Seven years ago, then-councilman Hamilton Hill shared a subway seat with the humorless and bookish efficiency expert Temple Fugate, who literally lives every second of his life to a strict personal schedule. During their brief conversation, Fugate mentioned to Hill that there had been a large financial judgement placed against his company, with an important hearing on the matter scheduled later that day. If Fugate loses the appeal, he'll literally lose his company and his entire life's work. Hill, a lawyer himself, suggests that if Fugate takes a break from his usual routine and relax, maybe then he can make a more favorable impression on the judge. Fugate is aghast at the notion of deviating from his sacred routine, but considering the stakes, he accepts Hill's advice and takes his daily 3:00 coffee break at 3:15.

This proves disastrous, as everything from innocently-playing children to stray dogs to the weather itself soon waylays him. When he finally makes it to court, the Judge chastises him for being late and rules that the judgement against Fugate's company will stand. Fugate nearly [[BigNo loses his mind]] at the news. With his life ruined, all because of the one and ''only'' time he was ever late for anything, Fugate plots his revenge against the man he holds responsible... Hamilton Hill.

Cut to present-day Gotham, where now-Mayor Hill is on his way to dedicate a new subway station as part of his reelection campaign. Suddenly, the downtown traffic lights go haywire; they've been sabotaged--and that's only the first part of the plan to make sure this is the worst, most humiliating day Mayor Hill has ever experienced. Whose plan? None other than Temple Fugate's. And if it all goes to schedule, by 3:15 this afternoon, Hill won't even be ''alive''. Can Batman match wits with the greatest ScheduleFanatic the world has ever seen and unravel the clues before time runs out?

!!Tropes in this episode include:
* AbandonedWarehouse: Not abandoned since Fugate owns it, but it plays the same role.
* AdvantageBall: A middle-aged efficiency expert, fighting Batman? This should have been a CurbStompBattle, but Fugate has studied footage on Batman's fighting, so he knows [[LudicrousPrecision that it takes Batman exactly 1/20 of a second to throw a punch]]. As improbable as it sounds, Fugate manages to fight Batman to a standstill using BlockingStopsAllDamage, {{Nonchalant Dodge}}s, and DeadlyDodging.
* AdviceBackfire: Fugate blames Hill for giving him advice before his hearing, which he followed, leading to a disastrous day.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis:
** Even before his StartOfDarkness, Fugate knew the exact place where the subway doors would open.
** Batman always appears in time to foil the EvilPlan, so Fugate simply enacts it and waits for Batman to appear just so he can ''taunt'' him with a TrainEscape.
** Batman is a GreatDetective, and he manages to easily figure out where Fugate is hiding and what he's planning next. Fugate, anticipating such, deliberately leaves clues that lead Batman to find his hideout, determine his plans, and then, either delay him or put him into one of several {{death trap}}s.
** Batman has a UtilityBelt that is practically a HyperspaceArsenal and surely has a gas mask. So, Fugate gets Batman [[LockedInAFreezer Locked in a Bank Vault]] and makes it a GasChamber with a vacuum sucking all the air out. And it's too thick for him to cut through with any of his utility belt tools before the air is all gone.
** Batman is one of the best martial artists in the world thanks to his training. But Fugate fights him to a standstill, managing to avoid his punches, simply by having extensively studied news footage of Batman fighting.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Batman:''' I'm going to clean your clock, Fugate.\\
'''Fugate:''' I think not, Batman. When it comes to clocks, ''I'' am king. ''[[GratuitousFrench En garde.]]''
* BankRobbery: Invoked when Alfred informs Batman that there is one in progress in a bank with a ''time'' lock. Batman immediately deduces the perpetrator is the Clock King. Fugate doesn't actually steal any money; he only wants to get Batman locked in the DeathTrap he set up in the vault.
* BigDamnHeroes: Batman comes to save Mayor Hill from the DeathTrap JustInTime.
* BlandNameProduct: The use of a company with really expensive clocks called ''Metronex''.
* BlindAlley: Batman enters one next to the Gotham Traffic Department, so no-one will see him getting out of ''Bruce Wayne's'' limo.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: You'd think Batman's blows, even blocked, would hurt an apparent NonActionGuy like Fugate.
* BondVillainStupidity: Fugate knows Batman will show up in time to stop him from getting revenge from Mayor Hill; to prevent that, he gets Batman in a DeathTrap. But he can't resist pulling a JustBetweenYouAndMe with [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat a mocking taped message left behind]]; Batman manages to repurpose the tape into one of the tools [[HoistByHisOwnPetard needed to escape]]. Had he left no message at all, it's likely the DeathTrap would have worked, as Batman was ready to try getting out with a cutting torch until Fugate's message informed him that he'd thought of that already, and specifically made sure there wasn't enough time.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: When Fugate breaks his schedule so he can be more relaxed. Notice that when Fugate is at the park at 3:05, instead of in his office as he had planned, he is very nervous and waiting for certain doom. It's only ''when he dares to relax'' that the DisasterDominoes that would ruin his life start falling.
* ClockKing: The DCAU's version of the TropeNamer, Fugate knows the schedule of the entire city; everything from the location of a train that's always early to the precise time it takes Batman to throw a punch.
* ClockworksArea: Batman fights the Clock King like this, in a clock tower.
* CollapsingLair: Fugate's clock tower begins collapsing at the end of the episode.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Fugate never identifies himself as "the Clock King." (The closest he ever comes to it is his BadassBoast, noted above.) The only one who calls him that is Commissioner Gordon as a MythologyGag.
* ComplexityAddiction: The Clock King even surpasses the Riddler as an addict to overly complicated schemes, but he exhibited this trait even before becoming a supervillain. As efficiency expert Temple Fugate, he has a chain pocketwatch and a wristwatch, and at his office he has both a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Lampshaded:
-->'''Batman:''' What kind of saboteur uses a $6000 Metronex to trigger a time bomb?\\
'''Alfred:''' A saboteur with too much money?
* ContinuityNod: The paper Bruce is reading has a photograph of someone who seems like Maven, Selina Kyle's assistant, with a cat that seems like Isis, both from the episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE15TheCatAndTheClawPart1 "The Cat and the Claw"]]. The headline says, "Kolus cat saved."
* ContrivedCoincidence: The opening of Gotham Central Station is [[LudicrousPrecision exactly seven years after]] the Clock King's StartOfDarkness, in a [[SubwaysSuck desolated subway.]]
* CoolCar: Instead of the Batmobile, Batman travels through Gotham in Bruce Wayne's limousine.
* CoolSword: Fugate has one, shaped like a clock's minute hand. Unfortunately for him, what causes him to lose the fight at the end is when he accidentally jams it in one of the clock tower's internal gears, causing the entire structure to collapse.
* CrazyPrepared:
** The Clock King has studied Batman's moves just in case he survives the DeathTrap. And Fugate manages to fight Batman to a standstill.
--->'''Fugate:''' I've studied news footage of you. [[LudicrousPrecision I know that it takes you exactly 1/20 of a second to throw a punch.]]
** Batman gets out-CrazyPrepared at one point when Fugate knew he'd have a gas mask, so he uses a pump that removes air, instead of poisoning it.
* CreatureOfHabit: Temple Fugate was this even before he became the Clock King. It's implied that he was a middle-aged man when he broke his routine ''for the first time in his life''.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Despite the fact that Fugate lost everything in a judgment for twenty million dollars against his company seven years before the present time, for his revenge scheme he has enough money to buy bombs and an AbandonedWarehouse SupervillainLair, and uses at least two pocket watches valued at an estimated $6,000 apiece as weapons as if they were completely disposable. Justified because he never suffers MotiveDecay in his revenge plot, but it still makes it plain that he's gone off the deep end.
* DastardlyDapperDerby: Fugate's bowler hat.
* DeathTrap: Two of them.
** The first one is for Batman, a GasChamber with a TimeBomb that will suck out all the air in a RaceAgainstTheClock.
** The second one is put the victim in between the hands of a ClockTower, when they come together at 3:15 on May 12th--the precise time and date that everything went wrong for Fugate, seven years earlier.
* DisasterDominoes: Fugate fears he'll be ruined if he loses his legal hearing. When he breaks his schedule and dares to relax, he gets hit by a ball some children were playing with, a DramaticWind blows away the papers he needs for his hearing, and a playful dog accidentally gets him to fall into a park fountain. While he's physically unscathed by it all, he still ends up late to court and loses.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Killing a man because he recommended you relax, which wound up making you late? That's this trope alright.
* DissonantSerenity: The effect when Clock King casually delivers a YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive speech without any emotional intonation.
* DramaticUnmask: It's clear Mayor Hill has no idea who the crazy guy that just put him into a DeathTrap is. Until he takes off his glasses, at which point Hill does recognize him. Even though he's ''dressed'' the exact same way he was the last time Hill ever saw him... seven years ago.
* EmotionsVsStoicism: Fugate is TheStoic who cannot understand his fellow human beings. When Hill advises him to break his schedule, he intends to make Fugate [[EmotionsVsStoicism less stoic and more emotional]]. This [[GoneHorriblyRight Goes Horribly Right]] because Hill's advice backfires and Fugate starts his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Hill.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The episode begins with people waiting for the subway. In a crowd full of individuals with spaced gazes and relaxed facial expressions, only a SharpDressedMan with a parasol seems alert, with a perfect erect posture. [[AwesomenessByAnalysis The subway stops and opens its doors]] exactly where this guy is standing. He consults his chain pocketwatch and exclaims:
-->'''Fugate:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} It's about time!]]
* EvilGloating:
** Clock King leaves a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat message to Batman with a JustBetweenYouAndMe speech that ends with YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive. Except it just [[BondVillainStupidity gives Batman the clues he needs to get out of it in time]].
** Clock King does it to Mayor Hill combined with a MotiveRant and EvilLaugh.
* EvilIsHammy: Fugate, who is normally TheStoic and a SoftspokenSadist, but just when he reacheds a NearVillainVictory, he commits BondVillainStupidity, EvilGloating and EvilLaugh.
* EvilLaugh / LaughingMad: Fugate does this only twice: at the end of his ButForMeItWasTuesday speech and before the CollapsingLair falls over on him.
* ExploitedTrope: Temple Fugate is a sociopath whose only interest in the world as a ScheduleFanatic are ''clocks and time'': he timed a TimeBomb with a very expensive ''watch'', has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy ''Clocks'', and tries a BankRobbery with a ''time lock''. [[spoiler:All those tropes are exploited to get Batman LuredIntoATrap: Fugate knows about his obsession, and instead of trying to stop it he uses it against his enemies. The real]] EvilPlan is to use the ''clock hands'' of a ClockTower to crush someone to death.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Killing a man because he recommended you to relax, which wound up making you late? That's this trope alright; it's even lampshaded:
-->'''Batman:''' Give it up, Fugate. Hill committed no crime against you.\\
'''Clock King:''' He did worse. He made me late!
* FinaglesLaw: The DisasterDominoes before Fugate's hearing in the prologue.
* FloatingAdviceReminder: Interestingly, when Temple Fugate remembers the advice Counselor Hill gave him at the subway hearing again Hill's voice, he ''remembers it wrong''. Hill never said that Fugate ''must get out of his office,'' only that Fugate must get out of his routine for a few minutes. This little detail establishes the MisplacedRetribution.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Before his StartOfDarkness, we could see Fugate's eyes through his spectacles. After that, their faces become opaque, and seem like a watch faces that point to 3 o'clock.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Fugate's laptop we see briefly:
-->'''Things to do today – 5/12'''\\
''3:00……………Coffee break\\
3:02……………Brush teeth\\
3.05……………Check weather''
* GadgetWatches: Before his StartOfDarkness, Temple Fugate used a very expensive wrist watch with more hands than Shiva. After that, the Clock King uses pocketwatches as bombs and as [[KillerYoYo boleadoras]].
* GambitRoulette: As meticulous as Fugate is, there is a ''lot'' that could go wrong with his plans.
* GasChamber: The Clock King traps Batman in a bank vault with a vacuum pump that's rapidly sucking away the available air. (Fugate is smart enough to point out that he knows Batman [[CrazyPrepared would carry a gas mask with him]], so he's opted to just remove ''everything''). It's also wired to blow if it's picked up to try and prevent Bats from fiddling with it.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Hill's advice to Fugate tried to make him [[EmotionsVsStoicism less stoic and more emotional]]. ''It worked.'' Seven years later, the only emotional activity Fugate indulges is trying to make Hill look like a fool, and then kill him.
* GratuitousFrench: The Clock King loves it: ''"Adieu," "En garde!" "Au contraire."''
* HarmonyVersusDiscipline: Fugate is discipline himself, to the degree that he gains a measure of control over the world around him. However, he cannot understand his fellow human beings. When Hill advises him to break his schedule, he intends to make Fugate [[EmotionsVsStoicism less stoic and more emotional]]. This [[GoneHorriblyRight Goes Horribly Right]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Batman uses the tape Fugate left him to escape his DeathTrap.
* {{Idiosyncrazy}}: Temple Fugate is TheSociopath without any emotion, whose only interest in the world is being a ScheduleFanatic, clocks and time: he uses a TimeBomb triggered by an expensive watch, has an AbandonedWarehouse with a RoomFullOfCrazy Clocks, and conducts a BankRobbery by messing with a time lock. All those tropes are exploited to lure Batman into a trap: Fugate acknowledges his obsession and uses it against his enemies. The real EvilPlan is to kill someone in a ClockTower with the clock hands.
* ImplausibleSynchrony: Before his StartOfDarkness, efficiency expert Temple Fugate has four watches.[[note]]Fugate has a chain pocketwatch, a wristwatch, and in his office he has a grandfather clock and another clock at his desk.[[/note]] Being as obsessed with time as he is, it's not that implausible that they have the same time.
* IronicEcho:
** Compare the scenes where Fugate is being a MeanBoss and when the judge gives him NoSympathy for being late.
** Also invoked by Fugate: The DistantPrologue shows that Hill’s AdviceBackfire was given aboard a [[SubwaysSuck Sucky Subway]]. Seven years later Gotham Central Station’s speakers lampshade Hill’s incompetence just before the SinisterSubway scene.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Fugate leaves a TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat speech where he outlines his Evil Plan (the DeathTrap) to Batman, ''including information on how to stop it exactly when Batman needs to hear it''.
* JustInTime: The Clock King wants revenge against Gotham's Mayor, but he knows that Batman always appears in time to stop the villains. So he begins his plan [[LudicrousPrecision 6 hours (and 20 minutes)]] earlier, so he can trap Batman and get revenge on Hill. Unfortunately, Clock King's own BondVillainStupidity ruins his plan, and Batman saves Mayor Hill in a BigDamnHeroes moment. Lampshaded by Fugate:
-->'''Temple Fugate:''' The Batman. It's about time you showed up.
* KillerYoYo: Clock King uses a pocket watch as one against Batman.
* KirkSummation: Made by Batman to the villain just before the FightScene at TheClimax.
-->'''Batman:''' Give it up, Fugate! [[ShaggyDogStory Hill committed no crime against you!]]
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Batman made his escape from his DeathTrap using items inside the vault, among them the tape left by Fugate as mentioned above.
* LuredIntoATrap: Batman tracks Fugate to a BankRobbery only to find that he has been [[LockedInAFreezer Locked in a Bank Vault]] that is really a GasChamber, while the villain enacts the real EvilPlan.
* MeanBoss: Threatening to fire an employee for not making the copies he wanted by an extremely snug time frame seems mean to a normal human being, but Fugate is a ScheduleFanatic who only cares for punctuality. If you're a punctual employee, Fugate would be civil to you, but never appreciative.
* MeaningfulName / PropheticNames / StevenUlyssesPerhero: ''Temple Fugate'' sounds a lot like ''tempus fugit'' ([[AltumVidetur Latin for "time flies"]]).
* MisplacedRetribution: Rather than blaming, say, the person suing him, or the judge who upheld the ruling despite Fugate's tardiness being clearly the result of an accident, Fugate ends up blaming the whole incident on Hill, whose only crime was trying to help him.
* MotiveMisidentification: Fugate's MotiveRant seems to blame Hill for ruining his company; instead, he's more upset that Hill ''made him late''.
* MotiveRant: Fugate explains the above to Hill while he's tied up in a DeathTrap.
* MythologyGag:
** Let's admit that "the Clock King" is a AtrociousAlias. So Fugate, who is NotWearingTights, who averts all the tropes under EvilMakeover, and [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse who looks just like everyone else]], [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames never uses that codename]]. However, it's the episode title, so they work this:
--->'''Batman:''' [[StockPhrases I'm here to clean your clock]], Fugate.\\
'''Fugate:''' Don't count on it, Batman. When it comes to ''clocks'', I am ''king.'' ''[[GratuitousFrench En garde!]]''
** Later:
--->'''Commissioner Gordon:''' No trace of this Clock King, though.
* MustacheVandalism: One of Fugate's more benign attacks on Hill is to display a giant defaced poster of Hill after drawing a crowd onto the street by sabotaging the traffic signals.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Fugate fights with a SwordCane against an unarmed Batman. Guess who wins?
* NeverFoundTheBody: Commissioner Gordon remarks to Batman at the end that his men have been unable to find any trace of Fugate in the rubble after their fight. They're both a bit too smart to write Fugate off as dead (Batman says that if ''he'' could get out, then Fugate could), even though Gordon says he [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat can't imagine how anyone could have survived]] the tower collapse. (Batman is right of course; Fugate returns in a later episode.)
* NeverMyFault: The FloatingAdviceReminder establishes that even when Hill gave Fugate that advice, it was Fugate's decision to follow it (and his own idea to go outside, where all the problems occurred).
* NoEndorHolocaust: Fugate tampers with traffic lights, causing crashes all over downtown Gotham, gasses the employees of a bank, and causes a deliberate subway crash only to make Mayor Hill look incompetent. It's lampshaded that all those antics, implausibly, don't result in any death.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat:
** Right before Fugate seems to die as the clock tower starts to collapse:
--->'''Fugate:''' You of all people should know, Batman... there's always a way out!
** When Gordon doubts that Fugate survived, Batman tells him that if ''he'' could have gotten out, then Fugate could have, saying "it's only a matter of time" before he reappears. And it turned out that Batman is right. Fugate did survive, and makes a return appearance in a later episode.
* NoSocialSkills: Fugate knows that he ''will'' lose the hearing, but he doesn't realize ''why'' (his LackOfEmpathy). He also doesn't realize a guy sitting next to him on the subway reading the newspaper probably doesn't want to be disturbed, or that Hill patting his back is a sympathy gesture...
* NoSympathy: Temple Fugate arrives late to his hearing and the judge rules against him for being tardy, even when Fugate’s clothes are visibly soaked and torn and he is obviously distressed. You'd think he'd at least want an explanation before making any kind of ruling. Furthermore, the lawyer present just shrugs his shoulders and retires instead of making any kind of objection. Justified because Fugate himself was earlier shown being just as heartless to his employees, so this could just be karma coming home to roost.
-->'''Fugate:''' No! You can't! I'll be ruined!!\\
'''Judge:''' Then perhaps this will teach you to be on time for a change.
* NotSoStoic: Despite being TheStoic, and possibly a sociopath, it's obvious during their subway ride that Fugate is genuinely distressed at losing the hearing, it's the only emotion he really shows at all.
-->'''Counselor Hill:''' Do you take a coffee break?\\
'''Fugate:''' Of course. Every day at 3 on the dot.\\
'''Counselor Hill:''' [[AdviceBackfire Then take it at 3:15.]]\\
'''Fugate:''' ''[grinds his teeth while the subway wheels grind to a halt, [[EmpathicEnvironment giving the illusion that the noise is caused by Fugate]]]'' [[SeriousBusiness But my schedule!]]
* NotWearingTights: Temple Fugate was a SharpDressedMan before his StartOfDarkness. After he becomes the Clock King, he averts all the tropes at the EvilMakeover index and commits crimes [[BadassInANiceSuit in a nice brown business suit]].
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: For a man supposedly ruined financially, Fugate somehow manages to have enough cash to buy (or at least think nothing of using) an ersatz-Rolex watch as a component in a TimeBomb. Especially when his "villain lair" is shown as a dilapidated storefront in what is apparently a very rundown neighborhood, but is registered ''legally at his name''.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Temple Fugate announces to his secretary, Ms. Perkins, that he will take his coffee break out of the office. Ms. Perkins' shocked reaction shows us that this is something Fugate just ''doesn't'' do.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: The TimeBomb that will suck all the air from the vault Batman is trapped has a countdown of 15:00:00 (that's 15 minutes with LudicrousPrecision, not 15 hours). Batman escapes with 00:03:00 left.
* RedHerring: In less than five hours Batman encounters a TimeBomb, a RoomFullOfCrazy Clocks, a BankRobbery, and a GasChamber DeathTrap, all designed to keep him busy while Fugate kidnaps and murders Hill.
* RightOnTheTick: Justified. [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Why doesn't he just shoot Mayor Hill?]] Because his whole motivation is to be ''on time''. He prepares a DeathTrap by tying Hill to the hands of a ClockTower that will crush him at 3:15 (the time Hill told him to move his coffee break, which [[FelonyMisdemeanor made him late]]). Hill's death is not enough; it has to be Right on the Tick. There is also the train Hill wants to show; it has to arrive precisely at 2:30 on the dot for him to look good for the press.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Or rather, Stoic Rampage of Revenge.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Exploited. When Batman finds Fugate's AbandonedWarehouse, he enters into a RoomFullOfCrazy Clocks, all of them displaying a different hour, data about the Gotham Clock Tower, the subway, and a poster of Mayor Hill's MalevolentMugshot with MustacheVandalism with the legend "[[TakeThat Time for a change]]." All of those are relevant to the plot, but it turns out Fugate isn't crazy, they're all clues to lure Batman into a DeathTrap by making him ''think'' Fugate isn't as mentally sharp as he really turns out to be.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Fugate's spectacles look normal enough in the prologue, but have a FourEyesZeroSoul effect after his StartOfDarkness.
* ScheduleFanatic:
** Fugate is the most fanatical ever seen. His StartOfDarkness implies that ''he had never been late in all his life, ever''. The only thing a person like the Clock King cares about is being punctual.
** The judge that rules against him only for being late also applies; even if their roles were reversed, it probably would have played out the same.
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick: Bruce Wayne manages to put on his Batman costume while running up a flight of stairs in a public building. Only the chaos in the street from Fugate's sabotage can excuse no-one seeing him.
* SeriousBusiness: Again, Fugate's obsession with punctuality.
* ShoutOut: The streets from this episode have the names from various comics and animation artist who worked on the show: Keith Weesner, Sheldon Moldoff, Jack Schiff, Jerry Robinson, Norm Breygfole, Alex Toth, and Kurt Busiek.
* ShutUpKirk: Fugate gives one to Batman after they discover that the Clock King has a MisplacedRetribution against Mayor Hill. The answer could sound crazy to a normal person, but Clock King is TheSociopath ScheduleFanatic. Being punctual is all that he cares about.
-->'''Temple Fugate:''' [[FelonyMisdemeanor He did worse than that!]] [[HarmonyVersusDiscipline He made me late!]]
* SinisterSubway: Gotham citizens first laugh at Mayor Hill when the ceremonial first train to Gotham Central Station doesn't arrive when he announces it. Then they hear Fugate's voice asking them to "clear the platform," and the lights of two trains at once appear. [[OhCrap Everyone panics.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Fugate sincerely thinks that the guy who shares his seat at the subway every day for a year has to know his name, or that Counselor Hill knows his impending legal case simply because his law firm is handling it, or that he gave the AdviceBackfire on purpose. That may be more his LackOfEmpathy preventing him from realising that someone else's mind might work differently from his own; Fugate (evidently) does know the name of the person sitting opposite him on the subway, and it's not a stretch to imagine that someone like him would know every detail of what everyone in his company is doing, and wouldn't give advice without carefully thinking through every conceivable ramification of it.
* TheSociopath: It's implied Temple Fugate is a high-functioning one (much less high-functioning after his StartOfDarkness).
* SoftSpokenSadist: The Clock King always talks naturally because he has no emotions to display except maybe annoyance. So, he can deliver a YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive speech [[CreepyMonotone without any emotional intonation]].
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: Fugate can easily walk into the ClockworksArea of the ClockTower without showing vertigo, because he's memorized the motions of all of the gears and synchronizes his movements to them, while Batman slips and falls. He even can do it when the ClockTower [[CollapsingLair collapses]].
* SubwaysSuck: Temple Fugate has his first encounter with Mayor Hill in the Gotham subway. Seven years later, he will invoke the SinisterSubway with a TrainwreckEpisode.
* SuicidalGotcha: Clock King apparently does one off the Weezner building's roof. Turns out it's really a dramatic TrainEscape:
-->'''Fugate:''' I don't know what to tell you, Batman, except perhaps that the [[LudicrousPrecision 9:15 is always 6 minutes early]].
* TakeMyHand: How Batman saves Mayor Hill.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Fugate's tape perfectly predicts what Batman does when he hears Fugate's JustBetweenYouAndMe speech, down to the second:
-->'''Fugate:''' ''[on tape]'' [[StockPhrases Sorry I couldn't be with you in person, Batman, but I've got a train to catch.]] This box contains a high-speed vacuum pump. I know you've got all kind of gas masks, so I'm putting you out of my misery by simply removing all the oxygen from the room. [[RaceAgainstTheClock The process will take fifteen minutes...]]\\
''[Batman takes a torch from his belt and points it at the door]''\\
'''Fugate:''' ...which is exactly seventeen minutes less than the time it would take you to burn through the door with that oxy-acetylene torch of yours.\\
''[Batman puts the torch away and approaches the pump box]''\\
'''Fugate:''' Oh, and I don't recommend trying to open the pump's housing. It's rigged with a vibration-sensitive explosive. [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Of course, if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine with me. Either way, it's time to say]] ''[[GratuitousFrench adieu,]]'' Batman.
* TemptingFate: This is the phrase that establishes Hill as the victim:
-->'''Hill:''' [[AdviceBackfire Forget your schedule for one day.]] Believe me, [[CreateYourOwnVillain it will make a new man out of you]].
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Fugate is the only self-created supervillain in the series to avoid the tropes in the EvilMakeover index. Aside from his GadgetWatches and a CoolSword that resembles a clock hand, he's just a BadassInANiceSuit. And in this episode, [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames he never calls himself the Clock King]] and responds to his name as if he were a normal guy.
* TrainEscape: The Clock King uses this trick to make a dramatic exit after his first face-to-face encounter with Batman.
* UnwantedAssistance: Mayor Hill pleads that he was just trying to help when he is confronted by the Clock King, who had his StartOfDarkness thanks to the mayor.
* VillainBall: The Clock King uses a TimeBomb to suck all the air out of a GasChamber, when he could have used an instant TimeBomb to kill Batman immediately, and pulls BondVillainStupidity by [[JustBetweenYouAndMe explaining to Batman how to foil his trap.]]
* WeNeedADistraction: Fugate's "distractions" include tampering with the city traffic system and causing a subway crash, acts that could quite reasonably be considered a main plot in and of themselves.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: All of Fugates plans work swimmingly, except for the last (and most important): killing Mayor Hill.
* YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive:
** The last part of Fugate's JustBetweenYouAndMe speech.
--->'''Fugate:''' ...Of course, if you want to get blown to bits, that's fine with me. Either way, it's time to say ''[[GratuitousFrench adieu]]'', Batman.
** Fugate does this when he has Hill in his DeathTrap:
--->'''Fugate:''' Comfortable, Hill? Well, you won't be for long. At 3:15 on the dot, [[DescendingCeiling those hands will come together and you'll be crushed like an insect]].[[note]]Interestingly, Fugate, known for his LudicrousPrecision, actually gets the math ''wrong'' here. Between every two sequential numbers on a clock, there are 4 tick marks, and since a clock takes 60 minutes to go from one number to the next, that means every 12 minutes, the hour hand moves to the next tick mark. So at 3:12, the clock's hour hand would have moved to the next tick mark, and thus the hands wouldn't have fully closed together until 3:16. ''The ScheduleFanatic was off by a single minute.''[[/note]]