The Laughing Fish - Bat-May

3-May, 2021
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The Laughing Fish is Walter's favorite Joker episode of Batman: The Animated series. It has a great story that reached it's peak in animated form, an impeccable score from Shirley Walker, and so much more! Find out now what makes this such a memorable installment in the series and a defining episode of the Joker that definitely deserves a re-watch.
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The Laughing Fish is an episode of the first season of Batman: The Animated Series. It is the fifth episode produced featuring the Joker and is notable for being an adaptation of classic Joker stories from the comic books, one of which was written by Dennis O'Neil.
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  • What's your favorite Joker episode from Batman: TAS? Follow Walter on Twitter -​​​​ Watch all the Bat-May here -​​​​ Follow us on Twitch -

    Channel AwesomeChannel Awesome9 kun oldin
    • I gotta go with Joker's Favor. It has a great story, satisfying end and one of Joker's best performances in Batman TAS. Hell, Charlie even gets his own theme music.

      TheStubbzyTheStubbzy7 kun oldin
    • The favor and the laughing fish

      Josiah & Jachen ‘s UltraverseJosiah & Jachen ‘s Ultraverse8 kun oldin
    • Almost got em is my favorite joker episode

      lites73lites739 kun oldin
    • @stlouisrocker100 it's one of my favorite simply because the joker concocts this whole scheme just to pie batman in the face

      lites73lites739 kun oldin
    • Ok so I guess I’m the only one getting a black screen while watching this video

      Flying DutchmanFlying Dutchman9 kun oldin
  • I cannot wait for your "Almost Got 'Im" installment.

    Charles LeeCharles LeeKun oldin
  • "Meanwhile - back at the WRENCH." Maybe not as funny as other Joker's witticisms but it hits just as hard. I still think of it whenever any narrative tries to pull that "meanwhile" crap.

    TskmasterTskmasterKun oldin
  • well even the staff admitted the smile was creepy and probably worse then outright killing them

    RevkorRevkor2 kun oldin
  • One of my least favorite episodes. Alongside jokers millions. I always thought those 2 episodes just didnt make any sense.

    RoScFanRoScFan2 kun oldin
  • Credit where credit is due with Bullock beating Batman there with him "Not needing no bat computer" To tell him a weird fish came from an aquarium.

    agentgrimmagentgrimm3 kun oldin
  • This was the first B:TAS I ever saw. I was instantly won over with the Joker’s first line. “Actually I’m Irish.”

    Hexalys WalkerHexalys Walker3 kun oldin
  • It's strongly hinted at what happens to people who don't get the anti-venom to Joker's toxin in the episode. They laugh so hard, they suffacate and die.

    RedDragonM1RedDragonM13 kun oldin
  • that mermaid scene always makes me burst out laughing

    Kcech OxzarKcech Oxzar3 kun oldin
  • Binford tools hilarious. Mainly because it's an ABC show when this was on the air on Fox kids

    Fernando Perez JrFernando Perez Jr3 kun oldin
  • That music score was so eerie. it's perfect. I also like how Bullock figured out where Joker was. Most of the time, he's comedic relief or generally unlikable, but every now and again we're shown how he managed to climb the ranks to detective. It makes him a more realistic character.

    Ace of SpadesAce of Spades4 kun oldin
  • Joker has a point about the fact IRL, he probably could trademark the look and branding of his fish easily.

    freedustinfreedustin4 kun oldin
  • This episode has the most Mark Hamill's laugh. The story is pretty dark but I can't help laughing at Joker's laughs.

    Nelson B. WinNelson B. Win4 kun oldin
  • Just realized Jokers mutagen form for the TMNT crossover should have been a shark.

    Tyrant-DenTyrant-Den5 kun oldin
  • Mask of the Phantasm confirmed that joker toxin is lethal. Yeah those 2 patent office workers are dead.

    Uncle FranklinUncle Franklin5 kun oldin
  • 2:19 😆

    Nathan CruzNathan Cruz6 kun oldin
  • 1:49 I liked the joke in the comic better. In the comic, the clerk says "Jesus Christ!!", to which the Joker turns to look and screams "WHERE!?!?!" 3:19 The ending of this episode was "inspired" by the ending of yet another Joker story "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge"

    Twilight ManTwilight Man6 kun oldin
  • Something else of note, Francis here is voiced by George Dzundza, which seems to have been his introduction to the DCAU, as he would go on to voice the Ventriloquist (Arnold Wesker) and his dummy boss Scarface in this series, as well as Perry White later on in Superman The Animated Series, and would returns as Wesker and Scarface in the New Batman Adventures, as well as that asshole doctor in Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero. He has as many roles in the DCAU as Mark Hamill (Joker, Solomon Grundy, the Trickster, Ferris Boyle).

    Dalibor JovanovicDalibor Jovanovic6 kun oldin
  • We never saw them again so probably dead

    Starwarsdude8221991Starwarsdude82219916 kun oldin
  • My favourite episode of the animated series. I just love it and always have.

    Sam HarrisonSam Harrison6 kun oldin
  • Joker is canonically irish.

    paco ramonpaco ramon6 kun oldin
  • Top 5 episode for me

    SneakerFetish420SneakerFetish4206 kun oldin
  • forgot how good this was definitely going to rewatch

    TheCreepyproTheCreepypro7 kun oldin
  • “Ya really sick, you know that boss?” is one of my favorite Harley lines

    ZuyuriZuyuri7 kun oldin
  • I like the joker fish

    Kevin BourkeKevin Bourke7 kun oldin
  • This episode didn’t necessarily give me nightmares as a kid but it stuck with me, for years, I couldn’t unsee it. Top notch work to haunt my eyelids for so long.

    Kenthis15Kenthis157 kun oldin
  • This was also the debut of Harley Quinn I'm pretty sure.

    DogkingDogking7 kun oldin
  • Yahhhh its back. Only thing i watch on C.A.

    CaptainToyotaCaptainToyota7 kun oldin
  • This is going to sound daft, but having read the original comic stories I'm glad Batman was able to stop the shark without killing it like he did in the comic (they excused it by having Joker comment it'd been affected by pollution and it probably didn't have long to live anyway, but I don't believe in stories treating animals, even dangerous ones, as disposable). "The Laughing Fish" also had a neat moment where Joker breaks the fourth wall a bit - pity that couldn't translate to TV.

    SuperSongbird21SuperSongbird217 kun oldin
  • Ew! lol Well, this is the type of fish I don't want to eat from the Joker's doing.

    Tayla Drago HesterTayla Drago Hester7 kun oldin
  • so what would had happened if they met Joker demand? He gets some money IF someone buys an albino freak fish

    mutalordmutalord7 kun oldin
  • Nice touch on having the usual intro without the music. Kinda like this episode's title card.

    Kraven RavenKraven Raven7 kun oldin
  • As a kid, it took so long for it to dawn on me that 'the cat didn't actually kill the real Batman'

    KoaMaKoaMa7 kun oldin
  • Irony.... 2:30

    Captain BleirdoCaptain Bleirdo7 kun oldin
  • I owned this episode on tape it's how I was introduced to the show alongside Xmas with the joker

    SpecterToffee does it allSpecterToffee does it all7 kun oldin
  • Harley: Your really sick ya know that boss? Such a great line

    tec5x5 channeltec5x5 channel8 kun oldin
  • This episode had one of Hamill's best laughs. After Harley does his introduction, he enters the room with a dark chuckle that grows into a hysterical peal of laughter as he removed his hat. It was positively chilling. Possibly my favorite episode ofthr whole series.

    TheBlues32TheBlues328 kun oldin
  • It’s strange to hear Harley say “You’re sick, you know that boss.” Because before this series, she was simply another one of Jokers Henchmen (Henchladies)

    Tron HeroTron Hero8 kun oldin
  • Eternal Question: If you had to have a mermaid girlfriend, would you want human bottom half or human top half? Joker: @2:06 ~_~

    Majin SoleMajin Sole8 kun oldin
  • This episode always creeper me out as a kid and I still remember it so fondly

    Mr_1BallWhaleMr_1BallWhale8 kun oldin
  • Person: you can't ride a shark Person 2: yes I can Person: oh yeah and why is that? Person 2: because I'm BATMAN!!!

    Nick DorenkampNick Dorenkamp8 kun oldin
  • Mark Hamill was amazing as the Joker. SO amazing, in fact, you’d be like, “I thought Luke Skywalker didn’t WANT to turn to the Dark Side?”

    baliyaebaliyae8 kun oldin
  • I love this episode

    Ashon LewisAshon Lewis8 kun oldin
  • I don't have a favorite episode but an episode I thought was pretty cool was when harley caught batman to make joker happy even though the ending was messed up from what I remember

    OracionOracion8 kun oldin
  • I feel the plot of the Laughing fish was taken from a silver age comic plot. It just has that feel to me.

    Emanuel RojasEmanuel Rojas8 kun oldin
  • Critic. We need a review on Fritz the Cat. Its important. Seriously.

    Dick of NeissareshDick of Neissaresh8 kun oldin
  • The Joker has Irish origins ?

    The Immortal's tombstoneThe Immortal's tombstone8 kun oldin
    • I think not. Perhaps he was frenchman.

      Dick of NeissareshDick of Neissaresh8 kun oldin
  • I agree 100%, best Joker episode ever

    Stefan DjukicStefan Djukic8 kun oldin
  • I absolutely hate the sound of your voice can't anyone else do theses

    Caleb EgelstonCaleb Egelston8 kun oldin
  • I loved this episode

    Starry PopzzStarry Popzz8 kun oldin
  • Joker's Irish ?

    Mhariz SaifuddinMhariz Saifuddin8 kun oldin
  • Tim - I'M BATMAN! Al - I don't think so, Tim.

    The SwapMeet FleaThe SwapMeet Flea8 kun oldin
  • That is back handed pimp slap/smack! A bitch slap is a front handed slap.

    James De VaalJames De Vaal8 kun oldin
  • Is this the episode where the joker (or harley) use a whoopee cushion as an alarm? The scene killed me

    Tlot PwistTlot Pwist8 kun oldin
  • Harley puking off camera is great 🤢🤣

    MrAnaheimificationMrAnaheimification8 kun oldin
  • I love Batmay

    Michael RandolMichael Randol8 kun oldin
  • This is my all time favourite episode but as a kid when I first watched it, it terrified me seeing those hideous smiles on the copyright clerks.

    Lachlan WinterLachlan Winter8 kun oldin
  • Anyone else notice Joker's inflatable was Plucky Duck?

    Lowell Lucas Jr.Lowell Lucas Jr.8 kun oldin

    Lowell Lucas Jr.Lowell Lucas Jr.8 kun oldin
  • Oh man that transformation still gets me

    WasabiSnifferWasabiSniffer9 kun oldin
  • What elevates this from the comic for me is the simple inclusion of Harley Quinn. I love the part when she gags from the food. She was a really funny hench girl. "You're really sick, ya know that, boss?"- BTAS Harley = The best Harley

    Rob ChukRob Chuk9 kun oldin
  • Joker falling down to the shark must be a call to captain Hook falling down to the crocodile

    The black goat of the woodsThe black goat of the woods9 kun oldin
  • This episode made me wonder if the toxin was in fact called "Smylex" like in the Tim Burton movie.

    William CroweWilliam Crowe9 kun oldin
  • All joker wanted to do was start a fish company ,batman.

    Mary AngelMary Angel9 kun oldin
  • When i was a kid, i knew they were dead and it confused me because the commentary and visuals didn't match up. I just decided they were probably dead despite what they were saying.

    guitargodthor2guitargodthor29 kun oldin
  • It’s the perfect Joker story and you hit all the beats as to why! I loved the rooftop fight and the mix of horror and humor. I also enjoy how Batman has to do a lot of great detective work to figure out the jokers plan.. it’s a perfect Batman vs Joker story without question

    Dario FabozziDario Fabozzi9 kun oldin
  • Arrr! Try me famous Joker fish!

    ReadyProductionsReadyProductions9 kun oldin
  • Joker as a businessman? I love it. This is a great episode

    Bat NikBat Nik9 kun oldin
  • Channel Awesome used to be awesome! *Now they're just another channel.*

    NeillanNeillan9 kun oldin
  • “Eat it.”

    Finger KnivesFinger Knives9 kun oldin
  • Great review. I like whoever’s narrating this one. Is it Doug’s brother?

    Edward DodgeEdward Dodge9 kun oldin
  • That cool shot of Batman's face in the shadows inside the Batmobile is probably one of my favorite artwork moments of the entire first season, if not the entire series itself.

    Samurai MomoSamurai Momo9 kun oldin
  • Hey Walter! I completely agree with your assessment of this episode as one of the preeminent representations of the Joker throughout Batman the Animated Series. In a sense, it perfectly encapsulates the frenetic energy of the Joker and his mercurial temperament which makes him unpredictable and, consequently, threatening. He can be flippant and humorous in the scheming and execution of his plans, and the plans themselves have the capacity to be rather silly in their “Joker” theming and ostentation. However, like you mentioned with the distressing contortion of his victim’s faces, Joker’s propensity for twisted torture and violence targeting the most vulnerable, “harmless” people in Gotham makes him a truly terrifying, demented villain. It’s surely this juxtaposition of horror and humor which epitomizes the Joker and Mark Hamill’s amazing performance imbuing him with this nuance and inflection. It’s also rather funny to see the perversion of such a mundane, bureaucratic process like copyright law being co-opted by the Joker for his own bizarre purposes. In addition to the Joker, Harley had a few dry, clever lines as well, contributing to the levity of the episode. Overall, The Laughing Fish is a quintessential Joker-centric episode that certainly deserves to be remember fondly for its brilliant in writing and execution, as well as scarring us as children haha. I should also add how your voice-work and the delivery of your scripts always adds to the entertainment and interest of these episodes; it’s always varied in tone, pitch, and tempo, and appropriate to the themes and events of the episodes themselves. Excellent job as always, Walter!

    Hayley EliseHayley Elise9 kun oldin
    • Thanks, Hayley!

      Awesome_WalterAwesome_Walter9 kun oldin
  • 4:41 Missed opportunity to say "bass in the glory".

    XenoSpyroXenoSpyro9 kun oldin
  • Well this is nice Bat May epsiode.

    Dynamosaurus ImperiousDynamosaurus Imperious9 kun oldin
  • This is honestly one of my favorites!

    Video Gamer Boy StudiosVideo Gamer Boy Studios9 kun oldin
  • I first saw this episode on my VHS copy of Batman. I honestly never cared for it, as I enjoyed watching the Christmas episode on the tape more.

    J1P2KJ1P2K9 kun oldin
  • From the time I saw this epsiode as a child, no fish-eating day goes by, without the memory of the premise... And the terrifing smiles it brought with it...

    O γιός του ΣαμO γιός του Σαμ9 kun oldin
  • Bat-May is back, baby! It's been a long year without you. Made my day!

    Music1234713Music12347139 kun oldin
  • i love this episode

    MrGabeanatorMrGabeanator9 kun oldin
  • For years, this was the darkest episode. The grinning bureaucrats were always shocking.

    Nick ManzoNick Manzo9 kun oldin
  • I guss one could say they DIED LAUGHING!!! HA HA HA HA HA!!! -------- Joker

    SonicBoom23SonicBoom239 kun oldin
  • Oh my goodness, is it that time again?! Woooooo hooooooooo!!! I love this channel's breakdowns of Batman: TAS episodes.

    Lockheed -Lockheed -9 kun oldin
  • I still say the best line of many in this episode goes to Alfred. "This could cause a stampede to pork." (I'm biased towards deadpan snark, I'll admit it)

    angbandsbaneangbandsbane9 kun oldin
  • You can tell they took the Joker smile from the 1989 movie.

    Marcel ZacharyMarcel Zachary9 kun oldin
  • This one was always one of my favourites.

    I_Teleported_BreadI_Teleported_Bread9 kun oldin
  • I haven't seen this episode in a long time very hilariously funny.

    Marcel ZacharyMarcel Zachary9 kun oldin
  • Oh I remember owning this on vcr. Those were the days 😎

    Thomas LThomas L9 kun oldin
  • I love people who support the source material enough to not spoil, even this many years later.

    Chef BrecciaChef Breccia9 kun oldin
  • even as a kid i wasnt fooled, i watched the Tim Burton movies and i knew that Joker's toxin is 100% fatal, they can try to censor it all they want, the fact that they tried is a joke in itself...

    The Gaming PaladinThe Gaming Paladin9 kun oldin
    • @The Gaming Paladin True, but possibly just as painfully, though that is debatable. I'm not sure that's a question I want to delve into, though.

      HououMinaminoHououMinamino9 kun oldin
    • @HououMinamino only a hell of a lot faster.

      The Gaming PaladinThe Gaming Paladin9 kun oldin
    • I figured it was fatal unless the antidote was given as shown. I think I connected it with the venom of a snake...antidote and the victim is okay, none and the victim dies.

      HououMinaminoHououMinamino9 kun oldin
  • You can't tell me the score from the end with the shark wasn't inspired from Psyhco.

    DodgeThisBamDodgeThisBam9 kun oldin
  • I couldn't have said it better. I also love having Harley Quinn there just as his sidekick, nothing more.

    Talaris Watts-ELTalaris Watts-EL9 kun oldin
  • Wait, wasn't that the Eisode with CAPTAIN CLOWN? i would had bet a Million Bucks, my Bad!

    DasKameDasKame9 kun oldin
  • Joker jumps into the ocean where the shark is. That poor shark.

    PioneerofImaginationPioneerofImagination9 kun oldin
  • This one was ok but I always liked "The man who killed Batman" more. Also the acid coffin scared me way more than joker gas.

    Nathan KNathan K9 kun oldin
  • I didn't even notice the Binford Tools reference. That's Hilarious!

    Warkite88Warkite889 kun oldin
  • That episode freaked me out.

    Miles TrombleyMiles Trombley9 kun oldin
  • there was an episode where the mad hatter (simpincel) kidnaps a girl. I remember that being creepy even as a kid. Then the ventriloquist episode. the episode where robin gets the fear toxin. Those stick in my mind~ Also, any episode with AlGuhl (sp) And the one where a dude owes joker a favor.

    ziem83ziem839 kun oldin
  • Good punchline

    Rosemary FlowerRosemary Flower9 kun oldin
  • hey please tell doug to do ep 22/23 of the original pokémon series for his dark cartoons series

    Tanner DayTanner Day9 kun oldin