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The main characters of Batman Beyond.

    Batman II (Terry McGinnis)

An otherwise Ordinary High-School Student who recently put his Delinquent days behind him, Terry's life changes when he gets on the bad side of the Jokerz, a gang that idolizes the long-past Clown Prince of Crime. He leads them out of the city (and away from his girlfriend); the chase happens to end at the gates of stately Wayne Manor, where Bruce shows the Jokerz the hard way that he can still handle punks like them...then collapses of a heart attack. After helping Bruce back into his home, Terry, in what has become a habit by now, stumbles upon the Batcave and is promptly thrown out.

He returns home to find his father murdered, apparently in retaliation by the Jokerz. However, his father's boss Derek Powers, the man who now runs Bruce's company, shows up asking about a disk his father apparently had before his death, and not in a nice way. Realizing that the Jokerz were not his father's killer(s), Terry heads back to Wayne Manor to try to convince Bruce to help. When Bruce refuses to get directly involved, Terry steals the last Batsuit and takes off to settle things on his own. After foiling a plot by Powers to sell a devastating chemical weapon to rogue nations, Terry is accepted by Bruce to carry the mantle of Batman.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In Return of the Joker, Bruce demands Terry give back the batsuit because he doesn't want Terry to face the Joker and dismisses Terry's motivations as Batman. A stunned and angered Terry retorts by throwing the Batsuit at Bruce's feet and leaving. It doesn't last long when it turns out the Joker knows Terry's secret identity.
    Terry: It's what I want Bruce.
    Bruce: Stupid kid, you don't know what you want, none of you did.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His batarangs are as sharp as the plot demands, which they could theoretically cut through anything.
  • Action Hero: Just like the Batman before.
  • Adventure Rebuff: Bruce refuses to help Terry at first. Once Terry steals the batsuit, Bruce shuts it down remotely, but eventually decides to let him become the next Batman.
  • Almighty Janitor: He is, after all, officially (and de facto) Bruce's errand boy.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: He's another example of a DC having a similar counterpart to Peter Parker. A kid burdened with the guilt of losing his parental figure, living with his maternal figure and constantly making excuses to her, his girlfriend and others for missing engagements while being a high school student overworked with trouble. The Batman Beyond outfit is In the Style of... Spider-Man, full body face-covering without a cape albeit extendable wings. Likewise, just like Peter, Terry is often misunderstood by authority and society, and often has to deal with the ingratitude of the people he saves. He's also a quipster just like webhead.
    • However, the distant future setting and the technological capabilities along with his more anti-heroic attributes bring to mind the Spider-Man of 2099.
  • Alternate Self: In JLU's "The Once and Future Thing Part Two: Time, Warped", where Chronos creates an alternate timeline, Terry is shot by a group of soldiers appearing from a time shift. He is injured and captured by four clones of Dee Dee. They proceed to electrocute him and he screams in agony. Bruce calls out to Terry, only to hear Terry become silent; Bruce is devastated and mourns the loss of Terry. The timeline is restored once the younger Batman and Green Lantern stop Chronos, and Terry's death is averted.
  • Always Save the Girl: He often puts Max's safety above everything else. Usually averted with his girlfriend Dana, as she's rarely in danger in a way that conflicts with his duties.
  • Animal Motif: The Bat(man).
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: While he has most of the heroic qualities of the original, the series' premise of a hot-headed Snark Knight and former juvenile delinquent stepping into Bruce's place after the latter's retirement is in line with this trope.
  • Asleep in Class: Terry is shown to fall asleep in class due to the pressures of balancing his normal life with the responsibilities of being Batman.
  • The Atoner: Terry had an argument with his father and left the house in a huff the night his father died, leaving him to wonder if things would have been different if he'd stayed home that night. In Return of the Joker, he explains to Bruce that he's also kept up the role as Batman because he feels like he still needs to atone for his criminal record.
    Terry: Hey, I was the one who broke in and swiped the suit, remember? Yes, there was my dad's murder, but we come from two different worlds, Mr. Wayne. I wasn't like you, or the kids you took in. I was a pretty bad kid once, ran with a rough crowd, broke a lot of laws to say nothing to my folks' hearts. The kind of punk you wouldn't have wasted a second punch on back in the day.
    Bruce: Your point?
    Terry: I'm trying to make up for past sins. The state says my three months in juvie wiped me clean, but my soul tells me different. Every time I put on that suit, it's my chance to help people who are in trouble, I guess on a personal level. It's a chance to look like a worthwhile human being again, in my eyes, if no one else's. It's what I want, Bruce.
  • Attack Reflector: Did it to one of Blight's radiation blasts once, but it didn't work out too well for either of them.
  • Badass Boast: Belts one out during his first foray in the new Batsuit in "Rebirth".
    Mr. Fixx: You're pretty strong for some clown who thinks he's Batman.
    Terry: I am Batman!
    • In "Shriek"
    Bruce: The voice kept calling me "Bruce". In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
    Terry: What do you call yourself?... Oh yeah, I suppose you would. (deepens voice) But that's my name now.
  • Badass in Distress: Briefly at two points in the series. Once in "Disappearing Inque," when Inque captures him alive instead of killing him in order to lure Bruce into a trap. The second time is unrelated to his double life as Batman: Big Time decides that he wants someone he knows to watch his back now that he's been established in the criminal underground, so he has Terry kidnapped and brought to him.
    • There's also "Where's Terry", in which he's captured by Shriek.
  • Badass Longcoat: In "Epilogue", an older Terry now sports one. Other than the length, it's virtually identical to his brown jacket he wore in the series.
  • Badass Normal: Before stealing the suit, and whenever he's not wearing it, he can still handle super villains. In the Pilot, before becoming Batman and still just a regular high schooler, he handled the Jokerz with impressive ability. His abilities only sharpen as he gains crime-fighting experience.
  • Badbutt: This being the DC Animated Universe, Terry is as delinquent and foul-mouthed as is appropriate for little kids.
  • Bash Brothers: He fights alongside a rejuvenated Bruce in "Out of the Past".
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Does this against Talia, or rather Ra's. Possibly justified by the Batsuit, but then again, the sword's strikes were tearing through it like nothing and it was against a rather nasty leap attack. For bonus points, having grabbed the blade, he then slams it into some Explosive Instrumentation.
  • Boring Insult: In an effort to break the Clown Prince of Crime, he uses sharp remarks against the Joker by mocking his fixation with Batman as "pathetic." It works spectacularly.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: In "Curse of the Kobra", Terry received further training from Kairi Tanaga, who commented that one of his weaknesses was a tendency to lower his guard on the left side.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: His Batsuit is technically a museum piece in the Batcave, though he said, "This suit may be old, but it's still cutting-edge." He uses other artifacts from Bruce's crime-fighting days in the series as well (e.g. Nightwing's domino mask for ID obfuscation when the Batsuit was taken over by Vance's consciousness, along with some old-style Batarangs and one of Bruce's old utility belts).
  • Break Them by Talking: In contrast to Bruce, Terry is much more of a chatterbox as Batman and often uses taunts to keep his enemies off balance. Most notably, he deliberately provokes the Joker into a Villainous Breakdown in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
  • Bring It: When he defeats every grunt but one, he decides to smile and beckon him with a finger.
  • Broken Pedestal: One of the few people who thinks Fries really did become a changed man, and was clearly distraught when Victor returned to his old ways.
    Terry: Guess you were right about Freeze all along.
    Bruce: We both were.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Dana's Gentle Girl. He's ashamed of his delinquent past, father's death, and how he views being Batman as a curse, and she gives him nothing but comfort and empathy.
  • Brought Down to Badass: "Lost Soul" has the Batsuit taken over by a hostile AI. Terry goes up against it equipped only with one of Bruce's old utility belts and Nightwing's old mask to conceal his identity, and wins.
  • Byronic Hero: Terry is physically attractive. He is motivated to become Batman to seek justice against his father's murderers. He remains as Batman to make up for his delinquent past. As Batman he is intelligent, perceptive, cunning and adaptable in situations. Terry is determined to live up to the title of Batman, often against Bruce's and Max's assistance. Terry's greatest shock was learning he was the son of Bruce and contemplating if his life was a result of the curse of Batman, only to settle on the good things in his life despite the fabricated circumstances of his life.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: A Fantasy Sequence in "Epilogue" shows Terry chewing Bruce out when he believes Bruce overwrote his DNA and manipulated his life to make Terry become Batman. Terry now thinks that the whole legacy is a curse and blames it all on Bruce.
    • He even notes how this isn't the first time somebody became disillusioned with Bruce and gave up the cape and cowl.
    Terry: Dick, Barbara, Tim, Selena... they all loved you, but eventually every single one of them left you. Ever wonder why?
    Bruce: Not for an instant.
    • The last jab in the argument...
    Terry: You know what, old man? All those years it turns out everyone was right: You're insane. Being Batman's no honor... It's a ''curse''.
  • Canon Foreigner: He is an original character who was created for the series and the entire DCAU.
  • Cassandra Truth: "Sneak Peek" has a Jerkass reporter who can pass through walls managing to get video of Bruce Wayne working with his protege, Neo Gotham's new Batman, Terry McGinnis. When Terry sees their pixelated faces on the news and his family excitedly gathering around the TV to find out just who Batman is, he feels that it would be better if they hear it from him rather than some gossip news reporter who got lucky. They laugh in his face.
  • Changing of the Guard: He's the new Batman. Bruce now acts as Mission Control. We fully see this is the case in the episode "Epilogue" where Bruce tells Terry that Superman called asking for Terry's opinion on something instead of Bruce's.
  • Character Development: Terry begins the series as a cocky but slippery superhero who tends to overuse cheesy lines. As the show progresses, he finds his physical and mental abilities growing to the point where he can fight crime at several points without Bruce's help, in addition to developing a darker, more deadpan sense of humor.
  • Cheap Costume: In "Lost Soul," he has to fight his own suit, now controlled by a malevolent AI. His costume? Nightwing's mask.
  • Chocolate Baby: His and his brother's black hair makes it somewhat unlikely that their biological father could be the auburn Warren McGinnis, given their mother's red hair. Fans attribute the McGinnis parents' divorce to this, in part. The Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" explains this; Warren unknowingly had his reproductive DNA replaced by Cadmus with that of Bruce Wayne's in order to create a replacement Batman. Terry and his little brother are, on a hereditary biological level, Bruce's sons.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Which Terry expresses concern over in the episode "Lost Soul." By the end, he proves that he's Batman even without the suit.
  • Cool Car: With flight capabilities, the main transportation for the new Batman. This new Batmobile would incorporated similar gadgetry as previous Batmobiles and given the fact it's already airborne, precluded the need for the Batwing. Can pilot itself and can be summoned to Terry automatically when called. It could project a hologram of an ordinary vehicle over itself to avoid suspicion, camouflage itself in similar fashion to his Batsuit, for longer periods of time to deter vandals and tampering. The vehicle is operated through the suit's electronics reducing the amount of effort needed to pilot it. Its top speed is said to be Mach 3. The Batmobile also has a floor embedded hatch, permitting Batman to drop straight down. The car carries an array of weapons and gadgets. Rear grappling hooks to tow or snag vehicles, bottom mounted magnetic grapples to catch and slow down vehicles. It's also armed with missiles.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While Bruce makes a point to have Terry instructed in martial arts like he was, Terry has no qualms about fighting as dirty as he needs to to win. Something the Joker never anticipated. He also likes to taunt and mock his opponents into making mistakes. Again, something the Joker never anticipated.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: With Bruce, in spades, starting with their backgrounds. Bruce was born into one of the richest families in Gotham, while Terry's the son of a struggling middle-class couple. Bruce fights crime because, when he was young, he was a victim of it; Terry fights crime because when he was younger, he was a criminal. Bruce was also a ladies' man while Terry prefers being in committed relationships, and mostly settles with Dana. In the end, Bruce pushed everyone he cared about away and ended up mostly alone while Terry ends up trying to keep those he cares about in his life so he doesn't end up like Bruce to the point we see that he plans to propose to Dana.
  • Cool Loser: Averted, Dana's father notwithstanding. Terry has a reasonable social circle once they get past his former record. The only real problem is how he has too much to do.
  • The Cowl: Continuing the codified Batman.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Downplayed. First, Blight was already the corrupt exec Derek Powers that set himself against Terry by ordering Terry's father killed. Secondly, he's unintentionally exposed to nerve gas which would have killed him had he not gotten a cure (extreme radiation, in this case), and the combination of them mutated him. Upon learning that he created Blight, Terry's reaction was to note that Powers was always a monster, all his transformation did was make that obvious.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: A staple of Batman, Terry wears a dark costume as Batman.
  • Dating Catwoman: His relationship with Ten/Melanie. Also, in the comic mini-series, he does get his very own Catwoman, but she'd rather invoke this with the closer-to-her-own-age Dick Grayson.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Terry's much more chatty than Bruce. In fact, he's so wily with his words that he makes The Joker himself succumb to a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Decoy Getaway: In "Blood Sport," he gives his jacket to a homeless man as he leaves the subway in order to distract Stalker.
  • Delinquents: Downplayed. Sometime after his parents divorced, Terry turned to be a juvenile delinquent and then became a member of a street gang run, and had his fair share of run-ins with the Gotham Police Department in his early teens, even serving a three-month stint in juvenile hall. The writers made sure to establish his character arc before giving too much information on Terry's delinquent past, to keep it from taking over his characterization and make him more sympathetic. It also foreshadowed from the opening episode. The tight restrictions Terry's father places on him, his style of combat and his tendency to taunt others and recognize their fighting style.
  • Delivery Guy Infiltration: In "Shriek," he poses as a pizza delivery boy to infiltrate Richard Shreeve's lab.
  • Determinator: Has endured beat-downs just as bad as, if not worse, than his mentor. He once jumped up to become Batman with four cracked ribs.
    Terry: I'll breathe on the weekend.
  • Domino Mask: When he had to fight against his own Batsuit, he decided to put on the domino mask from Nightwing's display case to disguise himself. The old Batsuits had a few tears and rips in them.
  • Dramatic Unmask: "Unmasked" had him pull off his mask during a rescue attempt in order to convince a kid named Miguel that it was okay to trust him. Bruce is understandably livid, explaining that because: a) Miguel knows what Terry looks like and b) he said he saw Batman's face when he was interviewed afterwards, every villain in the city will be after him for that information. It gets subverted when, subjected to a mental probe, Miguel has already replaced Terry's face with the face of his favorite cartoon hero.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Subverted in "Babel". Terry doesn't expect Gotham to be thankful for what he's done as Batman.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: While not on the level of Bruce, he still has decent agility and is a good street-fighter without the Bat-suit, putting up a good fight against thugs before he ever had access to the Beyond Batsuit. With the Beyond Bat-suit, the criminals are in for a futuristic nightmare.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In Terry's first scene, he expresses annoyance at the Joker in the train and then defends a woman when they try to snatch her purse, showing that he's a fairly decent kid.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In "Betrayal", Terry listens to Big Time's pleas for help only to discover that he's been betrayed.
  • Evil Laugh: To the Joker, of all people, to taunt him.
  • Expy: Personality-wise, Terry has more in common with Peter Parker than with most other versions of Batman; he's an Ordinary High-School Student who becomes a superhero following the death of his paternal figure, struggles to balance his personal life with the demands of his crime-fighting career, and has a strong sarcastic streak. Even some of his supporting characters note  and Rogues Gallery note  mirror Peter's.
  • Flying Brick: One of the more notable departures from the original Batman, an iconic Badass Normal. Terry’s batsuit is Powered Armor that makes him inhumanly strong and durable, and it can fly rather than simply glide thanks to its wings and rocket boots. And yes, his suit having superpowers he doesn’t does end up giving Terry a bit of a complex that he needs to work past.
  • Foil: Terry was different from Bruce in many ways. Unlike his mentor, he had a normal childhood, and also faced the demands of a normal youth his age: a school career, his girlfriend Dana, and the responsibilities of an eldest son in a family which included his mother and his kid brother. In Amanda Waller's assessment, Terry may not be as smart as the old Batman, but he is every bit as devoted to helping others. A similarity between them is Bruce also had a mentor in Alfred to help guide him as well. The other difference being that while Bruce wasn't exactly gentle, he at least fought with certain rules. Terry on the other hand is completely willing to fight dirty much to the Joker's disgust. Overall, while Terry keeps the no killing rule, he is much more pragmatic.
  • Frame-Up: In "Eyewitness". Batman makes an enemy of Commissioner Barbara Gordon when she sees him murder a criminal in cold blood.
  • Friend to All Children: Matt quickly became a fan of the new Batman protecting Gotham City and idolized the second Dark Knight, not knowing that the older brother he sought constantly to irritate and the hero he admired were one and the same. Even in "Heroes" during the Terrific Trio's time as government-approved superheroes did nothing to detract Matt's idolization, as he insisted that the three heroes were "twips" and that Batman "rips". In "Where's Terry?", when Batman was trapped in the tunnels, he met an orphan named Dak, and together they took down Shriek. In "Mind Games", he saves a young girl with psychic powers. There's also the boy in "Unmasked" who learned his secret identity and kept his secret.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While he's much nicer than his mentor, he makes up for it by being much less ready to rescue villains from their own fate.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Terry uses these over a formal fighting style his predecessor used, having first learned to fight on the street. It later proves very useful against the Joker, who had acquired the original Batman's and Robin's fighting style's, but couldn't deal with Terry's street fighting style.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: More times than you'd expect.
    • In "Black Out", after his first encounter with Inque.
    Batman: What the heck was that?!
    • In "Eyewitness", when he is confronted by the police.
    Batman: Oh, I'm fragged!
  • Great Detective: As a successor to Batman of course and discussed in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
    Terry: If I was the Batman I was supposed to be I would have cracked this by now... would've punched exactly the right data into the computer or remembered that one little clue that everyone else overlooked.
    Bruce: It's rarely that simple.
    • Terry has not one, but two Eureka Moments in the movie itself:
      • "Nothing against your old partners, but I'm a completely different Batman. I was never a Robin, I never—" Terry notices the Robin costume is the only one out of all the other suits that was trashed.
      • When Bruce advises Terry to ignore the Joker's taunts and not respond, Terry realizes he's not Bruce. He has his own style.
    Terry: He's tough. Any suggestions, boss?
    Bruce: Joker's vain and likes to talk. He'll try to distract you, but don't listen. Block it out, and power on through!
    Terry: Wait... I like to talk, too.
    • In "Epilogue", it's shown he also serves as a consultant to Superman with investigations. Amanda Waller, however, says that of the two, Bruce is still smarter.
  • Guttural Growler: Will Friedle developed two distinct voices to use between Terry McGinnis and Batman much like Kevin Conroy does with Bruce Wayne and Batman. Conroy depicts Batman as the normal voice, while raising the pitch for Bruce. Friedle did the opposite with Terry being the real voice, while Batman speaks with a more gruff tone.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Terry does lose his temper easily. This is what causes his fight with a rival of his in a school wrestling match the first episode. His father grounding him and their subsequent fight before Terry storms out.
    Terry: Mom would hear me out.
    Warren: You're not living with your mom.
    Terry: *Punches a wall.* Don't remind me!
    Warren: That's your problem right there. You can't control your temper, and you better if you expect to get anywhere in life.
    Terry: Yeah, I'll be a big success just like you. *Storms out of the house.* I'm bailing.
  • Heroic Bastard: "Finale" reveals that Terry is the biological son of Bruce when Warren McGinnis's DNA was overridden by Bruce. And while Terry may be angsty he's a hero.
  • Heroic Build: Lampshaded in "Epilogue".
    Waller: Why are superheroes always... so good-looking?
  • Heroic Lineage: Cadmus leader Amanda Waller believed that Batman would always be needed. Collecting genetic samples that Bruce Wayne left around the city due to the various scrapes and bumps he takes in his line of work, Amanda picked out a target couple to inject these samples into, Warren and Mary McGinnis, overwriting Warren's reproductive DNA with Bruce Wayne's. Terry is then born as the biological offspring of Bruce Wayne. In order to bring this full circle, Waller attempts to have Terry's parents murdered to invoke the same feelings in Terry but the assassin doesn't go through with it. The project was thought to be over and done with until Terry's father is which point he stumbles on the Batcave and dons the Batsuit...thus becoming Batman.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Discussed in "Babel". Hearing a story from Bruce, Terry asks how Bruce knew he would survive if Robin didn't show up, Bruce doesn't answer. Shreik then holds Gotham's sound vibrations for ransom unless Batman turns himself in. Batman instead is able to find Shriek and stop him. At the end, Bruce asks Terry if he didn't find Shriek if he would have turned himself in, Terry doesn't answer.
  • Heroic Vow: At the end of "Epilogue".
    Bruce: I was worried about Gotham. If Batman's not around—
    Terry: I've got it covered. Always.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In "Babel", Shriek shut off sound vibrations in the city. Gotham would rather have Batman turn himself to Shriek to save their own selves because Batman was a menace anyway. Terry himself says he's not Batman for recognition, and at the end of the episode having survived a building collapse, he turns down aid from the medics on the scene.
  • He's All Grown Up: In "Epilogue", Terry is no longer a skinny teenager; he has a Heroic Build and a cool hairstyle.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Has been dating Dana since they were both fourteen and "Epilogue" reveals he's planning to propose to her.
  • Hope Bringer: For both Gotham in the future and on a personal level the retired Bat-Family members Bruce and Barbara, who were initially completely disillusioned with her past superhero work and had zero faith in the effectiveness of the very idea of vigilantism after having Seen It All and how Gotham still remains a crime-ridden cesspool up to forty years that nothing can be done about it. At first, they both vehemently refused Terry's efforts and demanded him to leave things be as it would change nothing, but Terry manages to get their thought-to-be impotent righteous beliefs renewed.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's much more emotional then Bruce and even stole the Batsuit just to get revenge.
  • Hurting Hero: His final words to his dad were harsh and then he was found dead and Terry blamed himself for it ever since. And he's always wondered if he deserves to be Batman and sees it as a chance to make up for the bad things he's done. He outgrows this as he matures as Batman and Bruce assures him that it's not Batman who makes him worthwhile, it's Terry who makes Batman worthwhile.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Of the piercing variety, though they're usually covered by the mask when he's at work. Also a hint as to his biological relationship with Bruce.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: His father's death was Terry's big motivation for super-heroics.
  • Instant Expert: Though a little clumsy, Terry is able to figure out many of the Batsuit's functions and gadgets when he put it on the first time.
  • I Regret Nothing: When he discovers his role in turning Derek Powers into Blight, Terry doesn't regret it for a second, since it means that everyone can now see Powers for the monster he really is.
    Terry: You mean, I made him that?
    Bruce: You may have. In part.
    Terry: Good. (beat) Hey, this guy had my father murdered and all he's done since is hide from the law! Well, no more hiding for Mr. Derek Powers. Now everyone can see him for what he is...even in the dark.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Outmatched by the Joker in a physical fight. Terry plays mind games with the Joker, taunting him about his obsession with Batman and his sloppiness as a comedian, insisting, like the Joker told Bruce decades ago, that he's "pathetic," imitating the Joker's laugh at the ridiculousness of the "Clown Prince of Crime", saying that isn't funny of frightening. The psychological attacks which Joker has never suffered from the previously silent Batman send him into a crazed rage.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: A Fantasy Sequence in "Epilogue" shows Terry refusing to marry his lifelong love, Dana, out of fear his enemies will target her, and he ends their relationship. After talking with Waller and learning the truth about his heritage, he decides to defy this trope instead and ask her to marry him.
  • I Work Alone: In "The Call", the Justice League finally accept Batman, who are eager for him to join. Barda reminds him that joining full-time will put him one up on the first Batman, who wasn't always a team player, to which Terry coolly replies that maybe he and Bruce have something in common after all.
  • Kid Hero: He takes over as Batman at age 17, and the series shows him balancing high school with his superhero duties.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Just ask his girlfriend Dana.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": In "The Call", Terry is awestruck by Superman's appearance in Gotham, and later admits he's considered the Justice League as heroes his entire life.
  • Legacy Character: A Decon-Recon Switch. Terry believes at first he's been cursed to be Batman against his will, only to realize everything in his life, including the choice to be Batman, is entirely under his control.
    Terry: How can anyone be their own man living someone else's dream?
  • Love Interests: Dana Tan is his official girlfriend and he has an on-and-off thing with Melanie Walker (aka Ten of the Royal Flush Gang).
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Dana got really sick of being perpetually Stood Up, and his foray into other prospects got him into a Dating Catwoman mess. Luckily for him, Dana eventually comes around, as seen in the Distant Finale.
  • Mentor's New Hope: At the end of "Babel", Bruce thanks Terry for reminding him why he became Batman in the first place, for saving Gotham city and being the hero able to make the Heroic Sacrifice. He also serves as this for the older and still active Superman, who considers him Justice League material, even after his mind control wears off.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's a younger, initially cocky, Troubled, but Cute Batman, not to mention a supreme Pretty Boy, is Troubled, but Cute and gets quite a few Shirtless Scenes. If the writers were trying to get more female viewers, it worked.
  • My Greatest Failure: As Batman, letting Inque follow him back to the Batcave in "Black Out". So much that in "Disappearing Inque", he spends hours fortifying the Batcave with steel plates so she couldn't break in. In "Inqueling", he tells Max that Inque is a villain he has to deal with because by allowing her to follow him back to the Batcave that one time, he put Bruce's life in danger.
  • Nice Guy: He's more than willing to fight against the Jokerz to defend people, and that's before he became Batman. Also, stands up to bullies who pick on others at school.
  • Offhand Backhand: Terry is being mentored by the master after all.
    • Lampshaded in the episode "Payback". Terry gets knocked out from behind and later gets a scolding from Bruce:
      Bruce: Why weren't you watching your back?
      Terry: I was too busy watching my front! Am I supposed to have eyes everywhere?
      Bruce: Only if you want to live to a ripe old age.
      Terry: You don't make it sound too inviting.
    • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Terry manages to pull this off himself, which is part of his claiming/growing into the role.
  • Official Couple: He is in a committed relationship with Dana throughout the series (with a brief dalliance with Ten/Melanie).
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He was just an ordinary high school student who got into scruffles with the Jokerz. Then he met Bruce and became the new Batman.
  • Part-Time Hero: As a Foil to Bruce. He resents the loss of his free time to fighting villains, and there's considerable friction between him and Bruce, who treats normal life as just a cover for crime-fighting, since he became the mask long ago and never took it off despite never physically putting it on for twenty years. Unlike his mentor, Terry faced the demands of a normal youth his age: a school career, his girlfriend Dana, and the responsibilities of an eldest son in a family which included his mother and his kid brother. Although it was often a greater strain for him to maintain his secret life with Mary, Matt and Dana, Terry was able find a source of solace with Bruce, Barbara, Max and Ace.
  • Parting Words Regret: He bitterly regrets his last conversation with his father.
    Terry: "I yelled at him, Mom. He grounded me and I wouldn't listen. The things I said—!"
  • Pretty Boy: One thing that immediately stood out to fans was just how pretty he was! Even amongst Batmen who are supposed to be Chick Magnets.
    • Many years after the main events of Batman Beyond in "Epilogue", he's shown to have developed a Heroic Build like Bruce before him, but still manages to be as pretty as ever.
  • Powered Armor: The high-tech Batsuit was developed to compensate for Bruce's advancing age, and eventually passed on to Terry when he became Gotham's new savior. Despite being 30 years old, its technology was so advanced that the Suit was still considered state of the art by the time Terry discovered it.
    • Chest Insignia: Wouldn't be a batsuit without one.
    • Super Strength: The Batsuit's neuromuscular amplification gave Terry superhuman strength, agility, and endurance by amplifying his physical abilities at least tenfold.
    • Super Toughness: The suit granted significant resistance to water, electricity, heat and radiation. In "Unmasked", he walked through fire to save Miguel Diaz. In a Static Shock episode "Future Shock", he was shocked by Static's power. In "Meltdown", the suit protected Terry against Blight's radiation bolts, but Bruce pointed out its protection is limited.
    • Super Senses: Enhanced visual assistance that allowed him to see in the dark. The visor could also serve as digital binoculars and an infrared filter. Visual from the Batsuit could be fed back to the main computer in the Batcave; it could also receive visual from the main computer, allowing for superior tactical planning.
    • Battle Boomerang: Batarangs in different varieties: Dispensable, Electric, Explosive, and batarangs specially designed for restraining and/or reeling in.
    • Comm Links: Allowed Terry to keep in constant contact with Bruce at the Batcave.
    • Rocket Boots: Enabling thrust for Flight.
    • Invisibility Cloak: Built-in cloaking device that enables almost complete camouflage. Its only weakness is that he becomes visible if UV light is shined on him.
    • Deadly Disc: Discs that can be fired from the tops of the hands to disarm, cut or stun.
    • Wall Crawl: Electromagnetic pads in the soles of the boots for adhesion to certain surfaces. Terry could stand upside-down from the ceiling.
    • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Retractable claws which could be used to cut or facilitate climbing.
    • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Grappling guns built into the forearms along with a regular old fashioned grappling gun.
    • Laser Cutter: Wrist-mounted laser shooter capable of melting metal and stunning his opponents.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted. His suit is all black with the bat insignia being red. And, he's The Hero.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Bruce's Blue because he is more youthfully foolhardy and lacks Bruce's stoicism.
  • Save the Villain: He's tried this on at least two separate occasions.
  • Secret Identity: He has a harder time keeping his identity secret than Bruce ever did because of his family and girlfriend. In "Hidden Agenda", Max figures it out and becomes his Sidekick.
  • Small Steps Hero: In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
    Terry: I know what you're thinking... I messed up. I let the clown go in order to save those people.
    Bruce: You did the right thing.
  • Spider-Man Send-Up: Though not a true Expy, many of the ways he differs from the original Batman show a lot of inspiration from Peter Parker: he's a teenage hero, his outfit is a full bodysuit with a facemask rather than a cowl, his fighting style focuses on Super Strength and agility over martial arts, he has a family but lost his father figure, he's involved in more than one love triangle, and he's fond of snarking in battle. It's not uncommon to see the series as a whole described as "what if Batman trained Spider-Man?" Several villains have direct counterparts as well, such as:
    • Inque = Venom (and Carnage and Hydro-Man)
    • Shriek = Shocker
    • Spellbinder = Mysterio
    • Stalker = Kraven
  • Stay Frosty: Terry tells Chelsea, who is being brainwashed and tortured at a "tough love ranch," to "stay schway" until he can save her.
  • Stealth Expert: Although he starts out rusty getting caught in the pilot "Rebirth" by Blight's security. His suit also has invisibility, so that helps.
  • Super Hero Origin: A Decon-Recon Switch in "Epilogue", when Terry finds out he is genetically Bruce's child, he feels like the story of his path to become Batman is a lie. Waller admits to trying to recreate the events that created the original Batman, titled Project Batman Beyond, only to back out because killing a boy's parents to do so is a mockery of what actually happened to Bruce and the complexities that made him become Batman. The Central Theme of the episode is that it really doesn't matter what set Terry to become Batman, he has control of his destiny.
  • Superior Successor: Zigzagged. His outfit and equipment are far superior to the original Batman, but he lacks the experience that Bruce Wayne had and is more cocky. However, by the time of Return of the Joker and "Epilogue" from Justice League Unlimited Terry has in several respects arguably surpassed Bruce. He's able to keep those he loves close to him without giving up Batman, and he accomplishes something else that Bruce never could as Batman: he breaks the Joker by talking and ends his reign of terror for good.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Terry often serves as this in stories dealing with Bruce's past such as "Out of the Past" (which deals with Bruce losing the love of his life) and Return of the Joker where much of the drama focuses on Batman's former career and how it ended.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • In "Meltdown", Terry mourns the apparent death of Mr. Freeze, believing he was a changed man, and decides that Bruce was right about Freeze being evil. However, Bruce admits that Terry was also right about Fries being a good man.
    • He has a downplayed instance of this at the end of "Inqueling". While Terry has no reason to be sad about Inque's apparent demise, given she tried to torture and kill both him and Bruce, he nonetheless makes it clear he's disgusted and angry that she was "killed" for money by her own daughter. He coldly warns Deanna that Inque is still out there and leaves her to her fear.
  • Teen Genius: Terry extensively studied Bruce's old files to develop his skills at medicine, mechanics, and investigation. Though he was not formally trained as a detective, he was intelligent and often made intuitive leaps that surprised his mentor. Terry was also very street-smart, which enabled him to go undercover in many situations and often talk his way out of a tight fix.
  • Terror Hero: Like Bruce before him, Terry scares the everloving crap out of his foes in order to create the larger-than-life persona of Batman and frighten Gotham's criminals into submission. It works against him in the episode "Unmasked", where a boy named Miguel is trapped in the middle of a building fire but runs away from Terry due to how frightening the Batman suit is.
  • That Man Is Dead: A Fantasy Sequence in "Epilogue" shows Terry quitting the Justice League and claiming Batman is dead.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Terry takes a somewhat more loose approach to this than Bruce did. He won't personally kill, but he won't go out of his way to save criminals, either. He indirectly killed one person in the pilot alone, and it would have been two if Powers didn't have good doctors.
    • He very frequently ends up killing one-shot villains, mostly because the fights are set up in such a way that he has no choice but to or they cause their own demise.
    • Threw one of Ra's al Ghul's lackeys to a pit of ravenous crocodiles. And then just walked away.
    • He tried his best to save Freeze, but Victor wouldn't have it.
    • Violated this rule when he killed the Terrific Trio in personal combat, though they refused to be talked down, outnumbered Terry, were far more powerful than Terry's Batsuit, and intended to cause a nuclear meltdown in the middle of Gotham, making this more understandable.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts out a street thug, then learns how to use the Beyond Batsuit, and then to fight supervillians even without the Bat Suit and finally, Terry was able to finish the Joker once and for all, which is something that Bruce never accomplished. He also held his own against alien threats like Starro, doing well in the high stakes world of the Justice League showing potential to be a big scale hero.
  • Tragic Hero: Defied in "Epilogue", Terry plans to propose to Dana and is proud to be the son of Bruce Wayne.
    Amanda Waller: You're not Bruce's clone, you're his son. There are similarities, mind you, but more than a few differences too. You don't quite have his magnificent brain, for instance. You do have his heart, though, and for all that fierce exterior, I've never met anyone who cared as deeply about his fellow man as Bruce Wayne, except maybe you. You want to have a little better life than the old man's? Take care of the people who love you. Or don't. It's your choice.
  • Triple Shifter: He's a regular high school student and Batman and finds it hard to balance them at the same time.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Seems to be in the first couple of episodes before he opens up and reveals that he's actually a responsible, altruistic young man. He was a straight example in his Back Story, which included a stint in juvie.
  • Tyke-Bomb: He's technically biologically Bruce's son due to Amanda Waller trying to create a second Batman. His parents were also almost killed by an older Phantasm hired by Waller to create another Batman. Phantasm decided against killing his parents, but his dad got killed by Derek Powers, prompting Terry to become Batman anyways.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Joker dismissed the "Bat-Fake" as a "rank amateur" dependent on advice from his elderly predecessor. While the Joker knows Bruce, Terry makes it a point to let the Joker know that he doesn't know much about himself while kneeing the Joker in the Crotch. More than that, Terry had an outsiders' perspective on the Joker with in-depth knowledge from studying Bruce's old files, which meant he could more objectively find the flaws in the Joker's thinking and planning without the serious personal history that the original Batman had with the Joker. Since most of the Joker's plans revolve around goading Batman and making it personal to cloud Bruce's judgement and lure him into traps, this is utterly ineffective against Terry who just sees Joker as a clown. The Joker doesn't take Terry's lack of respect well. Ironically, the villain isn't entirely wrong when he furiously shouts that Terry isn't Batman; Terry is his own Batman.
  • Visual Pun: In "Rebirth" , Batman eavesdropping on a conversation from outside a window of a building and getting caught...
    Security guard: A little early for Halloween?
    Batman: ...but just in time for fall. (jumps off building)
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Terry very cleverly Lampshades this:
    Terry: (reading a note his Mom left him on the fridge) "Terry: Today was Beach Day. Where were you?" Oh, just out saving the world, Ma.
    • It is also lampshaded in one of the commercials, in which Terry describes his typical day. "Wake Up", "Go To School" and "Save World" were listed in the agenda.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The Batsuit might enhance his strength compared to a normal human, but considering the sort of opponents he tends to go toe-to-toe with, he still is usually outmatched in terms of sheer physical force.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: In one episode, he didn't use his jet boots directly as a weapon, but he did use them to propel a crate at someone.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Terry wanted to please both Warren McGinnis (father) and Bruce Wayne (mentor).
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "Babel," Bruce openly suggested that Terry just give up on the ingrates of Gotham who called for Batman to turn himself in to Shriek (including people who Terry had saved earlier). Terry calls him out for this and rebukes him sharply:
    Terry: I didn't do this for gratitude, and I have a feeling you didn't either.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Almost all the time he meets female supervillains, he will. Except for in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker; when he fights the Dee Dee Twins, though he may just have been having fun making them knock each other out as his grin seems to imply.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Bruce says this to Terry at the end of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
    Bruce: Terry, I've been thinking about something you once told me, and you were wrong. It's not Batman that makes you worthwhile, it's the other way around. Never tell yourself anything different.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: The key difference between him and Bruce is that he likes to trash talk. This serves him well in his fight against the Joker.
  • You Killed My Father: Said to Blight/Derek Powers word-for-word. Also his origin story, as it is true for the original Batman.
    Blight: You have the slightest possible idea how little that narrows it down?!
    Batman: Too bad. That's all you'll get for me.

    Bruce Wayne 
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    Maxine "Max" Gibson
Voiced by: Cree Summer
Appearances: Batman Beyond

Maxine "Max" Gibson was Terry McGinnis's friend, and later an invaluable ally in his life as the second Batman.

  • Black and Nerdy: She has quite the advanced computer programming skills and is the best student at school, qualifying as Valedictorian, although she dismisses her perfect scores as "just numbers that don't matter".
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair and is the most Tomboy girl in the show.
  • Canon Foreigner: As with the majority of the characters featured in the series, she is an original character created exclusively for the series.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being one of the major characters of the series, she does not appear or get mentioned in either the movie or the "Epilogue" episode from Justice League Unlimited.
  • Damsel out of Distress:
    • She does not go willingly when the Kobra organization kidnaps her and tries to make her their new queen.
    • When she is cornered by a gang of Jokerz, Batman intervenes and tells her to run. She interprets this as running to tackle one of the thugs.
  • Dark Skinned Red Head: Well, not red. Her hair is dyed pink so it is a style choice.
  • Gamer Chick: She's featured in a lot of the video game-based eps and in one episode, she gains a Stalker with a Crush when she beats him at an action/adventure game.
  • Girl Friday: This is what Terry would like her to be (he even jokingly calls her his "Alfred"), but she's not content with it and likes to think of herself as more than an assistant.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Puberty has been very kind to Max, she is very buxom and has a very impressive hourglass figure.
  • Lovable Nerd: A very sexy computer whiz.
  • Most Common Super Power: Despite the fact that she is a 17-year-old high school student without any powers, she's noticeably very stacked.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Best shown when she wears a black dress.
  • Mission Control: Occasionally when Bruce is out of town, she is the one giving him intel from a computer terminal.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She's the only person Terry's age who knows his Secret Identity and they share a lot of emotional moments, but these are always strictly platonic and more sibling-like. Terry's love interest is firmly Dana.
  • Reckless Sidekick: Not an official sidekick, but fills this role on occasion for Terry's Batman. Used most egregiously in "Final Cut," where her recklessness almost gets her killed by Curare.
    • On the flipside, she saves Terry's life twice in the show's run.
  • Secret Keeper: She once created a computer program to find out Batman's identity. After a little Jokerz-related mix-up, she realizes that it must be Terry.
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Terry/Dana and tries to ease the rough spots caused by his superhero duties and frequent absence.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She is involved in both Terry's civilian and superhero lives; as a consequence, she takes the most screentime of both of Terry's supporting casts. It's most noticeable with the decreasing prominence of Terry's family and Dana, his girlfriend, in the later seasons, and the number of episodes that barely feature Bruce Wayne or leave him out completely.
  • Teen Genius: She's at the very top of her class (nailing perfect scores on school tests), breezes through examinations of all sorts without trying, and is a very good hacker. She also created a computer program to discover the secret identities of those living double-lives at school and it actually worked, albeit with some bugs. She originally made the program to discover Batman's true identity, narrowing down that he was a young person who likely attended the school and a new person taking up the mantle.
    • The follow-up comics have her using her hacking skills against Brainiac.

    Dana Tan

Dana Tan is Terry's long-time girlfriend, and later fiancée.

  • Betty and Veronica: The "Betty" to Ten/Melanie's "Veronica" for Terry's "Archie" because she's his childhood friend and Ten is a villain.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Terry's Brooding Boy. He's ashamed of his delinquent pass, father's death, and how he views being Batman as a curse, and she gives him nothing but comfort and empathy.
  • Cain and Abel: Her brother was going to kill all of his family. She told him to kill her first.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Dana manages to defend herself pretty well when push comes to shove (such as in "Rats" and a bit in The Movie), but she ultimately must get rescued by Terry/Batman even when not distressed.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second and third seasons, with the introduction of Max, she went from being Terry's main "normal person" confidante and having a scene in almost every episode to mostly being a background presence who got tossed a few lines every now and then, except for the one episode where she got to be a Damsel in Distress. Notably, she was (and remained) the Official Love Interest.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Subjected to this in the 2016 run of the comics. She goes from defending Batman's importance to Gotham and encouraging Terry to answer the Bat-signal instead of spending time with him mere hours after finding out he's Batman to threatening to break up with him if he doesn't stop being Batman. The shift in opinion strangely coincides with Melanie's reapparance as a potential girlfriend and sidekick.
  • First Girl Wins: Despite a couple of flings with Melanie/Ten, a few Girls Of The Week and a Just Friends relationship with his Secret Keeper/Sidekick Wannabe Max, the Fully Absorbed Finale confirmed that Terry seals the deal with Dana, his first girlfriend, who he's implied to have dated since they were fourteen. They broke up in 2.0 comics and then they got back together once she figures out who he is and becomes his Secret Keeper.
  • Flanderization: Dana starts out as a sweet, friendly, teasing, mostly understanding girlfriend who tries to deal with Terry's new priorities and sometimes loses her patience and temper with his absences. By the second season, nagging him is almost all she does, with very little of the teasing tone she used to have. Justified; Dana would logically get more annoyed with Terry ditching her over time.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Has been dating Terry since they were both fourteen and "Epilogue" reveals he's planning to propose to her.
  • Love Interest: Her main role in the show is to be Terry's girlfriend.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Her white dress in "Rats" is a plot point. It's apparently Terry's favorite and sets a contrast with her grimy stalker with a crush and his dark sewer home.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a very beautiful teenaged girl after all. She was also this in the white dress from the episode "Rats." She seems aware of it too because when she invites Terry out for a date, she calls and says "Meet me at Rhino's. I'll be wearing that dress you like." Cue Terry's shocked expression and "Whoa."
    • She always borders on Ms. Fanservice with her sky blue dress, which is only about an inch low enough to avoid trouble with the censors, as well as being very form-fitting.
  • Neutral Female: Averted. She keeps away from the action most of the time, but when it comes to her, she fights back.
  • Nice Girl: Possibly the nicest character in the series. The only people she's not pleasant to are the show's Jerk Jock, her one-time Stalker with a Crush and her boyfriend when she's been Stood Up one too many times.
  • No Sympathy: She averts this. While she does get understandably irritated at Terry's frequent disappearances, she rarely gets mad at him personally, and readily accepts his explanations that are more in-depth than "I had work". In "Golem," she's shown to share Terry's strong sense of compassion by offering to drive Willie Watt home, even though it would likely cut her date with Terry short.
  • The Obstructive Love Interest: Edges into this in Season 2 when dates with her become an obstacle that Terry has to deal with to get some crime-busting. She gets better in Season 3.
  • Official Couple: Terry's girlfriend for the duration of the show.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She starts out with a character beyond Satellite Love Interest, as she was the most well-rounded of Terry's high school classmates in the first season, but as her screentime shrinks in later seasons, her characterization dwindles to just being The Obstructive Love Interest.
  • Secret Keeper: Eventually becomes this, as revealed in "Epilogue." It is revealed how when Terry shouts for her to get down when The Joker King i.e. her brother attempted to kill her.
  • She's Got Legs: And her dress shows them nicely.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A nice girl in a nice dress, who doesn't take well to being kidnapped.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It is clear that she likes Terry for his kind heart, even if he does stand her up a lot for dates. Exhibit A is the episode where Terry's class had to raise an eggbaby for home economics class, and Terry scores the highest grade. The teacher says he is excellent father material, and the camera focuses on Dana running a hand through her hair in the most silently-smug fashion possible.
  • Stood Up: Constantly by Terry because of his "job" for Bruce Wayne Type 3.
  • Uptown Girl: Dana comes from affluent family while her boyfriend/eventual fiance is from a middle-class background.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: It's implied that Terry and Dana have been dating since they were at least 14, since she knows who "Big Time" is, so...By the time in "Epilogue," she wishes to be with Terry despite his worries that she might get hurt. Terry plans to propose to her, and she likely accepted.


Bruce Wayne's pet Great Dane, who's been a loyal companion to the old man for years. Originally taken in to participate in illegal dogfighting, the entire ring was busted, leaving Ace to run away and live in the streets. Bruce discovers and takes Ace in, the two staying together ever since. Occasionally, he helps Terry when the kid takes on the mantle as Batman.

  • Adaptational Badass: Ace the Bathound, given a new treatment and role as Bruce Wayne's guard dog. He even got a flashback origin story in one episode.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Was actually raised for dog-fighting and rescued by Bruce.
  • Berserk Button: As you'd probably expect, he goes ballistic when he spots his abusive former owner in a crowd.
  • Canine Companion: Whenever he goes along with Terry, he's like a heroic version of Right-Hand Attack Dog.
  • Cool Pet: Whenever Terry's in trouble, Ace doesn't hesitate to save him, even when he's completely outmatched. Add to his aggressive design and personality and he's a dog that every kid wishes they had.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Just like his owner. Ace had a horribly abusive past involving dogfights, before he was taken in by Bruce.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Subverted, being a trained attack dog for the Goddamn Batman, the Bat-Dog is extraordinarily smart. He was shown to be this even before he met Bruce, as he escaped capture without needing to hurt anyone from the GCPD when they busted his owner at the time.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: He can be quite aggressive towards the bad guys. In ROTJ, he attacks the Joker.
    • Ace seems to be able to also detect supernatural or paranormal presences/phenomena. When psychic girl Tara was communicating with Terry via telepathy (projecting herself into his head), Ace suddenly became alert and even growling at the spot where Terry sees her, an indication that Ace seems to at least be able to sense psychic disturbances of sorts.
  • Heroic Dog: Does his fair share of rescuing, and does it in the way you'd expect an ex-dog fight contender to do it.
    Terry: (after Ace chases off a hyena Half-Human Hybrid) Good Bat-dog.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: To the point where Bruce never put a tracer on Ace because it was never needed.
  • Mythology Gag: To The Silver Age of Comic Books Ace the Bat-Hound.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: Despite being raised for dog-fighting under an abusive owner, he is naturally a Heroic Dog and defended Bruce from a thug when they first met, with the only reason being that the thug was sneaking up behind Bruce to hurt him.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with the Royal Flush Gang member of the same name. Retroactively, he was named after another Royal Flush Gang's Ace.
  • Pet the Dog: One of Bruce's moments of this was taking Ace in.
    • Ace playfully licking Terry's Eggbaby.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: A heroic example since he's working for Batman.
  • Rousseau Was Right: He was a regular puppy who was raised by an abusive owner to be as mean and vicious as possible in order to be used in dog fighting. However, even after years of horrible abuse, he remained good inside, and when he was wandering the street as a stray saved Bruce's life just because someone was sneaking up to attack him.
  • Team Pet: For both Bruce and Terry, he's a part of the crew.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: As a pup, Ace was kept in a pen marked 13 before he was bought by Boxer.

    Barbara Gordon
Voiced by: Stockard Channing (Seasons 1 and 2), Angie Harmon (Season 3 and Return of the Joker)

The former Batgirl, she has put aside her cowl and has now taken her father's place as Gotham's Police Commissioner. Disillusioned with her vigilante past, she has a very rocky relationship with Bruce and butts heads with Terry as a result. As time passes, she still prefers to do things by the book, but works alongside the new Batman.

See here for info dealing with her in the rest of the DCAU.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: Apparently, this version of the character was never paralyzed by The Joker as her legs work perfectly fine.
  • Broken Pedestal: By the time of the series, she has become disillusioned with the idea of vigilantism, causing friction between herself and Bruce and Terry (the latter whom she repeatedly warns to leave the Batman mantle as she believes it bears no true reward and only causes pain). She gradually begins to re-accept things in future appearances in the show.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Like father, like daughter. Except that her relationship with Batman was generally far worse and makes it clear she will not tolerate it as her dad had. It got better over time.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's now commissioner, a middle-aged woman and still kicks ass. While she is not a fan of the idea of a new Batman running around and hindering her operations, she warms up to him after he saves her husband.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She's taken the lessons of her old mentor to heart, turning the Gotham police into a genuine force to be reckoned with.
  • Freudian Excuse: She's become jaded with vigilantism because of her past experiences with Batman especially after seeing what it did to poor Tim in the long run.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: In "Eyewitness," she admits that she shouldn't have let her personal opinion of Batman get in the way of treating Terry with a clearer and more logical head.
  • Friend on the Force: Barbara, though not wild to Terry at first, becomes this to him.
  • I Am Not My Father: Barbara felt no need to continue her father's policies towards the Bat in the beginning, and she minces no words about it. Her apparent rancor over it is probably more due to soured feelings toward Bruce rather than her feelings towards her father, since they were always shown to be close.
  • Inspector Javert: She was initially quick to believe the worst about Batman, though to her credit, she wises up when it's not his fault. It reaches a head in "Eyewitness," where Spellbinder exploits her biases toward Terry to cast an illusion and make her believe he killed Mad Stan in cold blood. Upon being exposed, Spellbinder rubs in her face how easy it was to trick her since she was already fully prepared to assume the worst in Batman.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Early in the show, the Plucky Girl of a superheroine had been reduced to disillusioned old shadow of her former self who at best is a Police Are Useless Obstructive Bureaucrat who is willing to abide by the legal limitations of her police work or at worst an Inspector Javert who impedes activities of a new vigilante out on the streets.
  • More Than Mind Control: Is subject to it in "Eyewitness." While Spellbinder did cast an illusion on Barbara to make her think that she saw Batman kill Mad Stan in cold blood, even he points out that Barbara's own biases towards Batman did most of the work for him—as he's being arrested, he even takes the time to gloat about it:
    Spellbinder: You were so ready to believe the worst, it was easy.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Despite her older age, she is still fully capable of kicking ass as a cop or being able to throw a mean Batarang just like her younger days.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In "Eyewitness" she got mad at Terry for blowing an operation that took a year to set up and was ready to presume the worst about him. When she later believes she sees him kill Mad Stan, she announces a manhunt against him and has the entire police force hunt him down. It turns out it was an illusion made by Spellbinder, who knew how paranoid she had become of Batman and used one simple illusion to manipulate her into dealing with him. When Spellbinder is exposed, he takes a moment to rub it in her face how easy she made his plan work due to simple bias. She apologizes to Terry and admits she screwed up, trying to smooth things over for him.
  • Older and Wiser: Has definitely learnt a lot in her time after Batgirl.
  • Playing Gertrude: Her second voice actress, Angie Harmon of Law & Order and Rizzoli & Isles fame, wasn't even 30 when she took over from Stockard Channing. In fact, Harmon is only almost a year older than Tara Strong, who voiced Barbara as Batgirl.
  • Police Are Useless: Starts out like this, due to her willingness to abide by her precinct's legal limitations on handling crime and trying to impede on Terry's Batman activities.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While she fell for Spellbinder's illusion of Batman killing Mad Stan hook, line and sinker, which he points out, she does apologize and, most of the time, is willing to go with Terry's hunches.
  • Secret Keeper: She knows Bruce's secret, and Terry's. She's also one of the few people who knows about the circumstances surrounding the Joker's death, but chooses to keep quiet about it.
  • Woman Scorned: Her initial frostiness towards Bruce is due to their previous relationship having ended very badly.
  • Working with the Ex: With Bruce. At first, it's frosty as hell, with Terry thinking that she actually hates Bruce. She then corrects him, explaining their past relationship and that she hates what Bruce has become - a bitter, lonely old man with only a dog for a friend. Afterwards, they warm up to each other again, and Out of the Past shows that Bruce is still very fond of her.

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