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25 Times Batman Was A Major Dick In Comics

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Batman: dark protector of Gotham City. The Dark Knight is a hero, mentor, and philanthropist. Yet, sometimes, he can be kind of a dick. Superheroes can't be super 24/7, and few of them prove this more often than Batman. When has Batman been downright rude and an all-around not nice guy?

This list includes the many occasions when Batman was a total jerk to both his allies and his enemies. There's everything from mistreating people who trusted him to straight up murder. Surely the pressures of being one of the most popular superheroes ever can be daunting and, sure, no one is perfect - but no one lets the jerk flag fly like Batman. Maybe he's just getting cranky after 75+ years of existence?

Take a look below to read about the many times Batman was a dick and remember that it isn't always saving lives and fighting crime with this superhero.

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    That Time He Pushed Robin to His Death

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    So is there is no Bat-severance package?

    Bruce Wayne is usually depicted more as a figure head at Wayne Industries instead of a day-to-day guy. This means he probably doesn't have a lot of experience in letting people go. 

    However, this is no way to fire someone. Batman, you cannot lead your young apprentice to the top of a tower, shove him to his death AND THEN say they're fired. Robin probably assumed as much all the way down. Ever wonder why Dick Grayson left to become Nightwing? Detective Comics #381 is probably exhibit one.
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  • 2

    Pretty Much Everything in All Star Batman

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    Frank Miller's take on the Dark Knight has always been that he is a little rough around the edges. However, when the writer teamed up with Jim Lee for this limited series, Batman just went off the rails.

    First was his extremely un-P.C. language with the newly orphaned Dick Grayson. This pretty much lasted through the whole series and spawned the popular "I'm the goddamn Batman" line. He then leaves Dick to eat rats or starve in the Batcave. Yes, the same Batcave that is below a plush estate equipped with kitchen and butler. 

    Then he paints an entire room yellow so that Green Lantern can't use his powers. At first, it seems pretty brilliant! Just keep in mind, this is Batman - the guy is always ten steps ahead of everything. He really didn't have a way to stop GL outside of having Robin paint the furniture and make lemonade?
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    That Time He Made Robin Dig His Own Grave

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    Wait, doesn't Batman have a butler who can dig these graves?

    World's Finest #195 features not one, but two superheroes forcing these young boys to dig their own graves before they will kill them. This is something that even the worst mobsters don't do.
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    That Time He Knocked Nightwing's Tooth out

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    So apparently Batman never studied denistry?

    In Batman #7, Batman is hot on the heels of The Court of Owl's assassins, the Talons, when he uncovers a secret tying them to Haly's Circus. Suspecting that his former ward, Dick Grayson, might have been selected to join the Talons, Bruce decides that he needs to see if their seal is hidden in one of his molars. Does he ask politely to look in his mouth? Does he explain any of this to Dick first? 

    Nope. That's not how Batman operates. 

    He just hauls off and punches his friend in the face so hard that it knocks to tooth loose and it rattles on the floor. There had to be a nicer way to get that tooth out, Bruce.
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