- A lot of the intercom messages qualify, mostly because it's the Joker running the intercom. Some of his best insults are to the thugs he's sent out to work for him...
- "I want everyone to know that I really appreciate all the hard work. You know, watching you guys is like a night in, watching my favorite movie. What was the name of that movie again? Oh, yes. Attack of the stupid bungling idiots who can't find an even bigger idiot running around dressed like a bat! Now get to it!"
- "He's taken one of you out! And not in a nice first date kind of way!"
- "He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you! He really is an idiot."
- "C'mon, guys, he's just one man! (Beat) One man dressed like a lunatic and armed to the teeth. *giggles maniacally* Go get him!"
- "Whoever kills the Batman wins the grand prize: a night out with Harley! I might even tell her...'eh, why bother? It'll be a nice surprise..."
- "*Sarcasm surprise* It's true! You really are the world's greatest detective. How did you do that, Bats? *Normal tone* Oh, what the hell. Get down there, boys! See if he can "detect" being punched in the face."
- "What are you waiting for? APRIL FOOL'S DAY? GET DOWN THERE NOW!!"
- "Paging Dr. Bat! Paging Dr. Bat! Is there a Dr. Bat in the room?"
- "*sniffs* All I want is for Gotham to melt in a tidal wave of radioactive goo...IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?!"
- This exchange between Ivy and Joker over the PA:
Poison Ivy: You will pay, Batman. For hurting my babies.
The Joker: Oh God... Does she ever stop going on about those plants of hers?
Poison Ivy: When I finish with Batman, I'll be coming after you, Joker!
The Joker: Will you really. Well, that's gratitude, isn't it? Women! You give'em presents, experimental chemicals and nice costumes and they still turn on you.
- "*dramatic voice* Greetings, Gotham. This is the voice of your new master! *normal voice* ...Oh, hang on, I skipped a bit."
- "Joker here! Remember, I am watching all of you, wherever you are. Even you. Yes, you!"
- His broadcast after he releases the straitjacket inmates:
Good evening, residents of Joker Asylum! Some of our... crazier guests have crashed the party early. And when I say crazy, I mean real psycho. Word of warning - if anyone sees a dribbling maniac barking at the moon or maybe just purring like a kitten, do your civic duty. Walk up to them, put your arm around them, show them that you care before you wring their necks. *laugh*
- The Riddler's growing frustration if the player is incapable of solving the first riddle.
Riddler: Donít CUT yourself on this SHARPLY observed portrait.
Riddler: I said, donít CUT yourself on this SHARPLY observed portrait.
Riddler: You know, PORTRAIT? Painting? Picture on the wall? In a frame?!
Riddler: A painting of something SHARP?
Riddler: Warden Sharp? That old guy who runs the place? In a painting? On the wall?!
- Setting the tone for the game is the introduction when Batman is accompanying Joker back to the asylum. He is cleared by the security scanners, then suddenly multiple alarms start sounding and warning lights flash ... because Batman has stepped in range of the scanner. The poor technician sounded so awkward when he tries to talk about it when Sharpe and Cash demand to have Joker searched again.
- Some great lines from the opening sequence, with a dash of Ho Yay:
- "Ya know what, I always preferred the good old cavity search. It's much more personal."
- "Need to take my temperature? I'd be happy to drop my pants..."
- Considering the standard process for writing The Joker was to record first back in the day, because Mark would act out all the scenes in the booth, it's entirely possible that this was a Throw It In.
- All of the Joker's taunts when you fail are hilarious, showcasing just how good Mark Hamill has gotten with this character.
- The moment after Joker injects himself with the Titan formula, causing him to transform into a hulking beast. Based on previous encounters with Titan fueled enemies, you're probably expecting Joker's amusing taunts to be replaced with brutish grunts, but instead, after a long menacing stare the Joker begins taunting you in his normal voice.
- Obviously not intended, but in the last part of Croc's lair:
Croc: You can't run from me!
- Guess what the game prompts you to do.
- Also, there are various points where Joker is talking to his henchmen on the intercom. If you take them down while he's talking, he'll realize they didn't answer, get annoyed, and say something along the lines of, "...Goddammit, that's you down there, isn't it Batman."
"I wonder who got to you first, the Croc or the Bat? CROC OL' BOY! You there? No? *annoyed* Pity..."
- There's also this when you're in the Sewer treatment plant beating up goons.
The Joker: You want me to send Harley down- Oh, damn, she's locked up! Do you want me to come down there?
- When you rescue a guard and an orderly from the 1st thug in a suicide collar, you get the "Look behind you/I'm not falling for that." bit when you get close enough. The best part is that said thug won't notice you unless you touch him; he's unaware of you otherwise. Feel free to spray some explosive gel and blast the punk into the air.
- Batman gets another one after he defeats Harley without barely moving a finger. After she reveals Joker's next step by accident, he just says "Yup, I know". Right after, he lets out a brief chuckle when telling Oracle that Quinn has been "subdued".
- This is probably a glitch, but a good one, instead of Batman landing on a henchman and punching him in the face, he might land on his face and punch him in the nuts. Hilarious! It sometimes happens during combat when you do a second takedown RIGHT after a first one.
- It's even better if the thug is face-down when you do it, causing Batman to punch him in the right butt cheek so hard, he passes out.
- Another possibly unintentional and unscripted but outright hilarious one; every so often during melee battles, the thugs will charge at you screaming and bellowing. If you've hit them enough times and manage to get them then, you can knock them straight out, completely ruining their furious charge.
- Becomes even more hilarious in hindsight thanks to Arkham Knight, where one of the mooks' lines of background dialogue is "Remember: if you see Batman, scream and charge. Never fails."
- Likewise, whenever a Titan-infused henchman plows through Joker's other Mooks or even throws the unconscious ones at you.
- Also, when you get them to run into a wall and have hit them enough times, you can jump on their backs and control them for a minute, smacking up any goons that get in the way, and even other Titan monsters. Sing it with me: Git along, little Titan...
- When fighting two of them, having one throw a body at you but instead hitting the other one in the back of the head with it.
- The Riddler accusing you of using the internet after you answer most of the riddles, especially if you were.
- The Riddler growing more and more aggravated as Batman gets closer to solving his riddles likely brought a sly smile to many a player's face. Even funnier when Batman solves his final riddle right as the Gotham PD burst into his room.
- With the 237th solved riddle, the Riddler calls Batman yet again to accuse him of cheating. On the screen, you see Batman's radio isolate the Riddler's signal after so many calls, find his location, and upload it to the Gotham PD, while he continues to rant. Which only makes his arrest after 240th riddle all the sweeter.
- This quote, upon finding another Riddler trophy:
- At a certain point, once you've found enough trophies, you'll get this line of dialogue by an exasperated Riddler when finding another one:
Riddler: "That one was hidden so well it was almost invisible!"
- What makes this funny is that the line will happen no matter what trophy you're getting, so you could very well be taking one that's impossible-to-miss right in the open and amuse yourself at Riddler's idea of "hidden so well"
- The party the goons throw for you near the end of the game. The sight of all these cold-hard criminals giving you a standing ovation and cheering you on as you walk callously past them is so incongruous as to be hysterically funny. Even funnier, you can beat them up for some XP.
- Even better, you can start the fight by casually walking around, spraying explosive gel at their feet. They just stand there clapping, clearly having no idea what's coming. Blowing half the room off its feet in one fell swoop is immensely satisfying.
- Or use the line launcher. Where else do you get the opportunity to kick 20 people in the face in one go?
- When Batman saves guards from Joker's laughing gas for the first time, there's a lone goon about to fall into his doom. Batman saves him, too, then immediately pummels his head to the ground.
- The way he looks up before the boom drops, it's almost like:
Thug: Whoo... Thanks, Bats. Y'know, you're not so bad after- *WHAM*
- At one stage, you are unable to reach Harley because of a force field fence. She taunts you, saying that you'll never be able to find Gordon no matter how hard you...
Gordon: I'm over here!
- And then she throws her coffee mug at him, yelling to shut up.
Gordon: Ouch! You crazy bitch!
- When you're playing as the Joker, you can sneak up behind a guy and punt him in the nuts from the back. And then there are the Joker's takedown special moves in the combat maps.... he uses his handbuzzer as one of them, and in another special takedown, two fingers to someone's eyes.
- The Joker's infamous line: "Tell me, Bats, what are you really scared of? Failing to save this cesspool of a city? Not finding the Commissioner in time? Me? In a thong?" I'm sure that'll haunt Batman's mind for sometime.
- Batman: "Harley tried to slow me down. Dropped an elevator on me." Oracle: "Did it work?" Batman: "Of course not."
- Also, in the beginning, you go by a TV screen with Warden on it. Joker's response is priceless, especially in the voice he says it in: "Oh look, it's my favorite show 'I'm Warden Idiot you'll never escape.' -Joker laughs-" And after Croc says he'll rip Batman apart, and eat his bones, Joker says "That reminds me, I really need to get me some new shoes."
- The things that Harley forces Warden Sharp to say when she has him hostage:
"As of ten minutes ago, I have made it illegal to walk on the floor in any part of the asylum. Anyone caught doing so will - this is stupid, I - ARGH! - will have their legs chopped off and perform magic tricks for Emperor Joker
- Warden Scarface during the Scarecrow's final mind stage.
When I first heard the Joker planned to take over this nuthouse, like many of us, I thought he was crazy. When he outlined his dictation of a hospital dedicated to ensuring inmates remain loony for as long as possible, I thought he was wacky! Then when he held me down, and razor-cut a new smile onto my face, I decided he had a point. Situated in a small island in Gotham Bay, we stop at nothing to ensure no screwball can fly the coop. Recent successes with Bruce Wayne, a classic case of split personality if I ever saw one, has cemented our reputation as a pioneering slaughterhouse. Our head of research, Dr. Crane, has made no real progress, but seems to enjoy his work, so what the heck. Our new patients' ward is manned by Waylon Jones: I'm assured that he's enjoyed almost every patient sent to him, and boasts empty beds in all his wards.
- Batman, when his level of Crazy-Prepared is revealed with a goddamn Batcave in Arkham.
Oracle: How'd you keep this a secret?
Batman (perfectly smug and with a hint of levity he never shows anywhere else in the game): It's me, remember?
- Ah, the sounds of Riddler's Villainous Breakdown. Music to my ears. Him demanding that Batman tell him HOW he solved every riddle on the island while Batman remains entirely silent as the police drag him away makes a distinct difference in the coolly arrogant voice over the intercom at the start.
- When you're driving into Arkham, there's a sign saying "Hitchhikers May Be Escaped Patients." Apparently Quincy hasn't polished up the place for the mayoral office to let him take it down.
- Mark Hamil's over the top laughs. There is one laugh he does I can't put into words, but it's something like this.
- Batman has just taken a Titan dart for Gordon, but is resisting the change, so Joker decides it's time to break out... a feather.
- The Joker has a Pretty Fly for a White Guy moment when addressing Aaron Cash.
"Lighten up, homes, I'm just messin' witcha."
- When Batman first enters the Green Mile:
Poison Ivy: Batman! You've got to save my babies! They're dying!
) I'm really not interested in a bunch of flowers, Ivy.
- Then, before Harley breaks Ivy out:
Poison Ivy: Harley! You've got to help me!
Harley Quinn: Ivy? Wow, you look like crap! Maybe I can sneak you some shampoo...
- Batman is casually, in his own way, walking to where the Joker is in the second to last stage. Then guards began to attack. Cue back handed punches. The best part is Batman is not paying attention to them and still looking at Joker.
- "Get him on the ground and stomp on his face!" "Gonna stick this so far up your ass you'll be chokin' on it!" Especially funny when they're silenced by a particularly brutal combat move, or a Titan sending them flying.
- Some of the behavior of the enemies in the Invisible Predator sections as they get more and more freaked out at their comrades being picked off one by one. For example, in a battle in the sewer water plant, one guy got freaked out by a loud noise and shot a burst of rifle fire at a generator.
- Sometimes, people are talking to the Joker on a video screen, and it's possible to walk up behind them and just stand there for the duration of the conversation. Batman just looks like he's planning to tap the guy on the shoulder just to see his reaction.
- And of course, the Joker doesn't say a word. What in any other game this would stick out as an example of lazy programming, here you fully accept that this is the sort of thing the Joker would do (thanks to his many many lines where he expresses his amusement of watching his own men get taken down by Batman).
- "You wasted the antidote on yourself?! (Laughs) Now that's funny!"
- That mook outside the "party" holding the "Monster Sale" sign. It's the fact that he's completely deadpan while dressed up like a clown that really sells it.
- Also, the bouncer mook with the party list who takes a moment to figure out if Batman is on it. "Let's see, uh, 'A', no that's not right... 'B'... 'Bane'... Ah, here it is, 'Batman'."
- 'Batman' is in fact written in BIG RED LETTERS if you look at it right.
- At one point, Oracle informs Batman that the police found one of the bombs that the Joker hid around Gotham. It was full of marzipan and kittens.
- Joker's taunts in challenge mode demanding due sportmanship, so graciously voiced: "If you weren't hiding in the shadows, like a little girl, this would be over so much faster".
- After Poison Ivy tells Batman to go to Killer Croc's lair, you have to go back the way you came. A bunch of Joker's men have gathered on the far side of the ravine you had to cross, taunting you about how they'll take you down. You, however, have just received the Line Launcher, which is how you crossed in the first place. It's quite satisfying to fire it, shoot your way across, and hear the mooks yell "What the hell is that?!?" before you plow through them.
- It's also quite amusing to pull them into said ravine with the Batclaw
- "You know, Bats, I think we should ditch these costumes and run away together Ö IN YOUR DREAMS!"
- When you're following the Warden's blood trail, you come across a bunch of mooks and get this little gem:
Mook 1: "Hey, what's Harley doing with the old man?"
Mook 2: "Maybe she likes older guys. Shut up and get to it!"
- Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize that The Joker is likely a decade or so older than her.
- Also, Cash's interview with Croc in one of his interview tapes is priceless:
Croc: You think I'm scared of you, Cash? I've got your scent, you're... [gets shocked with a scream]
Cash: And I've got yours too. Know what? It stinks! Carry on, doc.
- One of Harley's tapes has this gem:
Joker: He's crazy, you know.
Dr. Quinzel: Who? Batman?
- This gem from Cash after Batman has defeated Ivy and Joker has invited him to his "party":
Cash: So, Joker's havin' himself a firework party. Do me a favor. When you find him, stick a rocket up his ass and light it.
- Another funny, possibly unintentional one: During the Poison Ivy boss fight, she always sends out her brainwashed mooks and does her vine attack at the same time. Sometimes she sends a mook after you, only for her vines to knock him into a bottomless pit the moment he reaches the ground.
- Joker announces that there is a new rule for his mooks, which punishment for not following it is death. Also, said rule is a secret. The morbidly hilarious fact comes when you realize he may be absolutely serious about this whole thing.
- In the Visitor's Center, there's a piece of paper on the wall that you can only read if you are playing the PC version with graphics set to maximum quality, and even then not very well:
I'm writing to inform you that your relative is loopy and will be confined to an inhuman floating cage in some crazy dungeon.
You have no legal recourse in this decision and may be liable for all costs incurred for the treatment of your psychotic family member.
Best regards from all of us at Arkham Asylum rehabilitation services.
Have a nice day, The Joker
Prof. J Southgate
- The third Scarecrow sequence:
- The game trolls you so convincingly that many players are fooled at first . "Did anyone patch the game last night?" (Screen gets corrupted)
- "Batman may be escaping patients"
- If you purchased the Collectors Edition of the game, it comes with a copy of Dr. Youngís Journal, which includes psychological profiles that she has compiled for many of the super villains in the asylum.... As well as her analysis on Batman, in which she literally got every single detail about him wrong (highlights include her hypothesis that Batman had a 'a childhood free from trauma', and that he engages in substance abuse). Not helped by the fact that she actually thought that the inmates of the asylum will be an unbiased source of information on learning about Batman.
- Not sure if it happens every time, but in one sequence where you have to disarm a gift-wrapped Joker venom bomb, if you start running out of time, Joker starts a countdown over the intercom.
Joker: Ten...nine...eight...seven...six...five...four...three...two...one...! BOOOOOM! Ahahahahah! Only joking. (turns out the bomb is a fake)