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    Dick Grayson 

Richard "Dick" Grayson/Robin

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"Bruce. whenever you go out at night, I'll be watching. And wherever Batman goes, I'm gonna be right beside him. I mean, how you gonna stop me?"
New Outfit 

Played by: Chris O'Donnell

Voiced by: Pierre Tessier (European French), Stephan Cloutier [Forever], Gilbert Lachance [& Robin] (Canadian French)

Appearances: Batman Forever | Batman & Robin

"All I can think about every second of the day is getting Two-Face. He took my whole life. And when I was out there tonight, I imagined it was him that I was fighting, even when I was fighting you. And all the pain went away. Do you understand?"

A young acrobat who is orphaned after his parents and brother are murdered by Two-Face, he is taken in by Bruce. Learning Bruce's Secret Identity fuels his desire for vengeance against Two-Face, and though Bruce is hesitant, he eventually takes Dick on as his partner, Robin.


  • Adaptation Distillation: The integration of Robin merged together his younger, more carefree days with his older incarnation (before he became Nightwing) as a Deadpan Snarker foil to Batman's Unfunny. See also Composite Character.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: This happens by way of Composite Character, as the Dick Grayson version of Robin sees his circus acrobat parents killed by Two-Face instead of Tony Zucco, much in the same manner the first movie made Jack Napier (a.k.a. the Joker) the murderer of Bruce's parents rather than Joe Chill. This makes him a bit like Jason Todd in the Post-Crisis comics, whose gangster father was murdered by Two-Face.
  • Age Lift: Introduced as a college aged young man, whereas his comicbook counterpart was introduced as a pre-teen. The characters don't treat him as if he's an adult, though.
  • Almost Kiss: At Freeze's hideout he almost kisses Poison Ivy twice after she seduces him, only for Batman to interrupt them both times. Averted when he confronts Poison Ivy in her lair. With the two of them alone, they finally share a passionate kiss.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-9, Earth-66, Earth-167 and Earth-203.
  • And This Is for...: When Robin confronts Two-Face. "That was for my mother!" (punch) "My father!" (punch) "My brother!" ("punch") "And this is for me!" ("headbutt")
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: It's stated here that the name "Robin" comes from the songbird, going back to a moment of heroism in Dick's past. At first it was just an Animal Motif as he owned a helmet with a stylized robin on it, but eventually Dick takes the name on as his official moniker.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Robin's suits are made from sculpted rubber and include capes to better fit with Batman's design, yet they don't allow him to use his acrobatic skills to the fullest.
  • Badass Biker: As seen in Forever and Batman & Robin. Robin was confident that he could made a jump while chasing Mr Freeze, but Batman disabled his bike out of concern for his safety.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • In Forever after being taken captive by Two-Face.
    • Again in Batman & Robin when he is frozen by Mr. Freeze and later almost drowned by Poison Ivy
  • Badass Normal: Earns his stripes well before he becomes Robin.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Poison Ivy seduces him and tricks him into thinking she loves him to lure him to his death and drive him apart from Batman. He however manages to outsmart her, confronting her in her lair and pretending to still be blindly in love. He tricks her into revealing her plan and tests her love by sharing a kiss with her. He romantically manipulated her by pretending to love her like she pretended to love him and managed to steal a kiss from her. Though downplayed by Ivy ultimately getting the last laugh in their "relationship" by shoving him into her pond to drown him and then "breaking up with him", she is still beaten shortly afterwards and he escapes with the info.
  • Circus Brat: Dick was the youngest member of The Flying Graysons.
  • Composite Character: His origin is actually a composite of two comic-book Robins; in the comics, Two-Face killed Jason Todd's parents, and that element (along with Jason's desire for revenge) were imported into Chris O'Donnell's Dick Grayson character. Dick also inherited the Post-Crisis Jason Todd's recklessness and brash attitude in Batman & Robin and he twice puts himself at the mercy of Batman's rogues similar to the plot of A Death in the Family. In retrospect, his motorcycle outfit with a red helmet also makes him resemble Jason's version of the Red Hood.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He takes after Batman in this regard. He might have been in love with Poison Ivy but he wore rubber lips for protection, just in case Batman was right about her poison kiss.
  • Dartboard of Hate: In a deleted scene in Batman Forever, Dick is punching a picture of Two-Face during his training sessions.
  • Dating Catwoman: At least he thinks so. He falls in love with Poison Ivy and believes she loves him too, and thinks Batman is jealous of the two of them. After finding out Ivy is a villain, he still has feelings for her and believes she loves him enough to switch sides so the two of them can be together. Subverted as Ivy has no real feelings for him, and only seduces him to kiss her to kill him and drive him and Batman apart. They officially "break up" after sharing a kiss in her lair though. Robin wised up and wore rubber lips to be sure Ivy really did love him, and Ivy, angry after discovering Robin's betrayal of her trust, shoved him into her pond to drown him.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He manages to protect himself from Poison Ivy's kiss by wearing rubber lips to cancel her poison. But after Ivy taunts Robin, he tries to get back at her by pulling off the rubber lips and revealing they made him immune instead of taking advantage of the situation by leaving immediately or tackling Ivy while she in shock over his survival and arrest her. He might have humiliated Ivy, but because he was still sitting right next to her with no further protection she leaps forward, catching him off-guard, and shoves him into the lily pond where her plants almost drown him.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He is easily seduced and distracted by Poison Ivy several times. He stares at her when he should be chasing after Freeze until Batman drags him out is easily seduced by her at Freeze's hideout twice despite now knowing she's a villain instead of trying to help Batman. He does eventually get over this by the time he meets her in her lair, ignoring her flirting long enough to ask her what her plan is, though he still lets Ivy pull him back and convince him to share a kiss with her, though that was more his own choice.
  • Domino Mask: Dick starts wearing one even before he officially becomes Robin. Given he'd earlier been spotted driving the Batmobile completely unmasked, he's obviously not that concerned with hiding his identity as throughly as Batman does.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief:
    • In Batman Forever Robin's the Thief to Batman's Fighter and Alfred's Mage, being not quite as adept in combat as Batman is but stillbeing wily enough to break into the Batcave.
    • In Batman and Robin he's become the Fighter to Batman's Mage and Batgirl's Thief, as his confidence has clouded his judgement.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Played with between him and Poison Ivy. He quickly falls in love with Ivy shortly after meeting her, and when he finally confronts her in her lair, just a few days after first meeting her and their third meeting overall, he tells her that he "wants them to be together," implying that despite their limited time together, their short conversations, and not even knowing each other’s real names he still loves Ivy enough to ask her to marry him. This is all somewhat justified though by Ivy using her pheromone dust on him to turn his crush on her into blind devoted love. Subverted as Robin never actually asks Ivy to marry him, especially after he learns her love was a lie.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Robin's character arc across Batman and Robin. His Darker and Edgier wardrobe is one indicator, but the real kicker is that his first line in the movie is when he says "I want a car!" like a petulant teenager.
  • Hero Ball: In Forever, Robin fights Two-Face and the latter ends up hanging off a ledge. Robin hesitates before deciding to help Two-Face up from the ledge, stating he'd rather see him in jail...only for Two-Face to draw a gun and point it right at his face.
    Two-Face: The Bat has taught you well. That was noble. (points a gun at Robin) Stupid, but noble!
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He falls in love with Poison Ivy, a redheaded villain, and becomes so obsessed with her he believes Batman is jealous of the two of them being together and practically ignores she's a villain. He wises up by the time he and Ivy kiss in her lair, wearing rubber lips for protection just in case.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He falls completely in love with Poison Ivy and ignores her obvious villainous side. Shortly after learning she is working with Freeze he is still seduced by her and believes her when she suddenly offers to change sides to be with him and declares her love for him, even though she is having Bane attack Batman as they spoke and was flirting with Batman in their previous encounter too. This is somewhat justified by him being affected by Ivy's pheromones, but even when the two are apart he goes on about how the two of them are in love with each other. Although he eventually wises up by the time he encounters Poison Ivy again, he still is willing to give her a chance to prove her love to him. It takes her taunting him and trying to drown him to realize she isn't as in love with him as she claimed.
  • Hotter and Sexier: One advantage to making Robin an adult in this continuity is that his costume design can go all-out in making him look like an oily bodybuilder. His later costume actually makes him look even more msucular than Batman.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: His decision at the climax of Forever regarding Two-Face is based on this trope; he winds up captive due to sparing the villain.
  • I Gave My Word: When he confronts Ivy in her lair he asks her to give him a sign of trust to prove her love by telling him what she and Freeze have planned. When Ivy tries to seduce him by offering to tell him in exchange for a kiss first, he promises to kiss her if she tells him first. After Ivy explains how Freeze is going to freeze Gotham, Robin tries to leave immediately to stop him, only for Ivy to pull him back to her and gently request the kiss he promised her "for luck". Robin is silent for a moment before leaning in and sharing a passionate liplock with Ivy. This is justified as Robin actually used the kiss between them as Ivy's real sign of trust to test if her love was real, which she failed by revealing her true evil nature to him immediately afterwards.
  • Impact Silhouette: Early in Batman and Robin, Robin crashes through a wall in his motorcycle, somehow leaving a hole in the shape of the movie's Robin logo.
  • Individualism vs. Collectivism: Robin represents the Collectivist to Batman's Individualist. He constantly says that they should work as a team and rely on each other, while Batman would rather go it alone and only lets Robin get involved if the danger is minimal or if he really needs the assistance. He does have some individualist leanings early on, turning down any offers of charity and planning to be a vigilante on his own terms, but discovering that Bruce is Batman gives him the idea to form a partnership, since their enemies are doing the same.
  • It's All Junk: While grieving for his dead family, Dick considers throwing away his acrobat costume. Alfred hangs onto it instead in the hopes Dick will find his feet. Dick wears it one more time when he rescues Batman before switching to his Robin suit, which has the same colors as a tribute to his circus background.
  • It's Personal: His vendetta against Two-Face who murdered his parents. Bruce tries in vain to discourage Dick from seeking revenge as the youth made it clear he wants to kill the villain, but when the Batcave is destroyed and Chase is captured Batman decides he could use the extra help. Robin for his part has calmed down enough to consider letting Two-Face live by this point.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In Batman & Robin, he complains about Batman constantly interfering when the two have a close grip on Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy during confrontations. Even though most of Robin's actions are out of selfishness and carelessness, he reminds Batman at one point that counting on each other and trusting each other is what being partners is all about. In an ironic twist of this trope, Bruce reminds Robin of this when he tries to get Robin to snap out of Poison Ivy's influence. It works.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Dick tends to leap into any fight headfirst with no sense of self-preservation. Naturally, he ends up getting abducted by Two-Face and frozen by Mr Freeze. This fuels the rift between him and Bruce, as the latter is concenred he'll fall right into Poison Ivy's obvious (fly)trap.
  • The Load: Robin isn't the least bit useful when he and Batman confront the Riddler and Two-Face, only surviving capture and death because Batman had contingency plans. It's little wonder Batman gets over-bearing in Batman and Robin given his previous track-record.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: He starts with just a crush on Poison Ivy, but her seductions and love-dust turn it into pure blind love, and he makes increasingly stupid decisions. After learning she's a bad guy he tries to shake off his feelings for her, only to get several extra doses of love dust to break his will. Robin is then quick to accept her offer to work together, believing she loves him enough to switch sides immediately. He thinks Batman is jealous of their love and attacks him to defend Ivy from him, siding with his crush over his mentor and father figure. He sees a "Robin Signal" in the sky and immediately knows it is from Ivy, seeing it as a sign of her love for him and tries to go meet her immediately, not even questioning how she got the signal or why she's trying to contact him. Luckily he finally wises up and takes precautions when he confronts Ivy in her lair, pretending to still be blinding in love with her and wearing rubber lips just in case Batman's suspicions are correct. But even then he still makes the mistake of revealing his deception to Ivy while sitting next to her.
  • The McCoy: Robin's the Id to Batman's Superego and Batgirl's Ego.
  • Moment Killer:
    • He and Poison Ivy are constantly being interrupted when they are getting romantic and leaning in for a kiss. Batman interrupts them twice at Freeze's hideout, the first accidentally and the second on purpose.
    • At Ivy's lair, the two kill the moment themselves. After finally sharing a kiss, Ivy reveals her true colors and condemns Robin to death in mock sadness. Robin then kills it further by revealing he wore rubber lips, showing he didn't actually trust Ivy completely and was immune to her poison, while taunting her in the same mock-sad tone. Both of them exposing their lies and deception to each other kills the romantic mood between them, and results in Ivy shoving Robin off her throne and into her lily pond to drown him, officially ending whatever "relationship" the two had.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Robin gets the same butt-shots that Batman gets when they're suiting up. Even his acrobatic solo in Batman Forever manages to give the audience an eyeful of his toned build.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Robin accompanying Batman to the Riddler's hideout only serves to give the Riddler a second hostage, forcing Batman into a Sadistic Choice. Luckily Batman came prepared.
    • When Batman and Robin were chasing Mr Freeze, Robin charged head-first towards the villain while carrying a diamond that Freeze was trying to steal. Robin gets frozen for his efforts and Freeze yoinks the diamond from him.
    • He and Batman got into a fight because of Poison Ivy's pheromones, allowing her, Bane, and Mr. Freeze to escape.
    • Later, after learning from Ivy what her plan was he manages to survive the kiss it cost him with is rubber lips, but taunts Ivy over this by removing them instead of keeping it a secret and arresting Ivy while he had the elment of surprise. This enrages Ivy and she shoves him off the flower-bed they had been sharing and into the pond where he is almost drowned by her plants.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
    • It takes him awhile, but Robin eventually decides he'll put his vendetta against Two-Face aside, going as far as saving the villain from falling off a precipice when Robin could have easily let him die. As thanks, Two-Face points a loaded gun at Robin and holds him hostage later on.
    • Just when it seems like Poison Ivy has fractured the Dynamic Duo irreparably, Robin reveals that he's been playing her for information (and stealing a kiss along the way). Ivy shoves him into a pool where he's strangled by a mutant plant and only saved when Batgirl arrives on the scene, meaning he would have died no matter what precautions he took.
  • No-Sell: He is the only person to survive a kiss from Poison Ivy thanks to wearing rubber lips.
  • Out-Gambitted: Pulls one on Poison Ivy, tricking her into believing he's still hopelessly in love with her and to reveal her plan and survived the kiss it cost him thanks to wearing rubber lips. He outsmarted Ivy and got to kiss his crush at the same time.
  • Reckless Sidekick: Acts as one during Batman & Robin, as a nod to the Post-Crisis incarnation of Jason Todd (seen above). His attempts to be more independent constantly get him in trouble, which Batman chews him out on, which he fights Batman over and the cycle repeats. He ends up getting frozen by Mr. Freeze because of his recklessness and is quick to fall in love with Poison Ivy, even believing her when she promises to switch sides. Even when he takes precautions against Ivy, like Batman was trying to warn him, he ends up continuing his reckless streak by revealing his rubber lips to Ivy to one up her. This takes away his protection against her kiss and he leaves himself vulnerable to her, and is almost drowned because of it.
  • Red Is Heroic: His signature color, present on his darker costume and even on his civilian clothes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The impulsive Red to Batman's cautious Blue. Not only is this reflected in their costumes, but marketing emphasised this quite heavily through color-coding merchandise (with Riddler and Poison Ivy being green and Two-Face and Batgirl being purple).
  • Revenge Is Not Justice: After Two-Face kills his family, he immediately plans to kill him for revenge and Batman spends the film trying to talk him out of it. When Dick finds out Bruce's secret, he wants to join so he'd find Two-Face but Bruce rejects him because he knows from personal experience that revenge won't undo the damage done to him. Dick does eventually take this to heart and saves Two-Face during the climax... only to be betrayed and taken hostage.
  • Secret Test of Character: He confronts Poison Ivy in her lair when she uses a "Robin Signal" to call him there. He acts like he's still in love with her to discover if her feelings for him are real. She reveals her plan to him as a sign of trust, but requests a kiss in return. Robin kisses her, believing if it is an innocent kiss then their love is real, but if she is evil and trying to kill him then he'll be protected with his rubber lips. Ivy fails his test by immediately confessing he will die and mocking him before his "death", so Robin gets back at her by revealing his rubber lips to her in the same mocking tone she spoke to him in.
  • Sky Surfing: Robin and Batman engage in this while chasing Mr Freeze. Robin even shouts "Cowabunga!".
  • Skyward Scream: Robin lets forth a particularly melodramatic one when Batman disables his redbird cylce before he can make a risky leap.
  • Something Only They Would Say: While Ivy is seducing him she says she can see his own "Robin Signal" in the sky. She later steals the Bat Signal and replaces it with Robin's symbol to lure him to her lair. When Robin sees it he immediately knows it is from Ivy, remembering their conversation, and believeing it is a symbol of her love for him prepares to go meet her at her lair.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Amazingly, he manages to pull this on Poison Ivy. After the two of them kiss in Ivy's lair, Ivy shows her true colors, taunting Robin's upcoming death. Robin then one-ups her by showing he was wearing rubber lips that protected him from her poison. He tricked her into revealing her plan to him and stayed around long enough to share a kiss with his crush, essentially stealing a kiss from someone who kills with her kisses.
  • Technician Versus Performer: The Performer to Batman's Technician. Batman is more reliant on technology and looks before he leaps, while as a former acrobat Robin is a natural thrill-seeker.
  • Test Kiss: He allows Ivy to kiss him to settle once and for all if she is really in love with him or trying to kill him like Batman warned him. It turns out to be the latter, but Robin wore rubber lips for protection.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He becomes much more reckless in Batman & Robin, ignoring Batman's warnings and thinking that his attempts to keep him safe is just him being controlling and jealous of his relationship with Poison Ivy.
  • Universal Driver's License: Dick rides a motorcycle, but also managed to figure out how to take the custom-designed Batmobile for a joyride, albeit in a haphazard manner.
  • You Killed My Father: He wants to kill Two-Face for gunning down his entire family, but he eventually prefers to see the latter in jail.
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    Drake Winston 

Drake Winston/Robin

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"This town's gonna boil over unless somebody keeps the lid on. I'm gonna need a helper."

Appearances: Batman '89

"See, terrorizing bad guys? It's fine, I get it, but it's a dead end. You gotta inspire people to stand up on their own. To make the kind of world they want to live in."

A teenage mechanic living in the Burnside slums of Gotham. He also moonlights as a cloaked vigilante that even Batman has trouble fighting.


  • Adaptational Badass: While no version of Robin is a wimp, this is one of the few Robins that can actually overpower Batman, who regularly takes on entire gangs by himself.
  • Badass Boast: "Mr. Dent, when I get through with you...the ugly side's gonna be the pretty side."
  • Black and Nerdy: Drake's already a computer whiz despite the story being set around the early 90s, having plotted out an online network for shipping car parts.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": After earning the nickname "Robin" from the public, Drake starts wearing the letter R on his costume.
  • But Now I Must Go: When Two-Face is defeated, Drake doesn't become Batman's sidekick. He instead forges his own path but promises to stay in touch with Bruce.
  • Cheap Costume: Drake's initial Robin suit was just his overalls with a hooded cape and some armor on his arms and legs. Batman gives him an upgrade by replacing the overalls with tights and a kevlar vest.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: He's physically based on Marlon Wayans, who was reported to be portraying him prior to Forever getting retooled.
  • Composite Character: He's got the same economic background and hot-headed disposition as Jason Todd, but his first name of Drake evokes the surname of Tim Drake.
    • The scene where Drake meets Bruce in Wayne Manor and tells him outright that he knows he's Batman brings to mind Blake from The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Drake contrasts Dick Grayson while also taking his place via retcon. Dick Grayson was a caucasian circus performer whose character arc begins with Two-Face destroying his life. Drake is African-American, lives in a slum and didn't have any personal beef with Two-Face prior to becoming a vigilante. Dick is a hothead that regularly butts heads with Bruce, while Drake is more level-headed and his ability to work with Bruce shows they're suited to each other as partners. Dick uses the name "Robin" as an Animal Motif, while Drake was given the name because his green overalls and hood caused the public to liken him to the famous Sherwood thief.
  • Guile Hero: He tricks Bruce into outing himself as more than some boring rich guy by threatening to fling acid in his face, to which Bruce responds by counterattacking. The "acid" was just water.
  • Homage: The surname "Winston" references the late Stan Winston, who developed the prosthetics for the Penguin in Batman Returns.
  • In the Hood: Drake's outfit has a hood. Ironically, he operates within the slums.
  • It's Personal: Two-Face cements himself as Drake's enemy when the youth finds out he murdered Jerome.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: His Robin costume is a dark cloak and hood with green highlights and a yellow interior. As a nod to his classic comic book palette, Drake's civilian attire has lots of red, yellow and green on it.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Possibly the biggest deviation from Robin's original circus-themed costume. Drake's Robin suit is just a mechanic's overalls combined with a hooded cape and custom-made armor on his arms and legs. This changes after Bruce gives his costume an upgrade.
  • Race Lift: The first Robin of African-American descent. Downplayed in that he's established as being a completely new character rather than a variation on a previous Robin.

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    Alfred 

Alfred Pennyworth

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"Perhaps the truth is, you really don't trust anyone."

Played by: Michael Gough

Voiced by: Jacques Ciron (European French), Michel Maillot (Canadian French)

Appearances: Batman | Batman Returns | Batman Forever | Batman & Robin | Batman '89

"I have no wish to spend my few remaining years grieving for the loss of old friends. Or their sons."

Butler of the Wayne family.


  • Alternate Self: Several across The Multiverse, such as Earth-Prime, Earth-9, Earth-203 and an undesignated Earth.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Courtesy of Michael Gough. They allow him to make some hilarious expressions while still maintaing an air of dignity.
  • Brain Uploading/Virtual Ghost: Batman & Robin reveals that Alfred copied his brainwaves into the Batcomputer.
  • The Comically Serious: Alfred delivers laughs without even trying. When Dick slips past him and discovers the Batcave, Alfred sports an hilariously disapproving scowl, which he gives Bruce later on as a non-verbal way of saying "your cover's been blown".
  • Deadpan Snarker: It comes with his added career choices, namely being a butler to a troubled vigilante. When Dick asks about a perpetually closed-off room that leads straight to the Batcave, Alfred flatly states that it's where Bruce keeps his dead wives as a reference to Bluebeard.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Sort of. While the Alfred in the comics has never had a major story involving his health being endangered, the plot of Batman & Robin features a critically-ill Alfred. Additionally, he's shown wearing glasses, which the comics Alfred doesn't wear.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Batman & Robin reveals he has developed MacGregor's Syndrome and is dying. Does he panic or become depressed over his coming death? No. He keeps doing his job, and assures Bruce that his only regret in life is that he was never able to join them in the field. In the end, though, he lives thanks to Bruce finding a cure.
    "There is no defeat in death, Master Bruce. Victory comes in defending what we know is right, while we still live."
  • Food as Bribe: Just when it seems like Dick Grayson is going to turn down Bruce's charity, in comes Alfred with a cheeseburger.
    "Is the young master Grayson leaving us? I'll just toss this away then. Perhaps the dogs are hungry."
  • Hidden Depths: Bruce and Dick are surprised to hear that Alfred has been financially supporting his orphaned niece from afar for the last 5 years.
    "Secrets are a virtual prerequisite in this house. Don't you think so?"
    • And then then they find out that Alfred is hiding a terminal illness, and the above line takes on a much bleaker tone.
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Alfred pronunces "vichyssoise" phoenetically.
  • I Want Grandkids: Of the Parental Substitute variety. In the first film, when Bruce says he has no time for a Vicki Vale romance, he sadly smiles and asks, "If not now... when?"
  • The Jeeves: As usual, he serves as Bruce's confidante and played by the British Michael Gough.
  • Mentor Archetype: To Bruce and later Dick. Dick's mentoring is given more emphasis, as unlike Bruce his family had just died, so Alfred felt the need to be more hands-on as the young man grieved.
  • Morality Chain: He does his best to keep Bruce grounded.
    "I have no wish to fill my few remaining years grieving for the loss of old friends...or their sons."
    • Later when Bruce gives Dick a place to stay, Alfred warns Bruce that the two aren't as different as Bruce would like to believe.
    "Young men with a mind for vengeance need little encouragement. They need guidance."
  • Parental Substitute: To both Bruce and Dick. In Batman & Robin, Alfred makes it clear that he thinks of the Dynamic Duo as the children he never had.
    "A sacred trust about two good men I've had the honor of calling son."
  • Related in the Adaptation: Batgirl is his niece in this continuity.
  • Servile Snarker: As usual.
    • One highlight being when he presents Bruce with an invitation to Max Schreck's Christmas ball with the most pessimistic delivery you can imagine. When Bruce decline, Alfred enthusiastically tears the invite in two, only for Bruce to change his mind, to which Alfred gives his master an annoyed scowl.
    • Another moment being when Dick Grayson refuses Bruce's offer to stay at Wayne Manor until he finds his feet. Alfred casually walks in with a lavishly prepared burger and makes a big show of acting disappointed.
  • Shipper on Deck: Alfred really wanted Bruce and Vicki together, even to the point of telling tales of a young Bruce to Vicki over dinner in the kitchen to charm her and let her see the real Bruce.
  • The Snark Knight: Would there be a more fitting parental figure to the Dark Knight?
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Unlike future depictions of the character who play the Only Sane Man role, this Alfred doesn't seem particularly fazed by Bruce's decision to put on a costume and fight crime.
    • In Batman & Robin Aflred has contracted Macgregor's Syndrome and is suffering great pain due to his old age, though he keeps it hidden so as not to worry Bruce or Dick. According to Alfred it's impolite for a valet to show weakness in front of his charges, but eventually he's left bedridden.
  • Truer to the Text: In Batman '89 Alfred has grown a mustache, bearing a stronger resemblance to his depiction in the comics.

    Batgirl 

Barbara Wilson/Batgirl

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"Watch and learn, little boy."

Played by: Alicia Silverstone

Voiced by: Claire Guyot (European French), Aline Pinsonneault (Canadian French)

Appearances: Batman & Robin

"Men, always doing things the hard way."

Alfred's niece who comes to America to visit her uncle and to free him from his life of servitude, believing him to be unhappy. She later learns the true identities of Batman and Robin, and suits up as Batgirl to help the Dynamic Duo save Gotham from Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy.


  • Adaptational Nationality: The movies make her British, when she was American in the comics.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Batgirl is a redhead in the comics, but a blonde in Batman & Robin.
  • Adaptation Name Change: From "Barbara Gordon" to "Barbara Wilson."
  • Age Lift: Batgirl is traditionally old enough to be either a college graduate or approaching graduation, while this version is still in highschool.
  • Badass Biker: She holds her own very well during the illegal bike race, much to Robin's surprise. She mentions using stunt-riding as a way to earn a living after getting expelled from school.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Barbara uses one to escape her bedroom in the Wayne Manor so that she could go out on one of her nightly motorcycle races with the local Gotham City gangs.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Batgirl shows up just in time to take on Poison Ivy after Batman and Robin end up in precarious conditions.
  • Biker Babe: Barbara keeps it a secret from Alfred, but she's a skilled motorcyclist.
  • Combat Stilettos: We even get a nice view of them during her suiting-up montage.
  • Composite Character: Of Barbara Gordon and Alfred's niece, Daphne (who first shows up in 1969's Batman #216). Her blonde hair and domino mask are also reminiscent of the original Batgirl Betty Kane.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once Batgirl arrives at Ivy’s lair she kicks her butt in less than five minutes and leaves her trapped in her own throne with no trouble at all.
  • Designated Girl Fight: She kicks Poison Ivy's botanical ass pretty well.
  • Domino Mask: Unlike Barbara Gordon who wears a full cowl (unless she's riding a motorcycle), this Batgirl wears a smaller mask similar to Betty Kane.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Batgirl acts as the Thief to Batman's Mage and Dick's fighter, lacking the wisdom of the former or the temperament of the latter, but having her own set of skills to balance them out.
  • Foil: Batgirl acts as one for Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is a redhead who specialized in chemistry and biology, relies on Bane for protection and manipulates Robin. Batgirl is a blonde with an aptitude for technology, can hold her own in a fight and doesn't give Dick any hint that she's into him.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Batgirl gives Poison Ivy a proper beating after the temptress was able to overpower Batman and Robin. without breaking a sweat.
  • In Name Only: She is considered by many fans to be this due to the liberties taken with her origin, changing her from Commissioner Gordon's daughter to Alfred's niece, and dropping any original characterization and Backstory.
  • The Kirk: Batgirl is the Ego to Batman's Superego and Robin's Id.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Until the end, she was unaware of Bruce and Dick's relationship with Alfred as surrogate sons, let alone that they are Batman and Robin. As far as she's concerned, Alfred's their slave and she must free him.
  • Male Gaze: Her suit-up scene is a montage from this perspective the entire time.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Blonde hair aside, Batgirl doesn't have any yellow in her costume.
  • Ms. Fanservice: During her suiting-up montage, viewers get nice glimpses of her butt, chest, and Combat Stilettos. Contrary to popular belief, her suit actually does carry some form of the Bat-Nipples found on Batman and Robin's suits, though due to concerns regarding the film's rating note , they're not nearly as prominent.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite being from the UK. note 
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Delivers one to Poison Ivy after crashing into her hideout.
    "Lady, you're about to become compost!"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Poison Ivy during their Designated Girl Fight.
    "Using feminine wiles to get what you want, trading on your looks? Read a book, sister. That passive-aggressive number went out years ago. Chicks like you give women a bad name."
  • Related in the Adaptation: Here, she's Alfred's niece. Presumably this was to make her connection to the Bat-Family flow more naturally within the confines of a film.
  • She's Got Legs: The very first thing we see of her is her nice pair.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Barbara's very good at playing a goody-goody niece, but she's just as capable as the Dynamic Duo. On her first night in Wayne manor she escapes from her bedroom that's a full storey above the ground. She also floors Dick when he sneaks up on her, to which he lampshades her unusually high combat skills. Then we find out that she does some dangerous motorcycle riding to earn money.
  • Stepford Smiler: Barbara doesn't let Alfred know that she's aware of his deteriorating health, acting chipper every time they share a scene together.
  • Straw Feminist: Batgirl's one-liners have all got a very blatant girl-power vibe.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: She is Commissioner Gordon's daughter (or niece) in the comics.
  • Worf Effect: She makes her debut as Batgirl invading Ivy's lair and beating her in a fight. Ivy had been giving Batman and Robin trouble for the whole film and had just captured both of them, but gets beaten by the new girl with no prior experience. She's also immune to Ivy's seduction and pheromones since she's a girl herself and even calls her out on using such tactics.

    Batmobile 

Batmobile

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"It's not as if we can just take it to any Joe's bodyshop."
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Mark 3 

Appearances: (Mark 1) Batman | Batman Returns | Batman '89 | (Mark 2) Batman Forever | (Mark 3) Batman & Robin

Batman's signature vehicle.


  • Car Chase: It wouldn't be the Batmobile without at least one per film.
    • In the first movie, the Batmobile is introduced as the getaway vehicle for when Batman rescues Vicki Vale from the Joker and his goons.
    • In Returns the Penguin hijacks the Batmobile's command system and assumes full control, forcing Batman to drive haphazardly and attract the attention of the police who were already losing trust towards the Caped Crusader. The chase climaxes with the Batmobile shedding its excess bulk so it can drive through a narrow alleyway.
    • In Forever it drives up a wall to the annoyance of Two-Face.
    • In Batman & Robin the Batmobile chases Mr Freeze and his goons up a statue the size of a skyscraper before driving throught the air and landing on the roof of another building, withstanding a cryo-blast and coming out unscathed.
  • Chaotic Car Ride: The Penguin and Dick Grayson both engage in this. The former tries to ruin Batman's reputation while the latter just wanted a joyride.
  • Chick Magnet: Both Batman and Robin acknowlege the Batmobile's Estrogen Brigade.
  • Cool Car: The first design has gone on to become one of the most iconic Batmobiles across the entire Batman mythos.
  • Driving Up a Wall: Much to the annoyance of Two-Face.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The Batmobile makes its first appearance when Batman rescues Vicki Vale. He tells her to "get in the car", to which she can only ask which one. Cue one of the most striking vehicle designs of the 1980s, followed by a curb-stomp car chase.
  • Instant Armor: The first Batmobile has retractable shields that can be activated by voice command. They can withstand a point-blank explosion, but are vulnerable to command overrides.
  • Murder by Remote Control Vehicle: Both Batman and the Penguin use the Batmobile in this manner. Batman sneds the Batmobile into Axis Chemicals armed with explosives to kill several members of the Joker's gang, while the Penguin uses it to frame Batman for the deaths of innocent people. Batman was lucky enough to thwart the Penguin before it was too late.
  • Thememobile: The Batmobile lives up to its name by having large fins shaped like bat wings decorating its rear section. The second Batmobile looked more like a fish than a bat, but the third Batmobile takes it up a notch by adding an opening on the front of the vehicle shaped like the fanged maw of a bat.
  • Weaponized Car: The first Batmobile came with retractable shields, gatling guns, explosives, tow cables and a flaming exhaust that Batman puts to good use.
  • We Don't Need Roads: The second Batmobile could drive up a wall.
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