- "Smack in the Middle" has a rather sad moment where Batman tries—and fails—to rescue one of the Riddler's goons, a girl named Molly, from falling into the Batcave's nuclear reactor. Jill St. John's terror before she falls and Adam West's forlorn reaction to her death and his failure to save her really sells the scene.
- A meta example: After Adam West's passing, GIF's of the ringing Batphone appeared online. The police are calling Batman for assistance, but he can't help them anymore.
Tear Jerker / Batman (1966)