Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 10

Nothing to Fear

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 15, 1992 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Batman: It's over, Scarecrow.
      Scarecrow: Only for you and the doctor, Batman.

    • Scarecrow: My revenge is complete! The university is in a grip of fear, and Batman has been annihilated.
      Nigel: Huh?
      Scarecrow: Annihilated! Destroyed, dead!
      Anthony: Then who's that?
      (Anthony shows Batman trying to climb to the blimp)

    • Anthony: (after Scarecrow tells his origins) Wow, he's a real professor.

    • Scarecrow: It seems we have underestimated the Batman. At least, the university is finished.
      Anthony: Gee, boss, I never like school, but, why do you hate the university so much?
      Scarecrow: They tried to destroy me!
      Nigel: You mean they kicked you out because you weren't smart enough?
      Scarecrow: No, you simpleton!
      (Scarecrow twists Nigel's nose)

    • Bullock: (to Batman) Whatcha got there, vigilante? That looks like police evidence. Cough it up... NOW! (shoves at Batman, who shoves him off; draws his pistol) Looks like I get to take it from you. Gordon: (entering scene) Bullock! What the blazes is going on?! Bullock: 'Blazes' is right, Commish. It's attempted arson. (indicating Batman, who's no longer there) And Zorro here is holding evid-- (notices Batman gone) Gordon: You were saying...? Bullock: (throws hat on the floor) Aw, never mind...!

    • Alfred: Imagine that, sir. Someone dressed up in a frightening costume, running around scaring people. What will they think of next?

    • Batman: I am vengeance! I am the night! I am BATMAN!

    • The Scarecrow: I am fear incarnate. I am the terror of Gotham. I am the Scarecrow.

  • Notes

    • S.T.A.R. Labs is briefly mentioned in this episode.

    • Episode Villain(s):

      The Scarecrow

    • This is the first time Batman is effected with one of Scarecrow's fear toxins. The other times are in Dreams in Darkness and Gotham Knight's episode: Never Fear.

    • This is labeled episode 3 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 DVD.

    • This episode along with "On Leather Wings", "Christmas With The Joker", "The Last Laugh" and "Pretty Poison" was released on DVD as Batman The Animated Series: The Legend Begins.

    • Production-wise, this is the last episode in which Clive Revill voiced the character Alfred. After Revill due to a previous commitment, the role was taken over by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

    • Tiny Toon Adventures
      The guard at the University Bank is reading a comic book for Tiny Toon Adventures. This is a hat-tip to Bruce Timm and Eric Rodomski, who were responsible for this cartoon series.

    • Thomas Wayne has a speaking appearance in Batman's hallucinations, and this is his first appearance in the series. Martha Wayne is also seen with him in a photo.

    • Bullock calls Batman "Zorro" when talking to Commissioner Gordon. Coincidentally, Bruce had just seen a Zorro movie the night his parents died & the hero has had an influence on him.
      Also the creator of Batman was somewhat inspired by the Zorro character.
      Similarities include: Cave hideout, Both are rich, Both take their names from animals, etc...

    • Turns out Batman's worst fear is that he's shamed the family and disgraced his father.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of the Scarecrow.

  • Allusions

    • Title

      The title is a reference to the quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt: "There is nothing to fear but fear itself."

    • Tim Burton's Batman

      Computer: Axis Engineering, Bio Laboratories, Crane Chemicals, Macurity Manufacturing, STAR Labs...

      Axis is the name of the chemical plant from the 1989 Batman movie, and STAR Labs is a scientific facility from the Superman comics and later the animated series.

    • Zorro

      Bullock: Zorro here is withholding evid--

      Zorro (a.k.a. Don Diego Vega) is a fictional masked hero, who fights tyranny in Spanish California. He, just like Batman, is a vigilante.