Throughout his more than eight decades in comics, Batman has proven time and time again that he is one of the darkest yet heroic characters. Most versions of the Caped Crusader have a strict moral code that forbids him to kill his many enemies.

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While certainly admirable, that doesn’t mean Bruce Wayne strayed from the hero-villain line every night he prowls Gotham City. From his brutal crime-fighting methods to his questionable parenting methods, there are plenty of examples of Batman almost doing wrong to do what he thinks is right.


ten His constant vigilance

James Gordon tries to stop the Bat Vigil.

When Bruce Wayne donned the cloak and hood for the first time, corruption reigned over Gotham City. To do what he thought was right, he had no choice but to take justice into his own hands, meaning that in the eyes of the police he was technically a criminal.

The GCPD was as corrupt as the criminals before Jim Gordon became commissioner. Bruce therefore felt that he had no choice but to take to the streets himself. Throughout his history, Batman has had a varied history with the Gotham Police Force, sometimes he sees them as allies while other times they seek to bring him in.

9 His treatment of the Bat family

Batman hits his partner Robin

With Batgirl, Red Hood, Nightwing, and various people fighting as Robin, Bruce has no shortage of allies to join him on the pitch. But, with someone as dark and brooding as Batman, it’s no surprise that he isn’t exactly the Father of the Year. For example, Bruce puts his allies through rigorous and grueling training before they are even seen fighting alongside him.

Whenever they are given the green light to fight, they may as well say goodbye to normal life. Although through no direct fault on his part, Batman led many young people to their graves. Bruce Wayne may not show it, but he cares deeply for his adopted family, although he is often more a drill sergeant than a father.

8 The entirety of All-Star Batman and Robin

All-Star Batman and Robin had a much meaner Caped Crusader

Frank Miller was instrumental in reinventing Batman in the ’80s with classics such as The return of the dark knight and First year. In 2008, Miller told the Dick Grayson story in All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder, and most fans agree that the Batman shown in these pages is the opposite of what the Dark Knight should be.

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Most of the versions are dark and sometimes go too far without realizing it. He knows he’s going too far and likes to do it. Whether it’s recruiting Dick practically against his will or forcing him to eat rats in order to survive, this Batman has issues that extend far beyond murdering his parents, he constantly vacillates on meanness and enjoys it. .

7 Kill Dick Grayson

The Joker's life threat reveals itself as the former Robin

Frank Miller’s The return of the dark knight was celebrated as one of the greatest Batman stories ever told. The following, The dark knight strikes again, was a very different story and art style than its predecessor, and a very different Batman. A major twist was a Joker-type threat who turned out to be a now insane Dick Grayson.

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In a final showdown in the Batcave, Batman spends much of the fight berating his former partner and with the way he spoke to him, it’s no surprise that Dick ditched Bruce. The fight ends when Bruce drops Dick into the lava, without thinking twice. Dick Grayson has been one of Bruce Wayne’s closest allies for years and left him to die without breaking a sweat.

6 Almost kill an innocent joker

Batman defeats Joker, who in this case is innocent

The relationship between Batman and Joker is one of the most famous in comic book history, not least because of the distance Joker tries to push Batman. In the Silence arc, Bruce Wayne’s best friend Thomas Elliot is murdered, and he’s sure Joker is responsible.

In a fit of uncontrollable rage, Batman confronts his nemesis and nearly commits suicide in the street. It wasn’t until James Gordon stepped in that Batman finally softened the onslaught. If Batman had gone all the way, his sanity would have finally slipped, as Joker had nothing to do with Thomas’ death.

5 Babel Tower

Batman is part of the defeated Justice League.

It’s often said that one of Batman’s biggest perks is his ability to be prepared for anything, though it almost cost the Justice League his life. In the JLA arc Babel Tower, Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins manage to almost wipe out the Justice League. The only member of the League unaffected by the assault was Batman, who reveals to the team that he is partly to blame.

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Batman has every League member’s weaknesses recorded on the Batcomputer in case they go rogue. Talia al Ghul broke into the Batcomputer and stole the files, giving the League of Assassins the information they needed. This led the JLA to be suspicious of Batman, although he maintained that he did the right thing by collecting their weaknesses in the first place.

4 kingdom come

Bruce Wayne and his Advanced Kingdom Come Batsuit.

After years of fighting crime, Bruce Wayne realizes that he can no longer physically take responsibility for being Batman, but he has no plans to retire. kingdom come follows fan-favorite DC characters into their later years, many of whom have retired. Bruce Wayne may not be physically fighting crime, but he’s still in the fight.

From the Batcave, Wayne controls an army of robots that patrol the streets of Gotham in search of crimes. While not exactly bad, suppressing the privacy and betraying the trust of the citizens of Gotham is just as bad in the eyes of many, including Superman. The Big Brother’s approach to crime-fighting shows Bruce caring little for the innocents of Gotham, instead focusing all of his attention on the scum.

3 Forcing Joker to do drugs

His allies watch in horror as Batman force-feed Joker pills

One of the best story arcs to feature the Joker in a lead role is Batman: White Knight. In it, Joker finds his sanity and leads Gotham on a legal crusade against Batman. Although in fact a working member of society, the method with which he got there portrays Batman in a terrible light.

Knowing that his nemesis is getting worse, Batman knows there are only two ways to stop Joker, cure him, or kill him. After a particularly destructive chase through Gotham, Batman stops Joker and mercilessly defeats him under the horrified gaze of his allies. Batman produces a vial of pills, which he forces down Joker’s throat in front of the whole town, practically choking him in the process.

2 Let KGBeast die

Batman leaves the KGBeast to succumb to his injuries

When someone plays with the Batfamily, fans can rest assured that Batman will hunt them down and take them down. When KGBeast nearly kills Nightwing, Batman makes it his mission to make the potential assassin suffer. The two titans finally clash and KGBeast almost defeats The Dark Knight. In a last ditch effort filled with rage and desperation, Batman pulls his grappling hook at point blank range at the beast’s face, breaking its neck.

KGBeast bleeds in the snow, begging Batman to send help. Batman says he’ll have no problem finding who hired him on his own and leaves KGBeast to die. While anyone understands why Bruce did this, it’s not exactly heroic to let a beaten and possibly crippled man die alone, although most agree that KGBeast is lucky that is all that has happened. pass.

1 Let Joker live

Batman confronts his nemesis, the Joker

For most variations, Batman’s only rule is that he refuses to kill, under any circumstances. It seems like a noble position unless the result is some madman killing and causing chaos just because he finds it funny. The Joker usually doesn’t have an endgame, he just wants to push Batman to his breaking point, and he’ll hurt or kill anyone to do so.

Even when Joker apparently kills Jason Todd or paralyzes Barbara Gordon, Batman still lets him live and places him in Arkham, only for Joker to escape and start over. Batman knows that if he kills he will cross the line he stands on every night and be no better than Joker. However, many wonder if letting Joker live costs more lives than if he just finished him.

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