|Batman: The Animated Series episode|
|"Night of the Ninja"|
|Airdate:||October 26, 1992|
|Animation Services by:||Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.|
|Written by:||Steve Perry|
|Directed by:||Kevin Altieri|
|Episode images (9)|
"Night of the Ninja" is the thirty-fifth episode of Batman: The Animated Series. It originally aired on October 26, 1992. It revolves around a former, fellow martial art student of Bruce Wayne's, who comes to Gotham City to get revenge for being kicked out of the dojo that he and Bruce studied in.
Things seem normal at Wayne Cosmetics until a ninja arrives and steals the money from the safe. Security arrives and the ninja instantly makes his way to the roof. There, he easily disarms the guard and escapes.
Meanwhile, Bruce and Dick spar with one another, but Bruce clearly has the advantage over his protégé. Dick becomes disgruntled with his ineffectiveness, but before they can continue, Alfred arrives and reports that a Wayne Enterprises company has been robbed, making it the seventh in two weeks.
Bruce goes to investigate and sees that the criminal has left behind a throwing star. This reminds him of his time training in Japan in which he lost a sparring match to a fellow student, Kyodai Ken. Bruce is suddenly brought back to the present when Summer Gleeson asks him a few questions but he leaves without answering.
As Batman drives, he recalls the events that occurred after his loss: Setting up a ring of candles, he trained by blowing them out using only the wind from his attacks. His teacher Yoru arrives and says that Bruce appears to be obsessed. He insists that he has to be the best and Yoru assures him that his loss can teach him more than if he won.
In the present, the ninja arrives at another Wayne Enterprises building and finds that Batman is waiting for him. He gives him a chance to leave as he has no business with him, but Batman refuses. The two fight, but the ninja shoots him with a gas pellet, disabling Batman. The ninja prepares to deliver a fatal strike with his sword but Robin arrives and stops him. As the ninja runs off, Robin throws a Batarang at him, tearing his costume and revealing to Batman the tattoo belonging to Kyodai Ken.
Meanwhile, Summer Gleeson decides she wants to learn more about Bruce and resolves to "pop over at the Wayne Charities reception".
Back at Wayne Manor, Dick talks to Alfred about Bruce's concerns about Kyodai Ken. Alfred reveals that Kyodai was the only student that was consistently able to beat Bruce and Dick realizes that Bruce is worried he can’t beat his old rival.
Bruce goes to his Charity reception and looks over a sword on display. This induces another flashback in which Kyodai attempts to steal a five hundred-year-old sword from the Dojo. However, Bruce catches him and the two prepare to fight. Yoru arrives and stops the fight. Angered over the attempted theft, he expels Kyodai from the Dojo. Blaming Bruce for his dishonor, Kyodai vows to take all that he holds dear and kill him.
His mind returning to the present, Bruce leaves the room and is followed out by Summer, who insists that she has a job to do. She explains that she did some research and knows that he stayed in Japan for a while and asks if Bruce thinks that his time there has anything to do with the recent thefts. However, before Bruce can answer, Kyodai, disguised as a chauffeur, hits both Bruce and Summer with a gas pellet and kidnaps them.
The two awaken in a storage warehouse and Kyodai prepares to kill them. However, Robin, who was concerned about Bruce, arrives and accidentally activates an alarm. Distracted, Kyodai goes to investigate and fights Robin. Kyodai cuts the fight short by slicing a leg from a water tower and pushing it over, washing Robin away.
The distraction does work, however, and Bruce manages to cut himself free of his bonds. Kyodai arrives shortly afterwards and Bruce gets into a fighting stance. Amused, Kyodai discards his sword and attacks. Realizing that he can’t show his fighting prowess to Summer, Bruce takes a beating while Kyodai considers him to have gone soft. Fortunately, Robin arrives and knocks over a rolled up carpet covering Summer and giving Bruce a chance to unleash his full potential. No longer having to hold back, Bruce pummels Kyodai into submission. Realizing he's outmatched, Kyodai grabs a statue, breaks a window, and jumps into the river below.
In the morning, Bruce explains that he told Summer that Batman arrived and beat Kyodai. He also feels that there is no need to worry if Kyodai returns as he now knows he can beat him. As a final token, he finally thanks Dick for his help.
- Kyodai and Yoru reappear, for the last time, in "Day of the Samurai".
Home video releases
- In one scene a guard's flashlight is cut in half and the battery is cut in half as well. Batteries are filled with acid but no fluid spills from the battery.
- In addition to the main plot facing Bruce against Kyodai is the subplot examining Bruce's changing relationship with Dick. In the sparring scene at the beginning, Bruce is the clear superior, and unsparing in his bouts with Dick. Also, his tension over Kyodai's return leads him to be brusque and uncommunicative toward him. But after Dick allows him to defeat Kyodai by hiding their fight from Summer, Bruce finally thanks him and admits it might have been "impossible" to defeat Kyodai without him. Although their relationship recovers, the tension between them remains, and foreshadows their falling-out in later years. Their relationship was already tested in "Robin's Reckoning", and begins to truly fall apart as shown in The New Batman Adventures episode "Old Wounds", before Dick becomes Nightwing and makes peace with Bruce.
- During the training scene, we see that while Bruce is a black belt, Dick is only a green belt.
- This and "Zatanna" are the only two episodes to show Bruce Wayne during the period of his life when he was training to be Batman.
|Bob Hastings||Commissioner Gordon|
|Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.||Alfred|
|Mari Devon||Summer Gleeson|
|Robert Ito||Kyodai Ken|
|Buster Jones|| Night Manager|
Dick Grayson: (After being thrown to the mat) Sorry. Some of us aren't perfect.
Yoru: You practice as a man obsessed.
Kyodai: So, the famous Batman. I am honored. However, my business is not with you. Leave and you may live. Stay, and... (draws his sword).
Robin: (To Kyodai) Listen, dipstick, Batman's my pal. He can be a major jerk, but you gotta love him, and nobody tries to fillet him when I’m around.
Robin: You okay?
Robin: I thought Samurai lived by a code of honor. That gas gun wasn’t exactly according to Hoyle.
Kyodai: The rich man awakens. Remember me?
Kyodai: Isn't it past your bedtime, boy?
Summer Gleeson: Stop it! Can't you see he's no match for you?!
(Bruce fights back and scores a hit on Kyodai)
| Previously produced episode:|
"The Laughing Fish"
| Episodes of|
Batman: The Animated Series
| Next produced episode:|
"Cat Scratch Fever"
| Previously aired episode:|
| Next aired episode:|
"The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne"