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Fridge Brilliance

  • The white lines in this logo resembles the skeleton of a bat's wing. Wether this is intentional or not is debatable.
  • In the 3rd episode "Nothing to Fear", Scarecrow does an arson with a helicopter as a getaway vehicle, and then, later, uses a blimp, to gas the fundraiser. Why not ride the helicopter? So he can conceal enough fear toxin to gas hundreds of people, in a wide area (the fundraiser halls), for several minutes, it's STILL been pumped through the air ducts when they leave.
  • In "Almost Got 'Im", Killer Croc's story about almost defeating Batman was comically simple and unimpressive, climaxing with him throwing a rock at Batman.note  This actually doesn't jive with the portrayal in the rest of the series where, while Croc isn't by any means a smart villain, he isn't stupid either, he just relies on strength and animal cunning. The brilliance is that that's not really Killer Croc playing poker with them - it's Batman in disguise likely playing up how others view Croc.
    • The story also causes the others to roll their eyes and ignore Croc from then on, thus reducing the risk that anyone will see through Batman's disguise.
    • It's also deliberately the shortest story. Batman needs to get to the Joker's story as fast as possible. Notice it's "Croc" that presses The Joker for Catwoman's whereabouts.
    • It's also not a bad plan if you think about it. The other super-villains roll their eyes and look down on Croc for his plan, but that's because they all suffer from crippling cases of Complexity Addiction; their plans are all elaborate and complicated Death Trap-laden schemes that inevitably fall apart because of one little thing they didn't anticipate that lets Batman Pull the Thread and unravel everything. But if you really want to whack someone, there's a reason that bludgeoning is one of the oldest forms of murder known to man; it's simple and it gets the job done. Croc isn't stupid; unlike the other villains, Croc is practical. And also unlike the other villains, Batman recognizes that.
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  • In "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" has the camera focus on the future Riddler. Also next to him, a large collection of cubicles in the form of a maze. It also shows his mindset — he's trying to escape from the maze, by turning it into a game.
  • Assuming the Grey Ghost is the equivalent of the sixties Batman, it seems rather strange he's been unable to have any sort of acting gigs, but this is what happened to Adam West in real life as they took the character in a different direction. Also, they could never show the Grey Ghost program even in reruns because it was all (supposedly) destroyed.
  • Given the way Dick Grayson's parents died, it makes a lot of sense that the majority of his panic attacks in "Fear of Victory" are kicked off by heights.
  • "Over the Edge". Although Gordon's grief over the death of Barbara is highly understandable, he quickly goes from remorseful to irrational and finally outright delusional in his vendetta against the Batfamily, acting severely Out of Character to the point that he blames Batman for most of his Rogues Gallery coming to be (at least the Arkham ones), and willingly makes a deal with Bane just to take Batman down, something he would never do in his right mind. This makes the reveal that the entire episode was a fear-gas induced hallucination by Batgirl all the more believable. Her greatest fear is that, because she never told her father the truth, her possible death would set him against Batman, so of course he would act utterly irrational in the dream.
  • The episode in which Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face is two parts long. Not that there weren't other two-part episodes, but that's definitely the most appropriate one to be such.
    • For that matter, we see him as just plain Harvey Dent for two episodes prior to the aforementioned two-parter.
  • In the ending of Harlequinade, the Joker, perhaps for the first time ever, shows genuine love and affection to Harley, after the she tries to blow his head with a machine gun and fails by no fault of her own. The obvious Fridge Brilliance is that the Joker reveled in seeing Harley pushed far enough to pull the trigger. In his own twisted mind, she finally matched up to a standard that he did not believe she could.
    • There is, however, a subtler brilliance to the scene - not only did Joker believe he was about to die, which probably exhilarated him, but the revelation that the gun was a dud probably confirmed in his mind some sort of perceived immortality that was played up a lot with Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker.
    • Also this; If Harley did kill the Joker this would have given him the final victory, having made Harley into a killer like himself.
    • And, you know, it was kind of funny.
  • In "Joker's Favor," it seems a bit odd that Joker would become so obsessed with a guy who yelled at him on the highway. When the poor sap is begging Joker to let him go, he mentions that he had a really bad day...
    ''Look, Charlie, You had a busy day. All this running around, all this excitement with BATMAAAAAAAN!"
  • In "Zatanna", the titular character tries to read Bruce's future, but fails to say the right card. The right card, however, is a joker. As in, she really did tell his future with the playing cards.
    • It's clearly implied that she intended him to get the two of hearts, providing an opening for some (more) flirtatious banter. It's left ambiguous whether the joker card was just a random slip-up or the deck somehow making a real prediction.
  • Why is the Riddler missing from the second half of "Trial"? Because, while he may be crazy, he's not AS crazy as the rest of the villains there. He takes the opportunity to just play his own get out of jail free card.
    • Alternatively, since he neither speaks nor moves in the jury box, he's still catatonic after the events of "What Is Reality?", and the doctors manage to cure him later, leading to his release in "Riddler's Reform." It's not as if the other lunatic villains would be above sticking Eddie in the jury box and counting his vote anyway.
  • The Joker's fear of the IRS being greater than his fear of Batman as seen in "Joker's Millions" may seem like just a gag, but it's actually very logical. Batman won't kill him, only capture him, and he won't go to jail because he'll just plead insanity and instead go to Arkham, where he can recruit more goons for his gang, and then eventually escape. But you can't plead insanity for not giving Uncle Sam his cut. The Joker will definitely go to jail when fighting the IRS over tax evasion charges, and he'll be torn apart since a lot of the grunts he abandoned in the past would run into him. He wouldn't even have time to fashion a weapon of any kind.
    • Somehow I don't think he'd have a problem.
    • Even if the Joker can survive in a regular prison, it's bound to be a lot less comfortable than Arkham, if only because he's much more familiar with the latter.
    • Speaking of familiarity, that's another reason for this attitude: the Joker is used to fighting Batman, but is out of his element fighting the IRS.
    • Also, Joker doesn't want to be humiliated in the underworld, which is what will happen if he admits that he was duped. Being a super-criminal of his reputation and going to jail on tax evasion charges would be nearly as humiliating. However, if the authorities, or Batman catch him while committing a string of armed robberies, those will likely take precedence over tax evasion, and he'll be sent back to Arkham. If he gets away with it, he's free, and if he gets caught, he goes away for the robberies, which is something he's probably been put away for before, so the other criminals would just see it as him still being the Joker. Either way, in his mind, it's win-win.
  • The episode "A Bullet for Bullock" has a classic Enemy Mine: A condescending Batman is helping a distrusting Bullock to discover who is trying to kill him. It’s a character study about Bullock, a Noble Bigot with a Badge who, despite being an honest cop, his Jerkassery has managed to alienate everyone around him. When Bullock invokes a scenario for a "Not So Different" Remark, Batman is insulted. At the end, when Bullock shows he is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as he genuinely tries to thank Batman for his help, Batman answers "Forget it, Bullock. You’ve got enough problems." You could interpret this as Condescending Compassion. It's not. Batman is genuinely scared by Bullock’s fate. Cue Batman Beyond and we see Bruce Wayne with an even worse case of Lonely at the Top.
  • In "Heart Of Ice", Mr. Freeze's arch enemy is Ferris Boyle. What is the polar opposite of water freezing? Boiling!
  • In "Love Is A Croc" (I think that's the one), it actually makes sense that Croc would cheat on Baby Doll. She may be an adult, but she has the body of a five-year-old! Croc's a cannibal, not a pedophile.
    • Additionally, it's in Croc's nature to betray his allies like that. There was an earlier episode where a group of kindly circus freaks took him in. He still tried to steal from them though he genuinely seemed to be bonding with them.
  • In "Animal Acts", animal trainer Miranda Kane mentions that her parents have retired to Sarasota. Not only is Sarasota, Florida full or retirees, but it's also the location of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which includes the Circus Museum.
  • In the opening of "Harley's Holiday", Harley calls the Scarecrow "Professor Crane" and he cuts off in the middle of his rant to greet her as "child." We learn in "Mad Love" that Harley used to be a psychologist, and in The Batman Adventures that Scarecrow, after being fired from the university, still secretly wants to teach. It takes a slightly creepier tone when you realize that in "Mad Love", it's implied that while she was in college, Harley slept with some of her professors to get a better grade.
  • In "Time Out Of Joint", all it took was the time-stopping device being destroyed for Clock King to be defeated, when prior, he was able to match Batman in combat... but keep in mind who subdued him: Robin. Fugate explicitly said he studied Batman, but he never said anything about Robin.
  • In "Baby-Doll", two famous plays are mentioned in the story; William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Seems like a random reference... but not so much when used in context.
    • Macbeth isn't only portrayed as unlucky (to the point that the terms "the Scottish Play" and "Lord M" are used by actors) but what scene is shown? The infamous "mad scene" where Lady Macbeth imagines that she can't get Duncan's blood off of her hands and just like Baby Doll, self-destructs.
    • As for Death of a Salesman, that play is about Willy Loman and his desire to relive the glory days through his sons, one of whom rebels. Guess what Baby-Doll's motives are for kidnapping her former costars? Reliving the glory days.
  • In "The Ultimate Thrill", Batgirl gets info on Roxy's location from two girls who are very obviously prostitutes. Now, Penguin is trying to run his place as a "classy" establishment, and while he does shady dealings, the prostitutes aren't dressed as high class call girls. So how did they know where Roxy was making her deals? Well, it's reasonable to assume that Roxy isn't so much concerned with gender as she is with how much of a thrill she can get with the experience. And she also was rumored to double for some of the men in the movies she did stunts for. Maybe that's not the only place she doubled for them.
  • In "Mad as a Hatter," there are some subtle hints that Jervis Tetch's Start of Darkness happened before he saw his chance with Alice after her boyfriend (briefly) dumps her. Early on, Bruce Wayne asks about Tetch's progress on his proposal to use microchips to enhance the brain....after the episode has established he's secretly created Mind Control technology instead. And later that same day, he notes that he's already created plenty of mind-chips powerful enough to control human beings, which are already marked with the Mad Hatter's logo.
    • This might also explain why his boss is so tough with him: from her perspective, he's been using lots of time, money, and equipment with nothing whatsoever to show for it.
  • After watching "The Terrible Trio", it's occurred that there's yet one more "Land-Sea-Air" theme: When Warren and his Delta 'brothers' mention what they've done for thrills. Waren mentions they've run with the bulls (land). Armand says they've shot game from a hot air balloon (air). And Gunther brings up that they've killed a great white shark (sea).
  • In "Mad Love", there's something brilliant about Batman laughing when Harley brings up her hopes of settling down with Joker. Remember what Joker said earlier about the 'downside of comedy'? "You're always taking shots from folks who just don't get the joke." In a way, Batman laughing symbolically represents that despite what Joker says, he does get the joke (that is to say, he does have Harley's best interest, in his own Tough Love way).
  • The 'scarred' side of Two-Face in this version is essentially a photonegative of the unscarred side. Even the burns — with some negatives, skin tones can appear various shades of blue-grey.
  • Two-Face's normal half of his face represents his good Harvey personality, and his scarred half represents Big Bad Harv, the same with their coin. But there's a third side that a coin can land on, though extremely rarely: it's side which has no face. The Judge persona is a Knight Templar, someone who attempts to do good but using evil deeds and means, Having good intentions but being ruthless. Effectively, the Judge is morally between Harvey and Big Bad Harv. The Judge represents the third outcome: a coin landing on its side, and thus has no face as that side has no face either.
  • Joker's reaction to the creeper at the end of "Beware the Creeper". At first it seems strange that the Joker of all people would be unnerved by another giggling lunatic. But if you compare them then his reaction makes perfect sense. While the Joker is crazy, it's a clever and focused crazy that defined by his conflict with Batman and him making the world the butt of his Jokes. The Joker is in fact more monster than clown which was observed by the second Batman, Terry McGinnis, as for all his theatrics, the Jokers antics are funny to no-one but himself. Joker is the sadistic Psychopathic Manchild bully that torments other people and laughs at their pain. And like any bully, can't stand when the tables are turned and someone else is picking on him. More than that, the Creeper is more clown than monster and is genuinely chaotic and all over the place crazy to the point where he doesn't regard his safety at all and has no fear. Not only can the joker not stand that there is someone else out there who can out crazy him and pick on him the way he does to others, he is absolutely terrified by the fact that the Creeper is someone who would go over the edge with no thought to consequences, where the Joker is at least restrained by self-preservation.
  • When the Mad Hatter had Batman under a Lotus-Eater Machine in "Perchance to Dream", why didn't he take the opportunity to unmask him? Because of his psychosis. He prefers fantasy to reality; he'd rather see Batman as a costumed hero than whoever he is behind the cowl.
  • At the end of his first episode, the Mad Hatter is captured when he gets caged in by the claws of a statue of the Jabberwock... in other words, "the claws that catch".

Fridge Horror

  • It happened a lot early in Batman: The Animated Series. There are many examples of mass destruction where it's not hard to imagine serious casualties. In later episodes, at least, the characters tended to mention that no one was hurt or that the victim had narrowly survived.
    • For instance, the Scarecrow's out of control blimp would careen around the city, with Batman, the hostage, and the villains escaping in the nick of time. And the blimp crashes into a skyscraper, which may have been a high rise apartment complex filled with relaxing civilians. Or an office building where some late night workers were trying to put in enough hours for that promotion.
    • In the beginning of the episode "Joker's Favor", the Joker is driving around in a station wagon with luggage strapped to the top. The radio mentioned he had just escaped police custody, so the car probably wasn't his. Not that this is a stretch for the Joker, but this seems to imply that he killed some vacationers for their car.
  • Remember how Grant Walker was given cryogenically enhanced longevity by Mr. Freeze, only to be trapped all alone under the sea? Now remember what happened to Freeze in season 4? Yeah, Walker's screwed...
    • Word of God has it that Grant Walker eventually escaped. Unfortunately for him, he's later killed by Nora's new husband in an attempt to frame Mr. Freeze for his murder.
  • Step One: Watch Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Step Two: Watch any Batman episode that focuses on Tim Drake, especially if it features his trademark recklessness and devil-may-care attitude. Step Three: Hide under a blanket; eat ice cream out of the carton; try not to cry.
    • Alternatively, Step One: watch "Mad Love". Step Two: watch ANY episode with the Joker and Harley Quinn in it, and realize that her attempts to save face when goofing up are less about her being a Perky Female Minion, and more about just trying not to get hit for it.
  • In Scarface and the Ventriloquist's first episode, they're hiding out in a warehouse full of (all-female) mannequin parts. Since Scarface is the Ventriloquist's other personality, is he surrounding himself with dismembered women?
  • In the first part of "Feat of Clay", Bats drops an unconscious man, from the air, into a swimming pool. While reviving the senseless with water is a cartoon staple, Bell very well could have drowned before the cops got to him, and broken bones from the rough landing. And then you have Clayface slapping pieces of himself onto people...
  • In "Heart of Steel Pt. 1 & 2", the untold origin of "Randa Duane." H.A.R.D.A.C. was unable to build a duplicate that had a human-like personality unless it had observed or captured the original person, or had detailed information (Bullock, Rossum, and Batman). The Gordon duplicant is present when Commissioner Gordon is kidnapped, which is likely why it's behavior is cold and robotic, H.A.R.D.A.C. had little to base a personality off of, leading to Barbara figuring out something was wrong. However, the Randa Duane duplicant acts just like an ordinary human, and Rossum doesn't seem to give any indication he is aware she is a robot, showing no concern when she goes on a date with Bruce. In fact, he is surprised that the duplicant process has been used. At some point, the real Randa Duane probably was Rossum's assistant, until H.A.R.D.A.C. killed her and had her replaced.
  • In "Fires From Olympus", Maxie Zeus shoots down a police blimp with his lightning cannon, presumably killing the cops piloting it. The flaming blimp then falls into Gotham City, where we see hundreds of people running away. There's no way all of those people could've gotten away in time...
  • In "Joker’s Favor", The Peregrinator’s Club offers an homage to Gordon that The Joker wants to spoil... when Batman chases him, the Joker flees to an exact reproduction of a Mayincatec temple built exactly like the original... including the Booby Traps... Just what kind of club does that?
    • It might have started as a club for old-time gentlemen explorers (that would fit the "Art Deco" period atmosphere of the series), with the temple reproduction as a thematically appropriate side annex. Admittedly, that wouldn't explain actual lethal deathtraps; maybe the Joker slipped in earlier and made a few modifications just in case he needed to cover his retreat.
      • Poison Ivy actually does break into a club of gentleman explorers in "Harley and Ivy", so that's actually quite plausible.
  • In '"Baby-Doll", remember when Mary Dahl put the dynamite on the cake? She wasn't stepping away. She wanted to kill herself together with her former cast members.
    • In fact, this may be what makes the famous, and heartbreaking, ending to the episode all the more poignant - in the moment, you could take this suicide bombing as an Ax-Crazy Murder-Suicide, until Dahl's Villainous Breakdown puts it all in depressing perspective.
      • A couple of her lines explain everything: Dahl saw her fake life from her old show as the closest she had to real family. She wanted to die surrounded by what, to her, was a loving family that would never leave her.
  • Doesn't anyone else here realize that Creeper was basically trying to rape Harley in "Beware the Creeper"?
  • As long as we're on the subject of discomforting sexuality, let's have a look at all the creepy implications of "House & Garden" with Poison Ivy. Putting aside all that (overhyped) Les Yay stuff at the end, consider the nature of the "family" Poison Ivy told Batman she'd decided to have "on [her] own terms." Using a combination of her plant-cultivating skills and some DNA taken from an unwilling "donor" she raised a bunch of half-plant hybrids of him to be a series of "sons" who grew up to be "husbands" and then plant-monster minions over the course of just a few days. In other words, what we have is a rare science-fiction-enhanced Distaff Counterpart example of Wife Husbandry with the "wife" doing the husbanding. Consider also that Ivy must have been doing this for quite some time, and that she's basically using and disposing of her "men" like nose tissues. Misandry on a massive scale, anyone? Then, just to prove she's a total misanthrope and sociopath, she made a plant "copy" of herself too; she has to have known her doppelganger wouldn't last long against a weed-killer-equipped Batman. If Good People Have Good Sex, Poison Ivy is a very, very, very bad person indeed.
    • It can view into even worse territory than that. The plant-men go from "son" to "Husband" in a matter of days, maybe a couple of weeks. So, are the "husband" stage plant-men engaging in... marital favors... with what is, in all essence, their own mother? After all, Ivy did say that this was her attempt to have a family "on her own terms". Did she just mean the superficial appearance of a domestic family, or, in her own twisted way, all the deeper things that go with it, including a physical relationship?
      • What about treating her sons/husbands as slaves once they reach their monster stage? Imagine going from son, to husband/lover, to dumb lackey in a week. This woman needs serious help.
      • The tie-in comics reveal that Ivy truly left Gotham during "House & Garden" and eventually settled down with Alec Holland. Swampie never showed up in the DCAU, so this is likely a happy ending for her. But that doesn't mean the origin didn't eventually happen, with everything that entails...
  • In "Almost Got Him", Two-Face mentions that if the giant coin lands on Batman, it'll crush him; after Batman escapes, the coin lands on two grunts...
  • In "Mad Love", Batman tricks Harley into calling the Joker just so he has time to escape, knowing the Joker would respond violently at best. Mister Thou Shalt Not Kill deliberately talked Harley in an action that could have resulted in her horrifically violent death, just to save himself. And Harley only survived that plummet by sheer luck...
    • A slightly different variant of horror: Batman later admits to Joker that tricking Harley into calling him was his only way out. It was either that or die. If Harley wasn't so desperate to please the Joker, she would have killed Batman for real (and Joker probably would have done even worse to her when he learned what happened, to boot).
  • We see more men than women in Arkham Asylum. In the episode "Trial", the entire staff and doctors were under Mad Hatter's mind control, meaning the non-super powered women were left unprotected in a place full of wild madmen. We don't know what horrible crimes these guys have committed that got themselves in Arkham...
  • In "Lock-Up", two of the inmates who are terrified of the titular jailer are Scarecrow, a man who lives and breathes fear, and Harley Quinn, who spends her free time with The Joker and who has experienced quite a bit of pain because of it. Two people who really shouldn't be able to be affected by a normal human are absolutely shaking with fear about the possibility of one guy coming anywhere near them, even when he's being pinned down by about six guards. Just what did he do to them?
  • In "Mad as a Hatter," after the Hatter kidnaps Alice using his Mind Control chips, she turns up a completely different outfit, still under his control. Maybe he simply sent her to change, but he's a Stalker with a Crush, so maybe not.
    • Imagine Hatter succeed in killing Batman. Sooner or later Alice and his other mind-controlled subjects will die of starvation. Think about this for a minute...we humans need to eat, drink, and use the bathroom in order to remain alive. Without food and bathroom time, they will die. Jervis is completely bonkers, so feeding them wouldn't be on his mind. If Alice dies, he will probably become even more crazy and dangerous.
  • In the episode Two-Face, we learn that Harvey Dent has an alternate personality in the form of "Big Bad Harv," a violent manifestation of his repressed anger. We also learn he's engaged. It's probably a blessing in disguise that that marriage was called off before his would-be bride ever saw his angry side.
  • When I was younger, I thought Dr. Freeze just perceived temperatures at a lower level, like his version of 0F would be our 70F. But no. Pay attention to when he says he wishes he could feel the summer breeze. Mr.Freeze still perceives temperature as we would normally. It’s still just as awful for him in the suit as it would be for any normal person, he will just straight-up die if he goes outside of the thing.
    • Imagine if he went out of the suit in a place that’s like 10F. He’d sweat and it would freeze directly on his face. He can’t bath either, because liquid nitrogen would break his skin off. Because he can’t bath, he probably smells pretty awful.
    • While it’s executed pretty absurdly in BTAS due to being forced to suit censors, Mr.Freeze would be pretty horrific after a small time in real life. He’d likely develop gangrene and have all of his limbs rot off, which they obviously couldn’t show in the series. Eventually, he’d be a horrific skeletal torso and head suspended in a suit, which is worse then just being a cartoonish head in a jar.
  • While Harley Quinn's clown makeup is part of her costume, I imagine it's also probably to hide the bruises the Joker inevitably gives her.
    • In the same vein: as Harleen Quinzel she was pretty smart (at least in the cartoon version), as you can't become a psychiatrist-in-training if you aren't. As Harley Quinn she is rather childish and not particularly bright. Perhaps the Joker hit her on the head enough times to cause brain damage, which is disturbingly Truth in Television i.e see here.


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