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* MythologyGag: Wormwood says that Batman "is only human after all," which is what one of the Joker's henchmen said in the Creator/TimBurton [[Film/{{Batman}} film]].

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* MythologyGag: Wormwood says that Batman "is only human after all," which is what one of the Joker's henchmen said in the Creator/TimBurton [[Film/{{Batman}} [[Film/Batman1989 film]].

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: This seems to be Wormwood's only real motive besides sadistically interrogating his victims.
* OutGambitted: Batman pulls the rug out on Wormwood by disguising himself as his client, Wacklaw Joserk, who Wormwood was trying to steal Batman's cowl for in the first place.


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* SmugSnake: Wormwood boasts a great deal about the flawlessness of his traps and getting one over Batman...only to find out the detective was one step ahead of him the entire time.


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-->'''Batman:''' ''[to Commissioner Gordon]'' I see you have a new toy.



* CastAsAMask
* ChainedToARailway: Wormwood used a woman tied to the tracks as bait for Batman. The woman turns out to be a hologram. Wormwood laughs at Batman for thinking he would have really done it.

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* CastAsAMask
CastAsAMask: The Baron and Batman-as-Baron are played by the same voice actor (Creator/JohnRhysDavies) until TheReveal.
* ChainedToARailway: Wormwood used uses a woman tied to the tracks as bait for Batman. The woman turns out to be a hologram. Wormwood laughs at Batman for thinking he would have really done it.



* CheapCostume: Upon finding himself in a death trap with no means of escape handy, Batman relents and throws off his mask, revealing... [[CrazyPrepared that he's wearing a black hankerchief tied over the top of his head with eye-slits cut into it.]] Which was actually nifty {{foreshadowing}}, Batman hired the villain under a different identity as part of a BatmanGambit. He ''had'' to lose his cowl to succeed in the plan and came prepared.
* DeathTrap
* EngineeredPublicConfession
* {{Expy}}: Josiah Wormwood is essentially a prototype Riddler for the show -- a deathtrap specialist who uses riddles in his crimes and has an obsession with knowing secrets and matching wits. A few episodes later, the legit Riddler made his debut. As a matter of fact, the Venezuelan dub actually called him "El Acertijo, el interrogador" (The riddler, the Interrogator).

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* CheapCostume: Upon finding himself in a death trap with no means of escape handy, Batman relents and throws off his mask, revealing... [[CrazyPrepared that he's wearing a black hankerchief tied over the top of his head with eye-slits cut into it.]] Which was is actually nifty {{foreshadowing}}, {{foreshadowing}}; Batman hired the villain under a different identity as part of a BatmanGambit. He ''had'' to lose his cowl to succeed in the plan and came prepared.
* DeathTrap
DeathTrap: Wormwood's specialty; he lures victims into them and then extorts information in exchange for freeing them. He first steals a lot of money from a charity by trapping its courier in quicksand. Against Batman, he uses an enormous heat lamp, then some nerve gas when Batman predictably breaks the lamp.
* EngineeredPublicConfession
EngineeredPublicConfession: Wormwood's employer will only fess up to why he wants Batman's cape and cowl if Wormwood reveals who he stole some money for (and where it is). The employer is Batman himself, recording the whole conversation.
* {{Expy}}: Josiah Wormwood is essentially a prototype Riddler for the show -- a show--a deathtrap specialist who uses riddles in his crimes and has an obsession with knowing secrets and matching wits. A few episodes later, the legit Riddler made makes his debut. As a matter of fact, the Venezuelan dub actually called calls him "El Acertijo, el interrogador" (The riddler, the Interrogator).



* MythologyGag: Wormwood said that Batman "is only human after all", which is what one of the Joker's henchmen said in the Creator/TimBurton film.

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* MythologyGag: Wormwood said says that Batman "is only human after all", all," which is what one of the Joker's henchmen said in the Creator/TimBurton film.[[Film/{{Batman}} film]].



* RudelyHangingUp: The mob boss (or rather Batman) hung up on Wormwood when he reminds him to reveal why he wants Batman's cape and cowl.

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* RudelyHangingUp: The mob boss (or rather Batman) hung hangs up on Wormwood when he reminds him to reveal why he wants Batman's cape and cowl.



* SoftGlass: Like most times, Batman can send a grappling hook through a glass window like it was nothing. Then it was subverted when Batman was unable to break a large light-bulb by just throwing his utility belt at it, and had to throw a pole at it like a spear. Then, two minutes later, he throws the belt at a glass wall, and it goes straight through it.
* TheUnreveal: An in-universe example; Wormwood uses various deathtraps to force Batman to relinquish his cape and cowl. At last, Batman does so... only to reveal that he was wearing a smaller cowl under his main cowl. Wormwood didn't care; his client hired him to retrieve Batman's cape and cowl, not to reveal his secret identity. The client turned out to be Batman himself, who "hired" Wormwood in order to goad him into a confession for a previous crime.

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* SoftGlass: Like most times, Batman can send a grappling hook through a glass window like it was it's nothing. Then it was it's subverted when Batman was is unable to break a large light-bulb by just throwing his utility belt at it, and had has to throw a pole at it like a spear. Then, two minutes later, he throws the belt at a glass wall, and it goes straight through it.
* TheUnreveal: An in-universe example; Wormwood uses various deathtraps to force Batman to relinquish his cape and cowl. At last, Batman does so... only so--only to reveal that he was he's wearing a smaller cowl under his main cowl. Wormwood didn't doesn't care; his client hired him to retrieve Batman's cape and cowl, not to reveal his secret identity. The client turned turns out to be Batman himself, who "hired" Wormwood in order to goad him into a confession for a previous crime.


* ScreamsLikeAGirl: Just listen to Wormwood when he crashes out of the penthouse window.

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* ScreamsLikeAGirl: ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Just listen to Wormwood when he crashes out of the penthouse window.

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* ScreamsLikeAGirl: Just listen to Wormwood when he crashes out of the penthouse window.


* {{Expy}}: Josiah Wormwood is essentially a prototype Riddler for the show -- a deathtrap specialist who uses riddles in his crimes and has an obsession with knowing secrets and matching wits. A few episodes later, the legit Riddler made his debut.

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* {{Expy}}: Josiah Wormwood is essentially a prototype Riddler for the show -- a deathtrap specialist who uses riddles in his crimes and has an obsession with knowing secrets and matching wits. A few episodes later, the legit Riddler made his debut. As a matter of fact, the Venezuelan dub actually called him "El Acertijo, el interrogador" (The riddler, the Interrogator).


* SoftGlass: Like most times, Batman can send a grappling hook through a glass window like it was nothing. Then it was subverted this when Batman was unable to break a large light-bulb by just throwing his utility belt at it, and had to throw a pole at it like a spear. Then, two minutes later, he throws the belt at a glass wall, and it goes straight through it.

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* SoftGlass: Like most times, Batman can send a grappling hook through a glass window like it was nothing. Then it was subverted this when Batman was unable to break a large light-bulb by just throwing his utility belt at it, and had to throw a pole at it like a spear. Then, two minutes later, he throws the belt at a glass wall, and it goes straight through it.

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* RudelyHangingUp: The mob boss (or rather Batman) hung up on Wormwood when he reminds him to reveal why he wants Batman's cape and cowl.
-->'''Wormwood:''' Well!


* MythologyGag: Wormwood said that Batman "is only human after all", which is what one of the Joker's henchmen said in the Tim Burton film.

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* MythologyGag: Wormwood said that Batman "is only human after all", which is what one of the Joker's henchmen said in the Tim Burton film.Creator/TimBurton film.
* RiddleMeThis: Wormwood is essentially a Riddler-lite villain.


* WhamLine: "I'm going... to wear them!"



* WhamLine: "I'm going... to wear them!"


* XanatosGambit: Batman, in disguise, hires Wormwood to go after himself is a can't-lose proposition. If Wormwood fails, Batman captures him; if Wormwood succeeds, Batman will get Wormwood to make an EngineeredPublicConfession and capture him anyway.

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* XanatosGambit: Batman, in disguise, hires Wormwood to go after himself is in a can't-lose proposition. If Wormwood fails, Batman captures him; if Wormwood succeeds, Batman will get Wormwood to make an EngineeredPublicConfession and capture him anyway.


* XanatosGambit: Batman, in disguise, hires Wormwood to go after himself, so that Wormwood fails, Batman captures him; if Wormwood succeeds, Batman will get Wormwood to make an EngineeredPublicConfession.

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* XanatosGambit: Batman, in disguise, hires Wormwood to go after himself, so that himself is a can't-lose proposition. If Wormwood fails, Batman captures him; if Wormwood succeeds, Batman will get Wormwood to make an EngineeredPublicConfession.EngineeredPublicConfession and capture him anyway.


* BatmanGambit: Batman hired Wormwood to go after himself, just so he could get Wormwood to make an EngineeredPublicConfession.

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* BatmanGambit: Batman hired *BatmanGambit: While his larger plan is a "win-win" sort of XanatosGambit, Batman's effort to obtain an EngineeredPublicConfession from Wormwood relies on Wormwood's curiosity about his employer's plans for the cape and cowl getting the better of him to go after himself, just so he could get Wormwood the point that he's willing to make an EngineeredPublicConfession.trade information.


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* XanatosGambit: Batman, in disguise, hires Wormwood to go after himself, so that Wormwood fails, Batman captures him; if Wormwood succeeds, Batman will get Wormwood to make an EngineeredPublicConfession.


* AnimatedAdaptation: This episode is actually an adaptation of the story "The Cape & Cowl Deathtrap!" in ''Detective Comics'' #450. ElliotSMaggin wrote the story for both the original comic and this episode.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: This episode is actually an adaptation of the story "The Cape & Cowl Deathtrap!" in ''Detective Comics'' #450. ElliotSMaggin Creator/ElliotSMaggin wrote the story for both the original comic and this episode.




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Josiah Wormwood a.k.a. The Interrogator, a deathtrap expert, is hired to get Batman's cape and cowl.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: This episode is actually an adaptation of the story "The Cape & Cowl Deathtrap!" in ''Detective Comics'' #450. ElliotSMaggin wrote the story for both the original comic and this episode.
* BatmanGambit: Batman hired Wormwood to go after himself, just so he could get Wormwood to make an EngineeredPublicConfession.
* BatSignal: Makes its debut here.
* CanonForeigner: Josiah Wormwood. Although he's actually based off Jeremy Wormwood, the villain in the comic the story was based on.
* CastAsAMask
* ChainedToARailway: Wormwood used a woman tied to the tracks as bait for Batman. The woman turns out to be a hologram. Wormwood laughs at Batman for thinking he would have really done it.
* ChairReveal: A character playing the Baddie of the Week to get Batman's cape and cowl turns out to be... Batman.
* CheapCostume: Upon finding himself in a death trap with no means of escape handy, Batman relents and throws off his mask, revealing... [[CrazyPrepared that he's wearing a black hankerchief tied over the top of his head with eye-slits cut into it.]] Which was actually nifty {{foreshadowing}}, Batman hired the villain under a different identity as part of a BatmanGambit. He ''had'' to lose his cowl to succeed in the plan and came prepared.
* DeathTrap
* EngineeredPublicConfession
* {{Expy}}: Josiah Wormwood is essentially a prototype Riddler for the show -- a deathtrap specialist who uses riddles in his crimes and has an obsession with knowing secrets and matching wits. A few episodes later, the legit Riddler made his debut.
* MultilayerFacade: When Wormwood ultimately succeeds, Batman reveals a second mask underneath the cowl to protect his identity.
* MythologyGag: Wormwood said that Batman "is only human after all", which is what one of the Joker's henchmen said in the Tim Burton film.
* SoftGlass: Like most times, Batman can send a grappling hook through a glass window like it was nothing. Then it was subverted this when Batman was unable to break a large light-bulb by just throwing his utility belt at it, and had to throw a pole at it like a spear. Then, two minutes later, he throws the belt at a glass wall, and it goes straight through it.
* TheUnreveal: An in-universe example; Wormwood uses various deathtraps to force Batman to relinquish his cape and cowl. At last, Batman does so... only to reveal that he was wearing a smaller cowl under his main cowl. Wormwood didn't care; his client hired him to retrieve Batman's cape and cowl, not to reveal his secret identity. The client turned out to be Batman himself, who "hired" Wormwood in order to goad him into a confession for a previous crime.
* WhamLine: "I'm going... to wear them!"

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