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* InNameOnly: The film takes only the broadest of strokes from the DC universe to paint a more grounded and realistic character of Joker that is unique to the film. The Joker's personality, habits and backstory are completely different, and those few characters from the DC universe that also appear have different characterizations.

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* InNameOnly: The film takes only the broadest of strokes from the DC universe to paint a more grounded and realistic character of Joker that is unique to the film. film, not to mention the Gotham City he lives in. The Joker's personality, habits and backstory are completely different, and those few characters from the DC universe that also appear have different characterizations.characterizations.
* InsultBackfire: Thomas Wayne insults protesters with "clowns". Then they start wearing clown masks.


* {{Determinator}}: Experiencing heavy physical abuse virtually his entire life, Arthur's body has become incredible resilient and he bounces back from physical trauma very quickly. While running from a couple of detectives, he's hit hard enough by a taxi to smash the windshield yet gets right back up and keeps on running, and later in the same day he's in a major wreck when a police cruiser he's riding in is t-boned by a speeding ambulance, ''on the side of the car that Arthur is riding in,'' only to be knocked unconscious and wake up a minute later fully able to stand and move around.

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* {{Determinator}}: Experiencing heavy physical abuse virtually his entire life, Arthur's body has become incredible resilient and he bounces back from physical trauma very quickly. While running from a couple of detectives, he's hit hard enough by a taxi to smash the windshield yet gets right back up and keeps on running, and later in the same day he's in a major wreck when a police cruiser he's riding in is t-boned by a speeding ambulance, ''on the side of the car that Arthur is riding in,'' only to be knocked unconscious and wake up a minute later fully able to stand and move around. He also frequently rams his head into things with serious force and doesn't even seem fazed, which connects to the fact that the most severe trauma he experienced as a child was head trauma.


* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Arthur goes from being abused, bullied, and humiliated before he snaps and turns into the Joker.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Arthur goes from being is intensely abused, bullied, and humiliated before he snaps and turns into the Joker.


** When Sophie sees Arthur sitting in her couch, what she says reveals that she was never dating him.

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** When Sophie sees Arthur sitting in on her couch, what she says reveals that she was never really dating him.


->''"For my whole life, I didnít know if I even really existed. But I do. And people are starting to notice."''

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->''"For my whole life, I didnít know if I even really existed. But I do. And ''I do'', and people are starting to notice."''


** While Murray is right that not everyone is as bad as Arthur thinks, Arthur is right to point out that Murray only brought him on the show to humiliate and make fun of him... Presuming, of course, that Murray made that call instead of the network.

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** While Murray is right that not everyone is as bad as Arthur thinks, Arthur is right to point out that Murray only brought him on the show to humiliate and make fun of him... Presuming, presuming, of course, that Murray made that call decision himself instead of the network.


* {{Determinator}}: Experiencing heavy physical abuse virtually his entire life, Arthur's body has become incredible resilient and he bounces back from physical trauma very quickly. He's hit hard enough by a taxi to smash the windshield, yet keeps on running, and later in the same day he's in a major wreck when the police cruiser he's riding in is t-boned by a speeding ambulance, ''on the side of the car that Arthur is riding in,'' only to be knocked unconscious and wake up a minute later fully able to stand and move around.

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* {{Determinator}}: Experiencing heavy physical abuse virtually his entire life, Arthur's body has become incredible resilient and he bounces back from physical trauma very quickly. He's While running from a couple of detectives, he's hit hard enough by a taxi to smash the windshield, windshield yet gets right back up and keeps on running, and later in the same day he's in a major wreck when the a police cruiser he's riding in is t-boned by a speeding ambulance, ''on the side of the car that Arthur is riding in,'' only to be knocked unconscious and wake up a minute later fully able to stand and move around.

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* {{Determinator}}: Experiencing heavy physical abuse virtually his entire life, Arthur's body has become incredible resilient and he bounces back from physical trauma very quickly. He's hit hard enough by a taxi to smash the windshield, yet keeps on running, and later in the same day he's in a major wreck when the police cruiser he's riding in is t-boned by a speeding ambulance, ''on the side of the car that Arthur is riding in,'' only to be knocked unconscious and wake up a minute later fully able to stand and move around.


** After he's injured by one of the anarchists ramming the police car he's in, Arthur seemingly embraces the identity of the Joker and is applauded by the crowd of cheering, clown-faced rioters. After a FadeToBlack, we reopen on Arthur recieving psychiatrica evaluation in Arkham, because obviously 1) catching Arthur is going to be the police's number one priority thanks to the riots, and 2) having just been in a car accident, Arthur is in no condition to escape from them again.

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** After he's injured by one of the anarchists ramming the police car he's in, Arthur seemingly embraces the identity of the Joker and is applauded by the crowd of cheering, clown-faced rioters. After a FadeToBlack, we reopen on Arthur recieving psychiatrica receiving psychiatric evaluation in Arkham, because obviously 1) catching Arthur is going to be the police's number one priority thanks to the riots, and 2) having just been in a car accident, Arthur is in no condition to escape from them again.again. Too bad the latter judgment proves to be false since Arthur's body's been used to intense physical abuse since early childhood.


** Did Arthur really manage to kill his psychiatrist in Arkham at the end, considering how he's shown walking out of the room with blood on his shoes, or is this just another hallucination? Or, alternatively, rather than being literally true, is this just a metaphorical representation of the [[JokerImmunity many times]] that the Joker will inevitably break out of Arkham Asylum over the years to commit more crimes?

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** Did Arthur really manage to kill his psychiatrist in Arkham at the end, considering how he's shown walking out of the room with blood on his shoes, or is this just another hallucination? fantasy? Or, alternatively, rather than being literally true, is this just a metaphorical representation of the [[JokerImmunity many times]] that the Joker will inevitably break out of Arkham Asylum over the years to commit more crimes?



* KilledOffscreen: It's heavily implied that Arthur may have murdered Sophie when he breaks into her apartment. Upon realizing that his time with her was just a hallucination of his, Arthur looks her in the eyes and does the same "shooting yourself in the head" gesture like she did when they first met, before we immediately cut to him doing an UnflinchingWalk through the hallways outside her apartment, and [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse doesn't appear in the movie again]].

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* KilledOffscreen: It's heavily implied that Arthur may have murdered Sophie when he breaks into her apartment. Upon realizing that his time with her was just a hallucination fantasy of his, Arthur looks her in the eyes and does the same "shooting yourself in the head" gesture like she did when they first met, before we immediately cut to him doing an UnflinchingWalk through the hallways outside her apartment, and [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse doesn't appear in the movie again]].

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** While giving himself his Joker 'makeover', Arthur reaches for a pair of sharp scissors. Fans familiar with the look of the Creator/HeathLedger Joker with his iconic GlasgowGrin are likely waiting for him to mutilate himself into a permanent smile... but then people knock on his door and he puts the scissors away, eventually using them to kill somebody else.
** After getting the hang of having a gun, Arthur heads up to Gotham Bank... but chickens out and runs off.

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** Did Arthur really manage to kill his psychiatrist in Arkham at the end, considering how he's shown walking out of the room with blood on his shoes, or is this just another hallucination? Or, alternatively, rather than being literally true, is this just a metaphorical representation of the [[JokerImmunity many times]] that the Joker will inevitably break out of Arkham Asylum over the years to commit more crimes?


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** "I thought my life was a tragedy, but it turns out it's actually a comedy."


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** Going along with the above, Sophie seems to [[EasilyForgiven very forgiving]] of being ''stalked through the streets by her mentally ill neighbor.'' This is a pretty big indicator that this confrontation (and all of their interactions past that point) didn't actually happen.


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* KilledOffscreen: It's heavily implied that Arthur may have murdered Sophie when he breaks into her apartment. Upon realizing that his time with her was just a hallucination of his, Arthur looks her in the eyes and does the same "shooting yourself in the head" gesture like she did when they first met, before we immediately cut to him doing an UnflinchingWalk through the hallways outside her apartment, and [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse doesn't appear in the movie again]].


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** After he's injured by one of the anarchists ramming the police car he's in, Arthur seemingly embraces the identity of the Joker and is applauded by the crowd of cheering, clown-faced rioters. After a FadeToBlack, we reopen on Arthur recieving psychiatrica evaluation in Arkham, because obviously 1) catching Arthur is going to be the police's number one priority thanks to the riots, and 2) having just been in a car accident, Arthur is in no condition to escape from them again.


** The obvious conclusion between Arthur and his mother is that they both share a genetic brain defect that causes them to act [[AmbiguousDisorder as they do]]. It turns out that Arthur's likely adopted. Also, while his mother is legitimately delusional, a BlinkAndYoullMissIt shot in her file reveals she was ''lobotomized''. Arthur, on the other hand, is heavily implied to have been a perfectly normal child until his mother's boyfriend [[ChildhoodBrainDamage beat him to a pulp]] and tied him to a radiator.

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** The obvious conclusion between Arthur and his mother is that they both share a genetic brain defect that causes them to act [[AmbiguousDisorder as they do]]. It turns out that Arthur's likely adopted. Also, while his mother is legitimately delusional, a BlinkAndYoullMissIt FreezeFrameBonus shot in her file reveals she was ''lobotomized''. Arthur, on the other hand, is heavily implied to have been a perfectly normal child until his mother's boyfriend [[ChildhoodBrainDamage beat him to a pulp]] and tied him to a radiator.


* DarkerAndEdgier: Probably the darkest comic book movie yet, even for ''Batman'' standards. Its version of Gotham is truly in the depths of despair, haunted by economic depression and squalor. The primary conflict consists of a man going FromNobodyToNightmare due to constant mistreatment. There are almost no positive characters around, and no positive resolution. The only glimmers of hope for humanity are Gary and Bruce Wayne, but he's only a little boy in this movie. It is also the most grounded film of its kind -- there are no fantasy elements of any type at all to be found, apart from the throwaway "super rats" joke.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Probably the darkest comic book movie yet, even for ''Batman'' standards. Its version of Gotham is truly in the depths of despair, haunted by economic depression and squalor. The primary conflict consists of a man going FromNobodyToNightmare due to constant mistreatment. There are almost no positive characters around, and no positive resolution. The only glimmers of hope for humanity are Gary and Bruce Wayne, but he's only a little boy in this movie. It is also the most grounded film of its kind since ''Film/ThePunisher'' flicks -- there are no fantasy elements of any type at all to be found, apart from the throwaway "super rats" joke.


* MuggingTheMonster: The vast majority of the plot consists of the other characters mistreating or wronging Arthur in some way. Every single one of them directly or indirectly suffers for it...save one KarmaHoudini of a [[{{Jerkass}} boss.]]

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* MuggingTheMonster: The vast majority of the plot consists of the other characters mistreating or wronging Arthur in some way. Every single one of them directly or indirectly suffers for it... save one KarmaHoudini of a [[{{Jerkass}} boss.]]

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