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18.
A superhero (without powers) who dresses as a bat to strike fear in his enemies. He generally investegates as a detective. Behind the mask he is multi-millionare Bruce Wayne.
As a child he became determined for vengance ever since witnessing his parents being killed by a crook.

Created by Bob Kane and was originally potrayed with a lighter style, but was later re-created to be much darker by Frank Miller.
Batman AKA The Dark Knight or THE Batman
by shay42 August 31, 2005
 
22.
A fictional character of DC Comics who resides in a fictional world known as Gotham City. By day he is Bruce Wayne; a popular and wealthy businessman that heads 'Wayne Enterprises'. By night he is the vigilante known as Batman; a man determined to rid the city of crime and avenge his parents' death doing it.
Batman works fine on his own, he doesn't need that pussy fruitcake Robin tagging along.

by TwentyFour November 09, 2007
 
23.
Invented by Bob Kane in 1940. Coolest superhero in American comic book history (the Incredible Hulk probably comes in a discreet second). Batman's real-life alter ego is billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne. When summoned to crime-ridden Gotham City by the Batsignal (a batlike silhouette within a searchlight beam, shining onto those perpetually dense clouds) he proceeds to de-scum the place like nobody else. Often has at least one delightfully camp side-kick, but generally works best alone.
Unforgettable scene from Tim Burton's 1988 movie ..,

(BATMAN dangles HOOD over side of 23-storey building)

Batman:
I'm not going to harm you. I want you to do something. I want you to tell all your friends who I am.

Hood (howling in fear):
WHO ARE YOU?!?

(Batman pulls the Hood in about an inch from his masked face.)

Batman:
I'm Batman.

(He throws the Hood down on the flat roof behind them. Long before the criminal has regained a fraction of his composure, Batman has disappeared into the shadows.)
by Fearman October 07, 2007
 
24.
Other than the superhero himself, 'batman' is used as a term to describe something cheesy and usually old school, but still cool - something that is 'camp'. (i.e. listening to certain 90's music, watching certain old television shows, etc.)

Michael: What the fuck is this shit, Richard?!
Richard: This? This is Kurtis Blow!
Michael: This shit sucks, and it's super old!
Richard: You're kidding me. This shit's batman.
Michael: Yeah, maybe five years ago when listening to 80's hip-hop was cool.
by Timmy Sanders December 07, 2007
 
25.
"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Columbian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad."
-Neal Stephenson, "Snow Crash"

Batman is a higher state of being particular to fictional worlds. In any given universe, the Batman is that world's biggest bad-ass. This bad-ass is represented numerous ways- strength, toughness, genius, etc. This accompanies strong, authoritarian personalities and immense will.
Though they are not usually the most powerful person in their worlds, they are most certainly the Winners. It is nearly impossible to stop one who has attained Batman. Their will to survive/fight/win is simply too strong.
They're known for taking things "too far". This is quite simply because attaining Batman requires that you're more than a little crazy. Sane people simply would not do the things Batman does. Batman even scares the other good guys.
Well known examples of the Batman state: Jack Bauer, "24"; Jack Bristow, "Alias"; John McClane in later "Die Hard" films; Harry Calahan, "Dirty Harry" etc; El Mariachi, "Desperado" etc;
by Battlegoat April 19, 2008
 
26.
Worlds greatest dectevive
batman saves the people of the united states millions dollars every year in recovering stolen money/diamonds/faberge eggs.
by MrBrownstone March 20, 2005
 
27.
the DC comics character created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. a response to the success of Superman, he was the opposite of the powerful and cheery Kryptonian. he had no powers and was dark and brooding. originally, he had no problem with killing and even carried around a gun. over time the gun was dropped and he stopped killing. this was for the fact that his parents were killed with a gun, so he vowed never to use them. as the years went by, it would be revealed that he traveled the world and became a master of all forms of martial arts, detective skills and forensics. by late 1940, to attract younger viewers, Robin was introduced and became the first teen sidekick. the stories became lighter and drew away from the gritty crime stories, and became more about sci-fi and fantasy. this all came to a head when in 1966, the Batman tv show was made with a heavy campy style. this changed how Batman was precieved in the public's eye from a serious creature of the night to a silly character worth nothing more than comic value. after the show ended, an attempt was made to revive the character to his dark roots. Robin was sent to college making Batman a loner once more and a yellow oval appeared around the bat emblem on the costume. the stories once again were darker and focused on Batman as a detective, and a formidable hero. the character was once again re-invented in 1986 when Frank Millar wrote and drew THE DARK NIGHT RETURNS, a gritty and mature take on an aging Bruce Wayne forced out of retirement to don the cape and cowl once more. Millar also released BATMAN YEAR ONE, the definitive origin story. the 80's also saw the release of the movie BATMAN, starring Michael Keaton. this launched the character into the public spoltlight once again and was praised for bringing the darkness back to the character. the big deal in the 90's was the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, and Batman had a similar ordeal of his own. a mercenary known as Bane successfully deduced Batman's secret identity and broke his back. Bruce passed the mantle over to John Paul Valley otherwise known as Azrael who changed the costume to a huge suit of armor and became increasingly more violent. Bruce Wayne having been healed, came back and sripped John Paul of the title and became Batman once more. now in the 2000's, the character has seen a record sales breaking run on the comics called BATMAN HUSH by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, a wildly successful re-boot movie BATMAN BEGINS and now has a son named Damien with Talia al Ghul. having been in publication for nearly 70 years, Batman is a true part of American pop culture and is one of the most recognizable characters around the world.
batman is the shit!!!!!!!!!!!
by indyfreak February 06, 2008
 
28.
The act of performing an extraordinary physical or social maneuver in order to escape or avoid an unwanted scenario or outcome.
Hey dude, you see dave snipe tim out of the air while he was driving a worthog?

YEA BRO, DAVE SURE BATMANED TIM!

"A Batman" is a function or action.
by AaronASB February 02, 2005