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The ''second'' [[TheMovie movie]] spun off from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. If you were looking for [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse the time Batman actually met]] [[MortalKombat Sub-Zero]], that didn't happen for a few more years (and Mister Freeze wasn't involved).

[[AntiVillain Victor Fries]] alias Mister Freeze has made a home for himself in the Arctic, where he has the peace to continue working on a cure for his cryonically preserved wife, Nora, in the company of Inuit boy Kunac and two fully grown polar bears. [[GenreSavvy As you might expect]], this doesn't last long a luckless submarine crew has the misfortune to surface right in the middle of his home, shattering Nora's preservation chamber. Enraged, Victor turns his freeze gun on them all before returning to Gotham in search of help.

The '''good''' news: He finds an old colleague, Dr Gregory Belson, who is heavily in debt and desperately in need of a windfall which Victor can provide, having discovered a large vein of gold in the Arctic. The '''bad''' news: The only thing that can save Nora is an organ transplant, there aren't any deceased donors with her rare blood type, and any living one would die. Victor is undeterred, and the two of them quickly pick a target: [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]].

While it lacks the near-cult status and awesome soundtrack of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' this movie was a critical and commercial success and is currently the third-highest rated Batman film on [=RottenTomatoes.com=], with 90% to ''Film/TheDarkKnight'''s 94% and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' 100%.
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!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:
* ABNegative: The plot involves Mr. Freeze kidnapping Barbara Gordon because she shares the AB- blood type with his wife. Barbara even brings up that he could use any negative blood for a blood transfusion, but it turns out that [[OrganTheft it's not her blood that he needs]]. This is ShownTheirWork in that organ transplants are ideally done between people of the same blood type to reduce the risk of rejection, and Mr. Freeze is obsessive enough over getting his wife back that he'd try to be as exact as possible.
* ActionGirl: Barbara, obviously.
* AirVentPassageway: Barbara gets out of her cell this way, only to discover that they're on an abandoned oil rig.
* AlmostKiss: Dick and Barbara at Shaugnessy's, but they're interrupted by a supervillain and his pet polar bears. Just another night in Gotham.
* AnimationBump: Compared to the original series, with much smoother and clearer animation.
* AntiVillain: Mr. Freeze, again.
* BearsAreBadNews: Two polar bears, trained to obey Mr. Freeze and assist him as muscle.
* BillyNeedsAnOrgan: They make it through the entire movie without ever specifying ''which one(s)'', only that the donor cannot survive after removal.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Barbara not only is rescued, but she is able to save Nora's life without losing her organs. But Freeze is believed dead - he isn't, but he cannot return to society due to his crimes. He's last seen crying TearsOfJoy as he learns that Nora will live on, and [[ButNowIMustGo quietly leaving]] with his polar bears.]]
* CallBack: Towards the beginning of the movie, Commissioner Gordon is discussing Barbara with Dick intercut with scenes of Batgirl beating up some muggers much the same way Batman foiled a prison getaway while Harvey Dent discussed Bruce with Pamela Isley in "Pretty Poison."
* ConspicuousCGI: Most notably the submarine at the beginning. And it really doesn't mesh with the art style.
* ContrivedCoincidence: That they picked the ''police commissioner's daughter'', instead of the 17 other people on that list.
* CoolPlane: Batman's plane. Although he doesn't get to use the tech toys much this round.
* DefiantCaptive -> DamselOutOfDistress: Barbara does her best to defend herself at first and only agrees to go with Victor after he starts threatening {{innocent bystander}}s. She then not only enacts multiple escape attempts and won't go quietly even if there's no apparent way off the oil rig, but she empathizes to a degree with Freeze's motivations (despite obviously not wanting to lose her organs) and befriends his KidSidekick Kunac.
* DescriptionCut: Three in a row when Commissioner Gordon's talking about Barbara at the beginning.
* {{Determinator}}: Dick does impressively well trying to save Barbara in his civilian identity. He only loses in the fundraiser when attacked by polar bears, and only loses when pursuing the truck after Freeze ices the road. He actually outlasted the police, and Commissioner Gordon even thanks him for his efforts.
* DirtyCoward: Belson leaves Freeze to die out of fear for his own safety. The heroes then risk their lives to save him while Belson gets fatally smacked with karma.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted. When Freeze makes it clear to Belson that he's planning to kill Barbara to save Nora, the scene begins to play out like a typical EvenEvilHasStandards moment.... and then it's shown that Belson actually is acting disgusted and reluctant about doing it because he feels Mr. Freeze isn't ''paying him enough for it.'' He happily goes along with it once Freeze ups the payment.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: See above. Belson dies screaming as the burning oil rig collapses on him.
* GroinAttack: During her fight against a couple of thugs from within the park, Batgirl kicks one of them in the groin, leaving him aching in pain as he falls to the ground.
* GunshipRescue: Batman and Robin do this with Batwing to save Barbara Gordon.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Kunac
* HeroStoleMyBike: Dick Grayson takes a random guy's motorcycle while pursuing Freeze, but gives him the keys to his Corvette in exchange.
* IfIDoNotReturn
-->'''Batman:''' If I'm not back in time go without me!\\
'''Robin:''' What?! ''Wait!''
* {{Jerkass}}: Belson is willing to go along with Victor's plan just so he can get himself out of debt, regardless of whatever happens to Barbara. See the EvenEvilHasStandards subversion.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Mr. Freeze. He kills a submarine crew for accidently wrecking his Arctic hideout, and was the one who instigated the plan to kidnap Barbara to harvest her organs, yet he not only achieves his goals, but also survives in the end free of prison and with the knowledge that Nora is cured. Averted in the rest of the series proper, however, as there's still a lot of pain and misery in store for him.]]
* LighterAndSofter: While this film is still not a lighter hearted kids' cartoon, it is not nearly as dark as the previous film, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Mr. Freeze will do ''anything'' to save Nora, even kidnapping and murder.
* MagicSkirt: Barbara zips down a line on the burning rig, and her skirt billows up only as high as her thighs.
* MissingTrailerScene: In a unique application of this trope, the commercials for this movie consisted entirely of scene from Mr. Freeze's previous appearances on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* MuggingTheMonster: Out of the 18 possible donors in Gotham, Belson picked the superheroine. She also happens to be the Police Commissioner's daughter, which Belson ''should'' have known.
* OperaGloves: Some of the ladies at the fundraiser are wearing these.
* OutOfOrder: The film was released in the middle of ''The New Batman Adventures'', but takes place before or during the TimeSkip and uses the original art style. It was originally meant to be released before ''The New Batman Adventures'' in mid-1997 as a tie-in to ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (which also features Mr. Freeze), but that film's overwhelmingly negative reception caused the studio to delay ''[=SubZero's=]'' release by almost a year.
* ParentalAbandonment: Kunac.
* PluckyGirl: '''Barbara'''
* PrettyInMink: Some of the {{socialite}}s at the fundraiser are wearing fur wraps.
* RightHandAttackDog: Notchka and Shaka, Mr Freeze's two loyal polar bears.
* SayMyName
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:All three heroes help Freeze after he gets pinned by debris. He then helps them rescue Nora and Kunac, and Batman tries to save him even when the oil rig is about to go up in flames.]]
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Barbara at the fundraiser.
* ShipperOnDeck: Commissioner Gordon is very obviously a Dick/Barbara shipper.
* SkintoneSclerae: Bruce and Dick. It came up in the actual series, but [[OffModel as an inconsistent coloring error]].
* StealthHiBye: Batman and Robin. They do this the way the rest of us breathe.
* TooDumbToLive: Gregory Belson, Mr. Freeze's sidekick. His first moment of stupidity is when he selects Barbara Gordon -- the police commissioner's daughter -- as an organ donor for Freeze's wife. When Barbara escapes before the operation can begin, Belson pulls a gun and accidentally shoots several fuel tanks (despite Babs warning him not to), starting a fire that destroys Freeze's lair.
* TranquilFury: Robin is noticeably quieter than his usual DCAU appearances, but after Barbara is kidnapped he's really, ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes really]]'' pissed off.
* WHAMLine: "If I'm not back in time go without me!"
* YoureInsane
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