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LEGO Batman is a series of action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and released in 2008 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Mac OS X and Wii video gaming platforms. The game is based on the comic book character Batman and the LEGO Batman toy line, who also handled marketing and financial aspects of the game.

The games are based on a licensed property, and have environments, objects, characters, and creatures made out of LEGO bricks and mini-figures. LEGO Batman is the first LEGO Adaptation Game to have an original story. They also inspired a series of Direct-to-Video CGI movies, the first movie being a re-edit of the second game's cutscenes. They're all unconnected to the version of Batman in The LEGO Movie and its sequel The LEGO Batman Movie, but that version and the game version did meet in LEGO Dimensions.


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    Tropes appearing in multiple games 
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed with the villains. While still evil, due to the games being light-hearted, they have a comical side and are less evil.
  • The Ace: Batman.
  • Bald of Evil: Penguin and Mad Hatter, under their Nice Hats.
    • And of course, Lex Luthor.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The first two games feature bat-suit powerups with different abilities (one set for Batman and Batgirl; another for Robin and Nightwing). The third game gives such suits to Joker, Lex Luthor, and Cyborg in addition to Batman and Robin, but Nightwing and Batgirl no longer have access to them, and alternate versions of Batman and Robin — Batman (Zur-En-Arrh), Robin (1966), etc. — only have one suit with a mixture of powers.
  • Developers' Foresight: When distance-tagging (the ability to tag to another character without standing next to them) was introduced, you may have thought about using this to tag yourself out of falling to your death. However, if the death has already been registered by the game, you'll lose your studs anyway and you will be left at 12.5% health as a punishment.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Every game gives Batman a suit with this ability. DC Superheroes and Beyond Gotham add characters who have this ability innately.
  • Great Escape: At least one in each of the first two games.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the actual movies. Especially compared to The Dark Knight Saga.
  • Nerf: The Riddler, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow lost all special abilities in Batman 2, save for the puzzle boxes only Riddler could open. This is amended in Batman 3 where Hatter and Riddler regain their mind control, and Riddler has a throwable cane and super senses, while Hatter gains playing cards to throw. Scarecrow makes no appearance at all outside of the Nolanverse DLC character, though that version has explosives.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Steve Blum and Christopher Corey Smith both channel Mark Hamill as the Joker, with Blum also channeling a combination of Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito as the Penguin. And, of course, Rob Paulsen as the Riddler is doing his Jim Carrey impression mixed with a bit of Gilbert Gottfried. Laura Bailey channels both Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong as Harley Quinn.
  • Product Placement: Batman was timed to tie in with The Dark Knight and Batman 2 with The Dark Knight Rises. While the third was not released around the time of any film, it was released in honor of Batman's 75th anniversary; it also had DLC promoting The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Arrow, and the then-upcoming Suicide Squad.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: Characters already altered by chemicals, such as Joker or Two-Face, can't be harmed by radioactive waste.
  • Rummage Fail: Solomon Grundy and Swamp Thing will toss various items like boulders and bicycles out of swamp pits before finding the item needed in the level.
  • Running Gag: Killer Moth's obsession with lightbulbs pops up in all three games.
  • Secondary Adaptation: This is a June 2008 series of video games based on the LEGO toy adaptation of the Batman comic book franchise.
  • The Stoic: Batman.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Characters automatically drown if they swim too far away from shore, which acts as an Invisible Wall. Fine, except that it also applies to characters like Aquaman and Killer Croc who couldn't drown if they tried.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: While the first LEGO Batman played this trope straight by featuring only Gotham characters, LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes averts this by having other members of the Justice League come into play. In fact, a major part of the story is Batman's unwillingness to call for help when he needs to until the end.
  • Teamwork Puzzle Game
  • Wall Crawl: Every game gives Robin a suit that can walk up magnetic surfaces. DC Superheroes and Beyond Gotham expand the suit's abilities to full Magnetism Manipulation and give the functionality to other characters as well.
  • Wolverine Publicity: LEGO Batman 2 and 3 drift away from being Batman-centric stories, but Batman is still the main character and they haven't renamed the series LEGO DC Super Heroes or LEGO Justice League or anything like that.
  • X-Ray Vision: Batman's Sensor Suit in LEGO Batman 2 and 3 gives you this ability. When facing a character, they are shown as skeletons. Used to creepy effect in the Scarecrow fight in Batman 2, where he uses fear gas to make himself look giant. The Sensor Suit is used in that section, and fighting the mooks as Batman renders them as skeletons while a giant Scarecrow laughs in the background.

    LEGO Batman: The Videogame 
  • Adaptational Badass: Almost everyone gets this to one extent or another, for the sake of game balance. Some of the more notable examples:
    • In the comics, Two-Face's only "power" is owning a couple of guns. Here, he can swim in toxic waste to his heart's content.
    • Killer Croc also gets the toxin immunity treatment, plus the ability to breathe water like freakin' Aquaman.
    • The Riddler can spin his cane fast enough to deflect bullets.
    • Rather than needing to run back to his Lazarus Pits between battles, Ra's al-Ghul now has a full-blown Healing Factor.
  • Another Side, Another Story: After playing through an episode as Batman and Robin, you unlock another episode where you can play as the villains.
  • Bad Boss: Mad Hatter pushes a Mook into Toxic Waste For the Evulz.
  • Bad Humor Truck: Taken Up to Eleven by Mr. Freeze's ice cream factory of death. The Joker has a more traditional one as his "personal" vehicle, but it's not particularly remarkable and has no role in the actual story.
  • Bloodstained Glass Windows: The final level of the Joker story, a clear Shout-Out to Tim Burton's first Batman movie.
  • Butt-Monkey: Robin. Killer Moth on the villains' side.
  • Captain Obvious: Some tutorial tips.
    Game tutorial tip: Toxic waste is poisonous.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: Being made of LEGO bricks is a sign that it can be destroyed or interacted with. Lampshaded in one room, where you need to build a LEGO door over a completely functional, pre-existing, but non-LEGO door to get it to open. In the very next room, you need to construct a LEGO switch to open a non-LEGO door with clearly visible handles.
  • Dem Bones: For no other reason than Rule of Cool, the dinosaur skeletons in the museum from "Stealing the Show" can be ridden, and even attack enemies.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Prior to 3 and DC Supervillains (the former of which forced an Enemy Mine and the latter being based upon playing the villains), this was the only game in the series that had levels entirely centered around playing as the main villains.
    • There's very few references to the greater DC universe, with the Data mostly talking about Gotham's civilians and supervillains up until the last bits of data (which references Superman).
    • The characters mime their dialogue, much like then-previous LEGO games.
    • The character designs in the game are based significantly on Batman: The Animated Series, with Gotham also taking after the four live action films from 1989 to 1997. While the sequels still used the soundtracks from said films, more has been done to give the LEGO games their own feel and continuity, such as changing the character designs.
  • Easter Egg: The character creator has the parts for four characters that exist in the comics, but aren't mentioned anywhere in the game. These four are: Huntress, Azrael, Black Mask, and Spoiler.
  • Electric Joy Buzzer: The Joker's secondary weapon, which is apparently strong enough to power the electrical engine of a mini Ferris wheel. Probably justified by the fact that it kills people.
  • Elite Mook: The S.W.A.T. officers on the villains' half of the game. They're the only mooks who can fire in automatic bursts.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The last entry of Data, only acquirable if you achieve 100% and buy every other piece of data, simply says "The End?", foreshadowing what will be the second game in the series.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In one level you can use a museum's dinosaur skeletons as your personal Humongous Mecha.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The villain levels show the villains setting up their bases. Because you played through the normal story as the heroes, you know that their bases aren't gonna last.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Poison Ivy gets mad at The Riddler for stepping on flowers during a cutscene, yet she destroys all kinds of plants during the game.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss:
    • Harley Quinn.
    • You chase Poison Ivy through the Gotham Botanic Gardens in order to defeat and unlock her.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Joker putting a gun to his head (a non-lethal BANG Flag Gun, but we don't know that until he pulls the trigger).
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: A special ability possessed by the Sonic Batsuit.
  • Guns Akimbo: Joker, Two-Face, and Hush.
  • Harmless Freezing: Characters with ice powers or gear (Mr. Freeze) encase opponents in blocks of ice, which can be broken out of by moving around really quickly. While frozen, however, enemies can be killed with a single hit.
  • Hub Level: The first game actually has two hubs — the Batcave for the heroes and Arkham Asylum for the villains.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Harley Quinn has one. It's taller than her. Press the proper button when fighting an enemy to clobber them.
  • Joke Character: Several of the playable characters are civilians, who are largely unarmed but can still engage in fisticuffs. Even more blatant with the vehicles; whether land, water, or air, there'll be at least one vehicle that's 100% defenseless.
  • Kiss of Death:
    • Poison Ivy's signature close-range move.
    • Possibly as a Shout-Out to her taser-kiss to Max Shreck in Batman Returns, Catwoman can pull this off as well if she catches a Mook from afar with her whip.
  • Kiss of Distraction: Catwoman kisses Batman to distract him from what her cat is doing.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: This being LEGO, every character falls to pieces upon defeat. Also, when a character or enemy is frozen into a block of ice, they can be killed in one hit when the ice is broken.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Many of the data files in Batman's Batcomputer (which have to be bought) give tidbits of information about the general Bat-Mythos, such as Joker's previous identity as the Red Hood, Talia al Ghul's romance with Batman, and the fact that Bruce Wayne keeps around suits of armor in the Batcave.
    • The final levels of each section are each references to the endings of Batman (1989), Batman Returns, and Batman Forever. Even Batman & Robin might have gotten a Shout-Out with Mr. Freeze's ice cream factory hideout earlier in the game.
    • The game uses Danny Elfman's music from Batman and Batman Returns.
    • One of Bane's "throw" moves is pretty much this cast into LEGO form. It's only slightly less painful-seeming. As a further Shout-Out to Knightfall, it's one of the few throw moves that can be performed on a non-Mook character, though only on Batman. The console versions even have an achievement for performing it on Batman.
  • Nice Hat: The Mad Hatter has one. Even his description, at the beginning of the level "Joker's Home Turf", mentions his "large and fantastic hat".
  • Police are Useless: Averted during the villains' half of the game. While they lose, since there would be no game otherwise, they are generally far more dangerous mooks than what Batman fights during his part of the game. Commissioner Gordon (the boss of the first level in Joker's story mode, and arguably the only "real" boss in the villains' half) is especially brutal, since he makes sure to show up with an ASSLOAD of backup.
    • More than that - a quick-thinking museum guard manages to take down the Scarecrow by himself.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Averted. When using Batman's Sensor Suit's X-ray vision on a character, it just reveals their skeleton.
  • Pun-Based Title: The developers tried their damnedest to do this for every story mode and every level inside. The DS version is even worse.
  • Secret Character: Hush and Ra's al-Ghul.
  • Sequel Hook: One more file in the Bat Computer that required the maximum amount of money to be earned. The file is named "The End...?" appropriately (and disappointingly for completionists who wanted something better as a reward). One of the previous files also involved Superman, foreshadowing his appearance in the second game.
  • Sewer Gator: Present in "Under the City", presumably having been put there by Killer Croc.
  • She-Fu: A mild example. All the female characters (sans Batgirl) can naturally double-jump, while the male characters need gimmicks. It's faithful to Harley Quinn and Catwoman, but Poison Ivy's never been much portrayed as the athletic type.
  • Shown Their Work: In the Bat computer, several titbits are really thrown in. For example, they tell us that Bruce's parents died at 10:47 PM, Ra's al Ghul doesn't remember his true name, and Penguin always carries an umbrella because his mother always told him to because his dad died of pneumonia. When they include that particular piece of information, you know they've done the research.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Each villain's gang has exactly one female member. It even extends to the good guys, who only have Batgirl. Strangely enough, Talia al-Ghul isn't included in the game even though her old man is.
  • Solve the Soup Cans / Guide Dang It!:
    • The puzzles to find the hidden minikit canisters, Power Bricks, and various other collectibles. You won't know something in the area will make those items appear until you've already done it. A good example is constructing the dollar sign in "The Face-Off". Finding these items without a guide (or the Minikit/Power Brick detector cheat) can be difficult.
    • There's a Power Brick in "The Riddler Makes a Withdrawal" level that requires you to park a car into a trash compactor, crushing it into an object you can break to get the item to appear, though because of the ambiguous eye candy, it could've been hard to tell it was a compactor at all.
    • Several parts of levels are confusing since the typical Color-Coded for Your Convenience mechanics are difficult to identify due to lighting. Other puzzles are easily overlooked, since they involve repeating an action which granted you something important to the level and give you a minikit the next time, or recreating a condition of the level which goes against the player's instincts to move on (since the games are normally very linear). One that falls under both types of this confusion is in the fourth level of Batman 2, in Mr. Freeze's section of the level. A frozen wall needs to be climbed over the cell to reach a switch that will turn off the electricity on the ladder leading to it. This will melt the ice wall, however, and the player has to use Robin's Ice Suit to refreeze said water. However, the lighting makes it difficult to see the bouncing blue studs indicating freezable water, and it's easy to forget that you can do so at all, since the cutscene emphasizes it melting.
  • Title: The Adaptation
  • Trashcan Bonfire: Show up in certain levels. They're not just scenery — they can hurt your characters if you're dumb enough to jump into one.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Just about every character who can't double jump does this when the jump button is tapped twice. Joker and Scarecrow land on their backs/faces when they attempt this.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: Reportedly it is not possible to get 100% Completion in the PS2 version because some of the minikits are missing.
  • Useless Useful Spell: Scarecrow's fear gas seems like it would be useful, since it temporarily freezes all enemy actions... except it only works on one Mook at a time, casting it on another immediately returns the first one to normal, casting it leaves him wide open to attacks, and it lasts for a ridiculously short time anyhow.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • Killing civilians with certain weapons results in a small amount of money being discharged. Also, you can kill your own partner to restore health.
    • Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, and the Riddler can mind control certain innocent civilians and force them to do things like jump into lava/toxic waste and attack their own comrades.
    • Beating up pretty much anyone hanging around the Batcave.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Being dumb enough to attack the lions (who, unlike the crocodiles, mind their own business) in "Zoo's Company" will quickly get you mauled.
  • Villain Team-Up: Several.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Both Killer Croc and Bane have "throw" moves patterned after pro-wrestling finishers, referencing the former's history with the sport and the latter's luchador-like appearance.

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes 
  • Advertised Extra: Despite featuring heavily in the game's marketing, most of the DC heroes don't show up until the game's penultimate level.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: The atmosphere of the Gotham Funland at the Amusement Mile is intended to resemble this, complete with creepy cardboard signs with disturbing clowns, a giant creepy clown above the entrance, and Creepy Circus Music.
  • An Aesop: Batman learns that relying on others or asking them for help isn't a sign of weakness.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Superman's invulnerability in Batman 2 and 3 makes Free Playing levels for collectibles much easier, since you don't need to be preoccupied with defeating the swarms of enemies, or avoiding harmful obstacles while searching for minikits.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Joker robot. A grinning Humongous Mecha made by LexCorp.
  • Batman Gambit: Amusingly used against Batman in Lego Batman 2. Lex Luthor needs Kryptonite to fuel his Deconstructor; the Joker knows Batman has plenty of Kryptonite hidden somewhere, so he makes synthetic Kryptonite with a built in homing device. Batman takes the fake Kryptonite back to his vault, leading Joker and Luthor right to the Batcave.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Lex Luthor and the Joker.
  • Camera Screw: In the very last level, you need Superman to get a minikit just because the camera won't let you look at the gold-plated helicopter as Cyborg.
  • Captain Oblivious: Lex's receptionist. Justified, as it turns out that she is a robot.
    Superman: We're here to see Lex Luthor.
    Receptionist: Uh huh. And you are?
    (Superman and Batman look at each other in disbelief)
    Batman: Seriously?
    Receptionist: Seriously.
    Superman: I'm Superman. He's Batman.
    Receptionist: Are those last names?
    Superman: Just one name each.
    Batman: Like Madonna.
  • Captain Obvious:
    Batman: We have to stop them.
    Superman: You think?
  • Colossus Climb: A variation, where the heroes walk on the Joker Robot's back while it flies to destroy its boosters.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: LEGO Batman 2 and its movie adaptation have Batman defeat The Riddler, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, several Mooks, Penguin and Two-Face in a few minutes.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Flying characters confusingly have two sets of flight controls. In levels, horizontal movement is the same as if you were on the ground, while the jump button and action button make you ascend and descend, respectively. In the overworld, on the other hand, they control exactly like flying vehicles: you need to hold the jump button to move in the direction of a targeting reticle, resulting in a distinct lack of maneuverability. Notably, later Lego Adaptation Games would use the former for both.
  • Darker and Edgier: The heroes lose more than once, there's a genuine sense of danger (even a couple of Disney Deaths), Batman's personal flaws such as his refusal to accept help and paranoia of others are directly responsible for everything that goes wrong and Lex Luthor's threat is played completely straight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Vicki Vale.
  • Degraded Boss: All returning bosses like Penguin and Scarecrow return and can be defeated through simple punches like the regular mooks. Somewhat understandable as most of them return only as part of the villains sidequest and not in the main story. Less understandable is several of them losing their special abilities like Mad Hatter, Scarecrow and Riddler not being able to possess people anymore and getting no replacement ability except for Riddler with his riddle boxes.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • Superman is the only character that can damage General Zod and vice versa.
    • When flying around Arkham Asylum, you'll notice that the broken walls of the cells are there from the breakout at the beginning.
    • In Batman 2 & 3, they created separate icons for when the player's character transforms or has on a different suit. So, for example, when you use Plastic Man's space hopper transformation, the icon in the upper corner will change accordingly.
  • Distressed Damsel / Distressed Dude: The game is filled with "Citizens in Peril" that the player can help out of trouble for gold bricks.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Batman tricks Joker in his giant robot into chasing him around Gotham and drawing his face in the city streets by leaking Kryptonite, he thinks it looks beautiful. Lex Luthor immediately points out that he was tricked into leaving a calling card visible from space to the Justice League.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Many Gold Bricks require you to use specialized suits and navigate an obstacle course to reach the end and use the suit's power to get it. For some of them, you can just fly to the end, switch to a character with the appropriate power, and use it there. There are some things that can't be cheated, like the switches that require particular suits to activate.
    • It's normally only possible to get into the southern-most part of Gotham City after unlocking Superman and then either flying in or using his heat vision to burn the locks off the gates blocking your path. However there is a tall building near the eastern bridge with a Batsuit which you can use to glide over the barrier. This gives you access to the southern section of the city and air vehicles much sooner than normally possible.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: One of the only cases of minifigure dismemberment that comes off as disturbing is one of Robin's "grab" moves: He pulls off the target's head, bounces it on his leg like a soccer ball, and kicks it behind him, and the victim then falls apart. Made worse by the victim's disembodied head shouting while being kicked around, and their headless body lying flat on the ground.
  • Flaming Emblem: In the fifth level, The Joker creates one with the chemicals at the plant in the image of his face as a calling card. Batman uses this against Joker later on by making the Joker Robot chase him around the city (while damaging it to make it leak Kryptonite) in a path that makes it draw a giant glowing green image of his face. This makes it visible to Martian Manhunter in space, and he dispatches the Justice League to Gotham because he thinks the Joker made the emblem.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Superman is able to easily fly while carrying Batman and Robin during the cutscenes because, well, he's Superman. However, in the game, he's unable to do so, making you walk as any other character.
    • Harley Quinn is not immune to chemicals, despite one of her signature abilities being the Acquired Poison Immunity granted to her by Poison Ivy's injections.
    • The Stinger features Brainiac approaching Earth and saying something to the effect of "I have found it." Never mind that the player probably already unlocked him as a playable character several hours ago.
  • Groin Attack: One of Batman's special attacks is to grab a mook by the shoulders, lift him up, stick out a leg under the mook, and then bring the mook down hard.
  • Hub Level: All of Gotham City as a Wide Open Sandbox.
  • Hulk Speak: Killer Croc.
  • Humongous Mecha: The gigantic robotic Joker.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Invoked a couple of times to keep the status quo. The most notable instance being, after destroying the Batcave, Luthor and Joker notice it's underneath Wayne Manor. Rather than realizing the obvious, Luthor just mutters "I really despise that guy." The best part? Seen from above, Wayne Manor is shaped like the Bat-symbol.
    • Joker gets a brief one when tricked into leaking Kryptonite from his robot into the Gotham streets in a pattern of his face. He likes it, but is immediately corrected by Luthor that he made a symbol visible to Martian Manhunter in space, who then dispatches the Justice League.
  • I Fell for Hours: The penultimate level in LEGO Batman 2. Wayne Tower is really, really tall.
  • "King Kong" Climb: One of the achievements involves recreating this scene by playing a female character, commandeering a gorilla from the zoo, and climbing to the top of Wayne Tower.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Lex Luthor. Not only does he manage to destroy the Batcave, but plans to bomb entire cities with Joker gas to promote his campaign, with Gotham taking the worst of it simply for snubbing him at an award ceremony.
  • Kryptonite Factor: The only thing that can hold back Superman is Kryptonite which makes him flinch and retreat. Luthor and Joker find a way to make Kryptonite a weakness for Batman by discovering that its energy can easily destroy shiny black objects like most of Batman's arsenal.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: There are several sequences wherein Superman is Brought Down to Badass because the nasty green rock is nearby.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Due to Luthor and Joker destroying most of the Bat-vehicles with the Deconstructor ray (which destroys shiny black LEGO constructions), Batman uses Robin's brightly-colored ones instead and Robin rebuilds the Batmobile in the same style.
  • Large Ham: The Riddler.
    Riddler: Riddle me this, what's green, and in your... WALLET!?!
    Civilian: Um... M-money?
    Riddler: Um... No. NOT ANYMORE!
  • Marathon Level: The level "Chemical Crisis" has four distinct sections, each of which is very long. Expect to take over half an hour to clear on story mode. Even more, the stud count required for Super Hero is a whopping 313,000, which is several times higher than the usual number. Smashing everything for money adds 10 minutes you don't need to each section.
  • Mission Control: Alfred Pennyworth.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The game uses Danny Elfman's music from Batman and Batman Returns, and music from John Williams' 1978 Superman score. In addition, the opening sequence of LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite is a LEGO-fied version of the opening sequence to the 1989 film.
    • Joker mentions that Lex is running for President, something that he's done in the comics and attempted in at least one adaptation.
    • At one point in the game, Vicki Vale talks about all the various villains running amok in the city causing havoc. She mentions a plan by Gotham's mayor to "wall off a portion of the city to use as a prison," but says that he never went through with it as it would probably cause more problems.
    • The news-scroll beneath one of the Vicki Vale segments says the Dog of the Year Award nominees are Krypto, Ace and Stretch-O-Mutt, the latter of whom only exists in the Krypto the Superdog cartoon.
    • Lex suspects that if he kills Batman, Robin will take up his mantle, much like he did after Final Crisis.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • The Batcave. Try walking as Batman to get an air vehicle. Often times you fall into the shark-infested waters of the Batcave.
    • Ace Chemicals. Justified in that it's where Joker was created, so it's obviously unsafe. Even without the chemical spills Joker caused.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • After the Man of the Year awards are interrupted at the beginning of the game, it's mentioned that this is the fifth time that the awards have been held in Gotham, and the second time that they have been interrupted by a supervillain attack.
    • In a cutscene, Batman mentions he and Robin have broken their legs before, after Robin said they would have broken their legs jumping off a burning building without Superman's help.
    • In the crawling text of the news, they mention various supervillain team-ups, such as Black Adam and Black Manta, and Gorilla Grodd and Brainiac. No details are given except they were pretty bad.
    • Also in the news, Vicki Vale mentions that releasing mind-altering gas via a giant robot to affect the election was specifically outlawed after last year's mayoral campaign.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Batman and Superman are able to disguise themselves as one another by simply pulling off their cowl/hair and switching them.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: The characters that will not be hurt by chemicals are the Joker, Poison Ivy (both of whom can safely swim in chemical pools), and Killer Croc (who sinks and can walk on the bottom of the pools). Every other character will get hurt by contact, and if in a pool, will drown in them.
  • Ramming Always Works: How Bane is defeated in LEGO Batman: The Movie. Inverted when Batman rams the Juggernaut after taking the fake Kryptonite on board, only for Joker to get furious and pull out the Deconstructor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Joker acts as the red to Lex Luthor's blue.
  • Robot Clown: One of the many things that The Joker and Lex Luthor do during their Villain Team-Up is attack Gotham City with a giant mech designed to look like the Joker.
  • Role Reprisal: Clancy Brown, well known for voicing Lex Luthor, reprises the role.
  • Run the Gauntlet: The "Arkham Asylum Antics" mission has Batman do this.
  • Scenery Porn: LEGO Gotham. The environment in Gotham is gorgeously atmospheric, dark, rainy, and the hints of a sunset or sunrise in the background. The orange glow in the city looks amazing, and the Gotham Funland has its own kind, since it's a creepy carnival.
  • Secret Character: Brainiac.
  • Separated by a Common Language: While the developers do well in avoiding their native British terminology for US players, the game refers to Batman and Joker's amusement-park vehicles as dodgems, while the US calls them bumper cars.
  • Sequel Escalation: LEGO Batman was mostly mission-based and had hero and villain stories. While the sequel discards the villain stories altogether, they added an open-world Gotham to explore and actual speaking.
  • Sequel Hook: Green Lantern shooting a beam off into space and cutting to Braniac in his spaceship looking down at Earth.
    Brainiac: I have located it.
  • Suddenly Voiced: This is the first LEGO Adaptation Game where the characters have intelligible dialogue instead of being Heroic Mimes or Speaking Simlish.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Courtesy of Ace Chemicals and the Joker. The chemicals come in bright green, purple, orange, red, and blue, although only purple, orange, and green chemicals are encountered in the open world.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
    • Some characters, like Mr. Freeze, will always be chosen in free play because of their abilities.
    • In certain areas, Joker-faced/Two-Face-faced/Riddler graffiti can only be removed by the Trope Namer himself — and lampshaded at at least one point using the very name of this trope.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The sandbox elements make it possible for Superman to steal the Batmobile and go on a bloodless killing spree. No, really.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted by Lex Luthor, who simply drops a massive object on Batman without even stopping to gloat. It even catches the Joker by surprise.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: A large open Gotham City that you use to transfer between story missions, and boasts a large amount of puzzle content and collectables, as well as mini boss fights that get you new villain characters.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham 
  • Adam Westing: From The Man himself.
  • Adapted Out: Beyond Gotham conspicuously excludes several things that were featured in the 2013-2015 sets it's based on. This is odd, since the developers usually include everything from recent and upcoming sets in the games. Dr. Harleen Quinzel and the Scarecrow do not appear, nor does Damian Wayne (Robin), the banana truck driver (but his truck is in the game) or the Scuba Suit design Robin wears in the sets. The Arkham Asylum van, Bat-mech, Riddler Dragster, and Nightwing Glider are also excluded from the game.
  • An Aesop: Batman learns that you don't have to bottle up your emotions, it's OK to express them.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Batman and Robin's Adam West and Burt Ward costumes will have the abilities of all their special suits.
  • As Himself: Adam West, Kevin Smith, Conan O'Brien, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
    • An early boss is a giant Batman made of bats, controlled by a Brainwashed and Crazy Batman.
    • The final boss ends up being Superman who is enlarged and mind-controlled by Brainiac.
  • Badass Adorable: Solomon Grundy especially under the Blue Lantern energy and Dex-Starr.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Used at the ending. Lego Batman 4 being a crossover with Lego Marvel Super Heroes?! Nah, just Aquaman and a few other heroes coming back with pizza.
  • Bowdlerization / Disneyfication:
    • Kevin Smith has to do this to himself, because it's a kid's game. The emphasis in some of his lines is a bit suspect and maybe evidence of his well-observed instinct to go all Cluster F-Bomb, but of course he can't.
    • The Squad DLC pack is a clear but necessary censorship of the Suicide Squad name. This is odd because the alternative name, Task Force X, was not used.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Brainiac manages to brainwash Batman, Green Lantern and Superman at various points.
  • Canon Immigrant: Several Batman characters from the animated canons appear as playable characters, ex. The Grey Ghost and Condiment King from Batman: The Animated Series and the Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At one point, Killer Croc is called out for trying to eat Robin, so he spits him out and a helmet which belonged to "yesterday's lunch" and lets Robin have it. This causes Robin to No-Sell Brainiac's Mind Control and allows him to free his friends.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Two-Face, Clayface, Ra's Al Ghul, and the Scarecrow are curiously absent from LEGO Batman 3 after being playable characters in both games previous. All except Clayface appear in DLC as their Nolanverse versions, however.
  • Continuity Nod: The Joker says Luthor's wishes to be President are "so last year", referring to his ambitions from the previous game.
  • Cowardly Lion: Cyborg, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying his fear.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Superman's ice breath and heat vision have been switched around since last game, to match the new standard set by Lego Marvel Superheroes.
  • Death Dealer: Mad Hatter.
  • Distressed Dude: "Adam West in Peril".
  • Dynamic Loading: The Slideways Teleporters are used to go to other hub areas. Instead of sending you to a black screen with game hints, you are treated to a portal sequence, in which the player characters hurtle through a purple tunnel, and can be moved around before reaching the next area.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A Few Weeping Angels appear throughout the game as Easter Eggs, but they also later appear in LEGO Dimensions.
    • You can find the Batman: Arkham Knight version of the Batmobile in the Batcave hub. Destroying it and rebuilding it makes it the Burton batmobile, so it's unfortunately not usable.
  • Enemy Mine: The Justice League (mainly Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter) and Robin team up with the Joker's group (Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy, Cheetah, Firefly, and Lex Luthor) after the villains' invasion on the Watchtower is interrupted by Brainiac shrinking the Earth.
  • Exaggerated Trope: The emotions associated with the emotional spectrum get this treatment when the characters are irradiated with the respective colors. The Joker (violet) becomes a Love Freak, Lex Luthor (indigo) is compassionate to the point of feeling sorry for everyone, Solomon Grundy (blue) becomes The Pollyanna, Cyborg (yellow) turns into a Cowardly Lion, Flash (orange) becomes so greedy that even when he's praised he takes this as something no one else should have, and Wonder Woman (red) becomes obnoxiously angry.
  • Excuse Plot: The game begins with the Legion of Doom staging a raid on The Watchtower and planning to use its weaponry to threaten humanity into making Lex Luthor president. After the Justice League clean house is when Brainiac shows up.
  • Fighting Your Friend: This is a major plot point, with Brainiac using mind control on several characters in the story, resulting in Batman, Green Lantern, and a growth-ray affected Superman to turn on their allies.
  • Flying Brick: Superman and Wonder Woman. In what is very likely the most literal interpretation of the trope name.
  • Game Within a Game: The Joker plays a video game to shoot down Batman and Robin with The Watchtower's defense systems.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Mr. Mxyzptlk is asking the player to protect him from Lobo, he mentions that "Now there's all this talk of devouring my...augh!" Lobo's true name is unpronounceable, but it roughly translates to "He who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it."
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: A special ability possessed by the Music Meister.
  • Herr Doktor: Attempted with Mr. Freeze. But the accent is a little too exaggerated, and not solid enough to really qualify as the typical German/Austrian.
  • Hub Level: The Batcave, Watchtower, Hall of Justice/Doom, and the Lantern Worlds.
  • Hulk Speak: Solomon Grundy. (Killer Croc, who was the hulk-speaker in Lego Batman 2, now has a cajun accent instead.)
  • I Fell for Hours: The last part of the sixth stage, where Batman and a Red Lantern-powered Wonder Woman dive after Superman as he's falling back into Earth. They end up crashing into the Eiffel Tower and destroying it.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Robin, and later Batman, attempt this to break Brainiac's mind control. Turns out it works.
  • The Ketchup Test: The Justice League visits Ysmault, the home planet of the Red Lanterns. The rivers there are all red, which traditionally means blood; Robin has a different interpretation.
    Robin: Hey look, this river is made of raspberry jam! [scoops up a handful, licks it] It's pretty good, too! [keeps eating]
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: The Flash becomes one, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying his greed.
  • Legion of Doom: Lex Luthor, The Joker, Solomon Grundy, Killer Croc, The Cheetah, and Firefly team up to take on the Justice League.
  • Leitmotif: Flying with Superman or Wonder Woman will make the background music start playing John Williams' theme for the 1978 film or the opening theme of the Wonder Woman TV series, respectively.
  • Meta Guy/ No Fourth Wall: Green Arrow, of all characters, since his DLC level supposedly takes place in the ''Arrow TV Universe". For instance, the level begins as a flashback, a full 9 years before Oliver takes up the Green Arrow title. So how does he respond to this Continuity Snarl?
    Oliver Queen: For the continuity police, out there, sometimes I like to imagine myself back on the island in my Arrow costume, okay?
    • He's also fully aware of change in his appearance too.
    Oliver: My experiences on the island changed me. Sometimes, they even changed me into a small, plastic version of myself.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The various characters under Brainiac's mind control have glowing rays of green around their blank white eyes.
  • Mission Control: Bat-mite gives the hints, and Conan O'Brien guides you around some hub areas.
  • The Music Meister: The Music Meister himself is a playable character.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the trailer when Martian Manhunter summons the League, Cyborg is working on the T-Car.
    • Adam West!Batman can throw a bomb. Like the kind that some days you just can't get rid of.
    • Joker mentions that he once had a jetpack, until Batman hitched a ride on it.
    • The cowl of Batman's Sonar Batsuit heavily resembles the one from Batman vs Predator.
    • The Green Loontern's intro quote references how Duck Dodgers became a Lantern after getting Hal Jordan's laundry.
    • While The Reach attacking the Blue Lanterns may be a bit odd for a few fans, those who read the New 52 comics will know this event actually happened.
    • As mentioned below, Robin points out that Killer Croc has gone from a minifig to a big fig, because the latter simply weren't an option in the earlier games. This change actually works in universe, though, since in the comics, Croc started out as a guy with a skin condition and filed teeth, and then later mutated into a huge, more animalistic form.
  • No-Sell: All weapon shots and fireballs aimed at Frankenstein will be deflected by his sword, making melee fighting (punches as a bigfig) the only way to kill him. Of course, this isn't very important, since Frankenstein is only a Free Play character, so fighting him will only happen when screwing around in the open world with him as a second character, or a multiplayer opponent.
  • Nostalgia Level: One secret level is a recreation of a typical Batman (1966) episode, complete with 60's versions of the cast, a voiceover from Adam West and a Batusi dance sequence at the end.
  • Overly Long Gag: The end credits are a callback to the Adam West series with Batman and Robin scaling a wall and speaking with people as they look out of their window. Only the credits are so long that various encounters loop several times.
  • Right Behind Me: Happens twice to Kevin Smith when laughing about the lameness of Polka-Dot Man and Condiment King. He says "...he's behind me, isn't he?" both times, and the miniboss battles are triggered.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The Reach, long time enemy and origin to Blue Beetle, antagonize the Blue Lanterns.
  • Role Reprisal: The majority of the voice actors in Batman 3 have had a history voicing those characters. Several voice actors from the Arkham games reprise their roles as some of the Bat-rogues.
  • The Stoic: Batman. This works to his advantage, as the malfunctioning Lantern Rings don't amplify his emotions because Batman hides away his emotions. However, he has to allow his emotions to come to the surface in order to retrieve the Sinestro Corps' power battery.
  • Take That!:
    • Kevin Smith rants about having to include polar bears in his Superman movie.
    • Hilariously, you get to destroy the Arkham Knight Batmobile and build the Batmobile from its pieces, before it got its famous negative reception.
    • Kevin Smith's film reel is stolen and destroyed by Catwoman. Her response?
    Catwoman: That reel was a CAT-astrophe, darling. And believe me, I know a thing or two about bad movies.
    • Wonder Woman becomes rather (intentionally) grating when her rage is amplified by ring power. Her New 52 appearances, outside of her solo title, were criticized for being uncharacteristically hot-headed. Bonus points in that she's wearing her New 52 outfit in-game.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Wonder Woman, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying her anger.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The Joker, Lex Luthor and Solomon Grundy, due to the malfunctioning Lantern Rings amplifying their positive emotions (Love for Joker, compassion for Lex and hope for Grundy).
  • Villain Decay: Lex Luthor and Joker have been mostly reduced to comic relief, from their previous roles as the main villains in the last game.
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Reach, enemies of the Blue Beetle, end up attacking the Blue Lanterns. They aren't foreshadowed and they are quickly defeated and forgotten. Their sole purpose is to give you some enemies to fight in that particular level. Unless you've read the Green Lantern New 52 comics, where The Reach attacking the Blue Lanterns does happen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Firefly is a member of Joker's group of villains and even a boss fight, but he disappears from the story shortly afterward.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Mr. Freeze has a very ...European accent. It sounds like Gru with a more German influence.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Mentioned when Batman and Robin confront Killer Croc and he's much bigger than before. This was because Croc's LEGO form in LEGO Batman 1 and 2 was that of a normal-sized LEGO figure, before LEGO Marvel Super Heroes introduced the larger LEGO figures, which Croc turned into once it was introduced.

    LEGO DC Super-Villains 
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the final level of DC Supervillains, Lex Luthor tells Darkseid, "There can be only one greatest criminal mastermind!" Clancy Brown, who voices Lex, was the villain in the first Highlander movie; Michael Ironside, who voices Darkseid, played the villain in its sequel.
    • If able to solve a puzzle, Ra's al Ghul will claim that his "particular set of skills" will be able to handle it.
    • As mentioned below a text you can get asked, "How do you track Deadshot in the snow?" The answer: "Look for the Fresh Prints." The answer is a play on "The Fresh Prince", the name Will Smith, who played Lawton in Suicide Squad (2016), went by during his time as a rapper.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The story is based on "Forever Evil", which saw Lex Luthor undergoing a significant character arc and becoming a genuine hero for a while (even joining the Justice League). In contrast, in this story Luthor is the only Villain Protagonist without some level of sympathy, and by the end of the game even the other villains don't trust him anymore.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The game seems to take elements from the basic premises of the "A Better World" two-parter from Justice League (the Justice League being trapped in another universe while their villainous counterparts run amok in their universe), and Forever Evil (the main universe supervillains going up against the Crime Syndicate), with Darkseid and his forces thrown in for flavor.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Subverted. The Crime Syndicate is calling themselves "the Justice Syndicate", but the the story trailer reveals that they're just using that name to try and fool the world into thinking they're good guys and Kalibak does call them by their proper name.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: It seems that this version of Grid is simply the Earth-3 counterpart of Cyborg, rather than a program within Cyborg's systems that gained sentience.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Granny Goodness, though still evil, is portrayed as a stereotypical doting grandmother complete with weaponized knitting needles and a rocket-powered walker.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being prominently featured the marketing, Deathstroke only shows up in the game's last four levels and is only playable for part of two of them.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: About midway through the story, Sea King attacks the Hall of Doom and has a Kraken drag it into the ocean. Poison Ivy is the only one outside, and she's quickly joined by King Shark and Black Manta to take it back.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The villains discuss how the Justice Syndicate don't seem as heroic as the Justice League.
    Reverse-Flash: Yeah, they trashed my lair!
    The Riddler: They broke all my henchmen!
    Captain Cold: They interrupted my evil monologue! (beat) It was a really good monologue.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The "create-a-figure" characters. Since the second LEGO Star Wars title, they've only existed for the player to goof off with and to play around with in free play. Here they actually get involved with the main story, with the player creating a custom supervillain who joins forces with the usual villains to combat the Syndicate.
    • Darkseid was a DLC character in LEGO Batman 3, but him and his forces are the central antagonist of this entry.
  • Big Damn Heroes: John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps arrive just in time to help the Justice League (along with Joker, Harley, and the player character) escape from Apokolips.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • Kite-Man's catch phrase is watered down to "Heck yeah!"
    • Similar to the last game, the Suicide Squad is only referred to as "Task Force X".
  • Butt-Monkey: Jimmy Olsen serves this role, taking over from Robin in previous games.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The mysterious box that Harley steals at the beginning of the game, which contains the key to the Anti-Life Equation.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Shockingly for a game starring the Joker, it's Lex Luthor who gets hit with this. By the end of the game, he's double-crossed everybody at least once. Also, The Penguin is hit with this in level 2, as he tries to betray his allies to the police so he won't get arrested, but he fails and gets arrested as well.
  • Continuity Nod: The Deconstructor from LEGO Batman 2 can be seen among the WayneTech items stolen by Joker and Harley Quinn.
  • Clark Kenting: Parodied. Ultraman gets a job at the Daily Planet as "Kent Clarkson", a reporter who looks exactly like Ultraman with no prior credentials who spends all his time talking about how great the Justice Syndicate is. Naturally, no one notices, and when Lois questions him, she's dismissed by her coworkers.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tim Drake, who was Robin and had a prominent role in all previous games note , is replaced by Damian Wayne as Robin and only appears as a non-voiced unlockable character.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Lex double-crosses the Legion of Doom (Rookie and the Crime Syndicate included), The Rookie, despite being evil, wasn't pleased with him betraying them. They even got pissed and tried to stop him.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Aside from Luthor's betrayal, the villains all get along pretty well. Even Cheetah and Catwoman, normally depicted as enemies, are clearly on friendly terms here.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Justice League ends up stuck in another universe, and their counterparts from another show up, calling themselves the "Justice Syndicate", who get into conflict with the supervillains from the "main" universe. Fans familiar with the comics will likely have already recognized them as the Crime Syndicate, making the plot a case of this. Darkseid is also working with them to find the Anti-Life Equation, and the Legion of Doom decide to take it into their hands to stop Darkseid and the Crime Syndicate from taking over the world... So they can take over instead.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Psycho-Pirate, true to form, is the only character to recognize he is in a LEGO video game.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Flash and Reverse-Flash do this while interrogating Johnny Quick, only not the way you might expect...
    Johnny Quick: Hey, let's be reasonable here. How about I give you your old job back?''
    Flash: Too late for that now. Tell me what you're up to."
    Johnny Quick: You're a good guy. You wouldn't hurt me, would you?"
    Flash: Maybe, maybe not."
    Reverse Flash: Better tell him, Johnny. I've never seen him like this."
  • Friendly Rivalry: Downplayed. Reverse Flash and Malcolm Merlyn have this in the game, but they're mostly friends. It's just petty whining between them.
  • Hand Wave: Ultraman's profile mentions that he "remembered to bring sunscreen", which would explain why his vulnerability to sunlight is never brought up or taken advantage of.
  • Hero Antagonist: Since the whole point of the game's story is playing as the bad guys, it makes sense that some of the boss fights are against the heroes trying to stop the villains.
    • Nightwing and Batgirl are fought at the Iceberg Lounge in "It's Good to be Bad".
    • Beast Boy and Raven are the bosses fought in "S.T.A.R.S. in Your Eyes".
    • Solovar is the boss fought by the villains in "Con-Grodd-ulations", who is beaten so that Gorilla Grodd can reclaim the throne of Gorilla City. However, unlike other boss fights, Solovar stole Grodd throne for evil instead of good.
    • "Fight at the Museum" ends with a boss fight against Shazam and Mazahs.
  • Kid Hero: Not only can you play as Billy Batson, you can also play as the Jonathan Kent Superboy, marking his first appearance in video games.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The profile of the Trickster (Axel Walker) says that he "has tried his best to emulate his predecessor [James Jesse]; at times, even sounding like him." The Trickster is voiced by Mark Hamill, who has memorably portrayed the original Trickster in several other works.
    • If unable to solve a puzzle, Shazam may remark that he had an easier time trying to understand copyright law. ...In school, of course. This can be taken as a nod to the fact that Shazam was originally called Captain Marvel, but had to be called Shazam in more recent comics because of Marvel Comics trademarking the name "Captain Marvel" in spite of the DC Captain Marvel predating Marvel's Captain Marvel.
      • Alternatively, it could be a nod to how before Shazam was brought into the DC universe, he belonged to Fawcett Comics which was sued by DC, leading to Superman facing one or two Captain Ersatz versions of him over the years.
  • Motor Mouth: Lois Lane is this in the game. In one of the levels, when asking a citizen about his sightings, she just asks him questions and doesn't let him answer. Her saying that the person was a chatterbox is laughable.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Deadshot's idle animation includes him putting on a top hat, which his original costume included.
    • One of the challenges in the open world is to find and destroy a number of chattering teeth.
    • An obligatory one from the background chatter in Smallville:
    "You know, a while back, this place was in a very famous TV show."
    • At the beginning of the second level, the Riddler asks the riddle "when is a jet stream like a daffodil?", which is one that he also asked in the '60s TV series. Like in the series, the answer is not given.
    • One achievement involves taking a selfie with Batman while playing as Joker and is titled "The Enemy Within".
    • One of Riddler's combat quotes references a scene from Batman Forever.
    "How did that advice go again? "Ball up the fist, reach way back, and assert yourself." Got it."
  • Never Live It Down: In "Arkham Barely Believe it", Merlyn is still hung up on getting arrested for breaking into S.T.A.R. Labs, and blames it on Reverse Flash.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the game's reveal trailer, Joker was again voiced by Christopher Corey Smith. Gameplay had since revealed he's played by Mark Hamill.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You can tell that Joker doesn't take Luthor betraying him and the rest of the Legion very well from his demeanor. No jokes, no smile, just one pissed off-looking clown.
    The Joker: Right! Now... I want to have a word with Lex.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Crime Syndicate frame the Justice League by wearing ill-fitting wigs and boards with their logos painted on them. They don't even dress up as their Earth-1 counterparts; Power Ring ends up as Wonder Woman. Everyone buys it.
  • Poke the Poodle: The Flash pretends to be evil by eating a bunch of ice cream without paying for it first.
  • Race Lift: This game's version of Firestorm is black, like Jason Rusch, but is identified as Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein, making it a case of this.
  • Role Reprisal: Nearly every single character is voiced by an actor who's played them before:
  • Sequel Hook: The Stinger shows the Forces of Apokolips being beaten and the Anti-Monitor is shown to have presumably killed Darkseid.
  • Soft Reboot: While there are indications it shares continuity with the previous games, the overall aesthetic has changed, several major characters were recast, and focus seems to have significantly shifted towards greater representation of the DC Universe as a whole, even moreso than in LEGO Batman 3.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Sea King (Aquaman's counterpart) is not immediately killed off like in the comics.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: The game is the fourth entry, but drops both the numbering and Batman's name from the title.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The quest to unlock Silver Banshee involves asking people nearby about a missing book; one of which says they didn't see the book between a rock and a tree behind the graveyard. Banshee points out that's a lot of detail from someone claiming to have not seen the book.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The citizens can't see through that the Crime Syndicate are evil. When the Syndicate stage a fight against Darkseid, it's pretty obvious that the fight is dramatic and not real, but they still buy it. Yet, when they find out the truth, they act like they've known about the Syndicate all along.
  • Villain Has a Point: When the characters confront Luthor about him trying to get rid of them so he could take over the planet, Luthor replies that they would have done the same if they were in his place. They state they would, with Catwoman lampshading this trope.
  • Villain Protagonist: The core concept of the game is playing as DC's most infamous villains.
  • Wham Episode: In level 10, Luthor revealed to the Legion of Doom and the Crime Syndicate that he's plotting to get rid of them so he could take over the planet, and this was just after he pretended to work with the Syndicate to take over the planet.


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