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Bruce Wayne / Batman

Played by: Adam West

Appearances: Batman | Batman: The Movie | Legends of the Superheroes | Batman '66 | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | Batman vs. Two-Face

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

  • The Ace: Among all his present manifest abilities, mentions by way of accurately flinging a grape on the first try that, at eleven, he was Gotham City's "junior marble champion". Robin marvels, "Even then...!"
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: Famously the most lighthearted depiction of Batman in pop culture.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's definitely not as distant or stoic as most other versions before or since, though he's still just as obsessed with fighting crime. However, he does seem to be much more mentally healthy in comparison to other versions.
  • Alternate Self: Has several across the multiverse most noticeably on Earth-Prime, Earth-9, Earth-89, Earth-167, Earth-N52 and an undesignated Earth.
  • Badass Baritone: Adam West's distinctive voice is definitely put to good use.
  • 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.
  • Broken Ace: Subverted, which makes him unique in comparison to nearly every other version of Batman. Though this changed after he murdered the Joker, the guilt making him retire as Batman.
  • Broken Pedestal: A rare instance of the pedestal being himself, but in the comics continuation crossover with Wonder Woman, Bruce retired from being Batman because he murdered the Joker (either accidentally or on purpose) when he broke into the Batcave and gave Alfred a fatal heart attack. As such, Bruce hung up the cowl for good, convinced he could no longer operate under a tainted legacy.
  • 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.
  • Ideal Hero: Unlike most modern incarnations, this Batman is an upstanding, beloved public figure, working side-by-side with law enforcement, with an unbreakable moral code, and a strict adherence to the law, no matter how insignificant.
  • In Spite of a Nail: He's not the only Batman to kill the Joker as his counterparts on Earth-Prime, 9, 89, and 99 killed their versions of the Joker. His Earth-Prime and Earth-9 counterparts also retired as Batman after the act.
  • Lawful Good: In-universe, perhaps the purest example of this trope of any version of Batman, if not one always played straight; nearly every episode features Bruce giving some sort of lecture — usually to Dick, his legal ward — on the merits of an orderly society, and though he deplores criminality itself, he tries to hold out hope that the villains he fights will reform their ways. He also holds Robin and himself to complete, total adherence to the letter of the law, which is shown to not always be the most pragmatic thing to do (such as feeding the meter before entering a crime scene or refusing to contest a vehicular infraction, even if in both cases it would mean Catwoman got away).
  • Mr. Fanservice: Quite handsome, unflattering spandex aside.
  • 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.
  • Old Superhero: In Legends of the Superheroes he is still active as Batman by 1979, by which point he should be around fifty years old.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Robin’s red.
  • 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.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Even for a supreme masked crimefighter, Batman has a surprisingly wide knowledge base and skill set. Turned into a running gag in the digital comic, where, among other things, Bruce has mastered Tuvan throat singing, a discipline all but unknown to the Western world in the 1960's.
  • The Teetotaler: He doesn't drink, and orders a glass of orange juice at a bar in the first episode.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: 6'2, and considered handsome by quite a few ladies.
  • 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.


Richard "Dick" Grayson / Robin / Nightwing

Played by: Burt Ward

Appearances: Batman (1966) | Batman: The Movie | Legends of the Superheroes | Batman '66 | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | Batman vs. Two-Face | Crisis on Infinite Earths

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

  • Alternate Self: Has three on Earth-9, Earth-167, and Earth-203.
  • 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.
  • Big Fun: From what little we see of the elderly Dick Grayson, he by 2019 still had his penchant for catchphrases and exaggerated reactions. He also put on quite a few pounds in the 53-year interim.
  • The Cameo: Burt Ward would reprise his role as an elderly Dick Grayson for a brief cameo in Crisis On Infinite Earths.
  • The Comically Serious: Even moreso than Batman, in stark contrast to just about every other take on the character.
  • Death by Cameo: In Crisis On Infinite Earths, an elderly Dick Grayson is seen walking Ace the Bat-Hound as he witnesses the skies turn red and their universe get destroyed. However he was presumably brought back to life after the Paragons restored the multiverse.
  • Formerly Fit: He has let himself go since retiring.
  • Freudian Excuse: Hey, his parents fell to their deaths because of a criminal. Can you blame him for the way he talks to even the most "harmless" criminals?
  • 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.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: He is accompanied by Ace the Bat Hound just as the Crisis hits his Earth.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Holy [insert something]!" (Additional 'Batman!' in the end is mostly optional). This was carried over into the comics.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Batman’s blue. He is very brash and cynical around the villains, even when they’re being polite and innocent.
  • Retired Badass: Dick has retired from being Robin by 2019.
  • 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".


Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Played by: Yvonne Craig

Appearances: Batman | Batman '66

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

  • Alternate Self: Has five, one on Earth-Prime, one on Earth-9, one on Earth-89, one on Earth-167, and one on Earth-203.
  • 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.
  • Canon Foreigner: Zig-zagged, as she was created for the show, but she was introduced into the comics around the exact same time.
  • Composite Character: The comics continuation's crossover with Wonder Woman (1975) reveals that the very first version of Batgirl would end up down the path of the version seen in Batman Beyond and become Police Commissioner in her father's stead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She)s very snarky around the villains. Mildly with the Dynamic Duo.
  • Defiant Captive: In the episode "Catwoman's Dressed to Kill" Catwoman gloats over having kidnapped Batgirl, which means the Dynamic Duo will rush to save her rather than stop Catwoman's plan. Batgirl, even though tied up and helpless, lays down an epic speech telling Catwoman that rather than saving her life, the Dynamic Duo would rather thwart Catwoman's evil plan because it's the right thing to do, and that she would gladly give up her life knowing that justice would eventually prevail. Catwoman, frustrated with the speech and Batgirl's haughtiness, orders her henchman to gag the crimefightress.
  • 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).
  • Ms. Fanservice: The show wasn't shy about advertising Yvonne Craig's looks, as she happens to be have a very well-toned body, and usually wears a skin-tight outfit that highlights much of it. She also has a few revealing civilian outfits.
  • Secret Identity: There's exactly only one person who Officially knows Barbara Gordon is Batgirl and that's Alfred and he found out by complete accident. Unofficially it stand to reason that Commissioner Gordon knows since she couldn't have created/afford the badgirl equipment on her own and Commissioner Gordon would have to know in order to shield her from getting arrested.
  • 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

Voiced by: Steven Weber

Appearances: Batman | Batman: The Movie | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | Batman vs. Two-Face

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!
  • Alternate Self: Has several across the multiverse most noticeably on Earth-89, Earth-203 and an undesignated Earth.
  • 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. At the time the show was airing, Bruce had already become Batman and adopted Dick when Alfred joined his employ.
  • The Big Guy: At six foot six, he towered over literally anybody he shared a scene with.
  • 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!
  • Death by Adaptation: In the Wonder Woman (1975) crossover comic, the Joker's sudden break-in into the Batcave ends with poor Alfred dying of a heart attack, shocked that the Clown Prince of Crime has discovered Batman's secrets.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Much like Michael Gough's rendition and the Arkham version of Alfred by the end later on, this version of Alfred needs glasses.
  • 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.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Being a British archetype, his choice of words can be rather sophisticated.
  • Trope Codifier: Alfred's presence here ensured his resurrection in the comics after he had been killed off, and has remained a permanent staple of the Bat-Family.
  • Undying Loyalty: There's nothing Alfred wouldn't do to take care of Bruce, Dick, Barbara, and Aunt Harriet. In fact, in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, when an increasingly evil drug-induced Batman fires his butler, Alfred knows outright that Bruce is under mind control, and goes around Gotham gathering every key ingredient needed to trick Batman into drinking the antidote so he can get back to normal.

    Aunt Harriet 

Harriet Cooper

Played By: Madge Blake

Appearances: Batman | Batman: The Movie | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | Batman vs. Two-Face

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 couple of brief appearances.
  • Grande 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 doesn't know that Bruce and Dick are the Dynamic Duo, and despite living in Wayne Manor, has no idea the Batcave is below it. In fact, the animated continuations imply that she thinks Bruce and Dick might be lovers rather the being the dynamic duo.
  • Mistaken for Gay: She thinks Bruce and Dick are this every time they sneak off.
  • 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 

Commissioner James "Jim" Gordon

Played By: Neil Hamilton

Voiced by: Jim Ward

Appearances: Batman | Batman: The Movie | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | Batman vs. Two-Face

The Commissioner of Gotham City's police department.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: The citizens of Gotham respect and adore Gordon for his efforts in keeping Gotham safe, even if Batman is doing most of the heavy lifting (not that he takes credit, mind you, as he feels Gordon deserves it more than anyone). Nevertheless, outside of the criminals who have obvious reason to hate him, Gordon is well beloved.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: Much like Pat Hingle and Ben McKenzie's respective takes later on, this version of Jim doesn't need glasses.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-9, Earth-89 and an undesignated Earth.
  • 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". Batman vs. Two-Face would even lampshade this by having Gordon put Chief O'Hara to work in figuring out a crime committed by King Tut, and both men are fired up to get the case solved—then they both admit that they can't do it without Batman.
  • It's Personal: With Catwoman. She once had him fooled she'd reformed but then she stole his voice. He's noticeably more curt to her after than than any other villain and makes an 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.
  • Police Are Useless: Not really incompetent, but he's grown dependent enough on the Dynamic Duo doing most of the work that actually having to solve a case for himself terrifies him.
  • Two First Names: "James" and "Gordon".

    Chief O'Hara 

Chief O'Hara

Played By: Stafford Repp

Voiced by: Thomas Lennon

Appearances: Batman | Batman: The Movie | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | Batman vs. Two-Face

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

  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: At the end of the first Mr. Freeze two-parter, O'Hara and his men arrive just after the fight is over. Robin reveals that he called the police to help rescue a captured Batman over an hour ago. O'Hara sheepishly replies that they took a wrong turn.
  • Canon Immigrant: He was created for the show, but made a few appearances in the comics.
  • No Name Given: Subverted, he's finally given a first name, which is Miles in Return of the Caped Crusaders.
  • Number Two: To Gordon.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Typically, Chief O'Hara is The Watson and a source of comic relief. The beginning of "The Bookworm Turns" shows him at his most serious. He's bursting with rage and grief while vowing to hunt down the murderers of Commissioner Gordon. He then bursts into uncontrollable Mirthless Laughter when it turns out that Gordon is alive and that the villain's plan involved giving him a fake parking ticket to make him miss the ceremony where he had been seemingly killed.
  • Oireland: He doesn't have the accent, but he has the name, and pretty much everything else associated with the trope.
  • Officer O'Hara: If the not Trope Namer then certainly the Trope Codifier.
  • Why Didn't I Think of That?: Whenever Batman deduces some taunting clue left by a villain, O'Hara is generally left feeling that he should have been able to solve it himself.

    Warden Crichton 

Warden Crichton

Played By: David Lewis

Voiced by: Thomas Lennon

Appearances: Batman | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | Batman vs. Two-Face

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

  • Ambiguous Situation: In Batman '66 Crichton appears as an African-American woman, with it left unclear how this fits into the show. A possible explanation could be that this Crichton is the wife of the original who at some point replaced him as Warden, while another possibility could be that the change was caused by the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019).
  • 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.


Visiting Heroes

    Britt Reid / The Green Hornet 

Britt Reid / The Green Hornet

Played by: Van Williams

Appearances: The Green Hornet | Batman

  • 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

Appearances: The Green Hornet | Batman

  • 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.note 

    Wonder Woman 

Diana of Themyscira / Diana Prince / Wonder Woman

An ageless superhero who crosses paths with Batman in a crossover between the Batman '66 and the Wonder Woman '77 comics. See more about this character here.

    The Atom 

Ray Palmer / The Atom

Played by: Alfie Wise

A superhero who appears in the 1979 specials Legends of the Superheroes where he is shown to be engaged to Giganta.

Justice League of America

    In General
A team of superheroes formed in the 1979 specials Legends of the Superheroes which included Batman and Robin, being based in the Hall of Heroes.

    The Flash 

Barry Allen / The Flash

Played by: Rod Haase

A superhero with the power of super speed.


Katar Hol / Hawkman

Played by: Bill Nuckols

An alien superhero with bird wings.

    Black Canary 

Dinah Drake / Black Canary

Played by: Danuta Wesley

A superhero who lacks any powers like Batman.

    Green Lantern 

Hal Jordan / Green Lantern

Played by: Howard Murphy

A superhero who derives his powers from a power ring.

    Captain Marvel 

Billy Batson / Captain Marvel

Played by: Garret Craig

A magical hero who is in reality a young boy transformed into an adult.


Helena Wayne / Huntress

Played by: Barbara Joyce

A female superhero with a possible connection to Batman.

  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-203 though she's named Helena Kyle.
  • Ambiguous Situation: A massive one as at the time there were only two characters named Huntress: a villain named Paula Brooks and Helena Wayne, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman from Earth-Two. Since this is before Helena Bertinelli was introduced and unless it's a case of Adaptational Heroism for Brooks, then this would suggest that Huntress is somehow Batman's daughter.
  • Team Member in the Adaptation: In the comics she was the daughter of the Earth-Two Batman who was part of the Justice Society, and after the Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot Earth-Two and herself were erased from canon while Helena Bertinelli would be introduced as Huntress who did join the Justice League.

    Scarlet Cyclone 

Scarlet Cyclone

Played by: William Schallert

An elderly and retired superhero.

  • Canon Foreigner: Didn't exist in the comics, though might be loosely based on Red Tornado.
  • Old Superhero: Much older than the other heroes on the team.