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    Batman I (Bruce Wayne)
Voiced by: Kevin Conroy
"I am vengeance! I am the night! I am BATMAN!"

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

This version of Batman, in particular, is notable for being an amalgam of the Golden Age, Silver Age and Bronze Age versions of the characters. He's dark and brooding, but also an excellent Parental Substitute and even gets a few witty one-liners (as well as being caught in the occasional Death Trap).

As a member of the Justice League, Batman usually serves as Mission Control more than anything, due to his lack of superpowers, and is not as openly active as his Justice League allies, due to preferring to work alone and from the shadows. Nonetheless, he has a vested interest in the group's activities, as it is Bruce Wayne's finances that paid for their Watchtower headquarters and Javelin ship. And as the Series Finale of JLU showed, he can still kick ass if need be. Fans of DC Comics (along with the DCAU fans) consider the DCAU Batman to be the definitive version of Batman ever to exist outside of the comics.

See here for tropes applying to him in Batman Beyond.
  • 10-Minute Retirement:
    • In "I Am the Night", Batman messes up a stakeout, and Commissioner Gordon is shot as a result. In the wake of this, he goes into a deep, irrational depression and nearly gives up the cape and cowl, even when he hears that the gangster has broken out of jail and plans to finish the job. Only when Robin tries to save Gordon on his own does he finally snap out of it.
    • "Chemistry" has him give up being Batman when he finally found the love of his life, preferring to settle down and marry (though Nightwing believed he would be back in the suit in a month). However it is later discovered that she, (along with everyone else's partner on said ship) is a plant person created by Ivy to inherit all their fortunes once they're dead. Bruce is back as Batman to foil her plot.
  • Ace Pilot: He has a seemingly endless supply of Batwings. He does get shot down by other pilots on occasion, but typically that's because he's outnumbered more than anything else.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Justice League (Unlimited), he's shown to be far more loyal and supportive of the League than his comics counterpart at the time. Notably he refuses to entirely forgive Hawkgirl for creating files for the team's weaknesses and betraying them, which was something his comics counterpart agreed on, and likewise despite having some doubts about the League's N.G.O. Superpower status he more or less does see Cadmus as a bigger threat to the world than the League is (which is true).
  • All-Encompassing Mantle: Like in the comics, he usually has his cape fully cloaking his body, looking really creepy when he pops out of the shadows in his own way. The artists even had pencil drawings to specifically show how the cape should look and how Batman should move like this.
  • Amazon Chaser: He seemed to enjoy watching Wonder Woman kick ass in "Maid of Honor".
  • Amnesiac Liar: "The Forgotten", one of the early, unusual episodes, had this happen to an undercover Bruce Wayne disguised as a homeless guy. He gets kidnapped by a greasy, overfed slavedriver who runs a mining operation, while Alfred is trying to find him. Very poignant episode, as Bruce gradually uncovers his memories and retakes his levels in badass.
  • Ambition Is Evil: this leads to his eventual fate in Batman Beyond, where he foolishly chooses to give up his relationships with the friends he loved,(gruff demeanor aside) and a chance for happiness through the love of a woman for the sake of a obsessive pursuit of justice that amounted to nothing.
  • Anti-Hero: Knight in Sour Armor
    • In a subversion of his role in most other mediums, Batman is probably the least anti-heroic member of the Justice League aside from the Flash. Justice Lord Batman was the only member of the the parallel League to see how corrupt his world had become, and normal Batman called Superman out on his ethically questionable handling of Doomsday.
      • The thing that Batman realizes that the rest of the League doesn't is that they need to have a squeaky-clean public image, or the world's going to come down on them.
    • Batman can also lean towards a Pragmatic Hero on occasion such as when he interrogated a thug in front of his wife and young son.The tendencies for Batman to become Good Is Not Nice, including the interrogation incident previously mentioned, is at least partially what made Dick Grayson give up being Robin and become Nightwing, as detailed in "Old Wounds".
  • Ascended Fanboy: In "Beware The Grey Ghost" - he even keeps Grey Ghost merchandise in the Batcave and explains that he actually based its design on the Grey Ghost's lair.
  • Badass Back: Just try to sneak attack him from behind.
  • Badass Baritone: As voiced by Kevin Conroy
  • Badass Boast: "I am vengeance...I am the night...I! AM! BATMAN!"
  • Badass Cape: Despite getting a few Cape Snags, his cape always comes back.
  • Badass Normal: Well, yeah, it's Batman we're talking about. He beats criminals as an every-day schedule, fights against super-powered menaces like a clay-powered shapeshifter, and An Ice Person who freezes people up with ease, and doesn't even need super powers himself to do so. In fact, all he needs is his gadgets and Determination. He even once tried to sacrifice himself to save earth in a ship of extreme hot tempatures that nearly killed him. Even his Arch-Nemesis admits he's this.
    The Joker: There's nothing mere about that mortal.
  • Batman Gambit: He has had to use one to get himself out of certain death situations, such as in "Mad Love".
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Suffering a bout of heart problems in the middle of a fight, an older Batman is forced to pick up a gun and use it to ward off an attacking mook who is about to bash his head in. Disgusted with himself for betraying everything he stands for, Bruce decides to hang up his cape and retire for good.
  • Berserk Button: You better pray that Batman sticks to his principles if you ever hurt his proteges or children in general.
    "I don't pass sentence. That's for the courts. But this time... this time I'm sorely tempted to do the job myself!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Mayor Hill in the nick of time in "The Clock King".
  • Big "OMG!": When he discovers Freeze's motives. The production team is still shocked that they got away with it.
  • Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: Several times throughout the series, Bruce Wayne is held as a hostage, sometimes directly for the purpose of summoning Batman. There's a reason he's a trope-namer.
  • Building Swing: A frequent method of entry when he's not using Stealth Hi/Bye.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Unlike most other incarnations of the Bruce Wayne character which are mostly portrayed as laid-back playboys living off their trust fund, the DCAU's Bruce takes a more active role in the day to day operation of Wayne Enterprises (until he loses the company in a hostile takeover). He still likes to cultivate an image as a slightly dimwitted millionaire though.
  • Cape Snag: A version of his detachable clasp is shown in "The Last Laugh" when his cape becomes trapped in the grip of a robot Joker henchman — Batman quickly detaches his cape and spends the rest of the episode capeless.
  • Celibate Hero: Well, not really, but it always works out that way in the end. It doesn't help that his Love Interests were composed of villains, eco-terrorists, villains' daughters, a super-powered female ally and his partner/apprentice who was also the daughter of his one ally in the police.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In "On Leather Wings", he pries an elevator open with his bare hands.
  • Character Development: Throughout Batman: The Animated Series and its retools, he noticeably gets much colder and more cynical. In Justice League (Unlimited), probably due to the influence of his more idealistic teammates, he eventually turns around and makes a real effort to keep the League true to its values and learn how to work with a team.
  • Chick Magnet: The amount of girls who show interest in him is astoundingly high than any other DCAU character to list not even a percent of it Diana, Barbara, Zatanna, Selina, Talia, and even Lois Lane and Harley Quinn!
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Used for laughs. The Dark Knight is burning rubber to make it across town to stop a mobster from demolishing an old building (with people inside) when he sees a trolley shoot past him, completely out of control. Batman can't leave them to die, but he reacts the same way most people would if they had just hit a red light.
    Batman: Perfect. Just perfect. (alters direction to save them)
  • Clear My Name: In "Feat of Clay", Matt Hagen (prior to becoming Clayface) impersonates Bruce Wayne and gets him framed for an attempted murder — the man was saved by Batman. Since his only alibi is being Batman, he's faced with having to clear his name some other way. In "On Leather Wings" and "Mask of the Phantasm", the police assume Batman has gone rogue after vaguely bat-like figures are seen leaving the scene of violent crimes.
  • Clint Squint: He's extremely stoic and hard to surprise. When in costume, his most common reaction is narrowing his eyes.
  • Collector of the Strange: Through his years of crime fighting he has amounted quite a large stash of villain weaponry and gadgets that he keeps on display in his Batcave.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not above beating you with a chair.
    • He'll also happily steal weapons from enemy combatants — so long as they aren't guns — and offer them to Superman.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: Poses as The Casanova in his Bruce Wayne persona. Privately, his reasons are closer to a combination of Married to the Job and It's Not You, It's My Enemies, at least since his youthful relationship with and aborted proposal to Andrea Beaumont. He did have some kind of relationship later with Lois Lane, Talia al Ghul, and even Barbara Gordonnote  at varying levels of seriousness, as well as history with Zatanna and Ship Tease with Wonder Woman. In the end, however, he's left with nothing but a lot of old photographs and regrets.
    Bruce: When I was younger, woman used to throw themselves at my feet.
    Terry: What'd you do?
    Bruce: I stepped over them.
    Terry: Smooth.
    Bruce: I used to think so too.
  • Cool Car: The Batmobile.
  • Cool Garage: The Batcave
  • Cool Plane: The Batwing.
  • The Cowl: He's the Trope Codifier.
  • The Comically Serious: He has his moments.
  • Crazy-Prepared:'s Batman. This is practically his superpower.
  • Creepy Good: His first encounter with Superman in Superman: The Animated Series "World's Finest" solidifies his status as this.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: Though obviously backed up with years of study abroad in all manners of self-defense, forensics, and manhunting.
  • Cultured Badass: Quotes Shakespeare, Blake's The Tyger, and repeatedly quotes The Odyssey in Justice League. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize that Odysseus was a Badass Normal in an age of demigods like Achilles, paralleling his own status as a Badass Normal in the Justice League.
  • Cunning Linguist: Known languages includes Japanese (as the two Kyodai Ken episodes reveal), the fictitious Kaznian (in "Maid of Honor") and Spanish (which he speaks in "The Secret Society" to a doctor). Riddler's first appearance has him solving a multilingual puzzle by translating Arabic. So yes, Batman has a ear for languages.
  • The Cynic:
    Batman: You know, I've never seen [It's a Wonderful Life]. I could never get past the title.
  • Dark Shepherd: He doesn't claim to be good, he doesn't act good, but he wants everyone to be good. Most common Dark Shepherd scenario: vanishing, leaving a potential villain with food for thought, but not a scratch on him yet.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, and they include him being snarky in the most deadly situations.
    Superman: The Animated Series: "Don't you have a tall building to go leap?"
    Justice League Unlimited: "I could use some air support. Since I can't fly. At all. ... Now would be good."
  • Deal with the Devil: "This Little Piggy" has him dealing with the villain Circe when he realizes fighting her won't save Wonder Woman (who'd been turned into a pig) in time. She has him singing "Am I Blue?" to save Diana.
  • Determinator: It is Batman after all. He never quits. Ever.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": Something he never quite picked out as he admits to Superman, Zatanna and others. He finally does manage to nearly spit it out to Terry in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker:
    Bruce Wayne: Terry, I've been thinking about something you once told me, and you were wrong. It's not Batman that makes you worthwhile, it's the other way around. Never tell yourself anything different.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Which is why he flips out when Deadman possesses his body and shoots Devil Ray, killing him.
    • This eventually prompts him to retire for good, after a situation where an older Batman is forced to use a gun to defend himself due to a bout of heart trouble while trying to rescue a hostage.
  • Doomed by Canon: His love life. It's canon that he ends up alone in Batman Beyond, so any romances he gets involved in on Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Advantures, or Justice League will ultimately not work out.
  • The Dreaded: Even the superpowered crooks in Justice League have a fear of him. Even those who don't fear Superman are terrified of Batman.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: How his sidekicks remember him. Best encapsulated in a Gilligan Cut after Tim Drake signs on to become Robin.
    Bruce Wayne: You work with me, Tim, you follow the rules. Rule number one: You give me everything you've got. Rule number two: Then you give me more. And rule number three: I make the rules.
    Bruce Wayne: I should warn you, I can be a difficult taskmaster. I accept nothing short of excellence in all who work for me.
  • Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: In "Feat of Clay", he used a minion's phobia about germs to extract information by threatening to drop a jar containing a liquid culture of a disease on the minion's head. It was a bluff, the jar merely containing a sample of completely ordinary seawater, but the fear it caused was as real as if the jar actually had contained deadly germs.
  • Escape Artist: Always prepared with the right tools and skills, from lockpicks to acid to liquid nitrogen. He learned from the master himself, John Zatara.
  • Eureka Moment: Virtually every conversation he has with Alfred while pondering the crime du jour leads to a Eureka Moment (and an "Alfred! You're a genius!" declaration, and a bemused "Of course, sir" response).
  • Evil Laugh: His laugh in "Mad Love" is so creepy even Harley is creeped out.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Averted the "Missed me" dialog: Mad Hatter had trapped Batman under a playing-card wall and was about to axe off Batman's head. Batman throws a batarang directly at Hatter, to which Hatter easily dodges. Rather than sneer, Hatter resumes his attack only to discover Batman's toy severs a line suspending a huge gargoyle statue. Paralyzed with horror (Oh, Crap!), Hatter is pinned beneath the statue's claw with Batman escaping in the nick of time. Yeah, just as he planned it.
  • Faking the Dead: In "The Man Who Killed Batman"
  • Fearless Fool: In "Never Fear", the Scarecrow creates a toxin that removes Batman's fears and inhibitions, making him much more reckless than usual—and it doesn't stop there. The writers are savvy enough to even make him more heartless, as he doesn't fear what his own reaction will be if, say, Robin gets killed or if he breaks his one rule and kills a criminal. Scarecrow is making a point that fear is necessary, not just useful, and then in his usual mad fashion extends that to mean that he is necessary to have around.
  • Fiction 500: Wayne Corp is so productive he's able to pay for financing his own vigilante activities and eventually the Justice League, but do so so stealthily that nobody knows it.
  • The Final Temptation: "Perchance to Dream" featured Batman caught in a virtual dream world by the Mad Hatter (who fortunately could not observe the dream itself) living a life as playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne, with his parents alive and well (and thus he had never become Batman). In the dream he was engaged to Selina Kyle (who was not Catwoman) and the mysterious Batman was someone ELSE who just showed up in Gotham. His friends and family in the dream almost had him completely convinced he had created his real life as a delusion to escape his feelings of not having accomplished anything on his own, but the illusion fell apart when he discovered he couldn't read anything (because reading requires parts of the brain not used in dreams?). Suffice to say, he did NOT appreciate the Mind Screw when he woke himself up.
    • Trying to read something in a dream is a trick used by lucid dreamers to detect whether they are dreaming. Unless you have a photographic memory, your brain will have some trouble trying to remember or imagine a page full of text.
  • Flanderization: Somewhere between Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, Batman went from a caring and compassionate man with some anger issues to the mostly cold grim vigilante most people recognize.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
  • Friend to All Children: Part of his Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality, best demonstrated in "Injustice For All" (he gently coaxes a little girl to go with him out of a burning building) and "Epilogue" (he stays with a dying Ace at her request).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He actually built the Watchtower by the time Justice League rolls about, as well as the Javelin. While not a 12th level intellect like Brainiac and Luthor, his main skill as a scientist is his peerless engineering, all his products are functional, competent and made to last.
    • This is taken Up to Eleven in Hereafter where Superman is teleported to a post-apocalyptic Earth where Vandal Savage is the only survivor. Superman finds the Watchtower crashed to the earth, only to be told by Vandal Savage that it only fell out of orbit recently, which implies a span of several thousand years after the end of life on earth. Savage gives the Understatement when he remarks that it's a great feat of engineering.
  • Genius Bruiser: It took him most of his childhood and the early part of his adulthood to get there, but he's equally capable with physical and mental tasks. He's capable of handling whole gangs of armed thugs with his bare hands, concocting brilliant plans on the fly, utilizing advanced scientific equipment, performing intricate detective work...
  • Good Is Not Nice: He is unquestionably dedicated to doing good, but he's well aware that this doesn't mean he has to be nice. His specialty is intimidating and interrogating, and his whole costumed persona is based on being able to scare his opponents. However, as Bruce Wayne, he's a Nice Guy.
  • Grappling-Hook Gun: One of the gadgets that gets frequent use throughout the DCAU.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Visits the place where his parents were killed once a year, on the anniversary of their death, even as a very old man in Batman Beyond.
  • Great Detective: Even in-universe, he has followers on the internet that acknowledge him as the "World's Greatest Detective".
  • Grudging "Thank You": In "Night of the Ninja", Batman feared the titular Ninja could actually defeat him in combat (though he wouldn't admit it); when the final showdown occurs, he's in Bruce Wayne disguise and can't fight up to his full potential... until Robin comes along and "removes" the sole witness. In the denouement a day later, Batman thanks Robin for his assistance, and admits that defeating the Ninja might have been highly difficult, "maybe impossible".
  • Guile Hero: He's not bad with his fists, but his first weapon is his wits.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Gets a brief one in "I Am the Night" after he blames himself for Commissioner Gordon getting shot.
  • Heroic Build: He's as tall and buff as Superman, and it shows when he's punching crooks across the room with ease.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Suffers an emotional breakdown like this in "I Am the Night"
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Falls into this in "I Am the Night", when Commissioner Gordon is wounded during a police bust. Batman bitterly reproaches himself for his failure, thinking he does more to help merchandise salesmen than the people who really need it. This trope is Lampshaded by Robin, who points out that Gordon is fully aware of the dangers of his job, and tries to remind Batman that Gotham would probably have fallen apart without him. Eventually, it's subverted when a disgusted Robin gives up trying to cheer up Batman and goes to the hospital to protect Gordon, since "Jazzman", the mobster they busted, has escaped from prison and is probably going to pay the Commissioner a "visit". Subverted again when Batman snaps himself out of his depression and goes to the hospital himself. Jazzman tries to whack Gordon, and runs into Batman...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In "Starcrossed," he tries to manually pilot the Watchtower into the Thanagarian's hyperspace-bypass weapon. Fortunately, Superman saves him in the nick of time.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Superman as time went on. At first, they didn't trust each other, but after a few team ups and by Justice League, they're very much this.
  • Hidden Depths: In the Justice League Unlimited episode "This Little Piggy," he shows he can sing "Am I Blue?" to Circe, her men and Zatanna in order to undo a spell on Wonder Woman.
  • Hope Bringer: For the decent citizens of Gotham City and its Police Department (well, the non-corrupt parts)
  • Horrifying Hero: This version of Batman strikes so much terror into evil that he's often seen as a monster outright rather than man, as shown for example in The Forgotten.
    Poor Random Mook (Running into boss's office, terrified out of his wits): A Bat!! A GIANT BAT!! HORRIBLE!!
  • Icy Blue Eyes: In the New Batman/Superman Adventures era, and in Beyond as well. The two versions of Justice League are a bit inconsistent about this, sometimes giving him his black eyes from Batman: The Animated Series instead.
  • Impersonation Gambit: A few times, like in "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" or "Almost Got 'Im".
  • Implacable Man: In "The Underdwellers". First, one of the sewer kids tries to elude Batman through the tunnel system he knows like the back of his hand, only to find to his shock that Batman is waiting for him. The Sewer King gets his own surprise in a quiet moment when he thinks that he has eluded Batman and locked the door behind him, only to suddenly have it blown open seconds later as he realizes that the Dark Knight is after him and will not stop.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Several times like when Batman stops "the Jazzman" from killing Gordon by flinging a batarang right into the muzzle of his gun in slow motion.
  • Invincible Hero: Lampshaded when, after Batman returns from yet another seeming demise, the Joker shouts "Why won't he stay dead?"
  • I Regret Nothing: Contemplating his eventual demise in "I am the Night".
    It might be the Joker, or Two-Face, or just some punk who gets lucky. My decision. No regrets.
    • Ironically enough, this doesn't happen and he lives at least into his 90s. This is lampshaded when a (younger) Batman meets his future self and is surprised he lived that long.
    • In the Batman Beyond episode, Sneak Peek, when faced with the possibility that his identity could be exposed by an amoral tabloid journalist, Bruce is pretty subdued about it. He tells Terry that he always expected that sooner or later his identity would be exposed. He's miffed that it happened thanks to Ian Peek but is otherwise not bothered about it a great deal.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: It's subtly invoked as one of the reasons why he avoids serious relationships. Actually says as much in a Justice League episode to try and dissuade a female partner who is interested and started flirting with him. Since said partner is Wonder Woman, who has near Superman-level Super Strength and durability, it just looks pathetic, and she treats it as such. In fact, it would have made more sense for him to point out that her enemies make it unsafe for him, since she regularly fights mythological monsters, evil gods and similar cosmic-tier nasties.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Makes use of this fairly regularly to get what he wants. He's so good at it that even as an old man, he's capable of terrorizing regular punks into telling him everything he wants to know.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Let's be honest, Batman can be a pretty callous at times, even to his own friends. But you cannot deny his dedication to helping people all the same.
  • Kind Restraints: Happens to him twice, both as a result of the Scarecrow's toxins. The first time Bruce inhales a fear-inducing hallucinogen and is confined in Arkham Asylum while suffering various paranoid delusions, unable to convince his caretakers that the Scarecrow's plan is actually real. The second time, a fear-eliminating toxin turns him into a psychopath, and Robin ties him up against his will to protect his enemies.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Moreso in TNBA and Batman Beyond than BTAS.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": "Beware the Gray Ghost" had him showing as much squee as he can upon meeting the actor of a childhood TV hero, the "Gray Ghost", who seems to have inspired some of the Batman persona. Played by Adam West as a Shout-Out to earlier incarnations of Batman.
  • Knuckle Cracking: In "Robin's Reckoning", there's a crook who is loudly declaring "I'm no squealer" that Batman needs to get information out of. Batman just cracks his knuckles and narrows his eyes threateningly. The guy talks.
  • The Lancer: When he becomes a part of the Justice League later on.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: His mask does a good job at showing off his chin.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: "Perchance To Dream" has the Mad Hatter try to keep Batman out of the way by putting him in a Lotus-Eater Machine where his parents never died and someone else is Batman, only for Batman to know his perfect life is an illusion because he discovers that he can't read any of the books in the dream. "Mask Of The Phantasm" has him consider abandoning the vigilante shtick to settle down with Andrea Beaumont, but that doesn't turn out well, either.
  • Master of Disguise: He would occasionally disguise himself for undercover work in the criminal underworld.
  • McNinja: He has the tools, the clothes, the attitude, the moves, even the backstory of training in Japan for it.
  • Metaphorically True: In "Night of the Ninja", Bruce explains to fellow prisoner Summer that they escaped because Batman arrived and took down the bad guy. Hey, his voice changed so it was mostly true...
  • Mighty Whitey: Bruce Wayne is considered by his martial art's master, Yoru, to be his best student. This creates the friction between Wayne and Kyodai Ken who constantly refers to Wayne as "Rich Man's Son".
  • Mission Control: It allows him to stay out of the spotlight in Justice League.
  • My Greatest Failure: Both Dick and Tim. Dick because Bruce allowed their relationship to fall apart and Tim because of what the Joker did to him.
  • Nice Guy: He's this when he's just Bruce Wayne. However, he has to cover that when fighting crime as Batman.
  • Ninja Log:
    • A panther lunges at Batman, and somehow it gets tangled in an empty cape.
    • In Mask of the Phantasm, the police open fire on Batman, only it's just his cape draped over a road barricade.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His Thou Shalt Not Kill attitude had its heavy price in the flashbacks of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, where the Joker tortures Robin until the twelve-year old shoots the Joker in the chest.
  • No Sense of Humor: He is thought by many to have no sense of humor, but it's there - it's just really dark. Indeed he becomes The Comically Serious in the Justice League serving as a reliable straight man to The Flash and, disturbingly, The Joker. Terry claims that this is why the latter was so obsessed with him.
  • Not So Stoic: Anyone who gets to know him very well will attest to this. In this series, Amanda Waller's flashback in "Epilogue" provides quite possibly the ultimate example of this.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As Bruce Wayne, particularly whenever he encounters his enemies out of costume.
  • Offhand Backhand: One of his trademark moves, to the point that a mook's chances of hitting Batman actually decrease if he attacks from behind.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: He has a tendency to suddenly disappear, only to inexplicably reappear elsewhere as one of his tactics in fighting criminals and taking them by surprise.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: "I haven't been a kid since I was eight years old."
  • Papa Wolf: Never, ever, harm a single innocent-child in front of him.
  • Parental Abandonment: HIS PARENTS ARE DEEAAAAAAAD!!!!
  • The Patient Has Left the Building: In one episode, an injured Bruce Wayne considered his Batman duties important enough to defy his doctor's orders to stay in bed and recover.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He'll get the information he needs to stop the bad guys even if he has to intimidate them or threaten to seriously harm them.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: He seldom uses any of the batarangs he throws.
  • The Proud Elite: Bruce Wayne is wealthy and has a troubled past, but he does care for others deep down.
  • Reading Lips: Does this in Mask of the Phantasm and Shadow of the Bat
  • Reckless Pacifist: Even if he doesn't kill his enemies, he often does destructive actions that could endanger his enemies without any concern.
  • Roof Hopping: His main mode of travel.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: "I Am the Night'' featured him making his annual visit to the site of his parents' murder, which makes him late for a sting operation that he helped set up. He arrives in time to help subdue the crooks, but finds that Jim Gordon has been severely wounded. Batman's guilt (which is not helped at all by Detective Harvey Bullock) over not being there in time to save Jim sends him into a Heroic B.S.O.D.. He is saved from a Heroic B.S.O.D. because he stops another attempt on Jim Gordon when he wakes up and finds out Jim has the same doubts.
    • In other episodes, he's refused to let minor inconveniences like a cold and, oh, blindness stop him from bringing down the bad guy because he knows what kind of mayhem is being unleashed while he sits it out.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: While he's already rich, he refuses to accept bribes.
  • Secret Identity: With very few exceptions, nobody knows that Batman and Bruce Wayne are one and the same.
  • Secret Identity Identity: in Batman Beyond, he realizes that the voice in his head is not his own because it calls him "Bruce".
  • Shirtless Captives: In "The Demon's Quest Part II", he is stripped of his shirt by Ra's al-Ghul's henchmen and put in chains in the dungeons after his capture attempting to sneak into the Lazarus Pit compound.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Demonstrated in "P.O.V." and "Legends of the Dark Knight". Very few people get a good enough look at him to get an accurate impression.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ra's al-Ghul explains his wonderful plan to save the world by wiping out most of humanity. Batman responds with a note of wonder in his voice. "Yes... I can see it all clearly now for the first time. You are completely out of your mind."
  • Single-Episode Handicap: "Blind as a Bat"
  • The Smart Guy: Along with J'onn in the League.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Master of it, to Gordon's repeated annoyance.
  • The Stoic: It's part of his portfolio, after all.
  • The Strategist: He primarily took this function with the Justice League.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Batman is usually one with a harsh demeanor, but he proves to have a soft side on more than one occasion.
  • Super Window Jump: Does this regularly.
  • Take a Third Option: Harley Quinn captures Catwoman and ties her to a conveyor belt heading for a massive meat grinder. Batman arrives and catches Harley, who then taunts that he can either bring her in or save Catwoman, but not both. Batman then... nonchalantly reaches over to the circuit breaker and shuts off the power to the grinder, to which Harley responds, "Good call—Help!"
  • Talking Your Way Out
    • Used this when Harley Quinn singlehandedly captured him and put him in a Death Trap he couldn't escape from. He played off her infatuation with the Joker and convinced her to call him so that he could "witness" his death, knowing that his ego wouldn't allow anyone else to off the Batman.
    • When caught and held defenseless by Scarface's gang, Batman convinces Scarface that the one who sold them out was Arnold Wesker, aka The Ventriloquist. Scarface angrily orders his men to kill Wesker, and when they hesitate he thinks they are traitors as well. Batman escapes in the chaos and bring the gangsters down. The twist? Scarface is Arnold Whesker - he is just a ventriloquist's doll that Wesker uses to manifest his psychotic Split Personality.
  • Taught by Experience: Mask of the Phantasm had Bruce perform his first night as a vigilante in black clothes and a ski mask, yelling out police commands. He had all the training and gadgetry, but didn't really understand Batman's foundation of fear and intimidation. This is what leads him to being the poster child of Crazy-Prepared. This aspect of the movie was a homage to Batman: Year One, which used essentially the same thing.
  • The Team Normal: The only member of the League who doesn't have any form of super-powers, natural or bestowed.
  • There Was a Door: He most often enters buildings by crashing through windows.
  • Trophy Room:
    Poison Ivy: So Harv, whatever happened to the giant penny?
    Two-Face: They actually let him keep it.
  • Troubled, but Cute:
    Diana: No dating for the Batman. It might cut into your brooding time.
  • Technological Pacifist: The episode "Blind as a Bat" marked Bruce Wayne's first, last, and only time developing anything for the military. After the troubles that stemmed from that, Bruce declared that Wayne Corp would never develop weapons again. It briefly does develop weapons under Powers' helm in Batman Beyond, but the no-weapons policy comes back in full force when Bruce regains control of the company.
  • Temporary Blindness: In the episode "Blind As A Bat."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Already incredibly badass in BTAS, Batman levels up as his career progresses and in the Justice League he takes on the likes of Vandal Savage, Brainiac and finally goes toe to toe with Darkseid himself, earning Villain Respect from the most powerful being in the universe. This for a Badass Normal with no powers who took small crimes as seriously as major supervillains in a Wretched Hive like Gotham.
    • This becomes a plot point where an early issue raised doubts about Batman's ability to keep up with the rest of the league, after he easily gets taken out in a group fight against Luthor's Injustice Gang with Superman asking him to stay back while he investigates. Batman instead displays how his skills as a detective and master tactician and psychologist completely damages the opponents by triggering their Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. He progressively raises his game to hyper-competent levels. In a later episode, he's able to Judo Throw Kalibak, an alien Superman-level thug from Apokolips who Superman says he could have easily beaten.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Deliberately invoked. During the TNBA era, he's growing grimmer and colder.
  • Tragic Hero: Poor Bruce, while his dedication to helping others is admirable,he failed to keep close the people who loved him the most, (and whom he loved despite his gruff demeanor) and by Batman Beyond, he paid for it dearly. basically he ended up like Charles Foster Kane (from Citizen Kane) even though he was nothing like him.
  • Tragic Dream: Since the murder of his parents when he was only eight years old, Bruce made a vow to devote the rest of his life to ridding crime in all Gotham so that no one would go through what he did and so that batman would no longer be needed. What he didn't realize was that his dream, while noble was not realistic, his relentless, driven but standoffish personality alienated his loved ones and by batman beyond it's painfully obviously that he paid a heavy price for his unattainable dream.
  • Übermensch: As far as he's concerned, the only immoral thing there is when it comes to crimefighting is killing the enemy.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Lex Luthor at the beginning sees Batman as just a nuisance who is of no concern to him compared to Superman. This is until Batman breaks into his penthouse in the middle of the night, knocks out Mercy with an Offhand Backhand, and absolutely scares the crap out of Luthor, something Superman had NEVER been able to do. From that point, Luthor gives Batman the same level of priority as Superman.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Wonder Woman. Sorry, shippers.
  • Used to Be More Social: By the time Bruce is an old man, the only friends of his who he hasn't alienated are dead.
  • Villain Respect: From Ra's Al Ghul, Darkseid and Amanda Waller, though the level of villainy varies from extreme to mild.
    • In "Hereafter", Vandal Savage praises the Watchtower, which has lasted for several thousand years despite all that's happened, only falling out of orbit shortly before Superman's arrival in the future. Savage is unaware that Batman was responsible, but does comment that it's a remarkable feat of engineering.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Superman and Flash.
  • Weapon Stomp: Has done this at least once.
  • When He Smiles: Horrifying appearance notwithstanding, the rare smile that he shares with children is so warm-and-kind it can melt glaciers.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: From his money, that's where.
  • With My Hands Tied: Is forced to beat up two burly orderlies while in a straitjacket and held for treatment in Arkham.
  • Working Through the Cold: In "Heart of Ice".
  • Would Hit a Girl: Batman is smart enough to not recognize genders in a fight. This is especially true if his identity is at stake. In "Almost Got 'Im" during Poison Ivy's tale, Batman punches Ivy off when she tried to take his mask off. There's also this exchange from "Harley and Ivy":
    Batman: Man or woman, a sick mind is capable of anything.
    Poison Ivy: A very enlightened statement, Batman. We'll carve it on your headstone.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: As with his comic counterpart, he absolutely hates it when others hurt children or puts them at risk.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Bane makes his presence in Gotham known by smashing the Batmobile with his bare hands. Another villain, Lockup, puts a boot (wheel clamp) on it.
    Batman: He trashed my car, Alfred. Between a couple of guys, that's real personal.

Bat Family

    Robin I / Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
Voiced by: Loren Lester
"Hey, no one can be a Boy Wonder forever."

Much like his comic counterpart, Dick was a member of The Flying Graysons, a family of circus acrobats. His parents were killed by a mobster named Tony Zucco (not Zuko). After being taken in by Bruce Wayne, he eventually finds out his secret and takes up the role of Robin. Eventually, he grows up and strikes out on his own, taking a new name: Nightwing.
  • '80s Hair: Sports a mullet as Nightwing.
  • Aloof Ally: As Nightwing at first in "You Scratch My Back". Occasionally afterwards too.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Birds.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He and Batgirl show this in the end of "You Scratch My Back". But sadly, they never got back together.
    Batgirl: You alright?
    Nightwing: You know me, always happy to have a little help.
  • Badass Normal: Like Batman.
  • Badass Biker: As Robin, he often rides a motorcycle alongside the Batmobile, and as Nightwing, he has his own Nightcycle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: "Robin's Reckoning" and "Old Wounds" are very good examples. The former even has Dick admitting that he's too dangerous if you do manage to hurt him.
    Robin: You were right, you know, not bringing me along. You knew I'd take it too personally.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Tim.
  • Broken Pedestal: Unlike the comics, Dick and Bruce never truly reconcile after their falling out onscreen.
  • The Cameo: Averts Chuck Cunningham Syndrome due to infrequent name-drops in Batman Beyond, but his only post-TNBA appearances are two brief glimpses in Justice League.
  • Character Development: From a sidekick to a respected hero on his own terms.
  • Circus Brat: His backstory. Youngest of the Flying Graysons, until his family is killed.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Done intentionally. Dick spends most of the week at school, letting Batman establish himself both with and without a partner. He only appears in two episodes of the first season. This continues when he graduates to his Nightwing identity; Justice League Unlimited suggests he does double duty in both Gotham and Bludhaven.
  • Cool Bike: used one as Robin from time to time; later the Nightcycle.
  • Dance Battler: While his fighting style is more acrobatic than dance-like, he did train in capoeira according to The Lost Years.
  • Dating Catwoman: Had his own brief fling with Catwoman in "You Scratch My Back".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so. One of the most notable instances is in "Robin's Reckoning, Part 1", where he remarks that if he knew their stakeout would take so long, he would have brought his homework with him. After Batman replies to all his statements with "Uh-huh", Robin then remarks that lucky for him, Batman is a good conversationalist.
  • Designated Victim: You could tell when a writer wanted to get Batman alone and take Robin out of they way, because he would always be injured at the beginning of the episode, or taken hostage for Bats to rescue. Clearly they wanted Batman and Bane to fight one on one, but that's just ridiculous. It's not really the show's fault, as one of Robin's nicknames in the comics is "Boy Hostage". It's hard being a sidekick. Also, better writers on the show (such as Paul Dini) would incorporate Robin successfully into the story without victimizing him.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In "Old Wounds," he flattens Batman with one punch.
  • Domino Mask: Both as Robin and Nightwing.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: A couple of times, also part of the many issues that broke up the dynamic duo.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
  • He's Back: In the end of "Sins of the Father".
    Dick: Hey, no one can be a boy wonder forever.
  • Jerkass Façade: In "You Scratch My Back", turns out Nightwing's aloof behavior is just to get closer to Catwoman and help Batman in setting her up.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: As Nightwing.
  • Kid Sidekick: He started out as one, but the series starts when he's in college.
  • The Lancer: Before becoming Nightwing, he would often fight at Batman's side.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: As Nightwing.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Nightwing is, shall we say, quite a handsome fellow.
  • Nice Guy: Dick can sometimes be more level-headed than the Dark Knight, and rarely slips into the sick obsession Bruce has.
  • Not So Different: From Bruce. When Bruce adopted him as a kid, he told Dick about how his own parents died when he was his age. And also feels he could have done something different. While their surface personalities are very different, Dick can be just as grim and unsocial as Bruce. Tim comments on it, when he points out that they had the same answer ("Things change") when he asked them why they stopped working together. The difference isn't in how they are, but in how they act. Dick, unlike Bruce, takes steps to avert the negative consequences of being a dark figure of the night, while Bruce seems to see it as a necessary sacrifice of his mission. When Tim points out their similarity in brushing him off, Nightwing immediately looks chagrined and tells him the full story. It's not hard to imagine Batman would have just continued to sulk.
  • Origins Episode: Robin's Reckoning for Robin and "Old Wounds"/The Lost Years for Nightwing.
  • Parental Abandonment: Although he's a little better at dealing with it than Bruce. Not only was he older than Bruce when it happened, but when you work without a net like his parents did the risk is something you always live with.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Towards Batman, which lead him to leave and become Nightwing.
  • Reverse Mole: To Catwoman in "You Scratch My Back".
  • Same Character, but Different: Dick's transformation from Robin to Nightwing.
    Dick: (quitting as Robin) Things change! I changed!
  • Shamu Fu: "Harley's Holiday" has him using two fish as nunchuks.
  • Shirtless Captives: In "Bane", is kidnapped by Bane and his accomplice. He is stripped of his shirt and dangled by chains over a tank in which they intend to drown him. Justified in that Bane uses the uniform shirt to show Batman that he'd kidnapped Robin.
  • Sidekick - Interestingly, he fills the same function as a Kid Sidekick without actually being one: he's college-age throughout most of B:TAS and graduates prior to The New Batman Adventures.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Just like in the comics, he leaves the mantle of Robin to become Nightwing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Well, a few more levels.
  • Tranquil Fury: Robin is noticeably quieter in SubZero, but after Barbara is kidnapped he's really, really pissed off.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Is chained up this way above a rising pit of water after being kidnapped by the title character in the episode "Bane". For best effect, they added an equivalent of Cement Shoes to his feet.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He delivers these to Bruce on a couple of occasions, twice in "Old Wounds" on his growing obsession and keeping Batgirl's identity a secret from him. He also gives one to Barbara for not telling him about it, resulting in breaking off their relationship.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He had to leave the circus, since Zucco might come after him. Saying good-bye to his friends he considers his family as much as his parents.
    • After his falling out with Bruce he does occasionally work with him, but does not move back into the Manor or the Batcave and starts operating mostly out of Bludhaven.

    Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)

Voiced by: Melissa Gilbert (Batman: The Animated Series), Mary Kay Bergman (Sub-Zero), Tara Strong (The New Batman Adventures), Stockard Channing (Batman Beyond seasons 1 and 2), Angie Harmon (Return of the Joker, Batman Beyond season 3)
"So Batman can't help me? Fine. Let's see what Batgirl can do!"

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

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

In Batman Beyond, a much older Barbara has put aside the cowl and picked up the badge, taking her father's place as Police Commissioner of Gotham City. As fate would have it, the long-retired Bruce Wayne has just taken on a protege as the new Batman. See here for tropes applying to her in that show.
  • Action Girl: She initially appears only as Commissioner Gordon's daughter, but over the series she transforms into Batgirl and becomes an official member of the Bat-family.
  • Adventure Rebuff: Batgirl was rebuffed by Batman and Robin a couple times, but she eventually became Batman's partner and stayed even after Robin had left.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: According to Bruce Timm, she was made into a main character in TNBA because the network thought adding a girl to the main cast would help court female viewers.
  • Ascended Extra: She was a minor supporting character in the initial seasons, only appearing as Batgirl in three episodes, but becomes part of the primary cast after the revamp. In TNBA, she actually serves as Batman's main partner and the secondary main character of the series, appearing more often than both the new Tim Drake Robin and Nightwing.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She and Nightwing show this in the end of "You Scratch My Back". Sadly, they never got back together.
    Batgirl: You alright?
    Nightwing: You know me, always happy to have a little help.
  • Badass Normal: Like the rest of the Bat-family, no superpowers, no problem.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: She respects the Bat-Family's avoidance of firearms. However, she's a cop in her dayjob, and is willing to tote a gun when she and Batman infiltrate the base of the Sensei in Gotham Adventures, which Batman isn't happy about.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Dick, AFTER they had broken up.
  • Big "OMG!": Says this upon seeing Freeze in a robotic spider body.
  • Breaking Bad News Gently: She intends to tell her father the truth, and has him sit down before she starts. He cuts her off to maintain deniability, though, as it's implied he already knew.
  • Chained to a Bed: In the "Subzero" movie.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Dick accuses her of this when it comes to getting close to Catwoman.
  • Defiant Captive: The SubZero movie. The highlight of it all is when Belson unlocks the chain binding her, she immediately starts swinging it at him.
  • Distaff Counterpart: At first glance one to Batman, but realistically more of one to Robin, as she's a female sidekick of Batman, rather than a female version of him.
  • Dream Sue: She has a dream at the beginning of "Batgirl Returns" where she saves Batman from Two-Face, Penguin, and Joker single-handedly. Just as they're about to make out, Dick Grayson wakes her from her nap.
  • El Cid Ploy: This is Batgirl's origin: dressing up as Batman in an effort to add the Bat's support to Commissioner Gordon's innocence.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Supergirl in "Girls' Night Out". Kara is after Livewire (who would join up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn), and Barbara teams with Kara to stop them. They'd bond through the episode, and in the Christmas Episode of Justice League, "Comfort and Joy," it's said Barbara invited Kara to go skiing with her.

    Robin II (Tim Drake)
Voiced by: Matthew Valencia (The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker), Eli Marienthal (Static Shock, "The Big Leagues", Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman), Shane Sweet (Static Shock, "Future Shock"), Andrea Romano (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, as Joker Junior), Dean Stockwell (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, as an adult)
"Hero Time."

This Tim Drake is a combination of both the comic version and Jason Todd, the Robin before him. The son of a two-bit crook who betrayed and was murdered by Two-Face, Robin falls into Batman's world while fleeing Two-Face's thugs who are chasing him over something left by his father. Like Grayson, Tim finds out Batman's identity, steals the Robin costume, and ultimately helps bring Two-Face down.
  • Abusive Parents: Before he became Robin, his father worked for Two-Face and often left his son (who was under 13 years old) alone to fend for himself for long periods of time. When he double-crossed Two-Face, he abandoned his son to run away, only to be found killed outside of Gotham.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a massive fan of the original Dynamic Duo.
  • Badass in Distress: In "Sins of the Father as he manages to escape the capture once Batman comes.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Witnessing Annie's "death".
    • Being tortured by the Joker.
  • Composite Character: He has Tim Drake's name and intellect with Jason Todd's backstory, attitude, position as the second Robin, and The Joker ending his career as Robin.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Tim: I know the [American justice] system is bogus.
    Bruce: And how did you come to that well-thought-out conclusion?
    Tim: Watching you.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!:
    Batgirl: Your father left you all alone?
    Tim: Big deal. He's never around much anyway. I can take care of myself.
  • Guile Hero: In "Old Wounds", he helped convince Nightwing that Batman can change.
  • Domino Mask: A Robin staple. Slightly larger than normal, but really not that large.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
  • Grand Theft Me: Joker implants a microchip that eventually turns a middle-aged Tim Drake into a Joker clone in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
  • Heroic Build: As shown in the picture above, he's actually quite broad-shouldered for a thirteen-year old.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Was actually quite effective as Robin, and was very savvy about when Batman was out of control (as in Never Fear where he takes it upon himself to shut down a loose canon Bats under modified fear toxin) and in Knight Time where he manages to talk Superman into playing Batman:
    Superman: "For someone who's supposed to be a loner, you sure know how to pick a partner."
  • Kid Sidekick: Deconstructed, eventually.
  • Legacy Character: Steals one of Dick's old costumes and becomes the new Robin.
  • Mind Rape: In the opening scene of Return of the Joker, he gets molded into a "mini-Joker."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: has a breakdown in ROTJ, showing that he's tried not to think about it but he really regrets killing the Joker.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father runs off to save his own skin, and ends up dead.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The final event of his tenure as Robin have left him somewhat broken.
  • Street Urchin: An amalgam of his comic origins and those of second Robin Jason Todd. His father was a criminal who ended up on the bad side of Two-Face, and he quickly found himself an orphan, just in time to get far too deep in the middle of one of Batman's cases.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks exactly like the mugshot of his dad Steven "Shifty" Drake.
  • Teen Genius: He shares his intellect from the comics and in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman he's shown to have some interest in technology. In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker he even grows up to be a communications engineer.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: His pet name for Two-Face is Puke-Face.

    Alfred Pennyworth
Voiced by: Clive Revill (first three episodes), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ("The Last Laugh" onwards)
"Sounds as if the human race would become quite expendable. Except for butlers, of course."

The Wayne family's old butler, who is fiercely loyal towards Bruce, whom he sees as a surrogate son, especially since raised him after his parents' deaths. Alfred keeps a Stiff Upper Lip, even under the extraordinary circumstances imposed by his master's secret identity, though he can't help but make the occasional sarcastic quip about Bruce's unusual hobby.

Despite his unthreatening and quiet appearance, Alfred is also a former agent of the British Secret Service and has more than once proved he is quite capable of holding his own in fights.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's a suprisingly good fighter, despite being aged, and has saved Batman before.
  • Battle Butler: On occasion. He's a former British secret agent and gets a few opportunities to utilize those skills in Batman's service.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's pretty darn cool, a magnificent example of the Servile Snarker, and dangerous when pushed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A quintessential version of the Servile Snarker, bonus in that he's actually deadpan as the trope originally implied.
  • Like a Son to Me: Alfred gives a double moment with a single line; in "Old Wounds," at Dick Grayson's college graduation he says that Dick is like a second son to him. Alfred is childless: His first "son" is Bruce Wayne.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Played with. Alfred and Frederick, an old compatriot of his, had been captured and injected with Truth Serum. When the serum starts to take effect, Alfred seems to be drunk off it. When Red Claw asks, "What's the second password?", he replies "The lion and the unicorn..." Turns out Alfred was faking inebriation as the password was exactly what he said.
  • Neat Freak: When he and Bruce briefly visit some run-down movie-store, Alfred tries his finger on the counter, reproachfully looks at the dirt it comes up with and then proceeds to wipe the counter clean (well, cleaner) with a cloth.
  • Nice Guy: One of the best examples comes in his last appearance in the DCAU, "Starcrossed", where he consoles Hawkgirl when the League vote whether to expel her from the League for being a mole and advanced scout for the Thanagarian Invasion. Alfred admits that whatever they decide, her decision to protect Earth and risk exile is proof enough for him that she is a hero and worthy of his trust.
  • No Hero to His Valet: While he remains unfailingly loyal through thick and thin, he also practically raised Bruce from childhood and taught him several of the tricks he would later come to use as Batman, with the result that he never fails to vocally criticize Batman to his face when he thinks it's needed and is practically the only person Batman cannot intimidate with his usual tricks.
  • Retired Badass: Former SAS soldier/high-ranking intelligence agent, who can not only defend himself against thugs, but also hold out against truth serum.
  • Secret Keeper: To the Batfamily
  • Servile Snarker: Just as snarky in animation as he is in the comics:
    Alfred: Why, you're the very model of sanity. Oh, by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    As they say on the streets, 'I ain't touching that one'.
  • Spot of Tea: As the most British of gentlemen, he frequently offers guests an actual 'spot of tea.'
  • Undying Loyalty: To Bruce.

Alternative Title(s): DCAU-Batman The Animated Series Batman And Bat Family, DCAU Batman The Animated Series Batman And Bat Family