[[caption-width-right:320:And you thought ''ComicBook/TheJoker'' was scary...]]

->''"Your angel of death awaits..."''
-->-- '''The Phantasm'''

''Mask of the Phantasm'' is TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Of the various films based on the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse (and DC's original animated films), it was the very first and, until ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke The Killing Joke]]'', the only feature to have received a theatrical release.

As Batman continues his war on Gotham City's underworld, he discovers a new foe who wants to take that war to a whole new level: the Phantasm, a mysterious masked figure who has killed off several of Gotham's high-profile mob bosses. The Phantasm has a similar appearance to Batman and targets criminals like Batman does, which leads the police to blame The Caped Crusader for the killings. As the police try to stop him, Batman tries to clear his name -- and tries to stop the Phantasm before another murder happens.

The film also follows Bruce Wayne's past and present relationship with love interest Andrea Beaumont (who has her own ties to the Phantasm) and shows Bruce's first attempts at vigilantism before becoming The Batman.

The film was followed by the direct-to-video films ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman''.
!! ''Batman: Mask of the Phantasm'' contains examples of the following tropes

* AdaptationDistillation: Some elements of the story are loosely taken from ''Batman: Year Two''. The flashback scene where Bruce goes after some crooks before cooking up his Batman persona is also a reference to Year One.
* 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.]]
* AmusementParkOfDoom: The Joker turns the ''World Of The Future'' amusement park into his own abode. Being The Joker, he also fills it with plenty of traps and puts high explosives in every one of the tunnels underneath the park (of which there are 20 miles worth).
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The last shot is Batman surveying Gotham and the BatSignal turns on, with him leaping into the sky.
* 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).
* AntiVillain: The Phantasm murders people, but they're all really sleazy characters that nobody's exactly going to miss. Phanty's motives, when revealed, are also pretty sympathetic.
* AscendedExtra: Not in the film itself, but in the novelization, which ties up a dangling plot thread by giving some extra scenes to a character who's only in the film for less than a minute.
* AsianAirhead: One of the girls vying for Bruce's attention at the party at the beginning of the movie.
-->'''AsianAirhead:''' What about the "I" word?\\
'''Bruce:''' "I" word?\\
'''Airhead:''' "Ingagement".
* AskAStupidQuestion: Batman was rather defensive when Alfred asked if he intends to get back together with Andrea once he's finished his case.
--> '''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)''
* AssholeVictim: Almost every death in the movie is a violent, unrepetent criminal that nobody mourns. Batman only opposes the Phantasm because, regardless of the fact that they deserved it, it is not any one person's place to be judge, jury, and executioner.
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJJxbQVnVe8 "I Never Even Told You", sung by Tia Carrere.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Salvatore Valestra. It's essentially the most mob-bossiest mob boss name ever. ''Damn''.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Well, sort of. We get to see Bruce put on the cowl for the first time.
* BatSignal: After blaming Batman for the first murder, Reeves and various cops try to summon him with the bat signal. However, he already knew they were looking to take him in and didn't show up.
* BehindTheBlack: Buzz Bronski falls into a grave that's out of view of the camera because it's over the edge of a hill. However, he should have been able to see it from his point of view. Since it was night, this may be a case of HollywoodDarkness, but no one else had any trouble moving around before.
* BetaOutfit: Bruce Wayne's first shot at an "intimidating" costume for fighting crime causes more shrugs than fear. It is only after a lot of additional trauma and brooding that he comes up with the cowl in his last flashback.
* BigBad: The Phantasm. Though The Joker steals the spotlight when he gets involved.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Batman showing up in the Batwing to confront the Phantasm.
** And again when he shows up in the Batcycle at Joker's hideout.
* BigDamnMovie: Averted in that the scale of threat is relatively small compared to some of the episodes of the TV series. The stakes for Batman, however, are higher in that the police are after him and the matter is much more personal than usual.
* 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]].
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Phantasm wields a bladed weapon over one of his hands.
* BloodlessCarnage: ''Averted'', particularly during the sequence where Batman is cornered by the cops at a construction site and nearly killed in an explosion, and in the climactic fight scene with the Joker, where both end up torn and bloodied; at one point, Batman kicks the Joker in the face and ''knocks one of his teeth out''.
* CallForward: In a flashback where Bruce and Andrea visit the Gotham World's Fair, he took notice of a display of a futuristic car resembling the Batmobile.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Andrea did this to her father concerning his remarkably poor decision to be business partners with guys like Sal Valestra.
* CarFu: A villainous example: when Chuckie Sol tries to run over Phantasm in the opening scene. Sadly, his CarFu isn't strong, and he ends up killing himself.
* CastAsAMask: [[spoiler:Stacey Keach plays the Phantasm, but not his secret identity. Deliberate misdirection since he also plays Andrea's father.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Your Angel of Death awaits."
* ChairReveal: Used when the Phantasm invades the home of Sal Valestra... and finds that the Joker got there first.
* CombatPragmatist: The Joker during his brief fight with the Phantasm. Subverted later when the Joker bypasses a large kitchen knife to [[RuleOfFunny grab a salami and bludgeon the Phantasm with it.]]
* CompositeCharacter: The movies 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.]]
* CompromisingCall: The Joker has paid Councilman Arthur Reeves a visit. During this time, Andrea Beaumant--the daughter of the man they're discussing--calls, and the Joker--immediately suspicious--forces Arthur to pretend that all is well. Afterwards, the Joker comments on this:
--> '''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.
* ContinuityNod: The socialite angry at Bruce for dumping her had previously appeared in the episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE41JokersWild "Joker's Wild"]], wearing the same hairstyle, [[SimpleYetOpulent evening dress]], HighClassGloves, and fur wrap.
* CoolMask: The titular mask of the Phantasm, which resembles a skull.
* CounterfeitCash: Chuckie Sol, the first gangster victim of the Phantasm, intended to launder a [[BriefcaseFullOfMoney briefcase]] full of the high-grade variety in his casino before his encounter with Batman (and the Phantasm).
* DarkerAndEdgier: It's a widely held consensus that this is easily the most [[MaturityIsSeriousBusiness mature]] of the DCAU Batman adaptations (And that's saying something!). It's only logical since the show had the same amount of finesse with handling adult issues but keeping it at a PG-rating, or at least trying to.
* DeadManHonking: Happens when the Phantasm killed one of the mafiosi inside his own car.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Alfred.
--->'''Alfred:''' What rot, sir! Why, you’re the very model of sanity. Oh by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.\\
'''Bruce:''' ''(grinning)'' Thank you, Alfred.
** Joker during the scene where Valestra tries to hire him to kill Batman.
--->'''Joker''': ''(yawns)'' What do I look like, pest control ?
* 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.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Commissioner Gordon has a few lines in the first half where he argues that Batman wouldn't be killing mobsters, and after the second murder tells Arthur Reeves to direct the Batman manhunt himself as he wasn't going to be part of it. He isn't seen for the rest of the movie.
* 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.]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:Sal Valestra hires the Joker as a hitman. The latter kills the former to use his corpse as bait for the hit.]]
* EvilOldFolks: Sal Valestra, at least in the parts of the movie set in the "present".
* {{Expy}}: The Phantasm is heavily inspired by the Reaper, a violent vigilante from ''Batman: Year Two''.
* FalseReassurance:
** Pretty obvious it's false, [[ComicBook/TheJoker considering the source]], but during the final battle:
-->'''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]''
** Earlier in the film, he has another.
-->'''The Joker''': Nobody's gonna hurt my pal, [[spoiler:Sal.]]
* FatBastard: Buzz Bronski, the second of the Phantasm's victims.
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler: Andrea, upon being revealed to be the Phantasm.]]
* FieryRedhead: Andrea sometimes. Also the one socialite who chews Bruce out for suddenly dumping her.
%%* FilmNoir: This is probably the most noir-ish example of a Batman adaptation ever, even by The Animated Series' standards.
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: In this case, actually a Swing At The Camera Ending, with Batman swinging towards the screen and then a little bit to the up and left (so technically its last shot is of Batman's armpit).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Loads of it.
** Andrea took self-defense classes and can take Bruce on. You don't say...
** 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.]]
** Bruce's proposal to Andrea is interrupted by a swarm of bats erupting from the cave below them.
* 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.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Andrea Beaumont. Bruce was actually prepared to marry her. Incidentally, a socialite who he previously dated, and then calls him out for not bothering to phone her near the beginning of the film, is also a redhead.
* 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. [[spoiler:But Andrea fell into that pit years ago, and no one, not even you, could have pulled her back.]]
* HijackedByGanon: The Joker's relevance to the plot and centrality to the climax does kind of come out of nowhere; he's not even introduced until about halfway through, and even then his connection to events is only hinted at for a while after. A case of TropesAreNotBad.
* HitFlash: For a hammer hitting a windshield, at that.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** 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.]]
** Invoked later in the movie:
--->'''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!]]
* InexplicablyAwesome: The Phantasm appears to have super strength, super speed and smoke-related teleportation, and makes it pretty clear in a couple instances that the last one is a bona fide superpower. The movie never explains how the Phantasm is able to do ''any'' of this, save the Bat-computer's analysis that the Phantasm's gas is some sort of AppliedPhlebotinum (a complex molecular polymer of some sort.)
%%* InTheHood: The Phantasm.
* 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.
%%* JerkAss: Arthur Reeves. And that's putting it ''mildly''.
%%** 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.]]
* KickTheDog:
** "Chuckie, Chuckie... you always were a loser". Some thing to say to a dead friend's grave.
** PlayedForLaughs when the Joker kicks the robotic dog in the ''World Of The Future'' amusement park.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: The Joker's murder of Sal Valestra and later poisoning Arthur Reeves with some of his laughing gas]].
* KungFoley: Immediately following Bruce's first night trying his hand at this whole vigilante gig, we see him practicing Jujitsu in his front yard accompanied with full sound effects.
* 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.]]
* LeaveYourQuestTest: Take away everything to do with Batman being framed, the Phantasm trying to get revenge on the Joker, and Bruce Wayne's failure to hold on to a woman. This is the core of the film, where Batman's ready to become a masked vigilante and go down the path of darkness and angst forever (although he hasn't seen any bats yet)...but has found happiness with Andrea Beaumont, the GirlOfTheWeek. This leads into one of the saddest scenes in all of the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjAFbEP0wK4 where he begs his (dead) parents to let him go]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: Batman and the Joker's respective themes are carried over from the show (and benefit from the full orchestra). Composer Shirley Walker also created new leitmotifs for the Valestra Gang, the Bruce/Andrea romance, and the Phantasm.
* 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.
* LovedINotHonorMore: Bruce refuses to do this. "It's gotta be one or the other, I can't have it both ways. I can't put myself on the line if there's someone waiting for me to come home."
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Does the Phantasm have supernatural abilities? Or does he use smoke grenades and other tricks?
* MeleeATrois: The film is largely a three-way conflict between Batman, the Phantasm, and the Joker, as demonstrated by [[http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/batman/btas/backstage/motpstyleguide/13.gif this]] nifty color guide. By the time they're all gathered in the same place, though, EnemyMine has come into effect.
* 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?
* MoodWhiplash:
** A slight version occurs when Sal Valestra tries to convince the Joker to take out Batman. The Joker pokes fun at the old man and seems to ignore him the entire time. Then we find out he murdered the old guy and propped him up in a chair to lure The Phantasm into a trap.
-->'''Joker''': (to Sal) That's it! That's what I like to see! A ''nice big smile''.
** In that whole scene he goes through some.
--> '''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!
** Later on, when the Phantasm shows up to get Valestra but instead finds a corpse with a camera set up by the Joker, this trope is fully reinstated:
-->'''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 [[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).
** Joker was partially responsible for the origin of Batman, like in the [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 movie]].
%%* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: The end credits song by Tia Carerre.
* NeverSayDie: Averted in the climax of the film: "Let me go or we'll ''both'' die!" "Whatever it takes!"
* NewOldFlame: Andrea Beaumont is introduced as the one-time love of Bruce's life who has never been mentioned before. The movie does at least go to trouble of showing the original relationship in flashback.
* NoNameGiven: Despite the film being titled "Mask of the Phantasm", the word "Phantasm" is never used and leaves [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:herself]]. Alfred agrees, to a point.
* NotSoStoic:
** Alfred, seeing Bruce in the cowl for the first time.
-->'''Alfred:''' Dear... ''God''!
** Alfred also gets pissed once, when Bruce says that Alfred only ''thinks'' he knows him.
--->'''Alfred:''' I diapered your bottom! I bloodly well ''ought'' to! ''Sir!''
* OhCrap:
** Bruce gets one when examining a group photo of Sal Valestra's old gang. One of the men looks familiar. With a red pen, he draws a grin and...
-->'''Batman:''' Oh, '''''no'''''!
** Arthur when he realizes the Joker is in his office.
** Also when the Joker believes Arthur hired the Phantasm to kill the mobsters, erasing his connections with them.
-->'''Arthur:''' ''(backs away, nervously)'' Uh, wait a minute, you don't think...?\\
''[phone call from Andrea]''
** Then Joker when [[spoiler:Andrea]] looms over him after his jetpack crash.
--->'''Joker:''' Uh-oh.
** 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).]]
* OminousLatinChanting: Played with. The opening theme for the movie is a choral version of the main theme from the animated series. However, the language isn't Latin, or even a real language. WordOfGod is that the lyrics were the names of some of the film's producers written backwards.
* 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.
* PerpetualFrowner: Chuckie Sol. In the book, it's explained that he deliberately cultivates that image because he believes it'll be taken as a sign of weakness if he ever lets anyone see him smile. The one time he ever smiles in the story is explained in the book by his belief that the Phantasm, who's the only character seeing him do it, won't live long enough to tell anybody.
* PhotoDoodleRecognition: [[spoiler: Bruce realizes a gangster in an old picture is the Joker after drawing his trademark grin on it]].
* PreMortemOneLiner:
-->'''Joker:''' ''(to Sal)'' That's what I like to see - ''a great big smile''.
* PrettyInMink: A {{socialite}} wears a black fur wrap while describing how Bruce dumped her. The fur even adds a dramatic flourish when she throws a drink at Bruce, turns around, and storms away.
* 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]].
* 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]].
* RefusalOfTheCall: We see that Bruce ''tried'' to do this, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption but...]]
* ReturningTheWeddingRing: When Andrea breaks up with Bruce she does so through a DearJohnLetter and her engagement ring left behind for him to find.
* 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.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: The ''World Of The Future'' amusement park is a metaphor for Bruce's own future. When he and Andrea visit it, it's bright, shining, and hopeful. In the present day, however, the park has become decayed, rotted, and unforgiving -- not to mention being haunted by an insane clown. And the second Andrea refuses Batman's LastSecondChance by stating that she intends to [[ThouShaltNotKill break his one rule]] the place explodes into utter chaos.
* RunningGag: Alfred walking in on Bruce and Andrea kissing, where he quickly walks out without disturbing them.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Phantasm is Andrea Beaumont.]]
* ScaleModelDestruction: The climactic battle takes place on a scale model of Gotham in an abandoned fair.
* ScareChord: We get one of these about halfway through the film, although the moment was creepy enough without it.
-->'''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.''*
* SecondFaceSmoke: Sal does this to Bruce as gesture of dominance in one of the flashbacks.
* SeriesFauxnale: The movie was originally intended to be the series finale, which is why Joker seemingly dies at the end.
* ServileSnarker: Alfred as always.
--->'''Alfred:''' What rot, sir! Why, you’re the very model of sanity. Oh by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.\\
'''Bruce:''' ''(grinning)'' Thank you, Alfred.
* SexyDiscretionShot: Done twice with Bruce Wayne and Andrea Beaumont (the first time in flashback). Both times, the camera pans away to a slightly ajar doorway, in which Alfred appears, mutters a quick "Oh my", and moves away. But subverted the first time, as the camera pans to them making out on the grass. The second time however, it is made clear exactly what went on off screen, especially in the scene afterwards, it shows Andrea sitting on the balcony gazing at the sea, wearing nothing but Bruce's shirt. Bruce himself is seen wearing nothing but pants.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Andrea is only seen wearing a large shirt after she spends the night with Bruce.
* ShoutOut:
** Bruce taking out a motorcyclist on foot is a direct reference to ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
** When Batman is washed down the sewer near the end of the movie, the sequence of shots is the same as Lupin being washed down an aqueduct in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.
** Batman's escape from the police through a construction zone is similar to a scene with a condemned building in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''.
*** WordOfGod: It was lifted from the similar scene in ''Film/RoboCop1987''.
** Joker tries to escape on a jet pack similar to the one James Bond used in the beginning of ''Film/{{Thunderball}}''
** The end scene is almost identical to that of the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'': Batman standing on a rooftop, looking at the Bat-signal. It's just that both are never fully in frame at one time.
** Alfred's line about vengeance is very similar to Creator/FriedrichNietzsche's quote about [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming that which you fight against]].
** The lyrics of the chorus singing the Batman theme are the names of the production crew backward. It's elaborated on in OminousLatinChanting.
* SleazyPolitician: Councilman Arthur Reeves starts out as a typical anti-Batman crusader (who is also friends with Bruce Wayne), and we later learn that he used to work for Andrea's father. When Carl and Andrea vanished with the money Carl embezzled, Arthur kept in touch with them [[spoiler:and later sold them out to the gangsters in order to finance his first election campaign.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The film is blisteringly cynical for a kids' superhero cartoon. The major theme is that Batman's life always takes a turn for the worst and that he is damned to sadness and loneliness.
* SmokeOut: UpToEleven with the Phantasm, who uses it for both teleportation and immunity to projectiles, including bullets.
* SmokingIsCool: Flashback Sal Valvestra is frequently seen smoking, in all his mobster badassness. Fast forward to the present however, [[RealityEnsues and it is easy to see the toll all that smoking took on him]].
* 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.
* 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.
* TheStoic: Alfred, being TheJeeves, is only surprised twice. Both times Bruce and Andrea are making out while he brings refreshments. Alfred is stoic enough that he just gives a mild "Oh" with a brief widening of his eyes, before turning around and leaving discreetly.
* SuitUpOfDestiny: When Batman first puts on the cowl. It is a moment so utterly awesome and epic that ''Alfred'' is shocked.
* 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]].
* TakingYouWithMe:
-->'''Joker:''' I'm your only chance to get out of here. Let me go or we'll ''both'' die!\\
'''Batman:''' Whatever it takes!
* TalkingToTheDead: Andrea to her mother, Bruce to his parents.
-->'''Andrea:''' So, tell me - with all that money and power, how come you always look like you want to jump off a cliff?\\
'''Bruce:''' Why should you care?\\
'''Andrea:''' I don't. Mother was asking.
* TaughtByExperience: Bruce's first foray into vigilantism has him show up in black clothes, a utility belt and a ski mask, and he just jumped down into the group and started barking police orders. Reflecting on the event, Bruce was pleased with his skills and overall ability to handle the situation, but noticed that they didn't fear him and he needed to have that advantage before a confrontation.
* TookALevelInBadass:
%%** [[spoiler: Andrea after becoming the Phantasm.]]
** Bruce Wayne finally going from well-meaning citizen to full-blown vigilante. No matter how you slice it, it's 100% badass...
%%* TragicVillain: [[spoiler: Andrea, Andrea, Andrea...]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The Joker showing up about a 1/3rd of the way into the movie was suppose to be a surprise; too bad the trailer decided to feature him.
* TheUnfought: Batman and the Phantasm only meet once, and their tussle is over almost before it begins thanks to the police.
* TheVoiceless: That mob hitman with the pointy nose. [[spoiler:Likely to obscure the fact that he's a pre-chemical dip Joker.]]
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: The Joker asks a variation of this:
-->'''The Joker''' So, what's an old-timer like you want with a two-timer like me?
* 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.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The Joker has green hair, as always.
* {{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]].