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->''"You know, kids, a lot has changed while your old Uncle Joker's been away. New Gotham, new rules, even a new Batman. But now I'm tanned, I'm rested, and I'm ready to give this old town a wedgie again!"''
-->-- '''The Joker'''

'''''Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker''''' is a [[TheMovie feature-length installment]] of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', the Franchise/{{DCAU}} series focusing on Terry [=McGinnis=], Franchise/{{Batman}} of a future Gotham who is being mentored by [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the original]].

Terry must battle the original Dark Knight's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin newly-returned]] ArchEnemy, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Puzzling both Terry and Bruce is the fact that Joker seems not to have aged at all over the years. As Terry strives to solve this new mystery, he is forced to delve into his predecessor's [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark past]], unraveling the long-kept secret of what exactly split apart the Bat-Family and how the conclusion of the rivalry between Joker and the Dark Knight occurred all those years ago.

The movie had the [[TooSoon unfortunate timing]] of being made right after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbine_High_School_massacre Columbine Shooting]] and was [[{{Bowdlerise}} hastily changed to lessen the violence]]. Thankfully, WarnerBros held onto the original print and later distributed it as the uncut version.
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!!Tropes demonstrated in the film:

* AdultFear: [[spoiler:Tim being kidnapped and then completely mentally '''destroyed''' by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The Jokerz seen here all have backgrounds, real names, etc., which are only given in supplementary material like official websites.
** The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E13Epilogue Epilogue]]" eventually gave some information regarding how the Joker got certain technology in this film.
* {{Alliterative Name}}s: Delia and Deidre Dennis (better known as "Dee Dee").
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Dee Dee (real names Delia & Deidre Dennis).
* AnimationBump: The movie was done by Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}}, one of the best animation studios in Japan, and the results shine through. In the DVDCommentary, the creators will occasionally just pause to watch the show, Creator/BruceTimm and the other Franchise/{{DCAU}} regulars being unaccustomed to that kind of quality for most of their projects.
* ArtEvolution: Aware of fan hatred and due to the crew's own unhappiness with his ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' design, the movie features yet another re-design for the Joker, this one combining elements of his ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' design (general appearance and details) and his ''TNBA'' one (the color scheme and triangular jawline). This design was re-used for ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* AssKicksYou: Dee Dee does this to Dana when they are dancing with Terry to get her out of the way so they can gang up on him.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Harley Quinn]] is {{implied}} to be this in her brief appearance near the end. [[spoiler:She apparently settled down to start a family after her apparent death at Arkham, and she tried her hardest to keep her granddaughters from going down the same path that she did. It didn't work.]]
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* AxCrazy: Joker, of course. More pronounced than in his other DCAU appearances too, since here he's actually allowed to ''kill'' people.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:The Joker, aia [[GrandTheftMe a time-share]].]]
* BangFlagGun: This being SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's weapon-of-choice, it's more dangerous than one might think.
* BatmanColdOpen: The movie starts out like this for nearly six minutes before the opening credits begin.
* BeastMan: Woof, a human spliced with hyena DNA.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Joker always wanted to make Batman laugh. [[spoiler:When the new Batman ''does'' laugh, he's laughing [[IShallTauntYou at how pathetic the Joker really is]].]]
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Zigzagged. [[spoiler:Tim Drake is tortured/mutated/brainwashed into becoming a "Joker Junior." This is subverted when he shakes it off, refuses to hurt Batman, and turns on the Joker instead. Then this is subverted when it's implied that, years later, Tim turned evil again and became the new Joker, probably as a result of the original torturing/brainwashing. Then ''that'' is subverted when it turns out that Tim has been completely unaware of the recent unfolding schemes; he only turned into the new Joker because the original had planted a microchip in his brain, thus causing his transformations.]]
* BerserkButton: The Joker's deepest button is pressed when Terry [[spoiler:brutally deconstructs his entire obsession with Bruce and then mocks the Joker's style of jokes, claiming them to be truly pathetic material]]. Compared to how calm the Joker was when Bruce!Batman was thrashing him around and even laughing off the hits, it really hit the Joker hard.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Ace.]]
* BigShutUp: The Joker invokes this after one too many taunts from Terry.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:The Joker, when he gets tackled and punched by Batman after the latter has pushed the former's BerserkButton too far in the original version. Batman has this too afterward when he gets {{knife|Nut}}d by the Joker.]]
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Terry, a couple times.
** Joker when he [[spoiler:gets spear-gunned in the flashback]].
* BondOneLiner: "Double-down," after [[spoiler:Terry beats Dee Dee]].
* BoringInsult: [[spoiler:Terry realizes the Joker's true weakness is this.]]
-->'''Terry:''' [Bruce] wouldn't know a good joke if it bit him in the cape. Not that you ever ''had'' a good joke...I mean, joy buzzers, squirting flowers--''lame''! Where's the "A" material? Make a face, drop your pants, something!
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The frenzy surrounding UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} in 1999 resulted in extensive debates on media influences, which put some pressure on Warner Bros. Despite having a completed film, executives feared backlash on releasing a particularly violent animated movie and had certain scenes reanimated (which is different than normal, as it resulted in ''new'' material being written instead of simply cutting material). The original film was released later under a PG-13 rating but even the edited version isn't particularly "kid-friendly," the only real difference is the absence of blood and some of the more bone-crunching violence. And a switch from the Joker using a spear gun on people to back to his gas. [[spoiler:And instead of Tim shooting the Joker instead of Bruce, he pushes the monster clown into one of the water tanks near electrical wiring, soaking the Joker, and then the clown dies by slipping on the wet floor, grabbing the wrong switch, and electrocuting himself to death off-screen.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Tim Drake.]]
* CallBack: The "HA-HA"s spray-painted [[spoiler:in the Batcave]] call back to when the same "HA-HA"s were found at the crime scene of Warren [=McGinnis=], which probably adds an even higher traumatic tension for Terry.
** A subtler instance occurs when Tim Drake [[spoiler:(really Joker in control of Tim's body)]] tells Bruce he wants Bruce to watch as [[spoiler:he transforms Tim's body into his own]]: "It's a killer," echoing Dick Grayson's advice to Tim the first time they met way back in the TNBA episode "Sins of the Father."
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: [[spoiler:When Terry quits being Batman out of anger at Bruce, Joker sends his gang to attack him and Dana whilst out at a club. Whilst this is going on, Joker makes a personal house call to Wayne Manor. Dana is hospitalized, Ace is injured, and Bruce is poisoned by Joker toxin and almost killed.]]
* CastAsAMask: Joker (Creator/MarkHamill) is actually revealed to be [[spoiler:Tim Drake (Dean Stockwell) being [[GrandTheftMe possessed by Joker]]]]. To make it more surprising, [[spoiler:there is a RedHerring suspect who both looks a lot like Joker and is also voiced by Hamill]].
* CloneByConversion: [[spoiler:Tim Drake was turned into one of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.]]
* CombatParkour: Dee Dee often tag-teamed Batman and used flips and high jumps to get away from his attacks or find a better position behind him from which they would attack.
* CombatPragmatist: Terry delivers a low-blow in his fight with the Joker.
-->'''Joker:''' The real Batman would never...AAGH!!!\\
'''Terry:''' Told you you didn't know me.
* ConnectTheDeaths: Not quite the same, but the Joker marks on a map possible targets for his KillSat, and ''not'' coincidentally, they form a smiley face.
* ContinuityNod:
** Commissioner Jim Gordon and Dick Grayson/Nightwing are mentioned, but not seen. Also, in the uncut version, Bruce is practicing his batarang-throwing against replica statues of some of his [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries old]] RoguesGallery.
** Terry's affectionate nickname for Ace, "Good Bat Dog," came from an earlier episode also featuring Ace.
** In the flashback, Joker stabs Bruce in the leg. Eventually, this wound and old age gave Bruce his limp.
** In the original version of the flashback, Batgirl questions her informants from the ''TNBA'' episode "The Ultimate Thrill." (Cut from the bowlderised version, presumably because they appear to be sex workers.)
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Batman starts to cut himself free with a switchblade. But when he sees that Joker has [[spoiler:brainwashed Robin into "Little J.J."]], [[BreakingTheBonds he finishes freeing himself through sheer force]], and then throws the knife at Joker's face. He ducked, but jeez.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jordan Pryce.
* CouldntFindAPen: A scene involves Bruce Wayne being found after an attack by the Joker with "Ha! Ha! Ha!" written on the ground in red. It was changed to purple in the censored version to avoid looking like this trope.
* CowTools: During the flashback, there's a shot of some innocent junk lying around (a toilet plunger, for example). WordOfGod says originally Joker's tray was originally going to have bloody surgical instruments, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the execs]] put their foot down.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/PaulDini, who wrote the film, voiced the ineffectual guard who appeared at the beginning.
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* CreepyTwins: Dee Dee.
* CriminalDoppelganger: [[spoiler:Jordan Pryce is introduced as a RedHerring in determining Joker's real identity. Implying that Pryce has deduced Bruce's secret, he also physically resembles the Joker in build, hair and facial expressions (yet obviously not with the clown coloring) and is voiced by Creator/MarkHamill. However, while not actually Joker, Pryce did work in connection with him and is turned in to Gotham PD by Terry.]]
* CryLaughing: A deadly serious example in [[spoiler:the second Robin, Tim Drake, in a flashback. SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker applied ample amounts of ColdBloodedTorture to Tim, leaving him BrainwashedAndCrazy. When ordered to kill Batman, after The Joker has him in a position he wouldn't be able to protect himself, Tim breaks through the brainwashing and murders The Joker instead, [[LaughingMad laughing like a maniac the whole time]]. Once The Joker succumbs to his injuries and Batgirl arrives, Tim's laughing abruptly turns into uncontrollable sobbing, as the weight of everything that transpired suddenly sets in. The flashback ends with Barbara/Batgirl trying to console him]].
* CurbStompBattle: Terry's final fight against Joker's gang consisted of one move on each of them: crashing the damaged Batmobile underneath Chucko's high perch, getting Dee Dee to knock ''each other'' out, sicking Ace on Woof, and finishing with [[OffhandBackhand a Batman classic]] on Ghoul.
* CuteBruiser: Dee Dee
* DarkerAndEdgier: In comparison to both the series (although it certainly had its moments) and previous Franchise/{{DCAU}} series.
* DeathByIrony: Oh, if only Joker had not been so thorough in [[spoiler:shattering that little mind]], things might have turned out quite differently for him.
** And again in the climax. [[spoiler:Joker finally dies, by his own joy buzzer.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: The flashback shows why [[spoiler:having a child fight crime]] is a terrible idea.
** InUniverse, the characters BreakThemByTalking offering deconstructions of their enemies.
*** The Joker points out that, for all the fear he invokes being TheCowl, Batman is not more than a pathetic ManChild crying out for mommy and daddy after all those years.
--->'''The Joker:''' I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the ''sturm und batarang'', you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic.
** Tim Drake deconstructs the KidSidekick as a WellDoneSonGuy pathetically trying to please TheHero because [[IJustWantToBeYou He Just Wants to Be Him]]. When that doesn't happen, there comes the FanDisillusionment:
--->'''Tim:''' Me and the others gave everything, but it just wasn't enough for the old man. I used to think, if I went on long enough, someday he'd retire and I'd...ah, the heck with it. Capes, costumes, bad guys--it was kid's stuff! Bruce probably did me a favor. By the end, I was so sick of it I never wanted to see that stupid Robin suit again...!
** Terry admits that SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is a successful supervillain, [[spoiler:but a pathetic comedian: he never made Batman laugh, nor corrupt or break him. He never was AffablyEvil, just FauxAffablyEvil. And after all, the natural enemy of a comedian is ''TheHeckler''.]]
--->'''Terry:''' [[spoiler:The real reason you kept coming back was you never got a laugh out of the old man.]]\\
'''The Joker:''' I'm not ''hearing'' this...\\
'''Terry:''' [[spoiler:Get a clue, clowny! He's got no sense of humor! He wouldn't know a good joke if it bit him in the cape...not that you ever had a good joke.]]\\
'''The Joker:''' [[BigShutUp Shut up...shut up!]] \\
'''Terry:''' [[spoiler:I mean, joy-buzzers, squirting flowers--lame! Where's the "A" material? Make a face, drop your pants, something!]]
** Harley Quinn deconstructs the PerkyFemaleMinion into CuteAndPsycho after helping the Joker torture Robin, showing us that she was just another psychopath. Batgirl conveniently forgets that the only one of Joker's potential victims Harley defended in the series was [[HoYay Poison Ivy]] and Arkhan Asylum's inmates. Harley was perfectly okay with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker torturing and killing [[LongList Harvey Bullock, Charlie Collins, Sid the Squid, Carl Francis, Thomas Jackson, Batgirl's own father Commissioner Gordon, etc...]]:
--->'''Batgirl:''' How could you help Joker do it, Harley?\\
'''Harley Quinn:''' Okay, so he roughed the kid up a little. But I'll make it right. \\
'''Batgirl:''' Yeah, you're Mother of the Stinkin' Year!
** TheCowl is deconstructed because Batman is so completely dedicated to his mission, the Bat-Family and Harley [[GrowingUpSucks want to grow up, have families, much more of life that playing an infinite]] CycleOfRevenge and left him LonelyAtTheTop. The disturbing conclusion is that the only relationship that ever worked for Batman was the FoeRomanceSubtext he had with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. As we see at the page quote, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was truly special for Batman: He was the only one capable of accepting Batman as the {{Determinator}}.
** TheChessmaster is deconstructed when everyone of the grown-up Bat-Family distrusts the Batman for his manipulative tendencies.
--->'''Batman ([=McGinnis=])''': (''after his interview with Drake'') Were all of you that bitter when you left?\\
'''Barbara Gordon:''' Comes with the territory, [=McGinnis=]. Look up Nightwing someday; has he got stories.
** KidHero: Batgirl seems to think EvenEvilHasStandards and Harley WouldntHurtAChild. And Robin:
--->'''Tim:''' Fun and games. Boy Wonder playing hero. Fighting off bad guys and no one ever gets...[[spoiler:oh God. '''(I killed him./I did it.)''' I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear '''(the shot/his scream)'''. Still see the '''(dead/frozen)''' smile. Every night, the dreams get stronger...he's there when I sleep. Whispering! Laughing! Telling me that I'm as bad as he is! We're both the same!]]''
* DecoyDamsel: Harley Quinn, in order to [[spoiler:capture Tim Drake]].
* DefaceOfTheMoon: Joker plans to use his hijacked KillSat to carve a giant smiley-face into Gotham City (taking out Terry's family, Wayne Manor, and the hospital Dana is staying at along the way) as a way of showing everyone once and for all that "this is Joker territory."
* DesignatedGirlFight: Harley vs. Batgirl. [[spoiler:Ends up tragically as Harley plummets to her death while Batgirl looks in horror. Or so we think.]]
* DevelopmentGag: The character design for one of the two prostitutes that Batgirl interrogates during the flashback to when Robin was missing is the design for ComicBook/BlackCanary that had been developed for a planned guest appearance in [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the original series]].
* DisappointedByTheMotive: Invoked by Terry during his battle against The Joker. Terry is basically ''trying'' to piss the Joker off.
-->'''Terry:''' So you fell in a tank of acid, got your skin bleached, and decided to become a supervillain. What, you couldn't get a job as a rodeo clown?
* DueToTheDead: Discussed only by Barbara at the end of the flashback (in the uncut version, that is):
-->[[spoiler:'''Commissioner Barbara Gordon:''' We buried the Joker deep beneath Arkham. The only other person who knew what happened that night was my father, the first Commissioner Gordon. He promised to keep our secret.]]
* ElectricJoybuzzer: The Joker's usual weapon is back in the movie. [[spoiler:And it is used by Terry to destroy the chip that is putting him into Tim Drake.]]
* ElectricTorture: [[spoiler:Tim suffers and breaks under it.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows: When we first see the Jokerz and their gang speak with their leader, he is partly concealed in the shadows at first, except for his {{red|EyesTakeWarning}} GlowingEyesOfDoom and his grin, but then, [[spoiler:after shooting Bonk dead for [[YouHaveFailedMe defecting him]], he emerges from the shadows, revealing himself to be the newly-resurrected Joker.]]
* EngineeredPublicConfession: "I gave you the security codes..."
* EpilepticTrees: In-universe, Terry's suggested "theories" about how Joker is still alive and kicking.
* EurekaMoment: "Nothing against your old partners, but I'm a completely different Batman. I was never a Robin, I never--" [[spoiler:Terry notices the Robin costume is the only one out of all the other suits that was trashed.]]
** When Bruce advises Terry to ignore the Joker's taunts and not respond, Terry realizes ''he's not Bruce''. He has his ''own'' style.
* EvilLaugh: [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker One of the originals.]]
** Another one provides an awesome CallBack: [[spoiler:Terry's laugh when confronting the Joker mirrors Batman's own EvilLaugh from the original series in that it manages to be just as creepy, if not more so, than the Joker himself.]]
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: Joker and Harley's intentions when they kidnap, {{brainwash|ed}} and [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] [[spoiler:Tim Drake]] for the sake of modeling him as their own son, dubbed "[[OverlordJr Joker, Jr.]]," would have allowed them to effectively become one of these families. [[spoiler:Only it didn't work.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:The Joker is killed off fairly early in the story. There are actually two versions of the death scene. Originally, Robin shot the Joker; the MoralGuardians thought this was too violent, so the scene was reanimated to show the Joker getting wet and tangled up in wires, slipping and accidentally electrocuting himself. How this is supposed to be any less violent, even if it did [[NothingIsScarier cut away before we actually see it?]]]]
** They thought that an indirect death is less violent than a direct death. Also, guns.
** Also, if MoralGuardians make any complaint, Creator/BruceTimm would edit the scene while making it a million times worse. See? No guns were used!
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:The Joker's final words in the uncut version, as seen in the flashback, were: [[{{Irony}} "That's not funny...That's not..."]]]]
* FatBastard: Chucko.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Dee Dee does this occasionally.
* {{Flashback}}: The sequence with what happened in Bruce's last confrontation with the Joker.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Or rather "Backshadowing." Joker's "That's also how we did it in my day" and one half of Dee Dee [[spoiler:almost dying the way her grandma supposedly died]].
** Another part of "backshadowing": The background music that plays [[spoiler:when Bruce demands that Terry return the Batsuit because it's dangerous for him to face the Joker (impostor or not), despite the fact that the Clown Prince of Crime died years ago,]] is "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdPRE_eElzs Terry Relieved of Duty]]." [[spoiler:When played again as a DarkReprise near the end of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YraQ5MaR2EY Arkham Mayhem]]," we now understand the reason: because the Joker {{Mind Rape}}d Robin into divulging his secrets about Bruce Wayne as Batman, the Clown Prince of Crime tainted the Bat-Family with compromise and deception "in his last act of cruelty" that led to his demise at Robin's hands and to Barbara and Tim quitting the Bat-Family because of it]].
** About halfway through, Terry dodges one of the Joker's booby traps by tricking it into destroying its own power source. [[spoiler:He uses the same trick to destroy the KillSat.]]
** When Joker attacks Bruce in Wayne Manor, he addresses the latter as an old man. [[spoiler:Just like how Tim refers to Bruce as of late, and in this movie itself.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot / ScreamDiscretionShot: The edited version of [[spoiler:Joker's death involving water, wires, and a lot of electricity. Because the camera cuts away as he's dying, all we hear is his scream]]. For this reason, some people consider it worse than the uncut version, as it leaves more to the imagination.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:How the Joker survived his death.]]
* GroinAttack: Terry received one from one half of Dee Dee when the Jokerz ambush him. This was cut in the televised airings, because it could be considered an "imitable act."
** Terry pulls one on the Joker, the first sign that the Joker's drastically misjudged his new foe.
* HairTriggerTemper: Bonk quickly loses sight of the Jokerz' mission as soon as Batman arrived on the scene. He jeopardizes their job several times in the opening scene alone just to attack Batman.
* TheHeckler: Terry discovers The Joker's weakness, the same weakness of any comedian: the heckler. It's something Bruce was too stoic to do, but Terry relished the opportunity.
* HellBentForLeather: The resurrected Joker wears a bodysuit made of dark leather.
* HighVoltageDeath: In the censored version. [[spoiler:After The Joker kidnaps Tim Drake (Robin) and brainwashes him into being insane like himself. The Joker tries to get Tim to to kill the Batman and prove Tim is like him. In the censored version of the scene, Tim pushes The Joker into a glass container full of water, breaking it, which causes him to get tangled in electrical wires attached to the container. The Joker slips on the water and accidentally pulls an electrical switch, and the wires electrocute him to death.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Terry destroys the microchip with the Joker's own joy buzzer, killing him once and for all.]]
* TheHyena: Woof actually ''is'' part-hyena.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Terry at first assumes this when Bruce says that he's pretty sure the Joker is dead. [[spoiler:He's not too far off.]]
-->You killed him, didn't you? He was gonna do something so terrible that you had no other choice.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Flashback-Joker uses the inversion.
--> '''Batman:''' I'll ''break you in two!''
--> '''Joker:''' ''(laughs)'' Oh, Batman, if you had the guts for ''that'' kind of fun, you would have done it ''years ago''. I, on the other hand...
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Deconstructed. Yes, [[spoiler:Tim Drake]] still is in there somewhere, but he's so damaged he'll never be quite the same again.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The Joker via spear gun in the original version. Also Bonk via the same weapon.]]
* InkSuitActor: Dean Stockwell as the 60-something Tim Drake.
* IronicEcho: In spirit, if not exact wording:
-->'''Joker to Batman (Bruce):''' It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic. ''(beat)'' Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway.
-->'''Batman (Terry) to Joker:''' You make me laugh...but only because I think you're kinda pathetic.
* IShallTauntYou: Terry is probably one of the best examples out there.
* JokerImmunity: [[spoiler:'''Finally''' averted. The Joker actually dies for good ''twice'' in the film (first time is when he's killed by Tim Drake in the modern day; second time is when Terry fries the chip containing Joker's consciousness and DNA coding attached to Tim Drake's neck in the future).]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Harley Quinn, though. WordOfGod says it's because Creator/PaulDini couldn't bear to kill off his favorite creation. WordOfGod also attributes her in-universe survival with the injection she got from Poison Ivy in the episode they met]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Harley, as revealed in TheStinger, ended up getting to live a fairly normal life, although her grandkids are falling down the same path.]]
* KarmicDeath: Joker's [[spoiler:first death]].
* KickTheDog: When Joker breaks into the Batcave, he attacks Ace. He does so again near the end of the movie.
** And in another sense, in the flashback scene, Joker shows Batman a video of him [[spoiler:torturing Tim Drake]] and then reveals that, after a few weeks, his mind snapped and he revealed Batman's identity to Joker. Joker then proceeds to mock Batman over [[spoiler:the death of his parents]]. [[BerserkButton Bodily injury soon followed]].
** After breaking into the Batcave and gassing Bruce the Joker re-creates the "HA HA HA" graffiti from the murder of Terry's father ''just'' to torture him. Even the filmmakers admit that that might be a bit to far.
-->'''Bruce Timm''': (''in the commentary'') That's just ''sick''.
* KidHero: Deconstructed with Robin's fate. Barbara also seems to think that Harley [[WouldntHurtAChild Could Not Hurt a Child]]. Both seem to consider crime fighting like a great adventure. Bruce would never have such illusions.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In a subversion of [[JokerImmunity the very trope named after him]], the Joker eventually got this treatment in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}. Yes, having proven himself as much of a survivor as his counterpart in the comics, every bit the "no one" in NoOneCouldSurviveThat, this movie took the big leap and put him down once and for all - killing him twice; first his body was destroyed and buried deep within Arkham Asylum in flashback, then the chip containing a copy of his DNA and memories was burned out, just to make sure he won't be coming back.]]
* KillSat: Government issued Hyperion class defense satellite.
* LargeHam: Joker, as ever.
* TheLastThingYouEverSee: After the Joker injures Batman in a flashback, he says, "You've lost, Batman. Robin is mine. The last sound you'll hear will be our laughter," before attempting to do so.
* LaughingMad: It's ''The Joker''! What did you expect?
** Also, J.J. (a.k.a., [[spoiler:Robin/Tim Drake]]) suffered from it to the extent that the only vocabulary he could give was maniacal laughter. Given what he [[ColdBloodedTorture had]] [[ElectricTorture to]] [[MindRape go through]], it's not surprising.
* LeanAndMean: Ghoul
* MadeOfExplodium: ''Everything'' explodes in this movie. In the opening battle Chuckles fired a laser at Terry, which at first melted the construction hook he was just sitting on and ''then'' it explodes. But there is nothing really to complain about since the explosions are animated ''[[AnimationBump gorgeously]]''.
* ManChild: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker points out that for all the fear he invokes being TheCowl, Batman is really this trope:
--> "I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the sturm und batarang, you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic... Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway! ([[LaughingMad Mad Laughter]])"
** Years later the second Batman, Terry [=McGinnis=], throws the Joker's insults right back at him by pointing out that the Joker himself is also this trope as his fixation with the original Batman was childishly pathetic and, once you take away all the garish make up and fancy props, the Joker was really nothing more than a stupid, overgrown kid trying to make people laugh at a joke that wasn't all that funny to begin with, angering the Clown Prince of Crime greatly.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Poor Tim.]]
* MoodWhiplash: In the flashback, after Batman busts in on them at Arkham, we see Joker and Harley acting out a cheesy '50s sitcom. They announce their intention was to start a family, and the mood is quite goofy. Then Joker peels back a curtain, [[spoiler:revealing what he did to Tim Drake]].
* MonsterClown: This is Joker we're talking about, but his gang of Jokerz all deserve special mention. Dee Dee is/are done up to look like ragdolls, Ghoul is dressed as a ghastly scarecrow for Halloween (evoking another Batman villain, the Scarecrow), Woof spliced himself with hyena DNA, Bonk is a giant rage case, and Chucko wears a creepy mask.
* MuggedForDisguise: One half of Dee Dee briefly poses as Jordan Pryce's girlfriend Amy as part of an attempted assassination. The real Amy is left bound and gagged at the docks.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: From Harley: "That old clock's a-ticking!"[[note]]Since she has twin granddaughters she clearly ''did'' actually have children at some point, though the father is unknown.[[/note]]
* MythologyGag: The shredded Robin costume was a reference to the "Death In The Family" arc in the '80s, where readers could call a 1-800 number to decide whether Jason Todd (the current Robin) would survive a story arc.
* NeverForgottenSkill: Bruce Wayne may have been out of being Batman for years, but a number of his skills were never forgotten. [[spoiler: For instance, he has never forgotten how to make a batch of Anti-Joker Venom. It was a good thing, because Joker came calling and doused Bruce with the Joker Venom]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Harley Quinn falls into a crevasse during the fight between her and Batgirl.]] Barbara mentions this trope by name, but immediately follows up with [[GenreSavvy savviness]] by adding, "But I doubt she'd be stirring up trouble now." [[spoiler: The ending shows she's right: Harley survived the fall and settled down for a quiet life, even though her relatives didn't.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Batman had always followed the ThouShaltNotKill rule anytime Joker got into the game, and [[SaveTheVillain saved his life sometimes]]. Now he sees where his mercy had led to.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Joker finally presses Batman's BerserkButton, and Batman attacks him with a fury that leaves no illusion to his intent.
* NonActionGuy: out of all the Jokerz, Ghoul has the worst record in fighting Batman.
* OffhandBackhand: It's Batman. He practically invented this trope.
* OffWithHisHead: Parodied in the opening of the uncut version: after the credits, Bruce Wayne throws a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Batarang]] that cuts off the head of a wax statue of Two-Face in the Batcave.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Played straight depending on your point of view. Joker wanted JJ (Tim Drake) to physically be the one to kill Batman, but it was Joker that masterminded the whole situation.
** Also played straight in that Joker wanted Bruce's Batman to be the only one to defeat him, or the only one he'd seek to make laugh.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: One of the very few times Batman looks like he's ready to kill.
** The Joker really genuinely loses his temper when he's taunted by Terry playing TheHeckler, the SmugSnake MonsterClown fašade crumbling under jabs that he's just not funny. Only the monster remains from that point on.
* PapaWolf: Seeing what Joker had done to Tim Drake was the one thing that seemed to convince Bruce to finally try and kill him in the flashback (course, being mocked over his parents' deaths probably didn't help either).
* PettingZooPeople: Woof
* PreMortemOneLiner: "''Ha. Ha.''"
* PresentPeeking: Referenced, with the Joker comparing finding out about Batman's secret identity to peeking at Christmas presents...and finding the contents "sadly anticlimactic".
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A rather epic one, [[spoiler:delivered by Terry to The Joker.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Joker in both the future and the flashback.
** GlowingEyesOfDoom: Again, the Joker at first, while he is seated in the shadows.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Jordan Pryce's voice, physical features and motive against Bruce Wayne seem to exist to make you (and Batman) assume he's the "new" Joker.]]
* ResignationsNotAccepted: How the Joker responds to Bonk's demands to quit his organization.
* RevengeOfTheSequel: The title.
* RoleReprisal: Mark Hamill as the Joker. This wasn't [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague his]] [[Videogame/BatmanArkhamSeries last]].
* SaveTheVillain:
** Terry [[spoiler:saves one half of Dee Dee from falling to her death]].
** [[spoiler:Batgirl tries to save Harley from falling down the chasm at Arkham, but fails. She is later revealed to have survived.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: [[spoiler:Tim Drake.]] Considering ''[[MindRape what]]'' ''happened'' to him, it's no wonder that he still has some effects 40 years later. It goes FromBadToWorse when [[spoiler: Joker [[GrandTheftMe hijacks him through an DNA chip on his neck]] and commits crimes through his body, while Drake's mind believes he is reliving a nightmare]].
* ShoutOut:
** WordOfGod explicitly states [[spoiler:the orbital satellite laser]] was inspired by ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
** One of Terry's wild guesses on how the Joker survived is that he was [[CaptainAmerica frozen in a block of ice for decades]].
** The poster, seen as the page image above, features a giant green Joker head, closely mimicking one of the posters for ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'', the film which inspired the Joker.
** After Terry [[spoiler:has saved Bruce's life]], one WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon Ace is watching is the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Hare Ribbin'," known for its controversial ending (which is also shown)[[note]]in which a Russian stereotype dog, in his "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" moment, laments that he has apparently killed Bugs Bunny and that he himself should have been the one to die; his lamentation is also heard in the audio, but only in the uncut version[[/note]].
** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: When Bonk gets angry at the Joker and calls him a fake, the Joker replies, "Ah, brave new world...that has such [putzes/yutzes] in it." This is a parody of a line spoken by Miranda in ''Theatre/TheTempest'': "O, wonder!/How many goodly creatures are there here!/How beauteous mankind is! ''O brave new world''/''That has such people in't''" (V, i).
* SingleMindedTwins: Dee Dee.
* SlasherSmile: With Joker and his venom around, this was inevitable. This time, they had made his smiles into horror UpToEleven.
* SlipperySkid: Terry uses this against Dee Dee.
* SmugSnake: Joker, every time he interacts with Terry. He regards Terry as nothing more than Bruce's lackey and takes constant amusement in taunting him, thinking him incapable of succeeding against him (oh, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome how]] [[KirkSummation wrong he was]]). Perhaps the best example in the film, is after Joker reveals his KillSat plans to Terry.
-->'''Joker:''' You're welcome to try and stop us, but I'm not taking bets on that happening anytime soon. Toodles.
* SoHappyTogether: Terry surprising Dana at the dance club after Bruce fires him as Batman. They get a little banter and a sweet dance together...Then the Jokerz crash the party and almost kill both of them.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler: The DNA/Microchip package The Joker implanted in Tim Drake during the weeks he was holding him captive]]
* TheStoolPigeon: [[spoiler:Poor Tim. He didn't mean to.]]
* StealthHiBye: It's ''Batman''.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: [[spoiler:Tim Drake.]] Easily the most disturbing moment in Franchise/{{DCAU}} history.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Dee Dee. [[spoiler:Do we even have to mention the yacht scene?]]
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Or laughing him to death. The Joker isn't really fond of either.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Terry.]]
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Joker.]]
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* ThouShaltNotKill: Strongly implied that Batman ''was'' going to kill The Joker (as evidenced by his throwing a knife ''at his head''.)
* TookALevelInBadass: The Joker, upon his return, is suddenly an even match for Batman in hand-to-hand combat. [[spoiler: Because he's using Tim Drake's body, and Tim was trained by Bruce himself.]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Terry, to hilarious and "Did he just do that?" extents.
* TurnInYourBadge: [[spoiler:Bruce to Terry. He does it out of fear of what Joker might do to him, but doesn't do the best job of getting it across.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Bruce:''' Stupid kid. You don't know what you want. None of you ever did.]]
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Joker assumes that Terry is just a Batman-knock off, a punk who's trying to be the original and could never measure up. It isn't until their final fight that Joker realizes that Terry is a different opponent, who is willing to fight dirty, [[spoiler:turn the Joker's mind games back on him, and kill him if he had to.]]
* UnstoppableRage: Joker hit Bruce's PapaWolf instincts and BerserkButton one time too many in the flashback, as it convinced Bruce to attempt to kill him for good. [[spoiler:He didn't succeed. But Tim did. Sort of.]]
* VisualPun: In the flashback, when the Joker says, "I, on the ''other hand...''", he pulls out the knife from one hand to his actual other hand before attacking Batman.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Joker is so used to this trope that, [[spoiler:when he loses control of the KillSat]], he seems to think he can just walk away (although that may also have been due to his lack of respect for Terry).
--> '''Joker:''' [[spoiler:Oh, good, the beam's headed here! Now I'll have to start all over again.]] Thanks for wrecking everything, kid. See ya round.
--> '''Terry:''' Hold it!
--> '''Joker:''' Oh, wise up, junior - GAME'S OVER!
* VillainOpeningScene: The movie starts with the Jokerz trying to steal some sort of device...[[BatmanColdOpen before Batman shows up]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Terry is perhaps the second or third person in the DCAU to make the Joker completely lose his cool.]]
-->'''Joker:''' '''''SHUT UP! SHUT UP!'''''
** The epic scream that seals it.
--> '''''YOU'RE NOT BATMAN!!!'''''
* WatchWhereYoureGoing: Terry gets Dee Dee to knock each other out using this.
** Also from the opening "Flagpole".
* WHAMLine: it predates TheReveal for only a few seconds, but...
-->'''Batman''': ''[[INeverSaidItWasPoison How do you know my name?]]''
-->'''Tim''': ''There's nothing about you I don't know, [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay Bat-fake]].''
* WhenIWasYourAge: The Joker explains why he was not only superior to the current Jokerz, but he had a better Batman, too.
* WhosLaughingNow: Terry gives the revived Joker a taste of his own medicine.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Terry gets one in by understanding he has to be his own Batman, so he ''laughs at Joker.''
* WorthyOpponent: "I guess I should salute you as a 'worthy adversary' and all that, but the truth is I really did ''hate your guts''". [[BlowingARaspberry *Raspberry*]]
** HilariousInHindsight: Play ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' and you'll see.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Played straight with Dee Dee. Terry largely just grapples and tosses them around rather than the rather intense beating he would give the other Jokerz. [[spoiler:Terry somehow got them to beat each other up.]]
* WronskiFeint: How Terry beat Dee Dee: his jet boots got him out of the way so they crashed into one another.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Joker.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Bruce says this to Terry at the end.
-->"Terry, I've been thinking about something you once told me, and you were wrong. It's not Batman that makes you worthwhile, it's the other way around. Never tell yourself anything different."
* YouMonster: Bruce Wayne describes the Joker as this.
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