- Aquaman, made more awesome, given that DC Comics originally intended Blue Beetle III to be the breakout guest-star of the series. By ratcheting up his Superfriends uselessness into a hammy parody of the character, AQUAMAN's become a hilarious form of Mythology Gag. And considering that he turns out quite competent, he sort of delves into unexpected Rule of Funny-endorsed awesomeness.
- That's not to discount Blue Beetle III: He was also quite a Darkhorse. One of the reasons for this is that many fans loved watching Batman mentor a young superhero as opposed to another un-powered vigilante. His love of superheroes and the fact that he's a rookie standing among people much more experiencd than him is pretty relatable as well. As a side note, this series is also responsible for turning a lot of people on to Jaime's comics.
- The Music Meister. That fact that he's voiced —and sung— by Neil Patrick Harris probably has something to do with it. After the episode was out there was tons of fanart, and demands that he be incorporated into the DCU within minutes. The demand for the soundtrack was so high that they announced plans to release a soundtrack about two or three days after the episode leaked onto the Internet, and said that if the show had a third season he would be back. (Unfortunately, he wasn't.)
- Red Tornado for trying to understand human nature and be a proper father. Tough break, dude.
- B'wana Beast. The guy's just fun to watch. He has a cheery demeanor, a unique superpower, and he does care about others, ESPECIALLY Vixen. Makes his death even sadder.
- Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. Seriously, WHY doesn't anyone use this guy more often?
- Lord Death Man of the Bat-Manga episode increased interest in the manga and became part of the DCU thanks to Grant Morrison.
- Wildcat should definitely get a mention here. A cantankerous old man voiced by R. Lee Ermey and a relic of the old days of superheroing, in his first episode he seems to be a talkative old man, but by the end he takes out the hulking slug and basically adopts the Outsiders as his new students in boxing. Not to mention he gets the most screentime with Black Canary, seeming like a father figure. Oh, and in one of the cold opens, he takes out a Venom-Jacked Bane by pulling a batarang out of a wall and severing the tube that spreads it to Bane's body, just before Bane was about to break Batman's back. Definitely deserving of the title Ensemble Darkhorse.
- Red Hood, the Good Counterpart of the Joker, quickly acquitted himself as a badass. His outfit was classy, his voice acting was fantastic, and he got some incredibly cool lines. His backstory helps - on Earth-3, he was a vigilante who battled Owlman, which culminated in Owlman throwing him into the infamous vat of chemicals. Unlike the Joker, though, he was left "bent, but not broken," and faced down entire teams of villains with nothing but a few throwing knives. He also destroyed Silver Cyclone, which would prove a fine moment for people who think of his own counterpart as Wangsty.
Red Hood: Who's broken now?
- Gentleman Ghost. At the time, almost completely unknown, but his excellent design rocketed him to popularity. Coincidentally, during the show's run he had a figure in DC's comic series that was nigh-impossible to find due to fan demand.
- Plastic Man. Never a more fitting hero for this sort of series, yet the series keeps him just as loveable.
- Superman appeared in about two episodes of the third season, but between his decent voice acting, perfect capturing of the Silver Age Showy Invincible Hero, near-constant stream of Mythology Gags, and ability to soundly defeat Batman, "Battle of the Super-Heroes!" is still widely regarded as one of the show's best. By a similar token, Wonder Woman never got a true focus episode, but her Cold Open appearance was fantastic.
- Phantom Stranger and Spectre, for being voiced by Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, completely in-character, and pivotal in "Chill of the Night!"
Ensemble Darkhorse / Batman: The Brave and the Bold
NOTE: This page is Just for Fun Batman: The Brave and the Bold's main premise was that in every episode, Batman would team-up with a lesser-known DC superhero to defeat a lesser-known DC supervillian. As such, with characters like Professor Zoom, The Metal Men, and Firestorm, people tend to get a new favorite DC character. This page is meant to talk about our favorite characters from the show and why. From the guys who got a whole episode dedicated to them to that one person who only had a 2 minute cameo, these are our favorite characters of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.