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12 Really Dark Moments Where Batman Went Completely Insane in the Comics 

Jacoby Bancroft
Updated September 26, 2019 9.4k votes 2k voters 152.8k views 12 items

List Rules Vote up Batman's most disturbing and dark freak-outs that honestly kind of scared you.

Is it that surprising that a man who dresses up like a bat to fight crime may have a few screws loose? Bruce Wayne has billions of dollars, spends his free time beating on criminals - with his bare hands, and his parents were murdered in front of him as a child. Bearing that in mind, Batman may not represent the sanest members of society. 

In fact, some of the most insane Batman comic book moments come when the Dark Knight let's his crazy side shine. Read the list of some of the best Batman freak outs of all time below. Batman knows how to cross the line: he has murdered mentally-ill people, launched enemies into space, and lost his marbles on more than one occasion. 

Check out the list below for some of the darkest moments in Batman comics and see how well you really know the Caped Crusader. 

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Batman Makes Robin Eat Rats
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In All Star Batman & Robin, Batman chooses an insane methodology to help train up his new sidekick. He insults him, abuses him, and isolates him in the Batcave so he can learn to fend for himself. But it gets crazier: Batman makes Dick Grayson eat rats for survival practice. Why? Because Batman did it on his own path to Caped Crusading. When Alfred feeds Grayson actual food, Batman freaks out and tells him that Dick needs to learn the hard way. Batman has clearly lost his mind.  

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Batman Swings a Murdered Corpse from His Batjet Like a Pinata
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Golden Age Batman is arguably the best Batman. Not only does he speak like a Saturday-morning PSA, he also has some serious issues. And old Batman doesn't always shy away from horrific actions. Take the time in his first solo comic, Batman #1 in 1940, when he strung up a genetically enhanced - and mentally ill - person by his neck. Batman then used the Batjet to show his victim off to all of Gotham. Readers see the man struggle, then go limp, and Batman says, "he's probably better off this way." As in, better of dead. That's dark - even for the Dark Knight.

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Batman Laughs Alongside the Joker
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Many people hotly debate the ending of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, one of the more controversial comic endings in history. After the Joker cripples Barbara and almost shatters Gordon's psyche, Batman looks like he's finally had enough. The two enemies stand in the rain together and the Joker can't help but crack a joke about the two long-time enemies. In one of the most crazy Batman moments ever, the Dark Knight cracks a small smile, and then proceeds to laugh - at a joke from his most iconic villain. Then the floodgates open and Batman and the Joker laugh like two old friends reminiscing about the good old days. Then Batman gets quiet, the graphic novel ends, and it sure looks like Batman has finally killed the Joker. 

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Batman has Sex with Black Canary While Criminals Burn Behind Them
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In the most WTF moment from All Star Batman & Robin, Batman dispatches a dock full of criminals with maniacal glee. On top of that, he gets Black Canary all kinds of turned on with his fighting prowess, and she kisses him right then and there. Things get even more heated (pun intended thanks to the criminals literally burning to death in the background) when the two start having sex. And of course the two leave their masks on for the whole shebang (pun intended here, too). This is pretty dark, even for Batman.

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