Tear Jerker / Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

The price of Chronic Hero Syndrome.

  • The way Clayface's expression becomes sorrowful when recalling how Batman sacrificed his life to save him. Being made of moldable clay, his entire face slumps, when recalling Batman told him everyone deserved to be saved. You can tell the entire episode rocked him to his core.
  • Bruce's mother telling him that the only reward he gets for being Batman, is to be Batman again, and worse, he only gets to have a few years of happiness.
  • "Goodbye, moon."
  • Selina's version has her betray Bruce. When Batman comes to her for help, having already lost a lot of blood, Selina ties him up and lets him bleed out completely. As he does, she explains it as a Mercy Kill since she can't stand watching him destroy himself. One of the few times Catwoman is shown to kill, and it's Batman.
  • Superman's story of Batman's death, and that he knew it was suicide, but if it saved one person...
  • Harvey Bullock's story has Batman tossing him a baby just before he's drowned by tsunami-like floodwater.
    Bullock: I made it out of there, carrying the baby. And people said to me, "How do you keep going?" I said, "Because he kept going."
  • "Hello, Bruce." Seeing Martha Wayne cradle her newborn son in her arms, smiling lovingly at him, knowing what awaits her in eight years time...
  • The Riddler's lamentations from the Bonus story in the TPB "When is a Door." A TV crew is trying to interview criminals, and they find an old Riddler who takes care of a "junk yard" which is comprised of many wondrous attractions past their time. They represent his own state, and the nostalgia he still holds onto.note 
    Riddler: "We hung out together, down at the "What a Way to Go-Go.' It was great! And there were all these guys you never see anymore... King Tut. Book Worm. Marsha, Queen of Diamonds. Egg Head. Hoo Hoo. "sigh" Where did they all go? Batman and Robin were part of the fun. They were the straight men, but we were the stars. No one ever hurt anybody. Not really. Nobody died. You look around these days — It's all different. It's all changed. The Joker's killing people for God's Sake! Did I miss something? Was I away when they changed the rules?"
    • And later:
    Reporter: "So tell us, what's the most impressive crime you've ever committed?"
    Riddler: "I robbed a bank underwater, once. The clue for that was left on a giant crossword puzzle on the side of the cross cleaning company building. They tore it down, years ago, I think it's in here somewhere. None of this stuff works any more. They're all rusted up and forgotten. You know what they call them now? Camp, Kitsch, Corny... Dumb... ...Stupid. Well, I loved them — they were part of my childhood. Back then, they all worked perfectly, the guns fired, the cameras took pictures, the pencils wrote. Nobody comes down here anymore. ...Nobody but me.
    • Hell, The Riddler during the main eulogy actually had a deep and saddening line concerning Batman's death. reminding us that most Batman villains really are still human...
    Riddler: "It doesn't happen like this! Everybody knows, you put him in a death trap, he pulls something outta his utility belt and he's away. Same bat time, same bat channel."
    • Every single reference to the '66 TV series has become about a thousand times sadder with the death of Adam West at age 88...
  • The Joker's story of killing Batman by injecting him with a massive overdose of Joker venom using a gigantic hypodermic.
    Joker: And I screamed — "Smile, damn you, why don't you smile? You've got enough Joker venom to finish off a regiment of elephants. Why don't you smile? Why don't you die?"
    Batman: "Because it's not funny."
    Joker: And, after too long, he went down. He died. But he still didn't smile. And he was right. It wasn't funny. But it should have been...