I don't know if its location differs from canon to canon, but it's usually located on the roof of a GCPD station I think, so has anyone ever seen the signal, and just lain in wait to ambush Batman?

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    The Designated Love Interest Character used it in Batman Forever to try and get a booty call, but I don't think that was the kind of "ambush" you meant Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 5:13
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    @JasonBaker - Sex ambushes by Nicole Kidman are the best kind of ambushes.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 12:10
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    @PaulD.Waite well you'd be hidden under a blanket or something...
    – Daft
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 10:10
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    @Daft: you’ve thought this through in some considerable detail. Are you... planning something??? Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 11:50

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It's surprisingly hard to find examples of villains using the Bat-signal at all, considering how obvious of a target it is; even then, most examples are just baddies manipulating the signal to send Batman a message. However, there are a handful of times it's been used as an ambush point1:

  • In Batman Confidential #11, part of another version of the Joker's origin story, the Joker uses the newly-constructed Bat-signal to force a confrontation with his foe:

    Joker at the Bat-signal Joker attacks

  • In Batman and Robin2, Poison Ivy uses a modified Bat-signal to attract Robin, intending to incapacitate him:

    Poison Ivy's Robin-signal

  • In the DCAU movie Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, city councillor Arther Reeves tries to set up an ambush with the Bat-signal, but Batman doesn't take the bait.

1 As I hint, I'm limiting my answer to occasions where someone is using the Bat-signal to lure a member of the Bat-family into a hazardous situation. There are more examples where the signal is used to communicate with Batman, either by a villain or a hero, but I'm not including those. I'm also not including occasions where individuals with non-villainous intent use the Bat-signal to get Batman's attention; I'm mostly throwing this in to exclude things like Nicole Kidman sex-ambushes

2 I apologize for reminding everyone that this movie existed.

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    "This is what happens when insanity goes insane." #ZING Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 18:19
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    "Batman and Robin..." Hmm, "Batman and Robin." No, no I don't recall any movie by that name. Are you sure you're not making things up? Things that should best be left alone?
    – Nerrolken
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 17:33
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    wow, the art in Batman Confidential #11 is really bad.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 21:30
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    @Nerrolken it took real dedication for Jason to photoshop george clooney into a batman movie.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Feb 22, 2015 at 17:35
  • If you're including any member of the Bat-family, then there's also issue #15 of the 2009 Batgirl series. Stephanie Brown answers the Bat-signal to find that she's been framed for murder and the police are waiting to arrest her.
    – Withad
    Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 20:08

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