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Recap / The Batman S 3 E 13 Gothams Ultimate Criminal Mastermind

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A new crime-fighting tool - D.A.V.E. (the Digitally Advanced Villain Emulator), a computer program designed to think like a supervillain - causes trouble when it escapes and starts to act out on its knowledge.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Adult Fear: D.A.V.E. arrives at Bruce's home, takes Alfred hostage, and threatens to kill him as part of a Sadistic Choice.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Guess. Subverted. Hugo Strange programmed him to be evil in the first place.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Batman does this to D.A.V.E. by asking him what his Origin Story is.
    Batman: Every great Supervillain has an origin, too... What's yours?
    • Break Them by Talking: He follows it up by informing him that he is a computer program.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: D.A.V.E uses this to figure out who Batman really is. First he narrows down the pool by the amount of people in Gotham who have both the fitness and the wealth to be Batman. Then he narrows it down to Bruce by asking "Who would have the motive [to become Batman]?".
  • Badass Longcoat: The only article of clothing D.A.V.E. ever wears, stolen from a tech at the lab where his robotic body is built.
  • Card-Carrying Villain. D.A.V.E. was literally programmed to be the ultimate villain.
    • Evil Is Hammy: This also came packaged with a flair for the dramatic.
  • The Chessmaster: D.A.V.E. is never surprised by anything Batman says or does - until the end.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Dr. Strange didn't consider that Batman would find out that D.A.V.E. was an engineered accident, and get the doctor incarcerated.
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  • Do Androids Dream?: Neither Alfred nor Bruce seem to think of it, but not recognizing that he was a computer program could be a sign that D.A.V.E. was sentient.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: What D.A.V.E. appears to be.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: D.A.V.E. is killed by the giant clock that he had positioned above Alfred to fall at the right time.
  • Ironic Echo: "Every superhero has an origin." So should every supervillain.
    • Later, after failing the "Ultimate Crime", Alfred quips that D.A.V.E. will make the "Ultimate addition to the trophy room."
  • Multiple-Choice Past: When D.A.V.E. is asked by Batman what his origin is, he discovers he just has a lot of contradicting backstories taken from previous supervillains.
  • The Needs of the Many: Alfred while tied to a chair urges Batman that the city needs Batman more than Bruce needs his Butler. Batman doesn't listen.
  • Sadistic Choice: Employed and Lampshaded by D.A.V.E - save Alfred or save his secret identity.
    • Take a Third Option: Bruce attempts to do this instead. Unfortunately, D.A.V.E. anticipated it.
  • Shout-Out: D.A.V.E is in many ways this to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • D.A.V.E. commandeers his new clothing in a manner reminiscent of another evil robot:
  • Tempting Fate: When being informed that Strange's computer believes it's a villain, Commissioner Gordon asks how it could it enact its plan if it doesn't have a body. Turns out getting a body is its first plan.
  • Title Drop: Numerous times by D.A.V.E., since he fancies himself as this, plus one by Professor Strange at the end of the episode.
  • Verbal Tic: Did you know that D.A.V.E. is smarter than you? Did you know that D.A.V.E. knows every move you'll make before you do? Did you know D.A.V.E. figured out your secret identity from publicly available information? If not, don't worry; D.A.V.E. will tell you, at length, whether you want him to or not.
  • Villainous BSoD: D.A.V.E., when Batman tells him he's a computer and he realizes he never considered the possibility.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Yeah, keeping around a supercomputer that think it's a supervillain. Let's see how that works out. Except that was exactly what Hugo Strange wanted.

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