History Film / TheDarkKnight

22nd Jul '16 4:14:55 AM ManEFaces
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* PowerfulAndHelpless: The Joker mocks Batman while on the receiving end of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to extract information on the location of Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes who have been kidnapped. He rightly points out that Batman can't achieve anything with all of his strength.
22nd Jul '16 2:15:34 AM TrollBrutal
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* SuperWindowJump: In Honk Kong, Batman jumps from the top of a skyscraper, glides for dozens of meters and then enters Lau's building smashing through the glass window. Dowplayed in the final battle at the unfinished Prewitt Building, where Batman does the same entrance but there is no glass, only a plastic panel.

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* SuperWindowJump: In Honk Hong Kong, Batman jumps from the top of a skyscraper, glides for dozens of meters and then enters Lau's building smashing through the glass window. Dowplayed in the final battle at the unfinished Prewitt Building, where Batman does the same entrance but there is no glass, only a plastic panel.
21st Jul '16 9:33:56 PM DoctorSleep
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** While the public calls Harvey their "White Knight", Harvey's aware of a less flattering name being passed around behind his back. He makes Gordon say it as a signal of his rise to villainy.


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** Harvey's transformation into Two-Face plays out the same way it did in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries, with an explosion damaging half of his face. While this version of Two-Face refuses to get a skin-graft, it's implied that his animated counterpart did, but for some reason the graft turned bad. Both are also driven by revenge on a crime boss.
21st Jul '16 2:08:38 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The Joker. He suspected that Batman would [[TakingAThirdOption try to rescue Dent and Rachel at the same time]] by using his alliance with Gordon, so he [[spoiler: switched the addresses. Batman ends up saving Dent instead.]] A simpler explanation is that it was his crazy way of taking the SadisticChoice up another order of magnitude - no matter Batman's decision, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failure was the only option.]]
16th Jul '16 12:11:07 PM TrollBrutal
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* {{Badass}}: The film presents a Batman at the height of his power, being able to extract a criminal entrenched inside a skyscraper from halfway across the globe, and a Joker who is very good with weapons and able to at least match Batman with some very crazy stunts.


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* WorldOfBadass: The film presents a Batman at the height of his power, being able to extract a criminal entrenched inside a skyscraper from halfway across the globe, and a Joker who is very good with weapons and able to at least match Batman with some very crazy stunts. Supporting characters such as Harvey Dent and Jim Gordon are more than capable to hold their own, non-action ones like Alfred and Lucius are very dominating, and even minor characters like the bank manager are deadly.
16th Jul '16 12:04:26 PM TrollBrutal
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* {{Badass}}: The film presents a Batman at the height of his power, being able to extract a criminal entrenched inside a skyskraper from halfway across the globe, and a Joker who is very good with weapons and able to at least match Batman with some very crazy stunts.

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* {{Badass}}: The film presents a Batman at the height of his power, being able to extract a criminal entrenched inside a skyskraper skyscraper from halfway across the globe, and a Joker who is very good with weapons and able to at least match Batman with some very crazy stunts.



* SuperWindowJump: In Honk Kong, Batman jumps from the top of a skyscrapper, glides for dozens of meters and then enters Lau's building smashing through the glass window. Dowplayed in the final battle at the unfinished Prewitt Building, where Batman does the same entrance but there is no glass, only a plastic panel.

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* SuperWindowJump: In Honk Kong, Batman jumps from the top of a skyscrapper, skyscraper, glides for dozens of meters and then enters Lau's building smashing through the glass window. Dowplayed in the final battle at the unfinished Prewitt Building, where Batman does the same entrance but there is no glass, only a plastic panel.
16th Jul '16 11:55:35 AM TrollBrutal
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* SuperWindowJump: In Honk Kong, Batman jumps from the top of a skyscrapper, glides for dozens of meters and then enters Lau's building smashing through the glass window. Dowplayed in the final battle at the unfinished Prewitt Building, where Batman does the same entrance but there is no glass, only a plastic panel.
16th Jul '16 12:16:45 AM ryanasaurus0077
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** Lau flees to Hong Kong so that he's out of Harvey Dent's jurisdiction and the Chinese won't extradite him. Althou

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** Lau flees to Hong Kong so that he's out of Harvey Dent's jurisdiction and the Chinese won't extradite him. AlthouAlthough it's a moot point since Batman's the one who captures him, Lau is sadly mistaken: Hong Kong has a completely separate legal system from the rest of China and it does have [[http://www.legislation.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/e1bf50c09a33d3dc482564840019d2f4/9a61090f8a225bc14825655500235c91?OpenDocument an extradition agreement]] with the United States. Mainland China will not extradite its own citizens ([[http://english.gov.cn/laws/2005-09/22/content_68710.htm see Article 8(1) of Extradition Law of the People's Republic of China]]) but it will try its own citizens for overseas crimes, which can be a bad thing because China has the death penalty and some states don't.

* HonorBeforeReason: As usual, Batman is unwilling to kill the Joker despite the fact that he's a horrible psychopathic monster who hurts and kills people for fun, albeit in an effort to prove that the system works and that not everyone is as terrible as Joker makes them out to be.
* HopelessSuitor: Batman/Bruce Wayne himself, of all people, is actually this as he spends the whole film pining after Rachel Dawes despite the fact that she's clearly moved on with Harvey Dent.
* HopeSpot: An InUniverse one for Harvey Dent. [[spoiler:As he lies in the hospital, he finds the lucky coin he gave Rachel the last time he saw her, left by the side of his bed. But his hopes that she's still alive are dashed when he turns the coin over... the other side's been charred by the explosion that killed her]].
* HumansAreBastards: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker believes that, deep down, everyone is just as horrible and ugly as he is, and that if they're pushed far enough, anyone will become a murdering psychopath. He's just one of the few smart and brave enough not to hide it.
-->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.
* TheHyena: The Joker
* {{Hypocrite}}: The Joker is offended when people call him a "freak", but has no problem using the word on other people, [[NWordPrivileges AND on himself]].
* IAmSpartacus: When the Joker threatens to keep killing people until Batman unmasks and turns himself in, [[spoiler: Harvey Dent makes a public confession that ''he'' is Batman and surrenders to the police]]. However, it turns out to be a sting to get the Joker to come out of hiding.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: After the Joker kills Gambol and takes conrol of his organisation, he makes Gambol's cronies duel each other to the death to see who'll be allowed to join his own gang of thugs, after breaking a pool cue.
* ImNotAHeroIm: whatever Gotham needs The Batman to be.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: How the Joker and a couple of his men get into the funeral procession for Commissioner Loeb to assassinate Mayor Garcia. They kidnap the seven man honor guard that is supposed to do the 21 round salute, tie them up to a column in an apartment overlooking the procession, then [[MuggedForDisguise steal their uniforms and weapons]], then head down for the procession. When Garcia finishes his eulogy, the fake honor guard starts the 21 round salute. Just after the second volley, in a split second Gordon sees the Joker and his men suddenly spin right and aim their rifles at the mayor. He immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just the Joker fires, the bullet instead hitting Gordon in the chest. The assembled group immediately breaks formation and everyone runs every which way, causing chaos that allows the Joker and all of his men except for Thomas Schiff to escape.
* IndyPloy: The Joker claims to be doing this, no matter how unlikely that may seem.
-->'''Joker:''' Do I really look like a guy with a plan?
* IronicEcho: Not as frequent as it was in ''Batman Begins'', but there are some considerably impactful ones here.
** "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
** "I am sure a businessman of your stature would understand." Repeated within the same scene.
** "I make my own luck", which Harvey says when he's about to try Sal Maroni, is echoed by Rachel saying, "you make your own luck" right before the car chase.
** Harvey's fundraiser is [[UpToEleven absolutely loaded with them]], subtle though they may seem. Both Bruce and the Joker enter the party announcing that they're only just in time; both immediately ask "Where is Harvey Dent?" upon arriving; both spill champagne out of a glass, and so on and so forth.
* {{Irony}}: Commissioner Loeb tells Gordon, "You're unlikely to discover this for yourself" about what being a police commissioner is like. Even people who didn't know Gordon would be Commissioner [[spoiler: after Loeb's death]] were reasonably assured he would eventually follow a similar career path to the comics.
* IWillShowYouX: During an argument between a witness on the stand and Harvey Dent:
-->'''Harvey Dent''': I have a sworn statement from you that [points to Maroni] this man is the head of the Falcone crime family.
-->'''Rossi''': Maroni? He's a fall guy. I'm the brains of the organization!
-->'''Harvey Dent''' (to judge): Your honour, permission to treat the witness as hostile?
-->'''Judge Freel''': Permission granted.
-->'''Rossi''': Hostile? I'll show you hostile!
-->[[spoiler:''Rossi pulls out a gun and tries to fire it. The gun jams.'']]
** Even more, this scene is a nod back to how Two-Face was created in the original comics.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Used multiple times. Interestingly, it's never really effective.
** When Batman beats up the Joker. Even discussed, as the Joker criticizes Batman's technique ''while Batman is beating him''.
** Batman also ''drops Maroni off a fire escape'', breaking both his legs, in order to get information. It still doesn't work, as the mob boss doesn't really know anything about The Joker anyway, and if he did, he is ''far'' more scared of The Joker than Batman.
--->'''Batman:''' He must have friends!
--->'''Salvatore Maroni:''' [incredulous] Friends? Have you *met* this guy? ... No one's gonna tell you nothin'. They're wise to your act. You got rules. The Joker, he's got no rules. No one's gonna cross him to you.
** Dent also makes use of FalseRoulette to get info out of one of Thomas Schiff. The man cracks quickly, but as it turns out has no information on the Joker's location either.
* JitterCam: The Joker's home movie of him torturing and killing an imposter Batman in what appears to be a meatpacking plant (based on the presence of animal carcasses in the background).
* JokerImmunity: Played ''straight'' here, despite being DarkerAndEdgier than the [[Film/{{Batman}} previous film series]], which killed him off. Creator/HeathLedger's passing then caused the Joker to become a BrotherChuck.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The Joker explains how he broke Harvey Dent.
-->'''Joker''': I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little '''push'''! [The Joker [[LaughingMad laughs hysterically]] as Batman races off and the cops come to take the Joker into custody]
* JumpScare: This occurs when Harvey Dent and Mayor Garcia are conversing in his office. The mayor slowly walks towards the glass window when suddenly, the Joker-mauled corpse of one of the fake Batmen is flung onto the window right towards his face.
** Later, the injured Dent is interrogating Gordon while in the hospital:
--->'''Dent:''' Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was that. Gordon?
--->'''Gordon:''' Harvey...
--->'''Dent:''' Say it. ''[beat]'' '''SAY IT!!!'''
* KansasCityShuffle: When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 10 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily is GenreSavvy enough to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]
* KarmicDeath: Two of the Joker's bank robbers agree to kill another one of the robbers so they can take a bigger cut, and get killed themselves for the same motive.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Joker gets Dent's face burned and his girlfriend killed. He then shows up to Dent's hospital bed to say "Hey, it's your own damn fault for thinking there's such a thing as Order in the first place" to add insult to injury. And yet, it serves to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope give Harvey a new reason to live]].]]
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Rachel Dawes]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Rachel''': It's okay, Harvey. It's all right. Listen... some- ''["explosion promptly is going to destroy me in the middle of saying 'somebody'," presumably.]'']]
** Also Grumpy's fate in the beginning.
--->'''Bozo[=/=]The Joker:''' No-no-no-no, I kill the bus driver.
--->'''Grumpy:''' Bus driver? ''[Bozo glares at him]' What bus dri- ''[The back end of a school bus bursts through the doors and sends a flying piece of furniture on him]''
* KnifeNut: Though he's perfectly willing to use guns and anything else if necessary, Joker's WeaponOfChoice is knives. His logic:
-->'''The Joker''': Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming You can’t savor all of the little... emotions.]] You see, [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied in their last moments, people show you who they really are]]. So in a way, I knew your friends better than you ever did... Would you like to know which of them [[AssholeVictim were cowards]]?
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* LargeHam: Creator/ChristianBale (Bruce Wayne had to be a ham, but he does it as Batman as well.) and Creator/HeathLedger's Joker.
** The Chechen too. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My dogs! Are! Hungry!]]
** Harvey Dent definitely has his moments.
--->''(Harvey is privately interrogating Thomas Schiff by threatening to shoot him if he doesn't talk)''
--->'''Thomas Schiff:''' You wouldn't.
--->'''Harvey:'''(suddenly yells in his face) I WOULDN'T!!
--->''(Batman has just confessed that he's turning himself in so that no one else will be killed by the Joker to flush him out)''
--->'''Harvey:''' You can't. You can't give in. YOU ''CAN'T GIVE IN''!!
* LaserGuidedKarma: The Chechen is done in by [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker the very guy he had hired earlier in the film]].
* LaughablyEvil: Again, the Joker.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: "You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck."
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Bruce Wayne is trying to figure out SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's motivations. Alfred tells him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc this story]]:
-->'''Alfred:''' A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anyone who had traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing the stones away.
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' Then why steal them?
-->'''Alfred Pennyworth:''' Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. [[ForTheEvulz Some men just want to watch the world burn.]]
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SternPinball in 2008; [[Pinball/BatmanStern click here for details.]]
* LostInACrowd: The Joker pulls this off twice.
** To escape the opening bank robbery, the Joker simply slips his school bus into a pre-arranged opening in a long line of identical school buses driving past on the Van Buren Street side of the bank as the police are arriving.
** The Joker and his men escaping after the assassination attempt on the mayor at Commissioner Loeb's funeral procession: they are posing as the honor guard members and all of the police officers in dress blues are standing motionless as the "honor guard" does the 21 gun salute, until the third volley, when the Joker and his men aim their rifles at the mayor. Gordon tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker fires his rifle. This causes all of the pedestrians and the officers to break formation and scatter everywhere. In the chaos, the Joker and his guys melt into the crowd, and all of them get away except for Thomas Schiff, who gets spotted and is shot in the leg.
* LoveCannotOvercome: Rachel doesn't want the problems of being Bruce's love interest until he's done being Batman.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Sort of... [[spoiler: Harvey Dent losing his girlfriend is the key ingredient in driving him to madness.]]
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: "Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the little... emotions."
* LowClearance: Some of The Joker's goons use harpoon guns and cables to snag a police chopper during a high-speed chase.
* LudicrousGibs:
** [[DiscussedTrope Suggested]] by the Joker about a kidnapped Harvey Dent.
-->'''Gordon:''' Where is he?
-->'''Joker:''' What's the time?
-->'''Gordon:''' What difference does that make?
-->'''Joker:''' Well depending on the time, he may be in one spot or ''several''.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: The Joker pulls an extreme version of this on [[spoiler: Harvey Dent.]]
* MascotVillain: The Joker.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Two-Face's arm can be seen grabbing Maroni's lackey as Maroni gets in the car, before the reveal.
* MetallicarSyndrome: Mentioned when Bruce needs to go rescue someone in daylight, and Alfred asks if he'll be taking the [[CoolBike Batpod]].
-->'''Bruce:''' In the middle of the day, Alfred? Not very subtle.
-->'''Alfred:''' The Lamborghini, then. (Bruce leaves) ''[[SarcasmMode Much]]'' [[SarcasmMode more subtle.]]
* MindRape: Of all the Joker's acts of callous villainy and casual disregard for human dignity, none is worse than his [[spoiler: turning of Harvey Dent into a vengeful monster by warping his mind during his vulnerable time of grief over Rachel's death.]]
** In general, this seems to be a favorite of the Joker, who delights in pressing peoples' [[BerserkButton berserk buttons]] until he gets underneath their skins. Case in point: the scene where he intentionally makes light of Stephen's dead friends. Therefore, knowing the Joker will enjoy a beating, Stephens prepares to make sure he himself enjoys it even more. Cut to Murphy hearing a commotion and finding the Joker holding Stephens at knifepoint.
* MisplacedRetribution: Harvey doesn't just give his 50-50 execution judgement to everyone involved in destroying his life, [[spoiler:He goes after Gordon, and plans to kill Gordon's ''son'' to show the cop how it feels to lose the thing you love most.]]
* TheMobBossIsScarier: People definitely see the Joker as being scarier than Batman, and Maroni spells out how no one is going to cross the Joker because they're too afraid of what cruel method he could devise to kill them (and he's personally afraid of a reprisal against the Falcone family should he cross the Joker), whereas all Batman can do is beat them up a bit.
-->No one's gonna tell you anything. They're wise to your act. [[ThouShaltNotKill You got rules]]. [[TheUnfettered The Joker, he's got no rules]]. No one's gonna cross him for you.
** Ironically enough, later on Maroni himself gives information about the Joker to Gordon when [[EvenEvilHasStandards he believes the Joker is going too far for even his own fear of him to get in the way]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Ramirez]] is working for the mob because their mother is in the hospital and the medical bills were too high. Wuertz, on the other hand, was just in it for the money.
* MomentOfSilence: Two.
** After the bombs go off and the Joker escapes at the end of the second act.
** When Harvey finds his coin and figures out what happened.
* MoneyToBurn: After taking half of mob's savings as payment for his services, Joker stacks all of it up, puts Lau on top, and then lights the whole thing on fire.
-->'''Joker:''' See, I'm a guy of simple tastes: I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder... and gasoline! And you know the thing that they have in common? ''They're cheap!''
* MonsterClown: Joker, obviously.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Lau, the Chinese banker for the mob.
* MouthingTheProfanity: Immediately after Batman swerves to avoid hitting the Joker, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker can be seen mouthing the word "fuck".
* MultipleChoicePast: In a nod to the comics like TropeNamer ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Joker gives multiple conflicting tragic back stories about how he came to be.
-->'''Joker:''' You wanna know how I got these scars?
* MultiTakeCut: Downplayed in the hospital explosion. As shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-iuuwOtsow here]], Nolan filmed the explosion from several angles, but decided to put only two in the finished movie.
* MyCard: The Joker. Naturally, it's [[CaptainObvious a joker playing card]].
* MythologyGag:
** The Joker wearing a nurse costume is most likely a nod to a scrapped idea from ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', where the Joker was originally going to be dressed like Madonna. The only reason it wasn't used was because a cross-dressing villain was considered [[{{Irony}} too silly]].
** The Joker begging Batman to run him over with his Bat-Cycle is eerily similar to Creator/JackNicholson[='=]s Joker begging Creator/MichaelKeaton[='=]s Batman to attack him from his Bat-Wing in Creator/TimBurton[='=]s ''Film/{{Batman}}''.
** In the film Bruce Wayne resides in a penthouse at Wayne Tower instead of Wayne Manor which is being reconstructed after the events of ''BatmanBegins''. Batman operated out of a secret underground bunker in Gotham City instead of the Batcave In the comics Bruce Wayne left Wayne Manor and lived in a penthouse at the Wayne Foundation building and Batman from a secret sub-basement("The Batbunker") from the late 60s to the early 80s.
** One of the most infamous parody nursery rhymes is referenced...
-->Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
-->Robin laid an egg...
-->[[CoolBike The Batmobile lost a wheel]]
-->And The Joker got away...
** The mask The Joker wears at the beginning of the movie. The pattern on it matches the makeup he wore when performing in an opera as a ruse to capture the S.S. ''Gotham'' in [[Series/{{Batman}} the old 1960s Adam West adaptation]].
* NearVillainVictory: The only thing that keeps SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from winning is Batman's decision to take the heat for the murders Harvey, safeguarding Harvey's image and [[ThePowerOfLegacy the stability of Gotham with it]].
** And Batman's [[ChekhovsGun projectile scallops.]]
* NeverBeAHero: Lampshaded with the Batman copycats.
-->'''Copycat:''' What gives you the right? What's the difference between you and me?!\\
'''Batman:''' I'm not wearing hockey pads.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Pre-release material presented the Bat-Pod as one of Batman's newly developed toys. [[spoiler:It's actually the Tumbler's emergency ejection system.]]
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: If it weren't for all the Gotham City stuff, you'd think the movie took place in Chicago.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The last fight between Joker and Batman, with Joker using dogs, construction equipment and crowbars to beat the Dark Knight into the ground.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Of the first group of the Joker's lackey's introduced, the only one who isn't killed [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness as soon as he finishes his part of the job]] is the Joker himself.
-->'''Lackey #3:''' I'm betting the Joker told you to kill ''me'' as soon as we loaded the cash.\\
'''Lackey #4[[note]]the Joker[[/note]]:''' No, no no no, I kill the bus driver.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:Though Harvey "Two-Face" Dent does get his iconic facial scars, he never joins Batman's RoguesGallery. Instead, he has a brief stint as a VigilanteMan (only coming into conflict with Batman when he tries to kill Commissioner Gordon's family) and dies just one day after the incident that caused those scars, leaving the vast majority of Gotham's people unaware that he ever went insane. His vigilantism is still ruthless enough for him to qualify as a villain, particularly as he goes after the family of the only truly honest cop in Gotham.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Joker. Though aware of his crimes, at first Batman and the authorities just see him as "one man", and focus on bringing down the mob. The mobsters, for their part, regard him as "a nobody" as well...
* NotWorthKilling:
** Eventually, the Joker starts thinking this about Batman. Batman himself sees all criminals as this, [[ThouShaltNotKill considering that he has one rule to live by]], but he especially believes this about the Joker, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim who is hellbent on causing him to break that one rule]].
** The civilian ferry's designated detonator man eventually decides against killing the prisoners after apparently realizing that it wasn't worth it.
* NWordPrivileges: The Joker can call himself and Batman "freaks", but [[BerserkButton if anybody]] [[DisproportionateRetribution else tries it]]...
* OhCrap:
** When Gordon gets to Loeb's office having learned about the Joker's death threat on him:
-->'''Loeb:''' Gordon, you're unlikely to discover this for yourself, so take my word. The police commissioner gets a lot of threats. I found the appropriate response to these situations a long time ago. ''[sets down a glass of Clyburn whiskey, and drinks]''\\
''[cutaway briefly to Surrillo and to Harvey Dent talking with Rachel]''\\
'''Loeb:''' You get to explain to my wife why I'm late for dinner, tonight.\\
'''Gordon:''' Sir, the Joker card had traces of your DNA on it. ''[Stephens comes in with a piece of paper in his hand]''\\
'''Loeb:''' How'd they get my DNA?\\
'''Gordon:''' ''[looking at the file Stephens has given him]'' Someone with access to your house or office must have lifted a tissue or a... glass, or ''[notices Loeb drinking]'' Wait, WAIT!\\
''[Loeb collapses, poisoned with acid. His glass starts smoking]''\\
'''Gordon:''' GET A MEDIC!
** "[[FiveSecondForeshadowing Is that a...phone?]]"
* OminousWalk: Subverted when The Joker starts one of these after Batman loses at chicken, then starts to jauntily skip after a few seconds.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Joker.
* OnePhoneCall: In accordance with procedure as stated above, the Joker is not given his phone call. He goes to some lengths to get it... [[spoiler: which he uses to escape from jail by calling a cell phone implanted within one of his gang members, detonating a bomb connected to it and destroying a large portion of the prison.]]
-->'''The Joker:''' I want my phone call. I want it. I want my phone call.
-->'''Detective Stephens:''' [[SarcasmMode That's nice.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Joker, if "nickname" is a good word for it.
* OrbitalShot:
** The shots involving the Joker and Rachel's confrontation at Harvey Dent's fundraiser keep rotating around the two to add to the scene's tension.
--->'''Joker''': Oh, you look nervous. Is it the scars? Want to know how I got them?
** A single continuous orbital shot is used when Gordon and Harvey are arguing on the rooftop after a leak in the department allowed the mob to get their money transferred out ahead of time.
* TheParagon: Harvey Dent. This makes him the target of everybody.
* ThePenIsMightier: This exchange when the Joker crashes the mob meeting:
-->'''Gambol:''' Give me one reason why I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off.\\
'''Joker:''' How about a magic trick? ''[sticks a pencil into the table, point-first]'' I'm gonna make this pencil disappear.\\
''[A crony stands up and runs over to the Joker, who then slams the man's head down on the pencil, [[EyeScream forcing it into his eye socket]]. The man then falls dead]''\\
'''The Joker:''' TADA! It's.... ah, it's ''gone''..... Oh, and by the way, [[CheapCostume the suit]]? It wasn't cheap. ''[sits down]'' You oughta know, you bought it!
* PetTheDog: Chechen pets his dogs, early in the movie, while calling them his "little princes." [[spoiler:This makes it all the more disturbing when, later in the movie, Joker decides to have the Chechen cut up and fed to those dogs, [[DisproportionateRetribution for calling him a freak]].]]
* PhonyNewscast: There are newscasts during the film reporting on the Joker and the Batman; in the DVD extras you're treated to 4 fake in-depth newscasts about Gotham.
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: The Joker and [[spoiler:Harvey Dent]]. Though where the Joker got his is anyone's guess...
* PineappleSurprise: The Joker threatens to pull the pins on a jacket of grenades to escape the mobsters meeting with Lau.
* PlotImmunity: [[spoiler:Jim Gordon and his fake death scheme.]]
* PoisonousCaptive: The Joker continues to play mind games with the police while in a cell.
* PoserHating: Batman does ''not'' find imitation flattering. Especially if the imitators dressing like him are using lethal force.
* ThePowerOfLegacy: At the end of the film, after [[spoiler:Harvey Dent's death, Batman tells Gordon to tell the police force that it was Batman, not Harvey, who was responsible for Harvey's murders, so that Harvey does not lose his white knight reputation.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: At the beginning of the film, the Chechen is upset with Dr. Crane for supplying him with fear toxin as a street drug (which has horrific, non-pleasurable effects) because his business needs repeat customers.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: During the fundraising party for Harvey Dent:
-->'''Joker:''' ''(to Rachel)'' [[YouGotSpunk A little fight in you, I like that.]]\\
'''Batman:''' [[DynamicEntry Then you're gonna love me.]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
** In the opening, if you listen carefully, you can hear Grumpy say "what the fuck?" when Bozo tricks the manager into using his last shotgun round on Grumpy's left shoulder. Grumpy then complains, "Where did you learn to count?!"
** The Joker questioning why the mob bosses fear getting caught since Batman's arrival: "What happened, your balls drop off?" Later in the scene, you can also hear someone utter, "Holy shit!" when the Joker reveals [[PineappleSurprise all the grenades he has under his coat]].
** As Commissioner Loeb is poisoned to death, Gordon audibly yells "Oh shit!" as he tries to keep him from falling to the floor. [[{{Bowdlerise}} Television edits didn't fall for the slip]].
** It's not a terribly obvious one, but after Batman fails to hit him with the Batpod, the Joker mouths the f-word. Blink and you'll miss it.
** Later in the same scene, [[spoiler:Gordon says "we got you, you son of a bitch" when he (temporarily) captures the Joker.]]
* PreemptiveDeclaration:
-->'''Joker:''' No no no, I kill the bus driver.
** Later:
--->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?\\
'''Batman:''' No, but I know how you got ''these''! ''(launches his spring loaded scallops at Joker's face)''
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:Two-Face]] has one when he [[spoiler:kills Maroni's driver and at the very least causes further injury to Maroni, who had already been reduced to walking on a cane following a Bat Interrogation]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Two-Face''']]: You're a lucky man. ''flips his coin a second time'' But he's not.\\
'''Maroni''': Who?\\
[[spoiler:'''Two-Face''']]: ''[buckles seat belt]'' Your driver.
* ProductPlacement: A lot. One notable case is Bruce Wayne's driving a Lamborghini Murcielago. Also a BilingualBonus StealthPun: ''murciélago'' is Spanish for ''bat''.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler: Harvey Dent's fall from grace.]]
* PsychoForHire: The Joker, with the emphasis on "psycho", since he doesn't really stay in the employ of the mob for long. He's definitely in it for the psycho part, though.
--> '''Joker''': If you're good at something, never do it for free.
* PsychopathicManchild: Just as an accountant was about to give in to one of Joker's earlier threats (reveal the identity of Batman or people die) he goes on TV to announce that he changed his mind, that he decides that a world without Batman would be too [[ForTheEvulz boring]], and that if said accountant was not killed in less than an hour, that he would blow up a hospital.
* PsychoStrings: On the soundtrack the Joker's theme is made mostly of these. It's the sound that's produced from razor blades on string instruments.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Why. So. Serious?"
** From the same speech: "Not. One. Bit."
** "LOOK! AT! ME!"
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: In the car chase, the Joker takes a semi truck with the words "LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE" and spraypaints a red S in front of "Laughter".
* RankUp: Jim Gordon is promoted to Commissioner after [[spoiler:the Joker's capture]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Internet commentators complained about fake-looking CGI in the movie, particularly the eighteen-wheeler-flipping scene. Most of the VFX shots in this film were not CGI, but rather performed either with scale models, or in the case of the eighteen-wheeler, done by ''flipping an actual goddamn eighteen-wheeler''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: It is possible that the ending of ''TDK'' was setting up Joker to return in ''Rises'' (he doesn't die, he [[LampshadeHanging says they'll be doing this forever]], etc)... but then [[ActorExistenceFailure Heath Ledger died]]. Anyways, the Joker did not appear and was not even mentioned in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', and a lot of people suspect the lack of the Joker in that movie was not part of the original plan (the Joker was mentioned in passing, though, in the novelization).
* RecklessGunUsage:
** The Joker ignores all basic gun-handling rules, but being that he is ''the Joker'', he probably doesn't care at all if he accidentally shoots someone. Or himself, for that matter. He'd probably think it was ''hilarious''. For example, in the car chase, when he's climbing out of his semi truck after he gets flipped over, he stumbles and the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun he's carrying accidentally goes off, spraying bullets in a random direction.
** Harvey Dent is flipping a two-headed coin so he won't ''purposely'' shoot someone he was interrogating, but he was still pressing a loaded gun to that man's head. But, again, [[spoiler:this is Harvey Two-Face we're talking about.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Maroni has had enough of all this and gives the cops the Joker's location.]] [[LaserGuidedKarma Two-Face finds him soon afterwards.]]]]
* RetiredBadass: Alfred apparently did some military spec-ops work some time before being Bruce's butler, providing him with anecdotal experience concerning the Joker's MO. The story also goes to hint at a rather [[BewareTheNiceOnes dark side]] to the generally pleasant and amiable sophisticate:
-->'''Bruce''': Alfred, the bandit, did you ever catch him?\\
'''Alfred''': Oh, yes.\\
'''Bruce''': How?\\
'''Alfred''': [[KillItWithFire We burned the forest down]].
* RightBehindMe: "Don't tell me it's Wayne. The guy's a complete [[CurseCutShort f--]]"
* RightHandAttackDog: The Chechen owns a pack of them. [[spoiler:After the Joker apparently [[HoistByHisOwnPetard feeds The Chechen to his own dogs]], he adopts the pooches and uses them against Batman in the final showdown]].
* RobbingTheMobBank: The opening bank robbery. Unlike other movies exhibiting this trope, the Joker averts it by being knowingly aware that he's stealing mob money. On the other hand, the clowns he hires, then tricks into shooting each other during the job, play the trope straight.
* RousseauWasRight: Batman's belief and part of how he eventually [[spoiler:triumphs over the Joker in the finale: neither of the boats in Joker's "social experiment" are willing to blow the other one up, buying Batman the time he needed to neutralize the Joker's own detonators.]]
* RuleOfCool: [[spoiler:Despite having half of his face burned off, Harvey Dent doesn't seem to have much trouble speaking, and his facial motions are apparently unaffected]].
* RuleOfThree: The Joker's third "scar story" is subverted by Batman.
** Subverted... by Batman. Played straight... by the movie itself. And {{double subver|sion}}ted...due to both. We never hear the Joker's third story but Batman giving him scars makes the movie itself a third story. As a result somehow manages to fit all three.
--->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?\\
'''Batman:''' No, but I know how you got ''these''.\\
(''Batman launches his gauntlet scallops point-blank into Joker's face'')
* RunningGagStumbles: See RuleOfThree.
* SadisticChoice: The Joker's M.O. So much so that Creator/RogerEbert interpreted this concept as one of the Joker's main themes.
-->'''Ebert''': The Joker is more than a villain. He’s a Mephistopheles whose actions are fiendishly designed to pose moral dilemmas for his enemies.
* SavedForTheSequel: [[spoiler:Surprisingly averted with Two-Face. He's KilledOffForReal less than half an hour after he gets his iconic scars]]. However, Harvey Dent's representation as a symbol of true justice is destroyed by Bane in the next movie.
* ScareChord: The Joker's leitmotif, a strident violin piece that feels and sounds almost like the droning of an insect swarm.
* ScaryBlackMan:
** Gambol talks tough and is the only mobster to openly challenge the Joker. [[spoiler:He pays for it, gruesomely.]]
** Subverted with Ginty, the hulking black prisoner on the ferry who [[spoiler:acts like he'll blow up the other boat for the guards, only to throw the detonator out the window once they give it to him.]]
* SceneryPorn: They seem to show off a lot of downtown Chicago scenery in the car chase
* ScheherezadeGambit: Variant when [[spoiler:the Joker is captured by the police. Using only his words, he manipulates a police officer into attacking him, then takes the officer hostage.]]
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Salvatore Maroni as he's dropped from the second floor by Batman.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Inverted; the Joker ''has'' no rules.
-->'''Joker:''' It's not about money, [[ForTheEvulz it's about sending a message; everything burns]].
* SecretIdentity: Deconstructed; Batman cannot keep his secret from everyone, which leads to problems. In addition to the ones who found out in ''Batman Begins'', accountant Coleman Reese discovers [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys Where He Gets All Those Wonderful Toys]] and intends to {{blackmail}} Bruce Wayne, but is dissuaded by the GenreSavvy OmnidisciplinaryScientist Lucius Fox. When he tries to sell Batman's SecretIdentity, he discovers that the Joker is not happy with the secret being made public. He is saved by Batman and might be ashamed enough to become a SecretKeeper.
* SecretIdentityApathy: The Joker starts out demanding Batman remove his mask, but eventually decides that would be boring, and puts a hit out on a man who threatens to reveal Bruce's identity.
-->'''The Joker:''' I had a vision, of a world without Batman. The mob ground out a little profit and the police tried to shut them down, one block at a time. And it was so...boring. I've had a change of heart. I don't want Mr. Reese spoiling everything, but why should I have all the fun? Let's give someone else a chance. If Coleman Reese isn't dead in sixty minutes then I blow up a hospital.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent]] is first presented as a awesome and incorruptible crusader for justice, and is a romantic rival to Bruce Wayne. Especially since everyone knows he becomes Two Face, the obviously... well, obvious assumption would be that he's hiding a dark, corrupt side to his character. Turns out... he isn't. He really was the great guy he seemed to be (at least until he was Driven to Villainy). In the novelization, Bruce/Batman is shown investigating [[spoiler:Dent]], believing him to be too good to be true, and all he finds is that Dent hides the fact that he had an unhappy childhood with a cruelly abusive father.
* ShippingTorpedo: Bruce Wayne, towards Harvey and Rachel, since this essentially relegates him to UnluckyChildhoodFriend status with respect to the woman he's loved for years.
* ShouldHaveThoughtOfThatBeforeX:
-->'''Maroni''': This madness... it's just too much.\\
'''Gordon''': You should have thought of that before you let that clown out of the box.
* ShoutOut: "[[Series/ToTellTheTruth Will the real Batman please stand up?]]"
** Possibly also a reference to [[TheMusical that musical]] [[VaporWare they never made.]]
** William Fichtner as the banker with the shotgun in the opening heist was an intentional CastingGag by Nolan, who built the sequence as an homage to ''Film/{{Heat}}''.
** The Joker's goons don clown masks during the opening scene as a reference to Stanley Kubrick's heist film ''Film/TheKilling''.
*** Joker's mask is also the same as the one the character uses in ''The Joker's Wild'', [[http://i.imgur.com/WIsyBbU.jpg his very first appearance]] in [[Series/{{Batman}} the 60's series]].
*** It and the other somber clown masks, all worn by the Joker's thugs with otherwise normal street clothes, invoke the image his henchman from the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Animated Series]] episode ''The Last Laugh''.
** ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': The detonator found on the prisoners' ship is concealed in a box resembling a [[spoiler:book]]
** Naturally, since Nolan is a card-carrying [[Franchise/JamesBond Bond]] fan, the blade at the tip of the Joker's shoe is ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. The film also makes use of an ActionPrologue, just like the Bond films.
** Kind of a weird one, but the Bat-Cycle emerges from the Batmobile.... "Batmobile lost a wheel". And then after that, "Joker got away."
** Harvey Dent had previously pretended to be Batman to fool the Joker in ''BatmanAdventures'', although the circumstances were somewhat different.
** [[Film/JerryMaguire "You complete me."]]
* ShownTheirWork:
** The defective gun Wilmer Rossi brings in a courtroom trying (and failing) to assassinate Harvey Dent is made of carbon fiber, and not metal. This is so that the gun could pass through the metal detectors without any trouble, as practically every courthouse in America have metal detectors.
** The SWAT team's tactics when entering the building the Joker's minions have occupied are in fact, the actual procedures a real SWAT team would carry out under the same situation: the officers approach the suspects with weapons drawn and at the ready and identify themselves, demanding that the suspects surrender and put their weapons down. Until the suspects present a threat to either the officers or innocents, they have to hold fire. More than one reviewer [[RealityIsUnrealistic questioned why SWAT wasn't opening fire, not realizing that this was how they really operate.]]
** Commissioner Loeb's funeral procession is very realistic, thanks to the fact that the police officers you see are actual off-duty Chicago Police Department officers. Additionally, the CPD supplied the bagpipe marching band.
* ShutUpHannibal: Batman to the Joker.
-->'''Batman''': What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone's as ugly as you? You're ''alone''!
* ShutUpKiss: Harvey to Rachel, as he's about to be loaded into the armored car.
* SmashTheSymbol [[spoiler:In the montage showing the consequences of Batman taking the blame for Harvey Dent's murders, Gordon is shown smashing the bat-signal he put together at the end of ''Begins''. Subverted, in that Gordon doesn't hate Batman at all, but is just in on the cover-up to protect Harvey's [[ThePowerOfLegacy legacy]].]]
* SmugSnake: Salvatore Maroni.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Joker is a self-proclaimed "Agent of Chaos" - he really doesn't plan, he just sizes up his enemies' plans and attacks the weak point that causes the most chaos.
-->'''Joker''': I just did what I do best--I took your little plan, and I ''turned it on itself''.
* SpinTheBottle: At least one possibility about the "try-outs" scene after the Joker kills Gambol, when he breaks a pool cue and lays part of it on the floor in front of Gambol's three associates, is that "try-outs" are a macabre version of "spin the bottle", in that the guy the pool cue lands on is the one who does not get a bullet between the eyes and gets to work for the Joker.
* TheSpook: Both Batman and The Joker.
* StalkerWithACrush: Again, Batman/Bruce Wayne of all people is this towards Rachel.
* StealingFromTheTill: A sympathetic example. Lucius and Bruce are [[http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2012/07/16/the-dark-knight-embezzlement/ technically embezzling]] assets from Wayne Enterprises, a public company with shareholders, and they are discovered and blackmailed by an auditor ([[BullyingADragon technically again]]).
* StealthPun:
** The Joker blocks a stretch of road with a fire truck...that's on fire. A '''fire''' truck, get it? Just another way the Joker CrossesTheLineTwice.
** By the end of the second act, the Batmobile had lost a wheel (the Batpod), and the Joker got away.
** During the trip to China:
--->'''Lucius Fox''': It emits a high-frequency pulse for mapping an environment and records a response time.\\
'''Bruce Wayne''': Sonar. Just like a...\\
'''Lucius Fox''': Like a submarine, Mr. Wayne. [[DeadpanSnarker Like a submarine]].
** The [[spoiler:final dilemma the Joker presents is similar to the Prisoner's Dilemma. One of the parties in the dilemma is a ferry full of convicts]].
** Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago. [[BilingualBonus Murcielago is Spanish for "Bat".]]
* SteelEardrums:
** The first driver of the semi truck has them when the Joker shoots the cop at the roadblock, who is standing by the driver's door, from the passenger's seat, with the bank manager's shotgun, firing no more than a few feet from that driver's ear.
** When Harvey Dent is approaching the ambulance Thomas Schiff is in after the shooting at Loeb's eulogy, there is a gunshot from somewhere. You notice that Dent flinches, while all of the officers scatter and immediately grab their weapons, but curiously, the paramedic tending to Schiff's leg doesn't so much as flinch, like he can't hear a shot.
* SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee: Gordon plays this straight when he lets Batman interrogate the Joker.
* StormingTheCastle: The assault on Pruitt Building, Joker's hideout. An epic MeleeATrois between Batman, the SWAT and Joker's goons where Batman's non-lethal policy is truly tested.
* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:Two-Face]], with his talk of random chance beoing the only true morality in the world. The Joker would be a straw nihilist, except that wouldn't nearly ''begin'' to encompass his craziness.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: A major theme of the Joker's actions in this movie.
* StuffBlowingUp: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ''really'' likes explosions:
-->'''Joker''': See, I'm a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite... and gunpowder... and gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They're cheap!
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: One of the main criticisms of the film, besides Batman's voice, [[spoiler:is Rachel's unceremonious death at the end of the second act]].
* SubvertedPunchline: When Bruce Wayne is given a new device by Lucius Fox which allows his cellphone to emit sonar pulses to map a room.
-->'''Bruce''': Sonar. Sorta like a-\\
'''Lucius''': Like a submarine, Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine.
* SuddenlyShouting: More like Suddenly Snarling, but the Joker drops every last trace of AffablyEvil with ''shocking'' suddenness during the scene where he's terrorising poor Brian Douglas on video. It's enough to give you a JumpScare:
-->'''The Joker:''' So you think Batman's made Gotham a better place? Hm? Look at me. '''''[[GutturalGrowler LOOK AT ME!]]'''''
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome:
** [[spoiler:Rachel]], though not until the end of Act 2.
** [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb]] suffers this as well.
* SuperCellReception:
** [[spoiler:Sonar-emitting phones.]]
** [[spoiler:Not to mention one whose reception doesn't falter inside a man's stomach.]]
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: The [[spoiler:Bat-Cell-Phone-Sonar machine]].
* SympathyForTheHero: First, The Joker admits that Batman is better than the mob bosses he used to rip off. Then, as he's saved from falling to his death, the villain praises how his nemesis is incorruptible as "you won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness".
* TakeAThirdOption: Subverted with [[spoiler:Rachel and Harvey]]. Played straight during [[spoiler:the Prisoner's Dilemma in the film's climax.]]
* TakingTheBullet: First, Gordon does this by tackling the mayor to the ground just as the Joker is about to shoot him. Later it's combined with CarFu when the Batmobile intercepts a rocket grenade that was intended for the armored prison transport carrying Harvey Dent, and again when Bruce Wayne [[CarFu uses the Lamborghini to block a pickup truck from smashing the police SUV.]]
* TechnicalPacifist: Batman won't outright kill anyone, but he has no qualms dropping Maroni from a fire escape because he ''probably'' won't die from the fall.
* TelevisionGeography: The bank robbery falls into this when you go by the actual filming location (the old post office at Van Buren Street and Canal Street on the west side of the Chicago River). When the Joker, Grumpy and Chuckles are getting out of the car, they're on the north side of the building. They enter through a north-facing door, but they make a right turn and face west as they run into the lobby and begin shooting into the air. This means that when the school bus bursts through the other doors, it comes in from the west side, meaning it comes in from a north-south street. However, in the exterior shot of the Joker merging with the line of passing school buses, if you look at the buildings in the background or notice the drawbridge gates in the distance, the bus is clearly facing north and turning east and onto the east-west street the stationwagon was parked on. For the record, the east-west street is Van Buren Street.
* TemptingFate:
** During the Lower Wacker Drive section of the car chase, the Joker rakes the armored transport with a machine pistol and a shotgun. Harvey Dent asks the SWAT officer riding in back with him if the vehicle is bulletproof against such hits. The officer replies, "He's going to need something a lot bigger to get through this!" Cue the Joker's henchmen handing their boss a rocket launcher.
---> '''Shotgun SWAT:''' Wha...! What is that, a bazooka?!\\
''[The Joker fires, hitting the back of the police car in front of the armored car. The cruiser limps along, the officer struggling to control his car. The henchman driving the garbage truck rams the armored car from behind]''\\
'''Shotgun SWAT:''' I didn't sign up for this! ''[The Joker fires another rocket, taking out the police car in front for good]''
** Maroni saying of the Joker: "''Some two-bit whack-job. Wears a cheap purple suit and make-up. He's not the problem. He's a nobody''". [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Hohoho if they only knew back then...]]
** "''My dogs are hong-gray! [[CostumeCopyCat Pity there is only one of you...]]''"
* TerroristWithoutACause: The Joker is about as pure of an example as you can find. Other than to inflict chaos.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: After [[spoiler:Batman saves Gordon's son]], in a CallBack to the epilogue of ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
-->'''Gordon:''' Thank you.\\
'''Batman:''' You don't have to thank me.\\
'''Gordon:''' Yes, I do.
* ThreeVolleyFlinch: Gordon flinches during the three-volley salute at Commissioner Loeb's funeral. {{Justified}} in a different way than usual: Gordon is expecting the Joker to strike again using the funeral salute as cover for his sniper. [[spoiler:Rightly so, as it turns out: the Joker takes a shot at the mayor and Gordon ends up TakingTheBullet.]]
* ThroatLight: That cell phone the Joker planted in an inmate provides one.
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:The final words spoken are the movie's title, at the end of Commissioner Gordon's monologue.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Happy, the Safecracker Specialist, is told to kill Dopey (the Alarm Specialist) as soon as his job was done, so there would be more for everyone else. Did he really think this wasn't going to happen to him too? After all, the reasoning for his assassination would be the same: one less share, one less accomplice.
** Grumpy (the Crowd Control Specialist) seems to [[GenreSavvy be wise]] to this, not that it saves him.
* TooKinkyToTorture: The Joker. Detective Stephens, who's in charge of watching him, even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
-->I'm a twenty year man, and I know the difference between punks who need to be taught a little lesson in manners, and the freaks like you who would just enjoy it.
* TortureIsIneffective: Batman pummels the Joker in the police interrogation room, but the Joker laughs it off because torture would never make him talk. He only tells Batman what Batman wants to hear because it ''amuses'' him to.
* {{Tragedy}}: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent's]] fall into the DespairEventHorizon, an ending that almost borders on being a {{downer|Ending}}, heroes performing actions that are [[WhatTheHellHero questionable]] - ''Knight'' certainly shows traits of this genre, thought its a more hopeful example than most of its ilk.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** Many people knew [[spoiler:Gordon wasn't KilledOffForReal]] because of the Joker's trailer line of [[spoiler:"Good eeeevening, ''Commissioner''." Gordon hadn't yet been made commissioner at the time of his supposed 'death'.]]
** Also, we see [[spoiler:Gordon smash the Bat-Signal in the final trailer]], something that hadn't happened at that time in the film.
** Although it wasn't exactly guaranteed, it was pretty doubtful that [[spoiler:[[PlotImmunity Gordon was going to die before he became Commisioner.]]]]
* TranquilFury: At the end, when his attempt to prove that everyone in Gotham is at core vile and self-centred goes wrong, in contrast to his previous antics the Joker goes very, very still and his voice becomes a low growl.
* TraitorShot: A subtle version, [[spoiler:but Ramirez doesn't look as happy as you'd think she'd be watching a victorious Harvey Dent get into a car driven by her (equally compromised) colleague after the Joker has been captured by a NotQuiteDead Gordon.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent loses the love of his life and half of his face in one day.]] It doesn't take much for The Joker to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope push him over the edge]] after that.
* TreacheryCoverUp: [[spoiler:Batman decides to take the blame for Harvey Dent's crimes at the end of the film, so that Harvey can remain an inspiration to Gotham.]]
* TrespassingToTalk: The Joker manages to sneak into a heavily guarded meeting of mob bosses, and makes an offer to kill Batman for them.
* {{Troll}}: What the Joker will resort to when his target has no other obvious flaw [[MindRape he can utilize to get inside their heads.]]
* TwentyOneGunSalute: There is an honor guard of seven officers who fire their rifles three times each at the funeral of [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb]]. Except, just before they fire the third volley, they suddenly turn their rifles on the mayor and Gordon suddenly notices that the closest one is the Joker sans-makeup, and he immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker pulls the trigger. The Joker and his men then flee into the crowd, with all but Thomas Schiff successfully escaping in the chaos.
* TwistedEchoCut: [[spoiler:Rachel tells Harvey her answer to his marriage proposal is "Yes." Batman then kicks down the door...to where Harvey is imprisoned, causing him to shout, "NO! NO! NO!" because he knows Rachel is going to die.]]
* TwoHeadedCoin: Played straight by Harvey; {{subverted}} when [[spoiler:he becomes Two-Face and the coin gets marked on one side]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery:
** Batman underestimates the Joker throughout most of the film, right from the start when he blithely dismisses him with "One man or the entire mob? He can wait." Naturally, this comes back to bite him in the ass.
** Joker underestimates the resolve of the people of Gotham at the end, and he's not happy about it.
* UnderTheTruck: Not a chase scene, since the Joker is coming at Batman head on in a truck, while Batman races towards him on the Batpod in the Loop. However Batman fires two towing cables that hit the truck and then proceeds to weave in and out between the wheels of the trailer to tie it up. Because the Batpod is built low to the ground and the truck is quite high off the ground, he doesn't need to slide, just drive normally.
* TheUnfettered: The Joker.
* UnflinchingWalk:
** [[spoiler:Lucius Fox]] as he leaves the control room for [[spoiler:the cell phone sonar system]] as it blows up behind him.
** Played for laughs with the Joker when he [[spoiler:blows up the Gotham General Hospital]]. He starts walking away without looking back, only to notice the explosions have stopped. Joker turns around and starts fiddling with the detonator, but nothing happens. He fiddles with the detonator some more, until he's startled by a ''huge'' explosion. Joker then resumes walking away without looking back... only now he's walking much faster than before.
* UnhandThemVillain: The Joker does this to Rachel when Batman tells him to let her go. She happens to be hanging halfway out a window.
-->'''Joker''': Very poor choice of words!
* UnreliableNarrator: The Joker, naturally.
* UnwantedRescue: [[spoiler: Harvey]]. "NO! NOT ME! WHY ARE YOU COMING FOR ME?!" Doubly so, [[spoiler:as Batman also wanted to save Rachel over Harvey. The Joker's just a bitch like that.]].
* VillainOpeningScene: The movie begins with the Joker and his goons robbing a mob bank. And the Joker ripping off all of his clown accomplices by tricking them into shooting each other.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Joker has a {{downplayed|Trope}} one at the end, in contrast to his usual over-the-top theatrics: [[spoiler:when the people of Gotham refuse to play his game and reveal themselves to have a core of decency, and it looks like his ultra-nihilistic view of the world might be wrong after all, he goes very, very still...]]
* VillainTeamUp: The Joker and Two-Face... [[PlayingWithATrope ssssssssorta.]] [[spoiler:Harvey hates Joker with a passion, but the Joker ''is'' the one who pushes Dent into villainy, and the Joker uses Two-Face to sow extra chaos and divert the Gotham PD's attention long enough to set up his next major "social experiment".]]
* VirtueIsWeakness: Once the mob bosses settled down a truce, they've discussed how Batman doesn't kill the criminals he captures and sees that as a reason not to fear him at all. [[spoiler: Batman proves them how wrong they are, by showing how non-lethal but painful a fall can be.]]
* VoiceoverLetter: Rachel's DearJohnLetter to Bruce that we see Alfred reading is voiced out by Rachel herself.
* WhamEpisode: The end of the second act, which ''starts'' with [[spoiler:Harvey and Rachel getting kidnapped and ends with Rachel's death.]] ''None'' of the protagonists emerge unscathed.
* WhamLine: When Batman is interrogating Joker about [[spoiler: Harvey Dent's kidnapping]] in the MCU lockup and Joker suddenly reveals [[spoiler: he's had his men kidnap Rachel as well.]]
-->'''Joker''': Well, there's only minutes remaining, so you'll have to play my game if you want to save [[spoiler: one of them]].\\
'''Batman''': ...[[spoiler: Them]]?\\
'''Joker''': You know...for awhile there, I thought you really ''were'' [[spoiler:Dent. The way you ''threw'' yourself after after her!]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Batman makes no secret to Harvey Dent that threatening to shoot Thomas Schiff on the basis of a coin-toss is wrong. [[note]]Of course, Batman is unaware that it's a trick coin and Schiff is in no physical danger.[[/note]]
--->'''Batman''': You'd leave a man's life to ''chance''?!
** Rachel's reaction to Bruce letting Dent take the fall as Batman. Though she doesn't directly confront him about it, she professes her disapproval to Alfred, saying that it's completely unheroic, and even decides that it's the last straw regarding [[spoiler:her chances of rekindling her romance with Bruce]].
** Dent's reaction to [[spoiler:Batman bursting in to rescue him, since he wanted Rachel to be saved instead of himself]].
--->'''Dent''': [[spoiler:NO! NO! NOT ME! WHY ARE YOU COMING FOR ME?!]]
** Also pulled by ''the Joker'', of all people.
--->'''Joker''': I wanted to see what you'd do, and you didn't disappoint–you let five people die. Then, you let Dent take your place. Even to a guy like me, that's ''cold''.
** The 'hero' part might be debatable, but Harvey does this to [[spoiler:Detective Ramirez, when he confronts her for delivering Rachel to the Joker.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ramirez''':]] I didn't know what they were...\\
'''Dent''': You didn't know what they were gonna do? You're the second cop to say that to me. What, ''exactly'', did you think they were going to do?
** Also a inverted version is pulled by [[spoiler:the ScaryBlackMan on the ferry during the finale, when he asks the Warden for the detenator to the other boat.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ginty:''' Give it to me, and I'll do what you should've did ten minutes ago.]]\\
[[spoiler:''(takes the detonator and chucks it out the window.)'']]
** Gordon's wife's reaction to his [[FakingTheDead faking his death]]. He offers up a small excuse about how it was for her protection, but she still smacks him.
** Lucius makes it clear that he is ''not happy'' with Batman's plan to [[spoiler:use sonarised mobile phones to eavesdrop on the entire city and track down the Joker.]]
* WheresTheKaboom: When the Joker attempts to blow up the hospital and it only partly detonates. There was reportedly a delay in the explosives, and the Joker was supposed to be already on his bus when the hospital fell completely, but Ledger was unaware of this. So not once breaking character, Ledger mashes down on the detonator until demolition resumes.
* WhoWillBellTheCat: The Gothamites on one of the two barges packed with explosives finally agree that the other barge full of criminals should be sacrificed instead of them. Except that nobody seems to want to pull the trigger on the detonator...
** In contrast to the usual examples of this trope, however, eventually someone ''does'' decide to "bell the cat", so to speak. One of the civilians finally steps up and asks for the detonator, his rationale being that the criminals have already made their choices and screwed up their lives. [[spoiler:But, after some agonizing, he doesn't blow up the criminals after all.]]
* WhyAmITicking: The Joker orchestrates a prison break with a cell-phone bomb, which is sewn inside the body of an inmate very crudely. He ''did'' promise the man he'd make the voices go away.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim:
** Why doesn't the Joker just shoot Batman? Because [[spoiler:he doesn't ''want'' to. Batman's just too much fun!]]
** [[JokerImmunity And why doesn't anyone shoot the Joker?]] Because the good guys know that IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and when the bad guys are in the same room as him [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he's covered in Dead Man Switch grenades.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Several observing SWAT give Batman an astonished [[CombatCompliment non-verbal compliment]] when he takes out a full squad, with their own rappel lines, after being designated to be out the game.
* WouldHitAGirl: Two-Face knocks Anna Ramirez into unconsciousness, after his coin spares her life.
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: "Do you want to know [[KnifeNut why I use a knife?]] Guns are too quick. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming You can’t savor all of the little... emotions]]. You see, in their last moments, people show you who they ''really'' are. So in a way, I knew your friends better than you ever did... Would you like to know which of them [[AssholeVictim were cowards]]?"
* XanatosGambit: When the Joker is plunging to his (possible) [[DisneyVillainDeath death]], he is completely unafraid: He knows that either Batman catches him so he survives to wreak havoc another day - or he has managed to corrupt the city's last defender. Either way, he wins.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Batman has to play an ''insane'' game in the film's final minutes. [[spoiler:DisguisedHostageGambit with multiple SWAT teams bursting in all over the place. Batman has to quickly incapacitate SWAT teams so they don't kill the hostages-disguised-as-Joker-thugs, and take out the real Joker thugs at the same time. There are also police snipers targetting the disguised hostages. He ends up having to use his grapple hook in creative ways to knock over hostages to get them out of line of sight while at the same time getting to floors he needs to be on, blow the floor up beneath SWAT teams and thugs with his bomb launcher, and use the SWAT teams' own grapple ropes to tie them together and then suspend them over the side of the building.]] All this thought up and implemented on the fly within a time span of two minutes.
* XMustNotWin: Where X in this case refers to the Joker. It's such a major driving force for the good guys, especially for Batman, that at the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Batman takes the fall for Dent's murders partly out of refusal to give Joker the satisfaction of wrecking Gotham.]]
* YouDidTheRightThing: [[spoiler:In the dilemma that two ferries leaving Gotham to avoid the Joker's supposed takeover, one filled with prisoners and the other with innocent civilians, have the detonator to blow up the opposite ferry under a time limit where the penalty of indecision would be them both blowing up;]] [[spoiler:Ginty, the prisoner among many prisoners on the prisoner ferry, after demanding that the detonator to the civilian ferry be handed over to him, instead of detonating it primarily to save his own life, he instead throws it out an open window into the water at the expense that the prisoner ferry could not blow up the civilian ferry, and that it could be blown up instead. This shows that he probably believes the lives of the prisoners, including him, is not worth choosing over the lives of innocent civilians.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Pulled in the bank robbery at the beginning, as the Joker has tricked his clowns into shooting each other one by one due to their greed. In the end, he walks away with the whole haul, without having to share the $68 million with his five henchmen... and only needing to kill the bus driver.
** Dopey is the first one to be offed and is completely unaware, as his is the first task completed.
-->'''Dopey''': That's funny, it didn't dial out to 911. It was trying to reach a private number.\\
'''Happy''': Is there a problem?\\
'''Dopey''': No, I'm done here. ''[Happy promptly shoots him in the back, then takes Dopey's equipment bag]''
** Happy, on the other hand, was not as fortunate:
--->'''Happy:''' They wired this thing up with like, 5,000 volts. What kind of bank does that?\\
'''Grumpy:''' A mob bank. I guess the Joker's as crazy as they say. Where's the alarm guy?\\
'''Happy:''' Boss told me when the guy was done, I should take him out. One less share, huh? ''[spins the vault lock]''\\
'''Grumpy:''' That's funny. He told me something similar!\\
'''Happy:''' What? ''[turns to see Grumpy pull out a pistol]'' No-no-NO-''[cuts to the Joker walking in the lobby with the sound of a gunshot]''
* YoureInsane: "No, I'm not. No, I'm not."
** It could be argued that the Joker spends the whole movie trying to convince himself of this.
** He later does admit that [[spoiler:he brought Harvey down to his and Batman's level and that "madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push!"]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: The Joker tells Senator Patrick Leahy that he reminds him of his father after the latter stands up to him.
* YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive: This version of the Joker uses a LOT of these.
-->''[to the organized crime community]'' Look, I know why you choose to have your little group therapy sessions in broad daylight...\\
''[to the organized crime community):''' Soon little Gambol here won't be able to get a nickel for his grandma.\\
''[to Batman]'' You just take off your little mask and show us all who you really are, hmm?\\
''[to Batman]'' Does Harvey know about you and his little bunny?\\
''[to Harvey Dent]'' They're schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. ''(Referring to the police and the organized crime community alike.)''\\
''[to Harvey Dent]'' I just took your little plan and I turned it on itself.
* [[YourMom Your Grandma]]: "If we don't deal with this ''now''..... soon, ''(motions to Gambol)'' little... uh, ''Gambol'' here won't be able to get a nickel for his grandma."
* ZeroApprovalGambit: The ending. [[spoiler:Batman chooses to take the blame for Dent's murders so his mob convictions won't be overturned and his reputation will remain unsmirched.]]
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** Lau flees to Hong Kong so that he's out of Harvey Dent's jurisdiction and the Chinese won't extradite him. Although it's a moot point since Batman's the one who captures him, Lau is sadly mistaken: Hong Kong has a completely separate legal system from the rest of China and it does have [[http://www.legislation.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/e1bf50c09a33d3dc482564840019d2f4/9a61090f8a225bc14825655500235c91?OpenDocument an extradition agreement]] with the United States. Mainland China will not extradite its own citizens ([[http://english.gov.cn/laws/2005-09/22/content_68710.htm see Article 8(1) of Extradition Law of the People's Republic of China]]) but it will try its own citizens for overseas crimes, which can be a bad thing because China has the death penalty and some states don't.

* HonorBeforeReason: As usual, Batman is unwilling to kill the Joker despite the fact that he's a horrible psychopathic monster who hurts and kills people for fun, albeit in an effort to prove that the system works and that not everyone is as terrible as Joker makes them out to be.
* HopelessSuitor: Batman/Bruce Wayne himself, of all people, is actually this as he spends the whole film pining after Rachel Dawes despite the fact that she's clearly moved on with Harvey Dent.
* HopeSpot: An InUniverse one for Harvey Dent. [[spoiler:As he lies in the hospital, he finds the lucky coin he gave Rachel the last time he saw her, left by the side of his bed. But his hopes that she's still alive are dashed when he turns the coin over... the other side's been charred by the explosion that killed her]].
* HumansAreBastards: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker believes that, deep down, everyone is just as horrible and ugly as he is, and that if they're pushed far enough, anyone will become a murdering psychopath. He's just one of the few smart and brave enough not to hide it.
-->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.
* TheHyena: The Joker
* {{Hypocrite}}: The Joker is offended when people call him a "freak", but has no problem using the word on other people, [[NWordPrivileges AND on himself]].
* IAmSpartacus: When the Joker threatens to keep killing people until Batman unmasks and turns himself in, [[spoiler: Harvey Dent makes a public confession that ''he'' is Batman and surrenders to the police]]. However, it turns out to be a sting to get the Joker to come out of hiding.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: After the Joker kills Gambol and takes conrol of his organisation, he makes Gambol's cronies duel each other to the death to see who'll be allowed to join his own gang of thugs, after breaking a pool cue.
* ImNotAHeroIm: whatever Gotham needs The Batman to be.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: How the Joker and a couple of his men get into the funeral procession for Commissioner Loeb to assassinate Mayor Garcia. They kidnap the seven man honor guard that is supposed to do the 21 round salute, tie them up to a column in an apartment overlooking the procession, then [[MuggedForDisguise steal their uniforms and weapons]], then head down for the procession. When Garcia finishes his eulogy, the fake honor guard starts the 21 round salute. Just after the second volley, in a split second Gordon sees the Joker and his men suddenly spin right and aim their rifles at the mayor. He immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just the Joker fires, the bullet instead hitting Gordon in the chest. The assembled group immediately breaks formation and everyone runs every which way, causing chaos that allows the Joker and all of his men except for Thomas Schiff to escape.
* IndyPloy: The Joker claims to be doing this, no matter how unlikely that may seem.
-->'''Joker:''' Do I really look like a guy with a plan?
* IronicEcho: Not as frequent as it was in ''Batman Begins'', but there are some considerably impactful ones here.
** "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
** "I am sure a businessman of your stature would understand." Repeated within the same scene.
** "I make my own luck", which Harvey says when he's about to try Sal Maroni, is echoed by Rachel saying, "you make your own luck" right before the car chase.
** Harvey's fundraiser is [[UpToEleven absolutely loaded with them]], subtle though they may seem. Both Bruce and the Joker enter the party announcing that they're only just in time; both immediately ask "Where is Harvey Dent?" upon arriving; both spill champagne out of a glass, and so on and so forth.
* {{Irony}}: Commissioner Loeb tells Gordon, "You're unlikely to discover this for yourself" about what being a police commissioner is like. Even people who didn't know Gordon would be Commissioner [[spoiler: after Loeb's death]] were reasonably assured he would eventually follow a similar career path to the comics.
* IWillShowYouX: During an argument between a witness on the stand and Harvey Dent:
-->'''Harvey Dent''': I have a sworn statement from you that [points to Maroni] this man is the head of the Falcone crime family.
-->'''Rossi''': Maroni? He's a fall guy. I'm the brains of the organization!
-->'''Harvey Dent''' (to judge): Your honour, permission to treat the witness as hostile?
-->'''Judge Freel''': Permission granted.
-->'''Rossi''': Hostile? I'll show you hostile!
-->[[spoiler:''Rossi pulls out a gun and tries to fire it. The gun jams.'']]
** Even more, this scene is a nod back to how Two-Face was created in the original comics.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Used multiple times. Interestingly, it's never really effective.
** When Batman beats up the Joker. Even discussed, as the Joker criticizes Batman's technique ''while Batman is beating him''.
** Batman also ''drops Maroni off a fire escape'', breaking both his legs, in order to get information. It still doesn't work, as the mob boss doesn't really know anything about The Joker anyway, and if he did, he is ''far'' more scared of The Joker than Batman.
--->'''Batman:''' He must have friends!
--->'''Salvatore Maroni:''' [incredulous] Friends? Have you *met* this guy? ... No one's gonna tell you nothin'. They're wise to your act. You got rules. The Joker, he's got no rules. No one's gonna cross him to you.
** Dent also makes use of FalseRoulette to get info out of one of Thomas Schiff. The man cracks quickly, but as it turns out has no information on the Joker's location either.
* JitterCam: The Joker's home movie of him torturing and killing an imposter Batman in what appears to be a meatpacking plant (based on the presence of animal carcasses in the background).
* JokerImmunity: Played ''straight'' here, despite being DarkerAndEdgier than the [[Film/{{Batman}} previous film series]], which killed him off. Creator/HeathLedger's passing then caused the Joker to become a BrotherChuck.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The Joker explains how he broke Harvey Dent.
-->'''Joker''': I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little '''push'''! [The Joker [[LaughingMad laughs hysterically]] as Batman races off and the cops come to take the Joker into custody]
* JumpScare: This occurs when Harvey Dent and Mayor Garcia are conversing in his office. The mayor slowly walks towards the glass window when suddenly, the Joker-mauled corpse of one of the fake Batmen is flung onto the window right towards his face.
** Later, the injured Dent is interrogating Gordon while in the hospital:
--->'''Dent:''' Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was that. Gordon?
--->'''Gordon:''' Harvey...
--->'''Dent:''' Say it. ''[beat]'' '''SAY IT!!!'''
* KansasCityShuffle: When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 10 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily is GenreSavvy enough to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]
* KarmicDeath: Two of the Joker's bank robbers agree to kill another one of the robbers so they can take a bigger cut, and get killed themselves for the same motive.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Joker gets Dent's face burned and his girlfriend killed. He then shows up to Dent's hospital bed to say "Hey, it's your own damn fault for thinking there's such a thing as Order in the first place" to add insult to injury. And yet, it serves to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope give Harvey a new reason to live]].]]
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Rachel Dawes]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Rachel''': It's okay, Harvey. It's all right. Listen... some- ''["explosion promptly is going to destroy me in the middle of saying 'somebody'," presumably.]'']]
** Also Grumpy's fate in the beginning.
--->'''Bozo[=/=]The Joker:''' No-no-no-no, I kill the bus driver.
--->'''Grumpy:''' Bus driver? ''[Bozo glares at him]' What bus dri- ''[The back end of a school bus bursts through the doors and sends a flying piece of furniture on him]''
* KnifeNut: Though he's perfectly willing to use guns and anything else if necessary, Joker's WeaponOfChoice is knives. His logic:
-->'''The Joker''': Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming You can’t savor all of the little... emotions.]] You see, [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied in their last moments, people show you who they really are]]. So in a way, I knew your friends better than you ever did... Would you like to know which of them [[AssholeVictim were cowards]]?
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* LargeHam: Creator/ChristianBale (Bruce Wayne had to be a ham, but he does it as Batman as well.) and Creator/HeathLedger's Joker.
** The Chechen too. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My dogs! Are! Hungry!]]
** Harvey Dent definitely has his moments.
--->''(Harvey is privately interrogating Thomas Schiff by threatening to shoot him if he doesn't talk)''
--->'''Thomas Schiff:''' You wouldn't.
--->'''Harvey:'''(suddenly yells in his face) I WOULDN'T!!
--->''(Batman has just confessed that he's turning himself in so that no one else will be killed by the Joker to flush him out)''
--->'''Harvey:''' You can't. You can't give in. YOU ''CAN'T GIVE IN''!!
* LaserGuidedKarma: The Chechen is done in by [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker the very guy he had hired earlier in the film]].
* LaughablyEvil: Again, the Joker.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: "You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck."
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Bruce Wayne is trying to figure out SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's motivations. Alfred tells him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc this story]]:
-->'''Alfred:''' A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anyone who had traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing the stones away.
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' Then why steal them?
-->'''Alfred Pennyworth:''' Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. [[ForTheEvulz Some men just want to watch the world burn.]]
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SternPinball in 2008; [[Pinball/BatmanStern click here for details.]]
* LostInACrowd: The Joker pulls this off twice.
** To escape the opening bank robbery, the Joker simply slips his school bus into a pre-arranged opening in a long line of identical school buses driving past on the Van Buren Street side of the bank as the police are arriving.
** The Joker and his men escaping after the assassination attempt on the mayor at Commissioner Loeb's funeral procession: they are posing as the honor guard members and all of the police officers in dress blues are standing motionless as the "honor guard" does the 21 gun salute, until the third volley, when the Joker and his men aim their rifles at the mayor. Gordon tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker fires his rifle. This causes all of the pedestrians and the officers to break formation and scatter everywhere. In the chaos, the Joker and his guys melt into the crowd, and all of them get away except for Thomas Schiff, who gets spotted and is shot in the leg.
* LoveCannotOvercome: Rachel doesn't want the problems of being Bruce's love interest until he's done being Batman.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Sort of... [[spoiler: Harvey Dent losing his girlfriend is the key ingredient in driving him to madness.]]
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: "Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the little... emotions."
* LowClearance: Some of The Joker's goons use harpoon guns and cables to snag a police chopper during a high-speed chase.
* LudicrousGibs:
** [[DiscussedTrope Suggested]] by the Joker about a kidnapped Harvey Dent.
-->'''Gordon:''' Where is he?
-->'''Joker:''' What's the time?
-->'''Gordon:''' What difference does that make?
-->'''Joker:''' Well depending on the time, he may be in one spot or ''several''.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: The Joker pulls an extreme version of this on [[spoiler: Harvey Dent.]]
* MascotVillain: The Joker.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Two-Face's arm can be seen grabbing Maroni's lackey as Maroni gets in the car, before the reveal.
* MetallicarSyndrome: Mentioned when Bruce needs to go rescue someone in daylight, and Alfred asks if he'll be taking the [[CoolBike Batpod]].
-->'''Bruce:''' In the middle of the day, Alfred? Not very subtle.
-->'''Alfred:''' The Lamborghini, then. (Bruce leaves) ''[[SarcasmMode Much]]'' [[SarcasmMode more subtle.]]
* MindRape: Of all the Joker's acts of callous villainy and casual disregard for human dignity, none is worse than his [[spoiler: turning of Harvey Dent into a vengeful monster by warping his mind during his vulnerable time of grief over Rachel's death.]]
** In general, this seems to be a favorite of the Joker, who delights in pressing peoples' [[BerserkButton berserk buttons]] until he gets underneath their skins. Case in point: the scene where he intentionally makes light of Stephen's dead friends. Therefore, knowing the Joker will enjoy a beating, Stephens prepares to make sure he himself enjoys it even more. Cut to Murphy hearing a commotion and finding the Joker holding Stephens at knifepoint.
* MisplacedRetribution: Harvey doesn't just give his 50-50 execution judgement to everyone involved in destroying his life, [[spoiler:He goes after Gordon, and plans to kill Gordon's ''son'' to show the cop how it feels to lose the thing you love most.]]
* TheMobBossIsScarier: People definitely see the Joker as being scarier than Batman, and Maroni spells out how no one is going to cross the Joker because they're too afraid of what cruel method he could devise to kill them (and he's personally afraid of a reprisal against the Falcone family should he cross the Joker), whereas all Batman can do is beat them up a bit.
-->No one's gonna tell you anything. They're wise to your act. [[ThouShaltNotKill You got rules]]. [[TheUnfettered The Joker, he's got no rules]]. No one's gonna cross him for you.
** Ironically enough, later on Maroni himself gives information about the Joker to Gordon when [[EvenEvilHasStandards he believes the Joker is going too far for even his own fear of him to get in the way]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Ramirez]] is working for the mob because their mother is in the hospital and the medical bills were too high. Wuertz, on the other hand, was just in it for the money.
* MomentOfSilence: Two.
** After the bombs go off and the Joker escapes at the end of the second act.
** When Harvey finds his coin and figures out what happened.
* MoneyToBurn: After taking half of mob's savings as payment for his services, Joker stacks all of it up, puts Lau on top, and then lights the whole thing on fire.
-->'''Joker:''' See, I'm a guy of simple tastes: I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder... and gasoline! And you know the thing that they have in common? ''They're cheap!''
* MonsterClown: Joker, obviously.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Lau, the Chinese banker for the mob.
* MouthingTheProfanity: Immediately after Batman swerves to avoid hitting the Joker, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker can be seen mouthing the word "fuck".
* MultipleChoicePast: In a nod to the comics like TropeNamer ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Joker gives multiple conflicting tragic back stories about how he came to be.
-->'''Joker:''' You wanna know how I got these scars?
* MultiTakeCut: Downplayed in the hospital explosion. As shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-iuuwOtsow here]], Nolan filmed the explosion from several angles, but decided to put only two in the finished movie.
* MyCard: The Joker. Naturally, it's [[CaptainObvious a joker playing card]].
* MythologyGag:
** The Joker wearing a nurse costume is most likely a nod to a scrapped idea from ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', where the Joker was originally going to be dressed like Madonna. The only reason it wasn't used was because a cross-dressing villain was considered [[{{Irony}} too silly]].
** The Joker begging Batman to run him over with his Bat-Cycle is eerily similar to Creator/JackNicholson[='=]s Joker begging Creator/MichaelKeaton[='=]s Batman to attack him from his Bat-Wing in Creator/TimBurton[='=]s ''Film/{{Batman}}''.
** In the film Bruce Wayne resides in a penthouse at Wayne Tower instead of Wayne Manor which is being reconstructed after the events of ''BatmanBegins''. Batman operated out of a secret underground bunker in Gotham City instead of the Batcave In the comics Bruce Wayne left Wayne Manor and lived in a penthouse at the Wayne Foundation building and Batman from a secret sub-basement("The Batbunker") from the late 60s to the early 80s.
** One of the most infamous parody nursery rhymes is referenced...
-->Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
-->Robin laid an egg...
-->[[CoolBike The Batmobile lost a wheel]]
-->And The Joker got away...
** The mask The Joker wears at the beginning of the movie. The pattern on it matches the makeup he wore when performing in an opera as a ruse to capture the S.S. ''Gotham'' in [[Series/{{Batman}} the old 1960s Adam West adaptation]].
* NearVillainVictory: The only thing that keeps SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from winning is Batman's decision to take the heat for the murders Harvey, safeguarding Harvey's image and [[ThePowerOfLegacy the stability of Gotham with it]].
** And Batman's [[ChekhovsGun projectile scallops.]]
* NeverBeAHero: Lampshaded with the Batman copycats.
-->'''Copycat:''' What gives you the right? What's the difference between you and me?!\\
'''Batman:''' I'm not wearing hockey pads.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Pre-release material presented the Bat-Pod as one of Batman's newly developed toys. [[spoiler:It's actually the Tumbler's emergency ejection system.]]
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: If it weren't for all the Gotham City stuff, you'd think the movie took place in Chicago.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The last fight between Joker and Batman, with Joker using dogs, construction equipment and crowbars to beat the Dark Knight into the ground.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Of the first group of the Joker's lackey's introduced, the only one who isn't killed [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness as soon as he finishes his part of the job]] is the Joker himself.
-->'''Lackey #3:''' I'm betting the Joker told you to kill ''me'' as soon as we loaded the cash.\\
'''Lackey #4[[note]]the Joker[[/note]]:''' No, no no no, I kill the bus driver.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:Though Harvey "Two-Face" Dent does get his iconic facial scars, he never joins Batman's RoguesGallery. Instead, he has a brief stint as a VigilanteMan (only coming into conflict with Batman when he tries to kill Commissioner Gordon's family) and dies just one day after the incident that caused those scars, leaving the vast majority of Gotham's people unaware that he ever went insane. His vigilantism is still ruthless enough for him to qualify as a villain, particularly as he goes after the family of the only truly honest cop in Gotham.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Joker. Though aware of his crimes, at first Batman and the authorities just see him as "one man", and focus on bringing down the mob. The mobsters, for their part, regard him as "a nobody" as well...
* NotWorthKilling:
** Eventually, the Joker starts thinking this about Batman. Batman himself sees all criminals as this, [[ThouShaltNotKill considering that he has one rule to live by]], but he especially believes this about the Joker, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim who is hellbent on causing him to break that one rule]].
** The civilian ferry's designated detonator man eventually decides against killing the prisoners after apparently realizing that it wasn't worth it.
* NWordPrivileges: The Joker can call himself and Batman "freaks", but [[BerserkButton if anybody]] [[DisproportionateRetribution else tries it]]...
* OhCrap:
** When Gordon gets to Loeb's office having learned about the Joker's death threat on him:
-->'''Loeb:''' Gordon, you're unlikely to discover this for yourself, so take my word. The police commissioner gets a lot of threats. I found the appropriate response to these situations a long time ago. ''[sets down a glass of Clyburn whiskey, and drinks]''\\
''[cutaway briefly to Surrillo and to Harvey Dent talking with Rachel]''\\
'''Loeb:''' You get to explain to my wife why I'm late for dinner, tonight.\\
'''Gordon:''' Sir, the Joker card had traces of your DNA on it. ''[Stephens comes in with a piece of paper in his hand]''\\
'''Loeb:''' How'd they get my DNA?\\
'''Gordon:''' ''[looking at the file Stephens has given him]'' Someone with access to your house or office must have lifted a tissue or a... glass, or ''[notices Loeb drinking]'' Wait, WAIT!\\
''[Loeb collapses, poisoned with acid. His glass starts smoking]''\\
'''Gordon:''' GET A MEDIC!
** "[[FiveSecondForeshadowing Is that a...phone?]]"
* OminousWalk: Subverted when The Joker starts one of these after Batman loses at chicken, then starts to jauntily skip after a few seconds.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Joker.
* OnePhoneCall: In accordance with procedure as stated above, the Joker is not given his phone call. He goes to some lengths to get it... [[spoiler: which he uses to escape from jail by calling a cell phone implanted within one of his gang members, detonating a bomb connected to it and destroying a large portion of the prison.]]
-->'''The Joker:''' I want my phone call. I want it. I want my phone call.
-->'''Detective Stephens:''' [[SarcasmMode That's nice.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Joker, if "nickname" is a good word for it.
* OrbitalShot:
** The shots involving the Joker and Rachel's confrontation at Harvey Dent's fundraiser keep rotating around the two to add to the scene's tension.
--->'''Joker''': Oh, you look nervous. Is it the scars? Want to know how I got them?
** A single continuous orbital shot is used when Gordon and Harvey are arguing on the rooftop after a leak in the department allowed the mob to get their money transferred out ahead of time.
* TheParagon: Harvey Dent. This makes him the target of everybody.
* ThePenIsMightier: This exchange when the Joker crashes the mob meeting:
-->'''Gambol:''' Give me one reason why I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off.\\
'''Joker:''' How about a magic trick? ''[sticks a pencil into the table, point-first]'' I'm gonna make this pencil disappear.\\
''[A crony stands up and runs over to the Joker, who then slams the man's head down on the pencil, [[EyeScream forcing it into his eye socket]]. The man then falls dead]''\\
'''The Joker:''' TADA! It's.... ah, it's ''gone''..... Oh, and by the way, [[CheapCostume the suit]]? It wasn't cheap. ''[sits down]'' You oughta know, you bought it!
* PetTheDog: Chechen pets his dogs, early in the movie, while calling them his "little princes." [[spoiler:This makes it all the more disturbing when, later in the movie, Joker decides to have the Chechen cut up and fed to those dogs, [[DisproportionateRetribution for calling him a freak]].]]
* PhonyNewscast: There are newscasts during the film reporting on the Joker and the Batman; in the DVD extras you're treated to 4 fake in-depth newscasts about Gotham.
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: The Joker and [[spoiler:Harvey Dent]]. Though where the Joker got his is anyone's guess...
* PineappleSurprise: The Joker threatens to pull the pins on a jacket of grenades to escape the mobsters meeting with Lau.
* PlotImmunity: [[spoiler:Jim Gordon and his fake death scheme.]]
* PoisonousCaptive: The Joker continues to play mind games with the police while in a cell.
* PoserHating: Batman does ''not'' find imitation flattering. Especially if the imitators dressing like him are using lethal force.
* ThePowerOfLegacy: At the end of the film, after [[spoiler:Harvey Dent's death, Batman tells Gordon to tell the police force that it was Batman, not Harvey, who was responsible for Harvey's murders, so that Harvey does not lose his white knight reputation.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: At the beginning of the film, the Chechen is upset with Dr. Crane for supplying him with fear toxin as a street drug (which has horrific, non-pleasurable effects) because his business needs repeat customers.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: During the fundraising party for Harvey Dent:
-->'''Joker:''' ''(to Rachel)'' [[YouGotSpunk A little fight in you, I like that.]]\\
'''Batman:''' [[DynamicEntry Then you're gonna love me.]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
** In the opening, if you listen carefully, you can hear Grumpy say "what the fuck?" when Bozo tricks the manager into using his last shotgun round on Grumpy's left shoulder. Grumpy then complains, "Where did you learn to count?!"
** The Joker questioning why the mob bosses fear getting caught since Batman's arrival: "What happened, your balls drop off?" Later in the scene, you can also hear someone utter, "Holy shit!" when the Joker reveals [[PineappleSurprise all the grenades he has under his coat]].
** As Commissioner Loeb is poisoned to death, Gordon audibly yells "Oh shit!" as he tries to keep him from falling to the floor. [[{{Bowdlerise}} Television edits didn't fall for the slip]].
** It's not a terribly obvious one, but after Batman fails to hit him with the Batpod, the Joker mouths the f-word. Blink and you'll miss it.
** Later in the same scene, [[spoiler:Gordon says "we got you, you son of a bitch" when he (temporarily) captures the Joker.]]
* PreemptiveDeclaration:
-->'''Joker:''' No no no, I kill the bus driver.
** Later:
--->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?\\
'''Batman:''' No, but I know how you got ''these''! ''(launches his spring loaded scallops at Joker's face)''
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:Two-Face]] has one when he [[spoiler:kills Maroni's driver and at the very least causes further injury to Maroni, who had already been reduced to walking on a cane following a Bat Interrogation]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Two-Face''']]: You're a lucky man. ''flips his coin a second time'' But he's not.\\
'''Maroni''': Who?\\
[[spoiler:'''Two-Face''']]: ''[buckles seat belt]'' Your driver.
* ProductPlacement: A lot. One notable case is Bruce Wayne's driving a Lamborghini Murcielago. Also a BilingualBonus StealthPun: ''murciélago'' is Spanish for ''bat''.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler: Harvey Dent's fall from grace.]]
* PsychoForHire: The Joker, with the emphasis on "psycho", since he doesn't really stay in the employ of the mob for long. He's definitely in it for the psycho part, though.
--> '''Joker''': If you're good at something, never do it for free.
* PsychopathicManchild: Just as an accountant was about to give in to one of Joker's earlier threats (reveal the identity of Batman or people die) he goes on TV to announce that he changed his mind, that he decides that a world without Batman would be too [[ForTheEvulz boring]], and that if said accountant was not killed in less than an hour, that he would blow up a hospital.
* PsychoStrings: On the soundtrack the Joker's theme is made mostly of these. It's the sound that's produced from razor blades on string instruments.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Why. So. Serious?"
** From the same speech: "Not. One. Bit."
** "LOOK! AT! ME!"
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: In the car chase, the Joker takes a semi truck with the words "LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE" and spraypaints a red S in front of "Laughter".
* RankUp: Jim Gordon is promoted to Commissioner after [[spoiler:the Joker's capture]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Internet commentators complained about fake-looking CGI in the movie, particularly the eighteen-wheeler-flipping scene. Most of the VFX shots in this film were not CGI, but rather performed either with scale models, or in the case of the eighteen-wheeler, done by ''flipping an actual goddamn eighteen-wheeler''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: It is possible that the ending of ''TDK'' was setting up Joker to return in ''Rises'' (he doesn't die, he [[LampshadeHanging says they'll be doing this forever]], etc)... but then [[ActorExistenceFailure Heath Ledger died]]. Anyways, the Joker did not appear and was not even mentioned in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', and a lot of people suspect the lack of the Joker in that movie was not part of the original plan (the Joker was mentioned in passing, though, in the novelization).
* RecklessGunUsage:
** The Joker ignores all basic gun-handling rules, but being that he is ''the Joker'', he probably doesn't care at all if he accidentally shoots someone. Or himself, for that matter. He'd probably think it was ''hilarious''. For example, in the car chase, when he's climbing out of his semi truck after he gets flipped over, he stumbles and the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun he's carrying accidentally goes off, spraying bullets in a random direction.
** Harvey Dent is flipping a two-headed coin so he won't ''purposely'' shoot someone he was interrogating, but he was still pressing a loaded gun to that man's head. But, again, [[spoiler:this is Harvey Two-Face we're talking about.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Maroni has had enough of all this and gives the cops the Joker's location.]] [[LaserGuidedKarma Two-Face finds him soon afterwards.]]]]
* RetiredBadass: Alfred apparently did some military spec-ops work some time before being Bruce's butler, providing him with anecdotal experience concerning the Joker's MO. The story also goes to hint at a rather [[BewareTheNiceOnes dark side]] to the generally pleasant and amiable sophisticate:
-->'''Bruce''': Alfred, the bandit, did you ever catch him?\\
'''Alfred''': Oh, yes.\\
'''Bruce''': How?\\
'''Alfred''': [[KillItWithFire We burned the forest down]].
* RightBehindMe: "Don't tell me it's Wayne. The guy's a complete [[CurseCutShort f--]]"
* RightHandAttackDog: The Chechen owns a pack of them. [[spoiler:After the Joker apparently [[HoistByHisOwnPetard feeds The Chechen to his own dogs]], he adopts the pooches and uses them against Batman in the final showdown]].
* RobbingTheMobBank: The opening bank robbery. Unlike other movies exhibiting this trope, the Joker averts it by being knowingly aware that he's stealing mob money. On the other hand, the clowns he hires, then tricks into shooting each other during the job, play the trope straight.
* RousseauWasRight: Batman's belief and part of how he eventually [[spoiler:triumphs over the Joker in the finale: neither of the boats in Joker's "social experiment" are willing to blow the other one up, buying Batman the time he needed to neutralize the Joker's own detonators.]]
* RuleOfCool: [[spoiler:Despite having half of his face burned off, Harvey Dent doesn't seem to have much trouble speaking, and his facial motions are apparently unaffected]].
* RuleOfThree: The Joker's third "scar story" is subverted by Batman.
** Subverted... by Batman. Played straight... by the movie itself. And {{double subver|sion}}ted...due to both. We never hear the Joker's third story but Batman giving him scars makes the movie itself a third story. As a result somehow manages to fit all three.
--->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?\\
'''Batman:''' No, but I know how you got ''these''.\\
(''Batman launches his gauntlet scallops point-blank into Joker's face'')
* RunningGagStumbles: See RuleOfThree.
* SadisticChoice: The Joker's M.O. So much so that Creator/RogerEbert interpreted this concept as one of the Joker's main themes.
-->'''Ebert''': The Joker is more than a villain. He’s a Mephistopheles whose actions are fiendishly designed to pose moral dilemmas for his enemies.
* SavedForTheSequel: [[spoiler:Surprisingly averted with Two-Face. He's KilledOffForReal less than half an hour after he gets his iconic scars]]. However, Harvey Dent's representation as a symbol of true justice is destroyed by Bane in the next movie.
* ScareChord: The Joker's leitmotif, a strident violin piece that feels and sounds almost like the droning of an insect swarm.
* ScaryBlackMan:
** Gambol talks tough and is the only mobster to openly challenge the Joker. [[spoiler:He pays for it, gruesomely.]]
** Subverted with Ginty, the hulking black prisoner on the ferry who [[spoiler:acts like he'll blow up the other boat for the guards, only to throw the detonator out the window once they give it to him.]]
* SceneryPorn: They seem to show off a lot of downtown Chicago scenery in the car chase
* ScheherezadeGambit: Variant when [[spoiler:the Joker is captured by the police. Using only his words, he manipulates a police officer into attacking him, then takes the officer hostage.]]
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Salvatore Maroni as he's dropped from the second floor by Batman.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Inverted; the Joker ''has'' no rules.
-->'''Joker:''' It's not about money, [[ForTheEvulz it's about sending a message; everything burns]].
* SecretIdentity: Deconstructed; Batman cannot keep his secret from everyone, which leads to problems. In addition to the ones who found out in ''Batman Begins'', accountant Coleman Reese discovers [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys Where He Gets All Those Wonderful Toys]] and intends to {{blackmail}} Bruce Wayne, but is dissuaded by the GenreSavvy OmnidisciplinaryScientist Lucius Fox. When he tries to sell Batman's SecretIdentity, he discovers that the Joker is not happy with the secret being made public. He is saved by Batman and might be ashamed enough to become a SecretKeeper.
* SecretIdentityApathy: The Joker starts out demanding Batman remove his mask, but eventually decides that would be boring, and puts a hit out on a man who threatens to reveal Bruce's identity.
-->'''The Joker:''' I had a vision, of a world without Batman. The mob ground out a little profit and the police tried to shut them down, one block at a time. And it was so...boring. I've had a change of heart. I don't want Mr. Reese spoiling everything, but why should I have all the fun? Let's give someone else a chance. If Coleman Reese isn't dead in sixty minutes then I blow up a hospital.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent]] is first presented as a awesome and incorruptible crusader for justice, and is a romantic rival to Bruce Wayne. Especially since everyone knows he becomes Two Face, the obviously... well, obvious assumption would be that he's hiding a dark, corrupt side to his character. Turns out... he isn't. He really was the great guy he seemed to be (at least until he was Driven to Villainy). In the novelization, Bruce/Batman is shown investigating [[spoiler:Dent]], believing him to be too good to be true, and all he finds is that Dent hides the fact that he had an unhappy childhood with a cruelly abusive father.
* ShippingTorpedo: Bruce Wayne, towards Harvey and Rachel, since this essentially relegates him to UnluckyChildhoodFriend status with respect to the woman he's loved for years.
* ShouldHaveThoughtOfThatBeforeX:
-->'''Maroni''': This madness... it's just too much.\\
'''Gordon''': You should have thought of that before you let that clown out of the box.
* ShoutOut: "[[Series/ToTellTheTruth Will the real Batman please stand up?]]"
** Possibly also a reference to [[TheMusical that musical]] [[VaporWare they never made.]]
** William Fichtner as the banker with the shotgun in the opening heist was an intentional CastingGag by Nolan, who built the sequence as an homage to ''Film/{{Heat}}''.
** The Joker's goons don clown masks during the opening scene as a reference to Stanley Kubrick's heist film ''Film/TheKilling''.
*** Joker's mask is also the same as the one the character uses in ''The Joker's Wild'', [[http://i.imgur.com/WIsyBbU.jpg his very first appearance]] in [[Series/{{Batman}} the 60's series]].
*** It and the other somber clown masks, all worn by the Joker's thugs with otherwise normal street clothes, invoke the image his henchman from the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Animated Series]] episode ''The Last Laugh''.
** ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': The detonator found on the prisoners' ship is concealed in a box resembling a [[spoiler:book]]
** Naturally, since Nolan is a card-carrying [[Franchise/JamesBond Bond]] fan, the blade at the tip of the Joker's shoe is ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. The film also makes use of an ActionPrologue, just like the Bond films.
** Kind of a weird one, but the Bat-Cycle emerges from the Batmobile.... "Batmobile lost a wheel". And then after that, "Joker got away."
** Harvey Dent had previously pretended to be Batman to fool the Joker in ''BatmanAdventures'', although the circumstances were somewhat different.
** [[Film/JerryMaguire "You complete me."]]
* ShownTheirWork:
** The defective gun Wilmer Rossi brings in a courtroom trying (and failing) to assassinate Harvey Dent is made of carbon fiber, and not metal. This is so that the gun could pass through the metal detectors without any trouble, as practically every courthouse in America have metal detectors.
** The SWAT team's tactics when entering the building the Joker's minions have occupied are in fact, the actual procedures a real SWAT team would carry out under the same situation: the officers approach the suspects with weapons drawn and at the ready and identify themselves, demanding that the suspects surrender and put their weapons down. Until the suspects present a threat to either the officers or innocents, they have to hold fire. More than one reviewer [[RealityIsUnrealistic questioned why SWAT wasn't opening fire, not realizing that this was how they really operate.]]
** Commissioner Loeb's funeral procession is very realistic, thanks to the fact that the police officers you see are actual off-duty Chicago Police Department officers. Additionally, the CPD supplied the bagpipe marching band.
* ShutUpHannibal: Batman to the Joker.
-->'''Batman''': What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone's as ugly as you? You're ''alone''!
* ShutUpKiss: Harvey to Rachel, as he's about to be loaded into the armored car.
* SmashTheSymbol [[spoiler:In the montage showing the consequences of Batman taking the blame for Harvey Dent's murders, Gordon is shown smashing the bat-signal he put together at the end of ''Begins''. Subverted, in that Gordon doesn't hate Batman at all, but is just in on the cover-up to protect Harvey's [[ThePowerOfLegacy legacy]].]]
* SmugSnake: Salvatore Maroni.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Joker is a self-proclaimed "Agent of Chaos" - he really doesn't plan, he just sizes up his enemies' plans and attacks the weak point that causes the most chaos.
-->'''Joker''': I just did what I do best--I took your little plan, and I ''turned it on itself''.
* SpinTheBottle: At least one possibility about the "try-outs" scene after the Joker kills Gambol, when he breaks a pool cue and lays part of it on the floor in front of Gambol's three associates, is that "try-outs" are a macabre version of "spin the bottle", in that the guy the pool cue lands on is the one who does not get a bullet between the eyes and gets to work for the Joker.
* TheSpook: Both Batman and The Joker.
* StalkerWithACrush: Again, Batman/Bruce Wayne of all people is this towards Rachel.
* StealingFromTheTill: A sympathetic example. Lucius and Bruce are [[http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2012/07/16/the-dark-knight-embezzlement/ technically embezzling]] assets from Wayne Enterprises, a public company with shareholders, and they are discovered and blackmailed by an auditor ([[BullyingADragon technically again]]).
* StealthPun:
** The Joker blocks a stretch of road with a fire truck...that's on fire. A '''fire''' truck, get it? Just another way the Joker CrossesTheLineTwice.
** By the end of the second act, the Batmobile had lost a wheel (the Batpod), and the Joker got away.
** During the trip to China:
--->'''Lucius Fox''': It emits a high-frequency pulse for mapping an environment and records a response time.\\
'''Bruce Wayne''': Sonar. Just like a...\\
'''Lucius Fox''': Like a submarine, Mr. Wayne. [[DeadpanSnarker Like a submarine]].
** The [[spoiler:final dilemma the Joker presents is similar to the Prisoner's Dilemma. One of the parties in the dilemma is a ferry full of convicts]].
** Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago. [[BilingualBonus Murcielago is Spanish for "Bat".]]
* SteelEardrums:
** The first driver of the semi truck has them when the Joker shoots the cop at the roadblock, who is standing by the driver's door, from the passenger's seat, with the bank manager's shotgun, firing no more than a few feet from that driver's ear.
** When Harvey Dent is approaching the ambulance Thomas Schiff is in after the shooting at Loeb's eulogy, there is a gunshot from somewhere. You notice that Dent flinches, while all of the officers scatter and immediately grab their weapons, but curiously, the paramedic tending to Schiff's leg doesn't so much as flinch, like he can't hear a shot.
* SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee: Gordon plays this straight when he lets Batman interrogate the Joker.
* StormingTheCastle: The assault on Pruitt Building, Joker's hideout. An epic MeleeATrois between Batman, the SWAT and Joker's goons where Batman's non-lethal policy is truly tested.
* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:Two-Face]], with his talk of random chance beoing the only true morality in the world. The Joker would be a straw nihilist, except that wouldn't nearly ''begin'' to encompass his craziness.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: A major theme of the Joker's actions in this movie.
* StuffBlowingUp: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ''really'' likes explosions:
-->'''Joker''': See, I'm a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite... and gunpowder... and gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They're cheap!
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: One of the main criticisms of the film, besides Batman's voice, [[spoiler:is Rachel's unceremonious death at the end of the second act]].
* SubvertedPunchline: When Bruce Wayne is given a new device by Lucius Fox which allows his cellphone to emit sonar pulses to map a room.
-->'''Bruce''': Sonar. Sorta like a-\\
'''Lucius''': Like a submarine, Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine.
* SuddenlyShouting: More like Suddenly Snarling, but the Joker drops every last trace of AffablyEvil with ''shocking'' suddenness during the scene where he's terrorising poor Brian Douglas on video. It's enough to give you a JumpScare:
-->'''The Joker:''' So you think Batman's made Gotham a better place? Hm? Look at me. '''''[[GutturalGrowler LOOK AT ME!]]'''''
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome:
** [[spoiler:Rachel]], though not until the end of Act 2.
** [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb]] suffers this as well.
* SuperCellReception:
** [[spoiler:Sonar-emitting phones.]]
** [[spoiler:Not to mention one whose reception doesn't falter inside a man's stomach.]]
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: The [[spoiler:Bat-Cell-Phone-Sonar machine]].
* SympathyForTheHero: First, The Joker admits that Batman is better than the mob bosses he used to rip off. Then, as he's saved from falling to his death, the villain praises how his nemesis is incorruptible as "you won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness".
* TakeAThirdOption: Subverted with [[spoiler:Rachel and Harvey]]. Played straight during [[spoiler:the Prisoner's Dilemma in the film's climax.]]
* TakingTheBullet: First, Gordon does this by tackling the mayor to the ground just as the Joker is about to shoot him. Later it's combined with CarFu when the Batmobile intercepts a rocket grenade that was intended for the armored prison transport carrying Harvey Dent, and again when Bruce Wayne [[CarFu uses the Lamborghini to block a pickup truck from smashing the police SUV.]]
* TechnicalPacifist: Batman won't outright kill anyone, but he has no qualms dropping Maroni from a fire escape because he ''probably'' won't die from the fall.
* TelevisionGeography: The bank robbery falls into this when you go by the actual filming location (the old post office at Van Buren Street and Canal Street on the west side of the Chicago River). When the Joker, Grumpy and Chuckles are getting out of the car, they're on the north side of the building. They enter through a north-facing door, but they make a right turn and face west as they run into the lobby and begin shooting into the air. This means that when the school bus bursts through the other doors, it comes in from the west side, meaning it comes in from a north-south street. However, in the exterior shot of the Joker merging with the line of passing school buses, if you look at the buildings in the background or notice the drawbridge gates in the distance, the bus is clearly facing north and turning east and onto the east-west street the stationwagon was parked on. For the record, the east-west street is Van Buren Street.
* TemptingFate:
** During the Lower Wacker Drive section of the car chase, the Joker rakes the armored transport with a machine pistol and a shotgun. Harvey Dent asks the SWAT officer riding in back with him if the vehicle is bulletproof against such hits. The officer replies, "He's going to need something a lot bigger to get through this!" Cue the Joker's henchmen handing their boss a rocket launcher.
---> '''Shotgun SWAT:''' Wha...! What is that, a bazooka?!\\
''[The Joker fires, hitting the back of the police car in front of the armored car. The cruiser limps along, the officer struggling to control his car. The henchman driving the garbage truck rams the armored car from behind]''\\
'''Shotgun SWAT:''' I didn't sign up for this! ''[The Joker fires another rocket, taking out the police car in front for good]''
** Maroni saying of the Joker: "''Some two-bit whack-job. Wears a cheap purple suit and make-up. He's not the problem. He's a nobody''". [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Hohoho if they only knew back then...]]
** "''My dogs are hong-gray! [[CostumeCopyCat Pity there is only one of you...]]''"
* TerroristWithoutACause: The Joker is about as pure of an example as you can find. Other than to inflict chaos.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: After [[spoiler:Batman saves Gordon's son]], in a CallBack to the epilogue of ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
-->'''Gordon:''' Thank you.\\
'''Batman:''' You don't have to thank me.\\
'''Gordon:''' Yes, I do.
* ThreeVolleyFlinch: Gordon flinches during the three-volley salute at Commissioner Loeb's funeral. {{Justified}} in a different way than usual: Gordon is expecting the Joker to strike again using the funeral salute as cover for his sniper. [[spoiler:Rightly so, as it turns out: the Joker takes a shot at the mayor and Gordon ends up TakingTheBullet.]]
* ThroatLight: That cell phone the Joker planted in an inmate provides one.
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:The final words spoken are the movie's title, at the end of Commissioner Gordon's monologue.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Happy, the Safecracker Specialist, is told to kill Dopey (the Alarm Specialist) as soon as his job was done, so there would be more for everyone else. Did he really think this wasn't going to happen to him too? After all, the reasoning for his assassination would be the same: one less share, one less accomplice.
** Grumpy (the Crowd Control Specialist) seems to [[GenreSavvy be wise]] to this, not that it saves him.
* TooKinkyToTorture: The Joker. Detective Stephens, who's in charge of watching him, even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
-->I'm a twenty year man, and I know the difference between punks who need to be taught a little lesson in manners, and the freaks like you who would just enjoy it.
* TortureIsIneffective: Batman pummels the Joker in the police interrogation room, but the Joker laughs it off because torture would never make him talk. He only tells Batman what Batman wants to hear because it ''amuses'' him to.
* {{Tragedy}}: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent's]] fall into the DespairEventHorizon, an ending that almost borders on being a {{downer|Ending}}, heroes performing actions that are [[WhatTheHellHero questionable]] - ''Knight'' certainly shows traits of this genre, thought its a more hopeful example than most of its ilk.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** Many people knew [[spoiler:Gordon wasn't KilledOffForReal]] because of the Joker's trailer line of [[spoiler:"Good eeeevening, ''Commissioner''." Gordon hadn't yet been made commissioner at the time of his supposed 'death'.]]
** Also, we see [[spoiler:Gordon smash the Bat-Signal in the final trailer]], something that hadn't happened at that time in the film.
** Although it wasn't exactly guaranteed, it was pretty doubtful that [[spoiler:[[PlotImmunity Gordon was going to die before he became Commisioner.]]]]
* TranquilFury: At the end, when his attempt to prove that everyone in Gotham is at core vile and self-centred goes wrong, in contrast to his previous antics the Joker goes very, very still and his voice becomes a low growl.
* TraitorShot: A subtle version, [[spoiler:but Ramirez doesn't look as happy as you'd think she'd be watching a victorious Harvey Dent get into a car driven by her (equally compromised) colleague after the Joker has been captured by a NotQuiteDead Gordon.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent loses the love of his life and half of his face in one day.]] It doesn't take much for The Joker to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope push him over the edge]] after that.
* TreacheryCoverUp: [[spoiler:Batman decides to take the blame for Harvey Dent's crimes at the end of the film, so that Harvey can remain an inspiration to Gotham.]]
* TrespassingToTalk: The Joker manages to sneak into a heavily guarded meeting of mob bosses, and makes an offer to kill Batman for them.
* {{Troll}}: What the Joker will resort to when his target has no other obvious flaw [[MindRape he can utilize to get inside their heads.]]
* TwentyOneGunSalute: There is an honor guard of seven officers who fire their rifles three times each at the funeral of [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb]]. Except, just before they fire the third volley, they suddenly turn their rifles on the mayor and Gordon suddenly notices that the closest one is the Joker sans-makeup, and he immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker pulls the trigger. The Joker and his men then flee into the crowd, with all but Thomas Schiff successfully escaping in the chaos.
* TwistedEchoCut: [[spoiler:Rachel tells Harvey her answer to his marriage proposal is "Yes." Batman then kicks down the door...to where Harvey is imprisoned, causing him to shout, "NO! NO! NO!" because he knows Rachel is going to die.]]
* TwoHeadedCoin: Played straight by Harvey; {{subverted}} when [[spoiler:he becomes Two-Face and the coin gets marked on one side]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery:
** Batman underestimates the Joker throughout most of the film, right from the start when he blithely dismisses him with "One man or the entire mob? He can wait." Naturally, this comes back to bite him in the ass.
** Joker underestimates the resolve of the people of Gotham at the end, and he's not happy about it.
* UnderTheTruck: Not a chase scene, since the Joker is coming at Batman head on in a truck, while Batman races towards him on the Batpod in the Loop. However Batman fires two towing cables that hit the truck and then proceeds to weave in and out between the wheels of the trailer to tie it up. Because the Batpod is built low to the ground and the truck is quite high off the ground, he doesn't need to slide, just drive normally.
* TheUnfettered: The Joker.
* UnflinchingWalk:
** [[spoiler:Lucius Fox]] as he leaves the control room for [[spoiler:the cell phone sonar system]] as it blows up behind him.
** Played for laughs with the Joker when he [[spoiler:blows up the Gotham General Hospital]]. He starts walking away without looking back, only to notice the explosions have stopped. Joker turns around and starts fiddling with the detonator, but nothing happens. He fiddles with the detonator some more, until he's startled by a ''huge'' explosion. Joker then resumes walking away without looking back... only now he's walking much faster than before.
* UnhandThemVillain: The Joker does this to Rachel when Batman tells him to let her go. She happens to be hanging halfway out a window.
-->'''Joker''': Very poor choice of words!
* UnreliableNarrator: The Joker, naturally.
* UnwantedRescue: [[spoiler: Harvey]]. "NO! NOT ME! WHY ARE YOU COMING FOR ME?!" Doubly so, [[spoiler:as Batman also wanted to save Rachel over Harvey. The Joker's just a bitch like that.]].
* VillainOpeningScene: The movie begins with the Joker and his goons robbing a mob bank. And the Joker ripping off all of his clown accomplices by tricking them into shooting each other.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Joker has a {{downplayed|Trope}} one at the end, in contrast to his usual over-the-top theatrics: [[spoiler:when the people of Gotham refuse to play his game and reveal themselves to have a core of decency, and it looks like his ultra-nihilistic view of the world might be wrong after all, he goes very, very still...]]
* VillainTeamUp: The Joker and Two-Face... [[PlayingWithATrope ssssssssorta.]] [[spoiler:Harvey hates Joker with a passion, but the Joker ''is'' the one who pushes Dent into villainy, and the Joker uses Two-Face to sow extra chaos and divert the Gotham PD's attention long enough to set up his next major "social experiment".]]
* VirtueIsWeakness: Once the mob bosses settled down a truce, they've discussed how Batman doesn't kill the criminals he captures and sees that as a reason not to fear him at all. [[spoiler: Batman proves them how wrong they are, by showing how non-lethal but painful a fall can be.]]
* VoiceoverLetter: Rachel's DearJohnLetter to Bruce that we see Alfred reading is voiced out by Rachel herself.
* WhamEpisode: The end of the second act, which ''starts'' with [[spoiler:Harvey and Rachel getting kidnapped and ends with Rachel's death.]] ''None'' of the protagonists emerge unscathed.
* WhamLine: When Batman is interrogating Joker about [[spoiler: Harvey Dent's kidnapping]] in the MCU lockup and Joker suddenly reveals [[spoiler: he's had his men kidnap Rachel as well.]]
-->'''Joker''': Well, there's only minutes remaining, so you'll have to play my game if you want to save [[spoiler: one of them]].\\
'''Batman''': ...[[spoiler: Them]]?\\
'''Joker''': You know...for awhile there, I thought you really ''were'' [[spoiler:Dent. The way you ''threw'' yourself after after her!]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Batman makes no secret to Harvey Dent that threatening to shoot Thomas Schiff on the basis of a coin-toss is wrong. [[note]]Of course, Batman is unaware that it's a trick coin and Schiff is in no physical danger.[[/note]]
--->'''Batman''': You'd leave a man's life to ''chance''?!
** Rachel's reaction to Bruce letting Dent take the fall as Batman. Though she doesn't directly confront him about it, she professes her disapproval to Alfred, saying that it's completely unheroic, and even decides that it's the last straw regarding [[spoiler:her chances of rekindling her romance with Bruce]].
** Dent's reaction to [[spoiler:Batman bursting in to rescue him, since he wanted Rachel to be saved instead of himself]].
--->'''Dent''': [[spoiler:NO! NO! NOT ME! WHY ARE YOU COMING FOR ME?!]]
** Also pulled by ''the Joker'', of all people.
--->'''Joker''': I wanted to see what you'd do, and you didn't disappoint–you let five people die. Then, you let Dent take your place. Even to a guy like me, that's ''cold''.
** The 'hero' part might be debatable, but Harvey does this to [[spoiler:Detective Ramirez, when he confronts her for delivering Rachel to the Joker.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ramirez''':]] I didn't know what they were...\\
'''Dent''': You didn't know what they were gonna do? You're the second cop to say that to me. What, ''exactly'', did you think they were going to do?
** Also a inverted version is pulled by [[spoiler:the ScaryBlackMan on the ferry during the finale, when he asks the Warden for the detenator to the other boat.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ginty:''' Give it to me, and I'll do what you should've did ten minutes ago.]]\\
[[spoiler:''(takes the detonator and chucks it out the window.)'']]
** Gordon's wife's reaction to his [[FakingTheDead faking his death]]. He offers up a small excuse about how it was for her protection, but she still smacks him.
** Lucius makes it clear that he is ''not happy'' with Batman's plan to [[spoiler:use sonarised mobile phones to eavesdrop on the entire city and track down the Joker.]]
* WheresTheKaboom: When the Joker attempts to blow up the hospital and it only partly detonates. There was reportedly a delay in the explosives, and the Joker was supposed to be already on his bus when the hospital fell completely, but Ledger was unaware of this. So not once breaking character, Ledger mashes down on the detonator until demolition resumes.
* WhoWillBellTheCat: The Gothamites on one of the two barges packed with explosives finally agree that the other barge full of criminals should be sacrificed instead of them. Except that nobody seems to want to pull the trigger on the detonator...
** In contrast to the usual examples of this trope, however, eventually someone ''does'' decide to "bell the cat", so to speak. One of the civilians finally steps up and asks for the detonator, his rationale being that the criminals have already made their choices and screwed up their lives. [[spoiler:But, after some agonizing, he doesn't blow up the criminals after all.]]
* WhyAmITicking: The Joker orchestrates a prison break with a cell-phone bomb, which is sewn inside the body of an inmate very crudely. He ''did'' promise the man he'd make the voices go away.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim:
** Why doesn't the Joker just shoot Batman? Because [[spoiler:he doesn't ''want'' to. Batman's just too much fun!]]
** [[JokerImmunity And why doesn't anyone shoot the Joker?]] Because the good guys know that IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and when the bad guys are in the same room as him [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he's covered in Dead Man Switch grenades.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Several observing SWAT give Batman an astonished [[CombatCompliment non-verbal compliment]] when he takes out a full squad, with their own rappel lines, after being designated to be out the game.
* WouldHitAGirl: Two-Face knocks Anna Ramirez into unconsciousness, after his coin spares her life.
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: "Do you want to know [[KnifeNut why I use a knife?]] Guns are too quick. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming You can’t savor all of the little... emotions]]. You see, in their last moments, people show you who they ''really'' are. So in a way, I knew your friends better than you ever did... Would you like to know which of them [[AssholeVictim were cowards]]?"
* XanatosGambit: When the Joker is plunging to his (possible) [[DisneyVillainDeath death]], he is completely unafraid: He knows that either Batman catches him so he survives to wreak havoc another day - or he has managed to corrupt the city's last defender. Either way, he wins.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Batman has to play an ''insane'' game in the film's final minutes. [[spoiler:DisguisedHostageGambit with multiple SWAT teams bursting in all over the place. Batman has to quickly incapacitate SWAT teams so they don't kill the hostages-disguised-as-Joker-thugs, and take out the real Joker thugs at the same time. There are also police snipers targetting the disguised hostages. He ends up having to use his grapple hook in creative ways to knock over hostages to get them out of line of sight while at the same time getting to floors he needs to be on, blow the floor up beneath SWAT teams and thugs with his bomb launcher, and use the SWAT teams' own grapple ropes to tie them together and then suspend them over the side of the building.]] All this thought up and implemented on the fly within a time span of two minutes.
* XMustNotWin: Where X in this case refers to the Joker. It's such a major driving force for the good guys, especially for Batman, that at the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Batman takes the fall for Dent's murders partly out of refusal to give Joker the satisfaction of wrecking Gotham.]]
* YouDidTheRightThing: [[spoiler:In the dilemma that two ferries leaving Gotham to avoid the Joker's supposed takeover, one filled with prisoners and the other with innocent civilians, have the detonator to blow up the opposite ferry under a time limit where the penalty of indecision would be them both blowing up;]] [[spoiler:Ginty, the prisoner among many prisoners on the prisoner ferry, after demanding that the detonator to the civilian ferry be handed over to him, instead of detonating it primarily to save his own life, he instead throws it out an open window into the water at the expense that the prisoner ferry could not blow up the civilian ferry, and that it could be blown up instead. This shows that he probably believes the lives of the prisoners, including him, is not worth choosing over the lives of innocent civilians.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Pulled in the bank robbery at the beginning, as the Joker has tricked his clowns into shooting each other one by one due to their greed. In the end, he walks away with the whole haul, without having to share the $68 million with his five henchmen... and only needing to kill the bus driver.
** Dopey is the first one to be offed and is completely unaware, as his is the first task completed.
-->'''Dopey''': That's funny, it didn't dial out to 911. It was trying to reach a private number.\\
'''Happy''': Is there a problem?\\
'''Dopey''': No, I'm done here. ''[Happy promptly shoots him in the back, then takes Dopey's equipment bag]''
** Happy, on the other hand, was not as fortunate:
--->'''Happy:''' They wired this thing up with like, 5,000 volts. What kind of bank does that?\\
'''Grumpy:''' A mob bank. I guess the Joker's as crazy as they say. Where's the alarm guy?\\
'''Happy:''' Boss told me when the guy was done, I should take him out. One less share, huh? ''[spins the vault lock]''\\
'''Grumpy:''' That's funny. He told me something similar!\\
'''Happy:''' What? ''[turns to see Grumpy pull out a pistol]'' No-no-NO-''[cuts to the Joker walking in the lobby with the sound of a gunshot]''
* YoureInsane: "No, I'm not. No, I'm not."
** It could be argued that the Joker spends the whole movie trying to convince himself of this.
** He later does admit that [[spoiler:he brought Harvey down to his and Batman's level and that "madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push!"]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: The Joker tells Senator Patrick Leahy that he reminds him of his father after the latter stands up to him.
* YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive: This version of the Joker uses a LOT of these.
-->''[to the organized crime community]'' Look, I know why you choose to have your little group therapy sessions in broad daylight...\\
''[to the organized crime community):''' Soon little Gambol here won't be able to get a nickel for his grandma.\\
''[to Batman]'' You just take off your little mask and show us all who you really are, hmm?\\
''[to Batman]'' Does Harvey know about you and his little bunny?\\
''[to Harvey Dent]'' They're schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. ''(Referring to the police and the organized crime community alike.)''\\
''[to Harvey Dent]'' I just took your little plan and I turned it on itself.
* [[YourMom Your Grandma]]: "If we don't deal with this ''now''..... soon, ''(motions to Gambol)'' little... uh, ''Gambol'' here won't be able to get a nickel for his grandma."
* ZeroApprovalGambit: The ending. [[spoiler:Batman chooses to take the blame for Dent's murders so his mob convictions won't be overturned and his reputation will remain unsmirched.]]
[[/folder]]

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->''Why so serious?''

to:

** Lau flees to Hong Kong so that he's out of Harvey Dent's jurisdiction and the Chinese won't extradite him. Although it's a moot point since Batman's the one who captures him, Lau is sadly mistaken: Hong Kong has a completely separate legal system from the rest of China and it does have [[http://www.legislation.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/e1bf50c09a33d3dc482564840019d2f4/9a61090f8a225bc14825655500235c91?OpenDocument an extradition agreement]] with the United States. Mainland China will not extradite its own citizens ([[http://english.gov.cn/laws/2005-09/22/content_68710.htm see Article 8(1) of Extradition Law of the People's Republic of China]]) but it will try its own citizens for overseas crimes, which can be a bad thing because China has the death penalty and some states don't.

* HonorBeforeReason: As usual, Batman is unwilling to kill the Joker despite the fact that he's a horrible psychopathic monster who hurts and kills people for fun, albeit in an effort to prove that the system works and that not everyone is as terrible as Joker makes them out to be.
* HopelessSuitor: Batman/Bruce Wayne himself, of all people, is actually this as he spends the whole film pining after Rachel Dawes despite the fact that she's clearly moved on with Harvey Dent.
* HopeSpot: An InUniverse one for Harvey Dent. [[spoiler:As he lies in the hospital, he finds the lucky coin he gave Rachel the last time he saw her, left by the side of his bed. But his hopes that she's still alive are dashed when he turns the coin over... the other side's been charred by the explosion that killed her]].
* HumansAreBastards: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker believes that, deep down, everyone is just as horrible and ugly as he is, and that if they're pushed far enough, anyone will become a murdering psychopath. He's just one of the few smart and brave enough not to hide it.
-->'''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker:''' See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.
* TheHyena: The Joker
* {{Hypocrite}}: The Joker is offended when people call him a "freak", but has no problem using the word on other people, [[NWordPrivileges AND on himself]].
* IAmSpartacus: When the Joker threatens to keep killing people until Batman unmasks and turns himself in, [[spoiler: Harvey Dent makes a public confession that ''he'' is Batman and surrenders to the police]]. However, it turns out to be a sting to get the Joker to come out of hiding.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: After the Joker kills Gambol and takes conrol of his organisation, he makes Gambol's cronies duel each other to the death to see who'll be allowed to join his own gang of thugs, after breaking a pool cue.
* ImNotAHeroIm: whatever Gotham needs The Batman to be.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: How the Joker and a couple of his men get into the funeral procession for Commissioner Loeb to assassinate Mayor Garcia. They kidnap the seven man honor guard that is supposed to do the 21 round salute, tie them up to a column in an apartment overlooking the procession, then [[MuggedForDisguise steal their uniforms and weapons]], then head down for the procession. When Garcia finishes his eulogy, the fake honor guard starts the 21 round salute. Just after the second volley, in a split second Gordon sees the Joker and his men suddenly spin right and aim their rifles at the mayor. He immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just the Joker fires, the bullet instead hitting Gordon in the chest. The assembled group immediately breaks formation and everyone runs every which way, causing chaos that allows the Joker and all of his men except for Thomas Schiff to escape.
* IndyPloy: The Joker claims to be doing this, no matter how unlikely that may seem.
-->'''Joker:''' Do I really look like a guy with a plan?
* IronicEcho: Not as frequent as it was in ''Batman Begins'', but there are some considerably impactful ones here.
** "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
** "I am sure a businessman of your stature would understand." Repeated within the same scene.
** "I make my own luck", which Harvey says when he's about to try Sal Maroni, is echoed by Rachel saying, "you make your own luck" right before the car chase.
** Harvey's fundraiser is [[UpToEleven absolutely loaded with them]], subtle though they may seem. Both Bruce and the Joker enter the party announcing that they're only just in time; both immediately ask "Where is Harvey Dent?" upon arriving; both spill champagne out of a glass, and so on and so forth.
* {{Irony}}: Commissioner Loeb tells Gordon, "You're unlikely to discover this for yourself" about what being a police commissioner is like. Even people who didn't know Gordon would be Commissioner [[spoiler: after Loeb's death]] were reasonably assured he would eventually follow a similar career path to the comics.
* IWillShowYouX: During an argument between a witness on the stand and Harvey Dent:
-->'''Harvey Dent''': I have a sworn statement from you that [points to Maroni] this man is the head of the Falcone crime family.
-->'''Rossi''': Maroni? He's a fall guy. I'm the brains of the organization!
-->'''Harvey Dent''' (to judge): Your honour, permission to treat the witness as hostile?
-->'''Judge Freel''': Permission granted.
-->'''Rossi''': Hostile? I'll show you hostile!
-->[[spoiler:''Rossi pulls out a gun and tries to fire it. The gun jams.'']]
** Even more, this scene is a nod back to how Two-Face was created in the original comics.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Used multiple times. Interestingly, it's never really effective.
** When Batman beats up the Joker. Even discussed, as the Joker criticizes Batman's technique ''while Batman is beating him''.
** Batman also ''drops Maroni off a fire escape'', breaking both his legs, in order to get information. It still doesn't work, as the mob boss doesn't really know anything about The Joker anyway, and if he did, he is ''far'' more scared of The Joker than Batman.
--->'''Batman:''' He must have friends!
--->'''Salvatore Maroni:''' [incredulous] Friends? Have you *met* this guy? ... No one's gonna tell you nothin'. They're wise to your act. You got rules. The Joker, he's got no rules. No one's gonna cross him to you.
** Dent also makes use of FalseRoulette to get info out of one of Thomas Schiff. The man cracks quickly, but as it turns out has no information on the Joker's location either.
* JitterCam: The Joker's home movie of him torturing and killing an imposter Batman in what appears to be a meatpacking plant (based on the presence of animal carcasses in the background).
* JokerImmunity: Played ''straight'' here, despite being DarkerAndEdgier than the [[Film/{{Batman}} previous film series]], which killed him off. Creator/HeathLedger's passing then caused the Joker to become a BrotherChuck.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The Joker explains how he broke Harvey Dent.
-->'''Joker''': I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little '''push'''! [The Joker [[LaughingMad laughs hysterically]] as Batman races off and the cops come to take the Joker into custody]
* JumpScare: This occurs when Harvey Dent and Mayor Garcia are conversing in his office. The mayor slowly walks towards the glass window when suddenly, the Joker-mauled corpse of one of the fake Batmen is flung onto the window right towards his face.
** Later, the injured Dent is interrogating Gordon while in the hospital:
--->'''Dent:''' Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was that. Gordon?
--->'''Gordon:''' Harvey...
--->'''Dent:''' Say it. ''[beat]'' '''SAY IT!!!'''
* KansasCityShuffle: When SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 10 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily is GenreSavvy enough to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]
* KarmicDeath: Two of the Joker's bank robbers agree to kill another one of the robbers so they can take a bigger cut, and get killed themselves for the same motive.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Joker gets Dent's face burned and his girlfriend killed. He then shows up to Dent's hospital bed to say "Hey, it's your own damn fault for thinking there's such a thing as Order in the first place" to add insult to injury. And yet, it serves to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope give Harvey a new reason to live]].]]
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Rachel Dawes]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Rachel''': It's okay, Harvey. It's all right. Listen... some- ''["explosion promptly is going to destroy me in the middle of saying 'somebody'," presumably.]'']]
** Also Grumpy's fate in the beginning.
--->'''Bozo[=/=]The Joker:''' No-no-no-no, I kill the bus driver.
--->'''Grumpy:''' Bus driver? ''[Bozo glares at him]' What bus dri- ''[The back end of a school bus bursts through the doors and sends a flying piece of furniture on him]''
* KnifeNut: Though he's perfectly willing to use guns and anything else if necessary, Joker's WeaponOfChoice is knives. His logic:
-->'''The Joker''': Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming You can’t savor all of the little... emotions.]] You see, [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied in their last moments, people show you who they really are]]. So in a way, I knew your friends better than you ever did... Would you like to know which of them [[AssholeVictim were cowards]]?
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[[folder:L - Z]]
* LargeHam: Creator/ChristianBale (Bruce Wayne had to be a ham, but he does it as Batman as well.) and Creator/HeathLedger's Joker.
** The Chechen too. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My dogs! Are! Hungry!]]
** Harvey Dent definitely has his moments.
--->''(Harvey is privately interrogating Thomas Schiff by threatening to shoot him if he doesn't talk)''
--->'''Thomas Schiff:''' You wouldn't.
--->'''Harvey:'''(suddenly yells in his face) I WOULDN'T!!
--->''(Batman has just confessed that he's turning himself in so that no one else will be killed by the Joker to flush him out)''
--->'''Harvey:''' You can't. You can't give in. YOU ''CAN'T GIVE IN''!!
* LaserGuidedKarma: The Chechen is done in by [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker the very guy he had hired earlier in the film]].
* LaughablyEvil: Again, the Joker.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: "You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck."
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Bruce Wayne is trying to figure out SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's motivations. Alfred tells him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc this story]]:
-->'''Alfred:''' A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anyone who had traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing the stones away.
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' Then why steal them?
-->'''Alfred Pennyworth:''' Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. [[ForTheEvulz Some men just want to watch the world burn.]]
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SternPinball in 2008; [[Pinball/BatmanStern click here for details.]]
* LostInACrowd: The Joker pulls this off twice.
** To escape the opening bank robbery, the Joker simply slips his school bus into a pre-arranged opening in a long line of identical school buses driving past on the Van Buren Street side of the bank as the police are arriving.
** The Joker and his men escaping after the assassination attempt on the mayor at Commissioner Loeb's funeral procession: they are posing as the honor guard members and all of the police officers in dress blues are standing motionless as the "honor guard" does the 21 gun salute, until the third volley, when the Joker and his men aim their rifles at the mayor. Gordon tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker fires his rifle. This causes all of the pedestrians and the officers to break formation and scatter everywhere. In the chaos, the Joker and his guys melt into the crowd, and all of them get away except for Thomas Schiff, who gets spotted and is shot in the leg.
* LoveCannotOvercome: Rachel doesn't want the problems of being Bruce's love interest until he's done being Batman.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Sort of... [[spoiler: Harvey Dent losing his girlfriend is the key ingredient in driving him to madness.]]
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: "Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the little... emotions."
* LowClearance: Some of The Joker's goons use harpoon guns and cables to snag a police chopper during a high-speed chase.
* LudicrousGibs:
** [[DiscussedTrope Suggested]] by the Joker about a kidnapped Harvey Dent.
-->'''Gordon:''' Where is he?
-->'''Joker:''' What's the time?
-->'''Gordon:''' What difference does that make?
-->'''Joker:''' Well depending on the time, he may be in one spot or ''several''.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: The Joker pulls an extreme version of this on [[spoiler: Harvey Dent.]]
* MascotVillain: The Joker.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Two-Face's arm can be seen grabbing Maroni's lackey as Maroni gets in the car, before the reveal.
* MetallicarSyndrome: Mentioned when Bruce needs to go rescue someone in daylight, and Alfred asks if he'll be taking the [[CoolBike Batpod]].
-->'''Bruce:''' In the middle of the day, Alfred? Not very subtle.
-->'''Alfred:''' The Lamborghini, then. (Bruce leaves) ''[[SarcasmMode Much]]'' [[SarcasmMode more subtle.]]
* MindRape: Of all the Joker's acts of callous villainy and casual disregard for human dignity, none is worse than his [[spoiler: turning of Harvey Dent into a vengeful monster by warping his mind during his vulnerable time of grief over Rachel's death.]]
** In general, this seems to be a favorite of the Joker, who delights in pressing peoples' [[BerserkButton berserk buttons]] until he gets underneath their skins. Case in point: the scene where he intentionally makes light of Stephen's dead friends. Therefore, knowing the Joker will enjoy a beating, Stephens prepares to make sure he himself enjoys it even more. Cut to Murphy hearing a commotion and finding the Joker holding Stephens at knifepoint.
* MisplacedRetribution: Harvey doesn't just give his 50-50 execution judgement to everyone involved in destroying his life, [[spoiler:He goes after Gordon, and plans to kill Gordon's ''son'' to show the cop how it feels to lose the thing you love most.]]
* TheMobBossIsScarier: People definitely see the Joker as being scarier than Batman, and Maroni spells out how no one is going to cross the Joker because they're too afraid of what cruel method he could devise to kill them (and he's personally afraid of a reprisal against the Falcone family should he cross the Joker), whereas all Batman can do is beat them up a bit.
-->No one's gonna tell you anything. They're wise to your act. [[ThouShaltNotKill You got rules]]. [[TheUnfettered The Joker, he's got no rules]]. No one's gonna cross him for you.
** Ironically enough, later on Maroni himself gives information about the Joker to Gordon when [[EvenEvilHasStandards he believes the Joker is going too far for even his own fear of him to get in the way]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Ramirez]] is working for the mob because their mother is in the hospital and the medical bills were too high. Wuertz, on the other hand, was just in it for the money.
* MomentOfSilence: Two.
** After the bombs go off and the Joker escapes at the end of the second act.
** When Harvey finds his coin and figures out what happened.
* MoneyToBurn: After taking half of mob's savings as payment for his services, Joker stacks all of it up, puts Lau on top, and then lights the whole thing on fire.
-->'''Joker:''' See, I'm a guy of simple tastes: I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder... and gasoline! And you know the thing that they have in common? ''They're cheap!''
* MonsterClown: Joker, obviously.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Lau, the Chinese banker for the mob.
* MouthingTheProfanity: Immediately after Batman swerves to avoid hitting the Joker, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker can be seen mouthing the word "fuck".
* MultipleChoicePast: In a nod to the comics like TropeNamer ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Joker gives multiple conflicting tragic back stories about how he came to be.
-->'''Joker:''' You wanna know how I got these scars?
* MultiTakeCut: Downplayed in the hospital explosion. As shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-iuuwOtsow here]], Nolan filmed the explosion from several angles, but decided to put only two in the finished movie.
* MyCard: The Joker. Naturally, it's [[CaptainObvious a joker playing card]].
* MythologyGag:
** The Joker wearing a nurse costume is most likely a nod to a scrapped idea from ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', where the Joker was originally going to be dressed like Madonna. The only reason it wasn't used was because a cross-dressing villain was considered [[{{Irony}} too silly]].
** The Joker begging Batman to run him over with his Bat-Cycle is eerily similar to Creator/JackNicholson[='=]s Joker begging Creator/MichaelKeaton[='=]s Batman to attack him from his Bat-Wing in Creator/TimBurton[='=]s ''Film/{{Batman}}''.
** In the film Bruce Wayne resides in a penthouse at Wayne Tower instead of Wayne Manor which is being reconstructed after the events of ''BatmanBegins''. Batman operated out of a secret underground bunker in Gotham City instead of the Batcave In the comics Bruce Wayne left Wayne Manor and lived in a penthouse at the Wayne Foundation building and Batman from a secret sub-basement("The Batbunker") from the late 60s to the early 80s.
** One of the most infamous parody nursery rhymes is referenced...
-->Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
-->Robin laid an egg...
-->[[CoolBike The Batmobile lost a wheel]]
-->And The Joker got away...
** The mask The Joker wears at the beginning of the movie. The pattern on it matches the makeup he wore when performing in an opera as a ruse to capture the S.S. ''Gotham'' in [[Series/{{Batman}} the old 1960s Adam West adaptation]].
* NearVillainVictory: The only thing that keeps SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from winning is Batman's decision to take the heat for the murders Harvey, safeguarding Harvey's image and [[ThePowerOfLegacy the stability of Gotham with it]].
** And Batman's [[ChekhovsGun projectile scallops.]]
* NeverBeAHero: Lampshaded with the Batman copycats.
-->'''Copycat:''' What gives you the right? What's the difference between you and me?!\\
'''Batman:''' I'm not wearing hockey pads.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Pre-release material presented the Bat-Pod as one of Batman's newly developed toys. [[spoiler:It's actually the Tumbler's emergency ejection system.]]
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: If it weren't for all the Gotham City stuff, you'd think the movie took place in Chicago.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The last fight between Joker and Batman, with Joker using dogs, construction equipment and crowbars to beat the Dark Knight into the ground.
* NoHonorAmongThieves: Of the first group of the Joker's lackey's introduced, the only one who isn't killed [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness as soon as he finishes his part of the job]] is the Joker himself.
-->'''Lackey #3:''' I'm betting the Joker told you to kill ''me'' as soon as we loaded the cash.\\
'''Lackey #4[[note]]the Joker[[/note]]:''' No, no no no, I kill the bus driver.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:Though Harvey "Two-Face" Dent does get his iconic facial scars, he never joins Batman's RoguesGallery. Instead, he has a brief stint as a VigilanteMan (only coming into conflict with Batman when he tries to kill Commissioner Gordon's family) and dies just one day after the incident that caused those scars, leaving the vast majority of Gotham's people unaware that he ever went insane. His vigilantism is still ruthless enough for him to qualify as a villain, particularly as he goes after the family of the only truly honest cop in Gotham.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Joker. Though aware of his crimes, at first Batman and the authorities just see him as "one man", and focus on bringing down the mob. The mobsters, for their part, regard him as "a nobody" as well...
* NotWorthKilling:
** Eventually, the Joker starts thinking this about Batman. Batman himself sees all criminals as this, [[ThouShaltNotKill considering that he has one rule to live by]], but he especially believes this about the Joker, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim who is hellbent on causing him to break that one rule]].
** The civilian ferry's designated detonator man eventually decides against killing the prisoners after apparently realizing that it wasn't worth it.
* NWordPrivileges: The Joker can call himself and Batman "freaks", but [[BerserkButton if anybody]] [[DisproportionateRetribution else tries it]]...
* OhCrap:
** When Gordon gets to Loeb's office having learned about the Joker's death threat on him:
-->'''Loeb:''' Gordon, you're unlikely to discover this for yourself, so take my word. The police commissioner gets a lot of threats. I found the appropriate response to these situations a long time ago. ''[sets down a glass of Clyburn whiskey, and drinks]''\\
''[cutaway briefly to Surrillo and to Harvey Dent talking with Rachel]''\\
'''Loeb:''' You get to explain to my wife why I'm late for dinner, tonight.\\
'''Gordon:''' Sir, the Joker card had traces of your DNA on it. ''[Stephens comes in with a piece of paper in his hand]''\\
'''Loeb:''' How'd they get my DNA?\\
'''Gordon:''' ''[looking at the file Stephens has given him]'' Someone with access to your house or office must have lifted a tissue or a... glass, or ''[notices Loeb drinking]'' Wait, WAIT!\\
''[Loeb collapses, poisoned with acid. His glass starts smoking]''\\
'''Gordon:''' GET A MEDIC!
** "[[FiveSecondForeshadowing Is that a...phone?]]"
* OminousWalk: Subverted when The Joker starts one of these after Batman loses at chicken, then starts to jauntily skip after a few seconds.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Joker.
* OnePhoneCall: In accordance with procedure as stated above, the Joker is not given his phone call. He goes to some lengths to get it... [[spoiler: which he uses to escape from jail by calling a cell phone implanted within one of his gang members, detonating a bomb connected to it and destroying a large portion of the prison.]]
-->'''The Joker:''' I want my phone call. I want it. I want my phone call.
-->'''Detective Stephens:''' [[SarcasmMode That's nice.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Joker, if "nickname" is a good word for it.
* OrbitalShot:
** The shots involving the Joker and Rachel's confrontation at Harvey Dent's fundraiser keep rotating around the two to add to the scene's tension.
--->'''Joker''': Oh, you look nervous. Is it the scars? Want to know how I got them?
** A single continuous orbital shot is used when Gordon and Harvey are arguing on the rooftop after a leak in the department allowed the mob to get their money transferred out ahead of time.
* TheParagon: Harvey Dent. This makes him the target of everybody.
* ThePenIsMightier: This exchange when the Joker crashes the mob meeting:
-->'''Gambol:''' Give me one reason why I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off.\\
'''Joker:''' How about a magic trick? ''[sticks a pencil into the table, point-first]'' I'm gonna make this pencil disappear.\\
''[A crony stands up and runs over to the Joker, who then slams the man's head down on the pencil, [[EyeScream forcing it into his eye socket]]. The man then falls dead]''\\
'''The Joker:''' TADA! It's.... ah, it's ''gone''..... Oh, and by the way, [[CheapCostume the suit]]? It wasn't cheap. ''[sits down]'' You oughta know, you bought it!
* PetTheDog: Chechen pets his dogs, early in the movie, while calling them his "little princes." [[spoiler:This makes it all the more disturbing when, later in the movie, Joker decides to have the Chechen cut up and fed to those dogs, [[DisproportionateRetribution for calling him a freak]].]]
* PhonyNewscast: There are newscasts during the film reporting on the Joker and the Batman; in the DVD extras you're treated to 4 fake in-depth newscasts about Gotham.
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: The Joker and [[spoiler:Harvey Dent]]. Though where the Joker got his is anyone's guess...
* PineappleSurprise: The Joker threatens to pull the pins on a jacket of grenades to escape the mobsters meeting with Lau.
* PlotImmunity: [[spoiler:Jim Gordon and his fake death scheme.]]
* PoisonousCaptive: The Joker continues to play mind games with the police while in a cell.
* PoserHating: Batman does ''not'' find imitation flattering. Especially if the imitators dressing like him are using lethal force.
* ThePowerOfLegacy: At the end of the film, after [[spoiler:Harvey Dent's death, Batman tells Gordon to tell the police force that it was Batman, not Harvey, who was responsible for Harvey's murders, so that Harvey does not lose his white knight reputation.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: At the beginning of the film, the Chechen is upset with Dr. Crane for supplying him with fear toxin as a street drug (which has horrific, non-pleasurable effects) because his business needs repeat customers.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: During the fundraising party for Harvey Dent:
-->'''Joker:''' ''(to Rachel)'' [[YouGotSpunk A little fight in you, I like that.]]\\
'''Batman:''' [[DynamicEntry Then you're gonna love me.]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
** In the opening, if you listen carefully, you can hear Grumpy say "what the fuck?" when Bozo tricks the manager into using his last shotgun round on Grumpy's left shoulder. Grumpy then complains, "Where did you learn to count?!"
** The Joker questioning why the mob bosses fear getting caught since Batman's arrival: "What happened, your balls drop off?" Later in the scene, you can also hear someone utter, "Holy shit!" when the Joker reveals [[PineappleSurprise all the grenades he has under his coat]].
** As Commissioner Loeb is poisoned to death, Gordon audibly yells "Oh shit!" as he tries to keep him from falling to the floor. [[{{Bowdlerise}} Television edits didn't fall for the slip]].
** It's not a terribly obvious one, but after Batman fails to hit him with the Batpod, the Joker mouths the f-word. Blink and you'll miss it.
** Later in the same scene, [[spoiler:Gordon says "we got you, you son of a bitch" when he (temporarily) captures the Joker.]]
* PreemptiveDeclaration:
-->'''Joker:''' No no no, I kill the bus driver.
** Later:
--->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?\\
'''Batman:''' No, but I know how you got ''these''! ''(launches his spring loaded scallops at Joker's face)''
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:Two-Face]] has one when he [[spoiler:kills Maroni's driver and at the very least causes further injury to Maroni, who had already been reduced to walking on a cane following a Bat Interrogation]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Two-Face''']]: You're a lucky man. ''flips his coin a second time'' But he's not.\\
'''Maroni''': Who?\\
[[spoiler:'''Two-Face''']]: ''[buckles seat belt]'' Your driver.
* ProductPlacement: A lot. One notable case is Bruce Wayne's driving a Lamborghini Murcielago. Also a BilingualBonus StealthPun: ''murciélago'' is Spanish for ''bat''.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler: Harvey Dent's fall from grace.]]
* PsychoForHire: The Joker, with the emphasis on "psycho", since he doesn't really stay in the employ of the mob for long. He's definitely in it for the psycho part, though.
--> '''Joker''': If you're good at something, never do it for free.
* PsychopathicManchild: Just as an accountant was about to give in to one of Joker's earlier threats (reveal the identity of Batman or people die) he goes on TV to announce that he changed his mind, that he decides that a world without Batman would be too [[ForTheEvulz boring]], and that if said accountant was not killed in less than an hour, that he would blow up a hospital.
* PsychoStrings: On the soundtrack the Joker's theme is made mostly of these. It's the sound that's produced from razor blades on string instruments.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Why. So. Serious?"
** From the same speech: "Not. One. Bit."
** "LOOK! AT! ME!"
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: In the car chase, the Joker takes a semi truck with the words "LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE" and spraypaints a red S in front of "Laughter".
* RankUp: Jim Gordon is promoted to Commissioner after [[spoiler:the Joker's capture]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Internet commentators complained about fake-looking CGI in the movie, particularly the eighteen-wheeler-flipping scene. Most of the VFX shots in this film were not CGI, but rather performed either with scale models, or in the case of the eighteen-wheeler, done by ''flipping an actual goddamn eighteen-wheeler''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: It is possible that the ending of ''TDK'' was setting up Joker to return in ''Rises'' (he doesn't die, he [[LampshadeHanging says they'll be doing this forever]], etc)... but then [[ActorExistenceFailure Heath Ledger died]]. Anyways, the Joker did not appear and was not even mentioned in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', and a lot of people suspect the lack of the Joker in that movie was not part of the original plan (the Joker was mentioned in passing, though, in the novelization).
* RecklessGunUsage:
** The Joker ignores all basic gun-handling rules, but being that he is ''the Joker'', he probably doesn't care at all if he accidentally shoots someone. Or himself, for that matter. He'd probably think it was ''hilarious''. For example, in the car chase, when he's climbing out of his semi truck after he gets flipped over, he stumbles and the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun he's carrying accidentally goes off, spraying bullets in a random direction.
** Harvey Dent is flipping a two-headed coin so he won't ''purposely'' shoot someone he was interrogating, but he was still pressing a loaded gun to that man's head. But, again, [[spoiler:this is Harvey Two-Face we're talking about.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Maroni has had enough of all this and gives the cops the Joker's location.]] [[LaserGuidedKarma Two-Face finds him soon afterwards.]]]]
* RetiredBadass: Alfred apparently did some military spec-ops work some time before being Bruce's butler, providing him with anecdotal experience concerning the Joker's MO. The story also goes to hint at a rather [[BewareTheNiceOnes dark side]] to the generally pleasant and amiable sophisticate:
-->'''Bruce''': Alfred, the bandit, did you ever catch him?\\
'''Alfred''': Oh, yes.\\
'''Bruce''': How?\\
'''Alfred''': [[KillItWithFire We burned the forest down]].
* RightBehindMe: "Don't tell me it's Wayne. The guy's a complete [[CurseCutShort f--]]"
* RightHandAttackDog: The Chechen owns a pack of them. [[spoiler:After the Joker apparently [[HoistByHisOwnPetard feeds The Chechen to his own dogs]], he adopts the pooches and uses them against Batman in the final showdown]].
* RobbingTheMobBank: The opening bank robbery. Unlike other movies exhibiting this trope, the Joker averts it by being knowingly aware that he's stealing mob money. On the other hand, the clowns he hires, then tricks into shooting each other during the job, play the trope straight.
* RousseauWasRight: Batman's belief and part of how he eventually [[spoiler:triumphs over the Joker in the finale: neither of the boats in Joker's "social experiment" are willing to blow the other one up, buying Batman the time he needed to neutralize the Joker's own detonators.]]
* RuleOfCool: [[spoiler:Despite having half of his face burned off, Harvey Dent doesn't seem to have much trouble speaking, and his facial motions are apparently unaffected]].
* RuleOfThree: The Joker's third "scar story" is subverted by Batman.
** Subverted... by Batman. Played straight... by the movie itself. And {{double subver|sion}}ted...due to both. We never hear the Joker's third story but Batman giving him scars makes the movie itself a third story. As a result somehow manages to fit all three.
--->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?\\
'''Batman:''' No, but I know how you got ''these''.\\
(''Batman launches his gauntlet scallops point-blank into Joker's face'')
* RunningGagStumbles: See RuleOfThree.
* SadisticChoice: The Joker's M.O. So much so that Creator/RogerEbert interpreted this concept as one of the Joker's main themes.
-->'''Ebert''': The Joker is more than a villain. He’s a Mephistopheles whose actions are fiendishly designed to pose moral dilemmas for his enemies.
* SavedForTheSequel: [[spoiler:Surprisingly averted with Two-Face. He's KilledOffForReal less than half an hour after he gets his iconic scars]]. However, Harvey Dent's representation as a symbol of true justice is destroyed by Bane in the next movie.
* ScareChord: The Joker's leitmotif, a strident violin piece that feels and sounds almost like the droning of an insect swarm.
* ScaryBlackMan:
** Gambol talks tough and is the only mobster to openly challenge the Joker. [[spoiler:He pays for it, gruesomely.]]
** Subverted with Ginty, the hulking black prisoner on the ferry who [[spoiler:acts like he'll blow up the other boat for the guards, only to throw the detonator out the window once they give it to him.]]
* SceneryPorn: They seem to show off a lot of downtown Chicago scenery in the car chase
* ScheherezadeGambit: Variant when [[spoiler:the Joker is captured by the police. Using only his words, he manipulates a police officer into attacking him, then takes the officer hostage.]]
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Salvatore Maroni as he's dropped from the second floor by Batman.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Inverted; the Joker ''has'' no rules.
-->'''Joker:''' It's not about money, [[ForTheEvulz it's about sending a message; everything burns]].
* SecretIdentity: Deconstructed; Batman cannot keep his secret from everyone, which leads to problems. In addition to the ones who found out in ''Batman Begins'', accountant Coleman Reese discovers [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys Where He Gets All Those Wonderful Toys]] and intends to {{blackmail}} Bruce Wayne, but is dissuaded by the GenreSavvy OmnidisciplinaryScientist Lucius Fox. When he tries to sell Batman's SecretIdentity, he discovers that the Joker is not happy with the secret being made public. He is saved by Batman and might be ashamed enough to become a SecretKeeper.
* SecretIdentityApathy: The Joker starts out demanding Batman remove his mask, but eventually decides that would be boring, and puts a hit out on a man who threatens to reveal Bruce's identity.
-->'''The Joker:''' I had a vision, of a world without Batman. The mob ground out a little profit and the police tried to shut them down, one block at a time. And it was so...boring. I've had a change of heart. I don't want Mr. Reese spoiling everything, but why should I have all the fun? Let's give someone else a chance. If Coleman Reese isn't dead in sixty minutes then I blow up a hospital.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent]] is first presented as a awesome and incorruptible crusader for justice, and is a romantic rival to Bruce Wayne. Especially since everyone knows he becomes Two Face, the obviously... well, obvious assumption would be that he's hiding a dark, corrupt side to his character. Turns out... he isn't. He really was the great guy he seemed to be (at least until he was Driven to Villainy). In the novelization, Bruce/Batman is shown investigating [[spoiler:Dent]], believing him to be too good to be true, and all he finds is that Dent hides the fact that he had an unhappy childhood with a cruelly abusive father.
* ShippingTorpedo: Bruce Wayne, towards Harvey and Rachel, since this essentially relegates him to UnluckyChildhoodFriend status with respect to the woman he's loved for years.
* ShouldHaveThoughtOfThatBeforeX:
-->'''Maroni''': This madness... it's just too much.\\
'''Gordon''': You should have thought of that before you let that clown out of the box.
* ShoutOut: "[[Series/ToTellTheTruth Will the real Batman please stand up?]]"
** Possibly also a reference to [[TheMusical that musical]] [[VaporWare they never made.]]
** William Fichtner as the banker with the shotgun in the opening heist was an intentional CastingGag by Nolan, who built the sequence as an homage to ''Film/{{Heat}}''.
** The Joker's goons don clown masks during the opening scene as a reference to Stanley Kubrick's heist film ''Film/TheKilling''.
*** Joker's mask is also the same as the one the character uses in ''The Joker's Wild'', [[http://i.imgur.com/WIsyBbU.jpg his very first appearance]] in [[Series/{{Batman}} the 60's series]].
*** It and the other somber clown masks, all worn by the Joker's thugs with otherwise normal street clothes, invoke the image his henchman from the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Animated Series]] episode ''The Last Laugh''.
** ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': The detonator found on the prisoners' ship is concealed in a box resembling a [[spoiler:book]]
** Naturally, since Nolan is a card-carrying [[Franchise/JamesBond Bond]] fan, the blade at the tip of the Joker's shoe is ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. The film also makes use of an ActionPrologue, just like the Bond films.
** Kind of a weird one, but the Bat-Cycle emerges from the Batmobile.... "Batmobile lost a wheel". And then after that, "Joker got away."
** Harvey Dent had previously pretended to be Batman to fool the Joker in ''BatmanAdventures'', although the circumstances were somewhat different.
** [[Film/JerryMaguire "You complete me."]]
* ShownTheirWork:
** The defective gun Wilmer Rossi brings in a courtroom trying (and failing) to assassinate Harvey Dent is made of carbon fiber, and not metal. This is so that the gun could pass through the metal detectors without any trouble, as practically every courthouse in America have metal detectors.
** The SWAT team's tactics when entering the building the Joker's minions have occupied are in fact, the actual procedures a real SWAT team would carry out under the same situation: the officers approach the suspects with weapons drawn and at the ready and identify themselves, demanding that the suspects surrender and put their weapons down. Until the suspects present a threat to either the officers or innocents, they have to hold fire. More than one reviewer [[RealityIsUnrealistic questioned why SWAT wasn't opening fire, not realizing that this was how they really operate.]]
** Commissioner Loeb's funeral procession is very realistic, thanks to the fact that the police officers you see are actual off-duty Chicago Police Department officers. Additionally, the CPD supplied the bagpipe marching band.
* ShutUpHannibal: Batman to the Joker.
-->'''Batman''': What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone's as ugly as you? You're ''alone''!
* ShutUpKiss: Harvey to Rachel, as he's about to be loaded into the armored car.
* SmashTheSymbol [[spoiler:In the montage showing the consequences of Batman taking the blame for Harvey Dent's murders, Gordon is shown smashing the bat-signal he put together at the end of ''Begins''. Subverted, in that Gordon doesn't hate Batman at all, but is just in on the cover-up to protect Harvey's [[ThePowerOfLegacy legacy]].]]
* SmugSnake: Salvatore Maroni.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Joker is a self-proclaimed "Agent of Chaos" - he really doesn't plan, he just sizes up his enemies' plans and attacks the weak point that causes the most chaos.
-->'''Joker''': I just did what I do best--I took your little plan, and I ''turned it on itself''.
* SpinTheBottle: At least one possibility about the "try-outs" scene after the Joker kills Gambol, when he breaks a pool cue and lays part of it on the floor in front of Gambol's three associates, is that "try-outs" are a macabre version of "spin the bottle", in that the guy the pool cue lands on is the one who does not get a bullet between the eyes and gets to work for the Joker.
* TheSpook: Both Batman and The Joker.
* StalkerWithACrush: Again, Batman/Bruce Wayne of all people is this towards Rachel.
* StealingFromTheTill: A sympathetic example. Lucius and Bruce are [[http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2012/07/16/the-dark-knight-embezzlement/ technically embezzling]] assets from Wayne Enterprises, a public company with shareholders, and they are discovered and blackmailed by an auditor ([[BullyingADragon technically again]]).
* StealthPun:
** The Joker blocks a stretch of road with a fire truck...that's on fire. A '''fire''' truck, get it? Just another way the Joker CrossesTheLineTwice.
** By the end of the second act, the Batmobile had lost a wheel (the Batpod), and the Joker got away.
** During the trip to China:
--->'''Lucius Fox''': It emits a high-frequency pulse for mapping an environment and records a response time.\\
'''Bruce Wayne''': Sonar. Just like a...\\
'''Lucius Fox''': Like a submarine, Mr. Wayne. [[DeadpanSnarker Like a submarine]].
** The [[spoiler:final dilemma the Joker presents is similar to the Prisoner's Dilemma. One of the parties in the dilemma is a ferry full of convicts]].
** Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago. [[BilingualBonus Murcielago is Spanish for "Bat".]]
* SteelEardrums:
** The first driver of the semi truck has them when the Joker shoots the cop at the roadblock, who is standing by the driver's door, from the passenger's seat, with the bank manager's shotgun, firing no more than a few feet from that driver's ear.
** When Harvey Dent is approaching the ambulance Thomas Schiff is in after the shooting at Loeb's eulogy, there is a gunshot from somewhere. You notice that Dent flinches, while all of the officers scatter and immediately grab their weapons, but curiously, the paramedic tending to Schiff's leg doesn't so much as flinch, like he can't hear a shot.
* SteppingOutForAQuickCupOfCoffee: Gordon plays this straight when he lets Batman interrogate the Joker.
* StormingTheCastle: The assault on Pruitt Building, Joker's hideout. An epic MeleeATrois between Batman, the SWAT and Joker's goons where Batman's non-lethal policy is truly tested.
* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:Two-Face]], with his talk of random chance beoing the only true morality in the world. The Joker would be a straw nihilist, except that wouldn't nearly ''begin'' to encompass his craziness.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: A major theme of the Joker's actions in this movie.
* StuffBlowingUp: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ''really'' likes explosions:
-->'''Joker''': See, I'm a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite... and gunpowder... and gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They're cheap!
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: One of the main criticisms of the film, besides Batman's voice, [[spoiler:is Rachel's unceremonious death at the end of the second act]].
* SubvertedPunchline: When Bruce Wayne is given a new device by Lucius Fox which allows his cellphone to emit sonar pulses to map a room.
-->'''Bruce''': Sonar. Sorta like a-\\
'''Lucius''': Like a submarine, Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine.
* SuddenlyShouting: More like Suddenly Snarling, but the Joker drops every last trace of AffablyEvil with ''shocking'' suddenness during the scene where he's terrorising poor Brian Douglas on video. It's enough to give you a JumpScare:
-->'''The Joker:''' So you think Batman's made Gotham a better place? Hm? Look at me. '''''[[GutturalGrowler LOOK AT ME!]]'''''
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome:
** [[spoiler:Rachel]], though not until the end of Act 2.
** [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb]] suffers this as well.
* SuperCellReception:
** [[spoiler:Sonar-emitting phones.]]
** [[spoiler:Not to mention one whose reception doesn't falter inside a man's stomach.]]
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: The [[spoiler:Bat-Cell-Phone-Sonar machine]].
* SympathyForTheHero: First, The Joker admits that Batman is better than the mob bosses he used to rip off. Then, as he's saved from falling to his death, the villain praises how his nemesis is incorruptible as "you won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness".
* TakeAThirdOption: Subverted with [[spoiler:Rachel and Harvey]]. Played straight during [[spoiler:the Prisoner's Dilemma in the film's climax.]]
* TakingTheBullet: First, Gordon does this by tackling the mayor to the ground just as the Joker is about to shoot him. Later it's combined with CarFu when the Batmobile intercepts a rocket grenade that was intended for the armored prison transport carrying Harvey Dent, and again when Bruce Wayne [[CarFu uses the Lamborghini to block a pickup truck from smashing the police SUV.]]
* TechnicalPacifist: Batman won't outright kill anyone, but he has no qualms dropping Maroni from a fire escape because he ''probably'' won't die from the fall.
* TelevisionGeography: The bank robbery falls into this when you go by the actual filming location (the old post office at Van Buren Street and Canal Street on the west side of the Chicago River). When the Joker, Grumpy and Chuckles are getting out of the car, they're on the north side of the building. They enter through a north-facing door, but they make a right turn and face west as they run into the lobby and begin shooting into the air. This means that when the school bus bursts through the other doors, it comes in from the west side, meaning it comes in from a north-south street. However, in the exterior shot of the Joker merging with the line of passing school buses, if you look at the buildings in the background or notice the drawbridge gates in the distance, the bus is clearly facing north and turning east and onto the east-west street the stationwagon was parked on. For the record, the east-west street is Van Buren Street.
* TemptingFate:
** During the Lower Wacker Drive section of the car chase, the Joker rakes the armored transport with a machine pistol and a shotgun. Harvey Dent asks the SWAT officer riding in back with him if the vehicle is bulletproof against such hits. The officer replies, "He's going to need something a lot bigger to get through this!" Cue the Joker's henchmen handing their boss a rocket launcher.
---> '''Shotgun SWAT:''' Wha...! What is that, a bazooka?!\\
''[The Joker fires, hitting the back of the police car in front of the armored car. The cruiser limps along, the officer struggling to control his car. The henchman driving the garbage truck rams the armored car from behind]''\\
'''Shotgun SWAT:''' I didn't sign up for this! ''[The Joker fires another rocket, taking out the police car in front for good]''
** Maroni saying of the Joker: "''Some two-bit whack-job. Wears a cheap purple suit and make-up. He's not the problem. He's a nobody''". [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Hohoho if they only knew back then...]]
** "''My dogs are hong-gray! [[CostumeCopyCat Pity there is only one of you...]]''"
* TerroristWithoutACause: The Joker is about as pure of an example as you can find. Other than to inflict chaos.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: After [[spoiler:Batman saves Gordon's son]], in a CallBack to the epilogue of ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
-->'''Gordon:''' Thank you.\\
'''Batman:''' You don't have to thank me.\\
'''Gordon:''' Yes, I do.
* ThreeVolleyFlinch: Gordon flinches during the three-volley salute at Commissioner Loeb's funeral. {{Justified}} in a different way than usual: Gordon is expecting the Joker to strike again using the funeral salute as cover for his sniper. [[spoiler:Rightly so, as it turns out: the Joker takes a shot at the mayor and Gordon ends up TakingTheBullet.]]
* ThroatLight: That cell phone the Joker planted in an inmate provides one.
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:The final words spoken are the movie's title, at the end of Commissioner Gordon's monologue.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Happy, the Safecracker Specialist, is told to kill Dopey (the Alarm Specialist) as soon as his job was done, so there would be more for everyone else. Did he really think this wasn't going to happen to him too? After all, the reasoning for his assassination would be the same: one less share, one less accomplice.
** Grumpy (the Crowd Control Specialist) seems to [[GenreSavvy be wise]] to this, not that it saves him.
* TooKinkyToTorture: The Joker. Detective Stephens, who's in charge of watching him, even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
-->I'm a twenty year man, and I know the difference between punks who need to be taught a little lesson in manners, and the freaks like you who would just enjoy it.
* TortureIsIneffective: Batman pummels the Joker in the police interrogation room, but the Joker laughs it off because torture would never make him talk. He only tells Batman what Batman wants to hear because it ''amuses'' him to.
* {{Tragedy}}: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent's]] fall into the DespairEventHorizon, an ending that almost borders on being a {{downer|Ending}}, heroes performing actions that are [[WhatTheHellHero questionable]] - ''Knight'' certainly shows traits of this genre, thought its a more hopeful example than most of its ilk.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** Many people knew [[spoiler:Gordon wasn't KilledOffForReal]] because of the Joker's trailer line of [[spoiler:"Good eeeevening, ''Commissioner''." Gordon hadn't yet been made commissioner at the time of his supposed 'death'.]]
** Also, we see [[spoiler:Gordon smash the Bat-Signal in the final trailer]], something that hadn't happened at that time in the film.
** Although it wasn't exactly guaranteed, it was pretty doubtful that [[spoiler:[[PlotImmunity Gordon was going to die before he became Commisioner.]]]]
* TranquilFury: At the end, when his attempt to prove that everyone in Gotham is at core vile and self-centred goes wrong, in contrast to his previous antics the Joker goes very, very still and his voice becomes a low growl.
* TraitorShot: A subtle version, [[spoiler:but Ramirez doesn't look as happy as you'd think she'd be watching a victorious Harvey Dent get into a car driven by her (equally compromised) colleague after the Joker has been captured by a NotQuiteDead Gordon.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:Harvey Dent loses the love of his life and half of his face in one day.]] It doesn't take much for The Joker to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope push him over the edge]] after that.
* TreacheryCoverUp: [[spoiler:Batman decides to take the blame for Harvey Dent's crimes at the end of the film, so that Harvey can remain an inspiration to Gotham.]]
* TrespassingToTalk: The Joker manages to sneak into a heavily guarded meeting of mob bosses, and makes an offer to kill Batman for them.
* {{Troll}}: What the Joker will resort to when his target has no other obvious flaw [[MindRape he can utilize to get inside their heads.]]
* TwentyOneGunSalute: There is an honor guard of seven officers who fire their rifles three times each at the funeral of [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb]]. Except, just before they fire the third volley, they suddenly turn their rifles on the mayor and Gordon suddenly notices that the closest one is the Joker sans-makeup, and he immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker pulls the trigger. The Joker and his men then flee into the crowd, with all but Thomas Schiff successfully escaping in the chaos.
* TwistedEchoCut: [[spoiler:Rachel tells Harvey her answer to his marriage proposal is "Yes." Batman then kicks down the door...to where Harvey is imprisoned, causing him to shout, "NO! NO! NO!" because he knows Rachel is going to die.]]
* TwoHeadedCoin: Played straight by Harvey; {{subverted}} when [[spoiler:he becomes Two-Face and the coin gets marked on one side]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery:
** Batman underestimates the Joker throughout most of the film, right from the start when he blithely dismisses him with "One man or the entire mob? He can wait." Naturally, this comes back to bite him in the ass.
** Joker underestimates the resolve of the people of Gotham at the end, and he's not happy about it.
* UnderTheTruck: Not a chase scene, since the Joker is coming at Batman head on in a truck, while Batman races towards him on the Batpod in the Loop. However Batman fires two towing cables that hit the truck and then proceeds to weave in and out between the wheels of the trailer to tie it up. Because the Batpod is built low to the ground and the truck is quite high off the ground, he doesn't need to slide, just drive normally.
* TheUnfettered: The Joker.
* UnflinchingWalk:
** [[spoiler:Lucius Fox]] as he leaves the control room for [[spoiler:the cell phone sonar system]] as it blows up behind him.
** Played for laughs with the Joker when he [[spoiler:blows up the Gotham General Hospital]]. He starts walking away without looking back, only to notice the explosions have stopped. Joker turns around and starts fiddling with the detonator, but nothing happens. He fiddles with the detonator some more, until he's startled by a ''huge'' explosion. Joker then resumes walking away without looking back... only now he's walking much faster than before.
* UnhandThemVillain: The Joker does this to Rachel when Batman tells him to let her go. She happens to be hanging halfway out a window.
-->'''Joker''': Very poor choice of words!
* UnreliableNarrator: The Joker, naturally.
* UnwantedRescue: [[spoiler: Harvey]]. "NO! NOT ME! WHY ARE YOU COMING FOR ME?!" Doubly so, [[spoiler:as Batman also wanted to save Rachel over Harvey. The Joker's just a bitch like that.]].
* VillainOpeningScene: The movie begins with the Joker and his goons robbing a mob bank. And the Joker ripping off all of his clown accomplices by tricking them into shooting each other.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Joker has a {{downplayed|Trope}} one at the end, in contrast to his usual over-the-top theatrics: [[spoiler:when the people of Gotham refuse to play his game and reveal themselves to have a core of decency, and it looks like his ultra-nihilistic view of the world might be wrong after all, he goes very, very still...]]
* VillainTeamUp: The Joker and Two-Face... [[PlayingWithATrope ssssssssorta.]] [[spoiler:Harvey hates Joker with a passion, but the Joker ''is'' the one who pushes Dent into villainy, and the Joker uses Two-Face to sow extra chaos and divert the Gotham PD's attention long enough to set up his next major "social experiment".]]
* VirtueIsWeakness: Once the mob bosses settled down a truce, they've discussed how Batman doesn't kill the criminals he captures and sees that as a reason not to fear him at all. [[spoiler: Batman proves them how wrong they are, by showing how non-lethal but painful a fall can be.]]
* VoiceoverLetter: Rachel's DearJohnLetter to Bruce that we see Alfred reading is voiced out by Rachel herself.
* WhamEpisode: The end of the second act, which ''starts'' with [[spoiler:Harvey and Rachel getting kidnapped and ends with Rachel's death.]] ''None'' of the protagonists emerge unscathed.
* WhamLine: When Batman is interrogating Joker about [[spoiler: Harvey Dent's kidnapping]] in the MCU lockup and Joker suddenly reveals [[spoiler: he's had his men kidnap Rachel as well.]]
-->'''Joker''': Well, there's only minutes remaining, so you'll have to play my game if you want to save [[spoiler: one of them]].\\
'''Batman''': ...[[spoiler: Them]]?\\
'''Joker''': You know...for awhile there, I thought you really ''were'' [[spoiler:Dent. The way you ''threw'' yourself after after her!]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Batman makes no secret to Harvey Dent that threatening to shoot Thomas Schiff on the basis of a coin-toss is wrong. [[note]]Of course, Batman is unaware that it's a trick coin and Schiff is in no physical danger.[[/note]]
--->'''Batman''': You'd leave a man's life to ''chance''?!
** Rachel's reaction to Bruce letting Dent take the fall as Batman. Though she doesn't directly confront him about it, she professes her disapproval to Alfred, saying that it's completely unheroic, and even decides that it's the last straw regarding [[spoiler:her chances of rekindling her romance with Bruce]].
** Dent's reaction to [[spoiler:Batman bursting in to rescue him, since he wanted Rachel to be saved instead of himself]].
--->'''Dent''': [[spoiler:NO! NO! NOT ME! WHY ARE YOU COMING FOR ME?!]]
** Also pulled by ''the Joker'', of all people.
--->'''Joker''': I wanted to see what you'd do, and you didn't disappoint–you let five people die. Then, you let Dent take your place. Even to a guy like me, that's ''cold''.
** The 'hero' part might be debatable, but Harvey does this to [[spoiler:Detective Ramirez, when he confronts her for delivering Rachel to the Joker.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ramirez''':]] I didn't know what they were...\\
'''Dent''': You didn't know what they were gonna do? You're the second cop to say that to me. What, ''exactly'', did you think they were going to do?
** Also a inverted version is pulled by [[spoiler:the ScaryBlackMan on the ferry during the finale, when he asks the Warden for the detenator to the other boat.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ginty:''' Give it to me, and I'll do what you should've did ten minutes ago.]]\\
[[spoiler:''(takes the detonator and chucks it out the window.)'']]
** Gordon's wife's reaction to his [[FakingTheDead faking his death]]. He offers up a small excuse about how it was for her protection, but she still smacks him.
** Lucius makes it clear that he is ''not happy'' with Batman's plan to [[spoiler:use sonarised mobile phones to eavesdrop on the entire city and track down the Joker.]]
* WheresTheKaboom: When the Joker attempts to blow up the hospital and it only partly detonates. There was reportedly a delay in the explosives, and the Joker was supposed to be already on his bus when the hospital fell completely, but Ledger was unaware of this. So not once breaking character, Ledger mashes down on the detonator until demolition resumes.
* WhoWillBellTheCat: The Gothamites on one of the two barges packed with explosives finally agree that the other barge full of criminals should be sacrificed instead of them. Except that nobody seems to want to pull the trigger on the detonator...
** In contrast to the usual examples of this trope, however, eventually someone ''does'' decide to "bell the cat", so to speak. One of the civilians finally steps up and asks for the detonator, his rationale being that the criminals have already made their choices and screwed up their lives. [[spoiler:But, after some agonizing, he doesn't blow up the criminals after all.]]
* WhyAmITicking: The Joker orchestrates a prison break with a cell-phone bomb, which is sewn inside the body of an inmate very crudely. He ''did'' promise the man he'd make the voices go away.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim:
** Why doesn't the Joker just shoot Batman? Because [[spoiler:he doesn't ''want'' to. Batman's just too much fun!]]
** [[JokerImmunity And why doesn't anyone shoot the Joker?]] Because the good guys know that IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim, and when the bad guys are in the same room as him [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he's covered in Dead Man Switch grenades.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Several observing SWAT give Batman an astonished [[CombatCompliment non-verbal compliment]] when he takes out a full squad, with their own rappel lines, after being designated to be out the game.
* WouldHitAGirl: Two-Face knocks Anna Ramirez into unconsciousness, after his coin spares her life.
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: "Do you want to know [[KnifeNut why I use a knife?]] Guns are too quick. [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming You can’t savor all of the little... emotions]]. You see, in their last moments, people show you who they ''really'' are. So in a way, I knew your friends better than you ever did... Would you like to know which of them [[AssholeVictim were cowards]]?"
* XanatosGambit: When the Joker is plunging to his (possible) [[DisneyVillainDeath death]], he is completely unafraid: He knows that either Batman catches him so he survives to wreak havoc another day - or he has managed to corrupt the city's last defender. Either way, he wins.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Batman has to play an ''insane'' game in the film's final minutes. [[spoiler:DisguisedHostageGambit with multiple SWAT teams bursting in all over the place. Batman has to quickly incapacitate SWAT teams so they don't kill the hostages-disguised-as-Joker-thugs, and take out the real Joker thugs at the same time. There are also police snipers targetting the disguised hostages. He ends up having to use his grapple hook in creative ways to knock over hostages to get them out of line of sight while at the same time getting to floors he needs to be on, blow the floor up beneath SWAT teams and thugs with his bomb launcher, and use the SWAT teams' own grapple ropes to tie them together and then suspend them over the side of the building.]] All this thought up and implemented on the fly within a time span of two minutes.
* XMustNotWin: Where X in this case refers to the Joker. It's such a major driving force for the good guys, especially for Batman, that at the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Batman takes the fall for Dent's murders partly out of refusal to give Joker the satisfaction of wrecking Gotham.]]
* YouDidTheRightThing: [[spoiler:In the dilemma that two ferries leaving Gotham to avoid the Joker's supposed takeover, one filled with prisoners and the other with innocent civilians, have the detonator to blow up the opposite ferry under a time limit where the penalty of indecision would be them both blowing up;]] [[spoiler:Ginty, the prisoner among many prisoners on the prisoner ferry, after demanding that the detonator to the civilian ferry be handed over to him, instead of detonating it primarily to save his own life, he instead throws it out an open window into the water at the expense that the prisoner ferry could not blow up the civilian ferry, and that it could be blown up instead. This shows that he probably believes the lives of the prisoners, including him, is not worth choosing over the lives of innocent civilians.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Pulled in the bank robbery at the beginning, as the Joker has tricked his clowns into shooting each other one by one due to their greed. In the end, he walks away with the whole haul, without having to share the $68 million with his five henchmen... and only needing to kill the bus driver.
** Dopey is the first one to be offed and is completely unaware, as his is the first task completed.
-->'''Dopey''': That's funny, it didn't dial out to 911. It was trying to reach a private number.\\
'''Happy''': Is there a problem?\\
'''Dopey''': No, I'm done here. ''[Happy promptly shoots him in the back, then takes Dopey's equipment bag]''
** Happy, on the other hand, was not as fortunate:
--->'''Happy:''' They wired this thing up with like, 5,000 volts. What kind of bank does that?\\
'''Grumpy:''' A mob bank. I guess the Joker's as crazy as they say. Where's the alarm guy?\\
'''Happy:''' Boss told me when the guy was done, I should take him out. One less share, huh? ''[spins the vault lock]''\\
'''Grumpy:''' That's funny. He told me something similar!\\
'''Happy:''' What? ''[turns to see Grumpy pull out a pistol]'' No-no-NO-''[cuts to the Joker walking in the lobby with the sound of a gunshot]''
* YoureInsane: "No, I'm not. No, I'm not."
** It could be argued that the Joker spends the whole movie trying to convince himself of this.
** He later does admit that [[spoiler:he brought Harvey down to his and Batman's level and that "madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push!"]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: The Joker tells Senator Patrick Leahy that he reminds him of his father after the latter stands up to him.
* YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive: This version of the Joker uses a LOT of these.
-->''[to the organized crime community]'' Look, I know why you choose to have your little group therapy sessions in broad daylight...\\
''[to the organized crime community):''' Soon little Gambol here won't be able to get a nickel for his grandma.\\
''[to Batman]'' You just take off your little mask and show us all who you really are, hmm?\\
''[to Batman]'' Does Harvey know about you and his little bunny?\\
''[to Harvey Dent]'' They're schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. ''(Referring to the police and the organized crime community alike.)''\\
''[to Harvey Dent]'' I just took your little plan and I turned it on itself.
* [[YourMom Your Grandma]]: "If we don't deal with this ''now''..... soon, ''(motions to Gambol)'' little... uh, ''Gambol'' here won't be able to get a nickel for his grandma."
* ZeroApprovalGambit: The ending. [[spoiler:Batman chooses to take the blame for Dent's murders so his mob convictions won't be overturned and his reputation will remain unsmirched.]]
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->''Why so serious?''
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** Batman is bouncing the Joker off the walls of his cell. The cops cast a worried look at Gordon.
-->'''Gordon:''' He's in control...
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