Batman Beyond

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Batman Beyond is a cartoon series set in the future of the DC Animated Universe. It stars Terry McGinnis, a high school student who takes on the role of Batman under the tutelage of the original Dark Knight, the now-retired Bruce Wayne.

Season 1


Jokerz Leader: We're the Jokerz!
Bruce Wayne: Sure you are.

Terry: [looking at Ace] Nice dog.
Bruce: Not really.

Black Out

Barbara Gordon: I hear you wrangled yourself a new errand boy.
Bruce: I never wrangled anyone. You all came to me.
Barbara: Maybe for once you should try to talk someone out of it.
Bruce: Would it have worked for you?
Barbara Gordon: [smirks]

Terry: [about Inque] It was like...some kinda blob!


Terry: It belongs to Nelson Nash. He goes to Hill High.
Bruce: Know anyone who might have a grudge against him?
Terry: The line starts with me and goes around the block. Twice.


Mr. Freeze: Take a good look, Doctor. I've been like this for nearly fifty years, and I haven't aged one day. I have become what many men have dreamed of: an immortal. And yet, there hasn't been a day, an hour, a minute, I haven't thought about death. It obsesses me. Even now.

Terry McGinnis: We'll let the police handle this.
Mr. Freeze: No, I've caused this man enough pain.

Mr. Freeze: Remember - there may be some momentary discomfort.

Blight: [melting Mr. Freeze] And behold, I shall be a blight upon the land, and everything I touch shall wither and die!

Blight: You only got a tan that time, Batman. Now get ready for the real burn!

Mr. Freeze: Stay where you are.
Batman: Freeze, you have to get out of here! The whole place is coming down!
Mr. Freeze: Believe me, you're the only one who cares.

Terry McGinnis: I guess you were right about Freis.
Bruce Wayne: We both were.


Batman: Remember, you're heroes.
Magma: No, heroes make a choice. We never did.


Terry: [about Crime Alley] I'd think you'd want it to be torn down, so maybe after all these years you could finally forget.
Bruce: Do you want to forget what happened to your father?

Derek Powers: You should know something about the psycho ward here: there's always room for one more!

Terry: Tell me something - why were you so sure those voices weren't coming from you?
Bruce: Well, first, I know I'm not psychotic.
Terry: I hope your other reason is more convincing.
Bruce: Second, the voice kept calling me "Bruce." In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
Terry: What do you call yourself? [Bruce just looks at him for a moment] Oh, yeah. I suppose you would. [Batman voice] But that's my name now.
Bruce: Tell that to my subconscious.

Dead Man's Hand

Melanie Walker: Maybe you should ask for time off.
Terry: Not this guy. Him, you don't ask for time off.

Terry: I know what it is. You can't stand to see anyone going out and having a life. You want me to end up like you - alone.

Terry: Anything like this ever happen to you?
Bruce: [smiles] Let me tell you about a woman named Selina Kyle...

The Winning Edge

Bruce: Arch-criminals, I know how to handle. Mothers are something else.

Coach: I eat punks like you for breakfast!
[Batman defeats him and ties him up.]
Batman: Sorry to spoil your appetite.


Bruce: Terry, listen to my voice. Whatever you're seeing, it isn't real!
(Spellbinder hits Batman with a branch)
Batman: That sure felt real.

Spellbinder: [about his school psychologist work being underappreciated] For years, I fought the demons in the heads of those ungrateful little snots, while their coddling parents paid their garbage men more than me! Now I'm taking what I've earned!

Disappearing Inque

(Terry seals the entrance to the cave to stop Inque gettign in)
Bruce: Mind telling me what you're doing?
Terry: Sealing up the cracks. Making sure she can't ooze in.
Bruce: [smiles in amusement] You really think she's coming here, don't you?
Terry: She was here before. She knows the way.
Bruce: Does she? It was dark that night. The Batmobile was going awfully fast. And then there's the way you drive.

A Touch of Curaré


Blight: You want to talk about POISON?! I AM POISON!

Blight: [being stalked from the shadows by Batman] Who are you?!
Batman: [pauses] You really want to know?
Blight: Yes!
Batman: [enters] You killed my father.
[Slight pause]
Blight: Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down?!
Batman: Too bad. That's all you'll ever get.

Season 2


Batman: Come on, doc. Lets fight, man to freakshow.

Earth Mover

Batman: He's not really your father. He's...a ghost.


Skab: I know what this thing is.
Joker #2: What?
Skab: Ours.

Lost Soul

Hidden Agenda


[Matt McGinnis has been captured by the Stalker.]
Matt: So, what're you gonna do to me? Cut out my heart? Eat my liver?
Stalker: Don't be dramatic. You are merely the bait.

Once Burned

Hooked Up


Mind Games

Batman: So, what's creepy lady's power?
Girl: I don't know, but they call her Bombshell.
Batman: Oh, that's encouraging.


Terry: An invisible boy in the girl's locker room. Why didn't I think of that?
Dana: What?
Terry: Uh... Nevermind.

Terry: (Discussing the posibility of the supernatural) I suppose you don't believe in that stuff.
Bruce: Of course I do. I've seen it all. Demons, witchboys, immortals, zombies... but this, it's just so... high-school.


Terry's Friend Dates a Robot


Final Cut

The Last Resort

Batman: "Some jobs are just too tough for Batman. That's when Terry McGinnis swings into action!"


Sneak Peek

The Eggbaby

[Eggbaby is crying over the comlink]
Bruce: What's that?
Batman: It's, uh...nothing.
Bruce: Terry, is there something you haven't been telling me?



Stalker: There are worse things than an honorable death.
Batman: Betcha it's a short list.

April Moon

Sentries of the Last Cosmos

Max: Do you think there's a connection?
Terry: Is Jar-Jar lame?

Cory: Hey! Watch it!
Nelson: Or what? You're gonna bop me with a flaming sword? Get a life.

Batman: That's all you can find for Eldon Michaels? An address?
Bruce: I searched everywhere for information about him. I found nothing. Not even a birthday.
Batman: Maybe he really is from outer space.

Eldon Michaels: Ow! That hurt!
Batman: "Ow! That hurt?"

Bruce: It's not easy to give up being God.
Batman: I guess you'd know.


Bruce: Why weren't you watching your back?
Batman: I was too busy watching my front. Am I supposed to have eyes everywhere?
Bruce: Only if you want to live to a ripe old age.
Batman: You don't make it sound too inviting.

Payback: You're a mean old man, you know that?
Bruce: Mm-hmm. And what are you?
Payback: I'm your worst nightmare!
Bruce: You have no idea what my nightmares are like.

Where's Terry?

Max: I'm staying. I want to find Terry, too.
Bruce: Go home.
Max: Make me.
[Bruce stares]

Ace in the Hole

Season 3

King's Ransom

Paxton Powers: Bruce Wayne's my mentor! He's like a father to me!
Barbara Gordon: Except he doesn't glow in the dark.
Paxton: Hey, I resent that! Where's my lawyer? I'll sue!


Bruce: Anything broken?
Batman: If I said yes, could I go home?
Bruce: No.

Bruce: When I was younger, women used to throw themselves at my feet all the time.
Terry: What'd you do?
Bruce: I stepped over them.
Terry: Smooth.
Bruce: I thought so.

Guard 1: (After seeing the Repeller) Get a load of the freak in long johns.
Guard 2: You really haven't been in Gotham long, have you kid?

Dr. Blades: What makes you think that you can rummage through my files like you own the place?
Bruce: Because I do. Bruce Wayne.


Inque: [dissolving] After all I gave could you have turned out like this?
Deanna: You never gave me anything except money, mother. How did you expect me to turn out?

Batman: He expects me to work even harder while he's gone!
Max: Why?
Batman: He always thinks something bad's going to happen the minute he leaves town. (Sky lights up) And somehow he's always right.

Big Time

Out of the Past

Bruce Wayne: I should have known you'd cheat death again, Ra's!
Ra's al Ghul: I don't cheat death. I master it.

Bruce: Sure Ra's, why not? Anything to hold off the Grim Reaper a few more seconds. I take it back. You don't cheat death. You whimper in fear of it!
Ra's: SILENCE! [slaps Bruce]
Bruce: And you hit like a girl.

Bruce: [to Terry, in response to Batman: The Musical] You hate me, don't you?
Terry: C'mon, I spent months trying to get tickets for this show. It's schway.
Bruce: It's shw-arbage. [gets up and leaves]

Batman: [after stopping Ra's al Ghul from transferring his mind into Bruce's body] Lady, that is the sickest thing I've ever seen. You're creeping me out!
Bruce: You? She kissed me!

Terry: I'll tell you right now. There's no way I'm wearing the Robin suit.

Talia: Ra's al Ghul was a man of many contrasts. Leader, environmentalist--
Terry McGinnis: Sociopath.

Speak No Evil

Terry: Did you hear a scream?
Dana: Hey, it's Gotham City. That's practically our theme song.

Bruce: He's a kindred spirit if I've ever seen one.

Zoologist: [calling after the escaped gorilla] Fingers!
Batman: Fingers?
Zoologist: My kids named him.

The Call

Superman: Good to see you, Bruce.
Bruce: It's been a while.
Superman: You seem to be holding up pretty well.
Bruce: I could use some of that Kryptonian DNA.
Superman: You'll outlive us all, Bruce. You're too stubborn to die.

[Batman is in the Batmobile, being pursued by Superman.]
Batman: What's the top speed on this thing?
Bruce Wayne: Mach three.
Batman: Is that faster than a speeding bullet?

Big Barda: [inviting Batman to join the Justice League] C'mon. It'll put you one up on the old Batman. He never made it past part-timer.
Superman: Yeah. He wasn't what you'd call a "joiner".
Batman: Maybe he and I have something in common after all. [walks off]
Superman: More than you think, son. More than you think.

(After seeing Superman betray them on a screen)

Barda: I don't believe it.
Aquagirl: It is hard to accept..
Barda: No, I mean I don't believe this thing.
Batman: It came straight from the Batmobile's recorder.
Barda: And that's suppose to convince me! I know even less about your vehicle than I do about you!
Batman: What reason do I have to end up in the middle of this.
Barda: What reason would Superman have to kill Warhawk! It's easier for me to believe that you fabricated this.
Batman: Listen lady, I never asked to be part of this club. You people just came to me.
Barda: That was only Superman who came to you and now you're accusing him of murder! It doesn't make sense!
Batman: I know it doesn't! And it's not going to be unless you open your eyes and stop being so pigheaded!

Warhawk: Yeah, Barda, calm down. The kid's right.
Aquagirl: Warhawk! How did you....?
Warhawk: I wasn't in the armor. I was operating it by remote, that's the only reason I'm not dust right now.
Kai-ro: Very shrewd. Not very like you.

Batman: Well, not Aquagirl. Of course, I did save her life.
Bruce: That's one way to make friends.

Warhawk: [about Batman] He disobeyed me... I like that.

Big Barda: So, where should we boom them to? Deep space? The surface of the sun?
Superman: Barda, these creatures never asked to come here. We have no right to kill them.
Warhawk: Back to his old self, all right.


Bruce Wayne: I'm sorry. I know how hard it is to go against a friend.
Terry McGinnis: I outgrew him, that's all.

Curse of Kobra

Terry: It's a toxic waste dump.
Bruce: Or so they say. Can you think of a better way to keep people away?
Terry: Call it a high school?

Zander's Assistant: I telling you it's a big mistake. She's rude, she's sarcastic, and she has absolutely no respect.
Batman: Gotta be Max.

Bruce: Don't blame yourself.
Terry: Why not? It's my fault.
Bruce: I know, but blaming's not productive.

Batman: These people tried to raise you without family, or friends, or love. But you couldn't get along without those things, could you?
Zander: You're right. It was my weakness.

Dr. Childes: I told you it would never work. I'll have her eliminated.
Zander: No! I like her. She's so different from these mindless automatons I'm surrounded by. She's... She's a person.
Dr. Childes: That's the problem.


Rowan: Zeta was picked up by some muscle-bound gorilla with a thing for explosives.
Batman: Mad Stan.

Batman: I'll go. You're staying here.
Rowan: But...
Batman: Don't make me lock you in!
Rowan: And just what am I supposed to do while you're gone?

[Batman turns on the radio]

Batman: Enjoy.
Rowan: (Sarcastically) Thanks heaps.


Return of the Joker

See Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker for quotes from the movie.

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