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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The Joker takes in the situation at the end: he's going to be killed by Batman's apparent former lover, dooming him to a lifetime of misery and regret, and belts out his loudest, longest laugh in the face of death. To him, he won the jackpot.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The Joker takes in the situation at the end: he's going to be killed by Batman's [[spoiler:Batman's apparent former lover, lover]], dooming him Batman to a lifetime of misery and regret, and belts out his loudest, longest laugh in the face of death. To him, he won the jackpot.



* AdaptationalHeroism: The Reaper (whom the Phantasm was based on) not only went after criminals, but also had zero problem murdering anyone who stood in his way or attempted to "protect" his targets, including several cops. The Phantasm on the other hand solely targets mob bosses (specifically the ones involved with her father's death).

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The Reaper (whom the Phantasm was based on) not only went after criminals, but also had zero problem murdering anyone who stood in his way or attempted to "protect" his targets, including several cops. The Phantasm on the other hand solely targets mob bosses (specifically the ones involved [[spoiler:involved with her father's death).death]]).



* BittersweetEnding: In the end, Andrea disappears with the Joker in the explosions, but she leaves Bruce her locket, therefore letting him know she survived. The film doesn't exactly end on a happy note, though.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Phantasm, who is Bruce's [[StealthPun old flame]] is killing mobsters, but the mobsters all had been responsible [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather for her father's death]]]] and the Joker is obviously bad, but he may have done a favor for [[AssholeVictim Sal Valestra and Arthur Reeves]].
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Phantasm wields a bladed weapon over one of his hands.

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* BittersweetEnding: In the end, Andrea disappears [[spoiler:disappears with the Joker in the explosions, explosions]], but she leaves Bruce her locket, therefore letting him know she survived. The film doesn't exactly end on a happy note, though.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Phantasm, who is Bruce's [[StealthPun [[spoiler:Bruce's old flame]] is killing mobsters, but the mobsters all had been responsible [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather for her father's death]]]] and the Joker is obviously bad, but he may have done a favor for [[AssholeVictim Sal Valestra and Arthur Reeves]].
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Phantasm wields a bladed weapon over one of his hands.hand.



* CastAsAMask: Stacey Keach plays the Phantasm, but not his secret identity. Deliberate misdirection since he also plays Andrea's father.

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* CastAsAMask: Stacey [[spoiler:Stacey Keach plays the Phantasm, but not his secret identity. Deliberate misdirection since he also plays Andrea's father.]]



* CompositeCharacter: The movie takes elements of the story ''Year Two''. The Reaper was Judson Caspian, whose daughter Rachael was in a budding relationship with Bruce Wayne. In the movie, Andrea Beaumont was both the Phantasm and the love interest.

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* CompositeCharacter: CompositeCharacter:
**
The movie takes elements of the story ''Year Two''. The Phantasm is a combination of the Reaper, a masked vigilante in that story, and [[spoiler:Rachael, the love interest. The Reaper was Judson Caspian, whose daughter Rachael was in a budding relationship with Bruce Wayne. In the movie, Rachael's father, but Andrea Beaumont was both is the Phantasm and the love interest.herself.]]



* DecompositeCharacter: The movies takes elements of the story ''Year Two''. [[spoiler:The Reaper was Judson Caspian. However, despite both sharing a voice actor, Carl Beaumont isn't the Phantasm.]]

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* DecompositeCharacter: The movies takes elements of the story ''Year Two''. [[spoiler:The Reaper was Judson Caspian. Caspian, the father of Bruce's love interest. However, despite both sharing a voice actor, Andrea's father Carl Beaumont isn't the Phantasm.]]



* DeusExMachina: Subverted. It seems like this when Andrea's car shows up in the nick of time to rescue Batman from the police pursuing him. She was already in the area as the Phantasm and changed her clothes.

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* DeusExMachina: Subverted. It seems like this when Andrea's car shows up in the nick of time to rescue Batman from the police pursuing him. She [[spoiler:She was already in the area as the Phantasm and changed her clothes.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: When Reeves asked Carl for help with his political campaign, Carl refused, and Reeves sold him out to the mob in return.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: When Reeves asked Carl for help with his political campaign, Carl refused, and Reeves sold [[spoiler:sold him out to the mob in return.return]].



* FemmeFatale: Andrea, upon being revealed to be the Phantasm.

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* FemmeFatale: Andrea, [[spoiler:Andrea, upon being revealed to be the Phantasm.]]



* FilmNoir: This is probably the most noir-ish example of a Batman adaptation ever. The tone is dark and foreboding. The villain is a murderous FemmeFatale. The main story involves people unable to escape the past, making bad choices because they can't free themselves from guilt.

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* FilmNoir: This is probably the most noir-ish example of a Batman adaptation ever. The tone is dark and foreboding. The villain is a [[spoiler:a murderous FemmeFatale.FemmeFatale]]. The main story involves people unable to escape the past, making bad choices because they can't free themselves from guilt.



** Andrea took self-defense classes and can take Bruce on. You don't say...[[note]]Sharp eyes will notice the Phantasm does the same throw on Bats than she did on Bruce.[[/note]]
** Andrea telling Bruce that her father "doesn't matter anymore." Bruce thinks this is because he was told Andrea's father is the Phantasm, but it is because Beaumont is already dead and Andrea herself is wearing the costume.
** The Joker confronting Reeves in his office hints that they know a good deal about the Beaumonts. The Joker puts the pieces together about the Phantasm's identity in this scene and later tries to kill Andrea with a booby trap phone call (calling his intended target "toots" and "boopsie"). The reason he does not suspect Andrea's father is also foreshadowed in all of this - because Joker was the one to kill him all those years ago.
*** Batman was the one who picked up the phone, and likely realized the Phantasm isn't Andrea's father and she was still keeping something from him.

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** Andrea took self-defense classes and can take Bruce on. You don't say...[[note]]Sharp [[spoiler:Sharp eyes will notice the Phantasm does the same throw on Bats than she did on Bruce.[[/note]]
]]
** Andrea telling Bruce that her father "doesn't matter anymore." Bruce [[spoiler:Bruce thinks this is because he was told Andrea's father is the Phantasm, but it is because Beaumont is already dead and Andrea herself is wearing the costume.
costume.]]
** The Joker confronting Reeves in his office hints that they know a good deal about the Beaumonts. The Joker puts the pieces together about the Phantasm's identity in this scene and later tries to kill Andrea [[spoiler:Andrea with a booby trap phone call (calling (it's Batman who's caught in the trap, but the Joker calling his intended target "toots" and "boopsie"). "boopsie" suggests who the trap was really for). The reason he does not suspect Andrea's father is also foreshadowed in all of this - because Joker was the one to kill him all those years ago.
ago]].
*** Batman was the one who picked up the phone, and likely realized the [[spoiler:the Phantasm isn't Andrea's father and she was still keeping something from him.him]].



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Dual examples in the spooky, unnamed mafia hitman who eventually becomes ComicBook/TheJoker and Andrea, who [[TookALevelInBadass takes a few levels in badass]] and becomes the Phantasm.
* GhostlyGlide: Part of the Phantasm's whole spooky persona is his ability to seemingly glide across the ground, an effect he uses when going for the kill on his victims. At other times the Phantasm is seen to run normally.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Dual examples in the spooky, unnamed mafia hitman who eventually becomes ComicBook/TheJoker [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheJoker]] and Andrea, [[spoiler:Andrea Beaumont]], who [[TookALevelInBadass takes a few levels in badass]] and becomes the Phantasm.
* GhostlyGlide: Part of the Phantasm's whole spooky persona is his the ability to seemingly glide across the ground, an effect he uses ground when going for the kill on his victims.a victim. At other times the Phantasm is seen to run normally.



* TheGrimReaper: The Phantasm's design is based on this. Lampshaded when the Phantasm calls himself the "angel of death." Also lampshaded by the Joker: When Reeves tells Joker that Batman is killing Beaumont's gang, the Joker answers, "It ain't the Bat...I've seen the guy, looks more like the [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ghost of Christmas Future]]. Nowhere near as cute as Bat-boy."

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* TheGrimReaper: The Phantasm's design is based on this. Lampshaded when by the Phantasm calls himself Phantasm's catchphrase, which includes the self-description "angel of death." Also lampshaded by the Joker: When Reeves tells Joker that Batman is killing Beaumont's gang, the Joker answers, "It ain't the Bat...I've seen the guy, looks more like the [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ghost of Christmas Future]]. Nowhere near as cute as Bat-boy."



* HeartbrokenBadass: Batman again, and especially so by the end of it. Andrea is also one. Two times they had chances at love: the first time their happiness was destroyed by her father, the second time by Andrea's thirst for revenge.

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* HeartbrokenBadass: Batman again, and especially so by the end of it. Andrea is also one. Two times they had chances at love: the first time their happiness was destroyed by her father, the second time by Andrea's [[spoiler:Andrea's thirst for revenge.revenge]].



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Phantasm. Alfred even notes it when consoling Bruce near the end of the movie.
-->'''Alfred:''' Vengeance blackens the soul, Bruce. I've always feared that you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in, and I thank heaven for that. But Andrea fell into that pit years ago, and no one, not even you, could have pulled her back.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Phantasm. Alfred even notes it when consoling Bruce near the end of the movie.
movie that he's always been aware of the possibility that Bruce would go the same way.
-->'''Alfred:''' Vengeance blackens the soul, Bruce. I've always feared that you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in, and I thank heaven for that. But Andrea fell into that pit years ago, and no one, not even you, could have pulled her back.



* InTheHood: The Phantasm disguises himself with a spooky Grim Reaper hood.
* IronicEcho: One of the mob bosses the Phantasm kills had earlier said that the Phantasm's previous victim [[JerkAss "always was a loser."]] Right before the Phantasm kills him, he says that the mob boss always was a loser.

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* InTheHood: The Phantasm disguises himself with disguise features a spooky Grim Reaper hood.
* IronicEcho: One of the mob bosses the Phantasm kills had earlier said that the Phantasm's previous victim [[JerkAss "always was a loser."]] Right before the The Phantasm kills him, he says that the mob boss always was a loser.same thing about him right before killing him.



** Arthur Reeves. And that's putting it ''mildly''. He's a KnowNothingKnowItAll who [[SkewedPriorities prioritized Batman's capture rather than the real crime plaguing Gotham]] based on adamantly believing he was the one responsible for the mobster deaths. Not only that, it was revealed Reeves was the one directly responsible for ruining Andrea's life by selling out her and her father to the mob, leading to her StartOfDarkness.
** Also the Joker when he was a mob hitman. He's rude to Andrea, and threw a lit cigarette at Bruce as he's driving away.

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** Arthur Reeves. And that's putting it ''mildly''. He's a KnowNothingKnowItAll who [[SkewedPriorities prioritized Batman's capture rather than the real crime plaguing Gotham]] based on adamantly believing he was the one responsible for the mobster deaths. Not only that, it was revealed Reeves was [[spoiler:was the one directly responsible for ruining Andrea's life by selling out her and her father to the mob, leading to her StartOfDarkness.
StartOfDarkness]].
** Also the Joker when he was a mob hitman.hitman [[spoiler:who turned into the Joker]]. He's rude to Andrea, and threw a lit cigarette at Bruce as he's driving away.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Arthur Reeves sold out Andrea and her father to the mob for refusing to fund his first election, thereby facilitating Andrea's father's death. As a result, the Joker initially suspects him of either being or hiring the Phantasm to get rid of loose ends and confronts him. Though the Joker quickly deduces that it's Andrea instead, he still doses Arthur with Joker toxin, leaving him hospitalized.
* LaughingMad: The Joker constantly laughs throughout the film, but the most notable instance of Laughing Mad is right when, shortly after being captured by the Phantasm/Andrea Beaumont and Batman, and certainly going to die at the former's hand, the bombs across the abandoned future fair grounds explode and start demolishing the fairgrounds, making any chances of him dying even more likely; the Joker starts breaking down into uncontrollable laughter.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Arthur Reeves sold [[spoiler:sold out Andrea and her father to the mob for refusing to fund his first election, thereby facilitating Andrea's father's death.death]]. As a result, the Joker initially suspects him of either being or hiring the Phantasm to get rid of loose ends and confronts him. Though the Joker quickly deduces that it's Andrea instead, who's really behind the Phantasm's attacks, he still doses Arthur with Joker toxin, leaving him hospitalized.
* LaughingMad: The Joker constantly laughs throughout the film, but the most notable instance of Laughing Mad is right when, shortly after being captured by the Phantasm/Andrea Beaumont Phantasm and Batman, and certainly going to die at the former's hand, the bombs across the abandoned future fair grounds explode and start demolishing the fairgrounds, making any chances of him dying even more likely; the Joker starts breaking down into uncontrollable laughter.



* LoanShark: This is strongly implied to have been the reason Andrea's father had to uproot both himself and her and run to Europe. Though he eventually recoups their money, they decide they've had enough of his stalling and send [[ComicBook/TheJoker a certain hitman]] to kill him.

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* LoanShark: This is strongly implied to have been the reason Andrea's father had to uproot both himself and her and run to Europe. Though he eventually recoups their money, they [[spoiler:they decide they've had enough of his stalling and send [[ComicBook/TheJoker a certain hitman]] to kill him.him]].



* TheMafia: Carl Beaumont makes the staggeringly bad decision to launder money for the mob, and he makes the even worse decision to embezzle from them. This forces him to flee for his life with Andrea. In the present story, the Phantasm is back to exact revenge on Carl's enemies.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Does the Phantasm have supernatural abilities? Or does he use smoke grenades and other tricks?

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* TheMafia: Carl Beaumont makes the staggeringly bad decision to launder money for the mob, and he makes the even worse decision to embezzle from them. This forces him to flee for his life with Andrea. In the present story, the Phantasm is back to exact revenge on Carl's enemies.
Andrea.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Does the Phantasm have supernatural abilities? Or does he use is it just done with smoke grenades and other tricks?



* TheMole: Reeves was Carl's accountant and helped organize both his escape and refinancing the money Carl owned to the mob. When he asked Carl for help with his political campaign Carl refused, and Reeves sold him out to the mob in return.

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* TheMole: Reeves [[spoiler:Reeves was Carl's accountant and helped organize both his escape and refinancing the money Carl owned to the mob. When he asked Carl for help with his political campaign Carl refused, and Reeves sold him out to the mob in return.]]



* NoNameGiven: Despite the film being titled "Mask of the Phantasm", the word "Phantasm" is never used and leaves Andrea's disguise nameless.
* NoSell: The Phantasm's first appearance has a mob boss shooting at him almost a dozen times with the bullets not doing a thing. Exactly how the Phantasm was able to do that is never actually explained, but presumably it was him making good use of his SmokeOut abilities, or perhaps heavy duty body armor.
* NotSoDifferent: The Phantasm thinks this of Batman and herself. Alfred agrees, to a point, but notes at the end that unlike the Phantasm, Batman does not kill (see HeWhoFightsMonsters above).

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* NoNameGiven: Despite the film being titled "Mask of the Phantasm", the word "Phantasm" is never used and leaves Andrea's disguise the masked vigilante at the center of the plot nameless.
* NoSell: The Phantasm's first appearance has a mob boss shooting at him the approaching vigilante almost a dozen times with the bullets not doing a thing. Exactly how the Phantasm was able to do that is never actually explained, but presumably it was him involved making good use of his the Phantasm's SmokeOut abilities, or perhaps heavy duty body armor.
* NotSoDifferent: The Phantasm thinks this of Batman and herself.Batman. Alfred agrees, to a point, but notes at the end that unlike the Phantasm, Batman does not kill (see HeWhoFightsMonsters above).



--->'''Arthur:''' ''[backs away, nervously]'' Uh, wait a minute, you don't think...?\\
''[phone call from Andrea]''
** Then Joker when Andrea looms over him after his jetpack crash.

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--->'''Arthur:''' ''[backs away, nervously]'' Uh, wait a minute, you don't think...?\\
''[phone call from Andrea]''
?
** Then Joker when Andrea the Phantasm looms over him after his jetpack crash.



** While we can't see the Phantasm's expression due to wearing a mask, she likely has this reaction when she finds out the Joker is onto her when he laid a booby trap on Sal Valvestra's body (originally intended for Batman).

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** While we can't see This is likely the Phantasm's expression due to wearing a mask, she likely has this reaction when she finds on finding out the Joker is onto her when he has laid a booby trap on Sal Valvestra's body (originally intended for Batman).Batman), though we can't see the accompanying facial expression behind the mask.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: The Phantasm's entire modus operandi, coming back to kill the mobsters who destroyed Carl and Andrea Beaumont's lives.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: The Phantasm's entire modus operandi, coming back to kill the mobsters who destroyed Carl [[spoiler:Carl and Andrea Beaumont's lives.lives]].



* RedHerring: Carl Beaumont is the most likely candidate after the puzzle starts to unravel, and Stacy Keach voiced both characters. Joker knew it couldn't be Carl because he personally killed him several years ago, and addressed the Phantasm by female pronouns when they show up, with Andrea revealing herself to him.

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* RedHerring: Carl [[spoiler:Carl Beaumont is the most likely candidate after the puzzle starts to unravel, and Stacy Keach voiced both characters. Joker knew it couldn't be Carl because he personally killed him several years ago, and addressed the Phantasm by female pronouns when they show she shows up, with Andrea revealing herself to him.]]



** The silent mob enforcer/hitman in the flashbacks is actually the Joker now.
** Everyone thought that Carl Beaumont was the Phantasm, only in a flashback towards the end do we realize that Carl was murdered by the mob he owed money to (even though he already paid them) and the Phantasm is in fact, Andrea.
* RevengeBeforeReason: The Phantasm's vendetta has become all-consuming, to the point that Andrea keeps on with it even when she knows it will cost her any chance of a happy-ever-after with Bruce. "I'm not saying it's right or even sane, but it's all I have left."
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Andrea's motivation for being the Phantasm is to make the mobsters who ruined her life (and took her father) pay for what they've done. And she's not letting anyone stop her, especially not Bruce, even if she'll lose his love.
* RoofHopping: The Phantasm does this when Batman swoops down on him in the Batplane after catching him outside Sal's house. And then when the police show up, Batman has to do this.

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** The silent mob enforcer/hitman in the flashbacks is actually [[spoiler:actually the Joker now.
now]].
** Everyone thought that Carl [[spoiler:Carl Beaumont was the Phantasm, Phantasm]], only in a flashback towards the end do we realize that Carl [[spoiler:Carl was murdered by the mob he owed money to (even though he already paid them) and the Phantasm is in fact, Andrea.
Andrea]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: The Phantasm's vendetta has become all-consuming, to the point that Andrea [[spoiler:Andrea keeps on with it even when she knows it will cost her any chance of a happy-ever-after with Bruce.Bruce]]. "I'm not saying it's right or even sane, but it's all I have left."
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Andrea's The Phantasm's motivation for being the Phantasm is to make the mobsters who ruined [[spoiler:ruined her life (and took her father) father)]] pay for what they've done. And she's not letting anyone stop her, especially not Bruce, even if she'll lose his love.
done.
* RoofHopping: The Phantasm does this when Batman swoops down on him in the Batplane after catching him outside Sal's house. And then when the police show up, Batman has to do this.



* SamusIsAGirl: The Phantasm is Andrea Beaumont.

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* SamusIsAGirl: The [[spoiler:The Phantasm is Andrea Beaumont.]]



* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: A twisted variation: even though Beaumont becomes wealthy enough to repay TheMafia several times over, he's still killed to make an example of welshers.

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: A twisted variation: even [[spoiler:even though Beaumont becomes wealthy enough to repay TheMafia several times over, he's still killed to make an example of welshers. welshers]].



* SleazyPolitician: Councilman Arthur Reeves starts out as a typical anti-Batman crusader (who is also friends with Bruce Wayne), but it turns out he used to work for Andrea's father - helping embezzle money for organized crime. When they came demanding their cut, it was tied up in investments that couldn't be freed up within their time limit, so the Beaumonts went on the run. He eventually gave them everything he promised, but they never forgave him for not paying on their deadline. When Reeves first ran for office, he ran out of money and asked Andrea's father for a loan, only to be rejected. So Reeves sold him to the mob.

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* SleazyPolitician: Councilman Arthur Reeves starts out as a typical anti-Batman crusader (who is also friends with Bruce Wayne), but it turns out he used [[spoiler:used to work for Andrea's father - helping embezzle money for organized crime. When they came demanding their cut, it was tied up in investments that couldn't be freed up within their time limit, so the Beaumonts went on the run. He eventually gave them everything he promised, but they never forgave him for not paying on their deadline. When Reeves first ran for office, he ran out of money and asked Andrea's father for a loan, only to be rejected. So Reeves sold him to the mob.mob]].



* StealthHiBye: The Phantasm is a master of doing this, often with a SmokeOut. In their only direct confrontation with Batman, they perform it on an open rooftop once the police helicopters come in, and Batman can't do the same and is forced into a protracted escape.

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* StealthHiBye: The Phantasm is a master of doing this, often with a SmokeOut. In their the only direct confrontation with Batman, they perform between Batman and the Phantasm, the latter performs it on an open rooftop once the police helicopters come in, and Batman can't do the same and is forced into a protracted escape.



* StarCrossedLovers: Bruce and Andrea. Just as he decides that she's worth giving up his plan of being Batman for, she has to leave Gotham and disappear thanks to the mob. When she resurfaces years later, they're still in love, but she has become the murderer Phantasm, hunting down her father's killers, and is Batman's enemy.

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* StarCrossedLovers: Bruce and Andrea. Just as he decides that she's worth giving up his plan of being Batman for, she has to leave Gotham and disappear thanks to the mob. When she resurfaces years later, they're still in love, but she [[spoiler:she has become the murderer Phantasm, hunting down her father's killers, and is Batman's enemy.enemy]].



** Andrea after becoming the Phantasm. While she's taken some self-defense classes in the flashback sequences, she's still overpowered by the mob goons easily. Fast forward to when she's become the Phantasm, and she is ''terrifying''.

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** Andrea after becoming the The Phantasm. While she's [[spoiler:While Andrea has taken some self-defense classes in the flashback sequences, she's still overpowered by the mob goons easily. Fast forward to when she's become the Phantasm, and she is ''terrifying''.]]



* TragicVillain: Andrea. Her need to avenge her parents destroys her love for Bruce and deprives both of them of the chance of a happy life.

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* TragicVillain: Andrea. Her [[spoiler:Her need to avenge her parents destroys destroys]] her love for Bruce and deprives both of them of the chance of a happy life.



* VillainHasAPoint: Salvatore Valestra and the mob have been corrupting city politics in Gotham ever since Bruce was a ''teenager'', and their puppet Arthur Reeves was about to become Mayor -- by steering attention away from the mob in favor of hunting Batman, who had yet to realize Reeves was in their pocket. The only reason Gotham didn't go ''completely'' mob-city was because Andrea became the Phantasm and started killing them off.
* TheVoiceless: That mob hitman with the pointy nose. Likely to obscure the fact that he's a pre-chemical dip Joker.

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* VillainHasAPoint: Salvatore Valestra and the mob have been corrupting city politics in Gotham ever since Bruce was a ''teenager'', and their puppet Arthur Reeves was about to become Mayor -- by steering attention away from the mob in favor of hunting Batman, who had yet to realize Reeves was in their pocket. The only reason Gotham didn't go ''completely'' mob-city was because Andrea became the Phantasm and started killing them off.
* TheVoiceless: That mob hitman with the pointy nose. Likely to obscure the fact that he's [[spoiler:he's a pre-chemical dip Joker.Joker]].



* WhatTheHellHero: Andrea becomes angry at her father for having to go on the run with him, forcing her to not only cancel her and Bruce's wedding, but never see him again. Breaking into tears, she asked why did he get them involved with the mob. Ashamed, he tells her he's trying to give her a good life, but now swears he'll get them out of their debt. Which proved to be futile; he paid back every cent and quite a bit extra, but they wanted interest compounded in blood to keep anyone from pulling anything similar in the future.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Andrea becomes angry at her father for having to go on the run with him, forcing her to not only cancel her and Bruce's wedding, but never see him again. Breaking into tears, she asked why did he get them involved with the mob. Ashamed, he tells her he's trying to give her a good life, but now swears he'll get them out of their debt. Which proved to be futile; he paid back every cent and quite a bit extra, but they wanted interest compounded in blood to keep anyone from pulling anything similar in the future.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The Reaper (whom the Phantasm was based on) not only went after criminals, but also had zero problem murdering anyone who dared stood in his way or attempted to "protect" his targets, including several cops. The Phantasm on the other hand solely targets mob bosses (specifically the ones involved with her father's death).

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The Reaper (whom the Phantasm was based on) not only went after criminals, but also had zero problem murdering anyone who dared stood in his way or attempted to "protect" his targets, including several cops. The Phantasm on the other hand solely targets mob bosses (specifically the ones involved with her father's death).



* AnimationBump: The film has noticeably better animation compared to the average ''Batman The Animated Series'' episode. A few select set pieces stand out (a few of the Phantasms' smoke effects and the final explosions at the Gotham World Fair most notably).

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* AnimationBump: The film has noticeably better animation compared to the average ''Batman The Animated Series'' episode. A few select set pieces stand out (a few of the Phantasms' Phantasm's smoke effects and the final explosions at the Gotham World Fair most notably).



--> '''Batman''': You think you know everything about me, don't you?\\
'''Alfred''': I diapered your bottom, I bloody well ''ought'' to... ''Sir!''\\
'''Batman''': ''(gets in the Batmobile)'' [[LameComeback Well, you're wrong!]] ''(drives away)''

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--> '''Batman''': '''Batman:''' You think you know everything about me, don't you?\\
'''Alfred''': '''Alfred:''' I diapered your bottom, I bloody well ''ought'' to... ''Sir!''\\
'''Batman''': ''(gets '''Batman:''' ''[gets in the Batmobile)'' Batmobile]'' [[LameComeback Well, you're wrong!]] ''(drives away)''''[drives away]''



* AwesomeMcCoolname: Salvatore Valestra. It's essentially the most mob-bossiest mob boss name ever. ''Damn''.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Salvatore Valestra. It's essentially the most mob-bossiest mob boss name ever. ''Damn''.



* BerserkButton: When Valestra reminds Joker of his past as Valestra's enforcer, the whole background turns red as Joker twitches in anger before screaming at him. Although, he does regain his cool and play it off a moment later.



--> '''The Joker''': "Now ain't that a co-inkidink. We're discussing the old man and the fruit of his loins just happens to call. Makes you wanna laugh..."
-->The next scene is Reeves in a fit of laughter in the hospital.

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--> '''The Joker''': "Now Joker:''' Now ain't that a co-inkidink. We're discussing the old man and the fruit of his loins just happens to call. Makes you wanna laugh..."
-->The next scene is Reeves in a fit of laughter in the hospital.



'''Bruce:''' ''(grinning)'' Thank you, Alfred.

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'''Bruce:''' ''(grinning)'' ''[grinning]'' Thank you, Alfred.



--->'''Joker''': ''(yawns)'' What do I look like, pest control ?

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--->'''Joker''': ''(yawns)'' --->'''Joker:''' ''[yawns]'' What do I look like, pest control ?control?



-->'''The Phantasm''': You're not smiling, Joker. I thought you found death amusing.\\
'''The Joker''': Oh, me? You won't hear a giggle out of me. ''[he presses a hidden button and his robot "wife" laughs maniacally and attacks with a kitchen knife]''

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-->'''The Phantasm''': --->'''The Phantasm:''' You're not smiling, Joker. I thought you found death amusing.\\
'''The Joker''': Joker:''' Oh, me? You won't hear a giggle out of me. ''[he presses a hidden button and his robot "wife" laughs maniacally and attacks with a kitchen knife]''



-->'''The Joker''': Nobody's gonna hurt my pal, Sal.

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-->'''The Joker''': --->'''The Joker:''' Nobody's gonna hurt my pal, Sal.



--->'''Arthur Reeves:''' laughing hysterically due to Joker toxin) I was broke! Desperate! They said all they wanted was their money back!

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--->'''Arthur Reeves:''' laughing hysterically due to Joker toxin) I was broke! Desperate! They said all they wanted was their money back!



-->'''Joker''': (to Sal) That's it! That's what I like to see! A ''nice big smile''.

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-->'''Joker''': (to Sal) --->'''Joker:''' ''[to Sal]'' That's it! That's what I like to see! A ''nice big smile''.



--> '''Joker''': (fuming mad) Don't '''touch''' me, old man! (shoves Sal, then smiles, laughs and brushes him up) I don't know where you've been!

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--> '''Joker''': (fuming mad) ---> '''Joker:''' ''[fuming mad]'' Don't '''touch''' me, old man! (shoves ''[shoves Sal, then smiles, laughs and brushes him up) up]'' I don't know where you've been!



-->'''Joker''': ''(on a speaker)'' Whoops! Looks like the joke's on me, you're not Batman at all. There's a new player in town, and soon his name will be all over town... to say nothing of his face, legs, spleen, and head! ''(bomb detonates)''
** When The Joker is meeting with Arthur Reeves, he goes from intimidating, to nonchalant, to full-on psychopathic in about 2 and a half-minutes.

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-->'''Joker''': ''(on --->'''Joker''': ''[on a speaker)'' speaker]'' Whoops! Looks like the joke's on me, you're not Batman at all. There's a new player in town, and soon his name will be all over town... to say nothing of his face, legs, spleen, and head! ''(bomb detonates)''
''[bomb detonates]''
** When The Joker is meeting with Arthur Reeves, he goes from intimidating, to nonchalant, to full-on psychopathic in about 2 two and a half-minutes.half minutes.



-->'''Alfred:''' Dear... ''God''!

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-->'''Alfred:''' --->'''Alfred:''' Dear... ''God''!



-->'''Batman:''' Oh, '''''no'''''!

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-->'''Batman:''' --->'''Batman:''' Oh, '''''no'''''!



-->'''Arthur:''' ''(backs away, nervously)'' Uh, wait a minute, you don't think...?\\

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-->'''Arthur:''' ''(backs --->'''Arthur:''' ''[backs away, nervously)'' nervously]'' Uh, wait a minute, you don't think...?\\



-->'''Joker:''' ''(to Sal)'' That's what I like to see - ''a great big smile''.

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-->'''Joker:''' ''(to Sal)'' ''[to Sal]'' That's what I like to see - ''a great big smile''.



-->'''Phantasm''': Salvatore Valestra, your Angel of Death awaits... (''The Phantasm pulls the newspaper from Valestra's hands, revealing his corpse, his face contorted into a horrific rictus smile.'')

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-->'''Phantasm''': -->'''Phantasm:''' Salvatore Valestra, your Angel of Death awaits... (''The ''[The Phantasm pulls the newspaper from Valestra's hands, revealing his corpse, his face contorted into a horrific rictus smile.'')]''



'''Bruce:''' ''(grinning)'' Thank you, Alfred.

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'''Bruce:''' ''(grinning)'' ''[grinning]'' Thank you, Alfred.



* TragicVillain: Andrea, Andrea, Andrea. Her need to avenge her parents destroys her love for Bruce and deprives both of them of the chance of a happy life.

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* TragicVillain: Andrea, Andrea, Andrea. Her need to avenge her parents destroys her love for Bruce and deprives both of them of the chance of a happy life.
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* AbandonedArea: We see Bruce and Andrea visiting the Gotham World's Fair. A decade or so later, the abandoned, decaying ruins of the fair are the Joker's hideout.

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* AbandonedArea: We see In a flashback, Bruce and Andrea visiting visit the Gotham World's Fair. A decade or so later, In the present, the abandoned, decaying ruins of the fair are the Joker's hideout.



* {{Zeerust}}: In a flashback, Bruce and Andrea are shown having a wonderful time visiting the Gotham World's Fair, with its lively and optimistic RaygunGothic view of the future with standard things such as robot butlers. When the fair is revisited in the present, it is in ruins, seemingly paralleling Bruce and Andrea's future, and serves as the final battleground for the two former lovers and the Joker. Lampshades, as a skeptical Andrea doubts if we'll see carrot-chopping robot maids in the future.

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* {{Zeerust}}: In a flashback, Bruce and Andrea are shown having a wonderful time visiting the Gotham World's Fair, with its lively and optimistic RaygunGothic view of the future with standard things such as robot butlers. When the fair is revisited in the present, it is in ruins, seemingly paralleling Bruce and Andrea's future, and serves as the final battleground for the two former lovers and the Joker. Lampshades, Lampshaded, as a skeptical Andrea doubts if we'll see carrot-chopping robot maids in the future.
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* GroinAttack: Andrea to the ''Joker'', no less, during the climactic fight.

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* %%* GroinAttack: Andrea to the ''Joker'', no less, during the climactic fight.
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: [[spoiler:The Joker takes in the situation at the end: he's going to be killed by Batman's apparent former lover, dooming him to a lifetime of misery and regret, and belts out his loudest, longest laugh in the face of death. To him, he won the jackpot.]]

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* AbandonedArea: We see Bruce and Andrea visiting the Gotham World's Fair. A decade or so later, the abandoned, decaying ruins of the fair are the Joker's hideout.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: [[spoiler:The The Joker takes in the situation at the end: he's going to be killed by Batman's apparent former lover, dooming him to a lifetime of misery and regret, and belts out his loudest, longest laugh in the face of death. To him, he won the jackpot.]]



* AdaptationalHeroism: The Reaper (whom the Phantasm was based on) not only went after criminals, but also had zero problem murdering anyone who dared stood in his way or attempted to "protect" his targets, including several cops. The Phantasm on the other hand solely targets mob bosses ([[spoiler:specifically the ones involved with her father's death]]).

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The Reaper (whom the Phantasm was based on) not only went after criminals, but also had zero problem murdering anyone who dared stood in his way or attempted to "protect" his targets, including several cops. The Phantasm on the other hand solely targets mob bosses ([[spoiler:specifically (specifically the ones involved with her father's death]]).death).
* AlertnessBlink: Bullock when standing behind the commissioner at the press conference.



* BerserkButton: When Valestra reminds Joker [[spoiler:of his past as Valestra's enforcer]], the whole background turns red as Joker twitches in anger before screaming at him. Although, he does regain his cool and play it off a moment later.

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* BerserkButton: When Valestra reminds Joker [[spoiler:of of his past as Valestra's enforcer]], enforcer, the whole background turns red as Joker twitches in anger before screaming at him. Although, he does regain his cool and play it off a moment later.



* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:Andrea disappears with the Joker in the explosions, but she leaves Bruce her locket, therefore letting him know she survived. The film doesn't exactly end on a happy note, though]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Phantasm, who is [[spoiler:Bruce's [[StealthPun old flame]]]] is killing mobsters, but the mobsters all had been responsible [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather for her father's death]]]] and the Joker is obviously bad, but he may have done a favor for [[AssholeVictim Sal Valestra and Arthur Reeves]].

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* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:Andrea Andrea disappears with the Joker in the explosions, but she leaves Bruce her locket, therefore letting him know she survived. The film doesn't exactly end on a happy note, though]].
though.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Phantasm, who is [[spoiler:Bruce's Bruce's [[StealthPun old flame]]]] flame]] is killing mobsters, but the mobsters all had been responsible [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather for her father's death]]]] and the Joker is obviously bad, but he may have done a favor for [[AssholeVictim Sal Valestra and Arthur Reeves]].



* BloodierAndGorier: The TV cartoon, while being significantly more "adult" than just about any animated program made for American syndication before or since, still could not show any blood or show anyone being killed. This film, made as a theatrical release, had no such censorship limitations, and so we see a fair bit of blood as well as seeing the Phantasm straight-up murder people.

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* BloodierAndGorier: The TV cartoon, while being significantly more "adult" than just about any animated program made for American syndication before or since, still could not show any blood or show anyone being killed. This film, made as a theatrical release, had no such censorship limitations, and so we see a fair bit of blood as well as seeing the Phantasm straight-up murder people. We also see a grinning corpse used for a scare effect.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Valestra brings one when appealing to the Joker to save him from the Phantasm. It doesn't work.



* CastAsAMask: [[spoiler:Stacey Keach plays the Phantasm, but not his secret identity. Deliberate misdirection since he also plays Andrea's father.]]

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* CastAsAMask: [[spoiler:Stacey Stacey Keach plays the Phantasm, but not his secret identity. Deliberate misdirection since he also plays Andrea's father.]]



* CompositeCharacter: The movie takes elements of the story ''Year Two''. [[spoiler:The Reaper was Judson Caspian, whose daughter Rachael was in a budding relationship with Bruce Wayne. In the movie, Andrea Beaumont was both the Phantasm and the love interest.]]

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* CompositeCharacter: The movie takes elements of the story ''Year Two''. [[spoiler:The The Reaper was Judson Caspian, whose daughter Rachael was in a budding relationship with Bruce Wayne. In the movie, Andrea Beaumont was both the Phantasm and the love interest.]]



* DeusExMachina: Subverted. It seems like this when Andrea's car shows up in the nick of time to rescue Batman from the police pursuing him. [[spoiler:She was already in the area as the Phantasm and changed her clothes.]]
* TheDreaded: The Joker. Even the guy who [[PsychoForHire hires him]] wishes there was another way [[spoiler:and for good reason -- Joker murders him off-screen.]]

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* DeusExMachina: Subverted. It seems like this when Andrea's car shows up in the nick of time to rescue Batman from the police pursuing him. [[spoiler:She She was already in the area as the Phantasm and changed her clothes.]]
clothes.
* TheDreaded: The Joker. Even the guy who [[PsychoForHire hires him]] wishes there was another way [[spoiler:and and for good reason -- Joker murders him off-screen.]]



* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:Sal Valestra hires the Joker as a hitman. The latter kills the former to use his corpse as bait for the hit.]]

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* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:Sal Sal Valestra hires the Joker as a hitman. The latter kills the former to use his corpse as bait for the hit.]]



-->'''The Joker''': Nobody's gonna hurt my pal, [[spoiler:Sal.]]

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-->'''The Joker''': Nobody's gonna hurt my pal, [[spoiler:Sal.]]Sal.



* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler:Andrea, upon being revealed to be the Phantasm.]]

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* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler:Andrea, Andrea, upon being revealed to be the Phantasm.]]



%%* FilmNoir: This is probably the most noir-ish example of a Batman adaptation ever, even by The Animated Series' standards.

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%%* * FilmNoir: This is probably the most noir-ish example of a Batman adaptation ever, even by ever. The Animated Series' standards.tone is dark and foreboding. The villain is a murderous FemmeFatale. The main story involves people unable to escape the past, making bad choices because they can't free themselves from guilt.



* FootPopping: Andrea does this when she and Bruce have a passionate kiss after being reunited.



** Andrea telling Bruce that her father "doesn't matter anymore." [[spoiler:Bruce thinks this is because he was told Andrea's father is the Phantasm, but it is because Beaumont is already dead and Andrea herself is wearing the costume.]]
** The Joker confronting Reeves in his office hints that they know a good deal about the Beaumonts. [[spoiler:The Joker puts the pieces together about the Phantasm's identity in this scene and later tries to kill Andrea with a booby trap phone call (calling his intended target "toots" and "boopsie"). The reason he does not suspect Andrea's father is also foreshadowed in all of this - because Joker was the one to kill him all those years ago.]]
*** [[spoiler:Batman was the one who picked up the phone, and likely realized the Phantasm isn't Andrea's father and she was still keeping something from him.]]

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** Andrea telling Bruce that her father "doesn't matter anymore." [[spoiler:Bruce Bruce thinks this is because he was told Andrea's father is the Phantasm, but it is because Beaumont is already dead and Andrea herself is wearing the costume.]]
costume.
** The Joker confronting Reeves in his office hints that they know a good deal about the Beaumonts. [[spoiler:The The Joker puts the pieces together about the Phantasm's identity in this scene and later tries to kill Andrea with a booby trap phone call (calling his intended target "toots" and "boopsie"). The reason he does not suspect Andrea's father is also foreshadowed in all of this - because Joker was the one to kill him all those years ago.]]
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*** [[spoiler:Batman Batman was the one who picked up the phone, and likely realized the Phantasm isn't Andrea's father and she was still keeping something from him.]]



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Dual examples in the spooky, unnamed Mafia Hitman who eventually becomes [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheJoker]] and [[spoiler:Andrea, who [[TookALevelInBadass takes a few levels in badass]] and becomes the Phantasm]].
* GodzillaThreshold: Things have gotten pretty desperate when you try to [[spoiler:hire the Joker as a hitman]].
* TheGrimReaper: The Phantasm's design is based on this. Lampshaded by the Joker: When Reeves tells Joker that Batman is killing Beaumont's gang, the Joker answers, "It ain't the Bat...I've seen the guy, looks more like the [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ghost of Christmas Future]]. Nowhere near as cute as Bat-boy."
%%* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:Andrea]] to the ''Joker'', no less.
%%* HeartbrokenBadass: Batman again, and especially so by the end of it. [[spoiler:Andrea is also one.]]

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Dual examples in the spooky, unnamed Mafia Hitman mafia hitman who eventually becomes [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheJoker]] ComicBook/TheJoker and [[spoiler:Andrea, Andrea, who [[TookALevelInBadass takes a few levels in badass]] and becomes the Phantasm]].Phantasm.
* GhostlyGlide: Part of the Phantasm's whole spooky persona is his ability to seemingly glide across the ground, an effect he uses when going for the kill on his victims. At other times the Phantasm is seen to run normally.
* GodzillaThreshold: Things have gotten pretty desperate when you try to [[spoiler:hire hire the Joker as a hitman]].
hitman.
* TheGrimReaper: The Phantasm's design is based on this. Lampshaded when the Phantasm calls himself the "angel of death." Also lampshaded by the Joker: When Reeves tells Joker that Batman is killing Beaumont's gang, the Joker answers, "It ain't the Bat...I've seen the guy, looks more like the [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ghost of Christmas Future]]. Nowhere near as cute as Bat-boy."
%%* * GroinAttack: [[spoiler:Andrea]] Andrea to the ''Joker'', no less.
%%*
less, during the climactic fight.
*
HeartbrokenBadass: Batman again, and especially so by the end of it. [[spoiler:Andrea Andrea is also one.]]one. Two times they had chances at love: the first time their happiness was destroyed by her father, the second time by Andrea's thirst for revenge.



-->'''Alfred:''' Vengeance blackens the soul, Bruce. I've always feared that you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in, and I thank heaven for that. [[spoiler:But Andrea fell into that pit years ago, and no one, not even you, could have pulled her back.]]

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-->'''Alfred:''' Vengeance blackens the soul, Bruce. I've always feared that you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in, and I thank heaven for that. [[spoiler:But But Andrea fell into that pit years ago, and no one, not even you, could have pulled her back.]]



** Batman confronted Andrea about what she knows, but she claimed ignorance and wants him to leave. Before leaving, he spitefully asks her whether she's still following her dad's orders. She retorts that he's the only one in the room being controlled by his parents -- she knows who he really is after seeing him near the tombstone of Bruce's parents. But as soon as he's gone, she collapses onto her bed, sobbing uncontrollably. [[spoiler:She probably said that so Batman/Bruce wouldn't interfere, but it hurt her to say that to him.]]

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** Batman confronted Andrea about what she knows, but she claimed ignorance and wants him to leave. Before leaving, he spitefully asks her whether she's still following her dad's orders. She retorts that he's the only one in the room being controlled by his parents -- she knows who he really is after seeing him near the tombstone of Bruce's parents. But as soon as he's gone, she collapses onto her bed, sobbing uncontrollably. [[spoiler:She She probably said that so Batman/Bruce wouldn't interfere, but it hurt her to say that to him.]]



--->'''Batman:''' But, [[spoiler:Andi]], what will vengeance solve?\\
'''[[spoiler:Andrea]]:''' If anyone knows the answer to that, Bruce, it's you.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Arthur Reeves had his own reason for [[spoiler:selling out Andrea and her father to the mob.]]
--->'''Arthur Reeves:''' [[spoiler:(laughing hysterically due to Joker toxin) I was broke! Desperate! They said all they wanted was their money back!]]

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--->'''Batman:''' But, [[spoiler:Andi]], Andi, what will vengeance solve?\\
'''[[spoiler:Andrea]]:''' '''Andrea:''' If anyone knows the answer to that, Bruce, it's you.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Arthur Reeves had his own reason for [[spoiler:selling selling out Andrea and her father to the mob.]]
mob.
--->'''Arthur Reeves:''' [[spoiler:(laughing laughing hysterically due to Joker toxin) I was broke! Desperate! They said all they wanted was their money back!]]back!



%%* InTheHood: The Phantasm.

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%%* * InTheHood: The Phantasm.Phantasm disguises himself with a spooky Grim Reaper hood.



* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Andrea is carrying the standard paper bag with French bread sticking out the top, when she comes home and gets a terrible surprise.



** Arthur Reeves. And that's putting it ''mildly''. He's a KnowNothingKnowItAll who [[SkewedPriorities prioritized Batman's capture rather than the real crime plaguing Gotham]] based on adamantly believing he was the one responsible for the mobster deaths. Not only that, it was revealed Reeves [[spoiler:was the one directly responsible for ruining Andrea's life by selling out her and her father to the mob, leading to her StartOfDarkness]].
%%** Also the Joker when he was a mob hitman. He's rude to Andrea, and threw a lit cigarette at Bruce as he's driving away.
* JokerImmunity: [[spoiler:Joker's fate at the end of the movie is not revealed, but his appearances in later DCAU materials show that he clearly survived.]]

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** Arthur Reeves. And that's putting it ''mildly''. He's a KnowNothingKnowItAll who [[SkewedPriorities prioritized Batman's capture rather than the real crime plaguing Gotham]] based on adamantly believing he was the one responsible for the mobster deaths. Not only that, it was revealed Reeves [[spoiler:was was the one directly responsible for ruining Andrea's life by selling out her and her father to the mob, leading to her StartOfDarkness]].
%%**
StartOfDarkness.
**
Also the Joker when he was a mob hitman. He's rude to Andrea, and threw a lit cigarette at Bruce as he's driving away.
* JokerImmunity: [[spoiler:Joker's Joker's fate at the end of the movie is not revealed, but his appearances in later DCAU materials show that he clearly survived.]]



* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:The Joker's murder of Sal Valestra and later poisoning Arthur Reeves with some of his laughing gas]].

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:The The Joker's murder of Sal Valestra and later poisoning Arthur Reeves with some of his laughing gas]].gas.



* LadyKillerInLove: Inverted with Bruce. He was genuinely in love with Andrea before he became the womanizer he is in the modern parts of the movie. [[spoiler:Then he and Andrea briefly get back together again...]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Arthur Reeves sold out Andrea and her father to the mob for refusing to fund his first election, thereby facilitating Andrea's father's death. As a result, the Joker initially suspects him of either being or hiring the Phantasm to get rid of loose ends and confronts him. Though the Joker quickly deduces that it's Andrea instead, he still doses Arthur with Joker toxin, leaving him hospitalized.]]
* LaughingMad: The Joker constantly laughs throughout the film, but the most notable instance of Laughing Mad is [[spoiler:right when, shortly after being captured by the Phantasm/Andrea Beaumont and Batman, and certainly going to die at the former's hand, the bombs across the abandoned future fair grounds explode and start demolishing the fairgrounds, making any chances of him dying even more likely; the Joker starts breaking down into uncontrollable laughter.]]

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* LadyKillerInLove: Inverted with Bruce. He was genuinely in love with Andrea before he became the womanizer he is in the modern parts of the movie. [[spoiler:Then Then he and Andrea briefly get back together again...]]
again...
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Arthur Arthur Reeves sold out Andrea and her father to the mob for refusing to fund his first election, thereby facilitating Andrea's father's death. As a result, the Joker initially suspects him of either being or hiring the Phantasm to get rid of loose ends and confronts him. Though the Joker quickly deduces that it's Andrea instead, he still doses Arthur with Joker toxin, leaving him hospitalized.]]
hospitalized.
* LaughingMad: The Joker constantly laughs throughout the film, but the most notable instance of Laughing Mad is [[spoiler:right right when, shortly after being captured by the Phantasm/Andrea Beaumont and Batman, and certainly going to die at the former's hand, the bombs across the abandoned future fair grounds explode and start demolishing the fairgrounds, making any chances of him dying even more likely; the Joker starts breaking down into uncontrollable laughter.]]



* TheMafia: Carl Beaumont makes the staggeringly bad decision to launder money for the mob, and he makes the even worse decision to embezzle from them. This forces him to flee for his life with Andrea. In the present story, the Phantasm is back to exact revenge on Carl's enemies.



* TheMole: [[spoiler:Reeves was Carl's accountant and helped organize both his escape and refinancing the money Carl owned to the mob. When he asked Carl for help with his political campaign Carl refused, and Reeves sold him out to the mob in return]].
%%* MonsterClown: ComicBook/TheJoker, who else?

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* TheMole: [[spoiler:Reeves Reeves was Carl's accountant and helped organize both his escape and refinancing the money Carl owned to the mob. When he asked Carl for help with his political campaign Carl refused, and Reeves sold him out to the mob in return]].
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return.
*
MonsterClown: ComicBook/TheJoker, who else?else? He's an evil clown!



** When The Joker is meeting with [[spoiler:Arthur Reeves]], he goes from intimidating, to nonchalant, to full-on psychopathic in about 2 and a half-minutes.
* MythologyGag: During a flashback, a bat was briefly seeing outside Bruce's window and flew away. However, Bruce didn't see it, as he was preoccupied with designing his new vigilante costume. In the comics, the original reason he chose the form of a bat was because one crashed through his study window and Bruce recalled the sudden fear he had, later versions had him falling into the bat cave as a child and being startled by a swarm of bats. The movie does its' own version of events as Bruce and Andrea are walking the Wayne Manor grounds at sunset and a swarm of bats emerge from a nearby crevice (also leading him to explore the cave later on).

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** When The Joker is meeting with [[spoiler:Arthur Reeves]], Arthur Reeves, he goes from intimidating, to nonchalant, to full-on psychopathic in about 2 and a half-minutes.
* MythologyGag: During a flashback, a bat was briefly seeing outside Bruce's window and flew away. However, Bruce didn't see it, as he was preoccupied with designing his new vigilante costume. In the comics, the original reason he chose the form of a bat was because one crashed through his study window and Bruce recalled the sudden fear he had, later versions had him falling into the bat cave as a child and being startled by a swarm of bats. The movie does its' its own version of events as Bruce and Andrea are walking the Wayne Manor grounds at sunset and a swarm of bats emerge from a nearby crevice (also leading him to explore the cave later on).



%%* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: The end credits song by Tia Carerre.



* NoNameGiven: Despite the film being titled "Mask of the Phantasm", the word "Phantasm" is never used and leaves [[spoiler:Andrea's]] disguise nameless.

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* NoNameGiven: Despite the film being titled "Mask of the Phantasm", the word "Phantasm" is never used and leaves [[spoiler:Andrea's]] Andrea's disguise nameless.



%%* NotSoDifferent: The Phantasm thinks this of Batman and [[spoiler:herself]]. Alfred agrees, to a point.

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%%* * NotSoDifferent: The Phantasm thinks this of Batman and [[spoiler:herself]]. herself. Alfred agrees, to a point.point, but notes at the end that unlike the Phantasm, Batman does not kill (see HeWhoFightsMonsters above).



** Then Joker when [[spoiler:Andrea]] looms over him after his jetpack crash.

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** Then Joker when [[spoiler:Andrea]] Andrea looms over him after his jetpack crash.



** While we can't see the Phantasm's expression due to wearing a mask, [[spoiler:she likely has this reaction when she finds out the Joker is onto her when he laid a booby trap on Sal Valvestra's body (originally intended for Batman).]]

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** While we can't see the Phantasm's expression due to wearing a mask, [[spoiler:she she likely has this reaction when she finds out the Joker is onto her when he laid a booby trap on Sal Valvestra's body (originally intended for Batman).]]



* OriginsEpisode: We see Bruce's first night out as a vigilante, the inspiration for his costume, the discovery of the Batcave, and the first time he put on the mask.
%%* PayEvilUntoEvil: The Phantasm's entire modus operandi.

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* OriginsEpisode: OriginsEpisode:
**
We see Bruce's first night out as a vigilante, the inspiration for his costume, the inspiration for the Batmobile, the discovery of the Batcave, and the first time he put on the mask.
%%* ** We also see Bullock as a beat cop!
*
PayEvilUntoEvil: The Phantasm's entire modus operandi.operandi, coming back to kill the mobsters who destroyed Carl and Andrea Beaumont's lives.



* PhotoDoodleRecognition: [[spoiler:Bruce realizes a gangster in an old picture is the Joker after drawing his trademark grin on it]].

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* PhotoDoodleRecognition: [[spoiler:Bruce Bruce realizes a gangster in an old picture is the Joker after drawing his trademark grin on it]].it.



* PsychoForHire: The Joker's first instance as one in the DCAU, though [[spoiler:he screws his employer over big time.]]
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: An especially chilling example happens when we find out [[spoiler:what the Joker does to Sal Valestra]].

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* PsychoForHire: The Joker's first instance as one in the DCAU, though [[spoiler:he he screws his employer over big time.]]
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* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: An especially chilling example happens when we find out [[spoiler:what what the Joker does to Sal Valestra]].Valestra.



* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Carl Beaumont is the most likely candidate after the puzzle starts to unravel, and Stacy Keach voiced both characters. Joker knew it couldn't be Carl because he personally killed him several years ago, and addressed the Phantasm by female pronouns when they show up, with Andrea revealing herself to him]].

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Carl Carl Beaumont is the most likely candidate after the puzzle starts to unravel, and Stacy Keach voiced both characters. Joker knew it couldn't be Carl because he personally killed him several years ago, and addressed the Phantasm by female pronouns when they show up, with Andrea revealing herself to him]].him.



** The silent mob enforcer/hitman in the flashbacks [[spoiler:is actually the Joker now]].
** Everyone thought that [[spoiler:Carl Beaumont was the Phantasm]], only in a flashback towards the end do we realize that [[spoiler:Carl was murdered by the mob he owed money to (even though he already paid them) and the Phantasm is in fact, Andrea]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: The Phantasm's vendetta has become all-consuming, to the point that [[spoiler:Andrea keeps on with it even when she knows it will cost her any chance of a happy-ever-after with Bruce.]] "I'm not saying it's right or even sane, but it's all I have left."
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Andrea's motivation for being the Phantasm is to make the mobsters who ruined her life (and took her father) pay for what they've done. And she's not letting anyone stop her, especially not Bruce, even if she'll lose his love.]]

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** The silent mob enforcer/hitman in the flashbacks [[spoiler:is is actually the Joker now]].
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** Everyone thought that [[spoiler:Carl Carl Beaumont was the Phantasm]], Phantasm, only in a flashback towards the end do we realize that [[spoiler:Carl Carl was murdered by the mob he owed money to (even though he already paid them) and the Phantasm is in fact, Andrea]].
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* RevengeBeforeReason: The Phantasm's vendetta has become all-consuming, to the point that [[spoiler:Andrea Andrea keeps on with it even when she knows it will cost her any chance of a happy-ever-after with Bruce.]] Bruce. "I'm not saying it's right or even sane, but it's all I have left."
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Andrea's Andrea's motivation for being the Phantasm is to make the mobsters who ruined her life (and took her father) pay for what they've done. And she's not letting anyone stop her, especially not Bruce, even if she'll lose his love.]]love.
* RoofHopping: The Phantasm does this when Batman swoops down on him in the Batplane after catching him outside Sal's house. And then when the police show up, Batman has to do this.



* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Phantasm is Andrea Beaumont.]]

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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The The Phantasm is Andrea Beaumont.]]



* SleazyPolitician: Councilman Arthur Reeves starts out as a typical anti-Batman crusader (who is also friends with Bruce Wayne), [[spoiler:but it turns out he used to work for Andrea's father - helping embezzle money for organized crime. When they came demanding their cut, it was tied up in investments that couldn't be freed up within their time limit, so the Beaumonts went on the run. He eventually gave them everything he promised, but they never forgave him for not paying on their deadline. When Reeves first ran for office, he ran out of money and asked Andrea's father for a loan, only to be rejected. So Reeves sold him to the mob]].

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** The famous WB shield logo pops up on a ruin at the amusement park, for no reason.
* SleazyPolitician: Councilman Arthur Reeves starts out as a typical anti-Batman crusader (who is also friends with Bruce Wayne), [[spoiler:but but it turns out he used to work for Andrea's father - helping embezzle money for organized crime. When they came demanding their cut, it was tied up in investments that couldn't be freed up within their time limit, so the Beaumonts went on the run. He eventually gave them everything he promised, but they never forgave him for not paying on their deadline. When Reeves first ran for office, he ran out of money and asked Andrea's father for a loan, only to be rejected. So Reeves sold him to the mob]].mob.



* TheSociopath: The Joker. [[spoiler:Even his pre-acid dip incarnation who only appears briefly in flashbacks has shades of this.]]
* TheSpook: This is the first time we get a glimpse of the Joker before the clown appearance, and he is still appropriately mysterious and without a name, to the point where he only speaks in modern day. Even then, he only appears marginally less psychopathic than his current incarnation.

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* TheSociopath: The Joker. [[spoiler:Even Even his pre-acid dip incarnation who only appears briefly in flashbacks has shades of this.]]
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* TheSpook: This is the first time we get a glimpse of the Joker before the clown appearance, and he is still appropriately mysterious and without a name, to the point where he only speaks in the modern day. Even then, he only appears marginally less psychopathic than his current incarnation.



* StarCrossedLovers: Bruce and Andrea. Just as he decides that she's worth giving up his plan of being Batman for, she has to leave Gotham and disappear thanks to the mob. When she resurfaces years later, they're still in love, [[spoiler:but she has become the murderer Phantasm, hunting down her father's killers, and is Batman's enemy]].

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* StaggeredZoom: Onto the Joker as he unpleasantly surprises Arthur by showing up in his doorway.
* StarCrossedLovers: Bruce and Andrea. Just as he decides that she's worth giving up his plan of being Batman for, she has to leave Gotham and disappear thanks to the mob. When she resurfaces years later, they're still in love, [[spoiler:but but she has become the murderer Phantasm, hunting down her father's killers, and is Batman's enemy]].enemy.



%%** [[spoiler:Andrea after becoming the Phantasm.]]
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Andrea leaves her locket in the Batcave, which Bruce clutches tearfully.]]
%%* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:Andrea, Andrea, Andrea...]]

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%%** [[spoiler:Andrea ** Andrea after becoming the Phantasm.]]
Phantasm. While she's taken some self-defense classes in the flashback sequences, she's still overpowered by the mob goons easily. Fast forward to when she's become the Phantasm, and she is ''terrifying''.
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Andrea Andrea leaves her locket in the Batcave, which Bruce clutches tearfully.]]
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TragicVillain: [[spoiler:Andrea, Andrea, Andrea...]]Andrea, Andrea. Her need to avenge her parents destroys her love for Bruce and deprives both of them of the chance of a happy life.



* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Salvatore Valestra and the mob have been corrupting city politics in Gotham ever since Bruce was a ''teenager'', and their puppet Arthur Reeves was about to become Mayor -- by steering attention away from the mob in favor of hunting Batman, who had yet to realize Reeves was in their pocket. The only reason Gotham didn't go ''completely'' mob-city was because Andrea became the Phantasm and started killing them off]].
* TheVoiceless: That mob hitman with the pointy nose. [[spoiler:Likely to obscure the fact that he's a pre-chemical dip Joker.]]

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* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Salvatore Salvatore Valestra and the mob have been corrupting city politics in Gotham ever since Bruce was a ''teenager'', and their puppet Arthur Reeves was about to become Mayor -- by steering attention away from the mob in favor of hunting Batman, who had yet to realize Reeves was in their pocket. The only reason Gotham didn't go ''completely'' mob-city was because Andrea became the Phantasm and started killing them off]].
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* TheVoiceless: That mob hitman with the pointy nose. [[spoiler:Likely Likely to obscure the fact that he's a pre-chemical dip Joker.]]



* WhatTheHellHero: Andrea becomes angry at her father for having to go on the run with him, forcing her to not only cancel her and Bruce's wedding, but never see him again. Breaking into tears, she asked why did he get them involved with the mob. Ashamed, he tells her he's trying to give her a good life, but now swears he'll get them out of their debt. [[spoiler:Which proved to be futile; he paid back every cent and quite a bit extra, but they wanted interest compounded in blood to keep anyone from pulling anything similar in the future.]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: Andrea becomes angry at her father for having to go on the run with him, forcing her to not only cancel her and Bruce's wedding, but never see him again. Breaking into tears, she asked why did he get them involved with the mob. Ashamed, he tells her he's trying to give her a good life, but now swears he'll get them out of their debt. [[spoiler:Which Which proved to be futile; he paid back every cent and quite a bit extra, but they wanted interest compounded in blood to keep anyone from pulling anything similar in the future.]]



* {{Zeerust}}: In a flashback, Bruce and Andrea are shown having a wonderful time visiting the Gotham World's Fair, with its lively and optimistic RaygunGothic view of the future with standard things such as robot butlers. When the fair is revisited in the present, [[spoiler:it is in ruins, seemingly paralleling Bruce and Andrea's future, and serves as the final battleground for the two former lovers and the Joker]].

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* {{Zeerust}}: In a flashback, Bruce and Andrea are shown having a wonderful time visiting the Gotham World's Fair, with its lively and optimistic RaygunGothic view of the future with standard things such as robot butlers. When the fair is revisited in the present, [[spoiler:it it is in ruins, seemingly paralleling Bruce and Andrea's future, and serves as the final battleground for the two former lovers and the Joker]].Joker. Lampshades, as a skeptical Andrea doubts if we'll see carrot-chopping robot maids in the future.
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** In addition, the Phantasm has a few similarities with ComicBook/{{Azrael}}, who debuted in the comics more than a year prior to this film's release. Phantasm's mask resemble's Azrael's more so than Reaper's (though keeping some of the skull motifs of the latter's mask) and interestingly [[spoiler:she]] even calls [[spoiler:herself]] an "Angel of Death", a title of which is also associated with Azrael.

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** In addition, the Phantasm has a few similarities with ComicBook/{{Azrael}}, who debuted in the comics more than a year prior to this film's release. Phantasm's mask resemble's Azrael's more so than Reaper's (though keeping some of the skull motifs of the latter's mask) and interestingly [[spoiler:she]] even calls [[spoiler:herself]] the Phantasm self-describes as an "Angel of Death", a title of which is also associated with Azrael.
5th May '18 2:23:58 PM JesseMB27
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** In addition, the Phantasm has a few similarities with ComicBook/{{Azrael}}, who debuted in the comics more than a year prior to this film's release. Phantasm's mask resemble's Azrael's more so than Reaper's (though keeping some of the skull motifs of the latter's mask) and interestingly [[spoiler:she]] even calls [[spoiler:herself]] an "Angel of Death", a title of which is also associated with Azrael.
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