History Comicbook / BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns

14th Feb '17 6:40:49 PM Willbyr
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* MuggingTheMonster: [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] 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 decide to head to the arcade instead.

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* MuggingTheMonster: [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] {{Defied|Trope}}. 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 decide to head to the arcade instead.
14th Feb '17 12:01:03 PM Rubber_Lotus
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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 decide to head to the arcade instead.

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* MuggingTheMonster: Averted. [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] 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 decide to head to the arcade instead.
13th Feb '17 4:59:32 AM morenohijazo
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* SuccessSymbiosis: Once Batman had retired, so did the Joker. [[spoiler: And once he comes out of retirement, The Joker follows suit.]]
23rd Jan '17 2:00:20 PM Willbyr
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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Par for the course with Batman, right down to his fights. The page quote is one such example.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Par for the course with Batman, right down to his fights. The page quote is one such example.example, as he takes down an armed criminal coming up behind him in a dark room by breaking his leg with a kick.



** The Mutants, especially their leader, and The Sons of the Batman once The Mutants are no more.

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** The Mutants, especially Mutants kill indiscriminately and with an almost childish glee; one even mentions that they have a quota for murders. Their leader is just as deadly, openly proclaiming that he'll kill Batman and Gordon and eat their leader, and hearts.
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The Sons of the Batman don't lose any of their viciousness once The Mutants are no more.they break away from the Mutants, they just start targeting criminals.



* 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 [[JustForPun brazenly]] justifies his sociopathically self-centered behavior and actions in his interviews.

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* BrassBalls[=/=]MeaningfulName: BrassBalls: {{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 [[JustForPun brazenly]] justifies his sociopathically self-centered behavior and actions in his interviews.



* CurbStompBattle: Batman's second fight with the Mutant leader. He uses his brains instead of pure brawn, and while he doesn't come away unscathed, he does win.

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* CurbStompBattle: Batman's second fight with the Mutant leader. He uses his brains instead of pure brawn, and while he doesn't come away unscathed, he does win.win decisively.



* DeadpanSnarker: The Joker.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The Joker.Joker lays the snark on thick, but only truly descends into the cackling madman we're familiar with [[spoiler:in his final moments as he twists his head around]].



* {{Deconstruction}}: Batman's tactics spur debates on toughness on crime, while Superman's idealism makes him an ideal government cat's paw. The story also deconstructs many elements of Batman's mythos, particularly Batman's potential craziness, as well as showing what kind of [[CrapsackWorld world]] would make Batman not only possible, but necessary.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Batman's tactics spur debates on toughness on crime, while Superman's idealism makes him an ideal government cat's paw. The story also deconstructs many elements of Batman's mythos, particularly Batman's his potential craziness, insanity, as well as showing what kind of [[CrapsackWorld world]] would make Batman not only possible, but necessary.



* {{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:gutshot and stabbed multiple times by the Joker and shot at several times the Police and once by the Joker, police, Batman still manages to elude them by getting to the Bat-Copter]].



* DoesntLikeGuns: Played straight at first in issue 4, Batman invokes the trope in his speech to the Sons of the Batman:

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* DoesntLikeGuns: Played straight at first in issue 4, as Batman invokes the trope in his speech to the Sons of the Batman:



* TheEighties: A lot of the action and political commentary stems from real-world politics of the period, in particular [[spoiler:the U.S.-Soviet arms race]], which comes to a head in part four.

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* TheEighties: A lot of the action and political commentary stems from real-world politics of the period, in particular [[spoiler:the U.S.-Soviet - Soviet arms race]], which comes to a head in part four.



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Of a sort. At the start of the story, Bruce has a mustache, but after a sleepwalk (or psychosis-driven fugue; it's not made clear which) into the Batcave, Alfred notices that he's shaved it off... and he didn't realize he'd done it.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Of a sort. At the start of the story, Bruce has a mustache, but after a sleepwalk (or psychosis-driven fugue; it's not made clear which) into the Batcave, Alfred notices that he's shaved it off... and he didn't realize he'd done it.



* 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.]]

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* 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, Mutant leader, 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.]]



* FutureSlang: The Mutants are all over this one. "Balls nasty!", "spud" vs. "slicer-dicer", "chicken legs", and many others.

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* FutureSlang: The Mutants are all over this one. "Balls nasty!", nasty!"[[note]]a strong epithet[[/note]], "spud" vs. "slicer-dicer", "slicer-dicer"[[note]]rookie Mutant vs. long-timer[[/note]], "chicken legs", legs"[[note]]women[[/note]], and many others.



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



* HeroicBSOD: In the first issue, Bruce, lost in thought, wanders to the spot where his parents were killed and is confronted by Mutants. Their dialogue (casually referring to killing Bruce, having a ''quota'' for murders, and then dismissing Bruce as their target because he's "into it") shakes Bruce to his core, as he's been equating them to his parents' killer up to that point.

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* HeroicBSOD: In the first issue, Bruce, lost in thought, wanders to the spot where his parents were killed and is confronted by Mutants. Their dialogue (casually referring to talking about killing Bruce, Bruce and having a ''quota'' for murders, and then dismissing Bruce as their target just as casually because he's "into it") shakes Bruce to his core, as he's been he started the confrontation equating them to his parents' killer up to that point.in his head.



* HulkSpeak: The Mutant leader's dialogue.

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* HulkSpeak: The Mutant leader's dialogue.dialogue is laced with this, but he can talk normally when he wants to, implying that it's done to play up his monstrous image.



* InsaneNoMore: Bart Wolper is the psychiatrist 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 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 the Joker kills hundreds in a poison gas attack, with Wolper being killed by the robot that delivered the gas.

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* InsaneNoMore: Bart Wolper is the psychiatrist 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 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 the Joker kills hundreds in a poison gas attack, attack on live TV, with Wolper being killed by the robot that delivered the gas.



** In another instance, he [[spoiler:hangs an unconscious Mutant upside-down from a gargoyle at the top of a skyscraper, puts a hand over the Mutant's face, and slowly moves his hand away when the Mutant wakes up and tries to cut a deal]]. What makes this even more effective is that the reader doesn't realize all this until it's all said and done; the sequence is drawn from the Mutant's perspective.

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** In another instance, he [[spoiler:hangs an unconscious Mutant upside-down from a gargoyle at the top of a skyscraper, puts a hand over the Mutant's face, and slowly moves his hand away when the Mutant wakes up and tries to cut a deal]]. What makes this even more effective is that the reader doesn't realize all this until it's all said and done; the sequence is drawn from the Mutant's perspective.perspective until the last panel.



* JekyllAndHyde: Averted. Recent breakthroughs in plastic surgery restore Two-Face's 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 hope that he'll die when Batman comes to take him down.]]
--> '''Two-Face''': Got them all to keep their lunches down when they saw my face... saying I was cured... saying I was fixed. I'm fixed all right... at least both sides match now! Go ahead, have your laugh! Take a look... take a look... \\
'''Batman (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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* JekyllAndHyde: Averted. Recent breakthroughs in plastic surgery restore Two-Face's appearance. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, 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 hope that he'll die when Batman comes to take him down.]]
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--> '''Two-Face''': Got them all to keep their lunches down when they saw my face... saying I was cured... cured...saying I was fixed. I'm fixed all right... at least both sides match now! Go ahead, have your laugh! Take a look... look...take a look... \\
'''Batman (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'']\\



* {{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.



* MediaWatchdog: The public broadcast of the Mutant Leader's video after his capture is cut off after a few sentences... with good reason.
-->'''Mutant leader''': ... and then I'll find your new cop - your ''woman'' cop - and I will-\\

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* MediaWatchdog: The public broadcast of the Mutant Leader's video after his capture is cut off after a few sentences... with good reason.
-->'''Mutant leader''': ... and then I'll find your new cop - your ''woman'' cop - and I will-\\



* MisBlamed: {{In-universe}} example - Batman is accused by the media of inspiring a number of incidents, from a mentally-ill mob enforcer putting on a Batman costume and turning on his boss, to a very disturbed man's religiously-motivated shooting up of a porn theater. Meanwhile, a shop owner who actually WAS inspired by Batman chases off a purse-snatcher attacking an old lady. No one is hurt enough for this to make the news.

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* MisBlamed: {{In-universe}} example - Batman example--Batman is accused by the media of inspiring a number of incidents, from a mentally-ill mob enforcer putting on a Batman costume and turning on his boss, to a very disturbed man's religiously-motivated shooting up of a porn theater. Meanwhile, a shop owner who actually WAS inspired by Batman chases off a purse-snatcher attacking an old lady. No one is hurt enough for this to make the news.



-->'''Selina''': Bruce -- he's worse than ''ever''.

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-->'''Selina''': Bruce -- he's Bruce--he's worse than ''ever''.



* PluckyGirl: Carrie, who at the age of 13 gets herself a Robin costume and goes out to fight crime armed only with a slingshot and a few firecrackers, and who earns Batman's respect by attacking the ''goddamn Mutant Leader'' when he's just about to defeat Batman. She downplays the perky associations of this trope, tending to be more sarcastic than outright cheerful, but she's as spirited as hell and, apart from the occasional BSOD, she never gives up.

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* PluckyGirl: Carrie, who at the age of 13 gets herself a Robin costume and goes out to fight crime armed only with a slingshot and a few firecrackers, and who earns Batman's respect by attacking the ''goddamn Mutant Leader'' when he's just about to defeat Batman. She downplays the perky associations of this trope, tending to be more sarcastic than outright cheerful, but she's as spirited as hell and, apart from the occasional BSOD, she never gives up.



-->I want you to '''remember'''... the one man who '''beat''' you...
* PunchClockVillain: The President notes he really doesn't really ''want'' to bring the Batman down, saying he'd have him a medal in younger days, but all the chaos and public outrage over his one man war on crime is forcing his hand. Likewise, Superman is not happy about much of what he has to do but does the job nonetheless.

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-->I want you to '''remember'''... the one man who '''beat''' you...
* PunchClockVillain: The President notes he really doesn't really ''want'' to bring the Batman down, saying he'd have given him a medal in younger days, but all the chaos and public outrage over his one man war on crime is forcing his hand. Likewise, Superman is not happy about much of what he has to do but does the job nonetheless.



* RobotKid: Abner builds them... to spray poison gas everywhere, then explode.

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* RobotKid: Abner builds them... to spray poison gas everywhere, then explode.
23rd Jan '17 1:12:38 PM Willbyr
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** The Sons Of Batman are more or less {{Nominal Hero}}es.

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** The Sons Of Batman are more or less {{Nominal Hero}}es.Hero}}es, as their "crime-fighting" is just as violent as their crimes when they were Mutants.
15th Jan '17 11:00:22 AM Tork
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* TheAlcoholic: Dialogue from Gordon and Alfred at the start of the series suggests that Bruce is dangerously close to becoming one, if he's not there already.

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* TheAlcoholic: Dialogue from Gordon and Alfred at the start of the series suggests that Bruce is dangerously close to becoming one, if he's not there already. Once he resumes the mission, it's never mentioned again.


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* PunchClockVillain: The President notes he really doesn't really ''want'' to bring the Batman down, saying he'd have him a medal in younger days, but all the chaos and public outrage over his one man war on crime is forcing his hand. Likewise, Superman is not happy about much of what he has to do but does the job nonetheless.
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'']\\



%% * ''Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'':
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...\\
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