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* HasAType: While there are some exceptions, Wonder Woman and the original Kathy Kane Batwoman being notable, most of the women he's shown interest in are bad girls who have a hint of good in them. The three women who fit this the most are Catwoman, Talia Al Ghul and Poison Ivy. Catwoman is his primary love interest, Talia is the mother of his son and Poison Ivy, though more villainous than the two, has shown a degree of concern for children that Batman sees as proof she's still human deep down.



* HeroWorshipper: Downplayed because Batman has a "jerkassery act" to keep up, doesn't like to admit that he even needs help, and his frankly terrible social skills or handling anything personal, but Bruce genuinely looks up to Clark like so many of the other heroes. While Batman and Superman tend to clash they both have the utmost respect for each other. Tellingly, aside from Diana, Clark is the only one Bruce sees as an equal with his relationship with Gordon being more professional, seeing Alfred as above him as a father figure, his partners as like his children and other heroes as juniors he need to mentor. Selina askes Bruce before they get married, why he's so nervous talking to clark.
-->'''Batman:''' He has the power to tear the world apart. And he could. With a pinkie. It's not his world. We're not his people. We should be ants to him. Imagine that. Always being on the outside. The pain that would always come from being on the outside. And yet, he took that pain and became the symbol of hope. I'm just a rich kid from the city. I knew my partents, I knew who I was, who I had to be. I didn't have any choice but to become who I am. He had every choice...and became who he is. Every kid is inspired by him. He's a better man than I am. Interestingly, this conversation is Juxtaposed with an almost identical one from Superman referring to batman in the same way.

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* HeroWorshipper: Downplayed because Batman has a "jerkassery act" to keep up, doesn't like to admit that he even needs help, and his frankly terrible social skills or handling anything personal, but Bruce genuinely looks up to Clark like so many of the other heroes. While Batman and Superman tend to clash they both have the utmost respect for each other. Tellingly, aside from Diana, Clark is the only one Bruce sees as an equal with his relationship with Gordon being more professional, seeing Alfred as above him as a father figure, his partners as like his children and other heroes as juniors he need to mentor. Selina askes asks Bruce before they get married, why he's so nervous talking to clark.
-->'''Batman:''' He has the power to tear the world apart. And he could. With a pinkie. It's not his world. We're not his people. We should be ants to him. Imagine that. Always being on the outside. The pain that would always come from being on the outside. And yet, he took that pain and became the symbol of hope. I'm just a rich kid from the city. I knew my partents, parents, I knew who I was, who I had to be. I didn't have any choice but to become who I am. He had every choice...and became who he is. Every kid is inspired by him. He's a better man than I am. Interestingly, this conversation is Juxtaposed with an almost identical one from Superman referring to batman in the same way.


* TheSmartGuy: When he's with the Justice League. Not so much on his home turf, where everyone he hangs out with is ''also'' a genius.
** Though FridgeLogic sets in when Superman is supposed to be super-intelligent. Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern have a lot more experience with aliens, Wonder Woman's been on Earth the longest, The Flash is a scientist and Aquaman has a comprehensive knowledge of everything water-related. Probably he's the only one who'll 1) look into actual criminology and 2) remember to think things through.
** Superman is not currently super-intelligent in canon (he was during the Silver Age canon); Wonder Woman may have been on Earth the longest but was mostly on Paradise Island and until the present times has little experience with people other than Greek mythology and Amazons; and The Flash is a forensic scientist (not skilled in all forms of science like Batman). Batman knows a lot about many topics, including crimonology, and not only thinks through but in cynical situations is highly intelligent. Hence, he is still TheSmartGuy to the Justice League.

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* TheSmartGuy: When he's with the Justice League. Not so much on his home turf, where everyone he hangs out with is ''also'' a genius.
** Though FridgeLogic sets in when Superman is supposed to be super-intelligent. Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern
genius. While some of the other members might have a lot more experience with aliens, Wonder Woman's been on Earth the longest, The Flash is a scientist and Aquaman has a comprehensive similar or even superior intelligence, or greater knowledge of everything water-related. Probably he's on a particular subject DependingOnTheWriter, Batman's the only one who'll 1) look into actual criminology and 2) remember to think things through.
** Superman is not currently super-intelligent in canon (he was during the Silver Age canon); Wonder Woman may have been on Earth the longest but was mostly on Paradise Island and until the present times has little experience
with people other than Greek mythology the widest field of expertise and Amazons; and The Flash is a forensic scientist (not skilled in all forms of science like Batman). Batman the greatest ability to utilize what he knows a lot about many topics, including crimonology, and not only thinks through but in cynical situations is highly intelligent. Hence, he is still TheSmartGuy to the Justice League.effectively.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Between his personality (brooding, being anti-social and rude), and his paranoia and resulting protocols, he's been depicted as this within the ranks of the Justice League with most only tolerating him because he's one of the greatest heroes and his wealth.


* AbusiveParents: It must be stressed that this depends on the writer, but Batman is just as capable of deliberately manipulating the kids he acts as a father figure too (for an example, see pretty much everytime he used [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} Steph]] and [[Characters/RobinSeries Tim]] to manipulate each other) as he is at being a well-intentioned father figure who sometimes makes mistakes due to his own emotional issues.

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* AbusiveParents: It must be stressed that this depends on the writer, but Batman is just as capable of deliberately manipulating the kids he acts as a father figure too to (for an example, see pretty much everytime he used [[Characters/{{Batgirl}} Steph]] and [[Characters/RobinSeries Tim]] to manipulate each other) as he is at being a well-intentioned father figure who sometimes makes mistakes due to his own emotional issues.


* BruceWayneHeldHostage: TropeNamer.
** ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' had a variant where Poison Ivy was hired by mobsters to mind-control Bruce Wayne into going along with a money laundering scheme; since this was early in his career, there was no Robin, but thankfully Selina Kyle caught on to Bruce's odd behavior and saved the day as Catwoman.
** In a comic book version of the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated series]] universe, Bruce Wayne is taken hostage on a charity cruise by Poison Ivy and her overgrown plant henchmen. To escape, Bruce Wayne makes a "foolish" attack at the villains and is immediately swatted overboard, where he is free to swim to cover and become Batman.
*** That happened in the cartoon too, they just later put it in the comic... Or vice versa.
** Subverted in ''The Sword of Azrael'', in which Bruce spends the miniseries captured, and is rescued by Azrael.
*** Though the kidnappers had nothing against Batman or Robin specifically, a variation of this trope showed up in a ''Robin'' comic wherein Tim Drake got himself kidnapped on purpose in order to save the other kids who'd been grabbed.


* BrokenAce: While Batman stands head and shoulders above the greater majority of heroes in the DCU, it's fairly obvious that in doing so he's not the most well-adjusted or emotionally mature individual, has great difficulty forming close relationships, and frequently experiences friction with people whom he is close to. This is also occasionally [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] by Bruce himself; in one instance, Nightwing laments over the belief that he can never match up to Bruce, who assures him that despite living a very similar life in the same line of work Dick hadn't allowed it to mess him up as much, having a much more positive personality and maintaining a good relationship with every fellow hero he knows, and as such [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments was already better than him]].

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* BrokenAce: While Batman stands head and shoulders above the greater majority of heroes in the DCU, it's fairly obvious that in doing so he's not the most well-adjusted or emotionally mature individual, has great difficulty forming close relationships, and frequently experiences friction with people whom he is close to. This is also occasionally [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] by Bruce himself; in one instance, Nightwing laments over the belief that he can never match up to Bruce, who assures him that despite living a very similar life in the same line of work Dick hadn't allowed it to mess him up as much, having a much more positive personality and maintaining a good relationship with every fellow hero he knows, and as such [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments was already better than him]].him.



** In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Batman is well prepared for Superman coming to pay him a visit. He has The Flash place small charges all over Supes, then the Atom shrinks down and messes with Supe's inner ear, brings part of the Batcave roof down on him, after which Green Arrow shoots him with a Kryptonite arrow, all before Batman then hands his ass to him with Green K gloves. And then for the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, Superman tells the Bat he only came to talk, to which Batman replies, 'We're done talking. Get out of my cave.'

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** In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Batman is well prepared for Superman coming to pay him a visit. He has The Flash place small charges all over Supes, then the Atom shrinks down and messes with Supe's inner ear, brings part of the Batcave roof down on him, after which Green Arrow shoots him with a Kryptonite arrow, all before Batman then hands his ass to him with Green K gloves. And then for the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, Superman tells the Bat he only came to talk, to which Batman replies, 'We're done talking. Get out of my cave.'



-->'''Batman:''' He has the power to tear the world apart. And he could. With a pinkie. It's not his world. We're not his people. We should be ants to him. Imagine that. Always being on the outside. The pain that would always come from being on the outside. And yet, he took that pain and became the symbol of hope. I'm just a rich kid from the city. I knew my partents, I knew who I was, who I had to be. I didn't have any choice but to become who I am. He had every choice...and became who he is. Every kid is inspired by him. He's a better man than I am.
** [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Interestingly, this conversation is Juxtaposed with an almost identical one from Superman referring to batman in the same way.]]

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-->'''Batman:''' He has the power to tear the world apart. And he could. With a pinkie. It's not his world. We're not his people. We should be ants to him. Imagine that. Always being on the outside. The pain that would always come from being on the outside. And yet, he took that pain and became the symbol of hope. I'm just a rich kid from the city. I knew my partents, I knew who I was, who I had to be. I didn't have any choice but to become who I am. He had every choice...and became who he is. Every kid is inspired by him. He's a better man than I am.
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am. Interestingly, this conversation is Juxtaposed with an almost identical one from Superman referring to batman in the same way.]]


** '''Clark:''' Bruce, I love being Superman but I hate that I need to be Superman. You hate being Batman but you love that you need to be Batman.

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** ---> '''Clark:''' Bruce, I [[AllLovingHero love being Superman Superman]] but I hate that [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed I need need]] [[HumansAreFlawed to be Superman. Superman.]] You hate being Batman [[FailureHero being]] [[HurtingHero Batman]] but you [[DesperatelySearchingForAPurposeInLife love that you you]] [[CatharsisFactor need to be Batman.]]

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** This is later lampshaded and expanded upon by Clark when he and Bruce are sitting together in Wayne Manor. Clark tells Bruce that Bruce loves and needs the justification to be Batman Implying that Bruce has to respond in someway to the tragedy that shaped his life when his parents died.
** '''Clark:''' Bruce, I love being Superman but I hate that I need to be Superman. You hate being Batman but you love that you need to be Batman.


* BirdsOfAFeather: A parental version with Cassandra. The two of them share a GuiltComplex, which means they often understand each other better than other people do.



* ParentsAsPeople: While he clearly loves his sons, he isn't always the best at showing it due to his crusade against crime, resulting in his aloof and sometimes militaristic relationship to Dick, Jason, Tim, and Damian. For reference, he couldn't make enough time in the day to be there for Damian's thirteenth birthday, leaving him alone with only Alfred as company. This is particularly pronounced with Damian, whose abrasiveness and arrogance can at least be partially attributed to his desire to be loved and considered special, which Bruce still has trouble showing him at times. Alfred chastises Bruce for this frequently, saying that Bruce needs to be the emotional pillar that the family needs him to be.

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* ParentsAsPeople: While he clearly loves his sons, kids, he isn't always the best at showing it due to his crusade against crime, resulting in his aloof and sometimes militaristic relationship to Dick, Jason, Tim, Cassandra, and Damian. For reference, he couldn't make enough time in the day to be there for Damian's thirteenth birthday, leaving him alone with only Alfred as company. This is particularly pronounced with Damian, whose abrasiveness and arrogance can at least be partially attributed to his desire to be loved and considered special, which Bruce still has trouble showing him at times. Alfred chastises Bruce for this frequently, saying that Bruce needs to be the emotional pillar that the family needs him to be.

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* HeroicSpirit: Most of the time, nothing will keep him down. It's notable that part of Bane's plan to actually defeat Batman involved running him completely ragged by basically hurling his ''entire RoguesGallery'' at him all at once, ''while he was sick''. And even so, Batman still basically tore apart everyone Bane tossed at him, refused to stop when he was ambushed at his ''civilian'' home by Bane's QuirkyMinibossSquad, and still put up a ''hell'' of a fight against Bane himself.
* HeroicWillpower: His will is so strong, it's [[BadassNormal practically his only superpower]]. He's even been able to operate a Green Lantern Ring on occasion.

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** The trauma over losing his parents was not as pronounced in the early years as it is now. Originally, Bruce was ''motivated'' by the death of his parents to use his wealth as a means to fight organized crime and crooks, similar to the Shadow or Zorro. These days, Batman is borderline ''obsessed'' with the death of his parents, and writers generally treat it as the moment he basically went insane with grief.


* HeroWorshipper: Downplayed because Batman has a JerkassFacade to keep up, doesn't like to admit that he even needs help, and his frankly terrible social skills or handling anything personal, but Bruce genuinely looks up to Clark like so many of the other heroes. While Batman and Superman tend to clash they both have the utmost respect for each other. Tellingly, aside from Diana, Clark is the only one Bruce sees as an equal with his relationship with Gordon being more professional, seeing Alfred as above him as a father figure, his partners as like his children and other heroes as juniors he need to mentor. Selina askes Bruce before they get married, why he's so nervous talking to clark.

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* HeroWorshipper: Downplayed because Batman has a JerkassFacade "jerkassery act" to keep up, doesn't like to admit that he even needs help, and his frankly terrible social skills or handling anything personal, but Bruce genuinely looks up to Clark like so many of the other heroes. While Batman and Superman tend to clash they both have the utmost respect for each other. Tellingly, aside from Diana, Clark is the only one Bruce sees as an equal with his relationship with Gordon being more professional, seeing Alfred as above him as a father figure, his partners as like his children and other heroes as juniors he need to mentor. Selina askes Bruce before they get married, why he's so nervous talking to clark.


* HeroicDimples: Some designs show him [[http://profilepicturesdp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/batman-goku-profile-picture.jpg with]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/batman_dimple.jpg dimples]], which not only fits with his hardworking, powerfully-chiselled BadassNormal persona with a face to match, it wouldn't be hard to see why he's such a success with so many [[DatingCatwoman villainesses]].

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** In recent years, Bruce is typically shown that batman and the millionaire playboy persona are not actually the real man. The real Bruce is when he's with the people he's closest too like his family (Alfred, the robins, batgirls, Leslie Thompkins etc.) or close friends (Diana, Clark, etc.) who know who he really is and Bruce is with them in a private casual setting like the manor or at a dinner. The real Bruce only comes out when he doesn't have to put on either facade in an environment he's comfortable with. (Like Clark, Jon, Damian and himself going out to cut down a Christmas tree privately and getting ready for a Christmas celebration)


*** Music/WesleyWillis put him [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogid9D0rcEI in his place]], though.

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