YMMV / Knightfall

  • Archive Panic: This arc is huge in every sense of the word. The bare bones of the arc itself, according to Wikipedia, comprise of material from Batman, Detective Comics, Shadow of the Bat, Legends of the Dark Knight, Robin, Catwoman, Showcase and Justice League Task Force. And that's not even getting into the supplementary material like the Vengeance of Bane special or the Sword of Azrael mini-series, as well as a dozen or so lead-in issues of both Batman and Detective that show Batman's fatigue building as well as introducing both Azrael and Bane into the regular cast. And there's the two epilogue series, Prodigal and Troika, which help the story chalk up over one hundred issues in total. And it wasn't helped by the fact that DC only packaged "Knightfall" and "Knights End" in collected editions, but not either side of "Knightquest", though with the new "Knightfall" collection, it's been rectified somewhat: for some odd reason, "Knightfall" included Vengeance of Bane but left out Sword of Azrael while "Knightquest" only focused on "The Crusade" as Denny O'Neil considers "The Search" as something of an Old Shame.
    • To put it in perspective, the 2012-version paperbacks of the entire story is split up into three books. Each one is over 600 pages long.
    • The 2017 Omnibuses released so far, where the first volume collects the entirety of Knightfall, Vengeance of Bane and a number of prequel storylines setting up Knightfall (except Sword of Azrael) and the second volume collects both sides of Knightquest, finally averting Missing Episode, come in at nearly 1000 pages.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Mr. Freeze was killed off in Robin II: The Joker's Wild. Here, he was resurrected during Knightquest because Batman: The Animated Series made him popular.
  • Badass Decay: By the time of his final appearance in the story, Bane has lost a great deal of blood and has degenerated into a raving lunatic. After a few appearances where he was badass again, the decay set back in and continued for a while into the comics, as well as into Batman & Robin, where Bane was portrayed as Dumb Muscle. Thankfully, Secret Six and The Dark Knight Rises brought him back to his old, awesome self.
  • Creator's Pet: In the novelisation by Denny O'Neil, Bruce - during his journey to regain his capacity for violence - describes Lady Shiva as the "sexiest woman alive". Possibly crosses over with Author Appeal given Shiva was one of O'Neil's Pet Characters, fostered since her post-Crisis appearances in The Question.note 
  • Ending Fatigue: After dozens and dozens of issues watching Bruce Wayne lose to Bane, hand the mantle of Batman over to Azrael, and work to get the mantle of Batman back from Azrael, Bruce Wayne finally defeats Azrael and... hands the mantle of Batman over to Dick Grayson and fucks off for another eight issues. Only then does he come back and become Batman for real.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The AzBats costume, despite basically existing to show that Batman doesn't need such a suit, remains tremendously popular among fans who simply appreciate its basic design. It may not make for a good Batman, but it makes for an excellent design.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Hasbro's Legends of Batman toyline, which was basically a tie-in toyline for this story outside of the Elseworld theme of the other figures, was marketed towards children. Thankfully, they showed some restraint by not doing figures based on characters like Zsasz or Abattoir. Still, making three figures of Az-Bats for kids and mentioning the events in quite a few of the figures' bios does enter "WTF" territory.
  • Older Than They Think: This is the first time Dick Grayson becomes (temporarily) Batman, during the Prodigal storyline.
    • The particular plot of Knightfall with Batman facing all his Rogues Gallery in a short timespan, was reused in all of the Batman: Arkham Series games.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some readers actually enjoyed seeing Bane break Batman.
  • Signature Scene: Bane breaking Batman's back.
  • Squick: The Joker crashes his way into the hideout of fellow escapee Cornelius Stirk (who, believe it or not, is arguably more deranged than Joker is) and demands that Stirk team up with him to terrorize Commissioner Gordon. And all this while Stirk is stirring a pot full of boiling human hearts!
  • Strawman Has a Point: AzBats gets made out to be a monster for wanting to kill the Joker, but as usual it's hard to disagree with him. Joker had just bragged to his face about how he'd simply escape from Arkham once he'd had his fun there and they'd do it all over again, and Valley decided not to enable him. And if that wasn't enough, the Joker proceeded to escape from custody mere panels after AzBats was forced to spare him, only highlighting the case for this trope even more.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Misaimed Fandom's reaction; they honestly though Az-Bats was meant to be the new Batman, instead of a Take That! at The Dark Age of Comic Books. It's hard to blame them really, though, — with a run clocking in at over 50 issues long over multiple books, it really did seem like Azbats was the new status quo at the time.
  • Woolseyism: In the Mexican Spanish translation of the arc, Bane's famous line I will BREAK YOU! was translated as ¡TE DEJARE INVALIDO! (I WILL CRIPPLE YOU!) possibly because a literal translation of the line could sound too ridiculous in Spanish.