I've watched quite a bit of NCIS over the last few months and I've realized I have the same reaction to Special Agent Gibbs as I do to Batman. I frequently must grudgingly admit that Gibbs said or did something cool/awesome/badass. Yet I'm still irritated by his interpersonal skills, or lack thereof. So I find myself rather pleased when Gibbs has something go against him, or experiences a setback.
With regards to Batman, that might help explain why most of the comics I have with Batman in them are the solo titles of his various proteges, rather than his own titles. In other characters titles, there's a slightly better chance that if he doesn something thoughtless, rude, or bossy, he'll actually be called on it.