Recap: The Adventures Of Batman And Robin Trial
District Attorney Janet Van Dorn blames Batman for the city's problems, the inmates of Arkham kidnap her and Batman and put Batman on trial, accusing him of creating them
- Continuity Nod:
- Assorted Arkham inmates are baying for Batman's blood while Killer Croc suggests they "Hit'im with a rock!"
- Poison Ivy makes a reference to trying to kill Harvey Dent in "Pretty Poison", her debut episode.
- Courtroom Episode
- Create Your Own Villain: The Arkham Asylum inmates put Batman on trial, accusing him of creating them. This trial leads to the revelation that even if Batman had not pushed them off the edge, they were all deeply disturbed people and would have entered villainy anyway from their own motivations. In fact, they created him. The villains then come to terms with this and find Batman innocent... and then, because they are such bad guys, they try to kill him anyway.
- Disregard That Statement: Parodied
Mad Hatter: Your Honor, I would like that last outburst stricken from the record.
Judge Joker: Record? Is someone supposed to be writing this down?
- Enemy Mine
- Hanging Judge: The Joker takes on this role
- Hello, Attorney!: Janet Van Dorn. In "Shadow of the Bat, part 1," Van Dorn looked more like a frigid, 40-something old maid. But "Trial" was a Paul Dini episode, so Van Dorn gets a Hello Makeover.
- His Own Worst Enemy: The episode makes it clear that all of the villains are this. They would've become what they were in some way, and Batman's interference was a coincidence, not the cause.
- Joker Jury
- Kangaroo Court: The villains of Gotham take over Arkham Asylum, where they kidnap Batman to face an obviously one-sided trial (with several villains as the jury, Two-Face as the prosecutor, and JOKER as the judge). Also, Batman's defense attorney is Janet Van Dorn, who was also kidnapped for this and happens to be anti-Batman. They actually DO win the trial, but since they're dealing with psychopathic villains, said villains were going to kill them off anyway.
- Lap Pillow: Joker and Harley, to the disgust of Janet Van Dorn.
Van Dorn: I object to this witness! She's obviously trying to influence the judge.
Joker: (sounding genuinely confused) What makes you say that?
- Mook Horror Show: When Batman escapes his straight jacket after the light is broken the villains are in a dark room lit only by Two-Face's lighter. Batman circles around the edges of room, outside the lighter's light, and grabs the villains one by one. The Joker finally says it is okay to panic when he notices Harley suspended from the ceiling and bound with the straight jacket Batman had just escaped from. To make things worse for the villains, Harley was the one who was holding onto Batman's utility belt.
- Nuclear Candle: Two-Fight lights up a room with his lighter. The fire does not quite illuminate the entire room, leaving the edges in shadow for Batman to hide in and grab the villains one by one.
- Off on a Technicality: "Trial" demonstrates that Batman's vigilante work can lead to this.
- Psychotic Smirk: In the beginning, Ivy gives one to Van Dorn.
- Rogues Gallery Showcase
- Shout-Out: Batman catches the skull gang's leader, who wears a T-shirt that's just like The Punisher's logo.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Two-Face offhandedly mentions that he suggested "a quick slug between the eyes" rather than all the theatrics. Naturally, he lost the coin toss.
- This Is no Time to Panic: Batman has been captured, bound in a straitjacket and is about to be unmasked by his Rogues Gallery. Harley Quinn has his utility belt. Janet manages to smash the only light in the room and The Dark Knight instantly escapes and retrieves his weapons. Everyone freaks out because Batman is on the loose in just the sort of poorly-lit environment where he is next to invincible.
Two Face: NOBODY PANIC!
* Lights a match. Batman has escaped. Harley Quinn's bound in the straitjacket, upside down, without the utility belt.*
Joker : Okay... start panicking.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: The villains of the series come to the realization that Batman did not create them, but they they created him. If Batman had never existed they would have lost their sanity and turned to crime anyway, but it was only because of crime that Batman himself was born.
- Villain Team-Up
- We Have Reserves:
Scarface: Hold on, you'll hit Croc!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Riddler is seen among the villains as a juror in their Kangaroo Court. However, he disappears during the second half of the episode and his chair in the jury is even empty.