* ArcFatigue: With [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters all the characters]], sideplots that may or may not have anything to do with the narrative, confusing time frame, and [[ScheduleSlip fairly bad schedule]], it took a while for Dick Grayson to even ''become'' Robin.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: Say what you want to about the writing, but the art is ''amazing'', both Lee's interiors and Miller's covers. The art is what's been selling the book. All the critics who absolutely hated the writing said DC could do the fans a better service by reprinting the books with blank speech bubbles.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Neo-Nazi woman with swastika pasties standing guard outside a motel door. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight ...Huh.]]
* BileFascination: A major selling point for the comic book: once word about it began to spread, people who haven't read it yet just can't believe it's ''that'' bad.
* BrokenBase
* CanonSue: Batman
* CrackPairing: Batman and Black Canary
* CrazyAwesome: What a lot of Batman's actions appear to be intended as.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: When both your protagonists are at best sociopathic jerks without sincere empathy for other human beings, it's hard to feel genuine sympathy.
* DesignatedHero: Batman. He's psychotic, unstable, an all round {{Jerkass}}, who kidnaps Dick Grayson, gleefully commits murder, and barely does anything heroic, and yet somehow the reader is supposed to side with him.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Many fans like to believe that this story (and ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'') is in no way connected to ''Batman: Year One'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
* FauxSymbolism: The close up on Vicki Vale's panties reveal that the design is that of a Bat.
* FountainOfMemes: It is, after all, Batman TurnedUpToEleven -- now with extra crazy flakes.
* HarsherInHindsight: The 1994 ''Batman/Spawn''[[note]]also written by Frank Miller[[/note]] crossover had Batman riled up at Spawn's lethal methods, vexing him to the point where he chucked a batarang in his face. At the time it was understandable; in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' he never used lethal force. After his child abusing, cop-killing antics in ''All Star Batman'' his attitude towards Spawn killing seems flat out hypocritical.
* HilariousInHindsight:
-->'''Robin''': [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga "It's like [Batman's] doing some lameass Clint Eastwood impersonation."]]
** The love scene between Batman and Black Canary also count. In the story, they have make out while keeping their mask on. The scene might be Squick, sexy, or even outright funny to some people. Fast forward three years later, Batman and Catwoman have SEX with their mask on. The scene is [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3372244.html?#cutid1 here]] if you want to check it out (NSFW)
** Although the "I'm the Goddamn Batman" is the most remembered part of the quote, right before it, he says "[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Who the hell do you think I am?]]"
** As [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] pointed out, FrankMiller once said he considered Batman the most pure and good of all DC superheroes. Fast forward to this comic and suddenly we have the Goddamn Batman [[SlasherSmile smirking gleefully]] as he slams the Batmobile into cops, abducts Dick Grayson, [[RunningGag Age Twelve]], and generally runs around acting so brutally out of character Linkara dubs him 'Crazy Steve' because even Batman In Name Only is still ''too much'' like Batman.
* MemeticMolester: It's often been pointed out that the way Batman treats Robin can get ''really'' uncomfortable. Says he's been watching him ''before'' Robin was orphaned, takes him away without the kid's consent, ''smiles'' as he thinks about putting the kid through hell...
* MemeticMutation: Several lines in the series, as well as the series itself.
--> "I'm the Goddamn Batman."
** ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Dick Grayson]], [[OverlyLongGag age 12]]''.
* NightmareFuel: Batman.
* {{Padding}}: The series suffers from this. One critic noted the book felt like Miller was spreading 4 issues of story across 20. To put it in perspective, Batman meets Dick Grayson in Issue 1. They arrive at the Batcave in Issue 4. The time in between (the entirety of Issues 2 and 3) is focused on either inner monologue which repeats itself or scenes focusing on other characters (despite this being a book about Batman and Robin). Black Canary's introductory scene takes up half of Issue 3, but all that happens is her getting harassed and her beating up a room full of people.
* SignatureScene: Guess. Come on. ''Guess.''
* SoBadItsGood: The fact is that most people think this is a bad Batman story; that doesn't stop them from finding it ''absolutely hilarious''.
* SnarkBait: Virtually every other panel has some.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: When Green Lantern confronts Batman, he points out that Batman is hospitalizing people with his excessive violence and endangering a boy as young as Dick.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Frank Miller has become so obsessed with making Batman "better" than the police or any other superhero, that he's stopped caring about making Batman actually do anything [[DesignatedHero heroic]].
** During the story, Dick Grayson's face is on a Milk Carton... While he's ''still being driven to the Batcave'', meaning that either the trip takes several days, or Batman's car drove into a time warp.
** The Batcave has a wall of weapons that Batman in any normal story would never use, including guns in it. That's all.
** Other superheroes such as Black Canary, Plastic Man, and Wonder Woman appear in the comic, and Frank Miller writes them all as psychotic murderers with no regard for who their mainstream counterparts are.
* UnfortunateImplications: The reason [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] decides to call Batman "a hobo named Crazy Steve".
** Franchise/WonderWoman who is presented as a violent StrawFeminist that needs the right man for her.
* WatchItForTheMeme: Many fans just read it to see Batman declare "I'm the goddamn Batman!"
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