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Batman / Bruce Wayne
Played by: Adam West

The Caped Crusader. Millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne decided to become a hero after criminals killed his parents.

  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Famously the most lighthearted depiction of Batman in pop culture.
  • Badass in Distress: Happens Once per Episode. It becomes more pronounced in Season Three where he loses his uncanny ability to wriggle out of any situation and Batgirl saves his bacon ... a lot.
  • Benevolent Boss: Bruce treats his employees extremely well — Alfred and Aunt Harriet are treated less like employees and more like family.
  • The Comically Serious: Despite the goofy insanity of '66 Gotham, he rarely did more than crack the occasional grin as the villain of the week got hauled off to jail.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has gadget for everything. And we do mean everything.
  • Genius Bruiser: Being Batman and all, this is pretty much a given. More interestingly, unlike most other versions he makes very little effort to hide this in his civilian identity (indeed, in the Movie he beats the ever-loving crap out of Joker, Penguin, and Riddler when they threaten his new paramour Miss Kitka).
  • Heroic Willpower: While sometimes he'd fight off the villain-of-the-week's mind control with a handy Bat-Antidote pill, just as often he'd muscle through it with pure willpower.
  • Old-School Chivalry: Typically the perfect old-fashioned gentlemen towards women, in both his identities. However, the less flattering sides of this start showing when Batgirl joins the team. He's not ungrateful for the help, but he seems embarrassed by it.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Averted. This version of Bruce Wayne is far from idle, being a beloved philanthropist actively engaged in civic work with the Wayne Foundation, and is such a beloved public figure. He's even been asked to run for mayor several times, only to refuse.
  • Two First Names: "Bruce" and "Wayne".
  • Vigilante Man: Averted, it's repeatedly stressed that the Dynamic Duo are "fully deputized agents of the law". Riddler exploited this once, by goading Batman into falsely arresting him and then hit him with a subsequent lawsuit.


Robin / Dick Grayson
Played by: Burt Ward

The Boy Wonder. Bruce Wayne's adopted ward and his trusty sidekick.

  • Badass in Distress: It wasn't uncommon for Robin to be kidnapped separately and Batman having to rescue him. To put in perspective how often this happened — Riddler's goons kidnapped him in the very first episode.
  • Catchphrase: "Holy [insert something], Batman!"
  • The Comically Serious: Even moreso than Batman, in stark contrast to just about every other take on the character.
  • Girls Have Cooties: He's civil enough to law-abiding women and girls, but looks very dimly upon any attempts by Gotham's many villainesses to seduce Batman (or himself).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Robin tends to get ... more than irritated whenever Batman (or Bruce) has his head turned by a pretty woman.
  • Third Wheel: As far as Catwoman is concerned Robin is this to her and Batman, and she wants him gone. It's something of a dark Running Gag that whenever it seems like Catwoman is just about successfully persuade Batman to give in to his feelings for her, he inquires "what about Robin?" to which her answer is always to kill him.
  • Vigilante Man: Averted, it's repeatedly stressed that the Dynamic Duo are "fully deputized agents of the law"


Batgirl / Barbara Gordon
Played by: Yvonne Craig

Commissioner Gordon's daughter, who's a librarian in civilian life. She was added to the cast in Season Three as a ratings stunt.

  • And Starring: How she's credited in Season Three.
  • Badass in Distress: For every time she saved the Dynamic Duo's bacon, they'd have to save her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Her introductory episode has her saving the Dynamic Duo from the Penguin.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Purple - sparkly purple at that - is her main color scheme.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: She didn't show up until Season Three, but she certainly made an impression.
  • Kick Chick: Enforced by the producers, who wouldn't let her give or receive punches - so she specialized in ballet-esque high kicks (and the occasional Improvised Weapon).
  • Secret Identity: There's exactly only one person who knows Barbara Gordon is Batgirl and that's Alfred and he found out by complete accident.
  • Screaming Woman: Turns into one at the start of "The Joker's Flying Saucer"; jury's out on whether she's genuinely scared of (fake) martians or just distressed at this one messing up her precious library.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Here, it's her specialty instead of Batman's; where Batman (and Robin) are official deputies who take every opportunity to mingle with civilians, Batgirl typically doesn't bother unless absolutely necessary.
  • Two First Names: "Barbara" and "Gordon".
  • Vigilante Man: The Dynamic Duo are "fully deputized agents of the law", Batgirl is not. But the police let it slide.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Seriously how did she get all those fancy toys and build her own secret lair in her apartment building on a public librarian's salary?



Played By: Alan Napier

The Wayne family's loyal retainer and the only one who knows Bruce and Dick's secret.

  • Adaptational Badass: At the time, the comics' Alfred was a mild-mannered noncombatant who rarely did more than play The Watson to Bruce & Dick, supply comic relief, and occasionally serve as The Medic. This Alfred, despite his age, frequently went on field missions and repeatedly held his own against supervillains, sometimes even beating them!
  • Backported Development: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders features a scene where Dick mentions to Bruce that Bruce knew Alfred since he was a child. This only came about after Batman: Year One as part of the Post-Crisis status quo. Around the time the show was airing? Bruce had already become Batman and adopted Dick when Alfred joined his employ.
  • Battle Butler: Didn't quite have the military background later writers would give his comics counterpart, but he's damn handy with a fireplace poker.
  • Clashing Cousins: His cousin Egbert works in the city as a night watchman - and an easily-bribed one at that. The digital comic turns it into straight-up Cain and Abel, as Egbert kidnaps and impersonates him in hopes of burgling Stately Wayne Manor.
  • Cool Old Guy: He had the Joker begging for mercy!
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: When Robin's unavailable - i.e. kidnapped, Alfred is always there to fill in. And it's usually awesome.
  • The Nose Knows: A very... unique variant. Apparently he can sniff out a specific brand of aftershave from blocks away.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows both the Dynamic Duo's identities and Batgirl's. Bruce knows he knows but won't force Alfred to betray her trust.

     Aunt Harriet 

Harriet Cooper
Played By: Madge Blake

Dick's aunt who works as Bruce's housekeeper.

  • Canon Foreigner: Averted, despite what most people think she actually was in the comics from 1963 to 1968, being brought in after Alfred died (don't worry he got better and eventually she left Wayne Manor because she felt redundant with him around).
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season Three, due to her actress' illness save a coupe of brief appearances.
  • Grand Dame: Despite being Bruce's housekeeper she ticks all the boxes. Since there are no female members of the Wayne Family, Aunt Harriet is more-or-less the "First Lady" of Wayne Manor, being responsible for entertaining guests and organizing any social gatherings or get-togethers on the estate grounds. She's also head of numerous charity committees throughout Gotham.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Bruce who treats her like his own aunt.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She does't know that Bruce and Dick are the Dynamic Duo.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being involved in high society, she enjoys a good boxing match.
  • Parental Substitute: A unique situation. Bruce has sole legal custody of Dick, but Bruce respects her and allows her to co-raise Dick, never overruling her authority in regards to her nephew.
    Dick: [not wanting to practice piano] Golly G-minor, Bruce do I have to do?
    Bruce: Who am I to oppose your Aunt Harriet? I doubt whether even Batman would wanna take that job on.

     Commissioner Gordon 

Commisioner James "Jim" Gordon
Played By: Neil Hamilton

The Commissioner of Gotham City's police department.

  • The Commissioner Gordon: He's the Trope Namer.
  • Flanderization: Originally he only called the Dynamic Duo to deal with the super criminals. Later he became dependent on Batman to the point he lamented having to "solve a case himself".
  • It's Personal: With Catwoman. She once had him fooled she'd reformed but then he stole his voice. He's noticeably more curt to her after than than any other villain and makes for effort to keeps tabs on her — like sending an undercover policewoman to pose as one of her henchmen.
    "She should get an award for sheer gall".
  • Non-Action Guy: No combat ability to speak of, doesn't even carry a gun. Note that this is entirely in-line with a lot of real-life police commissioners - the job is generally a political one, and some places (like New York) explicitly make it a civilian-only post.
  • Papa Wolf: Attempts this when Penguin kidnaps Barbara, but it doesn't really work, as Penguin makes it pretty clear that Batman is the only one he's scared of.
  • Two First Names: "James" and "Gordon".

     Chief O'Hara 

Chief O'Hara
Played By: Stafford Repp

Gordon's right-hand man directly supervising the uniformed officers.

     Warden Crichton 

Warden Crichton
Played By: David Lewis

The Warden of Gotham State Penitentiary. Known for being progressive with sincere attempts to reform his inmates.

  • Horrible Judge of Character: He never accepts that Gotham's super villains are quite impossible to reform, not that he ever stops trying (and paroling them at the slightest signs of progress). Gordon and Batman admire his efforts, but even they (no strangers to this trope themselves) sometimes voice concern he's a little too lenient on the inmates.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Averted with a vengeance.


Visiting Heroes

     Britt Reid / The Green Hornet 

Britt Reid / The Green Hornet
Played by: Van Williams

  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Everyone's convinced he's a criminal, which he uses as his cover. Though Batman begins to have doubts after meeting him.
  • Old Friend: Of Bruce.
  • Special Guest: He and Kato got the credit the villain usually got.


Played by: Bruce Lee

  • Special Guest: He and the Green Hornet got the credit the villain usually got.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Robin. They are evenly-matched and can fight each other to a draw.


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