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Holy Musical B@man! is a musical written and performed in 2012 by Team StarKid. It is an Affectionate Parody of Batman, The DCU, and comic book superheroes in general.

After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, young born billionaire Bruce Wayne reacts the way any rational person would and dresses up like a giant bat to wage a one-man war on crime. But as it turns out, there is one big downside to being a lone Anti-Hero: it's pretty lonely.

Can a young orphaned acrobat named Dick Grayson fill the hole in Batman's heart shaped like his parents getting shot and murdered in an alleyway? And what of Superman, an annoying and all-powerful superhero from Metropolis who is secretly jealous of Batman's popularity?

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Has a fledgling character sheet here.


Holy Musical B@man! contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: When Batman and Superman come to blows, Batman emerges as the clear winner, most of their fights in other works tend to end in a draw.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of superhero movies/comics, specifically Batman and Superman.
  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: Dylan Saunders plays one of these as a random citizen of Gotham in Act 1, although he reprises this role again at the end of the show as Green Lantern.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: While most people don’t know this, Sweet Tooth was not a Canon Foreigner invented for the show. He actually originated as a one-off villain in The New Adventures of Batman.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Robin is rather effeminate, and there is a lot of Ho Yay between him and Batman but it never gets explicit. Lampshaded in 'Superfriends'
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  • Anachronism Stew: Early in the story, Alfred mentions that it's 1997, explaining why he's looking at personal ads in the paper instead of online. However, Facebook and Twitter figure heavily into the plot, most characters use modern cell phones, and Barack Obama is president.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Batman occasionally muses over how much he misses the Joker.
  • Appeal to Obscurity
    Superman: Have you ever heard of Mr. Mxyzptlk?
    Green Lantern: No.
    Superman: No! That's right. It's because I do my damn job.
  • Author Appeal: Denise Donovan insisted on being cast as Catwoman because she was her favorite character as a girl, even though in this show Catwoman is a very minor character.
  • Author Filibuster: Most of Batman's pep talk to Superman towards the end is pretty obviously the Langs gushing about how awesome superheroes are and how anyone who thinks that they're unrealistic or corny is a pretentious douchebag. And, much like the Author Filibuster from A Very Potter Sequel about Harry Potter, if you're a fan, it's awesome and heartwarming.
  • Badass Adorable: Robin is usually dorky, keetish and pretty wimpy. But he does kick Penguin's ass at one point
  • Bait-and-Switch: What do you call a league for justice? Super Friends!
  • Becoming the Mask: Alfred tells Bruce that Lucius Fox is his real identity, and he only took on the "Alfred Pennyworth" persona to fulfill a life debt to Thomas Wayne. Even so, he seems to keep the "Alfred" accent and affect in all of his other personae, and taking care of Bruce really does seem to be his only goal in life.
  • Big Bad: Sweet Tooth (who is pretty much turned into an Expy of The Joker as Batman's new nemesis).
  • Black Comedy Rape: Robin uses his pipe-weapon-thing to anally penetrate The Penguin.
  • Bonding over Missing Parents: Batman and Robin. Later, Superman and Batman for a shorter amount of time.
  • Brick Joke: Superman's rant in the first act about how stupid Batman and his villains are. Every single one of his complaints becomes true.
  • Bridal Carry: When Batman kills Sweet Tooth by pushing him into THAT vat of boiling hot chocolate, he picks up Robin in this style, and runs with him. Many fans could interpret this as an example of Ho Yay.
  • Broken Ace: Batman and Superman.
  • Butt-Monkey: Two-Face. Superman has shades of it.
  • Captain Ersatz: Really, the only difference between Sweet Tooth and the Joker is Sweet Tooth's candy theme. Likewise, Candy to Harley Quinn, right down to the abusive relationship between her and Sweet Tooth/Joker.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Batman's knowledge of Superman's weakness to Kryptonite ends up being how he defeats Superman during their fight. Superman's Shout-Out to his movie ends up stopping Sweet Tooth's plans entirely.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: 'To Be a Man'. Overall, the musical itself drops enough of these to wipe out a small country, especially when compared to other StarKid musicals.
    • 'To Be a Man' wins because the first line of its chorus (that is often repeated) is "Fuck you, I'm gonna kick your ass!"
  • Coconut Superpowers: In the great StarKid tradition. Batman's jet is represented by a small model that goes over his shoulders, and Superman's flight is achieved either through Jim Povolo carrying him or Brian Holden sticking his arms out and making wooshing noises like a five-year-old.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Batman wins against Superman beating him with kryptonite.
  • Composite Character: Sweet Tooth has elements of the Batman: The Animated Series Joker (the purple suit and Candy), The Dark Knight Joker (some of the manic pronunciation, the final scheme and stabbing Chilly Willy),the Riddler from Batman Forever (the hair, the puns and the rampant mugging), and his namesake Sweet Tooth from The New Adventures of Batman (his name, candy theme, and plan involving Water Source Tampering).
    • Played for Laughs with the many alter egos of Alfred Pennyworth/Lucius Fox/O'Malley/Quon Li/Spider-Man.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Somehow, Sweet Tooth has a candy prepared for every occasion.
  • Crosscast Role: Commissioner Gordon, Calender Man, Evil King Arthur and The Green Arrow are played by Lauren Lopez. The Riddler is played by Meredith Stepien, and The Flash is played by Jaime Lyn Beatty.
  • Crossover: For a parody musical this is surprisingly averted, with almost all the characters being real DC Universe characters with the occasional Canon Foreigner — except for Team Starkid's favorite Shout-Out from A Very Potter Musical, Spider-Man (although other Marvel characters like Iron Man and the X-Men are also mentioned). Possibly justified when we find out Spider-Man is just one of Alfred's identities and possibly fictional in-universe.
  • Cultural Posturing: The people of Gotham become incredibly defensive and spiteful towards Superman when he points out how much better of a superhero he is (both in abilities and personality), claiming that he is "their boy" and eventually chases him away with guns.
  • Curse Cut Short: In "Rogues Are We", there's a line that goes: "I'll weed out any wussy/ I'm a pretty little kitty/ But I ain't no -", only to be interrupted by the rest of the Rogues gallery shouting, "Rogues are we!".
  • Decomposite Character: "Matches", the criminal played by Jim Povolo, is named for Matches Malone, the alter ego Batman uses to infiltrate the mob in the comics. (Although in some stories Malone is a real person whose identity he stole.)
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The friendship ship.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Alfred 'buys' Robin for Batman from the Classifieds in a newspaper Later Robin says:
    Robin: I've been with my fair of wealthy billionaires throughout the years. It's always the same song and dance with you types. They think it's fun to take in a young acrobat for a while, but after the novelty wears off, I'm back on the streets.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Joker is killed off-screen during the show's opening number. Appropriately enough, he falls off a bridge.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Superman is really annoyed about Batman having more fans despite him having more powers and, in his opinion, better villains.
  • Eagleland: 'The American Way'. America, the Beautiful AND America, the Boorish - just compare Superman's 'Truth and liberty and justice' idealism to Batman's more cynical 'If money can't fix it then I haven't found it yet', 'Be a born billionaire and have your butler build a jet', and 'Inheritance trust funds, million dollar bills' as the cornerstones of American society.
  • Exact Words: Of course Sweet Tooth will "let Robin go"... into that vat of boiling hot chocolate.
  • Expy: Sweet Tooth is one for the Joker, and his giggly henchwoman Candy is very much an alternate Harley Quinn.
  • Fanservice: Basically Fan Service: The Musical. So many of the Starkid Boys are running around in spandex and underwear. Which is to say nothing of the girls.
  • Female Gaze: See above Fanservice.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody respects Two-Face, not even the other villains of Gotham.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Played with. Commissioner Gordon's favorite method of celebration is doing water shots, with actual water.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: The entire point of "To Be a Man".
  • Harmless Villain: Two-Face.
  • Hero of Another Story: Alfred, of all people, runs off towards the end to stop Two-Face's "dastardly" plot, only to return dressed as Spider-Man. God only knows what he was up to in the interim.
  • Hurricane of Puns
    • Lampshaded, every villain makes puns based on their theme that would make the 60s show proud. Sweet Tooth takes this trope Up to Eleven.
    • Robin loves to do this too, and Batman joins in after they team up.
    • You could do a drinking game with it. Take a shot when a superhero doesn't make a pun; it'll save your liver than doing it the other way around.
  • Idle Rich: Batman says that he's never worked a day in his life.
    • Of course, bats are nocturnal...
  • I Lied: Sweet Tooth says that Gotham's citizens voted to kill Robin, most likely to break Batman's spirit.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends
    • Bruce. His eventual friendship with Robin is built on them being perfect for each other, but Superman and the other Super Friends take more effort to win over.
    • Superman, too, has to work at fulfilling his longing for friendship.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Two-Face.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Downplayed in Superman. He may act like he's "super" popular and super-erior to Batman, but really he's very sensitive about the fact that no-one wants to hang out with him and that Batman has way more twitter followers, and just wants to be Batman's friend.
  • "I Want" Song: "Dark, Sad, Lonely, Knight": "I want to be somebody's buddy!"
  • Japanese Ranguage: Quon Ri the Chinese butrer.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: While the various villains of Gotham speak exclusively in their own puns, they all react very poorly to Two-Face's 2-puns.
  • Large Ham: Most of the cast at some point or another, but sweet Jesus, Sweet Tooth. Most of the characters that Lauren Lopez portrays are, even when compared to the general cast, exceptionally hammy.
  • Legion of Doom: Batman's entire Rogues Gallery, including the obscure D-listers and a few villains made up for the show, team up under Sweet Tooth's banner to kill Batman once and for all.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: Batman and Robin. There isn't that much of a height difference, but is especially noticeable considering how often Robin is picked up and moved around with relative ease.
  • Lonely at the Top: Bruce, despite being absurdly rich and a popular superhero, has no friends.
  • Lonely Together: Robin says this when he meets Batman.
  • Mad Love: Candy toward Sweet Tooth. Appropriate, considering who they're based on.
  • Manchild: Batman. Oh, sweet Lord, Batman.
    • He and Robin bond over their shared love for juice boxes
    • Alfred at one point tells him "You can't stay in your pillow fort forever."
    • And let us not forget: "Batman loves the circus."
  • Meaningful Echo: "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us".
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Commissioner Gordon is played by the fairly petite Lauren Lopez.
  • Mood Whiplash: The show does this for laughs all over the place, but special mention goes to "Dynamic Duet", which Joe Walker has named the funniest Starkid song because of the juxtaposition of Batman and Robin's Tastes Like Diabetes love song with their hilariously brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of the villains.
  • Mythology Gag
    • Sweet Tooth's plot to place Robin's fate in the hands of Gotham by setting up a Facebook poll is reminiscent of how Jason Todd's death was decided by a call-in poll... only that Robin wasn't so lucky.
    • I'm the goddamn Batman!
    • Superman being ordered to take down Batman by the U.S. government is taken from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
      • Sweet Tooth's henchmen Gob and Joe are take-offs of Rob and Don from TDKR.
    • Green Lantern leaves early on in the plot because "Sinestro's starting his own Corps or something."
    • There are quotes from The Dark Knight Trilogy including, "I won't kill you, that doesn't mean I have to save you", "This town has shown you that's full of people ready to believe in good". Also Alfred mentions that the Batcave was used to help runaway slaves, a mook who had a bomb in his stomach and was told by the Joker Expy that he'd make the pain go away, and one of the Gotham citizens has a "I believe in Harvey Dent" shirt.
    • Superman finding out Batman's identity by following him home after their first meeting is a reversal of how Batman discovered Superman's secret identity in Superman: The Animated Series.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: The Penguin's "hummingbird-ostrich-hybrid murder-birds".
  • Non Sequitur: Robin spouts several of these during the final number. The first is even acknowledged:
    Robin: I want to be a modern dancer!
    Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and Spider-Man: What a super weird thing to say, that came out nowhere!
  • Not So Different: Both President Obama and Batman use this to pump up Superman.
  • One-Woman Wail: During the reprise of "Rogues Are We".
    • You can hear Lauren Lopez doing one off-screen during some of Batman's lines during 'Super Friends'
  • Parental Substitute: Alfred to Bruce.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Alfred has two of these, which he affects by simply putting on a hat (and a beard, in the case of O'Malley the Irish butler). He also has an unseen one, considering that he was also Lucius Fox. Averted when he is dressed as Spider-Man.
    • Subverted with Superman, as both Batman and Green Lantern knows he's Clark Kent.
    Superman: Wait. You know my secret identity?!
    Green Lantern: It's a secret?!
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Superman and Batman at the beginning of "To Be a Man"
    Superman: I am a man of justice. I am a man of might.
    Batman: I am a man of vengeance. I am a man of the night.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. Catwoman, Vicki Vale, Chase Meridian and Rachel Dawes all show up but none of them have a romance, or even a scene, with Batman. Instead he's busy off having major Ho Yay.
  • Pungeon Master: Everyone, but Sweet Tooth especially. Bonus points for props.
  • Reconstruction: Reaffirms the importance of Robin in the Batman mythos and argues that the concept of a child crime-fighter does nothing to ruin the gritty realism of a man who fights crime dressed like a bat.
  • Running Gag
    • Go ahead, take a drink every time Batman slugs a Meredith Stepien character in the face. You'll be drunk by the end of the show.
    • The demos on the soundtrack have a running gag about people playing the saxophone.
    • Various people going "What was daaaaht?!" in a ridiculous voice every time they get startled by something.
    • People knowing Superman's secret identity and being confused that it's supposed to be a secret.
    • Alfred's Paper Thin Disguises.
    • Batman's messing up his introductions:
    Batman: I'm Bruce-Man, I mean I'm Bat-Wayne— FUCK.
  • Sadistic Choice: At the show's climax, Sweet Tooth simultaneously delivers one to Batman and the people of Gotham. He sets up a Facebook poll, asking people to vote as to whether he should kill Robin. If they vote no, then he frees Robin, but poisons the Gotham water supply. If they vote yes, Robin dies and Gotham gets to live. If Batman intervenes in any way, he does both. Notably, both Batman and the people of Gotham decide to save Robin. It's not until Superman intervenes that a third option becomes available.
  • The Scrappy: Robin is this in-universe, since everyone thinks he ruins Batman's "dark avenger" schtick. Eventually this changes.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: After Superman calls him a "butthead", Batman responds with a scream of rage. A drawn-out, incredibly high-pitched scream of rage that wraps around from being annoying to the most hilarious sound on Earth. This scream of rage, to be exact.
  • Serious Business
    • For Superman, Twitter followers.
    • Batman's dark and gritty image, to his fans. Just like in real life.
  • Shout-Out: Sweet Jesus, where do you even start? Certainly not on this page, the general Starkid shout out page is over here.
  • Shown Their Work: All of the "shitty villains" named in Vicki Vale's newscasts are real Batman villains of varying degrees of obscurity, as is Sweet Tooth. Similarly, all of the Super Friends in the final number are real members of the Justice League (including relatively obscure characters like Zatanna and Plastic Man), with the exception of Spider-Man.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Sweet Lord, Batman. He enjoys frightening Gotham's citizens for the fun of it, views everyone as "criminals who just haven't committed any crimes yet", and opts to save Robin and let the entire city die at the end until Robin gives him a What the Hell, Hero?.
  • The Song Before the Storm: "The American Way". Counts also for a Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Superman and Batman fight over a cigarette during "To Be a Man".
  • Stylistic Suck: The costumes, namely to increase the campyness. Notably the white seam-lines on all of the Underwear of Power and all the heroes wearing Cnverse of varying heights (except Spider-Man who wears other tennis shoes.
  • Take a Third Option: Discussed and then later invoked by Batman with the help of Superman to save Gotham. According to Alfred the ability to do this is what defines a hero.
  • Take That!: There are a multiple stabs at the darker, gritty versions of Batman, specifically the Dark Knight Trilogy.
    • The nerds wear Dark Knight T-shirts during Robin Sucks.
    • One of them gets the line "a teenage crimefighter is ridiculous. It ruins the dark gritty atmosphere of a man dressed up like a bat to fight crime," which could be a reference to Christopher Nolan excluding Robin from the TDKT and holding the opinion that he's a lame character.
    • At the climax, the line "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you" is mocked, as in this instance Batman is the one who throws Sweet Tooth to his death
    • "I'm sorry but here at TGI Friday's all we can offer you is lukewarm service and a forced fun atmosphere."
  • Troll: Bruce makes Twitter accounts for people he doesn't like (like Superman and Obama) and posts about how stupid they are.
  • Villain Song: "Rogues Are We".
  • Visual Pun:
    • The bat-up dancers in "Dark, Sad, Lonely Knight".
    • During "To Be a Man" Batman and Superman argue about whether sidekicks are lame or not, culminating in Batman saying "I've got one for you, right here!"... and proceeding to give Superman a "side-kick" in the leg. (Though it's technically more of a low round-house kick than a true side-kick...)
  • Water Source Tampering: Sweet Tooth plans to irradiate Gotham's water supply, imploding everyone's heads. As per Rule of Funny, this is announced to everyone in Gotham, yet no one thinks to just not drink the water. It's repeated use in Batman stories is also lampshaded.
    Construction Worker: "That nutjob Sweet Tooth is gonna poison the water supply!"
    Pizza Girl: "This is even worse than when The Joker poisoned the water supply!"
    Construction Worker: "Or when Scarecrow poisoned the water supply!"
    Pizza Girl: "Or when Killer Croc poisoned the water supply! That's how he died, the poor fool."
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Robin uses an odd, exaggerated-sounding British-like accent that sounds nicely camp. Evil Sherlock Holmes' is a bit more convincing.
  • World of Ham: Oh good god, it is. The number of reserved characters can be counted on one hand and you’d still have room left over.
  • World of Pun: Every single villain makes puns based on their themes, and even Batman and Robin join in after they partner up. There are often several puns per sentence.
  • Your Head Asplode: Happens to the Penguin and victims of Sweet Tooth's Nuclear Warhead.


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