Tear Jerker / Batman: The Animated Series

Other than being one of the better known Batman adaptations, Batman: The Animated Series has its ample share of tear-jerking moments, both on the Hurting Hero himself as well as plenty of his adversaries.
  • "Heart of Ice"
    • The scene where Batman himself is horrified when he finds the video recording that tells him (and the viewers) how Victor Fries became Mr. Freeze via Corrupt Corporate Executive.
    • The 'summer's day' speech, and the conversation between Bruce and Victor leading up to it.
      Mr. Freeze: The snow is beautiful, don't you think? Clean, uncompromising...
      Batman: ...and cold.
      Mr. Freeze: Like the swift hand of vengeance.
      Batman: I saw what happened to your wife. I'm sorry.
      Mr. Freeze: I'm beyond emotions. They've been frozen dead in me.
      Batman: That suit you wear- a result of the coolant?
      Mr. Freeze: Very good. A detective to the last. I can no longer survive outside a sub-zero environment. Tonight, I mean to pay back the man who ruined my life. Our lives...
      Batman: Even if you have to kill everyone in the building to do it?
      Mr. Freeze: [Nods] Think of it, Batman. To never again walk on a summer's day with the hot wind in your face, and a warm hand to hold. Oh, yes...I'd kill for that.
    • The ending, where Freeze tearfully apologizes to the small dancing doll that represents Nora in his Arkham cell, for not being able to save her, nor avenge her apparent death at the hands of Boyle.
      I failed you. I wish there were another way for me to say it. I cannot. I can only beg your forgiveness, and pray you hear me somehow, someplace...some place where a warm hand waits for mine.
    • Paul Dini once said if he were to do the episode all over again, he would have ended it with Freeze weeping in his cell at Arkham, his tears turning to snowflakes that would then slowly settle on the musical figurine. Wow, Paul Dini thought of a way of making this ending even more of a tearjerker!
  • Poor, poor Mary Dahl aka Baby Doll. "Why couldn't you just let me make believe?!"
  • "Growing Pains," where Robin helps a scared amnesiac girl named Annie run away from a super-strong man. Turns out the man is Clayface, and she's actually a part of him that he's trying to have merge back with him. He succeeds.
    Gotham Policeman: We'll book him on the robberies and B & E, right? Anything else?
    Robin: Yeah. Murder.
    • It was worse if you actually read the comics at the time. At that point, Tim Drake/Robin was still early in his solo series, and he had a Love Interest his age for whom Annie was a dead ringer, and who had a similar name. For someone watching who thought the show was bringing her from the comics to the screen, the ending is an even bigger shock.
  • Really, BTAS was very good at this. Other especially sad episodes include "Mad as a Hatter," "Mudslide," "Home and Garden," "Deep Freeze," "His Silicon Soul" and "Robin's Reckoning." Additionally, it is very hard to think of a character on the show who doesn't have a backstory that's really sad. Except Riddler, maybe.
    • Riddler doesn't seem too tragic a character at first, but Word of God and background information outside his on-screen appearances makes him very sympathetic and pitiable. Extremely intelligent and frankly quite an oddball, he was always a social outcast, but hoped to make something of himself by utilizing his intellect in designing a hugely successful video game...only for his greedy boss to cheat him out of the credit for it and fire him when he tried to sue. Is it really any wonder the Riddler sought revenge? And then there's his obsession with outsmarting Batman that pushes him back into villainy after an attempted reform.
    • The Mad Hatter pines after Alice, feeling that he's not good enough for her, and she has a boyfriend. They break up, and Tetch sees an opportunity to finally woo her, succeeds at it (albeit toeing the Moral Event Horizon by using Mind Control to get others to help impress her), but is then shut down when Billy comes back in the picture. Enraged, he crosses the Horizon firmly by mind-controlling her beau into breaking off the engagement, eventually abducting her and getting bested by Batman. Then, as he's lying beneath the claws of the Jabberwock, he's forced to watch as Alice (who couldn't bear to look at Tetch anymore) runs into Billy's arms, moaning out very softly...
    • As it stands, there are perhaps three villains (Dr. Moreau type, Firefly [since he crossed into the Moral Event Horizon early on] and the Joker) that don't have a terribly sad backstory.
      • But the Joker does speak of his abusive father. Too bad he's probably lying. He might have a tragic backstory...but he's gone through so darn many of them, no one would believe him if he told the truth. Which, in itself, is actually kind of sad.
      • This version's Scarecrow doesn't have a tragic past, either. He just liked to frighten things as a kid and that developed into adulthood. Though he does get some sad moments in The Batman Adventures comics.
      • Saying Mad Hatter had a tragic backstory when he obsessed over a girl and didn't respect that she only liked him as a friend is really pushing it - although she never made it explicit that she only liked him as a friend, and seemed equally oblivious while out on their "date" after she and Billy had broken up.
      • Your Mileage May Vary, but it's not entirely unreasonable to sympathize with a lonely person who gets picked on by their boss and has an unrequited crush. He handles it extremely poorly, and that's what makes him a villain, but where we see him at the beginning of the episode is a relatable place for a lot of people. And made far worse when Paul Dini revealed that this version of the Hatter was based on a man who'd committed a workplace shooting for similar reasons.
        Dini: With the Hatter, I made somebody who is technologically brilliant, but who lives in this dream world and was probably ridiculed as a kid; everybody used to call him names because he looked geeky and looked like the Mad Hatter. He actually had a poster of the Mad Hatter up. He liked Alice in Wonderland. When he came up with a way of controlling people, suddenly, they were able to do his will, and he loved it, and he was able to bring his fantasies of Wonderland and living happily ever after to life. But the main reason he did it was he was in love with somebody, and he didn't want to use that power to control her because he knew that he'd lose her, but ultimately, he had to. That drove him over the edge and drove him crazy, so there's an element of sorrow to that character - unrequited love taken to the nth degree.
    • Dick's farewell to his circus friends in "Robin's Reckoning" has always brought tears to Bruce Timm's eyes. While Dick's parents' death is pretty strong, what's really strong is Bruce and Dick's flashback talk near the end of part one, when Bruce sees quite a bit of himself in the acrobat.
      Bruce: You keep thinking..."If only I've done something differently. If only I could've...warned them". But there isn't anything you could've done. There isn't anything either of us could've done.
      Dick: (looking at Bruce's parents' portrait): Your mom and dad?
      (Bruce nods)
      Dick: Does the hurt ever go away?
      Bruce: I wish I could say "yes." But it will get better in time. For you. That I promise.
      (The two hug)
  • "Deep Freeze" has two particular moments, the first being where Victor, having finally found the means to cure Nora, realizes that he has to give it up so that she won't lose the world she loved. The second is where he decides that he'd rather stay behind in Oceana to die with her than save himself.
    Freeze: We're together again...my love...
    • And there's the part where he tries to talk Walker out of the procedure.
      Freeze: You want to live like this? Abandoned and alone? A prisoner in a world you can see, but never touch? Old and infirm as you are, I'd trade a thousand of my frozen years for your worst day.
      • In "Cold Comfort" Mr. Freeze finally lives his dream of Nora being revived except at this point he's a complete shell of his former self and thinks himself too much of a freak to reveal himself to her, and could only watch from the shadows as his former wife (possibly an amnesiac at this point) falls in love with her Doctor this shatters any humanity he had left.
  • "Old Wounds" is one of the worse tearjerkers in the DCAU as it shows the events leading up to the original Robin's split from Batman. The worst part is if you go back and watch the series from the beginning, you can actually see their relationship slowly break down over time due not only to the clash in their personalities and ideologies, but also Bruce's growing obsession and struggle with his own inner darkness. Truth be told, by the time Dick returns to moonlight in Gotham as Nightwing, he's Not So Different from Bruce, but it's too late to salvage any relationship they had and he's mostly seen working with Tim and Barbara or else on his own, and then Batman Beyond reveals that Bruce and Dick never truly reconcile, and while Bruce will occasionally reminisce about past adventures with Barbara and Tim, he never talks about Dick.
    • Worse still, Bruce is noticeably colder with Tim than he was with Dick. Bruce obviously cares for Tim, but their relationship never had the father/son vibe that Bruce had with Dick. It's not until late in Batman Beyond with Terry that we see Bruce start to have that sort of trust and fatherly relationship again.
    • Also one thing, many people very likely missed. Is that when Tim becomes Robin. He borrows Dick's suit that Batman keeps on display. But Dick being an adult it shouldn't fit him... that's because the suit on display is "Kid sized" in other words, Bruce had happier memories with Dick as a kid than an adult, which is why he put that suit on display rather than the adult one.
  • In "Perchance to Dream," already a highly emotional episode if ever there was one, ends with The Mad Hatter launching a tirade against Bats when he asks the Hatter why he trapped him in a ideal dreamworld. The Hatter is quite mad, but it's delivered with such anguish...
    Batman: Why. Why did you do it? Why?
    The Mad Hatter: You, of all people, have the gall to ask me that?! You ruined my life! I was willing to give you any life you wanted...just to keep you out of mine!
    • Bruce accepting the dreamworld as reality, and for about a couple minutes of screen time, we get to see him truly happy for the first time...ever. His desperation as he searches for a coherent book as well as the look of pure anguish as he realizes which is his true life always brings a tear to my eye.
  • The episode "See No Evil," aside from being prime horror. We have a creepy ex-con whose former wife and young daughter have a restraining order against him. So he steals some material that allows him to make an invisibility suit, poses as his daughter's imaginary friend Mojo, swipes valuable jewelry for her to gain her trust and finally attempts to kidnap her. Batman intervenes, he's exposed and foiled, and the episode ends with the girl telling Batman that she and her mother are going to move away, where Daddy will never find them. The whole episode is heartbreaking.
  • It's impossible to not get teary-eyed in the ending of the episode (and Trope Namer) "Mad Love." Poor Harley Quinn.
    • The tearjerker value of any episode featuring the Joker mistreating Harley will be increased after seeing "Mad Love."
      • After Harley manages to abduct Batman on her own, she states that she wants him out of the way so she and The Joker can be happy together, leading to his laughing at her naivete and this exchange.
      Batman: You little fool. The Joker doesn't love anything except himself. Wake up Harleen - he had you pegged for hired help the minute you walked into Arkham.
      Harley: That's not... no. NO! He TOLD me things! Secret things he never told anyone!
      Batman: Was it his line about the abusive father? Or the one about the runaway mom? He's gained a lot of sympathy with that one.
      Harley: Stop it! You're making me confused!
      Batman: What was it he told that one parole officer? Oh yes - "There was only one time I ever saw Dad really happy. He took me to the Ice Show when I was seven".
      Harley: ...Circus. He said it was the circus.
      • This shatters her illusion, but she starts to lower him into the tank because she still sees him as the true problem with their relationship, but he convinces her that Mr. J won't believe her without his body as evidence. She then calls the Joker, who's infuriated at her, providing the picture and line for this. He then pushes her out a third-story window onto some crates in the alley below. After a few lines of dialogue between him and Batsy, the camera then pans onto Harley's broken body...
      Harley Quinn: My fault...I didn't get the joke.
    • And it goes From Bad to Worse—at the end of the episode, it looks like Harley is about to swear off the Joker for good and reform...only to find a flower in her cell saying "Feel better soon - J."
      Harleen Quinzel: Never again. No more obsession, no more craziness, no more Joker. I finally see that slime for what he is: a murderous, manipulative, irredeemable...
      (notices the flower on the nightstand)
      Harley Quinn: ...Angel!
      • The original comic had a more haunting line that was more direct in the passive-aggressive battered wife syndrome parallels (and the final line is an homage to the song "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)," the musical Carrousel and the stage play Lilliom that explores those dark themes:
        Dr. Leland: So, tell me, Harley—how did it feel to be so dependent on a man that you'd give up everything for him, gaining nothing in return? (leaves)
        Harley: (bitterly) It felt like...
        (sees flower with "Feel better soon - J")
        Harley: (dreamily) It felt like a kiss.
    • "Mad Love" is probably one of the greatest episodes in the series because it doesn't back down on abusive relationships. While most of the interactions between Harley and Joker are Played for Laughs (the final act in "Harlequinade," for example), "Mad Love" shows just how obsessed Joker is with getting the Batman in ways that "The Man Who Killed Batman" only hinted at. And to see him snap at her the way he did was horrifying because she is a fan-favorite and the writers and animators tried hard to make her cute, quirky and adorable. Usually when she's happy, it makes at least some fans hearts melt and when she finally sees the Joker for what he is...the Joker knows just what to do to make her come running back. "Mad Love" wasn't the first episode to show their abusive cycle, but it didn't hold anything back in showing how devastating abuse can be.
      • The animators/writers taking their time in fleshing out Harley before this episode is a reminder that people who are trapped in the cycle of abuse are real people with hopes, dreams and unique personalities who fell in love with the wrong person. Fridge Horror sets in when you learn that some abuse victims end up severely injured or even dead.
  • Bruce's guilt-fueled dream in "Two Face, Part II." "Why couldn't you save us, son?"
    • The Two-Face arc was absolutely heartbreaking. With the first episode, it starts uncomfortable as we see the angry side of Harvey coming out more and more. It ends with his face getting scarred so badly that it destroys his mind, and the scene where he walks out and is seen by his fiance Grace is the capper. But it gets worse in the second part, whether it be his constant thinking about Grace and longing to be with her, Grace's shock at realizing that she accidentally led Thorne to Harvey which was further proof to Harvey that life is ruled by chance, and capping it with his complete psychotic breakdown when he can't find his coin, having a closer resemblance to an animal than a man. It finally ends with Batman going to a fountain after telling Gordon that there's always hope, wishing Harvey luck, and then flipping the coin in as it lands heads up. The arc rivals "Heart of Ice" for the biggest Tear Jerker of the series.
    • Bruce's line "I will save you" after having the nightmare of Harvey and his parents is a huge Tear Jerker for two reasons. One for people who have read the comics before and know that there's no real hope for Harvey. And the second is for people who have loved ones suffering from severe mental illness and know that they can't save their loved ones from their inner demons as much as they long to.
    • And how about the very last time we see Harvey? He went even crazier and developed a second alternate personality called The Judge, a personality so separate from his 'normal' ones that it tried to kill him. Batman stops him eventually and sends Harvey back to Arkham. We see Harvey in his cell, in a straightjacket as he plays out a court scene with himself on trial, saying "The People versus Harvey Dent. How does the defendant plead?" And all poor Harvey can do is brokenly say over and over again, "Guilty... Guilty... Guilty..."
    • What was notable about this show was that the transformation episode was not Harvey's first appearance in the series. He was a recurring character in a few episodes that showed him to be an honest man working for the good of Gotham and a great friend to Bruce Wayne. This made the events of "Two-Face" even more heartbreaking.
  • "Over the Edge," period—even though it's All Just a Dream, it is still possibly the most emotionally intense episode. From Batgirl's death to Gordon and Bruce's reactions, to Bruce telling a teary-eyed Tim to leave for his own good. And in the last scenes of the dream, seeing how broken both Batman and Jim had become only upped the sadness.
    • One of the more poignant parts is that it's subtly implied that Gordon is well-aware of how his vendetta against Batman is both irrational and turning him into a monster himself, but after sacking Wayne Manor and ordering the arrests of Alfred, Dick and Tim, there's no going back, and he knows it.
  • "Feat of Clay".
    I'm not an actor anymore, Teddy. I'm not even...a man.
    • The final confrontation in Part 2. Batman defeats Clayface by showing him headshots and production photos from his ruined acting career, which confuses his transformation ability and sends it out of control. To stop it, Clayface rips into a nearby control panel and electrocutes himself. He collapses, and for a moment changes from the monstrous Clayface to the handsome Matt Hagen. Then it morphs into his disfigured, scarred post-accident face, the face he started all of this to try to get rid of. In the end, it's still the face he ends up dying with. His death ends up being a "scene", but in the moment, it's extremely heart-wrenching.
  • Clayface's final moments in "Mudslide." As his only hope of redeeming himself or ever being human again melts away, he miserably looks up at Batman and admits defeat:
    Too late, Batman. Curtain's going down...for good this time.
  • "Second Chance." The end. Just watch it without a small drop.
  • The show even makes you care about Villain of the Week characters who never show up again. In "Tyger, Tyger," you're introduced to Dr. Emile Dorian, a deranged geneticist, and his creation, a cat-man hybrid named Tygrus. Dr. Dorian has Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kidnapped to be transformed into his mate. You're largely indifferent towards the creature until you find out he's sentient and capable of speech; he thinks of Dr. Dorian as his father and the only reason he's an antagonist in the episode is because Dr. Dorian lied to him, telling him that Selina would grow to love him once Batman was out of the way. He's eventually persuaded that Batman isn't his enemy, but this angers Dr. Dorian, who's knocked out in an ensuing struggle with Batman. Upon being confronted once and for all with the crushing reality that Selina definitely does not want to remain a cat-person, he forks over the antidote to her and bids her goodbye. Selina tries to persuade him to come with them, saying there's nothing for him on the doctor's island anymore. His response is terribly depressing:
    There's nothing for me anywhere.
    • And this setting could have provided the perfect opening for Shazam's Mr. Tawky Tawny in the DCAU; a tiger man who refused to surrender to Tygrus' despair and sought out Human society.
  • There are scenes throughout the series that make it pretty clear just how strongly Bruce feels that his parents' deaths were his fault.
    • A great example of that is when Batman returns to the spot where his parents were shot with Dr. Leslie Thompkins, the woman who originally helped comfort him as a child.
  • "Birds of a Feather": You will pity the Penguin. In this episode, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is released, fully intending to retire from crime—and finding that without his criminal friends, his life is pretty void of companionshipnote . He meets up with Veronica Vreeland, a shallow former Love Interest of Bruce Wayne's, and a male friend (it's never shown whether they're romantically involved) who's an ever bigger Jerkass than she is. They decide to amuse themselves by pretending to like Penguin and bringing him into high society, being inspired by the fact that the most-talked about party of the year involved The Joker crashing it and holding people hostage. The Penguin falls for it, going so far as to plan to propose to Miss Vreeland. Even Batman congratulates him on the new direction of his life (although still decidedly unconvinced that he's truly reformed). Unfortunately, Oswald finds out that they were playing him for a fool the whole time and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Veronica and her Upper-Class Twit of a friend. Batman stops him and the saddened Penguin returns to prison, musing ironically to himself: "I guess it's true what they say. Society is to blame. High society."
    • After Oswald came to her defense and fought off some muggers, she could actually have been falling for him, and the conversation where The Penguin found out about the plan to use him was because Veronica was chatting with her male friend about having second thoughts about the entire thing.
    • This line from Penguin, after he realises he's been had and kidnaps Veronica and Pierce in revenge-
    Veronica: Oswald, if it's money you want, I can get you more...
    Penguin: SHUT UP! All I wanted from you, dearie, was a little friendship. (Sadly) That would have cost you nothing.
    • The look on Veronica's face when the Penguin delivers his closing line while being arrested. The guilt she feels is going to haunt her for a long time.
  • A subtle one in "Animal Act," in which Dick and Tim visit the former's circus home.
    Tim: This must've been a fun place to grow up.
    Dick: (looking up at the trapeze) It was.
  • Poison Ivy's introductory episode, where she accidentally kills her mutant flytrap plant, then sets her whole greenhouse on fire. You actually feel sorry for fiction's ultimate eco-terrorist when you see the look on her face at what she's done.
    • For that matter, even though she escaped at the end of the episode, "House and Garden," where she tried to have some kind of a family and normal life (even though it was all a fake) left you feeling some pity for Pamela.
      • Somehow, it manages to get even worse. While Pamela does retire from being Poison Ivy at that point, she leaves behind one last vegetable creature to pose as her in Gotham to distract Batman and keep Harley company, accounting for her change in appearance in-between the two series. At one point during a fight with Batgirl, the new Ivy is hit with weedkiller and finds herself breaking down. She attempts to seek out help for what is happening to her and...
  • Selina desperately searching for Isis in the early scenes of "Cat Scratch Fever."
    • Plus when she does this later on, as she's starting to succumb to the effects of the disease. To make matters worse, she got infected after she was scratched by one of the infected animals at the lab... Isis.
  • Almost all of "I Am the Night," which starts with Bruce despondent over how crime will always exist no matter how many small battles with it he wins, and his spiral of depression getting worse when he blames himself for Gordon being shot.
    • Bullock didn't make things any better. He tells Batman he should have been there for him and that Gordon was counting on him. He tells Batman is just as responsible as Gordon's shooter. Feeling more depressed, Batman swings away. And Bullock tells him it's not over, "I ain't talking about law! It's about you and me!" Though Bullock seems like an insensitive jerk, he truly cares about Gordon as Batman does. His anger steams from his belief that Batman causes more harm than good to the city.
  • In "Sideshow," Killer Croc escapes into the wilderness and is taken in by a group of ex-sideshow performers who think he's escaped his own brutal circus masters. Eventually Batman finds them and his true nature shows itself, and as he's taken back to prison, the "seal boy" who first found him asks why he didn't just retire from his criminal life and stay with them in peace. Croc's response is surprisingly insightful, for him anyway: "You said you could be yourself out here, remember? I guess that's what I was doing: being myself."
    • The sheer heartbreak of the seal boy, and the other, well-meaning ex-carnies, upon finding the peace of their village being violated, is pretty depressing unto itself. They seemed so happy to find a new friend.
  • Tim overhearing that his father is dead in "Sins of the Father."
  • The reveal that Calendar Girl's face is perfectly normal and beautiful, but she's so psychologically screwed up from the way the modeling industry treated her that she only sees the flaws in it.
    • Made even worse with the Reality Subtext, as Sela Ward, who voiced Calendar Girl, was told the exact same thing when auditioning to become a Bond Girlnote  (though she didn't go crazy as a result).
    Batgirl: I don't get it, she's beautiful.
    Batman: She can't see that anymore. All she can see are the flaws.
  • "His Silicon Soul." Once again, the writers took something that could have easily been another stock superhero show story and made it into something poignant and tragic. Duplicant!Batman is an Iron Woobie, you can't help but feel sorry for him/it. But especially, especially when the Duplicant's tomato gets squashed flat.
    Rossum: You don't understand. You're not a man's mind in a robot's body. You're a robot. Period.
    Duplicant!Batman: You're lying! It's not possible! I know my family and friends! I remember names, faces, birthdays! I have memories! A past!
    Rossum: You have information. Data. Nothing more. Do you remember your first kiss? Your favorite song? The last time you tasted a really good steak?
    • Made worse when he believes he killed Bruce and is stricken by guilt. Realizing the scheme Hardac built him to complete will kill many more people, he sacrifices himself to foil it. Bruce wonders if this meant the duplicate had a soul of his own.
    Duplicant!Batman: NOOOOOO!! I've taken a life! I've killed a man.
    [Goes back to the BatComputer, which HARDAC has almost finished uploading itself into]
    Duplicant!Batman: My city... my people... What have I done!?... NO!!!
    [Destroys the computer. Later, while Bruce and Alfred clean up]
    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?
  • Any origin story. The BTAS villains are tragic.
  • Re-watching the series after viewing Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Seeing Tim as a happy, cheerful kid and knowing what the Joker does to him is painful.
  • A blink-and-you-miss-it example, but in "Christmas With The Joker," when Robin can't believe Batman has never seen It's a Wonderful Life, Batman responds that he "couldn't get past the title screen." It says an awful lot about Bruce's life that he can't stand a movie title implying a good life. Though after seeing it, he admit it has its moments.
  • In the episode "Chemistry," Bruce has fallen in love. He tries to explain what he's going through to his partners:
    Bruce: Everything's changed for me in the past few weeks. The pain of my parents' deaths... It's still there, but it seems smaller. And there's a new feeling now.
    Barbara: Which would be?
    Bruce: It's a lightness. A sense that things will work out for the best.
    Tim: It's called happiness.
    Bruce: Whatever it is, I like it.
    • At first it's funny, as Bruce regards happiness as a completely foreign emotion. Then you realize that Bruce regards happiness as a completely foreign emotion.
  • "Paging the Crime Doctor", Bruce pays the bail for Matthew Thorne, a disgraced doctor (who used to be friends with fellow doctors Thomas Wayne and Leslie Thompkins) with the misfortune of having a crimelord for a brother, asking only that Thorne tell him about his father.
  • Maxie Zeus's backstory is also pretty tragic, in this version he has no "dark origin story" or Moral Event Horizon and he isn't even really evil. He was just a regular businessman who seemed to have gone into delusional insanity overnight, though for one second he seemed to have snapped back to normal only for his insanity to take over again.
    • Getting electrocuted by his own weapon and fell on his head seemed to have further drove him delusional permanently. When he's sent to Arkham, he believes he's returned home to the 'true' Olympus.
  • "It's Never Too Late", the episode about the crime boss and his priest brother. Seeing the flashback of how the priest lost his leg.
  • Internet reviewer The Nostalgia Critic once made a Top 11 episodes list, most of them are episodes mentioned on this page, which he in great detail hits the nail on the head with how incredibly tragically powerful they are.
  • In "Harley's Holiday" it's pretty unfortunate that Harley was declared cured and released from Arkham perfectly ready to start a new life. Only for one tiny misunderstanding note  to undo all of it within ten minutes.
  • In a meta-sense, 2014 turned out to be this, as both Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Alfred) and Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon) passed away that year.
  • During Bruce's childhood, his idol and hero was The Gray Ghost who was portrayed by Simon Trent. But now, Simon is a man living in poverty in a one room apartment unable to find any work since it because people only think of him as The Gray Ghost and don't take him seriously. After hearing he's been turned down again, he angrily shatters the picture of him as The Gray Ghost and knocks over merchandize and mementos he had kept from it before collapsing to the floor sobbing. The fact that he's voiced by Adam West probably didn't help.
  • This troper always thought "Forgotten" had a surprisingly effective moment where Bruce has a dream where he's walking through a homeless neighborhood, and stops to give cash to some of the nearby people. Soon, more join in, begging for cash, leading Bruce to simply stop and shed a tear at the realization that he can't help them all. Really humanizes Bruce and drives home his sense of guilt and responsibility for the people he's unable to help, not just as Batman either. This troper always enjoyed that the episode tackled his feelings regarding his financial status.

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