Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 46

The Laughing Fish

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Jan 10, 1993 on FOX
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The Joker tries to copyright his smile after developing a chemical that produces bizarre smiles on fish.

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  • Great story from the comic book as well

    I later found out that this episode is from one of Batman's own comc books. Detective Comics #475 published in 1977 with the same title. There are few differences such as Harley Quinn not in this issue of #475 since the comic is before her time. Other characters in the comic not really necessary are not used in the animated series. I was surprised that an animated series did more than just base an ep on a comic book. The writers/creators/staff brought a Batman story from the comic book to life. They did a great job of being true to Batman and his fans.moreless
  • The Joker is just a total enjoyable nut!

    This episode is only second to hilarity and craziness to "Christmas With the Joker." Only the joker would choose fish. There are no words that can really do this episode justice. Batman was smart enough to change places with the No. 2 guy after Mr. Francis was put out of commission. But Joker, knowing that, had drugged the cat whom went straight for his master who was in the Batman costume. If Bullock would not be so pigheaded and determined to out do Bats, he wouldn't always end up with egg on his face. After saving my bacon a time or two, I'd just shut up and take my clues from him. This is an episode that one needs to watch when down and needs a pick me up. This is just crazy. It reminds of another episode late in the series when Harley sees a trap that her 'Mr J' has put together, but hasn't carried out against Bats because he doesn't know how to have the 'perpetrators' smile. She takes the plan, figures it out and has Batman beat. But Bats gets in her head and gets her to call 'Mr J.' That buys him the time to get loose from the trap.

    Even though it is animation, this is some of the best television out there.moreless
  • The laughing fish is the Joker's most infamous sceme.

    The comic relief in episodes including the Prince of Pranks, the Clown Prince of Crime, the Harlequin of Hate… The Joker is the reason I watch the series. Watching the commercial Harley and the Joker created make me laugh so hard I thought I’d burst a gut. I notice that this episode was created using the ideas of more then just the comics “the laughing fish”, but also another comic, the name escapes me at the moment, but I know that’s where the Shark came from. The relationship with Harley Quinn and the Joker is shown quite clearly in this episode, yet there are other episodes that explain more about Harley’s obsession such as “Mad Love” or “Harley and Ivy”. Not knowing how to write about this particular episode without spoiling it has caused me to make a mess out of my writing skills and I apologies for that.moreless
  • A funny little Joker episode.

    The Joker has infected several fish with a toxin, giving them a wide grin. With this, Joker hopes to copyright the smiling fish and obtain a cut of the profits from every fish product sold. When this offer is refused, the Joker plans his revenge.

    I actually found this episode one of the most amusing of the series. Mark Hammill once again plays a convincing Joker, with lots of humorous lines. One joke he made at the expense of KFC had me laughing for ages, as did the fake advert he created for 'Joker fish'.

    Also, for fans of the 1960's Batman movie, guess what? Batman fights a shark not made out of plastic and without shark repellant! Also, the ending was rather chilling.

    A funny, exciting episode.moreless
Robert Costanzo

Robert Costanzo

Detective Harvey Bullock, Rocco

Recurring Role

Arleen Sorkin

Arleen Sorkin

Harley Quinn

Recurring Role

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Joker: (Pointing at Francis) You, have until midnight to change your mind, Francis. Or you'll be the poorest fish of all. (He put his hat on his head and laughs while he walks away from Francis)
      Harley:(Blows a kiss to Francis when she walks away too) Buh-bye!
      Francis: He's crazy!

    • Francis: No one can copyright fish. They're a natural resource.
      Joker: But they share my unique face. Colonel What's-his-name has chickens and they don't even have moustaches.

    • Harley: Again with the fish. I hate fish. (Sees The Joker glaring at her) No offense Mr. J.
      Joker: Poor Harley. This caper has been kind of rough on you, hasn't it?
      Harley: Uh-huh.
      Joker: Cheer up. You can be my very own little mermaid. (Sticks a fish costume on her head and laughs)
      Harley: You're really sick, you know that boss?

    • Joker: Don't speak to me again, okay? Now, what is everyone in town talking about?
      Francis: Your fish?
      Joker: (Slaps Francis with a fish) I told you not speak!

    • Harley: Oh, my poor, poor puddin'.
      Bullock: Come on, he was a demented, abusive, psychotic maniac.
      Harley: Yeah... I'm really gonna miss him! (begins crying)

    • Harley Quinn: singing

      They're finny and funny and oh so delish,

      They're joyful and jolly, Joker Fish!

    • (Batman returns to the Batcave with a smiling fish)
      Alfred: Dining in tonight, sir?
      Batman(annoyed): The dissection tray, please, Alfred.
      Afred: Do you have any idea what our smiling friend is up to this time?
      Batman: Normally most crooks have methods to their work. But the Joker's plans make sense to him alone.

    • Francis: Uh, Bat-man? Why is this happening to me? I've never done anything to this Jo-ker. I'm just a paper pusher. I can't change the laws. I'm harmless.
      Batman: And in his sick mind that's the joke, Mr. Francis.

    • The Joker: You're right, Harl. Fish are disgusting. Maybe I'll try my toxin out on cattle instead. Joker Burgers! Talk about a Happy Meal.

    • Harley: Freeze copper. I've got you covered, see?

    • Francis: Great scott!
      The Joker: Actually, I'm Irish.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Episode Villain(s):

      The Joker
      Harley Quinn

    • This episode is episode 6 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 DVD.

    • This episode, along with "Christmas With The Joker" was released on VHS as The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: The Joker. Later it was paired up with the VHS The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Fire & Ice (consisting of "Deep Freeze" and "Fire From Olympus") on DVD.

    • The showdown in the aquarium is all but directly lifted from the last part of from Batman #251, "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge", published in 1973.

    • This story is based on a comic book story of the same name, that originally appeared in Detective Comics #475, published in early 1978.


    • Long John Silver's seafood resturant

      In the Joker's Commercial he is seen wearing a slicker witn a hat on a boat peadling his fish. This is a visual reference to Long John Silver's seafood resturant. Thier commercials look exactly the same.

    • Colonel Sanders

      Joker: Colonel Whatsizname has chickens, and they don't even have moustaches!

      This is a reference to Colonel Sanders, founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain. In some dubs of the episode, the Joker blatantly mentions KFC instead of referencing the colonel.

    • Happy Meal

      The Joker: Talk about a Happy Meal!

      An obvious reference to McDonalds, a fast food chain that uses the name Happy Meal to refer to their childrens' meals.