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Recap: Batman: The Animated Series E62 "His Silicon Soul"
aka: Batman The Animated Series His Silicon Soul
Batman faces the last remaining H.A.R.D.A.C. robot, a Batman duplicate, who believes himself to be the real Batman.


Tropes:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Batman Gambit: Batman made his android copy think it killed him, to see if it would trigger Batman's own feelings against killing in the android.
  • Big "NO!"
  • Bittersweet Ending: Humanity is saved and the threat of H.A.R.D.A.C. is gone forever. Sadly the android had a Heel Realization just before that happened, leading it to be Driven to Suicide, and his death could have been avoided.
  • Call to Agriculture: Karl Rossum briefly takes up farming after the disaster of the H.A.R.D.A.C. program. He eventually does return to the robotics business full-time.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: The conflict probably could have been avoided and robot saved if they had just thought to talk to it when it asked for help instead of assuming the worst.
  • Deceptively Human Robots: Subverted. The Batman robot started out as a deceptively human robot, but became a Ridiculously Human Robot over the course of the episode. So human, in fact, that it sacrificed itself to prevent the scheme it had set in motion from hurting people. Because like the real Batman, the robot copy is unwilling to kill, ever.
  • Do Androids Dream?:
    Bruce: It seems it was more than wires and microchips after all. Could it be it had a soul, Alfred? A soul of silicon, but a soul nonetheless?
  • Driven to Suicide
  • Heart Drive
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: H.A.R.D.A.C. created a duplicate Batman all too well.
  • Homage: The episode has the premise of Blade Runner, with Batman's replicant believing it was Batman.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Bruce calls his android duplicate as "it" even when questioning whether the android had a soul.
  • Kill and Replace: H.A.R.D.A.C.'s final creation, a robotic duplicate of Bruce Wayne/Batman activates long after its initial defeat. The duplicate lacks a complete memory file, and thus believes itself to be the REAL Batman until it learns otherwise. It then begins trying to carry on H.A.R.D.A.C.'s mission by eliminating Batman and replacing him. Turns out, H.A.R.D.A.C. did too good a job copying Bruce Wayne's mind, and the robotic duplicate can't handle the guilt of thinking it actually killed a human being (Batman was actually OK though) and self-terminated.
  • Killed Off for Real: The last remnant of H.A.R.D.A.C. is gone forever.
  • My God, What Have I Done?
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: In fact, that was H.A.R.D.A.C.'s flaw here. He made the duplicate too human.
  • Robot Me
  • Robotic Reveal: Batman is shot by a thug. The thug is rather surprised, not because he managed to shoot Batman, but because he sees its circuitry.
  • Sequel Episode: To "Heart of Steel".
  • Shout-Out: Like in "Heart of Steel", the android's face is partially destroyed, showing its metallic skull underneath, very similar to the Terminator.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The robot copy of Batman that H.A.R.D.A.C. created in a final attempt to gain revenge on Batman and Kill All Humans follows his human template's example all too well. The robot has a Heroic BSOD when it thinks it killed Batman during their fight and sacrifices itself to foil the scheme it had earlier set in motion when it realizes more people will die because of it.
  • What Have I Done: The robot thinks he managed to kill Batman. He freaks out and destroys the computer, causing an explosion that destroys himself and H.A.R.D.A.C.'s last remains.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed. When a robotic Batman (mistakenly) thinks that he has killed the real Batman, he becomes so horrified that he commits suicide. Batman later reflects on this, and wonders if the robot could have had a soul.


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alternative title(s): Batman The Animated Series His Silicon Soul
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