Hello old chums, I'm TV's Adam West. You may recognize me as the 1960s Batman. I was born in Walla Walla, Washington in the good year of 1928. Now, my dear old mother was a really amazing woman who had once dreamed of making it big in Hollywood, but retired to raise a family. I was inspired by her example and as a young man I decided to pursue the dream of one day reaching the sliver screen myself.
Now, my journey into the world of acting was a long and roundabout one, good chums, so I shall try not to bore you with the details. Needless to say, I made my breakthrough by taking up roles in various television shows, and eventually I found myself in a place and time where I was considered a serious leading man. I was a handsome devil back in that day, as you can see here. I still am, as a matter of fact! However, I couldn't get serious work after Batman ended, so I became known for portraying eccentric versions of myself. I embraced it and even have a trope named after me. Almost every role I had since was either a parody of Batman the goofy superhero, Adam West the washed-up actor, or both at once (as in my role on The Fairly Oddparents).
I played a washed-up superhero who turned out to be a deluded actor on Kim Possible. I played another deluded actor in the pilot for Lookwell, a Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel-produced pilot. In this version, I had formerly played a detective on TV and thought I could use my actor training to solve real crimes. (Incidentally, before Batman I co-starred in the third and final season of the crime drama The Detectives. No one ever remembers that!) I also played a super-powered pizza delivery boy in Meet the Robinsons.
I played a goofy rendition of myself on The Simpsons, in which I drive the Batmobile from the show (which is now a broken down wreck), complain about the Michael Keaton Batman films [*taps his pecs* - "Pure. West."], and dance the "Batusi" while The Simpsons slowly back away. Also Johnny Bravo.
I played the Chief of Police in Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure.
In the Histeria! episode "The Legion of Super Writers", I voiced a superhero-portrayed Ernest Hemingway. Currently, my biggest role is as the Cloudcuckoolander Adam West, Mayor of Quahog in Family Guy.
Interestingly, I played the supervillain Breathtaker in the Black Scorpion TV series. Dr. Noah Goddard was an ordinary doctor until Black Scorpions police father wounded him in a shoot out. Breathtaker was born and years later, and he will take his life. So Breathtaker could be considered Black Scorpions Arch-Enemy, because It's Personal. By the way, Black Scorpion is described as TV Series Batman + Ms. Fanservice. Oh, and as a bonus, Frank Gorshin (the Riddler) interpreted supervillain Clockwise.
Bizarrely, I also voiced Mayor Grange, the Mayor of Gotham City in The Batman, which begs the question of why Christopher Nolan hasn't cast me in any of his versions of the Batman movies. Shame. (Bizarrely, you say?)
I played superhero "The Galloping Gazelle" in the TV episode and video game of Goosebumps story Attack of the Mutant. In the TV version, The Galloping Gazelle was washed-up and bailed on the kid protagonist because he thought he was too old for the job.
I even played a lawyer defending a rap star who made a video of himself whizzing on a schoolgirl in The Boondocks. In typical over-the-top West fashion, of course. It's like he.. I mean I.. don't even want to stop Adam Westing anymore.
I played a cab driver in the low budget superhero spoof film Super Capers, and am easily the most watchable part in it. I just need to show Chris Nolan that I've still got star power in the movies like before. It's a crying shame he hasn't asked me to be a part of The Dark Knight Trilogy. I can do a great raspy voice.
I appeared in 30 Rock as myself at Jack Donaghy's birthday party. After I flubbed the introduction and got thrown out, I complained that I was promised a sandwich and haven't received it. Silly me.
Following the release of a Batman game, a host of the show X-Play visited me on the show.
I provided the voice of Bruce Wayne's father Thomas in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. As a bonus Julie Newmar voiced Martha Wayne. I later returned to provide the voice of Batman's Gentle Giant robot "Proto". Then I returned to my most famous role in an animated movie, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, alongside two of my former co-stars.
I also guest starred as Mermaid Man in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.
Thanks to an initiative spearheaded by actor Ralph Garman, I've received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thanks, Ralph.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and at the age of 88, on June 9th, 2017, it was my time to say goodbye. Although I no longer walk among you, I am still with you in spirit. And I am sure many of you pointed your Batsignals up at the sky so I could see them. Batman thanks you. And he shall live on in your hearts forever, old chums. I also left behind one last piece of me as the Caped Crusader, as I had completed my work on Batman vs. Two-Face, the sequel to Return of the Caped Crusaders, prior to my departure.
If you want to find out more about me chum, be sure to pick up a copy of my autobiography, Back to the Batcave.
Do keep reading TV Tropes, and make sure to spot my name! Same Bat-Article, same Bat-Index!
Thank you for the description, Mr. West. And now, tropes associated with Adam West:
- Adam Westing: Obvious Trope Namer. His career post-Batman mostly depended on this.
- Badass Baritone: Despite being the source of much parody, his voice was something to behold.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Much of his Self-Parody had his characters being rather eccentric superheroes or versions of himself. Examples included Catman and Mayor West.
- I Am Not Spock: Wisely averted.
- Large Ham: One of his most recognizable traits was overacting as much as possible.
- Narm Charm: His performance as Batman. His later roles deliberately played this up for comedy.