Bat- (Prefix)

Bat- (Prefix)

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Bat- (Prefix) refers to a phrasal template based on the name's of devices on the 1966 Batman television series in which the superhero Batman brands with the prefix "Bat."


Premiering in January 12th, 1966, the Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward introduced the idea of a "Bat" labeling system en masse.[3] The show accounted for the character's seemingly endless array of personalized devices by adding the word "Bat" to the beginning of the word.

The use of the phrase became a catchphrase on the show.



On November 8th, 2015, the Twitter [5] @BatLabels launched. The Twitter archives the explanatory labels for the various Bat-branded devices used on the 1966 television series. As of January 2018, the account has more than 49,000 followers.

The following day, on November 9th, 2015 Tumblr[4] user Aaron Reynolds started the Tumblr account "batlables." The account is described as "collecting the explanatory labels on everything in the 1966-1968 Batman TV series" (examples below).


Robin: What's a [X] Memes

Based on the dialogue from the 60s television series, this series is a parody conversation between Batman and Robin. In the dialogue, Batman mentions a word that is not a Bat device but has the prefix "bat," and Robin assumes it is a Bat-labeled device (e.g. Batmobile, Batcopter) and asks "What's [the suffix of the word].

On January 6th, 2018, Twitter [1] user @fro_vo tweeted, "ROBIN: the batmobile won’t start / BATMAN: check the battery / ROBIN: what’s a tery." The post (shown below) received more than 74,000 retweets and 211,000 likes in three days.

FRO vo @fro_vo ROBIN: the batmobile won't start BATMAN: check the battery ROBIN: what's a tery

The following day, Redditor [2] kynlemssb shared @fro_vo's tweet on the /r/meirl subreddit. Within in two days, the post received more than 17,000 points (97% upvoted) and 100 comments.

Over the next few days, variations of this format became more common on /r/dankmemes [6] and /r/meirl.

Robin: What are you putting in the remote? Batman: Batteries Robin: What's a teries? Batman: and David saw Bathsheba Robin: what's a hsheba Batman: Let's go to battle! Robin: What's a tle.

On January 9th, Redditor[7] IrockART98 asked about the memes on the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit. The post received more than 1,500 points (89% upvoted) and 60 comments in less than 24 hours.

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Ryumaru Borike
Ryumaru Borike

The Bat-Bat-tery operated Bat-tering Ram for Bat-ting down the Bat-door to the Bat-hroom to catch Robin Bat-beating it to Bat-pictures of Bat-girl Bat-hing instead of Bat-tling the Joker whose Bat-oning Bat-ter in the Bat-hysphere down by the Bat-Docks.


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