History ComicBook / BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns

6th Nov '16 2:42:28 PM Willbyr
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* InsaneNoMore:
** The Joker is declared sane by a psychiatrist, since with Batman gone, he has nothing to do but mope around at Arkham. He ends up gassing to death psychiatrist on a talk show.
** Two-Face receives plastic surgery to restore the damaged half of his face. The psychiatrist treating the Joker declares Harvey's split personality gone. The result is Dent becomes a DeathSeeker and scratches the other half of his coin, feeling his darkness has consumed him.

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* InsaneNoMore:
** The Joker
InsaneNoMore: Bart Wolper is declared sane by a psychiatrist, since with Batman gone, he has nothing to do but mope around at Arkham. He ends up gassing to death the psychiatrist on a talk show.
** Two-Face receives plastic surgery to restore the damaged half of his face. The psychiatrist treating
for both the Joker and Harvey Dent while they're in Arkham, and declares both to be sane since the Joker is basically catatonic prior to Batman reappearing and seems calm and collected after, and Harvey's split personality gone. appears to be gone after his new face is revealed to the public. The real result is that Dent becomes a DeathSeeker who believes his face is completely destroyed, and scratches the other half of his coin, feeling his darkness has consumed him.Joker kills hundreds in a poison gas attack, with Wolper being killed by the robot that delivered the gas.



* JekyllAndHyde: Averted. Recent breakthroughs in plastic surgery restore Two-Face's appearance, but at the unforeseen cost of [[spoiler:forever destroying the good-natured "Harvey" half of the personality and leaving the criminal "Face" in complete control]].

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* JekyllAndHyde: Averted. Recent breakthroughs in plastic surgery restore Two-Face's appearance, but at appearance. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Dent's mind breaks when he sees his restored face, believing both sides to be destroyed and leading him to take up his old ways in the unforeseen cost of [[spoiler:forever destroying the good-natured "Harvey" half of the personality and leaving the criminal "Face" in complete control]].hope that he'll die when Batman comes to take him down.]]



'''Batman (internal)''': The scars go deep... too deep. I close my eyes and ''listen''. Not fooled by sight, I see him... as he ''is''. [''the panel shows Dent with his entire head a monstrous ruin'']\\

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'''Batman (internal)''': (internal, as Dent is talking)''': The scars go deep... too deep. I close my eyes and ''listen''. Not fooled by sight, I see him... as he ''is''. [''the panel shows Dent with his entire head a monstrous ruin'']\\



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6th Nov '16 12:32:18 PM maxwellsilver
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* InsaneNoMore:
** The Joker is declared sane by a psychiatrist, since with Batman gone, he has nothing to do but mope around at Arkham. He ends up gassing to death psychiatrist on a talk show.
** Two-Face receives plastic surgery to restore the damaged half of his face. The psychiatrist treating the Joker declares Harvey's split personality gone. The result is Dent becomes a DeathSeeker and scratches the other half of his coin, feeling his darkness has consumed him.
26th Oct '16 10:56:13 PM Azaram
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* InnerMonologue: Could easily be called 'Inner Dialogue: The Comic'. Batman talks more to himself than any three other characters talk to anyone else put together.
26th Oct '16 10:51:26 PM Azaram
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--->'''Batman:''' [''to Bat-Copter''] Boosters! [''nothing happens''] '''Boosters!''' [''nothing happens''] What in the--?\\

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--->'''Batman:''' [''to Bat-Copter''] Boosters! [''nothing happens''] '''Boosters!''' [''nothing happens''] What in the--?\\What...\\
26th Oct '16 10:43:29 PM Azaram
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* MistimedRevival

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* RevengeOfTheSequel

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* SilentScapegoat

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFutureTwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The entirety of the comic. "What happened to Batman after he retired?"
19th Oct '16 7:25:05 AM dlchen145
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* {{Retirony}}: Inverted, Commissioner Gordon proves he is still a {{Badass}} by living till his planned retirement.

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* {{Retirony}}: Inverted, Commissioner Gordon proves he is still a {{Badass}} badass by living till his planned retirement.
9th Oct '16 4:06:54 AM Rodangizzardcrusher3
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* TakeThat: The Mutants can be seen as a TakeThat to "angsty", rebellious teen superheroes made popular by Creator/MarvelComics. Fittingly, they're named "The Mutants" (Creator/StanLee's working title for ''Comicbook/XMen''), they wear red shades that look a lot like [[Comicbook/XMen Cyclops']] visor, and they despise adult authority figures. They form a perfect contrast to Batman, who's the epitome of the "traditional" DC superhero--an adult hero who's driven and fearless, and has zero tolerance for crime.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The Mutants can be seen as a TakeThat to "angsty", rebellious teen superheroes made popular by Creator/MarvelComics. Fittingly, they're named "The Mutants" (Creator/StanLee's working title for ''Comicbook/XMen''), they wear red shades that look a lot like [[Comicbook/XMen Cyclops']] visor, and they despise adult authority figures. They form a perfect contrast to Batman, who's the epitome of the "traditional" DC superhero--an adult hero who's driven and fearless, and has zero tolerance for crime.crime.
** Batman's first batsuit, which is heavily damaged during his first fight with the Mutant Leader, bears some resemblance to the suit worn by Adam West in the [[Series/Batman 1960s series]]. His later decision to switch to a darker suit symbolizes him shaking off his previous depiction as a campy wisecracker and returning to his darker roots.
21st Sep '16 10:04:05 AM Willbyr
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* UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks: This is generally seen as the comic that officially ended the era and brought about UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. Alternately, it's seen as a key story that played a part in the development of UsefulNotes/TheIronAgeOfComicBooks.



* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: Along with ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', TDKR is considered one of the co-creators of this era.
21st Sep '16 10:02:19 AM Willbyr
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* MuggingTheMonster: Averted. The Mutants who are about to attack Bruce at the beginning realize that not only is Bruce really big and strong-looking, but doesn't seem to be afraid of them, and they retreat.

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* MuggingTheMonster: Averted. The Mutants who are about to attack Bruce at the beginning realize that not only is Bruce really big and strong-looking, but he doesn't seem to be afraid of them, and even looks like he's "into it", and they retreat.decide to head to the arcade instead.



** Even more impressive, the Joker has been straitjacketed in a padded cell for over a decade when he learns of Batman's return [[spoiler:and can barely speak, "b...b...b...b...BATMAN! ... Darling!"]], but returns to the world [[InstantWakingSkills ready for action.]]

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** Even more impressive, the Joker has been straitjacketed in a padded cell for over a decade when he learns of Batman's return [[spoiler:and can barely speak, "b...b...b...b...BATMAN! ... Darling!"]], but returns to the world [[InstantWakingSkills ready for action.]]action]].



-->'''Alfred:''' ...the Committee for the Prevention of Obsessive Behaviour in Middle-Aged Men.
-->'''Bruce:''' Write them a check.

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-->'''Alfred:''' ...the Committee for the Prevention of Obsessive Behaviour in Middle-Aged Men.
-->'''Bruce:'''
Men.\\
'''Bruce:'''
Write them a check.



---> ''*Joker grabs one of Carrie's friends and puts his gun to her head*''\\

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---> ''*Joker *''Joker grabs one of Carrie's friends and puts his gun to her head*''\\head''*\\



[[spoiler: ''*cue batarangs*'']]\\
'''Joker''' (''runs away shooting wildly''): Out of your ''mind''--

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[[spoiler: ''*cue batarangs*'']]\\
*''cue batarangs''*]]\\
'''Joker''' (''runs *''runs away shooting wildly''): wildly''*: Out of your ''mind''--



** The... ill-tempered ([[TheSociopath to put it mildly]]) Byron Brassballs, who both encounters Superman (who saved the handicapped man Byron had ''knocked onto the train tracks'') and later plays a role in the Gotham riots... [[spoiler:and in a nice bit of Karmic retribution, gets his ass profoundly kicked by Batman.]]

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** The... ill-tempered ([[TheSociopath to put it mildly]]) Byron Brassballs, who both encounters Superman (who saved the handicapped man Byron had ''knocked onto the train tracks'') and later plays a role in the Gotham riots... [[spoiler:and in a nice bit of Karmic karmic retribution, gets his ass profoundly kicked by Batman.]]Batman]].



* SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:Joker]] says this to Batman [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide before breaking]] [[NeckSnap his own neck]].]]

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* SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:Joker]] says this to Batman [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide before breaking]] [[NeckSnap his own neck]].]]neck]]]].



** Corto Maltese is a shout out to [[Comicbook/CortoMaltese the famous Italian comic book by Hugo Pratt.]] Strangely, the name was used in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie as an apparent ShoutOut to ''The Dark Knight Returns'' without recognizing that it was already a ShoutOut.

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** Corto Maltese is a shout out to [[Comicbook/CortoMaltese the famous Italian comic book by Hugo Pratt.]] Pratt]]. Strangely, the name was used in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie as an apparent ShoutOut to ''The Dark Knight Returns'' without recognizing that it was already a ShoutOut.



* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Happens to [[spoiler:Two-Face after getting reconstructive surgery]].

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* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Happens to [[spoiler:Two-Face after getting [[spoiler:Two-Face; the reconstructive surgery]].surgery fixed his face but seeing himself whole broke his mind and left his evil side in control]].



* StandingBetweenTheEnemies: Batman does this with a BigNo that occupies a panel.

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* StandingBetweenTheEnemies: Batman does this with a BigNo that occupies a panel.panel, confronting the Sons of the Batman as they're preparing to go on a rampage after the power failure cripples the city.



* StrawmanPolitical: Features vapidly meaningless strawmen for all parts of the political spectrum because [[GoldenMeanFallacy that's how you make a valid point, right?]]
* SubordinateExcuse: Carrie has a crush on Batman that would do TheJoker proud, and in the comics she dearly loves him. She dresses as Robin and fights crime, hears the Mutants are gathering at the dump and follows Batman there, because she loves him and wants to be close to him.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Features vapidly meaningless strawmen for all parts of the political spectrum because [[GoldenMeanFallacy that's how you make a valid point, right?]]
right]]?
* SubordinateExcuse: Carrie has a crush on Batman that would do TheJoker Joker proud, and in the comics she dearly loves him. She dresses as Robin and fights crime, hears the Mutants are gathering at the dump and follows Batman there, because she loves him and wants to be close to him.
21st Sep '16 9:48:10 AM Willbyr
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-->'''Mutant Leader:''' Batman! Face me, fool! I kill you! I eat [[HulkSpeak you heart]]! I show you who rules Gotham City!\\
'''Batman:''' (''rises up out of the mud where he's been hidden'') Okay, boy... [[BringIt Show me.]]

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-->'''Mutant Leader:''' Batman! Face me, fool! [[HulkSpeak I kill you! I eat [[HulkSpeak you heart]]! heart!]] I show you who rules Gotham City!\\
'''Batman:''' (''rises *''rises up out of the mud where he's been hidden'') hidden''* Okay, boy...boy. [[BringIt Show me.]]



* {{Bifauxnen}}: Carrie. The police even mistake her for a boy.

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* {{Bifauxnen}}: {{Bifauxnen}}:
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Carrie. The police even mistake her for a boy.



--> (''at the opening, as Bruce's racecar crashes'') This would be a good death, but not good enough.
--> [[spoiler:(''at the finale, as he begins his life in the shadows, training his army'') This will be a good life. Good enough.]]
* BrassBalls[=/=]MeaningfulName: {{Subverted|Trope}} by Byron Brassballs. With that name, you'd think he'd be an exemplar of courage, but he's really a complete asshole who [[{{Pun}} brazenly]] justifies his sociopathically self-centered behavior and actions in his interviews.

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--> (''at [''at the opening, as Bruce's racecar crashes'') crashes''] This would be a good death, but not good enough.
--> [[spoiler:(''at [[spoiler:[''at the finale, as he begins his life in the shadows, training his army'') army''] This will be a good life. Good enough.]]
* BrassBalls[=/=]MeaningfulName: {{Subverted|Trope}} by Byron Brassballs. With that name, you'd think he'd be an exemplar of courage, but he's really a complete asshole who [[{{Pun}} [[JustForPun brazenly]] justifies his sociopathically self-centered behavior and actions in his interviews.



* BulletProofVest: See ChestInsignia below.



* ChestInsignia: [[JustifiedTrope Turns out it's bulletproof.]]

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* ChestInsignia: [[JustifiedTrope Turns out out]] [[BulletProofVest it's bulletproof.]]bulletproof]].



* {{Determinator}}: Bruce/Batman. Despite being [[spoiler: stabbed multiple times by the Joker and shot several times the Police and once by the Joker, Batman still manages to elude them by getting to the Bat-Copter.]]

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* {{Determinator}}: Bruce/Batman. Despite being [[spoiler: stabbed [[spoiler:stabbed multiple times by the Joker and shot several times the Police and once by the Joker, Batman still manages to elude them by getting to the Bat-Copter.]]Bat-Copter]].



-->'''Batman''': (''breaks a shotgun in two with his hands'') This loud, clumsy, ''stupid'' thing... this is the weapon of the enemy. We do not need it. We will not use it.

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-->'''Batman''': (''breaks *''breaks a shotgun in two with his hands'') hands''* This loud, clumsy, ''stupid'' thing... this is the weapon of the enemy. We do not need it. We will not use it.



[[spoiler:'''Batman''': (''Shoots the wall behind him and rescues the child'') I believe you.]]

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[[spoiler:'''Batman''': (''Shoots *''Shoots the wall behind him and rescues the child'') child''* I believe you.]]



* FatalMethodActing: InUniverse, The Joker makes his grand comeback by murdering everyone on the David Endochrine show, including David himself and Ruth Weisenheimer.

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* FatalMethodActing: InUniverse, The Joker makes his grand comeback by murdering everyone on the ''The David Endochrine show, Show'', including David himself and Ruth Weisenheimer.



* FearlessFool: Gets some {{deconstruction}} in Harvey Dent, who at the climax of their confrontation leans so far out of his helicopter to try to shoot Batman that he falls from it, with Batman (not knowing for sure that it's actually Dent) noting that whoever it is has the same lack of sense of self-preservation that Dent had. The deconstruction comes from Dent being a DeathSeeker who may have done that on purpose.
* FeelingTheirAge: Batman is portrayed like this. He starts as a RetiredBadass, but soon returns to crime-fighting. Throughout the story Batman keeps on lamenting how slow he's become, culminating in the fight between him and the leader of a mutant gang, who is, as Batman himself states, "in his physical prime". [[spoiler: Batman loses, but only because he "tried to fight like a young man". Later he beats the mutant leader with some CombatPragmatist moves.]]
* FlatlinePlotline: Batman's ultimate plot in the fourth issue is to [[spoiler:remove himself from the public spotlight by faking his death.]] Being Batman, [[spoiler:he kills himself for a while using a special drug, using the fight with Superman both as a cover and as an excuse to work out his anger and frustration with Superman.]]

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* FearlessFool: Gets some {{deconstruction}} in Harvey Dent, who at the climax of their confrontation leans so far out of his helicopter to try to shoot Batman that he falls from it, with Batman (not knowing for sure that it's actually Dent) noting that whoever it is has the same Dent's lack of sense of self-preservation that Dent had.self-preservation. The deconstruction comes from Dent being a DeathSeeker who may have done that on purpose.
* FeelingTheirAge: Batman is portrayed like this. He starts as a RetiredBadass, but soon returns to crime-fighting. Throughout the story Batman keeps on lamenting how slow he's become, culminating in the fight between him and the leader of a mutant gang, who is, as Batman himself states, "in his physical prime". [[spoiler: Batman [[spoiler:Batman loses, but only because he "tried to fight like a young man". Later he beats the mutant Mutant leader with some CombatPragmatist moves.]]
* FlatlinePlotline: Batman's ultimate plot in the fourth issue is to [[spoiler:remove himself from the public spotlight by faking his death.]] death]]. Being Batman, [[spoiler:he kills himself for a while using a special drug, using the fight with Superman both as a cover and as an excuse to work out his anger and frustration with Superman.]]Superman]].



* HateSink[=/=]{{Jerkass}}: Everything Byron Brassballs says and does is custom-made to make you want him to get his ass kicked...and he only appears twice.



* HumanWeapon: Franchise/{{Superman}} here is nothing but an icon who reports directly to the President, who gives him orders that include waging a one-man war in a BananaRepublic, [[spoiler:stopping the nuclear strike that follows (he fails)]], and [[spoiler:assassinating Batman]], all of which he does without question.

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* HumanWeapon: Franchise/{{Superman}} here is nothing but an icon who reports directly to the President, who gives him orders that include waging a one-man war in a BananaRepublic, [[spoiler:stopping the nuclear strike that follows (he fails)]], doesn't completely succeed)]], and [[spoiler:assassinating Batman]], all of which he does without question.



'''Batman (internal)''': The scars go deep... too deep. Not fooled by sight, I see him... as he ''is''. (''the panel shows Dent with his entire head a monstrous ruin'')\\
'''Batman''': I see... a reflection, Harvey. A reflection. (''the next panel shows a bat's snarling face'')

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'''Batman (internal)''': The scars go deep... too deep. I close my eyes and ''listen''. Not fooled by sight, I see him... as he ''is''. (''the [''the panel shows Dent with his entire head a monstrous ruin'')\\
ruin'']\\
'''Batman''': I see... a reflection, Harvey. A reflection. (''the [''the next panel shows a bat's snarling face'')face'']



* {{Jerkass}}: Everything Byron Brassballs says and does [[HateSink is custom-made to make you want him to get his ass kicked]]...and he only appears twice.



* MenGetOldWomenGetReplaced: Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} has gotten old and fat by the time Franchise/{{Batman}} comes out of retirement. Almost all of the male heroes, including Batman, Franchise/{{Superman}}, Comicbook/GreenLantern, Comicbook/{{Flash}}, Comicbook/GreenArrow and Comicbook/TheAtom, and even villains like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and Comicbook/LexLuthor, have gotten older but are still capable of fighting. The only active superheroines in the story are younger replacements, with the exception of Comicbook/WonderWoman, who is immortal.
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