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"To those who would hurt the innocent, I give you this one warning: Beware my wrath."

A CGI animated Batman cartoon in which the Caped Crusader teams up with swordswoman Katana and his gun-toting ex-secret agent butler Alfred Pennyworth to face a criminal underworld populated by costumed supervillains.

The show premiered on July 13th, 2013 on Cartoon Network as a part of their DC Nation block.

Compare with fellow CGI cartoon Green Lantern: The Animated Series and fellow Batman adaptations The Batman and Batman: The Animated Series. Contrast with the more lighthearted Batman adaptation Batman: The Brave and the Bold and its more comedic DC Nation sister show Teen Titans Go!. Not to be confused with the trope Beware the Superman.

Unfortunately, the series was the latest victim of Cartoon Network's ongoing Network Decay and was downright abused by the network. The show was abruptly pulled from the schedule after only eleven episodes with no notice or announcement from Cartoon Network. The show's cast assured that the show had simply been delayed until January 2014, then delayed again once January actually rolled around. It was not mentioned by Cartoon Network for their 2014 slate. However, new episodes past this initial run on Cartoon Network aired in New Zealand on NZTV.

Toonami began running episodes starting on May 20th, 2014 with the production crew intent on airing all 26 episodes. In September, Cartoon Network explicitly forbade Toonami from ever airing the show again, forcing Toonami to air the final 7 episodes in a marathon on September 28th- the last day before CN's order went into effect. Cartoon Network then wrote off the show from their network, deeming it a financial failure and ending the series for good. Of the Batman animated series, Beware has the shortest run with only one season of 26 episodes.

As of May 2020, the whole series can be streamed on HBO Max.

Beware the Batman provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Dr. Jason Burr is this to Tatsu. At first. She is clearly starting to return the affection.
    • Magpie is this to Batman. Because of how she's an insane kleptomaniac, Batman isn't returning her affections anytime soon.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
    • The Soultaker Sword is shown to cut through other swords with ease. Particularly absurd because it looks like it's made of jade and is clearly not the least bit sharp. Of course, it is magic.
    • Katana has proven capable of cutting through guns with her sword.
  • Acrofatic: Humphry Dumpler can sure move for his size, having escaped Batman chasing him three times. Twice while carrying someone.
    • This version of Professor Pyg frequently goes toe-to-toe with Batman, with surprising speed and agility in relation to his girth. Though given how solid he appears to be, that could mostly be muscle.
  • Action Girl: Katana.
  • Adaptation Distillation: According to Word of God, they are drawing on the earliest Batman comics of the '30s, as well as the allusions to Alfred's time with the British secret service. Plus the inclusion of characters from the Outsiders.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Magpie's civilian name is Margaret Sorrow rather than her previous Meaningful Name of Margaret Pye.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • While they're still bad guys, Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad have gone from psychotic murderers to well-intentioned eco-terrorists.
    • Normally, Man-Bat is Batman's version of The Lizard; losing his hearing and wanting bat-sonar to compensate, he mad science'd himself and Jekyll & Hyde-ifies between the good Kirk Langstrom and the savage Man-Bat. Occasionally, Man-Bat is portrayed as a hero with Langstrom's mind, but more often he's in thrall to his animal instincts. In this, he's forced to become Man-Bat by Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad, and as Man-Bat he only fights Batman or commits crimes when under their brainwashing. Most of his screentime is as an ally of the heroes, and he becomes a founding member of the Outsiders.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Anarky and Professor Pyg switched places and Anarky went from Well-Intentioned Extremist to Magnificent Bastard. The original was a tragic, optimistic anti-hero with good intentions but wrong means. This Anarky is a self proclaimed sociopath and aimless terrorist that acts as a stand-in for the Joker. Makes unnerving sense if you read the miniseries Anarky.
    • We also have Humpty Dumpty. His comic counterpart was a Harmless Villain at best and a Tragic Villain at worse. In here, he's a vengeful, vindictive, sadistic sociopath who loves to play games with his victims... games that usually involve trapping them in explosive suits or placing them in elaborate death traps. He's essentially an unnerving mix of The Riddler and Jigsaw.
    • Harvey Dent is usually depicted as being Batman's ally from near the very beginning, but in this show he wants nothing more than for Batman and all his allies to rot in prison, often putting Revenge Before Reason to do so, working with supervillains like Anarky and Deathstroke and ordering Batman shot even when there was a bomb on his wrist that would blow up and kill him if he wandered too far from Batman.
    • The reveal at the end of "Monsters" that Sapphire Stagg is just as much of a Corrupt Corporate Executive as her father.
  • Adapted Out: This adaptation intentionally avoids using many of Batman's more well-known rogues in favour of obscure C or D-lister villains as expies (with a few exceptions like Ra's al Ghul and Two-Face). Most notably, this is one of the few adaptations to not feature or even hint at the Joker (although that may also have been because of the show's cancellation after just one season).
  • Affably Evil: These incarnations of Professor Pyg and Mr.Toad. Pyg even freely gives medical advice to his enemies. Though the level of helpfulness this "advice" is varies. Such as believing he had to amputate Alfred's broken ankle.
    • Lady Shiva also is quite polite to her enemies.
    • Anarky is clearly enjoying himself most of the time.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The show is done with 3D animation.
  • Amazon Chaser: Dr. Burr becomes instantly attracted to Tatsu after seeing her fight.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: This is what Anarky believes, unlike his comic book counterpart.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • The relationship between Professor Pyg and Mister Toad was partially inspired by the anthropomorphic charm of The Wind in the Willows.
    • Magpie's bird name is well complemented between her Feather Motif and Femme Fatalons.
    • Tobias Whale has vertical lines on his chin that resemble a baleen whale's gular grooves.
  • Apple of Discord: When Ra's al Ghul sets Gotham's villains on Batman, hoping one of them will bring him in for a reward, Batman beats them by deliberately surrendering to Magpie. Greed takes over and the villains take each other out to get the reward themselves, allowing Batman to walk away casually.
  • Arch-Enemy: The creators say they wanted to set up Anarky as Batman's archnemesis, rather than The Joker, because they want to avoid "Joker stories".
  • Arc Symbol: The Argus Club seems to be heading its way here, as Bruce got an invitation to it in the first episode, and he finds a key with its symbol in Bethanie Ravencroft's desk.
    • Averted. The Argus Club is fairly pivotal to episode 7 and is the site of Wham Episode, but is stated to be abandoned in episode 8 and is never mentioned again.
  • Ascended Extra: The series focuses on Batman's less widely-known comic book foes, like Magpie and Professor Pyg.
    • Showing just how deeply they've dug into Batman's enemies, in the second episode "Secrets", a character named Lunkhead briefly appears. Lunkhead only appeared in (and was subsequently killed off in) Arkham Asylum: Living Hell. Daedalus Boch and Junkyard Dog, the two street artists hired by Anarky in the next episode, are from the same series (though Daedalus is more commonly known by the supervillain name "Doodlebug").
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Magpie. This is because she was a kleptomaniac before gaining a split personality.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Pyg and Toad comment on Batman's costume in "Instinct".
    Pyg: Bravo, Batman. You're not as senseless as your attire would make us believe.
    Toad: Yes. A cape in June? It's just not done.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Batman pulls one off against a member of the League of Assassins in "Safe".
    • Repeated in "Sacrifice" by Anarky.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • In "Toxic", Batman lures Metamorpho to Stagg Enterprise to cure him by telling him that Simon Stagg was the one who exposed him to the gas which in turn will make Metamorpho go there to get revenge on him.
    Simon Stagg: How did you know? How did you know he'll come?
    Batman: There's two things in life that everyone is powerless against: love and revenge.
    • We learn in "Family" that Batman has been using Tatsu to weaken the League of Assassins, and knew from the very beginning her story and that Bethanie worked for Silver Monkey.
    • Once Batman figures out that Deathstroke is still alive and has been impersonating him, he posts a video declaring his intention to take over Gotham himself. He leaves a Gotham landmark very visible in the video, drawing the police to his location; aware that Deathstroke will come out of hiding to stop him before the police do.
  • Battle Butler: Alfred will be seeing some action, with him being established in the pilot as an expert hand-to-hand combatant.
    Simon Stagg: Hold on, just who exactly are you?
    Alfred: Didn't they tell you? I'm the butler.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The creators have described Anarky as Batman's Arch-Enemy and is the main villain of the series, but he shares the spotlight with Ra's Al Ghul, Harvey Dent, and Deathstroke. Ra's and the League of Assassins are prominent in the first half of the series until Ra's is defeated in "Reckoning". Harvey Dent steps up as a Hero Antagonist in "Nexus", but his obsession with capturing Batman quickly devolves into a witch hunt that has Harvey stooping to teaming up with Anarky to capture the caped crusader, which ends in Dent becoming Two-Face. Finally, Deathstroke, a personal figure from Alfred's past, seeks revenge against him via killing and replacing Batman as his successor.
  • Big Blackout: The end of "Fall" has this occur to Gotham City at the hands of Ra's al Ghul.
  • Bittersweet Ending: "Alone" ends with Deathstroke defeated and unaware of who Batman is, and Batman realizing that he doesn't have to go it alone. The problems that come with it are that Batman is considered a public menace now, Harvey's highly implied to have become Two-Face, and Anarky is going to start his plans over from scratch now.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: In "Alone", Commissioner Gordon shoots a knife out of Anarky's hand as he is about to stab Harvey Dent.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Inverted, as Dr. Burr had a crush on Tatsu before she became his bodyguard.
  • Book Ends: "Broken" starts with Humpty Dumpty reciting "All the king's horses, and all the king's men". When he appears to commit suicide, his destroyed robotic duplicate only repeats those words.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: In "Choices", Killer Croc traps both Batman and Katana in a concrete block, leaving them completely helpless. Does he finish the job while he can? No, he leaves them to be crushed by the coming subway trains (any one of which has a one-in-three chance of killing them), though to his credit he at least sticks around to foil any rescue attempts.
  • Book Safe: In "Games", the books in the library in Humpty Dumpty's Death Course house are hollow and contain guns.
  • Boom, Headshot!: A flashback to the deaths of Bruce's parents implies this is how Martha Wayne died.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Professor Pyg's Blunderbuss is apparently a semiautomatic that can fire multiple times without the need to reload, despite having no visible magazine anywhere on the weapon.
    • The machine guns in the series don't seem to have any signs of a magazine. Probably because Executive Meddling turned them into laser guns.
    • Batman throws at least ten sonic batarangs in the final confrontation with Humpty Dumpty, and throws them with such impunity that it suggests that he has many more.
    • However, averted at least twice. The first time is at the very beginning, when Batman points out to a crook he has only two bullets left. The second is in "Allies", when Gordon says they better start moving before the enemy learns how to count bullets.
  • Brick Joke: In "Tests", Alfred complained at the fact he thought he was really going to drive the Batmobile. In "Family" it appears he actually did get to drive it.
  • Brutal Honesty: Batman flat out states to Gordon that it was his fault that he couldn't protect Humphry in "Broken".
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: Junkyard Dog and Daedalus Boch are this to Anarky. No matter how many times they get given jobs, Batman constantly beats them.
  • Buried Alive: Magpie does this to Katana in "Attraction".
  • Cable-Car Action Sequence: "Hero" has a fight on a cable-car above Gotham City Bay between Batman (who jumps in there from a helicopter) and Deathstroke, with a hostage dangling from a cable, trapped with a bomb, under the gondola for added fun.
  • Call-Back: In "Hunted" Professor Pyg told Mr. Toad that he should get his eyes checked when he mistook Alfred for Bruce. In "Instinct" he pulled out a monocle to see Batman.
  • The Cameo: In "Animal" Harvey Dent remarks on a picture of Penguin, wondering if he just looks like a penguin or he really is a penguin. This is the only appearance of the Penguin in the show.
  • Car Cushion: Magpie uses a car as a cushion after cutting herself free from Batman's grappling hook.
  • Chess Motifs: "Tests" uses much of it, and it's even deliberately invoked by Anarky. Alfred and Bruce play Chess early in the episode, Anarky taints the material on the big thug's boot with fragments of a chess flower, and Anarky and Batman fight in a very checkered area. Anarky even compares himself and Batman to the white and black kings (chaos and order).
    • Fittingly, the last shot of the series is Anarky playing with a chess set, with various Gotham characters represented as pieces. The Batman piece checkmates the Anarky piece. Then Anarky resets the board.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: As has been heavily discussed around the internet, the show's version of Magpie looks a lot like Lady Gaga. Likewise, many believe that Alfred resembles Jason Statham.
  • Chew Bubblegum: In "Instinct", Professor Pyg mentions that he's been meaning to invite Batman to his and Mr. Toad's "summer lair" for "tea and good, old-fashioned pummeling."
    Professor Pyg: Sadly, we're all out of tea.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Gordon has yet to be established as this, falling in more of an Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist with Batman. He's also still a Lieutenant. After "Allies", he starts playing this trope straight, then in "Nexus", he becomes commissioner after Ra's has the old one killed.
  • Composite Character: Some of the villains borrow traits from Batman's better-known rogues.
    • Professor Pyg and Mister Toad seem to be taking cues from Poison Ivy (crazed eco-terrorist that identifies more with animals than people) and the Mad Hatter (speaking in nursery rhymes and taking inspiration from classic children's literature).
    • Magpie owes a bit to the Batman Returns version of Catwoman. She has a romantic interest in Batman, a Split Personality between a deranged villainess and a meek, friendly girl, and the ability to take an incredible amount of punishment. Plus the razor-sharp fingernails and black leather costume. She also borrows the Mad Love Harley Quinn has for The Joker, but for Batman.
    • Katana seems to have been combined with Sasha Bordeaux, Bruce's former bodyguard, chauffeur, and crime-fighting partner. She also has a red and yellow motorbike (in her civilian life) that looks quite similar to the Robincycle.
    • Anarky takes traits from the Nolanverse version of the Joker (Batman's Arch-Enemy who sees him as a Worthy Opponent and styles himself as an agent of chaos) and the Riddler (egotistical planner who freaks out when his "perfect" plans are thwarted). There's also a bit of influence from Bat-Rogues who style themselves as an Evil Counterpart to Batman.note  Oh, and his costume is reminiscent of Moon Knight and The Spectre.
    • Cypher's appearance resembles that of Nobody/Morgan Ducard.
    • Lunkhead's childlike demeanour and backstory of attempted medical rehabilitation are reminiscent of Amygdala.
  • Combat Stilettos: Magpie and Tatsu/Katana.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Alfred mentions in "Toxic" that they moved Dr. Burr to a new lab ever since "Safe".
    • In "Allies", Tobias Whale mentions Simon Stagg's arrest from the events from "Toxic".
  • Cool Car: The Batmobile, of course. This iteration is something of a cross between the Tumbler in the Nolan film series and the classic version.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Wayne mentions that Simon Stagg's been part of many more shady dealings in business. Michael Holt's mode of business hasn't been disclosed, though he seems far more legitimate.
    • Stagg's daughter Sapphire keeps up the family tradition by sending out armored thugs to terrorize citizens of Gotham into moving out of valuable real-estate.
  • Could Say It, But...: In "Allies", Alfred indirectly tells Tatsu that she can go help Batman after Batman told her to stay behind thinking she's not ready yet.
    Tatsu: This is stupid. We should be out there backing him up. Doesn't it bother you to sit here? You're trained for this, why does he think he could do it himself.
    Alfred: Actions, not words, gets the job done. Understand?
    Tatsu: Perfectly.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In "Allies", Batman reveals that he put tracking devices on Tobias' men during the time he was tracking Humpty Dumpty.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In "Fall", Ra's Al Ghul delivers one to Batman.
  • Cut Short: While it had a full season, it was obvious the show was trying to make a Myth Arc of sorts for a later season. However Cartoon Network cancelling and writing off the show prevented this from happening.
  • Cut the Safety Rope: Done by Deathstroke in "Hero". In this case, he does not want to be saved by Batman, and knows that him cutting the rope and falling to his death will also cause Batman and Harvey Dent to fall because he is acting as an unwilling counterweight.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat: Silver Monkey pulls a Stealth Hi/Bye on Tatsu inside Bruce's limousine in "Family".
  • Darker and Edgier: Than Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the previous animated Batman series, and more in line with most contemporary Batman productions.
  • Darkest Hour: At the end of "Fall", The League's plan to make a blackout in Gotham has succeeded, Ra's has defeated Batman, who is now the League's prisoner, and there might be problems of trust between Alfred and Tatsu after Ra's revealed that Alfred killed Tatsu's father
  • Dark Secret: The Soul-Taker Sword is this for Tatsu. While working for the CIA, Tatsu at one point went undercover as a member of the League of Assassins. After witnessing the power of the Soul-Taker Sword, she stole it, fled from the League, and went AWOL from the CIA because she believed that the sword was too dangerous to fall into the hands of either organization.
  • Dating Catwoman: Magpie REALLY wants this to be the case, but it seems to be a No-Sell with Batman.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Simon Stagg's so against his daughter Sapphire dating Rex Mason, a security guard who works at his company, that he's willing to use him as a guinea pig for Project Metamorpho.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bruce and Alfred, as per tradition. Katana as well. Plus the Batcomputer.
    Batman: Computer, last known address of Humpty Dumpty.
    Computer: A wall.
    Batman: (eyes narrow) I'll rephrase...
    • In "Allies", Barbara gets in on the action by snarking at her captors. One might get the impression that she took a leaf from Pepper Potts' book on how to deal with them.
  • Deal with the Devil: Harvey Dent accepts one from Anarky to take down Batman.
  • Death Course: In "Games", Humpty Dumpty traps Batman, Katana, Commissioner Gordon, Mayor Grange and Tobias Whale in a house full of death traps that they have to navigate their way through.
  • Death Glare: Tatsu seems to have one every time Dr. Burr tries to get closer to her.
  • Deconstruction: The writers have stated they wanted to provide a look at the physical discipline that would be required by Bruce Wayne if he were a real person. It has been mentioned that he eats an all-liquid diet and struggles to find techniques to minimize the amount of time he spends sleeping.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Anarky has been described as the "Moriarty to Batman's Holmes". But Batman just thinks he's another nut in a costume.
  • Dirty Coward: Simon Stagg was going to offer double the amount of money Michael Holt was going to offer to Professor Pyg if he lets only him out and is willing to keep quiet about what he does to Holt and Alfred.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Lampshaded by Alfred in "Safe", after trying and failing to shoot Silver Monkey.
    Alfred: The ones that can dodge bullets are always a bother.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Gordon tells one of his policemen to get a donut. He answers the wife wants him to cut down. And during one of Harvey Dent's campaign rallies, Gordon says he needs to make sure his men are actually providing security rather than just eating donuts. Then in the same episode, Deathstroke impersonating Batman attacks a group of cops who are taking a donut break.
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted with Humpty Dumpty. At first, it appeared that Humpty himself was standing on the edge of the castle wall, but it was just a statue of Humpty that fell to its "death".
    • Metamorpho tragically attempts this at the end of "Toxic". After being turned down by Sapphire, he smashes the ventilation system in the glass cage he's in and transforms into a gas, causing himself to be sucked out. It doesn't work and he's shown to be still alive at the end.
  • Empty Shell: Victims of the Soultaker Sword become this.
  • Enhance Button: The bat-computer is able to take a blurry reflection in Professor Pyg's gold blunderbuss and turn it into a completely flawless and properly aligned image.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The first few minutes show Batman foiling a robbery, using theatrics to elude the criminal's aim, taunts him by telling him why his other concealed weapons will be ineffective (later claiming to have lied about his chances) but then has his shoulder dislocated by the criminal's partner. Thus we learn that this Batman is fearsome, analytical and also vulnerable. And then he demonstrates how badass he is by simply slamming his shoulder into a truck to pop it back into its socket.
    • Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad's introductions make their Bumbling Henchmen Duo relationship and Eco-Terrorist status very clear.
  • Evil Counterpart: Anarky is being played up as one to Batman, to the point that he's using a white costume as opposed to the traditional red from the comic books, to contrast Batman's black.
  • Everyone Calls Her "Katana": A fan example. As everyone seems to refer to her as Katana (even before she took up the title in the series) rather than her real name Tatsu Yamashiro.
    • Silver Monkey actually calls her Katana in "Safe", so it appears she's used the moniker before.
  • Expy:
  • Faceless Goons: The ninjas from the League of Assassins.
  • Faking the Dead: In "Epitaph", Bruce is assassinated in public by someone dressed as Batman. Needing the "Bad Batman" to be confident enough to make his next move, Bruce elects to let the public think he succeeded. The season finale ends with this still in play.
  • False Flag Operation: Dane Lisslow dresses as Batman and commits crimes to sully his reputation in "Epitaph".
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Following the Aurora shootings in 2012, the firearms in the series were redesigned to look more futuristic, but the show itself makes it clear that the change is merely cosmetic. Gordon's sidearm clearly fires real bullets when he shoots off Magpie's claws in "Secrets", and the same goes for his subsequent warning shot at Batman. Gordon outright says his shotgun shoots bullets in "Allies".
  • Feel No Pain: Magpie, supposedly from the experiment she volunteered for at Blackgate. This allows her to survive a Car Cushion landing from a five story building without so much as a scratch and also appears to give her some degree of super-strength.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Secrets", Magpie pulls a Stealth Hi/Bye on Batman while he's watching a suspect, somehow crossing from an office in one building to the roof of another and getting into her fairly elaborate costume in the few seconds he looks away, which is extreme even by Batman standards. This is a hint that she's not actually the suspect in question.
    • Also in "Secrets", Daedalus Boch & Junkyard Dog, two graffiti taggers that briefly draw Batman's attention reappear in the next episode "Tests" as Anarky's goons.
    • In "Nexus", Harvey Dent brags to Batman about how he can't wait to personally escort him to Blackgate, where the "animals" will tear him apart. Harvey gets his exact wish in the episode titled "Animal".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pause to read some headlines in the newspaper in "Secrets". One suggests arson on warehouse fires, foreshadowing either Phosphorus Rex or Firefly. Another headline mentions the "rising population" of Arkham Asylum.
    • In "Hunted", the news has "Tobias Whale found innocent of smuggling charges, Lt. Gordon vows justice." In "Attraction", Harvey Dent and Arkham (misspelled as Arkum) are mentioned, and in "Epitaph", Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot is named. It also repeats the first headline, but with Gordon as "commissioner" instead of lieutenant.
    • When Batman turns himself in to Dent in "Animal", pause when Dent bends down to pick up a gun. There is a very clear, but brief, shot of Penguin's wanted poster.
  • Friendly Enemy: Tobias Whale. One-sided, like Magpie's "romance." Whale treats Bats like an old friend, though Bats makes it clear that's not the case and Tobias will definitely stab him in the back if it suits or serves him. Apparently, he just sees no reason to not be polite.
  • The Ghost: The Penguin gets a few mentions but never shows up. Harvey is seen wondering if there's a significance behind the name, and partially obscuring a sketch of him. A later episode's news bulletin identifies Oswald Cobblepot as the Penguin Man.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In "Alone", Katana calls Barbara, Man-Bat, and Metamorpho to aid her and Batman in confronting Deathstroke.
  • Graceful Loser: After Batman defeats Humpty Dumpty, he deactivates the bomb suits that he trapped people inside.
    Batman: He lost the battle and he's walking away honorably.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: Alfred moved his King into Checkmate in "Tests", something that's against the rules in Chess.
    • To be fair, it could be a personal way of resigning the game. Still, it's decidedly against the standard rules.
  • Guns Akimbo: Alfred does this in a promo pic, though it turned out not to carry over to the actual series.
    • The impostor Batman wields dual handguns.
  • Hates Being Touched: Tatsu shows signs of this when Dr. Burr hugs her after she saved him.
  • Hero-Worshipper: According to the producers, a young Barbara Gordon will appear as a massive fan of Katana.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Pyg and Toad are very chummy for a criminal duo.
  • Hungry Weapon: The Soultaker Sword. Unlike other cases, it works by chanting rather than just killing the person. But it leaves its victims as Empty Shells as their souls are absorbed into the weapon.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad capture several billionaires and businessmen for this reason.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Bruce Wayne, one of the most secretive guys there is, doesn't like secrets being kept from him. Alfred even Lampshades this.
  • I Am the Noun:
    Batman: I am justice.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Barbara Gordon learned to drive stick from video games.
  • I Lied: In the pilot.
    Thug: I thought you said the back-up piece was my best bet!
    Batman: I lied.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In "Hero", the crooks who take over the restaurant unload hundreds of shots at Deathstroke and somehow miss with all of them, even when he is standing at point blank range.
  • In Name Only: Several of the villains shown thus far, while technically pre-existing characters, share little in common with their comics counterparts. In particular, Cypher from episode 9. In the comics he's just some guy with a Compelling Voice, while here he's a cyborg who can Wall Crawl and use Combat Tentacles to hack his victims' brains.
    • Also, The Key, in the comics, is a guy with ever-changing mental powers based on the 90% of Your Brain fallacy. The key theme exists just 'cause he's a Batman villain and so must have a theme. In this, he's a cyborg (key-things in his hands) with the ability to break into and out of anywhere no matter how good their security is, and he can hack into anything and store the data within him (you get the feeling they wanted to use Cypher but he's too much of a mastermind to allow the plot that results to happen.)
    • Professor Pyg, in the comics is a completely Ax-Crazy (even by Gotham standards) member of the "Circus of the Strange" alongside Phosphorus Rex and Mr. Toad among others, and has a self-made army of lobotomized, mutilated Dollotrons. This version removes all these traits, the Dollotrons and Circus are never mentioned, and Pyg, now a soft-spoken eco-terrorist, is one of the most sane and amiable villains around.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: Batman places one on Katana when she's taken by Cypher in "Control." Presumably he has less obvious ones, since he planted some off-screen on Tobias Whale's mooks in "Broken" and they're still on them three episodes later.
  • Inkblot Test: Bruce sees some on the wall when he visits Dr. Ravencroft. He stops near one that reminds him of himself sitting between his dead parents.
  • Instant Sedation: Subverted. Professor Pyg shoots Simon Stagg with a tranquilizer dart in the neck, but all it does is make him feel woozy and weak. Mr. Toad actually has to knock him out the rest of the way, courtesy of a walking stick to the head.
  • Internal Reveal: The audience knows from the beginning that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Tatsu only finds out at the end of the seventh episode.
  • Invincible Classic Car: Professor Pyg and Mister Toad's roadster can take an amazing amount of punishment for something that looks two centuries old. Justified, as it's shown to have a great many after-market modifications that likely make it much more durable than it looks.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: When you have a secondary character named Katana, this is a given.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Alone", when Alfred said that Bruce Wayne was a better man than Slade Wilson due to having empathy, Slade starts kicking and punching Bruce.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It seemed like Simon Stagg was gonna get away with turning Rex into Metamorpho and pinning the blame on Batman after he deleted the video of him doing it, but Batman managed to recover the deleted footage and had already sent it to Gotham PD. In "Allies", it's revealed that he was arrested.
  • Latex Perfection: Silver Monkey uses a face mask to disguise himself as a security guard. While we never see his real face, the disguise is nonetheless flawless.
  • Left Hanging: Because of the show's premature cancellation, we'll never see Two Face's... well, face; we'll never see him really in action as a villain, and we'll never see Batman and the Outsiders fight crime together.
  • Leitmotif: All of the criminals so far seem to have their own unique song that plays when the scene focuses on them. Batman has a couple of these as well, depending on if he's being dark and mysterious or is doing detective work.
  • Lighter and Softer: The series itself isn't any lighter than its predecessors, but its adaptation of certain characters is. Professor Pyg is merely a criminal genius instead of the deranged sadist he is in the comics, for starters. Likewise, several minor characters are taken from Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, and are extremely toned down for television.
  • Light Is Not Good: Anarky's white costume contrasts with his villainous nature.
    • In Anarky's chess game in "Alone", the villain pieces are all white, while the heroic and civilian pieces are black.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: Sapphire Stagg loves Rex Mason, but once he turns into Metamorpho, Sapphire no longer loves Rex enough to look past what he now looks like.
  • Low Clearance: Batman has a couple of near misses with fixtures attached to the ceiling while on top of a subway car in "Control".
  • MacGuffin: The Soultaker Sword is one for part of the first arc. As is the Ion Cortex, which the League of Assassins’ entire plan hinges on.
  • Made of Indestructium: So far the Batmobile appears to be made of this. It has taken an industrial chainsaw, acid that melts concrete, and cannon fire without so much as a scratch to the paint job.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Pyg, as shown in "Doppelganger", where he perverts Kirk Langstrom's work to create animal/human hybrids.
  • Male Gaze: Several episodes feature a closeup of Katana's rear.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Mr. Toad has a supersonic croak that can send people flying and shatter glass.
  • Makeup Is Evil: Magpie with her Excessive Evil Eyeshadow.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Magpie's last name is Sorrow, which is a reference to an old nursery rhyme about magpies.
    • Humpty Dumpty has a less subtle one in his real name of Humphry Dumpler.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: You can tell when Cypher is controlling someone, because it gives them green eyes. (Plus the cable sticking out of their neck except for Jason Burr)
  • Mood-Swinger: Magpie, who goes from cheerful to angry in a split second. Clearly shown when she kicks Batman angrily, only to apologize afterwards.
  • Mundane Utility: Dr. Burr uses his device that can control the flow of electricity all over the world, to make a picture of Tatsu appear made of lights on the neighboring building. Though even Tatsu admitted that it was awesome.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The shot of Batman gliding in the opening is similar to the final shot of Batman Begins.
    • Professor Pyg's primary weapons are a bonesaw and scalpels, a reference to the fact that he often performs (completely insane and horrifying) surgery in the comics.
    • In "Hunted", Alfred quips to Bruce that "bats are nocturnal", which Bruce mentions in Batman Begins.
    • The very Manhattan-esque establishing shots of Gotham City, with the bridge over the river and all, seem taken almost straight from The Dark Knight Trilogy.
    • Anarky's belt resembles the Batman: The Animated Series utility belt that that incarnation of Batman wore.
    • Wayne Manor's head of security in "Safe" is Mr. Reese.
    • The signal alarm in Alfred's watch is the ringtone from the Batphone from the 60's Batman series.
    • "Toxic" isn't the first time Simon Stagg turned Rex Mason into Metamorpho.
    • Batman takes the fall for Gordon breaking Tobias Whale out of jail, his reasoning for doing so almost identical to his actions at the end of The Dark Knight.
    • Batman describes the Cauldron as a "No Man's Land".
    • Katana's bike and helmet use the same red and yellow color scheme as her classic comics costume.
    • Batman refers to the Industrial Area as a No Man's Land in "Allies".
    • Bruce's quip, "I own this restaurant", in "Instinct" is taken from The Dark Knight.
    • The logo for a plastics company resembles the belt of Plastic Man. The company is also named "Cole Plastics" in reference to Jack Cole, creator of Plastic Man.
    • In "Fall", it's revealed in flashbacks that Alfred told Bruce not to ignore his limits, like in The Dark Knight. Also Batman's defeat at the hand of Ra's and the ninjas taking him prisoner are reminiscent of the Batman vs Bane battle in The Dark Knight Rises.
    • In "Hero", during their first fight against Deathstroke, Tatsu is caught in an explosion and buried under collapsed rubble. When Batman arrives to dig her out, he carries his injured sidekick in his arms, just like he did with Jason Todd in A Death in the Family.
    • Harvey Dent's bandaged face, a dead ringer for his appearance in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
    • The original The Brave and the Bold comic was canceled to introduce Batman and the Outsiders. The cartoon Batman: The Brave and the Bold was canceled to introduce this series, which sets up the Outsiders in the first season finale and would have featured them if further seasons had been ordered.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Magpie bares more than a slight resemblance to Lady Gaga.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In "Animal", Batman gives a beating to Killer Croc so brutal that the prisoners in the audience are struck silent by the savagery.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Inverted when Alfred has to inform a scientist smitten with Tatsu that he's not, in fact, a medical doctor. He remains undaunted in giving her aid, despite the obvious fact that his help is neither wanted or actually useful.
    Burr: Give me room, I'm a doctor!
    Alfred: Wait! Are you a medical doctor?
    Burr: I am tonight.
  • Oh, Crap!: Batman has one in "Broken" when he realizes Humphry Dumpler is in Gordon's house.
  • Opt Out: Junkyard Dog and Daedalus instantly give up fighting Batman during their third confrontation, especially when they knew that they were just being used to slow him down. Batman still knocks them out, though.
  • Outrun the Fireball: When breaking into Pyg's hideout in "Hunted", Batman outruns an explosion before it can get him. Then he has to outrun another on the way out.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In "Animal", Batman gives Killer Croc a particularly brutal beatdown seemingly for no particular reason, continuing to punch him long after he's been subdued. Everyone watching is understandably shocked at this behavior.
  • Paper Cutting. During a fight with Lady Shiva, Katana manages to leave a very thin nick on her cheek with the Soultaker Sword.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Katana's disguise is a mask, a sword...and her street clothes.
    • Justified, as she specifically mentions she wants the League of Assassins to know who she is when she beats them, even taking the same codename she had when she infiltrated them.
  • Pig Man: Professor Pyg wears a pig mask that makes him appear to be a mix between man and pig.
  • Power Fist: The big thief in the pilot has a pair which he uses to hit Batman with the door to a bank vault.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Magpie's redesign borrows from more contemporary artists in this era, as her outlandish eighties design probably wouldn't work in this day and age, as well as giving her more of a connection to the bird she's named after.
  • Prison Riot: Killer Croc and his henchmen incite a Blackgate riot in "Animal".
  • Raised Hand of Survival: In "Toxic", Metamorpho ends up sucked into a ventilation tube as a gas - and that's after Batman says the antidote which was supposed to prevent him from dying didn't take. Later, we see liquid dripping into a sewer with a roughly humanoid coloration visible in the water. Then, Metamorpho's fist rises out.
  • Race Lift: Of sorts.
    • In the comics, the Soultaker Sword was forged by Muramasa in Japan. Here, its origin is unclear, but it appears to be made of jade, implying Chinese origin, the blade is covered in unidentified runes, and a reference book implies that it's been around since ancient Egypt.
    • Marion Grange is changed from being a Caucasian woman to an African American one.
  • Reaching Towards the Audience: The official DVD art, as well as various other promotional works, has Batman grabbing towards the viewer.
  • Real Men Cook: Dr. Burr can cook, much to Tatsu’s surprise.
  • Red Herring: In the episode "Secrets", Batman makes a connection between Magpie and psychologist Bethanie Ravencroft. When he goes to investigate as Bruce Wayne under the pretenses of becoming a client, he discovers various items that Magpie has stolen in Ravencroft's desk. Coupled with their similar appearances, one would be lead to believe that Ravencroft was Magpie. It turns out that it's actually Ravencroft's secretary who has multiple personalities. She wears a wig similar to Ravencroft's hair, leading to the similar appearance.
  • Remake Cameo: While a larger role than a mere cameo, recurring villain Silver Monkey is voiced by James Remar, who had previously voiced Black Mask in The Batman.
  • Ret-Canon: DC Rebirth would see Magpie redesigned to resemble her counterpart here.
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase: "Reckoning" serves as this, featuring, in addition to Ra's al Ghul and Lady Shiva, Prof. Pyg, Mr. Toad, Mapgie, Tobias Whale, Phosphorus Rex, and Cypher.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Tobias Whale, Black Lightning's Arch-Enemy, serves as a Batman villain here.
  • Scenery Porn: The creators have made a point of emphasizing the geography of Gotham. Hence the many dramatic shots of the city.
  • Secret Test of Character: Bruce seems to be putting Katana through one, starting by entering his study while she can see him then using the secret entrance to the Batcave to see if she'll figure out it's there.
    • "Family" shows that Katana aced her tests, and gets to discover that Bruce is Batman and to enter the team.
  • Set Swords to "Stun": Averted. Katana's sword is clearly sharp and lethal, if she cared to use it in that fashion.
  • Sherlock Scan: Batman showed this off when he noticed the victim of Magpie was missing a watch and how Katana knew Alfred.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Magpie was interred in the fictional Miskatonic Psychiatric Hospital, named after the Miskatonic University from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos (which is also the inspiration for the name of the better-known Arkham Asylum).
    • Mr. Toad is the one who drives Professor Pyg's car, except he's a better driver than the other Mr. Toad.
    • The Head of Security in "Safe" is named Mr. Reese, also could count as a foreshadowing as Mr. Reese sounds like Mysteries, to which it turns out he's actually Silver Monkey in disguise.
    • Tatsu's motorcycle is a Palette Swap of the one belonging to the first Kamen Rider, complete with way too many exhausts.
  • Significant Anagram: A major spoiler for the final arc for those who didn't notice: "Dane Lisslow" anagrams to "Slade Wilson".
  • Significant Double Casting: In "Hero", Robin Atkin Downes is listed in the ending credits as being the voice actor for both Deathstroke and Dane Lisslow. They are the same person.
  • Slasher Smile: Humphry sports a pretty creepy grin when he's inside Gordon's house. Got a pretty creepy chuckle to go along with it too.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Bruce and Alfred debate each other while playing chess in the Bat Cave. Subverted (most likely unintentionally) when Alfred moves his own king into checkmate, which is an illegal move.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Lady Shiva's voice is remarkably mellow even as she kills Ravencroft with the Soultaker Sword and promises to torture Silver Monkey for his betrayal.
  • Split Personality: Magpie.
    • And by the end of the series, Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
  • Spoiler Opening: Averted. The intro briefly shows Tatsu as Katana, so it wasn't shown in its entirety until after she first donned the costume.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye:
    • Silver Monkey pulls this trick on Katana in "Family", though it could have been in part of her being distracted by her video game.
    • In "Instinct" Tatsu even pulled this off on Burr. Jason even questioned if she thought that she was Batman.
  • Sticky Fingers: Magpie originally went to prison because of this.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: The show does its best to give a more realistic feel to the series to show what Bruce would need to do to pull off Batman in real life, such as reducing his sleep and living on liquid meals. Also his Batcomputer usually comes up with a statistic on how realistic his chances are to pull off what he is about to do.
  • Tempting Fate: Mercilessly lampshaded by Alfred and Tatsu in "Fall", when Bruce gushes about the potential of the Ion Cortex. Things do indeed go wrong, oh so very much.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The Failsafe to Wayne Manor. Locks down the manor, keeping anyone from getting in or out, and also comes with surface-to-air missile launchers.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Another of Batman's old standbys. He stops Katana from killing a League of Assassins ninja and lectures her on it. Later in that exact same episode, he has no problem with knocking ninjas off their bikes during high-speed chases, which they all conveniently survive.
  • Throw-Away Guns: As Humphry sees Batman scaling the castle wall, he just throws his cannon at him.
  • Time Skip: "Nexus" is set six months after "Reckoning", just enough time to clean up the mess from Ra's al Ghul trying to take over the city.
  • Title Drop: One of the crooks Batman fights in the beginning states "What do they always say? Beware the Batman?"
  • Took a Level in Badass: Anarky went from being a whiny minor villain in "Tests" to a guy who can take out three Assassins, steal Ra's al Ghul's body, and make a deal with Lady Shiva for his return, and live by the time of "Sacrifice". He has also, during his plan in the episode "Nexus", taken on Katana and Batman both to almost a standstill- almost, meaning they do eventually pin them. ...but not before he puts a proximity-activated bomb on each of their wrists, himself included. Did we mention his scheme involved bombing the mayor?
  • Tragic Villain: Most of the villains on the show fall into this, especially if you exclude those affiliated with the League.
    • Magpie's probably the most heart wrenching example, as she started off as a good person with kleptomania, but the treatment they gave her (which she volunteered for in hopes of being cured) ends up shattering her mind, and eventually erases her good persona. Even after that, the Magpie persona is largely sympathetic, as beyond her compulsion to steal she mostly just wants to be loved; it's her complete lack of impulse control and her own emotions that makes her a villain. Even Batman feels sorry for her, and because it's that kind of show his attempt to help her only makes things worse.
    • Metamorpho's another one, as none of what happens to him is his fault and if any of the major players in his life would just treat him with a little kindness everything would be fine. They don't.
    • Humpty Dumpty is yet another one, and is equally heartbreaking. He tried to do the right thing by testifying against his Bad Boss Tobias Whale, but was horribly injured and driven insane by Tobias's vengeance. Humpty is left a super (tactically) intelligent child, who mostly just wants to play games. Unfortunately, his games involve (somewhat justifiably) getting even with the people who either attacked him or failed to protect him, so he ends up drawing the attention of Batman, who naturally tries to help him. It doesn't work.
    • Then there's Lunk Head. He used to be a basic (albeit strong) mook, but a fight with Batman left him comatose and damaged his brain. Nowadays he's a gigantic child who *wants* to be good, but is just a little too stupid and immature to control himself. At one point he's coerced into breaking out of jail (which he initially doesn't want to because he knows he's been bad and belongs there) with the promise of candy. And, once more with feeling, because it's that kind of show he doesn't even get the candy. Instead, he gets betrayed by his only friend and pushed off a ledge.
    • Adding to the list, there's Jason Burr, who starts off as a straight up good guy, and still wants to be one, but suffers from residual effects of Cipher's mind control that force him to betray his friends and try to kill his love interest.
    • In a later episode, we find out that Katana's father, a well-intentioned guy for the most part, was blackmailed into betraying his best friend Alfred, making him one of these. And, again, because it's this show he dies for it.
  • Triple Shifter: With the help of "hormone free bovine glands", Batman's down to 4 hours of sleep a night. He's currently working to get to two.
  • The Unfought: So far, Humpty Dumpty is the first villain that Batman hasn't engaged in hand-to-hand combat in the series, but that might change later on.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Simon Stagg. He was willing to abandon an injured Alfred after Alfred saves his life and he doesn't even thank Batman for rescuing him but he scolds him for almost getting them killed.
    • Averted with Michael Holt, who wasn't going to abandon Alfred after he saves them and helps him out from the oil rig.
  • Uptown Girl: Sapphire Stagg is this to Rex Mason, who works as a security guard at her father's company. Predictably, her father doesn't approve and goes to rather...extreme lengths to end the relationship.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Used even more commonly than in previous Batman series. Earlier on, the only supervillain whom Batman has actually captured at the end of an episode is Magpie. Later on, more villains are captured.
  • Villainous Crush: Magpie has a thing for Batman, though it's ultimately one-sided.
  • Villainous Rescue: Lady Shiva shows up to save Batman and Katana from Silver Monkey in "Family".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad want to protect nature, and they'll hunt and kill anyone in the way of that goal.
  • Wham Line: "Wayne hooked, awaiting instructions."
    • "Gotham's true ruler: Ra's al Ghul."
    • "Lady Shiva: You will be generously rewarded for your services Dr Burr. Welcome to the League of Assassins."
    • From "Fall": "Ra's al Ghul: Rest in peace, Gotham City."
    • From "Epitaph": Oracle: "Whoever was in that Batsuit, he wasn't Dane Lisslow. Because Dane Lisslow... doesn't exist."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Katana calls Batman out on this in "Family", pointing out how his plan to cause infighting in the League of Assassins killed Bruce, left Ravencroft a soulless husk, and allowed the League to reclaim the Soultaker Sword.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Alone", after Commissioner Gordon saves Harvey Dent, now Two-Face, from Anarky, Harvey walks off, talking about his plans. The episode then moves on to the final confrontation between Batman and Deathstroke, leaving Harvey's next move for another episode.
    • Despite Batman freeing the souls from the Soultaker Sword, there is no mention of what happened to Jason or Ravencroft. Even Tatsu is seen going on a date with another guy in a later episode.
  • What He Said: Katana's occasional Catchphrase whenever Batman threatens the bad guys that it's going down.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Magpie, though it's later revealed to be a wig, also Dane Lisslow/Deathestroke.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: Mr. Resse, the head of Wayne Manor's security in "Safe", is the one that the security team is trying to keep out.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Staggs actually tries to pull one of these in "Toxic", making it sound like he was just an innocent victim and it was all Batman's fault. Too bad he didn't count on Batman finding the video footage he deleted and sending it to the police.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Inverted with Magpie. She's stolen millions of dollars in equipment, but she couldn't care less about that. She just likes them because they're shiny.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Batman does this to Magpie, lampshaded by the latter.
    Magpie: Hey! You just hit a girl!
    Batman: No, I just hit a criminal.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: In "Family", when Silver Monkey "kills" Bruce Wayne:
    Ravencroft: This wasn't the plan. You said Wayne wouldn't have to die.
    Silver Monkey: If you miss him, then you may join him.
  • Younger and Hipper: Alfred isn't as old as most other incarnations, and is still capable of dishing out physical punishment and being a pretty good tactician.


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"Luckily, I love to improvise"

Anarky quickly adapts his plan when Batman places a huge dent into it.

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