History ComicBook / TheBatmanAdventures

3rd Jul '16 8:08:34 AM PaulA
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** In ''The Batman Adventures Annual'' #2, the lines of a mystical invocation include backwards versions of "[[Creator/JackKirby Kirby]] is the greatest", "[[Series/TwinPeaks Sometimes my arms turn back]]", and "[[Music/TheBeatles I buried Paul]]".

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** In ''The Batman Adventures Annual'' #2, the lines of a mystical invocation include near the beginning is the Charm of Making from ''Film/{{Excalibur}}''. The mystical invocation near the end is entirely sdrawkcab, and includes backwards versions of "[[Creator/JackKirby Kirby]] "Kirby is the greatest", greatest" (the entire issue is a homage to Creator/JackKirby), "[[Series/TwinPeaks Sometimes my arms turn back]]", and "[[Music/TheBeatles I buried Paul]]".Paul]]", and, for some reason, a line from the song "Satin Doll".



** In ''Mad Love'', one of Gotham's streets is named Sprang Terrace, in homage to pioneering Batman artist Dick Sprang. And in Harley's ImagineSpot of getting married to the Joker, the celebrant looks a lot like Creator/JerryLewis and uses one of his catchphrases.

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** In ''Mad Love'', one Love'': One of Gotham's streets is named Sprang Terrace, in homage to pioneering Batman artist Dick Sprang. And in In Harley's ImagineSpot of getting married to the Joker, the celebrant looks a lot like Creator/JerryLewis and uses one of his catchphrases.catchphrases. In Harley's ImagineSpot where she and the Joker have children, the evicerated and otherwise murderized toys littering the scene include [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation)]] and [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]].
3rd Jul '16 7:13:31 AM PaulA
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* BlandNameProduct: The first annual has a throw-away line about how all kids want to watch these days is shows like "[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mega Metal Power Clones]]".


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* ConsultingMrPuppet: The Ventriloquist and Scarface are played like this. In the first annual, Wesker goes straight and gets a job performing a frog puppet on a kids' show, and likewise treats the frog puppet as a separate person, who gives him friendly and encouraging advice. [[spoiler:After Wesker is tempted to pick up Scarface, the climax of the story is a confrontation between the two puppets, fighting over his future. Unfortunately, Croaky is "killed" and Wesker reverts to being Scarface's meek flunky.]]


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* DepravedKidsShowHost: A story in the first annual revolves around a childrens' show whose host is all sweetness and light on camera, but in real life is an egotistical tantrum-prone jerk who ruins a man's life to serve her own selfish purposes and takes out a hit on the show's producer when he tells her he's planning to close the show down.


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* FramingDevice: The main story in the first annual has a frame story where Roxy Rocket is released from prison claiming to be reformed, causing Batman to reflect on others who have made the same claim only to slip back into their old ways. [[spoiler:At the end, Roxy seems to have gone back to a life of crime, but it turns out, appropriately for a frame story, to be a {{Frameup}}.]]


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* OffModel: The first annual has a single-panel appearance by Dr Joan Leland, one of the psychiatrists at Arkham, in which the colorist has given her fair skin. In other issues, and in the animated series, she has African-American coloring.
3rd Jul '16 2:54:39 AM PaulA
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* DontExplainTheJoke: Joker gets annoyed when Harley explains a joke trap she set up, although it's implied he wouldn't accept it anyway.

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* DontExplainTheJoke: In ''Mad Love'' Joker gets annoyed when Harley explains a joke trap she set up, although it's implied he wouldn't accept it anyway.anyway because it was her idea and not his.



* IgnoreTheFanservice: In ''Mad Love'', the Joker's reaction to Harley's attempt to seduce him with sweet talking and a sheer negligée is entirely limited to irritation that she's getting between him and his deathtrap blueprints.



* NotDistractedByTheSexy: In ''Mad Love'', the Joker's reaction to Harley's attempt to seduce him with sweet talking and a sheer negligée is entirely limited to irritation that she's getting between him and his deathtrap blueprints.


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* SextraCredit: According to ''Mad Love'', this is the only reason Harley managed to pass her psychology degree.
3rd Jul '16 2:38:28 AM PaulA
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* BatmanColdOpen: ''Mad Love'' opens with a sequence where the Joker impersonates the dentist and Commissioner Gordon's mandatory check-up and threatening him with a pair of pliers and an enormous drill.

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* BatmanColdOpen: ''Mad Love'' opens with a sequence where the Joker impersonates the dentist and at Commissioner Gordon's mandatory check-up and threatening threatens him with a pair of pliers and an enormous drill.



* DepravedDentist: The BatmanColdOpen of ''Mad Love'' has the Joker impersonating the dentist and Commissioner Gordon's mandatory check-up and threatening him with a pair of pliers and an enormous drill.

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* DepravedDentist: The BatmanColdOpen of ''Mad Love'' has the Joker impersonating the dentist and at Commissioner Gordon's mandatory check-up and threatening him with a pair of pliers and an enormous drill.
3rd Jul '16 2:37:33 AM PaulA
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* BatmanGambit: Batman explains how he did one to the Joker in "Mad Love".

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* BatmanGambit: Batman explains how he did one to BatmanColdOpen: ''Mad Love'' opens with a sequence where the Joker impersonates the dentist and Commissioner Gordon's mandatory check-up and threatening him with a pair of pliers and an enormous drill.
* BatmanGambit:
** In ''Mad Love'', Harley manages to capture Batman himself with a Batman gambit, claiming to have seen the light and be willing to betray the Joker to the authorities, then setting up a fake retaliation attack from the Joker. Batman springs into action to protect her, which means he's (a) physically close and (b) distracted, which gives her an opportunity to get him with a sedative.
** How Batman gets out of Harley's trap
in "Mad Love".''Mad Love'' is also an example, because it depends on him having precise knowledge of how Harley and the Joker can be manipulated by playing on their insecurities.



* ComplexityAddiction: The Joker's tendency to this is lampshaded in ''Mad Love'', with him reacting angrily when Harley suggests skipping the elaborate deathtraps and just shooting Batman. At the end, after Harley manages to capture Batman by herself, the Joker comes close to letting Batman go just because he doesn't have a death trap ready that lives up to his artistic standards. Then he decides that having Batman at his mercy is an opportunity not to be passed up, and maybe he'll give this "just shoot Batman" idea a go after all. It doesn't work out well for him.



* DepravedDentist: The BatmanColdOpen of ''Mad Love'' has the Joker impersonating the dentist and Commissioner Gordon's mandatory check-up and threatening him with a pair of pliers and an enormous drill.
* DestinationDefenestration: At the end of ''Mad Love'', the Joker throws Harley out of a fifth-story window for the terrible offense of being better at killing Batman than him.



* GoneHorriblyWrong: The young Harleen Quinzel's attempt to become famous by writing a tell-all book about working at Arkham Asylum, as depicted in ''Mad Love''.



* ImagineSpot: Harley has a couple in ''Mad Love'' where she imagines herself and the Joker getting married and raising a family of adorably homicidal tykes.



* NeverFoundTheBody:
** Invoked by Batman in ''Mad Love'', when he points out that the deathtrap won't leave identifiable remains and suggests that nobody will ever believe that Harley really did kill the Batman.
** Played straight at the end of ''Mad Love'', after the Joker falls off a roof into a factory chimney.
* NeverMyFault: In ''Mad Love'', Harley reflects that her life is actually pretty terrible, and it's obvious who's to blame -- clearly it's all Batman's fault.



* NotDistractedByTheSexy: In ''Mad Love'', the Joker's reaction to Harley's attempt to seduce him with sweet talking and a sheer negligée is entirely limited to irritation that she's getting between him and his deathtrap blueprints.



* OffscreenTeleportation: Near the end of ''Mad Love'' the Joker escapes Batman and the police by jumping onto the roof of a passing train. He waves and calls a taunting farewell, then turns around -- and Batman is standing on the train roof right behind him.



* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: The Joker takes this attitude toward Batman in ''Mad Love''. When Harley manages to catch Batman in a deathtrap all by herself, he's ''furious''.



* OutGambitted: In "Mad Love"

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* OutGambitted: In "Mad Love"''Mad Love'', Harley manages to BatmanGambit Batman and get him into a death trap he's physically incapable of escaping. He points out that the death trap won't leave identifiable remains, and persuades Harley that the Joker will never believe she really killed Batman unless he's there to see it himself -- knowing that the Joker's ego will never stand for someone else killing Batman, and counting on the resulting argument to give him an opportunity to get free.


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* SharkPool: The death trap in ''Mad Love'' features a large tank of piranhas. The initial version involves luring Batman onto a trapdoor and dropping him in; Harley's refinement has him lowered slowly in, upside-down, so that the piranhas' downturned mouths will look like smiles.


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** In ''Mad Love'', one of Gotham's streets is named Sprang Terrace, in homage to pioneering Batman artist Dick Sprang. And in Harley's ImagineSpot of getting married to the Joker, the celebrant looks a lot like Creator/JerryLewis and uses one of his catchphrases.


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* StartOfDarkness: ''Mad Love'' features a flashback showing how Harley started out as a young and ambitious psychologist hoping to get famous by working with one of Arkham's notorious inmates, who fell under the Joker's spell.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: In ''Mad Love'', while the Joker is obsessing over plans for his next elaborate deathtrap, Harley asks, "Why don't ya just ''shoot'' him?" This triggers an angry rant about how that wouldn't be artistically satisfying.


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* SuddenPrincipledStand: Invoked in ''Mad Love'', when Harley sends Batman a message claiming the Joker's latest plan is too much even for her to accept; it turns out to be a trick to get close to Batman.


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* TraintopBattle: Batman and the Joker at the end of ''Mad Love''.
11th Jun '16 3:14:39 PM LondonKdS
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** In ''The Batman Adventures Annual'' #2, the lines of a mystical invocation include backwards versions of "[[Creator/JackKirby Kirby]] is the greatest", "[[Series/TwinPeaks Sometimes my arms turn back]]", and "[[Music/TheBeatles I buried Paul]]".
31st May '16 10:42:42 AM Willbyr
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30th May '16 6:42:57 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** In ''Gotham Adventures'' #4, we see [[{{Seinfeld}} Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer]] stealing a car.

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** In ''Gotham Adventures'' #4, we see [[{{Seinfeld}} [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer]] stealing a car.
25th Jan '16 9:26:24 AM PriceCheck
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As Bane prepares to kill Thorne and his lieutenants, he tells Candice that he'll kill her second since he knows how she "likes to watch".

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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As Bane prepares to kill Thorne and his lieutenants, he tells Candice that he'll kill her second since he knows how she "likes to watch".watch".
** The answer to a series of riddles orchestrated by "crime artist" Kim is the ''very'' kid-inappropriate sexually charged Japanese film "In the Realm of the Senses", by Nagisa Oshima. Batman even ends up watching the movie at the end of the comic at Kim's suggestion.
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