ByDoni York, writer at Creators.co
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The iconic caped crusader unfortunately passed away on June 10, 2017 at age 88. West's acting career spanned over 60 years, but he always found his way back to the DC universe or to dawn a new mask. also made cameos as himself in shows like The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, King of Queens and more. I've merely narrowed down the list to include any and all small roles involving superheroes.

1. The Fairly OddParents

Catman 'The Fairly OddParents' [Credit: Viacom Media Networks]
Catman 'The Fairly OddParents' [Credit: Viacom Media Networks]

The character of Catman is based on West's portrayal of Batman in the 1960s, and his alter ego is, in fact, TV's Adam West. This version of West is a bit eccentric and constantly wears his cat costume (even at home). Still, he admires the citizens of Dimmsdale and wants to protect them even if they think he's crazy.

2. Kim Possible

Yes, West even made his way into everyone's favorite high school/spy/comedy/so-not-the-drama series Kim Possible. In the "Fearless Ferret" episode, he voices the Fearless Ferret himself, a retired crime fighter. Ron Stoppable decides to carry on the torch left by the Ferret to prove he can be a hero without Kim's help. However, West's character is revealed to simply be the actor who played the Fearless Ferret on an old TV show (sound familiar?) and is a bit confused about the line between reality and fantasy, still thinking he's the actual hero.

3. Animaniacs

Caped Crusader 'Animaniacs' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Caped Crusader 'Animaniacs' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

In the episode "Boo Wonder," Adam West voiced the character of Spruce Wayne/ The Caped Crusader. The entire cartoon segment was meant to parody the 1960s Batman television show, with Adam West essentially playing the same character. Despite the slight name difference, Spruce still dresses like Batman and his sidekick dresses in Burt Ward's Robin costume.

4. The Batman

Mayor Grange [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
Mayor Grange [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

Occurring just before Batman: The Brave and the Bold, this animated series took place from 2004–2008 on Kids' WB. Adam West lent his voice once again, but this time as Mayor Grange, appearing in about seven episodes.Grange is a bit more grounded than West's other political character, Mayor West, on Family Guy.

5. Shazam!

Shazam! was a DC series that aired from 1974–77. The show was about a young boy who could transform into a full-grown superhero named Captain Marvel (not to be confused with Marvel's own Captain Marvel). Adam West was only a voice in the series (and went uncredited), but on IMDb you can see him listed as Hercules. The Shazam! official Facebook page even gave West a shout out in 2014 for Batman Day.

6. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman

Lois & Clark [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
Lois & Clark [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

In 1997, Superman returned in a television drama about his ongoing romance with Lois Lane both as Clark and as Superman. Some of you might recognize the leads in recent episodes of Supergirl where Dean Cain (Clark Kent) plays Jeremiah Danvers and Terri Hatcher (Lois Lane) plays Rhea. Their series featured a iconic cameo, with Adam West as Jerry Retchen in the episode "Whine, Whine, Whine." His part was small, but who doesn't love seeing a Batman and Superman interact?

7. Powerless

Powerless was a short-lived series that aired on NBC last fall. The show centered around the citizens living in superhero hero hot spots who had to deal with the collateral damage left by their crime fighters. Bruce Wayne is heavily mentioned as the characters work at Wayne Security under the management of Bruce's cousin. While Adam West didn't appear in the flesh, he lent his voice to the series as a narrator in the promos and pilot.

8. Batman: The Brave And The Bold

Thomas Wayne and Batman [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
Thomas Wayne and Batman [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

This was an animated series from 2008–2011 that aired on Cartoon Network. The series was about various team-ups with DC hero, but Batman was present in every episode as the titular character. Being the star of this series, audiences once again received the iconic origin story of Batman where Thomas and Martha Wayne are shot in an alleyway, thus paving the way for Bruce to become the dark knight. What fans might not know is that Thomas Wayne was voiced by Adam West in the episode "Chill of the Night." In the same episode, Martha Wayne was voiced by Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman alongside West in the '60s.

9. Robot Chicken

Adam West as '60s Batman [Credit: Cartoon Network / Warner Bros. TV]
Adam West as '60s Batman [Credit: Cartoon Network / Warner Bros. TV]

Adam West reprised his role as the '60s Batman in Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship. He appears in only a few clips, but his time on screen steals the entire episode — from interacting with a modern version of Batman and the Justice League, to being revived in the Lazarus Pit by Burt Ward to relive their glory days.

10. Batman: The Animated Series

Adam West as the Gray Ghost [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
Adam West as the Gray Ghost [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

In the episode "Beware the Gray Ghost," Adam West voices the Gray Ghost himself a.k.a. Simon Trent. The Gray Ghost was another parallel to West's Batman in that he starred in a televisions series that Bruce Wayne watched as a kid. He also comments on the Batcave, claiming it's familiar to the Gray Ghost's lair. He assists Batman with saving the day and the episode closes with Bruce finding him again and asking for an autograph. He tells Simon Trent that he was (and still is) his childhood hero. The ending sweetly captures the undying influence West's Batman had on kids and other DC franchises.

Final Thoughts

These cameos are merely a scratch in West's filmography, which goes to show how immensely iconic the late actor was. His role as Batman was certainly never forgotten, as it trickled down into later Batman series and kid's cartoons, making him recognizable to all generations since his breakout role. It's never easy losing such an icon, but Adam West has left a fantastic legacy — he will always be our Caped Crusader.

Which of these Adam West roles do you remember most?

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