Western Animation: Batman: Under the Red Hood
"Dare to look beneath the hood..."
A film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies
line based on Batman
. It's mainly an adaptation of elements from A Death in the Family
and the more recent Under The Hood
comic series, from which it derives its title. It goes for Darker and Edgier
and is one of the darker and more brutally violent DC Animated films. Voice actors include Bruce Greenwood
as Batman, Jensen Ackles
as the Red Hood, Neil Patrick Harris
as Nightwing, and John DiMaggio
as the Joker.
This film contains examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation/Pragmatic Adaptation: The two comic plot lines the film is based on are adapted quite faithfully, but it did simplify a lot of it.
- Adapted Out: Batman, Nightwing, Alfred, and Jason are the only members of the Bat-Family featured in the movie.
- Affably Evil: Ra's al Ghul, who states that he never resorts to violence or killing unless it's for a "greater cause" and is deeply remorseful that his hiring of the Joker was ultimately what lead to Jason's murder; his attempt to fix things via Lazarus Pit resurrection is what sets off the main plot.
- Anti-Villain: Again, Red Hood. He is ultimately revealed as a Type II.
- As You Know: Used several times throughout the movie to explain who/what many lesser known characters and plot points are.
- The Atoner: Ra's al Ghul felt remorseful for indirectly causing Jason's death, via hiring the Joker to keep Batman and Robin distracted, under the delusion he could control him. He attempted to make up for his mistake by stealing Jason's body shortly before it was to be returned to Gotham, and resurrected him using the Lazarus Pit. Unfortunately, this means that Ra's is also responsible for all the trouble Jason causes as the Red Hood.
- Audible Sharpness: One of the tetrad of assassins that comes after the Red Hood has glowing blue swords—they make an obvious noise whenever a bullet is blocked or something is cut.
- Automatic Crossbows: One of Riddler's mooks uses one.
- Back from the Dead: Jason Todd turns out to be Red Hood.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Batman and Nightwing, and then later Batman and the Red Hood.
- Bad Boss: Seriously, how is it even possible that people willingly work for Black Mask?
- Compared to his comic-book counterpart, Black Mask is a fantastic employer. He'll beat the crap out of someone every other meeting, sure, but at least he won't personally and horribly torture you For the Evulz or have all his lieutenants slaughtered on a whim.
- Badass Boast: Red Hood gets one in his first scene. He stages a meeting between all of Gotham's drug lords, shows up, lays down some demands, and then throws a duffle bag onto the table.
Red Hood: Those are the heads of all of your lieutenants. That took me two hours. Wanna see what I can get done in a whole evening? Make no mistake. I'm not asking you to kick in with me. I'm telling you.
- Badass Normal: Batman, obviously, but also every other hero and villain to appear.
- Batman Gambit: Despite this being a Batman movie, it's the Red Hood who plays one. Everything the Hood did was to get Black Mask desperate enough to release Joker, so the Hood could provide Batman with his Sadistic Choice.
- Oddly enough, Averted later, when he failed to predict what Batman would do at the end, which hasn't changed since he first became Batman.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: Deconstructed.
- Big Bad Ensemble: The Joker and Red Hood A.K.A Jason Todd.
- Bloodless Carnage: Done intentionally to keep the film PG-13, though it's averted in one or two instances.
- Book Ends: The movie starts with Jason on his last day as Robin and ends with his first day.
- Both the beginning and the climax (and not remotely by coincidence) involve Batman, Joker, Jason, a crowbar, and a bomb.
- Bottomless Magazines: How many bullets does Red Hood have?
- Bound and Gagged: Everyone who works for Red Hood or Black Mask, including Black mask himself, gets treated to this courtesy of Joker.
- Bullet Time: During the fight sequences. Works pretty well.
- Butt Monkey: Nightwing.
[A helicopter, which Nightwing and Batman just grappled, starts to crash and fall to the street below]
Nightwing: [referring to the grapple line] Is that gonna hold?
Batman: No. [runs off after the helicopter, grabbing the grapple gun right out of Nightwing's hands]
Nightwing: So you want me to—? Should I—? Okay...I'll just take care of this.
- Calling the Old Man Out: The Red Hood/Jason Todd points out Batman isn't as effective at stopping crime as he thinks he is, and by not killing villains like the Joker he allows them to continue hurting people. Yet, it's not like Batman doesn't realize that too.
- Came Back Wrong: Played with. While Ra's al Ghul believes Jason Came Back Wrong, going berserk after his dip in the Lazarus Pit, it's later suggested by Jason that it may not be that easy.
Jason Todd: Oh, you got to talking with Ra's, huh? Does it make it easier for you to think my little dip in his fountain of youth turned me rabid? Or is this just the real me?
- The Cameo:
- Canon Foreigner: The techno ninja assassin group, the Fearsome Hand of Four. Their inclusion probably killed two birds with one stone for the creators. First, the original assassin characters from the comic were included to tie Under The Hood with the DCU continuity at the time, something that was dead weight for a stand alone film. And second, with the original characters dropped, they were free to make at least one of them a woman so they could give more balance to a very male cast.
- Captain Obvious: Nightwing sometimes falls into this.
- Casting Gag: Given the Ho Yay surrounding Batman and Robin in most interpretations, it's interesting that Nightwing (a former Robin) would be voiced by Neil Patrick Harris of all people.
- Considering that Jensen Ackles' most famous role once uttered, "I'm Batman," his casting as the Red Hood is most certainly an intentional in-joke.
- Chekhov's Skill: Done in reverse. When Batman deploys a line at Red Hood's ankle, Hood is shown cutting the line before it goes taut. Then, in a flashback immediately following that scene, Jason Todd as Robin is shown doing the same move, in what is one of the more obvious clues to the Red Hood's identity.
- Cheerful Child: Young Jason, in the flashbacks.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Black Mask frees Joker from imprisonment so that he can kill Red Hood. Joker promptly tries to publicly burn him and all of his associates alive. But, to be fair to the Joker, his motivation for doing so (beside the fun of it) was to attract the Hood's attention. He's just not the type to think "don't kill the guy who hires you" is an unspoken rule.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What Jason went through at the hands of Joker.
- Conspicuous CG: Every vehicle and some of the backgrounds, although executed better than in the earlier days of DC Animated films.
- Continuity Nod:
- Names such as The Penguin, Harvey Dent and the Scarecrow are bandied about by Jason, and he also references "friends [Joker] has crippled". The Joker's quip about the camera could also be a veiled reference to the events of The Killing Joke.
- Also, when Batman has the flashback of him cornering the Red Hood, aka. the Joker before he went crazy, at the chemical plant, the Red Hood pleads that he's not a criminal and that he was forced into the job. This could indicate that Joker has the same backstory that he had in The Killing Joke.
- The powers that Amazo uses (super strength, flight, laser eyes) were most likely absorbed from Superman.
- Black Mask rubs his neck nervously staring at a burning piece of black wood. His face became like it is due to a black wooden mask being burned into it.
- Cool Bike: The Batcycle at the beginning of the film, though it is a mite too slow for Batman to get there in time.
- Cool Car: Several incarnations of the Batmobile
- Cool Plane: The Batwing, with functions such as "Auto Deploy" that drops Batman out the bottom.
- Cool Versus Awesome: Batman and Red Hood versus The Hand of Four, a group of cyborg ninjas.
- Crazy-Prepared: It's a Batman adaptation, so this one is a given, but special mention must be made of Red Hood's helmet. It has a remote-detonated bomb in it. For all those times when he wants to remove his helmet and roll it toward his adversary. He also wears a mask under his helmet.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: As soon as Batman disarms the Red Hood near the end, their fight quickly turns into this, with Batman knocking him all over the place. Even more awesome is when you realize that he could have done this at any point, but didn't because he wanted to actually save Jason from himself.
- Cyber Cyclops: One of the ninjas Red Hood fights, complete with Eye Beam.
- Darker and Edgier: The crew behind the film have stated that they hold the opinion this could be their darkest work yet, both compared to the DCAU and the previous films in the line. They wouldn't be too far off. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox have since taken the title for themselves.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Nightwing. In glorious fashion.
Nightwing: Need a hand?
Nightwing: Okay... well... how 'bout I just stick around and watch?
- And surprisingly, the Red Hood.
Druglord: You wanna die? There are easier ways to kill yourself!
Red Hood: Yeah, like yelling at the guy who's holding the AK-47.
- Ms. Li, with an extra emphasis on the deadpan part.
- Determinator: Jason in the opening, to an enormous extent. After the Joker's done beating him (inflicting, or so the Joker supposes, broken ribs and a punctured lung), Jason rolls over, gets up, and walks all the way to the front door, slipping and stumbling the entire way, even mustering the energy to try to shake the door open. What really sells it are the close-ups on his bruised and broken face, free of pain or fear and with completely focused eyes. Even when he's facing the bomb ready to explode in seconds, he never loses that composure.
- Distant Prologue: The film opens with the Joker murdering Robin, five years before the events of the main story.
- Dodge the Bullet: Batman pulls it off at the end, somewhat unconvincingly, if dramatically.
- The film sometimes manages the difficult feat of actually making it look convincing for someone to do this (if not plausible). The teenage Jason even comments on it.
Robin/Jason: 20 rounds a second and you were still too slow.
- Downer Beginning: It begins showing the particular incident where Joker brutally beats, then kills Jason Todd.
- Downer Ending: Because, after all is said and done, nothing changed.
- The Dragon: Ms. Li to Black Mask. She doesn't do a lot onscreen, but she's apparently the one who organizes Black Mask's heists and plans out said heist's finer details.
- Dramatic Drop:
- Ear Ache: Happens to AMAZO when Nightwing sticks a couple of batarangs to his ears to free himself from AMAZO's grip.
- Enhance Button: Being the Batman and having the Batcomputer, this is somewhat justified (Batman and Nightwing automatically enhance a still image of Red Hood). Batman also has an audio enhance button, but we are shown the process of him phasing out the background noise.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Ra's is greatly upset by the death of Jason, calling it both unnecessary and brutal. Batman points out he never had a problem killing before. Ra's counters by pointing out he has killed for a greater good, never for laughs as the Joker did.
- Red Hood allows the drug trade to continue if he gets a cut of the cash and the dealers stay away from kids.
- Black Mask despises the Joker, and only breaks him out of Arkham out of desperation.
- Antihero Cannot Comprehend Slightly Lighter Antihero: The main clash in morality comes from Red Hood's belief that Batman doesn't care about him, or the long-term safety of Gotham, because Batman let the Joker live to destroy more people. Batman does care about both, he simply won't break his one rule to prove it.
- Evil Counterpart: Red Hood is one to Nightwing. They were both Robin, but Dick works far better with Bruce than Jason did and is not nearly as brutal to criminals. Notable in that Nightwing disappears halfway through the movies, they never meet mano-a-mano. Unsurprising, since Red Hood is driven by his and Batman's past, rather than driven by Nightwing himself.
- Evil Versus Evil: Red Hood vs Black Mask.
- Eye Beams/Frickin' Laser Beams: Amazo uses them during their fight. Nightwing even lampshades it:
Nightwing: Lasers! He's got lasers!
- Eye Scream:
- What Black Mask threatens his newest mook with whilst gawking at his unusual appearance:
Black Mask: You. New guy.
New Guy: Sir!
Black Mask: Don't be nervous, kid. But if you keep staring at me like that... I'm gonna cut your eyes out.
- Also, when Jason is resurrected in the Lazarus Pit, he attacks Ra's men in an insane rage. One of whom has the unlucky distinction of having Jason gouging his eyes with his thumbs.
- Face Death with Dignity: Jason in the prologue. He sees the timer, knows he can't escape, and his only reaction is a widening of the eyes, before resignation sinks in.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: All over the place, though because most of it happens just offscreen, Red Hood setting a guy on fire by shattering a lit Molotov Cocktail in the guy's hand, is unnerving. And The Joker slitting the throat of one of Black Mask's mooks with a broken glass.
- Faux Affably Evil: The Joker (who's comedic demeanor thinly disguises the fact that he's a utter psychopath) and Red Hood (snarky and somewhat personable, but this masks some serious issues, as well as an extremely angry, violent persona).
- The Fettered: Batman.
- Fingore: A batarang jammed in the chamber causes Red Hood's gun to backfire, resulting in a bloodied hand.
- Fix Fic: Adaptation Distillation above, but in this case (in regards to the Under The Hood parts) it's the original writer fixing his own story years after the fact.
- Flamethrower Backfire: Red Hood does this to a mobster by shooting the Molotov Cocktail (petrol bomb) he's about to throw.
- Flashback: Batman has several, mostly to Jason's days as Robin.
- Flying Brick: The Amazo robot has super-strength, flight and laser eye beams.
- Foreshadowing: In a flashback Jason breaks a thug's collarbone when he stops holding back. As the Red Hood he obviously has less compuctions. So in the final fight when Batman himself stops holding back he gives him a beating.
- Gender Flip: In the original comic, Ms. Li is a Mr. Li. As the only female character was cut due to Adaptation Distillation, the gender change was likely to avoid having an all-male cast.
- Godzilla Threshold: Part of Red Hood's plan was to push Black Mask to this point, so that he would free Joker in an attempt to stop Hood.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Said by Ra's Al Ghul himself to describe how Jason Todd Came Back Wrong after the resurrection ceremony.
- Good Guns, Bad Guns: Red Hood has a (heavily modified) AK-47. Talia has a Luger. Both are "bad guy" guns.
- Good Running Evil: Red Hood sets this up (for a given definition of "good") by taking over the entire Gotham City drug racket. Partly this is to enforce some standards on the drug selling, and partly to choke out the income of the super-villains profiting by the trade (in this case Black Mask.) He explains that there will always be crime, his modus operandi is to eliminate the worst criminals and keep the others under tight control.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Used quite a bit, such as the camera cutting away whenever someone is shot in the head. Also used in the scene where the Red Hood tasers one of the Fearsome Hand assassins in the face, causing his metallic mask to short-circuit and explode, blowing up half of his head and splattering blood on the wall. We are also never shown the contents of Red Hood's bag of the heads of all the mob lieutenants.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Batman and Red Hood.
- Groin Attack: In the flashback, kid Jason kicks The Riddler in the cojones. Later, as an adult, he threatens the Joker with a gun:
Jason: You be as quiet as possible, or I'll put one in your lap first.
- Guns Akimbo: Red Hood is very fond of this trick.
- He Who Fights Monsters: The entire theme of the film.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: A gang member gets ready to burn a rival mobster with a Molotov cocktail when Red Hood shoots the bottle, setting fire to the first thug.
- The Heavy: Red Hood.
- I Am the Noun: A drug dealer declares, "I am the east quarter drug trade, you stupid..." before getting interrupted with a gun in the face.
- Ironic Echo: At the beginning of the film when the Joker is having a one-sided discussion with Jason, he asks him if the beatings hurt. After the Joker has been captured by the Hood, he gets asked the same question. Both questions are followed by crowbar related violence.
- Joker Immunity: Obviously, since the Joker is around. Jason's Face-Heel Turn is mostly motivated by the fact that he's furious that Batman didn't avenge him by killing the Joker.
: Bruce, I forgive you for not saving me.
But why? Why on God's earth is he still alive
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Averted. Jason emphasizes that he's not talking about executing every supercriminal like Riddler or Scarecrow, but makes a very good point asking why Batman wouldn't make one exception to his Thou Shalt Not Kill rule for the mass-murdering Joker. However, Batman points out that killing the Joker would make it that much easier to kill other supercriminals who deserve it less, and based on Jason's methods he'd probably execute guys like Riddler or Scarecrow anyway.
- Killed Off Screen: The two guards that helped Black Mask get Joker out of Arkham are revealed in a quick to miss news report that they were murdered in jail while awaiting trial for their involvement.
- Knight Templar: Red Hood attempts to restrict the drug market by controlling it, specifically telling the dealers never to sell to kids. His method of enforcing his will on the Gotham underworld often includes murder.
- Large Ham: The Joker, but Black Mask stands out by far as the hammiest, screamiest, most hilariously skewed character in the movie - and somehow he manages to be even hammier in the comic the movie is based off of.
- Laser Blade: The female member of the Fearsome Hand of Four had two of these.
- Laser Sight: Black Mask has the standard "What's that red dot on my chest... oh" moment when Red Hood attacks his base. Red Hood apparently fitted a laser sight solely in order to provide that moment, since he blatantly waits for Black Mask to notice the red dot before he fires, and the weapon the sight is attached to turns out to be a rocket launcher, which hardly requires pinpoint precision.
- Legacy Character:
- Red Hood. According to the movie, there had been many previous Red Hood villains, like the Joker before his chemical accident.
- Dick Grayson and Jason Todd both used to be Robin.
- Le Parkour: Batman, Nightwing, and Red Hood are all extremely accomplished traceurs.
- Little "No": Batman has one near the beginning after the warehouse explodes.
- Made of Explodium: The chemicals at the factory that Red Hood lures Batman to.
- Made of Iron: The number of close explosions that Batman and others survive without any real injury is kind of ridiculous, to say nothing of the actual fight scenes.
- Magical Security Cam: Justified, in that we're shown Batman taking the time to turn on a camera in his cowl while he is chasing the Red Hood.
- Mythology Gag:
- The Joker's jumpsuit reads "11940" - he debuted in the comics in Batman #1 in 1940.
- Ms. Li notes that Batman likes to keep things, a reference to the Batcave's collection of artifacts from past cases.
- As Robin in the prologue, Jason Todd had the exact same red and black outfit Tim Drake last had as Robin in the comics.
- The DNA sample for Jason is marked 00428, the issue of Batman where he died, and the DNA sample for Red Hood is marked 00635, the issue where he returned in that identity.
- During his early years as Robin, Jason resembles and behaves like his pre-Crisis version and like Dick Grayson; while in his teens, he acts more like his Post-Crisis version.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Ra's al Ghul does this twice in the movie and for different reasons each time.
- My Greatest Failure: Batman believes Jason's death to be this. It still is to him by the end of the film.
Batman: This doesn't change anything. [quietly, to himself] It doesn't change anything at all.
- Never Found the Body:
- The news didn't say that the Red Hood was found after the end of the battle... and Batman apparently didn't find him...
- A more straightforward example was earlier in the film when Ra's says that they never found Jason's body after he jumped out the window.
- Inverted with Jason Todd's body when Bruce exhumed him to be sure that he was still there, which was in the grave, but revealed to have been a fake the entire time.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Batman is this, at least in his own eyes.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The Joker delivers one to Jason in the opening. After abducting him from the bridge, Red Hood returns the favor.
- No Indoor Voice: Black Mask.
- No Name Given: Ms. Li, until the end credits.
- Non-Indicative Name: The Red Hood actually wears a helmet, not a hood.
- Not So Different: Never explicitly mentioned, but this is evident between The Joker and Red Hood. Jason hates the Joker, but as an adult, he is a ruthless killer with a dark, twisted sense of humor, a fixation on Batman, and a dark reputation among Gotham's criminals. To top it all off, he's even using Joker's old nom de crime, Red Hood.
- Not So Stoic: Ms. Li understandably drops her unnervingly-calm demeanor once she's Bound and Gagged by the Joker.
- Offhand Backhand: Batman does this back in the good old days of themed villains.
- Oh, Crap:
- Batman's look of shock when he processes the audio of Red Hood's taunt, and discovers that the last word was "Bruce", indicating that Red Hood knows Batman's identity.
- Black Mask saying "Oh, hell," as his reaction to seeing the Red Hood aim a rocket launcher at him.
- We also get a nice "Oh crap"-look from the Joker after the Red Hood captures him and the Joker sees him take out a crowbar.
Joker: "So, what's the plan? Slumber Party? Charades? A little Truth or Dare? YES! I'll start with dare!"
[Red Hood pulls out a crowbar]
Joker: "Or maybe I'll just go with truth."
- Similarly, Red Hood's "crap" in the final fight, when Batman attacks him with explosive pellets.
- Jason Todd gives a sad example in the beginning of the film, where after he crawls to the door of the room where he is being kept only to find it locked, he turns around to see a bomb ready to explode. Jason just gives an apathetic and defeated look that just says, "This Is Gonna Suck, but I accept it."
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Red Hood plays this trope HARD. In the beginning, he even went as far as to deliver the heads of mob leaders' highest lieutenants to said mob leaders in a duffel bag to prove a point.
- Pensieve Flashback: A couple happen to Batman, including his first meeting with Jason Todd thanks to Jason stealing the wheels from the batmobile and later him, in the Batcave, arguing with Jason as Robin.
- Powered Armor: The Fearsome Hand of Four.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Taken to Bloodless Carnage levels with some thugs early in the movie. They just suddenly slumped over dead one by one for no readily-apparent-to-the-audience reason, but, luckily, Nightwing is there to quickly exposit that it was a sniper.
- Pretty Spry for a Dead Guy: Subverted. Bruce and Alfred do not dispute that Jason died during his encounter with The Joker and dig up his casket. What they discover when they do is that the "Jason" they buried is merely a dummy.
- Psycho for Hire: The Joker, in spades. And, once again, he proves that hiring him or doing business with him in general is a very bad idea.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Batman manages to stop the Red Hood/Jason and save the Joker's life, but as the Joker points out, though Batman managed to find a way to win, everybody still loses.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The Fearsome Hand of Four. Bruce and Jason manage to wipe the floor with them.
- R-Rated Opening: Weird, because the film itself as a whole is rated PG-13.
- Running Gag: "More classy maitre'd than motorcycle fetish. Oh, these/you kids today."
- Sadistic Choice: Red Hood pulls off an extremely elaborate Batman Gambit to engineer one for Batman.
- Save the Villain: Twice. First with Black Mask and the drug dealers and then with The Joker
- Batman also intervenes in the fight between Red Hood and the Fearsome Hand of Four, but Red Hood was stalling so this would happen anyway.
- Sexy Secretary: Ms. Li.
- Shadow Archetype: Red Hood, to Batman.
- Shaggy Dog Story
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Nightwing is injured and taken home before Bruce discovers just what Red Hood said as the train passed.
- Shout-Out: The Riddler is ordering around some very familiar looking droogs.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: Dick changing from Robin to Nightwing. Also, one could say this for Jason too in a darker version.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Ms. Li. Her comics counterpart, Mr. Li, is killed off-panel by Red Hood.
- Also Black Mask kills all of his remaining lieutenants in an unsuccessful attempt to make a deal with the Hood in the comics.
- Start of Darkness: For the Red Hood, it was finding out that Batman hadn't avenged his murder.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: It wouldn't be a Batman film without it.
- Stealth Pun/Fan Nickname: Robin Hood.
- Summon Bigger Fish: Black Mask's final gambit. He is painfully aware of the fact.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Batman to Red Hood.
- Take a Fourth Option: When the Red Hood confronts Batman with a Sadistic Choice between killing the Joker himself, letting Jason do it, or shooting Jason to stop him, Bruce manages to block up Jason's gun, causing it to explode in his hand. The Joker is the only one pleased by this.
- Averted moments later—when the bomb is activated, he clearly picks Jason over the Joker.
- Taking You with Me: Attempted by both the Red Hood and the Joker, in the same scene. It doesn't work.
- Technicolor Ninjas: The Fearsome Hand of Four wear green Powered Armor. Doesn't stop them from sneaking up on Red Hood or giving him a fight for his life.
- Tempting Fate: This hilarious exchange in the beginning:
Fleeing Thug 1: I think I lost him, you think I lost him?
Fleeing Thug 2: I think you lost him... I think we're good.
[Batman immediately lands on the hood of their getaway truck]
- Theme Tune Cameo: What sounds an awful lot like the distinctive drum beat of "Molossus" from The Dark Knight Saga plays during the flashback where Batman and Robin pursue the Joker in Sarajevo.
- This Is Gonna Suck: What Black Mask says when he plans to hire the Joker.
- Those Two Guys: Black Mask and Ms. Li. Seriously, they're as different as night and day, and neither of them has a scene without the other. Also, Black Mask lampshades that they're not important to the plot so much as just caught in the crossfire.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's Batman. Jason's entire Batman Gambit was about forcing him into a position where he would have to kill, but giving Batman a Sadistic Choice never ends well.
- Time Bomb: All of the bombs make the compulsory beeping sounds during countdown, allowing the heroes to notice them before they go off. Also, during the endgame when Jason is trying to blow up himself along with everyone else, there is a 20-second countdown rather than an instant trigger to allow Batman to act. Because all bombs need a countdown.
- Justified: At this point in time, Jason doesn't really want to kill Batman. Also possibly justified with the Joker (in the intro-flashback) because he's the Joker and would want people to know that they were going to die.
- Timeshifted Actor: Jason Todd is played by no less than 3 actors; one as a kid, one as a teen, and one as an adult. The first one is Alex Martella, Vincent Martella's little brother, and he played Robin's teen incarnation! They got to work in the booth together!
- Too Dumb to Live: The dealers talking trash to Red Hood when he has not only a gun pointed at them, but the high ground as well. Lampshaded by Red Hood himself.
Dealer: You wanna die? There's easier ways to kill yourself!
Red Hood: Yeah, like yelling at the guy holding the AK-47.
- Tragic Villain: Jason Todd/Red Hood.
- Troubling Unchildhood Behavior: Jason breaks a thug's collarbone as a teenager, under the impression that the man deserved it.
- The Unfettered: The Red Hood, contrasting Batman.
- Unwitting Pawn: Black Mask and Joker are each this for Red Hood. The former of whom even lampshades this.
- Visual Pun: When Red Hood attacks Black Mask with a rocket launcher, the explosion hits a fire escape door and it bursts into flame.
- Vomiting Drug Dealer: One mook's reaction to a duffel bag full of severed heads.
- The Watson: Several, most notably one of the thugs at the beginning who asks Batman what an AMAZO is.
- Wham Line: "You haven't lost your touch, Bruce!"
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Red Hood's primary motivation for clashing with Batman. The twist is that he isn't pissed at Batman for not saving him, he's pissed at him for not killing the Joker in the wake of his murder. JOKER even gleefully calls Batman out on his sense of priorities. That has to tell you something.
- Earlier in a flashback Batman gives one to Jason when he breaks the collarbone of a thug that he was going to interrogate. Jason apologize for screwing up their mission, but not for injuring the thug.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?:
Nightwing: You know what I missed most running with you? The toys.
- For that matter, where did Red Hood get his first set of guns, his outfit and that knife? Money from the dealers accounts for everything else, but not his starting gear.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Red Hood/Jason Todd.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Batman gives one (quoted under Start of Darkness above) stating why he holds to his Thou Shall Not Kill principle, even when logic would dictate otherwise. Subverted though, as this does not lead to him abandoning that principle even when the situation is at its most dire. In his own words, "Nothing's changed."
- Would Hit a Girl: Red Hood, given his Anti-Hero status, doesn't recognize genders in a fight as he had no problem fighting the katana-wielding female assassin. Same goes for Batman as well.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Despite Ms. Li being all snarky at the Black Mask, he never really hits her. He goes directly for the guy beside her. Possibly because, despite how much he yells, he's fully aware that he can't operate without her.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Joker was the only one who was pleased with the outcome of Batman Taking a Third Option.
Joker: "I can't believe you've got him! You expert rootin' tootin' eagle-eyed goth-loving marksman! I love it! You managed to find a way to win, AND EVERYBODY STILL LOSES! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
- Your Head A Splode:
- Red Hood does this to one of the assassins, and blood is sprayed all over the wall behind him, much to Batman's horror.
- There's also Batman using plastique to blow Amazo's head off, but then, Amazo is a robot.
- Then there's Red Hood's helmet... though it doesn't end up exploding. Not with anyone's head in it, anyway.