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Recap: The New Batman Adventures E12 "Over the Edge"
When Scarecrow kills Batgirl, Gordon discovers she was his daughter, and maddened with grief blames Batman.


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  • All Just a Dream: The episode was a fear hallucination from Scarecrow.
  • Bad Future: We see just how far Commissioner Gordon would go for revenge if Barbara was ever killed in the line of Bat-duty. It is not pretty.
  • Breaking Bad News Gently: Barbara intends to tell her father the truth, and has him sit down before she starts. He cuts her off to maintain deniability, though, as it's implied he already knew.
  • Car Cushion: Scarecrow bashes Batgirl over the head with a pipe causing her to plummet over the edge of a skyscraper and crash through the windshield of the police car her father is riding in.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Barbara wakes up as her dad and Batman fall to their deaths.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Batgirl fears that this trope will enact if she would be a casualty of the collateral damage from a super-battle: The Commissioner Gordon would become a Knight Templar Parent that will destroy the Bat-family. He would become a villain created by the death of heroine Batgirl.
  • Darker and Edgier: No doubt the darkest episode in the whole series.
  • Deal with the Devil: So maddened with grief is Gordon he makes a deal with Bane to capture Batman, knowing he will strike at his daughter's funeral.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Bane calls Batman a "killer of children".
  • Fate Worse than Death: "There's nowhere to run, Wayne." Sees Bane is moving in for the kill and shoots at him. "I want him alive, alive to spend his days in Arkham, surrounded by the monsters he's created."
    Bane: Poetic. But no.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: Minor villains launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Wayne Enterprises. The Johnnie Cochran lookalike from "Joker's Millions" pops in: "If the bat's on a spree, Wayne must pay the fee!"
  • Futile Hand Reach: Batman does one when Scarecrow knocks Batgirl off the building.
  • Hidden Depths: Barbara had been fearing for awhile on what would happen if she never got the chance to tell her dad.
  • How We Got Here: The episode opens with Commissioner Gordon and a police squad chasing Batman and Robin through the Batcave, shooting at them with machine guns, grenades, and a couple of rocket launchers. Once they reach safety, Batman brings Nightwing up to speed on how Scarecrow killed Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in front of her father, driving him to revenge on Batman.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Because of a Scarecrow-induced nightmare, Batgirl actually dreams she gets killed during costumed adventuring. Commissioner Gordon discovers then that Batgirl was his daughter Barbara, and actually orders a manhunt on Batman. Things go downhill from there. Gordon goes so far as to enlist Bane to help him hunt Batman. A surprisingly dark episode, and probably one of the best of an already excellent series.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Barbara dies in her father's arms while she tries to tell him she's sorry she never told him the truth.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Since Batman never told Gordon that Barbara was Batgirl, he goes all out in a bid to capture him.
  • Last Breath Bullet: In the last moments of Batgirl's Scarecrow-induced nightmare, Bane, having been fatally electrocuted by Batman, uses the last of his strength to toss the Batsignal into Batman and Jim Gordon, knocking the two off the roof to their deaths.
  • Long Last Look: When Bruce Wayne has to flee from Wayne Manor, possibly forever. He looks at the painting of his parents and says "I'm sorry." He doesn't spare a second thought for any of his many possessions.
  • My Greatest Failure: He tells his parents' portrait he's sorry for letting them down.
  • Not So Different:
    Bruce: Jim, believe me. I know how you feel.
    Gordon: You can't.
    Bruce: You know how I lost my parents. The only way I could hold on to my sanity was to take matters into my own hands.
    Gordon: That makes us even.
  • One-Dimensional Thinking: The police have found the Batcave. Luckily, Batman has a giant penny on display, which is knocked out of its stand and rolled towards the cops. They all run directly away from it.
  • Secret Secret Keeper: It's strongly implied in the end that Commissioner Gordon knows Barbara is Batgirl.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Averted, as Batman is more willing to use lethal force on Bane. Though justified, at least in Barbara's dream, since the loss of his "family" and what he views as his betrayal of Gordon has shattered his moral code as he has nothing left to lose.
    Bane: You would fight to the death?
    Batman: It makes no difference anymore.

    Bane: Time to die.
    Batman: You first.


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alternative title(s): The New Batman Adventures Over The Edge
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