Fridge: Batman: The Animated Series

Fridge Brilliance
  • The white lines in this logo resembles the skeleton of a bat's wing.
  • In Almost Got 'Im, Killer Croc's story about almost defeating Batman was comically simple and unimpressive, climaxing with him throwing a rock at Batman.note  This actually doesn't jive with the portrayal in the rest of the series where, while Croc isn't by any means a smart villain, he isn't stupid either, he just relies on strength and animal cunning. The brilliance is that that's not really Killer Croc playing poker with them - it's Batman in disguise likely playing up how others view Croc.
    • The story also causes the others to roll their eyes and ignore Croc from then on, thus reducing the risk that anyone will see through Batman's disguise.
  • In "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" has the camera focus on the future Riddler. Also next to him, a large collection of cubicles in the form of a maze. It also shows his mindset — he's trying to escape from the maze, by turning it into a game.
  • Given the way Dick Grayson's parents died, it makes a lot of sense that the majority of his panic attacks in "Fear of Victory" are kicked off by heights.
  • "Over the Edge". Although Gordon's grief over the death of Barbara is highly understandable, he quickly goes from remorseful to irrational and finally outright delusional in his vendetta against the Batfamily, acting severely Out of Character to the point that he blames Batman for most of his Rogues Gallery coming to be (at least the Arkham ones), and willingly makes a deal with Bane just to take Batman down, something he would never do in his right mind. This makes the reveal that the entire episode was a fear-gas induced hallucination by Batgirl all the more believable. Her greatest fear is that, because she never told her father the truth, her possible death would set him against Batman, so of course he would act utterly irrational in the dream.
  • The episode in which Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face is two parts long. Not that there weren't other two-part episodes, but that's definitely the most appropriate one to be such.
  • In the ending of Harlequinade, the Joker, perhaps for the first time ever, shows genuine love and affection to Harley, after the she tries to blow his head with a machine gun and fails by no fault of her own. The obvious Fridge Brilliance is that the Joker revelled in seeing Harley pushed far enough to pull the trigger. In his own twisted mind, she finally matched up to a standard that he did not believe she could.
    • There is, however, a subtler brilliance to the scene - Not only did Joker believe he was about to die, which probably exhilarated him, but the revelation that the gun was a dud probably confirmed in his mind some sort of perceived immortality that was played up a lot with Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker.
    • Also this; If Harley did kill the Joker this would have given his the final victory, having made Harley into a killer like himself.
    • And, you know, it was kind of funny.
  • In "Joker's Favor," it seems a bit odd that Joker would become so obsessed with a guy who yelled at him on the highway. When the poor sap is begging Joker to let him go, he mentions that he had a really bad day...
    ''Look Charlie, You had a busy day. All this running around, all this excitement with BATMAAAAAAAN!"
  • In "Zatanna" the titualar character tries to read Bruce's future, but fails to say the right card. The right card, however, is a joker. As in, she really did tell his future with the playing cards.
    • It's clearly implied that she intended him to get the two of hearts, providing an opening for some (more) flirtatious banter. It's left ambiguous whether the joker card was just a random slip-up or the deck somehow making a real prediction.
  • Why is the Riddler missing from the second half of "Trial"? Because, while he may be crazy, he's not AS crazy as the rest of the villains there. He takes the opportunity to just play his own get out of jail free card.
  • The Joker's fear of the IRS being greater than his fear of Batman as seen in "Joker's Millions" may seem like just a gag, but it's actually very logical. Batman won't kill him, only capture him, and he won't go to jail because he'll just plead insanity and instead go to Arkham, where he can recruit more goons for his gang, and then eventually escape. But you can't plead insanity for not giving Uncle Sam his cut. The Joker will definitely go to jail when fighting the IRS over tax evasion charges, and he'll be torn apart since a lot of the grunts he abandoned in the past would run into him. He wouldn't even have time to fashion a weapon of any kind.
    • Even if the Joker can survive in a regular prison, it's bound to be a lot less comfortable than Arkham, if only because he's much more familiar with the latter.
    • Speaking of familiarity, that's another reason for this attitude: the Joker is used to fighting Batman but is out of his element fighting the IRS.
  • The episode "A Bullet for Bullock" has a classic Enemy Mine: A condescending Batman is helping a distrusting Bullock to discover who is trying to kill him. It’s a character study about Bullock, a Noble Bigot with a Badge who, despite being an honest cop, his Jerkassery has managed to alienate everyone around him. When Bullock invokes a Not So Different scenario, Batman is insulted. At the end, when Bullock shows he is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as he genuinely tries to thank Batman for his help, Batman answers Forget it, Bullock. You’ve got enough problems.. You could interpret this as Condescending Compassion. It's not. Batman is genuinely scared by Bullock’s fate. Cue Batman Beyond and we see Bruce Wayne with an even worse case of Lonely at the Top.
  • In "Heart Of Ice" Mr. Freeze's arch enemy is Ferris Boyle. What is the polar opposite of water freezing? Boiling!
  • In "Love Is A Croc" (I think that's the one) it actually makes sense that Croc would cheat on Baby Doll. She may be an adult, but she has the body of a five-year-old! Croc's a cannibal, not a pedophile.
    • Additionally, it's in Croc's nature to betray his allies like that. There was an earlier episode where a group of kindly circus freaks took him in. He still tried to steal from them though he genuinely seemed to be bonding with them.
  • In "Animal Acts," animal trainer Miranda Kane mentions that her parents have retired to Sarasota. Not only is Sarasota, Florida full or retirees, but it's also the location of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which includes the Circus Museum.

Fridge Horror
  • It happened a lot early in Batman: The Animated Series. For instance, the Scarecrow's out of control blimp would careen around the city, with Batman, the hostage, and the villains escaping in the nick of time. And the blimp crashes into a skyscraper, which may have been a high rise apartment complex filled with relaxing civilians. Or an office building where some late night workers were trying to put in enough hours for that promotion.
    • In later episodes, at least, the characters tended to mention that no one was hurt or that the victim had narrowly survived.
    • In the beginning of the episode, "Joker's Favor", the Joker is driving around in a station wagon with luggage strapped to the top. The radio mentioned he had just escaped police custody, so the car probably wasn't his. Not that this is a stretch for the Joker, but this seems to imply that he killed some vacationers for their car.
  • Remember how Grant Walker was given cryogenically enhanced longevity by Mr. Freeze, only to be trapped all alone under the sea? Now remember what happened to Freeze in season 4? Yeah, Walker's screwed...
  • Step One: Watch Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Step Two: Watch any Batman episode that focuses on Tim Drake, especially if it features his trademark recklessness and devil-may-care attitude. Step Three: Hide under a blanket; eat ice cream out of the carton; try not to cry.
    • Alternatively, Step One: watch Mad Love. Step Two: watch ANY episode with the Joker and Harley Quinn in it, and realize that her attempts to save face when goofing up are less about her being a Perky Female Minion, and more about just trying not to get hit for it.
      • Yet another one. Step One: Play Batman: Arkham Asylum and take down a few goons with Suicide Collars on, taking careful note of the mechanical laughing noise the collar alarms make. Step Two: Watch "The Joker's Wild" and listen to the mechanical laughter the giant Joker sign on the casino makes. Step Three: Remember that Mark Hamill is the voice of The Joker in both Arkham Asylum AND Batman: The Animated Series. Congratulations, you are now seeing the Animated Series' Joker doing everything that the Joker does in Arkham Asylum. Enjoy your heebie-jeebies.
  • In Scarface and the Ventriloquist's first episode, they're hiding out in a warehouse full of (all-female) mannequin parts. Since Scarface is the Ventriloquist's other personality, is he surrounding himself with dismembered women?
  • In the first part of "Feat of Clay", Bats drops an unconscious man, from the air, into a swimming pool. While reviving the senseless with water is a cartoon staple, Bell very well could have drowned before the cops got to him, and broken bones from the rough landing. And then you have Clayface slapping pieces of himself onto people...
  • In "Fires From Olympus," Maxie Zeus shoots down a police blimp with his lightning cannon, presumably killing the cops piloting it. The flaming blimp then falls into Gotham City, where we see hundreds of people running away. There's no way all of those people could've gotten away in time...
    • Later on in the same episode, Zeus shocks one of his henchman with his lightning rod. After this, the henchman isn't seen for the rest of the episode.
  • In Joker’s Favor, The Peregrinator’s Club offers an homage to Gordon that The Joker wants to spoil… when Batman chases him, the Joker flees to an exact reproduction of a May Inca Tec temple built exactly like the original… including the BoobyTrapsJust what kind of club does that?
    • It might have started as a club for old-time gentlemen explorers (that would fit the "Art Deco" period atmosphere of the series), with the temple reproduction as a thematically appropriate side annex. Admittedly, that wouldn't explain actual lethal deathtraps; maybe the Joker slipped in earlier and made a few modifications just in case he needed to cover his retreat.
      • Poison Ivy actually does break into a club of gentleman explorers in "Harley and Ivy", so that's actually quite plausible.
  • In Baby Doll, remember when Mary Dahl put the dynamite on the cake? She wasn't stepping away. She wanted to kill herself together with her former cast members.
    • In fact, this may be what makes the famous, and heartbreaking, ending to the episode all the more poignant - in the moment, you could take this suicide bombing as an Ax-Crazy Murder-Suicide, until Dahl's Villainous Breakdown puts it all in depressing perspective.
      • A couple of her lines explains everything: Dahl saw her fake life from her old show as the closest she had to real family. She wanted to die surrounded by what, to her, was a loving family that would never leave her.
  • Doesn't anyone else here realize that Creeper was basically trying to rape Harley?
  • As long as we're on the subject of discomforting sexuality, let's have a look at all the creepy implications of "House & Garden" with Poison Ivy. Putting aside all that (overhyped) Les Yay stuff at the end, consider the nature of the "family" Poison Ivy told Batman she'd decided to have "on [her] own terms." Using a combination of her plant-cultivating skills and some DNA taken from an unwilling "donor" she raised a bunch of half-plant hybrids of him to be a series of "sons" who grew up to be "husbands" and then plant-monster minions over the course of just a few days. In other words, what we have is a rare science-fiction-enhanced Distaff Counterpart example of Wife Husbandry with the "wife" doing the husbanding. Consider also that Ivy must have been doing this for quite some time, and that she's basically using and disposing of her "men" like nose tissues. Misandry on a massive scale, anyone? Then, just to prove she's a total misanthrope and sociopath, she made a plant "copy" of herself too; she has to have known her doppelganger wouldn't last long against a weed-killer-equipped Batman. If Good People Have Good Sex, Poison Ivy is a very, very, very bad person indeed.
  • In Almost Got Him Two-Face mentions that if the giant coin lands on Batman it'll crush him, after Batman escapes the coin lands on two grunts...
  • In Mad Love Batman tricks Harley into calling the Joker just so he has time to escape, knowing the Joker would respond violently at best. Mister Thou Shalt Not Kill deliberately talked Harley in an action that could have resulted in her horrifically violent death, just to save himself. And Harley only survived that plummet by sheer luck...