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* HilariousInHindsight: A plot to [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace turn people into zombies?]]
* TooCoolToLive: Ken Colton.
* ValuesDissonance: Gratuitously throws in a comment claiming the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_internment Japanese-American internment]] was justified.
** Robin also tells Daka "You're as [[DirtyCoward yellow]] as your skin!"

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Were Chief Rojas's reasons for going after Batman legit because he believed Batman to be a menace or was it because of something else? Depending on your views, Rojas might've been a DirtyCop. He did once say that about Ethan Bennett that "He never knew how to play ball." Plus there's his timing of partnering Ellen Yin and Bennett up shortly after Thorne was defeated and some of his tactics in hunting Batman were similar to the comics version of [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne Gillian Loeb]].
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** After the mixed reception of the Joker in his debut, his feral persona, outfit, and combat skills were toned down later in Season One to be truer to his traditional depiction.
** Season 3 onward has a much more traditional Batman feel to it, with the removal of Ellen Yin and Chief Rojas, plus the introduction of Batgirl and Commissioner Gordon becoming a regular.
* BadassDecay: ''All of Batman's Rogues gallery'' suffered from heavy downgrades as the show continued. This comes to a high point in ''Rumors'', where Batman and Robin take on the entire villain line up, defeating all of them with ease. However, [[KarmaHoudini Catwoman]] may be the only exception since she never has a pathetic moment in the entire series and always gets away. Sadly, she never turns up again after this particular episode.
** While he may not be considered part of the normal Rogues gallery, Hugo Strange was another exception, becoming even ''more'' dangerous as the show progressed through nothing but [[MagnificentBastard the power of his mind]]. He was the only other villain present in ''Rumors'' besides Catwoman to have the sense to avoid the big fight altogether.
** A villain that stands out is Bane. In his first appearance, he was TheJuggernaut, defeated Batman in a CurbStompBattle and was only defeated via Batman using a robot suit. After this, he was mostly reduced to just having his Venom shorted out in seconds or busting open bank vaults like C-list villains.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** The Joker. His unconventional design is one of the biggest things detractors use against this show, with his more brutish build, bare feet, dreadlock hair, red eyes and also monkey-like mannerisms. His first costume was also unlike any previous look, though [[AuthorsSavingThrow he got the purple suit back and his feral behavior toned down after his debut]]. However, there are those who thought this drastically different Joker was an interesting interpretation, which has given him the FanNickname "Dreadlock Joker".
** Ellen Yin's character and her plot of trying to bring Batman down was either an interesting new take on the Batman mythos, or just plain annoying. It seems the writers [[AuthorsSavingThrow realized the latter and wrote her out of the show after Season 2]], however this caused ''another'' BrokenBase issue since in Season 2 Yin had gone from trying to bring Batman down to becoming a partner, and had [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap become more liked as a result]].
* CompleteMonster: ComicBook/TheJoker was once a man who wanted to make people laugh, but after he fell into a vat of chemicals, he became an insane, murderous MonsterClown and Batman's ArchEnemy. Devoid of any empathy, Joker commits crimes he views as "jokes" at the expense of Gotham. Terrible things he's done include poisoning people with his deadly laughing gas; putting people in various death traps; [[MindRape torturing Detective Ethan Bennett for hours]] and causing Bennett's mutation into Clayface (for no reason other than to see what it would do to him); impersonating Batman and gassing people for minor crimes; using Bane's venom to go on a rampage; [[WouldHurtAChild attempting to drop a teenage boy into a vat of chemicals]]; frequently mistreating his henchman and his girlfriend Harley Quinn, as well as abandoning them to be arrested or even to die; and filling the abandoned tunnels and mine shafts beneath Gotham with miles of dynamite to collapse the city to oblivion. That he manages to qualify despite being toned down to all get-out is a testament to how twisted a character Joker is.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: True to form, Joker and Harley Quinn cross into this fairly often.
--> '''Harley''': So you didn't like my show? Well try this one. "When Animals Attack [[SuddenlyShouting PEOPLE I HATE]]". It's a comedy."
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[LargeHam CASH TANKINSON]], mainly for being [[TheComicallySerious really]] [[FunnyMoments hilarious]].
** Quite a few of the villains got their own fanbases: Hugo Strange for being a MagnificentBastard. The Riddler for his DarkAndTroubledPast, his new gothic look, and being cool as well as voiced by Creator/RobertEnglund. Clayface got this status for being an outright tragic character [[spoiler: as well as his alter ego, Ethan Bennett]]. Poison Ivy for her new backstory and interesting flower-esque makeover.
** [[CanonForeigner D.A.V.E]] is fairly well-liked for his MagnificentBastard scheme and a cool design despite being a one-off villain killed at the end of his debut. Deducing Batman's identity and origin probably helps, along with his VillainousBreakdown deconstructing the GenericDoomsdayVillain and contributing to Hugo Strange's popularity.
** Batgirl was well received, being loved for her energetic personality and enthusiasm.
** Robin. His introduction was actually one of the reasons so many fans consider the 4th season the strongest.
* FoeYay: Batman and Joker. What, this ''surprises'' you?
-->"Back off Tubby! Batsy's mine!"
-->"The Batman? What if I hadn't been decent?"
-->"Can't stay away from me, can you Batman? I guess opposites ''do'' attract."
-->"If you really want to get inside my head, Batman...I'll take you ''so'' far in...you'll '''never''' find your way out!" *''puts the miniature sized Batman in his mouth and swallows him down''*
-->'''Joker:''' Do you really think I'd send a flunkie to eliminate my favourite sparring partner? ''[[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou I reserve that pleasure for me alone.]]''\\
'''Batman:''' Then why-\\
'''Joker:''' BECAUSE I MISS YOUR COMPANY, BATMAN!
* GrowingTheBeard: Depending on who you ask, this is seen to happen around the beginning of either season 2, 3 or 4.
** The two-part season 1 finale is when fans generally thought the show stopped being a 22-minute toy commercial.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** "Brawn" isn't the last we'll see of a [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Venom-infused Joker]]]].
** Also, the Batwave sometimes seems like a precursor to Batman's cell-phone gimmick in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
** This show made Mercy Graves Asian to match her voice actor. In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' and the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' Mercy is Asian.
** The creators admitted to making this version of Bane basically a red [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]]. Come what Creator/JephLoeb did [[ComicBook/RedHulk to "Thunderbolt" Ross]].
** Black Mask's first Number One, Marty's video game persona Captain Slash, and the Shadow Thief were all voiced by Diedrich Bader, who would later voice Batman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. For extra hindsight hilarity, the Shadow Thief's appearance was in the fifth season, where a good deal of the episodes had Batman teaming up with other DC superheroes, which was the basic premise of ''The Brave and the Bold''.
** The ''Artifacts'' episode's false assumptions on Thomas Wayne as Batman became more of a prediction since Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}} had [[spoiler: an alternate Batman as secret identity of Thomas Wayne. Though HarsherInHindsight since he became TheAlcoholic after lost of his son and transformation of his wife into Joker]]
* HoYay:
** The titular villain or "Rumors" is [[spoiler: a bodyguard who failed to save his boss from being crippled by the Joker, so he became a vigilante to wipe out all criminals out of the guilt from his failure.]] He later even says that "this was all for him". Hugo Strange naturally has some fun with this.
--->'''Hugo Strange:''' You didn't capture us so you could "save Gotham". No, [[spoiler: you're trying to erase your own failure, of not saving your boss.]]
--->'''Rumor:''' (''a little TOO defensively'') That's not true! Shut up!
** Noticably between Poison Ivy and Barbara Gordon. Including a lot of WeCanRuleTogether.
* NightmareFuel:
** [[WesternAnimation/TheBatmanVsDracula Vampire Joker]] was for the longest time the picture for [[NightmareFuel/WesternAnimationTV its section of the pages]].
** Seeing Batman under the effects of Joker toxin in "The Laughing Bat" is just wrong. Oh so very wrong.
** Black Mask. Particularly his mask. Not only does it look creepy, it's apparently unable to be removed. Is he even ''human'' underneath?
** Ethan Bennet's treatment by the Joker near the end of the first season is just terrifying, especially near the end of the episode [[spoiler: when Ethan's face ''melts'' he turns into Clayface]].
** "Strange New World". Hugo Strange's plan is to turn the city into a ZombieApocalypse, with [[OurZombiesAreDifferent one key difference- they would be his mindless drone army, and otherwise act like regular zombies, minus the ripping people to shreds]]. We see it actually in action and it's terrifying. The really scary part? [[spoiler: He put Batman into hallucinations thinking it already started, simply to initiate a literal BatmanGambit in which the "cure" Batman was setting up around the city was actually the real zombie virus, Batman almost created the nightmare he was so intent on stopping, this was what Hugo was planning from [[ChessMaster the very beginning]] ]]
* JerkassWoobie:
** The Riddler in "Riddler's Revenge", where Batman even comments the villain wasn't ''the'' villain, as [[spoiler: his old partner/love interest needlessly and remorselessly betrayed him and ruined his chances at a good, normal life back when he was desperately trying to seek one.]]
** Poison Ivy in "The Batman Strikes" comics (it's quite sad [[CryCute to see her cry.]])
** Francis Gray is portrayed very sympathetically, and is even given a second chance.
* MagnificentBastard: Hugo Strange.
* MoralEventHorizon: Joker's torture of thugs is certainly crossing this, plus what he did to Ethan.
** Tony Zucco crosses it in the first ten minutes of his appearance by killing Dick Grayson's parents (before he became Robin) just because Dick called the cops when Zucco got a bit threatening.
** Killer Croc crosses the line when he plans to flood Downtown Gotham (which would potentially kill thousands) simply for cash.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Batgirl's overexposure in Season 3 had turned many against her, but the focus on her was toned down to more appropriate levels in Seasons 4 and 5, bringing these people back around to her side again.
** Ellen Yin in Season 1 was not well-liked at all for constantly trying to bring down Batman and being suspicious of his hero status (as opposed to her partner Ethan, who believed in Batman as a force of good), but became more popular in Season 2 when she had a complete turnaround, becoming Batman's frequent partner and ally among the GPD.
* ReplacementScrappy: Basil Karlo. It really doesn't help that his introduction episode is the last time [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ethan]] even appears, and that Karlo was so uninteresting that he barely even had any ''speaking lines'' in all his subsequent appearances.
* TheScrappy: Donnie/Prank is generally considered to be a pretty pointless and annoying character, who Harley Quinn should have taken the place of. Thankfully she does end up appearing.
** Chief Rojas is practically a HateSink as he has NO redeeming qualities whatsoever as he's just a self-righteous FatBastard. Thankfully, Commissioner Gordon came into the picture.
* StrawmanHasAPoint:
** The episode "Rumors" involves a new vigilante capturing all of Batman's rogues with the intention of eventually executing them. Batman is naturally against this. While this is a common story for Batman, and his moral code is much easier to justify in this series since the villains have a much lower body count and haven't been at this for years, Batman doesn't really offer any rebuttal beyond "my way is right". It's also pointed out that Gotham didn't have criminals like them before Batman, something he never acknowledges in the episode. Ultimately, the story doesn't do much to disprove Rumors' arguments, and it comes off as "the hero is automatically right".
** Despite his idiocy and stalwart hatred of Batman beyond all reason, Rojas is correct that Batman is a vigilante and should be persecuted like the rest of the Rogue's Gallery in episode 12. His reasons for wanting to do so aren't so golden, but vigilantes ''are'' criminals. It doesn't help that in the very next scene that episode, Batman's fight with Joker's thugs causes about as much property damages as Joker himself does.
* TearJerker: The endings to "White Heat" and "Riddler's Revenge", as well as every episode featuring Clayface.
** The Riddler's backstory is especially notable (as well as overlooked) the fact that this Riddler has the most tragic origin of all the animated Riddlers.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** The female villains. Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn were never fully utilized as major characters after their debut episodes and never made many appearances as the show went on.
** Detective Ellen Yin is the most blatant example of this trope, being a major character in the first two seasons and frequent partner to Batman in the second, and she had garnered something of a fanbase. Afterwards, she is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome written off the show without explanation and never referenced again]] outside of the episode that takes place in the future, ''Artifacts''.
** Dr. Hugo Strange is misused in the show's final episodes, where his original characterization as a dangerously unethical psychiatrist is laid by the wayside because there were no other generic {{Mad Scientist}}s lying around.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: According to the writers, Hush was supposed to make his official animated appearance in the show and act as the GreaterScopeVillain in the series. Unfortunately, there wasn't any demand for him and he never came.
* ToughActToFollow: The series itself got this treatment, and in turn eventually became loved enough that [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold the series to come afterwards]] got the same.
** Creator/RinoRomano got this as the new VA for Bruce Wayne who wasn't Creator/KevinConroy. Fans did warm up to him in due course, though.
** This is especially notable when you realize how obviously the writers went out of their way to stand on their own, away from the influences of BatmanTheAnimatedSeries. By not doing Mr. Freeze's famous origin, making the Penguin his rude disgusting persona instead of his gentleman persona, Joker's design, and Harley Quinn having a completely new origin [[note]] but of course still written by Creator/PaulDini [[/note]]
* TheUntwist: It is virtually unthinkable to not give Mr. Freeze his tragic backstory in any modern incarnation... but this series decided to give a more traditional supervillain origin. Although barring that, this version of Freeze has his own merits as he still isn't outright evil and his powers were appropriately unique compared to other criminals Batman faced.


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