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S-T Sand In My Eyes: Red Tornado does this in the heartfelt depressing conclusion of "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!".
Schmuck Bait: The Blue Beetle armor.
Screaming Woman: In the episode "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", there is a redheaded woman who stops in front of the camera, screams for a good two and a half seconds, then runs off again. Twice.
Sdrawkcab Name: In "The Super Batman of Planet X", Earth's Batman ends up on a planet much like Earth, except their Batman equivalent has a Clark Kent-type life and his main villain is named Rothul. Naturally, Rothul is an Expy of none other than Lex Luthor.
Self-Deprecation: "Legends of the Dark Mite" features swipes at the Schumacher movies and Frank Miller's interpretation of the character. Bat-Mite gives Batman several new costumes, one of which is completely made of black rubber complete with Bat-nipples. Bat-Mite dismisses it as "too icky." When Bat-Mite turns Bats into the hulking Batman: The Dark Knight Returns model, he then declares, "Too psycho!"
Another shot at Frank Miller's Batman is taken in "A Bat Divided!" where Angry!Batman is very much the Goddamned Batman. Angry!Batman's yelling at Slacker!Batman for eating nachos could also be a dig at The Batman for depicting Bruce Wayne as eating nachos during his leisure, but it's somewhat mitigated by the The Batman version of the Caped Crusader appearing as one of the alternate Batmen at the end of "Night of the Batmen".
Serial Escalation: "Game Over For Owlman" starts with Batman against Batman. Then it ramps up to Batman, Batman, Batman, Batman, and Batman against Batman. The video game has Gorilla Grodd turning Batman into an ape. After which AQUAMAN rides on Bat-Ape's back. And Bat-Ape swings AQUAMAN around as a weapon. Their special attack consists of AQUAMAN, riding Bat-Ape, riding a whale... Fighting armored sharks.
Sexophone: A subtle version occurs almost every time Catwoman is on screen.
Sharing a Body: Ron and Jason, as Firestorm.
Shark Pool: In "The Mask of Matches Malone!", 'Matches' (actually an amnesiac Batman) attempts to lower the Birds of Prey into a shark tank.
Sheathe Your Sword: How OMAC beats Shrapnel.
Sherlock Scan: Performed by Holmes himself on Batman, immediately determining Batman's profession, both in and out of the cape, as well as his father's profession.
Shipped in Shackles: The Joker in "Game Over for Owlman!"
Shipper on Deck: Just like everybody else on the planet, Alfred ships Batman/Catwoman. He goes so far as to write a fanfic about the two being married.
Shout-Out: Enough for its own page.
Showdown at High Noon: "Night of the Batmen!" opens with one.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Jaime Reyes punches Jarvis Kord out cold.
Sidekick: Green Arrow brought his sidekick, Speedy, along for "Dawn of the Dead Man!". A grown-up Robin appears in "The Color of Revenge!" "Sidekicks Assemble!" focuses primarily on Robin, Speedy, and Aqualad, all of them sidekicks (though Robin graduates to Nightwing at the end of the episode).
Single Tear: Red Tornado sheds one at the death of his "son".
Sinister Scythe: Scarecrow.
65-Episode Cartoon: In the course of three seasons.
Skintone Sclerae: Part of the retro art style.
Skyscraper Messages: ("Mayhem of the Music Meister!"), during the song "The World Is Mine", two skyscrapers behind The Music Meister spell out the name of the villain.
Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Usually sits firmly on the idealistic end, even (perhaps especially) in its darkest stories. A notable exception, however, is "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!", where Batman is strangely judgmental about the new amateur crimefighter of the week, the consequences of a destroyed Secret Identity are played deadly straight, the lesson essentially amounts to "some people just shouldn't try to be heroes".
Slippery Skid: Batman uses ball bearings to cause Bronze Tiger to lose his balance.
Small Name, Big Ego: A bit of a Genius Bonus- in "Crisis 22,300 Miles Above Earth!", JSA member Starman is voiced like actor Ted Knight (who as Ted Baxter was the original Trope Namer). The original Starman's real name was Ted Knight, although he predates actor Ted Knight's career by at least 15 years.
Smoke Out: In "Game Over for Owlman!", the smoke lifts to reveal that not only has Batman disappeared, he's disabled all his assailants along the way.
Smoke Shield: In "Day of the Dark Knight!", when Batman and Green Arrow attack Etrigan, and again when Morgan Le Fay attacks Batman and Green Arrow.
In "Journey to the Center of the Bat!", when the navy attacks Chemo.
Smug Super: Captain Atom, who arrogantly puts down Badass Normal Batman at every opportunity. Unsurprisingly, he's cut down to size when Major Force brings him down to normal. Sadly, the lesson doesn't stick once he gets his powers back.
Superman too, when under the effects of Red Kryptonite.
The Smurfette Principle: The show suffered from this heavily. The only female characters seen by the end of the first season were Fire, who barely had a full minute of screen time, and Katana, who appeared in one episode and didn't speak until the end.
The series' director addressed this in an interview on Toonzone; since the series would have an accompanying toy line (see trope description way back up at the top) they consciously focused on the male heroes for the first 13 episodes. The second season includes not only Huntress, but Black Canary as well.
By the time the show ended, a number of other female heroes such as Vixen and Wonder Woman had appeared. However, the final season's version of the Justice League had nine men and only two women.
Space Pirates: Kanjar Ro and his crew.
Spared by the Adaptation: AQUAMAN'S son, Arthur Jr., is depicted here as a moody adolescent. In the main comic continuity he was killed by Black Manta as a baby.
Princess Laethwen and the other Kathartans from the episode "Sword of the Atom", who died during their first appearance in the comics when Ray Palmer inadvertently returned to normal size and accidentally destroyed their village in the process.
Spoof Aesop: Captain Atom loses his powers and has to save the day with his wits and courage. The lesson he learned? "Non-powered humans are the most fragile and pathetic beings on Earth. Believe me, I know."
Squee: Captain Marvel's reaction to B'wana Beast's power."That was awesome! Do it again!"
Stalking Is Love: When the Music Meister sings "If Only" about Black Canary, despite knowing nothing about her besides her gorgeous voice.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Not used that much, yet it still gets a Lampshade Hanging in "Game Over for Owlman!": Plastic Man repeatedly asks "How does he do that?" as Bats gives him the slip, including the first time where he was wrapped up by Plastic Man. "Wormholes? Wormholes! So that's how he does it!" And in a subsequent episode, he manages to impress The Flash with his departure speed.
Lampshaded again in the Cold Open for "The Masks of Matches Malone". This time, Black Orchid does it to Batman instead of the other way around.Batman: Thanks for the assist, Black Orchid. (Beat) Black Orchid? ...Now I know how Commissioner Gordon feels.
Stealth Pun: Plastic Man gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase "money shot" in "Terror on Dinosaur Island!".
Green Arrow is jealous that Merlin thinks Batman is The Chosen One.
Scarlet Scarab serves as a Red Herring.
Batman asks his co-crimefighter if it was really necessary to sing along with Music Meister after "Deathtrap!". The heroine's name is Black Canary. Though that one's justified: Canary's name is a result of her voice.
The Metal Men episode gets two thanks to Tin. He's smaller than the other Metal Men, which must make him tiny Tin. Then he loses his body and ends up borrowing Gold's to save the day. Somebody points out that Tin has a great heart, but is using Gold's body. Nobody says that he has a heart of Gold.
In "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous", Dr. Poison appears as a bartender. Alcoholic drinks are sometimes jocularly referred to as "poison", most commonly in the phrase "pick your poison".
Steven Ulysses Perhero: Skellington J. "Skeleton Keys" Keyes of Babyface's gang.
Stock Scream: In the "Dawn of the Dead Man!" teaser, one of the falling rat-men utters a Wilhelm scream when falling into the water.
"Stop Having Fun" Guys: invoked Sportsmaster tries to kill the competitors in an international bowling tournament because it's not a 'real sport' in one cold open.
Story-Breaker Team-Up: Poor, poor Sherlock Holmes.
Strapped to an Operating Table: Happens to Batman when the Joker starts to unscrew his head and destroy his mind in "Emperor Joker!"
Stripped to the Bone: In "Emperor Joker!", the Joker drops Batman into the acid, and we hear a splash offscreen before the scene cuts to inside the acid... where his skeleton is shown, moments before the villain brings him back to flesh and blood again.
Strong as They Need to Be: OMAC's (One Man Army Corp) "power". He requests more strength from the orbiting satellite Brother Eye, who rearranges his molecules accordingly. With these enhancements, OMAC can jump over a mile, punch through a wall and several mooks, etc.
Stupid Neutral: Equinox. He tries to kill Gorilla Grodd for his crimes, but in order to "maintain the balance" he tries to kill the Question at the same time. Based on Libra, from the main DC Universe, who also "maintains the balance", but what that translates to is "giving the baddies some wins." He eventually graduates to Omnicidal Neutral when he decides he has to destroy the world so that he can remake it according to his own definition of "balance."
Stylistic Suck: The teaser featuring the "Challengers of the Unknown" features a opening in grainy limited-animation typical of 70s Superhero cartoons.
Comes into play with "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases". The old-style anime uses blatantly looped footage, and the Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo crossover has some cels with Batman's neck miscolored (as well as a bunch of reused animation). Bat-Mite actually stops the cartoon to point this out.
The dialogue in the cold opener with Space Ghost reflects the Expo Speak style of the original Space Ghost cartoons.
Summation Gathering: The cold open of "The Golden Age of Justice!".
Superdickery: All of "Death Race To Oblivion" was Batman playing "ruthless" in order to maneuver his allies onto War Moon in a position to take it down. To the savvy viewer, what gives away the act is the fact that he was assured all his allies would be teleported away before being hurt.
The Season 3 premier pays homage and parodies the various classic Golden Age "Super Dickery" covers after Superman gets affected by Red Kryptonite and becomes a dick.
Jimmy Olsen: Superman's turned into a real di - Lois: -fferent person! Superhero Packing Heat: The Vigilante
Superhero Speciation: Played for laughs during Plastic Man and Elongated Man's team-up.
Super Prototype: Proto
Super Wheelchair: The future Joker's combination wheelchair/dodgem car in "The Knights of Tomorrow!".
Survivor Guilt: Oh! You better watch out, / You better not cry, / You better not pout, I'm telling you why: YOUR PARENTS WILL GET GUNNED DOWN.
Swiss-Army Superpower: The sheer variety of these is just hilarious. Of course we have the Green Lantern Ring, but also the Blue Beetle's armor, Firestorm, most shapeshifters (apparently, Plastic Man can transform his body into fuel for his own car form), even Batman's utility belt verges on this sometimes.
Tailor-Made Prison: Batman mentions one he's made for The Joker but didn't expect Batmite to free him.
Take Care of the Kids: The original Black Canary's Final Speech exhorts Wildcat and the Justice Society to take care of her "little angel"... who then grows up to be the next Black Canary.
Taken for Granite: The kingdom of Camelot in "Day of the Dark Knight!"
Take That!: One of the ways Bat-Mite tries to get the show cancelled in "Mitefall!" is by replacing Aquaman's normal voice actor with Ted McGinley.
Take That, Critics!: "Legends of the Dark Mite!" takes a hilarious swipe at viewers who complain about the Lighter and Softer feel of the series.
Fanboy dressed as Batman: I always felt Batman was best suited in the role of gritty urban crime detective? But now you guys have him up against Santas? And Easter Bunnies? I'm sorry, but that's not my Batman! The Creators: [whispering among themselves, eventually handing a note to Bat-Mite] Here, read this. Bat-Mite: Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but it's certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots as the tortured avenger crying out for Mommy and Daddy. [makes the paper disappear] And besides, those Easter Bunnies looked really scary, right?! Bruce Timm (dressed as Mark Hamill's Joker): Meh. The Phantom Stranger and The Spectre fight over whether or not Batman should be Silver Age or Dark Age, representing the divided fanbase that resulted from the show's more lighthearted nature.
The finale uses Bat-Mite to parody viewers begging for a darker take on Batman. He even comes to regret his scheme of getting the show cancelled and admits that the show was pretty awesome even if it was a lighter incarnation.
Take the Wheel: In "Game Over for Owlman!", Batman and the Joker pursue Owlman in the Batmobile; Batman starts out driving, but hands over the controls so that he's free to react to Owlman's attacks.Batman: [pointing] Brake. Choke. Throttle. [climbs out window onto roof of Batmobile]
Talking the Monster to Death: How Batman defeats Equinox.
Talk to the Fist: Blue Beetle pulls one off on Jarvis Kord, and Dr. Fate does one on Wotan right in the middle of his Evil Laugh.
Technobabble: Parodied in the first episode with Batman's explanation as to why they came back to Earth at the same time they left in the portal, which we hear in his thoughts was just a fancy way of saying "That's weird."
Team Rocket Wins: While they get beat up and sent to prison not long after, Joker and Weeper do manage to successfully destroy Batman's crime prediction machine, thus ensuring that they and other criminals in Gotham will be able to continue to menace the city.
Teleport Gun: The Zeta Beam.
Tempting Fate: Batman invokes this for the viewer, while narrating after he's just been swallowed by a whale.Batman: I know what you're thinking. "Belly of the whale. Can't get much worse." (tentacles appear) And you would be wrong.
Terrifying Rescuer: In "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!", two small children have this reaction to the Tornado Champion when he rescues them from a burning building, and run screaming into their parents' arms the moment he sets them down.
Thanking the Viewer: The final episode does this as a last bit of fourth wall breaking for watching the show.
That Man Is Dead: "There is no Jaime. There is only The Reach."
That Poor Plant: In "Enter the Outsiders!", Lethal Chef Wildcat makes a blenderful of Tiger Tonic. He gulps his down contentedly, but Batman pours his into a potted plant. The plant immediately shrivels up.
That Reminds Me of a Song: In "Emperor Joker!", after Harley asks the Joker to unmask Batman, the Clown Emperor responds, "And reduce my enemy to a mere man? Harley, my dear, I'm so disappointed in you! Where's the Fun in That?" He then suddenly shifts to using a villainous version of The Power of Rock and an electric guitar and singing, you know, "Where's the Fun in That?" while he sings to Batman to give in to the Joker's madness and smile.
There Are No Rules: Mongul does this when explaining the rules of his race in "Death Race to Oblivion!":Mongul: Rule 3: There are no other rules!
There Is No Kill like Overkill: The Music Meister's Death Trap for Batman and Black Canary involves the pair being suspended over an Acid Pool as The Walls Are Closing In with a Time Bomb counting down. And that's not even mentioning the lasers and swinging blades.
Thick-Line Animation: Except for Black Canary. Her hair has no lines surrounding it.
Third-Person Person: Proto in "The Plague of the Prototypes!".
This Cannot Be!: Bat-Mite. "It can't end this way! ... I... guess it can. That's all, folks."
This Is the Part Where...: Voiced literally by Orm after AQUAMAN warns him not to trust Black Manta.Orm: This must be the part where you try to turn us against each other.(Black Manta shocks him unconscious.)Black Manta: I wanted to do that within five minutes of knowing him.
Threatening Sharks: In "Emperor Joker!", the Joker sends Batman to the sharks, where one of them chomps on the Dark Knight and swallows him whole before heading back into the water (guess he should have brought in or used his Bat-Shark-Repellant). Cue the Joker bringing him back again.
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In the cold open of "The Eyes of Despero!"
Time for Plan B: In "Deep Cover for Batman!":Silver Cyclone: Then, since Plan A is not viable, we move on to Plan B.
Tin Man: Red Tornado Red Tornado: (crying) Oily discharge. I must run a diagnostic.
Title Drop: "Deep Cover for Batman!": Batman: "You've started something. A brave, bold new era in crimefighting." Again in "The Fate of Equinox!" Batman: "Justice wins the day thanks to the brave and the bold."
"Mayhem of the Music Meister!" The Establishing Shot immediately before "Deathtrap!" focuses on an awning which reads TB & TB
Token Good Teammate: Subverted with Scarlet Scarab, who gets two hints he's this for the Injustice Syndicate...which are quickly subverted. He objects to Silver Cyclone's desire to wipe out an entire planet...because he's scared they won't be able to top that in terms of evildoing. He then mentions he has a heart of a hero, prompting Batman to assume this trope is at play...only for him toe quickly reveal he meant it literally: he has one in a jar in his closet.
Too Awesome to Use: Meta example. The series doesn't make significant use of A-list DC characters because then the show would become Justice League Part Two.
Too Dumb to Live: Yes, Joe Chill, tell the Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Mad Hatter, and Solomon Grundy you're the reason Batman exists. Surely, they won't hold the fact you basically created the man who kicks their asses on a regular basis against you. This was based on the Golden Age story where Batman confronted Joe Chill. In that story, Chill ran to his gang and did the same thing; they promptly shot him in their anger. Though to give the gang credit, they did realize that this meant that Chill knew Batman's