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* CorrelationCausationGag: Two boys are mime-shooting imaginary guns at cars on the street. Suddenly, there's an explosion where they were aiming, making it seem as though they caused it.

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* VigilanteMilitia: Batman's activities have unfortunately inspired several copycat vigilantes to take on the criminal underworld of Gotham. At least some of these are working together, as seen when two or three of them try to take down Scarecrow's operation. Bruce is not happy about this, as these average citizens don't have the same resources he does and are more likely to get themselves killed. [[spoiler:Indeed, the Joker starts targeting them in his hunt for the Batman and brutally murders one on camera.]]


* UncertainDoom: Grumpy gets hit by a flying piece of furniture when the school bus smashes the bank entrance. Wether he's killed or knocked out remains unclear.

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* UncertainDoom: Grumpy gets hit by a flying piece of furniture when the school bus smashes the bank entrance. Wether he's killed or knocked out remains unclear. Similarly, we never learn if Maroni survives his car crash. It's stated that Two-Face killed four people, but we only learn of the deaths of two, and even if Maroni were counted, that would only make three.


** [[spoiler: Harvey mention early in the movie that "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain", foreshadowing both his and Batman's eventual fates.]]

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** [[spoiler: Harvey mention mentions early in the movie that "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain", foreshadowing both his and Batman's eventual fates.]]

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* IronicName: All the clowns in the opening bank robbery have one:
** "Dopey" is actually a competent alarm cracker, and is more familiar with the Joker than his partner.
** "Happy" isn't especially jovial, and seems relatively low-key compared to the other robbers.
** "Chuckles" takes the job very seriously, and does a lot of shouting.
** "Grumpy" shows more of a sense of humor than the other robbers.
** "Bozo" is far from dumb, and turns out to be the Joker in disguise.


** When Harvey and Rachel [[spoiler:are kidnapped]], Harvey's room is brightly lit, while Rachel is in darkness, [[spoiler:foreshadowing who is going to die]].


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* RuleOfSymbolism:
** When Harvey and Rachel [[spoiler:are kidnapped]], Harvey's room is brightly lit, while Rachel is in darkness, [[spoiler:{{foreshadowing}} who is going to die]].

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** Note the number of times that Harvey flips his coin [[spoiler:before his transformation into Two-Face]].
** When Harvey and Rachel [[spoiler:are kidnapped]], Harvey's room is brightly lit, while Rachel is in darkness, [[spoiler:foreshadowing who is going to die]].


'''Joker''': You know... for awhile there, I thought you really ''were'' [[spoiler:Dent. The way you ''threw'' yourself after after her!]]

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'''Joker''': You know... for awhile there, I thought you really ''were'' [[spoiler:Dent. The way you ''threw'' yourself after after her!]]


-->'''Yjr Joker''': I just did what I do best--I took your little plan, and I ''turned it on itself''.

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-->'''Yjr -->'''The Joker''': I just did what I do best--I took your little plan, and I ''turned it on itself''.


* KansasCityShuffle: When ComicBook/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 21 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily knew to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]

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* KansasCityShuffle: When ComicBook/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 21 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily knew to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]


* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: How the Joker and a couple of his men get into the funeral procession for Commissioner Loeb to assassinate Mayor Garcia. They kidnap the seven man honor guard that is supposed to do the 21 round salute, tie them up to a column in an apartment overlooking the procession, then [[MuggedForDisguise steal their uniforms and weapons]], then head down for the procession. When Garcia finishes his eulogy, the fake honor guard starts the 21 round salute. Just after the second volley, in a split second Gordon sees the Joker and his men suddenly spin right and aim their rifles at the mayor. He immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just the Joker fires, the bullet instead hitting Gordon in the chest. The assembled group immediately breaks formation and everyone runs every which way, causing chaos that allows the Joker and all of his men except for Thomas Schiff to escape.

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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: How the Joker and a couple of his men get into the funeral procession for Commissioner Loeb to assassinate Mayor Garcia. They kidnap the seven man honor guard that is supposed to do the 21 round salute, tie them up to a column in an apartment overlooking the procession, then [[MuggedForDisguise steal their uniforms and weapons]], then head down for the procession. When Garcia finishes his eulogy, the fake honor guard starts the 21 round salute. Just after the second volley, in a split second Gordon sees the Joker and his men suddenly spin right and aim their rifles at the mayor. He immediately tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker fires, the bullet instead hitting Gordon in the chest. The assembled group immediately breaks formation and everyone runs every which way, causing chaos that allows the Joker and all of his men except for Thomas Schiff to escape.


** ''Batman Begins'' had a city block built inside of an aircraft hanger to represent the Narrows, including the destructive monorail sequence. ''The Dark Knight'' was entirely filmed within downtown Chicago and the surrounding inner suburbs of the city. ''The Dark Knight Rises'' uses Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and New York City, hence the different aesthetics.

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** ''Batman Begins'' had a city block built inside of an aircraft hanger hangar to represent the Narrows, including the destructive monorail sequence. ''The Dark Knight'' was entirely filmed within downtown Chicago and the surrounding inner suburbs of the city. ''The Dark Knight Rises'' uses Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and New York City, hence the different aesthetics.


* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: This one actually pretains to ''grenades''; the Joker threatens the mob meeting with a coat featuring a bunch of grenades with their pins attached to a string. Grenade pins won't be able to be set off so easily, then again, we are talking about ''the Joker''. He could've modified the grenades' pins so that they would come out easier or knew that the appearance of the grenades alone would be enough to scare the mobsters shitless.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: This one actually pretains pertains to ''grenades''; the Joker threatens the mob meeting with a coat featuring a bunch of grenades with their pins attached to a string. Grenade pins won't be able to be set off so easily, then again, we are talking about ''the Joker''. He could've modified the grenades' pins so that they would come out easier or knew that the appearance of the grenades alone would be enough to scare the mobsters shitless.


* KansasCityShuffle: When ComicBook/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 10 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily knew to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]

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* KansasCityShuffle: When ComicBook/TheJoker threatens to kill the mayor, both Batman and the police assume that the only way the Joker could succeed is by using a shooter in the buildings overlooking the funeral; the police set up officers to watch the windows, while Batman takes [[FingerprintingAir "fingerprints" off a shattered bullet]] to track one of the Joker's mooks to his home address near the funeral. [[spoiler:It turns out that the Joker and his gang were all disguised as a the ceremonial honor guard giving the 10 21 gun salute. While the police were watching the windows and Batman was looking through the mook's apartment, Joker was standing with a loaded rifle mere feet from the mayor. Gordon luckily knew to [[SpannerInTheWorks jump in front of the mayor with a bullet proof vest on]].]]


* GambitRoulette: As part of his psychological manipulation of Dent, The Joker claims that he doesn't have the faintest clue what he's doing. In fact, he's [[AvertedTrope quite the cunning planner]], and pulls of quite a few [[BatmanGambit gambits]] over the course of the film.
-->'''Joker:''' You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it!

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* GambitRoulette: As part of his psychological manipulation of Dent, The During the bank heist, there's no way Joker claims could have predicted that he doesn't have the faintest clue what he's doing. In fact, he's [[AvertedTrope quite one clown would be standing right where the cunning planner]], and pulls of quite a few [[BatmanGambit gambits]] over bus was going to come through the course wall. There are several other instances of things working out improbably well for him, but that's the film.
-->'''Joker:''' You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it!
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