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Batmetal is a series of animated shorts by Russian duo ArhyBES in which Batman performs some metal (specifically Dethklok) with a band composed of Robins (aptly named "Children of Batman"). As of April 1, 2018, three have been released:

The animations provide examples of:

  • Antagonist in Mourning: Inverted in Batmetal Forever. A flashback reveals that Batman presented the body of the Joker to the police... while crying.
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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Batmetal Returns, Aquaman was subjected to these tortures: Ariel was bashing his head with Flounder, Plankton was drilling his tongue, Spongebob was lighting a blowtorch up his ass... and Squidward was playing the clarinet right into his ear.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Batman may be a perpetually duck-faced, occasionally pot-bellied, incomprehensibly guttural simpleton and melodramatic pervert, but he's still a highly dangerous martial artist capable of rapidly beating multiple heavily-muscled men in a fight.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The text on a banner in that restaurant where Batman gets his rice in Batmetal Forever is actually Japanese for "Warning: Your Rice May Contain Cum".
  • Call-Back: Batmetal Forever reveals that the part from the first Batmetal with Batman in bed with 8 women was filmed by the Joker. In his Hawaiian shirt. Also he was not only the eyes watching Batman in the tub in Batmetal Returns, but the one who snapped the Batsub anchor chain...
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  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: The end of Batmetal Forever has a video game menu where the credits are the second last item - the last item is The Stinger.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: There's not only a fair number of blink-and-you'll-miss shout outs, some of which not yet listed in the subpage, there are various clues left around the videos, including Riddler's Trophies, Joker calling cards, wanted posters for various members of the DC Rogues Gallery and etched-out hearts with J+H. Adding them up would lead to the combination to open up the Joker's personal storage of cryogenically-frozen alternate selves
  • Freudian Slip: Batmetal Forever has Batman give this to Batgirl when she comes in.
    "Oh hi Barbara. Good to see your butt—I mean you're back."
  • Funny Background Event: Batmetal Forever. While waiting for Batman to get going, Red Hood and Robin briefly get into a snowball fight.
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  • Gag Lips: Batman’s lips are in a perpetual duck face, even when he’s a child at his parents’ murder.
  • Gainaxing: Unusually for this trope, it happens with butts way more than boobs, until that becomes the usual.
  • Guttural Growler: Batman’s non-singing voice is still that way, thus Alfred justified using subtitles while talking in the Batupdates.
  • Hypocritical Humor: True to his character, Batman is appropriately mortified when Robin apparently murders Ariel by crushing her head with a rock... after he and the rest of the team just finished brutalizing the rest of Aquaman's kidnappers. Turns out Ariel's not quite dead anyway, and Batman promptly re-smashes her head.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: The end of Batmetal Returns has Batman playing in the bath with figurines, having Aquaman's figurine kiss his figurine's ass. Then he realized in horror that the camera was still recording.
  • Joker Immunity: Invoked and ultimately subverted. Batman tries to revive his own archnemesis the Joker in Batmetal Forever... and fails. Hard.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The first Batupdate had Batman noticing the subtitles below him, prodding them and asking Alfred why there are subtitles.
  • Mondegreen: While for the most part staying with the lyrics, there are a few moments.
    • The first cartoon, at "You're not!", Batman was pointing at Rocket Raccoon and saying "ЕНОТ"note , which means "raccoon" in Russian.
    • Batmetal Returns has "Chains, check! Rocks, check!" as "James, check! Lars, check!", as well as "But beware!" changed to "Butt beware!". Also a different kind of "acid" and "Axe" And a couple of the 'Check!"s are referring to poker.
    • At one point during the "Rise! Rise!" chorus in Batmetal Forever, there was "Rice! Rice!", with Batman holding a bowl of rice.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Batgirl in Batmetal Forever, much to Commissioner Gordon's disappointment.
  • Mythology Gag: The premise of Batmetal Forever involved bringing the Joker back from the dead, and Nightwing brings up what he did to Gotham "and Barbara", which implies that the Arkham games and The Killing Joke are both canon.
  • Pac-Man Fever: Batmetal Forever. Damian Wayne is first seen playing a 8-bit side-scroller shoot-em-up on a Nintendo Switch.
  • Really Gets Around: The end of the first video had Batman bedding eight comic book characters (including one from Marvel no less).
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: In Batmetal Forever, Batgirl performs a strip tease right on stage.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Despite roping in quite a bit of the Batfamily (Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Jason Todd/Red Hood, Tim Drake/Red Robin and Damian Wayne/current Robin), it takes until the third installment to bring in one version of Batgirl.
  • The Stinger: The bonus scene at the end of Forever shows that Batman figured out the combination to the Joker's vault, which contains frozen Alternate Universe versions of himself, with Bats asking the others which version was their favorite.
  • Take That!:
    • When Batman seeks out Mercy to resurrect the Joker, she's immediately killed by an arrow, nodding to the fandom's disdain for those who main the only arrow user in the game, Hanzo.
    • One of the cryogenically frozen Jokers at the end of Batmetal Forever is Jared Leto!Joker in the often-mocked "Home Alone" pose from publicity stills (intended as a Killing Joke reference).
  • Testosterone Poisoning: So not only was Batman singing death metal, he also displayed some ridiculous acts of manliness. For example, towards the end of the first cartoon he was beating one of the thugs with his groin.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Batman's attempts to revive the Joker in Batmetal Forever involve mouth-to-mouth.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Just as the attempt to revive the Joker worked, his head exploded just after he woke up, sending blood and brains everywhere.


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