YMMV / Batman: The Brave and the Bold

  • Awesome Art: The designs for the gaseous forms of the Gas Gang of "Clash of the Metal Men"
  • Base Breaker: The main character himself. Episodes go back and forth between him being on even grounds with the guest character to all the characters shilling him.
    • The Justice League International team that Batman formed is this as well.
    • Depending on where one falls on the Love It or Hate It scale, the self-referential moments in Mitefall! are either a perfect representations of what fans felt the show did right, or undeserved self-aggrandising.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" It features Scooby-Doo dancing the polka... and that's one of the more sane moments.
  • Broken Base: The show's humor approach is either considered funny or annoying.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Psycho Pirate from season 1's "Inside the Outsiders!" is a sadistic supervillain who increases his own strength by feeding off the negative emotions of others, which leads to their minds being destroyed. Kidnapping three teenage superheroes, the Outsiders, for this very purpose, Psycho Pirate uses a dream machine to invade their minds and mentally torture them with their worst fears and angers. Attacking Katana's mind first, Psycho Pirate forces her to relive her master's death, then tries to manipulate her into striking down her master's killer in her rage, and later tries to trick Black Lightning into showing the same hate and prejudice toward others that people have often shown him. When Batman saves the two kids, Psycho Pirate invades Metamorpho's mind, convinces him his friends have turned against him, then has him try to kill them. After Batman seemingly saves the Outsiders, Psycho Pirate tries one last time to torture Batman by assaulting his mind with the dream that the Outsiders were painfully killed by Pirate, attempting to force Batman to give into his hatred for the villain. Though only appearing in one episode, Psycho Pirate's sadism, victim choice, and powers themselves made him stick out as one of the truly monstrous characters in the series, being such a vile being that he is one of the few people Batman shows nothing but disgust and contempt for.
    • Chun Yull, known exclusively as the Faceless Hunter, is the The Heavy of season 2's Starro Invasion Arc. Originally from the Saturnian moon Klaramar, the Hunter was an outcast among his people for being a violent hunter, and in retaliation, the Hunter made a deal with the planet-devouring being Starro to destroy his homeworld in exchange for being Starro's herald. Spending the following years mind controlling the populations of entire planets then offering them up for Starro to devour, the Hunter arrives on Earth to continue his work; however, he is forced to flee when the heroes of the Earth destroy Starro. Kidnapping the hero B'Wana Beast, the Hunter painfully forces him to use his powers to create a monstrous creature the Hunter plans to use to destroy the Earth, before moving on to the rest of the universe. Though the Hunter is beaten, B'Wana Beast is forced to sacrifice himself to save the Earth from the Hunter's machinations. Cruel and homicidal for no defined reason, the Faceless Hunter stood out as a surprisingly dark villain for this fairly lighthearted series.
  • Crazy Awesome: Red Hood, especially under torture; and of course the Joker himself.
    • The whole damn show.
    • Ace the Bathound's jetpack.
    • Joker's jetpack and how it's powered. And his choice of weapon to combat Batman's light saber. A RUBBER CHICKEN!
  • Critical Backlash: Due to being a Lighter and Softer Batman show inspired by the Silver Age, the show has gotten quite the Love It or Hate It aura from the DC fanbase over the years. However, for all the complaints it gets for having a portrayal Batman that clashes with his normal, darker characterization, its art direction, and its overall silly and kiddy feel, the show has and maintains a rather noticeable following. Many fans state that if you overlook the immature premise, one finds the show rather enjoyable as it pays homage to many obscure elements of the DC mythos, is willing to embrace Camp to be Crazy Awesome, and is very creative and unrestrained, especially in comparison to many of DC's recent Darker and Edgier works. Many people who watch clips of the show online even end up admitting that they wound up liking the show after giving it a second chance or wasn't cheap, kid-centric program they initially thought it was, especially with episodes like "Chill of the Night". In fact, many who revisit this show even express sentiment about how this show was one of the better (if not the best) attempts at portraying the DC universe in a more light-hearted tone in modern times and wish that DC would make more work with its genuine Rule of Fun approach.
  • Critical Research Failure: In the crossover with Sherlock Holmes, Holmes is so arrogant that he puts his life in danger to prove his superiority, is quick to decide that the supernatural is involved in his case, berates Watson for disbelieving in ghosts and demons, and is openly mean to Watson. So, the exact opposite of Doyle's Holmes.
    • In The Mask of Matches Malone, Nefertiti is said to have been given a cloak by the goddess Bast. However, Nefertiti was one of the only Egyptian queens who DIDN'T worship the Egyptian Pantheon.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Mrs. Manface's appearance is simultaneously unutterably horrifying and side-splittingly funny.
    • Batman being crushed with a giant hammer and his soul drifting to heaven replete with harp, angel wings, and cowl, corny; him being melted in a vat of acid to the bone, horrifying; everything afterwards is just plain funny.
    • The episode "The Battle Of The Superheroes" crosses it a good dozen times, since it's a homage to Superdickery. A notable highlight is Superman picking up Kandor in it's bottle than shaking it while cheerfully shouting "EAAAAARRRRTHQUAKE!!". They even worked in a close approximation to the Super Pope Hat!
  • Designated Hero: Wong Fei from Return of the Fearsome Fangs. He's an arrogant, rude jerk who always insults his pupils no matter if they do well or bad and orders them to kneel him like an attention whore. No surprise that only ONE of FIVE students completed his training. Furthermore, this one completed it just because the plot demanded it.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Music Meister.
  • Ear Worm: Pick any song from "Mayhem of the Music Meister!"...
    The Muuusic Meisterr... Is the man that the world shall obeeey..!
    Drives us bats! Drives us bats! He really drives us bats! Bats! Bats! He drives us baaaaaats!
    • Also, the one and only Birds of Prey.
    • "Where's The Fun In That?" from "Emperor Joker!".
    • "Gray and blu-uuuuuue, gray and bluuuuuue..."
    • "WELL AHOY, WELL AHOY, WELL AHOY MY FRIENDS!"
    • Aquaman's "Man or Superman" song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Has its own page.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Catwoman. Well, as Batman himself says, she's not exactly "evil" per se, like his other villains, but he does seem to like her more when she behaves meaner. Like this dialogue from "The Knights of Tomorrow!";
    Bruce Wayne: I forgot how cute you are when you're threatening
    • Morgan La Fey
    • Poison Ivy.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Intentionally or not, the Atom episode had the hero win by violence rather than his wits.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The Gas Gang's "new look", carried over directly from the comics. It was silly even in The Silver Age of Comic Books.
    • Joker's Emperor costume, compared to its comic counterpart. It has a whoopee cushion in the crown.
    • Killer Moth has his comicbook costume (unfortunately) and was the first villain Batgirl fought, but still uses giant moths like his Teen Titans counterpart.
  • Foe Yay: Taken beyond subtext. Batman lets Catwoman escape, Catwoman gives Bats her number.
    • Heatwave, Weather Wizard and Captain Cold all have this for Barry Allen when the world thinks he's dead. They interrupt their own robbery to complain about how boring and unimaginative an opponent Batman is next to him, and how "Geezer Flash" and "Baby Flash" just aren't the same. They're quick to deny it when Batman accuses them of missing him, but their delighted reactions when he returns say otherwise.
    • Sorceror Felix Faust helps Batman undo Batwoman's spell that switched their bodies, all the while thinking that 'Batwoman' was the same woman she'd always been, oblivious to the fact that the original spell had done its job. When he's talking about how he'll miss her after the body-switch was successful and Batwoman's off to prison, Batman asks him if he realizes that it was him in Batwoman's body. He smirks and replies:
    • Jonah Hex and Lashina are positively dripping with Foe Yay throughout "Duel of the Double Crossers!" It even ends with the two of them riding off together.
    • Bordering on Ho Yay when Bats teams up with the Joker.
      Joker when Bats brings him to the Batcave and he sees the mementos inside: "An entire wing for moi? I knew you cared!"
    • Bat-mite lampshades Batman's relationship with Joker in "Emperor Joker". Then it is deconstructed when we see how horrible it is to be on the receiving end of Joker's attacks; even Bat-mite realizes it since he's helpless and chased by his own "Mini-Joker".
    • Joker's comment in his Day in the Limelight episode.
    "Bats, this obsessive little project of yours has clearly left you unhinged. ...I LIKE IT!"
  • Fountain of Memes: Aquaman. Nay, AQUAMAN. In all caps.
  • Fridge Horror: Huntress flirts with Batman like a bad 1940's Hollywood Floozy stereotype. When you realize that this version of Batman is mostly modelled on the Silver Aghe Earth 2 Batman, (Robin's pre-Nightwing "adult" costume proves this), the fridge horror kicks in; Huntress in that continuity was Helena WAYNE, aka Batman and Catwoman's DAUGHTER. Ick Factor 11.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Finale involves Batmite plotting to get the show cancelled so that he can get a Darker and Edgier Batman cartoon. Several years later, Cartoon Network begins to air said cartoon. It gets Screwed by the Network to the point that it didn't even finish airing its first season.
  • Genius Bonus: In "Mayhem of the Music Meister," the titular villain at one point flees from Batman along five telephone wires arranged like a musical notation staff... and his quarter-note-shaped vehicle jumps from line to line to follow Neil Patrick Harris' singing.
    • In the cold open for "Night of the Batmen!" Vigilante's fingerings and strumming are accurate to the music he's producing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Dawn of the Dead Man!", Batman is trapped in a limbo between life and death, acting as a ghost. He sees the gateway to the afterlife, with his parents urging him to join them. This is a little unsettling given that the episode premiered two days after the release of Final Crisis #6, which ends with Batman's death. Or as revealed at the end of the last issue, what looked like it at first glance.
    • And this episode shows the start of Deadman's friendship with Batman. In Justice League, we saw such a relationship come to an end. Deadman was forced to possess Batman to save the heroes from Devil Ray, killing him, but when it's over Batman realises he did it by using a gun. Bats does not look happy about it.
    • On the villainous side of things, to a casual observer it makes perfect sense for Monsieur Mallah and Gorilla Grodd to form an amicable apey alliance. Well, in the comics themselves Grodd beat Mallah to death with his own boyfriend.
    • In "The Knights of Tomorrow", Old Joker is given six months to live due to the chemicals he's used over the years. Now, take a look at Joker in Arkham City...
    • There's a short gag about Sportsmaster out with his family on a roadtrip. Come Young Justice, and his character is a prime example of an Abusive Parent.
    • The entire concept of the show, a celebration of the rich, varied history of the DCU, in light of the New 52 and its disposal of this same history.
    • At the end of Mitefall, the execs ultimately feel a Darker and Edgier show will do better and cancel Brave and the Bold. This did not turn out to be case in real life - the ratings for Beware the Batman ended up nowhere as good as Brave and the Bold's, leading to Cartoon Network to eventually abruptly pull it from the schedule, keep it off the air for months, and then burn off all the remaining episodes at once, before cancelling the show and deeming it a 'financial failure'.
      • "Emperor Joker! features a related example. Bat-Mite says fans enjoy how Batman fights an obscure villain like the Ten-Eyed Man, but he really wants to see him take on the Joker. Beware the Batman made a point of not using the Joker and most of the other familiar villains in favor of the lesser known ones. That proved to be an Audience-Alienating Premise for a number of fans.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The very first episode has Blue Beetle arguing that Batman would always beat Superman in a fight because "Batman always has kryptonite". The third season kicks off with Batman actually fighting Superman...and he doesn't have kryptonite. And gets flattened.
    • In "The Mask of Matches Malone!" an amnesic Batman, in his "Matches Malone" guise, wears the Cursed with Awesome Cloak of Nefertiti (which grants the wearer nine lives), and would often get killed and then brought Back from the Dead in many ways. It is not until he gets killed for the ninth and final time that he is able to take off the cloak upon being brought back by its magic power. Two episodes later, we get "Emperor Joker!", and guess how many times the Dark Knight gets killed and then brought back to life by the Joker in many ways in a Death Montage? That's right, nine freaking times! And just like in "The Mask of Matches Malone!", it is not until his ninth death and resurrection that Batman does something, this time using Reverse Psychology to beg the Joker not to take away his sanity. If you happened to watch both episodes in Australia, it works in context, but in the U.S.? Not so much, since you have to get the Season 3 DVD in order to get the "Matches Malone" episode, as it hasn't aired on TV due to the "Birds of Prey" innuendo song clip that got leaked onto the internet.
    • Further done in "Mitefall" where Batmite thinks the show Jumped the Shark and needs a Darker and Edgier replacement. And the new Batman series called Beware the Batman is just that! It's even in CGI!
    • "The Eyes of Despero!" showed Batman's one punch KO against Guy Gardner. Diedrich Bader is now voicing Guy in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
    • Green Arrow (voiced by James Arnold Taylor) calling out Batman flirting with Catwoman (voiced by Nika Futterman) in "Inside the Outsiders!", considering the Dating Catwoman-esque sexual tension between Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress (voiced by James and Nika, respectively) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • In "Cry Freedom Fighters!" when referring to Uncle Sam, Plastic Man quips "Uncle Grandpa's got some moves."
    • Picture this: an already popular actor is brought on to play a supervillain in a purple suit, with the power to mind-control anyone with just his voice, resulting in an even more popular character. Now, are we talking about Neil Patrick Harris as the Music Meister, or David Tennant as the Purple Man?
  • Jumping the Shark: The final episode "Mitefall!" has Bat-Mite attempt to invoke this, because he's gotten tired of BATB's comedic formula and wants a Darker and Edgier Batman toon. He alters the series to hit all the classic JTS marks (including having Ted McGinley Other Darrin AQUAMAN), while Ambush Bug (voiced by the original shark-jumper himself, Henry Winkler) tries desperately to prevent him. Since this is the last episode, Bug and Batman ultimately fail to save the show, but at least they make sure it goes out with its dignity.
    • Ironically enough for the viewer, Bat-mite's changes almost makes the show So Bad, It's Good in how silly the show becomes, including the NEON TALKING SUPER STREET BAT LUGE!
  • Memetic Badass: Jenny Jones. This thread (NSFW) takes a bit of Comedic Sociopathy in regards to a comment she made about Red Tornado and shows her as a complete brat that belittles everyone for her own enjoyment. Then it goes on from there to the point that it takes The Power of Love, the combined force of about everything ever, and a second thread to defeat her once and for all.
    • Considering one of the posts that didn't make it into the second thread screencap had her identified as the daughter of the Anti-Spiral, as well as a brief reappearance to call on her brother to avenge her, it's probably not over.
    • She basically shows up as a constant annoyance every so often these days.
    • Batman is a Memetic Badass in-universe.
      AQUAMAN: "Tear duct? But... surely Batman never cries..."
    • And of course, the absolute biggest Memetic Badass of the show, AQUAMAN!
      AQUAMAN: "OUTRAGEOUS!"
  • Memetic Mutation: "This meme is truly OUTRAGEOUS!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Psycho Pirate basically eats the rage of children, Batman is so disgusted at this, he's enraged; then again, that much should be obvious.
  • Narm/Narm Charm: The world chanting "We Are The Doom Patrol" after their Heroic Sacrifice.
    • De-aged Batman's sad crayon drawings from "The Malicious Mister Mind!", which he sends to the Marvels because he can't find the words to describe how their fighting makes him feel. It's purposefully both adorable and sad.
    • The dog has a jetpack.
    • Batwoman getting unmasked. Treated totally seriously, despite her mask covering pretty much nothing but some hair.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: A Beat 'em Up developed by Wayforward Technologies for the Nintendo Wii that plays out over four levels that look like episodes and has the entire voice cast from the show.
  • Older Than They Think: The infamous scene in the Bat-Mite episode where Bat-Mite addresses a complaint at a fan convention that a light-hearted interpretation is neither a novel idea nor any less valid than other interpretations.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Mostly averted. One of the few major complaints is the easy difficulty.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The JLU brooding Badass incarnation of AQUAMAN helped dispel his Superfriends-inflicted image as a useless deadweight, but it took this show's Fun Personified incarnation to turn him into a bona-fide Ensemble Darkhorse.
    • His Arch-Enemy, Black Manta, whose powers amounted to owning a boat in Superfriends, is portrayed here as a cunning Badass wearing Powered Armor and packing a kickass Arm Cannon...And Eye Beams.
      • Though unlike AQUAMAN, that's basically a thematic continuation of his brief appearance (as Expy Devil Ray) in JLU.
    • The Terrible Trio; they went from rich guys who rob banks to Bloody Roar style kung fu villains in this series.
    • Crazy Quilt has been a joke in comics for decades, but the show is returning him to his roots as Robin's personal archenemy and a legitimate threat.
    • Now Crazy Quilt's spot as Joke Character is taken by Kite Man.
    • Also, Bat-Mite. Can't go wrong with being voiced by Paul Reubens and breaking the fourth wall constantly. That is, until...
  • The Scrappy:
    • Bat-Mite was the in-universe cause of the series' cancellation. Why? Because he wanted a Darker and Edgier show. Not many people were very fond of him after that.
    • Guy Gardner who's not only a pathetic Idiot Hero like a lot of Batman's team-ups, but he's also a complete asshole all the time.
  • Seasonal Rot: The third and final season. Batman became more of a Canon Sue and the stories lost a bit of edge in terms of fun and often got more plot holes.
    • Some see the third season as being just as good as the other two seasons and enjoyed the appearances from Superman as well. For a lot it's the earliest episodes that are a bit shaky.
    • Ultimately, it was attempting to prevent this that led to the producers ending the show.
  • Signature Scene: The episode Chill of the Night, one of the darkest episodes in this otherwise-Lighter and Softer series, has Batman confronting Joe Chill (the man who killed his parents).
  • Squick: Mrs. Manface's eponymous feature.
  • Strawman Has a Point: in "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!". While Joker and Weeper are obviously only trying to sabotage the Bat-Probe because it would make crime more difficult, the fact that the Bat-Probe operates by summoning the police whenever it detects malicious intent veers dangerously close to prosecution of thoughtcrime. Batman acting a lot jerkier than usual doesn't help. Then again, the entire episode was from Joker's point of view, so there's a reason for that.
    • Captain Atom might be a Smug Super in this show, but he does raise a good point: If Batman was caught against Giganta, Despero or Star Sapphire without any time to prepare, he would be mulched pretty casually. This was actually demonstrated in two prior episodes. Batman wouldn't have stood a chance in "The Eyes of Despero!" without a Green Lantern power boost, while "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" saw Hal do all the real heavy lifting.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of B'wana Beast, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save the world at the end of The Siege of Starro, Part 2.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This version of Joker's on/off girlfriend/henchgirl, Harley Quinn, is portrayed as a Deliberately Monochrome 1920's flapper with a very different personality and demeanor than she usually has. Despite this, flapper Harley only appears in two episodes, Emperor Joker and the final episode hanging off Joker's arm during the wrap-up party.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The episode "Time out for Justice!" We have an explanation for all the times Batman time travels? Nope. Instead we get a Jerkass Rip Hunter who is not Booster Gold's son. Booster does not get a chance to Take a Level in Badass. So many opportunities, so many let downs.
    • Actually, the time travels are explained in "The Last Bat on Earth". Professor Carter Nichols has a time travel machine that Batman uses often.
  • Ugly Cute: Platelet from "Journey to the Center of Batman!"
  • Uncanny Valley: Mary Marvel. Dear lord Mary Marvel.
    • They fixed her in the second episode she appears in.
  • Wangst: The Doom Patrol's reason for breaking up and its former members spiraling into depression. Essentially, they were unable to save a hostage from being killed by a villain. It wasn't remotely close to being their fault that she died and no one blamed them for it. While this is an awful thing to have happen, they clearly overreacted.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Hands up everyone who only heard of the second Blue Beetle after Nite Owl II.
  • What an Idiot Sure, Chill. Go ask a bunch of crime lords for protection and explain that you're responsible for Batman. Nothing could go wrong with that plan.
    • Oh, and Batwoman? If Riddler manages to unmask you, be sure to look directly at the crowd of people. That way they'll never see your face.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Diedrich Bader as Batman garnered this reaction, as he was best known for playing Oswald. Thing is, it works.
  • The Woobie: Poor Red Tornado.
    • Iron Woobie: Batman in "Emperor Joker!" He is tackled by the Joker, and it goes From Bad to Worse when Bat-Mite accidentally gives the Joker his powers, turning him into a God Emperor who uses them to twist the world in his own way. From that time on, the Dark Knight is forced into a Death Montage as he gets killed and then brought back repeatedly, with poor powerless Bat-Mite being Forced to Watch the carnage. It is not until he is revived from the last Death Trap of the electric chair that he uses Reverse Psychology to beg the Joker not to take away his sanity. And through it all, he defends himself and his own mind from the Joker, telling him that they both need each other to survive. The Dark Knight truly needs a hug after all that.
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