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->''"You know, kids, a lot has changed while your old Uncle Joker's been away. New Gotham, new rules, even a new Batman. But now I'm tanned, I'm rested, and I'm ready to give this old town a wedgie again!"''
-->-- '''The Joker'''

''Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker'' is a [[TheMovie feature-length installment]] of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse series focusing on Terry [=McGinnis=], the Franchise/{{Batman}} of a future Gotham, and his mentor, an aged [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Bruce Wayne]].

Decades after his supposed Death, ComicBook/TheJoker [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin returns]] to Gotham, eager to face his old ArchEnemy (or at least whoever is "pretending" to be The Batman). Puzzling both Terry and Bruce is that The Joker seems not to have aged at all in the time since he supposedly died. As Terry tries to solve this new mystery and protect Bruce from Joker's attacks, he delves into Old Man Wayne's [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark past]], unraveling the long-kept secret of what split apart the Bat-Family and how the rivalry between Batman and The Joker finally ended.

The movie had the [[TooSoon unfortunate timing]] of being produced right after the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} shooting; several scenes were [[{{Bowdlerise}} changed mid-production to lessen the violence]]. Creator/WarnerBros held onto the original print, however, and later distributed it as the "uncut" version of the film.[[note]]This is the version almost universally seen on TV nowadays, not to mention pirate and streaming sources; the edited version is a lot harder to find, legally or otherwise.[[/note]]

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!!''Return of the Joker'' includes the following tropes:

* AdultFear:
** [[spoiler:Tim being kidnapped and then completely mentally '''destroyed''' by ComicBook/TheJoker.]]
** Because of what happened with the Joker, Bruce forbids Terry from wearing the suit and going after him. He admits it's because he didn't want [[spoiler:Terry to suffer Tim's fate. This is even worse if you go by the events of "Epilogue". Bruce feared the Joker torturing his biological son.]]
** After the events of that night, [[spoiler:Harley undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and adopts a civilian life, and having an offscreen HeelRealization about what she did to Tim. Then forty years later, when she's an old woman and unable to fight, "Pudding" recruits her granddaughter to enter a life of crime. Does anyone blame her for smacking them with AngerBornOfWorry?]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The Jokerz seen here all have backgrounds, real names, etc., which are only given in supplementary material like official websites.
* {{Alliterative Name}}s: Delia and Deidre Dennis (better known as "Dee Dee").
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Dee Dee (real names Delia & Deidre Dennis).
* AnimationBump: The movie was done by Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}}, one of the best animation studios in Japan, and the results shine through. In the DVDCommentary, the creators will occasionally just pause to watch the show, Creator/BruceTimm and the other Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse regulars being unaccustomed to that kind of quality for most of their projects.
* ArchEnemy: You know who. It's also discussed.
-->'''Terry:''' It's funny. I know all about your other enemies, but you never mention him. He was the biggest, wasn't he?\\
'''Bruce:''' It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a psychopath, a monster.
* ArcWelding: Retroactively, being in the distant future, events in the chronologically earlier ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' hint towards certain developments that would culminate in the story of this movie. "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E13Epilogue Epilogue]]" eventually came full circle, tying the Cadmus story of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' and explicitly explaining [[spoiler: where Joker got the technology to perform a digital GrandTheftMe on Tim]].
* ArtEvolution: Aware of fan hatred and due to the crew's own unhappiness with his ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' design, the movie features yet another re-design for the Joker, this one combining elements of his ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' design (general appearance and details) and his ''TNBA'' one (the color scheme and triangular jawline). This design was re-used for ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* AssKicksYou: Dee Dee does this to Dana when they are dancing with Terry to get her out of the way so they can gang up on him.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Harley Quinn]] is {{implied}} to be this in her brief appearance near the end. [[spoiler:She apparently settled down to start a family after her apparent death at Arkham, and she tried her hardest to keep her granddaughters from going down the same path that she did. It didn't work.]]
* AutomatedAutomobiles: In the commentary for the movie, Bruce Timm makes a sarcastic comment about the car being blown up while the Joker chases Terry with the KillSat are these.
* AxCrazy: Joker, of course. More pronounced than in his other DCAU appearances too, since here he's actually allowed to ''kill'' people.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:The Joker, via [[GrandTheftMe a time-share]].]]
* BadassBoast: When the final fight begins, the Joker mocks Terry for trying to take him on.
-->"You're out of your league, [=McGinnis=]. I know every trick the original Batman and Robin knew at their peak."
* BangFlagGun: This being ComicBook/TheJoker's weapon-of-choice, it's more dangerous than one might think.
* BatmanColdOpen: The movie starts out like this for nearly six minutes before the opening credits begin.
* BeastMan: Woof, a human spliced with hyena DNA.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Joker always wanted to make Batman laugh. [[spoiler:When the new Batman ''does'' laugh, he's laughing [[IShallTauntYou at how pathetic the Joker really is]].]]
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Zigzagged. [[spoiler:Tim Drake is tortured/mutated/brainwashed into becoming a "Joker Junior." This is subverted when he shakes it off, refuses to hurt Batman, and turns on the Joker instead. Then this is subverted when it's implied that, years later, Tim turned evil again and became the new Joker, probably as a result of the original torturing/brainwashing. Then ''that'' is subverted when it turns out that Tim has been completely unaware of the recent unfolding schemes; he only turned into the new Joker because the original had planted a microchip in his brain, thus causing his transformations.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Ace.]]
* BigShutUp: The Joker invokes this after one too many taunts from Terry.
* BlackComedy: The Joker provides it by the bucketful, he wouldn't be the Joker if he didn't.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:The Joker, when he gets tackled and punched by Batman after the latter has pushed the former's BerserkButton too far in the original version. Batman has this too afterward when he gets {{knife|Nut}}d by the Joker.]]
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Terry, a couple times.
** Joker when he [[spoiler:gets spear-gunned in the flashback]].
* BondOneLiner: "Double-down," after [[spoiler:Terry beats Dee Dee]].
* BoringInsult: [[spoiler:Terry realizes the Joker's true weakness is this.]]
-->'''Terry:''' [Bruce] wouldn't know a good joke if it bit him in the cape. Not that you ever ''had'' a good joke...I mean, joy buzzers, squirting flowers--''lame''! Where's the "A" material? Make a face, drop your pants, something!
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The frenzy surrounding UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} in 1999 resulted in extensive debates on media influences, which put some pressure on Warner Bros. Despite having a completed film, executives feared backlash on releasing a particularly violent animated movie and had certain scenes reanimated (which is different than normal, as it resulted in ''new'' material being written instead of simply cutting material). The original film was released later under a PG-13 rating but even the edited version isn't particularly "kid-friendly," the majority of the differences is minor edits including digitally removing blood, changing bits of dialogue implying death/insanity/sexuality/swear words and trimming some of the more bone-crunching violence (including turning the "bang" flag gun murder of Bonk into a gas gun). The most significant edit comes in the flashback [[spoiler:where Tim shoots the Joker with the "bang" flag gun, whereas in the edited version he threw the gun away and attacked the Joker into the lab space, who ended up soaked in water, covered in wires, slipping and grabbing a switch, electrocuting himself]].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Tim Drake.]]
* CallBack: The "HA-HA"s spray-painted [[spoiler:in the Batcave]] call back to when the same "HA-HA"s were found at the crime scene of Warren [=McGinnis=], which probably adds an even higher traumatic tension for Terry.
** A subtler instance occurs when Tim Drake [[spoiler:(really Joker in control of Tim's body)]] tells Bruce he wants Bruce to watch as [[spoiler:he transforms Tim's body into his own]]: "It's a killer," echoing Dick Grayson's advice to Tim the first time they met way back in the TNBA episode "Sins of the Father."
** The movie offers an explanation for the skeleton that was briefly seen in [[Recap/BatmanBeyondS2E1Joyride "Joyride."]]
* CallingTheOldManOut:
** Terry calls out Bruce and Barbara for thinking he can't handle the Joker, especially after the Jokerz gang [[spoiler:puts Dana in the hospital.]]
** There's a humorous moment towards the end where [[spoiler:the Dee Dees call out their grandmother for calling them "rotten little scamps" and being a {{Hypocrite}} with four words: "Shut up, Nana Harley."]]
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: [[spoiler:When Terry quits being Batman out of anger at Bruce, Joker sends his gang to attack him and Dana whilst out at a club. Whilst this is going on, Joker makes a personal house call to Wayne Manor. Dana is hospitalized, Ace is injured, and Bruce is poisoned by Joker toxin and almost killed.]]
* CastAsAMask: Joker (Creator/MarkHamill) is actually revealed to be [[spoiler:Tim Drake (Dean Stockwell) being [[GrandTheftMe possessed by Joker]]]]. To make it more surprising, [[spoiler:there is a RedHerring suspect who both looks a lot like Joker and is also voiced by Hamill]].
* ChekhovsGun: The Joker's orange-tipped BangFlagGun. [[spoiler: In a flashback, the Joker tosses it to a brainwashed Tim Drake, who uses it to kill the Joker. It's a piece of easy to miss foreshadowing.]]
* CloneByConversion: [[spoiler:Tim Drake was turned into one of ComicBook/TheJoker.]]
* CombatParkour: Dee Dee often tag-teamed Batman and used flips and high jumps to get away from his attacks or find a better position behind him from which they would attack.
* CombatPragmatist: Terry delivers a low-blow in his fight with the Joker. ''Twice.'' [[note]] It's implied to be a knee to the groin. [[/note]]
--> '''Joker:''' What are you doing?\\
'''Terry:''' Fighting ''dirty.''\\
'''Joker:''' The real Batman would never...AAGH!!!\\
'''Terry:''' [[IAmNotHim Told you you didn't know me.]]
* ConnectTheDeaths: Played with. After the Joker marks his first three targets -- all locations where Terry's loved ones resides -- he uses them them to plot a giant smiley face which he'll carve into Gotham. This doesn't have any greater significance other than Joker doing it ForTheEvulz (virtually any three distinct points could be used to replicate this effect).
* ContinuityNod:
** Commissioner Jim Gordon and Dick Grayson/Nightwing are mentioned, but not seen. Also, in the uncut version, Bruce is practicing his batarang-throwing against replica statues of some of his [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries old]] RoguesGallery.
** Terry's affectionate nickname for Ace, "Good Bad Dog," came from an earlier episode also featuring Ace.
** In the flashback, Joker stabs Bruce in the leg. Eventually, this wound and old age gave Bruce his limp.
** In the original version of the flashback, Batgirl questions her informants from the ''TNBA'' episode "The Ultimate Thrill." (Cut from the bowlderised version, presumably because they appear to be hookers.)
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: While Joker is trying to blast the Batmobile with a Kill Sat, the beam passes over what seems to be an abandoned building. Originally, it was a full, operating movie theater, until the animators were forced to change it. Similarly, the commentary sarcastically notes that all the cars knocked off the road by the beam were empty robot-driven cars.
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Batman starts to cut himself free with a switchblade. But when he sees that Joker has [[spoiler:brainwashed Robin into "Little J.J."]], [[BreakingTheBonds he finishes freeing himself through sheer force]], and then throws the knife at Joker's face. He ducked, but jeez.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jordan Pryce.
* CouldntFindAPen: A scene involves Bruce Wayne being found after an attack by the Joker with "Ha! Ha! Ha!" written on the ground in red. It was changed to purple in the censored version to avoid looking like this trope.
* CowTools: During the flashback, there's a shot of some innocent junk lying around (a toilet plunger, for example). WordOfGod says originally Joker's tray was originally going to have bloody surgical instruments, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the execs]] put their foot down.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/PaulDini, who wrote the film, voiced the ineffectual guard who appeared at the beginning.
* CreepyCircusMusic: [[spoiler: Heard in the flashback after Batman (Bruce) gets to Arkham.]]
* CreepyTwins: Dee Dee.
* CriminalDoppelganger: [[spoiler:Jordan Pryce is introduced as a RedHerring in determining Joker's real identity. Implying that Pryce has deduced Bruce's secret, he also physically resembles the Joker in build, hair and facial expressions (yet obviously not with the clown coloring) and is voiced by Creator/MarkHamill. However, while not actually Joker, Pryce did work in connection with him and is turned in to Gotham PD by Terry.]]
* CryLaughing: A deadly serious example in [[spoiler:the second Robin, Tim Drake, in a flashback. ComicBook/TheJoker applied ample amounts of ColdBloodedTorture to Tim, leaving him BrainwashedAndCrazy. When ordered to kill Batman, after The Joker has him in a position he wouldn't be able to protect himself, Tim breaks through the brainwashing and murders The Joker instead, [[LaughingMad laughing like a maniac the whole time]]. Once The Joker succumbs to his injuries and Batgirl arrives, Tim's laughing abruptly turns into uncontrollable sobbing, as the weight of everything that transpired suddenly sets in. The flashback ends with Barbara/Batgirl trying to console him]].
* CurbStompBattle: Terry's final fight against Joker's gang consisted of one move on each of them: crashing the damaged Batmobile underneath Chucko's high perch, getting Dee Dee to knock ''each other'' out, sicking Ace on Woof, and finishing with [[OffhandBackhand a Batman classic]] on Ghoul.
* CuteBruiser: Dee Dee
* DarkerAndEdgier: In comparison to both the series (although it certainly had its moments) and previous Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse series.
* DeathByIrony:
** Oh, if only Joker had not been so thorough in [[spoiler:shattering that little mind]], things might have turned out quite differently for him.
** Especially in the censored version, where Joker [[spoiler: dies by accidentally electrocuting himself while fighting Tim. What was it he did to Tim in order to break him again?]]
** And again in the climax. [[spoiler:Joker finally dies, by his own joy buzzer.]]
* DeathBySecretIdentity: [[spoiler: Joker "dies" shortly after learning Batman's identity.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}:
** The flashback shows why [[spoiler:having a child fight crime]] is a terrible idea.
** InUniverse, the characters BreakThemByTalking offering deconstructions of their enemies.
** The Joker points out that, for all the fear he invokes being TheCowl, Batman is nothing more than a pathetic ManChild crying out for mommy and daddy after all those years.
--->'''The Joker:''' I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the ''sturm und batarang'', you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic.
** Tim Drake deconstructs the KidSidekick as a WellDoneSonGuy pathetically trying to please TheHero because [[IJustWantToBeYou He Just Wants to Be Him]]. When that doesn't happen, there comes the FanDisillusionment:
--->'''Tim:''' Me and the others gave everything, but it just wasn't enough for the old man. I used to think, if I went on long enough, someday he'd retire and I'd...ah, the heck with it. Capes, costumes, bad guys--it was kid's stuff! Bruce probably did me a favor. By the end, I was so sick of it I never wanted to see that stupid Robin suit again...! [[note]] However, this may actually be [[spoiler: subtle interference from the Joker's mind control chip embedded in Tim's head, influencing the former Robin's mind. For all of Joker's FoeRomanceSubtext and playful attitude towards Batman, it's easy to forget: He fucking ''hates'' the man who always spoiled his fun.]] [[/note]]
** Terry admits that ComicBook/TheJoker is a successful supervillain, [[spoiler:but a pathetic comedian: he never made Batman laugh, nor corrupt or break him. He never was AffablyEvil, just FauxAffablyEvil. And after all, the natural enemy of a comedian is ''TheHeckler''.]]
--->'''Terry:''' [[spoiler:The real reason you kept coming back was you never got a laugh out of the old man.]]\\
'''The Joker:''' I'm not ''hearing'' this...\\
'''Terry:''' [[spoiler:Get a clue, clowny! He's got no sense of humor! He wouldn't know a good joke if it bit him in the cape...not that you ever had a good joke.]]\\
'''The Joker:''' [[BigShutUp Shut up...shut up!]] \\
'''Terry:''' [[spoiler:I mean, joy-buzzers, squirting flowers--lame! Where's the "A" material? Make a face, drop your pants, something!]]
** Harley Quinn deconstructs the PerkyFemaleMinion into CuteAndPsycho after helping the Joker torture Robin, showing us that she was just another psychopath. Batgirl conveniently forgets that the only one of Joker's potential victims Harley defended in the series was [[HoYay Poison Ivy]] and Arkhan Asylum's inmates. Harley was perfectly okay with ComicBook/TheJoker torturing and killing [[LongList Harvey Bullock, Charlie Collins, Sid the Squid, Carl Francis, Thomas Jackson, Batgirl's own father Commissioner Gordon, etc...]]:
--->'''Batgirl:''' How could you help Joker do it, Harley?\\
'''Harley Quinn:''' Okay, so he roughed the kid up a little. But I'll make it right. \\
'''Batgirl:''' Yeah, you're Mother of the Stinkin' Year!
** TheCowl is deconstructed because Batman is so completely dedicated to his mission, the Bat-Family and Harley [[GrowingUpSucks want to grow up, have families, much more of life that playing an infinite]] CycleOfRevenge and left him LonelyAtTheTop. The disturbing conclusion is that the only relationship that ever worked for Batman was the FoeRomanceSubtext he had with ComicBook/TheJoker. As we see at the page quote, ComicBook/TheJoker was truly special for Batman: He was the only one capable of accepting Batman as the {{Determinator}}.
** TheChessmaster is deconstructed when everyone of the grown-up Bat-Family distrusts the Batman for his manipulative tendencies.
--->'''Batman ([=McGinnis=])''': (''after his interview with Drake'') Were all of you that bitter when you left?\\
'''Barbara Gordon:''' Comes with the territory, [=McGinnis=]. Look up Nightwing someday; has he got stories.
** KidHero: Batgirl seems to think EvenEvilHasStandards and Harley WouldntHurtAChild. And Robin:
--->'''Tim:''' Fun and games. Boy Wonder playing hero. Fighting off bad guys and no one ever gets...[[spoiler:oh God. '''(I killed him./I did it.)''' I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear '''(the shot/his scream)'''. Still see the '''(dead/frozen)''' smile. Every night, the dreams get stronger...he's there when I sleep. Whispering! Laughing! Telling me that I'm as bad as he is! We're both the same!]]''
** LockedOutOfTheLoop also gets a painful deconstruction, because the old Bat Family's refusal to come forward with the truth Terry needs about the Joker gets him fed up to the point where [[spoiler: ''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he quits]]''. [[TenMinuteRetirement Of course it doesn't stick]], but the damage the Joker does in the short span of time ends with Dana hospitalized and Bruce and Ace nearly dead. Terry eventually coaxes the story out of Barbara, citing that he's involved in this mess whether they like it or not.]]
* DecoyDamsel: Harley Quinn, in order to [[spoiler:capture Tim Drake]].
* DefaceOfTheMoon: Joker plans to use his hijacked KillSat to carve a giant smiley-face into Gotham City (taking out Terry's family, Wayne Manor, and the hospital Dana is staying at along the way) as a way of showing everyone once and for all that "this is Joker territory."
* DesignatedGirlFight: Harley vs. Batgirl. [[spoiler:Ends up tragically as Harley plummets to her death while Batgirl looks in horror. Or so we think.]]
* DisappointedByTheMotive: Invoked by Terry during his battle against The Joker. Terry is basically ''trying'' to piss the Joker off.
-->'''Terry:''' So you fell in a tank of acid, got your skin bleached, and decided to become a supervillain. What, you couldn't get work as a rodeo clown?
* DisneyVillainDeath [[spoiler: Subverted by Harley who appears to fall to her death but is revealed to have survived.]]
* TheDreaded: The Joker. When he first reveals himself to Gotham, everyone present is terrified, even more so than when his minions attacked.
* DueToTheDead: Discussed only by Barbara at the end of the flashback (in the uncut version, that is):
-->[[spoiler:'''Commissioner Barbara Gordon:''' We buried the Joker deep beneath Arkham. The only other person who knew what happened that night was my father, the first Commissioner Gordon. He promised to keep our secret.]]
* DumbMuscle: Bonk. In the opening heist he's more focused on fighting Batman than getting what the break-in was committed for (to the point where him going off to go after Terry ends up causing the thing they were there to steal to blow up), then mouths off to ''[[TooDumbToLive the Joker]]'' because instead of doing petty robbery he's having them get high-tech machinery for something he won't tell them about. Unsurprisingly, the Joker doesn't appreciate this stupidity and kills him.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: The Joker is FINALLY dead and Tim Drake has restored his friendship with Bruce.]]
* ElectricJoybuzzer: The Joker's usual weapon is back in the movie. [[spoiler:And it is used by Terry to destroy the chip that is putting him into Tim Drake.]]
* ElectricTorture: [[spoiler:Tim suffers and breaks under it.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows: When we first see the Jokerz and their gang speak with their leader, he is partly concealed in the shadows at first, except for his {{red|EyesTakeWarning}} GlowingEyesOfDoom and his grin, but then, [[spoiler:after shooting Bonk dead for [[YouHaveFailedMe defecting him]], he emerges from the shadows, revealing himself to be the newly-resurrected Joker.]]
* EngineeredPublicConfession: "I gave you the security codes..."
* EpilepticTrees: In-universe, Terry's suggested "theories" about how Joker is still alive and kicking.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Joker establishes his when he guns down Bonk. He even comes out of the shadows for it.
* EurekaMoment: Terry has not one, but ''two'' in this movie:
** "Nothing against your old partners, but I'm a completely different Batman. I was never a Robin, I never--" [[spoiler:Terry notices the Robin costume is the only one out of all the other suits that was trashed.]]
** When Bruce advises Terry to ignore the Joker's taunts and not respond, Terry realizes ''he's not Bruce''. He has his ''own'' style.
-->'''Terry:''' He's tough. Any suggestions, boss?
-->'''Bruce:''' Joker's vain and likes to talk. He'll try to distract you, but don't listen. Block it out, and power on through!
-->'''Terry:''' Wait... I like to talk, too.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: An interesting combination of the "lack of humor" and "sick sense of humor" types; [[spoiler: as much as Joker loves messing with people, he can't stand being the butt of a joke, which Terry uses against him.]]
* EvilLaugh: [[ComicBook/TheJoker One of the originals.]]
** Another one provides an awesome CallBack: [[spoiler:Terry's laugh when confronting the Joker mirrors Batman's own EvilLaugh from the original series in that it manages to be just as creepy, if not more so, than the Joker himself.]]
* ExactWords: Flashback-Joker was in A-Grade form:
--> '''Batman:''' (''pinning'' ''TheJoker'' ''with a'' ''[[NeckLift neck lift]]'') I'll ''break you in two!''
--> '''Joker:''' (''laughs'') Oh, Batman, if you had the guts for ''that'' kind of fun, you would have done it ''years ago''. I, (''slowly sweeps his right hand outward, palm up'') on the other hand.... (''instantly draws a switch blade with his left'' ''[[spoiler: then slices Batman across his chest and stabs him in the patella, blade stuck-tight]]'')
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: Joker and Harley's intentions when they kidnap, {{brainwash|ed}} and [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] [[spoiler:Tim Drake]] for the sake of modeling him as their own son, dubbed "[[OverlordJr Joker, Jr.]]," would have allowed them to effectively become one of these families. [[spoiler:Only it didn't work.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:The Joker is killed off fairly early in the story. There are actually two versions of the death scene. Originally, Robin shot the Joker with his gag gun; the MoralGuardians thought this was too violent, so the scene was reanimated to show the Joker getting wet and tangled up in wires, slipping and accidentally electrocuting himself. The ScreamDiscretionShot used winds up having the same, if not ''[[NightmareFuel worse]]'', impact as the unedited take]].
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:The Joker's final words in the uncut version, as seen in the flashback, were: [[{{Irony}} "That's not funny...That's not..."]]]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Dee Dee. Do we even have to mention the yacht scene?
* FatBastard: Chucko.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Dee Dee does this occasionally.
* {{Flashback}}: The sequence with what happened in Bruce's last confrontation with the Joker.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Or rather "Backshadowing." Joker's "That's also how we did it in my day" and one half of Dee Dee [[spoiler:almost dying the way her grandma supposedly died]].
** Another part of "backshadowing": The background music that plays [[spoiler:when Bruce demands that Terry return the Batsuit because it's dangerous for him to face the Joker (impostor or not), despite the fact that the Clown Prince of Crime died years ago,]] is "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdPRE_eElzs Terry Relieved of Duty]]." [[spoiler:When played again as a DarkReprise near the end of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YraQ5MaR2EY Arkham Mayhem]]," we now understand the reason: because the Joker {{Mind Rape}}d Robin into divulging his secrets about Bruce Wayne as Batman, the Clown Prince of Crime tainted the Bat-Family with compromise and deception "in his last act of cruelty" that led to his demise at Robin's hands and to Barbara and Tim quitting the Bat-Family because of it]].
** About halfway through, Terry dodges one of the Joker's booby traps by tricking it into destroying its own power source. [[spoiler:He uses the same trick to destroy the KillSat.]]
** When Joker attacks Bruce in Wayne Manor, he addresses the latter as an old man. [[spoiler:Just like how Tim refers to Bruce as of late, and in this movie itself.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot / ScreamDiscretionShot: The edited version of [[spoiler:Joker's death involving water, wires, and a lot of electricity. Because the camera cuts away as he's dying, all we hear is his scream]]. For this reason, some people consider it worse than the uncut version, as it leaves more to the imagination.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:How the Joker survived his death.]]
* GroinAttack: Terry received one from one half of Dee Dee when the Jokerz ambush him. This was cut in the televised airings, because it could be considered an "imitable act."
** Terry pulls one on the Joker, the first sign that the Joker's drastically misjudged his new foe.
* HairTriggerTemper: Bonk quickly loses sight of the Jokerz' mission as soon as Batman arrived on the scene. He jeopardizes their job several times in the opening scene alone just to attack Batman.
* TheHeckler: Terry discovers The Joker's weakness, the same weakness of any comedian: the heckler. It's something Bruce was too stoic to do, but Terry relished the opportunity.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:After helping Joker kidnap and torture Tim, and falling down a pit, Harley disappears. She then adopts a civilian life and starts a family, while trying to keep her granddaughters from repeating her mistakes.]]
* HellBentForLeather: The resurrected Joker wears a bodysuit made of dark leather.
* HighVoltageDeath: In the censored version. [[spoiler:After The Joker kidnaps Tim Drake (Robin) and brainwashes him into being insane like himself. The Joker tries to get Tim to to kill the Batman and prove Tim is like him. In the censored version of the scene, Tim pushes The Joker into a glass container full of water, breaking it, which causes him to get tangled in electrical wires attached to the container. The Joker slips on the water and accidentally pulls an electrical switch, and the wires electrocute him to death.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: :Terry destroys the microchip with the Joker's own joy buzzer, killing him once and for all.
** Before that the Joker is [[spoiler: killed by Tim Drake using his own spear gun in the uncut version]] that he gave Tim to kill Batman.
* TheHyena: Woof actually ''is'' part-hyena.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Unintentionally invoked by the Joker. During his VillainousBreakdown he screams [[spoiler: at Terry he's not Batman]]. Doesn't matter how professional you are, how well you fight, or even how much you can easily piss the Joker off, to him, [[WorthyOpponent only Bruce is Batman]]. Anyone else who takes up his cape and cowl is a punk and an amateur.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Terry at first assumes this when Bruce says that he's pretty sure the Joker is dead. [[spoiler:He's not too far off.]]
-->"You killed him, didn't you? He was gonna do something so terrible that you had no other choice."
* IfIWantedYouDead: Flashback-Joker uses the inversion.
--> '''Batman:''' I'll ''break you in two!''
--> '''Joker:''' ''(laughs)'' Oh, Batman, if you had the guts for ''that'' kind of fun, you would have done it ''years ago''. I, on the other hand...
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Deconstructed. Yes, [[spoiler:Tim Drake]] still is in there somewhere, but he's so damaged he'll never be quite the same again.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The Joker via spear gun in the original version. Also Bonk via the same weapon.]]
* InkSuitActor: Dean Stockwell as the 60-something Tim Drake.
* IronicEcho: In spirit, if not exact wording:
-->'''Joker to Batman (Bruce):''' It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic. ''(beat)'' Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway.
-->'''Batman (Terry) to Joker:''' You make me laugh...but only because I think you're kinda pathetic.
* IShallTauntYou: Terry is probably one of the best examples out there.
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:Barbara mentions at the end of the flashback that Bruce blamed himself for causing Tim to be tortured by the Joker, and that the reason he asked Tim to give up his Robin suit was so that he would never put another accomplice in such a horrible situation again. This is also the reason Bruce is reluctant to let Terry find the Joker, since he fears it will cause Terry to suffer Tim's fate as well.]]
* JokerImmunity: [[spoiler:'''Finally''' averted. The Joker actually dies for good ''twice'' in the film (first time is when he's killed by Tim Drake in the modern day; second time is when Terry fries the chip containing Joker's consciousness and DNA coding attached to Tim Drake's neck in the future).]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Harley Quinn, though. WordOfGod says it's because Creator/PaulDini couldn't bear to kill off his favorite creation. WordOfGod also attributes her in-universe survival with the injection she got from Poison Ivy in the episode they met]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Harley may be TheAtoner now, but she still basically got away scot-free with everything she and Joker did to Tim.]]
* KarmicDeath: Joker's [[spoiler:first death; in fact, when he's shot, he can only say, "That's not funny..."]].
** The {{Bowdlerised}} version was pretty karmic too: [[spoiler:Joker is electrocuted to death by the very device he used to torture Tim.]]
* KickTheDog: When Joker breaks into the Batcave, he attacks Ace. He does so again near the end of the movie.
** And in another sense, in the flashback scene, Joker shows Batman a video of him [[spoiler:torturing Tim Drake]] and then reveals that, after a few weeks, his mind snapped and he revealed Batman's identity to Joker. Joker then proceeds to mock Batman over [[spoiler:the death of his parents]]. [[BerserkButton Bodily injury soon followed]].
** After breaking into the Batcave and gassing Bruce the Joker re-creates the "HA HA HA" graffiti from the murder of Terry's father ''just'' to torture him. Even the filmmakers admit that that might be a bit too far.
--->'''Bruce Timm''': (''in the commentary'') That's just ''sick''.
* KidHero: Deconstructed with Robin's fate. Barbara also seems to think that Harley [[WouldntHurtAChild Could Not Hurt a Child]]. Both seem to consider crime fighting like a great adventure. Bruce would never have such illusions.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In a subversion of [[JokerImmunity the very trope named after him]], The Joker got this treatment in this film. He proved to be as much of a survivor in the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverseas as his comic book counterpart, every bit the "no one" in NoOneCouldSurviveThat--but this movie took the big leap and put him down once and for all. It even did it twice! The first time, Joker is killed in Arkham Asylum and his body is buried within its walls. The second time, the chip containing a copy of his DNA and memories was burned out, just to make sure he cannot ever come back.]]
** This is subverted with [[spoiler:Harley Quinn. In the flashback, Harley falls into a deep pit after fighting with Batgirl. She does not show up again for the rest of the flashback, so you can assume--like Barbara did--that Harley died. But she did survive--and she had her family, too, as the Dee-Dees refer to her as "Nana Harley", thus implying that she is their grandmother.]]
* KillSat: Government issued Hyperion class defense satellite.
* LargeHam: Joker, as ever.
* TheLastThingYouEverSee: After The Joker injures Batman in a flashback, he says, "You've lost, Batman. Robin is mine. The last sound you'll hear will be our laughter," before attempting to do so.
* LaughingMad: It's ''The Joker''! What did you expect?
** Also, J.J. (a.k.a., [[spoiler:Robin/Tim Drake]]) suffered from it to the extent that the only vocabulary he could give was maniacal laughter. Given what he [[ColdBloodedTorture had]] [[ElectricTorture to]] [[MindRape go through]], it's not surprising.
* LeanAndMean: Ghoul.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: This is sort-of inverted--the old Bat-Family has the DarkSecret rather than Terry himself, but they keep a lid on it for his sake because they believe he cannot handle the Joker. [[{{Deconstruction}} This approach backfires on all of them]].
* MadeOfExplodium: ''Everything'' explodes in this movie. In the opening battle, Chuckles fires a laser at Terry, which at first melts the construction hook he ws sitting on. The hook then explodes. But this is nothing to complain about, as [[AnimationBump the explosions in this film look gorgeous]].
* ManChild: ComicBook/TheJoker points out to Bruce that for all the fear he invokes by being TheCowl, he is really this trope.
--> "I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the ''sturm und'' Batarang, you're just a little boy in a play-suit, crying for Mommy and Daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic. ...oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway!" ''[[[LaughingMad Mad Laughter]]]''
** Terry throws Joker's insults right back at him by pointing out that Joker himself is also this trope: His fixation with the original Batman was childishly pathetic and, once you take away the makeup and the props, Joker was nothing more than a stupid, overgrown man-child trying to make people laugh at a joke that was not even funny to begin with. This sends The Joker off the deep end.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Poor Tim.]]
* MoodWhiplash: In the flashback, Batman busts in on Joker and Harley at Arkham as they are acting out what appears to be a cheesy 1950s sitcom. They announce their intention to start a family, and the mood is quite goofy. Then Joker peels back a curtain and reveals what he did to Tim Drake.
* MonsterClown: The Joker obviously qualifies, but The Jokerz all deserve special mention. The Dee-Dees dress themselves up like ragdolls, Ghoul dresses like a ghastly scarecrow (evoking another longtime Batman villain), Woof spliced himself with hyena DNA, Bonk is a giant rage case, and Chucko wears a creepy mask.
* MuggedForDisguise: One of the Dee-Dees briefly poses as Jordan Pryce's girlfriend Amy as part of an attempt to assassinate Bruce. The real Amy is left bound and gagged at the docks.
* MustMakeAmends: [[spoiler:Bruce shows up at the hospital Tim and Barbara are staying in so he can make amends with them and relieve himself of his decades-long guilt.]]
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: From Harley: "That old clock's a-ticking!"[[note]]Since she has twin granddaughters, she clearly ''did'' have children at some point.[[/note]]
* MythologyGag: The shredded Robin costume is a reference to the infamous story arc "A Death In The Family".
** The plot also has certain similarities to "Death in the Family" and its semi-sequel, "Under the Red Hood" (which came years after ''Return of the Joker'' released). Both involving Robin [[spoiler:being kidnapped and tortured by The Joker. Years later, The Joker/Red Hood returns, and is revealed to be the Robin that Joker had tortured.]]
* NeverForgottenSkill: Bruce may not have been Batman for years, but he never forgot his skills. [[spoiler:One such skill: How to make a batch of anti-venom for Joker's personal poison.]]. In the uncut version of the film, he shows that he is still capable of using a Batarang as if he were in his prime.
-->'''Bruce''': Still got it.
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the flashback, [[spoiler:Harley Quinn falls into a deep pit at the end of her fight with Batgirl.]] Barbara mentions this trope by name, but immediately follows up with savviness by adding, "But I doubt [[spoiler:she'd]] be stirring up trouble now." [[spoiler:The ending shows that Barbara was right: Harley survived the fall and settled down for a quiet life. Too bad her grandchildren ended up becoming Jokerz.]]
* NoEndorHolocaust: When Joker [[spoiler:runs his KillSat laser through Gotham City, it causes massive collateral damage over much of the city, but it does not seem to have killed anyone.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Batman had always followed the ThouShaltNotKill rule anytime Joker got into the game. He even [[SaveTheVillain saved his life a few times]]. In this film, Joker shows Bruce the end result of all that mercy.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Terry believes The Joker was obsessed with to make Batman laugh because Bruce had no sense of humor.
* NotSoStoic: The look of shock and absolute ''horror'' on Bruce's face when Joker first presents himself, especially after Joker indirectly confirms his identity by [[{{Archenemy}} addressing him personally.]]
* NotQuiteDead: After Joker attacks Bruce at Wayne Manor, Terry comes in to find the house a wreck and Bruce slumped over the Batcomputer with the telltale rictus grin of Joker venom. As Terry checks his pulse and heartbeat, Bruce springs back to life long enough to tell Terry about the antitoxin, which ultimately saves Bruce's life.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Joker finally presses Batman's BerserkButton, and Batman attacks him with a fury that leaves Bruce's intent laid fully bare.
* NonActionGuy: Out of all The Jokerz, Ghoul has the worst record in fighting Batman.
* OffhandBackhand: Batman practically invented this trope. Terry does a fine job of carrying on the tradition.
* OffWithHisHead: This is parodied in the opening of the uncut version--after the credits, Bruce throws a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Batarang]] that cuts the head off of a wax statue of Two-Face in the Batcave.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: This could be played straight, depending on your point of view. Joker wanted the brainwashed Tim Drake to physically be the one to kill Batman, but Joker himself masterminded the whole situation.
** This is unquestionably played straight in that Joker only ever wanted Bruce to be the one who defeated him--and the only one he would ever try to make laugh.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** The flashback is one of the very few times that Batman looks as if he is willing to kill.
** The Joker genuinely loses his temper when he is taunted by Terry playing TheHeckler. The SmugSnake MonsterClown façade crumbles under Terry saying that Joker is just not funny. Only the monster remains from that point on.
* OutsideContextProblem: Terry becomes this to defeat The Joker once and for all. Joker is so used to dealing with the stoic, honor-bound Bruce Wayne!Batman that [[VillainousBreakdown the clown loses it]] when Terry mocks Joker and gives him a vicious ReasonYouSuckSpeech that utterly {{Deconstruct}}s him. Terry also has no problem fighting dirty--and in revoking JokerImmunity.
* PapaWolf: Seeing what Joker had done to Tim Drake was the one thing that convinced Bruce to finally try and kill Joker. (Being mocked over his parents' deaths probably pushed a few buttons, too.)
* PettingZooPeople: Woof the Crazy Hyena Guy.
* PostMortemComeback: The two mysteries of the film are how The Joker died and how he came back to life.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "''Ha. Ha.''"
* PresentPeeking: The Joker compares finding out about Batman's secret identity to peeking at Christmas presents--and finding the contents "sadly anticlimactic".
* PrettySpryForADeadGuy: [[spoiler:The Joker is actually inhabiting the body of Tim Drake. But Terry says the trope phrase word-for-word after first seeing The Joker.]]
* {{Pun}}: Joker uses two rather clever puns in the flashback scene:
** When making fun of Batman's tragic backstory, he says "Behind all the sturm and batarangs..." this is a reference to the German Romantic art movement from the 18th century, called Sturm und Drang (Storm and Desire).
** When Batman threatens to break him in two, Joker points out, he would've done it a long time ago, if he had the guts for it. He then claims "I on the other hand" seemingly refering to his own enjoyment of murder, and pulls a knife while Batman keeps an ''eye'' on Joker's ''other hand''.
* PygmalionSnapBack: [[spoiler:The Joker captures Tim Drake, then the current Robin, and gives him a "personality makeover" based in Joker's own image. "J.J." ends up snapping back just long enough to kill Joker, but this traumatises him even further. Tim undergoes years of therapy to recover, and even that is not enough to fully heal his mind...which is exactly what The Joker was counting on.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The film features a rather epic one delivered [[spoiler:by Terry to The Joker]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Joker in both the future and the flashback.
** GlowingEyesOfDoom: Again, The Joker at first, while he is seated in the shadows.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Jordan Pryce's voice, physical features, and motive for trying to get rid of Bruce Wayne exist mostly to make you (and Batman) assume Pryce is the "new" Joker.]]
* ResignationsNotAccepted: This is how The Joker responds to Bonk's demands to quit his organization.
* RevengeOfTheSequel: The title.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Jordan Pryce uses his position within Wayne Enterprises to help The Jokerz to steal from the company; in exchange, he gets their cooperation in getting rid of Bruce Wayne and becoming the company's new [=CEO=]. When The Joker decides to tie up loose ends, The Jokerz try to kill Pryce. Batman saves him--and turns over evidence of the betrayal, as well as Pryce himself, to the police.]]
* RoleReprisal: Creator/MarkHamill returned to his infamous role of The Joker.
* SaveTheVillain:
** Terry [[spoiler:saves one of the Dee-Dees from falling to her death]].
** [[spoiler:Batgirl tries to save Harley from falling down a deep chasm at Arkham, but fails. The film's climax reveals that she survived.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: [[spoiler:Tim Drake.]] Considering [[MindRape what]] happened to him, no one should be surprised that he still has some effects forty years later. This goes FromBadToWorse when [[spoiler:The Joker [[GrandTheftMe hijacks him through an DNA chip on his neck]] and commits crimes through his body, all while Tim's mind believes he is reliving a nightmare]].
* ShoutOut:
** WordOfGod explicitly states [[spoiler:the orbital satellite laser]] was inspired by ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
** One of Terry's wild guesses on how the Joker survived is that he was [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica frozen in a block of ice for decades]].
** The poster, seen as the page image above, features a giant green Joker head, closely mimicking one of the posters for ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'', the film which inspired the Joker.
** After Terry [[spoiler:has saved Bruce's life]], one WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon Ace is watching is the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Hare Ribbin'," known for its controversial ending (which is also shown)[[note]]in which a Russian stereotype dog, in his "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" moment, laments that he has apparently killed Bugs Bunny and that he himself should have been the one to die; his lamentation is also heard in the audio, but only in the uncut version[[/note]].
** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: When Bonk gets angry at the Joker and calls him a fake, the Joker replies, "Ah, brave new world...that has such [putzes/yutzes] in it." This is a parody of a line spoken by Miranda in ''Theatre/TheTempest'': "O, wonder!/How many goodly creatures are there here!/How beauteous mankind is! ''O brave new world''/''That has such people in't''" (V, i).
** According to Creator/BruceTimm on the DVDCommentary, the Joker's red eyes and slicked-back hair on the future Joker were inspired by [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].
** "[[KickTheDog End of the line,]] [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy.]]"
** The Joker's transformation is a shout-out to at least one film version of ''Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'': it's accomplished with subtle misdirection and a clever fade.
* TheShrink: [[spoiler:Dr. Leslie Thompkins needs a year to bring Tim "back to sanity" after Joker's torture.]]
* SingleMindedTwins: The Dee-Dees.
* SlasherSmile: With Joker and his venom around, this was inevitable. This time, they had made his smiles into horror UpToEleven.
* SlipperySkid: Terry uses this against the Dee-Dees.
* SmugSnake: Joker is this every time he interacts with Terry. He regards the new Batman as nothing more than Bruce's lackey and takes constant amusement in taunting him, thinking him incapable of succeeding against him. Perhaps the best example is after Joker reveals his KillSat plans to Terry:
-->'''Joker:''' You're welcome to try and stop us, but I'm not taking bets on that happening anytime soon. Toodles.
* SoHappyTogether: Terry surprises Dana at the dance club after being fired as Batman. They get a little banter and a sweet dance together...then The Jokerz crash the party and almost kill both of them.
* SoProudOfYou: Bruce gives one of the silent variety in form of a smile when [[spoiler:Tim throws away the gun given to him by Joker. This only happens in the edited film's version of Joker's death.]]
* SoulJar: [[spoiler: The DNA/Microchip package The Joker implanted in Tim Drake during the weeks he was holding him captive.]]
* TheStoolPigeon: [[spoiler:Poor Tim. He didn't mean to.]]
* StealthHiBye: It's ''Batman''.
** This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Tim Drake when [[LegacyCharacter Terry]] pulls one:
--> '''Tim Drake''': ''Some'' things never change.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: [[spoiler:Tim Drake.]] Easily the most disturbing moment in Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse history.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: The Joker gripes that he misses the cape in Batman's old outfit.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Or laughing him to death. The Joker hates both options.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Terry.]]
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Joker.]]
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: Tim towards his time as Robin.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: The Dee-Dees.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: [[spoiler:Tim starts crying uncontrollably after he kills The Joker--proof that Joker's brainwashing is wearing off. Tim reveals in the climax that he harbored guilt and nightmares for killing Joker for years, and the Joker personality programmed into the chip implanted in Tim's neck used that guilt to take over. Bruce, upon hearing how Tim was haunted by voices telling him "he's as bad as Joker", is visibly shaken]].
* ThisCannotBe: Bruce is positively stunned to see The Joker in the flesh again.
-->'''Bruce:''' It can't be.\\
'''Joker:''' Oh, no, your old eyes do not deceive you, Brucie. After all, who'd know me better than ''you''?
* ThouShaltNotKill: The film strongly implies that Bruce was going to kill The Joker--as evidenced by Bruce throwing a knife at Joker's head.
* TookALevelInBadass: Upon his return, The Joker is suddenly an even match for Batman in hand-to-hand combat. [[spoiler:This is because he is using Tim Drake's body and Tim was trained by Bruce himself.]]
* TheTriple:
** Dee-Dee meeting Bruce Wayne. "Well, if it isn't old Mr Wayne. So debonair. So dapper. ''(knee him in stomach)'' So decrepit!"
** Terry as to why The Joker is NotQuiteDead: "Clone? Robot? [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Suspended animation due to floating around in a block of ice?]]"
* {{Troll}}: The Joker himself has always been a troll, but finds himself outmatched when Terry returns the favor. See BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor and BerserkButton above.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Terry, to hilarious and "Did he just do that?" extents.
* TurnInYourBadge: [[spoiler:Bruce does this to Terry, afraid of what Joker might do to the new Batman. Bruce being Bruce, he does not do the best job of getting that across.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Bruce:''' Stupid kid. You don't know what you want. None of you ever did.]]
* UnderestimatingBadassery:
** Terry makes the common mistake of dismissing the idea that a man dressed as a clown can be dangerous. He learns the hard way that underestimating Joker is a bad idea.
** For his part, Joker assumes that Terry is a Batman knock-off--a punk who only wants to be (and cannot measure up to) the original. Their final fight convinces Joker that Terry is willing to fight dirty, [[spoiler:turn the Joker's mind games back on him, and kill him if necessary]].
* UnstoppableRage: Joker hit Bruce's PapaWolf instincts and BerserkButton one time too many in the flashback; he all but convinced Bruce to attempt to kill Joker for good. [[spoiler:Bruce didn't do it. But Tim did. Sort of.]]
* VisualPun: In the flashback, when the Joker says, "I, on the ''other hand...''", he pulls out a knife in his left hand while distracting Batman with his right. Get it? "Eye on the other hand."
* VillainExitStageLeft: Joker is so used to this trope that [[spoiler:when he loses control of the KillSat]], he seems to think he can just walk away--although that may also have been due to his lack of respect for Terry.
--> '''Joker:''' [[spoiler:Oh, good, the beam's headed here! Now I'll have to start all over again.]] Thanks for wrecking everything, kid. See ya round.
--> '''Terry:''' Hold it!
--> '''Joker:''' Oh, wise up, junior--GAME'S OVER!
* VillainOpeningScene: The movie starts with The Jokerz trying to steal some sort of device...[[BatmanColdOpen before Batman shows up]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Terry is one of only a mere handful of people in the DCAU to make the Joker completely lose his cool.]]
-->'''Joker:''' '''''SHUT UP! SHUT UP!'''''
** The epic scream that seals it.
--> '''''YOU'RE NOT BATMAN!!!'''''
* WatchWhereYoureGoing: Terry gets the Dee-Dees to knock each other out using this.
** Also from the opening "Flagpole".
* WhamLine: It predates TheReveal for only a few seconds, but...
-->'''Batman''': ''[[INeverToldYouMyName How do you know my name?]]''
-->[[spoiler: '''Tim''']]: ''There's nothing about you I don't know, [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay Bat-fake]].''
** Of course, there is also the biggest "wham" of the film:
--->'''Joker''': Secrets that are mine alone to know...[[spoiler: ''Bruce'']].
** We got one similar to that earlier, when Joker [[spoiler:invades the Batcave and gasses Bruce]]:
--->'''Joker:''' Don't get up, Bruce. It's just an old friend come by to say "hello". Hello... [[spoiler: ''Batman'']]. (''EvilLaugh'')
** As well as:
--->'''Terry''': Wait...[[EurekaMoment I like to talk, too]].
** One of the final scenes has one of the humorous variety:
--->'''Dee-Dee:''' Oh, shut up, [[spoiler:Nana Harley]].
* WhamShot: Robin as JJ.
* WhenIWasYourAge: The Joker explains why he was not only superior to the current Jokerz, but he had a better Batman, too.
* WhosLaughingNow: Terry gives the revived Joker a taste of his own medicine.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: The Dee Dee twins wear white short shorts.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Terry gets one in by understanding he has to be his own Batman, so he ''laughs at Joker.''
* WorthyOpponent: "I guess I should salute you as a 'worthy adversary' and all that, but the truth is I really did ''hate your guts''". [[BlowingARaspberry *Raspberry*]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: Played straight with Dee Dee. Terry largely just grapples and tosses them around rather than the rather intense beating he would give the other Jokerz. [[spoiler:Terry somehow got them to beat each other up.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: The Dee Dees pull this trick to get the drop on Terry when he sees them for the first time. (When he interrupts a heist the Jokerz are pulling, the Dee Dees grab on to each other and pretend to be terrified; then when he turns his back to concentrate on the tougher-looking male members of the gang, they pounce.)
* WrongGenreSavvy: While the Joker knows Bruce almost as well as a best friend (he did have access to Tim's memories) and could predict his actions very well, Terry makes it a point to let the Joker know that he doesn't know much about himself while [[CombatPragmatist kneeing the Joker]] [[GroinAttack in the Crotch]]. More than that, Terry had an outsiders' perspective on the Joker though with in-depth knowledge from studying Bruce's old files, which meant he could more objectively find the flaws in the Joker's thinking and planning without the serious personal history that the original Batman had with the Joker. Since most of the Joker's plans revolve around goading Batman and making it [[ItsPersonal personal]] to cloud Bruce's judgement and lure him into traps, this is utterly ineffective against Terry who just sees Joker as a clown. [[VillainousBreakdown The Joker doesn't take Terry's lack of respect well.]]
* WronskiFeint: How Terry beat the Dee Dees: his jet boots got him out of the way so they crashed into one another.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Joker.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Bruce says this to Terry at the end.
-->"Terry, I've been thinking about something you once told me, and you were wrong. It's not Batman that makes you worthwhile, it's the other way around. Never tell yourself anything different."
* YouMonster: Bruce Wayne describes the Joker as this.

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