Rupert Thorne hires Bane to take out Batman.
Tropes in this episode include:
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, even without Venom, Bane was still much stronger than the average person and still capable of giving Batman and Killer Croc a hard time. Here, he's completely helpless without Venom, as Batman exploits in his debut episode.
- Anti-Climactic Unmasking: When Batman defeats Bane and does to him what he bragged he would do to Batman (remove his mask), underneath is... an average looking guy with no distinguishing traits.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The suit is nice, Bane is a badass, but seeing as he wears his mask with it, he looks pretty ridiculous.
- Body Horror: Bane's defeat. After Batman breaks Bane's venom pump mechanism, his muscles begin to get enormously pumped while he screams in agony. It keeps going for quite a while until Batman severs the pump from Bane's head.
- The Bus Came Back: Thorne's secretary, Candice, who hasn't been seen since her boss's first appearance.
- Combat Pragmatist: Bane defies the trope, waiting until he knows exactly where Batman is and calling him to point out that, if he were a common sniper, Batman would be dead by then.
- For Want of a Nail: The one thing that prevented this series from doing a full Knightfall adaptation? A Batarang.
- Genius Bruiser: Bane is enormously muscled, and even more so with Venom, and also takes the time to study Batman's strategies and fighting style before taking him on.
- Gone Horribly Right: Bane is the result of a project by the Cuban government to make a Super Soldier from convicts. You can tell exactly how well that went for them.
- Hoist Hero over Head: Bane almost gets to break the Bat like in the comics, but gets outsmarted by Batman at the last second.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Batman reveals to Rupert Thorne that his aide, Candice, was planning to kill him by playing a recording of her discussing it with Bane. Thorne isn't happy and Candice never appears again after this episode...
- Kingpin in His Gym: Mobster Rupert Thorne is in his private gym, punching a bag while a henchman—named Dickie—holds it for him and urges him on. Thorne is clearly getting a little tired, but then Dickie says, "Come on, boss! No wonder the Batman is runnin' circles around ya!" Thorne snarls and punches Dickie in the face, knocking him out. Then he grabs a towel from another thug, mentioning before he leaves, "Oh, and when Dickie comes to, tell him he's fired." Moments later Bane arrives, this episode being his first appearance. When Thorne threatens to withhold payment for Bane after a recent job was nearly bungled, Bane responds by punching the bag so hard it flies off its fixtures.
- Large Ham: Bane: "I must... BREAK YOU!!!"
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Bane demands that Batman scream his name for him after he has him dead to rights. Batman doesn't give him the satisfaction.Bane: SCREAM MY NAME! SCREAM!
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Rupert Thorne's moll, Candice, suggests that this might be a way of getting rid of her employer/lover.Candice: With Batman out of the way, Gotham could be yours. So could I.
Bane: What about your employer?
Candice: Accidents do happen.
- Mythology Gag:Killer Croc: You'll know hard Bats, once he sucks that juice pumping into his brain, and he snaps you in two!
- Killer Croc wears a hat and trenchcoat, like in his first appearance in the comics.
- Not His Sled: Bane lifts the worn and tired Batman overhead and breaks his back over his knee! No, wait, that was Knightfall.
- Oh, Crap!: A rather magnificent use of this occurs when Batman unveils how Candice conspired with Bane to possibly get rid of Rupert, to which Rupert calmly turns to Candice as she becomes increasingly horrified, realizing she is screwed. This is the last episode she appears in.
- Phlebotinum Overdose: Batman only defeats Bane by breaking the Venom pump, giving Bane a massive dose of his own "medicine". Literally. Bane's eyes looked ready to pop out of his head before Bats managed to pull the line out.
- Professional Killer: After breaking out of a Cuban prison thanks to the "enhancements" his jailers provided, Bane became an assassin for hire, charging $5 million per hit. Batman deduces Bane's employer fairly easily, realizing that not many of his foes can drop that much cash to take him out.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Batman realises he might be in trouble when kicking and punching Bane does nothing to him. He switches tactics with dropkicks, headscissor takedowns, firing grapplers at him, and his own Venom pump mechanism.
- Shirtless Captives: Robin is kidnapped by Bane and his accomplice. He is stripped of his shirt and dangled by chains over a tank in which they intend to drown him. Justified in that Bane uses the uniform shirt to show Batman that he'd kidnapped Robin.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: You'd think Bane's mask would be hiding hideous disfigurements, or at least something distinctive, but no. Without it, he just looks like a regular guy.
- Unwilling Suspension: Robin gets chained up this way above a rising pit of water after being kidnapped by Bane. For best effect, they chain his feet to a large weight.
- Villainous Breakdown: Bane has a nightmarish one when he overdoses on Venom and screams that his defeat is impossible. It's especially unsettling to see his eyes bug out, popping the red lenses out of his mask, during his breakdown.
- The Worf Effect: Killer Croc is trashed by Bane offscreen just so we know how tough the new guy is.
- Wrecked Weapon: Bane trashes the Batmobile, with his bare hands.
- Wrestler in All of Us: