The Batman

Season 3 Episode 13

Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM May 13, 2006 on The CW
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Hugo Strange creates a AI database called DAVE (Digitally Advanced Villain Emulator), encoded with the minds of Gotham's greatest criminals, in order to better predict their crimes. However, DAVE breaks free and proclaims himself to be "Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind".

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Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Commissioner Gordon (Episode 35-present; guest otherwise)

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • DAVE makes away with a little over 99 million dollars. However, Alfred mentions that Bruce's bank account is empty, too. Considering he's called "Billionaire Bruce Wayne" and that there's at least three other billionaires in Gotham (judging from DAVE's search to find out who Batman is), shouldn't he have made off with loads more? (Reply: Bruce may not keep all his money in Gotham banks. They do keep getting robbed.)

    • Alfred had a bruise on his face. However, about five minutes before the episode ends, his bruise disappears but reappears after a few minutes.

    • To find out the Batman's identity, D.A.V.E used data that was readily accessible on the internet.

      750.832 are male out of the entire population of Gotham,
      137.628 are aged between 18 to 36,
      22.157 have the same health and fitness as the Batman,
      3 only had the wealth,
      1 had motive to become the Batman.

    • After Batman was unmasked, DAVE threw his mask. Where it landed was unknown, but it did not land anywhere near Batman. However, right after Batman questions DAVE, which made DAVE short circuit, Batman was seen with his mask. How did he get it back? (Reply: He's in his batcave, so he could've gotten one hidden anywhere.)

    • DAVE's moves resemble both Catwoman's and Ragdoll's.

    • When Penguin's picture is displayed on DAVE, his prison number is a "backwards F" 15H3. In the style of 'leet speak' by looking close, it spells FISHE, as in Fishy.

    • DAVE's plan is a lot like a plan the Riddler would come up with.

    • 'D.A.V.E.' stands for Digitally Advanced Villain Emulator.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Batman: Impressive. You have all the answers, D.A.V.E. Except one. Every great super villain has an origin, too. What's yours?
      D.A.V.E: My origin? I-I fell into a chemical bath.
      Batman: That's Joker.
      D.A.V.E.: A cryogenic mishap. No, I lost my family fortune!
      Batman: Freeze. Penguin.
      D.A.V.E.: I was a mad psychiatrist using Arkham as my cover!
      Batman: That's Professor Strange, your creator. You can't remember your origin because it doesn't exist. You're a computer program.
      D.A.V.E.: But I am Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind! I consider all possibilities! How could I ... not of considered ... this?!

    • D.A.V.E.: (to Batman) I present you with a game I call "The No-Win Situation." The red button is wired to your Batwave, which is set to transmit your secret identity to all of Gotham city. The blue button is wired to a device that, if activated, will send your closest ally in the world to his doom. Press the blue button, and you save Mr. Pennyworth but reveal your secret identity. Press the red button, and you protect your identity but lose your dear friend. So, choose your poison, but choose it soon because when this hourglass empties, you automatically forfeit both.

    • D.A.V.E.: Welcome home... Bruce.
      Batman: You should have told me you were stopping by. The place is a mess.
      D.A.V.E.: Humor: often used as a coping mechanism in high stress situations. But I'm not here to trade tips, Bruce. I'm here to destroy you. But how does one best destroy your alter ego, The Batman... when he allows to destroy himself?
      (Pulls a giant Joker card, revealing Alfred as a hostage)
      Batman: Alfred?

    • D.A.V.E.: (to Batman) You probably want to know how I uncovered your secret. It was simple, really. Using information readily available to anyone, I began by narrowing down my search through Gotham's population of 750, 832 males. Those not falling inside Batman's probable age of 18 to 36 were eliminated. Medical records revealed body type matches. Tax records indicated those who possess the wealth and resources to create his technology. But the true key to the puzzle was deducing who of the remaining candidates had motive to become the Batman. After all, every great hero must have an origin. And when Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind put it all together, the answer was obvious: Bruce Wayne, son of the late Thomas and Martha Wayne.

    • Batman: Shut down D.A.V.E. now!
      Strange: I may have created D.A.V.E., Batman, but I no longer control him.
      Batman: Then, tell me how to stop him.
      Strange: You can't. You see, he was designed to stop you. D.A.V.E. acted his crime to bait you to encounters in order to study you.
      Batman: And why would he want to study me?
      Strange: Because I also programmed my psychology into D.A.V.E.'s brain. D.A.V.E. shares my fascination with you, Batman, and by now, he has probably learned all there is to know about you.

    • D.A.V.E.: (after Batman refuses to play his game) How predictable! I anticipated you would a third or more favorable option. (tosses batman aside)

    • Batman: D.A.V.E.'s escape was no accident. Was it, professor?
      Strange: You aren't suggesting that I deliberately released Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind?
      Batman: I'm suggesting that you might find Arkham a better home than office.

    • D.A.V.E.: Hello, Gotham. I am D.A.V.E. For years, you have listened to the idle threats of criminals who have vowed, and failed, to bring the city to its knees. Well, I'm no ordinary criminal. I am Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind. And I'm about to prove that even the most heavily secured institutions can't prevent me from committing the ultimate crime. A crime of such scope and genius that soon all of Gotham will be mine.

    • D.A.V.E.: With one snap, I can accomplish what no villain ever has before ... but breaking bones is also pasé. (throws Batman to the ground) Your defeat must be the ultimate defeat. So, until we meet again, Batman, today's crime concludes with this: my getaway!

    • D.A.V.E.: The Batman! You're late.
      Batman: Didn't know I was expected.
      D.A.V.E.: My superior intellect considers all possible results... (crushing Batman's batarang) including the most predictable ones.

    • Strange: There will be other opportunities to peer behind the mask, Batman. For if you think you have defeated Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind, think again.

    • Batman: D.A.V.E, why are you doing this?
      D.A.V.E.: Did you say "why"? Why do you dress like a bat? Why do you fight crime? Why do we do anything, Batman? I do this because I have made it my purpose! Just like you have made yours to stop me but shall fail trying.

    • Bruce: According to this, DAVE's escape from Gotham PD wasn't a glitch. It was pre-progammed.
      Alfred: How very odd.
      Bruce: Not odd, Alfred. Strange.

    • Bruce: How can D.A.V.E. not realize it's a computer program if it just uploaded itself?
      Hugo Strange: The criminally insane create their own reality, Mr. Wayne.

  • NOTES (13)


    • Graphic Novel: The Dark Knight Returns

      When Batman confronts Dr. Strange about D.A.V.E's pre-programmed nature, Dr. Strange remarks, "ah, the Dark Knight returns," alluding to the famed and critically acclaimed Frank Miller graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.

    • Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
      The psychopathic computer, DAVE, may be named as an homage to Dr. Dave Bowman, who battles the insane computer HAL9000 in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

    • n/a: Braniac
      DAVE's "face" resembles Brainiac's distinctive V of lights, inverted and red instead of green.

    • DAVE's fashion of discovering Batman's identity is similar to how Ra's al Ghul deduced the secret in the Batman: TAS episode "The Demon's Quest (1)" (physical description, necessary wealth).

    • Batman faces an artifical intelligence whose name is short for a longer, more technically specific title (DAVE). This is very much like HARDAC in the Batman: TAS two-parter "Heart of Steel".