's first appearance, Batman and Robin getting hit with the thing was considered a big enough deal to form that storyline's CliffHanger, and they didn't outsmart their way out of that one -- they were only saved thanks to the Gotham City police thawing them out. By Freeze's final appearance in "Ice Spy", Batman and Robin know to be prepared with specially-treated suits; the Freeze Ray gets all of five seconds of screen time before Freeze realizes it's useless, and tosses it aside.
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved: "Tune in tomorrow! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!"
* SpecialGuest: At least one "SpecialGuest Villain[ess]" in every episode. If there were two, the second was billed as "Extra Special." The one exception was the Green Hornet crossover, where the credit read "Visiting Hero" for Van Williams and "Assistant Visiting Hero" for Bruce Lee, while the actual villain of the piece was relegated to the end credits.
* SplitPersonality: King Tut.
* SpottingTheThread: Batman figures out that the police chief has been replaced by False Face when he wipes his face with the wrong hand.
* StatuesqueStunner: Catwoman, as played by Julie Newmar, was 5'11". Wearing heels, she even towered over her own henchmen.
* StockSoundEffects: In ''Fine Feathered Finks''/''The Penguin's a Jinx'', the Penguin has a model [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_penguin African penguin]] that ''quacks like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard mallard]]''.
* StrawFeminist: Nora Clavicle, who takes Commissioner Gordon's job, then replaces all of Gotham City's policemen with women, as part of her villainous plot.
* StrictlyFormula: Pretty much every two-part episode had the same basic formula: Batman and Robin try to thwart the latest scheme of one of their enemies in part one, but end up in some kind of death trap. Then in part two, they escape the death trap, pummel the bad guy's minions, and defeat the villain and turn him in to the authorities.
* StunGuns: In "That Darn Catwoman", Catwoman's goons use electric cattle prods to stun Batman into unconsciousness.
* StuntDouble: Rather blatantly so in most of the fight scenes.[[note]] Though one should bear in mind that what's obvious on a 21st century big-screen TV in high-def wouldn't necessarily have been so obvious in 1966.[[/note]] Robin's stunt double doesn't look much like him at all. Averted toward the end of "The Ring of Wax," where Burt Ward enters the shot as Robin, is confronted by a Mook, and gets into a fairly lengthy fight with him in a single continuous take, a fairly impressive stunt performance by the actor himself.
* SuperHero: Batman, Robin, and Batgirl, of course, but also SpecialGuest Heroes Franchise/TheGreenHornet and Kato.
** This trope is deconstructed in the pilot episode when the Riddler makes a FrivolousLawsuit for a million dollars after he cleverly tricks the Dynamic Duo into falsely arresting him. Batman must reveal his SecretIdentity in court, ruining his SuperHero career.
** And, the plan would have worked, too! [[spoiler: Riddler just got arrested before the court date!]]
* TakeMyHand: Multiple examples
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: In "The Great Escape," when Commissioner Gordon calls the hotline with Bruce Wayne right next to him, Alfred hooks it up to an answering machine that then carries on a conversation with Gordon.
* TapOnTheHead: Multiple examples
* TechnicolorScience: Common, particularly in the form of colorful KnockoutGas.
* TemptingFate: What one of the train security guards says in "The Great Train Robbery".
** One of Lord Ffogg's goons refers to Batman as a [[{{Cricket}} slow bowler]]. No, he'll figure your boss out and spread-eagle the blighter's stumps.
* TheSoCalledCoward:
** A villain called Bat's bravery into question in one episode.
** In "Pop Goes The Joker/Flop Goes The Joker", Joker calls him "chickenhearted" for letting Robin show up alone to rescue hostages and later talks smack about him with Batman [[RightBehindMe listening behind him]] and Gordon on the line. Led to a Crowning Moment of Funny with the Joker OutGambitted and [[HumiliationConga utterly humiliated]].
* ThemeTune: Dadadadadadadadada... Also doubles as Batman's leitmotif.
* ThereWasADoor: In a variant of Batman's usual StealthHiBye, Batman and Robin practically always enter buildings through the window, even if this is unnecessary.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Invoked by name by Aunt Harriet in protest to the Marsha/Batman love scene in Penguin's film.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Gordon and O'Hara.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: In "Ice Spy", "The Foggiest Notion", "Penguin's Disastrous End", and "A Riddling Controversy".
* TitleThemeTune: Indeed, it's the ''only'' lyric (if you don't count "Da"). Contrary to one rumor (believed and spread by Creator/AdamWest himself, among others), the word "Batman" was indeed sung by vocalists, not created by horns.
* TookALevelInBadass: Hanging around Batman and Robin, you probably become Badass by osmosis:
** Aunt Harriet of all people during the two-part Chandell episode where she pulls a ''gun'' on his evil twin brother Harry! Talk about guts!
** Alfred, at the end of "Flop Goes the Joker!" Not only does he single-handedly beat the Joker at Wayne Manor [[BattleButler while demonstrating his fencing skills]], he also gives the Joker his most humiliating defeat (see HumiliationConga, above.)
** Alfred had already shown off his badassery several episodes earlier, when he (disguised as his own security-guard brother... [[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]) holds the Joker and his gang at gunpoint and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard forces them to eat their own time-reversing pills]].
* TortureTechnician: Parodied (?) when Mr. Freeze lowers Miss Iceland body’s temperature, convinced [[InsaneTrollLogic that she will fall in love with him when she hits fifty degrees below zero]]. When that fails, he subjects her to HarmlessFreezing.
* ToTheBatNoun
* ToTheBatpole
* TrainJob: In keeping with his western motif, Shame pulls one.
* TranquillizerDart: "The Ring of Wax". The Riddler takes down Batman and Robin with anesthetic darts fired from a blowgun.
* TrrrillingRrrs:
** King Tut.
** The Joker, particularly when he enunciates "Batman and Robin" (probably due to the fact that the actor playing him was Hispanic).
** Catwoman purrs hers, ''especially'' when Eartha Kitt plays herrrrr.
** Lord Ffogg also has a propensity for this.
* {{Uncanceled}}[=/=]ChannelHop: Aversion. After ABC canceled the show, Creator/{{NBC}} offered to pick it up for a fourth season if the studio sets were still available. However, by that time all the sets had been demolished and NBC didn't want to pay to have them rebuilt, so they withdrew their offer.
* UnderCrank: Used frequently, particularly in Batmobile scenes.
* TheVamp: Many of the female villains, but especially Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Unlike the creepy but sympathetic portray of the character in other continuities, David Wayne's Mad Hatter is a humorlessly vicious psychopath who tries to flay Batman and Robin alive to make hats out of their bodies and then attempts to burn the flesh off of their bones with concentrated radiation. He's easily the series' nastiest villain.
* VillainTeamUp: The third season was built heavily on this. Two three-part episodes in the second season each had the Penguin team up with another villain (SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in the first one and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds in the second). ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' had the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Catwoman all work together.
* VisualPun: The crooks' lairs are always shot in crooked angles.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: In Catwoman's first appearance, she subjects Batman & Robin to the SpikesOfDoom version. But the walls stop just before they'd impale Batman, and anyway the spikes are made of rubber. She was just [[CatsAreMean toying with him]]. (It wasn't the {{Cliffhanger}} of the episode.)
** This was an homage to an [[http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6601/38423963.37/0_a6f9b_3b88d32_XL.jpg actual cliffhanger]] from the [[Film/TheBatman 1943 Batman serial]].
* WeirdnessMagnet: Gotham City.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Gal]]: Legs in "The Greatest Mother of them All"/"Ma Parker"
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Occurs in "The Joker's Flying Saucer", "The Bookworm Turns/While Gotham City Burns" and "An Egg Grows In Gotham".
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Egghead used this as a clue when he correctly guessed that Bruce Wayne was Batman; he abandons the idea when his attempt to confirm it fails.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield
** For the most part, Gotham City seems to be New York under an assumed name. It seems to be in Gotham State and is adjacent to New Guernsey. It has a Queen of Freedom statue which is an {{Expy}} for the Statue of Liberty. Gotham's Mayor Linseed is an expy for New York City's Mayor John V. Lindsay (1966-73), and the state's chief executive Governor Stonefellow is a pun on New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller (1959-73). [[EstablishingShot Establishing shots]] of the city are often StockFootage of recognizable New York locations like Central Park or the Flatiron Building. But there's also evidence pointing to alternate locales, and at least one reference to New York as another, separate, city from Gotham.
** Adding another level of confusing, TheMovie has numerous shots that are recognizably around Greater Los Angeles...
* WilliamTelling: Alfred attempts to show off his archery skills and places an apple on Dick Grayson's head. Bruce stops him saying it's not worth taking the risk so Dick places the apple on a stationary target. Alfred shoots and misses. Had they gone through with it the arrow would have hit Dick right between the eyes.
* WorldOfHam: It would be easier just to name the characters who don't constantly ham it UpToEleven.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Strongly enforced at all times. In addition, Batgirl could neither throw nor receive punches ([[KickChick But nobody said anything about kicks]]). There was one exception to this: Batgirl took several punches in one fight... against Dr. Cassandra's ''invisible'' henchmen.
* WrittenSoundEffect: Originally optically superimposed over the action in the first season and TheMovie; in later seasons, to save money, this was replaced by cutaway title cards.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Batman's specialty.
* YouJustRuinedTheShot: Batman and Robin foil a bank robbery... but it turns out to be part of a completely legal and authorized location shoot for the Penguin's movie. The Penguin shot the scene specifically to invoke this trope and entrap Batman. Batman told Robin he intentionally fell into the trap to find out what the Penguin was up to.
* YouLookFamiliar: This was used quite frequently, with several actors or actresses appearing more than once. Several examples include:
** After playing Zelda the Great in the first season, Anne Baxter returned for season 3 as Egghead's partner/love interest Olga, Queen of Cossacks.
** An uncredited Milton Berle plays one of the prisoners ("Lefty") replacing the guards in the episode ''Ma Barker'', a season before he played Louie the Lilac.
** Character actor Richard "Dick" Balaykan appeared on the show a total of four times, playing henchmen to Riddler ("Death in Slow Motion/The Riddler's False Notion"), Louie the Lilac ("Louie the Lilac") & Joker ("the Joker's Flying Saucer") as well as an Egyptian pantomime expert ("King Tut's Coup"/"Batman's Waterloo").
** Similarly, Joey Tata appeared in three different episodes ("The Ring of Wax"/"Give 'Em the Axe", "Hizzoner the Penguin"/"Dizzoner the Penguin" & "I'll be a Mummy's Uncle") as three entirely separate henchmen.
** In separate episodes, James Brolin played a cop who tried to write Batman a parking ticket, an armored truck driver, and a boxer.
** After playing Catwoman in TheMovie, Lee Merriwether played Lisa Carson, one of Bruce Wayne's LoveInterests in "King Tut's Coup"/"Batman's Waterloo". Doubles as ActorAllusion, as Movie-Catwoman had tried to seduce Bruce under the civilian identity of Kitka.
** Leslie Parrish appeared as heiress Dawn Robbins in "the Penguin's a Jinx", then appeared a season later as Mr. Freeze's (Eli Wallach) moll Gilda Glide in "Ice Spy"/"the Duo Defy"
** In a case of You ''Sound'' Familiar, mixed in with Hilarious In Hindsight, Bob Hastings plays a supporting role of a gormless major who is gulled by Penguin's fake movie company. 25 years later, Hastings would be hired to voice Commissioner Gordon in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** The king of this was actor James O'Hara, who appeared in at least seven or eight episodes, always playing a different police officer.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Several examples.

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