- Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Batman's distaste for Bolton stem solely from the latter's extremism... or does Batman also realize that Bolton's only picking on the weakest, frailest charges? Note that none of Arkham's really hardened inmates, like Joker or Croc, seem to have any complaints against Bolton; and that even when he goes off the rails, Bolton only tackles unsuspecting and (in his own words) "spineless" civilians, not armed criminals.
- Designated Villain: Bolton, at least at first. He's supposedly a bad guy for keeping the Arkham inmates in check via brutal methods that we never get to see, never mind the fact that many of the inmates richly deserve it. However, given that being a prison guard requires treating prisoners with civility even though they arent the most civil people, it really doesnt help his case that he treats prisoners like wild animals.
- Jerkass Woobie: The Arkham inmates are depicted as such. Despite knowing who they are and what they have done, you can't help but feel sorry for Harley, Scarecrow and Scarface. They're outright terrified of Bolton, who punishes (and even goes so far as to torture) them even when they're on good behavior.
- Misaimed Fandom: Lyle Bolton has some unapologetic fans who believe his aggressive actions were vindicated by the actions of Arkham's prisoners and their poor track record with them, but it blatantly overlooks that he's an emotionally unstable sadist and extremist who is barely any different from the inmates he tortures, and he goes well over the line to enforce the law, even trying to bring in innocent people and actual police like Commissioner Gordon because he sees them as no different than the criminals he watched over. Batman himself is horrified at Bolton's overzealous extremism, and is openly disgusted that Bolton believed he would side with his actions.
- Realism-Induced Horror: Batman's main villains are usually costumed nutjobs, which the average person in the real world doesn't encounter. Bolton's menace, however, comes from being a cruel man with authority over others, which is an all too common fear in the real world.
- Strawman Has a Point: Lock-Up's meant to be seen as a hard-headed conservative nutcase with his rant about the inefficient politicians and the "liberal media" being the cause of the superpowered psychos. While "cause" might be a stretch, he's quite right about them being part of the problem. The police routinely fail to combat the maniacs, leaving Batman, a vigilante, to do 90% of the work. The people running Arkham keep it a barely-functional revolving door. The politicians, as far as we can tell, are doing nothing to improve Arkham or the city itself. And for one example of the media's faults, at one point they're shown positively portraying Poison Ivy instead of focusing on the murderous ecoterrorism. If they all did their jobs more efficiently and professionally, maybe there wouldn't be so many costumed freaks terrorizing the city. However, it is shown in most episodes that the authorities are doing the best they can when it comes to handling crooks and Boltons methods for keeping the prisoners in line were highly unethical, even when the prisoners are not out of line.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Lock-Up was an awesome, thought-provoking villain who appeared in just this one episode. In some ways, it can be understood, as he was a pretty obvious piece of political satire. Still, he was probably one of the scariest characters in the series. He eventually would become a Canon Immigrant to the main DCU.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Bordering on Strawman Has a Point, Bolton's methods are supposedly brutal, but considering the fact that his "victims" are psychopaths who escape from Arkham with annoying regularity, some viewers wish that Batman and the press would back off and let Bolton give the inmates everything they deserve. However, he ends up losing support when his methods range from brutal to downright sadistic and the fact that Scarecrow was even willing to turn over a new leaf just to get away from Bolton really says a lot.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While we are meant to feel bad for the Arkham inmates who are tormented by Bolton, the fact that many of them are guilty of hurting innocent people means that many viewers don't feel particularly bad for them, or even think they deserve to be brutalized.
YMMV / The Adventures of Batman & Robin E17 "Lock-Up"