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1%%%²%%%Please do not put this article in the comic book namespace. This is a page that directs you to everything Batman.²%%%²[[quoteright:350:]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheCowl "Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot..."]]]]²²->''"I am vengeance. I am the night. I... am... '''BATMAN!'''"''²-->-- ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE3NothingToFear Nothing to Fear]]", written by Henry T. Gilroy and Sean Catherine Derek. ²²%% One quote is sufficient. Please place additional entries on the quotes tab.²²The [[AntiHero Dark Knight]]. The [[TheHero Caped Crusader]]. [[GreatDetective The World's Greatest Detective]]. [[OneManArmy The Most Dangerous Man on Earth]]. One half of The [[BashBrothers Dynamic Duo]]. The [[TropeCodifier iconic]] [[TheCowl Cowl]]. '''[[TropeCodifier The]]''' BadassNormal {{Superhero}}.²²[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] ''[[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder Goddamn]]'' '''''[=Batman=]'''''.²²Created by Bob Kane with Creator/BillFinger (who until recently was [[MyRealDaddy uncredited]][[note]]TheNewTens led to DC finally negotiating official acknowledgment for Finger who is now considered the major creative force of the character[[/note]]), Batman is also one of the greatest TropeMakers and {{Trope Codifier}}s in not just comics, but ''all'' visual media; one of the oldest superheroes still in print -- having debuted in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComics'' #27 (May 1939) -- Batman is one of the three best known {{Superhero}}es ever (alongside Franchise/{{Superman}} and {{Franchise/Spider Man}}), one of the flagships of Creator/DCComics and one of the most popular comic book characters ever created. ²²At the age of eight, billionaire heir Bruce Wayne witnessed the [[FamilyExtermination murder of his parents]] at the hands of a mugger. Swearing [[YouKilledMyFather vengeance]] against all criminals and vowing never to take a life, Bruce used his parents' vast fortune to travel the world and hone his fighting abilities and detective skills. When he felt he was ready, Bruce returned to his beloved Gotham City, intent on removing the criminal element that had [[WretchedHive overrun the city]] in his absence. Donning a costume with a bat motif to strike fear into criminals and armed with his keen intellect and arsenal of [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys crime-fighting gadgetry]], Bruce protects the streets of Gotham as "The Batman" at night while pretending to be a [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob clueless playboy billionaire]] by day. ²²In addition to this appealing and unique origin story, Batman has an iconic supporting cast and, more crucially, the single largest and most iconic RoguesGallery in all of comic book history, as well as one of the most beloved. Many of them are up there with the Dark Knight himself in terms of pop culture relevance and recognition. While his ArchEnemy, ComicBook/TheJoker, is the most recognizable, villains such as ComicBook/TwoFace, ComicBook/ThePenguin, ComicBook/TheRiddler, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Mr. Freeze are recognizable even to those with only the most basic knowledge of comics. Over time, many of his enemies began to be written as [[ShadowArchetype dark reflections of certain aspects of Batman's personality]], such as The Joker with overall sanity, Two-Face with duality and identity, Scarecrow with the use of fear, etc.²²The Batman mythos has expanded into virtually every medium in the decades since the character's debut, and there's a good argument to be made for Batman being the most ''critically'' and ''culturally'' successful superhero in history. To put it simply, [[RuleOfCool he has never gone out of style]]. Further proven by the wide variety and range of mediums he has been adapted into [[LongRunners over 80 years and counting.]] He has been different things in different times. A pulp-fiction costumed hero modeled on ''Radio/TheShadow'' in his early stories, a campy pop-art [[Series/Batman1966 TV Show]] in TheSixties, a DarkerAndEdgier [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns post-apocalyptic anti-hero]] in the mid-80s, ArtDeco retro GenreThrowback in [[Film/Batman1989 late eighties]] and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries early-mid 90s]], [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy modern neo-noir]] in TheOughties and the [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries ultimate spectacle fighter]] in TheNewTens. Initially, Batman [[CyclicTrope swung between]] a bright, shiny [[TheCape Cape]] and a dark, nightmarish ShadowArchetype and the iconic [[TheCowl Cowl]]. Since TheEighties, the latter has been the main default trend, albeit varying in degree of darkness. Of course, since the character is inherently appealing, versions friendlier to children [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold continue]] to be produced [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie and made]] well into the current era, standing alongside the darker take on the character. ²²This series has a (very long) [[Characters/{{Batman}} Character Sheet]].²²!Batman Media:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[index]]²[[folder:Ongoing Series]]²* ''ComicBook/DetectiveComics'' - DC's [[LongRunners longest-running]] still-published comic series (though not longest number in issue number, as Action Comics overtook it in the 70s when Detective Comics was occasionally bi-monthly). Originally an AnthologyComic, Batman debuted in issue #27 in 1939 with the story "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate", and still headlined it up until 2009, when ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} briefly took over the book. Batman has since returned as the headliner. Various supporting characters, including the ComicBook/MartianManhunter, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary, the ComicBook/ElongatedMan, and [[ComicBook/TheQuestion the current Question]] have appeared over the years in various backup strips.²** Recently returned to its original numbering in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'', and now features a "Bat-Boot Camp" where Batman and Batwoman, with the aid of Red Robin, train Spoiler, Orphan, and Clayface.²* ''Batman'' - Batman's self-named monthly title, which debuted in 1940 (issue #1 featured the first appearances of the Joker and Catwoman). Considered to be the main flagship title.²** ''[[ComicBook/BatmanRebirth Batman (Rebirth)]]'' is the current biweekly title, which started with the ComicBook/DCRebirth relaunch.²[[/index]]²* ''World's Finest Comics'' - An anthology series that debuted in the late 1940s, originally it featured stand-alone solo stories involving Batman and Superman. However, with issue #71, the series switched formats to its now familiar "Superman/Batman" team-up stories. The series (which featured the first appearance of Scarecrow and Clock King) was cancelled in 1986. ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' served as a modern-day SpiritualSuccessor.²* ''The Joker'' - the Clown Prince of Crime starred in his own short-lived series in the mid-1970s.²[[index]]²* ''ComicBook/BatmanFamily'' - {{Anthology}} title, focusing on the supporting cast.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders''. Batman leading his own team. Launched in 1983. The team has gone through several incarnations, typically without their original leader.²[[/index]]²* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDarkKnight'' - A series that debuted in 1989, to tie into the release of the 1989 live action Batman movie. The series originally was a flashback book, focusing on past adventures of Batman, though by the early '90s (and the events of Knightfall), the book was revamped and took place in the here and now. Suffers from continuity issues, with several stories being considered non-canon.²[[/index]]²* ''Batman: Shadow of the Bat'' - Another Batman book, launched mainly as a vehicle for writer Alan Grant following his runs on Detective Comics and Batman. The series was much darker than the main Batman books at the time; in particular, the stories were often told from the POV of the villain. Launched in 1992, it lasted until 1999 with the conclusion of the ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' storyline.²[[index]]²* ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' - The solo series of Tim Drake, the third Robin. The series was preceded by three different miniseries, released 1990-91, 1991 and 1992-93 respectively; the ongoing launched in 1993 and lasted until 2009. It was then relaunched as ''ComicBook/RedRobin,'' which ran from 2009-2011.²* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'' - The solo series of Dick Grayson, the first Robin, as he carved his own identity. The series initially began as a 4 issue miniseries in 1995, before relaunching as an ongoing in 1996; it lasted until 2009, when Dick Grayson took on the mantle of Batman. The series began again with the New 52 reboot. Following the events of ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', the series was relaunched as ''Grayson'', in which Dick became a secret agent. In ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' it was relaunched as ''[[ComicBook/NightwingRebirth Nightwing]]'' again.²* ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' - A series that starred Renee Montoya and members of the Gotham City Police Department, with Batman only playing a minor role. While receiving critical acclaim (most notably for the story where Montoya is outed as a lesbian), the series ran for only 40 issues.²* ''Batman: Gotham Knights'' - A series focused on Batman, but heavily spotlighting and examining the rest of the Batfamily, his rogues gallery, and their relationships to each other.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanConfidential'' - Another anthology series that replaced ''Legends of the Dark Knight''. The series features classic Batman villains (who rarely appeared in Legends of the Dark Knight) and early adventures between them and Batman. Most notably (and infamously) the series is known for its Joker origin story, which uses the 1989 movie as its template.²* ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' - Mentioned above, this is a team-up series with Franchise/{{Superman}} that was the SpiritualSuccessor to "World's Finest". But unlike "World's Finest", Superman/Batman features major story lines for both characters, most notably Superman with its first arc featuring the two bringing down President ComicBook/LexLuthor (which was later spun off into the direct-to-DVD movie ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'') and its second arc re-introducing the Pre-Crisis ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} to Franchise/TheDCU.²* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman and Robin]]'' - Creator/GrantMorrison, who wrote Batman's ongoing comic from 2006-2009, was given his own book in which to tell the further adventures of the new Batman (Dick Grayson) and Bruce Wayne's son Damian Wayne, the new Robin. The series focuses on the fall-out from Morrison's popular run on the main Batman book as well as Damian's attempt to adjust to being a hero. As of 2011, it moved to the adventures of the Bruce Wayne Batman and his son Damian. Written by Peter J. Tomasi.²* ''Streets of Gotham'' - A series written by Paul Dini that features the new Batman and Robin in the eyes of other characters. Also features a back-up feature starring Kate Spencer, the current Manhunter.²* ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' - A series, also written by Paul Dini, dealing with the girls of Gotham, notably Poison Ivy, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} as they attempt to live "normal" lives.²* ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' - The tie-in comic of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanImpostors'' - The tie-in comic of ''VideoGame/GothamCityImpostors''.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnight'' — Another ongoing series, originally written and drawn by David Finch. After a short initial run it was relaunched with the New 52, where it lasted until 2014.²* ''ComicBook/Batgirl2011'' - A series about Barbara Gordon after she regains the use of her legs after the events of "ComicBook/TheKillingJoke". Takes place in the NEW 52. ²* ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' - The name of two titles starring Jason Todd. The first focused on Todd along with Arsenal and Starfire. This title split into two - ''ComicBook/RedHoodArsenal'' and ''ComicBook/{{Starfire}}''. The ComicBook/DCRebirth relaunch has Todd forming a dark version of the Trinity alongside the Bizarro Superman and the Amazon Artemis.²* ''{{ComicBook/Batwoman}}'' - The solo series of Katherine "Kate" Kane, who originally debuted in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''.²* ''ComicBook/{{Talon}}'' - follows Calvin Rose, a rogue Talon on the run from the Court of Owls.²* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSonOfBatman Robin: Son of Batman]]'' - The solo adventures of Damian Wayne, who seeks to redeem himself for his past with the League of Assassins.²* ''ComicBook/WeAreRobin'' - in the aftermath of ''Endgame'', a group of teens form the Robin Movement to protect Gotham.²* ''ComicBook/ArkhamManor'' - a six-issue mini-series that had Batman keeping an eye on the former Wayne Manor when it was repossesed during the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal''.²* ''ComicBook/GothamAcademy'' - the adventures of the Detective Club of the titular Wayne-funded school²* ''[[ComicBook/BatmanSuperman Batman/Superman]]'' - the New 52 version of the popular ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' title.²* ''ComicBook/{{Batwing}}''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Storylines]]²* ''[[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne Year One]]'' - Flashback tale written by Creator/FrankMiller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli which told of The Caped Crusader's first year in Gotham City and how he met then Lieutenant James Gordon. Critically acclaimed, it spawned a slew of sequels (''Batman: Year Two'', ''Batman: Year Three'', the continuity of both being debatable) and mini-series that take place afterwards. It also created a massive ContinuitySnarl (which was more-or-less, albeit uneasily, taken care of later), as far as erasing Batgirl from canon and introducing a new offspring for Commissioner Gordon, as well as a controversial new origin for Catwoman where she is a former prostitute. Many elements of the story were adapted into ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.²* ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily'' - Batman and Robin II (Jason Todd) go to the Middle East, to track down Jason's birth mother and stop Joker from stealing relief aid from the Red Cross for cash. In the process, Joker kills Jason Todd and his mother and ultimately finds immunity waiting for him in Iran, who offer to make him their ambassador in exchange for him poisoning the entire UN with Joker gas. Superman stops the gas attack and Batman beats the crap out of the Joker, who gets shot by a stray bullet from his Iranian henchmen, and his plane crashes into the ocean. Famous for the fact that Jason's fate was decided by a "1-900" call-in phone poll.²* ''A Lonely Place of Dying'' - When Batman grows increasingly violent in the wake of Jason Todd's death, a young teen named Tim Drake deduces Batman and Nightwing's identities and seeks out Dick to get him to be Robin again. When Dick refuses, it's up to Tim to take up the dominoed mask and save the two from Two-Face, setting up the stage for Tim to become the third Robin.²* ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''/''Knightquest''/''Knightsend'' - Introduces Bane, who after forcing Batman to run a gauntlet of his worst enemies, breaks Batman's back. This forces Bruce to promote his latest sidekick ComicBook/{{Azrael}} to Batman status, which backfires due to Azrael having still not shaken the effects of being brainwashed into becoming an assassin and ultimately forces Bruce (when he's recovered) to face him down to reclaim the cape and cowl.²* ''Contagion'' & ''Legacy'': Two arcs which pretty much go together back-to-back. In the former, Gotham has to deal with an outbreak of Ebola-A and chronicles Batman's attempts to help contain and cure the virus. After which, in the latter, Ra's Al Ghul makes his return to the Batman books as he unleashes a massive plague upon Gotham City, as a test run to unleashing the virus upon humanity. Batman is forced to call in all of his allies (Catwoman, Azrael, Nightwing, and Robin) to help stop Ra's Al Ghul. But victory ultimately depends on Poison Ivy (whose blood holds the cure for the virus) and Bane (who has been recruited by Ra's Al Ghul to marry his daughter) helping Batman and his crew in saving the world.²* ''Cataclysm'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' - An earthquake hits Gotham and the U.S. Government, rather than rebuild, orders the city sealed off. As Batman and his crew struggle to keep the peace, it soon becomes apparent that [[spoiler:Lex Luthor is behind the government turning its back on Gotham City. With no government in the city, Luthor plans on destroying all records of land ownership, to claim the city as his own but fails when Batman stops him (though he is unable to prove to the world what Lex did)]]. Mainly known for introducing the third Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) and reintroducing Black Mask into the Batman books.²* ''Officer Down'' - It's a normal night in Gotham City, until a lucky punk has shot Commissioner Gordon and all of Gotham City's finest are looking for the shooter. Notable for largely writing Commissioner Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock out of the Bat-books until ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.²* ''[[ComicBook/BruceWayneFugitive Bruce Wayne: Murderer?/Fugitive]]'' - Following the events of ''No Man's Land'', ComicBook/LexLuthor became President and Bruce Wayne, in retaliation, severed all business ties with the U.S. Government in protest. In revenge, Lex orders Bruce Wayne's girlfriend murdered and Bruce framed for the deed. Making things worse for Batman, Lex Luthor hires the new Batgirl's dad to carry out the hit and since he knows Bruce Wayne is Batman, he is able to turn Batman's friends & allies against him as Batman struggles to prove his innocence.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'' and ''Under the Hood'' - "Hush" was a warmly received and massively hyped story written by Creator/JephLoeb and illustrated by Jim Lee. The story deals with an alliance with new Bat-foe Hush and [[spoiler:the Riddler]] after the latter figures out Batman's identity. While Hush had Batman run the gauntlet with much of his RoguesGallery, a figure appearing to be [[spoiler:a resurrected Jason Todd]] appears to confuse Batman. In the end, Hush's identity is revealed to be [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne's childhood friend, Thomas Elliot, who has decided to harbor a deep hatred over Bruce's "gifted childhood" (AKA the dead parents)]]. The buzz over the appearance of the supposed [[spoiler:Jason Todd]] lead to "Under The Hood" where Creator/JuddWinick detailed the rise of a new Red Hood, which was originally held by the man who would become the Joker. Upon the discovery that the Red Hood was indeed [[spoiler:Jason returned from the dead]], angry that [[spoiler:Batman replaced him and didn't kill his "killer"]], Batman has to stop [[spoiler:his adopted son and former ward]]'s RoaringRampageOfRevenge. ''Hush'' also saw Harvey Dent's face repaired and cured of his Two-Face persona until ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanWarGames'' and ''War Crimes'' - Spoiler decided to prove to Batman she was worthy of being the newest Robin by taking one of his plans and engaging in a massive BatmanGambit against all of Gotham's gangs that goes horribly wrong. The result? Black Mask becoming the top crime boss in Gotham and Stephanie Brown, AKA the fourth Robin, dying because Batman waited too long to get her medical treatment. The story was almost immediately followed up with ''War Crimes'', which tried to retcon the story by saying it was longtime Batman ally Leslie Thompkins who withheld medical treatment from Stephanie, and then ''Infinite Crisis'' warped reality within months of the publication of ''War Crimes''. [[spoiler:''War Crimes'' was erased from canon and replaced with a scenario where Thompkins, with Batman's permission, faked Stephanie's death to protect her from further reprisals from Black Mask.]]²[[/index]]²* ''Face The Face'': Set during the One Year Later TimeSkip after ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Batman and the Tim Drake Robin return to action just in time to deal with someone killing off several of Batman's rogues gallery, with evidence pointing to Harvey Dent, who Batman left in charge of protecting Gotham while he was away after being cured. Notable for making the Great White Shark (introduced in ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'') Gotham's top crime boss and the aforementioned returns of Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock, and Harvey Dent's Two-Face persona (including rescarring). Batman also adopts Tim Drake, who takes up a costume similar to his ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' incarnation.²[[index]]²* ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman: A group of {{Story Arc}}s all written during Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''Batman''. All titles are connected by a large overarching storyline, and Morrison himself says that he intends for this group of titles to be [[WritingForTheTrade part of a series]].[[/index]]²** ''Batman and Son'': Batman discovers that his one-time sexual encounter with Talia Al Ghul left her pregnant. And now, several years later, she's dropping off her son on Batman's doorsteps so that he can teach the kid how to be a great man, as she prepares to take over the world with her army of Manbat Ninjas. Introduces Damian Wayne to the Batman universe.²** ''The Three Ghosts of Batman'': Bruce faces off against three psychotic Batman impersonators (a marksman, a steroid-fueled behemoth, and a raving Satanic killer) with ties to a cadre of corrupt police officers and a mysterious military experiment that Bruce himself took part in years ago. A prelude to ''Batman: R.I.P'' that introduces Dr. Simon Hurt, the leader of the Black Glove organization. Notable for giving us a glimpse of a possible future where Damian has become the new Batman.²** ''The Black Glove'': Batman's weekend vacation with a cadre of international superheroes he inspired takes a turn for the worst when the mysterious "Black Glove" destroys their transportation off an island, so that they can be killed off one by one.²** ''Batman R.I.P.'' - The Black Glove makes its assault against Batman, and attempts to destroy his personality with long dormant mental triggers which were placed in Batman's mind years ago. Upon the activation of a mental safeguard in the case of such a scenario, the personality of "the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh" keeps Batman functioning until his mind repairs the damage and stops the Black Glove from killing him and invading Gotham City. Upon confronting the leader in an escaping helicopter, Batman becomes "cursed" to die the next time he wears the cape and cowl. After escaping the helicopter crash, Batman is summoned by Superman to investigate [[ComicBook/FinalCrisis the death of a God...]]²*** ''Battle For The Cowl'' (not written by Morrison, but fits into the overarching story) - [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne is dead, and a great void has been created in Gotham City. A war on two fronts has started that the Bat-Family must deal with: the recently escaped RoguesGallery from Arkham, along with the various gangs and factions trying to claim Gotham as their own; and the appearance of a mysterious masked "Batman", who holds no qualms for murder (eventually revealed to be Jason Todd). After attempting to kill both Tim Drake and Damian Wayne, Jason fights Nightwing, and is defeated. Dick takes over the mantle of the Bat, and Damian becomes the new Robin while Tim heals from his injuries]].²** ''Batman: Reborn'' - Umbrella title for the various Batbooks dealing with Dick Grayson as the new Batman and Damian as the new Robin. Threats facing them are Jason Todd and a new Black Mask, along with new villains such as Professor Pyg and his army of circus freak show villains and the assassin known as "The Flamingo".²** ''The Return of Bruce Wayne'': [[spoiler:[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title says it all.]] Until it happens, we're treated to Bruce Wayne's displaced adventures in time, where he suits up in period-specific Bat-costumes and fights pirates and cavemen and stuff, due to [[UnstuckInTime continually being shunted around the timestream]]. Oh, and Superman says his return will bring about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world]]...]]²*** ''Time Masters: Vanishing Point'': A side story connected to ''Return'' as Superman, Green Lantern, Booster Gold and Rip Hunter travel through time in search of Batman.²*** ''Bruce Wayne: The Road Home'': [[spoiler:The culmination of the ''Batman: Reborn'' storyline. Vicki Vale seeks to reveal the identities of the Bat-Family to the world, but Ra's ah Ghul refuses to let her do so and seeks to kill her. The Bat-Family, the GCPD and the returned Bruce Wayne must protect her and convince her that what she's doing is wrong.]]²** ''Batman, Inc.'': After the events of the above storyline, Bruce Wayne decides to take the Batman operation international and train potential Batmen worldwide, leaving Dick and Damian to continue their roles as Batman and Robin in Gotham City.²[[index]]²* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheBlackMirror:'' While Bruce is busy with Batman, Inc, Dick stays on as Gotham's Batman. He, ComicBook/{{Oracle}}, Jim Gordon, and Tim Drake continue the good fight against evil auctioneers, nefarious car salesmen, pirates, and baby formula truck drivers.²* ''ComicBook/NightOfTheOwls:'' Batman as of the New 52. Bruce is Batman again, though Damian is still Robin, and Dick still operates as Nightwing. A shadowy organization known as The Court of Owls, basically Gotham City's Illuminati, are trying to take back Gotham City, using pseudo-immortal assassins as their footsoldiers.²* ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily:'' After a year-long absence, ComicBook/TheJoker returns to Gotham with a torn-off face and gunning for Batman's allies. ²* ''ComicBook/{{Gothtopia}}'': All of Gotham [[OnlySaneMan except Batman]] believes Gotham to be a SugarBowl {{Utopia}}, though as the facade [[CrapsaccharineWorld falls apart]], [[spoiler:the Scarecrow]] enacts a further scheme for control of the populace.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanZeroYear'': The revision of Batman's origin for the ComicBook/{{New 52}}. Unlike ''[[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne Year One]]'', it has direct involvement of several classic villains, with The Riddler in particular serving as Gotham City's first supervillain and the arc's BigBad, and has tie-in crossovers with many other heroes. Replaces Year One as the official Batman story.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'': A story featuring [[spoiler:The Joker's]] return after [[spoiler:Death Of The Family.]]²* ''Batman: Superheavy'': Following the events of ''Endgame'', the GCPD decide to make their own Batman with the original MIA.²* ''ComicBook/RobinWar'': A storyline that pits Damian Wayne against a group of teens who proclaims themselves Robin, dragging in the previous Robin title-bearers and the brand new Batman in the process.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanPreludeToTheWedding'': A series of one-shots set on the eve of Batman's wedding to Catwoman in ''ComicBook/BatmanRebirth''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: One-Shots & Limited Series]]²* ''ComicBook/TheUntoldLegendOfTheBatman'' - A three-issue miniseries written by Len Wein.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' - An old Batman takes up the cowl again to fight mutants. And along with ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', it helped start UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age of comic|books}}s.²* ''ComicBook/TheBatmanOfArkham'' - An {{Elseworld}} story set in 1900. By day, Bruce Wayne is the benevolent head psychiatrist of Arkham Asylum. By night, he prowls the streets as Batman to defeat those who would eventually become his patients.²* ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' - With the help of Creator/AlanMoore, The Joker gets reinvented into the insane sociopath we all know and love. This book is a major influence over all adaptations of the Joker following it. Notable for featuring Batgirl being crippled, paving the way for her reinvention as "Oracle", super-hacker extraordinaire.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult'' - A man named Deacon Blackfire plans on using his secret underground cult to take over Gotham City. He kidnaps, tortures, and drugs Batman to convert him and use him against the very city he swore to protect. It's up to Robin (Jason Todd) to find Batman, escape Gotham, and together, put an end to Blackfire's reign of terror.²* ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' - Creator/GrantMorrison's first Batman story, Arkham Asylum is what happens when the Batman's rogues gallery gets overdosed on horror, with a little of Creator/LewisCarroll as well. An unholy force has taken over the asylum, forcing Batman to have to storm the place and save the staff. Notable for giving the back story behind the place, and it definitely wasn't pretty.²* ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'': A limited series that focuses on the hellish environment inside the walls of Arkham Asylum from the viewpoint of Warren White, a white collar criminal who declares himself insane to escape jailtime, only to find himself in Arkham, [[DrivenToMadness and is eventually driven insane by the other inmates]], transforming him into the villain The Great White Shark. Also notable for focusing mostly on the C-list villains, as well as small time inmates created for the series, such as Humpty Dumpty, Death Rattle, [[MadArtist Doodlebug]] and [[DumbMuscle Lunkhead]].²* ''Dark Moon Rising'' - Two linked miniseries by [[ComicBook/{{Grendel}} Matt Wagner]], ''Batman and the Monster Men'' and ''Batman and the Mad Monk'', which retell two Golden Age stories in the post- Year One continuity. They lead directly into...²* ''The Man Who Laughs'' - A one-shot issue written by Ed Brubaker, detailing the Batman's first encounter with the Joker. (Mainly an attempt to re-write the original Joker story with the modern characterization of the Joker).²* ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'': Another Year One-era story, detailing the origin of Two-Face. The story itself involves a serial killer named "Holiday" bumping off members of Carmine "The Roman" Falcone's mob on various holidays. Much like ''Year One'', many elements were adapted into ''Film/BatmanBegins'' (as well as ''Film/TheDarkKnight'').²* ''ComicBook/BatmanDarkVictory'' - Written and drawn by the guys who did ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'', this limited series deals with the fall-out of Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face as another serial killer "The Hangman" attempts to kill off a number of former and current GCPD members - including Jim Gordon. It also features the story of how Bruce Wayne adopted Dick Grayson, who dons the Robin identity at the end of the story.²* ''ComicBook/CatwomanWhenInRome'': A PerspectiveFlip focusing on Catwoman during the events of ''Dark Victory'' .²* ''ComicBook/BatmanThrillkiller'' - An {{Elseworlds}} limited series taking place in TheSixties, in an alternate timeline where Bruce Wayne became a police officer after his parents' murder and Barbara Gordon inherited Wayne Manor after a penniless Bruce sold it. By 1960, Babs Gordon fights crime as Batgirl alongside her partner Dick Grayson (aka Robin, the Man Wonder) while Commissioner Gordon of the GCPD tries to put them both behind bars. Oh... and ComicBook/TheJoker's [[DistaffCounterpart a woman]].²* ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' - A sequel to ''The Dark Knight Returns'', once again written by Frank Miller. Unlike ''The Dark Knight Returns'', it features a cast of dozens, as Batman gathers an army of his former friends to free America from Lex Luthor and Brainiac, who have taken over the U.S. thanks to a sentient hologram president.²* ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' - The Goddamn Batman (A.K.A. [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Crazy Steve]]) abducts the Goddamn Dick Grayson (age twelve) and goes on some crazy stuff in the Goddamn Gotham City.²* ''Gotham Underground'' - A limited series that focuses on the effects of the Countdown to Final Crisis on Batman's rogues gallery, not to mention the recent death of Black Mask. While the rest of the Bat-family struggle to prevent a gang war from breaking out, Batman - undercover as a henchman - winds up in prison. By the end of the series, [[spoiler:Penguin finds himself Batman's informant - whether he likes it or not.]]²* ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' - Another one-shot, written by Brian Azzarello, detailing the Joker's release from Arkham and his subsequent rise (and fall). The Bat himself makes only a short but effective appearance. Quite a few similarities between the Joker depicted within and Creator/HeathLedger's portrayal in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', but this is coincidental, this being written a good bit before the film was released.²* ''ComicBook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' - A six issue miniseries covering the tale of Jason's resurrection and journey to become the Red Hood as he plots his revenge against Bruce. ²* ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' - Based off the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' animated series continuity. It started out as a six-part miniseries, but became an ongoing series in 2011.²* ''ComicBook/GothamByGaslight'' - This is now considered the first DC {{Elseworld}} title; though not originally called such, it is labelled an official Elseworld in subsequent re-printings. In it, all of the key characters and events of Batman's origin have come to pass in the Victorian age. The story centered on first the Bat-Man, then Bruce himself, being blamed for a resurgence in Gotham of the antics of [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper Saucy Jack]].²* ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader'' - A two-part Batman story written by Creator/NeilGaiman, in the same vein of Superman's "''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow"'', this is an epilogue to the Bruce Wayne Batman (in '''all''' of his incarnations). It was to be the 'last' story after his death in ''Batman R.I.P.'' and ''Final Crisis'' and act as a summing-up of the character.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanDigitalJustice'' - An Alternate Reality story set exty years from now, featuring the grandson of Commissioner Gordon taking up the mantle of Batman to fight cyber-crime in Gotham City. Written/illustrated by Pepe Moreno and created entirely on computer (a new idea in 1990).²* ''ComicBook/BatmanDetectiveNo27'' - An "elseworld" where Bruce Wayne never becomes Batman, instead becoming Detective No. 27. Named after ''Detective Comics'' #27, Batman's debut appearance.²* ''Mad Love'' - Harley Quinn's origin story, which was later adapted for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. It received massive critical praise and won the 1994 Eisner Award for "Best Single Issue."²* ''ComicBook/BatmanOdyssey'' - A supremely bizarre miniseries (2010-2011) drawn ''and written'' by Neal Adams, featuring Batman's journey to [[HollowWorld the underworld]].²* ''ComicBook/BatmanVampire'' - A fairly well-regarded trilogy of {{Elseworld}}s that feature the Dark Knight being turned into a vampire.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOneHundred''-- 100 years after his debut, the Dark Knight is still facing against evil, taking on corrupt government agents as TheWarOnTerror runs amok.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanEarthOne'' - A reimaging of Batman's origin where he attempts to bring the man who ordered his parents' assassination to justice. ²* ''ComicBook/PenguinPainAndPrejudice'' - A limited series told from the perspective of [[ComicBook/ThePenguin]] that explores his past.²* ''ComicBook/{{Batmite}}''²* ''ComicBook/Batman66'' - A continuation of the 1960 TV series.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'': A MilestoneCelebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman's first appearance, as a year-long weekly series that incorporates many elements of his supporting cast and rogues gallery back into the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, including Stephanie Brown.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanAndRobinEternal'' — 26-issue weekly series mainly focused on the four Robins. Notably re-introduces Cassandra Cain into continuity, as well as her father David Cain and Jean-Paul Valley; also reveals the secret backstory of Harper Row.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' - A {{Crossover}} with ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIDW''²* ''ComicBook/DarkKnightIIITheMasterRace'' - A limited series written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello that has Batman reuniting his fellow heroes to take down an intergalactic force of evil.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanWhiteKnight'' - A miniseries written by Sean Murphy where Joker is cured of his insanity and Batman has gone too far.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanAndCaptainAmerica''²* ''ComicBook/SpiderManAndBatmanDisorderedMinds''²* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkPrinceCharming'' - A two-volume graphic novel series from DC Comics and French publisher Dargaud.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanVsPredatorTrilogy'', a series of mini-series created by DC Comics and Creator/DarkHorseComics that pit Batman and his allies against Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox's infamous alien game hunter.²* ''ComicBook/BatmanCatwoman'' - a twelve-issue maxi-series set to conclude the storyline started in ''ComicBook/BatmanRebirth''. Notable for introducing [[WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm the Phantasm]] into DC Comics proper after nearly ''30 years''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime]]²* ''Anime/BatmanNinja'' (2018) - A Japanese-made animated movie involving Batman getting transported into an alternate version of feudal Japan where Joker has reigned there and once again, Batman must stop him, helped with Sengoku period figures re-imagined or molded with characters from the franchise. Creator/KoichiYamadera is confirmed to voice Batman in this animated feature for the Japanese version, and in the English dub, Creator/RogerCraigSmith reprised his role from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* ''Literature/TheFurtherAdventuresOfBatman'' (1989) - a series of [[ShortStory short stories]] told in {{Anthology}} form, and collected by Creator/MartinHGreenberg. ²* ''[[Literature/BatmanTheUltimateEvil Batman: The Ultimate Evil]]'' - a dark story, even for Batman. Batman takes on an international child pornography/prostitution ring. [[spoiler:Somewhat controversial for having the death of Wayne's parents being an assassination of his mother by the same ring, a generation earlier.]]²* ''[[Literature/BatmanKnightfall Batman: Knightfall]]'' (1994) by Denny O'Neil. As it's name implies, it's a novelization of ''Knightfall'', but also ''Knightquest'' and ''[=KnightsEnd=]''. It also included some details about Batman's backstory which is written to mirror the continuity of the comics at the time.²* ''[[Literature/BatmanKnightfallAndBeyond Batman: Knightfall & Beyond]]'' (1994) by Alan Grant. Also an adaptation of ''Knightfall'', but intended for a younger audience.²* ''Literature/BatmanMurderAtWayneManor'' - A construction crew locates a decayed corpse on the grounds of Wayne Manor, and all evidence points to her being a victim of Bruce's father...but is that what really happened? Marketed as "An Interactive Batman Mystery", the solution is sealed in the last few pages and left for the reader to deduce on their own first, and comes with lots of {{Feelies}} of the various bits of evidence that Batman finds.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}'': "Holy surrealism, Batman!" The colorful, {{camp}}y '60s series that pretty much defined the bright, shiny Batman. Played by Creator/AdamWest.²* ''Advertising/BatmanOnStarCommercials'': A series of commercials that aired during 2000-2002.²* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'': Bruce/Batman is notoriously [[TheGhost absent from the setting, but still alluded to on a number of instances]]. He apparently left Gotham City three years prior to ''Series/{{Elseworlds|2018}}'', but nobody knows why.²** [[Series/{{Batwoman|2019}} Kate Kane / Batwoman]], Bruce's cousin, has risen in his absence, using his tech and bat symbols to fight crime like him.²* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': A series on Creator/{{Fox}} featuring the early years of Detective James Gordon and Batman's RoguesGallery before Bruce Wayne became Batman. Bruce is played by David Mazouz.²* ''Series/{{Titans|2018}}'': A series revolving around Dick Grayson and his friends. Jason Todd and Bruce himself make appearances, with an uncredited stand-in in the costume for Batman. In the show's second season, Bruce is played by Creator/IainGlen.²* ''Series/{{Pennyworth}}'': As the name implies, the series focuses on the Wayne family's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, when he was younger and started helping the future Wayne couple against a NebulousEvilOrganisation.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* ''Film/TheBatman'': Batman's film debut in 1943, a 15-chapter serial, served as the inspiration and cause of the 1960s show. It starred Creator/LewisWilson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, the first live action incarnation of the character. ²** ''Film/{{Batman and Robin|Serial}}'': The 1949 sequel 15-chapter serial. Robert Lowery replaced Lewis Wilson in the title role.²* ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' (1966): TheMovie of the 60s TV show, starring Creator/AdamWest as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman [[LegionOfDoom team up]] and threaten world peace with a dehydrator that can turn humans into dust. The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder must stop them. ²* The Burton/Schumacher film series (1989-1997): ²** ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}'' - Directed by Creator/TimBurton and starring Creator/MichaelKeaton. Batman must stop former mobster Jack Napier, who fell into a vat of chemicals and became the Joker, terrorizing Gotham City with his deadly laughing gas. ²** ''Film/BatmanReturns'' - Tim Burton and Michael Keaton returned. Batman faces off against the Penguin and Catwoman.²** ''Film/BatmanForever'' - Directed by Creator/JoelSchumacher and starring Creator/ValKilmer. The Riddler and Two-Face team up to discover who Batman really is. Batman teams up with circus orphan Dick "Robin" Grayson against them.²** ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' - Directed by Joel Schumacher once again, and starring Creator/GeorgeClooney. Mr. Freeze wants to plunge Gotham City into an eternal winter and teams up with Poison Ivy, and Batman and Robin set out to stop them. Batgirl joins the fray.²* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' (2005-2012): A complete [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] of the film continuity, which was a rare occurrence in Hollywood at the time. Directed by Creator/ChristopherNolan and starring Creator/ChristianBale as Batman. Very much AdaptationDistillation.²** ''Film/BatmanBegins'': How Bruce Wayne became Batman and fought to save Gotham City from the League of Shadows.²** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': The rise of the Joker, who brings Gotham on the edge of chaos.²** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': A broken Batman must rise again to save Gotham from an impending doom at the hands of Bane.²* ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'' (2013-): Batman has been rebooted again, this time he is part of the cinematic SharedUniverse launched by DC and Warner Bros. Creator/BenAffleck donned the cape and cowl.²** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' has Batman and Superman [[CrossOver sharing the screen together]] for the first time in a motion picture. Having witnessed first-hand the potential of mass destruction of Superman, Batman sets out to kill him, not knowing both are manipulated by Lex Luthor.²** ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'' sees him appear in cameos, putting some bad guys behind bars for Amanda Waller to pick up for her Task Force X project and furthering his quest to gather the Justice League in TheStinger. Said baddies include some of his own RoguesGallery such as Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc. The Joker also appears, in a mission of his own to bring Harley home.²** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' sees Batman gathering, leading and providing his tech to the eponymous Justice League for the first time on film to fight off the Apokoliptian New God Steppenwolf. Commissioner Gordon and his GCPD aide Crispus Allen also show up briefly.²** ''Film/{{Birds of Prey|2020}}'' features some of Batman's RoguesGallery, namely Harley Quinn, Black Mask and Victor Zsasz. The latter [[RoguesGalleryTransplant has been made an enemy]] of the eponymous Birds of Prey. That story is also the debut of both [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]] and [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Renee Montoya]] on film.[[/index]]²** ''The Batman'' (tentative title), to be written and directed by Creator/MattReeves. Scheduled for release in 2021. To be played by Creator/RobertPattinson.[[index]]²* ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'' (2019): A StartOfDarkness reinventing Batman's ArchEnemy as a mentally ill [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] who's DrivenToVillainy in a [[CrapsackWorld decaying Gotham City]], starring Creator/JoaquinPhoenix. A young Bruce Wayne appears, played by Dante Pereira-Olson. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* [[/index]]''Music/JanAndDean Meet Batman'': At the height of their fame, the SurfRock duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence approached National Periodical Publications (as DC was then known) about doing a licensed (i.e. copyright-compliant) album based both on the comic books and the TV show, which was also at the height of its popularity. NPP gave its blessing, and this strong contender for the title of "Weirdest ConceptAlbum Ever" was born. Half the record is music inspired by the comic books and the show, including a cover of the latter's theme. The other half details the adventures of "Captain Jan & Dean the Boy Blunder," an AffectionateParody both of UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks -- or, from their perspective, the current time -- and also of the just-passed [[RadioDrama Golden Age of Radio]]. The cuts alternate between type, and the comedy pieces are as goofy as you'd expect; besides ribbing many of the tropes listed here, our heroes have abilities like [[SuperBreath Power Breath]] and "Instant Distance Mental Powers" that, [[TeleporterAccident when their intended destination is the Surf City Circus, land them in the Jersey City Surplus Store]] via a literal WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque. However, the Bat-music cuts are played almost completely straight, or at least as straight as the era allowed; some lyrics are taken directly from ''Detective Comics'' #27.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Radio]]²* As Wiki/ThatOtherWiki [[ notes,]] two attempts at a U.S. series during the [[RadioDrama Golden Age of Radio]] never got off the ground, though the Dynamic Duo did make guest appearances on Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman, both in crossover stories and solo ones to give the regular star playing Superman, Bud Collyer, some time off. Decades later, award-winning producer Dirk Maggs created two acclaimed radio series for the BBC starring the Dark Knight. The first, ''The Lazarus Syndrome'', is a completely original drama. The second, an adaptation of ''Knightfall'', ran as short segments within the DJ show hosted by Mark Goodier. Both are noted for Creator/MichaelGough reprising his film role as Alfred.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Manga]]²[[index]]²* An official licensed manga, called simply ''Manga/{{Batman}}'', was published in Japan during 1960s Bat-mania. It was written and drawn by Jiro Kuwata, and was translated and published in the US partially in 2008 and completely from 2014 on.²* ''Manga/BatmanChildOfDreams'' by Creator/KiaAsamiya of ''Manga/SilentMobius'' fame.²* ''Manga/BatmanDeathMask''²* ''Batman and the Justice League'', a monthly manga series made as a collaboration between Creator/DCComics, publisher Akita Shoten, and artist [[LightNovel/{{Kieli}} Shiori]] [[Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas Teshirogi]]. It is serialized in Champion RED magazine, and made to hype up the release of the then-upcoming ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' movie in Japan.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pinballs]]²* ''[[Pinball/BatmanDataEast Batman (Data East)]]''. Released in 1991 as a [[LicensedPinballTable tie-in]] to [[Film/Batman1989 the Tim Burton movie.]]²* ''Pinball/BatmanForever''. By Creator/SegaPinball, based on the Joel Schumacher movie.²* ''[[Pinball/BatmanStern Batman (Stern)]]''. Released in 2008, based on Christopher Nolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* ''TabletopGame/HeroClix''²* ''TabletopGame/CerberusEngineGames''²* ''TabletopGame/BatmanMiniaturesGame''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theater]]²* ''Theatre/BatmanTheMusical''. No, really. It never made it onstage, but you can still read about WhatMightHaveBeen here and listen to the demo recordings.²* ''Theatre/BatmanLive'': a big-budget arena show that premiered in the UK July '11 and toured Europe and North America. It focuses on the relationship between Batman and Robin, and is a fusion between theatre, circus, and hand-drawn animation.²* ''Theatre/HolyMusicalBatman'': a musical parody by Creator/TeamStarKid, performed during March 2012 and made available online on April 13th.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theme Parks]]²* The Ride/SixFlags chain features Batman-themed rides in at least nine of its parks as of 2019; the ones in Texas, Georgia and Maryland have full "Gotham City" sections.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Jon Ritman's ''[[ Batman]]'' is an isometric action-adventure released in 1986 and the first Batman game ever. A complete list of Batman video games can be read on [[ the other wiki]]. Works with a page on [=TvTropes=] include:²* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobin'': A run-and-gun for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis in the vein of ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' based on ''The Animated Series''.²* ''VideoGame/BatmanSunsoft'': Adaptations for various 8-bit and 16-bit consoles based on the 1989 film, and videogame-only sequels for the same systems.²* ''VideoGame/BatmanVengeance'', based on the New Batman Adventures.²** ''VideoGame/BatmanRiseOfSinTzu''²* ''VideoGame/BatmanDarkTomorrow''²* ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman'', a LighterAndSofter Franchise/{{LEGO}} game where every character is put into Lego form.²* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' series: Developed by Rocksteady Games, this series is considered a shining example of SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames.²** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', often considered to be the second best video game adaptation of the Batman franchise, beaten only by its sequel.²** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', the sequel to VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum where the inmates are allowed to run free over an area of Gotham.²** ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', a prequel to Arkham City, it's an adaptation of the early days of Batman set during Christmas Eve in Gotham. ²*** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOriginsBlackgate'', a {{Metroidvania}} tie-in portable game to Origins.²** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', the GrandFinale of the Arkham series.²** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamVR'', a [=PlayStation=] VR exclusive title.²* ''VideoGame/GothamCityImpostors'', a downloadable FirstPersonShooter on UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade, UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork and on UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} (where it is free to play). Has a ComicBookAdaptation in the form of ''ComicBook/BatmanImpostors''.²[[/index]]²* ''Batman'', a 2013 arcade DrivingGame made by Raw Thrills.²[[index]]²* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', an episodic story-based game made by the studio which popularised the genre, Creator/TelltaleGames.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls''²* ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded''. Batman is a recurring character in that web series, appearing at the Super-Café alongside Superman in practically every comic book film-related episode, plus dedicated ''Super Café'' and ''Villain pub'' shorts.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* ''Webcomic/LilGotham''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Videos]]²* ''WebVideo/TheGreatMistakeOfDrMiles''²* ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''The Batman/Superman Hour''²* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfBatman''²* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'': The AnimatedAdaptation of the 1960s TV series, featuring the same actors. ²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': An animated tie-in with the 1989 ''Batman'' film. It turned out to be AdaptationDistillation and launched the Franchise/{{DCAU}} with a crossover into ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. Still held in very high regard.²** Later became ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]''; both names are included here for completion.²** It also spun off these films and [=OVAs=]:²*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''²*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero''²*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman''²** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': A TimeSkip continuation of the above, [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 40 years in the future]], Bruce Wayne acting as TheMentor to Terry [=McGinnis=], who [[LegacyCharacter takes up the mantle]] of Batman (or maybe "the Bat-mantle"?)²*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' was an OVA spun off from the series.²** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'': Linked the two above series and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', solidifying the DCAU, with Batman as a major character and Batman II making two cameos. The ''JLU'' episode "Epilogue" served as a FullyAbsorbedFinale for ''Beyond''.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': A non-DCAU series aimed at a younger audience, starring Batman in his first few years as a crime-fighter.²** ''WesternAnimation/TheBatmanVsDracula'': A 2005 direct-to-video animated movie based on the series.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': A lighter series, having nothing to do with the DCAU. Tone greatly resembles that of the '60s ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}'' show and/or UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} comic, but with a more PostModern, self-aware vibe to it.²** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndBatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': A film in the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries'', while ''[=B: TBatB=]'' did an homage to ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'' in the episode "Batmite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases" as the title suggests, it's Scooby-Doo actually meeting the ''Brave and the Bold'' version of Batman.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'': An AnimatedAnthology film set in ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', between ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.²* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''²* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths''²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'': A dark animated film about the return of Jason Todd, the second Robin.²* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse''²* ''WesternAnimation/DCSuperFriends'': a 17-minute short made for Fisher-Price's range of "DC Super Friends" toys.²* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Batman plays an important, recurring role in the series. He gives the central team their black-ops type missions, missions that the Justice League can't do themselves because of their high public profile.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanYearOne'': An AnimatedAdaptation of [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne the comic storyline]].²* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom'': A loose adaptation of the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] arc, ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmericaTowerOfBabel''.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'': A MovieMultipack AnimatedAdaptation of the comic of the same name.²* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'': A CGI animated series in which Batman teams up with Katana and a younger, tougher Alfred to face off against Anarky and a slew of other lesser-known villains.²* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox''²* WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedMovieUniverse: A series of direct-to-video movies that are part of a SharedUniverse.²** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar''²** ''WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman'': An AnimatedAdaptation of "[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman and Son]]".²** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueThroneOfAtlantis''²** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanVsRobin''²** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBadBlood''²** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueVsTeenTitans''²** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDark''²** ''WesternAnimation/TheDeathOfSuperman''²** ''WesternAnimation/ReignOfTheSupermen''²** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanHush''²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'': An animated movie set in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''.²* ''WesternAnimation/LegoDCComicsSuperHeroes'' : A series of Direct To DVD movies featuring Lego versions of Batman and the Justice League ²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnlimitedAnimalInstincts''²** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnlimitedMonsterMayhem''²** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnlimitedMechVsMutants''²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke'', an adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanReturnOfTheCapedCrusaders'': A [[MilestoneCelebration 50th anniversary]] tribute to the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}'' series with Creator/AdamWest, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar [[RoleReprise reprising their roles.]]²** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanVsTwoFace'', a sequel with Creator/WilliamShatner playing Two-Face.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamByGaslight'', an adaptation of ''ComicBook/GothamByGaslight''.²* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'': A Justice League series where Batman stars as one of the three leads.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndHarleyQuinn''²* Batman has a supporting role in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie2TheSecondPart''.²** He got his own spin-off movie, ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie''²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanVsTheTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' : An adaptation of ''ComicBook/BatmanTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' that sees both teams work together to stop Shredder and Ra's Al Ghul.²[/index]]²[[/folder]]²²----²!!Various parts of the franchise have provided the [[TropeNamer name for]]:²* AdamWesting²* BatDeduction²* BatFamilyCrossover²* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace²* BatmanColdOpen²* BatmanGambit²* BatmanGrabsAGun²* BatmanInMyBasement²* BatSignal²* BruceWayneHeldHostage²* TheCommissionerGordon²* TheCowl²* DatingCatwoman²* JokerImmunity²* JokerJury²* MadLove²* MerryChristmasInGotham²* RiddleMeThis²* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham²* {{Thememobile}}²* ToTheBatnoun²* ToTheBatpole²* TwoFaced²* UtilityBelt²* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys²* WhyDontYaJustShootHim²²----²!!Tropes among all versions:²²* AbortedArc: From 1995-98, writer Doug Moench and artist Kelley Jones were in charge of the main Batman title. During their first three years on the title, a nameless puppeteer holding a Batman puppet appeared in the background of many stories. He would be there when Batman was solving a case or when he was throwing a party as Bruce Wayne, but he never let his presence be known. The idea was that in the fourth year of their run, which they knew would be their last, they would properly introduce the character as a villain who knew Bruce's identity, was capable of manipulating both Bruce and Batman and has been preparing to confront Bats on his own terms, but this was never followed through. Jones later [[ explained]] in [[ interviews]] that editorial demanded that in their last year they tied the book in with the other Bat-titles, which they had been pretty much allowed to ignore in favor of telling their own self-contained stories. This threw a wrench on the Puppeteer arc and some other stories they were planning, including one with Poison Ivy.²* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: Harley Quinn had no super powers in the original animated series, but with her [[CanonImmigrant immigration]] to the comics, she got some powers from her new friend Poison Ivy.²* AdaptationalWealth: As [[Creator/BobChipman Movie Bob]] put it...²-->''In the early Batman comics, Bruce Wayne was only pretty damn rich. Old money, didn't have a day job, you get the idea. But by now, he's so wrapped up in the daily affairs of the DC Universe that he routinely hangs out with aliens and gods, fighting apocalyptic wars, monitoring the globe with satellites, building space stations and paying for most of it himself because he's freakin' [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge [=McDuck=]]] levels of rich.''²* AdvantageBall: Batman almost always has the advantage in direct conflict. Three guys with knives or a dozen Mooks with machine guns, it makes no difference. As such, the general method of his rogues gallery to deal with him is to attack him indirectly, especially by undermining what he believes in and threatening those he values.²* AesopCollateralDamage: As said above, in ''War Games'', Leslie Thompkins (a pacifist who took an oath to do no harm to others) purposefully let Stephanie die just to prove her point about the dangers of kids fighting crime.²* AffablyEvil: ²** Ra's Al Ghul.²** The Penguin comes across as this most of the time, as the owner of a popular upscale night spot, but he can go from a gentleman criminal to a vicious bastard if he needs to.²* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Batman's first sidekick [[spoiler: and later successor]] Dick Grayson was [[RaceLift retconned]] to be part Roma. And after [[spoiler: Batman's supposed demise]], his longest-running title was given to the [[TwoferTokenMinority Jewish lesbian]] {{ComicBook/Batwoman}}. Also, ''The Dark Knight Returns'' featured a female Robin.²* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: It's not so much that Bats is a bad guy, but compared to a lot of the other team members within his various groups, his dark, brooding act stirs up the loins of many a female, both superpowered and non.²* AlmightyMom: Alfred is ''the'' quintessential male example.²* AlternateUniverse: Earth-Two, where Batman married Catwoman and had a daughter, the Huntress.²* AmateurSleuth: Alfred had a great desire to be a detective in the early years after he was added to the cast. He studied detective work via correspondence course, and once even took a month's vacation so he could go to a nearby town and be a detective.²* AmbiguouslyGay: Aside from accusations on all sides, ComicBook/TheJoker sometimes delivers HoYay, depending on the writer. After a while, some writers decided to incorporate that aspect of the character into their stories to create ambiguity on purpose.²* AmbiguouslyJewish: A number [[ of writers]] have wondered whether Batman is Jewish. Some continuities make Kate Kane, the current Batwoman, Bruce's first cousin and since she's Jewish, that would mean Bruce's mother Martha Kane was Jewish, and since Jewish ethnicity is matrilineal, that would make Bruce Jewish. Of course across the media, Bruce has never identified as Jewish (or for that matter by any ethnic identity for that matter). Both of Batman's creators, Bob Kane and Creator/BillFinger were Jewish incidentally but Bill Finger was explicit about the fact that he saw Bruce Wayne as a [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] and that he wanted him to have a Patrician identity.²* AmnesiacCostumeIdentity: One comic starts with Batman waking up, only remembering who he is on seeing his outfit. He tries to stop a crime and is quickly beaten down. Then the ''real'' Batman shows up, explaining that the man we've been following since the beginning is an ordinary citizen (who likes to get kinky in the bedroom). He and his wife were roleplaying a RescueRomance scenario when the man hit his head, resulting in the comic's events. Batman leaves, but asks that they stick to Superman outfits from then on.²* AnAsskickingChristmas[=/=]TwistedChristmas: Christmas is '''''never''''' a happy time for Batman. Not only is it an emotional time for him since the loss of his parents, but his enemies LOVE the irony of stirring up crap on what's supposed to be the happiest holiday of the year. ComicBook/TheJoker, Mister Freeze and the Calendar Man, in particular, have stirring up crap during Christmas practically as a tradition (though at least Calendar Man is partially justified in this, given his particular obsession/MO). Batman's had at least one Christmas story in pretty much all media he's been featured in. This is so common for Batman that [[MerryChristmasInGotham the aversion of these tropes is its own trope that he named!]]²* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Bruce, his sidekicks, and many of his enemies are animal based, albeit none of them have animal powers at all and the outfit is largely an aesthetic and metaphorical concept based on social connotations. For instance, Batman doesn't have echolocation powers and it refers to him being nocturnal and his cape-and cowl silhouette looking like a giant bat when he goes {{Roofhopping}}. While Selina Kyle is shown to have an affinity with cats in later stories, originally it was a reference to her being a cat burglar, which was a poetic concept (stealthy like a cat) and not a literal one (since cats don't steal), while Robin's red tunic has a resemblance to the red-breasted American Robin, his name was a ShoutOut by his co-creator Creator/BillFinger to Robin Hood. Likewise, Penguin is so-called for wearing the Penguin-suit. It wasn't until much later in fact, in 1970, with Man-Bat that you had an actual animal themed superbeing in the Batman mythos.²* AntiHeroSubstitute: When Azrael took over as Batman during UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}.²* AntiVillain: Lots. Most of Batman's RoguesGallery are some shade of antivillain; turning to crime as a result of some past trauma is very common. There are also a fair number of [[ComicBook/TheJoker real villains]].²* ArchEnemy: ComicBook/TheJoker is quite possibly the most famous example in the medium. There are some other guys who qualify as Batman's ArchEnemy, who are as much dangerous, just not as much popular: ComicBook/{{Bane}}, [[ComicBook/RasAlGhul Rā's al Ghūl]], ComicBook/ThePenguin, ComicBook/TwoFace, ComicBook/TheRiddler, Hugo Strange, [[EvilCounterpart Owlman]], [[ComicBook/{{OMAC}} Brother]] [[AIIsACrapshoot Eye]] and, in more metaphorical sense, Bruce Wayne's own [[HumansAreFlawed humanity]].²* ArkhamsRazor: Not related to Arkham Asylum, but Riddler's riddles work this way. The obvious interpretation of his Riddles is almost never the answer. For a relatively grounded example, his first-ever crime used the clue "banquet," sending Batman and the police to a charity dinner. The real, and much less conventional meaning of the clue was that the Riddler had ''flooded a bank vault'' -- gotten a "bank wet" -- to defeat its pressure-sensitive locking mechanism and was looting it in scuba gear. ²* ArmorPiercingResponse: When Tim Drake tells Bruce that Batman ''has'' to have a Robin:²-->'''Bruce:''' ''Where'' is that written in stone? There's no more need for there to be a Robin...\²'''Alfred:''' ... than there is for a ''Batman''?²* ArtisticLicenseBiology: After getting a nasty cut during the "Cataclysm" storyline, Batman's internal monologue states that his belt has "anticoagulants to stem the bleeding." An anticoagulant actually makes blood ''thinner,'' and thus would make a cut bleed worse.²* AxCrazy: ²** ''The Joker''.²** [[PyroManiac Firefly]] is also notorious for this kind of behavior, enough so that he actually managed to frighten [[MacabreMothMotif Killer Moth]] and caused him to dissolve their partnership once he realized just how deranged he was.²* BadassCreed: In ''ComicBook/TheButton'', it's revealed that while exploring caverns that would later become the Batcave, Thomas told Bruce the Wayne motto, which subconsciously had a tremendous effect on Bruce's personality.²-->'''Thomas Wayne:''' Sometimes we fall, son. But always remember, Waynes never stay down. '''We rise.'''²* BadassInDistress: Currently the trope picture.²* BadassNormal: One of the most emblematic examples of this trope in media. Whereas the rest of the DC Justice League has all sorts of amazing superpowers and while the villains he faces regularly have powers themselves, Batman relies on no more than gadgets, vehicles and extremely sharp judgement.²* BadCopIncompetentCop: Gotham City Police Department, in most new-millennium portrayals. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Except for Gordon.]] Eventually got its ''own'' comic series, ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', about the few honest cops in the city who have to deal with working in the second most corrupt department in the country.²** It often seems like a woefully understaffed Police Department. Chicago, one of the basis cities for Gotham, has nearly 15,000 officers. The most we ever see on one page at one time is about twenty for Gotham, no matter how big the crisis (until ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', where they move out of this trope and into RedShirt).²* BandagedFace: At least one the villains is bound to have this happen to them at some point. Hush in particular is known for this.²* BashBrothers: On occasions, Batman and Robin. This trope could have easily been called "Dynamic Duo".²** Batman and Red Hood/Robin II: even after all the time that passed between Jason's death and his return, they're able to fall right back in to this and work together flawlessly.²* BatFamilyCrossover²* BatmanColdOpen: Batman does this all the time, hence the TropeNamer.²** ''Batman'' #608 (the first part of the "Hush" arc) has a particularly cool version, depicting Batman (with CrazyPrepared BadassNormal stats turned UpToEleven) sneaking around a shipyard and taking down four of Killer Croc's thugs in rapid succession to save a small boy who happens to be heir to an enormous fortune.²* BatmanGambit: The TropeNamer²* BatScare: Generally associated with Batman, and clouds of bats often appear when he enters the Batcave. On at least a few occasions he has weaponised this, using bat-influencing ultrasound to set up a BatScare which distracts an opponent.²* BatSignal: The TropeNamer. Again.²* BecomingTheMask: Bruce Wayne adopted the identity of Batman as a means to fight injustice. As with most Batman tropes, this is the dark version. It's not that he loves being Batman so much he doesn't want to go back to being Bruce Wayne. It's that he IS Batman because he has to be even when dressed and acting like Bruce Wayne. It's a strong contrast to the modern version of Superman, who always thinks of himself as Clark Kent regardless of the costume.²* BedlamHouse: Arkham is one of the most famous in fiction.²* BerserkButton: Anyone getting killed, whether by any fault of his own or someone else's. Bats is not good with death, for obvious reasons. If you've killed someone within his vicinity, he may not kill you, but you may wish he had.²* BestOfAnthology: ''WesternAnimation/TheBestOfBatman'' is a 13-episode DVD anthology, where the episodes are drawn from multiple ''Batman'' cartoons, all of which were known to be fan favourites.²* BestServedCold: One of the classic examples.²* BetrayalInsurance: The idea that Batman has a stockpile of kryptonite in case Superman ever goes rogue is extremely common. The idea that [[CrazyPrepared he also has plans to take down any other Justice League member he might have to]] is almost as common.²* BigDamnHeroes: Batman and his extended family make a regular habit of this trope.²* BigGood: Despite being curmudgeonly, brooding and feared by almost everyone, he, Superman and Wonder Woman tend to share this role in the larger DC Universe.²* BigScrewedUpFamily: Batman canonically has five children: Dick, Jason, Tim, Cassandra, and Damian. He, Dick, Jason, and Tim are all orphans. Cassandra and Damian have alive parents but both are [[TykeBomb tyke bombs]] raised by a cult of assassins. Cassandra couldn't talk or read until she was in her mid-teens. Pretty much all of them have died at one point or another. That's just the immediate family too! Other members of the extended clan like Barbara got shot in the spine to torture her dad, Stephanie Brown had a TeenagePregnancy and a second rate supervillain dad. She also died (later retconned into being put into hiding) solely because Leslie Thompkins wanted to teach Bruce a lesson. ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'s background has pinged all over the place but usually she's a StreetUrchin orphan who had to steal from a very young age to provide for herself and her sister, Maggie. They're all waifs, misfits and strays that would belong nowhere if not together.²* BlackAndWhiteMorality / BlackAndGreyMorality: Tends to depend on the tone of the particular story, with the lighthearted ones being the former and the DarkerAndEdgier ones being the latter.²* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Batman often disarms gun-toting foes with a well-aimed batarang.²* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: With ''Batman: Reborn'' and ''Gotham City Sirens'', as well as ''Blackest Night'', Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy take on this trope respectively.²** The three Batgirls: Stephanie, Cassandra and Barbara respectively.²* BloodBath: ²** Creator/GarthEnnis once wrote a comic where the villain was a drug lord who got people hooked on a drug so he could kill them, fill a pool with their drugged-up blood, and get high by bathing in it.²** In ''Batman: The Cult'', Deacon Blackfire bathed in blood, supposedly to make himself immortal.²* BlueMeansCold: Mr. Freeze wears a refrigerated suit which is ''generally'' portrayed as blue but it varies a bit depending on the adaptation. Occasionally, his skin is also depicted as having a blue tint.²* BoredWithInsanity: The Joker several times.²* BreakoutCharacter: Alfred was originally intended to be a comedic foil to Batman and Robin, but eventually got more serious. The Post-Crisis version had him as an out and out BattleButler, and surrogate father figure to the entire Bat-Clan.²* BreedingSlave: In one storyline in ''Tales of the Dark Knight'', Batman, who had just started working as a vigilante, actually enjoys what he does until he meets the MonsterOfTheWeek--the son of a [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] female scientist who looks down on him but grows somewhat fond of Batman, trying to get him to have a child with her. Partially through her son's [[CallingTheOldManOut help]], Batman manages to escape and swears to never think of what he does as 'fun' ever again.²* BreakoutVillain: ComicBook/TheJoker is a big one. Originally he was supposed to be killed in his second appearance back in 1940. Fast-forward 70 years later and he's the most famous villain in all of comics.²** A cross-media example is ComicBook/TheRiddler. Prior to the 1966 TV show, Edward Nygma had made only three appearances including his 1948 debut. Thanks largely to his delightfully demented portrayal by Frank Gorshin, he is now one of Batman's arch-nemeses, second only to the aforementioned Clown Prince of Crime and, perhaps, Oswald Cobblepot.²* BrightIsNotGood: Some members of the rogues gallery (Such a the Joker and the Riddler) tend to wear bright and colorful oufits, in contrast with Batman's dark costume.²* BulletproofVest: Batman's costume has evolved into a suit of advanced lightweight armor with the ChestInsignia intended to draw fire to his thick chestpiece.²* CapeSwish: Especially in the 1960s TV series.²* CardboardPrison: Arkham Asylum is a cardboard -- actually more like tissue paper -- BedlamHouse; Blackgate, preceded by Gotham State Penitentiary, is this for those few (see below) of the Rogues Gallery who aren't full-blown psychotic, or at least who aren't currently presenting as such.²* CastFullOfCrazy: Virtually all of Batman's rogues gallery are portrayed as mentally ill in some way or other; and the man himself has varying emotional disturbances (mainly stemming from the murder of his parents) DependingOnTheWriter. In some versions, the entire legally sane and reasonably emotionally stable population of the Bat-Universe, friend and foe alike, can be numbered in single digits -- see ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. ²* CatchPhrase: At least once every continuity, expect situations set up to dramatically deliver the line "I'M BATMAN!"²* CharacterInTheLogo: Various iterations of the ''Batman'' logo have his name in front of a bat-shaped symbol with his head on top of it.²* CharacterizationMarchesOn:²** The first appearances of Batman are notorious for him lacking a code against killing, although even then killing wasn't routine. For example, in his very first story, ''The Case of the Chemical Syndicate'', he punches the villain into a vat of HollywoodAcid, and shows no remorse for it. In the Post-Crisis version of the event, the crook tries to flee, as he cannot stand the shame of being sent to prison, and [[SelfDisposingVillain falls into the acid by accident]].²** In an even more shocking case of questionable morality, Catwoman's first appearance ends with Batman deliberately letting her escape purely because he thinks that she's hot, and joking with Robin about it. Note that Catwoman, also contrary to her later character development, had casually murdered a guy for getting in her way during the story.²** The Joker's first [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] appearance had him not as a comedy obsessed EvilLaugh happy nut job that people are likely to see and assorted later comics and adaptations depict him as (such as, WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries), but rather as a fairly straight forward killer and thief (with a slight jewel obsession) who associated with the titular playing card because it resembled him, not the other way round. He also didn't do a noticeable EvilLaugh until his third-last panel in his debut issue, where (true to form) he thinks he's about to die.²** Two-Face initially appeared in a three issue arc where Harvey ''K''ent was driven mad by his scarring and used a coin toss to determine whether he acted heroically or villainously. At the end of the story he was reformed and disappeared for the rest of the Golden Age. He was brought back in the 50s as Harvey ''D''ent and instead of being equally villainous and heroic he was a gangster who was obsessed with the number "2," with the coin playing a lesser role in his crimes.²** Jason Todd was initially a Dick Grayson clone whose parents were circus trapeze artists killed by Killer Croc. He was also a natural redhead who dyed his hair black so nobody would realize there was a new Robin. Post-''Crisis on Infinite Earths'', he was [[ReTool retooled]] into his better-known modern incarnation as a (naturally brunet) street kid. (Although some of the writers for the non-main line books didn't get the memo for a while, leading to some inconsistent depictions.)²* CharityBall: Bruce Wayne, being a wealthy playboy, attends a lot of these. Sometimes they even go off as planned.²* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: See that page for more info ²* TheChessmaster:²** The Riddler. See "Hush" for details.²** Batman himself is a heroic version of this trope due to being a brilliant tactician and superb analytical skills.²* ChestInsignia: In ''Batman: The Dark Knight Returns'', he reveals that most of his armor is bulletproof, but he wears a chest insignia because he couldn't make his mask and cowl protective enough (in most versions, he leaves his mouth and chin uncovered). "Why do you think I wear a target on my chest?"²* ChewOutFakeOut: [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake/Robin]], after losing nearly all of his biological family, sets up an actor to pretend to be his fake uncle so that he doesn't have to go into the foster care system. Batman, being Batman, naturally finds out, and Robin assumes he's about to be reamed out for going behind Bruce's back... but all Bruce can say is that he's so proud of Tim for taking the initiative, and gives him some tips on how to make the deception foolproof.²* ChickMagnet: [[ Lucky man]]. Some members of the Batfamily such as ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} is [[ also]] [[ one]] in his various incarnations, this extends to even [[DatingCatwoman Cat]][[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} woman]] herself [[LikeFatherLikeSon just like Batman]]. ²* ChronicVillainy: Gotham's recidivism rate is proportional to the popularity of his RoguesGallery, so it's about 100%.²* TheCityNarrows: It would be pretty hard to do the origin story without that one dark alley that you really shouldn't go into. Similarly, CityNoir. In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', the absolute worst neighborhood is literally named "The Narrows." Gotham City is a [[BlatantLies nice place to live.]] ²* ClarkKenting: Many heroes throughout the franchise have a rather easy time hiding their secret identities. Especially notable in live-action series.²* ClassyCatBurglar: Catwoman more often than not.²* ClothesMakeTheLegend: You don't even need to see his emblem - Bats is so infamous and feared that he can be identified ''just by the silhouette of his cowl.''²* CoinsForTheDead: In a comic from the 80s, a serial killer is murdering Gotham's homeless by giving them two gold coins coated in poison. When they die, he then places the coins on their eyes.²* CombatParkour: Batman makes use of this. Especially in a confined space surrounded by thugs, at which time he is forced to twist, pounce, and perform somersaults and back handsprings to narrowly dodge attacks coming from multiple directions. Then once out of danger he makes a few attacks of his own to defeat them. ²* TheComicallySerious:²** Because nothing's more hilarious than Batman singing karaoke, while still completely straight-faced. Though in the rare instance where he cracks a joke, it's all the funnier because of it.²** In ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' #44, Superman has been hit in the eye with a shard of Kryptonite and has to wear an eyepatch until it heals.²--->'''Superman:''' I have a strange favor to ask you.\²'''Batman:''' No, Clark. You can't borrow my pirate ship.²** Averted in the Golden Age stories, where Batman loves to joke and make wisecracks as he's roughing up the bad guys. He's as bad as Robin.²* TheCommissionerGordon: The TropeNamer²%% Complete Monster belongs in the YMMV tab. Please, stop adding it on the main page.²* ContinuityNod: Crossing over with MythologyGag, when [[DistaffCounterpart Batwoman]] resurfaces in 2006, her suit borrows very heavily from the one made famous in WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond, especially in regards to the Bat Symbol she uses.²* ContrastingReplacementCharacter: Batman needs a Robin to act as his sidekick and MoralityPet. However, every official Robin is different from the last one.²** Dick Grayson's loving parents were murdered and he was taken under Bruce's wing out of sympathy. His tenure of Robin established the role as a lovable, wise-cracking sidekick and foil to Batman. Despite his guardian's anti-social tendencies, Dick is arguably one of the most beloved and sociable characters in the DC universe next to Superman and is a natural-born leader because of this.²** Jason Todd grew up on the streets with a dad who walked out on him and a drug addict for a mother. He was adopted by Bruce after he caught Jason stealing the tires off the Batmobile. His personality was coarser and was betrayed by his own mother to the Joker. DependingOnTheWriter, Bruce didn't like or tolerate Jason as much compared to Dick. After his resurrection, Jason becomes the Red Hood, a dark and gritty AntiHero willing to cross lines Batman won't.²** Tim Drake was born into an upper-middle-class family with a neglectful father who wanted a JerkJock for a son. Instead of Batman stumbling upon him by accident, Tim sought him out and offered to become Robin after seeing the turmoil Batman went through in the wake of Jason's death. Initially depicted as a chipper and talented teenager, he slowly becomes grimmer and more brooding after a number of tragedies in his life.²** Damian Wayne is Bruce's biological son with Talia al Ghul. He's an InsufferableGenius who is already a master of hand-to-hand combat and trained in every skill one could expect a Robin to have. But his brutal upbringing under the League of Assassins made him indifferent to murder, which makes him come to blows with his father and adopted brothers. In time, he grows to appreciate his role as Robin and steps away from his murderous past, making him a much kinder and more empathetic young man, even if he retains his penchant for BrutalHonesty and snark.²* CoolCar: Practically the TropeCodifier. From WAY back in the day, few modes of transportation have been considered awesome as universally as the Batmobile.²* CoolGarage: The Batcave has many functions depending on the time and continuity, but it's always one of these.²* CoolPlane: The Batwing. Same deal as the Batmobile, cool since before it became a thing.²* CopKiller: Wrath, an EvilCounterpart of Bats, specializes in killing law enforcement officials.²* CopsNeedTheVigilante: Comic books play this every which way, but Batman is perhaps the worst offender. He is, and always has been, more or less a ''de facto'' agent of the Gotham PD. That they have the Bat-Signal up on the roof confirms that. Therefore pretty much everything he does is entirely illegal, as it contravenes all the rules of evidence gathering, chain of custody, interrogation, etc. Some recent series have gotten more sophisticated, going so far as to actually get this right (Batman is an agent of the police and therefore this is inadmissible, or Batman is entirely unconfirmed and you can't prove there's any contact making this very murky but admissible, for example), though some have gotten it wrong while trying to be clever (no, bringing in a bureaucrat whose only job is to turn on the Bat-Signal doesn't make it okay because the bureaucrat is acting as an agent of the police which makes Batman an agent of the police). [[ Learn more here]].²* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Bruce's StarterVillain, Alfred Stryker, was a businessman willing to murder his partners to take full control of the company.²* CorruptPolitician: Aversions are easier to find.²* CostumeEvolution: Most characters have had outfit changes over the years. Batman himself started with a cape that was shaped like bat wings, before it changed to a cape with a jagged hem.²* TheCowl: TropeCodifier.²* CrapsackWorld: Gotham City is one of the best and most famous examples in all of comics.²* CrazyPrepared: Batman plus the Bat-family count so many examples of the trope they have [[CrazyPrepared/{{Batman}} their own subpage]].²* CreepySouvenir: Villain Mr. Zsasz marks a notch in his skin every time he murders someone. He has scars all over his body.²* CrimefightingWithCash²* CriminalDoppelganger: Bruce Wayne's childhood friend Thomas Elliot (a.k.a. [[spoiler: Hush]]) got facial reconstruction surgery to look more like Bruce so that he can impersonate him and more easily get away with sapping Bruce's wealth.²* CriminalMindGames: The Riddler's MO.²%%* CutHimselfShaving²* DarkerAndEdgier: After many years of campiness, in the 70s and 80s Batman started getting dark and gritty again and his villains became much more brutal and sadistic (or returned to form in the case of ComicBook/TheJoker). Batman is currently one of the grittiest heroes you'll find with an emphasis on fear and a brutal fighting style, most of what he does stemming from what he views as his failures and an insanely violent RoguesGallery. Despite this, [[DarkIsNotEvil his strong moral integrity remains one of the most consistent in comics.]]²* DarkIsNotEvil: And ironically, [[LightIsNotGood most of his rogues (particularly the Joker) are very colorful.]]²* DatingCatwoman: TropeCodifier.²** On-again and off-again with Selina Kyle, both before and after he learned her true identity. Some say the ''only'' woman he has ever loved. ²** He has a similar relationship with Talia al Ghul, the daughter of ArchEnemy Ra's al Ghul - they even had a child together (though Bruce was drugged during the actual act), the fifth Robin Damian Wayne. ²** Bruce tends to be attracted to women on the wrong side of the law more often than not. ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' notes that the only two women that Batman has ever loved were Catwoman/Selina Kyle and Talia al Ghul, both members of his RoguesGallery.²* DeadpanSnarker: Alfred, especially when Frank Miller's writing him.²* DeathByOriginStory: Thomas and Martha Wayne, The Flying Graysons.²* DependingOnTheWriter: As with most stories which have been told over decades, there is a ''lot'' of this. Examples that illustrate the range of interpretations include ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', which presented Batman as a [[SociopathicHero dangerously-obsessed, deeply-disturbed, paranoid control freak]], as opposed to the stalwart [[TheCape Caped Crusader]] of ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}''. This vast range is sometimes the basis for whole story arcs.²** One example is his creation of the Brother [=Mk I=] satellite, which was created by Batman to keep an eye on all of the meta-humans, hero and villain alike.²** Another story, "Tower of Babel", centers on Ra's Al Ghul obtaining a file containing Batman's contingency plans to cripple each and every member of the Justice League "[[CrazyPrepared just in case]]" and using them to his own ends. The existence of the files and the secrecy under which they are kept infuriates The League and lead to his expulsion.²** This is hinted at in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.²*** Another issue of interpretation is whether he became a man the night his parents died, or if he never truly grew up.²** Some versions of Poison Ivy gave her powers to grow and control plants with her mind. While other adaptations she had no superpowers (Unless you count being immune to all poisons), she was simply a massive eco-terrorist who loved plants more than any human.²* {{Determinator}}: Bruce himself, of course, and to the point that it is the common familial trait of the entire Bat-family.²* DeusExMachina: Batman [[CrazyPrepared often solves situations by just happening to have a gadget on hand.]] Back [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks when he killed people,]] Batman once confronted a Doctor Doom who threw a grenade at him. Batman then shields his and Robin's body with...[[ this.]] It's not even a frickin' ''gadget!''²* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: He tends to do this more often during crossover events.²* DisneyVillainDeath: StarterVillain Alfred Stryker knocked into a vat of acid during his scuffle with Batman.²* DistaffCounterpart: At least three still breathing (two girls and a woman).²* DoesntLikeGuns: Even more than he despises killing.²* DoubleConsciousness²* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: His parents' death scene frequently has this.²* TheDreaded: Both Batman and ComicBook/TheJoker have been shown to terrify even those FAR more powerful than they will ever be.²** And if not fear, (in the rare circumstances) at the very least respect, as given by ''ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'', who is basically the DC equivalent of '''the Devil'''²** To put the Joker into perspective, he scares ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.[[note]]Not because he's physically afraid, but because he's unpredictable and doesn't care about killing innocent people.[[/note]]²* DumbMuscle: Killer Croc, Amygdala and Clayface at times.²** Averted with Bane, who has the mind of a criminal mastermind as well as the colossal strength to back it up, but played annoyingly straight in several adaptations. Though completely averted with ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.²* EagleEyeDetection: One of the many skills employed by the Bat-family.²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first two or three comics (and ''only'' those), Batman was not only perfectly willing to use firearms, he even directly ''killed'' his enemies. This bit of bat-history is so infamous, that it even provides the page image for this trope! ²** His tech was also much more simplistic early on--the original Batmobile was just a simple red convertible.²** His series was initially set in it's own distinct continuity, with no existence of other superheroes prior to retcons--an issue of Batman from the 40s, for instance, had Dick Grayson get an autograph from Jerry Siegel, identified by name and explicitly noted as "the creator of Superman". ²** In the Joker's first appearance, he was a far cry from the loony sociopath he's known as now--he was a [[NoSenseOfHumor straight faced crook]] with a gimmick, and ''Batman'' was the one cracking the puns while fighting him! Notably, he was supposed to be killed off for good in his second appearance, but he ended up becoming so popular, [[BreakoutVillain he immediately became a series mainstay]], which soon [[JokerImmunity established another trope in the process.]]²** The Scarecrow was originally a standard hoodlum-for-hire (albeit one who used to be a college professor) who terrorized his victims the old-fashioned way: with guns and death threats (in this era, fear gas was actually the gimmick of the now-comparatively obscure Hugo Strange). He also managed to hold his own against Batman and Robin physically, at least for a little while. ²*** Fittingly, in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' Hugo Strange is basically the show's fill-in for Scarecrow, as he used the same fear tactics and psychological intimidation. One episode even had him [[spoiler: make Batman hallucinate into thinking a ZombieApocalypse had started, when in fact, the "cure" he tried to trick Batman into using, was actually the real Zombie virus.]]²* ElaborateUndergroundBase: So elaborate that it indirectly caused the end of the 1966 series. After ABC cancelled it, NBC was ready to pick it up -- but the Batcave had already been torn down, and NBC judged the expense of rebuilding it would outweigh the potential profit.²* EldritchLocation: Arkham Asylum frequently has shades of this, particularly in series dwelling upon its inmates and staff, or its history. ²* ElementalShapeshifter: Clayface is a walking mountain of mud, and can use his powers for shapeshifting or brute strength. He's one of the few recurring villains Batman admits to being no physical match for.²* EmergingFromTheShadows: Whether it's Batman, or other characters.²* EpicHail: The Bat Signal: the most badass searchlight in existence.²* EverybodySmokes: Despite the fact that Golden Age Bruce Wayne is well known to smoke a DistinguishedGentlemansPipe (and the occasional cigarette), he actually only smokes for a relatively short period of time, from his debut in Detective Comics #27 to the final regular appearance of the pipe in Detective Comics #51, two years later. The pipe makes an occasional appearance in a panel or two in Detective Comics #74 and in Batman #36, but Bruce never smokes regularly after those first two years of publication.²* EvilCounterpart: Quite a few.²** For starters, there's Prometheus (although he's more of a JLA-specific villain than a Batman villain) and Black Mask (or Roman Sionis) who has a similar back story to Bruce (son of wealthy parents who died by unnatural causes, although in Roman's case his parents were {{Rich Bitch}}es who were killed by Roman himself, and Roman ran his company into the ground with his own carelessness).²** One of the origins of Catman tried to build him up as an evil mirror counterpart who was inspired by the death of his parents to become a supervillain complete with Catmobile and the like. The idea got dropped quickly.²** Hush is a much more recent example, especially when you get into his backstory and how intricately entwined it is with Batman's.²** [[MacabreMothMotif Killer Moth]] (of all people) was originally presented as an EvilCounterpart. His MO was that he was an anti-vigilante; he showed up to ''rescue criminals''. He even had a [[BatSignal Moth Signal]] criminals could use to summon him!²** Then there is Bane, whom Chuck Dixon created from the idea of a "dark mirror" for Bruce Wayne. They both lost their parents at an early age, but instead of affectionate guardian raising him in comfortable wealth, Bane grew up in possibly the worst prison on earth. Nevertheless, he honed his intellect and body until he could escape and then return for payback. He's Bruce Wayne GoneHorriblyWrong.²** An obscure character called The Wrath is gloriously over the top in how closely his backstory mirrors Batman's. His parents were career criminals who were gunned down by the police in front of him ''the same day'' as Bruce Wayne's parents were killed. Thus, the Wrath dedicated his life to fighting law and order. Even his costume is almost just a PaletteSwap of Batman's.²** [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad Deadshot]] is another, an idle rich boy who moonlighted as a vigilante before turning villain, and also had a retconned family tragedy as his motivation. More gun-focused than the above examples. He's moved further away from this than his friends [[ComicBook/SecretSix Bane and Catman]], and is sometimes used as an Anti-ComicBook/GreenArrow these days.²** Kobra was originally conceived as this as well, being fabulously wealthy and having his own international team of associates loyal to him, in much the same way as Batman's own teammates were to him. Kobra was so much so this that one edition of the ''TabletopGame/DCHeroes'' RPG had his stats identical to Batman's.²** Deathstroke is occasionally implied to be this, given immense training and discipline, and is one of the few low-powered supervillains who's [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis single-handedly defeated the Justice League in combat]], in much the same way Batman is often implied to be capable.²** Man-Bat was a literal take on this, working off the in-universe assumption many people have that Batman is some sort of supernatural monster. Kurt Langstrom is a dedicated scientist, almost fanatically driven to his work, just like Bruce, but is an occasional ally to Batman, too.²** Ra's al-Ghul has elements of this, most notably in his desire to save the world even at cost to himself, his reluctance to work with others as an equal, and his personal skill. Notably, both Ra's and Batman respect each other enough to [[EnemyMine work together]] occasionally, and sometimes Batman is even implied to [[NotSoDifferent sympathize with Ra's views]], if not his methods.²** Black Mask was originally like this, a rich kid turned villain due to a personal tragedy, but the characterization is largely eclipsed by the later mob boss take on him.²** Azrael as AzBats was an intended subversion of this trope. While capable physically, Azrael was nowhere near Batman's match mentally or psychologically, and quickly degenerated. ²** While not to Black-and-white counterpart standards, DarkAgeOfComics and later retellings posit that most of Batman's rogues gallery reflect a part of Batman's characterization.²* EvilCripple: Averted in one Golden Age story. A villain named Clubfoot with a clubfoot (obvously) and a HookHand is killing members of the Storme family. It turns out that the actual family member who has the club foot is innocent and being framed by the family lawyer, who was ObfuscatingDisability.²* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: ComicBook/TheJoker is either this trope or ActuallyPrettyFunny DependingOnTheWriter, such as in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''.²* EvolutionaryRetCon: Batman started as the tights-clad caped crusader, following the model of certain athletic garb of the day -- particularly acrobatic performers such as circus aerialists and tightrope walkers and strength-based athletes like wrestlers and circus strongmen. Starting with TheNineties, artists and writers have experimented with making his costume more plausible and sensible given the beatings that Batman takes in the course of his adventures. This evolution ultimately resulted in realizing Batman's outfit as a heavily armored, high tech suit that employs military issue polymers created by Wayne-Tech. Even the cape is now actually functional and allows limited gliding. ²* ExaltedTorturer: Since so-much of the story has Batman's no-kill rule mined for drama, this has obscured the fact that a good deal of what Batman does, such as intimidating, scaring, and often times physically beating them up in order to get information flirts with torture and PoliceBrutality. His actions during the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmericaTowerOfBabel Tower of Babel]] story where he created countermeasures in-case the League went rogue had him analyzing his team-maters in such a way so that he could devise traps that tortured them in ways tailored to their superpowers. ²* ExcuseMeComingThrough: He is carrying a live bomb after all, you would've run screaming too, admit it.²* {{Expy}}: Batman himself started out as this of several characters: the secret identity and basic costume of Franchise/{{Zorro}}, the fear factor and night-orientation of Radio/TheShadow, the supreme training and physical/mental abilities of Franchise/DocSavage, and of course the detective abilities of Franchise/SherlockHolmes. Fortunately, he evolved into his own unique character.²** Kirk "Man-Bat" Langstrom is one of [[Franchise/SpiderMan Curt "The Lizard" Connors]]. Really, regardless of where each character ended up, the only difference between their origins is the specific ailment they were trying to cure and the specific animal they were working on.²** During the aftermath of ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} while ComicBook/{{Azrael}} is [[TakeUpMySword filling in]] for Bruce as Batman, Jean-Paul's {{darker and edgier}} (and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy crazy]]) version of The Dark Knight starts off as a commentary on [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks comics of the time]], but slowly he explicitly becomes Creator/FrankMiller's [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns Dark Knight]], cemented when Jean-Paul makes himself gauntlets with metal claws.²* [[{{Faceship}} Face Car]]: The Batmobile sometimes has his masked face on it.²* FaceDeathWithDignity: In "The Joker Walks the Last Mile", after turning himself in, confessing to a long list of crimes and getting the death sentence, the Joker walks to his execution, confident that he will make a fresh start once he pays the ultimate penalty with his life, and once his {{mooks}} follow through on his plan and bring him BackFromTheDead.²* FaceYourFears: Whenever Scarecrow manages to get Batman with his Fear Gas, expect this to occur.²* FamilyExtermination: Batman’s parents were murdered by a criminal; DependingOnTheWriter, this is either an example of this -- i.e deliberate targeting of the Waynes -- or just a tragedy of them being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Either way, unfortunately for the (DC) underworld, there was a SoleSurvivor.²* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: ²** Clayface is the best example in ''Batman'' lore. Everything he does: the morphing, the voice, that thing he does where he morphs his features back-to-front rather than turn around. the big kicker is the times he absorbed people inside him to kill them, which he once temporarily did to Wonder Woman.²** And then there's the Clayface whose main power was to ''melt people he touched into bubbling puddles of protoplasmic muck,'' which is described as horrifically painful even though it's extremely fast.²* FantasyCounterpartCulture: As per Creator/BillFinger:²--> ''"Originally I was going to call Gotham City 'Civic City.' Then I tried 'Capital City,'...Then I flipped through the New York City phone book and spotted the name 'Gotham Jewelers' and said, 'That's it,' Gotham City. We didn't call it New York because we wanted anybody in any city to identify with it."''²** Dennis O'Neill likewise noted that Gotham and Metropolis [[AthensAndSparta represented two sides]] of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity:²--> 'Gotham is Manhattan below Fourteenth Street at 3 a.m., November 28 in a cold year. Metropolis is Manhattan between Fourteenth and One Hundred and Tenth Streets on the brightest, sunniest July day of the year.''²** In general, Gotham is a New York City where TheGreatDepression and TheBigRottenApple era never ended, nor has the city been gentrified, which gives the setting an advantage over the Franchise/MarvelUniverse which on account of being set in a real city has much of its original verisimilitude and characterization become TheArtifact[[note]]New York needing three street-level heroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil and The Punisher with them being so busy that they can't have normal lives was easier to accept in TheSixties to TheEighties when the city was famously told by the rest of America to "drop dead" but harder in TheNineties-onwards once gentrification set in[[/note]]. Much of the city still has violent crime, corrupt police, slums and poor neighborhoods and banana republic level corruption of civil institutions that's analogous to the fake cities of VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto, and has more in common with third world major cities. For instance the story arc of ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'', repurposed in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' and the final season of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', is closer to [[ the Kowloon Walled City]] than anything in America.²** Film and TV adaptations generally make a much more stylized city, such as Creator/TimBurton's films with its hellish gothic architecture as opposed Joel Schumacher's neon-vegas approach. In the ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'', Gotham is made into a melange of areas, looking like TheRemnant of TheForties FilmNoir era in ''Batman: TAS'' but looking more modern, sleek and stylized in ''TNBA'', with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' looking like a ''Film/BladeRunner'' kind of city, with Hong Kong and Tokyo influences. Creator/ChristopherNolan's films made the city an amalgam of Chicago, Detroit, and New York. ²** For ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', a [[ 2014 ''Guardian'' article]] states the approach was a combination of the above; shot mostly in NYC which occasionally had to be made ''worse'' for the production, with a skyline that's "a composite of photographs of buildings from various cities that were carefully chosen for their Gotham-like feeling, and then manipulated digitally to bring the Gotham look to it that we wanted."²* FatBastard: StarterVillain Alfred Stryker was an overweight man willing to kill to take control of a company.²* FelonyMurder: One telling of Batman's origin has this law be the explanation for why Batman is a vigilante and not a badged police officer. One of Bruce Wayne's law professors poses a hypothetical situation where two teenagers steal a car for a joyride and end up hitting and killing a pedestrian. When Bruce states that only the driver should be held responsible for the death, the professor corrects him that both teens are responsible because they both participated in the felony that killed the victim. Bruce finds this shockingly unjust, leading him to decide to work outside the law.²* TheFettered: Bruce, of course, but in some interpretations Jim Gordon too.²* {{Fiction 500}}: The most famous example in the DC Universe.²* FileMixup: In the old story "Robin Studies His Lessons", Dick Grayson is kept off duty because he's been getting bad grades. However, then Dick catches some crooks, using scientific knowledge that seems awfully strange given he's supposed to have gotten lousy grades in that class. Bruce checks it and the administrators apologize for confusing Dick's grades with those of another boy.²* FingerInTheMail: The maniacal doctor Hush from [[InvertedTrope turns this around]] by sending Batman the entirety of Catwoman... minus her heart. [[BackFromTheDead She gets better.]]²* FlyingFirepower: The villain Firefly is this, possessing a jetpack and an arsenal of incendiary weapons.²* ForWantOfANail: There's an Elseworlds story that explores what'd happen if Joe Chill didn't kill Batman's parents. [[FisherKing Apparently Bruce wouldn't have become Batman, Gotham would've become less of a CrapsackWorld]], and he and [[ComicBook/TheJoker Jack Napier]] would've become HeterosexualLifePartners.²* FoundTheKillerLostTheMurderer: The Pre-Crisis Batman, long after he finally tracked down the murderer of his parents, Joe Chill, discovered that Chill was actually an assassin hired by the mobster Lew Moxon who wanted revenge on Thomas Wayne for getting him arrested. Batman reopened the case to hunt his parents' true murderer down, a discovery that was especially galling considering Robin pointed out that by leaving him alive, Bruce was manipulated to be Moxon's alibi since a 10 year old could not be expected to know that a simple stick-up gone murderous was more than it seemed.²* FourthWallObserver: The Joker occasionally, but especially in non-canon story lines and Emperor Joker.²* FreezeRay: Take a guess.²* FriendOfMaskedSelf: Bruce Wayne often claims to have a cordial relationship with Batman to explain why the Caped Crusader shows up to his rescue so often. Since [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman the Morrison run]], Bruce Wayne publicly funds Batman.²* FrothyMugsOfWater: Inverted. Bruce Wayne doesn't drink, afraid that it'll ruin his edge; however, a socialite like himself must on occasion be seen drinking, to erase any suspicion of being Batman. Thus, he will often drink non-alcoholic beverages, usually ginger ale, prepared to ''look'' to others as though they are made with alcohol. He'll even go so far as to act drunk, usually as an excuse for slipping out to chase after criminals.²* FrozenFace: Joker²* GeniusBruiser: Bane, but Bats applies too.²* TheGimmick: Saying "Batman's RoguesGallery has plenty of examples of TheGimmick" is bit like saying "Water is wet".²* {{Glamour}}: Poison Ivy is pheromonally irresistible.²* GoKartingWithBowser: As noted on the trope page, Batman visits Two-Face at Arkham occasionally for a friendly game of chess.²* GoToAlias: Batman has either created or taken from a deceased criminal (depending on the continuity) the identity of small-time crook "Matches" Malone to infiltrate the underworld. Similarly, Alfred tends to use "Thaddeus Crane" (his middle names) whenever he has to go undercover. ²* GodzillaThreshold: Whenever Batman realizes he needs ComicBook/{{Superman}} or the ComicBook/JusticeLeague, and not just the Bat-Family.²* GrapplingHookPistol: Favorite method of transportation when the [[ToTheBatnoun Batwing or Batmobile]] aren't practical.²* GreenThumb:²** Pamela "Poison Ivy" Isley is one of the most famous examples of this trope. Her levels of deadliness vary across different adaptations. She has shown some capacity for good, also. When Gotham was in the midst of ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'', Ivy killed Clayface and used her powers to grow fruits and vegetables for the stranded people to eat in a coordinated effort with Batman. Other times, she can at times be an eco-terrorist, ranging from destroying polluting industries to considering exterminating the human race so they'll knock off the polluting.²*** Otherwise, she gets her kicks by feeding people to giant pitcher plants and Venus Fly traps. Lady's in Arkham for a reason.²** Also, her predecessor, Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man.²* GrenadeTag: Practically perfected the trope.²* GuileHero: Generally, the darker or more "realistic" the story, the more Batman embodies this.²* HappilyMarried: The dearly departed Waynes.²* HarmfulToMinors: Seeing his parents gunned down in front of him as a child has clearly left a big mark on Bruce's psyche.²* HeadsOrTails: The staple feature of Two-Face.²* HeadsTailsEdge: Also recurring constantly around Two-Face.²* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Cassandra Cain, Catwoman, Jean-Paul Valley (to an extent) and Bane.²* HeroHarassesHelpers²* HideYourLesbians: A curious case with Harley and Ivy, despite the various comics and shows having open gay relationships that are as blatant as any other, Harley and Ivy's relationship is still danced around. WordOfGod has stated their relationship is sexual, and there have been many moments that imply as much. But any question or statement that might confirm this is either deflected or cut short, making it practically a RunningGag.²* HighAltitudeInterrogation: One of Batman's favorite methods for questioning mooks.²* HoldingOutForAHero: Some versions of the story explore the idea of Gotham being too dependent on Batman.²** Commissioner Gordon often has the worry of relying too much on Batman to patrol Gotham, and points it out in ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' by claiming that he can't get himself hired anywhere because his reliance on an "urban legend" damages his credibility. Usually though, he has to admit that the corrupt and perpetually-underfunded police department couldn't handle Gotham's crime rate before, and probably couldn't now.²** And, as ''Battle for the Cowl'' demonstrated, Gotham does indeed become a lawless warzone the moment Batman disappeared [[spoiler: and only returns to something resembling normality (for Gotham) once Dick accepts that there must be Batman (and he's it).]]²** This happened LONG before ''Battle for the Cowl''. A large portion of the "Knight" arc (Knightfall/Knightquest/Knightsend),[[spoiler: apart from being a TakeThat at people who wanted a DarkerAndEdgier Batman]], was to point out that a huge part of the problem in Gotham was mostly psychological in nature, and that Gotham needs Batman, even a fake one.²* HollywoodHealing: Someone who's been through the physical injuries Batman has suffered should really [[DentedIron show more signs of it]].²* HonestAdvisor: Alfred, who knows Bruce Wayne better than anyone, isn't afraid to tell him when he's taking himself too seriously or when he's doing something that probably won't end well. He's also the person Bruce most respects, and is the only person he trusts completely in more continuities than any other individual.²* HopeBringer: One constant running theme, no matter the writer, is that Batman serves as a symbol of hope to the good people of [[WretchedHive Gotham]]. Even the biggest {{Deconstruction}} stories and adaptations, like ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' and the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', consistently portray him in this regard.²* HorrifyingHero: ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}'' by Creator/TimBurton is the first one to ''truly'' invoke this trope: A flawless combination of Bob Ringwood's theatrical costume design, Michael Keaton's performance and the visceral musical score of Creator/DannyElfman, Bruce Wayne becomes a mythical, demonic figure that struck such raw terror into the heart of evil that the average petty thug could only incoherently scream to the police: "I'm telling ya man: '''A Giant Bat!!!'''"²* HorrorHunger: Killer Croc is frequently depicted as being a cannibal, while one of the multiple versions of Clayface to appear exclusively in the comics had a case of BodyHorror where not only was it contagious, but the only way to keep it from killing him was to kill other people with it.²* TheHyena: Joker is practically the TropeMaker in comics.²* {{Hypocrite}}: In ''Batman Heart of Hush'', Hush mocks Batman's crime-fighting career as a sign of his inability to move on from his past. This is pretty rich considering that his own vendetta against Bruce stems from a grudge he's held since childhood for something that wasn't even Bruce's fault.²* AnIceSuit: Mr. Freeze.²* IconicSequelCharacter: Robin doesn't make his first appearance in Batman until Detective Comics #38, 11 issues and a year of publication after Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics #27.²* IllKillYou: In his first appearance, ComicBook/TheJoker was not played at all as funny, even in a dark way. He was, in fact, a permanently smiling psychotic gangster with no sense of humor whatsoever. In his first fight with Batman, Bats is actually the one making puns, Joker's Line? "I am going to kill you!"²* ImmortalityField: The Lazarus Pits, all metaphysically connected through {{Ley Line}}s, overlap with FountainOfYouth but zigzag in regards to being an Immortality Field. By bathing in a pit, an injured person can have their wounds healed, the old are made young, and the deceased can be brought back to life[[note]]For maximum efficiency however, someone must be placed in the Lazarus Pit within a relatively short period of time following their death. Although older bodies may be resurrected, there is [[CameBackWrong no guarantee that they will return in perfect condition]][[/note]]. However, anyone who uses the pit and is not injured or dying will be killed. Also, each pit can [[ItOnlyWorksOnce only be used once]], but its user will retain its effects even without staying in one and they're free to use another the next time they're in critical condition.²* InHarmsWay: Batman almost never retires, when he does its usually because he's too infirm to continue fighting crime, and even then he guarantees he has a replacement, and participates in crime fighting [[MissionControl from the back lines]]. In fact, more than a few works have all-but-stated that Batman can ''never'' retire. Played with, in that the reason for Batman's drive is less that VictoryIsBoring, and more that his end goal lies somewhere between [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil the eradication of evil]] and the resurrection of his dead parents and reclaiming his childhood (without that harming anyone else), which needless to say he's never accomplished.²* InsaneEqualsViolent: Batman villains are serial representatives and offenders of this trope.²** This results in part because of CharacterizationMarchesOn. The original Batman villains were master-criminals typical of pulp villains with no real motivations other than basic greed or lust for power. The first Joker dressed in white paint and didn't have silly gag-based antics. After the 50s, where comics were subject to {{Bowdlerization}}, Joker became a harmless villain with gag based antics celebrated in the 1966 TV series. When Dennis O'Neil, Steve Engelhart and other writers sought to make Joker menacing again, they had to justify the gag-based elements which had become TheArtifact as well as other motif-themed criminals such as The Riddler who became famous thanks to the show.[[note]]It's significant that even in this LighterAndSofter work, all of the villains ''tried'' to kill the Dynamic Duo at least once, and in really "creative" ways.[[/note]] Their solution was HollywoodPsych, and they added Arkham Asylum into the mix. Since then, almost all of Batman's villains were described not merely as supervillains but as psychopaths.²** Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' partly plays this straight and partly parodies it, by showing how absurd Batman's conflict with supervillains become when made a discourse to the popular psychology and sociological analysis of prime time cable news. Popular psychologists and careerist shrinks like Bat Wolper tries to cure the likes of Two Face via plastic surgery that repairs the bad-half of the face. [[spoiler:It turns out to be the wrong half, the real Harvey Dent was the scarred out part of his face, representing his guilt and self-loathing]]. The book also shows Joker closer to the original Bill Finger characterization as a joyless psychopath who speaks in a CreepyMonotone, although it does this by playing up the FoeYay element to whole new heights. Batman himself in Frank Miller's books is shown to be somewhat of a Functional Madman most of the times. ²** Creator/AlanMoore wrote ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' in part to reconcile all the elements of the earlier Joker origins with his new characterization as a psychopath, in the process he raised the question whether Joker can be truly held accountable for his actions on account of his mental illness, whether he can potentially be cured. While the "one bad day" element of Joker and the book's depiction of him as Batman's ShadowArchetype has endured, Moore felt that introducing realistic psychology is pointless with the function that Joker, as an entertaining supervillain, is supposed to perform. ²** ComicBook/TwoFace wasn't evil until one side of his face was ruined and (depending on the version) his insanity either began or became much worse. In fact, most Batman villains tend to fall into this category... with the exception (usually) of Humpty Dumpty, who saved Batgirl from falling off a building, fixed her dislocated shoulder, and went quietly to the asylum.²* InsufferableGenius: The Riddler. Many versions have proving he's the smartest man in Gotham and/or smarter than Batman as his ''only'' motivation.²* InterclassRomance: The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' romance in the ComicBook/PostCrisis era. He's Gotham's richest man, she's a poor orphan street kid turned criminal. In the original comics, Catwoman and Selina Kyle were ClassyCatBurglar who stole for the thrill and Selina in civilian life had the identity of a prominent socialite. In modern comics, she was made poor to give her a JustLikeRobinHood motivation, to add spice in her dynamic with Bats. She's the only major LoveInterest for Bruce who comes from a poor background (most of his GirlOfTheWeek being rich heiresses, models, and so on, while Talia Al Ghul is basically a Princess) and their dynamic often invites Batman realizing how privileged he really is from his more street-smart and grounded girlfriend. In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', the class differences becomes part of their SlapSlapKiss dynamic while in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', Selina often expresses angst that Batman and Bruce are out of her league (and not just because he's a hero and she's a thief). ²* IrislessEyeMaskOfMystery: One of the most notable superheroes to have this trope as part of their design (to the point that he, along with Robin and Batgirl, provide the image for that article). A notable exception in printed media is when Alex Ross portrays him, much because of the artist's realistic style. ²** This carried over well into the animated adaptations. Indeed one particularly famous scene in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' derives much of its effect from the way the Irisless-look brings about a total transformation of the man into the superhero. ²** The Live-Action films and TV Shows obviously could not pull off this effect, until the finale of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' where a brief sequence requiring Batman to interact with sonar imagery results in proto-Augmented Reality Goggles covering under his mask. The AR mask became the means by which this was adapted in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' and has since entered the comics as well. The look returned in the Armored Costume of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. ²* ItGetsEasier: Why Batman doesn't kill.²* JustLikeRobinHood: Catwoman, occasionally, especially in recent years.²* JustWhistle: The Bat-Signal serves this purpose.²* KilledOffForReal: [[DeathByOriginStory Martha and Thomas Wayne]], or Batman's PARENTS. [[MemeticMutation The ones that ARE DEEEAAAAAAAD!!!]] [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} (Most of]] [[TheMultiverse the time.)]]]]²* KnightInSourArmor: In some of the darker depictions of Gotham City.²** In general, Bruce is almost always a KnightInSourArmor (or in this case a Dark Knight in Sour Armor) with the only possible exceptions being when he makes some wry observation about a situation he or the JLA are in.²* KnockoutGas: One of his standard tricks, Batman has used knockout gas from various sources: bombs, canisters, guns, etc. In the DC/Marvel Crossover where Bats met Franchise/TheHulk, it's even shown to work on Ol' Greenskin.²* TheLancer: Not in his own series. To Superman in the Justice League, but as the biggest and most recognizable superhero after Superman, he's effectively this for the entire industry.²* LaughablyEvil: Can anyone ''not'' say Joker? And, well, Harley Quinn as well (which, in some cases, [[MisaimedFandom manages to even overshadow]] [[InSeriesNickname Mr. J, her Puddin']]).²* LaughingAtYourOwnJokes: The Joker is a maniacal clown who often laughs at his own macabre jokes. Woe be it for any of his {{Mooks}} who fails to laugh along with him. Or fails to laugh hard enough. Or only seems to be pretending to laugh. Or laughs at a joke he wasn't supposed to. It sucks, being one of Joker's {{Mooks}}.²* LaughingMad: Oh, guess. The Riddler has his moments as well.²* LecherousLicking: Catwoman frequently does this to Batman.²* LegacyCharacter: In some retellings, Bats himself; in more, his most famous sidekick.²* LessEmbarrassingTerm: Spoiler's costume is not purple, it's ''eggplant''. "Purple would've looked stupid."²* LighterAndSofter: Yes, the [[Series/Batman1966 Batman television series]] and ''Brave and the Bold'' cartoon, but Creator/JohnByrne's crossover with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica set in the 40's shows that Batman can be TheCape and still be hard as nails and AwesomeByAnalysis; for example, Batman showing Bucky that the Batmobile's design is intended for city use, such as being able to switch off the headlights and still be able to navigate easily.²* LivingDollCollector: The Mad Hatter's shtick.²* LoadBearingHero:²** Blockbuster does it in a story, holding up a collapsing mine prop long enough for Batman and the miners to escape.²** Also during the ''Cataclysm'' event: a condemned criminal on death-row (who continually proclaims his innocence throughout his arc) keeps rubble from falling on his lawyer and a nun who were there to witness his execution. Earlier in the arc, he'd helped defend them against several escaping inmates, helping add to the reader's sympathies to the character. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when he reveals that he really did commit the crime for which he was condemned, just before he finally passes out and dies when the rubble falls on top of him. Coincidentally right when he was scheduled to be put to death.]]²* LonersAreFreaks: Even though most of his fellow heroes respect him, quite a few do take this viewpoint due to his standoffish and sometimes paranoid nature.²* LonersWillStayAlone: Batman is trapped in one of these due to [[JerkAss his own inability]] to [[TheStoic maintain]] a [[DatingCatwoman relationship]] with [[KidSidekick anyone]].²* LoveCannotOvercome: This is why Silver St. Cloud broke up with Bruce Wayne in a famous 1970s arc: she can't handle knowing that he's risking his life against people like ComicBook/TheJoker every night, so she abandons him and Gotham. This seems to be the source for many other examples of this trope from Batman adaptations in other media.²* MadScientist: Lots of them, beginning (in real time) with Hugo Strange and including StarterVillain Alfred Stryker experiments on guinea pigs in his spare time when he's not being a CorruptCorporateExecutive.²* MakeThemRot: The villains Clayface III (Preston Payne) and Clayface V (Cassius "Clay" Payne) could make the bodies of living creatures melt by touching them. Clayface VI (Dr. Peter Malley) could make them melt without touching them.²* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: In [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comics, Bruce would sometimes have Superman or even Alfred[[note]]if it was for a non-fighting event[[/note]] wear the cowl if he had to be in two places at once.²* MasterOfAll: [[DependingOnTheWriter Within works centered around him]], especially those without superpowers (such as [[Film/Batman1989 the]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy movies]]), [=Batman=] tends to be this. He's the World's Greatest Detective, skilled in every scientific field, a MasterOfDisguise, a capable leader, one of the top martial artists in the world, has a ton of high-tech gadgets thanks to being high in the {{Fiction 500}}, has trained his body to CharlesAtlasSuperpower level, and often displays random skills such as being a capable actor [[CrazyPrepared just in case he might have need of that skill]]. In works where he teams up with superpowered or magical characters, not so much.²** Bruce Wayne majored in The Theatrical Arts in college - acting for him is not a random skill, it is his primary skill. Batman has always been about the showmanship.²* MasterOfDisguise: Sometimes he can even don them over his ''cowl''.²* MasterPoisoner: Poison Ivy, the Joker, the Scarecrow²* McNinja²* MetallicarSyndrome: The Batmobile is AwesomeButImpractical: it gives away the fact that Batman (a hero who depends often on stealth) is in the neighborhood! Some versions have the ability to disguise their appearance as more normal cars, however.²** Sometimes out and out invoked, as Batman scares criminals and regularly uses this fact to his advantage.²* MiniDressOfPower: Catwoman's outfit sometimes is this.²* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Batman envelopes the very heart of this trope.²* MonsterClown: The Joker. Accept no substitutes.²* MonsterFangirl: Harley Quinn to the Joker.²* MookHorrorShow: One of the the best examples in comics.²* {{Mooks}}: almost literally countless.²* MoralMyopia: Villains operate on their own twisted morality.²* MrFanservice: Batman/Bruce Wayne. Also, Nightwing. Or more accurately, [[MemeticMutation Nightwing's ass]]. Along with them Tim gets quite a bit of shower scenes to show off his very fine body.²* MsFanservice: On the other end of the pole, all the female villains, anti villains, and rogues, then most female supporting characters with Cassandra Cain being the most notable exception. Even there, some artists...²* MultipleDemographicAppeal: In the 60's television show, Batgirl was added to attract two demographics that weren't watching the show -- young girls ''and their fathers''.²* MurderByInaction:²** In issue #633, Robin (Stephanie Brown) dies due to torture and Batman later discovers that Dr. Leslie Thompkins deliberately withheld treatment that could've saved her life but chose not to in order to teach the kids of Gotham a lesson about superheroing. This was retconned into Thompkins making Batman think that Stephanie died, but she didn't really die.²** [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} AzBats]] does this with Abattoir, to Robin's horror. Worse, this leads to the death of an innocent person. ²%%%²%%% The nightmare fuel stuff goes on the nightmare fuel pages, not here.²%%%²* NeverRecycleABuilding: Gotham is usually shown as having a ''huge'' amount of derelict real estate -- particularly [[AbandonedWarehouse warehouses]] and / or [[AbandonedPlayground carnivals]] -- that has been left to rot rather than destroyed, no matter how many criminals seek them out for headquarters or meeting places. More recent stories have begun lampshading this, either by commenting that a severe depression caused by the death of the Waynes (or Gotham's general boom-bust economy) led these places to fold quickly, or by showing that Wayne Enterprises and other companies are actively trying to develop in these areas. ²* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Killer Croc. Depending on the writer, he's a man with a really bad skin disease (which makes him look like reptilian) or in some others a full-blown, [[IAmAHumanitarian hungry]] crocodile-man.²* NiceDayDeadlyNight: Gotham is shown as a deadly city mostly by night, which is the moment when the Caped Crusader defends the city from threats ranging from thugs to supervillains.²* NoHarmRequirement: Being a TechnicalPacifist, Batman usually does everything he can to avoid excessively harming his foes. A lot of his crime fighting gadgets are even explicitly designed to incapacitate foes without killing them or causing excessive harm. Though DarkerAndEdgier versions [[DependingOnTheWriter tend to drop this]].²* NoOSHACompliance: A lot of Gotham's buildings, warehouses and factories are like this, but the most glaring example is the Batcave. Platforms suspended over near-BottomlessPits with nary a bit of railing in sight. The health hazards of all the moisture and wild bats have been pointed out from time-to-time as well.²* NoSenseOfHumor: Batman is sometimes depicted as this, DependingOnTheWriter. Even when he does, it tends to be an extremely dry sense of humor that characters InUniverse have difficulty parsing.²* TheNotableNumeral: The Dynamic Duo and Titanic Trio. ²* NotSoDifferent: It is generally agreed upon that one of the biggest reasons Batman has the best villains in the business (Joker, Scarecrow, et cetera) is the fact that each of them reflect an element of Batman himself. However, Joker is the most prominent, oft-referenced version of this; in many of his incarnations, he is very fond of pointing out that [[NotSoDifferent Batman has no greater claim to sanity than Joker himself does,]] often lampshading - if not directly invoking - this trope.²* ObfuscatingStupidity: Brucie's outward persona is like this, to make him seem harmless and Not-Batman-At-All.²* OffhandBackhand: Considered to be one of his trademark moves. ²* OfficerOHara: At first a generic cop who would just say "Saints Preserve Us!" anytime something dramatic happened, later reinvented by Creator/JephLoeb with heavy influences by ''Film/TheUntouchables''.²* OffingTheMouth: The number of times that Gotham City mooks have been killed by their bosses precisely for this reason could fill up a page in and of itself.²* OldMoney: Where Bats gets the money to [[CrimefightingWithCash fund his crimefighting]]. The Waynes are one of the oldest, [[FictionFiveHundred richest]], and most respected families in Gotham, and often depicted as having been involved in its founding. Sometimes it's his mom's family that's this while his dad's family is NouveauRiche after his grandfather made all the money.²* OneSuperOnePowerset: Batman is the head of Wayne Enterprises, has fought against and alongside many superpowered beings that possess advanced technology, use magic, and have reliable and effective mutagens. Despite this, he has been, and most likely always will be, only a mere BadassNormal CrazyPrepared genius detective.²* OrphansOrdeal: In most versions, Batman becomes who he is through witnessing the deaths of his parents as a child, leaving him to dedicate his life to ridding Gotham of crime.²* {{Panacea}}: Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus pits.²* PapaWolf: Batman himself, and Commissioner Gordon when his kid's involved.²* TheParagon: Depending on the continuity.²* ParentalAbandonment: [[MemeticMutation HIS PARENTS ARE DEEAAAAAAAD!]]²* PhotoDoodleRecognition: In one GoldenAge story, Bruce Wayne realises that a new playboy in town and the master thief he is hunting are one and the same when Dick Grayson doodles a moustache and goatee on a picture of the playboy in the newspaper.²* PickedFlowersAreDead: Poison Ivy is known to react this way.²* PimpedOutCape: In some continuities where his cape has some gadgets built in.²* PlantAliens: He has dealt with them in the story "The Plants of Plunder".²* PlantMooks: A common tactic used by Poison Ivy is to grow her own army of obedient {{Mooks}}.²* PowerCopying: Batman tends to keep items from his defeated villains handy, such as a vial of Scarecrow's fear gas, and one of Mr. Freeze's guns.²* PowerTrio: Batman, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman have been called the "holy trinity" of the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague. They even starred in a comic called ''Trinity'' for a short time together.²* TheProudElite: He is handsome, and, while charming, tries to be aloof enough that he makes people think he's a bit arrogant. However, when he catches criminals as Batman, he'll get them jobs at Wayne Enterprises. Even the Ventriloquist got a second chance once on an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries New Batman Adventures]]''.²* PsychoForHire: Zsasz, sometimes Bane, occasionally Killer Croc, and even The Joker when it suits his fancy. ²* PsychologicalHorror: The insanity of the Bat-villains can drive them to do horrific things, which in turn causes severe psycho-trauma to survivors and even witnesses.²* RainbowMotif: The colors tied to each of the Robins combined with Batman's indigo creates a subdued rainbow motif. [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick]] is Blue, [[ComicBook/RedHood Jason]] is Red, [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim]] was Green, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Stephanie]] is Purple/Violet and [[ComicBook/RobinSonOfBatman Damian]] is Yellow. Things got muddled by bringing Timmy Todd's uniform from the DCAU in for Tim and tying him to red and the Bat's costumes less and less frequently including dark blue so the motif has been lost over the years. ²* RealLifeSuperpowers: The TropeCodifier for comics. To the point that people often question (in both real life and fiction) if he actually has ''real'' superpowers.²* RecklessPacifist: Batman, on and off. Excluding incarnations that actually did kill people (or just refused to save them), The Bat has been known to get really, really rough with with his enemies despite his ThouShaltNotKill policy.²* RecklessSidekick: Jason Todd (in the issues leading up to his death), Damian Wayne²* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Jason Todd was a street urchin who stole the wheels off the Batmobile. Bruce Wayne takes him in (later adopting him) and trains him up as his new sidekick.²* RedBaron: The Batman has been known as the Caped Crusader, the Gotham Guardian, the Masked Manhunter or more commonly, the Dark Knight, which came from Darknight Detective. A Silver age ''World's Finest'' cover referred to him as "the Cowled Crimefighter."²* RedIsViolent:²** Jason Todd, after coming {{back from the dead}}, made a FaceHeelTurn and became a more violent {{vigilante}} than Batman himself under the name of Red Hood. ²** In the alternate universe of ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' (and in the [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox animated adaptation]]), Batman[[spoiler:/Thomas Wayne]] is more cruel and ruthless than this universe's Batman, able to kill his enemies to stop menaces, being only compared with Marvel's [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher]]. This version of Batman incorporated the red to the costume, mostly in the cape, the symbol and the [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].²** There's also Batman of Zur-En-Arrh (who dresses in red and purple), who was an uninhibited alter ego that Bruce Wayne had constructed to protect himself in the event that his base psyche was under attack. ²--->''I'm what you get when you take Bruce out of the equation...''²** And from ''Battle for the Cowl'' saga, one of the men who wants to take Batman's legacy is the ruthless Two-Face, who wears a Batman costume splitted in two colors as his normal motif, having one side black/dark blue and the other one red.²* ReinventingTheTelephone: The Batsignal²* RelationshipReboot: After ''Infinite Crisis'', Batman returns to Gotham City and decides to give the former corrupt cop Harvey Bullock another chance.²* ReluctantWarrior: Hates violence, but is prepared to use it to stop crime. [[ImplausibleDeniability Subverted]] by every interpretation since the dawn of UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}, so Batman's mileage may definitely vary.²* ResurrectionSickness: What Ra's Al Ghul experiences after using the Lazarus Pit.²* RevealingSkill: In the backstory of the third Robin (Tim Drake), this is how he learned the secret identities of Batman and Robin (Dick Grayson): by watching news coverage of the Dynamic Duo's escapades, during which Robin performed a complicated gymnastics move (a quadruple somersault) — which it had been established could be performed only by orphaned circus artist Dick Grayson.²* RevealingReflection: One arc has Selina Kyle run for Mayor of Gotham. Worried mobsters hire Gunhawk to silence the cunning minx, and Gunhawk tries sniping at her from an adjacent building during a fundraiser. Selina notices the sniper's reflection in a champagne flute, and dives for cover in the nick of time.²* TheRevealPromptsRomance: Batman has unmasked himself as Bruce Wayne to various women in various continuities. Neither the reveal nor the romance has stuck, yet.²* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: When the stories first began, they followed the pulp magazine model. Things became LighterAndSofter shortly after Robin was introduced, and the Jack Schiff era relished in this trope. Julius Schwartz attempted CerebusSyndrome when his term as editor started, but then [[Series/Batman1966 the 1960's show debuted]] and the trope was forced to reverse itself for the comic to emulate the show. The syndrome has waved back and forth since then.²* RhymesOnADime: In ''Batman'' #525, Mr Freeze's {{mook}}s, Ice and Cube, do this. At least Ice does, speaking after Cube and rhyming with what he said. (This was ''before'' WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries' backstory for Freeze became RetCanon'd into the comics).²-->'''Cube''': Rappers, Ice, we ain't.²-->'''Ice''': My lines, Cube, are too quaint?²-->'''Cube''': Knock it off, Ice.²* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Batman deliberately cultivates this image as Bruce Wayne. See ObfuscatingStupidity. This still happens but in more recent years, he's more often competent but aloof and reclusive as CEO. ²* RiddleMeThis: [[TropeNamer The Riddler's]] {{Catchphrase}} and MO.²* RivalTurnedEvil: [[spoiler:Hush, Deadshot]]. Subverted with [[spoiler:Red Hood II, Catwoman]]²* RodAndReelRepurposed: The Cult of Zafub from Legends of the Dark Knight #128-131 are a group of assassins who specialize in killing their targets using that target's greatest skill. So a stunt driver gets run off the road, an army guy might be forced into a SniperDuel, a master martial artist might be beaten by a better martial artist and, as we see in the comic, a fisherman gets killed by an assassin with — you guessed it — a fishing rod.²* RoguesGallery: Quite possibly the most famous, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters extensive]], and recognizable Rogues Gallery in all of comics. Also easily one of the most violent.²* RoguesGalleryShowcase ''The Long Halloween'', ''Hush''.²* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: On the face of it Batman sounds like a man of the Enlightenment, he's very rational, methodical and even a little cold, extremely well read and intelligent and a master detective, however Batman's stories are purely romantic, complete with criminals who are embodiment of concepts, ideas and general irrationality rather than anything close to the real-world. The idea of madness and insanity is presented as an all-pervasive force, impervious to any rational understanding (cf, Arkham Asylum) and most of Gotham seem to accept and trust the Vigilante to keep order rather than the institutions of municipal, state and federal government. Batman himself is the embodiment of that most Romantic archetype, the ByronicHero complete with giant mansion with subterranean lair for him to brood in. ²* RuleOfCute: Funko Inc.'s collection of super-deformed, button-eyed DC heroes and villains, most of whom are Batman-related. [[ Just look how cute that widdle Caped Crusader is!]] Also, VideoGame/LegoBatman.²* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Cassandra Cain, but also Bruce Wayne in a few things.²* SanitySlippage: DependingOnTheWriter, but some feel Batman's ''already'' lost his mind and is a functioning psychotic. Eel O'Brian summed it up best when Bruce was separated from Batman.²-->'''Eel:''' All that rage and no place to put it. No training to use it. So it just eats away at ya more and more until they eventually lock you up. Until you and [[Franchise/GreenLantern Raynor]] and me are fightin' over a pudding cup in the psycho ward.²* SaveTheDayTurnAway: The ending of ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''.²* SaveTheVillain: Too many times to count.²* SayMyName: If you haven't figured it out by now, ''He's '''Batman'''''²* SecretIdentityApathy: Batman and the Joker have always been the most well-known example. At one point, the Joker actively threatened a mob boss who'd tried to buy Batman's secret identity from Hugo Strange, declaring that learning the truth of Batman's identity would ruin all his fun.²* SecretIdentityIdentity: Main/DependingOnTheWriter, and something of a CyclicTrope. Bruce Wayne is a violent, obsessive loner who plays the dual roles of Batman (who gives him the power to instill fear in criminals and take revenge) and "Billionaire Playboy" Bruce Wayne (leading the carefree life he cannot truly enjoy, and actually disdains). He ''usually'' identifies more with Batman (to the point of calling himself such in his head), but not always. The two things they all have in common is that they are self-absorbed, and that they cannot get over the murder of Bruce's parents in Crime Alley.²* SelfMadeOrphan:²** Bruce Wayne's childhood friend [[spoiler:Thomas Elliot tried to kill his parents at a young age in order to inherit their riches and because his father was an abusive monster and his mother a simpering money hungry lunatic. He only succeeded in killing his father, and, to avoid suspicion, didn't try again, only truly being orphaned when he smothered his raving senile mother in a fit of anger. This left him with a bitter hatred of Bruce, who tragically lost his parents soon after Tommy tried to kill his]]. Later on in his life, [[spoiler:he joins the Riddler (who discovered that Bruce was Batman]] on a vendetta against him, feeling that, not only did Bruce get the riches [[spoiler:Tommy]] wanted, but that he was wasting those riches as well. Predictably, his vendetta eventually causes him to lose everything and become the full time SuperVillain Hush.²** Black Mask killed his parents in a fire to inherit their business and fortune. Unfortunately, he was a lousy businessman and when he tried to burn down the factory to cover his tracks, he wound up with the facial injury that gave him his villain name. He was a lot better at being AxCrazy than a businessman anyways.²** In a look at ComicBook/TheJoker's childhood in ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' revival issue #31, as a child the Joker burned down his house with his bickering parents inside. This being the Joker, [[MultipleChoicePast who knows how accurate the story is]].²** According to ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'', Jonathan Crane (the future Scarecrow) killed his mom. [[{{Irony}} On Mother's Day.]]²** [[spoiler: The Penguin. In most versions his father dies of bronchial pneumonia, but in ''Penguin: Pain and Prejudice'' His [[AbusiveParents father]]'s behavior and [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead commentary]] eventually pushed him too far, and he murdered Tucker Cobblepot, leaving him alone with his mother. The only one that showed any signs of loving him]].²** A one-off character in the debut issue of ''Gotham Knights'' is a child that kills his parents.²* ServileSnarker: Alfred was a candidate for {{Trope Namer|s}}.²* TheShadowKnows: Bruce Wayne is occasionally depicted as casting a shadow with Batman's silhouette, emphasizing the idea that [[SecretIdentityIdentity Bruce is a mask for Batman]].²* ShadowArchetype: Several of Batman's villains apply, such as The Joker (obsession and mental issues), Catwoman (night animal motif and skills with things like spying and thievery, was also a wealthy socialite in the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]]), The Penguin (was created as a parody of Bruce's image as a fop), and Two-Face (dual nature). Batman himself has served as a ShadowArchetype for Superman.²* ShoeShineMister: In one early comic, Robin goes undercover as a shoeshine boy, and when the villain of the week stops to get a shine, Robin secretly applies a tracking device to his shoe.²* ShoutOut:²** ComicBook/TheJoker's first appearance has civilians dismissing his threats over radio as a hoax, much like the 1938 ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' broadcast, mentioning it in all but name. ²** The 1960's ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}'' series was generally held in disfavor by Batman's comic book creators, but prolific Batman writer Chuck Dixon was a fan of the show, and snuck in some tributes here and there. Most notably in a two-parter featuring pirate-themed villain Cap'n Fear, which was structured much like a two-parter for the show, and began "in the shadow of the [[PunnyName Westward Bridge]]."²** In the one-shot ''Vengeance of Bane'', the titular villain ambushes four mooks that resemble the four actors within Film/TheThreeStooges. [[ This wasn't the only appearance of the Stooges in comics.]]²* ShrineToTheFallen: Batman keeps Jason's costume on display in the Batcave.²* ShrunkenHead: One of the final Pre-Crisis Batman stories from 1986 involved an axe-murderer making one of these from the head of his victim, a woman he murdered out of jealousy.²* {{Sidekick}}: The assorted Robins have their own [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} page]]!²** Robin I: Dick Grayson. CircusBrat, [[DeathByOriginStory saw his parents killed in front of him]], taken in as Wayne's ward.²*** The original Earth-2 Grayson grew up, became a politician, and stayed Robin even after his Batman died. He himself died in the ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths.²*** The Earth-1 Grayson was a founding member of the Teen Titans, was urged to retire by Wayne after nearly getting killed by the Joker, [[SidekickGraduationsStick changed his supranym]] to ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, and mended his fences with Wayne. He later took over the role of Batman when Wayne was apparently dead, and continued in the role for a while when he returned. Returned to being Nightwing in the ComicBook/New52.²** Robin II: Jason Todd.²*** The pre-Crisis Todd was a redheaded circus acrobat whose [[DeathByOriginStory parents were killed]] by Killer Croc. He [[DyeHard dyed his red hair black]], became Robin, and was later adopted by a minor villainess named Nocturna. He vanished into CanonDiscontinuity after the Crisis.²*** Post-Crisis Todd had [[AdaptationDyeJob black hair]], and was a StreetUrchin taken in by Wayne. [[DeathByOriginStory His father was killed by Two-Face; his mother was killed by the Joker]] in the same explosion he himself died in. Noted for being a [[RecklessSidekick bit of a jerk]], even before he died.²*** Around ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Todd [[DeathIsCheap came back from the dead]]. He is now an [[FaceHeelTurn adult villain]] calling himself the Red Hood. This Todd has had black and (later) red hair, so he's apparently an [[BroadStrokes amalgam]] of the pre-Crisis and post-Crisis Todd.²** [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin III]]: Tim Drake. [[DeathByOriginStory Mother killed by the Obeah Man very early in his career, father killed by Captain Boomerang much later.]] Later became [[ComicBook/RedRobin Red Robin II]]. In the world of the ComicBook/New52, it's possible he was never just "Robin", but accounts differ.²** Robin IV: Stephanie Brown. The daughter of the Cluemaster (a minor Batman villain), she originally went by the Spoiler, and was Tim Drake's girlfriend. She was [[DistaffCounterpart Robin]] very briefly (during a period when Drake and Wayne were arguing), before Batman [[PutOnABus faked her death]]. Later became the third (or fourth, or fifth, depending on how you count) [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Batgirl]]. In the World of the ComicBook/New52, she is once again the Spoiler and it is not known how much of her backstory remains.²** [[ComicBook/RobinSonOfBatman Robin V]]: Damian Wayne. Batman's son, born and raised in secret by [[DatingCatwoman Talia al Ghul]]. Became Robin while Wayne was presumed dead. Mildly {{psycho|Sidekick}}pathic, considering he was raised by assassins, but he [[SoProudOfYou received Bruce's blessing]] to continue as Robin. He was killed by his own clone.²** Helena Wayne: In DC Comics' New 52 line, Helena was the Robin of Earth 2, which she and Supergirl fled following the deaths of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. She adopted the duel guise of Helena Bertinelli/Huntress, while Supergirl became Karen Starr/Power Girl.²* SidekickGraduationsStick: Grayson is one of the more triumphant examples, though Todd, Drake, and Brown have all moved on as well.²* SignatureLaugh: Several, represented different ways in different media:²** The Penguin's "wah wah" squawking laugh.²** Riddler's high pitched giggle.²** Joker's maniacal cackle (particularly Mark Hamill's interpretation).²** The Scarecrow's infamous "HRROOO HRRAAA", which nobody knows how to pronounce.²* SignatureTeamTransport: Batman has plenty of Bat-vehicles, but the Batmobile is the most iconic.²* SilverFox: Depending on the art style, Commissioner Gordon can be one of these.²* SkullForAHead: Black Mask²* SmallStepsHero: Bruce could stop being Batman and use his fortune to clean up Gotham permanently, but that would mean ignoring the common crime that happen every night. The fact that he has the power to not only stop crime and save the world regularly is one of the things he admires about Franchise/{{Superman}}.²* SmugSnake: The Riddler. But significantly less so since his reformation in ''Detective Comics'' #822. Still smug, but a highly successful detective as well.²* SnowMeansLove: A rather tragic example: flashbacks in one comic show a pre-transformation Dr. Victor Fries, starved for love his whole life, finally find happiness with his future wife Nora, and the two share a tender first kiss as snow falls around them. What makes it tragic is the fact that [[ForegoneConclusion we already know]] that eventually Nora contracts the rare disease that results in her being placed in suspended animation while Victor feverishly works to save her...before he himself is turned into Mr. Freeze. The fact that they share their first kiss while snow falls around them is romantic...but still bitter irony considering the mutation that Victor ends up undergoing later on. ²* SociallyAwkwardHero: It varies by the writer, but Bruce Wayne is often depicted as not really understanding how to behave like a normal RichIdiotWithNoDayJob, and finds hosting a Wayne Foundation party more stressful than taking on the Joker.²* SpiritedCompetitor²* StealthHiBye: Contender for TropeCodifier.²* StarterVillain: Alfred Stryker, a chemical executive who is killing off his business partners so he can take sole ownership of the company. Like many starter villains, Stryker is physically unimposing and dies by the end of his issue without much fanfare.²* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: Often invoked by Batman with his use of shadows and smoke pellets to scare criminals. It disorients his enemies and make them easier to pick off one by one. In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' Bane was a member of the League Of Shadows and knows of their tricks of using darkness to distract enemies in battle, so when Batman tries to use these same tactics on Bane, he mocks him for it and goes into a BadassBoast about how he is made of Shadows.²* TheStoic: Even when threatening mooks as a GutturalGrowler, Bats never really loses control. During a fight with ComicBook/ThePunisher, while Frank Castle's internal monologue is about giving into rage and joining the chaos, Batman prefers to remain cool and avoid being consumed by other people's rage and use ''that'' to his advantage.²** NotSoStoic: Often a case of OOCIsSeriousBusiness. In the comic ''ComicBook/MadLove'', Harley is ''seriously'' creeped out by Batman ''laughing''.²* StolenByStayingStill: In one short story, a gem vanished from inside a special display case in a museum. The thief was the curator, who had designed the display case and the lighting for the exhibit. The top pane of glass was a special lens that, when the light shone through it, made the case appear to be empty. He then palmed the gem as he was dissembling the case for the police.²* StoryBreakerTeamUp: Whenever the Bat-mite shows up.²* StrappedToABomb: The story "And The Executioner Wore Stiletto Heels" has the villain going above and beyond by covering the victim in glue and sticking the bomb to their chest (and sticking the victim to the ceiling, too). By the time Batman finds them, there's not nearly enough time to do something about the bomb...²* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: Joker is prone to this.²* SuddenNameChange:²** [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown]]'s mother was named "Agnes" when she originally appeared in Detective Comics, but her name was later changed to "Crystal." According to Scott Beatty (who was the first to rename her), he had asked DC editors about the name of the mother but no one could remember, leading to an accidental name change that stuck. ²** The Post-Crisis ''ComicBook/{{Huntress}}'' had a case of her middle name changing. In her first origin and early appearances, her full name was "Helena Janice Bertinelli". In her revised origin and later profiles, her name became "Helena '''Rosa''' Bertinelli".²*** Huntress' parents were named Guido and Carmela in her original 1989 origin, but their names were later changed to Franco and Maria by the time of Greg Rucka's retelling in the ''Cry For Blood'' miniseries.²** Harvey Dent's wife is generally known as Gilda, but was renamed "Grace" in a 1989 ''ComicBook/SecretOrigins'' story and the name carried over to her animated counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. All later comic appearances switched her name back to Gilda.²** [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey]] himself was originally introduced as "Harvey Kent". They changed his name so there'd be no confusion with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that other fellow.]]²** While Poison Ivy's civilian name was initially established as Pamela Isley, Gerry Conway inexplicably gave her the name of "Lillian Rose" when he wrote her origin in World's Finest #252. Post-Crisis, Neil Gaiman would re-establish the Pamela Isley name (along with overhauling her origin).²*** ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has gained some controversy for changing her name from Pamela Isley to Ivy Pepper.²* SuperheroesWearCapes: One of the surviving GoldenAgeOfComics TropeCodifiers.²* SuperheroesWearTights: See above.²* SupernaturalFearInducer: Batman enemy Scarecrow uses fear gas to cause hallucinations, paranoia, and even full on panic-induced heart attacks in his victims. Sometimes this overlaps with IKnowWhatYouFear, while other times it's just straight up irrational terror.²* SuperheroSobriquets: The Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, the World's Greatest Detective, the Dark Knight Detective. Robin is the Boy Wonder and Joker is the Clown Prince of Crime, the Thin White Duke of Death, and the Harlequin of Hate.²* SurvivorGuilt: His ENTIRE LIFE revolves around the guilt he felt at his parents' murder.²* SuspectExistenceFailure: The Gotham City Police Department once has a prime suspect in a series of brutal killings with a veritable mountain of damning evidence against him, up to and including his going around and bragging to everyone who would listen that he did it all. It turns out that all of the evidence is manipulated or outright fabricated, because the guy is trying to make a name for himself of another's deeds. For reasons [[TooDumbToLive beyond human understanding]], he decided to pick Gotham's most infamous and self-aggrandizing mass-murderer to bite off from -- The Joker. No bonus points for guessing how it ends for him.²* TalkingThroughTechnique: With Cassandra Cain.²* TechnicalPacifist: Since Robin's first appearance, at least.²* TerribleTrio: There's a group of fairly obscure villains ''called'' the Terrible Trio (who, as far as can be told, weren't in mind when naming this trope). Made up of the Shark, the Fox, and the Vulture, the Terrible Trio is of extremely variable threat, and they don't show up very often because they're pretty mundane as Batman rogues go.²** Though in each animated series they appear in, they gradually become more badass. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' they were billionaires who committed crimes because they literally did EVERYTHING exciting, who (Mainly Fox) completely crossed the MoralEventHorizon. In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' they were teenage social outcasts considered "freaks" by the majority of their college campus. In which they stole the Man-Bat formula and [[{{Animorphism}} transformed]] themselves into {{BeastM|an}}en (Though they tweaked it to keep their own sentience unlike Man-Bat) and plotted to "Turn everyone in their college into animal people like them, so everyone would be the same" in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' they were warriors who stole ancient animal totems to turn into giant powerful beastmen. In every animated appearance, Fox is always the leader and usually always the final battle for Batman.²* TerrorHero: Batman seeks to put enormous fear into anyone he goes up against. Given that he's one of the most [[TheDreaded dreaded]] heroes in comics, even among superpowered villains despite having no superpowers himself, he is very good at it. Even Superman is unable to put the kind of fear in criminals that Batman does.²* {{Thememobile}}: The Batmobile, the Batwing, the Batcycle, etc etc...²* ThereAreNoTherapists:²** Most depictions for the past two decades have made it clear Mr. Wayne has... issues... ''lots'' of issues.²--> '''Bruce Wayne himself''': [[HypocriticalHumor "Any guy who dresses up as a bat... clearly has issues."]]²** DoubleSubverted. There are numerous psychologists in Gotham City - just none you'd actually want helping you. Scarecrow and Hugo Strange would rather drive you mad [[ForTheEvulz for laughs]], whereas [[MadLove Harley Quinn]] and Jeremiah Arkham couldn't even keep themselves sane. Then there's the crack staff of [[BedlamHouse Arkham Asylum]], who will probably be curing their first patient [[SarcasmMode any day now]].²*** How many levels of subversion did they reach when Arkham ''did'' successfully cure Cluemaster... of his obsessive need to leave clues. Now he's just a criminal genuis who ''doesn't'' give our heroes any way to anticipate his next crime.²---> '''Robin:''' "Gee, thanks, Arkham!"²*** How about the fact that in multiple continuities, including the titular video games, Arkham was founded not to cure the mentally ill but to ''exterminate'' them.²*** Though averted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', multiple episodes have shown that certain villains such as Penguin and Harley Quinn were cured, though Penguin went back to villainy when [[spoiler: his heart was broken]] and Harley Quinn was starting to snap back in less than a hour after release, simply over a misunderstanding towards a shirt she paid for, which just went downhill further and further. Then there was the Ventriloquist in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' who was completely rehabilitated, only for Hugo Strange to pull him back in ForTheEvulz. ²** In the ''It Takes a Thief'' storyline in ''JLA'', Bruce and Batman are separated into two personlities. Bruce is full of rage, while Batman is a soulless, faceless cypher. Eel O'Brian (ComicBook/PlasticMan's original identity) sums it up:²--->'''Eel:''' Everyone figured that when you split Bruce Wayne and Batman, you get a fop and a lunatic. Which is true. But not like we thought.²* ThouShaltNotKill: Though at best a TechnicalPacifist, and motivated by the real-world considerations of his creators, there are two in-universe explanations for his adherence to the code:²** In the {{Novelization}} of ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', Gordon in an internal monologue reveals he only works with Bats because he doesn't kill. The moment he crosses the line, according to Gordon, his relationship with Batman will be over and he'll be marked as a criminal like any other -- as indeed he was in the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness very earliest stories]]. Bruce is smart enough to know this. But, even more importantly:²** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', Batman is trying to explain to [[spoiler: a resurrected Jason Todd]] why he can't even bring himself to rid the world of The Joker:²--->'''Batman:''' But if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place... I'll never come back. ²--> Paging [[Franchise/ThePunisher Frank Castle.]]²* TokenMotivationalNemesis:²** Joe Chill the mugger, who is seldom seen again after serving his narrative purpose of introducing us to and traumatizing Bruce Wayne. In some versions, notably Frank Miller's, he doesn't even have a name.²** Joe Chill did appear again in a 1948 followup to the origin story, where it's revealed he eventually became a small-time gangster. Unfortunately for him, Batman soon found him out, leading to a classic confrontation. Chill also appeared post-Crisis in several stories. Post-Zero Hour he was specifically stated NOT to be the Wayne killer, bringing Batman's desire for vengeance back to the way Miller envisioned it.²** Batman had to ally with Joe Chill when facing a legacy of The Reaper, a crazed slasher vigilante. At several points, Batman has the choice of whether to save Joe's life and each time, he does.²** Joker sees Batman like this.²* {{Tontine}}: The very first Batman story, ''The Case of the Chemical Syndicate'', used this as a plot point.²* TooDumbToLive: ²** A security [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy guard]] in ''Arkham Asylum: Madness'' ran head first in to this trope when he decided to put the Name [[BerserkButton "Milton Napier"]] on a plaque to screw with ComicBook/TheJoker. It [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown ended]] badly. For the [[AssholeVictim guard]] that is.²** Speaking of The Joker, any Gotham City mook that decides to work for him is TooDumbToLive. What do those mooks have to look forward to? If they're lucky: almost certainly getting their asses kicked by Batman. But not only does [[BadBoss the Joker routinely kill his own Mooks]] [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing him]], he'll do it in order to try and kill Batman, because they have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]], because they might have said something that he didn't like, or [[ForTheEvulz because he was]] [[ItAmusedMe bored]]. How dumb to you have to be to work for a guy who will kill you for shits and giggles? The rest of Batman's rogue's gallery aren't much better, but the Joker takes the cake.²*** There are a couple explanations. Some of the Joker's mooks are almost as crazy as him and are drawn to his madness. The Joker's randomness also means that he'll shower his mooks with money as often as he kills them for kicks, so working for the Joker is basically Russian Roulette. ²** Let's face it: Thomas Wayne. Instead of waiting for Alfred to show up and chauffeur them back to the mansion, he decided to take a shortcut through ''[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Crime Alley]]''. All dressed up. At night. In the rain. It's just a pity his foolishness got both himself and his wife killed, and his son traumatized along with him.²*** It wasn't called Crime Alley back then. It's canon that it used to be a nice neighborhood called Park Row. The Wayne murders signaled the beginning of the decline of the neighborhood. But then again, they walked into ''some random, trash-strewn alley,'' through a ''side door of the theater,'' [[SarcasmMode because that's how rich people routinely exit such establishments]].²** Any supervillain who has ever shown up in his city and thought, "What threat could a [[BadassNormal mere]] [[WesternAnimation/TheBatman mortal]] pose to me?"²--> '''Joker''': "There's nothing mere about that mortal."²** Also, anyone who has ever teamed up with ComicBook/TheJoker and then decided to double cross him thinking, "He's just a clown with too much free time. What could he possibly do?"²*** At least people who team up with the Joker usually have their own JokerImmunity to prevent serious problems. Henchmen that work for the Joker though are just [[BadBoss asking to be killed]].²* TooFunnyToBeEvil: Usually the Riddler. Less often the Joker.²** And those who believe this of The Joker are often proven fatally wrong.²** In The Animated Series, The Riddler just seems more lighthearted. The Joker applies to this more.²* TragicDream: ²** This is what motivates Mr. Freeze, wanting to cure his wife.²** After an extenuating day being Batman, Jean-Paul Valley reflected that after being the Avatar of the Order of St. Dumas, who wanted to conquer Jerusalem back again to Christianity, and presently being the TemporarySubstitute to Batman, who wants to stop crime in Gotham City, he finds the fanatical obsessive founder Dumas was the wiser: sure, Jerusalem was never conquered again, but it was a tangible goal that could be achieved... ending crime forever in Gotham is a madman’s dream.²* TrespassingToTalk: Batman frequently does this, and he usually uses a StealthHiBye to get away when he's done. ²* TheTrickster: A role sometimes shared by Joker and Riddler, depending on the situation and motivation.²* TrollFic: [[ Batman Hero Of Gotham]]. Characters die and randomly come back to life (In Chapter 3, the Joker dies and [[JokerImmunity then comes back to life for no reason]] in around 12 sentences), The Penny Plunderer is called "one of the most powerful villains in Gotham", Batgirl walks off a backbreaker from Bane, and Crazy Quilt is called "the evilest villain ever" and actually kills Robin (thus leading to Alfred, of all people, taking up the mantle). [[{{Crossover}} Many other characters also appear]], such as {{Wolverine}} (who even says that he appears in everything), a few of the other ComicBook/XMen, ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} (spelled as Darkseed), Franchise/{{Superman}}, General Zod, and [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] (spelled as Mastar Chief). Also, there's tons of bad grammar. Here's some quotes from the story:²--> "STOP KILLER CROC YOU NOT GET WAY WITH MONEY!" Batman yell.²--> [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "TOXIC PAINT WILL KILL YOU BECAUSE ITS TOXIC! TOXIC PAINT IS DEADLY!"]] Crazy Quilt yell.²--> "STOP ZOMMBIES!" Batman say, "YOU DIE!" Batman then use anti-zommbie spray on zommbies.²--> "YOU HERO IS FAIL YOU! YOU IS SURENDER ALL JUNK FOOD OR ALIENS IS DESTORY EARTH!" say Alien leader to human race.²** There's also a DramaticReading in [[ two]][[ parts]].²* ATrueHero: Batman is sometimes argued to be the "real" hero in the DC Universe, because he lacks the superpowers almost all of his peers have. Batman gets by on his [[RealLifeSuperpowers wits, genius and skill]] rather than superhuman abilities. In addition, most portrayals of the character portray him as somewhere between an UnscrupulousHero or PragmaticHero, who is willing and able to get his hands dirty when it comes to saving people and stopping crime. To many, this resonates as being more of a "True Hero" than those who don't need to sacrifice half as much as he does and never had to work to achieve their abilities.²* TrueLoveIsBoring: One of the major reasons why Bruce will probably never settle down.²* {{Tsundere}}: Damian Wayne is one of the rare male examples, and is type A towards... everyone. Dick Grayson, Stephanie Brown, Alfred...²* TwoHeadedCoin: A characteristic attribute of Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Played straight as Dent and then {{subverted}} by Two-Face.²* UnderestimatingBadassery: Done constantly by superpowered villains who have never faced him before. After they do fight him, they figure out why he's one of the most [[TheDreaded feared]] heroes of them all.²** Similarly, The Joker also gets dismissed by heroes and villains who are less familiar with him. As for later...well, there's a reason that when super villains (people far more powerful than the Joker) want to terrify each other, they tell Joker stories.²* UnderhandedHero: Batman is the archetypal powerless superhero, and as such, his fighting style relies heavily on misdirection and agility. His other skills include stealth, spying, and hacking, all done in the name of protecting Gotham City.²** The rest of the [[Characters/BatmanAndBatFamily Bat Family]] also fit this trope, even wheelchair-bound ComicBook/{{Oracle}}.²* UnderwearOfPower: Batman is one of the older examples, though nowadays (Post-Knight Saga and then Post-Return) his Underwear on the outside is usually either absent, not shown, or the same color as the rest of him (and thus hard to see). Also, the Robins wore this until Tim Drake came along.²* TheUnsmile: This applies to Batman, but ''not'' Bruce Wayne. Which may imply a bit of insight regarding his psyche.²* UrbanHellscape: Modern versions often portray Gotham in this light. Filled with incompetent or corrupt cops, gangs controlling the streets, with the neighboring city of Metropolis being the "pristine" MegaCorp-run sister city. The ultimate example of this in the franchise is the ([[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture at the time]]) future-set ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.²* UselessSpleen: Tim Drake loses his spleen to a sword-strike in ''ComicBook/RedRobin #4''.²* TheVamp: Poison Ivy, Nocturna, Catwoman at times (DependingOnTheWriter), and others.²* VillainOfAnotherStory: This is the usual role of Henri Ducard. He knows Batman's secret identity, and even occasionally helps the hero for his own purposes, but it's also always clear that Ducard is an amoral ProfessionalKiller involved in a variety of shady things in his native Europe. (unlike the [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy films]], Ducard [[spoiler: is not an alias of Ra's al Ghul]] in the comics.)²* VillainousHarlequin: [[MeaningfulName Harley Quinn]].²* VitriolicBestBuds: Batman and Superman are [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] depicted this way, as both Type 1 ''and'' Type 2 - while they respect each other and acknowledge there is a need for both of them, they would rather have as little to do with each other as possible.²* WaterSourceTampering: Deconstructed in one comic, where Bruce deduces the VillainOfTheWeek ''won't'' put his hallucinogen into the water supply, because it's too easy to shut off. Instead, he plots to put it in the milk supply.²* WellDoneSonGuy:²** Bruce is motivated by the standards of his father and sometimes wonders if he's living up to him and if being Batman is an appropriate way to carry on the Wayne legacy. Since his father isn't there to acknowledge him, this creates moments of doubt and insecurity that Bruce usually has to overcome. ²** Silas Wayne, who, in his last moments of life, becomes proud of Bruce when he reveals himself as Batman, and happier that the rest of the family wasn't in the room to learn the secret identity, so he'll die proudly with the knowledge that a Wayne is Batman.²** While he's gotten better about it, this was Damian's whole motivating factor for much of his existence. It's still there but Damian now knows that his dad loves him and is proud of him no matter what. ²* WellIntentionedExtremist: ²** Ra's Al Ghul.²** The Order of St. Dumas, who created ComicBook/{{Azrael}}, who was also one.²* WhenHeSmiles: Whenever Batman (Not Bruce Wayne), starts smiling. It can range from very touching or crap-your-pants terrifying. ²* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Creator/TimBurton movie is the TropeNamer.²* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell Is Gotham?]]: Apparently, New Jersey. Many people from the greater Trenton area dispute this, as Gotham is shown to be [[WretchedHive a grungy, filth-ridden, dated city]], [[TakeThat and nothing in New Jersey could be that nice]].²** ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' places it in Connecticut... LovecraftCountry.²* WhoEvenNeedsABrain: Rare dramatic example - new villainess "The Absence" has an enormous hole in her forehead and extending all the way through, with no visible brain, yet functions just fine, and may be smarter than before the hole happened. It appears to be a combination of a freak medical condition and Gotham City's water supply being seriously tainted.²** ... So anyone with ''half a brain'' can see that humankind has gone insane, to the point where I don't know if I'll upset the status quo [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog if I throw poison in the water main]]?²* WolverinePublicity: This is beginning to become a bit of a problem for not just Bats but his wider crew. In the ComicBook/New52 line-up of titles, not only does Bats and his "family" have more individual titles than the any other superhero (only the combined Justice League matches), but counting characters with major recurring roles in other titles, the Bat-family shows up in '''twenty''' of the 52 current titles put out by DC. By comparison, ''Superman'' and Franchise/GreenLantern, and related characters, only show up in six or so books each, total. Most people suspect this is due to the constant financial success Batman's had, especially in the past two decades (as noted above), and ''especially'' in the past half-decade or so, between the Arkham games and ''TDK''.²* WorldsBestWarrior: The reason Batman is TheDreaded is because winning is never an impossibility for him. Even if he's outclassed or outfought, he always has the means to win. ²* YourWorstMemory: The murder of Bruce Wayne's parents continues to haunt him, and if there's a dream sequence or hallucination in a particular plot, chances are that Batman will relive their deaths over the course of it.²----


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