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Ambush Bug is first seen running on a treadmill in a gym, stopping once he learns of Bat-Mite's plan to get the Batman: The Brave and the Bold television series cancelled through the TV. Realizing the show's cancellation would result in his own existence being destroyed, he teleports to Bat-Mite's location, telling him to reconsider and restore the show to how it was. His pleas fall on deaf ears though, as Bat-Mite is determined to end the campy antics of Brave and the Bold forever.

As the world around them begins to fade as viewers stop watching the show, Ambush Bug teleports to Batman, explaining about the fourth wall and making him realize the antics going on around him are not as they should be. Deciding the only way for people to continue watching the show would be a display of mindless violence, he convinces Batman and Aquaman (whose voice had been changed to that of Ted McGinley) to continually punch him in the face.

Initially, the plan works, but Bat-Mite arrives once again, making several more changes to the universe, such as changing Batman's costume to the "Alpine Climber" variant, giving Ace the Bat-Hound a talking nephew named Cousin Oliver (a reference to Scrappy-Doo), moving the setting from Gotham City to Malibu, California, and finally, giving Batman guns. Ambush Bug reminds Batman that, no matter what, he would never use a gun, forcing the Dark Knight to once again realize the universe has changed. Upon this realization, the changes made revert back. He also forces McGinley to break character as Aquaman, allowing John DiMaggio to return in-character.

This epic return is too little, too late, as the show is announced as cancelled anyway. Bat-Mite, who had previously rejoiced at this, slowly realizes what he has done as his room begins to disappear piece by piece. Ambush Bug appears before him, affirming that, after cancelling the silly and campy Brave and the Bold series, the new, more serious Batman show will no longer need a goofy character like himself. Both of them then fade out of existence.

Later, a rap party is held by all the characters of the show in the Batcave, while workers wheel away the background and props. Ambush Bug, now wearing a purple Hawaiian shirt, tells Batman that, at the least, he had a good run, to which he adds, "A great run."


Ambush Bug is portrayed by Henry Winkler.



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