In Batman: The Animated Series episodes The Man Who Killed Batman and The Mechanic, both the villains seem to kill their own henchmen off screen.

From The Man Who Killed Batman:

The Joker: You know, there's just one thing bothering me about your story, Sidney. No body. No Batus delecti, if you will. We need to pull a job tonight to be sure.

Murphy: Be sure of what, boss?

The Joker: [doing a double-take at Murphy] Why that old Batsy's bought the cave, of course. And one more thing, Murphy... don't ask stupid questions.

[Joker pushes Murphy into the midst of Harley Quinn's two hyenas, who claw off his shirt and lick him silly]

Harley Quinn: I'll get the mop.

I always thought Harley's suggestion of getting the mop meant that the hyenas would kill him, and she would have to clean it up.

In The Mechanic, The Penguin leads one of his men into a whirlpool and his screams are heard in the background.

Did they actually kill their henchmen in these scenes?

  • I feel like the mop reference was just implying that Murphy had urinated out of fear.
    – delinear
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 11:20

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In both cases the show implies punishment not necessarily death while death is a possible inference it is not the only one.

For what its worth Joker is explicitly shown shooting a henchman in the the 1989 Batman movie.

  • I always thought the scream of the guy entering the whirlpool was disturbing.
    – user123444
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 17:09
  • In Mystery Men the villain says something like, as he kills his own men, "See, I kill my own men!" -- the mark of the bad guys is that they don't even like/are not loyal to each other. "No honor among thieves" is an aphorism related to this.
    – releseabe
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 18:55
  • Joker also shot his own guy at the end of the bank robbery in The Dark Knight (film). In the Batman video games, all of the main villains show no remorse for killing their own men to further along their agenda. Some super villains even team up with each other only to turn on each other later when the time is right to double cross them. Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 21:18

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