Video Game / LEGO Batman

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Lego Batman is a series of action-adventure video game developed by Travellers Tales, published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, and released in 2008 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Mac OS X and Wii video gaming platforms. The game is based on the comic book character Batman and the Lego Batman toy line, who also handled marketing and financial aspects of the game.

The game is based on a licensed property, and has environments, objects, and creatures made out of Lego. Lego Batman is the first LEGO Adaptation Game to have an original story.

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    Tropes appearing in multiple games 
  • The Ace: Batman.
  • Badass Adorable: Batman.
  • Bald of Evil: Penguin and Mad Hatter, under their Nice Hats.
    • And of course, Lex Luthor.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The first two games feature bat-suit powerups with different abilities (one set for Batman and Batgirl; another for Robin and Nightwing). The third game gives such suits to Joker, Lex Luthor, and Cyborg in addition to Batman and Robin, but Nightwing and Batgirl no longer have access to them, and alternate versions of Batman and Robin — Batman (Zur-En-Arrh), Robin (1966), etc. — only have one suit with a mixture of powers.
  • Developers' Foresight: When distance-tagging (the ability to tag to another character without standing next to them) was introduced, you may have thought about using this to tag yourself out of falling to your death. However, if the death has already been registered by the game, you'll lose your studs anyway and you will be left at 12.5% health as a punishment.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the actual movies. Especially compared to The Dark Knight Saga.
  • Nerf: The Riddler, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow lost all special abilities in Batman 2, save for the puzzle boxes only Riddler could open. This is amended in Batman 3 where Hatter and Riddler regain their mind control, and Riddler has a throwable cane and super senses, while Hatter gains playing cards to throw. Scarecrow makes no appearance at all outside of the Nolanverse DLC character, though that version has explosives.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Steve Blum and Christopher Corey Smith both channel Mark Hamill as the Joker, with Blum also channeling a combination of Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito as the Penguin. And, of course, Rob Paulsen as the Riddler is doing his Jim Carrey impression mixed with a bit of Gilbert Gottfried. Laura Bailey channels both Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong as Harley Quinn.
  • Product Placement: Batman was timed to tie in with The Dark Knight and Batman 2 with The Dark Knight Rises. While the third was not released around the time of any film, it was released in honor of Batman's 75th anniversary; it also had DLC promoting The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Arrow, and the then-upcoming Suicide Squad.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: Characters already altered by chemicals, such as Joker or Two-Face, can't be harmed by radioactive waste.
  • Rummage Fail: Solomon Grundy and Swamp Thing will toss various items like boulders and bicycles out of swamp pits before finding the item needed in the level.
  • Running Gag: Killer Moth's obsession with lightbulbs starts in Batman 2, and occurs twice in Batman 3.
  • The Stoic: Batman.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Characters automatically drown if they swim too far away from shore, which acts as an Invisible Wall. Fine, except that it also applies to characters like Aquaman and Killer Croc who couldn't drown if they tried.
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham: While the first LEGO Batman played this trope straight by featuring only Gotham characters, LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes averts this by having other members of the Justice League come into play. In fact, a major part of the story is Batman's unwillingness to call for help when he needs to until the end.
  • Teamwork Puzzle Game
  • Wolverine Publicity: LEGO Batman 2 and 3 drift away from being Batman-centric stories, but Batman is still the main character and they haven't renamed the series LEGO DC Super Heroes or LEGO Justice League or anything like that.
  • X-Ray Vision: Batman's Sensor Suit in LEGO Batman 2 and 3 gives you this ability. When facing a character, they are shown as skeletons. Used to creepy effect in the Scarecrow fight in Batman 2, where he uses fear gas to make himself look giant. The Sensor Suit is used in that section, and fighting the mooks as Batman renders them as skeletons while a giant Scarecrow laughs in the background.

    LEGO Batman: The Videogame 
  • Another Side, Another Story: After playing through an episode as Batman and Robin, you unlock another episode where you can play as the villains.
  • Bad Boss: Mad Hatter pushes a Mook into Toxic Waste For the Evulz.
  • Butt Monkey: Robin
  • Captain Obvious: Some tutorial tips.
    Game tutorial tip: Toxic waste is poisonous.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: Being made of LEGO bricks is a sign that it can be destroyed or interacted with. Lampshaded in one room, where you need to build a LEGO door over a completely functional, pre-existing, but non-LEGO door to get it to open. In the very next room, you need to construct a LEGO switch to open a non-LEGO door with clearly visible handles.
  • Easter Egg: The character creator has the parts for four characters that exist in the comics, but aren't mentioned anywhere in the game. These four are: Huntress, Azrael, Black Mask, and Spoiler.
  • Electric Joy Buzzer: The Joker's secondary weapon, which is apparently strong enough to power the electrical engine of a mini Ferris wheel. Probably justified by the fact that it kills people.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The last entry of Data, only acquirable if you achieve 100% and buy every other piece of data, simply says "The End?", foreshadowing what will be the second game in the series.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In one level you can use a museum's dinosaur skeletons as your personal Humongous Mecha.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The villain levels show the villains setting up their bases. Because you played through the normal story as the heroes, you know that their bases aren't gonna last.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Poison Ivy gets mad at The Riddler for stepping on flowers during a cutscene, yet she destroys all kinds of plants during the game.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss:
    • Harley Quinn.
    • You chase Poison Ivy through the Gotham Botanic Gardens in order to defeat and unlock her.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Joker putting a gun to his head (a non-lethal BANG Flag Gun, but we don't know that until he pulls the trigger).
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: A special ability possessed by the Sonic Batsuit, Black Canary, and Man-Bat.
  • Guns Akimbo: Joker, Two-Face, and Hush.
  • Harmless Freezing: Characters with ice powers or gear (Mr. Freeze) encase opponents in blocks of ice, which can be broken out of by moving around really quickly. While frozen, however, enemies can be killed with a single hit.
  • Hub Level: The first game actually has two hubs — the Batcave for the heroes and Arkham Asylum for the villains.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Harley Quinn has one. It's taller than her. Press the proper button when fighting an enemy to clobber them.
  • Kiss of Death:
    • Poison Ivy's signature close-range move.
    • Possibly as a Shout-Out to her taser-kiss to Max Shreck in Batman Returns, Catwoman can pull this off as well if she catches a Mook from afar with her whip.
  • Kiss of Distraction: Catwoman kisses Batman to distract him from what her cat is doing.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: This being LEGO, every character falls to pieces upon defeat. Also, when a character or enemy is frozen into a block of ice, they can be killed in one hit when the ice is broken.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Many of the data files in Batman's Batcomputer (which have to be bought) give tidbits of information about the general Bat-Mythos, such as Joker's previous identity as the Red Hood, Talia al Ghul's romance with Batman, and the fact that Bruce Wayne keeps around suits of armor in the Batcave.
    • The final levels of each section are each references to the endings of Batman, Batman Returns, and Batman Forever. Even Batman & Robin might have gotten a Shout-Out with Mr. Freeze's ice cream factory hideout earlier in the game.
    • The game uses Danny Elfman's music from Batman and Batman Returns.
    • One of Bane's "throw" moves is pretty much this cast into LEGO form. It's only slightly less painful-seeming. As a further Shout-Out to Knightfall, it's one of the few throw moves that can be performed on a non-Mook character, though only on Batman. The console versions even have an achievement for performing it on Batman.
  • Nice Hat: The Mad Hatter has one. Even his description, at the beginning of the level "Joker's Home Turf", mentions his "large and fantastic hat".
  • Police Are Useless: Averted during the villians half of the game. While they lose, since there would be no game otherwise, they are generally far more dangerous mooks than what Batman fights during his part of the game.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Averted. When using Batman's Sensor Suit's X-ray vision on a character, it just reveals their skeleton.
  • Secret Character: Hush and Ra's al Ghul.
  • Sequel Hook: One more file in the Bat Computer that required the maximum amount of money to be earned. The file is named "The End...?" appropriately (and disappointingly for completionists who wanted something better as a reward). One of the previous files also involved Superman, foreshadowing his appearance in the second game.
  • Shown Their Work: In the Bat computer, several titbits are really thrown in. For example, they told us that Bruce's parents died at 10:47 PM, Ra's al Ghul doesn't remember his true name, and Penguin always carries an umbrella because his mother always told him to because his dad died of pneumonia. When they include that particular piece of information, you know they've done the research.
  • Solve the Soup Cans / Guide Dang It:
    • The puzzles to find the hidden minikit canisters, Power Bricks, and various other collectibles. You won't know something in the area will make those items appear until you've already done it. A good example is constructing the dollar sign in "The Face-Off". Finding these items without a guide (or the Minikit/Power Brick detector cheat) can be difficult.
    • There's a Power Brick in "The Riddler Makes a Withdrawal" level that requires you to park a car into a trash compactor, crushing it into an object you can break to get the item to appear, though because of the ambiguous eye candy, it could've been hard to tell it was a compactor at all.
    • Several parts of levels are confusing since the typical Color-Coded for Your Convenience mechanics are difficult to identify due to lighting. Other puzzles are easily overlooked, since they involve repeating an action which granted you something important to the level and give you a minikit the next time, or recreating a condition of the level which goes against the player's instincts to move on (since the games are normally very linear). One that falls under both types of this confusion is in the fourth level of Batman 2, in Mr. Freeze's section of the level. A frozen wall needs to be climbed over the cell to reach a switch that will turn off the electricity on the ladder leading to it. This will melt the ice wall, however, and the player has to use Robin's Ice Suit to refreeze said water. However, the lighting makes it difficult to see the bouncing blue studs indicating freezable water, and it's easy to forget that you can do so at all, since the cutscene emphasizes it melting.
  • Title: The Adaptation
  • Trashcan Bonfire: Show up in certain levels. They're not just scenery — they can hurt your characters if you're dumb enough to jump into one.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Just about every character who can't double jump does this when the jump button is tapped twice. Joker and Scarecrow land on their backs/faces when they attempt this.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: Reportedly it is not possible to get 100% Completion in the PS2 version because some of the minikits are missing.
  • Useless Useful Spell: Scarecrow's fear gas seems like it would be useful, since it temporarily freezes all enemy actions... except it only works on one Mook at a time, casting it on another immediately returns the first one to normal, casting it leaves him wide open to attacks, and it lasts for a ridiculously short time anyhow.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • Killing civilians with certain weapons results in a small amount of money being discharged. Also, you can kill your own partner to restore health.
    • Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, and the Riddler can mind control certain innocent civilians and force them to do things like jump into lava/toxic waste and attack their own comrades.
    • Beating up pretty much anyone hanging around the Batcave.
  • Villain Team-Up: Several.

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes 
  • Advertised Extra: Despite featuring heavily in the game's marketing, most of the DC heroes don't show up until the game's penultimate level.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: The atmosphere of the Gotham Funland at the Amusement Mile is intended to resemble this, complete with creepy cardboard signs with disturbing clowns, a giant creepy clown above the entrance, and Creepy Circus Music.
  • An Aesop: Batman learns that relying on others or asking them for help isn't a sign of weakness.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Superman's invulnerability in Batman 2 and 3 makes Free Playing levels for collectibles much easier, since you don't need to be preoccupied with defeating the swarms of enemies, or avoiding harmful obstacles while searching for minikits.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Joker robot. A grinning Humongous Mecha made by LexCorp.
  • Batman Gambit: Amusingly used against Batman in Lego Batman 2. Lex Luthor needs Kryptonite to fuel his Deconstructor; the Joker knows Batman has plenty of Kryptonite hidden somewhere, so he makes synthetic Kryptonite with a built in homing device. Batman takes the fake Kryptonite back to his vault, leading Joker and Luthor right to the Batcave.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Lex Luthor and the Joker.
  • Camera Screw: In the very last level of LEGO Batman 2, you need Superman to get a minikit just because the camera won't let you look at the gold-plated helicopter as Cyborg.
  • Captain Oblivious: Lex's receptionist in LEGO Batman 2:
    Superman: We're here to see Lex Luthor.
    Receptionist: Uh huh. And you are?
    (Superman and Batman look at each other in disbelief)
    Batman: Seriously?
    Receptionist: Seriously.
    Superman: I'm Superman. He's Batman.
    Receptionist: Are those last names?
    Superman: Just one name each.
    Batman: Like Madonna.
    • Justified, as it turned out that the receptionist was a robot.
  • Captain Obvious:
    Batman: We have to stop them.
    Superman: You think?
  • Colossus Climb: A variation, where the heroes walk on the Joker Robot's back while it flies to destroy its boosters.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: LEGO Batman 2 and its movie adaptation have Batman defeat The Riddler, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, several Mooks, Penguin and Two-Face in a few minutes.
  • Darker and Edgier: The heroes lose more than once, there's a genuine sense of danger (even a couple of Disney Deaths), Batman's personal flaws such as his refusal to accept help and paranoia of others are directly responsible for everything that goes wrong and Lex Luthor's threat is played completely straight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Vicki Vale.
  • Degraded Boss: All returning bosses like Penguin and Scarecrow return and can be defeated through simple punches like the regular mooks. Somewhat understandable as most of them return only as part of the villains sidequest and not in the main story. Less understandable is several of them losing their special abilities like Mad Hatter, Scarecrow and Riddler not being able to possess people anymore and getting no replacement ability except for Riddler with his riddle boxes.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • Superman is the only character that can damage General Zod and vice versa.
    • When flying around Arkham Asylum, you'll notice that the broken walls of the cells are there from the breakout at the beginning.
    • In Batman 2 & 3, they created separate icons for when the player's character transforms or has on a different suit. So, for example, when you use Plastic Man's space hopper transformation, the icon in the upper corner will change accordingly.
  • Distressed Damsel / Distressed Dude: The game is filled with "Citizens in Peril" that the player can help out of trouble for gold bricks.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Many Gold Bricks require you to use specialized suits and navigate an obstacle course to reach the end and use the suit's power to get it. For most of them, you can just fly to the end, switch to a character with the appropriate power, and use it there. There are some things that can't be cheated, like the switches that require the Acrobat Ball (exclusive to the Acrobat Suit), walking on electrified areas (Electricity Suit), firing explosives at things above the ground (Power Suit), spraying chemicals (Hazard Suit), or invisibility (Sensor Suit).
  • Everybody Laughs Ending
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: One of the only cases of minifigure dismemberment that comes off as disturbing is one of Robin's "grab" moves: He pulls off the target's head, bounces it on his leg like a soccer ball, and kicks it behind him, and the victim then falls apart. Made worse by the victim's disembodied head shouting while being kicked around, and their headless body lying flat on the ground.
  • Flaming Emblem: In the fifth level, The Joker creates one with the chemicals at the plant in the image of his face as a calling card. Batman uses this against Joker later on by making the Joker Robot chase him around the city (while damaging it to make it leak Kryptonite) in a path that makes it draw a giant glowing green image of his face. This makes it visible to Martian Manhunter in space, and he dispatches the Justice League to Gotham because he thinks the Joker made the emblem.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Superman is able to easily fly while carrying Batman and Robin during the cutscenes because, well, he's Superman. However, in the game, he's unable to do so, making you walk as any other character.
    • Harley Quinn is not immune to chemicals, despite one of her signature abilities being the Acquired Poison Immunity granted to her by Poison Ivy's injections.
    • The Stinger features Brainiac approaching Earth and saying something to the effect of "I have found it." Never mind that the player probably already unlocked him as a playable character several hours ago.
  • Groin Attack: One of Batman's special attacks is to grab a mook by the shoulders, lift him up, stick out a leg under the mook, and then bring the mook down hard.
  • Hub Level: All of Gotham City as a Wide Open Sandbox.
  • Hulk Speak: Killer Croc.
  • Humongous Mecha: The gigantic robotic Joker.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Invoked a couple of times to keep the status quo. The most notable instance being, after destroying the Batcave, Luthor and Joker notice it's underneath Wayne Manor. Rather than realizing the obvious, Luthor just mutters "I really despise that guy." The best part? Seen from above, Wayne Manor is shaped like the Bat-symbol.
    • Joker gets a brief one when tricked into leaking Kryptonite from his robot into the Gotham streets in a pattern of his face. He likes it, but is immediately corrected by Luthor that he made a symbol visible to Martian Manhunter in space, who then dispatches the Justice League.
  • I Fell for Hours: The penultimate level in LEGO Batman 2. Wayne Tower is really, really tall.
  • "King Kong" Climb: One of the achievements involves recreating this scene by playing a female character, commandeering a gorilla from the zoo, and climbing to the top of Wayne Tower.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Lex Luthor. Not only does he manage to destroy the Batcave, but plans to bomb entire cities with Joker gas to promote his campaign, with Gotham taking the worst of it simply for snubbing him at an award ceremony.
  • Kryptonite Factor: The only thing that can hold back Superman is Kryptonite which makes him flinch and retreat. Luthor and Joker find a way to make Kryptonite a weakness for Batman by discovering that its energy can easily destroy shiny black objects like most of Batman's arsenal.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: There are several sequences wherein Superman is Brought Down to Badass because the nasty green rock is nearby.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Due to Luthor and Joker destroying most of the Bat-vehicles with the Deconstructor ray (which destroys shiny black LEGO constructions), Batman uses Robin's brightly-colored ones instead and Robin rebuilds the Batmobile in the same style.
  • Large Ham: The Riddler.
    Riddler: Riddle me this, what's green, and in your... WALLET!?!
    Civilian: Um... M-money?
    Riddler: Um... No. NOT ANYMORE!
  • Marathon Level: The level "Chemical Crisis" has four distinct sections, each of which is very long. Expect to take over half an hour to clear on story mode. Even more, the stud count required for Super Hero is a whopping 313,000, which is several times higher than the usual number. Smashing everything for money adds 10 minutes you don't need to each section.
  • Mission Control: Alfred Pennyworth.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The game uses Danny Elfman's music from Batman and Batman Returns, and music from John Williams' 1978 Superman score. In addition, the opening sequence of LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite is a LEGO-fied version of the opening sequence to the 1989 film.
    • Joker mentions that Lex is running for President, something that he's done in the comics and attempted in at least one adaptation.
    • At one point in the game, Vicki Vale talks about all the various villains running amok in the city causing havoc. She mentions a plan by Gotham's mayor to "Wall off a portion of the city to use as a prison," but says that he never went through with it as it would probably cause more problems.
    • The news-scroll beneath one of the Vicki Vale segments says the Dog of the Year Award nominees are Krypto, Ace and Stretch-O-Mutt, the latter of whom only exists in the Krypto the Superdog cartoon.
    • Lex suspects that if he kills Batman, Robin will take up his mantle, much like he did after Final Crisis.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • The Batcave. Try walking as Batman to get an air vehicle. Often times you fall into the shark-infested waters of the Batcave.
    • Ace Chemicals. Justified in that it's where Joker was created, so it's obviously unsafe. Even without the chemical spills Joker caused.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • After the Man of the Year awards are interrupted at the beginning of the game, it's mentioned that this is the fifth time that the awards have been held in Gotham, and the second time that they have been interrupted by a supervillain attack.
    • In a cutscene, Batman mentions he and Robin have broken their legs before, after Robin said they would have broken their legs jumping off a burning building without Superman's help.
    • In the crawling text of the news, they mention various supervillain team-ups, such as Black Adam and Black Manta, and Gorilla Grodd and Brainiac. No details are given except they were pretty bad.
    • Also in the news, Vicki Vale mentions that releasing mind-altering gas via a giant robot to affect the election was specifically outlawed after last year's mayoral campaign.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Batman and Superman are able to disguise themselves as one another by simply pulling off their cowl/hair and switching them.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: The characters that will not be hurt by chemicals are the Joker, Poison Ivy (both of whom can safely swim in chemical pools), and Killer Croc (who sinks and can walk on the bottom of the pools). Every other character will get hurt by contact, and if in a pool, will drown in them.
  • Ramming Always Works: How Bane is defeated in LEGO Batman: The Movie. Inverted when Batman rams the Juggernaut after taking the fake Kryptonite on board, only for Joker to get furious and pull out the Deconstructor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Joker acts as the red to Lex Luthor's blue.
  • Role Reprisal: Clancy Brown, well known for voicing Lex Luthor, reprises the role.
  • Run the Gauntlet: The "Arkham Asylum Antics" mission has Batman do this.
  • Scenery Porn: LEGO Gotham. The environment in Gotham is gorgeously atmospheric, dark, rainy, and the hints of a sunset or sunrise in the background. The orange glow in the city looks amazing, and the Gotham Funland has its own kind, since it's a creepy carnival.
  • Secret Character: Brainiac.
  • Separated by a Common Language: While the developers do well in avoiding their native British terminology for US players, LEGO Batman 2 refers to Batman and Joker's amusement-park vehicles as dodgems, while the US calls them bumper cars.
  • Sequel Escalation: LEGO Batman was mostly mission-based and had hero and villain stories. While the sequel discards the villain stories altogether, they added an open-world Gotham to explore and actual speaking.
  • Sequel Hook: Green Lantern shooting a beam off into space and cutting to Braniac in his spaceship looking down at Earth.
    Brainiac: I have located it.
  • Suddenly Voiced: This is the first LEGO Adaptation Game where the characters have intelligible dialogue instead of being Heroic Mimes or Speaking Simlish.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Courtesy of Ace Chemicals and the Joker. The chemicals come in bright green, purple, orange, red, and blue, although only purple, orange, and green chemicals are encountered in the open world.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
    • Some characters, like Mr. Freeze, will always be chosen in free play because of their abilities.
    • In certain areas, Joker-faced/Two-Face-faced/Riddler graffiti can only be removed by the Trope Namer himself — and lampshaded at at least one point using the very name of this trope.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The sandbox elements make it possible for Superman to steal the Batmobile and go on a bloodless killing spree. No, really.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted by Lex Luthor, who simply drops a massive object on Batman without even stopping to gloat. It even catches the Joker by surprise.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: A large open Gotham City that you use to transfer between story missions, and boasts a large amount of puzzle content and collectables, as well as mini boss fights that get you new villain characters.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham 
  • Adam Westing: From The Man himself.
  • Adapted Out: Beyond Gotham conspicuously excludes several things that were featured in the 2013-2015 sets it's based on. This is odd, since the developers usually include everything from recent and upcoming sets in the games. Dr. Harleen Quinzel and the Scarecrow do not appear, nor does Damian Wayne (Robin), the banana truck driver (but his truck is in the game) or the Scuba Suit design Robin wears in the sets. The Arkham Asylum van, Bat-mech Riddler Dragster, and Nightwing Glider are also excluded from the game.
  • An Aesop: Batman learns that you don't have to bottle up your emotions, it's OK to express them.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Batman and Robin's Adam West and Burt Ward costumes will have the abilities of all their special suits.
  • As Himself: Adam West, Kevin Smith, Conan O'Brien, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
    • An early boss in Lego Batman 3 is a giant Batman made of bats, controlled by a Brainwashed and Crazy Batman.
    • Superman is enlarged and mind-controlled by Brainiac to be the final boss of Lego Batman 3.
  • Badass Adorable: Solomon Grundy especially under the Blue Lantern energy and Dex-Starr
  • Bait and Switch: Used at the ending. Lego Batman 4 being a crossover with Lego Marvel Super Heroes?! Nah, just Aquaman and a few other heroes coming back with pizza.
  • Bowdlerization / Disneyfication:
    • Kevin Smith has to do this to himself in Lego Batman 3, because it's a kid's game. The emphasis in some of his lines is a bit suspect and maybe evidence of his well-observed instinct to go all Cluster F-Bomb, but of course he can't.
    • The Squad DLC pack in Batman 3 is clear but necessary censorship of the Suicide Squad name. This is odd because the alternative name, Task Force X, was not used.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Brainiac manages to brainwash Batman, Green Lantern and Superman at various points.
  • Canon Immigrant: Several Batman characters from the animated canons appear as playable characters, ex. The Grey Ghost and Condiment King from Batman: The Animated Series and the Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Two-Face, Clayface, Ra's Al Ghul, and the Scarecrow are curiously absent from LEGO Batman 3 after being playable characters in both games previous. All except Clayface appear in DLC as their Nolanverse versions, however.
  • Continuity Nod: The Joker says Luthor's wishes to be President are "so last year", referring to his ambitions from the previous game.
  • Cowardly Lion: Cyborg, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying his fear.
  • Death Dealer: Mad Hatter.
  • Distressed Dude: "Adam West in Peril".
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Batman tricks Joker in his giant robot into chasing him around Gotham and drawing his face in the city streets by leaking Kryptonite, he thinks it looks beautiful. Lex Luthor immediately points out that he was tricked into leaving a calling card visible from space to the Justice League.
  • Dynamic Loading: The Slideways Teleporters are used to go to other hub areas. Instead of sending you to a black screen with game hints, you are treated to a portal sequence, in which the player characters hurtle through a purple tunnel, and can be moved around before reaching the next area.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A Few Weeping Angels appear throughout the game as Easter Eggs, but they also later appear in LEGO Dimensions.
  • Enemy Mine: The Justice League (mainly Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter) and Robin team up with the Joker's group (Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy, Cheetah, Firefly, and Lex Luthor) after the villains' invasion on the Watchtower is interrupted by Brainiac shrinking the Earth.
  • Exaggerated Trope: The emotions associated with the emotional spectrum get this treatment when the characters are irradiated with the respective colors. The Joker (violet) becomes a Love Freak, Lex Luthor (indigo) is compassionate to the point of feeling sorry for everyone, Solomon Grundy (blue) becomes The Pollyanna, Cyborg (yellow) turns into a Cowardly Lion, Flash (orange) becomes so greedy that even when he's praised he takes this as something no one else should have, and Wonder Woman becomes obnoxiously angry.
  • Fighting Your Friend: This is a major plot point, with Brainiac using mind control on several characters in the story, resulting in Batman, Green Lantern, and a growth-ray affected Superman to turn on their allies.
  • Flying Brick: Superman and Wonder Woman. In what is very likely the most literal interpretation of the trope name.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: A special ability possessed by the Music Meister.
  • Herr Doktor: Attempted with Mr. Freeze. But the accent is a little too exaggerated, and not solid enough to really qualify as the typical German/Austrian.
  • Hub Level: The Batcave, Watchtower, Hall of Justice/Doom, and the Lantern Worlds.
  • Hulk Speak: Solomon Grundy. (Killer Croc, who was the hulk-speaker in Lego Batman 2, now has a cajun accent instead.)
  • I Fell for Hours: The last part of the sixth stage, where Batman and a Red Lantern-powered Wonder Woman dive after Superman as he's falling back into Earth. They end up crashing into the Eiffel Tower and destroying it.
  • The Ketchup Test: The Justice League visits Ysmault, the home planet of the Red Lanterns. The rivers there are all red, which traditionally means blood; Robin has a different interpretation.
    Robin: Hey look, this river is made of raspberry jam! [scoops up a handful, licks it] It's pretty good, too! [keeps eating]
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: The Flash becomes one, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying his greed.
  • Legion of Doom: Lex Luthor, The Joker, Solomon Grundy, Killer Croc, The Cheetah, and Firefly team up to take on the Justice League.
  • Leitmotif: Flying with Superman or Wonder Woman will make the background music start playing John Williams' theme for the 1978 film or the opening theme of the Wonder Woman TV series, respectively.
  • Meta Guy/ No Fourth Wall: Green Arrow, of all characters, since his DLC level supposedly takes place in the ''Arrow TV Universe". For instance, the level begins as a flashback, a full 9 years before Oliver takes up the Green Arrow title. So how does he respond to this Continuity Snarl?
    Oliver Queen: For the continuity police, out there, sometimes I like to imagine myself back on the island in my Arrow costume, okay?
    • He's also fully aware of change in his appearance too.
    Oliver: My experiences on the island changed me. Sometimes, they even changed me into a small, plastic version of myself.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The various characters under Brainiac's mind control have glowing rays of green around their blank white eyes.
  • Mission Control: Bat-mite gives the hints, and Conan O'Brien guides you around some hub areas.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Some variant comic book covers were created for the promotion of Batman 3, to be released as normal comics. Each cover featured the minifigure counterpart of a DC character, and these characters appear in the game — except the New 52 design of Harley Quinn seen on one cover. It's since been revealed that she's a DLC character.
  • The Music Meister: The Music Meister himself is a playable character.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • No Sell: All weapon shots and fireballs aimed at Frankenstein will be deflected by his sword, making melee fighting (punches as a bigfig) the only way to kill him. Of course, this isn't very important, since Frankenstein is only a Free Play character, so fighting him will only happen when screwing around in the open world with him as a second character, or a multiplayer opponent.
  • Overly Long Gag: The end credits are a callback to the Adam West series with Batman and Robin scaling a wall and speaking with people as they look out of their window. Only the credits are so long that various encounters loop several times.
  • Right Behind Me: Happens twice to Kevin Smith when laughing about the lameness of Polka-Dot Man and Condiment King. He says "...he's behind me, isn't he?" both times, and the miniboss battles are triggered.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The Reach, long time enemy and origin to Blue Beetle, antagonize the Blue Lanterns.
  • Role Reprisal: The majority of the voice actors in Batman 3 have had a history voicing those characters. Several voice actors from the Arkham games reprise their roles as some of the Bat-rogues.
  • The Stoic: Batman. This works to his advantage, as the malfunctioning Lantern Rings don't amplify his emotions because Batman hides away his emotions. However, he has to allow his emotions to come to the surface in order to retrieve the Sinestro Corps' power battery.
  • Take That:
    • Kevin Smith rants about having to include polar bears in his Superman movie.
    • You get to destroy the Tumbler and build the Batmobile from its pieces.
    • Kevin Smith's film reel is stolen and destroyed by Catwoman. Her response?
    Catwoman: That reel was a CAT-astrophe, darling. And believe me, I know a thing or two about bad movies.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Wonder Woman, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying her anger.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Joker, Lex Luthor and Solomon Grundy, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying their positive emotions (Love for Joker, compassion for Lex and Hope for Grundy).
  • Unexpected Character:
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Reach, enemies of the Blue Beetle, end up attacking the Blue Lanterns. They aren't foreshadowed and they are quickly defeated and forgotten. Their sole purpose is to give a threat to face when retrieving Saint Walker as the Blue Lanterns have no reason to be hostile like the others. (Violet Lanterns overreacting, Indigo Lanterns having their Heel–Face Brainwashing undone and the Yellow, Orange and Red Lanterns being themselves.)
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Firefly is a member of Joker's group of villains, and even a boss fight, but he never appears in the story once the heroes and villains team up, and he can only be unlocked in Free Play. This is likely due to his lack of unique abilities, but even so, he's promptly dropped from the story after the level he appears in.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Mr. Freeze has a very ...European accent. It sounds like Gru with a more German influence.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Mentioned when Batman and Robin confront Killer Croc and he's much bigger than usual. This was because Croc's LEGO form in LEGO Batman 1 and 2 was a normal LEGO figure, before LEGO Marvel Super Heroes introduced the larger LEGO figures, which Croc turned into once it was introduced.

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