"Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but it's certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots than the tortured avenger crying out for mommy and daddy."
The second non-DCAUAnimated Adaptation of Batman by Warner Bros., announced after The Batman ended.Taking its name from DC's traditional Team Up Series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold has Batman partnering with a different superhero or superheroes every week. With a focus on rarely used (but classic) characters such as Red Tornado, Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man and Detective Chimp, the show deliberately picks a lot of its plotlines from old Silver Age stories, many of which have already been widely mocked by the fandom for years. Very much aware of this, Batman: The Brave and the Bold actually succeeds in making these old So Bad, It's Good stories So Cool Its Awesome, and almost every episode has an Ascended Meme or two. The show's creators aim to spotlight every possible underrated aspect of the DC universe. In order to introduce and showcase as many heroes and villains as possible, The Teaser is often a standalone mini-adventure in itself, giving every character a chance to shine — and if the audience likes them, they'll be used again in the main plotline.It's a light-hearted take on the DC Comics mythos, with a high gag-per-minute level, very little secret-identity drama, and mainly goofy villains like Clock King and Gorilla Grodd. In general, it's not that far from the style of the '60s Batman show. The show is way over on the silly side of the Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness, but it also has a number of Wham Episodes: the show provides its own versions of The Rainbow Batman and Bat-Manga! just as happily as it references The Killing Joke and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.The show is notable for having the first animated appearance of the Blue Beetle, specifically the third Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes (though Dan Garrett and Ted Kord also make posthumous appearances). It's also the animation debut of the Outsiders (as a team, anyway; Metamorpho had a supporting role on Justice League). Among them Black Lightning and Katana, finally making their official debuts in animation. It also marks the first television appearance of the original Flash, Jay Garrick, as well as the Jack Kirby creations Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth and OMAC: One Man Army Corps. And when A-lister Superman finally appears in season three, his character-centric episode consists of half an hour of nods to Superdickery.The show's first season was originally supposed to run for 13 episodes before a break, but it was so well received that the break until the next episode aired was shortened to a single week, extending the first season well past its original run. After three excellent seasons, the creators decided to wrap up the show, instead of risking Seasonal Rot if they'd continue. A darker CGI series dubbed Beware the Batman succeeded it in 2013.Considering there are several, more serious Batman cartoons still in recent memory, this series can be considered fairly polarizing. Many fans feel that it's a wonderful, tongue-in-cheek throwback to The Silver Age of Comic Books and animated adaptations thereof as well as a way to showcase otherwise less marketable characters. Others think think it's a step backwards from the writing, voice acting, and animation style of the DCAU shows, and feel that it's dumbing things down a little. In either case, the massive number of obscure cameos and canon throwback jokes make the whole series into a big, campy collection of Continuity Porn.This series has Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Videogame as a side-scrolling video game adaption released in 2010. While the gameplay received positive to mixed reactions, its presentation is agreed to staying true to the series.There's a Musical Episode starring Neil Patrick Harris, a crossover with Scooby-Doo which also animates an old MAD parody and stars "Weird Al" Yankovic, and a team-up episode with Space Ghost.This series has a separate Characters Page and a Recap Page. It also has Ensemble Darkhorse and Hey, It's That Voice! pages that need more love.
Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The pipe under the Tiger Fortress in "Last Bat On Earth!" and the villain's hideout in "Enter the Outsiders!"
The Ace: This take on Batman returns him to the Silver Age roots, where he has a gizmo for every circumstance, defeats every foe (most of the time single handed, regardless of his partner of the week), almost never has any real challenge from the villains, and every female super hero is madly in love with him.
Adam West returned later to voice the character Proto, a bumbling beta-test robot.
Ted McGinley appears in the final episode once Bat-Mite mentions that a sure fire way to run a show is to bring in McGinley
Adaptational Heroism: The Klaramar race in the comic books are all composed of Faceless Hunters, but there is only one Faceless Hunter in this series with the rest of the species, according to his word, peaceful. Hence why he personally asked Starro to destroy them.
Adorkable: Jaime definitely works. To a lesser extent, Batman can be this in his lighter moments.
Averted in "Menace of the Conqueror Cavemen!", as the air vents are cramped. They also shake and make a good deal of noise when Batman and Booster crawl through them. Fortunately Kru'll isn't paying attention.
Also subverted in "Deep Cover for Batman!" as the disguised Dark Knight tries to make his way to the captive Red Hood through air vents large enough to stand in. Unfortunately, trying to sneak up on a wind elemental villain like Silver Cyclone through the ventilation system isn't that good an idea.
Played dead straight in "Fall of the Blue Beetle!", where Batman and the Blue Beetle enter the villain's lair through an extensive network of ducts large enough for them to stand side by side.
Alien Geometries: A standard-issue Escher magical library in the Batman Cold Open of "The Eyes of Despero!". Batman is largely unfazed by the shifting gravity, and actually uses it to good effect.
Aluminum Christmas Trees: In "Mitefall", when Bat-Mite is trying to make the show more toyetic in an effort to get it canceled, he gives Batman a talking hoversled with flame decals and matching outfit. There actually was a toy like this (it didn't talk, though), from Batman: The Animated Series, of all places.
Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Jaime Reyes has one of these in the form of a scarab. Not that he needs it, mind you, it just makes his asskicking easier.
Anachronism Stew: "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" has for the Scooby-Doo crossover the Scooby Gang of the "New Scooby Doo Movies" (circa 1972-1974), with the action of the 60s Batman series (Batman and Robin punching the Joker and Penguin, with Scooby and Shaggy getting a magical courage boost and joining in), and "Weird Al" Yankovic with his looks since the late 90's (until then, Al usually had his mustache on). All of this was due to Bat-Mite using his reality-warping powers.
Analogy Backfire: In "Cry Freedom Fighters!", Plastic Man declares that he is "as patriotic as Benedict Arnold!".
Subverted in "Emperor Joker!" - after killing Bats, Joker gives him a brief eulogy, then promptly resurrects him and puts him through a Death Montage.
Anvil On Head: In the cold open of "Day of the Dark Knight!", Guy Gardner battles an alien by forming his Green Lantern energy into a variety of heavy objects (including the traditional pyramid-shaped multi-ton weight, and a grand piano) and dropping them on his opponent.
Apocalypse How: Emperor Joker causes an X-4, destroying the whole universe, leaving an empty white void with himself, his henchmen, Batman, and Bat-Mite. He then builds a room made of cards in its place.
Red Tornado: "Felony robbery. Parole violation. Felony assault. Jaywalking."
Also qualifies: "This show's closing early, Music Meister, due to criminal intent! And bad reviews."
Plus, there's an inversion in "Chill of the Night!" when a dying man confesses that he hit a kid when he was nine, yelled at his wife, lied about his weight on his driver's license, and spent 20 years running the rackets in Gotham.
Ascended Fanboy: Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle, was apparently a superhero fanboy even prior to gaining the scarab; specifically, it seems, a Batman fanboy. You can imagine his glee when he actually gets to save the world with his hero.
(after blocking lasers that would have otherwise hit Batman) Blue Beetle: Whoa, I just saved Batman. (super hyped/pumped up) I JUST SAVED BATMAN!!
Blue Beetle also seems to be the only one excited to work with AQUAMAN.
Bat-Mite is a fifth-dimensional imp who can do just about anything... and his hero is the ever-three-dimensional Batman.
Joe Chill also holds one in "Chill of the Night!".
Audible Gleam: Plastic Man fails his willpower roll vs. temptation when a diamond goes "ting!" at him in a room full of money. It audibly gleams again when Plastic Man forces himself to give it back at the end of the same episode.
Badass Family: In "Aquaman's OUTRAGEOUS Adventure!", Mera and Arthur Jr. join AQUAMAN in fighting against the mooks in the end and they kick ass.
Also in "Chill of The Night!" when Batman is briefly transported back to a period of time when his parents were still alive, Martha Wayne is taken hostage and he teams up with his father to save her. This scene is made even more awesome by the fact that Thomas Wayne is voiced by Adam West.
The Future-Waynes and the entire Batman legacy in "The Knights of Tomorrow!".
Badass Grandpa: Wildcat. He battles against a giant blob man with his bare hands, and still fights crime despite an ailing heart, and being at least 60.
The Bad Guy Wins: Done with an odd inversion in "Joker: The Vile and The Villainous" where since Joker is the hero of the story, naturally the villain (Batman) would beat the hero.
Bad Habits: One episode opens with Batman disguised as a priest and listening to a mafia don give his confession while dying from an illness, as the man's strength fails, Batman angrily and desperately pushes him to name the man hired to kill the Waynes.
Balloon Belly: Because of his rubbery body, Plastic Man is very prone to it. In "Terror on Dinosaur Island!", he stuffed himself with Grodd's loot when he was tempted by one of his kleptomania fits. Again, in "The Long Arm of the Law!", he intentionally gorged on water as a tactic to stop Rubberneck.
Batman Cold Open: Each episode begins with one, appropriately enough— the only exceptions to date being "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", "Deep Cover For Batman!" and "Game Over For Owlman!" (which is the sequel to "Deep Cover")
Both parts of "Siege of Starro!" counts as well.
Batman Grabs a Gun: Played with in the Grand Finale. Bat-Mite, trying to get the show cancelled, alters the show dramatically with many jump the shark mainstays, while Ambush Bug tries desperately to prove to a disbelieving Batman that it's not right for him to have a wife, a sickeningly cute daughter, and obvious toy tie-in gear. He finally gets Batman's attention when Bat-Mite makes him use guns, which Bug points out is completely Out of Character for Batman, and this makes the turning point of the episode where Batman starts fighting back as well.
Bat Signal: As well as an Owl Signal. And a Nightwing Robin signal!
Beam-O-War: Between Red Tornado and Tornado Tyrant.
Becoming the Mask: In "The Mask of Matches Malone", Batman goes undercover as Matches, gets Easy Amnesia and begins to think of himself as Matches. In this persona he fights superheroes and practically takes over Gotham's underworld. He becomes the mask so strongly that the Applied Phlebotinum du jour, which grants nine extras lives to each person who wears it, apparently counts Batman as a separate person from Malone for that purpose.
Bedlam House: Even in this adaptation, Arkham is positively brutal.
In the flashback opening of "Sidekicks, Assemble!" Robin, Aqualad, and Speedy hold one in a fight-simulator to decide who will lead the group.
Bodyguard Babes: In "The Mask of Matches Malone!", Batman poses as mobster Matches Malone and has Black Canary, Huntress and Catwoman pose as his bodyguards.
Body Horror: Being infected by Chemo's parasites creates several large painful looking bumps over Batman's body.
Boisterous Bruiser: AQUAMAN. When announcing the name of Black Manta, his voice spontaneously echoes. It's almost as if they were trying to be as distant from every other depiction of him (especially the one in Justice League, where he was a barely containable rage case and loose cannon) as possible. AQUAMAN's voice also spontaneously echoes when he names the "Mystery In Space!" adventure "The Strange Encounter of the Reptile Men!"
Bottomless Magazines: Not bullets: In "Day of the Dark Knight!", Green Arrow and Bats never seem to run out of ammo.
Bound and Gagged: Happens at a number of points. Batman himself is bound and gagged in the teaser segments for "Evil Under The Sea!" and "A Bat Divided!"
Billy Batson gets gagged by Dr. Sivana's children in "The Power of Shazam!" to prevent him from saying "Shazam".
Zatanna has her mouth magically sealed shut by Abra Kadabra in "Chill of the Night!" to stop her from casting spells.
Black Canary is tied up and gagged by Malone's henchwomen in "The Mask of Matches Malone!" in order to neutralize her trademark "Canary Cry".
A group of scientists are tied up and gagged by Crazy Quilt's henchmen in "The Color of Revenge!"
Bowdlerise: Lampshaded in "Bat-Mite Presents Batman's Strangest Cases!". In the Bat-Manga segment, Lord Death Man is Killed Off for Real when he crashes a helicopter into some power lines, but Robin hastily adds that he probably parachuted to safety (which he obviously didn't). Bat-Mite points this out as an example of a Dub Induced Plothole. Meanwhile, in the Scooby-Doo crossover, Batman, Robin, Joker, and Penguin aren't allowed to actually fight, resulting in a silly chase scene. After a quick lampshading from Bat-Mite, he uses his Reality Warper powers to remove the no-fight clause.
In the Batman Cold Open of "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", the Sportsmaster traps a championship bowling team in giant pins and rolls an oversized bowling ball at them. Batman saves the day by breaking the ball, with his fists.
During the climax of "Legends of the Dark Mite!" Batman rides one of the Tweedle brothers and sends Joker, Catwoman, Riddler and Two Face flying.
Brains and Brawn: Both the Atom/AQUAMAN pair and the Brain/Chemo, in the same episode.
As well as Dr. X/Double X, keeping in with the original version of the character with the names but making Dr. X more physically feeble to highlight the duality.
Breaking the Bonds: An attacking shark in "Evil Under the Sea!", after Batman tied its mouth shut with the cable of his grappling hook.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Bat-Mite does so regularly, but the Joker also gets in on the action with his commentary in "Death Race To Oblivion!"
Bat-Mite downright obliterates the wall in the series finale.
Breakout Character: AQUAMAN. Promotional material put more emphasis on other supporting heroes like Green Arrow and Blue Beetle, but AQUAMAN emerged as the most popular character. There was even several episodes where he was the actual main character.
Bullet Seed: Plastic Man, in "Terror on Dinosaur Island!", with the portion of Grodd's loot which he swallowed after liberating it in the hope of keeping some for himself.
Burn the Witch!: The Cavalier attempts to burn Batman and Green Arrow at the stake in "Bold Beginnings!". Not that he actually thinks they are witches, but it is a Death Trap in keeping with his criminal motif; which is The Cavalier Years.
Busby Berkeley Number: More of an Esther Williams number, actually, with the Atlanteans in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!"
Busman's Holiday: "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!", a little different in that AQUAMAN willingly goes looking for adventure while on his family vacation.
Busman's Vocabulary: Football coach Ronnie Raymond. "Look, kid, it's almost the end of the season-" "Semester." "Whatever."
It gets worse. Apparently, he's also a chemistry teacher.
Raymond: And they pass for a touchdown! ... Thus forming a covalent bond, any questions?
Cape Wings: Batman's cape transforms into a fully-functional jet-powered glider.
Captain Ersatz: Batman's form at the end of "The Fate of Equinox!" (combining the powers of various heroes) resembles that of the Marvel Comics villain, the Super-Adaptoid, the first time he duplicated the powers of the Avengers (except the Adaptoid was green, not blue.)
The Faceless Hunter is an obvious Captain Ersatz of the Silver Surfer, with an almost completely identical backstory. Played for laughs at first, then subverted when his master is killed, when it turns out that the Faceless Hunter isn't trying to save his home planet. He just genuinely likes destroying things. And then B'wana Beast dies.
It's even worse than that. He came from a completely peaceful planet, and as a hunter, he was a societal outcast. So he arranged for Starro to destroy his planet in exchange for letting him (the Hunter) work for him. That reveal served as a retroactive Moral Event Horizon for him.
Car Cushion: In "The Mask of Matches Malone!", Catwoman throws 'Matches' Malone (a.k.a. Batman) off the roof of a building and he smashes through the roof a car. Mind you, the fall technically did kill him.
Cartoon Bomb: One of the Joker's weapons in "Game Over for Owlman!"
Casual Danger Dialog: Batman with a number of his team ups. His conversation with Mr. Miracle on the Rollercoaster of Death could be the best example yet.
Bill Fagerbakke plays Ronnie Raymond, a former athlete who now works as a high school gym teacher. In the 80's, he played the assistant coach on the television series, Coach.
This is one of the main gimmicks of "The Super-Batman of Planet X!", which features pastiches of Batman, Lex Luthor, and Lois Lane voiced by their actors from the DCAU—Kevin Conroy, Clancy Brown, and Dana Delaney respectively.
"Chill of the Night!" features Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (the DCAU Batman and Joker, respectively) making a wager on Batman's soul as the Phantom Stranger and the Spectre.
John Welsey Shipp played Barry Allen on the short-lived Flash live-action series in the 90s. In "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!", he voices the Evil Counterpart, the Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom.
Henry Winkler (the original shark-jumper) and Ted McGinley (the original patron saint of Jumping the Shark) appear in the final episode, where Bat-Mite tries to get the show cancelled by invoking as many "jump the shark" moments as possible.
The Cast Showoff: In Mayhem of the Music Meister most of the cast does all their own singing, it's quite good too.
This isn't so surprising for Grey DeLisle (Black Canary), as she's also a professional singer.
Cephalothorax: The alien criminal in the cold open of "Day of the Dark Knight!", as well as one of the Green Lanterns battling it.
Cerebus Syndrome: Season two gets a little dark in places. B'wana Beast, we hardly knew ye. Also, how many of you, at the beginning of "The Last Patrol!", wished Beast Boy had been there too... and were so very glad he wasn't by the end?
Charity Ball: The Phantom Stranger takes Batman back in time to witness Bruce Wayne's parents attending one.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Things Batman has successfully beaten up include, in ascending order of ridiculousness: Gorillas, sharks, bowling balls (which shattered!), giant man-eating snapping turtles, gods and an extinction-level meteor (off-screen).
His training also allows him to block mind control and astral project (both described as techniques from Tibet).
Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!", Aquaman promises Mera that he will stop crime-fighting and take a family vacation. Cue a montage of him travelling and continually encountering supervillains who who foiled by other heroes.
Colossus Climb: Batman in "Day of the Dark Knight" pulls this on an ogre, then seals the deal with grenades into its nostrils. A similar case happens in "Trials of the Demon" (and both are incidentally Etrigan episodes).
Color Character: Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Red Tornado, Bronze Tiger, Black Canary, etc.
Their Mirror Universe counterparts use different colors, but with Added Alliterative Appeal: the three we meet are Blue Bowman, Scarlet Scarab, and Silver Cyclone. There's also Red Hood, counterpart to the Joker.
Composite Character: Kru'll the Eternal combines elements of King Kull (brutish savage with the mind of a genius, the last of his ancient race, overall design including distinctive helmet) and Kalibak (voiced by Michael Dorn, who was Kalibak in Justice League and Superman: The Animated Series, distinctive laser-shooting warclub), with Vandal Savage's origin tossed in for good measure.
General Kafka and Shrapnel are combined into one character as well.
Firestorm is one, no pun intended given his nature. The show uses Jason Rusch as the main body, but the show's version of Rusch also made him similar to Martin Stein in that he's interested in science. And filling Stein's role as a mentor? An older version of Ronnie Raymond, who in the comics was the original Firestorm. Note how this kind of twists around the original Firestorm's dynamic twice.
Black Mask's design mixes the fedora and brown suit of the original Bronze Age version with the skull-like mask of the Modern Age version.
Conspicuous CG: Most, if not all, the vehicles in the series seem to be CG of varying degrees of conspicuousness. Ex., Black Manta's tripod in "Enter the Outsiders!" and Batman's bike in the same scene.
Continuity Cameo: The episode "Day of the Dark Knight!" begins with a prison breakout; among the prisoners are Adam West series villains including the Bookworm, King Tut, Louis the Lilac, Egghead and the Siren. And most notably, the face of the Clock King under his mask resembles the actor who played him in the 1960s show (Walter Slezak)◊.
The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, though completely by random chance.
Crazy-Prepared: Lampshaded in a conversation between Jaime and Paco about if Batman could take on a mind-controlled Superman if he didn't have any Kryptonite. Jaime says he could. Using kryptonite. Because Batman always has Kryptonite.
And in "Terror on Dinosaur Island!":
Plastic Man: Tell me you have a plan, Bat... ape? Batman: I always have a plan.
In "Game Over for Owlman!", as in the comics, it turns out Batman has contingency plans to take down his fellow heroes should they ever turn rogue. Too bad Owlman had access to those too.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Batman is unable to do ANYTHING to Lex Luthor when they fight in "The Triumvirate of Terror".
Oh, that entire sequence was a curbstomp battle for each of the heroes... Lex Luthor teleported to the Batcave with a epic suit of armor and beat down Batman with barely two minutes worth of effort. Wonder Woman had to take on The Joker who beat her in his boxers with several prank props from Hammerspace and a squirting flower of gas. It was particular frightening/awesome how the Cheetah beat Superman. A magic amulet gave her a power andspeed boost and the deciding factor was kryptonite-lacednail polish.
In Darkside Descending, Darkseid shows up. He deflects the League's attack and blows them away with a single strike. Then Batman challenges him to single unarmed combat. Batman hits him once. Just... once.
Zoom was amused that Batman believed he could beat him
Curse Cut Short: In Battle of the Superheroes after red Kryptonite changes Superman's personality to a Jerkass.
Given how talented he is, The Music Meister could seriously have been rich easily without having to resort to satellites and death traps.
Cynical Mentor: Wildcat, originally towards Batman and later to the Outsiders.
Damsel in Distress: Black Canary had about a minute and a half of it during "Death Trap" in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!".
Subverted in the teaser segment of "Chill of the Night". Zatanna is silenced and therefore rendered helpless by the villain, but ultimately frees herself and even gets in her crowning moment of awesome by not only defeating said villain, but rescuing Batman as well.
Subverted again in "The Mask of Matches Malone", which has Black Canary, Catwoman and Huntress tied up (and in Canary's case gagged) over a death trap, only for them to pull off an awesome last minute escape. Unsurprisingly, the episode was scripted by longtime "Birds of Prey" writer Gail Simone, who has more than once stated in interviews that she detests the perception of Black Canary as a damsel in distress.
Deadpan Snarker: AQUAMAN brushes briefly with this in the Ra's al Ghul episode.
AQUAMAN: I think I'll call this adventure: The Time Batman Sent Us To The Wrong Island!
Catwoman serves this role throughout "The Mask of Matches Malone!", even while in the face of death:
Catwoman(in reference to the bandages around Black Canary's mouth): On the bright side, at least we don't have to hear Canary sing! Black Canary(glares angrily at Catwoman): Uh hate uw! Catwoman: I love you too, dear.
Determinator: In one episode Batman has broken bones in all his limbs and will need weeks at least to recover. In spite of this and in spite of the fact that multiple other heroes are standing in for him in Gotham and in spite of the telepathic superpowered Martian Manhunter's best efforts, Batman manages to avoid being sedated build a powered exoskeleton while eluding Manhunter and gets back to Gotham in time to save the other heroes. The exoskeleton is also supposedly good enough for Batman to be able to function normally while healing. The guy does not know how to take a break.
Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Happens every now and then (Batman OHKO'ing Mongul with a punch from the Batmobile's mech form), but subverted with Darkseid. He is absolutely barraged by all of the assembled heroes, only to deflect everything with a telekinetic bubble before blowing everyone back. Batman manages to avoid the Omega Force beams and actually manages to slightly faze him with a pair of super-knuckledusters, only to be sent flying back. From there on out, Batman doesn't even manage to scratch Darkseid, and when The Question shows up and reopens the Boom Tubes, it is made very clear that Batman would have been annihilated on the spot had that intervention not occurred.
Disney Death: Happens to Batman nine times each in "The Mask of Matches Malone!" and "Emperor Joker!", with the Dark Knight being brought back from death by the Cloak of Nefertiti as Matches Malone in the former, and by the Joker in the latter. Sound familiar?
D.I.Y. Disaster: In "Darkseid Descending!", Skeets's attempts to fix the air-conditioning on the satellite results in it spouting out flames.
Does Not Like Guns: Batman realized Bat-Mite was messing with his life in the finale when Bat-Mite gave him guns.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the prologue before "Chill of the Night!" featuring Bats teaming with Zatanna, they take on the evil master magician Abra Cadabra. He battles Zatanna, and in order to keep her from verbalizing her spells, gags her, and then promptly does the old scarves-down-the-throat gag... which lasts curiously long and looks, well...◊
Sadly, the attention the internet paid to this number has resulted in Cartoon Network failing to air the episode at all in the US.
Dumb Muscle: Boy genius Roland Desmond thought he would be able to amplify his muscles to match his brains, but that didn't pan out the way he'd planned after he turned into Blockbuster. Also Lead of the Metal Men (though the entire team is pretty childlike here, Lead is the standout and the most obviously lacking in intelligence). And arguably AQUAMAN. Also Rubberneck.
Dungeon Bypass: The Haunted Tank does it exactly like the trope picture through a shipping yard.
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The teaser for "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!" ends with Joker pressing the button on the Omega warhead. Which blows up the Earth.
Empowered Badass Normal: A good number of episodes involve a hero using their abilities to temporarily give Batman superpowers. Like the time where he gets a suit of Green Lantern Ring based armor, or a suit of armor made from the Metal Men, or the combined powers of all the heroes seen so far.
Also, when Batman goes to Zur-En-Arrh, he gets the powers of Superman... well, mostly.
Enemy Mine: Batman and Joker, especially in "Game Over for Owlman!".
Even Evil Has Standards: In "Chill of the Night" Lewis Moxton on his death bed feels that, despite acting on orders, Joe Chill went too far in shooting Martha Wayne, feeling that it was wrong leave young Bruce without a mother.
Everybody Laughs Ending: Made fun of in "Long Arm of the Law!". After beating Kite-Man, Plastic Man makes a lame pun and both he and Woozy start laughing, with Batman just standing there for a full minute before he just walks offscreen.
Tornado Champion becomes Tornado Tyrant after adding a lot of black and purple armor to make him much bigger as well as a few other pointy attachments.
Evil Counterpart: The Gas Gang to the Metal Men. Both are based upon particular sciences (The Metal Men on alloys and The Gas Gang on gases), but while the Metal Men want to better the world, the Gas Gang want to make it better for themselves. Further punctuated by them sharing some of the same actors as the Metal Men (Bill Fagerbakke, Lex Lang, Brian Bloom, and Hynden Walch).
Played with in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" where a picture of Wonder Woman is seen in Music Meister's Death Trap room, only to have her face obscured by other concert stickers so that you could only see her hair and trademark tiara.
She and fellow former exile Superman were seen from behind in the Cold Open to "Sidekicks Assemble!". Superman got his first appearance in the episode "Battle of the Superheroes!".
Morgan Le Fay almost identical to Disney's Maleficent, both being powerful evil witches obsessed with gaining power who magically transform into dragons to fight the heroes, even both dying from being stabbed in the stomach by a magical sword while in dragon form.
At least visually, the show's version of Katana was influenced by Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill.
Kru'll the Eternal is an Expy of both Vandal Savage and the Shazam foe King Kull, , with a hint of Darkseid's son Kalibak.
Fun Haus substitutes for Toyman and/or Prankster with some Joker tendencies, but no one's really sure.
Slug seems to be a stand-in for Sleez from the New Gods and/or Tobias Whale, in terms of looks and personality.
Scream Queen is a redesigned Silver Banshee.
The Music Meister strongly resembles a modernized version of The Fiddler, using singing instead of violin-playing for his mind control.
He much more closely resembles Fiddler stand-in Music Master from the Justice Guild episodes of Justice League, down to the wild hair and gapped teeth.
Equinox shares a similar backstory and obsession with balance to Silver Age Libra.
The Faceless Hunter to the Silver Surfer, with a twist. That twist being he's everything the Surfer isn't. Norrin became the Surfer in exchange for Galactus sparing his world. The Hunter became Starro's herald in exchange for Starro destroying his world (rather than enslaving it).
Ted Kord's heroic death has much more in common with that of Captain America's sidekick Bucky than his actual death in the comics.
Eye Lights Out: How we know Tornado Tyrant is "dead". Similarly, how we know Red Tornado is "dead" when the Faceless Hunter is shown dispatching the heroes that Starro couldn't control.
The Faceless: The Question... and Batman himself. This extends to Robin's flashbacks and even covering Owlman's unmasked face in shadow. Similarly, the camera only ever shows Red Hood's real face in shadow, but it's still quite easy to tell that he's really Mirror Universe's Joker, even if you don't get the Mythology Gag.
We see Bruce Wayne's face in "Chill of the Night!" Oddly enough, he looks almost identical to Bruce Wayne as he appeared in Batman: The Animated Series.
Evil Genius: The Brain (Even though he is usually the Big Bad to the Doom Patrol. He's probably the smartest one on the team, but apparently not smart enough to lead it.)
The Brute: Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, the Mutant Master, and Monsieur Mallah
Flashback Twist: In episode 1, after Blue Beetle's suit starts acting of its own accord:
Batman: This kind of thing happen often? Cut to a cat stuck in a tree. Blue Beetle reaches to help it down, but his suit's arm turns into a whirling blade that defoliates the entire tree. The traumatized cat leaps down to attack him. Cut back to present. Blue Beetle: Uh... no...
In episode 2, "Terror on Dinosaur Island!", we see Plastic Man's origin story, as Plas points out that Batman only helps him try to be a hero because he feels guilty. A scene later, we see the rest of it, as an indication Plas feels guilty for not living up to Batman's trust and faith.
In "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", we see a sad Flashback Twist explaining why Batman crimefights even on Christmas. He misses his mom and dad, who were gunned down in Crime Alley. Then we see a further Flash Back, and realize young Bruce was in the middle of a bratty sulk over not getting a toy even though his parents had tried to make it up to him. A moment later, his parents were killed. On Christmas Day.
Anything Booster Gold says about himself in "Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!"
In "Sidekicks Assemble!":
Green Arrow: I've always treated Speedy well. (flashback) Quick, retrieve my bow from that crocodile pit!
Floating Continent: Ra's al Ghul uses a flying island as his base of operations in "Sidekicks Assemble!".
Flung Clothing: How the Music Meister changes from one costume to another: from Liberace to Mozart, to Prof. Harold Hill to Kiss, to Hendrix to Elvis.
Forced to Watch: Comically inverted in "Emperor Joker!": after Bat-Mite becomes powerless by accidentally giving all his powers to the Joker and making him a Reality Warpinggod, the new Clown Emperor would use his newfangled cosmic powers to kill the Dark Knight and then bring him back from the dead. To make matters worse, he attempts to make Batman go insane. Despite Harley Quinn's pleas to spare the lives of Batman and Bat-Mite, the Joker complies of sparing Bat-Mite by turning him into a Jester!Harley version of him, then forcing him and Harley to watch (along with the newly-created Joker-Mite) while the Clown Emperor forces the Dark Knight through a comedic, torturous Death Montage in an attempt to make him go insane! Poor, powerless Bat-Mite... or is that Harley-Bat-Mite?
Foreshadowing: During the opening number in "Mayhem of the Music Meister", Batman handcuffs Black Canary and Green Arrow together. By the end of the episode they're together, and don't need handcuffs for it.
Fun Personified: The entire series is pretty much the DCU distilled into its purest, fun personified form.
If it had to be narrowed down to one character, though, IT'D BEAQUAMAN, CHUM!
Gag Boobs: When Batman is body-swapped with Katrina Moldoff, he is tied to a chair and attempts escaping, only to fall to the ground, whereupon he realises that, in Katrina's body, his centre of gravity is much... higher than usual.
Genius Bruiser: Grodd, as ever. However, he has a lot more typically simian characteristics than usual: sometimes he just goes nuts with howling and pounding his chest. Also Kru'll, who, as King Kull in Captain Marvel comics, was one of if not the original portrayal of this archetype in comics.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Masterfully done at many points, but averted in the episode "The Mask of Matches Malone!" The musical number that got the show skipped in the first run of the show featured Black Canary, Catwoman, and Huntress doing little more than singing about the sexual inadequacies of the heroes. Really, the lyrics must be read to be believed.
Gilligan Cut: In "Darkseid Descending", Martian Manhunter tries to rally the new League with a Rousing Speech that ends with him asking if people will remember the League as a bunch of individuals who couldn't get the job done, or the greatest hero team ever that saved Earth in its darkest hour. Everyone cheers triumphantly... and then we see the entire team defeated and captured by Parademons.
Go Into the Light: In "Dawn of the Dead Man!", Batman encounters the Light while astral travelling, and his parents come out of it to encourage him to join them; he considers it, but decides he still has work to do on Earth. In the same episode, the ghost of Boston Brand is bitter that he hasn't encountered the Light even though he's been dead for a while; it comes for him at the end of the episode, but by then he's come to terms with the idea that he, too, still has work to do on Earth.
Go Karting with Bowser: One of the teasers is a baseball game between the Justice League and various villains.
Good Thing You Can Heal: Red Tornado gets blown to pieces in the Christmas episode. Of course, he's a robot, so Star Labs just puts him back together.
When Batman (thinking he's a mob boss due to Easy Amnesia) obtains the Cloak of Nefertiti that grants him nine lives, he goes through them in a matter of days. Of course, once it runs out and he's Batman again, he goes back to just not dying.
Gory Discretion Shot: In "Enter the Outsiders!", just after Batman says "but very useful in the fight against crime", the shark-pelican lunges at the horse-spider. Suffice to say, the policeman probably didn't get his horse back.
In "Mystery in Space!": AQUAMAN reacts to seeing a Beluga Whale being hunted down.
The hostage in The Last Patrol.
Several in "Emperor Joker!"
Grand Theft Me: Katrina Moldoff does this to Batman in "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!".
Green Eyes: Catwoman has those, as in her comic's version. Her son Damian Wayne also gets them.
Green Lantern Ring: The sheer variety of these is just hilarious. Of course we have the Trope Namer, but also the Blue Beetle's armor, Firestorm, most shapeshifters (apparently, Plastic Man can transform his body into fuel for his own car form), even Batman's utility belt verges on this sometimes.
Helicopter Blender: In "Triumvirate of Terror!", Batman uses the blades of his Whirly-Bat to slash the envelope of the Joker's blimp.
Hello, Nurse!: This is pretty much what Huntress is to Blue Beetle.
In "Night of the Batmen", Plastic Man (in his own Batman outfit) has this reaction when he comes across Catwoman in her new 70's-era outfit. Catwoman herself is not too happy about this, since she was hoping to get this reaction from the real Batman.
Heroic BSOD: AQUAMAN is in the middle of one in "Mystery in Space!", which started when he failed to save a Beluga from whalers.
The Doom Patrol split up over one that occurred after having to go through a Sadistic Choice.
The original Black Canary in "The Golden Age of Justice!".
The Doom Patrol.
Played straight with G.I. Robot and subverted with Proto in "Plague of the Prototypes!"
Heroic Willpower: Batman and the Green Lantern Corps. Doubly so when Bats gets a Green Lantern augmented power suit which grows more powerful with willpower alone, used to bring back the entire Corps back from the brink of destruction.
Hit Flash: Many times. The first seen was about 25 seconds into the series trailer.
Hit Me, Dammit!: Ambush Bug does this to Batman in the incredibly meta final episode, because he knows that the show is losing viewers and that some random violence will attract them back. Batman is confused by this ultimately obliges.
Hoist by His Own Petard: After he stole the Blue Beetle armor using his Gamma Gong, Kanjar Ro was defeated... with the Gamma Gong.
Gentleman Ghost, like most defeated necromancers, was dragged kicking and screaming down to the underworld by his own freed slaves.
Batman outright said the trope by name when he was left near helpless due to Quartz poisoning (works like kryptonite on Zur-En-Arrh, except for humans) thanks to not being Genre Savvy enough to test for any weaknesses in his new found powers.
The Faceless Hunter was ultimately prepared for everything that Batman had. So Batman stole the Hunter's own force field generating devices and beat him with it.
Bat-Mite, in the final episode, tries to get the show cancelled to make way for a new darker animated Batman show. He gets his wish but, as Ambush Bug explains, as there's no room for a silly character like him in a darker Batman show he fades from existence.
Hollywood Atlas: You know it's Britain because of the shop sign that says "Fish and Chips".
Hollywood Dress Code: Red Tornado's alter-ego, Professor Ulthoon, in bow tie and tweed jacket with elbow patches.
Homage: The entrance to the Batcave is identical to its entrance in the 60s TV series.
Master Wong Fei ("Return of the Fearsome Fangs!") is not only named after Wong-Fei Hong, the legendary fighter-doctor, but uses a Finishing Move straight out of the Once Upon a Time In China movies. Oh, and he's modeled after Pai Mei.
Hot for Teacher: Jaime and Huntress again. Of course, he doesn't realise she's his teacher.
How Do I Shot Web?: Jaime really has no idea what he's doing in the Blue Beetle suit in early episodes.
Huge Holographic Head: Black Manta uses this (in his case, including a Huge Holographic Body) to announce to the inhabitants of Atlantis that he's about to crush them.
Human Notepad: G'Nort has the Green Lantern Oath written out on his forearm, because he keeps forgetting how it goes. (Now his only problem is remembering that he's got it written out on his forearm...)
Humongous Mecha: In "Night of the Huntress!", several are stolen by Baby-Face's gang at a Government Warehouse. Also, the freaking Batmobile turns into a robot, complete with a Transformation Sequence with an elaborate colored background.
Hyperspace Arsenal: Batman's utility belt. At bare minimum, it contains at least a jet pack, something much like a lightsaber (and a more normal sword) and a hang glider in there. This carries on the proud tradition from the The Brave and the Bold series, where Batman's utility belt included mini hand grenades and a cutting laser, among other things.
The Atom produces several weapons and a microscope out of nowhere, presumably explained by his use of his shrinking technology for storage.
Bat-Mite's Utility Belt, though he probably just pulls it from home.
Jaime: Trick question! Batman always has kryptonite!
I Am Not Shazam: Hans von Hammer was never actually calledEnemy Ace; that was just the title of the feature. His In-UniverseRed Baron nickname was "The Hammer of Hell."note Of course, from the perspective of someone fighting for the Entente, even if it is only to keep the timeline intact, he is an enemy ace, being a German ace pilot.
I Need a Freaking Drink: Martian Manhunter's cookie addiction is played for this in "Crisis 22,300 Miles Above Earth!"
I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Will Friedle playing Blue Beetle and Jason Marsden playing his best friend Paco are best friends in real life. Consequently the two also worked together on a number of other shows.
Instant Expert: When Dr. Sivana gets his hands on Captain Marvel's powers, he's immediately whaling on a hero who had identical powers for a good while longer.
Institutional Apparel: The striped cap, shirt and pants combo appears on human!Grodd at the end of "Terror on Dinosaur Island!".
And again on the prisoners in "Day of the Dark Knight!".
And we see there are straitjackets in Arkham as well as the striped outfit for prisoners in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" Gotham only puts the worst offenders in Arkham. The rest get jail. Figure it'll show up a lot given Batman and company constantly kicking badguy butt.
Instrument of Murder: The Music Meister had a smoke-spewing pipe organ he used to cover his escape and laser firing microphones that formed part of his Death Trap.
And in "Night of the Batmen!", the Vigilante has a rifle inside his guitar.
In "Powerless!", the Scottish Joker in the Jokers of Many Nations has a set of bagpipes that fires missiles.
Subverted in "Drives us Bats!", a musical number wherein the Music Meister snarks on Batman's perfection, WHILE CONTINUALLY ELUDING HIM. By the end of the song, every character that had ever appeared on the show, hero and villain, is joining in the complaints about Batman's omnipotence.
Averted in "The Power of Shazam!" Black Adam just steamrolls Batman.
Also averted in "The Siege of Starro" as the Faceless Hunter From Saturn proves to be more than a match for Batman, in skill, strength AND technology.
In "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster," Batman holds his own against Zoom... for a second or two. After that, he almost certainly would have been killed if the Flash hadn't stepped in at just the right time.
Doubly Subverted in "Emperor Joker": somehow Joker and his gang have him on the ropes long enough for Bat-Mite to decide to help (which triggers the plot); later Batman defeats the now-Reality Warper Joker with his mind.
Averted in "Darkseid Descending" when Batman fights against Darkseid himself. Bats gets his ass kicked handily, and Darkseid is only beaten by reversing the Boomtubes to take him back to Apokolips.
Also averted when Batman fights Superman under the influence of Red Kryptonite. He dons a new armor and is able to hold his ground for a time, but is almost killed. luckily Red Kryptonite has a time limit
Invisible Means Undodgeable: In the episode "Emperor Joker", Batmite, despite being a near omnipotent being, manages to miss Batman while trying to transfer his powers to him, and accidentally gives the Joker his abilities instead. Practically every other spell Batmite ever does is with a snap of his finger, and those spells never miss.
Iris Out: "Long Arm of the Law!" ends with Plas and Woozy laughing, and Batman standing there. The iris closes, opens one more time to show the Caped Crusader simply walking away.
Sinestro: Are you so eager to prove you're a hero? Guy Gardner: It ain't about me. It's about Mogo! And G'nort! AND EARTH!
Jet Pack: Seems to be part of Batman's standard operating kit. When he's not using it, it goes limp and turns into his cape. (He can be seen activating it near the beginning of "Rise of the Blue Beetle!", and deactivating it during "Invasion of the Secret Santas!")
Jumping the Shark: Parodied, Discussed, and Invoked in-universe in "Mitefall!", as Bat-Mite decides that the show's formula is repetitive, and decides to cancel the show by adding in horrible changes intentionally.
Jumping on a Grenade: In "Plague of the Prototypes", G.I. Robot saves Batman and Easy Company by jumping on top of a landmine while storming the beaches on D-Day.
Keep It Foreign: One episode featured Brazilian heroine Fire speaking a line in her language (Brazilian Portuguese). When that episode was dubbed for Brazilian audiences, that line was translated into English.
Keystone Army: In "Journey to the Center of the Bat!", after AQUAMAN and the Atom establish experimentally that the infection is too numerous and virulent to defeat by attacking individual microbes, it conveniently turns out there's a "seed cell" that if they destroy it the rest of the microbes will die too.
Kick the Dog: Kanjar Ro pretty much embodies this trope. Highlights include slamming Jaime face first into a gong. Not the Beetle, Jaime.
A closer-to-literal version occurs in the episode "Revenge of the Reach!" when the Reach-possessed Jaime blasts good ol' G'Nort.
Killed Mid-Sentence: Batman, when he thinks he has avoided the Joker's hammer trap in "Emperor Joker!":
Knight of Cerebus: Inverted to a point with The Spectre. In the two episodes where he is featured prominently ("Chill of the Night!" and "Gorillas in our Midst!") where he kills Joe Chill and Professor Milo, respectively. This is played straight with General Zahl, the man who unites the Doom Patrol's Rogues Gallery and kills the DP and Faceless Hunter, minion of Starro who kills B'wana Beast.
Played straight with Black Mask (who had most of his men eliminated and almost blew up half of Gotham City just to prove a point) as well.
The Music Meister first announces himself bytriumphantly singing his own name, and never looks back. Heck, his entire episode might be considered a Large Ham. Bonus points for being voiced by special guest star Neil Patrick Harris.
Gentleman Ghost has his moments. "Riiiiise, my criminal brethren! RIIIIIIISE AND DOOOO MY BIDDIIIING!!!"
Laser Hallway: One of the actively-hazardous variety, guarding the villain's air ducts in "Fall of the Blue Beetle!". (He could have just made the ducts too small for a superhero to fit through — but this isn't that kind of show.)
Latex Perfection: At one point Batman disguises himself as Superman by wearing a latex face mask over his regular pointy-eared mask.
Stargirl: Great. I send for the world's greatest hero and I get the knockoff Blue Beetle.
Jaime: Knockoff? I prefer to think of myself as a reimagined hero for a new generation.
Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, and Wally West are all active Flashes, the third being Kid Flash.
Inverted with Firestorm. In the comics, Firestorm was a teenager named Ronnie Raymond who got his powers in a nuclear accident. In 2004, Ronnie was killed off and replaced by a new character named Jason Rusch. The cartoon uses the best of both worlds by having both Ron and Jason present at the same accident, which causes them to BOTH act as Firestorm.
Black Canary inherited her title (and, unlike in the comics, power) from her deceased mother.
Legion of Doom: Used and (arguably) inverted throughout the span of just two episodes.
Inverted: the Justice Underground of Owlman's world, which comprises the mirror-universe counterparts of normal villains.
Used: to mirror the above event, Owlman gathering the main universe villains for Part II.
Bat-Mite:"To be sure this is a lighter incarnation, but is no less valid or true to the character's roots as the tortured avenger crying out for Mommy and Daddy."
The Brave and the Bold comic was also wayLighter and Softer than its contemporaries by the time it was discontinued. It was sharing newsstands with the O'Neil/Adams Batman stories, as well as the "relevant", social-issues-focused incarnations of the other Bronze Age DCU series.
The video game has a scene in which Bane picks up Batman, as if to break his back... when suddenly, Green Arrow shows up and defeats Bane with a single arrow, then proceeds to comically tease Batman about always having to save him.
Tempered by dramatic Mood Whiplash. This show has the darkest retelling of the death of Batman's parents ever, the meeting with Bruce's parents in "Dawn of the Deadman!," and just about the entire plot of "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!"
And the entire plot of "Chill of the Night!"
It also featured onscreen deaths for Black Canary Sr., B'wana Beast and the original Blue Beetle, with an offscreen but still explicit demise for Ted Kord. The entire Doom Patrol, a la their original comic's ending, followed. Even Justice League Unlimited usually steered clear of "Cape-Killing".
This is also the only adaptation of the comic book that has actually killed Batman on-screen, SEVERAL GRUESOME TIMES.
Lighthearted Rematch: Batman only accepts Bronze Tiger's invitation to fight to force him to help against Fox, Vulture and Shark. But at the end, after the Tiger learns his Aesop, the pair of them fight again in a friendlier match.
Lightning Can Do Anything: Even when flung by Major Disaster. This lightning brings Tornado Champion down and activates his emotional subroutine.
The Long List: In "Legends of the Dark Mite!", Bat-Mite is a speaker at the Fifth Dimensional 267th Annual Comic Book, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Animation, Anime, Gaming, Action Figure, Role-playing, Vintage Toy, Collectible Card Game, Pop-Culture, & Tiddlywinks Convention.
Lyrical Dissonance: The Music Meister' sings "let's not fight, let's get along" while either sending heroes to their doom with the villains, or with the whole populace stealing and about to attack Batman.
Man-Eating Plant: Man-eating plants form part of Ra's al Ghul's plan for world domination in "Sidekicks Assemble!".
And Poison Ivy attempts to feed Batman to one in "The Mask of Matches Malone!".
Married to the Job: Black Canary's repeated attempts to date Batman all end in failure, with the explanation "Crime doesn't take dinner breaks, and neither do I." She eventually moves on to Green Arrow.
Ice thinks Fire means this when she tells her AQUAMAN is married.
Meaningful Echo: In "Sidekicks Assemble!", Robin, Aqualad, and Speedy get the formation wrong, later, Batman, AQUAMAN, and Green Arrow do the exact same thing.
Mecha-Mooks: Degaton's robotic army in "The Golden Age of Justice!"
Mechanical Horse: Jonah Hex rode on a sleek mechanical horse-like robot after being dragged from his timeline by Mongul to have warriors fight in his "War World", taking place in a futuristic Wild West setting.
Medium Awareness: Bat-Mite, Bat-Mite, Bat-Mite. Taken to extremes in "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!", where he points out animation errors or differences between the dub and the original script.
And Ambush Bug in "Mitefall!".
Memetic Badass: Batman seems to be this in-universe, as evidenced by AQUAMAN's response to The Atom suggesting they get out from inside his body through his tear ducts.
AQUAMAN: Tear ducts? But surely, the Batman never cries!
Meta Guy: Batman, though never out loud (except on one occasion where he points out how ridiculous his costume is).
Mirror Universe: "Deep Cover for Batman!" has a world where the heroes of Batman's earth form the evil Injustice Syndicate. Batman, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, and Red Tornado are replaced by Owlman, Scarlet Scarab, Blue Bowman, and Silver Cyclone. The Atom, AQUAMAN, Plastic Man, and Fire's doubles are also seen, but not named.
Mondegreen: In "Emperor Joker!", as the Joker prepares to unscrew Batman's head, he tells the Dark Knight, "You're gonna be a drooling, mindless fop when I'm done, and then, I'm gonna... kill you some more!!" Of course, there are some who kinda mishear the word "fop" as that other f-word.
In "Cry Freedom Fighters", Plastic Man rallies the heroes and oppressed masses with a mangled version of "Yankee Doodle".
Monowheel Mayhem: The Clock King drives a monowheel in "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!".
A more straight example would be "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" suddenly shifting from fighting evil toy robots to a flashback of Batman's parents getting murdered. Not to mention this is the most bleak retelling of their death yet, as it piles on guilt for Bruce as the whole reason they went to the movie is that Bruce was being a spoiled brat and complaining about his Christmas present, leading to a Dying Words Regret.
By a freak of scheduling, the totally wacky and meta "Legends of the Dark Mite!" was followed by the very somber "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!"
The opener for "Gorillas in our Midst!" featured Batman teaming up with the Spectre to take down Dr. Milo. Batman leaves Milo for the police, but Spectre has a much more sinister idea of justice in mind for him...
The episode itself was incredibly campy and lighthearted.
The already dour "The Last Patrol!" episode became depressing in the second half when first, General Zahl kills his hostage offscreen and then the group get killed off to save 14 people and their fishing village.
"Mitefall!" starts off as a hilarious lampshade hanging on the entire premise of the show, becomes an equally hilarious lampshade hanging on jumping the shark and ends with almost every character to ever appear on the show, forced to accept that they're fictional characters and facing their end due to their show's impending cancellation, having one last party as the Batcave is dismantled around them.
The Music Meister sings the song that the world wants to hear.
Musical Episode: "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", where the titular villain uses his singing voice to hypnotize villains, heroes and even innocent bystanders into doing his evil bidding... while simultaneously performing big musical numbers with him as vocal lead. Musical heavyweight Neil Patrick Harris was hired specifically for this role.
The "Birds of Prey" episode has a musical number in it.
Musical World Hypothesis: "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" is a weird combination of Alternate Universe and Diagetic (the Music Meister's powers allow him to create background music and make everyone around him sing along), with some All in Their Heads thrown in (some heroes sing their thoughts or otherwise join in the musical numbers despite being immune).
Never Say "Die": Death occurs relatively often for children's animation, but the characters can never quite bring themselves to say its name when it happens. "Return of the Fearsome Fangs!" is an interesting case example: in the cold open, Jonah Hex is "sentenced to death" by the villains, but survives; in the episode proper, a character actually dies, but it is only said that his "journey is complete" and he is "gone". Apparently you can say it or do it, but not both together. Mentioning of death and actual deaths have been combined more in recent episodes, especially in "Emperor Joker!", when the word "kill" is used.
Newspaper Dating: In "Game Over for Owlman!", this is how Batman discovers that travel to alternate universes can also result in displacement in time.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Guy Gardner pouring coffee on a minuscule convict of a species that gets really, really big when exposed to any kind of liquid.
Booster Gold texting his publicist allows Darkseid's army to track down the auxiliary Batcave under the Lincoln Memorial.
The elseworld Batmen could fill out this trope on their own, including among their number a pirate Batman, a vampire Batman and an Iron Batman (the normal Brave and the Bold Batman is already a ninja). There are also a cowboy Batman and a gorilla Batman, because apparently that wasn't awesome enough.
"Time Out For Vengeance!" gives us a robot Batman, a caveman Batman, another pirate Batman, and a gladiator (well, Roman) Batman.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Music Meister appears to be based on Elton John, if his hair, flamboyant fashion sense, interesting eyewear, and tooth gap are any indication. Then again, he is attracted to the Black Canary, so maybe not so much in sexual preference.
Nobody Can Die: Parodied in "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" At the end of the "Bat-Manga" segment, Lord Deathman's helicopter crashes into power-lines and explodes. We see his mask fly out and break apart. And then Robin very quickly adds that he's sure Lord Deathman parachuted away. And then Bat-Mite comments how much he loves obviously censored dubs.
Non-Indicative Name: As lampshaded by the Joker in "Powerless!"'s teaser, they're called the Batmen of All Nations, but only the actual Batman is even an Animal-Themed Superbeing (the comics version does have the Native American Man-of-Bats, who is omitted here).
Noodle Incident: There was a Justice League in-between the Justice Society and the Justice League International formed in Darkseid Descending, and it ended badly, but not in a way that killed any of the heroes mentioned to have been members. Just what happened never came up during the show's run.
"Now let's see here..." (pulls out gas gun from coat) "Too toxic." (pulls out knife from coat) "Too stabby." (pulls out a pie from coat) "Too fruity. Now where is...?" (pulls out bazooka from pants)
Possibly a parody of the Joker's scene in the 1989 film in which he pulls a .357 magnum with an extended barrel from his pants.
Not so Above It All: In "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", Batman refuses to join in any of the musical numbers and criticizes Black Canary for doing one — "Was the singing really necessary?" Until the end, when he defeats the Music Meister by starting in a singing contest with Black Canary...
Though it was really a recording, so this might not count.
A relatively minor example, but Baron von Gunther's dimple/mole vanishes when she smiles in the opening of "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!"
Catwoman has far too square a chin in "Legends of the Dark Mite!"
There are a few obvious examples in the Scooby-Doo crossover segment of "Bat-Mite Presents Batman's Strangest Cases!", such as a color-inverted Bat-logo, miscoloring Batman's neck as bare skin (as opposed to being covered by the cowl), and of all things, Batman's gauntlet disappearing, showing a bare hand and a Legion flight ring. Of course, they were deliberate—this is mid-'70s Hanna-Barbera we're talking about.
Off with His Head!: Implied and parodied in "Emperor Joker!", when the Joker sends Batman to the guillotine, and when the blade drops, we hear it slice through his neck and the sound of his head plopping on the floor. It quickly turns into Losing Your Head for a brief moment when the Joker restores him to life again.
Only Known by Their Nickname: While the other superheroes are seen with their secret identity and called by their real names, Batman is only seen, referred to, and credited as Batman (except for his parents).
In the "Chill of the Night!" episode, we finally see Batman unmasked.
Orbital Shot: Black Canary and Green Arrow get one during their duet at the end of "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" in addition to an animated Facecam.
The Other Darrin: Kim Mai Guest replaced Vyvam Pham as Katana. Adam West and Julie Newmar replaced Corey Burton and Pat Musick as the voice of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Two-Face's one line in "Chill of the Night!" had Richard Moll reprise the role, filling in for James Remar.
Invoked in "Mitefall" when Bat-Mite replaces John DiMaggio with Ted McGinley as the voice of AQUAMAN to get the show cancelled. Towards the end, Ambush Bug tricks AQUAMAN into breaking character, resulting in him getting DiMaggio's voice back.
Palette Swap: Aside from Owlman and Red Hood, all of the designs of the Mirror Universe counterparts of the various heroes and villains were mainly this, including Blue Bowman (aside from the "G" being switched to a "B" on his belt buckle) and Silver Cyclone (whose torso is black, probably to cover up the "T" on Red Tornado).
Papa Wolf: The Atom throws his reserved rationality to the wind bloodstream and becomes a raging machine of fury when Brain's microorganisms kill the makeshift steed Platelet.
And how Blue Beetle and Stargirl defeat Mantis in "Cry Freedom Fighters!".
Phoney Call: In "Menace of the Conquerer Caveman!", Booster Gold pretends to take a call from Batman during a meeting with a toy company. No one buys it.
Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Featuring Tom Kenny as a goofball, Will Friedle as a well-meaning everyguy, and Corey Burton as a robot. While Diedrich Bader's live action roles make him as Batman Playing Against Type (See Trivia), he's a super tough guy here as always when it comes to him voice acting.
Pluto Is Expendable: When Blue Beetle is fighting Planetmaster, a villain with a power for each of the planets of the solar system, he tells him that his "cold of Pluto" power doesn't make sense since Pluto isn't a planet anymore.
Pop The Tires: The Huntress uses her crossbow to shoot out the tyres of the Jokermobile in "Death Race to Oblivion!".
Also Booster Gold puts up pictures of himself in his room in the JLI satelite.
Powder Gag: In "Four Star Spectacular!", 'Mazing Man causes a fireplace to collapse, covering himself and the homeowners from head to foot in soot.
Power Creep, Power Seep: Batman's competency level seems to fluctuate wildly depending on the guest characters and the villains. Compare him in "Night of the Huntress!" and in "Duel of the Double Crossers!".
In a straighter example, Mongul's physical abilities were reduced from Superman-level to slightly more than a strong human so Batman would be able to fight him personally.
Another whopper was Batman having to fight a group of five Shaggy Men. In the comics, Shaggy Man is utterly indestructible, even more so than Doomsday. Nothing hurts him, nothing can even slow him down, and the heroes always have to defeat him by sealing him in another dimension, marooning him in space, or some other such method. Here, Batman defeats five of them with once punch each.
This show has no problem reshaping character origins as needed; apparently they wanted their Shaggy Men to simply be extra-tough sasquatch.
The Joker and three thugs (four counting Harley) beat up Batman so bad Bat-Mite decides he has to break his promise and help. Joker actually trades blows with Batman!
The Power of Love: Green Arrow's feelings for Black Canary are so strong they allow him to shake off Music Meister's Mind Control long enough to punch AQUAMAN so she can break free.
Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen lead a mob that pelts Superman with tomatoes after he declares himself king in "Battle of The Superheroes!".
Negative Man gets pelted with tomatoes when performing as a sideshow freak in "The Last Patrol!".
Production Foreshadowing: In "Fall of the Blue Beetle!", a guard is seen reading a Mystery in Space comic book. Later in the season, the characters from that comic guest star in the episode "Mystery in Space!".
Product Placement: In "Emperor Joker!" Bat-Mite reads Ten-Eyed Man's origin from an issue of "Who's Who In The DC Universe." The cover is even shown! Also an example of Meta Fiction.
Psycho for Hire: Black Manta, by a large degree: his greatest desire is to completely annihilate Atlantis and everyone in it. AQUAMAN points this out several times, at first expressing doubt that his brother would ever work with someone so batshit insane, then, upon discovering he was wrong about his brother, actually warning him that Manta's insane and will likely betray him, which he immediately does. Being voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson doesn't hurt things either.
Record Needle Scratch: In the opening of the third act of "Emperor Joker!", just as the Joker feels a bit saddened at Batman's first death and the organ music plays, as he pauses for a moment of silence along with Harley and the others, he suddenly smiles and says, "Okay, let's do it again!"; and at the snap of his fingers, there is a sudden needle scratch of the record as Batman's winged spirit stops flying with a confused look on his face, then gets reversed along with the rewound music as the hammer lifts up from under him before he is returned to his Squashed Flat body and revived.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Inverted in the episode "Revenge of the Reach!", where red eyes mean Jaime is in control and not the sinister Reach.
The eyes of Ultra-Humanite's army of mind-controlled dinosaurs glow red in "Four Star Spectacular!"
Reference Overdosed: Even for this series, the episode "Clash of the Superheroes" was chock-full of references to the Silver Age Superman comics. Blink and you'll miss one.
Refuge in Audacity: Take the Adam West Batman and ratchet up the action in ways they could only dream of. Add salt and bake for one hour at 350 (or half an hour at 700) and you get this show's main creed.
The Rival: Green Arrow and Batman. Both are perfectly aware of how childish they're being, but they have too much fun to stop.
Robin and Aqualad share a similar relationship.
Plastic Man and Elongated Man
The Roast: While Batman is rotating on a spit over flames, Joker tells Batman, "While you roast, we 'roast' you." And proceeds to get the others in Batman's Rogues Gallery, as well as Jeffrey Ross, the "Roastmaster General," to do just that.
Robo Cam: When Red Tornado is searching for the bomb in "Invasion of the Secret Santas!".
Robo Speak: Red Tornado has a tendency to begin his sentences with prefixes like "Observation:" and "Query:" — although it doesn't seem to be an obligatory tic, because his faux-human alter-ego doesn't do it.
Robot Buddy: Skeets to Booster Gold. He's a security droid that Booster stole from the very museum he stole all his other gadgets from.
Rousing Speech: AQUAMAN snaps out of his funk to give one in "Mystery In Space!".
Rubber Man: While it's to be expected since both Plastic Man and Elongated Man are in this show, special mention should go to Rubberneck, who is actually a man made of rubber but lacks the ability to stretch and shape himself.
And the Joker uses an elaborate Rube Goldberg device to kill Batman in "Emperor Joker!". Of course, at the time, the Joker has the powers of a god to ensure that it works. But he decides it's no fun to kill Batman once, and does it over and over again.
Serial Escalation: "Game Over For Owlman" starts with Batman against Batman. Then it ramps up to Batman, Batman, Batman, Batman, and Batman against Batman.
The video game has Gorilla Grodd turning Batman into an ape. After which AQUAMAN rides on Bat-Ape's back. And Bat-Ape swings AQUAMAN around as a weapon. Their special attack consists of AQUAMAN, riding Bat-Ape, riding a whale... Fighting armored sharks.
The first episode has Batman's cowl grow an oxygen mask, and then he and the Blue Beetle ride their jetpacks into space and reach it in less than ten seconds. Sounds pretty Silver Age to me.
It's also Author Appeal as producer James Tucker is an admitted Silver Age fan, as noted by interviews and the commentaries tracks for the Batman: The Animated Series episode, Legends of the Dark Knight (where he storyboards and helped design the characters used in the Dick Sprang segment... not surprisingly, the Joker design from that short was pretty much used line for line in Brave and the Bold) and the Justice League episode, Legends (where he helped write the story and again, designs characters like the JusticeGuild).
Single Tear: Red Tornado sheds one at the death of his "son".
Slippery Skid: Batman uses ball bearings to cause Bronze Tiger to lose his balance.
Small Name, Big Ego: A bit of a Genius Bonus- in "Crisis 22,300 Miles Above Earth!", JSA member Starman is voiced like actor Ted Knight (who as Ted Baxter was the original Trope Namer). The original Starman's real name was Ted Knight, although he predates actor Ted Knight's career by at least 15 years.
Smoke Out: In "Game Over for Owlman!", the smoke lifts to reveal that not only has Batman disappeared, he's disabled all his assailants along the way.
The show suffered from this heavily. The only female characters seen by the end of the first season were Fire, who barely had a full minute of screen time, and Katana, who appeared in one episode and didn't speak until the end.
The series' director addressed this in an interview on Toonzone; since the series would have an accompanying toy line (see trope description way back up at the top) they consciously focused on the male heroes for the first 13 episodes. The second season includes not only Huntress, but Black Canary as well.
By the time the show ended, a number of other female heroes such as Vixen and Wonder Woman had appeared. However, the final season's version of the Justice League had nine men and only two women.
Spared by the Adaptation: AQUAMAN'S son, Arthur Jr., is depicted here as a moody adolescent. In the main comic continuity he was killed by Black Manta as a baby.
Spoof Aesop: Captain Atom loses his powers and has to save the day with his wits and courage. The lesson he learned? "Non-powered humans are the most fragile and pathetic beings on Earth. Believe me, I know."
Squee: Captain Marvel's reaction to B'wana Beast's power.
"That was awesome! Do it again!"
Stalking Is Love: When the Music Meister sings "If Only", as he wants to have Black Canary for his own.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Not used that much, yet it still gets a Lampshade Hanging in "Game Over for Owlman!": Plastic Man repeatedly asks "How does he do that?" as Bats gives him the slip, including the first time where he was wrapped up by Plastic Man."Wormholes? Wormholes! So that's how he does it!"
And in a subsequent episode, he manages to impress The Flash with his departure speed.
Lampshaded again in the Cold Open for "The Masks of Matches Malone", Black Orchid does this to Batman and he comments that now he knows how Commissioner Gordon feels.
Stealth Pun: Plastic Man gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase "money shot" in "Terror on Dinosaur Island!".
Batman asks his co-crimefighter if it was really necessary to sing along with Music Meister after "Deathtrap!". The heroine's name is Black Canary.
Though that one's justified: Canary's name is a result of her voice.
The Metal Men episode gets two thanks to Tin. He's smaller than the other Metal Men, which must make him tiny Tin. Then he loses his body and ends up borrowing Gold's to save the day. Somebody points out that Tin has a great heart, but is using Gold's body. Nobody says that he has a heart of Gold.
Stripped to the Bone: In "Emperor Joker!", the Joker drops Batman into the acid, and we hear a splash offscreen before the scene cuts to inside the acid... where his skeleton is shown, moments before the villain brings him back to flesh and blood again.
Strong as They Need to Be: OMAC's (One Man Army Corp) "power". He requests more strength from the orbiting satellite Brother Eye, who zaps it down and then OMAC can jump over a mile, punch through a wall and several mooks, etc.
Stupid Neutral: Equinox. He tries to kill Gorilla Grodd for his crimes, but in order to "maintain the balance" he tries to kill the Question at the same time. Based on Libra, from the main DC Universe, who also "maintains the balance", but what that translates to is "giving the baddies some wins." He eventually graduates to Omnicidal Neutral when he decides he has to destroy the world so that he can remake it according to his own definition of "balance."
Stylistic Suck: The teaser featuring the "Challengers of the Unknown" features a opening in grainy limited-animation typical of 70s Superhero cartoons.
Comes into play with "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases". The old-style anime uses blatantly looped footage, and the Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo crossover has some cels with Batman's neck miscolored (as well as a bunch of reused animation). Bat-Mite actually stops the cartoon to point this out.
The dialogue in the cold opener with Space Ghost reflects the Expo Speak style of the original Space Ghost cartoons.
Super Dickery: All of "Death Race To Oblivion" was Batman playing "ruthless" in order to maneuver his allies onto War Moon in a position to take it down. To the savvy viewer, what gives away the act is the fact that he was assured all his allies would be teleported before being hurt.
The Season 3 premier pays homage and parodies the various classic Golden Age "Super Dickery" covers after Superman gets affected by Red Kryptonite and becomes a dick.
Jimmy Olsen: "Superman's turned into a real d-" Lois: "Different person!"
Take That: "Legends of the Dark Mite!" takes a hilarious swipe at viewers who complain about the Lighter and Softer feel of the series.
Fanboy dressed as Batman: I always felt Batman was best suited in the role of gritty urban crime detective? But now you guys have him up against Santas? And Easter Bunnies? I'm sorry, but that's not my Batman! The Creators: [whispering among themselves, eventually handing a note to Bat-Mite] Here, read this. Bat-Mite: Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but it's certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots as the tortured avenger crying out for Mommy and Daddy. [makes the paper disappear] And besides, those Easter Bunnies looked really scary, right?! Bruce Timm (dressed as Mark Hamill's Joker): Meh.
Plus a little Shout-Out to Watchmen if you look closely at the fanboy's shopping bag.
And the Schumacher movies. Bat-Mite gives Batman several new costumes, one of which is completely made of black rubber complete with Bat-nipples. Bat-Mite dismisses it as "too icky."
Technobabble: Parodied in the first episode with Batman's explanation as to why they came back to Earth at the same time they left in the portal, which we hear in his thoughts was just a fancy way of saying "That's weird."
Team Rocket Wins: While they get beat up and sent to prison not long after, Joker and Weeper do manage to successfully destroy Batman's crime prediction machine, thus ensuring that they and other criminals in Gotham will be able to continue to menace the city.
That Poor Plant: In "Enter the Outsiders!", Lethal Chef Wildcat makes a blenderful of Tiger Tonic. He gulps his down contentedly, but Batman pours his into a potted plant. The plant loses all its leaves save one.
This Cannot Be!: Bat-Mite. "It can't end this way! ... I... guess it can. That's all, folks."
This Is the Part Where...: Orm is warned of Black Manta's betrayal by AQUAMAN. Orm: "This is the part where you try to turn us against each other." Manta immediately shocks him.
Threatening Sharks: In "Emperor Joker!", the Joker sends Batman to the sharks, where one of them chomps on the Dark Knight and swallows him whole before heading back into the water (guess he should have brought in or used his Bat-Shark-Repellant). Cue the Joker bringing him back again.
This was based on the Golden Age story where Batman confronted Joe Chill. In that story, Chill ran to his gang and did the same thing; they promptly shot him in their anger. Though to give the gang credit, they did realize that this meant that Chill knew Batman's real name.
Took a Level in Badass: In the flashback teaser of "Sidekicks Assemble!", a clean-shaven Aquaman says "This is outrageous!" without much emphasis and with a lighter voice. Clearly he wasn't the coolest guy ever quite yet.
Calendar Man is given a level of badass by Bat-Mite. It doesn't help much.
Scooby and Shaggy in "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" with the help of Bat-Mite.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Batman in "Death Race to Oblivion!" (it was an act to throw off the bad guys) and "Joker: Vile and the Villainous!"
Bat-Mite in "Mitefall!"
Captain Atom in Powerless, especially when compared to his comic book counterpart.
The Golden Age Justice Society of America heroes towards the Justice League International Heroes in Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above the Earth! True most of them were shown to be grumpy and cantankerous beforehand, but in the case of Jay Garrick, the original Flash, it's very jarring. Fortunately they apologize when the episode ends.
Trust Password: In "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!", Batman is trapped in Batwoman's body. Nightwing asks him to prove it by saying something only Batman would know. Batman responds "Your favorite color is blue, you used to sleep with a nightlight and you're deathly afraid of monkeys." Nightwing goes "It's him."
Unhand Them, Villain!: In "Legends of the Dark Mite!", Catman is auctioning off a wild Sumatran tiger. Batman demands that Catman "Release him!". Catman obliges by opening the cage and letting the tiger loose on Batman.
And in "The Long Arm of the Law!", Kite-Man has Plastic Man's family tied to a kite that he is flying into a thunderstorm. Batman tells him to "Release the hostages!" and Kite-Man releases the tether line, sending the kite soaring into the storm.
Unit Confusion: Intellectual!Batman gives the measurement of nuclear energy Firestorm absorbed in watts, when the unit for energy is joules or volts and a watt is measurement of power.
Victorian London: The setting for "Trials of the Demon!". Never mind the East-End types' inexplicable obsession with witch-burning, or that Merlin and Etrigan sealed Astaroth "300 years ago" (which would have put it during the Elizabethan era)...
The witch-burning makes some sense, as the villagers point out that Jason Blood is constantly going on about "Black Magic". Then when they come in to arrest him, he's halfway through becoming Etrigan, thus revealing he's not completely human.
Viewer-Friendly Interface: Batman and Red Tornado's computer displays its commands in huge red capital letters, occasionally accompanied by a computer voice repeating what we can clearly read.
General Zahl gets one when he succeeds in killing the Doom Patrol, but instead of discrediting them to the world as he planned, it has the opposite effect. The entire world chants "We're all the Doom Patrol", leaving the General helpless from shock and letting Batman arrest him.
Villain Song: The Music Meister's first song in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!"
The Joker gets one in "Emperor Joker!".
Villains Out Shopping: When AQUAMAN is on vacation and spots the Sportsmaster he's pumped for a fight, until he realizes that Sportsmaster is also on vacation (with his wife and daughter Tigress and Artemis Crock).
Vitriolic Best Buds: A type 2 with Joker, Lex Luthor and Cheetah in "Triumvirate of Terror!". The three bicker amongst themselves, but during the battle with their arch enemies high five each other after they each get a good hit in.
The Injustice Syndicate in "Deep Cover for Batman!". Dyna-Mite and Blue Bowman seem to show concern about members of their team, despite being evil.
Averted with the Silver Cyclone. He is revealed in "Game Over For Owlman!" to hate all humans, thus by proxy, them. Though they don't find out until he rigs a bomb and attempts a getaway.
Then later, as a callback (a staple of any decent comedian, let alone The Clown Prince of Crime,) he yells "To the Batmobile!" runs to his seat, notices the button again, presses it again, and gets knocked out... again.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Despite Batman's well known "no killing" policy, he shows no problem with forever shutting down (aka killing) Red Tornado's robot son. This despite the fact that he can clearly think and feel.
What the Hell, Hero?: Green Arrow constantly chews out Bats for his ruthless behavior in "Death Race To Oblivion!" Understandable, as Batman goes so far as to attack his fellow heroes in order to win Gotham's safety. Of course, it's all an act, and GA knows as much the whole time.
We Can Rule Together: In the filler for "The Masks of Matches Malone", Poison Ivy takes over Gotham and becomes its queen. She offers to spare Batman's life twice if he agrees to marry her and become her king. Both times, he refuses.
The entire episode "Return of the Fearsome Fangs!" is basically an extended reference to Five Deadly Venoms.
"Chill of the Night!" strongly resembles the 1980 comic miniseries "The Untold Legend of Batman"; both feature the costume party where Thomas Wayne wore a bat costume, Bruce tracking down his parents' killer and revealing his identity to the man, and the crook begging his fellow crooks for help only to get attacked when they realize he's the reason there's a Batman.
And that miniseries, in turn, is based in large part upon the stories "The Origin of Batman" (Batman #47, 1948), where Joe Chill was first given a name and background; and "The First Batman" (Detective Comics #235, 1956), which provided mob boss Lew Moxton, the costume party, and Thomas Wayne's costume.
"Fall of the Blue Beetle!", which reveals the fate of the previous Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, borrows heavily from the comics — not from Ted's fate in Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005) (which wouldn't really have fit the vibe of this series), but from the fate of Ted's predecessor, as revealed in Blue Beetle #2 (1967).
Wimp Fight: Bat-Mite versus Joker-Mite in "Emperor Joker!".
Window Pain: Lots and lots of broken windows and skylights.
Wingding Eyes: The lenses of Plastic Man's goggles flash dollar signs whenever he's tempted by money.
The Spectre has creepy skull pupils for a moment in "Chill of the Night!".
Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: In "Emperor Joker!", when Batman is crushed by a giant hammer in his first death, we see him as a winged angel playing on a harp and flying off to heaven... for a short while anyway.
Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: In "The Last Patrol!", Batman lectures Negative Man on why he should return to the Doom Patrol, oblivious to the fact that Negative Man is attempting to tell him that he is willing to do so.
The World Is Always Doomed: It says something when Batman apparently considers an incursion from Darkseid as nothing out of the ordinary in his day-to-day.
"Mad men like you come in many forms. But liquid, gas or solid, they always wind up in the same state: inert."
The Worf Effect: If Batman goes into battle with a new foe in the Batmobile's Mech mode, don't expect a win. For him anyway. He himself isn't safe either, though more often it's his costars taking the brunt of it.
The Green Lantern Corps in particular tend to spend most of their appearances getting mind controlled and slapped around.
He also hits Ivy, though they're both offscreen at the time.
Per Degaton has no problem using his fists against Black Canary.
Matches Malone rather brutally beats Black Canary and Huntress into submission as well.
Write Back to the Future: In the cold open of "Dawn of the Dead Man!", Kamandi and Dr. Canus fight a rearguard action to buy Batman time to return from their time to his own. Just before he leaves, he tells them to look in a particular place after he's gone; when they do, they find a weapons cache he left there in his present (their past) for them to find.