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* ContrivedCoincidence: This trope is thoroughly deconstructed. Catwoman manages to figure Batman's identity simply from the wound she inflicted on him, and Bruce has to hide some of his injuries' in public, and even then, they still get noticed. Alfred points out how fortunate they are that no one has figured Bruce's secret yet.



* {{Irony}}: Naming a hospital after his parents in the hopes of helping the mentally ill is ''much'' HarsherInHindsight InUniverse when Bruce finds out [[spoiler:his father had someone fraudulently institutionalized.]]

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* {{Irony}}: Naming a hospital after his parents in the hopes of helping the mentally ill is ''much'' HarsherInHindsight InUniverse when Bruce finds out [[spoiler:his father had someone hundreds of people fraudulently institutionalized.]]


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* RealityEnsues: Given this has a more realistic take on Batman, this is to be expected.
** There are some injuries Batman gets that Bruce has to explain away, but Selina manages to figure out his identity almost immediatly. Even solid excuses can be brushed aside when people make the connection, as Alfred warns Bruce.
** Batman cannot be in two places at once, unlike most Batman media where he is always able to save both people, the '''Arkham''' series especially used it. As a result, when Batman has to save someone and he has to choose, the other person he did not save winds up dead or maimed.
** Unlike most other incarnations of Batman, who strictly operate at night, Batman has very little trouble working during the day if he absolutely must.
** Batman's preferred method of interrogation, going into JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, suffers especially harsh treatment. While it will get answers, being too brutal with thugs will result in Batman's relationship with Gordon suffering, and even if Batman is relatively gentle, the technique can still hurt.
** If Batman decides to pay a visit to Mayor Hill, Batman suffers a major hit with Gordon. Despite the fact everyone knows Hill is corrupt, he is still the Mayor and even if Batman is very restrained, and never threatens Hill, he still is threatening the person who runs the city.

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* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:If you tell Vigilante Joker that you did truly consider him a friend, TheStinger shows him happily reuniting with Bruce in Arkham, implying that perhaps he can still be at least somewhat reformed, even if he can never become a hero.]]

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* RedHerring: At the end of the first episode, [[spoiler:Riddler's]] killer is given the silhouette of [[spoiler:John Doe]] in order to further stack the evidence against them. [[spoiler:In actuality, it's Tiffany Fox who killed him]].


* BrokenAesop: In the final scene of Season 2, [[spoiler: Alfred calls Bruce out on creating the villains that he has to fight, and Telltale clearly [[WhatTheHellHero wants the player to be hit hard by it.]] The only problem is that in Telltale’s continuity, Batman is only responsible for the creation of Joker and Two-Face, and even then, the level of responsibility is dependent on the player’s choices]].

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* BrokenAesop: In the final scene of Season 2, [[spoiler: Alfred calls Bruce out on creating the villains that he has to fight, and Telltale clearly [[WhatTheHellHero wants the player to be hit hard by it.]] The only problem is that in Telltale’s continuity, Batman is only responsible for the creation of Joker and Two-Face, and even then, not only is the level of responsibility is dependent on the player’s choices]].choices but most of them were caused by ''Bruce's'' actions, not Batman's]].



* NotHisSled: In the [[spoiler:Vigilante Joker]] path, [[spoiler:Joker gets knocked over a railing in Ace Chemicals and starts falling towards a vat of green chemicals. At first, it seems that Telltale is going with the classic ''The Killing Joke'' origin story for the psychotic clown we all know, but then Batman manages to grab him with his grapple before he lands]].



* SuperheroTrophyShelf: By the first episode, Bruce has already begun to form his usual collection of mementos from past enemies and case files. [[spoiler: If you bring Selina to the Batcave, she is a bit surprised to see her old goggles there. However, she tells him to keep them.]]

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* SuperheroTrophyShelf: By the first episode, Bruce has already begun to form his usual collection of mementos from past enemies and case files. files, this time including Catwoman, Two-Face, Penguin, and Lady Arkham. [[spoiler: If you bring Selina to the Batcave, she is a bit surprised to see her old goggles there. However, there, but she tells him Bruce to keep them.]]]] By the end of the game, the collection now includes [[spoiler:Joker (Vigilante or Villain), Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, Riddler, and Bane]].


* AmbiguousSituation: The mess in John's funhouse. [[spoiler:John swears that the now dead Agents attacked first without attempting to bring him in peacefully, but there's evidence on both sides - while John is violently unstable and switches from peaceful to murderous in the blink of an eye, the Agency has a horrible track record of trying to resolve situations peacefully, so it is entirely possible they attacked first]]. This is completely intentional, of course; [[spoiler:it's up to the player to decide if John is telling the truth, and this decision directly creates either the Vigilante or Villain path for Episode 5]].



* JokerImmunity: But of course. Rather humorously, it can be lampshaded in Episode 5 when [[spoiler:Bruce asks Vigilante Joker how he survived the fall from the bridge. Joker says it was a high fall but he managed to grab onto a raft and drift to shore, which still doesn't answer the question of how he survived the actual drop]].

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* JokerImmunity: [[TropeNamer But of course.course]]. Rather humorously, it can be lampshaded in Episode 5 when [[spoiler:Bruce asks Vigilante Joker how he survived the fall from the bridge. Joker says it was a high fall but he managed to grab onto a raft and drift to shore, which still doesn't answer the question of how he survived the actual drop]].



* JurisdictionFriction: Amanda Waller (The Agency) and Gordon (GCPD) have a ''very'' adversarial relationship, with Batman stuck in the middle. Waller views the GCPD as [[PoliceAreUseless inefficient, slow, and an impediment to the investigation]], insulting his tactical decisions, while Gordon is wary of the Agency's [[TheMenInBlack reputation for brutality and lack of administrative oversight]], outright telling Batman not to entrust any evidence with them.

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* JurisdictionFriction: Amanda Waller (The Agency) and Gordon (GCPD) have a ''very'' adversarial relationship, with Batman stuck in the middle. Waller views the GCPD as [[PoliceAreUseless inefficient, slow, and an impediment to the investigation]], insulting his tactical decisions, while Gordon is wary of the Agency's [[TheMenInBlack reputation for brutality and lack of administrative oversight]], outright telling Batman not to entrust any evidence with them. This goes [[DeconstructedTrope about as well as one can expect]]; the [[spoiler:Vigilante Joker]] path has Gordon note [[spoiler:at Bane and Joker's crime scene that, with himself being fired and Waller being kidnapped, no one knows what jurisdiction the scene falls under]].



* LoveTriangle: This season sets up a love triangle with Bruce, Catwoman, and Agent Avesta. John lampshades this in Episode 4, asking if Bruce is cheating on her.

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* LoveTriangle: This season sets up a love triangle with Bruce, Catwoman, and Agent Avesta. John lampshades this in Episode 4, asking if Bruce is cheating on her. [[spoiler:Ultimately, it goes nowhere, with Avesta not developing full romantic feelings for him and Selina leaving Gotham even if she and Bruce are on the best possible terms]].


* AesopAmnesia: A rare acknowledged example. In the [[spoiler:Vigilante Joker]] path in episode 5, [[spoiler:Batman can tell Joker that heroes never kill, to which the game tells you "Joker will remember that". Later on, you can remind him that heroes never kill, at which point the game says "[[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds Joker totally forgot to remember that]]"]].
* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of the first episode, [[spoiler:both Lucius Fox and the Riddler are dead, and depending on your choices, so is Agent Blake.]]



* AwesomeButImpractical: The Agency's arms its field agents with advanced pistols that fire nonlethal electric shocks instead of bullets. Unfortunately, it also means their fancy guns are rendered useless by an EMP, [[spoiler:which the Pact exploits in their attack on the Agency convoy]] in Episode 2, while their henchmen's machine guns [[BoringButPractical work just fine.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of the first episode, [[spoiler:both Lucius Fox and the Riddler are dead, and depending on your choices, so is Agent Blake.]]



* AwesomeButImpractical: The Agency's arms its field agents with advanced pistols that fire nonlethal electric shocks instead of bullets. Unfortunately, it also means their fancy guns are rendered useless by an EMP, [[spoiler:which the Pact exploits in their attack on the Agency convoy]] in Episode 2, while their henchmen's machine guns [[BoringButPractical work just fine.]] Additionally, [[spoiler:Tiffany]] points out that the gun firing electric charges heats the barrels up incredibly quickly, meaning they just as quickly become incredibly inaccurate.



* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: In the Vigilante path of Episode 5, the Agency has Bane in a shock collar. Considering Bane is now juiced up with improved Venom, he quickly loses patience with the agent giving him orders and tries to pancake his skull into the pavement when he shocks him one too many times. Whether or not he succeeds depends on if Batman saves him or the Joker goon he's struggling with.]]

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* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: In the Vigilante path of Episode 5, the Agency has Bane in a shock collar. Considering Bane is now juiced up with improved Venom, he quickly loses patience with the agent giving him orders and tries to pancake his skull into the pavement when he shocks him one too many times. Whether or not he succeeds depends on if Batman saves him or the Joker goon he's struggling with.with [[note]]According to Telltale, Bane has succeeded about 70% of the time[[/note]].]]



* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[InSpiteOfANail No matter what choices you make]], [[spoiler:Bruce is at least partially responsible for John's decent into becoming the Joker. That said, if you make the right choices, you can at least minimize his destructive desires and stop him with minimal bloodshed]].



* DrowningMySorrows: If John is forced to intervene to [[spoiler:save Batman's life at the black site, Harley gives him a black eye and dumps him. By the time Bruce and Avesta find him in the Pact's lair, he's completely wasted and surrounded by empty beer bottles]].



* InterfaceSpoiler: [[spoiler:The silhouette on Episode 3's blurb is unmistakably Catwoman's, severely lessening the shock when she returns at the end of Episode 2.]]

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* InterfaceSpoiler: [[spoiler:The silhouette on Episode 3's blurb is unmistakably Catwoman's, severely lessening the shock when she returns at the end of Episode 2. Similarly, while Mr. Freeze and Bane's silhouettes are generic enough that they aren't obvious, there's no mistaking Harley and her giant hammer.]]



* JokerImmunity: But of course. Rather humorously, it can be lampshaded in Episode 5 when [[spoiler:Bruce asks Vigilante Joker how he survived the fall from the bridge. Joker says it was a high fall but he managed to grab onto a raft and drift to shore, which still doesn't answer the question of how he survived the actual drop]].
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Not that John Doe was always there to begin with, but the [[spoiler:Vigilante Joker]] arc has a very clear moment where he completely loses it. After [[spoiler:Batman intervenes to prevent him from killing Waller, he's confronted by several members of the Agency, and proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle absolutely butcher them]] in the blink of an eye. From that point on, Joker is officially an enemy no matter what you try]].



* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: Depending on your relationship with Waller, [[spoiler:the only thing that stops her from revealing Bruce's identity to the world is the fact that Bruce now holds incredible amounts of blackmail data on her that would cost her her career and freedom should he reveal it]].



* PlotArmor: If Agent Avesta dies in the Riddler's game in the first episode, it's game over. [[spoiler:Agent Blake]], on the other hand, is not quite so irreplaceable and can be killed in her place with no issue.



** Much like in canon, Waller [[spoiler: gets to form her Suicide Squad from Bane, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman, who she tries to put to use against Batman and Joker in Episode 5. Given however that her squad is formed of a bunch of barely restrained supercriminals who hate both her and Batman, they can charitably be described as loose cannons: Bane quickly turns on and tries to kill his handler the first chance he gets, and Harley ends up abusing her new authority in Waller's absence to try and intimidate Batman and the GCPD, leading to Gordon arresting her.]]

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** Much like in canon, Waller [[spoiler: gets to form her Suicide Squad from Bane, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman, who she tries to put to use against Batman and Joker in Episode 5. Given however that her squad is formed of a bunch of barely restrained supercriminals who hate both her and Batman, they can charitably be described as loose cannons: Bane quickly turns on and tries to kill his handler the first chance he gets, and Harley ends up abusing her new authority in Waller's absence to try and intimidate Batman and the GCPD, leading to Gordon arresting her.her, and, depending on your choices, Batman uses the leverage he has on Waller to force her to release Catwoman.]]


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* WorfHadTheFlu: To justify why [[spoiler:Vigilante Joker]] is able to put up such a strong fight against Batman himself, Batman is still recovering from [[spoiler:having a piece of rebar shoved through his side]], and the wound acts up at inconvenient times throughout the fight.


** The ending of episode 4 -- [[spoiler:Either race back to Wayne Enterprises and stop the Penguin from gaining the secrets of the Batman, or race back to Wayne Manor and save it from Harvey. Stopping Penguin will give you back your tech, but Wayne Manor is burnt to the ground and Harvey later starts taking hostages. Saving Wayne Manor has Harvey imprisoned for his crimes (either in Arkham or Blackgate), but Bruce loses his tech and is forced to go the old-fashioned way. Then one you don't go after is dealt with in the beginning of Episode 5.]]

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** The ending of episode 4 -- [[spoiler:Either race back to Wayne Enterprises and stop the Penguin from gaining the secrets of the Batman, or race back to Wayne Manor and save it from Harvey. Stopping Penguin will give you back your tech, but Wayne Manor is burnt to the ground and Harvey later starts taking hostages. Saving Wayne Manor has Harvey imprisoned for his crimes (either in Arkham or Blackgate), but Bruce loses his tech and is forced to go the old-fashioned way. Then The one you don't go after is dealt with in the beginning of Episode 5.]]


** The ending of Episode 2 forces Bruce to make a decision -- [[spoiler:either drive Selina away by failing to come to her aid, or watch his friend Harvey be horribly disfigured by Penguin.]][[note]]Since Harvey becoming Two-Face was treated as a ForegoneConclusion by most players, two-thirds of them chose to save Selina. Of course, while Harvey still develops mental health issues, it is possible to avoid the scarring.[[/note]]
** Earlier in Episode 2, Mayor Hill presents another one: [[spoiler:He'll only give Bruce more information about his dealings with Thomas Wayne if Bruce pulls funding for Harvey Dent's mayoral campaign.]]
** The ending of episode 4 hits you with a big one -- [[spoiler:Either race back to Wayne Enterprises and stop the Penguin from gaining the secrets of the Batman or race back to Wayne Manor and save it from Harvey Dent. Stopping the Penguin will give you back your tech, but Wayne Manor is burnt to the ground and Harvey later starts taking hostages, yet saving Wayne Manor has Harvey imprisoned for his crimes (either in Blackgate or Arkham), but Bruce loses his tech and is forced to go the old-fashioned way. Then one you don't go after is dealt with in the beginning of Episode 5.]]
** At the end of Episode 5, [[spoiler:Lady Arkham threatens to kill Alfred unless Batman reveals his true identity to her. If you unmask, Bruce gets a chunk of his ear blown off by Lady Arkham's staff. If you refuse and try to attack, Alfred gets free, but gets blasted in the face in the ensuing struggle; it's later revealed that he lost one of his eyes [[EyepatchAfterTimeSkip and has to wear an eyepatch]]. Either way, ''someone'' isn't walking away from that final battle without a permanent reminder...]]

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** In Episode 2 (if Bruce visits Mayor Hill as himself and not Batman), [[spoiler:Hill will offer to give Bruce more information about his dealings with Thomas Wayne if Bruce pulls funding for Harvey Dent's mayoral campaign.]]
** The ending last choice of Episode 2 forces Bruce to make a decision -- [[spoiler:either [[spoiler:Bruce must either save Harvey and drive Selina away by failing to come to her aid, away, or save Selina and watch his friend Harvey be horribly disfigured by Penguin.]][[note]]Since Harvey becoming Two-Face was treated as a ForegoneConclusion by most players, two-thirds of them chose to save Selina. Of course, while Harvey still develops mental health issues, it is possible to avoid the scarring.[[/note]]
** Earlier in Episode 2, Mayor Hill presents another one: [[spoiler:He'll only give Bruce more information about his dealings with Thomas Wayne if Bruce pulls funding for Harvey Dent's mayoral campaign.]]
** The ending of episode 4 hits you with a big one -- [[spoiler:Either race back to Wayne Enterprises and stop the Penguin from gaining the secrets of the Batman Batman, or race back to Wayne Manor and save it from Harvey Dent. Harvey. Stopping the Penguin will give you back your tech, but Wayne Manor is burnt to the ground and Harvey later starts taking hostages, yet saving hostages. Saving Wayne Manor has Harvey imprisoned for his crimes (either in Blackgate Arkham or Arkham), Blackgate), but Bruce loses his tech and is forced to go the old-fashioned way. Then one you don't go after is dealt with in the beginning of Episode 5.]]
** At the end of Episode 5, [[spoiler:Lady Arkham threatens to kill Alfred unless Batman reveals his true identity to her. If you unmask, Bruce gets a chunk of his ear blown off by Lady Arkham's staff. If you refuse and try to attack, Alfred gets free, free but gets blasted in the face in the ensuing struggle; it's later revealed that he lost one of his eyes [[EyepatchAfterTimeSkip and has to wear an eyepatch]]. Either way, ''someone'' isn't walking away from that final battle without a permanent reminder...]]

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In episode 3 during the cafe scene, Bruce notices the Batsignal and gives John one of his excuses. Once Bruce leaves, John also starts leaving but notices the signal and stares at it until the scene ends. Being a Batman fanboy it seems like he's just awestruck about seeing the signal, but [[spoiler:episode 4 reveals it was one of the major clues that allowed him to realize Bruce is Batman]].

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* MistakenForGay: Twice.
** First, John at one point confesses to Bruce that he has fallen in love. One of the possible dialog options is "With me?". It's actually Harley, but it definetly wouldn't have been OutOfCharacter for John if it was Bruce.
** Later on at a cafe John is trying to figure out a way to gain Harley's affection, and persuades Bruce to pretend to be her. One of these attempts ends with him grabbing Bruce over the table and yelling "WHY WON'T YOU LOVE ME!?" [[FunnyBackgroundEvent as at least one onlooker turns their head to them]].


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** Alfred still has PTSD from being kidnapped in the last season. [[spoiler:He later realizes this is actually not the case, but that being Batman's closest ally causes him so much stress that it causes him physical symptoms. He understandably decides to retire when he realizes that he's getting too old to withstand that amount of pressure, and that if he keeps watching over Bruce he is going to die from it]].

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* BigNo:
** Bruce does one when [[spoiler:Lucius is murdered in an explosion.]]
** In the villain path, Joker does this if Bruce makes excuses for his actions when playing Never have I ever. The trope is humoristically lampshaded, as the camera has a dramatic zoom-in effect on Joker's face the moment he uses the N-word.


* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In episode 5, during the [[spoiler: Villainous Joker story arc, the clown is holding several people hostage at a sadistic dinner party, including Bruce and Alfred, Alfred making a tray of scones for the occasion. When the the tray is smashed over Bruce's face, one of the scones falls on the table, smashed open to reveal one of Batman's electronic shock weapons. Considering this is a black puck with electric bolts noisily flying around it, you would think it would be noticed. However, neither Joker, Harley Quinn, or any of their goons see it, despite the former two sitting down at the table with it right in front of them. Also, if any of the other two dinner guests see it, they don't show it.]]



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In episode 5, during the [[spoiler: Villainous Joker story arc, the clown is holding several people hostage at a sadistic dinner party, including Bruce and Alfred, Alfred making a tray of scones for the occasion. When the the tray is smashed over Bruce's face, one of the scones falls on the table, smashed open to reveal one of Batman's electronic shock weapons. Considering this is a black puck with electric bolts noisily flying around it, you would think it would be noticed. However, neither Joker, Harley Quinn, or any of their goons see it, despite the former two sitting down at the table with it right in front of them. Also, if any of the other two dinner guests see it, they don't show it.]]


The series had been assumed to be cancelled when Telltale shut its doors in the Fall of 2018 but new life was breathed when the company’s assets (including the license for this series) were purchased in August 2019.

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The series had been assumed to be cancelled when Telltale shut its doors in the Fall of 2018 but new life was breathed when the company’s assets (including the license for this series) were purchased in August 2019. In December 2019, the new Telltale Games released ''Batman: Shadows Editon'', a bundle of both seasons with a new noir graphics mode.


* TheStinger: [[spoiler:The Joker is shown in Arkham Asylum saying and doing various different things depending on what choices were made during the episode and the previous episode:]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a vigilante and Bruce told him that they were friends, Joker gets visited by Bruce.]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a vigilante and Bruce told him they were never friends and gave up Alfred, Joker sees Batman outside the asylum through a window and gleefully declares that nothing can keep enemies like them apart, foreshadowing their eternal rivalry. Eventually Batman grapples away as Joker laughs maniacally. ]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a vigilante and Bruce told him they were never friends and gave up Batman, Joker sees the batsignal outside the asylum through a window and smiles but is enraged when the batsignal turns off suddenly and smashes a photo of him and Batman or a random man with Bruce's face taped on if you refused to let John take a selfie.]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a villain and Bruce told him they had some good times, Joker has a doll of Bruce and draws a smile on its face with lipstick.]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a villain and Bruce told him that he wishes that they had never met, Joker has a doll of Bruce and sets it on fire, promising to make sure their future will be "very, very bright".]]

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* TheStinger: [[spoiler:The Joker is shown in Arkham Asylum saying and doing various different things Asylum, his actions depending on what choices were made during the episode and the previous episode:]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a vigilante and [[spoiler:Vigilante Joker: If Bruce told him Joker that they were friends, Bruce visits Joker gets visited by Bruce.in his cell. If Bruce told Joker that they were never friends and gave up Alfred, Joker spots Batman through his Asylum window and gleefully declares that nothing can keep enemies like them apart, foreshadowing their eternal rivalry. Batman grapples away as Joker laughs maniacally. If Bruce told Joker that they were never friends and gave up Batman, Joker spots the batsignal outside his Asylum window and smiles, but becomes enraged when the batsignal turns off and smashes a photo of him and Batman (or a random man with Bruce's face taped on if Batman refused to let John take a selfie).]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a vigilante and [[spoiler:Villain Joker: If Bruce told him they were never friends and gave up Alfred, Joker sees Batman outside the asylum through a window and gleefully declares that nothing can keep enemies like them apart, foreshadowing their eternal rivalry. Eventually Batman grapples away as Joker laughs maniacally. ]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a vigilante and Bruce told him they were never friends and gave up Batman, Joker sees the batsignal outside the asylum through a window and smiles but is enraged when the batsignal turns off suddenly and smashes a photo of him and Batman or a random man with Bruce's face taped on if you refused to let John take a selfie.]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became a villain and Bruce told him
they had some good times, Joker has a doll of Bruce and draws a smile on its face with lipstick.]]
** [[spoiler:If Joker became
onto a villain and doll he has of Bruce. If Bruce told him Joker that he wishes that they had never met, Joker has a doll of Bruce and sets it on fire, promising promises to make sure their future will be "very, very bright".bright" and lights his doll of Bruce on fire.]]


*** During the fundraiser event at Wayne Manor, Harvey makes a remark about cutting Gotham's crime rate [[{{pun}}in half]], and after receiving tips on a slogan, Harvey suggests he and Bruce shake some hands in order to shake things up a little in Gotham, which is immediately followed by a shot of Falcone's car approaching the Manor, and the player soon gets to choose whether or not to shake the mobster's hand, impacting his reputation.

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*** During the fundraiser event at Wayne Manor, Harvey makes a remark about cutting Gotham's crime rate [[{{pun}}in [[{{pun}} in half]], and after receiving tips on a slogan, Harvey suggests he and Bruce shake some hands in order to shake things up a little in Gotham, which is immediately followed by a shot of Falcone's car approaching the Manor, and the player soon gets to choose whether or not to shake the mobster's hand, impacting his reputation.

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