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"Blow it up! Blow it all up!"
— Stan's answer to everything.[1]

Stanley "Mad Stan" Labowski was a nonconformist radical that went up against the "System".


Mindless Havoc

Stan goes on a rampage.

Mad Stan's origins and back-story remain largely untold, but, at some point in the futuristic Gotham, he became convinced that the system had become corrupted by bureaucracy, and people inhibited by technology and information overload. Stan figured that the only solution was to start anew by blowing it all up.

He armed himself with a wide spectrum of explosives and ran amok against the "Man". However, despite Stan's maniacal personality, he did have a softer and caring side. He adopted a pet Chihuahua whom he tenderly cared for. Stan befittingly named the dog "Boom-Boom" and used him as an early warning system.

According to Bruce Wayne, Mad Stan was unstoppable when on a rant,[1] which was generally triggered by something on the news.[2]

One time, Mad Stan attempted to blow up a public library archive, claiming that society was crumbling due to the information overload that people could not absorb. He was foiled, though, after an intense battle with Batman. This battle forced Batman's true identity, Terry McGinnis, to stand up his date with Dana Tan.[1]

Despite his resolute purpose, Mad Stan's hot temperament usually got the better of him, so all he accomplished most of the time was random destruction with his array of explosives. On one undocumented conflict with Batman, Mad Stan managed to inflict some damage to the Batsuit with a grenade.[3]

A Pawn in a Plot

Stan about to be killed?

During the re-election campaign of D.A. Sam Young, Mad Stan barged in the ballroom where Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon was hosting a gala and attempted to detonate the entire facility. Batman confronted Stan and a battle ensued. Stan had rigged the facility with explosives, and blew up a few in his getaway. In the rooftop parking lot, he threatened to detonate the entire floor, but Batman promptly disarmed the bomb and knocked Stan unconscious. However, Spellbinder, who was lurking, generated an illusion that made Barbara Gordon see Batman murdering Stan in cold blood. Then, while Batman was being hunted down by the GPD, Spellbinder took Mad Stan's unconscious body and trapped him in a VR Room. There, Stan experienced his long sought dream: demolishing the Gotham City Hall. Eventually, he was found by the Police and presumably taken into custody.[4]

The Counterplay

Stan uses Zeta in his plot.

Some time later, Stan was back to his agenda. He assaulted World Science Symposium and caused a ruckus. He was intercepted by Batman, but, in the midst of the confusion, Stan eluded capture. Later that night, he stumbled upon Agent Bennett and some federal agents who were in pursuit of Zeta. However, deceived by its human disguise, Stan intervened and saved Zeta from the government's grip. Stan headed back home, where he found out, thanks to Boom-Boom, that Zeta was in fact a robot. Paranoid, Stan deduced that it was part of a conspiracy to get him. Deciding to turn the tables, Stan strapped a time bomb to Zeta's back and led him to the Department of Health. Stan wanted to blow it up to hinder the planned raise of taxes for pet licenses.

Stan had anticipated that Batman would track him down, so he left him a message and sedated himself, in order to avoid any kind of interrogation. In the recording, Stan gloated and taunted Batman, daring him to find Zeta before midnight, when the time-bomb was set to explode. Stan's plan was almost successful, but Batman eventually managed to thwart it.[2] Afterward, Stan was never seen or heard from again, making his ultimate fate unknown.

Memorable quotes

Batman: Keep it down, Stan. We're in a library.
Mad Stan: You think this is a joke? Look around, Batman. Society's crumbling, and you know why?
Batman: Too many overdue books?
Mad Stan: Information overload, man. As a society, we're drowning in a quagmire of vid-clips, e-mail, and sound bites. We can't absorb it all. There's only one sane solution: blow it up!

Mad Stan: You're all infected with the disease of bureaucracy! But I know the cure, man! All of you must be destroyed! All of you!

Abilities & Equipment

Stan was an expert with explosives, using a wide variety of bombs and grenades in his arsenal. He also possessed immense physical strength due to his huge physique thereby making him all the more dangerous of a combatant. Bruce Wayne described him as "unstoppable" when enraged. This manifested as apparently immense durability and endurance, though he eventually keeled over from the exertion and the beating he took, both of which he apparently ignored.

Appearances and references

Batman Beyond


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fogel, Rich (writer) & Geda, Curt (director) (November 20, 1999). "Rats". Batman Beyond. Season 2. Episode 9 (airdate). Episode 22 (production). Kids WB!.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fogel, Rich, Dini, Paul (writers) & Lim, Kyung-Won (director) (April 7, 2001). "Countdown". Batman Beyond. Season 3. Episode 12 (airdate). Episode 52 (production). Kids WB!.
  3. Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Geda, Curt (director) (January 8, 2000). "Babel". Batman Beyond. Season 2. Episode 12 (airdate). Episode 25 (production). Kids WB!.
  4. Fogel, Rich (story) & Bader, Hilary J. (telepay) & Lukic, Butch (director) (January 22, 2000). "Eyewitness". Batman Beyond. Season 2. Episode 14 (airdate). Episode 27 (production). Kids WB!.