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Recap: Batman: The Animated Series E37 "The Strange Secret of Bruce Way
aka: Batman The Animated Series The Strange Secret Of Bruce Wayne
Dr. Hugo Strange discovers Batman's secret identity with a mind-reading machine and plans to auction it off to the Joker, Penguin, and Two-Face.


  • Adaptational Wimp: As discussed in this review, the Hugo Strange presented in this episode is a far cry from the Hugo of the comics (especially the one from "Strange Apparitions", which this episode was loosely based off of).
  • All According to Plan: When Bruce Wayne is chained and Alfred is tied in Doctor Strange's basement:
    Alfred: Oh master Bruce! I am so sorry, this is all my fault!
    Bruce Wayne: Nonsense, Alfred; believe it or not, this is working out, just as planned.
    Alfred: How reassuring!
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: When the deal goes south, Strange begs for his life with Batman's identity (and Harvey unintentionally defends Bruce):
    Dr. Strange: Joker, please! I was set up! Bruce Wayne is Batman!
    Two-Face: That's absurd! I know Bruce Wayne. If he's Batman, I'm the king of England.
  • Auction of Evil: For Batman's secret identity.
  • Batman Gambit: As suggested under Cassandra Truth below, Batman's plan to safeguard his identity relies in part on the villains disbelieving Strange's claims about Bruce Wayne.
  • Cassandra Truth: Hugo Strange, who has discovered Batman's identity, tells it to the Joker, the Penguin, and Two-Face; all three think the idea of Batman being Bruce Wayne is absurd. (The Joker's reply is, "And people say I'm crazy!")
  • Dark Secret: Strange's blackmail scheme revolves around discovering his victims' darkest secrets.
  • Hear Me The Money: A thug thumbing money to his ears was appropriately named "Numbers".
  • Identity Impersonator: Batman appears as Batman; Robin stands in for Bruce Wayne, utilizing stilts and some good old-fashioned Latex Perfection.
  • Mental Picture Projector: Strange's machine.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: As Two-Face prepares to push a terrified Hugo Strange out of a flying plane for cheating him and his fellow villains; the Joker sadistically wisecracks:
    Joker: Remember, it's not the fall, it's the sudden stop!
  • Secret Chaser
  • Shout-Out:
  • Villain Team-Up

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alternative title(s): Batman The Animated Series The Strange Secret Of Bruce Wayne
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