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Shoutouts abound to one of the heroes best ingrained in the public consciousness, there's even a trope all on its own to straight parodies of the archetype Batman codified; the Batman Parody.

Please, only direct examples. Any resemblance to a Batman story or concept without Word of God to back it up is speculation.

References to the Nolan trilogy can be placed on their own page at The Dark Knight Trilogy.

References to Batman in other works:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, robots with costumes of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man are known to appear every once in a while.
  • In the Lamput episode "Super Docs", Specs Doc wears a costume that is almost entirely black in color with little pointy ears at the top and a yellow belt, clearly meant to be Batman's iconic outfit. His buddy Skinny Doc wears a Superman costume.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • In Mulan, Mushu and Cri-Kee scare off the Huns by copying Batman and Robin's entrance and mannerisms.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Season of Miracles, one kid is a fan of Batman and doodles the logo on the baseball. He later patiently explains to his friends that "Holy ______" is a Batman reference.
  • In Electra Glide in Blue, a group of old people squabbles over comic books, including Batman.
  • The Drummer and the Keeper: Gabriel tells Christopher that during his manic phases, he feels like he can do anything, like Batman.
  • In Eternals, Karun being described as Kingo's butler makes Gilgamesh note "Like Alfred to Batman!"
  • In Getting Straight, Garcia plans to write a book report on a Batman comic book. Harry compares Batman's heroism to Don Quixote. Later, he learns that the comparison inspired Garcia to read Don Quixote.
  • In Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022), Chip watches Batman Vs. E.T..
  • The last line of Kick-Ass is "As a wise man once said, 'Wait 'till they get a load of me.'"
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy has a few, given that DC is one of the many WarnerMedia properties featured in the Massive Multiplayer Crossover. During the pitch of the "insert yourself into Warner media", one part has LeBron James as Mr. Freeze encasing Batman on ice. While in the DC Animated Universe where Daffy Duck and Porky Pig have taken refuge, Bugs Bunny dresses as Batman (with LeBron as Robin). Both Alfred and Harley Quinn (the latter in her civilian outfit) can be seen inside a train. When Bugs and LeBron try and fail to stop the out-of-control train, the 1966 TV series theme song is played in the background. Afterwards, Batgirl appears alongside other DC heroes to confront Daffy for what he's done regarding the train. During the climactic game, many Batman characters are spectators, most prominently the Schwarzenegger Mr. Freeze having basically a courtside seat, along with the Jack Nicholson Joker, Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman, and many of the 1966 versions (including Robin and Catwoman).


    Live-Action TV 
  • The Big Bang Theory: The characters are comic fans, so the character is inevitably mentioned. A later season episode guest-starred the late Adam West with the cast asking who he thinks is the best live-action actor of the character.
  • Community: Abed Nadir has dressed as the Dark Knight in several occasions.
  • Full House:
    • At the end of "Divorce Court", D.J. and Stephanie make up after a fight, with the former dressed in a Joker costume and the latter in a Batman costume. When D.J. decides to take Stephanie to the Halloween carnival after all, they hug each other, which Danny happens to witness.
      Danny: Awww, Batman hugging the Joker. Now this is how the movie should have ended.
    • In "Stephanie Plays the Field", Danny gives Michelle the job of being the bat boy at Stephanie's baseball game. Michelle later shows up dressed in a Batman costume.
  • How I Met Your Mother: The episode "The Naked Man" parodies the tropes found in many Batman live-action adaptations, particularly The Dark Knight Trilogy. Barney later calls himself and his girlfriend Robin "Barnman and Robin".
  • Only Fools and Horses has Del and Rodney dressing up as Batman and Robin for a costume party. It's one of the show's best-known scenes.
  • In Parks and Recreation, as Ben joins Tom and Donna in their "Treat Yo Self" trip, he decides to buy himself a Batman suit. (adequately, it's The Comically Serious dressed as the poster child for that trope, specially when he fixes a router in full costume) There's also Leslie sending a Bat-Signal and a reporter once starting a speech with "People of Gotham..."
  • Probe's "Computer Logic": When the Serendip CEO sends Michelle to Austin's home, he calls it the Batcave, referencing the President's choice to hide himself away instead of running his own company.
  • Radio Enfer:
    • Jean-Lou is trying to lose weight, with Maria suggesting him to follow Michelle Pfeiffer's personal diet:
      Maria: That's a diet for you.
      Jean-Lou: With meat and sauce!?
      Maria: No. No, it's a yogurt-based diet, but it works. Because before this diet, it wasn't Catwoman she was supposed to play in "Batman 2", it was the Penguin!
    • During a Season 4 episode, Carl is embarrassed when the others see him wearing a pajama with Batman's logo on it that his mother bought for him but that he doesn't like.
    • The teasers of Season 6 focus on Jocelyne inside a freezer. In one of them, she says that she is starting to understand what Mr. Freeze's wife must be feeling.
  • Reservation Dogs: Upon learning why Big became a tribal cop, Cheese declares his origin story to be like Batman's. He then proceeds to elaborate about how they aren't actually that similar at all.
    Cheese: Wow, that's kind of like Batman's origin story, in a way. I mean, except your parents didn't die and you don't have a butler. You're not that rich, either, or else you'd fix this radio. Probably have a better car, too. Not all that smart, either. Not like Batman.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Batman jokes abound when Mike and the bots spot Adam West in Zombie Nightmare.

  • The music video for Eminem's "Without Me" sees him as a Robin Expy named "Rap Boy" with Dr. Dre being (the non-costumed) Batman analogue.
  • On the cover art for Iron Maiden's Somewhere in Time there's Batman under the billboard of Tehe's Bar.
  • R.E.M.'s B-side "Winged Mammal Theme" is a loose reinterpretation of the 1966 show's theme song. The piece was written for the Batman Returns soundtrack but was made the B-side to "Drive" when Warner Bros. (who also owned the label the band were signed onto) rejected it.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • In an episode of Eureeka's Castle, Batly's favorite superhero is revealed to be Bat Boy, to the point where Batly has a signed poster of him and sings his theme song.

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    Western Animation 
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In "PDA", Shake tries to use a grappling hook to swing around Carl's house calling himself Batman. He also owns a Shake Signal.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: The titular character from the The Justice Friends segment, "Ratman" is a blatant spoof of Batman. His origin story involves him losing his parents after leaving a movie theater, albiet not in a way that gets them killed. After his parents were scared away by rats when he was old enough to live on his own (specifically, the age of 30), the same rats took him in as one of their own. Much to his displeasure, the Justice Friends only let him join their team as their resident handyman, summoning him whenever they need him to repair something.
  • In the Kaeloo episode "Let's Play Justice Masters", Stumpy dresses as Batman and Quack Quack dresses as Robin, on top of Kaeloo dressing up as Zorro.
  • Kim Possible: The entire "Fearless Ferret" episode is a homage to Adam West's Batman.
  • Logorama: Several Batman logos can be seen flying by the rabbit hill at the zoo before the earthquake starts.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z - Wile E. Coyote uses an ACME Batman costume to try to catch the Road Runner.
    • Tiny Toon Adventures:
      • "Superbabs" - When changing into her Superbabs costume, Babs first accidentally changes into a Batman costume.
      • "Bat's All, Folks", "The Just-Us League Of SuperToons", "The Return Of Batduck" - Plucky poses as Batduck, an obvious parody of The Caped Crusader.
      • "Bat's All, Folks" - the main antagonist, Question Mark, is an obvious spoof of Batman villain The Riddler.
    • Taz-Mania
      • "Comic Madness" - At the end of the episode, Taz starts a comic book company called "TZ Comics." One of the comics featured is "Bat-Taz," a parody of Batman.
    • The Looney Tunes Show
  • Muppet Babies (1984): In "Sing a Song of Superheroes, Gonzo appears as Batboy. This exchange occurs when he arrives in the Batmobile:
    Scooter: Hey, you're not Batman!
    Gonzo: Batman? Are you nuts? Warner Brothers wanted two million bucks for a three second film clip.
    Fozzie: Boy, I wonder what they pay Bugs Bunny.
    Bean Bunny: So who are you then?
    Gonzo: Batboy. No charge.
    Piggy: Well, at least the price is right.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998): In "Stuck Up, Up and Away", when Princess Morbucks wants to become a superhero, the Powerpuff Girls tell her she can't just buy superpowers. Princess retorts, "Tell that to Batman."
  • The Simpsons:
    • The "Jingle Bells" parody known as "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" has been sung at least twice in this series:
    • In "Mr. Plow", Homer meets Adam West, who drives the Batmobile from the 1966 series (which is now a broken-down wreck), complains about the Michael Keaton Batman films, and dances the "Batusi" while the Simpsons slowly back away.
    • "Marge vs. the Monorail":
      • Burns and Smithers' escape from the courthouse parodies Batman's rescue of Vicki Vale in the 1989 film.
      • While Homer is in the out-of-control monorail, Marge is able to contact him, leading to this exchange:
        Marge: Homer, there's a man here who thinks he can help you!
        Homer: Batman?
        Marge: No, he's a scientist.
        Homer: Batman's a scientist.
        Marge: [annoyed] It's not Batman!
    • The speech patterns of the beekeeper voiced by Hank Azaria in "Lisa's Rival" are based on Adam West's portrayal of Batman.
      Beekeeper 2: To the BEEMOBILE!
      Beekeeper 1: You mean your Chevy?
      Beekeeper 2: ...Yes.
  • The Venture Brothers: In one episode, the team is returning from a costume contest they lost due to Hank refusing to take off his Batman costume.