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Terry McGinnis: You're Batman!Bruce Wayne: I was Batman.
Alfred: It seems you have discovered our little secret. Yes, I admit it. I am Batman.
...some call me The Batman.—Batman, Detective Comics #35 (not his first appearance, but the first instance of some form of this line).
I'm the Batman.—Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight, who is not Batman.
Batman: "You are the slinking coward who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne."Batman: "I know because I watched it happen. I know because I am the son of the man you murdered. I... am Bruce Wayne!"
Joe Chill: "That was a lifetime ago!"
Batman: "Yes, my lifetime. You took them without mercy or regret, and in cold blood, Chill!"
Joe Chill: "How do you know this? How could you possibly--"
—Batman the Brave And The Bold, "Chill of the Night"
"I'm not Hawkman."— Batman disguised as Hawkman, Superman/Batman #5
"I'm the Batman."—Batman, Batman: Death Mask
"I'm Batman."—Dick Grayson, establishing himself as the new Batman, Batman and Robin #3
"I'm Batman."— The Archivist-Bruce fusion, so we'll let you decide if he is Batman or not, Return of Bruce Wayne #6
Bruce Wayne: "I am Batman."Bruce Wayne: "I... am... Batman."
Dick Grayson: "What?"
"No, I'm Batman" (non-DC uses)
"I am the bat."—Hank Venture, The Venture Bros.
Ferr: You are the night.
Maxwell Adams: I am Batman.
Ferr: You're invisible, you got the Hookshot... you're Batman.
Victor: Ho--Holy...Spider-Man: Yes. I'm Batman.
Gert: You're... You're...
You're not a dark and troubled soul. You're a doctor who thinks he's Batman.
Sheldon: I couldn't become Green Lantern unless I was chosen by the Guardians of Oa, but given enough start-up capital and an adequate research facility, I could be Batman.
Leonard: You could be Batman?
Sheldon: Sure! (gravelly voice) I'm Batman!... See?
Linkara, in his Batman voice: I'm not Batman, I'm totally not Batman... *mimicks hiding his mouth with a cape* I'm Batman.
Superman: But dude, you know what I would've done?Batman: Because I'm Batman!
Batman: Oh, I don't know, probably just-
Superman and Batman simultaneously: Fly really fast, saving everyone from the bullets and explosions!
Batman: Yeah, well, I can't do those things. Because I'm not an super-bulletproof alien from another planet that can defy gravity. But you know what I can do?
Superman: What's that?
Batman: Make an incredibly awesome movie! ...You know why?
Superman: [Resigned] Because you're Bat-
"Oh, I'm Batman."—Homestar Runner attempting to make a crank call to Marzipan
"What? I bring joy to the world. I am filled with mirth and sunlight. Also, I am Batman."
"Hello. I'm Batman. I remember it, because I'm Batman."
Pinky: Who the fuck just hit me?Black Belt Jones: Batman, motherfucker!
—Black Belt Jones
"I'm Batman."—TV Tropes
Bruce Wayne: Dad's estate left me wealthy. I am ready...but first I must have a disguise. Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible...a...a...- And thus is born this weird creature of the dark...this avenger of evil; 'The Batman'
- As if in response, a huge bat flies in the open window!
Bruce Wayne: A bat! That's it! It's an omen. I shall become a BAT!
—The original origin of the Batman, Detective Comics #33.
It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.—Batman, Batman Begins
Tell me something me friend, did you ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?—The Joker, Batman
Penguin: You don't really think you'll win, do you?Batman: Things change.
People think it's an obsession. A compulsion. It's never been like that. I chose this life. On any given day, I could stop. Today isn't that day. Tomorrow won't be either.—Batman, Identity Crisis
Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.—Batman, Batman: The Movie
"My world goes crazy sometimes."—Batman, Detective Comics #475
"By the gods! You pursue me past your dying...! Are you man-- Or fiend from hell?"—Ra's al Ghul (who really shouldn't be so shocked by resurrection), Batman #244
"It wasn't the money I wanted. It wasn't the action I sought. I just liked the attention."—The Riddler, Detective Comics Annual #8, on why he is who he is.
"Why are we doing this? Because we are now two faces. One good, the other bad. Half-and-half. Fifty fifty. Opposite and equal. And we're deadlocked. When that happens... we let the coin decide."—Two-Face, Batman Annual #14, explaining his philosophy as he holds a gun to his abusive father. The coin comes good-heads up just as Batman barges in.
Red Robin: Bruce, you're Batman. You've lost your memory somehow, but you're this rich guy who dresses up in a costume to scare bad guys.—Return of Bruce Wayne #6. Robin brings it back to first principles for us.
An almost legendary figure, the cowled shadow of The Batman prowls through the night, preying upon the criminal parasite like the winged creature whose name he has adopted!—The standard tagline accompanying each Batman front page, circa Strange Apparitions...
I made a promise on the grave of my parents to rid this city of the evil that took their lives. By day, I am Bruce Wayne, billionaire philanthrophist. At night, criminals, a cowardly and superstitious lot, call me...BATMAN—...and circa Hush by Jeph Loeb.
Mr. Freeze: Tonight I mean to pay back the man who ruined my life...our lives...Mr. Freeze: *nods* Think of it, Batman. To never again walk on a summer's day with a hot wind in your face, and a warm hand to hold...oh yes. I'd kill for that.
Batman: Even if you have to kill everyone in the building to do it?
—"Heart of Ice", Batman: The Animated Series
"There are times when I, too, disagree with Master Bruce's decisions. And when that happens, there's something I do that never fails to lift my spirits. I disobey him."—Alfred, The Batman, "The Joining"
Harley: There's one thing I gotta know: why'd you stay with me all day? Risking your life for someone who's never given you anything but trouble?Harley:...Nice guys like you shouldn't have bad days. (kisses him on the cheek, turns away - then plants one on him)
Batman: I know what it's like to try and rebuild a life. (gives her the dress she paid for) I had a bad day too, once.
Ace: When I was little, Cadmus used to make me play all kinds of games. They'd strap me into their machines and poke wires into my brain, "Ace, can you move this object with your mind?" (uproots a tree and launches it into the sky) Yeah. I can move it. They weren't really games, you know. They were training me, turning me into a weapon - for 'justice', they said. They got their weapon. I got cheated out of my childhood.(Batman sits next to her and takes her hand)
Batman: I know what that's like.
Ace: You do, don't you? (smiles) You don't have to answer. I've read your mind. That's how I knew you weren't going to use Mrs Waller's weapon on me.
Batman: No. I wasn't. (drops Waller's kill-switch)
Ace: You were going to try and talk me into fixing what I've changed...before I die.
Ace:...I'm dying very soon.
Batman: Yes. I'm sorry.
Ace: (quietly, tears in her eyes) Would you stay with me? I'm scared.
—Justice League, "Epilogue"
Bruce: You don't know the first thing about the American justice system, do you?Bruce:...
Tim: I know it's bogus.
Bruce: And how did you come to that well-thought-out conclusion?
Tim: Watching you.
Batman: I imagine this is a unique opportunity for you. It must be odd for you to have the chance to catalog new levels of physical discomfort, as you rarely experience them.Batman: Four hundred and ninety-six by my last count.
Superman: What kind of masochist keeps track of the different kinds of pain they've -
Batman: (on making Robin his sidekick at age nine) Robin needed to help bring the man who murdered his family to justice.Batman:...So that he wouldn't.
Wonder Woman: So he could turn out like you?
"Of all the descriptive names of all the things people say when they hear a hero in action, The Amazing Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, The Invincible Iron Man, the only descriptive word for this guy is 'The God-damn Batman!"
Bruce Wayne: Yes, father. I shall become a bat.
Bat-Mite: Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but is certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots as the tortured avenger, crying out for mommy and daddy.