History Recap / BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing

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Seven years ago, then-councilman Hamilton Hill shared a subway seat with the humorless and bookish efficiency expert Temple Fugate, who literally lives every second of his life to a strict personal schedule. During their brief conversation, Fugate mentioned to Hill that there had been a large financial judgement placed against his company, with an important hearing on the matter scheduled later that day. If Fugate loses the appeal, he'll literally lose his company and his entire life's work. Hill, a lawyer himself, suggests that Fugate take a break from his usual routine and relax, maybe then he can make a more favorable impression on the Judge. Fugate is aghast at the notion of deviating from his sacred routine, but considering the stakes, he accepts Hill's advice and takes his daily 3:15 coffee break early.

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Seven years ago, then-councilman Hamilton Hill shared a subway seat with the humorless and bookish efficiency expert Temple Fugate, who literally lives every second of his life to a strict personal schedule. During their brief conversation, Fugate mentioned to Hill that there had been a large financial judgement placed against his company, with an important hearing on the matter scheduled later that day. If Fugate loses the appeal, he'll literally lose his company and his entire life's work. Hill, a lawyer himself, suggests that if Fugate take takes a break from his usual routine and relax, maybe then he can make a more favorable impression on the Judge. judge. Fugate is aghast at the notion of deviating from his sacred routine, but considering the stakes, he accepts Hill's advice and takes his daily 3:15 3:00 coffee break early.at 3:15.



Cut to present day Gotham, where now-Mayor Hill is on his way to dedicate a new subway station as part of his reelection campaign. Suddenly, the downtown traffic lights go haywire, they've been sabotaged... and that's only the first part of the plan to make sure this is the worst, most humiliating day Mayor Hill has ever experienced. Whose plan? None other than Temple Fugate's. And if it all goes to schedule, by 3:15 this afternoon, Hill won't even be ''alive''. Can Batman match wits with the greatest ScheduleFanatic the world has ever seen and unravel the clues before time runs out?

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Cut to present day present-day Gotham, where now-Mayor Hill is on his way to dedicate a new subway station as part of his reelection campaign. Suddenly, the downtown traffic lights go haywire, haywire; they've been sabotaged... and sabotaged--and that's only the first part of the plan to make sure this is the worst, most humiliating day Mayor Hill has ever experienced. Whose plan? None other than Temple Fugate's. And if it all goes to schedule, by 3:15 this afternoon, Hill won't even be ''alive''. Can Batman match wits with the greatest ScheduleFanatic the world has ever seen and unravel the clues before time runs out?



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* AdvantageBall: A middle-aged efficiency expert, fighting Batman? This should have been a CurbStompBattle, but Fugate has studied footage on Batman's fighting, so he knows [[LudicrousPrecision that it takes Batman exactly 1/20 of a second to throw a punch]]. As improbable as it sounds, Fugate manages to fight Batman to a standstill using BlockingStopsAllDamage, NonchalantDodge and DeadlyDodging
* AdviceBackfire: Fugate blamed Hill for giving him advice before his hearing, leading him to blame Hill for things going wrong.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Even before his StartOfDarkness, Fugate knew the exact place where the subway doors will open.
** Batman always appears in time to foil the EvilPlan, so he simply enacts it and waits for Batman to appear just so he can ''taunt'' him with a TrainEscape.

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* AdvantageBall: A middle-aged efficiency expert, fighting Batman? This should have been a CurbStompBattle, but Fugate has studied footage on Batman's fighting, so he knows [[LudicrousPrecision that it takes Batman exactly 1/20 of a second to throw a punch]]. As improbable as it sounds, Fugate manages to fight Batman to a standstill using BlockingStopsAllDamage, NonchalantDodge {{Nonchalant Dodge}}s, and DeadlyDodging
DeadlyDodging.
* AdviceBackfire: Fugate blamed blames Hill for giving him advice before his hearing, which he followed, leading him to blame Hill for things going wrong.a disastrous day.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: AwesomenessByAnalysis:
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Even before his StartOfDarkness, Fugate knew the exact place where the subway doors will would open.
** Batman always appears in time to foil the EvilPlan, so he Fugate simply enacts it and waits for Batman to appear just so he can ''taunt'' him with a TrainEscape.



'''Fugate:''' I think not, Batman. When it comes to clocks, ''I'' am king. [[GratuitousFrench En garde.]]
* BankRobbery: Invoked when Alfred informs Batman that there is one in progress in a bank with a ''time'' lock. Batman immediately deduces the perpetrator is the Clock King. The Clock King left all the money, he only wants to get Batman locked in the DeathTrap he set up in the vault.

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'''Fugate:''' I think not, Batman. When it comes to clocks, ''I'' am king. [[GratuitousFrench ''[[GratuitousFrench En garde.]]
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* BankRobbery: Invoked when Alfred informs Batman that there is one in progress in a bank with a ''time'' lock. Batman immediately deduces the perpetrator is the Clock King. The Clock King left all the money, Fugate doesn't actually steal any money; he only wants to get Batman locked in the DeathTrap he set up in the vault.



* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: When Fugate breaks his schedule so he can be more relaxed. Notice that when Fugate was at the park at 3:05, instead of in his office as he had planned, he was very nervous and waiting for certain doom. It's only ''when he dared to relax'' when the DisasterDominoes that would ruin his life started falling.
* ClockKing: Provides the page image.

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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: When Fugate breaks his schedule so he can be more relaxed. Notice that when Fugate was is at the park at 3:05, instead of in his office as he had planned, he was is very nervous and waiting for certain doom. It's only ''when he dared dares to relax'' when that the DisasterDominoes that would ruin his life started start falling.
* ClockKing: Provides The DCAU's version of the page image.TropeNamer, Fugate knows the schedule of the entire city; everything from the location of a train that's always early to the precise time it takes Batman to throw a punch.



* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Fugate never identifies himself as "the Clock King". (The closest he ever comes to it is his BadassBoast, noted above.) The only one who calls him that is Commissioner Gordon because of the MythologyGag earlier.
* ComplexityAddiction: The Clock King even surpasses the Riddler as an addict to overly complicated schemes, but he exhibited this trait even before becoming a supervillain. As efficiency expert Temple Fugate, he has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and at his office he has both a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk.

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* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Fugate never identifies himself as "the Clock King". King." (The closest he ever comes to it is his BadassBoast, noted above.) The only one who calls him that is Commissioner Gordon because of the MythologyGag earlier.
as a MythologyGag.
* ComplexityAddiction: The Clock King even surpasses the Riddler as an addict to overly complicated schemes, but he exhibited this trait even before becoming a supervillain. As efficiency expert Temple Fugate, he has a chain pocketwatch, pocketwatch and a wristwatch, and at his office he has both a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk.



* ContinuityNod: The paper Bruce was reading has a photograph of someone who seems like Maven, Selina Kyle's assistant, with a cat that seems like Isis, both from the episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE15TheCatAndTheClawPart1 "The Cat and the Claw"]]. The header says: "''Kolus cat saved''".

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* ContinuityNod: The paper Bruce was is reading has a photograph of someone who seems like Maven, Selina Kyle's assistant, with a cat that seems like Isis, both from the episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE15TheCatAndTheClawPart1 "The Cat and the Claw"]]. The header says: "''Kolus headline says, "Kolus cat saved''".saved."



--->'''Fugate:''' ''I've studied news footage of you. [[LudicrousPrecision I know that it takes you exactly 1/20 of a second to throw a punch.]] ''
** Batman gets out-CrazyPrepared at one point when Fugate knew he'd have a gas mask, so he uses a bomb that removes air, not poisons it.

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--->'''Fugate:''' ''I've I've studied news footage of you. [[LudicrousPrecision I know that it takes you exactly 1/20 of a second to throw a punch.]] ''
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** Batman gets out-CrazyPrepared at one point when Fugate knew he'd have a gas mask, so he uses a bomb pump that removes air, not poisons instead of poisoning it.



* CutLexLuthorACheck: Despite the fact that Fugate lost everything in appeal for twenty million dollars against his company seven years before the present time, for his revenge scheme he has enough money to buy bombs, an AbandonedWarehouse SupervillainLair, and uses at least two pocket watches valued at an estimated $600,000 apiece as weapons as if they were completely disposable. Justified because he never suffers MotiveDecay in his revenge plot, but it still makes it plain that he's gone off the deep end.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: Despite the fact that Fugate lost everything in appeal a judgment for twenty million dollars against his company seven years before the present time, for his revenge scheme he has enough money to buy bombs, bombs and an AbandonedWarehouse SupervillainLair, and uses at least two pocket watches valued at an estimated $600,000 $6,000 apiece as weapons as if they were completely disposable. Justified because he never suffers MotiveDecay in his revenge plot, but it still makes it plain that he's gone off the deep end.



** The second one is put the victim in between the hands of a ClockTower.
* DisasterDominoes: Fugate fears he'll be ruined if he loses his legal hearing. When he breaks his schedule and dares to relax, he gets hit by a ball some children were playing with, a DramaticWind blows up the papers he needs for his hearing, and a playful dog accidentally gets him to fall into a park fountain. While he's physically unscathed by it all, he still ends up late to court and loses.

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** The second one is put the victim in between the hands of a ClockTower.
ClockTower, when they come together at 3:15 on May 12th--the precise time and date that everything went wrong for Fugate, seven years earlier.
* DisasterDominoes: Fugate fears he'll be ruined if he loses his legal hearing. When he breaks his schedule and dares to relax, he gets hit by a ball some children were playing with, a DramaticWind blows up away the papers he needs for his hearing, and a playful dog accidentally gets him to fall into a park fountain. While he's physically unscathed by it all, he still ends up late to court and loses.



* EmotionsVsStoicism: Fugate is TheStoic who cannot understand his fellow human beings. When Hill advises him to break his schedule, he intends to make Fugate [[EmotionsVsStoicism less stoic and more emotional]]. This [[GoneHorriblyRight Goes Horribly Right]] because Hill's advice backfired and Fugate starts his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Hill.

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* EmotionsVsStoicism: Fugate is TheStoic who cannot understand his fellow human beings. When Hill advises him to break his schedule, he intends to make Fugate [[EmotionsVsStoicism less stoic and more emotional]]. This [[GoneHorriblyRight Goes Horribly Right]] because Hill's advice backfired backfires and Fugate starts his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Hill.



** Clock King left a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat message to Batman with a JustBetweenYouAndMe speech that ends with YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive. Except it's just [[BondVillainStupidity given Batman the clues he needs to get out of it in time]].

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** Clock King left leaves a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat message to Batman with a JustBetweenYouAndMe speech that ends with YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive. Except it's it just [[BondVillainStupidity given gives Batman the clues he needs to get out of it in time]].



* ExploitedTrope: Temple Fugate is a sociopath whose only interest in the world as a ScheduleFanatic are ''clocks and time'': he timed a TimeBomb with a very expensive ''watch'', has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy ''Clocks'', and tries a BankRobbery with a ''time lock''. [[spoiler:All those tropes were exploited to get Batman LuredIntoATrap: Fugate knows about his obsession, instead of trying to stop it he uses it against his enemies. The real]] EvilPlan is to use the ''clock hands'' of a ClockTower to crush someone to death.

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* ExploitedTrope: Temple Fugate is a sociopath whose only interest in the world as a ScheduleFanatic are ''clocks and time'': he timed a TimeBomb with a very expensive ''watch'', has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy ''Clocks'', and tries a BankRobbery with a ''time lock''. [[spoiler:All those tropes were are exploited to get Batman LuredIntoATrap: Fugate knows about his obsession, and instead of trying to stop it he uses it against his enemies. The real]] EvilPlan is to use the ''clock hands'' of a ClockTower to crush someone to death.



* GambitRoulette: As meticulous as Fugate is, there is a LOT that could go wrong with his plans.
* GasChamber: Clock King traps Batman in a bank vault with a vacuum pump that's rapidly sucking in the available air. (Clock King is smart enough to point out that he knows Batman [[CrazyPrepared would carry a gas mask with him]], so he's opted to just remove ''everything''). It's also [[TimeBomb wired to blow]] if it's picked up to try and prevent Bats from fiddling with it.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Hill's advice to Fugate tried to make him [[EmotionsVsStoicism less stoic and more emotional]]. ''It worked''. Seven years later, the only emotional activity Fugate indulges is trying to make Hill look like a fool, and then kill him.
* GratuitousFrench: The Clock King loves it: ''Adieu'', ''En garde!', 'Au contraire''.

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* GambitRoulette: As meticulous as Fugate is, there is a LOT ''lot'' that could go wrong with his plans.
* GasChamber: The Clock King traps Batman in a bank vault with a vacuum pump that's rapidly sucking in away the available air. (Clock King (Fugate is smart enough to point out that he knows Batman [[CrazyPrepared would carry a gas mask with him]], so he's opted to just remove ''everything''). It's also [[TimeBomb wired to blow]] blow if it's picked up to try and prevent Bats from fiddling with it.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Hill's advice to Fugate tried to make him [[EmotionsVsStoicism less stoic and more emotional]]. ''It worked''. worked.'' Seven years later, the only emotional activity Fugate indulges is trying to make Hill look like a fool, and then kill him.
* GratuitousFrench: The Clock King loves it: ''Adieu'', ''En garde!', 'Au contraire''.''"Adieu," "En garde!" "Au contraire."''



* {{Idiosyncrazy}}: Temple Fugate is TheSociopath without any emotion, whose only interest in the world is being a ScheduleFanatic, clocks and time: he uses a TimeBomb triggered by an expensive watch, has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy Clocks, and conducts a BankRobbery by messing with a time lock. All those tropes were exploited to lure Batman into a trap: Fugate acknowledges his obsession and uses it against his enemies. The real EvilPlan is to kill someone in a ClockTower with the clock hands.
* ImplausibleSynchrony: Before his StartOfDarkness, efficiency expert Temple Fugate has four watches.[[note]]Fugate has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and in his office he has a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk[[/note]] Being as obsessed with time as he is, it's not that implausible that they have the same time.

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* {{Idiosyncrazy}}: Temple Fugate is TheSociopath without any emotion, whose only interest in the world is being a ScheduleFanatic, clocks and time: he uses a TimeBomb triggered by an expensive watch, has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy Clocks, and conducts a BankRobbery by messing with a time lock. All those tropes were are exploited to lure Batman into a trap: Fugate acknowledges his obsession and uses it against his enemies. The real EvilPlan is to kill someone in a ClockTower with the clock hands.
* ImplausibleSynchrony: Before his StartOfDarkness, efficiency expert Temple Fugate has four watches.[[note]]Fugate has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and in his office he has a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk[[/note]] desk.[[/note]] Being as obsessed with time as he is, it's not that implausible that they have the same time.



** Compare the scenes where Fugate was being a MeanBoss and when the Judge gave him NoSympathy for being late.
** Also invoked by Fugate: The DistantPrologue shows that Hillís AdviceBackfire was given at the SubwaysSuck. Seven years later Gotham Central Stationís speakers will lampshade Hillís incompetence just before the SinisterSubway scene.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Fugate left a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat speech where he outlines his Evil Plan (the DeathTrap) to the Batman ''including information on how to stop it exactly when Batman needs to hear it''.
* JustInTime: The Clock King wants revenge against Gotham's Mayor, but he knows that Batman always appears in time to stop the villains. So he begins his plan [[LudicrousPrecision 6 hours (and 20 minutes)]] earlier, so he can trap Batman and get revenge on Hill. Unfortunately, Clock King's own BondVillainStupidity ruins his plan, and Batman saves mayor Hill in a BigDamnHeroes moment. Lampshaded by Fugate:

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** Compare the scenes where Fugate was is being a MeanBoss and when the Judge gave judge gives him NoSympathy for being late.
** Also invoked by Fugate: The DistantPrologue shows that Hillís AdviceBackfire was given at the SubwaysSuck. aboard a [[SubwaysSuck Sucky Subway]]. Seven years later Gotham Central Stationís speakers will lampshade Hillís incompetence just before the SinisterSubway scene.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Fugate left leaves a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat speech where he outlines his Evil Plan (the DeathTrap) to the Batman Batman, ''including information on how to stop it exactly when Batman needs to hear it''.
it''.
* JustInTime: The Clock King wants revenge against Gotham's Mayor, but he knows that Batman always appears in time to stop the villains. So he begins his plan [[LudicrousPrecision 6 hours (and 20 minutes)]] earlier, so he can trap Batman and get revenge on Hill. Unfortunately, Clock King's own BondVillainStupidity ruins his plan, and Batman saves mayor Mayor Hill in a BigDamnHeroes moment. Lampshaded by Fugate:



* MeaningfulName / PropheticNames / StevenUlyssesPerhero: ''Temple Fugate'' sounds a lot like ''Tempus Fugit'' ([[AltumVidetur latin for "Time Flies"]]).
* MisplacedRetribution: Rather than blaming, say, the person suing him, or the judge who upheld the conviction despite Fugate's tardiness being clearly the result of an accident, Fugate ends up blaming the whole incident on Hill, whose only crime was trying to help him.

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* MeaningfulName / PropheticNames / StevenUlyssesPerhero: ''Temple Fugate'' sounds a lot like ''Tempus Fugit'' ''tempus fugit'' ([[AltumVidetur latin Latin for "Time Flies"]]).
"time flies"]]).
* MisplacedRetribution: Rather than blaming, say, the person suing him, or the judge who upheld the conviction ruling despite Fugate's tardiness being clearly the result of an accident, Fugate ends up blaming the whole incident on Hill, whose only crime was trying to help him.



* MythologyGag: Let's admit that "the Clock King" is a AtrociousAlias. So Fugate, who is NotWearingTights, who averts all the tropes under the EvilMakeover and [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse who looks just like everyone else]] [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames never uses that codename]].
** However, it's the episode title, so they work this:

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
**
Let's admit that "the Clock King" is a AtrociousAlias. So Fugate, who is NotWearingTights, who averts all the tropes under the EvilMakeover EvilMakeover, and [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse who looks just like everyone else]] else]], [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames never uses that codename]].
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codename]]. However, it's the episode title, so they work this:



'''Fugate:''' ''Don't count on it, Batman. When it comes to'' '''clocks''', ''I am'' '''king.''' ''[[GratuitousFrench En garde!]]''
** Later, Commissioner Gordon will say:
--->'''Gordon:''' No trace of this Clock King, though.
* MustacheVandalism: One of Fugate's more benign attacks on Hill was to display a giant defaced poster of Hill after drawing a crowd onto the street by sabotaging the traffic signals.

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'''Fugate:''' ''Don't Don't count on it, Batman. When it comes to'' '''clocks''', ''I am'' '''king.''' to ''clocks'', I am ''king.'' ''[[GratuitousFrench En garde!]]''
** Later, Commissioner Gordon will say:
--->'''Gordon:'''
Later:
--->'''Commissioner Gordon:'''
No trace of this Clock King, though.
* MustacheVandalism: One of Fugate's more benign attacks on Hill was is to display a giant defaced poster of Hill after drawing a crowd onto the street by sabotaging the traffic signals.



* NeverFoundTheBody: Commissioner Gordon remarks to Batman at the end that his men have been unable to find any trace of Fugate in the rubble after their fight. They're both a bit too smart to write Fugate off as dead (Batman says that if ''he'' could get out, then Fugate could), even though Gordon says he [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat can't imagine how anyone could have survived]] the tower collapse. (Batman is right of course; Fugate returns for a sequel in a later episode.)
* NeverMyFault: The FloatingAdviceReminder establishes that even when Hill gave Fugate that advice, it was Fugate's decision to follow it.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Fugate tampers with traffic lights causing crashes all over downtown Gotham, gasses the employees of a bank, and causes a deliberate subway crash only to make Mayor Hill look incompetent. It's lampshaded that all those antics, implausibly, didn't result in any death.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Commissioner Gordon remarks to Batman at the end that his men have been unable to find any trace of Fugate in the rubble after their fight. They're both a bit too smart to write Fugate off as dead (Batman says that if ''he'' could get out, then Fugate could), even though Gordon says he [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat can't imagine how anyone could have survived]] the tower collapse. (Batman is right of course; Fugate returns for a sequel in a later episode.)
* NeverMyFault: The FloatingAdviceReminder establishes that even when Hill gave Fugate that advice, it was Fugate's decision to follow it.
it (and his own idea to go outside, where all the problems occurred).
* NoEndorHolocaust: Fugate tampers with traffic lights lights, causing crashes all over downtown Gotham, gasses the employees of a bank, and causes a deliberate subway crash only to make Mayor Hill look incompetent. It's lampshaded that all those antics, implausibly, didn't don't result in any death.



--->'''Fugate:''' You of all people should know, Batman... There's always a way out!
** When Gordon doubts that Fugate survived, Batman tells him that if ''he'' could have gotten out, then Fugate could have, saying "it's only a matter of time" before he reappears. And it turned out that Batman was right. Fugate did survive, and made a return appearance in a later episode.

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--->'''Fugate:''' You of all people should know, Batman... There's there's always a way out!
** When Gordon doubts that Fugate survived, Batman tells him that if ''he'' could have gotten out, then Fugate could have, saying "it's only a matter of time" before he reappears. And it turned out that Batman was is right. Fugate did survive, and made makes a return appearance in a later episode.



* NoSympathy: Temple Fugate arrives late to his hearing and the judge rules against him for being tardy, even when Fugateís clothes were visibly soaked and torn and he was obviously distressed. You'd think he'd at least want an explanation before making any kind of ruling. Furthermore, the lawyer present just shrugs his shoulders and retires instead of making any kind of objection. Justified because Fugate himself was earlier shown being just as heartless to his employees, this could just be karma coming home to roost.

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* NoSympathy: Temple Fugate arrives late to his hearing and the judge rules against him for being tardy, even when Fugateís clothes were are visibly soaked and torn and he was is obviously distressed. You'd think he'd at least want an explanation before making any kind of ruling. Furthermore, the lawyer present just shrugs his shoulders and retires instead of making any kind of objection. Justified because Fugate himself was earlier shown being just as heartless to his employees, so this could just be karma coming home to roost.



'''Fugate:''' (''he grinds his teeth while the subway wheels grind by slowly stopping, [[EmpathicEnvironment giving the illusion that the noise is caused by Fugate]]'') [[SeriousBusiness But my schedule!]]
* NotWearingTights: Temple Fugate was a SharpDressedMan before his StartOfDarkness. After he becomes the Clock King, he averts all the tropes at the EvilMakeover indice and commits crimes [[BadassInANiceSuit in a nice brown business suit]].

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'''Fugate:''' (''he grinds ''[grinds his teeth while the subway wheels grind by slowly stopping, to a halt, [[EmpathicEnvironment giving the illusion that the noise is caused by Fugate]]'') Fugate]]]'' [[SeriousBusiness But my schedule!]]
* NotWearingTights: Temple Fugate was a SharpDressedMan before his StartOfDarkness. After he becomes the Clock King, he averts all the tropes at the EvilMakeover indice index and commits crimes [[BadassInANiceSuit in a nice brown business suit]].



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Temple Fugate announces to his secretary, Ms. Perkins, that he will take his coffee break out of office. Ms. Perkins shocked reaction shows us that this is something Fugate just ''doesn't'' do.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: The TimeBomb that will suck all the air from the vault Batman is trapped has a countdown of 15:00:00. Batman escapes with 00:03:00 left.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Temple Fugate announces to his secretary, Ms. Perkins, that he will take his coffee break out of the office. Ms. Perkins Perkins' shocked reaction shows us that this is something Fugate just ''doesn't'' do.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: The TimeBomb that will suck all the air from the vault Batman is trapped has a countdown of 15:00:00.15:00:00 (that's 15 minutes with LudicrousPrecision, not 15 hours). Batman escapes with 00:03:00 left.



* RightOnTheTick: Justified. [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Why doesn't he just shoot Mayor Hill?]] Because his whole motivation is to be ''on time''. He prepares a DeathTrap by tying Hill to the hands of a ClockTower that will crush him at 3:15. Hill's death is not enough; it has to be RightOnTheTick. There is also the train Hill wants to show; it has to arrive precisely at 2:30 on the dot for him to look good for the press.

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* RightOnTheTick: Justified. [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Why doesn't he just shoot Mayor Hill?]] Because his whole motivation is to be ''on time''. He prepares a DeathTrap by tying Hill to the hands of a ClockTower that will crush him at 3:15. 3:15 (the time Hill told him to move his coffee break, which [[FelonyMisdemeanor made him late]]). Hill's death is not enough; it has to be RightOnTheTick.Right on the Tick. There is also the train Hill wants to show; it has to arrive precisely at 2:30 on the dot for him to look good for the press.



* RoomFullOfCrazy: Exploited. When Batman finds Fugate's AbandonedWarehouse, he enters into a RoomFullOfCrazy Clocks, all of them displaying a different hour, data about the Gotham Clock Tower, the subway, and a poster of Mayor Hill's MalevolentMugshot with MustacheVandalism with the legend "[[TakeThat Time for a change]]". All of those are relevant to the plot, but it turns out Fugate isn't crazy, they're all clues to lure Batman into a DeathTrap by making him ''think'' Fugate isn't as mentally sharp as he really turns out to be.

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* RoomFullOfCrazy: Exploited. When Batman finds Fugate's AbandonedWarehouse, he enters into a RoomFullOfCrazy Clocks, all of them displaying a different hour, data about the Gotham Clock Tower, the subway, and a poster of Mayor Hill's MalevolentMugshot with MustacheVandalism with the legend "[[TakeThat Time for a change]]". change]]." All of those are relevant to the plot, but it turns out Fugate isn't crazy, they're all clues to lure Batman into a DeathTrap by making him ''think'' Fugate isn't as mentally sharp as he really turns out to be.



** The Judge that rules against him only for being late also applies; even if their roles were reversed, it probably would have played out the same.
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick: Bruce Wayne manages to put on his Batman costume while running up a flight of stairs in a public building... Only the chaos in the street from Fugate's sabotage can excuse no-one seeing him.

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** The Judge judge that rules against him only for being late also applies; even if their roles were reversed, it probably would have played out the same.
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick: Bruce Wayne manages to put on his Batman costume while running up a flight of stairs in a public building...building. Only the chaos in the street from Fugate's sabotage can excuse no-one seeing him.



* ShutUpKirk: Fugate gives one to Batman after they discover that the Clock King has a MisplacedRetribution against Mayor Hill. The answer could sound crazy to a normal person, but Clock King is TheSociopath ScheduleFanatic. Being punctual is all that he cares.

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* ShutUpKirk: Fugate gives one to Batman after they discover that the Clock King has a MisplacedRetribution against Mayor Hill. The answer could sound crazy to a normal person, but Clock King is TheSociopath ScheduleFanatic. Being punctual is all that he cares.cares about.



* SinisterSubway: Gotham citizens first laugh at Mayor Hill when the ceremonial first train to Gotham Central Station doesn't arrive when he announces it. Then they hear Fugate's voice asking them to "clear the platform", and the lights of two trains at once appear. [[OhCrap Everyone panics]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Fugate sincerely thinks that the guy who shares his seat at the subway after one year had to know his name, or that Counselor Hill knows his impending legal case simply because his law firm is handling it, or that he gave the AdviceBackfire on purpose. That may be more his LackOfEmpathy preventing him from realising that someone else's mind might work differently from his own; Fugate (evidently) does know the name of the person sitting opposite him on the subway, and it's not a stretch to imagine that someone like him would know every detail of what everyone in his company is doing, and wouldn't give advice without carefully thinking through every conceivable ramification of it.
* TheSociopath: It's implied Temple Fugate is a high-functioning one.

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* SinisterSubway: Gotham citizens first laugh at Mayor Hill when the ceremonial first train to Gotham Central Station doesn't arrive when he announces it. Then they hear Fugate's voice asking them to "clear the platform", platform," and the lights of two trains at once appear. [[OhCrap Everyone panics]].
panics.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Fugate sincerely thinks that the guy who shares his seat at the subway after one every day for a year had has to know his name, or that Counselor Hill knows his impending legal case simply because his law firm is handling it, or that he gave the AdviceBackfire on purpose. That may be more his LackOfEmpathy preventing him from realising that someone else's mind might work differently from his own; Fugate (evidently) does know the name of the person sitting opposite him on the subway, and it's not a stretch to imagine that someone like him would know every detail of what everyone in his company is doing, and wouldn't give advice without carefully thinking through every conceivable ramification of it.
* TheSociopath: It's implied Temple Fugate is a high-functioning one.one (much less high-functioning after his StartOfDarkness).



* StrollingThroughTheChaos: Fugate can easily walk into the ClockworksArea of the ClockTower without showing vertigo, while Batman slips and fails. He even can do it when the ClockTower [[CollapsingLair collapses]].

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* StrollingThroughTheChaos: Fugate can easily walk into the ClockworksArea of the ClockTower without showing vertigo, because he's memorized the motions of all of the gears and synchronizes his movements to them, while Batman slips and fails.falls. He even can do it when the ClockTower [[CollapsingLair collapses]].



* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Fugate's tape perfectly predicted what Batman would do when he hears Fugate's JustBetweenYouAndMe speech, down to the second:
-->'''Fugate:''' (''on tape'') [[StockPhrases Sorry I couldn't be with you in person, Batman, but I've got a train to catch]]. This box contains a high-speed vacuum pump. I know you've got all kind of gas masks, so I'm putting you out of my misery by simply removing all the oxygen from the room. [[RaceAgainstTheClock The process will take fifteen minutes...]]\\
(''Batman takes a torch from his belt and points it at the door'')\\

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* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Fugate's tape perfectly predicted predicts what Batman would do does when he hears Fugate's JustBetweenYouAndMe speech, down to the second:
-->'''Fugate:''' (''on tape'') ''[on tape]'' [[StockPhrases Sorry I couldn't be with you in person, Batman, but I've got a train to catch]]. catch.]] This box contains a high-speed vacuum pump. I know you've got all kind of gas masks, so I'm putting you out of my misery by simply removing all the oxygen from the room. [[RaceAgainstTheClock The process will take fifteen minutes...]]\\
(''Batman ''[Batman takes a torch from his belt and points it at the door'')\\door]''\\



(''Batman puts the torch away and approaches the pump box'')\\

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(''Batman ''[Batman puts the torch away and approaches the pump box'')\\box]''\\



-->'''Hill:''' [[AdviceBackfire Forget your schedule for one day]]. Believe me, [[CreateYourOwnVillain it will make a new man out of you]].
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Fugate is the only self-created supervillain in the series to avoid the tropes in the EvilMakeover index. Aside from his GadgetWatches and a CoolSword that resembles a clock hand, he's just a BadassInANiceSuit. And in this episode, [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames he never calls himself the]] Clock King and responds to his name as if he were a normal guy.
* TrainEscape: Clock King uses this trick to make a dramatic exit after his first face-to-face encounter with Batman.

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-->'''Hill:''' [[AdviceBackfire Forget your schedule for one day]]. day.]] Believe me, [[CreateYourOwnVillain it will make a new man out of you]].
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Fugate is the only self-created supervillain in the series to avoid the tropes in the EvilMakeover index. Aside from his GadgetWatches and a CoolSword that resembles a clock hand, he's just a BadassInANiceSuit. And in this episode, [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames he never calls himself the]] the Clock King King]] and responds to his name as if he were a normal guy.
* TrainEscape: The Clock King uses this trick to make a dramatic exit after his first face-to-face encounter with Batman.



* VillainBall: Clock King uses a TimeBomb to suck all the air out of a GasChamber, when he could have used an instant TimeBomb to kill Batman immediately, and pulls BondVillainStupidity by [[JustBetweenYouAndMe explaining to Batman how to foil his trap.]]
* WeNeedADistraction: Fugate's "Distractions" include tampering with the city traffic system and causing a subway crash, acts that could quite reasonably be considered a main plot in of themselves.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: All of Fugates plans work swimmingly, except for the final (and most important): Killing Mayor Hill.

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* VillainBall: The Clock King uses a TimeBomb to suck all the air out of a GasChamber, when he could have used an instant TimeBomb to kill Batman immediately, and pulls BondVillainStupidity by [[JustBetweenYouAndMe explaining to Batman how to foil his trap.]]
* WeNeedADistraction: Fugate's "Distractions" "distractions" include tampering with the city traffic system and causing a subway crash, acts that could quite reasonably be considered a main plot in and of themselves.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: All of Fugates plans work swimmingly, except for the final last (and most important): Killing killing Mayor Hill.



--->'''Fugate:''' ...Of course, if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine with me. Either way, it's time to say [[GratuitousFrench adieu]], Batman.

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--->'''Fugate:''' ...Of course, if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine with me. Either way, it's time to say [[GratuitousFrench adieu]], ''[[GratuitousFrench adieu]]'', Batman.



--->'''Fugate:''' Comfortable, Hill? Well, you won't be for long. At 3:15 on the dot, [[DescendingCeiling those hands will come together and you'll be crushed like an insect]].
*** Interesting to note is that Fugate, known for his LudicrousPrecision, actually got the math ''wrong'' here. Between every two sequential numbers on a clock, there are 4 tick marks, and since a clock takes 60 minutes to go from one number to the next, that means every 12 minutes, the hour hand moves to the next tick mark. So at 3:12, the clock's hour hand would have moved to the next tick mark, and thus '''the hands wouldn't have fully closed together until 3:16. ''The ScheduleFanatic was off by a single minute.''' ''

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--->'''Fugate:''' Comfortable, Hill? Well, you won't be for long. At 3:15 on the dot, [[DescendingCeiling those hands will come together and you'll be crushed like an insect]].
*** Interesting to note is that
insect]].[[note]]Interestingly, Fugate, known for his LudicrousPrecision, actually got gets the math ''wrong'' here. Between every two sequential numbers on a clock, there are 4 tick marks, and since a clock takes 60 minutes to go from one number to the next, that means every 12 minutes, the hour hand moves to the next tick mark. So at 3:12, the clock's hour hand would have moved to the next tick mark, and thus '''the the hands wouldn't have fully closed together until 3:16. ''The ScheduleFanatic was off by a single minute.''' ''
''[[/note]]
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* SinisterSubway: Gotham citizens first laugh at Mayor Hill when the ceremonial first train to Gotham Central Station doesn't arrive when he announces it. Then they hear Fugate's voice asking them to "clear the platform", and the lights of two trains at one appear. [[OhCrap Everyone panics]].

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* SinisterSubway: Gotham citizens first laugh at Mayor Hill when the ceremonial first train to Gotham Central Station doesn't arrive when he announces it. Then they hear Fugate's voice asking them to "clear the platform", and the lights of two trains at one once appear. [[OhCrap Everyone panics]].
22nd Mar '17 8:14:34 PM Gamermaster
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* FelonyMisdemeanour: Killing a man because he recommended you to relax, which wound up making you late? That's this trope alright; it's even lampshaded:

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* FelonyMisdemeanour: FelonyMisdemeanor: Killing a man because he recommended you to relax, which wound up making you late? That's this trope alright; it's even lampshaded:
22nd Mar '17 8:11:59 PM Gamermaster
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** Batman is one of the best martial artists in the world thanks to his training. But Fugate fights him to a standstill, [managing to avoid his punches, simply by having extensively studied news footage of Batman fighting.

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** Batman is one of the best martial artists in the world thanks to his training. But Fugate fights him to a standstill, [managing managing to avoid his punches, simply by having extensively studied news footage of Batman fighting.
11th Feb '17 2:53:15 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ExploitedTrope: Temple Fugate is a sociopath whose only interest in the world as a ScheduleFanatic are ''clocks and time'': he timed a TimeBomb with a very expensive ''watch'', has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy ''Clocks'', and tries a BankRobbery with a ''time lock''. [[spoiler:All those tropes were exploited to get Batman LuredIntoATrap: Fugate knows about his obsession, instead of trying to stop it he uses it against his enemies. The real]] EvilPlan is to use the ''clock hands'' of a ClockTower to crush someone to death.
* FelonyMisdemeanour: Killing a man because he recommended you to relax, which wound up making you late? That's this trope alright; it's even lampshaded:
-->'''Batman:''' Give it up, Fugate. Hill committed no crime against you.\\
'''Clock King:''' He did worse. He made me late!



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Batman uses the tape Fugate left him to escape his DeathTrap.



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat:
** Right before Fugate seems to die as the clock tower starts to collapse:
--->'''Fugate:''' You of all people should know, Batman... There's always a way out!
** When Gordon doubts that Fugate survived, Batman tells him that if ''he'' could have gotten out, then Fugate could have, saying "it's only a matter of time" before he reappears. And it turned out that Batman was right. Fugate did survive, and made a return appearance in a later episode.



* NoSympathy: Temple Fugate arrives late to his hearing and the judge rules against him for being tardy, even when Fugateís clothes were visibly soaked and torn and he was obviously distressed. You'd think he'd at least want an explanation before making any kind of ruling. Furthermore, the lawyer present just shrugs his shoulders and retires instead of making any kind of objection. Justified because Fugate himself was earlier shown being just as heartless to his employees, this could just be karma coming home to roost.
-->'''Fugate:''' No! You can't! I'll be ruined!!\\
'''Judge:''' Then perhaps this will teach you to be on time for a change.



* NoSympathy: Temple Fugate arrives late to his hearing and the judge rules against him for being tardy, even when Fugateís clothes were visibly soaked and torn and he was obviously distressed. You'd think he'd at least want an explanation before making any kind of ruling. Furthermore, the lawyer present just shrugs his shoulders and retires instead of making any kind of objection. Justified because Fugate himself was earlier shown being just as heartless to his employees, this could just be karma coming home to roost.
-->'''Fugate:''' No! You can't! I'll be ruined!!\\
'''Judge:''' Then perhaps this will teach you to be on time for a change.


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* UnwantedAssistance: Mayor Hill pleads that he was just trying to help when he is confronted by the Clock King, who had his StartOfDarkness thanks to the mayor.
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* JustTryingToHelp: Mayor Hill uses this as his defense when he is confronted by the Clock King.
31st Aug '16 10:29:32 PM Gorank
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* ImplausibleSynchrony: Before his StartOfDarkness, efficiency expert Temple Fugate has four watches.[[note]] Fugate has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and in his office he has a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk[[/note]] Being as obsessed with time as he is, it's not that implausible that they have the same time.

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* ImplausibleSynchrony: Before his StartOfDarkness, efficiency expert Temple Fugate has four watches.[[note]] Fugate [[note]]Fugate has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and in his office he has a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk[[/note]] Being as obsessed with time as he is, it's not that implausible that they have the same time.



* MisplacedRetribution: Rather than blaming, say, the person suing him, or the judge who upheld the conviction despite Fugate's tardiness being clearly the result of an accident, Fugate ends up blaming the whole incident on Hill, who's only crime was trying to help him.

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* MisplacedRetribution: Rather than blaming, say, the person suing him, or the judge who upheld the conviction despite Fugate's tardiness being clearly the result of an accident, Fugate ends up blaming the whole incident on Hill, who's whose only crime was trying to help him.
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* NeverFoundTheBody: Commissioner Gordon remarks to Batman at the end that his men have been unable to find any trace of Fugate in the rubble after their fight. They're both a bit too genre savvy to write Fugate off as dead (Batman says that if ''he'' could get out, then Fugate could), even though Gordon says he [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat can't imagine how anyone could have survived]] the tower collapse. (Batman is right of course; Fugate returns for a sequel in a later episode.)

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Commissioner Gordon remarks to Batman at the end that his men have been unable to find any trace of Fugate in the rubble after their fight. They're both a bit too genre savvy smart to write Fugate off as dead (Batman says that if ''he'' could get out, then Fugate could), even though Gordon says he [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat can't imagine how anyone could have survived]] the tower collapse. (Batman is right of course; Fugate returns for a sequel in a later episode.)



-->'''Fugate:''' (''on tape'') [[StockPhrases Sorry I couldn't be with you in person, Batman, but I've got a train to catch]]. This box contains a high-speed vacuum pump. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy I know you've got all kind of gas masks, so I'm putting you out of my misery by simply removing all the oxygen from the room]]. [[RaceAgainstTheClock The process will take fifteen minutes...]]\\

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-->'''Fugate:''' (''on tape'') [[StockPhrases Sorry I couldn't be with you in person, Batman, but I've got a train to catch]]. This box contains a high-speed vacuum pump. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy I know you've got all kind of gas masks, so I'm putting you out of my misery by simply removing all the oxygen from the room]].room. [[RaceAgainstTheClock The process will take fifteen minutes...]]\\



'''Fugate:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy ...which is exactly seventeen minutes less than the time it would take you to burn through the door with that oxy-acetylene torch of yours.]]\\

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'''Fugate:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy ...'''Fugate:''' ...which is exactly seventeen minutes less than the time it would take you to burn through the door with that oxy-acetylene torch of yours.]]\\\\



'''Fugate:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Oh, and I don't recommend trying to open the pump's housing. It's rigged with a vibration-sensitive explosive.]] [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Of course, if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine with me. Either way, it's time to say]] ''[[GratuitousFrench adieu,]]'' Batman.

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'''Fugate:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Oh, and I don't recommend trying to open the pump's housing. It's rigged with a vibration-sensitive explosive.]] [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Of course, if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine with me. Either way, it's time to say]] ''[[GratuitousFrench adieu,]]'' Batman.
19th Jul '16 9:38:24 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Even before his StartOfDarkness, Fugate knew the exact place where the subway doors will open. 7 years later, he can go hand-to-hand with Batman just from having studied Batman's tendencies in a fight from news footage about him.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Even before his StartOfDarkness, Fugate knew the exact place where the subway doors will open. 7 years later, open.
** Batman always appears in time to foil the EvilPlan, so he simply enacts it and waits for Batman to appear just so
he can go hand-to-hand ''taunt'' him with a TrainEscape.
**
Batman just from is a GreatDetective, and he manages to easily figure out where Fugate is hiding and what he's planning next. Fugate, anticipating such, deliberately leaves clues that lead Batman to find his hideout, determine his plans, and then, either delay him or put him into one of several {{death trap}}s.
** Batman has a UtilityBelt that is practically a HyperspaceArsenal and surely has a gas mask. So, Fugate gets Batman [[LockedInAFreezer Locked in a Bank Vault]] and makes it a GasChamber with a vacuum sucking all the air out. And it's too thick for him to cut through with any of his utility belt tools before the air is all gone.
** Batman is one of the best martial artists in the world thanks to his training. But Fugate fights him to a standstill, [managing to avoid his punches, simply by
having extensively studied Batman's tendencies in a fight from news footage about him.of Batman fighting.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Fugate knows Batman will use certain tropes, and he takes steps to foil them:
** Batman always appears in time to foil the EvilPlan, so he simply enacts it and waits for Batman to appear just so he can ''taunt'' him with a TrainEscape.
** Batman is a GreatDetective, and he manages to easily figure out where Fugate is hiding and what he's planning next. Fugate, anticipating such, deliberately leaves clues that lead Batman to find his hideout, determine his plans, and then, either delay him or put him into one of several {{death trap}}s.
** Batman has a UtilityBelt that is practically a HyperspaceArsenal and surely has a gas mask. So, Fugate gets Batman [[LockedInAFreezer Locked in a Bank Vault]] and makes it a GasChamber with a vacuum sucking all the air out. And it's too thick for him to cut through with any of his utility belt tools before the air is all gone.
** Batman is one of the best martial artists in the world thanks to his training. But Fugate fights him to a standstill, [[AwesomenessByAnalysis managing to avoid his punches, simply by having extensively studied news footage of Batman fighting]].
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*** Interesting to note is that Fugate, known for his LudicrousPrecision, actually got the math ''wrong'' here. Between every two sequential numbers on a clock, there are 4 tick marks, and since a clock takes 60 minutes to go from one number to the next, that means every 12 minutes, the hour hand moves to the next tick mark. So at 3:12, the clock's hour hand would have moved to the next tick mark, and thus '''the hands wouldn't have fully closed together until 3:16. ''The ScheduleFanatic was off by a single minute.''' ''
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