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Recap: Batman: The Animated Series E49 "I Am the Night"
aka: Batman The Animated Series I Am The Night
Batman questions if he's doing the right thing when Commissioner Gordon is shot and grievously wounded during a police raid.


Tropes:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Batman messes up a stakeout, and Commissioner Gordon is shot as a result. In the wake of this, he goes into a deep, irrational depression and nearly gives up the cape and cowl, even when he hears that the gangster has broken out of jail and plans to finish the job. Only when Robin tries to save Gordon on his own does he finally snap out of it.
  • Heroic BSOD: Batman gets a brief one after he blames himself for Commissioner Gordon getting shot. And Bullock's words don't help one bit (see Nice Job Breaking It, Hero).
  • Heroic Fatigue: Batman suffers an emotional breakdown like this.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Batman falls into this when Commissioner Gordon is wounded during a police bust. Batman bitterly reproaches himself for his failure, thinking he does more to help merchandise salesmen than the people who really need it. This trope is Lampshaded by Robin, who points out that Gordon is fully aware of the dangers of his job, and tries to remind Batman that Gotham would probably have fallen apart without him. Eventually, it's subverted when a disgusted Robin gives up trying to cheer up Batman and goes to the hospital to protect Gordon, since "Jazzman", the mobster they busted, has escaped from prison and is probably going to pay the Commissioner a "visit". Subverted again when Batman snaps himself out of his depression and goes to the hospital himself. Jazzman tries to whack Gordon, and runs into Batman...
  • I Regret Nothing: Batman contemplating his eventual demise.
    Batman: It might be the Joker, or Two-Face, or just some punk who gets lucky. My decision. No regrets.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    Bullock: You should have been there, pointy ears, them maybe Peake might have shot the right guy. Thought you were supposed to know what was shakin' on the streets. How come you didn't tell us this was a set-up?
    Batman: I didn't know.
    Bullock: Yeah? In my book, that makes you just as responsible for him being here as the Jazzman.
    Barbara: Harvey, please! It wasn't his fault.
    (Batman leaves through the window)
    Bullock: Hey! Where you goin'!? This ain't over yet, outlaw! You hear me!? I AIN'T TALKIN' LAW! I'M TALKIN' YOU AND ME!!!
  • Revenge Before Reason: Jimmy the "Jazzman" was more focused on making sure Gordon is killed than getting out of Gotham and laying low.
  • Samaritan Syndrome:
    • The episode featured Batman making his annual visit to the site of his parents' murder, which makes him late for a sting operation that he helped set up. He arrives in time to help subdue the crooks, but finds that Jim Gordon has been severely wounded. Batman's guilt (which is not helped at all by Detective Harvey Bullock) over not being there in time to save Jim sends him into a Heroic BSOD.
    • Batman is saved from Heroic BSOD because he stops another attempt on Jim Gordon when he wakes up and finds out Jim has the same doubts.
  • Senseless Violins: Used by the Jazzman.
  • Skyward Scream: More like a "At the ceiling of the Batcave scream", but it still works.
  • So Proud of You: After defending him from the Jazzman, Gordon regains consciousness long enough to thank Batman for all of his hard work, throughout all of the years. Jim mentions if he were younger, maybe he would have been in Batman's shoes.


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alternative title(s): Batman The Animated Series I Am The Night
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