A [[TheMusical musical]] written and performed in 2012 by Creator/TeamStarKid. It is an AffectionateParody of Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/TheDCU, and comic book superheroes in general.

After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, young born billionaire Bruce Wayne reacts the way any rational person would and dresses up like a giant bat to wage a one-man war on crime. But as it turns out, there is one big downside to being a lone AntiHero: it's pretty lonely.

Can a young orphaned acrobat named Dick Grayson fill the hole in Batman's heart shaped like his parents getting shot and murdered in an alleyway? And what of Franchise/{{Superman}}, an annoying and [[PhysicalGod all-powerful]] superhero from Metropolis who is secretly jealous of Batman's popularity?

Can be watched for free [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96B8289ADF77A8C4&feature=plcp here]].

Has a fledgling character sheet [[Characters/HolyMusicalBatman here]].

* AdaptationalBadass: When Batman and Superman come to blows, Batman emerges as the clear winner, most of their fights in other works tend to end in a draw.
* {{Adorkable}}: Robin and Superman.
* AffectionateParody: Of superhero movies[=/=]comics, specifically Batman and Superman.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Robin to a certain extent. Lampshaded in 'Superfriends'
* AntagonistInMourning: Batman occasionally muses over how much he misses the Joker.
* AppealToObscurity
-->'''Superman''': Have you ever heard of Mr. Mxyzptlk?\\
'''Green Lantern''': No.\\
'''Superman''': No! That's right. It's because I do my damn job.
* AuthorFilibuster: Most of Batman's pep talk to Superman towards the end is pretty obviously the Langs [[GushingAboutShowsYouLike gushing about how awesome superheroes are]] and how anyone who thinks that they're unrealistic or corny is a pretentious douchebag. And, much like the AuthorFilibuster from ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'' about Literature/HarryPotter, if you're a fan, it's awesome and heartwarming.
* BadAssAdorable: Robin is usually {{adorkable}}, {{keet}}ish and pretty wimpy. But he does [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadAss kick Penguin's ass]] at one point]]
* BigBad: Sweet Tooth.
* BlackComedyRape: Robin [[spoiler: uses his [[BuffySpeak pipe-weapon-thing]] to anally penetrate The Penguin.]]
* BondingOverMissingParents: Batman and Robin. [[spoiler: Later, Superman and Batman for a shorter amount of time.]]
* BrickJoke: Superman's rant in the first act about how stupid Batman and his villains are. Every single one of his complaints becomes true.
** [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Two-Face's]] plot to [[PokeThePoodle steal all of the two-dollar bills from the Second National Bank]] pops up a grand total of ''four'' times. The first is in Superman's aforementioned rant; the second is in the Rogues Gallery meeting, where Two-Face confirms that this is indeed his plan; the third is when he hijacks Sweet Tooth's telecast to announce it; and the fourth is when Alfred decides to go after Two-Face at the same time that Batman is going after Sweet Tooth. [[note]][[GeniusBonus Four times would be two times two, or two to the second power, as well as two plus two, so a good number for the running gag.]][[/note]]
* BridalCarry: When [[spoiler: Batman kills Sweet Tooth by pushing him into THAT vat of boiling hot chocolate,]] he picks up Robin in this style, and runs with him. Many fans could interpret this as an example of HoYay.
* BrokenAce: Batman and Superman.
* ButtMonkey: Two-Face. Superman has shades of it.
* CaptainErsatz: Really, the only difference between Sweet Tooth and the Joker is Sweet Tooth's candy theme. Likewise, Candy to Harley Quinn, right down to the abusive relationship between her and Sweet Tooth/Joker.
* ChekhovsGun: Batman's knowledge of Superman's weakness to Kryptonite ends up being how [[spoiler: he defeats Superman during their fight]]. Superman's ShoutOut to his [[{{Film/Superman}} movie]] ends up [[spoiler: stopping Sweet Tooth's plans entirely]].
* ClusterFBomb: 'To Be a Man'. Overall, the musical itself drops enough of these to wipe out a small country, especially when compared to other [=StarKid=] musicals.
** 'To Be a Man' wins because the first line of its ''chorus'' (that is often repeated) is "Fuck you, I'm gonna kick your ass!"
* CoconutSuperpowers: In the great [=StarKid=] tradition. Batman's jet is represented by a small model that goes over his shoulders, and Superman's flight is achieved either through Jim Povolo carrying him or Brian Holden sticking his arms out and making wooshing noises like a five-year-old.
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:Batman wins against Superman beating him with kryptonite]].
* CompositeCharacter: Sweet Tooth has elements of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' Joker (the purple suit and Candy), ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' Joker (some of the manic pronunciation, the final scheme and stabbing Chilly Willy),the Riddler from ''Film/BatmanForever'' (the hair, the puns and the rampant mugging), and his namesake Sweet Tooth from ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' (his name, candy theme, and plan involving ''WaterSourceTampering'').
* CrazyPrepared: Somehow, Sweet Tooth has a candy prepared for every occasion.
* CrosscastRole: Commissioner Gordon, Calender Man, Evil King Arthur and [[spoiler: The Green Arrow]] are played by Lauren Lopez. The Riddler is played by Meredith Stepien, and [[spoiler: The Flash]] is played by Jaime Lyn Beatty.
* CurseCutShort: In "Rogues Are We", there's a line that goes: "I'll weed out any wussy/ I'm a pretty little kitty/ But I ain't no -", only to be interrupted by the rest of the Rogues gallery shouting, "Rogues are we!".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The friendship ship.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[MakesSenseInContext Alfred 'buys' Robin for Batman from the Classifieds in a newspaper]] Later Robin says:
-->Robin: Iíve been with my fair of wealthy billionaires throughout the years. Itís always the same song and dance with you types. They think itís fun to take in a young acrobat for a while, but after the novelty wears off, Iím back on the streets.
** Plus [[AmbiguouslyGay Robin]] [[spoiler: ends up attacking the Penguin by [[{{Squick}} anally penetrating him with a piece of pipe]] ]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: The Joker is killed off-screen during the show's opening number. Appropriately enough, he falls off a bridge.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Superman is really annoyed about Batman having more fans despite him having more powers and, in his opinion, better villains.
* {{Eagleland}}: 'The American Way'. America, the Beautiful AND America, the Boorish - just compare [[spoiler: Superman's 'Truth and liberty and justice' idealism to Batman's more cynical 'If money can't fix it then I haven't found it yet', 'Be a born billionaire and have your butler build a jet', and 'Inheritance trust funds, million dollar bills']] as the cornerstones of American society.
* ExactWords: Of course Sweet Tooth will "let Robin go"... [[spoiler: into ''that'' vat of boiling hot chocolate]].
* {{Expy}}: Sweet Tooth is one for the Joker, and his giggly henchwoman Candy is very much an alternate Harley Quinn.
* FanService: Basically ''Fan Service: The Musical''. So many of the Starkid Boys are running around in spandex and underwear. Which is to say nothing of the girls.
* FemaleGaze: See above FanService.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: ''Nobody'' respects Two-Face, not even the other villains of Gotham.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Played with. Commissioner Gordon's favorite method of celebration is doing water shots, with actual water.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Sweet Tooth''': ...Not to mention all of the money sent on ''fucking candy''.\\
'''Candy''': Yeah but you can do that for free any time you want...
* HamToHamCombat: The entire point of "To Be a Man".
* HarmlessVillain: Two-Face.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Alfred, of all people, runs off towards the end to stop Two-Face's "dastardly" plot, only to return [[spoiler: dressed as Spider-Man.]] God only knows what he was up to in the interim.
* HurricaneOfPuns
** Lampshaded, every villain makes puns based on their theme that would make [[Series/{{Batman}} the 60s show]] proud. Sweet Tooth takes this trope UpToEleven.
** Robin loves to do this too, and Batman joins in after they team up.
** You could do a drinking game with it. Take a shot when a superhero ''doesn't'' make a pun; it'll save your liver than doing it the other way around.
* IdleRich: Batman says that he's never worked a day in his life.
** Of course, bats ''are'' nocturnal...
* ILied: Sweet Tooth says that [[spoiler: Gotham's citizens voted to kill Robin]], most likely to break Batman's spirit.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends
** Bruce. His eventual friendship with Robin is built on them being perfect for each other, but [[spoiler: Superman and the other Super Friends]] take more effort to win over.
** Superman, too, has to work at fulfilling his longing for friendship.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Two-Face.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Downplayed in Superman. He may act like he's "super" popular and super-erior to Batman, but really he's very sensitive about the fact that no-one wants to hang out with him and that Batman has way more twitter followers, and just wants to be Batman's friend.
* IWantSong: "Dark, Sad, Lonely, Knight": "I want to be somebody's buddy!"
* LargeHam: Most of the cast at some point or another, but ''sweet Jesus, '''Sweet Tooth.''''' Most of the characters that Lauren Lopez portrays are, even when compared to the general cast, exceptionally hammy.
* LegionOfDoom: Batman's entire RoguesGallery, including the obscure D-listers and a few villains made up for the show, team up under Sweet Tooth's banner to kill Batman once and for all.
* LittleGuyBigBuddy: Batman and Robin. [[OneHeadTaller There isn't that much of a height difference,]] but is especially noticeable considering how often Robin is picked up and moved around with relative ease.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Bruce, despite being absurdly rich and a popular superhero, has no friends.
* LonelyTogether: Robin says this when he meets Batman.
* MadLove: Candy toward Sweet Tooth. Appropriate, considering [[TropeNamer who they're based on]].
* ManChild: Batman. Oh, sweet Lord, Batman.
** He and Robin bond over their shared love for juice boxes
** Alfred at one point tells him "You can't stay in your pillow fort forever."
** And let us not forget: "Batman loves the circus."
* MeaningfulEcho: "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us".
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Commissioner Gordon is played by the fairly petite Lauren Lopez.
* MythologyGag
** Sweet Tooth's plot [[spoiler:to place Robin's fate in the hands of Gotham by setting up a Facebook poll is reminiscent of how Jason Todd's death was decided by a call-in poll... only that Robin wasn't so lucky]].
** [[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder I'm the goddamn Batman!]]
** Superman [[spoiler:being ordered to take down Batman by the U.S. government]] is taken from ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
*** Sweet Tooth's henchmen Gob and Joe are take-offs of Rob and Don from ''TDKR''.
** GreenLantern leaves early on in the plot because [[ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar "Sinestro's starting his own Corps or something."]]
** There are quotes from Film/TheDarkKnightSaga including, "I won't kill you, that doesn't mean I have to save you", "This town has shown you that's full of people ready to believe in good". Also Alfred mentions that the Batcave was used to help runaway slaves, a mook who had a bomb in his stomach and was told by the Joker Expy that he'd make the pain go away, and one of the Gotham citizens has a "I believe in Harvey Dent" shirt.
* NinjaPirateRobotZombie: The Penguin's "hummingbird-ostrich-hybrid murder-birds".
* NonSequitur: Robin spouts several of these during the final number. The first is even acknowledged:
--> '''Robin''': I want to be a modern dancer!
--> '''Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and [[spoiler: Spider-Man]]''': What a super weird thing to say, [[LampshadeHanging that came out nowhere!]]
* OneWomanWail: During the reprise of "Rogues Are We".
** You can hear Lauren Lopez doing one off-screen during some of Batman's lines during 'Super Friends'
* ParentalSubstitute: Alfred to Bruce.
* PaperThinDisguise: Alfred has two of these, which he affects by simply putting on a hat (and a beard, in the case of O'Malley the Irish butler). He also has an unseen one, considering that he was also Lucius Fox. Averted when he [[spoiler: is dressed as Spider-Man.]]
** Subverted with Superman, as both Batman and Green Lantern knows he's Clark Kent.
--> '''Superman:''' Wait. You know my secret identity?!
--> '''Green Lantern:''' It's a secret?!
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Superman and Batman at the beginning of "To Be a Man"
--> '''Superman:''' I am a man of justice. I am a man of might.\\
''' Batman:''' I am a man of vengeance. I am a man of the night.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Inverted. [[Film/BatmanReturns Catwoman]], [[Film/{{Batman}} Vicki Vale]], [[Film/BatmanForever Chase Meridian]] and [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Rachel Dawes]] all show up but none of them have a romance, or even a scene, with Batman. Instead he's busy off having major HoYay.
* PungeonMaster: Everyone, but Sweet Tooth especially. Bonus points for props.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Reaffirms the importance of Robin in the Batman mythos and argues that the concept of a child crime-fighter does nothing to ruin the [[SarcasmMode gritty realism of a man who fights crime dressed like a bat]].
* RunningGag
** Go ahead, take a drink every time Batman slugs a Meredith Stepien character in the face. You'll be drunk by the end of the show.
** The demos on the soundtrack have a running gag about people playing the saxophone.
** Various people going "What was daaaaht?!" in a ridiculous voice every time they get startled by something.
** People knowing Superman's secret identity and being confused that it's supposed to be a secret.
** Alfred's {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s.
** Batman's messing up his introductions:
--> '''Batman''': I'm Bruce-Man, I mean I'm Bat-Wayne-- '''FUCK'''.
* SadisticChoice: At the show's climax, Sweet Tooth simultaneously delivers one to Batman and the people of Gotham. [[spoiler: He sets up a Facebook poll, asking people to vote as to whether he should kill Robin. If they vote no, then he frees Robin, but poisons the Gotham water supply. If they vote yes, Robin dies and Gotham gets to live. If Batman intervenes in any way, he does both. Notably, both Batman and the people of Gotham decide to save Robin. It's not until Superman intervenes that a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] becomes available.]]
* TheScrappy: Robin is this in-universe, since everyone thinks he ruins Batman's "dark avenger" schtick. [[spoiler: [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Eventually this changes]].]]
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: After Superman calls him a "butthead", Batman responds with a scream of rage. A drawn-out, incredibly high-pitched scream of rage that wraps around from being annoying to the ''most hilarious sound on Earth''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTQX5fVOY84 This]] scream of rage, to be exact.
* SeriousBusiness
** For Superman, Twitter followers.
** Batman's dark and gritty image, to his fans. Just like in real life.
* ShoutOut: Sweet Jesus, where do you even ''start?'' Certainly not on this page, the general Starkid shout out page is over [[ShoutOut/TeamStarKid here.]]
* SociopathicHero: Sweet Lord, Batman. He enjoys frightening Gotham's citizens for the fun of it, views everyone as "[[InsaneTrollLogic criminals who just haven't committed any crimes yet]]", and opts to [[spoiler:save Robin and let the entire city die at the end until Robin gives him a WhatTheHellHero]].
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: "The American Way". Counts also for a MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber.
* SmokingIsCool: Superman and Batman fight over a cigarette during "To Be a Man".
* StylisticSuck: The costumes, namely to increase the campyness. Notably the white seam-lines on all of the UnderwearOfPower and all the heroes wearing Cnverse of varying heights (except [[spoiler: Spider-Man]] who wears other tennis shoes.
* TakeAThirdOption: Discussed and then later [[spoiler: invoked by Batman with the help of Superman to save Gotham]]. According to Alfred the ability to do this is what defines a hero.
* {{Troll}}: Bruce makes Twitter accounts for people he doesn't like (like Superman and Obama) and posts about how stupid they are.
* VillainSong: "Rogues Are We".
* VisualPun:
** The [[IncrediblyLamePun bat-up dancers]] in "Dark, Sad, Lonely Knight".
** During "To Be a Man" Batman and Superman argue about whether sidekicks are lame or not, culminating in Batman saying "I've got one for you, right here!"... and proceeding to give Superman a "side-kick" in the leg. (Though it's technically more of a low round-house kick than a true side-kick...)
* WaterSourceTampering: Sweet Tooth plans to irradiate Gotham's water supply, imploding everyone's heads. As per RuleOfFunny, this is announced to everyone in Gotham, yet no one thinks to just not drink the water. It's repeated use in Batman stories is also lampshaded.
-->'''Construction Worker''': ''"That nutjob Sweet Tooth is gonna poison the water supply!"''\\
'''Pizza Girl''': ''"This is even worse than when The Joker poisoned the water supply!"''\\
'''Construction Worker''': ''"Or when Scarecrow poisoned the water supply!"''\\
'''Pizza Girl''': ''"Or when Killer Croc poisoned the water supply! That's how he died, the poor fool."''
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Robin uses an odd, exaggerated-sounding British-like accent that sounds nicely camp. Evil Sherlock Holmes' is a bit more convincing.
%% * WorldOfHam
* WorldOfPun: ''Every single villain'' makes puns based on their themes, and even Batman and Robin join in after they partner up. There are often several puns per sentence.
* YourHeadAsplode: Happens to [[spoiler: the Penguin]] and [[spoiler: victims of Sweet Tooth's Nuclear Warhead.]]