Funny / Batman

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Batman (1960s TV series)

  • Pop Goes The Joker: the Joker is teaching a sculpt-by-model class in which Bruce Wayne is a student. It must be seen to be believed (skip at the two-minute mark):
    "Ew! That's terrible, Wayne, terrible! Why, even a three year old could do better than that!" *mashes clay together into Clown-Dada* "Ah, there! Now that's more like it!"
    "Yes, I see what you mean, that looks about the work of a three year old."
    "Yea—eh, I do the jokes around here, Wayne!"
  • In the episode "Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club", Batman, Robin and Batgirl are playing a flute to guide technicolor mice to the sea Pied Piper style.
  • Robin tripping on an incredibly obvious tripwire trap which is even marked.
  • Batman having a conversation with Bruce Wayne.
  • In one of the Riddler's appearances, he is seen toting around a sack full of ill-gotten gains which is helpfully labeled "LOOT SACK".
  • The constant labeling of things in general. Batman mentioning that Penguin must have the supplies for a specific heist in his "criminals' storeroom". Cut to Penguin (listening in via bugged umbrella) sending his minions to fetch said supplies...from a room labeled "CRIMINALS' STOREROOM".
  • The reactions of the crooks when the Dynamic Duo popped up alive after a seemingly impossible to escape from deathtrap were always great.
    The Puzzler: But you''re dead! How puzzling.
  • Large Ham King Tut madly screams his dialogue to the ear of one of the beautiful mute Living Prop slave girls of his harem. She tries her best not to change her indifferent expression.
  • Batman doing the "Batusi" dance in the pilot episode.
  • The second half of "Flop Goes the Joker". Joker talking to Batman and Commissioner Gordon on the phone (Bats was in the same room as Joker), talking smack about Batman, calling him a coward, bragging about stolen paintings and what he'd do to Batman if he were right in front of him. Joker discovering the priceless art he stole was actually some of Alfred's "masterpieces". Batman calling Joker's bluff, to Joker's surprise. The ensuing fight being music to Gordon and O'Hara's ears. Joker taking Baby Jane to Wayne Manor and threatening Alfred with a gun, only for Alfred to smack it out of his hands with a fireplace poker. Alfred outfencing Joker. Joker running into Bruce's studio, discovering Shakespeare's bust with the big button inside (but not the red phone!). Joker going into the Batpoles and sliding down, only to abruptly come back up. Joker's panic at being stuck up there and not being able to breathe. Batman snarking about "giving him some air". Joker going back down, screaming. Joker coming back up and sweet talking Alfred into cutting him loose, only for Alfred to remind him that "we Anglo finks" had a long memory. Robin's Bond One-Liner reply to Aunt Harriet when she asked about Joker.
    • It also gave us this immortal exchange between Bats and Joker:
      Joker: You can say that over the phone, Batman, but if I had you here, I'd pound you to a pulp! (hangs up)
      (Batman walks out from behind a curtain, his own phone in hand)
      Batman: Start pounding, Joker!
      Joker: (screams)
    • Cesar Romero had enough funny moments for 30 appearances just in those 10-15 minutes.
    • Alfred foiled so many of Joker's plans, he should have been Joker's archnemesis and not Batman.
  • Robin's answer to one of the Riddler's riddles: "When is the time on a clock like the whistle on a train?" "When it's...two to two. TOO TOO TOO!"
  • "What sits in a tree, weighs six ounces and is very dangerous?"
  • "Robin's Puberty"
  • Shame's second appearance gives him a rather hilarious gang. Most notable is his Mexican-themed henchman Fernando Ricardo Enrique Dominguez, or F.R.E.D., who doesn't even try to play along. He's a verbose British guy in a Mexican outfit who immediately realizes he's Surrounded by Idiots and settles for being a Deadpan Snarker.
    Shame, towards the end of explaining his plan: And then, we're gonna do something which I like to refer to as... The Great Train Robbery.
    F.R.E.D.: That's scarcely original, you know.
    A bit later:
    Shame: Now, that's part one of my caper. But we can't get to part two before we've done part one! Does that make sense to you?
    F.R.E.D.: Your lucidity is surpassed only by your remarkable command and penchant for gibberish.
    Shame: Well, thanks, F.R.E.D. That's mighty nice of you.

Batman (1989 movie)

  • Vicki's first visit to the Batcave.
    Vicki Vale: (looks up at ceiling) "Bats..."
    Batman: (walks by one in cage) "They're great survivors."
  • Jack Nicholson's Joker has plenty of his own funny moments, but his reaction to the Batwing whisking away the Smilex gas-dispensing balloons is priceless: "HE STOLE MY BALLOONS! Why didn't somebody tell me he had one of those... things?" He promptly asks his right-hand man for a gun — and shoots him.
    Joker: Bob. Gun. *bang!* I'm gonna need a moment alone, boys.
  • Joker's commercial for "NEW AND IMPROVED JOKER PRODUCTS!" The whole thing is darkly hilarious.
    • "Love that Joker!"
    • "Let's go to the blind taste test. Uh oh! He don't look so good. He's been using Brand Xxxxxsssssssssss."
      • Complete with flashing "NOT AN ACTOR!" and "OH NO!" captions.
    • Followed by the newscasters forced on the air sans any hygiene or beauty products.
    • Near the end, Bruce is shown watching the commercial. It's clear he finds it difficult to accept just what he's seeing.
  • Joker's feebly hilarious attempt to avoid getting smacked around by Batman by putting on fake glasses.
    "Hey, you wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, now, would you?" *punch*
    Batman: Pardon me, have you ever danced with a devil in the pale moonlight? *punch* *bong*
    • and, during Batman's fight with the goons, one of them tries to jump him, only to fall through the floor, perfectly in time with the music.
  • This dialogue between Lt. Eckhart and Knox.
    Knox: You know what they say? They say [Batman] can't be killed. They say he drinks blood. They say—
    Eckhart: I say, you're full of shit, Knox. Oh, and uh... you can quote me on that. (flicks his cigar at him)
    Knox: Lieutenant, is there a six-foot bat in Gotham City? And if so, is he on the police payroll? And if so... what's he pulling down, after taxes?
  • Knox's fellow Gotham Gazette reporters ridiculing his "bat man" idea, right down to the cartoonist handing him a drawing of a giant vampire bat... in a suit.
    Knox: Yeah. That's nice. Needs a little more blood around the fangs though, huh? [walks away] What a dick...
  • "Are you deaf? You don't speak English?"
  • "Mr. Knox, we have enough problems in the city without worrying about ghosts and goblins."
    • "That's not a denial!"
  • "Check this out. He must have been King of the Wicker People."
    • "Actually, he's Japanese." "How do you know that?" "...Because I bought it in Japan."
    • Bonus points for Bruce being behind them the whole time they were looking.
      • And for Robert Wuhl, who ad-libbed his musings on Bruce's collection.
    • When Bruce first meets Vicki Vale, he praises her photography of the war in Corto Maltese:
      Bruce: You have a real good eye.
      Knox: Some would say she has two.
  • "Nice outfit."
    • Batman's smile, as if saying "thanks".
  • Joker's meeting with the crimelords.
    Joker: [electrocuting Antoine Rotelli with his lethal handbuzzer] Oh, I got a live one here.
    Joker: Antoine's got a little hot under the collar.
    Vinnie: You're crazy.
    Joker: Have you ever heard of the healing power of laughter? (laughs while wiping his "skin" off to reveal a pale, clownlike skin underneath the forehead.) NOW GET OUTTA HERE!!
  • The scene where the Joker makes a surprise visit to Vicki's apartment has many moments...
    • Bruce Wayne trying, and failing, to stutter out the fact that he is in fact the Batman. The moment Vicki leaves to answer the door, he quickly practices mouthing "I'm the Batman...I'm the Batman..."
    • "I'm only laughing on the smile is just skin deep. If you could see inside, I'm really crying. You might join me for a weep...ahahahahaha!"
  • The Joker's surprise present for Vicki.
  • "Now you fellas have said some pretty mean things, some of which were true, under the fiend Boss Grissom. He was a thief and a terrorist. On the other hand, he had a tremendous singing voice."
  • "Where is the Batman? HE'S AT HOME! WASHING HIS TIGHTS!"
  • Joker's dance with Vicki on top of the old church. And his "BANG!" gun.
  • This line:
    Joker: Here, let me lend you a hand. [Vicki grabs Joker's hand, which is a fake, causing Vicki to fall. But Batman saves her.] HA HA HA! "Lend you a hand"!
    • The look Vicki made after Batman saved her in time, as if she's thinking "Why the hell did I fall for that?".
    • And this:
    "They don't make em like they use to! [stomps off another brick] Hey gang? Hey Batsy?"
    • Joker shakes his butt at them.
    • Attempting to escape:
    "Feel free to drop in."
  • The museum scene.
    • The way Joker tips over the little statue at the museum.
  • At the start of Bruce's story to Joker:
    Bruce: Lemme tell you about this guy I know, Jack... mean kid, bad seed. Hurt people.
    Joker: I like him already.
    Bruce: You know what the problem was? He got sloppy. You know, crazy. He's the kind of guy who couldn't hear a train until it was two feet from him.
  • And this clever one:
    Joker: Bruce... Wayne, n'est-ce pas? ("isn't it so?")
    Bruce: Most of the time.
  • Bruce Wayne acting crazy to make The Joker shoot him. "YOU WANNA GET NUTS? COME ON! Let's get nuts."
  • While Vicki was arguing with Bruce:
    Vicki: I trusted you! I even slept with you, I can't believe I did that!
    Bruce: (rolls his eyes) Well, I...
  • This line got one of the loudest and longest laughs this troper ever heard in a movie theater
    Joker:You made me. Remember? You dropped me into that vat of chemicals. That wasn't easy to get over, and don't think that I didn't try!''
  • Alicia faints upon seeing what Jack has become. "Honey, you'll never believe what happened to me today!"
  • Joker dropping in on Grissom, although the moment is quite frightening in context.
    Grissom: That you, sugarbumps? (sees silhouette of a man) Who the hell are you?
    Joker: It's me...sugarbumps.
    • After killing Grissom, he sighs, "What a day!"
  • One of the Smilex gas-releasing balloons is in the shape of a crying baby. The gas canisters are located on its diaper. When the canisters start releasing gas it looks like a cartoon depiction of stench emanating from the baby's diapers.
  • Any time Batman fights one of the Joker's thugs:
    • The sword-swinging thug who seemingly had Batman on the ropes...until Batman decided he'd had enough of his crap and took him down with a single kick to the head.
    • Groin of mook with knives on his ankles vs. Batman's extendable groin-punching device. Flawless victory!
    • Bob seems ready to jump into the fray armed with a machete after his comrades have failed and Batman (with a wicked smirk) beckons him over. Que Bob dropping the weapon and running for all he's worth.
    • In the bell-tower, one thug tries pouncing on Batman, only to fall short and have the floorboards give out beneath him. Batman didn't even seem to notice him until he heard his scream and the crash.
  • Vicki pretending to give into the Joker's seduction to distract him. The Joker, instead of delighted, seems utterly baffled by her sudden change.
    • Some alternate takes of Vicki macking on the Joker's suit show her pulling some purple lint off her tongue with a grossed-out look on her face.
    • As the sequence ends she descends lower and lower on Joker's suit until she goes offscreen. Judging by Joker's dazed, incredulous, expression, it's almost like she's about to give him a blowjob.
  • "You IDIOT!!"


  • In an older comic, Bruce loses his fortune, almost forcing him and Dick Grayson into retirement. Alfred helps out after the fortune is lost by bringing in extra money mowing lawns. At the end, it's revealed Bruce really didn't lose anything, and Dick excitedly says this means they can go back to crimefighting. Alfred says he always expected the crimefighting would continue, but says he found the idea of supporting them in millionaire style by mowing lawns rather dismaying.
  • In the Black and White comics, there is a short story set in World War II era Gotham. Batman catches Catwoman stealing diamonds and is highly doubtful when she claims her victim is a Nazi spy. They stake out the man for a while out of mutual stubbornness.
    Batman: I haven't seen anything to prove that claim is true—
    Victim: *saluting his colleagues* Heil Hitler!
  • The Comically Serious: Batman is always so serious, it is INCREDIBLY easy to make anything funny by having him do it in a dramatic manner. It's so true that the comically serious page has him as the trope image.
    "I don't scare that easily. I've seen Batman eat corn on the cob."
  • Someone had the bright idea to combine Batman with Metalocalypse. Batmetal (Link)
  • Much of the banter between Nightwing and Oracle belong either here, or under Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming.
  • This exchange between Dick Grayson and Jim Gordon, in Scott Snyder's Black Mirror, in which Dick is Batman:
    Dick: Call me Dick, please. You drove me to my high school prom.
    Jim: Actually, I drove my daughter to her high school prom. You just happened to be in the car.
    • And it becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when Jim hints that he knows Dick is Batman, meaning that he must have realized that his daughter had went to prom with Batman.
  • Scott Snyder's The Court of Owls arc begins with Batman breaking the Joker out of Arkham. The next few pages proceed to show Joker fighting alongside Batman as Back-to-Back Badasses, and then Joker in the cave, exclaiming that Bruce really does practice brooding. No context is given until halfway through the issue, when it's revealed that the "Joker" is actually just Dick Grayson in disguise. This exchange then follows:
    Dick: For what it's worth, how'd I do with him?
    Bruce: Are you asking me if you convincing as a homicidal maniac, Dick?
    Dick: I suppose I am.
    Bruce: Then yes, as a matter of fact, you were.
  • In the comics, the Riddler at one point went straight and hired his services out as a celebrity private detective, provoking numerous tense encounters with Batman as their paths crossed on various cases. At one point, this necessitated Batman giving the Riddler a ride in the Batmobile, prompting this exchange:
    The Riddler: So... nice car. First time I've been inside it conscious.
    Batman: Don't touch anything.
  • Batman and Robin Annual #1 was just a feel-good fun story all around, but Alfred is absolutely hilarious. Case in point, the last few lines of the comic:
    Bruce: Alfred, shouldn't you return the costume?
    Alfred: [wearing a garish Renaissance outfit] Master Bruce, kindly shut up.
    Bruce: Yes sir.
  • From Tom King's run on the series: "Kite Man! Hell yeah!"
    • King's Batman / Elmer Fudd Special really takes the cake — a taut, noir-ish crime drama, played completely deadpan despite the fact that most of the characters are humanized versions of major Looney Tunes characters. There's even running hard-boiled narration by Elmer himself, delivered in his trademark impediment.
    Sometimes the wain comes down so hawrd you fowrget you've ever been dwy.
  • Issue #28 of Batman Rebirth has this conversation between Selina and Bruce in the middle of the War of Jokes and Riddles:
    Batman: Why haven't you taken a side?
    Catwoman: I'm not like them. They're criminals.
    Batman: You're currently breaking into a safe that's not yours.
    Catwoman: You know what I mean. I'm not like them. They're unsuccessful criminals.
    Batman: Do I need to worry about you?
    Catwoman: (amused) Are you checking up on me, Bat? Are you trying to protect me?
    Batman: No. No one needs to protect you.
    Catwoman: Oh. Well then, yes. You very much have to worry about me.
    (They kiss)
    Bruce: (In the present) Afterward, I slept. When I woke, you were gone. With the diamonds.
    Selina: OK, yes. But in my defense, I did warn you. I'm not exactly unsuccessful.
  • Batman Rebirth #36 - Batman with Catwoman and Superman with Lois, are each heading to the same building, following the same case, though the two couples don't know that. On the way, Batman and Catwoman are talking about why Batman hasn't introduced her, as his fiancee, to Superman. Superman and Lois are discussing the same thing from the other angle. Then, they pop out of neighboring elevators in the same floor in full costume without having detected each other. While Superman can't understand how he managed to miss seeing Batman, while Batman is wondering why Superman used an elevator. After an awkward silence between the two heroes, Lois just reaches over, shakes Catwoman's hand and the women introduce themselves, as if the two couples had just met up at the mall.
  • Batman Rebirth #37 - Continued from #36 above, the couples go to a fair but it's "Super Hero Night" and they need to be in costume. This leads to Bruce as a sullen-looking "Superman", Clark wearing his glasses over the Batman cowl, and Lois as Catwoman (Selina just used Womanly Wiles to get in, despite borrowing Lois' dress.) Hilarity Ensues.
  • Legends of the Dark Knight #92, written by Garth Ennis of all people, is about a new super-LSD sweeping Gotham. Alfred then recounts his first, last and only experience with hallucinogens:
    Bruce: Know anything about hallucinogens, Alfred?
    Alfred: Just enough to avoid them like the plague, master Bruce.
    Bruce: Go on.
    Alfred: An alarming episode during my time at school, when Wrigglesworth Minor and "Woofter" Kilkenny joined me in consuming a soup made from certain mushrooms we'd picked on the playing fields... They turned out to be rather disorientingly hallucinogenic, and very potent in the quantity we disgested. Things were ever quite the same after that.
    Alfred: Wrigglesorth said afterwards he would never turn his back on Kilkenny again, but gave no reason. The Woofter himself could recall only a great clarity, a sensation of discovering his true calling. He was arrested in the Tottenham Court Road that same winter. As for me, I spent two hours discussing my parents with a rugby post, and then was violently ill.
    Alfred: If you're considering sampling these substances in the interest of some investigation, master Bruce... please don't.