Funny: Batman

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 "criminal storehouse". Cut to Penguin (listening in via bugged umbrella) sending his minions to fetch said supplies...from a room labeled "CRIMINAL STOREHOUSE".
  • 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.
    • 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!"
  • "Robin's Puberty"

Batman (1989 movie)

  • 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.
    • Followed by the newscasters forced on the air sans any hygiene or beauty products.
  • 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 he can't be killed. They say he drinks blood. They say—.
    Eckhart: I say: you're full of shit, Knox. You can quote me on that. (flicks his cigar at him)
  • "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.
  • "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!!
  • "I'm only laughing on the outside. My smile is just skin deep. As you can see inside, I'm really crying. You might join me for a weep."
  • 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"!
    • And this:
    "They don't make em like they use to! Hey gang? Hey Batsy?"
    • 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...
  • Alicia meets the Joker for the first time. "Honey, you'll never believe what happened to me today!"
  • Joker dropping in on Grissom:
    Grissom: That you, sugarbumps? (sees silhouette of a man) Who the hell are you?
    Joker: It's me...sugarbumps.
  • 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.
    • 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 the crash.


  • 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.
  • Someone had the bright idea to combine Batman with Metalocalypse. Batmetal!
  • 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.