History NightmareFuel / TheDarkKnight

20th Jul '16 6:20:42 PM SithPanda16
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in general, is arguably the most frightening villain in the trilogy. A sadistic, AxCrazy and unnecessarily evil nihilistic maniac whose actions are just '''ForTheEvulz'''. WordOfGod says that he is the most cruel, realistic and dark version of the Joker in film history.
** Two simple phrases: "Why so serious?" and "Let's put a [[GlasgowGrin smile]] on that face!"
** The video of the Joker and Brian Douglas, one of Batman's [[HeroicWannabe Heroic Wannabes]]. God only knows what happened to him when the camera turned off...
--> '''The Joker''': So you think Batman's made Gotham a better place? Hm? Look at me. '''[[AC:LOOK AT ME!]]''' ''[turns camera to his face]'' You see, ''this'' is how '''crazy''' Batman's made Gotham! You want order in Gotham? Batman must take off his mask and turn himself in. ''[beat]'' Oh, and every day he doesn't, people will die. Starting tonight. ''[beat]'' I'm a man of my word. ''[EvilLaugh, and the camera goes out of focus as Brian screams]''
** "'''''LOOK AT ME!'''''" These three words, arguably, are the scariest part of the movie. It's something of a JumpScare, given that all of Heath Ledger's lines are in a nasally Chicago accent, but he says the line with such terrifying force that it's impossible not to jump or cringe.
** When we see the Joker's pun of [[StealthPun a fire truck that is on fire]] (Get it? A '''fire''' truck?) to divert the convoy to where they are vulnerable to begin the car chase sequence, freeze the image when the camera looks to the right and shows the perspective of the officers as they pass the fire truck: lying on the ground, you can see what looks like burning fabric. If you look even closer, it's obviously the bodies of the firefighters who were killed off-screen.
*** Or right before that, the JumpScare where an officer walks up to a semi truck honking its horn and says "Hey, you wait like everybody else, pal!" Cue the Joker popping up from the passenger seat and blasting the officer with a shotgun, with almost no warning for you.
*** Another happens during his fight with Batman where Joker runs towards him when Batman is looking through the sonar vision, accompanied by a loud screeching sound.
** Followed by his idea of "tryouts", which involves breaking a pool cue and placing it on the ground in front of three potential recruits. What happens could be that A) the guy who grabs it and kills the other two gets to work for the Joker, or B) in a twist on a game of SpinTheBottle, the guy the cue lands on is the one who doesn't get a bullet in his head.
** One of the most unsettling leitmotifs in film history is The Joker's: it's a subtle build-up of a single violin, but one that's horribly out-of-tune, as other violins join in as it gets louder, like a buzzing insect that won't leave your ears...
** The Joker's [[MultipleChoicePast backstories]], [[UnreliableNarrator which are mutually exclusive and likely not true,]] nevertheless reveal the depth of the Joker's madness by creating frightful but plausible scenarios that sound like they'd drive anyone mad...
* [[spoiler:The burnt half of Harvey Dent's face,]] especially when we first see it. Also counts as {{Squick}}. You can actually see his jaw bones, and that left eye looks rather creepy.
* Alfred's [[LetMeTellYouAStory speech]] about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc the Burmese bandit]].
-->'''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 found anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away. \\
'''Bruce''': Then why steal them? \\
'''Alfred''': Because [[ForTheEvulz 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. [[ChaoticEvil Some men just want to watch the world burn.]]
** And following this story, Alfred and company caught the bandit ''by burning him out of the forest''.
* When Batman is interrogating the Joker and learns that he's also [[spoiler: kidnapped Rachel]] along with Harvey Dent. Batman goes ''nuts'', and begins really whaling on the Joker while screaming to tell him what Joker's done with [[spoiler: them]], up to cracking Joker's head against a reinforced glass window so hard the window actually cracks. But the only thing this brutal beating does to Joker--the ''only'' thing--is make him laugh ''harder''. It's easily the single creepiest Joker moment in the movie.
-->'''Joker''': You have ''nothing'' to threaten me with! Nothing to do...with all your strength!

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in general, The Joker himself is arguably the a potent combination of NightmareFuel and premium ParanoiaFuel. If he's after you then he will get to you somehow, no matter how impossible it should be, and carve a smile onto your face with a knife.
** In
most frightening villain in the trilogy. A sadistic, AxCrazy and unnecessarily evil nihilistic maniac whose actions are just '''ForTheEvulz'''. WordOfGod says that he is the most cruel, realistic and dark version of incarnations the Joker in film history.
** Two simple phrases: "Why so serious?"
is somewhere on the scale between comedic violence (Nicholson) and "Let's put a [[GlasgowGrin smile]] on violent comedy (Romero and Hamill). What made Nolan/Ledger's Joker so scary is that face!"
Nolan removed the comedic aspect, but Ledger still played him as if he was doing everything [[ForTheLulz because it amused him]]. It goes beyond psychopathy and borders on BlueAndOrangeMorality.
** The video of If the Joker ever asks if you want to see a [[EyeScream magic trick]], the correct answer is and Brian Douglas, one always will be ''no''. He'll do it anyway, but at least you saw it coming.
*** (Rim shot.)
*** But how would the guy see the magic trick with that pencil...oh.
*** Ever notice that [[spoiler:the Joker actually stabbed the sharp end into the table? That means he forced the ''dull, rubber end'' through the guy's skull.]]
** One
of the most terrifying Joker-related scenes comes from when Batman interrogates him [[spoiler:and the Joker reveals he's kidnapped Rachel in addition to Harvey, and they both have mere minutes to live.]] Batman goes berserk and starts trying to beat [[spoiler:their]] location out of the Joker, up to bashing his head against a reinforced glass window so hard the window actually cracks. All Batman's [[HeroicWannabe Heroic Wannabes]]. God severe beating does to Joker? It only knows makes him laugh HARDER!
*** It only gets worse when you think about the Joker's line, "You have '''''nothing''''', ''nothing'' to threaten me with-nothing, with ''all'' of your strength!" [[FridgeHorror Just think about
what must have happened to the Joker for that to be true]].
*** YMMV on this, but this troper considers it an even more scary prospect if '''''nothing''''' happened to the Joker. If he just woke up one morning and decided to do these things for the evulz.
** Right at the very end, when [[spoiler: Batman throws the Joker off the rooftop. Joker's reaction? Laughing maniacally every inch of the way... and being ''disappointed'' when Batman saves him]].
** A really horrifying scene is where the Joker tells Rachel the second scar story. Something about the whole scene reeks of sexual predation, and to make it even more horrible, [[spoiler:there's the fact [[GroinAttack she knees
him in the nuts]], which is usually the best defense a woman has against a male attacker, and he actually LIKES it!]]
** One of the most NightmareFuel-filled moments was surprisingly one of the most low-key;
when the Joker is videotaping/shooting his nightmare-porn of Brian the Batman Impersonator and orders Brian to "Look at me! '''Look! At! Me!'''"
*** That was the scene that, aside from the Magic Trick, made ''everyone'' in the theater sit up and take notice of Ledger's performance.
*** That scene gets worse when Brian is done delivering the Joker's message and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness is of no more use to him]]. The
camera turned off...
--> '''The Joker''': So you think Batman's made Gotham a better place? Hm? Look at me. '''[[AC:LOOK AT ME!]]''' ''[turns camera to his face]'' You see, ''this'' is how '''crazy''' Batman's made Gotham! You want order
cuts out just as Joker descends on the panicked hostage.
*** The distorted [[LastNoteNightmare sounds that]] are heard just before the tape ends, especially since [[NothingIsScarier we can't make out]] ''[[NothingIsScarier anything]]'' [[NothingIsScarier happening
in Gotham? Batman the last bit of footage]]...
*** "Batman
must take off his mask and turn himself in. ''[beat]'' Oh, and every day he doesn't, people will die. Starting tonight. ''[beat]'' I'm ''I'm a man of my word. ''[EvilLaugh, and word''." *laughs*
*** When
the camera goes out of focus as Brian screams]''
** "'''''LOOK AT ME!'''''" These three words, arguably, are the scariest
newscaster says, "Sensitive viewers, be aware. The image is disturbing," he's not kidding.
*** The really scary
part of the movie. It's something of a JumpScare, given that all of Heath Ledger's lines are in a nasally Chicago accent, but he says the line with such terrifying force that is it's impossible not to jump or cringe.
** When we see
the Joker's pun of [[StealthPun a fire truck that is on fire]] (Get it? A '''fire''' truck?) to divert the convoy to where they are vulnerable to begin the car chase sequence, freeze the image when the camera looks to the right and shows the perspective of the officers as they pass the fire truck: lying on the ground, you can see what looks like burning fabric. If you look even closer, it's obviously the bodies of the firefighters who were killed off-screen.
*** Or right before that, the JumpScare where an officer walks up to a semi truck honking its horn and says "Hey, you wait like everybody else, pal!" Cue the
''only'' time Joker popping up from the passenger seat loses his cool and blasting the officer with a shotgun, with almost no warning for you.
*** Another happens during his fight with Batman where Joker runs towards him when Batman is looking through the sonar vision, accompanied by a loud screeching sound.
** Followed by his idea of "tryouts", which involves breaking a pool cue and placing it on the ground in front of three potential recruits. What happens could be that A) the guy who grabs it and kills the other two gets to work for the Joker, or B) in a twist on a game of SpinTheBottle, the guy the cue lands on is the one who doesn't get a bullet in his head.
** One of the most unsettling leitmotifs in film history is The Joker's: it's a subtle build-up of a single violin, but one that's horribly out-of-tune, as other violins join in as it gets louder,
stops acting like a buzzing insect that won't leave your ears...
"The Joker."
** The Joker's [[MultipleChoicePast backstories]], [[UnreliableNarrator little WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied speech.
--> "Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick, you can't savor all 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 are mutually exclusive and likely not true,]] nevertheless reveal of them were cowards?"
** The defining moment for
the depth of Joker was standing in the Joker's madness by creating frightful but plausible scenarios that sound like they'd drive anyone mad...
* [[spoiler:The burnt half of Harvey Dent's face,]] especially when we first see it. Also counts
street as {{Squick}}. You can the Batpod race towards him muttering "Come on, come on, I want you to do it, I want you to do it." He is utterly prepared to actually see his jaw bones, and die just to corrupt the Batman. After that, you realize that there was really no stopping him.
*** And when Batman avoids him and is knocked unconscious as he crashes? The Joker turns around, looks bored for a minute, then flicks a switchblade out from his pocket and starts towards him. Thank god [[spoiler:Gordon intervened]] because let's ''not'' think about what the Joker had in mind if he hadn't been stopped.
** As seen in the page picture, the Batman wannabe being hung from the building. It only gets noticed when it swings down from off-screen and [[JumpScare slams into the window]].
* The Joker pales in comparison to Two-Face's scar-ified half of his face. ''What'' is keeping his '''EYEBALL''' in the '''SOCKET!?'''
** The first iterations of Two-face were more realistic, with less extensive damage; test audiences actually found the more subdued, realistic damage to be so unsettling, to the point of unintentional NauseaFuel, that the Two-Face we currently see was used instead.
** The optic nerve and the eye muscles, which apparently did not receive any damage from the fire, since he can move his
left eye looks rather creepy.
just as well as the right one.
** The worst part about Two-Face was when he [[spoiler: kidnapped Gordon's family, and Commissioner Gordon, whom many tropers strongly identify as a father figure, cried and begged helplessly for their lives.]] The thought of a father (whose job is being ''a policeman,'' no less) being unable to protect his children is just pure NightmareFuel, let alone AdultFear at it's finest.
-->'''Two-Face:''' Go ahead. Tell him it'll be alright. ''Lie.''
** It says a lot that, in a movie featuring the most terrifying version of the Joker ever, the scariest scene is one that he's not even in.
** How about where Batman drops the guy off the balcony and (presumably) shatters the guy's legs?
* Alfred's [[LetMeTellYouAStory speech]] about [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc the Burmese bandit]].
-->'''Alfred''':
speech]] on being in Burma, just because of how true it felt.
-->'''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 found anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away. \\
'''Bruce''':
away.
-->'''Bruce:'''
Then why steal them? \\
'''Alfred''':
them?
-->'''Alfred:'''
Because [[ForTheEvulz he thought it was good sport.]] sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. [[ChaoticEvil Some men just want to watch the world burn.]]
burn.
** And following this story, When Alfred and company later finishes the story with how they caught the bandit ''by burning bandit, he flatly states, "We burned the forest down." Who watched the world burn? ''Alfred did''. He was once a man so cold and unrelenting that he would burn everything around him out to get at his objective.
* Some premature FridgeHorror here, if that makes sense: as
of the forest''.
* When
end of ''The Dark Knight'', Gotham blames Batman is interrogating just as much as the Joker and learns for the events of the film, so much so that he's also they are willing to throw Batman to the dogs on the off-chance that the Joker will keep his word and leave Gotham. And now, as of the ''Rises'' trailer, the police department is now willing to forgive Batman of the murders he took credit for if he stops Bane. Not only is this a neat little parallel of the situation before, but more terrifyingly, consider the implications of them wanting to bring back Batman: [[AlwaysABiggerFish there is someone]] [[UpToEleven more terrifying and destructive than]] [[MonsterClown the]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]].
** Actually, Batman told Gordon to keep persecuting him and blaming Batman for the death of Harvey, so that the public won't be vulnerable to the corruption that would ensue.
* A fat lunatic complains of stomach pains and rants that the Joker told him that a light would come from his stomach in this [[PsychopathicManChild high, childish tone]]. [[spoiler:It comes out of his stomach all right...in the form of a bomb the Joker ''implanted inside of him'']].
* Three words: "Why so serious?"
* Harvey Dent screaming in silent agony in the hospital after realizing that
[[spoiler: kidnapped Rachel]] along with Rachel died]]. From there his SanitySlippage is evident, especially following SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's disturbing HannibalLecture on him.
** The Joker handing
Harvey Dent. Dent a gun and telling him to unleash chaos on the city, even holding the gun to his head in a further attempt to corrupt Dent.
* The Joker aims to destroy Gotham City from the inside out, and part of his "plan" involves corrupting the city's heroes
Batman goes ''nuts'', and begins really whaling on Harvey Dent by making their lives hell until they snap. Thankfully, he doesn't succeed with Batman. Harvey Dent, however...
* The songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDLG-pO87Oc&list=PL569070461A648D9D&index=7 A Little Push]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRYKyhof6b4&list=PL569070461A648D9D Watch
the Joker while screaming to tell him what World Burn]], which play when Harvey interrogates Thomas Schiff and when he's threatening Gordon's son. The first sounds like something right out of Film/BatmanBegins.
** Almost the entirety of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zyhQjJ5UgYthe
Joker's done with [[spoiler: them]], up to cracking Joker's head against a reinforced glass window so hard the window actually cracks. But the only thing this brutal beating does to Joker--the ''only'' thing--is make him laugh ''harder''. It's easily the single creepiest Joker moment in the movie.
-->'''Joker''': You have ''nothing'' to threaten me with! Nothing to do...with all your strength!
theme]].
19th Jul '16 8:25:35 AM DecafGrub47393
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in general, is arguably the most frightening villain in the trilogy. A sadistic, AxCrazy and unnecessarily evil nihilistic maniac whose actions are just '''ForTheEvulz'''. WordOfGod says that he is the most cruel, realistic and dark version of the Joker in film story.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in general, is arguably the most frightening villain in the trilogy. A sadistic, AxCrazy and unnecessarily evil nihilistic maniac whose actions are just '''ForTheEvulz'''. WordOfGod says that he is the most cruel, realistic and dark version of the Joker in film story.history.
5th Jun '16 10:39:36 PM SithPanda16
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16th Jan '16 4:46:29 PM fruitstripegum
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20268_6-movie-characters-you-didnt-know-died-horrible-deaths_p2.html As pointed out]] by ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', when the Joker burns his share of the cash, you're too busy watching Heath Ledger's incredible "let's see how loyal a hungry dog really is" performance to notice or remember, "hey wait, wasn't Lau on top of that pile at the beginning of this scene?"

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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20268_6-movie-characters-you-didnt-know-died-horrible-deaths_p2.html As pointed out]] by ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', when the Joker burns his share of the cash, you're too busy watching Heath Ledger's incredible "let's see how loyal a hungry dog really is" performance to notice or remember, "hey wait, wasn't Lau on top of that pile at the beginning of this scene?"scene?"
** In the novelization, Lau is unconscious near the bottom...and wakes up just as the flames reach him...
6th Dec '15 12:25:52 AM maxwellsilver
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** The Joker's [[RunningGag backstories]], [[UnreliableNarrator which are mutually exclusive and likely not true,]] nevertheless reveal the depth of the Joker's madness by creating frightful but plausible scenarios that sound like they'd drive anyone mad...

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** The Joker's [[RunningGag [[MultipleChoicePast backstories]], [[UnreliableNarrator which are mutually exclusive and likely not true,]] nevertheless reveal the depth of the Joker's madness by creating frightful but plausible scenarios that sound like they'd drive anyone mad...
11th Nov '15 10:58:13 AM ThallianGold
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** The Joker's [[RunningGag backstories]], [[UnreliableNarrator which are mutually exclusive and likely not true,]] nevertheless reveal the depth of the Joker's madness by creating frightful but plausible scenarios that sound like they'd drive anyone mad...
27th Sep '15 7:06:12 PM jedidarrick
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*** "'''''LOOK AT ME!'''''" These three words, arguably, are the scariest part of the movie. It's something of a JumpScare, given that all of Heath Ledger's lines are in a nasally Chicago accent, but he says the line with such terrifying force that it's impossible not to jump or cringe.

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*** ** "'''''LOOK AT ME!'''''" These three words, arguably, are the scariest part of the movie. It's something of a JumpScare, given that all of Heath Ledger's lines are in a nasally Chicago accent, but he says the line with such terrifying force that it's impossible not to jump or cringe.
12th Sep '15 2:27:42 PM gunslingerofgilead
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20268_6-movie-characters-you-didnt-know-died-horrible-deaths_p2.html As pointed out]] by ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', when the Joker burns his share of the cash, you're too busy watching Heath Ledger's incredible "let's see how hungry a loyal dog really is" performance to notice or remember, "hey wait, wasn't Lau on top of that pile at the beginning of this scene?"

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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20268_6-movie-characters-you-didnt-know-died-horrible-deaths_p2.html As pointed out]] by ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', when the Joker burns his share of the cash, you're too busy watching Heath Ledger's incredible "let's see how loyal a hungry a loyal dog really is" performance to notice or remember, "hey wait, wasn't Lau on top of that pile at the beginning of this scene?"
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