History VideoGame / BatmanArkhamCity

28th Apr '17 11:21:53 PM DustSnitch
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->''"How does it feel, Wayne, to stand on the very stones that ran with your parents' blood? Do you feel sad? Full of rage? Or does that outfit help bury your feelings; hiding your true self? Oh, you are a truly extraordinary specimen... I look forward to breaking you."''
-->-- '''Hugo Strange'''

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->''"How does it feel, Wayne, to stand on ->''"Turn the very stones that ran city into one big freakin' zoo and let the animals tear each other to bits! Yeah, that's the way to deal with your parents' blood? Do you feel sad? Full of rage? Or does that outfit help bury your feelings; hiding your true self? Oh, you are a truly extraordinary specimen... I look forward to breaking you."''
-->-- '''Hugo Strange'''
criminals!"''
28th Apr '17 10:46:21 PM DustSnitch
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* PlayingTheHeartStrings: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRCseft5N8 "A Rose for Respect"]], played when you look at the rose and pause for a few minutes of silence, uninterrupted.

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* PlayingTheHeartStrings: PlayingTheHeartStrings:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRCseft5N8 "A Rose for Respect"]], played when you look at the rose and pause for a few minutes of silence, uninterrupted.
28th Apr '17 10:45:02 PM DustSnitch
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* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse with Sharks]]: The museum features a rather large area filled with water, with a thin layer of ice at first that gradually melts down. The Penguin has let loose a huge shark in it that will attack from time to time and devour Batman if he falls in the water. If only he had some [[Film/BatmanTheMovie shark repellent...]]
** Lampshaded in the last Riddler hostage room where you hear the Riddler musing on whether or not Batman would have a gadget to help, were he to steal Penguin's shark to use in a trap. Counts as a ShoutOut to the Creator/AdamWest series and its Bat Shark Repellent.



* ThreateningShark:
** The museum features a rather large area filled with water, with a thin layer of ice at first that gradually melts down. The Penguin has let loose a huge shark in it that will attack from time to time and devour Batman if he falls in the water. If only he had some [[Film/BatmanTheMovie shark repellent...]]
** Lampshaded in the last Riddler hostage room where you hear the Riddler musing on whether or not Batman would have a gadget to help, were he to steal Penguin's shark to use in a trap. Counts as a ShoutOut to the Creator/AdamWest series and its Bat Shark Repellent.



* UngratefulBastard: The second time you enter Joker's hideout in the story you'll come across a couple of Joker thugs standing before one of Two-Face's goons hanging from a hook and considering boiling him alive or something equally nasty. Take them out and let him down and he'll catch his breath for a moment... but once you take your eyes off him for more than a few seconds the punk will try to knock you out.

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* UngratefulBastard: UngratefulBastard:
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The second time you enter Joker's hideout in the story you'll come across a couple of Joker thugs standing before one of Two-Face's goons hanging from a hook and considering boiling him alive or something equally nasty. Take them out and let him down and he'll catch his breath for a moment... but once you take your eyes off him for more than a few seconds the punk will try to knock you out.



* VictoriasSecretCompartment: After being rescued by Batman, Catwoman takes back Two-Face's smartphone and seems to hide it from Batman by putting it down the front of her [[AbsoluteCleavage partially unzipped]] catsuit.

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* VictoriasSecretCompartment: VictoriasSecretCompartment:
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After being rescued by Batman, Catwoman takes back Two-Face's smartphone and seems to hide it from Batman by putting it down the front of her [[AbsoluteCleavage partially unzipped]] catsuit.
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Penguin sends his goons after you in his "initiation" pit, he accidentally whacks one of his lieutenants in the groin with his umbrella.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent:
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When Penguin sends his goons after you in his "initiation" pit, he accidentally whacks one of his lieutenants in the groin with his umbrella.



* GatelessGhetto: The entire plot revolves around an in-universe justification of this trope, where massive, heavily guarded walls have been erected around an enormous chunk of Gotham to make damn sure its denizens are kept away from the rest of the city.

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* GatelessGhetto: GatelessGhetto:
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The entire plot revolves around an in-universe justification of this trope, where massive, heavily guarded walls have been erected around an enormous chunk of Gotham to make damn sure its denizens are kept away from the rest of the city.



* GhostCity: The ruins of Old Gotham, as well as Wonder City, [[spoiler: Ra's al-Ghul]]'s failed underground Victorian utopia powered by [[spoiler: a Lazarus pit]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Clayface]] can come off as one if you're not familiar with him from the comics or cartoons. One of the [[AllThereInTheManual Arkham City Stories]] does do a bit to foreshadow it, though.
* GoIntoTheLight: While near death [[spoiler:from being poisoned by the Joker, Batman]] sees a bright light with [[spoiler:his parents]] standing in it calling him to join them.

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* GhostCity: The ruins of Old Gotham, as well as Wonder City, [[spoiler: Ra's al-Ghul]]'s al-Ghul's failed underground Victorian utopia powered by [[spoiler: a Lazarus pit]].
pit.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Clayface]] can come off as one if you're not familiar with him from The final boss is a well-known ''Batman'' villain, but that villain is never mentioned in the comics or cartoons. main story until just before the final battle starts up. One of the [[AllThereInTheManual Arkham City Stories]] does do a bit mention them, but if you haven't seen the comics or cartoons, you'll probably be more confused than anything else when Batman has to foreshadow it, though.
fight [[spoiler:a giant shapeshifting clay monster, Clayface.]]
* GoIntoTheLight: While near death [[spoiler:from from being poisoned by the Joker, Batman]] Batman sees a bright light with [[spoiler:his parents]] his parents standing in it calling him to join them.them. He tries to reach out to them, only for his mother's voice to fade away as MissionControl calls out to Batman to confirm if he's alright.



** The French translation deserve a note here since the expression [[spoiler: the Joker used, "c'est à mourir de rire." can be roughly translated to "It's to die of laugh."]]

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** The French translation deserve a note here since the expression [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Joker used, "c'est à mourir de rire." can be roughly translated to "It's to die of laugh."]]



* GreekChorus: The comments made by the goons and political prisoners Batman eavesdrops on have this effect.

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* GreekChorus: The comments made by the After nearly every in-game event, goons littering the streets of Arkham can be heard gossiping about that event, how it impacted the villains' power struggle, and political prisoners how they think Batman eavesdrops on have this effect.was involved.



* HandicappedBadass: The Abramovici twins, a pair of EliteMooks each working for Penguin and Joker, are both missing an arm. Enemy chatter involves the rumor that they were ConjoinedTwins working in a circus freakshow before being separated [[spoiler:(Which is confirmed in the Arkham City Story about them)]]. You can later find a Joker mook talking with some others about how watching it convinced him to switch sides.

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* HandicappedBadass: The Abramovici twins, a pair of EliteMooks each working for Penguin and Joker, are both missing an arm. Enemy chatter involves the rumor that they were ConjoinedTwins working in a circus freakshow before being separated [[spoiler:(Which (which is confirmed in the Arkham City Story about them)]].them). You can later find a Joker mook talking with some others about how watching it convinced him to switch sides.



* HarmlessFreezing: One of Batman's new gadgets can freeze mooks. Others can break them out and they rejoin the battle. As usual, this is averted by Mr. Freeze, who has some of the most powerful weaponry in the game.
** What makes the freezing harmless is that it's a relatively thin layer of ice coating the victim's torso and some of their limbs. Their heads are uncovered, so they don't suffocate, and they're not being frozen solid. It's still really, really uncomfortable.

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* HarmlessFreezing: One of Batman's new gadgets can freeze mooks. Others can break them out and they rejoin the battle. As usual, this is averted by Mr. Freeze, who has some of the most powerful weaponry in the game.
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game. What makes the freezing harmless is that it's a relatively thin layer of ice coating the victim's torso and some of their limbs. Their heads are uncovered, so they don't suffocate, and they're not being frozen solid. It's still really, really uncomfortable.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: In a very strange, dark, twisted way, [[spoiler:Batman and Joker]].
** This can be especially seen through [[spoiler:Joker]]'s voicemails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEnbNAgK7v4 Example]], especially the very last one.

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* %%* HeterosexualLifePartners: In a very strange, dark, twisted way, [[spoiler:Batman and Joker]].
** %%** This can be especially seen through [[spoiler:Joker]]'s voicemails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEnbNAgK7v4 Example]], especially the very last one.
23rd Apr '17 10:01:02 AM DustSnitch
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* AbsoluteCleavage: Catwoman's suit is zipped down to the point where her whole cleavage and her stomach can be seen at some angles.



* AdaptationDistillation:
** Arkham City seems to borrow heavily from the film incarnations; much of the architecture takes from the [[Film/BatmanForever Schumacher era]] with its neon lights, tall human statues and small oddities, and the rest of it takes cues from [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan's series]]. The overall mood of the city, however, strikes far closer to Tim Burton's outings. The story is also vaguely similar to ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'', and one region of the game was struck by a major earthquake (which seems to have been taken from this storyline, as ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' had yet to come out).

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* AdaptationDistillation:
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AdaptationDistillation: Arkham City seems to borrow heavily from the film incarnations; much of the architecture takes from the [[Film/BatmanForever Schumacher era]] with its neon lights, tall human statues and small oddities, and the rest of it takes cues from [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan's series]]. The overall mood of the city, however, strikes far closer to Tim Burton's outings. The story is also vaguely similar to ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'', and one region of the game was struck by a major earthquake (which seems to have been taken from this storyline, as ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' had yet to come out).



%%* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied by Harley.
%%--> '''Harley:''' Mr. J's really not up to a visit right now. He's not feeling himself. Well, actually, he was earlier but that's not what I meant.

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%%* * ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied by Harley.
%%--> --> '''Harley:''' Mr. J's really not up to a visit right now. He's not feeling himself. Well, actually, he was earlier but that's not what I meant.



** In the NonStandardGameOver, this apparently happens offscreen to Wayne Manor. Also, Two-Face bombs Catwoman's apartment near the end of her storyline, and Two-Face also takes over Penguin's headquarters.
** During Protocol Ten, Hugo Strange tells Batman of his intention to march on Wayne Manor, capture Alfred, and drag him through the streets of Gotham.

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** [[spoiler: In the NonStandardGameOver, this apparently happens offscreen to Wayne Manor. Also, Two-Face bombs Catwoman's apartment near the end of her storyline, and Two-Face also takes over Penguin's headquarters.
headquarters.]]
** [[spoiler: During Protocol Ten, Hugo Strange tells Batman of his intention to march on Wayne Manor, capture Alfred, and drag him through the streets of Gotham.Gotham. Alfred and Nightwing fend off the attack.]]



*** To clarify, there's two Azraels in the DC comics universe. Arkham City's Azrael is clearly a black man, which means he's the Michael Lane version. Meanwhile, the one that replaced Batman while he was injured in {{ComicBook/Knightfall}} was Jean-Paul Valley, a white man. But in the game Batman seems completely unfamiliar with the Azrael persona, as if he's never seen the costume before.



** Batman has apparently never encountered Hush before, [[spoiler:but for some reason Hush has '''already''' altered his face and finger prints to match Bruce Wayne as he had at the end of ''Heart of Hush''.]]
* AlwaysClose:
** The church bell-tower always explodes seconds after Batman jumps out the window, regardless of whether or not the countdown finished and Joker finished his monologue.
** During the Deadshot mission, you find his PDA that lists the exact times of his planned assassinations. No matter when you find it, it will always be only four minutes for easy, three minutes for normal, and two minutes for hard, until Jack Ryder is set to be killed. Once you make it to Jack, you'll always save him a split-second before he's killed, no matter what the on-screen timer says. There are other examples, too many to list.

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** Batman has apparently never encountered Hush before, [[spoiler:but [[spoiler: but for some reason Hush has '''already''' altered his face and finger prints to match Bruce Wayne as he had at the end of ''Heart of Hush''.]]
* AlwaysClose:
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AlwaysClose: The church bell-tower [[spoiler:church bell-tower]] always explodes seconds after Batman jumps out the window, regardless of whether or not the countdown finished and [[spoiler:and Joker finished his monologue.
monologue]].
** During the Deadshot mission, [[spoiler:Deadshot mission]], you find his PDA that lists the exact times of his planned assassinations. No matter when you find it, it will always be only four minutes for easy, three minutes for normal, and two minutes for hard, until Jack Ryder is set to be killed. Once you make it to Jack, you'll always save him a split-second before he's killed, no matter what the on-screen timer says. There are other examples, too many to list.



* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:Batman's desire to save Talia before stopping Protocol 10 puts the entire prison population at risk (many of whom were political prisoners, petty crooks, and the mentally ill). Oracle and Alfred both call him out on it, and force him to do the right thing.]]

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:Batman's [[spoiler: Batman's desire to save Talia before stopping Protocol 10 puts the entire prison population at risk (many of whom were political prisoners, petty crooks, and the mentally ill). Oracle and Alfred both call him out on it, and force him to do the right thing.]]]]
* AmazonBrigade: Talia al Ghul has a small cabal of female ninjas at her disposal. It's a good thing this version of Batman doesn't have a problem with fighting women.



* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The Catwoman DLC campaign lets you see the story from her perspective, starting just before Batman is captured by Hugo Strange and ending just after he stabilizes the situation in Arkham City.

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* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The Catwoman DLC campaign lets you see the story from her perspective, starting just before Batman is captured by Hugo Strange and ending just after he stabilizes the situation in Arkham City.perspective.



** Catwoman is a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Noble Villain]]; she is largely self-interested and has her own agenda which is cleaning out the Arkham City confiscated valuables vault, but when push comes to shove, she'll rush to help Batman, albeit grumbling about when she somehow developed a conscience. Unless you decide not to, in which case you get a NonStandardGameOver and the game resets to the moment just before this to help you make the right decision.

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** Catwoman is a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Noble Villain]]; she is largely self-interested and has her own agenda [[spoiler: which is cleaning out the Arkham City confiscated valuables vault, vault]], but when push comes to shove, she'll rush to help Batman, albeit grumbling about when she somehow developed a conscience. [[spoiler: Unless you decide not to, in which case you get a NonStandardGameOver and the game resets to the moment just before this to help you make the right decision.]]



* ApocalypticLog:
** Inverted this time. Since it is [[BigBad Hugo]] [[PsychoPsychologist Strange]] doing these interviews, most of patient interviews end with Strange's manipulating criminals to his own ends or delivering a crushing BreakThemByTalking that causes them to break down.
** In the NonStandardGameOver, which you get if Catwoman takes the money and runs, Oracle gives an apocalyptic log as Joker's forces overrun the city.

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* ApocalypticLog:
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ApocalypticLog: Inverted this time. Since it is [[BigBad Hugo]] [[PsychoPsychologist Strange]] doing these interviews, most of patient interviews end with Strange's manipulating criminals to his own ends or delivering a crushing BreakThemByTalking that causes them to break down.
** [[spoiler: In the NonStandardGameOver, which you get if Catwoman takes the money and runs, Oracle gives an apocalyptic log as Joker's forces overrun the city.]]



** When Batman is hunting Deadshot, his second victim is sniped ''through'' a full water tower. Even assuming there was a gun that could still be lethal after shooting through 6 feet of water (and Series/MythBusters confirmed there is not), the bullet's trajectory is completely unaffected.

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** When Batman is hunting Deadshot, his second victim is sniped ''through'' [[spoiler:''through'' a full water tower. tower.]] Even assuming there was a gun that could still be lethal after [[spoiler: shooting through 6 feet of water water]] (and Series/MythBusters confirmed there is not), the bullet's trajectory is completely unaffected.



** One of Deadshot's victims is killed by a bullet ricochet, something the Series/MythBusters also proved to be impossible.

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** One of Deadshot's victims is killed by [[spoiler: a bullet ricochet, ricochet]], something the Series/MythBusters also proved to be impossible.



* BackToBackBadasses: Batman and Bane pull this off against a group of Tyger mooks.

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* BackToBackBadasses: Batman and Bane [[spoiler: Bane]] pull this off against a group of Tyger mooks.



* BadassInDistress:
** The game starts off with Catwoman being held hostage by Two-Face.
** Later on, Catwoman gets to return the favor by rescuing Batman when he's buried under rubble.
** Again, [[spoiler:Talia by the Joker. First chance she gets, she actually manages to stab her capturer. [[BodyDouble Or so she thinks...]]]]
** Batman spends about half of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' [[UnwillingSuspension unwillingly suspended]].

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* BadassInDistress:
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BadassInDistress: The game starts off with Catwoman being held hostage by Two-Face.
** Later on, [[spoiler: Catwoman gets to return the favor by rescuing Batman when he's buried under rubble.
rubble.]]
** Again, [[spoiler:Talia [[spoiler: Talia by the Joker. First chance she gets, she actually manages to stab her capturer. [[BodyDouble Or so she thinks...]]]]
** Batman [[spoiler: Batman]] spends about half of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' [[UnwillingSuspension unwillingly suspended]].



* [[BulletCatch Batarang Catch]]: If you throw a batarang at the mysterious man stalking Batman, he just snatches it out of the air. There's actually an achievement for it, and one of the Riddler challenges requires you to catch one by yourself.

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* [[BulletCatch Batarang Catch]]: If you throw a batarang at the mysterious man stalking Batman, [[spoiler: Azrael]], he just snatches it out of the air. There's actually an achievement for it, and one of the Riddler challenges requires you to catch one by yourself.



* BatmanGambit:
** [[TropeNamers Appropriately]] played entirely straight in one of the sidequests. At the resolution of the Bane/Titan quest, [[spoiler:Batman reveals that he knew full well Bane just wanted the drug for himself and that he let Bane collect his half anyway so he could dispose of them in one go.]]
** Joker pulled one by poisoning Batman in the first place. [[spoiler:If Batman himself was never in any danger, Talia wouldn't have attacked Harley. Also there's no way that Joker would know that Batman would start succumbing to the poison while underground instead while gliding or engaged with enemies.]]

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* BatmanGambit:
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BatmanGambit: [[TropeNamers Appropriately]] played entirely straight in one of the sidequests. [[spoiler: At the resolution of the Bane/Titan quest, [[spoiler:Batman Batman reveals that he knew full well Bane just wanted the drug for himself and that he let Bane collect his half anyway so he could dispose of them in one go.]]
** Joker [[spoiler:Joker pulled one by poisoning Batman in the first place. [[spoiler:If If Batman himself was never in any danger, Talia wouldn't have attacked Harley. Also there's no way that Joker would know that Batman would start succumbing to the poison while underground instead while gliding or engaged with enemies.]]



** Strange and the Joker more or less serve as the two main {{Big Bad}}s in the story. Most of the stuff you end up having to do relates to thwarting either one of their plots. [[spoiler:Ra's is TheManBehindTheMan to Strange, but it's established that Arkham City is entirely Strange's idea.]]

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** Strange and the Joker more or less serve as the two main {{Big Bad}}s in the story. Most of the stuff you end up having to do relates to thwarting either one of their plots. [[spoiler:Ra's [[spoiler: Ra's is TheManBehindTheMan to Strange, but it's established that Arkham City is entirely Strange's idea.]]



* BittersweetEnding:
** Batman saves the day. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Talia is dead (for now), Catwoman's apartment got bombed by Two-Face, it's left unclear whether any of the people Joker poisoned can be saved (though the DLC later clarifies they were), and Batman actually intended to save the Joker, despite the latter's evil nature, and failed.]]

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* BittersweetEnding:
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BittersweetEnding: Batman saves the day. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Talia [[spoiler: Talia is dead (for now), Catwoman's apartment got bombed by Two-Face, it's left unclear whether any of the people Joker poisoned can be saved (though the DLC later clarifies they were), and Batman actually intended to save the Joker, despite the latter's evil nature, and failed.]]



* BloodFromTheMouth: Batman starts coughing up blood when the Joker's infection starts to affect him.
* BloodlessCarnage: Like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City has a ton of bloodless violence, except for Batman's aforementioned coughing up blood and the death of [[spoiler:Hugo Strange]].

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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Batman starts coughing up blood when the Joker's infection disease starts to affect him.
him.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City has a ton of bloodless violence, [[spoiler: except for Batman's aforementioned coughing up blood and the death of [[spoiler:Hugo Strange]].Hugo Strange's death.]]



* BodyDouble: Joker uses this trope in order to get the drop on Batman early on. [[spoiler:Though it's later revealed to be more complicated. In order to keep up appearances while he's sick, Joker has Clayface stand in for him at several points. The one you thought was the real Joker was actually Clayface, while the apparent BodyDouble was the real Joker.]]

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* BodyDouble: Joker uses this trope in order to get the drop on Batman early on. [[spoiler:Though [[spoiler: Though it's later revealed to be more complicated. In order to keep up appearances while he's sick, Joker has Clayface stand in for him at several points. The one you thought was the real Joker was actually Clayface, while the apparent BodyDouble was the real Joker.]]



** Solomon Grundy's body is eventually set on fire and burned by the electric currents powering him during the course of his boss fight. He's constantly releasing supernaturally huge maggots. Plus, by the final stage of his boss fight, his ribcage is exposed.

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** Solomon [[spoiler:Solomon Grundy's body is eventually set on fire and burned by the electric currents powering him during the course of his boss fight. He's constantly releasing supernaturally huge maggots. Plus, by the final stage of his boss fight, his ribcage is exposed.]]



** Ra's al Ghul's initial appearance. That trip to the Lazarus Pit looked like it was ''long'' overdue for him.

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** Ra's [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul's initial appearance. That trip to the Lazarus Pit looked like it was ''long'' overdue for him.]]



** Hugo Strange captures Bruce (whom he knows is Batman), then just dumps him into the City. No part of his plan required Batman to do anything, and indeed he hires Deadshot to kill Batman, which means he could and should have killed Bruce when he was unconscious and shackled.
** Once you infiltrate TYGER's base, Hugo Strange will appear on a video screen with a hostage, forcing Batman to stand still while his thugs surround him and tries a BreakThemByTalking. Once he orders them to kill him, he's moved away from the hostage. Nice scene, Strange, but any particular reason you didn't keep that weapon pointed at the hostage? Batman wouldn't have fought back if it meant that the hostage would die.

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** Hugo [[spoiler:Hugo Strange captures Bruce (whom he knows is Batman), then just dumps him into the City. No part of his plan required Batman to do anything, and indeed he hires Deadshot to kill Batman, which means he could and should have killed Bruce when he was unconscious and shackled.
shackled.]]
*** [[spoiler:Hugo Strange specifically tells Deadshot to kill Bruce Wayne first, and then Batman. Since he puts on his suit as soon as he enters the city, Deadshot will never see Bruce, and thus not try to kill Batman. This was deliberate on Strange's part, as it was just a ploy to get Deadshot to stay in Arkham City so he would be killed by Protocol 10.]]
** [[spoiler: Once you infiltrate TYGER's base, Hugo Strange will appear on a video screen with a hostage, forcing Batman to stand still while his thugs surround him and tries a BreakThemByTalking. Once he orders them to kill him, he's moved away from the hostage. Nice scene, Strange, but any particular reason you didn't keep that weapon pointed at the hostage? Batman wouldn't have fought back if it meant that the hostage would die.]]



* BookEnds:
** Cross-media example. The site of the final battle? [[spoiler:The same movie theater the Waynes left the night Bruce's parents were killed. Hammering the point home, their {{Chalk Outline}}s are still there, behind the building, in the helpfully-indicated Crime Alley, originating Hugo Strange's quote atop the page and allowing you to "pay your respects" (which also gives you an achievement).]]

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* BookEnds:
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BookEnds: Cross-media example. The site of the final battle? [[spoiler:The same movie theater the Waynes left the night Bruce's parents were killed. Hammering the point home, their {{Chalk Outline}}s are still there, behind the building, in the helpfully-indicated Crime Alley, originating Hugo Strange's quote atop the page and allowing you to "pay your respects" (which also gives you an achievement).]]



** At the beginning of the game, Joker attempts to kill Catwoman, due to believing Batman is in love with her. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, he succeeds in killing Talia, a woman Batman also loves.]]
** In the beginning of the game, during the opening cutscene, a painting of Cain's murder of Abel which shows Cain [[PietaPlagiarism carrying Abel's body in his arms]] is shown. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, Batman [[PietaPlagiarism carries the Joker's body away in the same manner]].]]
** Early in the game Batman is forced to dive out of the window of a church tower before it explodes. Near the end of the game, [[spoiler:Batman dives out of the window of Wonder Tower before it explodes. Both happen before Batman sets out to confront The Joker.]]

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** At the beginning of the game, Joker [[spoiler:Joker attempts to kill Catwoman, due to believing Batman is in love with her. [[spoiler:At At the end of the game, he succeeds in killing Talia, a woman Batman also loves.]]
** In [[spoiler:In the beginning of the game, during the opening cutscene, a painting of Cain's murder of Abel which shows Cain [[PietaPlagiarism carrying Abel's body in his arms]] is shown. [[spoiler:At At the end of the game, Batman [[PietaPlagiarism carries the Joker's body away in the same manner]].]]
** Early [[spoiler:Early in the game Batman is forced to dive out of the window of a church tower before it explodes. Near the end of the game, [[spoiler:Batman game Batman dives out of the window of Wonder Tower before it explodes. Both happen before Batman sets out to confront The Joker.]]






* BossArenaIdiocy:
** The final boss's arena is covered in TNT. If you stand right in front of it as he rolls towards you, he will blow up and take at least almost half his health.

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* BossArenaIdiocy:
** The final boss's
BossArenaIdiocy: [[spoiler: Clayface]], whose arena is covered in TNT. If you stand right in front of it as he rolls towards you, he will blow up and take at least almost half his health.



* BoundAndGagged: While exploring Joker's hideout the second time, you come across Harley, taped to a pole and gagged. It's not explained who did it at first, [[spoiler:but Talia reveals during the final boss fight that she stole the cure from Harley, so presumably she's the one who tied her up. For added bonus, you can regag Harley; if you take it off again, Harley yells that she will get back at Batman if he keeps doing that.]]

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* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler: While exploring Joker's hideout the second time, you come across Harley, taped to a pole and gagged. It's not explained who did it at first, [[spoiler:but but Talia reveals during the final boss fight that she stole the cure from Harley, so presumably she's the one who tied her up. For added bonus, you can regag Harley; if you take it off again, Harley yells that she will get back at Batman if he keeps doing that.]]



* BrainwashedAndCrazy:
** The henchmen under Poison Ivy and Mad Hatter. It's also revealed that Strange has used the Mad Hatter's methods at brainwashing and has used it on both the TYGER guards into serving him and on Quincy Sharp; however, the latter does not fall into this trope and fits the {{brainwashed}} trope more.

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy:
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BrainwashedAndCrazy: The henchmen under Poison Ivy and Mad Hatter. It's also revealed that [[spoiler: Strange has used the Mad Hatter's methods at brainwashing and has used it on both the TYGER guards into serving him and on Quincy Sharp; however, the latter does not fall into this trope and fits the {{brainwashed}} trope more.more]].



* BreakTheHaughty:
** After mortally wounding him, [[spoiler:Ra's takes a second to casually dash Strange's dreams and crap on a game's worth of boasting, coldly stating that he's once and for all proven himself inferior to Batman.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty:
**
BreakTheHaughty: After mortally wounding him, [[spoiler:Ra's [[spoiler: Ra's takes a second to casually dash Strange's dreams and crap on a game's worth of boasting, coldly stating that he's once and for all proven himself inferior to Batman.]]



* ButThouMust: In Catwoman's third chapter, you get the choice to either save Batman or leave Arkham City with the loot. Taking the second option, however, leads to the end credits complete with Oracle begging for help over the radio due to Batman dying and Joker's troops overrunning Gotham, only for time to be rewound so you can go back and make the 'correct' choice. If you attempt to leave Arkham city a second time, Catwoman won't even open the door.

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* ButThouMust: In Catwoman's third chapter, [[spoiler: you get the choice to either save Batman or leave Arkham City with the loot. Taking the second option, however, leads to the end credits complete with Oracle begging for help over the radio due to Batman dying and Joker's troops overrunning Gotham, only for time to be rewound so you can go back and make the 'correct' choice. If you attempt to leave Arkham city a second time, Catwoman won't even open the door.]]



** The Abramovici Brothers, conjoined twins who separated over political differences and now act as high-ranking members of opposing gangs. The PlayableEpilogue has a scene where they make up and decide to be sewn back together.
** When playing the game with the Catwoman DLC, the opening shot is of a picture of Cain carrying Abel, titled "The Duality of Man." [[spoiler:In the same pose as when Batman carries The Joker later on.]]

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** The Abramovici Brothers, conjoined twins who separated over political differences and now act as high-ranking members of opposing gangs. [[spoiler: The PlayableEpilogue has a scene where they make up and decide to be sewn back together.
together.]]
** When playing the game with the Catwoman DLC, the opening shot is of a picture of Cain carrying Abel, titled "The Duality of Man." [[spoiler:In [[spoiler: In the same pose as when Batman carries The Joker later on.]]



** Killer Croc has a brief cameo that can only be seen after the Ra's fight.

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** Killer Croc has a brief cameo that can only be seen after the Ra's [[spoiler: Ra's]] fight.



* ChekhovsGun: Due to the way the story is told, its possible to miss it until after it goes off. In the backstory, Joker fakes his own death to escape a hospital. Early in the game, he fakes his own death in the Steel Mill to allow Clayface to get the drop on Batman.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** In the end of the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DownloadableContent, [[spoiler:the previously inanimate Wonder City automatons are the last opponents in a straight on battle.]]
** Throughout the game, TYGER helicopters patrol Arkham City; their spotlight will focus on Batman if they catch sight of him and, if he's in a fight at the time, the pilots will admire Batman's skills. [[spoiler:Once Protocol 10 activates, Batman needs to find the Master Control Program from one of said helicopters in order to gain access to Wonder Tower. The choppers themselves also become a legitimate threat and can easily gun down Batman once he's in their sights.]] It could also double as a game-long {{Antepiece}} getting the player ready for [[spoiler:Protocol 10]].
%%* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Joker has a fatal case of this.
%%* CirclingMonologue: Harley and Talia each do one around Batman.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: With the Catwoman DLC installed, Batman's story cuts away to Selina's exploits as soon as [[spoiler:he is captured by Joker and Harley]]. Then that episode of Catwoman's [[JustForPun tale]] also ends with a {{Cliffhanger}}.
%%* ClimaxBoss: Ra's al Ghul, Mr. Freeze and [[spoiler: Clayface.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Due to the way the story is told, its possible to miss it until after it goes off. [[spoiler: In the backstory, Joker fakes his own death to escape a hospital. Early in the game, he fakes his own death in the Steel Mill to allow Clayface to get the drop on Batman.
Batman.]]
* ChekhovsGunman:
**
[[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunmen]]: In the end of the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DownloadableContent, [[spoiler:the previously inanimate Wonder City automatons are the last opponents in a straight on battle.]]
** Throughout the game, TYGER helicopters patrol Arkham City; their spotlight will focus on Batman if they catch sight of him and, if he's in a fight at the time, the pilots will admire Batman's skills. [[spoiler:Once [[spoiler: Once Protocol 10 activates, Batman needs to find the Master Control Program from one of said helicopters in order to gain access to Wonder Tower. The choppers themselves also become [[DemonicSpiders a legitimate threat threat]] and can easily gun down Batman once he's in their sights.]] It could also double as a game-long {{Antepiece}} getting the player ready for [[spoiler:Protocol [[spoiler: Protocol 10]].
%%* * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Joker has a fatal case of this.
%%* * CirclingMonologue: Harley and Talia each [[spoiler:Talia]] do one around Batman.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: With the Catwoman DLC installed, Batman's story cuts away to Selina's exploits as soon as [[spoiler:he [[spoiler: he is captured by Joker and Harley]]. Then that episode of Catwoman's [[JustForPun tale]] also ends with a {{Cliffhanger}}.
%%* * ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul, Mr. Freeze and [[spoiler: Clayface.]]



** Hugo Strange tortured a TYGER captain to death in one of the trailers, during a brutal interrogation. Finding the corpse of the TYGER operative is one of the game's Riddler secrets.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: At the end of Catwoman's second episode, the green arrows lead back to Arkham City, where Catwoman saves Batman and allows him to save Gotham. The red arrows lead into Gotham City, Batman's death and the fall of Gotham City at the hands of The Joker.

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** Hugo Strange tortured a TYGER captain to death in one of the trailers, during a brutal interrogation. Finding [[spoiler:Finding the corpse of the TYGER operative is one of the game's Riddler secrets.
secrets.]]
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: At the end of Catwoman's second episode, the [[spoiler:the green arrows lead back to Arkham City, where Catwoman saves Batman and allows him to save Gotham. The red arrows lead into Gotham City, Batman's death and the fall of Gotham City at the hands of The Joker.]]



* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: Catwoman, who makes the choice to either escape with the riches, or go back and help an incapacitated Bats. Subverting this gets you a NonStandardGameOver.

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* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: [[spoiler: Catwoman, who makes the choice to either escape with the riches, or go back and help an incapacitated Bats. Subverting this gets you a NonStandardGameOver.]]



* ConjoinedTwins: The Abramovici Twins used to be, but had themselves separated over political differences. The Communist brother went to work for Joker, the Capitalist brother joined up with Penguin. They reconcile at the end of the game and decide they want to be rejoined.

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* ConjoinedTwins: The Abramovici Twins used to be, but had themselves separated over political differences. The Communist brother went to work for Joker, the Capitalist brother joined up with Penguin. [[spoiler: They reconcile at the end of the game and decide they want to be rejoined.]]



** As seen in [[http://www.g4tv.com/videos/53556/batman-arkham-city-e3-gameplay-demo/ this video]] at the 90 second mark, Batman stops Harley's attack the same way he did in the last game.
** You can see Arkham Island from the bay and it's still covered in giant vines. It's even the answer to a riddle.
** The centerpiece of the final room [[spoiler:converted into a shrine in honor of the Joker's death]] in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''? [[spoiler: [[CallBack A giant Joker robot.]]]]

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** As seen in [[http://www.g4tv.com/videos/53556/batman-arkham-city-e3-gameplay-demo/ this video]] at the 90 second mark, Batman stops Harley's [[spoiler:Harley]]'s attack the same way he did in the last game.
** You can see Arkham Island from the bay and it's still covered in giant vines. [[spoiler: It's even the answer to a riddle.
riddle.]]
** The centerpiece of the final room [[spoiler:converted [[spoiler: converted into a [[ShrineToTheFallen shrine in honor of the Joker's death]] death]]]] in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''? [[spoiler: [[CallBack A giant Joker robot.]]]]



** Harley's outfit from the previous game is displayed on a mannequin in the Steel Mill. It's the answer to another riddle.

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** Harley's outfit from the previous game is displayed on a mannequin in the Steel Mill. [[spoiler: It's the answer to another riddle.]]



* CuteKitten: In Catwoman's second episode, while she fights enemies near her apartment, you can actually see a cat walk by unfazed. And in her final episode, after she is knocked out unconscious by a bomb blast, two cats walk around her lying on the floor. Awwww!
* CutsceneBoss: Bane and Hugo Strange. Some people believe the latter would be justified because "trained to physical perfection" as it states in his bio does not mean "expert in hand-to-hand combat". Batman is both, Strange is only the former.

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* CuteKitten: In Catwoman's second episode, while she fights enemies near her apartment, you can actually see a cat walk by unfazed. And in her final episode, after [[spoiler:after she is knocked out unconscious by a bomb blast, two cats walk around her lying on the floor. Awwww!
Awwww!]]
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler: Bane and Hugo Strange. Some people believe the latter would be justified because "trained to physical perfection" as it states in his bio does not mean "expert in hand-to-hand combat". Batman is both, Strange is only the former.]]



** Able to block an attack when someone comes up behind you... not in a cut-scene [[spoiler:which happens TWICE]]

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** Able to block an attack when someone comes up behind you... not in a cut-scene [[spoiler:which [[spoiler: which happens TWICE]]



** [[spoiler:Talia]] is taken captive by Joker and used as a motivator to lure Batman into the final battle, [[spoiler:but given how easily she breaks free of his hold and disarms him it's likely she was just leading him on.]]

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** [[spoiler:Talia]] is taken captive by Joker and used as a motivator to lure Batman into the final battle, [[spoiler:but [[spoiler: but given how easily she breaks free of his hold and disarms him it's likely she was just leading him on.]]



* DeathByCameo: Bud and Lou, Harley and Joker's pet hyenas, to whom Harley referred as her "babies", show up stuffed and on display at Penguin's museum.

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* DeathByCameo: [[spoiler: Bud and Lou, Harley and Joker's pet hyenas, to whom Harley referred as her "babies", show up stuffed and on display at Penguin's museum.]]



** Ra's al Ghul. He's 600 years old, and wants Batman to replace him as the Demon's Head, repeatedly telling Batman to kill him during their encounter in Wonder City, even holding a knife to Talia's throat and outright ''demanding'' that Batman kill him.
-->'''Ra's''': You should have killed me.
** Harley Quinn by the time of "Harley Quinn's Revenge." At the end, she angrily chastises Batman for [[SaveTheVillain saving her from the explosion she attempted to engineer]] rather than [[spoiler:leaving her to meet her Mr. J again]].

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** [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul. He's 600 years old, and wants Batman to replace him as the Demon's Head, repeatedly telling Batman to kill him during their encounter in Wonder City, even holding a knife to Talia's throat and outright ''demanding'' that Batman kill him.
-->'''Ra's''':
him.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Ra's''':]]
You should have killed me.
** Harley Quinn [[spoiler:Harley Quinn]] by the time of "Harley Quinn's Revenge." At the end, she [[spoiler:she]] angrily chastises Batman for [[SaveTheVillain [[spoiler:[[SaveTheVillain saving her from the explosion she attempted to engineer]] engineer]]]] rather than [[spoiler:leaving [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath leaving her to meet her Mr. J again]].again]]]].



* {{Determinator}}:
** Ra's was so determined to prevent Batman from saving his life yet again, that he [[spoiler:stabbed himself through his chest to make sure Batman let go as they were falling, finally fulfilling, in his own way, what he had wanted all the time: to be killed by Batman.]]
** Again, Batman. Spends a night fighting supervillains while dying of blood poisoning.

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* {{Determinator}}:
** Ra's
{{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Ra's was so determined to prevent Batman from saving his life yet again, that he [[spoiler:stabbed stabbed himself through his chest to make sure Batman let go as they were falling, finally fulfilling, in his own way, what he had wanted all the time: to be killed by Batman.]]
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Or it was a case of]] [[spoiler: TakingYouWithMe]], or maybe [[spoiler: trying to stab Batman forcing him to take a dip in the Lazarus Pit to save himself.
]]
** Again, Batman. Spends a night fighting supervillains while [[spoiler:while dying of blood poisoning.poisoning]].



** Two-Face's reputation as one keeps his men from deserting the gang after his initial defeat, citing his refusal to stay down even as half his face was being burnt off. And while he takes a couple whoopings, and long stretches go by where nobody knows where he IS, once everyone else's theatrics are concluded he's holding half of a now-unmanned prison city.

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** Two-Face's reputation as one keeps his men from deserting the gang after his initial defeat, citing his refusal to stay down even as half his face was being burnt off. [[spoiler: And while he takes a couple whoopings, and long stretches go by where nobody knows where he IS, once everyone else's theatrics are concluded he's holding half of a now-unmanned prison city.]]



** From the Mad Hatter mission, [[spoiler:if you look at the capsule that has the "cure" in Detective Mode, you'll see a syringe in it. This is notably different from what Batman uses to inject the supposed cure]].
** Depending on whether you finish the Bane sidequest before or after you beat the game, his hideout is ambushed either by TYGER guards who want to confiscate the TITAN or a group of Joker mooks who want to just take it back since it was Joker's to begin with.

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** From the Mad Hatter mission, [[spoiler:if [[spoiler: if you look at the capsule that has the "cure" in Detective Mode, you'll see a syringe in it. This is notably different from what Batman uses to inject the supposed cure]].
** Depending on whether you finish the Bane sidequest before or after you beat the game, [[spoiler: his hideout is ambushed either by TYGER guards who want to confiscate the TITAN or a group of Joker mooks who want to either use it for themselves to have a chance of survival now that their boss is gone or just take it back since it was Joker's to begin with.]]



** When you are fighting Solomon Grundy, a character brought to life by electricity, and use the REC on him, Penguin will comment on how that was a bad idea.

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** When you are fighting Solomon Grundy, a character brought to life by electricity, [[spoiler:Grundy]] and use the REC on him, Penguin will comment on how that was a bad idea.



** In the caged in area where Bruce Wayne is being processed and has to save Jack Ryder, if you look upward you'll notice that Azrael is watching the whole thing.

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** In the caged in area where Bruce Wayne is being processed and has to save Jack Ryder, if you look upward [[spoiler: you'll notice that Azrael is watching the whole thing.thing]].



* EmpathyDollShot: There is a [[PropRecycling commonly re-used]] model of a stuffed bear to be found all over Arkham City. In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, you can find one in the Identity Thief's hideout that has had its face cut off and bandaged over, like his victims.

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* EmpathyDollShot: There is a [[PropRecycling commonly re-used]] model of a stuffed bear to be found all over Arkham City. In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, you can find one in the Identity Thief's [[spoiler:Thomas Elliot]]'s hideout that has had its face cut off and bandaged over, like his victims.



* EnemyMine: Batman and Bane join forces to rid Arkham City of the Titan drug. In the in game profile, it states that he has dedicated himself to hunting down Venom and Titan in an attempt to prevent other innocents from being subjected to the same addiction he suffers from. [[spoiler:Bane betrays Batman, he wanted all the Titan for himself and used Batman to make sure none could be used against him. Which Batman knew.]]

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* EnemyMine: Batman and Bane [[spoiler: Bane]] join forces to rid Arkham City of the Titan drug. [[spoiler: In the in game profile, it states that he has dedicated himself to hunting down Venom and Titan in an attempt to prevent other innocents from being subjected to the same addiction he suffers from. [[spoiler:Bane Bane betrays Batman, he wanted all the Titan for himself and used Batman to make sure none could be used against him. Which Batman knew.]]



* EvilPlan: The Joker's overarching scheme. Dying of a disease, Joker's plan was to lure Batman close enough to spread the contagion to him and thousands of others, then have Batman do the work of getting the cure for him while leaving Bats ill and the Joker good as new.

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* EvilPlan: The Joker's overarching scheme. Dying [[spoiler:Dying of a disease, Joker's plan was to lure Batman close enough to spread the contagion to him and thousands of others, then have Batman do the work of getting the cure for him while leaving Bats ill and the Joker good as new.]]



* EvilVersusEvil: Arkham City is divided into gang territories, with Joker, Two-Face, and the Penguin's gangs in constant warfare. Hugo Strange usually just lets them do what they want, but he will intervene if he sees fit. And that's not getting into the various independent villains. [[spoiler:And then there is Protocol 10...]]

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* EvilVersusEvil: Arkham City is divided into gang territories, with Joker, Two-Face, and the Penguin's gangs in constant warfare. Hugo Strange usually just lets them do what they want, but he will intervene if he sees fit. And that's not getting into the various independent villains. [[spoiler:And [[spoiler: And then there is Protocol 10...]]



** The 12 minute video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxTwKakEoDg&feature=channel_video_title seen here]], has Catwoman slash Harvey in the face. Pay close attention to his right eye.

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** The 12 minute video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxTwKakEoDg&feature=channel_video_title seen here]], has Catwoman [[spoiler:Catwoman slash Harvey in the face. Pay close attention to his right eye.eye]].



* FakeDifficulty: Not much, but it subtly exists when fighting against max-difficulty thugs such as in the bonus mission at the end of the main story (the one where Catwoman confronts Two-Face). Communication between them becomes ''instant''; as soon as one (conscious) mook knows where you are, they all do, even before the thug that spotted you speaks.

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* FakeDifficulty: Not much, but it subtly exists when fighting against max-difficulty thugs such as in the bonus mission at the end of the main story (the ([[spoiler:the one where Catwoman confronts Two-Face).Two-Face]]). Communication between them becomes ''instant''; as soon as one (conscious) mook knows where you are, they all do, even before the thug that spotted you speaks.



* {{Flatline}}: Happens to the Joker during his (supposed) death scene in the first act.

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* {{Flatline}}: Happens to the [[spoiler: The Joker during his (supposed) death scene scene]] in the first act.



* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Batman is seen with his nose bleeding in some of the promotional posters. It shows that Batman is infected with the Joker's disease.
** The memory card Catwoman steals from Two-Face and inserts into her smartphone-like device displays a map of Park Row, otherwise known as Crime Alley; the place where Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. When Batman visits this location in the game, Strange has left an audiotape for him to listen to.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}:
**
{{Foreshadowing}}: Batman is seen with his nose bleeding in some of the promotional posters. [[spoiler: It shows that Batman is infected with the Joker's disease.
disease.]]
** The memory card Catwoman steals from Two-Face and inserts into her smartphone-like device displays a map of Park Row, otherwise known as Crime Alley; the place where Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. [[spoiler: When Batman visits this location in the game, Strange has left an audiotape for him to listen to.]]



-->'''Joker:''' Sometimes I wonder if [[spoiler:all this would just end with one of us looking down at the other's corpse, [[NowWhat trying to work out what to do next]]? The only question is, whose body will it be]]?

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-->'''Joker:''' Sometimes I wonder if [[spoiler:all this would just end with [[TonightSomeoneDies one of us looking down at the other's corpse, corpse]], [[NowWhat trying to work out what to do next]]? The only question is, whose body will it be]]?



** "You fell for the [[BodyDouble old fake Joker gag]], Batman!" [[spoiler:Spoken by the Clayface disguised as the "healthy Joker", no less.]]
** After briefly capturing Batman in the Steel Mill, Joker stops Harley from taking off Batman's mask. When she protests that she wants to know Batman's true identity, Joker replies "Nobody's who you think they are, my dear", foreshadowing the revelation that [[spoiler:the apparently cured Joker is not the real one]].
** Just before you need to infiltrate the Steel Mill for the second time, some EnemyChatter can be heard discussing The Joker's newfound health. One Mook says "It's like he was a completely different person before, but now he's back to his old self again." It's actually [[spoiler:the other way around.]]
** Using Detective Vision [[spoiler:during the fistfight with Joker later will reveal that what you're actually looking at ''is a humanoid form without bones'']].

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** [[spoiler: "You fell for the [[BodyDouble old fake Joker gag]], Batman!" [[spoiler:Spoken Spoken by the Clayface disguised as the "healthy Joker", no less.]]
** After briefly capturing Batman in the Steel Mill, Joker stops Harley from taking off Batman's mask. When she protests that she wants to know Batman's true identity, Joker replies [[spoiler: "Nobody's who you think they are, my dear", dear"]], foreshadowing the revelation that [[spoiler:the [[spoiler: the apparently cured Joker is not the real one]].
** Just before you need to infiltrate the Steel Mill for the second time, some EnemyChatter can be heard discussing The Joker's newfound health. One Mook says [[spoiler: "It's like he was a completely different person before, but now he's back to his old self again." "]] It's actually [[spoiler:the [[spoiler: the other way around.]]
** Using Detective Vision [[spoiler:during [[spoiler: during the fistfight with Joker later will reveal that what you're actually looking at ''is a humanoid form without bones'']].



** Deadshot, sans gear, is in front of you in the line during the opening sequence.

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** Deadshot, [[spoiler:Deadshot, sans gear, gear,]] is in front of you in the line during the opening sequence.



** Azrael can be seen watching you from the rooftops when you enter Arkham City as Bruce Wayne.
** There's also Azrael's grim little speech to Batman hinting at events in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.
** The museum has posters for Wonder City, the area Batman visits after cleaning out the museum.

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** Azrael [[spoiler:Azrael]] can be seen watching you from the rooftops when you enter Arkham City as Bruce Wayne.
** There's also Azrael's [[spoiler: Azrael]]'s grim little speech to Batman hinting at events later in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.
the series.
** The museum has posters for [[spoiler: Wonder City, the area Batman visits after cleaning out the museum.City]].



** There's foreshadowing to the events of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''; specifically, the role of the Scarecrow is alluded to in a well-hidden easter egg. [[spoiler:The boat filled with cockroaches and a screaming man you can find in the middle of the flooded downtown district, that was supposed to be delivered to Scarecrow.The glass-fronted cockroach boxes show up again in ''Knight'', on Stagg's airships.]]
** The ice cream truck Harley uses to crash into the church has "Mind the child" written on the front. This is the first hint in the game that Harley may (or may not) be pregnant.
** ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' gets in on the act, too. During a radio broadcast near the beginning, Commissioner Gordon cuts an interview with Vicki Vale short when she asks why no one has been allowed to see the Joker's body. In the flashback, when Batman is about to infiltrate the steel mill, talking to Gordon reveals that after the hostage situation is resolved, he needs Batman's help with "that other problem," which is left ominously unexplained (it is elaborated on more in the Endgame comic).
** You see dolled-up Mechanical Guardians posed around Harley's lair as soon as you walk in. [[spoiler:She sics a load of active ones on you at the DLC's end.]]
** After the battle with Mr. Freeze, when Batman opens the safe and finds that the cure has vanished, there are two Joker cards. One of them is faxed with a scribbled message that reads "Get well soon, Mr. J. XOXO"; the other is a physical one. [[spoiler:Both are clues that indicate that there are two Jokers, one of them real and the other actually Clayface.]]

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** There's foreshadowing to the events of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''; specifically, the role of the Scarecrow is alluded to in a well-hidden easter egg. [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The boat filled with cockroaches and a screaming man you can find in the middle of the flooded downtown district, that was supposed to be delivered to Scarecrow.The ]] This foreshadows events in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight. [[spoiler:The glass-fronted cockroach boxes show up again in ''Knight'', on Stagg's airships.]]
** The ice cream truck Harley uses to crash into the church has "Mind the child" written on the front. This [[spoiler:This is the first hint in the game that Harley may (or may not) be pregnant.
pregnant.]]
** ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' gets in on the act, too. During [[spoiler:During a radio broadcast near the beginning, Commissioner Gordon cuts an interview with Vicki Vale short when she asks why no one has been allowed to see the Joker's body. In the flashback, when Batman is about to infiltrate the steel mill, talking to Gordon reveals that after the hostage situation is resolved, he needs Batman's help with "that other problem," which is left ominously unexplained (it is elaborated on more in the Endgame comic).
comic).]]
** You also see dolled-up [[spoiler:dolled-up Mechanical Guardians Guardians]] posed around Harley's lair as soon as you walk in. [[spoiler:She sics a load of active ones on you at the DLC's end.]]
** After [[spoiler:After the battle with Mr. Freeze, when Batman opens the safe and finds that the cure has vanished, there are two Joker cards. One of them is faxed with a scribbled message that reads "Get well soon, Mr. J. XOXO"; the other is a physical one. [[spoiler:Both Both are clues that indicate that there are two Jokers, one of them real and the other actually Clayface.]]



* GambitPileup: Of epic proportions. [[spoiler:Hugo Strange and Ra's al-Ghul plan to gather Batman and all of Gotham's criminals in one place and slaughter them all, with Strange intent on breaking Batman's spirit in the process. Joker has Clayface impersonate him to keep up appearances, and kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to force him to make a cure for his disease. Penguin kidnaps Freeze to prevent his hated rival from getting said cure, as well as for his "collection," forcing the Joker to then infect Batman and thousands of ER patients to get him to rescue Freeze. Two-Face is building up his gang and preparing to go to war with Joker and Penguin. Riddler's once again out to prove he's smarter than Batman, and is willing to kill to do it. And to top it off, Catwoman plans to loot the prison's confiscated goods vault and escape. To cap off Hugo's scheme, Ra's is also running this as a test to see if either Batman or Hugo is a worthy successor, and is more than willing to execute ''both'' if they fail. And that's not even counting the smaller-scale schemes being run by Bane, Hush, Zsasz and Mad Hatter.]] In short, this game gives the dubious honor of having nearly every A-list Batman villain participating in a scheme worthy of their comics legacy (although ''some'' do get left out). Nearly every one of them is playing against the others, and the villains are arguably larger impediments to each other than Batman is; his job is to mostly keep the chaos contained.

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* GambitPileup: Of epic proportions. [[spoiler:Hugo [[spoiler: Hugo Strange and Ra's al-Ghul plan to gather Batman and all of Gotham's criminals in one place and slaughter them all, with Strange intent on breaking Batman's spirit in the process. Joker has Clayface impersonate him to keep up appearances, and kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to force him to make a cure for his disease. Penguin kidnaps Freeze to prevent his hated rival from getting said cure, as well as for his "collection," forcing the Joker to then infect Batman and thousands of ER patients to get him to rescue Freeze. Two-Face is building up his gang and preparing to go to war with Joker and Penguin. Riddler's once again out to prove he's smarter than Batman, and is willing to kill to do it. And to top it off, Catwoman plans to loot the prison's confiscated goods vault and escape. To cap off Hugo's scheme, Ra's is also running this as a test to see if either Batman or Hugo is a worthy successor, and is more than willing to execute ''both'' if they fail. And that's not even counting the smaller-scale schemes being run by Bane, Hush, Zsasz and Mad Hatter.]] In short, this game gives the dubious honor of having nearly every A-list Batman villain participating in a scheme worthy of their comics legacy (although ''some'' do get left out). Nearly every one of them is playing against the others, and the villains are arguably larger impediments to each other than Batman is; his job is to mostly keep the chaos contained.



** Harley's mooks from [[DownloadableContent "Harley Quinn's Revenge"]] share her normal outfit's color scheme and face paintings, and generally have a diamond motif somewhere on their torso, while armored ones wear makeshift metal armor and football helmets. The Harley Titan thug is a re-textured Penguin Titan Thug. [[spoiler:They also all wear black armbands with "R.I.P. Joker" on them.]]
** During Protocol 10, it's possible to find a few dead "Scarecrow Thugs," which are just reskinned Joker hoodie thugs.

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** Harley's mooks from [[DownloadableContent "Harley Quinn's Revenge"]] share her normal outfit's color scheme and face paintings, and generally have a diamond motif somewhere on their torso, while armored ones wear makeshift metal armor and football helmets. The Harley Titan thug is a re-textured Penguin Titan Thug. [[spoiler:They [[spoiler: They also all wear black armbands with "R.I.P. Joker" on them.]]
** During [[spoiler:During Protocol 10, it's possible to find a few dead "Scarecrow Thugs," which are just reskinned Joker hoodie thugs.]]



* GhostCity: The ruins of Old Gotham, as well as Wonder City, Ra's al-Ghul's failed underground Victorian utopia powered by a Lazarus pit.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler:Clayface]] can come off as one if you're not familiar with him from the comics or cartoons. One of the [[AllThereInTheManual Arkham City Stories]] does do a bit to foreshadow it, though.
* GoIntoTheLight: While near death from being poisoned by the Joker, Batman sees a bright light with his parents standing in it calling him to join them.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:The Joker dies smiling at Batman's joke (that he would have saved him if he could despite everything he's done) in the very end of the game.]] The French translation deserve a note here since the expression [[spoiler: the Joker used, "c'est à mourir de rire." can be roughly translated to "It's to die of laugh."]]

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* GhostCity: The ruins of Old Gotham, as well as Wonder City, [[spoiler: Ra's al-Ghul's al-Ghul]]'s failed underground Victorian utopia powered by [[spoiler: a Lazarus pit.
pit]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler:Clayface]] [[spoiler: Clayface]] can come off as one if you're not familiar with him from the comics or cartoons. One of the [[AllThereInTheManual Arkham City Stories]] does do a bit to foreshadow it, though.
* GoIntoTheLight: While near death from [[spoiler:from being poisoned by the Joker, Batman Batman]] sees a bright light with his parents [[spoiler:his parents]] standing in it calling him to join them.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:The Joker dies smiling at Batman's joke (that he would have saved him if he could despite everything he's done) in the very end of the game.]] ]]
**
The French translation deserve a note here since the expression [[spoiler: the Joker used, "c'est à mourir de rire." can be roughly translated to "It's to die of laugh."]]



* HandicappedBadass: The Abramovici twins, a pair of EliteMooks each working for Penguin and Joker, are both missing an arm. Enemy chatter involves the rumor that they were ConjoinedTwins working in a circus freakshow before being separated (which is confirmed in the Arkham City Story about them). You can later find a Joker mook talking with some others about how watching it convinced him to switch sides.

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* HandicappedBadass: The Abramovici twins, a pair of EliteMooks each working for Penguin and Joker, are both missing an arm. Enemy chatter involves the rumor that they were ConjoinedTwins working in a circus freakshow before being separated (which [[spoiler:(Which is confirmed in the Arkham City Story about them).them)]]. You can later find a Joker mook talking with some others about how watching it convinced him to switch sides.



%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: In a very strange, dark, twisted way, Batman and Joker. This can be especially seen through Joker's voicemails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEnbNAgK7v4 Example]], especially the very last one.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Batman can interrogate Riddler's henchmen in this manner, depending whether or not the player is near a ledge. Also Batman's preferred method of questioning Quincy Sharp during a cutscene.

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%%* * HeterosexualLifePartners: In a very strange, dark, twisted way, Batman [[spoiler:Batman and Joker. Joker]].
**
This can be especially seen through Joker's [[spoiler:Joker]]'s voicemails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEnbNAgK7v4 Example]], especially the very last one.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Batman can interrogate Riddler's henchmen in this manner, depending whether or not the player is near a ledge. Also Batman's preferred method of questioning Quincy Sharp [[spoiler:Quincy Sharp]] during a cutscene.



* HijackedByGanon:
** [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul is the actual BigBad. Also, Joker has to be dealt with after Strange and Ra's are defeated.]]

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* HijackedByGanon:
**
HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul is the actual BigBad. Also, Joker has to be dealt with after Strange and Ra's are defeated.]]



* HisNameIs: The first of Deadshot's victims is killed just as he's about to tell Batman the specifics of his work during the construction of Arkham City.

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* HisNameIs: The first of Deadshot's victims is killed just as he's about to tell Batman the specifics of [[spoiler: his work during the construction of Arkham City.City]].



* HonorBeforeReason: Arkham City's ending heavily emphasizes Batman's tendencies toward this trope, to the point of it actually being disturbing. [[spoiler:As the Joker is dying, Batman reveals that he had fully intended to save him. He would have done this, knowing full well that the Joker would just break out of confinement and murder more people]].

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* HonorBeforeReason: Arkham City's ending heavily emphasizes Batman's tendencies toward this trope, to the point of it actually being disturbing. [[spoiler:As [[spoiler: As the Joker is dying, Batman reveals that he had fully intended to save him. He would have done this, knowing full well that the Joker would just break out of confinement and murder more people]].



* HypocriticalHumor: At the end of Catwoman's campaign, she groans about Two-Face's obsession with his "2" theme. Despite her own tendency to make cat puns.
* IdiotBall: Joker [[spoiler:trying to get the cure he needs from Batman by stabbing him in the arm carrying it who then drops it. Made even worse by the fact Batman would have cured him had Joker not made him drop the cure. One could argue that Joker's mind was going, and/or he was too desperate to think straight]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: At the end of Catwoman's campaign, she [[spoiler:she groans about Two-Face's obsession with his "2" theme. Despite her own tendency to make cat puns.
puns.]]
* IdiotBall: Joker [[spoiler:trying [[spoiler: trying to get the cure he needs from Batman by stabbing him in the arm carrying it who then drops it. Made even worse by the fact Batman would have cured him had Joker not made him drop the cure. One could argue that Joker's mind was going, and/or he was too desperate to think straight]].



** Hugo Strange kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to bring him to Arkham City and ensure his cooperation. He later gives her to Joker, so he can force Freeze to find a cure for his disease. One of the side missions involves finding out where her cryo-box is being stored so Freeze can get her back.

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** [[spoiler: Hugo Strange kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to bring him to Arkham City and ensure his cooperation. He later gives her to Joker, so he can force Freeze to find a cure for his disease. One of the side missions involves finding out where her cryo-box is being stored so Freeze can get her back.]]



** ''Again'' during the events of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''. When a mook [[LampshadeHanging cagily whispers to Harley that she's just done this]], Harley defensively tries to claim ([[BadLiar and not very well]]) that she was lying.
* ImAHumanitarian: Some of the dialog you can overhear suggests that some of the inmates have taken to eating other humans to survive, since the three major supervillain factions have been hoarding the food the guards drop in, and it tastes like crap anyways.
%%** Killer Croc

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** [[spoiler: ''Again'' during the events of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''. When a mook [[LampshadeHanging cagily whispers to Harley that she's just done this]], Harley defensively tries to claim ([[BadLiar and not very well]]) that she was lying.
lying.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: ImAHumanitarian:
**
Some of the dialog you can overhear suggests that some of the inmates have taken to eating other humans to survive, since the three major supervillain factions have been hoarding the food the guards drop in, and it tastes like crap anyways.
%%** ** Killer Croc



* InstantWinCondition: In Catwoman's final fight with Two-Face in the museum, he will not stop spawning guards if they are discovered. However, if you defeat Two-Face, the cutscene acts as if the other half-dozen armed men aren't in the room any more.

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* InstantWinCondition: In Catwoman's final fight [[spoiler: with Two-Face in the museum, he will not stop spawning guards if they are discovered. However, if you defeat Two-Face, the cutscene acts as if the other half-dozen armed men aren't in the room any more.more]].



* InterfaceScrew: The baseball bats and stun-sticks return, performing the same function as before. A subtle story version occurs when Batman is heading to Wonder City for the first time, as the poison has begun to take its toll. The camera ''ever'' so gradually starts skewing to the left and right like a seesaw, to reflect Batman's sickly state.
* InterfaceSpoiler:
** Using Detective Mode during the fight with [[spoiler:Joker and his goons]] will reveal an impostor long before they are to be revealed.

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* InterfaceScrew: The baseball bats and stun-sticks return, performing the same function as before. A subtle story version occurs when Batman is [[spoiler: heading to Wonder City for the first time, as the poison has begun to take its toll. toll]]. The camera ''ever'' so gradually starts skewing to the left and right like a seesaw, to reflect [[spoiler: Batman's sickly state.
state]].
* InterfaceSpoiler:
**
InterfaceSpoiler: Using Detective Mode [[spoiler:Detective Mode]] during the fight with [[spoiler:Joker and his goons]] will reveal an impostor long [[spoiler:who his BodyDouble is before they are to be revealed.you find out in the story]].



** Thanks for buying the Game of the Year Edition! We'll go ahead and start your model gallery off with the non-spoileriffic costume models, and the super-spoileriffic [[spoiler:Mourning Harley]] model!

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** Thanks for buying the Game of the Year Edition! We'll go ahead and start your model gallery off with the non-spoileriffic costume models, and the super-spoileriffic [[spoiler:Mourning [[spoiler: Mourning Harley]] model!



* IronicEcho:
** Between Batman & Mr. Freeze: "You look unwell."

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* IronicEcho:
**
IronicEcho: Between Batman & Mr. Freeze: Freeze:[[spoiler: "You look unwell.""]]



* Irony: The first police officer from the GCPD to die? Agent Best.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure:
** When playing as Catwoman, you can choose to leave Batman to die by a missile sent by Strange, so Catwoman can steal a ton of valuables and money. Naturally, this results in a DownerEnding.
** Also, in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', take too long during the scene where Batman must disarm the bombs, and you see Gordon watch the building Batman, Robin and Harley are in explode along with Gordon saying [[LittleNo "no"]].
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Done to Mr. Freeze by Batman. Batman pulls out a vial of supercoolant keeping Freeze alive outside his suit and slowly pours it out until Freeze reveals the secret to beating his weaponry (currently possessed by the Penguin). He also threatens to do this to the Riddler's spies.

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* Irony: [[spoiler: The first police officer from the GCPD to die? Agent Best.
Best.]]
* ItsAWonderfulFailure:
**
ItsAWonderfulFailure: When playing as Catwoman, you can choose [[spoiler:choose to leave Batman to die by a missile sent by Strange, so Catwoman can steal a ton of valuables and money.money]]. Naturally, this results in a DownerEnding.
** Also, in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', take too long during the [[spoiler:the scene where Batman must disarm the bombs, bombs]], and you see Gordon watch the [[spoiler:the building Batman, Robin and Harley are in explode along with Gordon saying [[LittleNo "no"]].
"no"]].]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Done to Mr. Freeze [[spoiler:Mr. Freeze]] by Batman. Batman [[spoiler:Batman pulls out a vial of supercoolant keeping Freeze alive outside his suit and slowly pours it out until Freeze reveals the secret to beating his weaponry (currently possessed by the Penguin).Penguin)]]. He also threatens to do this to the Riddler's spies.



* JokerImmunity: [[spoiler:Averted.]]



* KarmaHoudini:
** Even though Batman plans on taking him down as soon as he is finished in Arkham City, [[spoiler:Hush nevertheless escapes from the game with every murder he commited.]]
** Black Mask to a lesser extent. Though he did not even appear in the main story in the first place, a riddle figures that he escaped (and we do not know if he was escaping over dead bodies). And he WAS a prisoner after all.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Joker stabbing Batman in the shoulder leads to the cure vial getting dropped and destroyed, and the Titan formula ''he'' created is what ends up killing him in the end.]]
* KentBrockmanNews:
** Vicki Vale and [[ComicBook/TheCreeper Jack Ryder]] undergo a very public feud of opinions regarding the construction of Arkham City in the prequel comic. Played with, in that Jack is actually [[TheWarOnStraw deliberately playing the role]] of [[StrawmanPolitical the hard-line conservative]] [[ForTheLulz for his own kicks]].
** After you rescue Vicki, she begins a news report on the deplorable conditions in the city.
* KickTheDog: While some of the political prisoners have been thrown into Arkham City for pragmatic if evil reasons, most of them appear to be people who helped build Arkham City's wall or control tower. While ShootTheBuilder is a known trope, the game doesn't show that there's anything special or secret about either building, and thus there seems little point to locking them up. Besides possibly preventing RootingForTheEmpire [[spoiler:when Strange reveals he wants to kill everyone in Arkham City.]]

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* KarmaHoudini:
**
KarmaHoudini: Even though Batman plans on taking him down as soon as he is finished in Arkham City, [[spoiler:Hush [[spoiler: Hush nevertheless escapes from the game with every murder he commited.]]
** [[spoiler: Black Mask Mask]] to a lesser extent. Though he did not even appear in the main story in the first place, a riddle figures that he escaped (and we do not know if he was escaping over dead bodies). And he WAS a prisoner after all.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Joker [[spoiler: Joker stabbing Batman in the shoulder leads to the cure vial getting dropped and destroyed, and the Titan formula ''he'' created is what ends up killing him in the end.]]
* KentBrockmanNews:
**
KentBrockmanNews: Vicki Vale and [[ComicBook/TheCreeper Jack Ryder]] undergo a very public feud of opinions regarding the construction of Arkham City in the prequel comic. Played with, in that Jack is actually [[TheWarOnStraw deliberately playing the role]] of [[StrawmanPolitical the hard-line conservative]] [[ForTheLulz for his own kicks]].
** After you rescue Vicki, [[spoiler:Vicki]], she begins a news report on the deplorable conditions in the city.
* KickTheDog: While some of the political prisoners have been thrown into Arkham City for pragmatic if evil reasons, most of them appear to be people who helped build Arkham City's wall or control tower. While ShootTheBuilder is a known trope, the game doesn't show that there's anything special or secret about either building, and thus there seems little point to locking them up. Besides possibly preventing RootingForTheEmpire [[spoiler:when [[spoiler: when Strange reveals he wants to kill everyone in Arkham City.]]



** Quincy Sharp. He ordered Tyger to round up anyone they deemed a criminal, ''regardless if they served their sentence or not''. If you've got any sort of criminal record, you're dumped in with the psychos. One issue of the prequel comic begins with Sharp's goons attempting to arrest ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain the Carpenter]]'' of all people.
** Strange is even worse. [[spoiler:His plan is to kill every inmate in Arkham City, believing that this elevates him to the status of Gotham's savior. Even when confronted by Batman, Strange revels in the "glorious" sight of Arkham City burning, killing hundreds of inmates.]]
** The League of Assassins, as led by Ra's al Ghul. Throughout the campaign in Wonder City, both Ra's and Talia speak of creating a "better world" as they try to convince Batman to [[WeCanRuleTogether join their crusade]], and during Ra's' boss fight, Talia states that only the League of Assassins can "wipe [the world] clean of the scum of humanity". [[spoiler:Ra's also funded Strange's plans for Arkham City, fully supporting the plot to massacre the criminal population. Ra's even declares that Protocol 10 would only be the beginning of his efforts, again offering Batman the chance of joining him.]]

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** Quincy Sharp. He [[spoiler:He ordered Tyger to round up anyone they deemed a criminal, ''regardless if they served their sentence or not''. If you've got any sort of criminal record, you're dumped in with the psychos. One issue of the prequel comic begins with Sharp's goons attempting to arrest ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain the Carpenter]]'' of all people.
people.]]
** Strange is even worse. [[spoiler:His [[spoiler: His plan is to kill every inmate in Arkham City, believing that this elevates him to the status of Gotham's savior. Even when confronted by Batman, Strange revels in the "glorious" sight of Arkham City burning, killing hundreds of inmates.]]
** The League of Assassins, as led by Ra's al Ghul. Throughout the campaign in Wonder City, both Ra's and Talia speak of creating a "better world" as they try to convince Batman to [[WeCanRuleTogether join their crusade]], and during Ra's' boss fight, Talia states that only the League of Assassins can "wipe [the world] clean of the scum of humanity". [[spoiler:Ra's [[spoiler: Ra's also funded Strange's plans for Arkham City, fully supporting the plot to massacre the criminal population. Ra's even declares that Protocol 10 would only be the beginning of his efforts, again offering Batman the chance of joining him.]]]]
** We also have a literal example in [[spoiler:Azrael]].



* LaserGuidedKarma:
** [[spoiler:The Riddler]] ends up in the exact same predicament that he had put his victims in.
** After torturing and murdering countless patients in Arkham Asylum, taking credit for stopping Joker's plot after ''Arkham Asylum'', using that to become mayor, and getting Arkham City approved it's pretty easy to have zero sympathy for Quincy Sharp after Strange has him thrown into Arkham City. Even if you've [[AllThereInTheManual brushed up on your backstory]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma:
** [[spoiler:The
LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: The Riddler]] ends up in the exact same predicament that he had put his victims in.
** After [[spoiler: torturing and murdering countless patients in Arkham Asylum, taking credit for stopping Joker's plot after ''Arkham Asylum'', using that to become mayor, and getting Arkham City approved approved]] it's pretty easy to have zero sympathy for [[spoiler: Quincy Sharp Sharp]] after Strange has him thrown into Arkham City. Even if you've [[AllThereInTheManual brushed up on your backstory]].



** It's also lampshaded by Joker in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiIHA453YE&feature=related his video for winning the Spike Video Games Awards for Best Character,]] where he tosses out a script book titled "Batman: Arkham World Script" before saying "Whoops, ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} spoilers...]]''" Speaking of "spoilers", near the end, the Joker calls Batman through the intercom:

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** It's also lampshaded by Joker in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiIHA453YE&feature=related his video for winning the Spike Video Games Awards for Best Character,]] where he tosses out a script book titled "Batman: Arkham World Script" before saying "Whoops, ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} spoilers...]]''" Speaking of "spoilers", near the end, the [[spoiler:fake]] Joker calls Batman through the intercom:



* TheManBehindTheMan: If you [[AllThereInTheManual listen to the interview tapes]], it's revealed that Professor Strange was behind a lot of the subplots in the game; he told Catwoman where Two-Face's datapad that she wanted to steal was, told Two-Face that Catwoman was going to steal it, told Mr. Freeze that it was the Joker who had captured Nora, and supplied Penguin with weapons and informed of the GCPD officers which had infiltrated his gang. Ever TheChessmaster indeed.
%%** Hugo Strange to Warden Sharp, [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul to Hugo Strange.]]
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack:
** When Two-Face is about to host Catwoman's trial, his good half and bad half debate what they should do: the Good half mentions they need to gain respect in the town if they are to last in the town. The Bad Half wants the town to fear them, thus kill her immediately. The Good half is reluctant to kill Catwoman, at least not immediately, as they are in a courthouse, a place of justice, and the Bad Half says they should screw justice, kill Catwoman, and be done with it. (Seeing as the "trial" would have [[KangarooCourt been a joke]], this is a MortonsFork for Catwoman anyway.)
** Another example, when the fully-healed Joker is revealed, he sees himself as his sick self in the mirror before he turns around to reveal his fully-healed face to Batman for the first time. [[spoiler:However, it is '''not''' a mirror, it's actually thick glass, and the Joker in the "mirror" is the real Joker. The one outside it is actually Clayface.]]

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Hugo Strange to Warden Sharp, [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul to Hugo Strange.]]
**
If you [[AllThereInTheManual listen to the interview tapes]], it's [[spoiler:it's revealed that Professor Strange was behind a lot of the subplots in the game; he told Catwoman where Two-Face's datapad that she wanted to steal was, told Two-Face that Catwoman was going to steal it, told Mr. Freeze that it was the Joker who had captured Nora, and supplied Penguin with weapons and informed of the GCPD officers which had infiltrated his gang. ]] Ever TheChessmaster indeed.
%%** Hugo Strange to Warden Sharp, [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul to Hugo Strange.]]
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack:
**
TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: When Two-Face is about to host Catwoman's trial, his good half and bad half debate what they should do: the Good half mentions they need to gain respect in the town if they are to last in the town. The Bad Half wants the town to fear them, thus kill her immediately. The Good half is reluctant to kill Catwoman, at least not immediately, as they are in a courthouse, a place of justice, and the Bad Half says they should screw justice, kill Catwoman, and be done with it. (Seeing as the "trial" would have [[KangarooCourt been a joke]], this is a MortonsFork for Catwoman anyway.)
** Another example, [[spoiler: although a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion: when the fully-healed Joker is revealed, he sees himself as his sick self in the mirror before he turns around to reveal his fully-healed face to Batman for the first time. [[spoiler:However, reveal. However, it is '''not''' a mirror, it's actually thick glass, and the Joker in the "mirror" is the real Joker. The one outside it is actually Clayface.]]



%%** [[spoiler: {{Killer Robot}}s]]

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%%** ** [[spoiler: {{Killer Robot}}s]]



%%* MsFanservice: Catwoman, Harley, Ivy, and Talia.

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%%* * MsFanservice: Catwoman, Harley, Ivy, and Talia.



* MushroomSamba: At one point, Batman drinks some Lazarus Pit and goes on a strange trip through a swirling desert while Ra's al Ghul eggs him on.

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* MushroomSamba: At one point, Batman [[spoiler: drinks some Lazarus Pit and goes on a strange trip through a swirling desert while Ra's al Ghul eggs him on.on]].



** [[spoiler:Joker's last words were slightly similar to his last words in WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker.]]

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** [[spoiler:Joker's [[spoiler: Joker's last words were slightly similar to his last words in WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker.]]



** Even though the person who says it is different, the game ends with [[spoiler:Batman telling Joker a joke that the two both find funny]], much like the rather open-ended ending of ComicBook/TheKillingJoke.

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** Even though the person who says it is different, the game ends with [[spoiler:Batman [[spoiler: Batman telling Joker a joke that the two both find funny]], much like the rather open-ended ending of ComicBook/TheKillingJoke.



** There are strong similarities to ''No Man's Land'', and as such has at least one ShoutOut--the code word for the undercover cops in Penguin's crew, to identify them, is "Sarah", Gordon's wife, murdered by the Joker in that story.

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** There are strong similarities to ''No Man's Land'', and as such has at least one ShoutOut--the ShoutOut--[[spoiler: the code word for the undercover cops in Penguin's crew, to identify them, is "Sarah", Gordon's wife, murdered by the Joker in that story.]]



** When Catwoman's apartment explodes, there is a shot of her lying on the ground surrounded by cats, very similar to a shot used in ''Batman Returns'' when Selina is thrown out of a window and apparently killed. Incidentally, both scenes involve her being defenestrated.

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** When [[spoiler: Catwoman's apartment explodes, explodes]], there is a shot of her lying on the ground surrounded by cats, very similar to a shot used in ''Batman Returns'' when Selina is thrown [[spoiler:thrown out of a window and apparently killed. Incidentally, both scenes involve her being defenestrated.defenestrated]].



** The mission in which you find Nora is called [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "Heart of Ice"]].
** Upon rescuing Vicki Vale from the Joker's snipers, Batman uses the Line Launcher (he usually uses the Grappling hook, which makes this stand out more). Batman using the Line Launcher to save Vicki Vale from Joker's thugs [[Film/{{Batman}} has been done before.]] Another reference to the movie is the fact that her weight is listed as 121 lbs, rather than the 108 lbs she claimed, which Batman called her out on, and that she's blonde here, as was KimBasinger's Vicki in that film.

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** The mission in which you [[spoiler: find Nora Nora]] is called [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "Heart of Ice"]].
** Upon [[spoiler:Upon rescuing Vicki Vale from the Joker's snipers, Batman uses the Line Launcher (he usually uses the Grappling hook, which makes this stand out more). Batman using the Line Launcher to save Vicki Vale from Joker's thugs [[Film/{{Batman}} has been done before.]] ]]]] Another reference to the movie is the fact that her weight is listed as 121 lbs, rather than the 108 lbs she claimed, which Batman called her out on, and that she's blonde here, as was KimBasinger's Vicki in that film.



** The Krank Co. Toys building (Bane's hideout) is a reference to Cosmo Krank, A.K.A. the Toymaker, a CanonForeigner villain from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' and the former C.E.O. of Krank Co. Toys.

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** The Krank Co. Toys building (Bane's hideout) ([[spoiler: Bane's hideout]]) is a reference to Cosmo Krank, A.K.A. the Toymaker, a CanonForeigner villain from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' and the former C.E.O. of Krank Co. Toys.



* NewGamePlus: Allows you to start the game over with all of your previously gotten gadgets and upgrades, but disables counter icons, gives you better-equipped mooks right from the start, makes them more aggressive and gives most bosses extra health while also disabling AntiFrustrationFeatures for the Mr. Freeze fight described above. Annoyingly enough, you can only have a single NewGamePlus per file and no option to start one over from beginning.

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* NewGamePlus: Allows you to start the game over with all of your previously gotten gadgets and upgrades, but disables counter icons, gives you better-equipped mooks right from the start, makes them more aggressive and gives most bosses extra health while also disabling AntiFrustrationFeatures for the [[spoiler: Mr. Freeze Freeze]] fight described above. Annoyingly enough, you can only have a single NewGamePlus per file and no option to start one over from beginning.



** During the Catwoman missions, you can choose whether to go to Batman's rescue or get out of Arkham City with her newly gained loot. The one that furthers the plot is saving Batman. Being selfish cuts to the credits, with a panicked voiceover by Oracle, sending out a distress call as Joker brings Gotham to its knees without Batman to protect it. The game then rewinds back to the decision point to let you "choose" to save Batman.

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** During the Catwoman missions, [[spoiler: you can choose whether to go to Batman's rescue or get out of Arkham City with her newly gained loot. The one that furthers the plot is saving Batman. Being selfish cuts to the credits, with a panicked voiceover by Oracle, sending out a distress call as Joker brings Gotham to its knees without Batman to protect it. The game then rewinds back to the decision point to let you "choose" to save Batman.Batman]].



* OffscreenInertia: Twice in the game, Batman rescues someone, and tells them to stay put and remain in hiding. They both turn out to still be where he left them, hours later, even if new bad guys have moved into the location. This is lampshaded in the dialogue of one of them, and the other attacks Batman with a lead pipe when he returns, not realizing it was him. This is an improvement for them over ''Arkham Asylum'', where the majority of people you save will be murdered the second you leave the area.

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* OffscreenInertia: Twice in the game, Batman rescues someone, and tells them to stay put and remain in hiding. They both turn out to still be where he left them, hours later, even if new bad guys have moved into the location. location.
**
This is lampshaded in the dialogue of one of them, [[spoiler: and the other attacks Batman with a lead pipe when he returns, not realizing it was him. him.]]
**
This is an improvement for them over ''Arkham Asylum'', where the majority of people you save will be murdered the second you leave the area.



** In the story, Batman has this reaction near the end, when he pieces together that [[spoiler:the Joker that Talia just "killed" [[BodyDouble isn't really the Joker.]]]]

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** In the story, Batman has this reaction near the end, when he pieces together that [[spoiler:the [[spoiler: the Joker that Talia just "killed" [[BodyDouble isn't really the Joker.]]]]



** When Batman starts to feel the effects of Joker's poisonous blood, the camera sways and tilts subtly when stationary until he drinks the Blood of the Demon to cure it temporarily.

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** When Batman starts to [[spoiler: feel the effects of Joker's poisonous blood, blood]], the camera sways and tilts subtly when stationary until he [[spoiler: drinks the Blood of the Demon to cure it temporarily.temporarily]].



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Throughout the game, when you use the cryptographic sequencer on the panels, the correct word combination is typically one that relates to whomever set it up, or is otherwise very appropriate for the situation. For example, to get out of the room that the Identity Thief locks you in, it's "Mockingbird". To open the door that Hugo Strange is standing behind towards the end of the game, it's "Gotham Savior". To get into [[spoiler: Scarecrow's secret hatch,]] it's "City Of Terror". And with panels that were set up by the Riddler, the solution is always something like "Enigma" or "Conundrum". Additionally, the password used by members of Commissioner Gordon's elite team to identify themselves is "Sarah" -- the name of Gordon's second wife.

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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Throughout the game, when you use the cryptographic sequencer on the panels, the correct word combination is typically one that relates to whomever set it up, or is otherwise very appropriate for the situation. For example, to get out of the room that the Identity Thief [[spoiler:Hush]] locks you in, it's "Mockingbird". To open the door that Hugo Strange is standing behind towards the end of the game, it's "Gotham Savior". To get into [[spoiler: Scarecrow's secret hatch,]] it's "City Of Terror". And with panels that were set up by the Riddler, the solution is always something like "Enigma" or "Conundrum". "Conundrum".
**
Additionally, the password used by members of Commissioner Gordon's elite team to identify themselves is "Sarah" -- the name of Gordon's second wife.



* PlayingTheHeartStrings:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRCseft5N8 "A Rose for Respect"]], played when you look at the rose and pause for a few minutes of silence, uninterrupted.

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* PlayingTheHeartStrings:
**
PlayingTheHeartStrings: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRCseft5N8 "A Rose for Respect"]], played when you look at the rose and pause for a few minutes of silence, uninterrupted.



** You get a helpful message from Alfred that Lucius Fox has synthesized a cure and it's been deposited by Bat-Missile onto a nearby roof. Sounds like a pretty important side-objective, huh? [[spoiler:Too bad the whole thing was entirely a fabrication of your own imagination after Mad Hatter put the whammy on you remotely.If you return to that rooftop later, you'll find, instead of a Bat-Missile, a picnic blanket with an elaborate tea-set.]]
** The achievement for defeating Solomon Grundy appears... [[spoiler:before he's actually defeated!]]

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** [[spoiler: You get a helpful message from Alfred that Lucius Fox has synthesized a cure and it's been deposited by Bat-Missile onto a nearby roof. Sounds like a pretty important side-objective, huh? [[spoiler:Too Too bad the whole thing was entirely a fabrication of your own imagination after Mad Hatter put the whammy on you remotely.If you return to that rooftop later, you'll find, instead of a Bat-Missile, a picnic blanket with an elaborate tea-set.]]
** The [[spoiler:The achievement for defeating Solomon Grundy appears... [[spoiler:before before he's actually defeated!]]



* PrivateMilitaryContractors:
** TYGER's front. In actuality, they are Blackgate inmates who have been brainwashed.

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* PrivateMilitaryContractors:
**
PrivateMilitaryContractors: TYGER's front. In [[spoiler:In actuality, they are Blackgate inmates who have been brainwashed.]]



* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: There's a brief bit of enemy chatter that discusses this. Sometime after the courthouse, you can hear some guys talking about Batman rescuing Catwoman. One of them asks why Batman would save Catwoman, since she's a thief like them. Another snarks back "She's better looking than you". In the actual story, there's [[spoiler:Batman wanting to save Talia more than everyone in Arkham City because he cares about her more]], though he's convinced otherwise.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: There's a brief bit of enemy chatter that discusses this. Sometime after the courthouse, you can hear some guys talking about Batman rescuing Catwoman. One of them asks why Batman would save Catwoman, since she's a thief like them. Another snarks back "She's better looking than you". In the actual story, there's [[spoiler:Batman [[spoiler: Batman wanting to save Talia more than everyone in Arkham City because he cares about her more]], though he's convinced otherwise.



** Hugo Strange, and more specifically, in his capacity as "therapist" to Quincy Sharp.

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** Hugo Strange, and more specifically, in his capacity as "therapist" to [[spoiler: Quincy Sharp.Sharp]].



* PuttingOnTheReich / ANaziByAnyOtherName : Hugo Strange has a very Mengele vibe about him while TYGER operates much like a SecretPolice under his rule. Gotham eventually becomes a PoliceState after Arkham City is created, and then there's [[spoiler:Protocol 10]].

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* PuttingOnTheReich / ANaziByAnyOtherName : Hugo Strange has a very Mengele vibe about him while TYGER operates much like a SecretPolice under his rule. Gotham eventually becomes a PoliceState after Arkham City is created, and then there's [[spoiler:Protocol 10]].[[spoiler:[[FinalSolution Protocol 10]]]].



** Solomon Grundy regenerates so quickly that he's effectively immune to all physical attacks. Trying to beat him up will get you nowhere.
** Mr. Freeze quickly adapts after each beatdown you give him, forcing you to find several different ways of stunning him or catching him off guard.

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** Solomon Grundy [[spoiler:Solomon Grundy]] regenerates so quickly that he's effectively immune to all physical attacks. Trying to beat him up will get you nowhere.
** Mr. Freeze [[spoiler:Mr. Freeze]] quickly adapts after each beatdown you give him, forcing you to find several different ways of stunning him or catching him off guard.



** Also just after fighting Ra's al Ghul, you get to the subway entrance where a armored Joker Thug is convincing a large group of Penguin thugs to join up with the Joker after the recent defeat of The Penguin.

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** Also just after fighting Ra's [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul, Ghul]], you get to the subway entrance where a armored Joker Thug is convincing a large group of Penguin thugs to join up with the Joker after the recent defeat of The Penguin.



* RedHerring:
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the revelation that Quincy Sharp was actually writing all of the "Spirit of Amadeus Arkham" inscriptions seriously called his sanity into question, and led many fans to suspect that he would be the BigBad of the sequel. In reality, his role in ''Arkham City'' is minimal--he is merely a pawn of Dr. Strange, and he gets thrown into Arkham City himself about halfway through the game. His morbid obsession with Amadeus Arkham is explained as a manifestation of Strange's brainwashing (similarly to Mad Hatter's "cure").

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* RedHerring:
**
RedHerring: In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the revelation that Quincy Sharp [[spoiler: was actually writing all of the "Spirit of Amadeus Arkham" inscriptions inscriptions]] seriously called his sanity into question, and led many fans to suspect that he would be the BigBad of the sequel. In reality, his role in ''Arkham City'' is minimal--he is merely a pawn of Dr. Strange, and he gets thrown into Arkham City himself about halfway through the game. His [[spoiler: morbid obsession with Amadeus Arkham is explained as a manifestation of Strange's brainwashing (similarly to Mad Hatter's "cure")."cure")]].



** As of "Harley Quinn's Revenge", Harley's pregnancy. Go to where you saw the first pregnancy test and you see a box of them warning of "false positives." This might explain why she's even crazier in the DLC.

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** As of "Harley Quinn's Revenge", Harley's pregnancy. [[spoiler:Harley's pregnancy]]. Go to where you saw the first pregnancy test [[spoiler:pregnancy test]] and you see a box of them warning of "false positives." This might explain why she's even crazier in the DLC.



* RockPaperScissors: During one sidequest at the Steel Mill when you have to rescue Nora Fries, you'll notice some of the inmates decide to play a game of "Rock-Paper-Scissors" to see who can start a business. One of them tries to cheat with a gun and dynamite, both of which aren't allowed and don't work on paper. HilarityEnsues.

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* RockPaperScissors: During one sidequest at the Steel Mill when [[spoiler:when you have to rescue Nora Fries, Fries]], you'll notice some of the inmates decide to play a game of "Rock-Paper-Scissors" to see who can start a business. One of them tries to cheat with a gun and dynamite, both of which aren't allowed and don't work on paper. HilarityEnsues.



* SadisticChoice: After Protocol 10 goes into effect, Batman has the choice of [[spoiler:going to rescue Talia from the Joker, sacrificing thousands of lives in the process, or stopping Protocol 10 and potentially letting Talia die]]. Unlike most examples within video games, the choice is already made for the player.
* SaveTheVillain:
** Deconstructed. [[spoiler:The Joker himself notes that Batman would never let him die if the means to save him were in his power, but the trope itself is soundly averted when Joker tries to take it from him by force and destroys the vial containing the cure.]]

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* SadisticChoice: After Protocol [[spoiler:Protocol 10 goes into effect, effect]], Batman has the choice of [[spoiler:going to rescue Talia from the Joker, sacrificing thousands of lives in the process, or stopping Protocol 10 and potentially letting Talia die]]. Unlike most examples within video games, the choice is already made for the player.
player; [[spoiler: see WhatTheHellHero below]].
* SaveTheVillain:
**
SaveTheVillain: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:The Joker himself notes that Batman would never let him die if the means to save him were in his power, but the trope itself is soundly averted when Joker tries to take it from him by force and destroys the vial containing the cure.]]



* SelfDestructMechanism: [[spoiler:Protocol 11 is this for Wonder Tower.]]

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* SelfDestructMechanism: [[spoiler:Protocol [[spoiler: Protocol 11 is this for Wonder Tower.]]



** {{ComicBook/Azrael}}'s ominous words about Batman and Gotham going up in flames sometime in the future. He actually predicted the events of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight.
** [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne impersonator Thomas Elliot (aka Hush) being at large in Gotham]]. Batman makes a mental note to track down the latter once he leaves Arkham City. He eventually reappears in a mission in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' called Friend in Need.
** In a lesser degree, you can visit Calendar Man as Catwoman. He states that he might pay a visit to her (or her father) soon. Also after you visit him on the 12 dates related to his achievement, visit his cell again and [[spoiler:it will be empty, with a Two-Face goon hanging from the ceiling within.]]

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** [[spoiler: {{ComicBook/Azrael}}'s ominous words about Batman and Gotham going up in flames sometime in the future. He actually predicted the events of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight.
VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight.]]
** [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne impersonator Thomas Elliot (aka Hush) being at large in Gotham]]. Batman makes a mental note to track down the latter once he leaves Arkham City. He eventually reappears in a mission in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight called Friend in Need.
** In a lesser degree, you can visit Calendar Man as Catwoman. He states that he might pay a visit to her (or her father) soon. Also after you visit him on the 12 dates related to his achievement, visit his cell again and [[spoiler:it [[spoiler: it will be empty, with a Two-Face goon hanging from the ceiling within.]]



** There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7ibNc8vjWE hidden hatch]] that hints at [[spoiler: Scarecrow]]'s return.

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** There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7ibNc8vjWE hidden hatch]] that hints at [[spoiler: Scarecrow]]'s return. Judging by the contents of the ship, [[spoiler:he may be working in tandem with Bedbug]], who made a brief cameo in the Arkham City comics.



** Two-Face's role might belong here as well, at least going by the main campaign; he starts off the game as the leader of the weakest of the three main power-blocs vying for control of Arkham City, is easily taken out by Batman and Catwoman early on, who just leaving him hanging in the courthouse, and looks poised to be overrun by the forces of the Joker and the Penguin combined. By the end of the game, he's in a pretty good position to be Arkham City / Gotham's new major crime-lord. Two-Face actually works with Penguin in ''Arkham Knight''.
** Doubling as a CallBack to the previous game, in the PlayableEpilogue, if you return to where [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul landed after his fatal fall from Wonder Tower, his body will be gone, hinting that Ra's may, yet again, rise from the dead.]]
** During the PlayableEpilogue, if you visit Ivy again as Catwoman, she swears to kill everyone in Gotham. Including Batman and Catwoman. In reality, she eventually becomes an ally to Batman in ''Arkham Knight''.
** The song that plays at the very end of the credits, if you complete the game in New Game Plus mode, [[spoiler:where Harley chillingly sings "Hush little baby, don't say a word. Mama's gonna kill for you the whole damn world."]] Fittingly, ''Arkham City: Harley Quinn's Revenge'' was announced as a downloadable spin-off about six months after the game came out.
%%* SexyWalk: Catwoman, Talia, and Harley.

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** Two-Face's role might belong here as well, at least going by the main campaign; he starts off the game as the leader of the weakest of the three main power-blocs vying for control of Arkham City, is easily taken out by Batman and Catwoman early on, who just leaving him hanging in the courthouse, and looks poised to be overrun by the forces of the Joker and the Penguin combined. By the end of the game, he's in a pretty good position to be Arkham City / Gotham's new major crime-lord. Two-Face crime-lord [[spoiler: once Joker's dead and Penguin's been taken down by Batman]]. [[spoiler:Two-Face actually works with Penguin in ''Arkham Knight''.
** Doubling as a CallBack to the previous game, in the PlayableEpilogue, if you return to where [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul landed after his fatal fall from Wonder Tower, his body will be gone, hinting that Ra's may, yet again, rise from the dead.
Arkham Knight.]]
** Doubling as a CallBack to the previous game, in the PlayableEpilogue, if you return to where [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul landed after his fatal fall from Wonder Tower, his body will be gone, hinting that Ra's may, yet again, rise from the dead.]]
** During the PlayableEpilogue, if you visit Ivy again as Catwoman, [[spoiler: she swears to kill everyone in Gotham. Including Batman and Catwoman. In reality, she eventually becomes an ally to Batman in ''Arkham Knight''.
Arkham Knight.]]
** The song that plays at the very end of the credits, credits,[[spoiler: if you complete the game in New Game Plus mode, [[spoiler:where where Harley chillingly sings "Hush little baby, don't say a word. Mama's gonna kill for you the whole damn world."]] Fittingly, ''Arkham City: Harley Quinn's Revenge'' was announced as a downloadable spin-off about six months after the game came out.
%%* * SexyWalk: Catwoman, Talia, and Harley.



* ShootingSuperman: Some of the Penguin's goons mention offhand that Cobblepot [[FedToTheBeast dangled one of his hostages over a pit of rats]], but for some reason the guy [[FriendToAllLivingThings managed to last days without being harmed]]. It makes sense knowing that one of his prisoners was [[TheBeastmaster Otis Flannegan]], a.k.a. [[MeaningfulName "Ratcatcher"]]. Eventually, Penguin lost patience and [[ShootTheShaggyDog dropped him into Tiny's tank instead]].
* ShootTheHostageTaker: Ra's Al Ghul holds his own daughter, Talia, hostage at knife point when Batman refuses to kill Ra's and take Ra's places leader of the League of assassins. Batman saves Talia by hitting Ra's with a Batarang.

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* ShootingSuperman: Some of the Penguin's goons mention offhand that Cobblepot [[FedToTheBeast dangled one of his hostages over a pit of rats]], but for some reason the guy [[FriendToAllLivingThings managed to last days without being harmed]]. [[spoiler: It makes sense knowing that one of his prisoners was [[TheBeastmaster Otis Flannegan]], a.k.a. [[MeaningfulName "Ratcatcher"]]. ]] Eventually, Penguin lost patience and [[ShootTheShaggyDog dropped him into Tiny's tank instead]].
* ShootTheHostageTaker: Ra's [[spoiler:Ra's Al Ghul holds his own daughter, Talia, hostage at knife point when Batman refuses to kill Ra's and take Ra's places leader of the League of assassins. Batman saves Talia by hitting Ra's with a Batarang.]]



* ShrineToTheFallen: In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', in two weeks the Steel Mill has turned into a shrine to [[spoiler:the Joker, who has died of the Titan disease. The exterior of the former funhouse has been renamed as "Harley's Funland", with statues of Harley guarding the gates and banners bearing the Joker's pictures and writings such as "R.I.P., Joker" and "Joker Forever". The interior is redecorated a little bit, while the centerpiece of the final room is transformed into a chapel interior, with lots of lit up white votive candles surrounding the altar and the monument of the Joker holding a glass globe, with {{Ba|dassInDistress}}tman encased inside it.]]

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* ShrineToTheFallen: In [[spoiler:In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', in two weeks the Steel Mill has turned into a shrine to [[spoiler:the the Joker, who has died of the Titan disease. The exterior of the former funhouse has been renamed as "Harley's Funland", with statues of Harley guarding the gates and banners bearing the Joker's pictures and writings such as "R.I.P., Joker" and "Joker Forever". The interior is redecorated a little bit, while the centerpiece of the final room is transformed into a chapel interior, with lots of lit up white votive candles surrounding the altar and the monument of the Joker holding a glass globe, with {{Ba|dassInDistress}}tman encased inside it.]]



* SkewedPriorities: Played for drama. [[spoiler:Protocol Ten is killing everyone in Arkham City, but Batman is willing to sacrifice all of them to go after Talia, who has been taken by the Joker. It takes both Oracle and Alfred to reason to Batman that one life isn't worth hundreds]].

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* SkewedPriorities: Played for drama. [[spoiler:Protocol [[spoiler: Protocol Ten is killing everyone in Arkham City, but Batman is willing to sacrifice all of them to go after Talia, who has been taken by the Joker. It takes both Oracle and Alfred to reason to Batman that one life isn't worth hundreds]].



** Inverted with the League of Assassins, where Ra's al Ghul is the only male of the group.
* SnowMeansDeath: Discussed by the Joker when Batman, infected with the clown's poisoned blood, approaches the Steel Mill for a second time on his search for the cure. In his intercom speech, the Clown Prince of Crime says he's locked the Steel Mill, then says something along the lines of, "I dread having the thought of you lying dead in the sno-[[EvilLaugh ho-ho-ho-ho-hoooooooowwwwwwww]]. [[BlackComedy That truly brings a smile to my face!]]" Given that it's winter in Arkham City, he seems to be making a point about it.

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** Inverted with the League [[spoiler:League of Assassins, where Ra's al Ghul is the only male of the group.
group]].
* SnowMeansDeath: Discussed by the Joker when [[spoiler:when Batman, infected with the clown's poisoned blood, approaches the Steel Mill for a second time on his search for the cure. In his intercom speech, the Clown Prince of Crime says he's locked the Steel Mill, then says something along the lines of, "I dread having the thought of you lying dead in the sno-[[EvilLaugh ho-ho-ho-ho-hoooooooowwwwwwww]]. [[BlackComedy That truly brings a smile to my face!]]" face!]]"]] Given that it's winter in Arkham City, he seems to be making a point about it.



** With Catwoman one can imagine the "Cat-suit" probably insulates heat fairly well (though you'd think she'd zip it up, at least), and with another, given that she has a blatantly fantastic regenerative agent running through her body, there's some question as to just how much things like cold or frostbite would even ''affect'' Talia. You'd think Harley would also dress a bit warmer.

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** With Catwoman one can imagine the "Cat-suit" probably insulates heat fairly well (though you'd think she'd zip it up, at least), and with another, given [[spoiler:given that she has a blatantly fantastic regenerative agent running through her body, there's some question as to just how much things like cold or frostbite would even ''affect'' Talia.Talia]]. You'd think Harley would also dress a bit warmer.



* TacticalSuicideBoss: Averted by Mr. Freeze. There are multiple tricks that let you get a hit in, but he never falls for the same one twice.

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* TacticalSuicideBoss: Averted by [[spoiler: Mr. Freeze.Freeze]]. There are multiple tricks that let you get a hit in, but he never falls for the same one twice.



-->'''Joker''': I can hear you all now. "How did this happen? [[spoiler:Can I get me some of that crazy cure?]] Oh, I want answers, damn it! Now." Well, here's the thing. Answers don't give you everlasting satisfaction. Sometimes, you need to brace yourself for disappointment. Now think about it. Imagine your favorite TV show. You've been through it all. [[Series/{{Lost}} The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences. And then, BANG! They tell you what it's all about.]] [[Series/{{Lost}} Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church?]]

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-->'''Joker''': I can hear you all now. "How did this happen? [[spoiler:Can I get me some of that crazy cure?]] Oh, I want answers, damn it! Now." Well, here's the thing. Answers don't give you everlasting satisfaction. Sometimes, you need to brace yourself for disappointment. Now think about it. Imagine your favorite TV show. You've been through it all. [[Series/{{Lost}} The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences. And then, BANG! They tell you what it's all about.]] [[spoiler:''[the real Joker is heard coughing behind the camera]'']] [[Series/{{Lost}} Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church?]]



* TakeYourTime: Hugo Strange spends much of the game giving a count down until Protocol 10 is enacted and much is made of Batman's deteriorating condition. But only during specific story points, feel free to search for Riddler Trophies, and do side missions until then.

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* TakeYourTime: Hugo Strange spends much of the game giving a count down until Protocol 10 is enacted [[spoiler: and much is made of Batman's deteriorating condition. condition.]] But only during specific story points, feel free to search for Riddler Trophies, and do side missions until then.



* TakingTheBullet: In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', Batman takes the bullet for one of the police officers Harley intended to kill, and ends up injured and unconscious at the end of the flashback.

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* TakingTheBullet: In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', [[spoiler: Batman takes the bullet for one of the police officers Harley intended to kill, and ends up injured and unconscious at the end of the flashback.]]



** [[spoiler:Harley [[DeathSeeker tries to destroy Batman and herself in a massive explosion]] at the end of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', sobbing afterward that she [[TogetherInDeath only wanted to be with Mr. J again]]]].

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** [[spoiler:Harley [[spoiler: Harley [[DeathSeeker tries to destroy Batman and herself in a massive explosion]] at the end of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', sobbing afterward that she [[TogetherInDeath only wanted to be with Mr. J again]]]].



%%* VaguenessIsComing: Thanks for the [[SequelHook heads up]], Azrael. Although it sounds like just another Tuesday in [[WretchedHive Gotham]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment:
** After being rescued by Batman, Catwoman takes back Two-Face's smartphone and seems to hide it from Batman by putting it down the front of her [[AbsoluteCleavage partially unzipped]] catsuit.
** In the ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' DLC Harley does the same with key to the Joker Shrine. This does nothing to stop Robin from simply reaching into her cleavage and grabbing it.

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%%* * VaguenessIsComing: Thanks for the [[SequelHook heads up]], Azrael.[[spoiler:Azrael]]. Although it sounds like just another Tuesday in [[WretchedHive Gotham]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment:
**
VictoriasSecretCompartment: After being rescued by Batman, Catwoman takes back Two-Face's smartphone and seems to hide it from Batman by putting it down the front of her [[AbsoluteCleavage partially unzipped]] catsuit.
** In the ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' DLC Harley does the same with key to the Joker Shrine. [[spoiler: This does nothing to stop Robin from simply reaching into her cleavage and grabbing it.]]



** AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: There are four distinct sewer areas in the game, and their existence is {{justified|Trope}} this time around. One connects the Industrial District and the Bowery and is connected to the old subway (for maintenance access), one is underneath the Steel Mill and serves as a tunnel to dispose of boiling water from the furnaces, and another is inside Wonder City (an abandoned {{Steampunk}}-style subterranean city built by Ra's al Ghul). The sunken ruins of Old Gotham near Wonder City also appear to be connected to the city's sewers.

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** AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: There are four distinct sewer areas in the game, and their existence is {{justified|Trope}} this time around. One connects the Industrial District and the Bowery and is connected to the old subway (for maintenance access), one is underneath the Steel Mill and serves as a tunnel to dispose of boiling water from the furnaces, and another is inside Wonder City (an abandoned {{Steampunk}}-style subterranean city built by Ra's [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul).Ghul]]). The sunken ruins of Old Gotham near Wonder City also appear to be connected to the city's sewers.
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* AbsoluteCleavage: Catwoman's suit is zipped down to the point where her whole cleavage and her stomach can be seen at some angles.



* AdaptationDistillation: Arkham City seems to borrow heavily from the film incarnations; much of the architecture takes from the [[Film/BatmanForever Schumacher era]] with its neon lights, tall human statues and small oddities, and the rest of it takes cues from [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan's series]]. The overall mood of the city, however, strikes far closer to Tim Burton's outings. The story is also vaguely similar to ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'', and one region of the game was struck by a major earthquake (which seems to have been taken from this storyline, as ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' had yet to come out).

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* AdaptationDistillation: AdaptationDistillation:
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Arkham City seems to borrow heavily from the film incarnations; much of the architecture takes from the [[Film/BatmanForever Schumacher era]] with its neon lights, tall human statues and small oddities, and the rest of it takes cues from [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan's series]]. The overall mood of the city, however, strikes far closer to Tim Burton's outings. The story is also vaguely similar to ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'', and one region of the game was struck by a major earthquake (which seems to have been taken from this storyline, as ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' had yet to come out).



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied by Harley.
--> '''Harley:''' Mr. J's really not up to a visit right now. He's not feeling himself. Well, actually, he was earlier but that's not what I meant.

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* %%* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied by Harley.
--> %%--> '''Harley:''' Mr. J's really not up to a visit right now. He's not feeling himself. Well, actually, he was earlier but that's not what I meant.



*** To clarify, there's two Azraels in the DC comics universe. Arkham City's Azrael is clearly a black man, which means he's the Michael Lane version. Meanwhile, the one that replaced Batman while he was injured in {{ComicBook/Knightfall}} was Jean-Paul Valley, a white man. But in the game Batman seems completely unfamiliar with the Azrael persona, as if he's never seen the costume before.



* AmazonBrigade: Talia al Ghul has a small cabal of female ninjas at her disposal. It's a good thing this version of Batman doesn't have a problem with fighting women.



* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The Catwoman DLC campaign lets you see the story from her perspective.

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* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The Catwoman DLC campaign lets you see the story from her perspective.perspective, starting just before Batman is captured by Hugo Strange and ending just after he stabilizes the situation in Arkham City.
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** [[spoiler: In the NonStandardGameOver, this apparently happens offscreen to Wayne Manor. Also, Two-Face bombs Catwoman's apartment near the end of her storyline, and Two-Face also takes over Penguin's headquarters.]]
** [[spoiler: During Protocol Ten, Hugo Strange tells Batman of his intention to march on Wayne Manor, capture Alfred, and drag him through the streets of Gotham. Alfred and Nightwing fend off the attack.]]

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** [[spoiler: In the NonStandardGameOver, this apparently happens offscreen to Wayne Manor. Also, Two-Face bombs Catwoman's apartment near the end of her storyline, and Two-Face also takes over Penguin's headquarters.]]
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** [[spoiler: During Protocol Ten, Hugo Strange tells Batman of his intention to march on Wayne Manor, capture Alfred, and drag him through the streets of Gotham. Alfred and Nightwing fend off the attack.]]Gotham.



** Batman has apparently never encountered Hush before, [[spoiler: but for some reason Hush has '''already''' altered his face and finger prints to match Bruce Wayne as he had at the end of ''Heart of Hush''.]]
* AlwaysClose: The [[spoiler:church bell-tower]] always explodes seconds after Batman jumps out the window, regardless of whether or not the countdown finished [[spoiler:and Joker finished his monologue]].
** During the [[spoiler:Deadshot mission]], you find his PDA that lists the exact times of his planned assassinations. No matter when you find it, it will always be only four minutes for easy, three minutes for normal, and two minutes for hard, until Jack Ryder is set to be killed. Once you make it to Jack, you'll always save him a split-second before he's killed, no matter what the on-screen timer says. There are other examples, too many to list.

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** Batman has apparently never encountered Hush before, [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but for some reason Hush has '''already''' altered his face and finger prints to match Bruce Wayne as he had at the end of ''Heart of Hush''.]]
* AlwaysClose: AlwaysClose:
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The [[spoiler:church bell-tower]] church bell-tower always explodes seconds after Batman jumps out the window, regardless of whether or not the countdown finished [[spoiler:and and Joker finished his monologue]].
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** During the [[spoiler:Deadshot mission]], Deadshot mission, you find his PDA that lists the exact times of his planned assassinations. No matter when you find it, it will always be only four minutes for easy, three minutes for normal, and two minutes for hard, until Jack Ryder is set to be killed. Once you make it to Jack, you'll always save him a split-second before he's killed, no matter what the on-screen timer says. There are other examples, too many to list.



* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Deconstructed.[[spoiler: Batman's desire to save Talia before stopping Protocol 10 puts the entire prison population at risk (many of whom were political prisoners, petty crooks, and the mentally ill). Oracle and Alfred both call him out on it, and force him to do the right thing.]]

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Deconstructed.[[spoiler: Batman's [[spoiler:Batman's desire to save Talia before stopping Protocol 10 puts the entire prison population at risk (many of whom were political prisoners, petty crooks, and the mentally ill). Oracle and Alfred both call him out on it, and force him to do the right thing.]]



** Catwoman is a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Noble Villain]]; she is largely self-interested and has her own agenda [[spoiler: which is cleaning out the Arkham City confiscated valuables vault]], but when push comes to shove, she'll rush to help Batman, albeit grumbling about when she somehow developed a conscience. [[spoiler: Unless you decide not to, in which case you get a NonStandardGameOver and the game resets to the moment just before this to help you make the right decision.]]

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** Catwoman is a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Noble Villain]]; she is largely self-interested and has her own agenda [[spoiler: which is cleaning out the Arkham City confiscated valuables vault]], vault, but when push comes to shove, she'll rush to help Batman, albeit grumbling about when she somehow developed a conscience. [[spoiler: Unless you decide not to, in which case you get a NonStandardGameOver and the game resets to the moment just before this to help you make the right decision.]]



* ApocalypticLog: Inverted this time. Since it is [[BigBad Hugo]] [[PsychoPsychologist Strange]] doing these interviews, most of patient interviews end with Strange's manipulating criminals to his own ends or delivering a crushing BreakThemByTalking that causes them to break down.
** [[spoiler: In the NonStandardGameOver, which you get if Catwoman takes the money and runs, Oracle gives an apocalyptic log as Joker's forces overrun the city.]]

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* ApocalypticLog: ApocalypticLog:
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Inverted this time. Since it is [[BigBad Hugo]] [[PsychoPsychologist Strange]] doing these interviews, most of patient interviews end with Strange's manipulating criminals to his own ends or delivering a crushing BreakThemByTalking that causes them to break down.
** [[spoiler: In the NonStandardGameOver, which you get if Catwoman takes the money and runs, Oracle gives an apocalyptic log as Joker's forces overrun the city.]]



** When Batman is hunting Deadshot, his second victim is sniped [[spoiler:''through'' a full water tower.]] Even assuming there was a gun that could still be lethal after [[spoiler: shooting through 6 feet of water]] (and Series/MythBusters confirmed there is not), the bullet's trajectory is completely unaffected.

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** When Batman is hunting Deadshot, his second victim is sniped [[spoiler:''through'' ''through'' a full water tower.]] tower. Even assuming there was a gun that could still be lethal after [[spoiler: shooting through 6 feet of water]] water (and Series/MythBusters confirmed there is not), the bullet's trajectory is completely unaffected.



** One of Deadshot's victims is killed by [[spoiler: a bullet ricochet]], something the Series/MythBusters also proved to be impossible.

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** One of Deadshot's victims is killed by [[spoiler: a bullet ricochet]], ricochet, something the Series/MythBusters also proved to be impossible.



* BackToBackBadasses: Batman and [[spoiler: Bane]] pull this off against a group of Tyger mooks.

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* BackToBackBadasses: Batman and [[spoiler: Bane]] Bane pull this off against a group of Tyger mooks.



* BadassInDistress: The game starts off with Catwoman being held hostage by Two-Face.
** Later on, [[spoiler: Catwoman gets to return the favor by rescuing Batman when he's buried under rubble.]]
** Again, [[spoiler: Talia by the Joker. First chance she gets, she actually manages to stab her capturer. [[BodyDouble Or so she thinks...]]]]
** [[spoiler: Batman]] spends about half of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' [[UnwillingSuspension unwillingly suspended]].

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* BadassInDistress: BadassInDistress:
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The game starts off with Catwoman being held hostage by Two-Face.
** Later on, [[spoiler: Catwoman gets to return the favor by rescuing Batman when he's buried under rubble.]]
rubble.
** Again, [[spoiler: Talia [[spoiler:Talia by the Joker. First chance she gets, she actually manages to stab her capturer. [[BodyDouble Or so she thinks...]]]]
** [[spoiler: Batman]] Batman spends about half of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' [[UnwillingSuspension unwillingly suspended]].



* [[BulletCatch Batarang Catch]]: If you throw a batarang at [[spoiler: Azrael]], he just snatches it out of the air. There's actually an achievement for it, and one of the Riddler challenges requires you to catch one by yourself.

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* [[BulletCatch Batarang Catch]]: If you throw a batarang at [[spoiler: Azrael]], the mysterious man stalking Batman, he just snatches it out of the air. There's actually an achievement for it, and one of the Riddler challenges requires you to catch one by yourself.



* BatmanGambit: [[TropeNamers Appropriately]] played entirely straight in one of the sidequests. [[spoiler: At the resolution of the Bane/Titan quest, Batman reveals that he knew full well Bane just wanted the drug for himself and that he let Bane collect his half anyway so he could dispose of them in one go.]]
** [[spoiler:Joker pulled one by poisoning Batman in the first place. If Batman himself was never in any danger, Talia wouldn't have attacked Harley. Also there's no way that Joker would know that Batman would start succumbing to the poison while underground instead while gliding or engaged with enemies.]]

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* BatmanGambit: BatmanGambit:
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[[TropeNamers Appropriately]] played entirely straight in one of the sidequests. [[spoiler: At the resolution of the Bane/Titan quest, Batman [[spoiler:Batman reveals that he knew full well Bane just wanted the drug for himself and that he let Bane collect his half anyway so he could dispose of them in one go.]]
** [[spoiler:Joker Joker pulled one by poisoning Batman in the first place. If [[spoiler:If Batman himself was never in any danger, Talia wouldn't have attacked Harley. Also there's no way that Joker would know that Batman would start succumbing to the poison while underground instead while gliding or engaged with enemies.]]



** Strange and the Joker more or less serve as the two main {{Big Bad}}s in the story. Most of the stuff you end up having to do relates to thwarting either one of their plots. [[spoiler: Ra's is TheManBehindTheMan to Strange, but it's established that Arkham City is entirely Strange's idea.]]

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** Strange and the Joker more or less serve as the two main {{Big Bad}}s in the story. Most of the stuff you end up having to do relates to thwarting either one of their plots. [[spoiler: Ra's [[spoiler:Ra's is TheManBehindTheMan to Strange, but it's established that Arkham City is entirely Strange's idea.]]



* BittersweetEnding: Batman saves the day. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: Talia is dead (for now), Catwoman's apartment got bombed by Two-Face, it's left unclear whether any of the people Joker poisoned can be saved (though the DLC later clarifies they were), and Batman actually intended to save the Joker, despite the latter's evil nature, and failed.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: BittersweetEnding:
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Batman saves the day. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: Talia [[spoiler:Talia is dead (for now), Catwoman's apartment got bombed by Two-Face, it's left unclear whether any of the people Joker poisoned can be saved (though the DLC later clarifies they were), and Batman actually intended to save the Joker, despite the latter's evil nature, and failed.]]



* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Batman starts coughing up blood when the disease starts to affect him.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City has a ton of bloodless violence, [[spoiler: except for Batman's aforementioned coughing up blood and Hugo Strange's death.]]

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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Batman starts coughing up blood when the disease Joker's infection starts to affect him.]]
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* BloodlessCarnage: Like Arkham Asylum, Arkham City has a ton of bloodless violence, [[spoiler: except for Batman's aforementioned coughing up blood and Hugo Strange's death.]]the death of [[spoiler:Hugo Strange]].



* BodyDouble: Joker uses this trope in order to get the drop on Batman early on. [[spoiler: Though it's later revealed to be more complicated. In order to keep up appearances while he's sick, Joker has Clayface stand in for him at several points. The one you thought was the real Joker was actually Clayface, while the apparent BodyDouble was the real Joker.]]

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* BodyDouble: Joker uses this trope in order to get the drop on Batman early on. [[spoiler: Though [[spoiler:Though it's later revealed to be more complicated. In order to keep up appearances while he's sick, Joker has Clayface stand in for him at several points. The one you thought was the real Joker was actually Clayface, while the apparent BodyDouble was the real Joker.]]



** [[spoiler:Solomon Grundy's body is eventually set on fire and burned by the electric currents powering him during the course of his boss fight. He's constantly releasing supernaturally huge maggots. Plus, by the final stage of his boss fight, his ribcage is exposed.]]

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** [[spoiler:Solomon Solomon Grundy's body is eventually set on fire and burned by the electric currents powering him during the course of his boss fight. He's constantly releasing supernaturally huge maggots. Plus, by the final stage of his boss fight, his ribcage is exposed.]]



** [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul's initial appearance. That trip to the Lazarus Pit looked like it was ''long'' overdue for him.]]

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** [[spoiler:Ra's Ra's al Ghul's initial appearance. That trip to the Lazarus Pit looked like it was ''long'' overdue for him.]]



** [[spoiler:Hugo Strange captures Bruce (whom he knows is Batman), then just dumps him into the City. No part of his plan required Batman to do anything, and indeed he hires Deadshot to kill Batman, which means he could and should have killed Bruce when he was unconscious and shackled.]]
*** [[spoiler:Hugo Strange specifically tells Deadshot to kill Bruce Wayne first, and then Batman. Since he puts on his suit as soon as he enters the city, Deadshot will never see Bruce, and thus not try to kill Batman. This was deliberate on Strange's part, as it was just a ploy to get Deadshot to stay in Arkham City so he would be killed by Protocol 10.]]
** [[spoiler: Once you infiltrate TYGER's base, Hugo Strange will appear on a video screen with a hostage, forcing Batman to stand still while his thugs surround him and tries a BreakThemByTalking. Once he orders them to kill him, he's moved away from the hostage. Nice scene, Strange, but any particular reason you didn't keep that weapon pointed at the hostage? Batman wouldn't have fought back if it meant that the hostage would die.]]

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** [[spoiler:Hugo Hugo Strange captures Bruce (whom he knows is Batman), then just dumps him into the City. No part of his plan required Batman to do anything, and indeed he hires Deadshot to kill Batman, which means he could and should have killed Bruce when he was unconscious and shackled.]]
*** [[spoiler:Hugo Strange specifically tells Deadshot to kill Bruce Wayne first, and then Batman. Since he puts on his suit as soon as he enters the city, Deadshot will never see Bruce, and thus not try to kill Batman. This was deliberate on Strange's part, as it was just a ploy to get Deadshot to stay in Arkham City so he would be killed by Protocol 10.]]
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** [[spoiler: Once you infiltrate TYGER's base, Hugo Strange will appear on a video screen with a hostage, forcing Batman to stand still while his thugs surround him and tries a BreakThemByTalking. Once he orders them to kill him, he's moved away from the hostage. Nice scene, Strange, but any particular reason you didn't keep that weapon pointed at the hostage? Batman wouldn't have fought back if it meant that the hostage would die.]]



* BookEnds: Cross-media example. The site of the final battle? [[spoiler:The same movie theater the Waynes left the night Bruce's parents were killed. Hammering the point home, their {{Chalk Outline}}s are still there, behind the building, in the helpfully-indicated Crime Alley, originating Hugo Strange's quote atop the page and allowing you to "pay your respects" (which also gives you an achievement).]]

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* BookEnds: BookEnds:
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Cross-media example. The site of the final battle? [[spoiler:The same movie theater the Waynes left the night Bruce's parents were killed. Hammering the point home, their {{Chalk Outline}}s are still there, behind the building, in the helpfully-indicated Crime Alley, originating Hugo Strange's quote atop the page and allowing you to "pay your respects" (which also gives you an achievement).]]



** At the beginning of the game, [[spoiler:Joker attempts to kill Catwoman, due to believing Batman is in love with her. At the end of the game, he succeeds in killing Talia, a woman Batman also loves.]]
** [[spoiler:In the beginning of the game, during the opening cutscene, a painting of Cain's murder of Abel which shows Cain [[PietaPlagiarism carrying Abel's body in his arms]] is shown. At the end of the game, Batman [[PietaPlagiarism carries the Joker's body away in the same manner]].]]
** [[spoiler:Early in the game Batman is forced to dive out of the window of a church tower before it explodes. Near the end of the game Batman dives out of the window of Wonder Tower before it explodes. Both happen before Batman sets out to confront The Joker.]]

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** At the beginning of the game, [[spoiler:Joker Joker attempts to kill Catwoman, due to believing Batman is in love with her. At [[spoiler:At the end of the game, he succeeds in killing Talia, a woman Batman also loves.]]
** [[spoiler:In In the beginning of the game, during the opening cutscene, a painting of Cain's murder of Abel which shows Cain [[PietaPlagiarism carrying Abel's body in his arms]] is shown. At [[spoiler:At the end of the game, Batman [[PietaPlagiarism carries the Joker's body away in the same manner]].]]
** [[spoiler:Early Early in the game Batman is forced to dive out of the window of a church tower before it explodes. Near the end of the game Batman game, [[spoiler:Batman dives out of the window of Wonder Tower before it explodes. Both happen before Batman sets out to confront The Joker.]]






* BossArenaIdiocy: [[spoiler: Clayface]], whose arena is covered in TNT. If you stand right in front of it as he rolls towards you, he will blow up and take at least almost half his health.

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* BossArenaIdiocy: [[spoiler: Clayface]], whose BossArenaIdiocy:
** The final boss's
arena is covered in TNT. If you stand right in front of it as he rolls towards you, he will blow up and take at least almost half his health.



* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler: While exploring Joker's hideout the second time, you come across Harley, taped to a pole and gagged. It's not explained who did it at first, but Talia reveals during the final boss fight that she stole the cure from Harley, so presumably she's the one who tied her up. For added bonus, you can regag Harley; if you take it off again, Harley yells that she will get back at Batman if he keeps doing that.]]

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* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler: While exploring Joker's hideout the second time, you come across Harley, taped to a pole and gagged. It's not explained who did it at first, but [[spoiler:but Talia reveals during the final boss fight that she stole the cure from Harley, so presumably she's the one who tied her up. For added bonus, you can regag Harley; if you take it off again, Harley yells that she will get back at Batman if he keeps doing that.]]



* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The henchmen under Poison Ivy and Mad Hatter. It's also revealed that [[spoiler: Strange has used the Mad Hatter's methods at brainwashing and has used it on both the TYGER guards into serving him and on Quincy Sharp; however, the latter does not fall into this trope and fits the {{brainwashed}} trope more]].

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: BrainwashedAndCrazy:
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The henchmen under Poison Ivy and Mad Hatter. It's also revealed that [[spoiler: Strange has used the Mad Hatter's methods at brainwashing and has used it on both the TYGER guards into serving him and on Quincy Sharp; however, the latter does not fall into this trope and fits the {{brainwashed}} trope more]].more.



* BreakTheHaughty: After mortally wounding him, [[spoiler: Ra's takes a second to casually dash Strange's dreams and crap on a game's worth of boasting, coldly stating that he's once and for all proven himself inferior to Batman.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: BreakTheHaughty:
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After mortally wounding him, [[spoiler: Ra's [[spoiler:Ra's takes a second to casually dash Strange's dreams and crap on a game's worth of boasting, coldly stating that he's once and for all proven himself inferior to Batman.]]



* ButThouMust: In Catwoman's third chapter, [[spoiler: you get the choice to either save Batman or leave Arkham City with the loot. Taking the second option, however, leads to the end credits complete with Oracle begging for help over the radio due to Batman dying and Joker's troops overrunning Gotham, only for time to be rewound so you can go back and make the 'correct' choice. If you attempt to leave Arkham city a second time, Catwoman won't even open the door.]]

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* ButThouMust: In Catwoman's third chapter, [[spoiler: you get the choice to either save Batman or leave Arkham City with the loot. Taking the second option, however, leads to the end credits complete with Oracle begging for help over the radio due to Batman dying and Joker's troops overrunning Gotham, only for time to be rewound so you can go back and make the 'correct' choice. If you attempt to leave Arkham city a second time, Catwoman won't even open the door.]]



** The Abramovici Brothers, conjoined twins who separated over political differences and now act as high-ranking members of opposing gangs. [[spoiler: The PlayableEpilogue has a scene where they make up and decide to be sewn back together.]]
** When playing the game with the Catwoman DLC, the opening shot is of a picture of Cain carrying Abel, titled "The Duality of Man." [[spoiler: In the same pose as when Batman carries The Joker later on.]]

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** The Abramovici Brothers, conjoined twins who separated over political differences and now act as high-ranking members of opposing gangs. [[spoiler: The PlayableEpilogue has a scene where they make up and decide to be sewn back together.]]
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** When playing the game with the Catwoman DLC, the opening shot is of a picture of Cain carrying Abel, titled "The Duality of Man." [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the same pose as when Batman carries The Joker later on.]]



** Killer Croc has a brief cameo that can only be seen after the [[spoiler: Ra's]] fight.

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** Killer Croc has a brief cameo that can only be seen after the [[spoiler: Ra's]] Ra's fight.



* ChekhovsGun: Due to the way the story is told, its possible to miss it until after it goes off. [[spoiler: In the backstory, Joker fakes his own death to escape a hospital. Early in the game, he fakes his own death in the Steel Mill to allow Clayface to get the drop on Batman.]]
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunmen]]: In the end of the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DownloadableContent, [[spoiler:the previously inanimate Wonder City automatons are the last opponents in a straight on battle.]]
** Throughout the game, TYGER helicopters patrol Arkham City; their spotlight will focus on Batman if they catch sight of him and, if he's in a fight at the time, the pilots will admire Batman's skills. [[spoiler: Once Protocol 10 activates, Batman needs to find the Master Control Program from one of said helicopters in order to gain access to Wonder Tower. The choppers themselves also become [[DemonicSpiders a legitimate threat]] and can easily gun down Batman once he's in their sights.]] It could also double as a game-long {{Antepiece}} getting the player ready for [[spoiler: Protocol 10]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Joker has a fatal case of this.
* CirclingMonologue: Harley and [[spoiler:Talia]] do one around Batman.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: With the Catwoman DLC installed, Batman's story cuts away to Selina's exploits as soon as [[spoiler: he is captured by Joker and Harley]]. Then that episode of Catwoman's [[JustForPun tale]] also ends with a {{Cliffhanger}}.
* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul, Mr. Freeze and Clayface.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Due to the way the story is told, its possible to miss it until after it goes off. [[spoiler: In the backstory, Joker fakes his own death to escape a hospital. Early in the game, he fakes his own death in the Steel Mill to allow Clayface to get the drop on Batman.]]
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* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunmen]]: ChekhovsGunman:
**
In the end of the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DownloadableContent, [[spoiler:the previously inanimate Wonder City automatons are the last opponents in a straight on battle.]]
** Throughout the game, TYGER helicopters patrol Arkham City; their spotlight will focus on Batman if they catch sight of him and, if he's in a fight at the time, the pilots will admire Batman's skills. [[spoiler: Once [[spoiler:Once Protocol 10 activates, Batman needs to find the Master Control Program from one of said helicopters in order to gain access to Wonder Tower. The choppers themselves also become [[DemonicSpiders a legitimate threat]] threat and can easily gun down Batman once he's in their sights.]] It could also double as a game-long {{Antepiece}} getting the player ready for [[spoiler: Protocol [[spoiler:Protocol 10]].
* %%* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Joker has a fatal case of this.
* %%* CirclingMonologue: Harley and [[spoiler:Talia]] Talia each do one around Batman.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: With the Catwoman DLC installed, Batman's story cuts away to Selina's exploits as soon as [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he is captured by Joker and Harley]]. Then that episode of Catwoman's [[JustForPun tale]] also ends with a {{Cliffhanger}}.
* %%* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul, Mr. Freeze and [[spoiler: Clayface.]]



** Hugo Strange tortured a TYGER captain to death in one of the trailers, during a brutal interrogation. [[spoiler:Finding the corpse of the TYGER operative is one of the game's Riddler secrets.]]
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: At the end of Catwoman's second episode, [[spoiler:the green arrows lead back to Arkham City, where Catwoman saves Batman and allows him to save Gotham. The red arrows lead into Gotham City, Batman's death and the fall of Gotham City at the hands of The Joker.]]

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** Hugo Strange tortured a TYGER captain to death in one of the trailers, during a brutal interrogation. [[spoiler:Finding Finding the corpse of the TYGER operative is one of the game's Riddler secrets.]]
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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: At the end of Catwoman's second episode, [[spoiler:the the green arrows lead back to Arkham City, where Catwoman saves Batman and allows him to save Gotham. The red arrows lead into Gotham City, Batman's death and the fall of Gotham City at the hands of The Joker.]]



* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: [[spoiler: Catwoman, who makes the choice to either escape with the riches, or go back and help an incapacitated Bats. Subverting this gets you a NonStandardGameOver.]]

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* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: [[spoiler: Catwoman, who makes the choice to either escape with the riches, or go back and help an incapacitated Bats. Subverting this gets you a NonStandardGameOver.]]



* ConjoinedTwins: The Abramovici Twins used to be, but had themselves separated over political differences. The Communist brother went to work for Joker, the Capitalist brother joined up with Penguin. [[spoiler: They reconcile at the end of the game and decide they want to be rejoined.]]

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* ConjoinedTwins: The Abramovici Twins used to be, but had themselves separated over political differences. The Communist brother went to work for Joker, the Capitalist brother joined up with Penguin. [[spoiler: They reconcile at the end of the game and decide they want to be rejoined.]]



** As seen in [[http://www.g4tv.com/videos/53556/batman-arkham-city-e3-gameplay-demo/ this video]] at the 90 second mark, Batman stops [[spoiler:Harley]]'s attack the same way he did in the last game.
** You can see Arkham Island from the bay and it's still covered in giant vines. [[spoiler: It's even the answer to a riddle.]]
** The centerpiece of the final room [[spoiler: converted into a [[ShrineToTheFallen shrine in honor of the Joker's death]]]] in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''? [[spoiler: [[CallBack A giant Joker robot.]]]]

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** As seen in [[http://www.g4tv.com/videos/53556/batman-arkham-city-e3-gameplay-demo/ this video]] at the 90 second mark, Batman stops [[spoiler:Harley]]'s Harley's attack the same way he did in the last game.
** You can see Arkham Island from the bay and it's still covered in giant vines. [[spoiler: It's even the answer to a riddle.]]
riddle.
** The centerpiece of the final room [[spoiler: converted [[spoiler:converted into a [[ShrineToTheFallen shrine in honor of the Joker's death]]]] death]] in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''? [[spoiler: [[CallBack A giant Joker robot.]]]]



** Harley's outfit from the previous game is displayed on a mannequin in the Steel Mill. [[spoiler: It's the answer to another riddle.]]

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** Harley's outfit from the previous game is displayed on a mannequin in the Steel Mill. [[spoiler: It's the answer to another riddle.]]



* CuteKitten: In Catwoman's second episode, while she fights enemies near her apartment, you can actually see a cat walk by unfazed. And in her final episode, [[spoiler:after she is knocked out unconscious by a bomb blast, two cats walk around her lying on the floor. Awwww!]]
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler: Bane and Hugo Strange. Some people believe the latter would be justified because "trained to physical perfection" as it states in his bio does not mean "expert in hand-to-hand combat". Batman is both, Strange is only the former.]]

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* CuteKitten: In Catwoman's second episode, while she fights enemies near her apartment, you can actually see a cat walk by unfazed. And in her final episode, [[spoiler:after after she is knocked out unconscious by a bomb blast, two cats walk around her lying on the floor. Awwww!]]
Awwww!
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler: Bane and Hugo Strange. Some people believe the latter would be justified because "trained to physical perfection" as it states in his bio does not mean "expert in hand-to-hand combat". Batman is both, Strange is only the former.]]



** Able to block an attack when someone comes up behind you... not in a cut-scene [[spoiler: which happens TWICE]]

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** Able to block an attack when someone comes up behind you... not in a cut-scene [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which happens TWICE]]



** [[spoiler:Talia]] is taken captive by Joker and used as a motivator to lure Batman into the final battle, [[spoiler: but given how easily she breaks free of his hold and disarms him it's likely she was just leading him on.]]

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** [[spoiler:Talia]] is taken captive by Joker and used as a motivator to lure Batman into the final battle, [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but given how easily she breaks free of his hold and disarms him it's likely she was just leading him on.]]



* DeathByCameo: [[spoiler: Bud and Lou, Harley and Joker's pet hyenas, to whom Harley referred as her "babies", show up stuffed and on display at Penguin's museum.]]

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* DeathByCameo: [[spoiler: Bud and Lou, Harley and Joker's pet hyenas, to whom Harley referred as her "babies", show up stuffed and on display at Penguin's museum.]]



** [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul. He's 600 years old, and wants Batman to replace him as the Demon's Head, repeatedly telling Batman to kill him during their encounter in Wonder City, even holding a knife to Talia's throat and outright ''demanding'' that Batman kill him.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Ra's''':]] You should have killed me.
** [[spoiler:Harley Quinn]] by the time of "Harley Quinn's Revenge." At the end, [[spoiler:she]] angrily chastises Batman for [[spoiler:[[SaveTheVillain saving her from the explosion she attempted to engineer]]]] rather than [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath leaving her to meet her Mr. J again]]]].

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** [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul. He's 600 years old, and wants Batman to replace him as the Demon's Head, repeatedly telling Batman to kill him during their encounter in Wonder City, even holding a knife to Talia's throat and outright ''demanding'' that Batman kill him.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Ra's''':]]
him.
-->'''Ra's''':
You should have killed me.
** [[spoiler:Harley Quinn]] Harley Quinn by the time of "Harley Quinn's Revenge." At the end, [[spoiler:she]] she angrily chastises Batman for [[spoiler:[[SaveTheVillain [[SaveTheVillain saving her from the explosion she attempted to engineer]]]] engineer]] rather than [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath leaving [[spoiler:leaving her to meet her Mr. J again]]]].again]].



* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Ra's was so determined to prevent Batman from saving his life yet again, that he stabbed himself through his chest to make sure Batman let go as they were falling, finally fulfilling, in his own way, what he had wanted all the time: to be killed by Batman.]]
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Or it was a case of]] [[spoiler: TakingYouWithMe]], or maybe [[spoiler: trying to stab Batman forcing him to take a dip in the Lazarus Pit to save himself.]]
** Again, Batman. Spends a night fighting supervillains [[spoiler:while dying of blood poisoning]].

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* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Ra's {{Determinator}}:
** Ra's
was so determined to prevent Batman from saving his life yet again, that he stabbed [[spoiler:stabbed himself through his chest to make sure Batman let go as they were falling, finally fulfilling, in his own way, what he had wanted all the time: to be killed by Batman.]]
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Or it was a case of]] [[spoiler: TakingYouWithMe]], or maybe [[spoiler: trying to stab Batman forcing him to take a dip in the Lazarus Pit to save himself.
]]
** Again, Batman. Spends a night fighting supervillains [[spoiler:while while dying of blood poisoning]].poisoning.



** Two-Face's reputation as one keeps his men from deserting the gang after his initial defeat, citing his refusal to stay down even as half his face was being burnt off. [[spoiler: And while he takes a couple whoopings, and long stretches go by where nobody knows where he IS, once everyone else's theatrics are concluded he's holding half of a now-unmanned prison city.]]

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** Two-Face's reputation as one keeps his men from deserting the gang after his initial defeat, citing his refusal to stay down even as half his face was being burnt off. [[spoiler: And while he takes a couple whoopings, and long stretches go by where nobody knows where he IS, once everyone else's theatrics are concluded he's holding half of a now-unmanned prison city.]]



** From the Mad Hatter mission, [[spoiler: if you look at the capsule that has the "cure" in Detective Mode, you'll see a syringe in it. This is notably different from what Batman uses to inject the supposed cure]].
** Depending on whether you finish the Bane sidequest before or after you beat the game, [[spoiler: his hideout is ambushed either by TYGER guards who want to confiscate the TITAN or a group of Joker mooks who want to either use it for themselves to have a chance of survival now that their boss is gone or just take it back since it was Joker's to begin with.]]

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** From the Mad Hatter mission, [[spoiler: if [[spoiler:if you look at the capsule that has the "cure" in Detective Mode, you'll see a syringe in it. This is notably different from what Batman uses to inject the supposed cure]].
** Depending on whether you finish the Bane sidequest before or after you beat the game, [[spoiler: his hideout is ambushed either by TYGER guards who want to confiscate the TITAN or a group of Joker mooks who want to either use it for themselves to have a chance of survival now that their boss is gone or just take it back since it was Joker's to begin with.]]



** When you are fighting [[spoiler:Grundy]] and use the REC on him, Penguin will comment on how that was a bad idea.

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** When you are fighting [[spoiler:Grundy]] Solomon Grundy, a character brought to life by electricity, and use the REC on him, Penguin will comment on how that was a bad idea.



** In the caged in area where Bruce Wayne is being processed and has to save Jack Ryder, if you look upward [[spoiler: you'll notice that Azrael is watching the whole thing]].

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** In the caged in area where Bruce Wayne is being processed and has to save Jack Ryder, if you look upward [[spoiler: you'll notice that Azrael is watching the whole thing]].thing.



* EmpathyDollShot: There is a [[PropRecycling commonly re-used]] model of a stuffed bear to be found all over Arkham City. In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, you can find one in [[spoiler:Thomas Elliot]]'s hideout that has had its face cut off and bandaged over, like his victims.

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* EmpathyDollShot: There is a [[PropRecycling commonly re-used]] model of a stuffed bear to be found all over Arkham City. In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, you can find one in [[spoiler:Thomas Elliot]]'s the Identity Thief's hideout that has had its face cut off and bandaged over, like his victims.



* EnemyMine: Batman and [[spoiler: Bane]] join forces to rid Arkham City of the Titan drug. [[spoiler: In the in game profile, it states that he has dedicated himself to hunting down Venom and Titan in an attempt to prevent other innocents from being subjected to the same addiction he suffers from. Bane betrays Batman, he wanted all the Titan for himself and used Batman to make sure none could be used against him. Which Batman knew.]]

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* EnemyMine: Batman and [[spoiler: Bane]] Bane join forces to rid Arkham City of the Titan drug. [[spoiler: In the in game profile, it states that he has dedicated himself to hunting down Venom and Titan in an attempt to prevent other innocents from being subjected to the same addiction he suffers from. Bane [[spoiler:Bane betrays Batman, he wanted all the Titan for himself and used Batman to make sure none could be used against him. Which Batman knew.]]



* EvilPlan: The Joker's overarching scheme. [[spoiler:Dying of a disease, Joker's plan was to lure Batman close enough to spread the contagion to him and thousands of others, then have Batman do the work of getting the cure for him while leaving Bats ill and the Joker good as new.]]

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* EvilPlan: The Joker's overarching scheme. [[spoiler:Dying Dying of a disease, Joker's plan was to lure Batman close enough to spread the contagion to him and thousands of others, then have Batman do the work of getting the cure for him while leaving Bats ill and the Joker good as new.]]



* EvilVersusEvil: Arkham City is divided into gang territories, with Joker, Two-Face, and the Penguin's gangs in constant warfare. Hugo Strange usually just lets them do what they want, but he will intervene if he sees fit. And that's not getting into the various independent villains. [[spoiler: And then there is Protocol 10...]]

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* EvilVersusEvil: Arkham City is divided into gang territories, with Joker, Two-Face, and the Penguin's gangs in constant warfare. Hugo Strange usually just lets them do what they want, but he will intervene if he sees fit. And that's not getting into the various independent villains. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then there is Protocol 10...]]



** The 12 minute video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxTwKakEoDg&feature=channel_video_title seen here]], has [[spoiler:Catwoman slash Harvey in the face. Pay close attention to his right eye]].

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** The 12 minute video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxTwKakEoDg&feature=channel_video_title seen here]], has [[spoiler:Catwoman Catwoman slash Harvey in the face. Pay close attention to his right eye]].eye.



* FakeDifficulty: Not much, but it subtly exists when fighting against max-difficulty thugs such as in the bonus mission at the end of the main story ([[spoiler:the one where Catwoman confronts Two-Face]]). Communication between them becomes ''instant''; as soon as one (conscious) mook knows where you are, they all do, even before the thug that spotted you speaks.

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* FakeDifficulty: Not much, but it subtly exists when fighting against max-difficulty thugs such as in the bonus mission at the end of the main story ([[spoiler:the (the one where Catwoman confronts Two-Face]]).Two-Face). Communication between them becomes ''instant''; as soon as one (conscious) mook knows where you are, they all do, even before the thug that spotted you speaks.



* {{Flatline}}: Happens to [[spoiler: The Joker during his (supposed) death scene]] in the first act.

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* {{Flatline}}: Happens to [[spoiler: The the Joker during his (supposed) death scene]] scene in the first act.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Batman is seen with his nose bleeding in some of the promotional posters. [[spoiler: It shows that Batman is infected with the Joker's disease.]]
** The memory card Catwoman steals from Two-Face and inserts into her smartphone-like device displays a map of Park Row, otherwise known as Crime Alley; the place where Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. [[spoiler: When Batman visits this location in the game, Strange has left an audiotape for him to listen to.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
**
Batman is seen with his nose bleeding in some of the promotional posters. [[spoiler: It shows that Batman is infected with the Joker's disease.]]
disease.
** The memory card Catwoman steals from Two-Face and inserts into her smartphone-like device displays a map of Park Row, otherwise known as Crime Alley; the place where Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. [[spoiler: When Batman visits this location in the game, Strange has left an audiotape for him to listen to.]]



-->'''Joker:''' Sometimes I wonder if [[spoiler:all this would just end with [[TonightSomeoneDies one of us looking down at the other's corpse]], [[NowWhat trying to work out what to do next]]? The only question is, whose body will it be]]?

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-->'''Joker:''' Sometimes I wonder if [[spoiler:all this would just end with [[TonightSomeoneDies one of us looking down at the other's corpse]], corpse, [[NowWhat trying to work out what to do next]]? The only question is, whose body will it be]]?



** [[spoiler: "You fell for the [[BodyDouble old fake Joker gag]], Batman!" Spoken by the Clayface disguised as the "healthy Joker", no less.]]
** After briefly capturing Batman in the Steel Mill, Joker stops Harley from taking off Batman's mask. When she protests that she wants to know Batman's true identity, Joker replies [[spoiler: "Nobody's who you think they are, my dear"]], foreshadowing the revelation that [[spoiler: the apparently cured Joker is not the real one]].
** Just before you need to infiltrate the Steel Mill for the second time, some EnemyChatter can be heard discussing The Joker's newfound health. One Mook says [[spoiler: "It's like he was a completely different person before, but now he's back to his old self again."]] It's actually [[spoiler: the other way around.]]
** Using Detective Vision [[spoiler: during the fistfight with Joker later will reveal that what you're actually looking at ''is a humanoid form without bones'']].

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** [[spoiler: "You fell for the [[BodyDouble old fake Joker gag]], Batman!" Spoken [[spoiler:Spoken by the Clayface disguised as the "healthy Joker", no less.]]
** After briefly capturing Batman in the Steel Mill, Joker stops Harley from taking off Batman's mask. When she protests that she wants to know Batman's true identity, Joker replies [[spoiler: "Nobody's who you think they are, my dear"]], dear", foreshadowing the revelation that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the apparently cured Joker is not the real one]].
** Just before you need to infiltrate the Steel Mill for the second time, some EnemyChatter can be heard discussing The Joker's newfound health. One Mook says [[spoiler: "It's like he was a completely different person before, but now he's back to his old self again."]] " It's actually [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the other way around.]]
** Using Detective Vision [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during the fistfight with Joker later will reveal that what you're actually looking at ''is a humanoid form without bones'']].



** [[spoiler:Deadshot, sans gear,]] is in front of you in the line during the opening sequence.

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** [[spoiler:Deadshot, Deadshot, sans gear,]] gear, is in front of you in the line during the opening sequence.



** [[spoiler:Azrael]] can be seen watching you from the rooftops when you enter Arkham City as Bruce Wayne.
** There's also [[spoiler: Azrael]]'s grim little speech to Batman hinting at events later in the series.
** The museum has posters for [[spoiler: Wonder City]].

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** [[spoiler:Azrael]] Azrael can be seen watching you from the rooftops when you enter Arkham City as Bruce Wayne.
** There's also [[spoiler: Azrael]]'s Azrael's grim little speech to Batman hinting at events later in the series.
''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.
** The museum has posters for [[spoiler: Wonder City]].City, the area Batman visits after cleaning out the museum.



** [[spoiler: The boat filled with cockroaches and a screaming man you can find in the middle of the flooded downtown district, that was supposed to be delivered to Scarecrow.]] This foreshadows events in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight. [[spoiler:The glass-fronted cockroach boxes show up again in ''Knight'', on Stagg's airships.]]
** The ice cream truck Harley uses to crash into the church has "Mind the child" written on the front. [[spoiler:This is the first hint in the game that Harley may (or may not) be pregnant.]]
** ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' gets in on the act, too. [[spoiler:During a radio broadcast near the beginning, Commissioner Gordon cuts an interview with Vicki Vale short when she asks why no one has been allowed to see the Joker's body. In the flashback, when Batman is about to infiltrate the steel mill, talking to Gordon reveals that after the hostage situation is resolved, he needs Batman's help with "that other problem," which is left ominously unexplained (it is elaborated on more in the Endgame comic).]]
** You also see [[spoiler:dolled-up Mechanical Guardians]] posed around Harley's lair as soon as you walk in. [[spoiler:She sics a load of active ones on you at the DLC's end.]]
** [[spoiler:After the battle with Mr. Freeze, when Batman opens the safe and finds that the cure has vanished, there are two Joker cards. One of them is faxed with a scribbled message that reads "Get well soon, Mr. J. XOXO"; the other is a physical one. Both are clues that indicate that there are two Jokers, one of them real and the other actually Clayface.]]

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** [[spoiler: The There's foreshadowing to the events of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''; specifically, the role of the Scarecrow is alluded to in a well-hidden easter egg. [[spoiler:The boat filled with cockroaches and a screaming man you can find in the middle of the flooded downtown district, that was supposed to be delivered to Scarecrow.]] This foreshadows events in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight. [[spoiler:The The glass-fronted cockroach boxes show up again in ''Knight'', on Stagg's airships.]]
** The ice cream truck Harley uses to crash into the church has "Mind the child" written on the front. [[spoiler:This This is the first hint in the game that Harley may (or may not) be pregnant.]]
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** ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' gets in on the act, too. [[spoiler:During During a radio broadcast near the beginning, Commissioner Gordon cuts an interview with Vicki Vale short when she asks why no one has been allowed to see the Joker's body. In the flashback, when Batman is about to infiltrate the steel mill, talking to Gordon reveals that after the hostage situation is resolved, he needs Batman's help with "that other problem," which is left ominously unexplained (it is elaborated on more in the Endgame comic).]]
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** You also see [[spoiler:dolled-up dolled-up Mechanical Guardians]] Guardians posed around Harley's lair as soon as you walk in. [[spoiler:She sics a load of active ones on you at the DLC's end.]]
** [[spoiler:After After the battle with Mr. Freeze, when Batman opens the safe and finds that the cure has vanished, there are two Joker cards. One of them is faxed with a scribbled message that reads "Get well soon, Mr. J. XOXO"; the other is a physical one. Both [[spoiler:Both are clues that indicate that there are two Jokers, one of them real and the other actually Clayface.]]



* GambitPileup: Of epic proportions. [[spoiler: Hugo Strange and Ra's al-Ghul plan to gather Batman and all of Gotham's criminals in one place and slaughter them all, with Strange intent on breaking Batman's spirit in the process. Joker has Clayface impersonate him to keep up appearances, and kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to force him to make a cure for his disease. Penguin kidnaps Freeze to prevent his hated rival from getting said cure, as well as for his "collection," forcing the Joker to then infect Batman and thousands of ER patients to get him to rescue Freeze. Two-Face is building up his gang and preparing to go to war with Joker and Penguin. Riddler's once again out to prove he's smarter than Batman, and is willing to kill to do it. And to top it off, Catwoman plans to loot the prison's confiscated goods vault and escape. To cap off Hugo's scheme, Ra's is also running this as a test to see if either Batman or Hugo is a worthy successor, and is more than willing to execute ''both'' if they fail. And that's not even counting the smaller-scale schemes being run by Bane, Hush, Zsasz and Mad Hatter.]] In short, this game gives the dubious honor of having nearly every A-list Batman villain participating in a scheme worthy of their comics legacy (although ''some'' do get left out). Nearly every one of them is playing against the others, and the villains are arguably larger impediments to each other than Batman is; his job is to mostly keep the chaos contained.

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* GambitPileup: Of epic proportions. [[spoiler: Hugo [[spoiler:Hugo Strange and Ra's al-Ghul plan to gather Batman and all of Gotham's criminals in one place and slaughter them all, with Strange intent on breaking Batman's spirit in the process. Joker has Clayface impersonate him to keep up appearances, and kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to force him to make a cure for his disease. Penguin kidnaps Freeze to prevent his hated rival from getting said cure, as well as for his "collection," forcing the Joker to then infect Batman and thousands of ER patients to get him to rescue Freeze. Two-Face is building up his gang and preparing to go to war with Joker and Penguin. Riddler's once again out to prove he's smarter than Batman, and is willing to kill to do it. And to top it off, Catwoman plans to loot the prison's confiscated goods vault and escape. To cap off Hugo's scheme, Ra's is also running this as a test to see if either Batman or Hugo is a worthy successor, and is more than willing to execute ''both'' if they fail. And that's not even counting the smaller-scale schemes being run by Bane, Hush, Zsasz and Mad Hatter.]] In short, this game gives the dubious honor of having nearly every A-list Batman villain participating in a scheme worthy of their comics legacy (although ''some'' do get left out). Nearly every one of them is playing against the others, and the villains are arguably larger impediments to each other than Batman is; his job is to mostly keep the chaos contained.



** Harley's mooks from [[DownloadableContent "Harley Quinn's Revenge"]] share her normal outfit's color scheme and face paintings, and generally have a diamond motif somewhere on their torso, while armored ones wear makeshift metal armor and football helmets. The Harley Titan thug is a re-textured Penguin Titan Thug. [[spoiler: They also all wear black armbands with "R.I.P. Joker" on them.]]
** [[spoiler:During Protocol 10, it's possible to find a few dead "Scarecrow Thugs," which are just reskinned Joker hoodie thugs.]]

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** Harley's mooks from [[DownloadableContent "Harley Quinn's Revenge"]] share her normal outfit's color scheme and face paintings, and generally have a diamond motif somewhere on their torso, while armored ones wear makeshift metal armor and football helmets. The Harley Titan thug is a re-textured Penguin Titan Thug. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They also all wear black armbands with "R.I.P. Joker" on them.]]
** [[spoiler:During During Protocol 10, it's possible to find a few dead "Scarecrow Thugs," which are just reskinned Joker hoodie thugs.]]



* GhostCity: The ruins of Old Gotham, as well as Wonder City, [[spoiler: Ra's al-Ghul]]'s failed underground Victorian utopia powered by [[spoiler: a Lazarus pit]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Clayface]] can come off as one if you're not familiar with him from the comics or cartoons. One of the [[AllThereInTheManual Arkham City Stories]] does do a bit to foreshadow it, though.
* GoIntoTheLight: While near death [[spoiler:from being poisoned by the Joker, Batman]] sees a bright light with [[spoiler:his parents]] standing in it calling him to join them.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:The Joker dies smiling at Batman's joke (that he would have saved him if he could despite everything he's done) in the very end of the game.]]
** The French translation deserve a note here since the expression [[spoiler: the Joker used, "c'est à mourir de rire." can be roughly translated to "It's to die of laugh."]]

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* GhostCity: The ruins of Old Gotham, as well as Wonder City, [[spoiler: Ra's al-Ghul]]'s al-Ghul's failed underground Victorian utopia powered by [[spoiler: a Lazarus pit]].
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* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Clayface]] [[spoiler:Clayface]] can come off as one if you're not familiar with him from the comics or cartoons. One of the [[AllThereInTheManual Arkham City Stories]] does do a bit to foreshadow it, though.
* GoIntoTheLight: While near death [[spoiler:from from being poisoned by the Joker, Batman]] Batman sees a bright light with [[spoiler:his parents]] his parents standing in it calling him to join them.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:The Joker dies smiling at Batman's joke (that he would have saved him if he could despite everything he's done) in the very end of the game.]]
**
]] The French translation deserve a note here since the expression [[spoiler: the Joker used, "c'est à mourir de rire." can be roughly translated to "It's to die of laugh."]]



* HandicappedBadass: The Abramovici twins, a pair of EliteMooks each working for Penguin and Joker, are both missing an arm. Enemy chatter involves the rumor that they were ConjoinedTwins working in a circus freakshow before being separated [[spoiler:(Which is confirmed in the Arkham City Story about them)]]. You can later find a Joker mook talking with some others about how watching it convinced him to switch sides.

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* HandicappedBadass: The Abramovici twins, a pair of EliteMooks each working for Penguin and Joker, are both missing an arm. Enemy chatter involves the rumor that they were ConjoinedTwins working in a circus freakshow before being separated [[spoiler:(Which (which is confirmed in the Arkham City Story about them)]].them). You can later find a Joker mook talking with some others about how watching it convinced him to switch sides.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: In a very strange, dark, twisted way, [[spoiler:Batman and Joker]].
** This can be especially seen through [[spoiler:Joker]]'s voicemails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEnbNAgK7v4 Example]], especially the very last one.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Batman can interrogate Riddler's henchmen in this manner, depending whether or not the player is near a ledge. Also Batman's preferred method of questioning [[spoiler:Quincy Sharp]] during a cutscene.

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* %%* HeterosexualLifePartners: In a very strange, dark, twisted way, [[spoiler:Batman Batman and Joker]].
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Joker. This can be especially seen through [[spoiler:Joker]]'s Joker's voicemails. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEnbNAgK7v4 Example]], especially the very last one.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Batman can interrogate Riddler's henchmen in this manner, depending whether or not the player is near a ledge. Also Batman's preferred method of questioning [[spoiler:Quincy Sharp]] Quincy Sharp during a cutscene.



* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul is the actual BigBad. Also, Joker has to be dealt with after Strange and Ra's are defeated.]]

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* HijackedByGanon: HijackedByGanon:
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[[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul is the actual BigBad. Also, Joker has to be dealt with after Strange and Ra's are defeated.]]



* HisNameIs: The first of Deadshot's victims is killed just as he's about to tell Batman the specifics of [[spoiler: his work during the construction of Arkham City]].

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* HisNameIs: The first of Deadshot's victims is killed just as he's about to tell Batman the specifics of [[spoiler: his work during the construction of Arkham City]].City.



* HonorBeforeReason: Arkham City's ending heavily emphasizes Batman's tendencies toward this trope, to the point of it actually being disturbing. [[spoiler: As the Joker is dying, Batman reveals that he had fully intended to save him. He would have done this, knowing full well that the Joker would just break out of confinement and murder more people]].

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* HonorBeforeReason: Arkham City's ending heavily emphasizes Batman's tendencies toward this trope, to the point of it actually being disturbing. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As the Joker is dying, Batman reveals that he had fully intended to save him. He would have done this, knowing full well that the Joker would just break out of confinement and murder more people]].



* HypocriticalHumor: At the end of Catwoman's campaign, [[spoiler:she groans about Two-Face's obsession with his "2" theme. Despite her own tendency to make cat puns.]]
* IdiotBall: Joker [[spoiler: trying to get the cure he needs from Batman by stabbing him in the arm carrying it who then drops it. Made even worse by the fact Batman would have cured him had Joker not made him drop the cure. One could argue that Joker's mind was going, and/or he was too desperate to think straight]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: At the end of Catwoman's campaign, [[spoiler:she she groans about Two-Face's obsession with his "2" theme. Despite her own tendency to make cat puns.]]
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* IdiotBall: Joker [[spoiler: trying [[spoiler:trying to get the cure he needs from Batman by stabbing him in the arm carrying it who then drops it. Made even worse by the fact Batman would have cured him had Joker not made him drop the cure. One could argue that Joker's mind was going, and/or he was too desperate to think straight]].



** [[spoiler: Hugo Strange kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to bring him to Arkham City and ensure his cooperation. He later gives her to Joker, so he can force Freeze to find a cure for his disease. One of the side missions involves finding out where her cryo-box is being stored so Freeze can get her back.]]

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** [[spoiler: Hugo Strange kidnaps Mr. Freeze's wife to bring him to Arkham City and ensure his cooperation. He later gives her to Joker, so he can force Freeze to find a cure for his disease. One of the side missions involves finding out where her cryo-box is being stored so Freeze can get her back.]]



** [[spoiler: ''Again'' during the events of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''. When a mook [[LampshadeHanging cagily whispers to Harley that she's just done this]], Harley defensively tries to claim ([[BadLiar and not very well]]) that she was lying.]]
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Some of the dialog you can overhear suggests that some of the inmates have taken to eating other humans to survive, since the three major supervillain factions have been hoarding the food the guards drop in, and it tastes like crap anyways.
** Killer Croc

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** [[spoiler: ''Again'' during the events of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge''. When a mook [[LampshadeHanging cagily whispers to Harley that she's just done this]], Harley defensively tries to claim ([[BadLiar and not very well]]) that she was lying.]]
lying.
* ImAHumanitarian:
**
ImAHumanitarian: Some of the dialog you can overhear suggests that some of the inmates have taken to eating other humans to survive, since the three major supervillain factions have been hoarding the food the guards drop in, and it tastes like crap anyways.
** %%** Killer Croc



* InstantWinCondition: In Catwoman's final fight [[spoiler: with Two-Face in the museum, he will not stop spawning guards if they are discovered. However, if you defeat Two-Face, the cutscene acts as if the other half-dozen armed men aren't in the room any more]].

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* InstantWinCondition: In Catwoman's final fight [[spoiler: with Two-Face in the museum, he will not stop spawning guards if they are discovered. However, if you defeat Two-Face, the cutscene acts as if the other half-dozen armed men aren't in the room any more]].more.



* InterfaceScrew: The baseball bats and stun-sticks return, performing the same function as before. A subtle story version occurs when Batman is [[spoiler: heading to Wonder City for the first time, as the poison has begun to take its toll]]. The camera ''ever'' so gradually starts skewing to the left and right like a seesaw, to reflect [[spoiler: Batman's sickly state]].
* InterfaceSpoiler: Using [[spoiler:Detective Mode]] during the fight with [[spoiler:Joker and his goons]] will reveal [[spoiler:who his BodyDouble is before you find out in the story]].

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* InterfaceScrew: The baseball bats and stun-sticks return, performing the same function as before. A subtle story version occurs when Batman is [[spoiler: heading to Wonder City for the first time, as the poison has begun to take its toll]]. toll. The camera ''ever'' so gradually starts skewing to the left and right like a seesaw, to reflect [[spoiler: Batman's sickly state]].
state.
* InterfaceSpoiler: InterfaceSpoiler:
**
Using [[spoiler:Detective Mode]] Detective Mode during the fight with [[spoiler:Joker and his goons]] will reveal [[spoiler:who his BodyDouble is an impostor long before you find out in the story]].they are to be revealed.



** Thanks for buying the Game of the Year Edition! We'll go ahead and start your model gallery off with the non-spoileriffic costume models, and the super-spoileriffic [[spoiler: Mourning Harley]] model!

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** Thanks for buying the Game of the Year Edition! We'll go ahead and start your model gallery off with the non-spoileriffic costume models, and the super-spoileriffic [[spoiler: Mourning [[spoiler:Mourning Harley]] model!



* IronicEcho: Between Batman & Mr. Freeze:[[spoiler: "You look unwell."]]

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* IronicEcho: IronicEcho:
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Between Batman & Mr. Freeze:[[spoiler: Freeze: "You look unwell."]]"



* Irony: [[spoiler: The first police officer from the GCPD to die? Agent Best.]]
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: When playing as Catwoman, you can [[spoiler:choose to leave Batman to die by a missile sent by Strange, so Catwoman can steal a ton of valuables and money]]. Naturally, this results in a DownerEnding.
** Also, in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', take too long during [[spoiler:the scene where Batman must disarm the bombs]], and you see Gordon watch [[spoiler:the building Batman, Robin and Harley are in explode along with Gordon saying [[LittleNo "no"]].]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Done to [[spoiler:Mr. Freeze]] by Batman. [[spoiler:Batman pulls out a vial of supercoolant keeping Freeze alive outside his suit and slowly pours it out until Freeze reveals the secret to beating his weaponry (currently possessed by the Penguin)]]. He also threatens to do this to the Riddler's spies.

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* Irony: [[spoiler: The first police officer from the GCPD to die? Agent Best.]]
Best.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: ItsAWonderfulFailure:
**
When playing as Catwoman, you can [[spoiler:choose choose to leave Batman to die by a missile sent by Strange, so Catwoman can steal a ton of valuables and money]].money. Naturally, this results in a DownerEnding.
** Also, in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', take too long during [[spoiler:the the scene where Batman must disarm the bombs]], bombs, and you see Gordon watch [[spoiler:the the building Batman, Robin and Harley are in explode along with Gordon saying [[LittleNo "no"]].]]
"no"]].
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Done to [[spoiler:Mr. Freeze]] Mr. Freeze by Batman. [[spoiler:Batman Batman pulls out a vial of supercoolant keeping Freeze alive outside his suit and slowly pours it out until Freeze reveals the secret to beating his weaponry (currently possessed by the Penguin)]].Penguin). He also threatens to do this to the Riddler's spies.



* JokerImmunity: [[spoiler:Averted.]]



* KarmaHoudini: Even though Batman plans on taking him down as soon as he is finished in Arkham City, [[spoiler: Hush nevertheless escapes from the game with every murder he commited.]]
** [[spoiler: Black Mask]] to a lesser extent. Though he did not even appear in the main story in the first place, a riddle figures that he escaped (and we do not know if he was escaping over dead bodies). And he WAS a prisoner after all.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Joker stabbing Batman in the shoulder leads to the cure vial getting dropped and destroyed, and the Titan formula ''he'' created is what ends up killing him in the end.]]
* KentBrockmanNews: Vicki Vale and [[ComicBook/TheCreeper Jack Ryder]] undergo a very public feud of opinions regarding the construction of Arkham City in the prequel comic. Played with, in that Jack is actually [[TheWarOnStraw deliberately playing the role]] of [[StrawmanPolitical the hard-line conservative]] [[ForTheLulz for his own kicks]].
** After you rescue [[spoiler:Vicki]], she begins a news report on the deplorable conditions in the city.
* KickTheDog: While some of the political prisoners have been thrown into Arkham City for pragmatic if evil reasons, most of them appear to be people who helped build Arkham City's wall or control tower. While ShootTheBuilder is a known trope, the game doesn't show that there's anything special or secret about either building, and thus there seems little point to locking them up. Besides possibly preventing RootingForTheEmpire [[spoiler: when Strange reveals he wants to kill everyone in Arkham City.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
**
Even though Batman plans on taking him down as soon as he is finished in Arkham City, [[spoiler: Hush [[spoiler:Hush nevertheless escapes from the game with every murder he commited.]]
** [[spoiler: Black Mask]] Mask to a lesser extent. Though he did not even appear in the main story in the first place, a riddle figures that he escaped (and we do not know if he was escaping over dead bodies). And he WAS a prisoner after all.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Joker [[spoiler:Joker stabbing Batman in the shoulder leads to the cure vial getting dropped and destroyed, and the Titan formula ''he'' created is what ends up killing him in the end.]]
* KentBrockmanNews: KentBrockmanNews:
**
Vicki Vale and [[ComicBook/TheCreeper Jack Ryder]] undergo a very public feud of opinions regarding the construction of Arkham City in the prequel comic. Played with, in that Jack is actually [[TheWarOnStraw deliberately playing the role]] of [[StrawmanPolitical the hard-line conservative]] [[ForTheLulz for his own kicks]].
** After you rescue [[spoiler:Vicki]], Vicki, she begins a news report on the deplorable conditions in the city.
* KickTheDog: While some of the political prisoners have been thrown into Arkham City for pragmatic if evil reasons, most of them appear to be people who helped build Arkham City's wall or control tower. While ShootTheBuilder is a known trope, the game doesn't show that there's anything special or secret about either building, and thus there seems little point to locking them up. Besides possibly preventing RootingForTheEmpire [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Strange reveals he wants to kill everyone in Arkham City.]]



** Quincy Sharp. [[spoiler:He ordered Tyger to round up anyone they deemed a criminal, ''regardless if they served their sentence or not''. If you've got any sort of criminal record, you're dumped in with the psychos. One issue of the prequel comic begins with Sharp's goons attempting to arrest ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain the Carpenter]]'' of all people.]]
** Strange is even worse. [[spoiler: His plan is to kill every inmate in Arkham City, believing that this elevates him to the status of Gotham's savior. Even when confronted by Batman, Strange revels in the "glorious" sight of Arkham City burning, killing hundreds of inmates.]]
** The League of Assassins, as led by Ra's al Ghul. Throughout the campaign in Wonder City, both Ra's and Talia speak of creating a "better world" as they try to convince Batman to [[WeCanRuleTogether join their crusade]], and during Ra's' boss fight, Talia states that only the League of Assassins can "wipe [the world] clean of the scum of humanity". [[spoiler: Ra's also funded Strange's plans for Arkham City, fully supporting the plot to massacre the criminal population. Ra's even declares that Protocol 10 would only be the beginning of his efforts, again offering Batman the chance of joining him.]]
** We also have a literal example in [[spoiler:Azrael]].

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** Quincy Sharp. [[spoiler:He He ordered Tyger to round up anyone they deemed a criminal, ''regardless if they served their sentence or not''. If you've got any sort of criminal record, you're dumped in with the psychos. One issue of the prequel comic begins with Sharp's goons attempting to arrest ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain the Carpenter]]'' of all people.]]
people.
** Strange is even worse. [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His plan is to kill every inmate in Arkham City, believing that this elevates him to the status of Gotham's savior. Even when confronted by Batman, Strange revels in the "glorious" sight of Arkham City burning, killing hundreds of inmates.]]
** The League of Assassins, as led by Ra's al Ghul. Throughout the campaign in Wonder City, both Ra's and Talia speak of creating a "better world" as they try to convince Batman to [[WeCanRuleTogether join their crusade]], and during Ra's' boss fight, Talia states that only the League of Assassins can "wipe [the world] clean of the scum of humanity". [[spoiler: Ra's [[spoiler:Ra's also funded Strange's plans for Arkham City, fully supporting the plot to massacre the criminal population. Ra's even declares that Protocol 10 would only be the beginning of his efforts, again offering Batman the chance of joining him.]]
** We also have a literal example in [[spoiler:Azrael]].
]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: The Riddler]] ends up in the exact same predicament that he had put his victims in.
** After [[spoiler: torturing and murdering countless patients in Arkham Asylum, taking credit for stopping Joker's plot after ''Arkham Asylum'', using that to become mayor, and getting Arkham City approved]] it's pretty easy to have zero sympathy for [[spoiler: Quincy Sharp]] after Strange has him thrown into Arkham City. Even if you've [[AllThereInTheManual brushed up on your backstory]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: The LaserGuidedKarma:
** [[spoiler:The
Riddler]] ends up in the exact same predicament that he had put his victims in.
** After [[spoiler: torturing and murdering countless patients in Arkham Asylum, taking credit for stopping Joker's plot after ''Arkham Asylum'', using that to become mayor, and getting Arkham City approved]] approved it's pretty easy to have zero sympathy for [[spoiler: Quincy Sharp]] Sharp after Strange has him thrown into Arkham City. Even if you've [[AllThereInTheManual brushed up on your backstory]].



** It's also lampshaded by Joker in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiIHA453YE&feature=related his video for winning the Spike Video Games Awards for Best Character,]] where he tosses out a script book titled "Batman: Arkham World Script" before saying "Whoops, ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} spoilers...]]''" Speaking of "spoilers", near the end, the [[spoiler:fake]] Joker calls Batman through the intercom:

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** It's also lampshaded by Joker in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiIHA453YE&feature=related his video for winning the Spike Video Games Awards for Best Character,]] where he tosses out a script book titled "Batman: Arkham World Script" before saying "Whoops, ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} spoilers...]]''" Speaking of "spoilers", near the end, the [[spoiler:fake]] Joker calls Batman through the intercom:



* TheManBehindTheMan: Hugo Strange to Warden Sharp, [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul to Hugo Strange.]]
** If you [[AllThereInTheManual listen to the interview tapes]], [[spoiler:it's revealed that Professor Strange was behind a lot of the subplots in the game; he told Catwoman where Two-Face's datapad that she wanted to steal was, told Two-Face that Catwoman was going to steal it, told Mr. Freeze that it was the Joker who had captured Nora, and supplied Penguin with weapons and informed of the GCPD officers which had infiltrated his gang.]] Ever TheChessmaster indeed.
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: When Two-Face is about to host Catwoman's trial, his good half and bad half debate what they should do: the Good half mentions they need to gain respect in the town if they are to last in the town. The Bad Half wants the town to fear them, thus kill her immediately. The Good half is reluctant to kill Catwoman, at least not immediately, as they are in a courthouse, a place of justice, and the Bad Half says they should screw justice, kill Catwoman, and be done with it. (Seeing as the "trial" would have [[KangarooCourt been a joke]], this is a MortonsFork for Catwoman anyway.)
** Another example, [[spoiler: although a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion: when the fully-healed Joker is revealed, he sees himself as his sick self in the mirror before the reveal. However, it is '''not''' a mirror, it's actually thick glass, and the Joker in the "mirror" is the real Joker. The one outside it is actually Clayface.]]

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Hugo Strange to Warden Sharp, [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul to Hugo Strange.]]
**
If you [[AllThereInTheManual listen to the interview tapes]], [[spoiler:it's it's revealed that Professor Strange was behind a lot of the subplots in the game; he told Catwoman where Two-Face's datapad that she wanted to steal was, told Two-Face that Catwoman was going to steal it, told Mr. Freeze that it was the Joker who had captured Nora, and supplied Penguin with weapons and informed of the GCPD officers which had infiltrated his gang.]] Ever TheChessmaster indeed.
%%** Hugo Strange to Warden Sharp, [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul to Hugo Strange.]]
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack:
**
When Two-Face is about to host Catwoman's trial, his good half and bad half debate what they should do: the Good half mentions they need to gain respect in the town if they are to last in the town. The Bad Half wants the town to fear them, thus kill her immediately. The Good half is reluctant to kill Catwoman, at least not immediately, as they are in a courthouse, a place of justice, and the Bad Half says they should screw justice, kill Catwoman, and be done with it. (Seeing as the "trial" would have [[KangarooCourt been a joke]], this is a MortonsFork for Catwoman anyway.)
** Another example, [[spoiler: although a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion: when the fully-healed Joker is revealed, he sees himself as his sick self in the mirror before he turns around to reveal his fully-healed face to Batman for the reveal. However, first time. [[spoiler:However, it is '''not''' a mirror, it's actually thick glass, and the Joker in the "mirror" is the real Joker. The one outside it is actually Clayface.]]



** [[spoiler: {{Killer Robot}}s]]

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** %%** [[spoiler: {{Killer Robot}}s]]



* MsFanservice: Catwoman, Harley, Ivy, and Talia.

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* %%* MsFanservice: Catwoman, Harley, Ivy, and Talia.



* MushroomSamba: At one point, Batman [[spoiler: drinks some Lazarus Pit and goes on a strange trip through a swirling desert while Ra's al Ghul eggs him on]].

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* MushroomSamba: At one point, Batman [[spoiler: drinks some Lazarus Pit and goes on a strange trip through a swirling desert while Ra's al Ghul eggs him on]].on.



** [[spoiler: Joker's last words were slightly similar to his last words in WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker.]]

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** [[spoiler: Joker's [[spoiler:Joker's last words were slightly similar to his last words in WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker.]]



** Even though the person who says it is different, the game ends with [[spoiler: Batman telling Joker a joke that the two both find funny]], much like the rather open-ended ending of ComicBook/TheKillingJoke.

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** Even though the person who says it is different, the game ends with [[spoiler: Batman [[spoiler:Batman telling Joker a joke that the two both find funny]], much like the rather open-ended ending of ComicBook/TheKillingJoke.



** There are strong similarities to ''No Man's Land'', and as such has at least one ShoutOut--[[spoiler: the code word for the undercover cops in Penguin's crew, to identify them, is "Sarah", Gordon's wife, murdered by the Joker in that story.]]

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** There are strong similarities to ''No Man's Land'', and as such has at least one ShoutOut--[[spoiler: the ShoutOut--the code word for the undercover cops in Penguin's crew, to identify them, is "Sarah", Gordon's wife, murdered by the Joker in that story.]]



** When [[spoiler: Catwoman's apartment explodes]], there is a shot of her lying on the ground surrounded by cats, very similar to a shot used in ''Batman Returns'' when Selina is [[spoiler:thrown out of a window and apparently killed. Incidentally, both scenes involve her being defenestrated]].

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** When [[spoiler: Catwoman's apartment explodes]], explodes, there is a shot of her lying on the ground surrounded by cats, very similar to a shot used in ''Batman Returns'' when Selina is [[spoiler:thrown thrown out of a window and apparently killed. Incidentally, both scenes involve her being defenestrated]].defenestrated.



** The mission in which you [[spoiler: find Nora]] is called [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "Heart of Ice"]].
** [[spoiler:Upon rescuing Vicki Vale from the Joker's snipers, Batman uses the Line Launcher (he usually uses the Grappling hook, which makes this stand out more). Batman using the Line Launcher to save Vicki Vale from Joker's thugs [[Film/{{Batman}} has been done before.]]]] Another reference to the movie is the fact that her weight is listed as 121 lbs, rather than the 108 lbs she claimed, which Batman called her out on, and that she's blonde here, as was KimBasinger's Vicki in that film.

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** The mission in which you [[spoiler: find Nora]] Nora is called [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "Heart of Ice"]].
** [[spoiler:Upon Upon rescuing Vicki Vale from the Joker's snipers, Batman uses the Line Launcher (he usually uses the Grappling hook, which makes this stand out more). Batman using the Line Launcher to save Vicki Vale from Joker's thugs [[Film/{{Batman}} has been done before.]]]] ]] Another reference to the movie is the fact that her weight is listed as 121 lbs, rather than the 108 lbs she claimed, which Batman called her out on, and that she's blonde here, as was KimBasinger's Vicki in that film.



** The Krank Co. Toys building ([[spoiler: Bane's hideout]]) is a reference to Cosmo Krank, A.K.A. the Toymaker, a CanonForeigner villain from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' and the former C.E.O. of Krank Co. Toys.

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** The Krank Co. Toys building ([[spoiler: Bane's hideout]]) (Bane's hideout) is a reference to Cosmo Krank, A.K.A. the Toymaker, a CanonForeigner villain from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' and the former C.E.O. of Krank Co. Toys.



* NewGamePlus: Allows you to start the game over with all of your previously gotten gadgets and upgrades, but disables counter icons, gives you better-equipped mooks right from the start, makes them more aggressive and gives most bosses extra health while also disabling AntiFrustrationFeatures for the [[spoiler: Mr. Freeze]] fight described above. Annoyingly enough, you can only have a single NewGamePlus per file and no option to start one over from beginning.

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* NewGamePlus: Allows you to start the game over with all of your previously gotten gadgets and upgrades, but disables counter icons, gives you better-equipped mooks right from the start, makes them more aggressive and gives most bosses extra health while also disabling AntiFrustrationFeatures for the [[spoiler: Mr. Freeze]] Freeze fight described above. Annoyingly enough, you can only have a single NewGamePlus per file and no option to start one over from beginning.



** During the Catwoman missions, [[spoiler: you can choose whether to go to Batman's rescue or get out of Arkham City with her newly gained loot. The one that furthers the plot is saving Batman. Being selfish cuts to the credits, with a panicked voiceover by Oracle, sending out a distress call as Joker brings Gotham to its knees without Batman to protect it. The game then rewinds back to the decision point to let you "choose" to save Batman]].

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** During the Catwoman missions, [[spoiler: you can choose whether to go to Batman's rescue or get out of Arkham City with her newly gained loot. The one that furthers the plot is saving Batman. Being selfish cuts to the credits, with a panicked voiceover by Oracle, sending out a distress call as Joker brings Gotham to its knees without Batman to protect it. The game then rewinds back to the decision point to let you "choose" to save Batman]].Batman.



* OffscreenInertia: Twice in the game, Batman rescues someone, and tells them to stay put and remain in hiding. They both turn out to still be where he left them, hours later, even if new bad guys have moved into the location.
** This is lampshaded in the dialogue of one of them, [[spoiler: and the other attacks Batman with a lead pipe when he returns, not realizing it was him.]]
** This is an improvement for them over ''Arkham Asylum'', where the majority of people you save will be murdered the second you leave the area.

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* OffscreenInertia: Twice in the game, Batman rescues someone, and tells them to stay put and remain in hiding. They both turn out to still be where he left them, hours later, even if new bad guys have moved into the location.
**
location. This is lampshaded in the dialogue of one of them, [[spoiler: and the other attacks Batman with a lead pipe when he returns, not realizing it was him.]]
**
him. This is an improvement for them over ''Arkham Asylum'', where the majority of people you save will be murdered the second you leave the area.



** In the story, Batman has this reaction near the end, when he pieces together that [[spoiler: the Joker that Talia just "killed" [[BodyDouble isn't really the Joker.]]]]

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** In the story, Batman has this reaction near the end, when he pieces together that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Joker that Talia just "killed" [[BodyDouble isn't really the Joker.]]]]



** When Batman starts to [[spoiler: feel the effects of Joker's poisonous blood]], the camera sways and tilts subtly when stationary until he [[spoiler: drinks the Blood of the Demon to cure it temporarily]].

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** When Batman starts to [[spoiler: feel the effects of Joker's poisonous blood]], blood, the camera sways and tilts subtly when stationary until he [[spoiler: drinks the Blood of the Demon to cure it temporarily]].temporarily.



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Throughout the game, when you use the cryptographic sequencer on the panels, the correct word combination is typically one that relates to whomever set it up, or is otherwise very appropriate for the situation. For example, to get out of the room that [[spoiler:Hush]] locks you in, it's "Mockingbird". To open the door that Hugo Strange is standing behind towards the end of the game, it's "Gotham Savior". To get into [[spoiler: Scarecrow's secret hatch,]] it's "City Of Terror". And with panels that were set up by the Riddler, the solution is always something like "Enigma" or "Conundrum".
** Additionally, the password used by members of Commissioner Gordon's elite team to identify themselves is "Sarah" -- the name of Gordon's second wife.

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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Throughout the game, when you use the cryptographic sequencer on the panels, the correct word combination is typically one that relates to whomever set it up, or is otherwise very appropriate for the situation. For example, to get out of the room that [[spoiler:Hush]] the Identity Thief locks you in, it's "Mockingbird". To open the door that Hugo Strange is standing behind towards the end of the game, it's "Gotham Savior". To get into [[spoiler: Scarecrow's secret hatch,]] it's "City Of Terror". And with panels that were set up by the Riddler, the solution is always something like "Enigma" or "Conundrum".
**
"Conundrum". Additionally, the password used by members of Commissioner Gordon's elite team to identify themselves is "Sarah" -- the name of Gordon's second wife.



* PlayingTheHeartStrings: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRCseft5N8 "A Rose for Respect"]], played when you look at the rose and pause for a few minutes of silence, uninterrupted.

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* PlayingTheHeartStrings: PlayingTheHeartStrings:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRCseft5N8 "A Rose for Respect"]], played when you look at the rose and pause for a few minutes of silence, uninterrupted.



** [[spoiler: You get a helpful message from Alfred that Lucius Fox has synthesized a cure and it's been deposited by Bat-Missile onto a nearby roof. Sounds like a pretty important side-objective, huh? Too bad the whole thing was entirely a fabrication of your own imagination after Mad Hatter put the whammy on you remotely.If you return to that rooftop later, you'll find, instead of a Bat-Missile, a picnic blanket with an elaborate tea-set.]]
** [[spoiler:The achievement for defeating Solomon Grundy appears... before he's actually defeated!]]

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** [[spoiler: You get a helpful message from Alfred that Lucius Fox has synthesized a cure and it's been deposited by Bat-Missile onto a nearby roof. Sounds like a pretty important side-objective, huh? Too [[spoiler:Too bad the whole thing was entirely a fabrication of your own imagination after Mad Hatter put the whammy on you remotely.If you return to that rooftop later, you'll find, instead of a Bat-Missile, a picnic blanket with an elaborate tea-set.]]
** [[spoiler:The The achievement for defeating Solomon Grundy appears... before [[spoiler:before he's actually defeated!]]



* PrivateMilitaryContractors: TYGER's front. [[spoiler:In actuality, they are Blackgate inmates who have been brainwashed.]]

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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: PrivateMilitaryContractors:
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TYGER's front. [[spoiler:In In actuality, they are Blackgate inmates who have been brainwashed.]]



* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: There's a brief bit of enemy chatter that discusses this. Sometime after the courthouse, you can hear some guys talking about Batman rescuing Catwoman. One of them asks why Batman would save Catwoman, since she's a thief like them. Another snarks back "She's better looking than you". In the actual story, there's [[spoiler: Batman wanting to save Talia more than everyone in Arkham City because he cares about her more]], though he's convinced otherwise.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: There's a brief bit of enemy chatter that discusses this. Sometime after the courthouse, you can hear some guys talking about Batman rescuing Catwoman. One of them asks why Batman would save Catwoman, since she's a thief like them. Another snarks back "She's better looking than you". In the actual story, there's [[spoiler: Batman [[spoiler:Batman wanting to save Talia more than everyone in Arkham City because he cares about her more]], though he's convinced otherwise.



** Hugo Strange, and more specifically, in his capacity as "therapist" to [[spoiler: Quincy Sharp]].

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** Hugo Strange, and more specifically, in his capacity as "therapist" to [[spoiler: Quincy Sharp]].Sharp.



* PuttingOnTheReich / ANaziByAnyOtherName : Hugo Strange has a very Mengele vibe about him while TYGER operates much like a SecretPolice under his rule. Gotham eventually becomes a PoliceState after Arkham City is created, and then there's [[spoiler:[[FinalSolution Protocol 10]]]].

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* PuttingOnTheReich / ANaziByAnyOtherName : Hugo Strange has a very Mengele vibe about him while TYGER operates much like a SecretPolice under his rule. Gotham eventually becomes a PoliceState after Arkham City is created, and then there's [[spoiler:[[FinalSolution Protocol 10]]]].[[spoiler:Protocol 10]].



** [[spoiler:Solomon Grundy]] regenerates so quickly that he's effectively immune to all physical attacks. Trying to beat him up will get you nowhere.
** [[spoiler:Mr. Freeze]] quickly adapts after each beatdown you give him, forcing you to find several different ways of stunning him or catching him off guard.

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** [[spoiler:Solomon Grundy]] Solomon Grundy regenerates so quickly that he's effectively immune to all physical attacks. Trying to beat him up will get you nowhere.
** [[spoiler:Mr. Freeze]] Mr. Freeze quickly adapts after each beatdown you give him, forcing you to find several different ways of stunning him or catching him off guard.



** Also just after fighting [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul]], you get to the subway entrance where a armored Joker Thug is convincing a large group of Penguin thugs to join up with the Joker after the recent defeat of The Penguin.

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** Also just after fighting [[spoiler:Ra's Ra's al Ghul]], Ghul, you get to the subway entrance where a armored Joker Thug is convincing a large group of Penguin thugs to join up with the Joker after the recent defeat of The Penguin.



* RedHerring: In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the revelation that Quincy Sharp [[spoiler: was actually writing all of the "Spirit of Amadeus Arkham" inscriptions]] seriously called his sanity into question, and led many fans to suspect that he would be the BigBad of the sequel. In reality, his role in ''Arkham City'' is minimal--he is merely a pawn of Dr. Strange, and he gets thrown into Arkham City himself about halfway through the game. His [[spoiler: morbid obsession with Amadeus Arkham is explained as a manifestation of Strange's brainwashing (similarly to Mad Hatter's "cure")]].

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* RedHerring: RedHerring:
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In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the revelation that Quincy Sharp [[spoiler: was actually writing all of the "Spirit of Amadeus Arkham" inscriptions]] inscriptions seriously called his sanity into question, and led many fans to suspect that he would be the BigBad of the sequel. In reality, his role in ''Arkham City'' is minimal--he is merely a pawn of Dr. Strange, and he gets thrown into Arkham City himself about halfway through the game. His [[spoiler: morbid obsession with Amadeus Arkham is explained as a manifestation of Strange's brainwashing (similarly to Mad Hatter's "cure")]]."cure").



** As of "Harley Quinn's Revenge", [[spoiler:Harley's pregnancy]]. Go to where you saw the first [[spoiler:pregnancy test]] and you see a box of them warning of "false positives." This might explain why she's even crazier in the DLC.

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** As of "Harley Quinn's Revenge", [[spoiler:Harley's pregnancy]]. Harley's pregnancy. Go to where you saw the first [[spoiler:pregnancy test]] pregnancy test and you see a box of them warning of "false positives." This might explain why she's even crazier in the DLC.



* RockPaperScissors: During one sidequest at the Steel Mill [[spoiler:when you have to rescue Nora Fries]], you'll notice some of the inmates decide to play a game of "Rock-Paper-Scissors" to see who can start a business. One of them tries to cheat with a gun and dynamite, both of which aren't allowed and don't work on paper. HilarityEnsues.

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* RockPaperScissors: During one sidequest at the Steel Mill [[spoiler:when when you have to rescue Nora Fries]], Fries, you'll notice some of the inmates decide to play a game of "Rock-Paper-Scissors" to see who can start a business. One of them tries to cheat with a gun and dynamite, both of which aren't allowed and don't work on paper. HilarityEnsues.



* SadisticChoice: After [[spoiler:Protocol 10 goes into effect]], Batman has the choice of [[spoiler:going to rescue Talia from the Joker, sacrificing thousands of lives in the process, or stopping Protocol 10 and potentially letting Talia die]]. Unlike most examples within video games, the choice is already made for the player; [[spoiler: see WhatTheHellHero below]].
* SaveTheVillain: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:The Joker himself notes that Batman would never let him die if the means to save him were in his power, but the trope itself is soundly averted when Joker tries to take it from him by force and destroys the vial containing the cure.]]

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* SadisticChoice: After [[spoiler:Protocol Protocol 10 goes into effect]], effect, Batman has the choice of [[spoiler:going to rescue Talia from the Joker, sacrificing thousands of lives in the process, or stopping Protocol 10 and potentially letting Talia die]]. Unlike most examples within video games, the choice is already made for the player; [[spoiler: see WhatTheHellHero below]].
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* SaveTheVillain: SaveTheVillain:
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Deconstructed. [[spoiler:The Joker himself notes that Batman would never let him die if the means to save him were in his power, but the trope itself is soundly averted when Joker tries to take it from him by force and destroys the vial containing the cure.]]



* SelfDestructMechanism: [[spoiler: Protocol 11 is this for Wonder Tower.]]

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* SelfDestructMechanism: [[spoiler: Protocol [[spoiler:Protocol 11 is this for Wonder Tower.]]



** [[spoiler: {{ComicBook/Azrael}}'s ominous words about Batman and Gotham going up in flames sometime in the future. He actually predicted the events of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight.]]
** [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne impersonator Thomas Elliot (aka Hush) being at large in Gotham]]. Batman makes a mental note to track down the latter once he leaves Arkham City. He eventually reappears in a mission in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight called Friend in Need.
** In a lesser degree, you can visit Calendar Man as Catwoman. He states that he might pay a visit to her (or her father) soon. Also after you visit him on the 12 dates related to his achievement, visit his cell again and [[spoiler: it will be empty, with a Two-Face goon hanging from the ceiling within.]]

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** [[spoiler: {{ComicBook/Azrael}}'s ominous words about Batman and Gotham going up in flames sometime in the future. He actually predicted the events of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight.]]
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** [[spoiler:Bruce Wayne impersonator Thomas Elliot (aka Hush) being at large in Gotham]]. Batman makes a mental note to track down the latter once he leaves Arkham City. He eventually reappears in a mission in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' called Friend in Need.
** In a lesser degree, you can visit Calendar Man as Catwoman. He states that he might pay a visit to her (or her father) soon. Also after you visit him on the 12 dates related to his achievement, visit his cell again and [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it will be empty, with a Two-Face goon hanging from the ceiling within.]]



** There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7ibNc8vjWE hidden hatch]] that hints at [[spoiler: Scarecrow]]'s return. Judging by the contents of the ship, [[spoiler:he may be working in tandem with Bedbug]], who made a brief cameo in the Arkham City comics.

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** There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7ibNc8vjWE hidden hatch]] that hints at [[spoiler: Scarecrow]]'s return. Judging by the contents of the ship, [[spoiler:he may be working in tandem with Bedbug]], who made a brief cameo in the Arkham City comics.



** Two-Face's role might belong here as well, at least going by the main campaign; he starts off the game as the leader of the weakest of the three main power-blocs vying for control of Arkham City, is easily taken out by Batman and Catwoman early on, who just leaving him hanging in the courthouse, and looks poised to be overrun by the forces of the Joker and the Penguin combined. By the end of the game, he's in a pretty good position to be Arkham City / Gotham's new major crime-lord [[spoiler: once Joker's dead and Penguin's been taken down by Batman]]. [[spoiler:Two-Face actually works with Penguin in Arkham Knight.]]
** Doubling as a CallBack to the previous game, in the PlayableEpilogue, if you return to where [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul landed after his fatal fall from Wonder Tower, his body will be gone, hinting that Ra's may, yet again, rise from the dead.]]
** During the PlayableEpilogue, if you visit Ivy again as Catwoman, [[spoiler: she swears to kill everyone in Gotham. Including Batman and Catwoman. In reality, she eventually becomes an ally to Batman in Arkham Knight.]]
** The song that plays at the very end of the credits,[[spoiler: if you complete the game in New Game Plus mode, where Harley chillingly sings "Hush little baby, don't say a word. Mama's gonna kill for you the whole damn world."]] Fittingly, ''Arkham City: Harley Quinn's Revenge'' was announced as a downloadable spin-off about six months after the game came out.
* SexyWalk: Catwoman, Talia, and Harley.

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** Two-Face's role might belong here as well, at least going by the main campaign; he starts off the game as the leader of the weakest of the three main power-blocs vying for control of Arkham City, is easily taken out by Batman and Catwoman early on, who just leaving him hanging in the courthouse, and looks poised to be overrun by the forces of the Joker and the Penguin combined. By the end of the game, he's in a pretty good position to be Arkham City / Gotham's new major crime-lord [[spoiler: once Joker's dead and Penguin's been taken down by Batman]]. [[spoiler:Two-Face crime-lord. Two-Face actually works with Penguin in Arkham Knight.''Arkham Knight''.
** Doubling as a CallBack to the previous game, in the PlayableEpilogue, if you return to where [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul landed after his fatal fall from Wonder Tower, his body will be gone, hinting that Ra's may, yet again, rise from the dead.
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** Doubling as a CallBack to the previous game, in the PlayableEpilogue, if you return to where [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul landed after his fatal fall from Wonder Tower, his body will be gone, hinting that Ra's may, yet again, rise from the dead.]]
** During the PlayableEpilogue, if you visit Ivy again as Catwoman, [[spoiler: she swears to kill everyone in Gotham. Including Batman and Catwoman. In reality, she eventually becomes an ally to Batman in Arkham Knight.]]
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** The song that plays at the very end of the credits,[[spoiler: credits, if you complete the game in New Game Plus mode, where [[spoiler:where Harley chillingly sings "Hush little baby, don't say a word. Mama's gonna kill for you the whole damn world."]] Fittingly, ''Arkham City: Harley Quinn's Revenge'' was announced as a downloadable spin-off about six months after the game came out.
* %%* SexyWalk: Catwoman, Talia, and Harley.



* ShootingSuperman: Some of the Penguin's goons mention offhand that Cobblepot [[FedToTheBeast dangled one of his hostages over a pit of rats]], but for some reason the guy [[FriendToAllLivingThings managed to last days without being harmed]]. [[spoiler: It makes sense knowing that one of his prisoners was [[TheBeastmaster Otis Flannegan]], a.k.a. [[MeaningfulName "Ratcatcher"]].]] Eventually, Penguin lost patience and [[ShootTheShaggyDog dropped him into Tiny's tank instead]].
* ShootTheHostageTaker: [[spoiler:Ra's Al Ghul holds his own daughter, Talia, hostage at knife point when Batman refuses to kill Ra's and take Ra's places leader of the League of assassins. Batman saves Talia by hitting Ra's with a Batarang.]]

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* ShootingSuperman: Some of the Penguin's goons mention offhand that Cobblepot [[FedToTheBeast dangled one of his hostages over a pit of rats]], but for some reason the guy [[FriendToAllLivingThings managed to last days without being harmed]]. [[spoiler: It makes sense knowing that one of his prisoners was [[TheBeastmaster Otis Flannegan]], a.k.a. [[MeaningfulName "Ratcatcher"]].]] Eventually, Penguin lost patience and [[ShootTheShaggyDog dropped him into Tiny's tank instead]].
* ShootTheHostageTaker: [[spoiler:Ra's Ra's Al Ghul holds his own daughter, Talia, hostage at knife point when Batman refuses to kill Ra's and take Ra's places leader of the League of assassins. Batman saves Talia by hitting Ra's with a Batarang.]]



* ShrineToTheFallen: [[spoiler:In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', in two weeks the Steel Mill has turned into a shrine to the Joker, who has died of the Titan disease. The exterior of the former funhouse has been renamed as "Harley's Funland", with statues of Harley guarding the gates and banners bearing the Joker's pictures and writings such as "R.I.P., Joker" and "Joker Forever". The interior is redecorated a little bit, while the centerpiece of the final room is transformed into a chapel interior, with lots of lit up white votive candles surrounding the altar and the monument of the Joker holding a glass globe, with {{Ba|dassInDistress}}tman encased inside it.]]

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* ShrineToTheFallen: [[spoiler:In In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', in two weeks the Steel Mill has turned into a shrine to the [[spoiler:the Joker, who has died of the Titan disease. The exterior of the former funhouse has been renamed as "Harley's Funland", with statues of Harley guarding the gates and banners bearing the Joker's pictures and writings such as "R.I.P., Joker" and "Joker Forever". The interior is redecorated a little bit, while the centerpiece of the final room is transformed into a chapel interior, with lots of lit up white votive candles surrounding the altar and the monument of the Joker holding a glass globe, with {{Ba|dassInDistress}}tman encased inside it.]]



* SkewedPriorities: Played for drama. [[spoiler: Protocol Ten is killing everyone in Arkham City, but Batman is willing to sacrifice all of them to go after Talia, who has been taken by the Joker. It takes both Oracle and Alfred to reason to Batman that one life isn't worth hundreds]].

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* SkewedPriorities: Played for drama. [[spoiler: Protocol [[spoiler:Protocol Ten is killing everyone in Arkham City, but Batman is willing to sacrifice all of them to go after Talia, who has been taken by the Joker. It takes both Oracle and Alfred to reason to Batman that one life isn't worth hundreds]].



** Inverted with the [[spoiler:League of Assassins, where Ra's al Ghul is the only male of the group]].
* SnowMeansDeath: Discussed by the Joker [[spoiler:when Batman, infected with the clown's poisoned blood, approaches the Steel Mill for a second time on his search for the cure. In his intercom speech, the Clown Prince of Crime says he's locked the Steel Mill, then says something along the lines of, "I dread having the thought of you lying dead in the sno-[[EvilLaugh ho-ho-ho-ho-hoooooooowwwwwwww]]. [[BlackComedy That truly brings a smile to my face!]]"]] Given that it's winter in Arkham City, he seems to be making a point about it.

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** Inverted with the [[spoiler:League League of Assassins, where Ra's al Ghul is the only male of the group]].
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* SnowMeansDeath: Discussed by the Joker [[spoiler:when when Batman, infected with the clown's poisoned blood, approaches the Steel Mill for a second time on his search for the cure. In his intercom speech, the Clown Prince of Crime says he's locked the Steel Mill, then says something along the lines of, "I dread having the thought of you lying dead in the sno-[[EvilLaugh ho-ho-ho-ho-hoooooooowwwwwwww]]. [[BlackComedy That truly brings a smile to my face!]]"]] face!]]" Given that it's winter in Arkham City, he seems to be making a point about it.



** With Catwoman one can imagine the "Cat-suit" probably insulates heat fairly well (though you'd think she'd zip it up, at least), and with another, [[spoiler:given that she has a blatantly fantastic regenerative agent running through her body, there's some question as to just how much things like cold or frostbite would even ''affect'' Talia]]. You'd think Harley would also dress a bit warmer.

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** With Catwoman one can imagine the "Cat-suit" probably insulates heat fairly well (though you'd think she'd zip it up, at least), and with another, [[spoiler:given given that she has a blatantly fantastic regenerative agent running through her body, there's some question as to just how much things like cold or frostbite would even ''affect'' Talia]].Talia. You'd think Harley would also dress a bit warmer.



* TacticalSuicideBoss: Averted by [[spoiler: Mr. Freeze]]. There are multiple tricks that let you get a hit in, but he never falls for the same one twice.

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* TacticalSuicideBoss: Averted by [[spoiler: Mr. Freeze]].Freeze. There are multiple tricks that let you get a hit in, but he never falls for the same one twice.



-->'''Joker''': I can hear you all now. "How did this happen? [[spoiler:Can I get me some of that crazy cure?]] Oh, I want answers, damn it! Now." Well, here's the thing. Answers don't give you everlasting satisfaction. Sometimes, you need to brace yourself for disappointment. Now think about it. Imagine your favorite TV show. You've been through it all. [[Series/{{Lost}} The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences. And then, BANG! They tell you what it's all about.]] [[spoiler:''[the real Joker is heard coughing behind the camera]'']] [[Series/{{Lost}} Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church?]]

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-->'''Joker''': I can hear you all now. "How did this happen? [[spoiler:Can I get me some of that crazy cure?]] Oh, I want answers, damn it! Now." Well, here's the thing. Answers don't give you everlasting satisfaction. Sometimes, you need to brace yourself for disappointment. Now think about it. Imagine your favorite TV show. You've been through it all. [[Series/{{Lost}} The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences. And then, BANG! They tell you what it's all about.]] [[spoiler:''[the real Joker is heard coughing behind the camera]'']] [[Series/{{Lost}} Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church?]]



* TakeYourTime: Hugo Strange spends much of the game giving a count down until Protocol 10 is enacted [[spoiler: and much is made of Batman's deteriorating condition.]] But only during specific story points, feel free to search for Riddler Trophies, and do side missions until then.

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* TakeYourTime: Hugo Strange spends much of the game giving a count down until Protocol 10 is enacted [[spoiler: and much is made of Batman's deteriorating condition.]] condition. But only during specific story points, feel free to search for Riddler Trophies, and do side missions until then.



* TakingTheBullet: In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', [[spoiler: Batman takes the bullet for one of the police officers Harley intended to kill, and ends up injured and unconscious at the end of the flashback.]]

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* TakingTheBullet: In ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', [[spoiler: Batman takes the bullet for one of the police officers Harley intended to kill, and ends up injured and unconscious at the end of the flashback.]]



** [[spoiler: Harley [[DeathSeeker tries to destroy Batman and herself in a massive explosion]] at the end of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', sobbing afterward that she [[TogetherInDeath only wanted to be with Mr. J again]]]].

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** [[spoiler: Harley [[spoiler:Harley [[DeathSeeker tries to destroy Batman and herself in a massive explosion]] at the end of ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', sobbing afterward that she [[TogetherInDeath only wanted to be with Mr. J again]]]].



* VaguenessIsComing: Thanks for the [[SequelHook heads up]], [[spoiler:Azrael]]. Although it sounds like just another Tuesday in [[WretchedHive Gotham]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: After being rescued by Batman, Catwoman takes back Two-Face's smartphone and seems to hide it from Batman by putting it down the front of her [[AbsoluteCleavage partially unzipped]] catsuit.
** In the ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' DLC Harley does the same with key to the Joker Shrine. [[spoiler: This does nothing to stop Robin from simply reaching into her cleavage and grabbing it.]]

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* %%* VaguenessIsComing: Thanks for the [[SequelHook heads up]], [[spoiler:Azrael]].Azrael. Although it sounds like just another Tuesday in [[WretchedHive Gotham]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: VictoriasSecretCompartment:
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After being rescued by Batman, Catwoman takes back Two-Face's smartphone and seems to hide it from Batman by putting it down the front of her [[AbsoluteCleavage partially unzipped]] catsuit.
** In the ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'' DLC Harley does the same with key to the Joker Shrine. [[spoiler: This does nothing to stop Robin from simply reaching into her cleavage and grabbing it.]]



** AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: There are four distinct sewer areas in the game, and their existence is {{justified|Trope}} this time around. One connects the Industrial District and the Bowery and is connected to the old subway (for maintenance access), one is underneath the Steel Mill and serves as a tunnel to dispose of boiling water from the furnaces, and another is inside Wonder City (an abandoned {{Steampunk}}-style subterranean city built by [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul]]). The sunken ruins of Old Gotham near Wonder City also appear to be connected to the city's sewers.

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** AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: There are four distinct sewer areas in the game, and their existence is {{justified|Trope}} this time around. One connects the Industrial District and the Bowery and is connected to the old subway (for maintenance access), one is underneath the Steel Mill and serves as a tunnel to dispose of boiling water from the furnaces, and another is inside Wonder City (an abandoned {{Steampunk}}-style subterranean city built by [[spoiler:Ra's Ra's al Ghul]]).Ghul). The sunken ruins of Old Gotham near Wonder City also appear to be connected to the city's sewers.
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** The main game ends with the strong implication that [[spoiler: Harley is pregnant with Joker's child.]] This plot point gets hastily retconned in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', with the reveal that [[spoiler: Harley just got a false positive.]]
** Quincy Sharp's identity as [[spoiler: the spirit of Amadeus Arkham]], one of the biggest [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] at the end of the previous game is dropped. It's revealed to be a delusion induced by [[spoiler: Hugo Strange]], and it doesn't factor into the plot at all.

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** The main game ends with the strong implication that [[spoiler: Harley is pregnant with Joker's child.]] child. This plot point gets hastily retconned in ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', with the reveal that [[spoiler: Harley just got a false positive.]]
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** Quincy Sharp's identity as [[spoiler: the spirit of Amadeus Arkham]], Arkham, one of the biggest [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] at the end of the previous game is dropped. It's revealed to be a delusion induced by [[spoiler: Hugo Strange]], Strange, and it doesn't factor into the plot at all.
16th Apr '17 9:54:48 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Arkham City: Endgame'', a six-issue digital comic series that takes place directly after the ending of the main game, and involves Batman coming to terms with [[spoiler:the Joker's death]].

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* ''Arkham City: Endgame'', a six-issue digital comic series that takes place directly after the ending of the main game, and involves Batman coming to terms with [[spoiler:the Joker's death]].the blood on his hands.
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--> '''Joker''': Oh Batman, you just fell for the old fake Joker gag!

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--> '''Joker''': Oh Batman, you just You fell for the old fake Joker gag!gag, Batman!


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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: In the opening cutscene, Bruce Wayne holds a rally on live TV, protesting Arkham City and wanting it to be shut down. He's almost immediately arrested by TYGER guards and tossed into Arkham himself; after a brief skirmish with the Penguin and his gang, Bruce manages to contact Alfred and have his Batsuit and equipment airdropped in.
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