Characters: Batman and Sons
A list of characters in the fan-created webcomic Batman and Sons.
Batman/Bruce WayneThe stern, strict, unyielding patriarch and superhero.Tropes:
- Animal Nemesis: He hates Krypto the Superdog because the latter tried to bury him when he was a kid.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Even Jason gets a few moments where Batman shows he cares.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: As seen here◊...
- Because I Said So: The weapon of every parent, Bruce does this a lot.
- Bullying a Dragon: An the "Rivalry" storyline, Superman tells Lois how Batman always messed with him as a boy (such as hiding explosives in his cape, putting kryptonite in his locker, calling him names, etc.). Supes passed it off as him being "such a kidder."Lois: Clark, you're in denial.Superman: It keeps me from killing him, Lois.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's blunt, strict, neurotic, and unemotional, but clearly cares about all four boys.
- Men Can't Keep House: Zigzagged. With proper instructions, he can keep the house organized, but he apparently lacks common sense to spot anything wrong if the "instructions" are wrong. Dick and Jason exploits this to stop him from his cleaning-spree.
- Overprotective Dad: Well, naturally, although here it's played for comedy.
- Parental Favoritism: Batman obviously dotes on Terry more than he does his other sons.
- Parental Obliviousness: While he's technically responsible for his sons, Alfred is the one taking care of them while Bruce is preoccupied in the Batcave. As such, he's often unaware of the happenings to his sons, and did not even realize that Dick is 12 instead of 8.
- Properly Paranoid: With Jason, his protectiveness of Terry is justified. He also goes through the entire manor and Batcave to find a spot which doesn't have any security cameras, and ends up filmed anyway by a camera which Jason secretly installed.
- Scare 'Em Straight: Batman often goes along with a scheme to lull the boys into a false sense of security before striking fear into them. (See: 'Bat Nap', 'Crime and Punishment'.)
- Sore Loser: The bat once lost against Flash in an unspecified competition, and spent the next few hours sulking outside Flash's house.
Dick GraysonBruce's oldest son at twelve years old. The most well-adjusted Robin, though he can get a bit neurotic if things aren't going as planned. His Robin uniform has the canon green underpants.Tropes:
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes to Tim before tying him up in a locked closet. He also leaves the light on.
- Big Brother Mentor: Dick is quite grounded and responsible for his age. He looks after Terry if Alfred and Batman are occupied, encourages and supports Tim, and works well with Jason if necessary.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Dick can't eat a chocolate bar in the Batcave without getting a stern lecture from Batman. While Batman is in space. Fighting a giant starfish alien. (Though admittedly, the only reason Jason gets away with some things is sheer quantity causing Batman to miss a few.)
- The Heart: If Dick wasn't around, Jason would have nothing to stop him from using Tim as a pawn all of the time. Also, Terry would have gotten left behind. Several times.
- Marshmallow Hell:
- Pretty Boy: Played with. At the Justice League barbecue in 'Rivalry', Black Canary and Hawkgirl immediately start cooing over how handsome Dick is, which is a pretty standard greeting given they're surrogate aunts and he's twelve.
- Raging Stiffie: Dick is just hitting puberty, and is often in the company of very full-figured women.
Jason ToddBruce's most troublesome son. At nine years old, he already shows a tendency towards violence and sneaking around. His Robin uniform has shorts.Tropes:
- Ambiguous Innocence: He doesn't seem to know that children who weren't raised by Batman need to be treated more carefully.
- The Chessmaster: He is eerily good at thinking up complicated schemes for his mischief, as 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Mr. Bat-Mom' show. Since his father is Batman, he rarely gets away with it.
- Evil Mentor: He constantly uses Tim as an unwitting pawn in his schemes, and he is extremely irresponsible with Terry (feeding him pineapple to make him poop earlier, building Terry into a snowman).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he uses Tim and Terry as pawns a lot, he usually accompanies Tim on more dangerous schemes, at least to prove that he's brave enough to go though it himself. He also feels bad when he actually makes Terry cry.
- Mouthy Kid: Always the most eager to argue with Batman. Rarely ends well for him.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Jason is not allowed to compete with other children as he is prone to intense violence, and he tends to use his younger brothers for his own ends. He also keeps a pocketknife around which can cut Batcable.
- Zany Scheme: Only most of his schemes get caught (he successfully installed a security camera which Batman doesn't know about, and replaced the Batcable with dental floss which Alfred holds as blackmail material).
Tim DrakeCheerful but very sensitive, Tim is six years old in this continuity and a bit... off-center due to his parents' deaths. His Robin uniform has pants, black boots, and a black cape.Tropes:
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Tim's grasp on reality is... shaky, at best. In "Mr. Bat-Mom", he started calling Batman "Mom" after Dick and Jason attempted to force his silence.
- Innocent Inaccurate: Sincerely believes that Batman found him and Terry in cabbage patches.
- The Smart Guy: While he hasn't quite got all of his marbles together, he got out of full-body binding in a locked closet, then taped video evidence of Dick and Jason scheming against Batman. Within the time of a diaper change.
- Stepford Smiler: While he is usually cheerful, he cries easily and seems to be lonely.
- Unsound Effect: While running around with a feather duster pretending to be Hawkman, he yells "Hawk! Hawk!"
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tries very hard to please Batman. At one point he constructs an elaborate fantasy where he and Batman traveled to a planet made of pancakes and potato chips.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He fears Barry Allen / The Flash enough that he cries when forced to sit on the Flash!Santa's lap.
Terry WayneBatman's youngest and blood-related son, less than a year old and not quite talking yet. Worried over constantly by Batman, most of the time with due cause. He is spoiled and easily bullies Tim into doing what he wants, but good at heart with a sometimes profound intelligence. In this canon, his mother is Catwoman.Tropes:
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Frequently bugs Tim by throwing stuffs at him, and the latter can't retaliate without getting in trouble with Batman.
- Baby Language: In 'Rebel With a Binky', Terry's baby-talk is translated to an extremely long, complex speech siding with his brothers about Batman's unfairly harsh training. Since no one else can understand it, Batman tells the Robins to train for four more hours.
- Distracted By The Shiny: He shows as much interest in soap bubbles and boxes as he does for traditional baby toys.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Whether it's due to being Batman's biological son, mimicking his brothers, or both, Terry is highly intelligent, adept at combat (y'know, for a baby), and easily manipulates people.
- Spoiled Brat: Tends to nice sometimes, depending on who's taking care of him at the moment. He is well-behaved with Dick, but he bullies Tim around, and can hold his own against Jason's manipulative streak.
- We Named the Monkey Jack: Catwoman named Terry after her first cat.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He fears Barry Allen / The Flash enough to cling to his father's leg.
Alfred PennyworthThe loyal butler, who manages to turn the tables in his favor every now and then.Tropes:
- Almighty Janitor: He has a lot of blackmail material on Batman. And Jason.
- Berserk Button: It's not a good idea to botch one of his mother's recipes.
- Servile Snarker
The Superman Family
- Happily Married: Superman and Lois Lane may have differences of opinion, but they're clearly happy together.
- Mama Bear: Downplayed. Lois doesn't take well to Batman scaring her sons.
- Nice Guy: Superman tries to mediate fights, happily attends family get-togethers and Christmas parties, and has seldom if ever been seen to lose his temper.
- Standing Between the Enemies: Superman often has to keep Batman and Green Arrow from killing each other. Apparently it runs in the family.
The Flash Family
- Happily Married: Barry and Iris Allen are very happy together.
- Nice Guy: Like Superman, Flash tries to keep the Bat from getting into fights with others. He almost convinced Bruce and Oliver to stop bickering during the Thanksgiving strip, and tries to mediate peace between Hal and Bruce in the Christmas Play episode.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Barry often gets too physical for the other Superheroes' comfort. In one "Rivalry" strip, he tries to cheer up Hal by putting an arm around him (Hal bluntly tells him that he's getting too close). He also gets excited in bridal carrying Batman after they finished a mission together, because Batman's vehicle was destroyed during the battle.
- The Pollyanna: Barry smiles all the time and believes many problems can be solved with a hug. This is in fact the reason Tim and Terry are scared of him.
- Sweet Tooth: Flash runs a house-cleaning service in exchange for cake.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: When Batman makes Flash cry, Green Lantern comments, "Oh, that's just great. Now his wife is going to kill us."
The Green Arrow Family
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Green Arrow is still a hero, but he's always putting down the Batfamily.
- Not So Different: Flash points out during one of his fights with Batman that they both agree that the slaughter of the Native Americans was horrible. The two pause for a moment...and then go back to fighting.
- Parental Neglect: Usually whenever Green Arrow is about to get some tail from Black Canary, as shown here.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Several strips of "Rivalry" are him and Batman fighting.
The Green Lanterns
- Bratty Half-Pint: Green Lantern's kid sidekick is forever messing with the girls at the picnic.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hal Jordan is prideful and can be aggressive, but he's a good guy.