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"Imagine Batman, then aim... lower."
Number Five about Diego, The Umbrella Academy (2019)

As one of the most famous superheroes of all time, Batman seems to be the most frequent target for direct parody, more than any other character, including Superman. This may have something to do with the 1960s TV series Batman (1966), which widely increased his pop culture notability outside the USA, as well as the high-profile blockbuster movies from 1989 on. Thus, more people on Earth, even those who aren't fans of superhero comics, will be familiar with aspects of the Batman universe than any other superhero franchise.

Typical elements for this Stock Parody will be the bat ears, the bat mask, the bat symbol shining across the street, the bat mobile, the Batman Cut, a younger Sidekick much like Robin, a trustworthy butler who helps the superhero out, wacky villains built around one defining characteristic (The Joker, The Riddler, etc.), onomatopoeic words flashing to the screen during fight sequences, the phrase I'm Batman! said with a husky voice, and, in some versions, a comically excessive Dark and Troubled Past and over-the-top angst Played for Laughs.

Often the superhero in question will have a Punny Name based on Batman, like "Fatman", "Bartman", "Catman", ... As an extra joke his theme song will be a direct parody of the Batman theme song from the 1960s TV show.

For a similar, if less satirical tropes, see Superman Substitute, Spider-Man Send-Up, and Practically Joker.

For the non-parodical examples of the archetype Batman codified, see The Cowl.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Berserk, provides a worthy non-comical example, with its own dark knight Guts. Like Batman Guts is The Cowl, a brooding maladjusted short-dark haired hunky loner and an orphan who’s got Charles Atlas Superpower and a Badass Cape. Though the similarities become truly overt when Guts (thanks to Schierke) gets control of the Berserker armour making him look well like… Batman (particularly the movie versions in regard to the cowl). It also helps Guts like Batman has his own Crazy-Prepared gadgets and weapons including miniature bombs and even has his own lighthearted Robin-like Kid Sidekick Isidro whom he mentors in combat. Their respective attitude towards killing couldn't be more different though.
  • The Big O features an extremely overt comparison with its hero Roger Smith who is a deadringer for Bruce Wayne, has his own Battle Butler like Alfred Norman Burg and teenage girl sidekick R. Dorothy Wayneright who's akin to Batgirl if she was an android. If that wasn't enough one of Roger's villains Alan Gabriel is a Practically Joker. All of these connections are less of a surprise if you consider The Big O's creators Sunrise worked and helped out on Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Hei of Darker than Black while he lacking the cowl fits the bill. He's an orphan who Used to Be a Sweet Kid but after great tradegy became a brooding Anti-Hero in a dark outfit with a mask whom has incredible Charles Atlas Super Power, a Grappling-Hook Pistol and is a Genius Bruiser as well as a formidable strategist. Most notably like most versions of Batman he has a extreme reluctance towards killing as despite his nickname being "Death" he hates taking lives and tries to avoid it when he can, ultimately being a case of Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Death Note: L surprisingly checks all the boxes for this except appearance. He's a introverted and maladjusted Dark Is Not Evil Great Detective who despite his character flaws such as being a Manipulative Bastard still cares about justice, spends most of his time perched on things and has his own Battle Butler Watari who is extremely similar Alfred right down to treating L like his son. Best of all L's Arch-Enemy - Worthy Opponent and their Dark Mistress are a nihilistic cackling madman (Light) and a loony pigtailed blonde (Misa) respectively same as Batman with Joker and Harley. Funnily enough, the Robert Pattinson Batman would actually wind up being very similar to L with the heavy eyeshadow, anti-social personality, and preference for technology.
  • Dragon Ball: Piccolo, especially in the movies as noted by TFS in their Lord Slug abridged is often made out to be similar to Batman (despite having more in common with Martian Manhunter) being a pointy-eared protector with a Badass Cape who is always seen perched on rooftops appearing Just in Time. It also helps both Bruce Wayne and Piccolo have a habit of indoctrinating very young students and giving them Training from Hell and act as the darker foil to their pure-hearted colleagues Superman and Goku. Not to mention Piccolo being a Stealth Expert and Master of Disguise like Batman as Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero shows.
  • Code Geass: Lelouch particularly when in his cowl-like mask and Ominous Opera Cape is somewhere between Batman and Darth Vader. It helps like Batman he's an aristocrat, an Manipulative Bastard, The Strategist and The Stoic who wants to avenge a deceased parent (just his mom, not his dad) and like Bruce despite his numerous characters faults he does actually care for his allies and love interests. Still unlike Batman Lelouch is far more willingly to sacrifice others and kill and he's not a badass in phyiscal combat like Bruce is either as barring his Magical Eye and strategies he generally gets his ass kicked in one-on-one fights.
  • Franken Fran Frantic features Sleuth Rockwood as "Crab-Knight", whose costume is about as transparent a Palette Swap of Batman as you can get. While reasonably effective at keeping street-crime down (it helps that he retains Fran as an emergency medic), he starts going nuts when his city is ravaged by an enemy he can't punch away: Covid-1... errr, "QX Fever".
  • Karas according to Word of God Keiichi Sato (who also worked on BTAS with his company Sunrise) took inspiration from Batman with its titular dark warrior. He is a badass and vengeful local hero who defends Shinjuku from the rooftops and streets as The Cowl like DC's Dark Knight. Their powers are different though, Batman being a Badass Normal while Yousuke Otoha aka Karas is a yōkai empowered ninja who can turn into a car and aircraft without the need for billionaire money. Comes full circle in Batman Ninja, which along with the 3D animation takes a fair amount of ques from Karas, in regard to Batman's outlandish presentation.
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes introduces the Batman equivalent of The 'Verse with Iwao Oguro aka Knuckleduster, whom Hideyuki Furuhashi confirms is MHA's Batman to All-Might's Superman (as well as having some similarities to Punisher). Like Batman Oguro is a Badass Normal with a black mask and white eyes who acts as The Cowl regularly taking on opponents often well out of his weight class and has a darkly sardonic yet ultimately heroic personality and takes in a colourful Kid Sidekick as his protégé. Oguro also acts as a deconstruction of Batman-like characters as it's revealed that his body has been ravaged by his reckless exploits and he's constantly using painkillers to shrug off his intense exhaustion and pain from various injuries. Additionally, his daughter Tamao is similar to Barbara Gordon being a rebellious girl who has a traumatic encounter with a supervillain leaving her hospitalised and an invalid.
  • One Piece:
    • A character called Batman shows up in Wano arc as one of Kaido's SMILES and true to form he's got the dark outfit, pointy ears, mask-like face, and wings... but he's also overweight and completely ridiculous (albeit he actually gives Luffy some trouble in the anime). Considering Oda is a fan of the 1966 series (the most popular incarnation of Batman in Japan) with the character Caesar taking his name from Cesar Romero, this goofier Shout-Out to the Dark Knight should be expected.
    • Patrick Redfield the Big Bad of One Piece: Unlimited World Red user of the Batto Batto no Mi, Model: Vampire Devil Fruit, in comparison to the aforementioned example provides a decidedly cooler non-silly example, with his hybrid form making him look very similar to Batman (with his face looking like a mask). Redfield also naturally has similarities to the Batman Vampire version being a vampire himself, on top of the obvious Dracula allusions.
    • On the topic of Wano, much like how Sentai Black of Super Sentai is likened to Batman when it comes to Sentai teams, Stealth Black of the In-Universe Germa 66 legend is pretty much the Batman of the group, relying on stealth with his Invisibility powers. Fittingly when Sanji (despite understandably hating Germa, his evil family) takes the Stealth Black aka Soba-Mask mantle with the Raid Suit he acts like The Cowl saving people as a superhero, and like Batman has variety of gadgets including a black techno cape that can protect him from harm. It also helps out of the mask Sanji is a Sharp-Dressed Man and womanizer aristocrat like Bruce Wayne, albeit former aristocrat in Sanji's case.
  • One-Punch Man: Drive Knight of the Hero Association effortlessly fufills this role within the OPM universe. He's a black-clad and scary looking ruthless Anti-Hero with a great habit of gathering intel on his targets and relies heavily on a variety of tactical tools and vehicles in order to achieve victory more effectively. Two of his vehicles: his bike and plane bear heavy resemblance to the Batbike and Batwing respectively. Sadly, Drive Knight hasn't interacted with either of the Superman Substitutes of the universe Saitama or Blast so far.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Pokémon: The Original Series: In The Johto Journeys episode "The Superhero Secret", Ash and his friends meet an aging Batman parody named named Gligarman, who switches out the bat motif for one based on the bat-scorpion Pokemon Gligar.
    • Pokémon the Series: XY: Meyer, Clemont and Bonnie's father, patrols Lumiose City with Mega Blaziken at night as the heroic vigilante Blaziken Mask. Like Bruce Wayne, his civilian identity is so unassuming that he even has a different Pokémon partner, Ampharos, by his side. And his Blaziken Mask costume is based on Mega Blaziken, giving him bat-like ears on his cowl.
  • Kotetsu Kaburagi aka The Tiger in Tiger & Bunny has the similar costume complete with pointy eared cowl and Badass Cape and even has his own Kid Sidekick and Red Baron of "Crusher for Justice". He's got some differences though actually having superpowers, no dead parents and a distinct lack of money, forcing him to have work for others.

    Asian Animation 
  • Back in the 90s, there's a Malaysian cartoon called Keluang Man (keluang being the local name for fruit bats) which is a direct spoof of the caped crusader. In his civilian identity, Keluang Man was a patient in a mental hospital who sneaks out at night to fight crime. There's even a whole list of characters which are expies lifted from Batman, including Keluang Man's trusty sidekick "Tiong Man" (the show's counterpart to Robin, being a toucan-themed superhero wearing a bird suit), local police commissioner Inspector Shahab (the hero's Friend on the Force much like Commissioner Gordon), a clown-themed supervillain named "Badut" (lit. "clown" in Malay, a Practically Joker) and a female crime-fighting cat burglar called Meow The Cat Girl (… yeah, at this point, they're NOT even trying).

    Comic Books 
DC Comics Despite owning Batman himself, DC have still made numerous analogues, pastiches and foils of the Dark Knight as well as buying up other a few companies who made their own caped crusaders.
  • Green Arrow was created specifically because DC wanted another Batman. Though as time went by he ended up diverging further and further from Batman to the point where he became a foil. Aside from the obvious similarities like being a Badass Normal who fights crime with cash, a very important difference between the two is they have almost opposite moral ideologies, with Green Arrow trying to see the good in people while Batman intimidates them and locks them up. Like Batman, Ollie is also a Papa Wolf to his kids and sidekicks, going to great extremes whenever they are endangered or hurt.
  • The Midnighter of The Authority can be accurately described as Batman if he were a gay couple with Superman as well as having actual powers and less reservations towards killing his enemies. Like Batman he's also a Blood Knight with a sardonic and often grimly dry sense of humour at times. His original Wild Storm version was a cut and dry Batman clone.
  • Deathstroke whether as a villain or an anti-hero can certainly be regarded as this, as well as a Corrupted Character Copy of Captain America. He's a Crazy-Prepared One-Man Army with gadgets and weapons designed for any kind threat he may face, is known for punching well out of his weight class to Gary-Stu levels, has a troubled relationship with his multiple children (who he does love deep down but is terrible at being a parent) and is generally the answer to "What if Batman killed people?" He's also a deconstruction of the mental health that someone with Batman's lifestyle would really be like. For example, Slade has gone so far off the deep end that he actually hires hitmen just to keep tabs on his wife, daughter, and son as his own twisted form of care because unlike even the emotionally stunted Batman he can't express love to his nearest and dearest in any remotely healthy way. It's even more on the nose when Slade is paired with the very similar Deadshot (see below) against the Dark Knight in a Mêlée à Trois, with Batman making it clear how little he likes either of his fellow masked prowling hardcases or how alike they are to him.
  • Bronze Tiger though he eventually became an anti-hero rather than just a heartless assassin is a more warped take on Batman's grief stricken anger at losing his parents and satisfaction over beating the piss out of his foes. Seeing his father almost getting beaten to death by a burgler Benjamin Turner stabbed the robber to death and felt sad... that it was over so quickly. Going to the League of the Shadows (like Nolan's Batman) he tries to work out his bloodthirsty desires becoming in the process one of the greatest fighters on the planet, much like Batman. In various Suicide Squad comics BT fullfills a similar position as The Cowl of the team.
  • Justice League of America has villainous doppelgangers in the form of the Crime Syndicate with the Batman analogue of the group being Owlman who's The Chessmaster, Genius Bruiser and Manipulative Bastard named after a winged nighttime predator. However, unlike Bruce Owlman is really a Self-Made Orphan, a despicable mass murderer and quite the Straw Nihilist as seen in the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated film.
  • Another JL villain Prometheus is one of the most (in)famous of Batman knock-offs and was generally conceptualised as a way for all of Batman's Crazy-Prepared Badass Normal traits to be utilized by a villain. Not to mention having his parents gunned down, by the police rather than a criminal. He never really took off though and in Justice League: Cry for Justice he gets killed, ironically by a fellow Batman analogue the aforementioned Green Arrow.
  • Batman Incorporated features a whole team of these namely Wingman, Redbird, Batman of China, Batman of Japan, Dark Ranger, El Gaucho, Gray Wolf, Knight/Squire, Man-Of-Bats, Nightrunner and Raven Red. Some of their designs are blatantly taken from Batman while others are closer to Robin, Red Hood or in the case of Knight and Squire Prometheus with the knight's visor.
  • Several of Batman's own Rogues Gallery are a parody, an Evil Counterpart or Anti-Hero Substitute of him (the third is pretty impressive since modern Batman is already an Anti-Hero).
    • Catman (who The Fairly OddParents!'s Catman is based off) is one of the most frequently and infamously mocked examples of this. His costume is literally just a garish Palette Swap of Batman, and he has a "Cat" motif rather than a "Bat" motif. Rather than fading into obscurity Catman actually went through Divergent Character Evolution thanks to Gail Simone and Took a Level in Badass being rewritten as badass and compelling Kraven-esque anti-hero hunter. He's also a foil to his Spear Counterpart Catwoman.
    • Killer Moth was designed to be an analogue for Batman being a Gadgeteer Genius themed after a flying nocturnal animal with his own Utility Belt and despite his ridiculous appearance actually formidable combat prowess earlier on. However, thanks to getting his butt whooped by Batgirl in her full comic debut and his Silver Age cheesiness making him a laughing stock he's been written as DC's equivalent to Marvel's Shocker ever since. He's taken some rises in badassery since (such as in Lazarus Planet) but he's still largely considered both a wannabe Batman and a wannabe Big Bad Evil Counterpart.
    • Jean Paul Valley aka Azrael is an interesting example, as during Knightfall he was conceptualised by DC as an actual replacement to the Dark Knight who was meant to be someone fans would dislike and find too radical as Batman; subsequently making them miss and appreciate Bruce as the original more - "New Coke" and "Classic Coke" style. The scheme ultimately paid off with Bruce being welcomed back with open arms while Azrael became a villain and then Anti-Hero Substitute. Azrael also subverts the "slightly unhinged" nature of Batman being realistically well and truly unwell mentally and constantly affected by his devout and twisted psyche.
    • Deadshot in many ways was the precursor to Deathstroke when it comes to this. He’s a masked and sleek Vigilante Man from a wealthy background who rather than having his parents get killed had his brother killed accidently and was blamed by his parents for it and like Batman is a Blood Knight who can’t help but relish violence and being The Cowl. Unlike Batman however who wants to help people (and generally doesn’t use guns), Floyd choose to be a Gun Nut mercenary and hates the justice system for how flawed it is. More modern comic really play up the fact they actually have more in common than either would like to admit both having children with Deadshot even getting away with calling Batman out on his “send my kids into battle” parenting skills.
    • Wrath is one of the more overt examples being a near carbon copy of Batman (with his own Kid Sidekick Scorn in The Batman) and a murdered parents backstory, in his case ironically killed by Jim Gordon as rookie cop. Like Prometheus, being so blatantly based on the Dark Knight hasn't helped Wrath's popularity despite getting some good exposure in The New 52 he soon got Villain Decay again with Spoiler dropping with a single punch after she disabled his Powered Armour. Since then, he's been written as a more pathetic Big Bad Wannabe who wants Batman to acknowledge him as his rival.
    • Ghost-Maker who showed up in Batman (Rebirth) as a Remember the New Guy? is yet another obvious pastiche. He's the billionaire son of a wealthy Singaporean business owner who watched his parents get killed in front of him and seeking revenge, he went on a globetrotting Training Montage and trained with all the same trainers as Batman did and crossed paths with Bruce himself. They disagreed over how to handle criminals before making a promise to never step foot in each other's turfs. He temporarily becomes the Arc Villain for a while before falling back into Anti-Hero Substitute status and joins the aforementioned Batman copycat team "Batman Incorporated". And yes he has a Kid Sidekick too, Phantom One, who's cover introduction is a neat Call-Back to Robin's debut appearance.
  • Watchmen:
    • While an expy of the Ted Kord Blue Beetle, Nite Owl II is also one of these as his costume evokes Batman, complete with a horned cowl, a cape, and a utility bowl; being rich; and having an animal-theme vehicle.. However, because Dan Dreiberg lives in a world where he mostly dealt with petty criminals, he notes he didn't need a lot of the stuff he spent money on, and he also lacks the tragic backstory, being an Ascended Fanboy of the original Nite Owl, Hollis Mason. Dan's film counterpart takes this further with his suits evoking the various film versions of Batman.
    • Mothman is a millionaire playboy, has a nocturnal animal-themed suit (moths instead of bats), limited social skills, and the desire to become a superhero out of atonement. The deconstruction kicks in as Mothman's intentions are relatively petty compare to Batman; Mothman's reasons is both out of a desire to add spice to his life and out of guilt over his privileged lifestyle rather than anything tragic. His No Social Skills are the result of crippling neurosis and alcoholism, which, along with a Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee event, eventually lead him to being committed to a sanitarium.
Marvel Comics While not quite as numerous as the Superman Substitute, Marvel still have a lot of fun with the Batman archetype both as a deconstructive parody or as a Played Straight example.
  • Daredevil has always been Marvel's Alternate Company Equivalent of the Caped Crusader, being a vigilante who prowls around at night as The Cowl and Fights Like a Normal. At times he may even play the bat motif better than Batman due to being blind and relying on radar hearing. Poked fun at in Marvel Comics #1000 where a bystander in bus upon spotting Matt swinging past calls out "Look! It's Red Batman".
  • Nighthawk of Marvel's Squadron Sinister, who were a team of four villains who were based off members of the Justice League, with Nighthawk being the stand-in for Batman by taking after his costume and use of gadgets. His Supreme Power and Heroes Reborn (2021) counterparts manage to be far worse and greater deconstructions of Batman taking the negative qualities of the Vigilante Man as far as they can go.
  • Moon Knight is another Marvel equivalent of Batman. Along with his cape & cowl, his moon-themed gadgets (like batarang-like "crescent darts"), and the fact that he has an Idle Rich Secret Identity in Steven Grant; he also has his Alfred expy Frenchie. The catch is that, where you may occasionally see some discussion that Batman might be as crazy as the villains he fights, Moon Knight genuinely struggles with mental illness — he has a Split Personality (of which Steven Grant is only an alter), and it's rarely clear whether he's acting as the emissary of an Egyptian moon god or if he's just imagining it.
  • Black Panther. A wealthy, orphaned Gadgeteer Genius, who while not as strong as his teammates, makes up for it by being a world-class martial artist and a master tactician. His helmet even resembles the silhouette of Batman's cowl.
  • The Punisher is often likened to Batman having a similar appearance to Bruce Wayne (just with more Perma-Stubble) and having a dark costume too, albeit with the cape traded out for a Badass Longcoat. Their motivations of having their loved ones gunned down by criminals is also very akin as is their Made of Iron and Crazy-Prepared traits. They also both have their black super cars they drive around in and act as the darker foils to their brighter and more idealistic superheroes compatriots like Spider-Man, Cap, Daredevil and once even Thor (the latter having a "Batman and Superman dissscussion" vibe). On the other hand, Punisher can be seen as a dark subversion and parody of the kind hero Batman is, removing sleek gothicness and replacing it with gritty realism with Frank being not-unreasonably treated like a psychopath by most of Marvel heroes. Interestingly, when paired with the aforementioned Daredevil they represent the good and bad sides of Batman. Daredevil represents Batman's best qualites being incorruptibly noble and refusing to take lives whereas Punisher represents the worst traits of Batman being ruthelessly brutal and obessed with dealing out retribution to criminals. The Batman-Punisher crossover of course has great fun exploring their similarites and dichotomy (especially around killing).
  • Night Thrasher of New Warriors is one of the more obvious attempts and ultimately less successful attempts by Marvel to replicate Batman (with a good dose of Nightwing too), being a wealthy orphan Vigilante Man who relies on his Charles Atlas Super Power, armour and weapons. He faded into the obscurity before getting killed in the triggering event of Civil War (2006) and has his legacy taken up by his brother Donyell. Then his death was retconned with the Collector apparently pulling him out of the explosion and into the future — not that the majority of readers even cared.
  • Black Fox of Marvel: The Lost Generation is a pretty flagrant example, all he is really missing is the ears and insignia, his real name of Robert Paine is even a refrence to Batman co-creator Bob Kane. Like Night Thrasher though he soon faded in obscurity and was killed off during the Skrull invasion.
  • Wolverine has enough similarities that one could consider him this. Both are brooding loners with scary white eyed-masks, playing The Lancer in their respective teams and act as mentors to various sidekicks (the numerous Robins for Batman and Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Armor and X-23 for Wolverine). Both of them even have children who are assassins (Damian for Batman, Daken and X-23 for Wolverine). It also helps Wolverine actually also has an aristocratic background and lost his parents at young age — as revealed by his origin comic. When Marvel and DC collaborated to produce Amalgam Universe, combining their characters for fun, Wolverine and Batman fused to become "Dark Claw".
  • Spider-Man: While Spider-Man is different enough from Batman to be generally not considered this , Spider-Man Noir on other hand hand is absolutely this and is actually quite similar to Golden Age Batman being a scary looking Great Detective Superhero Packing Heat. Later media such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and 2020 Noir comics really up the similarities and in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Noir's levels play similar to the Arkham games.
  • The mostly-forgotten Ultimate Adventures miniseries featured Hawk-Owl and his boy sidekick Woody, who were fairly blatant parodies of Batman and Robin.
  • The Shroud who debuted in Marvel Team-Up was a painstaking clear Batman knock-off right down to the "gunned down parents, went off the train in martial arts" backstory as well as batarang-like weaponary. Unlike the similar Moon Knight however he never really took off and has been written to be more of a Corrupted Character Copy and antagionist to Daredevil.
Other Comics
  • Night Justice in Second Coming is a hero in Sunstar's therapy group who wears all-black, is a Badass Normal with grappling hooks, boomerangs and a small fortune to do his fighting with and possesses a one-sided rivalry with Sunstar.
  • Mark Millar:
    • Big Baddy from Kick-Ass is another Deconstructed Character Archetype of Batman as well as Commissioner Gordon. He's got the dark armoured outfit and (at first) seemingly tragic backstory of being a cop whose family was murdered and his daughter Hit-Girl has strong similarities to Barbara Gordon, Cassandra Cain and Damian Wayne. The Reveal however is that unlike Batman who had noble reasons to become a vigilante, Damon is actually a sad-sack accountant who was stuck in a unhappy marriage and decided to live out his fantasies; inventing the murdered family cop sob story as a cover. The movie adaptation where he's played by Nicolas Cage changes this up and makes Big Daddy a straighter example, having the tragic cop story be genuine and making him look more like Batman right down the cape, belt and cowl.
    • Nemesis is a severely twisted Corrupted Character Copy of the Dark Knight and was meant to be the answer to "What if Batman was the Joker" (before the Batman Who Laughs was thought up). He's got the Badass Cape, cowl with Blank White Eyes and Crimefighting with Cash elements but is a complete sociopath and Villain Protagonist with no redeeming qualites or a single heroic bone in his body like Bruce Wayne. Ironically his outfit unlike the dark clad Batman is all white, a color generally associated with goodness but only serves to empathise his vile nature when he gets covered in blood.
  • Brat Pack is about the teenage sidekicks of so-called superheroes who are abused by their mentors. Chippy is a pastiche of Batman's sidekick Robin, with his mentor being a representation of Batman called the Midnight Mink. The Midnight Mink is depicted as a Depraved Homosexual who molests his young sidekick.
  • The Marshal Law one-shot "Kingdom of the Blind" has a Batman stand-in called Private Eye as the antagonist, who is revealed to have arranged the death of his own parents by conspiring with his butler and prowls the city conducting depraved experiments that revolve around mutilating and stitching up every two-bit crook and vagabond that crosses his path. He is also established to have been close friends with the comic's Superman Substitute Public Spirit. Although Law himself is initially taken in by Private Eye’s Villain with Good Publicity shtick (he may be a criminal but at least he takes out “punks”) he eventually recognizes that the only reason a billionaire would become a vigilante is out of hatred for the rabble.
  • The Umbrella Academy has two.
    • The first is Number Two aka Diego aka the Kraken. He is The Cowl and The Lancer of the team who has similarities to Batman and his sons Nightwing and Red Hood. Not only does Diego have the dark outfit and mask but he works closely with a police chief whom he has a rather strained relationship with and whom he pulls the frequent Stealth Hi/Bye on. However Diego is Batman if he had no finnese or patience, being a rutheless asshole Vigilante Man who is capable of compassion but has a very hard time showing it and unlike Batman whom can usually wing his way of most danger Diego by contrast frequently almost gets himself killed since he lacks the overabundance of skills the Dark Knight has. Lampshaded in the Netflix adaption where the page quote comes from.
    • The second is Number Six aka Ben aka Horror. His costume is almost identical to Batman — barring the lack of ears, different insignia and green coloured gloves and boots rather than black. He's a Terror Hero like Batman but since Ben has a Lovecraftian Superpower he doesn't need man-made fear tactics to spook people. Though ironically personailty-wise Horror was apparently an All-Loving Hero beloved by his siblngs in contrast to the perennially pessimistic Batman. Even the allusions to Lovecraft are on point given how much of Batman's mythos references it e.g Arkham.
  • Archie Comics:
    • An issue of Jughead that came out shortly after the 1989 Batman movie featured Jughead having a dream sequence in which he became Hatman, the Crowned Crusader. Hot Dog joined him as his sidekick, Ribbon.
  • The Boys:
    • Black Noir of the Seven has several clear parallels to Batman, particularly in that he is a dark vigilante who wears a black costume. Some Vought executives even try to teach him to fly a plane to accommodate Seven merchandise including a stand-in for the Batwing, plus the Herogasm miniseries establishes that one of the villains he fights is named Sexface (a riff on how several of Batman's enemies have a codename ending with "face", like Two-Face and Clayface).
    • Tek-Knight of the superhero team Payback is essentially a mash-up of Batman and Iron Man, with the most notable elements borrowed from the Caped Crusader being that he has an underground lair located beneath his mansion and a Robin-like sidekick named Laddio.
  • Empowered has Maidman, who is a highly competent Badass Normal Terror Hero who wields shuriken-like weapons and martial arts skills alongside an assortment of gadgets, and is noted to have a gravely voice. He's even introduced as "the goddamn Maidman." The main twist? As the name suggests, instead of using an animal theme (which he described as "one step removed from being a furry"), he uses a French maid theme—as in, he dresses like one in battle, and all his equipment consists of things like mops, feather dusters, and razor doilies. It's noted that this actually aids in him being regarded as The Dreaded: nobody wants to lose a fight to a guy with no powers in a maid outfit, especially not a guy with a habit of flashing his panties.
  • While the Italian writers of the Donald Duck comics created Paperinik (also known in English as "Duck Avenger") parodying Diabolik, he's usually written as a send-off of Batman instead. Brazilian writers took it one step further, creating heroic alter-egos to Fethry Duck (Donald's cousin) and José Carioca (the parrot introduced in Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros) named Red Bat and Green Bat, the latter frequently doing specific Batman parodies.
  • Big Bang Comics had the Knight Watchman as one of its heroes, who is such an overt pastiche of the Caped Crusader that the only physical differences are that he has a different chest insignia, his cowl doesn't have bat ears and he doesn't wear a scalloped cape. His sidekick Kid Galahad is his answer to Batman's sidekick Robin and he even has two enemies who are Practically Joker in Mr. Mask (a shape-shifting villain like Clayface who has green hair and pale skin in his default form as well as an origin that involves being transformed to his current state by exposure to chemicals) and the Pink Flamingo (Knight Watchman's archenemy who is essentially a mash-up of the Joker and the Penguin).
  • PS238 has the Revenant, seemingly the only Badass Normal in the setting. He has Batman's cash and aesthetics, though a friendlier personality. Since Tyler's parents insist on him being in the titular Superhero School, the teachers arrange for him to have lessons with Revenant to help him get by. As a result, he's become something of a Badass Normal himself, as the Robin/Batman analogue "Moon Shadow".
  • Astro City has a few:
  • The Pro by Garth Ennis features a stand-in for the Justice League called the League of Honor, with pastiches of Batman and Robin called the Knight and the Squire, who coincidentally share their names with the Dynamic Duo's British counterparts mentioned above under the section of DC Comics examples.

    Comic Strip 
  • Suske en Wiske. The album Wattman is a direct parody of the 1960s TV series, which was popular when this story was published. A wattman is an old Belgian term for a streetcar driver, like the one in the story. He has a similar bat mask and cape and sings his own theme song Wattman whenever he attacks somebody. In one gag he is standing in the lights of his streetcar, causing his silhouette to parody the Bat signal. The child character Suske even dresses up like him at one point, causing him to resemble Robin.
  • De Kiekeboes. During Kiekeboe's funeral many characters from different franchises are present, including Batman.
  • Urbanus. In one album Urbanus plays the superhero Badman (a bad is Dutch for bath) who rides through the street in a bath tub, accompanied by his sidekick Robin soap.
  • MAD Magazine. Batman was spoofed as early as 1953 as Battyman.
  • The comic strip and subsequent animated series Bananaman contains numerous elements parodying the 1960s TV series.
  • A Beetle Bailey Sunday strip from circa 1966 featured Sgt. Snorkel dreaming he was Fatman and Beetle was his sidekick Blubber.
  • Big Nate: One of the many comics drawn by the titular character was "Kit and Kaboodle", about a pair of superheroes directly based on Batman and Robin.

    Films — Animated 
  • Syndrome from The Incredibles is an impressive double example starting off as a Corrupted Character Copy of Robin being a wannabe and obsessed Kid Sidekick (who almost gets killed by the Practically Joker Bomb Voyage) before evolving into a caped billionaire Badass Normal and Gadgeteer Genius like Batman... if he was a Psychopathic Manchild willingly to kill every superhero in the world so he can be the "hero" of the world. It helps that Syndrome's Crazy-Prepared tactics including having the means to bring down every hero is very similar to Batman and his foil Mr Incredible is a Superman Substitute. He's also akin to Doctor Doom being the tech-heavy nemesis to The Fantastic Faux of the film.
  • In Lilo & Stitch after raiding the laundry basket Stitch becomes this, using one of Nani's bikinis for his ears and a red tablecloth for his cape. Nani is not amused.
  • Mega Mind: The eponymous Villain Protagonist turned Anti-Hero is Batman fused with Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Despite being an alien, he has no superpowers and relies on gadgets and his genius intellect to get by. His wardrobe is all black complete with Ominous Opera Cape and he has his own Cool Car. He also has an alter ego Bernard (an actual guy whom he replaced) who does the "dating beautiful women" part like Bruce Wayne. His sidekick Minion operates similarly to Alfred right down to doing the cooking and cleaning. Megamind's rivarly with Metro Man as well as his fights with Beware the Superman Hal aka Titan are reminiscent to Batman's dynamic and many fights with Superman.
  • Briefly in Mulan Mushu and Cricket do a Batman impression to intimidate some workers into giving them fireworks. Mushu's line though "I'm your worst nightmare" is a reference to Rambo rather than Batman.
  • Raphael becomes one of these in TMNT while in his "Nightwatcher" persona who's The Cowl though he eventually ditches the identity. It helps that the turtles in general were inspired by/are a parody of the aforementioned Daredevil, who's a Batman pastiche and they have even crossed over with Batman himself in more recent years.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The 1960s Batman series has become so popular and well-remembered in the Philippines that it inspired a number of mockbusters featuring unauthorised or parodic depictions of the character, namely Alyas Batman En Robin, the James Bond crossover James Batman, and even the lost film Batman Fights Dracula.
  • In Gremlins 2: The New Batch, the Bat Gremlin crashes through a wall after being created, leaving the silhouette of the "Batinsignia".
  • The titular hero from Aussie film Griff the Invisible is a Batman-expy but only in his poor, highly deluded mind.
  • Gerard Butler's take on the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) has been noted to be extremely Batman-esque thanks to ultizing his Badass Cape far more often than other Phantoms and having Adaptational Attractiveness so that he's more Bruce Wayne than Lon Chaney. It helps that Batman has operatic origins anyway and the film is directed by Joel Schumacher. He even has a fight with Raoul played by Patrick Wilson who would go on to play other Batman-expy Nite Owl II in Watchmen.
  • James Gunn's earlier Black Comedy Super runs rampant with this idea with the insane protagonist taking up the identity of "The Crimson Bolt" to fight crime as The Cowl Vigilante Man similar to Batman or Daredevil but in a highly twisted and subversive deconstruction fashion. His Robin/Batgirl-esque partner Boltie manages to be even more messed up, taking the "sexual deviancy" underpinning to dressing up in costumes that early Batman was often accused of to a very disturbing reality.
  • Funnily enough Darth Vader of Star Wars fame is often is thought to be reminiscent to Batman both being badass caped dark knights which is only more apparent if you read the Star Wars comics. It also helps they are both orphans who got Training from Hell and whose initial mentors in the films (Ra's Al Ghul and Qui-Gon Jin) are both played by Liam Neeson. Not to mention both Bruce and Anakin's children/protégés/successors run the gamut from wise and compassionate (Dick, Tim, Barbara, Cassandra — Luke, Leia, Ahsoka, Jaina, Rey) to edgy and rageful (Jason and Damian — Jacen, Kylo and Starkiller).
  • Rat Pfink A Boo Boo starts as a straight crime drama before a Halfway Plot Switch turns into a parody of the Batman (1966) TV series.
  • Similarly The Wild World of Batwoman is a Batman 66 knock off starring the "Bat Girls" who go and have some utterly bonkers adventures.

  • Angels of Music reinvents Dr Falke from Die Fledermaus as a vengeful crusader in a bat costume, with a variety of bat-shaped weapons and gadgets.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Iraqi live action comedy series "Akbar Chathab اكبر جذاب (Biggest Liar)" is about an old man named Hooby who tells his friends a made up story about how when he was young he had an adventure that parodies famous stories, one episode parodies Batman.
  • Community had Abed dressed and acting like the Nolanverse Batman. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • The Russian sketch show Gorodok (The Little Town) had a few sketches called "Batment" ("Ment" is a Russian slang word for a policeman).
  • The Brit Com Only Fools and Horses has a famous shot of Del Boy and Rodney running through London in costume as Batman and Robin. The '60s Batman theme is used for the soundtrack.
  • In a sketch on The Benny Hill Show they're shooting a military film. One of the officers calls for his batmannote , and Hill enters dressed as Batman, having obviously missed the point of the piece. A moment later Jackie Wright comes in as Robin.
  • The Avengers (1960s) had an episode around a comic studio making "The Winged Avenger". The climactic fight has Mrs. Peel and Mr Steed hitting the Big Bad with Hit Flash panels while a Musical Pastiche of the Batman theme plays.
  • The UK kids' comedy Coppers and Co had one episode with the two leads as Catman and Dobbin, whose enemies included the Jester and the Parrot.
  • British puppet character Roland Rat once had an entire series called Ratman where he was a costumed crimefighter battling villains like Wombatwoman.
  • Burnistoun has a series of sketches featuring The Doberman, a dog-themed superhero with a growl, cape, and costume that resembles Batman. Unlike Batman, The Doberman seems more concerned with getting back at his school bullies than fighting crime.
  • One of Cha Cha Cha's skits was Juan Carlos Batman, involving an Argentine, fat, and lacking in money Batman (as well as Robin), that is more often than not caught in everyday situations (such as sending his "Batmobile" for repairs, going off to meet the Argentine Superman in a bar, or doing a Bat-Walk to reach a TV studio and get an interview)) rather than fighting crime. Funnily enough, one skit involved a conference between all the Batmen in the Mercosur member nations (and picking up a loud argument with the Supermen that were having a meeting next door), where the Argentine Batman is trying to get an international Batman organization to give them financial support... a good 20 years before Batman (Grant Morrison) and Batman Inc.
  • More like an Actor Allusion, but still. Adam West appeared in the 1990s Zorro series as "Dr. Henry Wayne", who is astounded at the idea of riding out from a cave under the mansion to fight crime. Zorro has been a chief inspiration for the creation of Batman.


  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Phillip Fathom, the Deep Sea Detective from "The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam" can be best described as Christian Bale's Batman in Adam West's world, with a dash of Aquaman thrown in. He plays up the quirks of the Dark Knight Trilogy's Batman, calling himself "the hero the ocean deserves" and speaking in a voice his actor describes as "screaming a hoarse whisper", but does so in a campy setting styled after the Silver Age, with comical plots to Take Over the City and kid sidekicks galore, such as Captain Laserbeam's Adventurekateers and Philip Fathom's own Investigateens.

  • Our Miss Brooks: In the episode "New School TV Set" (aired 1951), Miss Brooks and Mrs. David criticize the television set at school as scholastically and culturally useless. All the students were watching were westerns, murder mysteries and horror stories. Miss Brooks remarks that there was one semi-educational program on the day before, "The Batman Eat Up The Dean of Harvard" - suggesting Miss Brooks is joking, but doesn't realize who or what Batman is.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The "Supertoon" setting for Toon has Splatman, who is generally seen as a complete idiot for attempting to fight supervillains with no powers.
  • During Paranoia's Audience-Alienating Era, pop culture parodies began to dominate over the game's trademark Black Comedy. The character of Vatman in More Songs About Food Vats is a forgettable example.
  • One of Pathfinder's Iconics is Red Raven, a darkly clad vigilante that patrols the street of Galt, who's parents were executed.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • Society of Virtue has three separate Batman expies in their cast, each meant to represent a different part of Batman.
    • Black Badness is meant to represent the general archetype of The Cowl. His style of dress and facial hair makes him more resemble Green Arrow but his role as the Society's second in command and his archnemesis Pierrot being an obvious Joker stand-in make him more Batman-like.
    • Bernard (AKA Ratman) is supposed to be more of a parody of Silver Age/Adam West era Batman. Bernard is portrayed as a rich manchild with a drinking problem who drags a frightened teenager with him on life-threatening missions.
    • Urban Crow is used to parody more modern appearances of Batman. He's The Comically Serious with a strained relationship with the local police commissioner and flashy but horribly impractical tactics.
  • JK! Studios has the animated sketch "Bat Guy", where the titular hero stops a thief but then gets accused of mugging said thief. A woman living nearby threatens to shoot him and some cops arrive on the scene and try to sort things out while Bat Guy fails at discretely disappearing from the scene.

  • Ennui GO!: Miss Mantis is basically a female Batman except with a mantid theme and having zero reservations over killing criminals (in fact, as befitting a mantis, she cuts their heads off). She even has a sidekick called Scarab (real name Robin Redman) who's also a female Robin in both origin and appearance. Scarab eventually decides to strike out on her own to be a solo hero similar to how Dick Grayson became Nightwing, and Miss Mantis in turn would get a new Scarab who resembles Jason Todd.
  • PvP: LOLbat is a Batman pastiche who always speaks in internet memes.
  • Love and Capes: Darkblade is obviously based on Batman.
  • Shortpacked! loved making Batman jokes, declaring that Batman can make anything funny due to his status as The Comically Serious. The strip's version of Batman also constantly said "I'm Batman" as a Verbal Tic.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
    • Dr. McNinja is rather similar to Batman already (as they're both American ninjas who fight crime), but the comic occasionally leans on the similarities extra hard. For example, he begins investigating a mysterious dinosaur in his office by asking "What would Batman do?" (As it turns out, the answer is: jump through a skylight to interrogate some thugs, then get a crucial clue from a random TV broadcast.) Doc's backstory reveals that Batman comics were his inspiration to become a crime-fighter in the first place — his parents used them to get him interested in doing ninja stuff, but he unintentedly picked up the heroism as well.
    • The comic later introduces (and promptly kills) the Beeman, who's an even more direct parody. He wears Batman's costume — just with all the bat design elements replaced by bee stuff — and he was inspired to fight crime by the death of his parents. It's so overt that it's a parody of the Batman Parody trope — an excerpt from a print-only story shows his opponents lampshading the heck out of it.
  • In El Goonish Shive, a fantasy panel involves Justin as The Commissioner Gordon, Grace as the Batman expy and a Bat Signal expy.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic. Doug Walker has parodied Batman countless times, partly because Batman is one of his all-time favorite characters. Usually, he plays the part himself.
  • Demo Reel. The first episode had the characters spoofing the Batman franchise, particularly The Dark Knight Trilogy.
  • Epic Rap Battles of History. Batman is pitted against Sherlock Holmes in one episode, with many references to the franchise.
  • The Cinema Snob. Brad has featured quite some porn parodies of Batman in his show, including the infamously awful Batpussy and Batman & Throbbin'.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd dresses up as Batman and does some of his Batman impressions ("I'm Batman!") while reviewing shitty Batman games in a two-parter episode. Taken up notch when Mike Matei shows up as a Cesar Romero-based Joker. The first part includes a 'tune in next episode' based on the 60's Batman (Tune in next time, same Nerd-Time, same Nerd-channel!), while the second part's opening is a custom animation based on that Batman opening (with Luigi taking the place of Robin).
  • Random Encounters: In "The Zubat Song", the singer finds a shadowy figure in the cave full of the titular Pokemon and begs for the latter's help... only to discover that the shadowy figure is Zubatman, complete with a parody of Christian Bale's Batman voice.
  • While Videl was already a rich Badass Normal who fights street crime in canon, the Buu Bits of Dragon Ball Z Abridged doubles down on it by having her tell a false story of being motivated from losing her mother to criminals (it was actually cancer). It also serves as a nice Foil to Gohan, who was basically a Superman Substitute during that arc anyways.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons
    • The character of Radioactive Man is a combination of almost every superhero, but some of his attributes are directly spoofing Batman (and some of Fallout Boy's attributes spoof Robin). In "Radioactive Man", a film is made about him, directly parodying the Batman blockbusters of the 1990s, including a call-back to the 1960s Radioactive Man TV series, where they face a wacky Sissy Villain named the Scoutmaster and the fight scenes have weird onomatopoeic Hit Flashes like "MINT!" and "SNUH!" flashing across the screen.
    • Similarly, Bart imagines himself to be the superhero "Bartman", particularly in the last third of the anthology episode "Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times", entitled Bartman Begins.
    • In "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer", Homer's silhouette is projected in the light of a lighthouse, causing Bart and Lisa to see it as something the resembles the Bat signal.
    • In the episode "Lisa's Sax", Bart sings a song called Buttman.
    • In the episode "Dark Knight Court", Mr. Burns becomes a vigilante known as "Fruit Batman" after reading some comic books, fighting a Rogues Gallery almost entirely consisting of his employees being paid by Smithers to act the part of the villains Fruit Batman defeats. Despite Mr. Burns being an occassional Card-Carrying Villain, he's quite good at playing the role of a superhero, as he managed to take down one legitimate supervillain offscreen, and he defeated Groundskeeper Willie, proving Bart's innocence of a prank that Willie committed in the A-plot.
  • South Park. Cartman's outfit of "The Coon" also mimics the bat mask and cape of Batman. Kenny as "Mysterion" is also a parody of Batman, specifically the Nolanverse version in how he affects an exaggerated growl.
  • Freakazoid!. One skit featured overweight parodies of the Dynamic Duo called Fatman and Boy Blubber, who are accompanied by a spoof of the theme song to the 1960s TV show and defend a chubby kid named Louis from bullies before summarily attacking Louis when he refuses to give Fatman one of his sweet buns.
  • Darkwing Duck. Darkwing has a similar bat mask, dark outfit, cape, automobile and even shows a similar light signal across the street. While he's more of a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass than a true Idiot Hero, Darkwing's Fatal Flaw is his pride. His Rogues Gallery also consists of gimmick-themed supervillains, such as a Villainous Harlequin and a Plant Person. However, Darkwing's Arch-Enemy is not a Joker transplant but his Evil Counterpart, Negaduck.
  • The Tick has a direct Batman parody in "Die Fledermaus" ("the Bat" in German). He has oversized ears, claws and nose, and is a massive coward, preferring to run away from evil rather than fight it. While he has a Bat Signal of his own, the Mayor is hesitant to light it to summon him, because he has noticed that whenever he does so, Die Fledermaus goes on a week-long tropical vacation.
    • In The Tick (2001) they couldn't use "Die Fledermaus" so they have "Batmanuel", a Latino version. He doesn't have many skills nor is he seen crimefighting - even less than other heroes on the show.
  • Arthur: The Show Within the Show "Bionic Bunny" is a version of Superman; later on he gets a cousin in the form of "Dark Bunny", who is Batman-like.
  • Spongebob Squarepants has Mermaid-Man and Barnacle Boy, an Affectionate Parody and/or Homage to 1960s Batman (1966) (as well as Aquaman and Aqualad), who've since turned into Old Superheroes.
  • The Loud House: One of Lincoln Loud's favorite comic book series to read is Ace Savvy, A playing-card theme crime fighter just like The Dark Knight himself who "deals out some justice" with his partner One-eyed Jack.
  • Batfink is a parody of Batman and The Green Hornet, starring an actual bat.
  • In the Adventure Time episode "City of Thieves", the section where Finn believes himself to have been spiritually "darkened" by the corrupt city is a visual and stylistic parody of, specifically, Batman: The Animated Series.
  • In the VeggieTales episodes featuring Larry-boy, the titular super-hero is a parody/homage to Batman in the cases of a butler named Alfred, a dark and brooding personality, and teaming up with a League of similar heroes at one point. There are also similarities in gadgetry, such as a signal that shines into the sky with a silhouette of Larry-boy's head (similar to the bat-signal) and the Larry-mobile. Show creator, Phil Vischer, has stated that the Batman homage was going to be in the form of Bob the Tomato taking on the persona of "Batbob" with Larry-boy being similar to Robin and being Batbob's sidekick.
  • Adam West himself has participated in some animated Batman parodies.
    • The Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Batmantis" has Zorak dressing like the titular superhero to rescue Moltar, who has been kidnapped by a supervillain called Your Mother. Along the way, Zorak meets West, as well as two of the three actresses who played Catwoman in the 1966 series (Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt), and participates in a Written Sound Effect fight scene whose captions include "Obvious Parody!"
    • Two Johnny Bravo episodes ("Johnny Bravo Meets Adam West!" and "Adam West's Date-O-Rama") have West voicing himself as a narcissistic, Cloudcuckoolander TV host who casually fights bad guys on a regular basis.
    • The Spongebob Squarepants episode "Back to the Past" has Adam West voicing the younger version of Mermaid Man, in an homage to the character being a parody of Batman.
    • An episode of Kim Possible has West playing Timothy North, who's secretly the retired superhero The Fearless Ferret. He convinces Ron to take up the mantle (an extra Actor Allusion, as Ron is voiced by Will Friedle, who also voiced Batman successor Terry McGinnis). Turns out The Fearless Ferret was just an old TV show North played the lead role in, and both he and an actor who played a villain on the show are just two senile old men who have gotten Lost in Character.
    • Hell, he even did this on a Batman show. In Batman: The Animated Series, he played Simon Trent, a washed-up actor who played the title role in The Gray Ghost, a parody of the campy Adam West Batman show, which the young Bruce Wayne was a fan of. Enough of a fan that when he became Batman, he modelled his entire aesthetic and crimefighting style after the Gray Ghost, right down to the Batcave being an exact duplicate of the Gray Ghost's headquarters (with the addition of a hidden room full of Gray Ghost memorabilia). Trent is incredibly flattered when Batman shows it to him, and is happy that the show that single-handedly ruined his entire career at least inspired somebody to do some real good.
  • Miraculous Ladybug has one Villain of the Week called Dark Owl who is like an evil Batman, with a similar suit, use of gadgets, and even a super computer called Albert.
  • SuperMansion has Black Saturn, who is a particularly useless crimefighter who fights by tossing rings similar to batarangs. While he has money, he's also a whiny Manchild completely lacking in skill or competence and, since his parents are still alive, relies solely on handouts. In the first few episodes he was portrayed to be a competent hero despite his personality defects, but was quickly flanderized into being The Load. Additionally, his Arch-Enemy is a Practically Joker skeletal clown called the Groaner.
  • Kyd Wykkyd from Teen Titans (2003) seems to blur the line between this and Corrupted Character Copy, being a villain who's explicitly modeled after the Dark Knight's appearance.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures, there were a few shorts where Plucky Duck went out as a superhero called "Bat-Duck". Hampton acted as his Robin, "Decoy, The Pig Hostage".
  • Captain Sunshine of The Venture Bros. is a combination of a Superman and Batman parody: He has the appearance, similar powers and Clark Kenting of the former and the social status and propensity for easily-killed boy sidekicks of the latter. For extra points, he is also voiced by Kevin Conroy. In a twist to the legend, it turns out that his predecessor is the Alfred expy and that the current Captain Sunshine was the former Wonder Boy.
  • Wingnut from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) adaptation is a direct parody of Batman. He is a comic book character that came to life, is a bat-themed superhero, has a sidekick who he refers to as "Old Chum", uses gadgets on his belt including the "Wingnut-a-rang", and his voice actor played Batman in a one-time role.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes has Laserblast, who was P.O.I.N.T.'s resident Anti-Hero. He also wore a helmet with little ears on top, similar to Batman's cowl. Ability-wise, however, he was more like Cyclops.
  • Wander over Yonder: In "The Boy Wander", Wander adopts a Batman-like persona to face Dr. Screwball Jones, a Well-Intentioned Extremist villain whose idea of spreading happiness and laughter is through Tickle Torture.
  • The Bakshi Mighty Mouse featured Bat-Bat who, like Batfink, is an actual bat. His schtick is cracking jokes, a habit that becomes an addiction that he tries to beat with Mighty Mouse's help.
  • The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty: In scenes that involve the neighborhood bird, Waldo envisions himself as Catman. Also includes an Expy of the sidekick (Sparrow) and each of the three core opponents (Jester, Poochquin, Puzzler).
  • New Looney Tunes: Sniffles the Mouse becomes an Adaptational Badass with his alter-ego DarkBat. He even gets a deeper voice.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic featured the Mysterious Mare do Well, a very lighthearted take on The Cowl and homage to Batman who wears a full body dark purple and indigo costume, complete with a mask and cape as well as a fedora, who serves as an in-universe contrast against resident Smug Super Rainbow Dash over the course of the titular episode featuring her and even at one point wields a lasso similarly to how Batman himself has his grappling hook. For further parodic elements, the Mysterious Mare do Well is almost always shown operating during the daytime and in brightly lit environments instead of night or dark environments and turns out to be all five of Rainbow Dash's fellow Mane Six members.
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
  • Dexter's Laboratory featured a Batman ersatz in the Justice Friends segment called Ratman. Ratman is portrayed as a self-proclaimed mere child of 30 who was abandoned by his parents after they went to the movies when his mother and father were scared away by rats and became a costumed crimefighter, complete with a scalloped cape and a utility belt, after those same rats raised him as one of their own.
  • The Robot Chicken sketch "The Wurst Script in the World" consists of a spoof of Batman Begins where a German man named Heimlich is motivated by his father choking to death to become a caped superhero who operates at night and uses the Heimlich maneuver to prevent people from dying as his father did. He even fights a Joker ersatz known as the Choker.
  • The titular characters of Fanboy and Chum Chum wear costumes similar to those of Batman and Robin. This is more noticeable in the original Random! Cartoons pilot, where the green parts of Fanboy's costume were originally colored gray and Chum Chum had string ties on his tunic instead of a chest insignia resembling his face.



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