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Recap: Batman: The Animated Series E65 "The Worry Men"
aka: Batman The Animated Series The Worry Men

Tropes:

  • Dissonant Serenity: Thanks to the Hatter's Mind Control, Bruce is awfully sunny and casual while leaving a briefcase full of millions of dollars in cash on a window ledge.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Once he's back in Arkham, the Hatter receives a Batman-shaped "worry doll" from the shaman he kidnapped.
  • Mayincatec: The shaman and the Hatter's vaguely South American-themed costumes for his henchmen.
  • Motive Decay: Batman actually brings this up himself with the Mad Hatter, who in his first appearance was a love-lorn geek who used his mind-controlling inventions to try and force a woman to love him. In this episode, he is just using his inventions for personal financial gain. Batman tells him that he has become nothing more than a petty thief.
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase: Parodied with the Mad Hatter's stage-prop versions of the other major villains.
  • Tropical Epilogue: The Mad Hatter admits that he's been thinking of retiring from crime, purchasing an island out in the middle of nowhere, and opening up a sun-bonnet shop.
  • Voodoo Doll: Subverted with the eponymous "worry men", a mystical doll that supposedly gives you good dreams and takes your worries away when you put it under your pillow while you sleep. Veronica Vreeland buys some of these "worry men" dolls on a trip to Central America, and distributes them among Gotham City's when she returns home. However, the worry men are actually infused with the Mad Hatter's mind control technology, which he uses to manipulate the wealthy Gothamites into robbing themselves. Batman wrecks the plan and and captures the Mad Hatter, and as Bruce Wayne pays to fly the legitimate Hollywood Voodoo practitioner who the Hatter forced to help him back to Central America. The practitioner gave the Mad Hatter a different type of worry man that gives him nightmares.


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alternative title(s): Batman The Animated Series The Worry Men
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