The first time Dick called Bruce Dad, Bruce practically melted, and enveloped his son in the largest hug he could.
The first time Jason called him Dad, it was after a fight, and they were already hugging. Bruce just smiled and wiped his nose.
The first time Tim called him Dad, Bruce cried, because this war of theirs had already cost Tim his real father and Bruce didn’t feel like an adequate replacement.
The first time Stephanie called him Dad, he got very confused. What do you mean, Stephanie, you have a father, he’s still around, but she just hugged him tight and said, no, he’s not my dad anymore. You are.
The first time Cassandra called him Dad, it was quiet, and subtle. The only acknowledgment was a nod of recognition on both sides.
The first time Damian called him Dad instead of Father, Bruce nearly had a heart attack. And immediately ran to grab a thermometer to make sure his son wasn’t sick.
The first time Duke called him Dad, it was a little hesitant. Bruce took him aside and explained to him, gently, that it was okay if he didn’t feel like a part of the family yet, he didn’t have to call Bruce Dad if he didn’t want to, but Bruce would always consider him his son. The second time Duke called him Dad came shortly after that, and Bruce cried.
The first time Terry called him Dad, Bruce asked him not to, because Warren McGinnis was the boy’s father for every purpose except genetically and Bruce didn’t want to take that away from him. Terry was secretly glad when Bruce explained this.
The first time Hal Jordan called him Dad, it was by accident in the middle of a firefight. Both of them stared at each other, and immediately agreed to never speak of it again.
Barbara: “If you eat that piece of bacon I swear to god this friendship is over"
Dick: *sneaks up on unsuspecting sibling* *randomly drops and crushes said sibling with all their weight* "HUMPBACK WHALE!!!"
Jason: "Hey come here, I have to tell you a secret. Closer. Little closer.” *sticks tongue in their ear*
Cass: “I’m sorry but I really don’t like you and I want you to stay outside of my house or maybe just be dead and burn in the darkest pits of hell please"
Tim: *loses battery for the remote* "WHY WON’T GOD JUST FREAKING LET ME DIE I THINK I’VE EARNED IT BY NOW"
Stephanie: *accidentally sets fire to counter* "You know, maybe you shouldn’t play with fire anymore” “Yeah, maybe-” *lights match* “-but not today"
Damian: "You know once a kid dared me to stick up the middle finger in kindergarten and I did and the second I did it he called the teacher and she made me sit out recess that day and this is why I have trust issues"
Alfred: *banging pots and pans* "GET THE FRICK DOWNSTAIRS YOU PEASANTS I MADE CUPCAKES AND NEED VALIDATION ON MY BAKING ABILITIES"
Bruce: "hOw DaRe YoU dIsReSpEct mE!!! i aM tHe KiNg Of tHiS LiViNg RoOm!!!"
We may have began as the soldiers Batman
built for his crusade. But we became something else, something he never
expected. We started as an army. We chose to be a family. And if
there’s hope for us… there’s hope for anyone.
Okay, but Bart has totally and loudly at least once gone
“Hey, Tim - I mean Robin - can you give me a hand with this?” “Hey, Dick - I mean Nightwing - when’s our next mission?” “Hey, Barbara - I mean Oracle - I mean Batgirl - how’s it going?” “Hey, where’s Jason - I mean Red Hood - I mean Robin?” “Stephanie! I mean Spoiler - I mean Batgirl. … Robin? Nothing?” “Hey, has Damian - I mean Robin - even been born yet?”
in front of the entire team.
I mean, just face it, with how familiar he was with Dick and Tim, he would totally forget, and just…. I mean, come on, the Batkids just do not have secret identities among their peers anymore. Luckily, everyone managed to keep it a secret from the adults, at least until Bart managed to screw up so colossally, not even the entire League could save him. How, you ask?