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    Season One 

Episode 1

  • The first few minutes has it shown that while the gameplay is quick time events, you get to see some awesome fight scenes from this game from Batman taking out armed goons like a slasher movie villain and his first one on one fight with Catwoman.
    • The fifth mook Batman takes down deserves some credit for having not only the guts in attempting to take on the Batman, but the balls to TAUNT HIM.
      • To clarify, even after being disarmed of his primary weapon by Batman, the mook just takes out his sidearm and keeps shooting at Batman, telling him to BRING IT ON even after having witnessed him take down four of his teammates.
  • Bruce and Oz taking down two muggers at Cobblepot Park. Especially when Oz starts dealing a couple of No Holds Barred Beatdowns, showing just how much of a capable fighter he is compared to his previous incarnations.
  • Bruce and Selina quickly discovering each other's alter-ego solely from the wounds they received.
  • Batman taking down Falcone's henchmen using not only just brawn and fists, but tactics and a well-devised strategy. Much like the Arkham series, this take on the caped crusader does a great deal to make the player feel as if they are indeed the Batman.

Episode 2

  • Bruce manages to, with only the presence of Crime Alley and his own repressed memories, uncover the complete picture of the night his parents died twenty years ago. Talk about being the world's greatest detective.
  • Bruce and Selina taking down thugs in a Bar Brawl in civilian clothing, showing that it's not the gadgets that make them tough, they are just awesome either way. Selina even arms herself with a pool cue with which she rather violently smacks someone with.
    • The Awesome Music playing in the background on the bar's jukebox (literally dubbed "tune for fighting", as stated if you observed the jukebox beforehand) makes the fight that more engaging.
  • Batman being able to take on Blockbuster, likely his first time dealing with a meta-human criminal.
  • Badass Bystander shows up in the debate, as Vicki Vale manages to punch Penguin in the face and escape. Later, Harvey Dent goes toe-to-toe as well. He fails, but the effort is commendable. Vicki's case is made somewhat moot later on when it is revealed that she was, in fact, leader of the Children of Arkham and her predicament being only for the show.
  • Penguin manages in just a few days to emerge as a very serious threat, and while it is revealed that he is working for someone else, the fact he is the field leader really gives him credit.
  • The fact that Batman can avert Harvey's traditional "Two-Face" Facial Horror.
  • Confronting Mayor Hill as Bruce Wayne, who doesn't have to pretend having a moral code.
    Bruce: I'm the man who'd throw you over this rail without a second thought and my lawyers make this whole thing disappear before you hit the ground.

Episode 3

  • Going to the aid of Montoya instead of Dent has Harvey defeating his attackers on his own - barehanded, no less.
  • Harvey's Sanity Slippage is portrayed in the best fashion it's ever been since the '92 animated series, regardless of whether his face had been burned or not.
  • While it may not be the smartest move at the time, admit it: punching Penguin in the face at Wayne Enterprises was awesome. And you can hit him again.
  • The final blow against the leader of the Children of Arkham has Batman use Catwoman's Cat Claw to get up in the air. With his cape opened wide, a flash of lightning strikes a remarkable image just before he comes down with an electrified punch.
  • Batman blowing up the sky train's supports and literally derailing the Children of Arkham's plans to spray the upgraded Psycho Serum over the busiest metro in Gotham.
  • While The Reveal of Vicki Vale's true nature is incredibly shocking, it's pretty damn impressive to see her go from a mere reporter in the comics to a cunning foe and powerful fighter who can take down the Batman himself. Adaptational Badass indeed.
    • And retroactively, if you gave the evidence to Vicki rather than Gordon back in Episode 1, she suckered Bruce and the player both into blowing all the progress they'd made.
  • In Selina Kyle's apartment, Bruce can lay the smackdown on a Jumping Off the Slippery Slope Harvey Dent without a single strike, utilizing Deadly Dodging instead.
  • Travis Willingham's performance of Harvey's Sanity Slippage, a truly unnerving display of a split personality that sounds incredibly close to Richard Moll's iconic portrayal.

Episode 4

  • The introduction of Batman's classic arch-nemesis, Joker in the trailer. As is befitting of The Clown Prince of Crime.
  • During the sequence in Arkham Asylum you'll have your first encounter with the Joker, in which he'll attempt to draw parallels between Bruce and Lady Arkham, or Bruce and himself. Depending on your choices you can refute each point, emphasizing that Batman stands for Justice, not Vengeance and refuse the offer of Joker's help getting to the phone in exchange for a favor. On top of that, rather than bolt for the phone when Joker cuts Zsasz, you can break up the fight and potentially save a life. And in Telltale canon, this is the first encounter between Batman and the Joker and you get to set the tone. If that's not awesome, I don't know what is.
    • Alternatively, Bruce can immediately get the Joker's number and play him for a sucker, telling him everything he wants to hear until he spills his information.
  • The trailer also shows that Alfred will have to defend the manor from Two-Face and his men, armed with a rifle!
    • In the episode proper it's not just for show either, Alfred unhesitatingly takes on a swarm of armed enforcers and Harvey Dent himself, and would have killed the latter if not for running out of ammo. Guess we know where Bruce gets it from, eh?
  • Bruce has been thrown in Arkham for attacking Oswald Cobblepot while under Vicki's mind control. Two inmates with a bone to pick with the Wayne family have him cornered in his cell, pounding him. Who intervenes? The Joker. No gags, no hidden tricks...just his fists, and a whole lot of crazy.
    • Also, Bruce doesn't go down without a fight—button commands provided, he can land a few punches first before they finally bring him down, despite being outnumbered two to one and still getting over Vicki Vale's drug.
  • A scared little boy attacks a drone fitted with a gun to protect Batman.
    Batman: You're the kid who saved Batman. And no matter what happens, no matter where you go, that will always be true. And I will always owe you one.
  • Let´s face it, regardless of the terrifying aftermath, the ensuring final fight with either Penguin or Two-face is a crowning moment of awesome from start to finish.
    • Beating down the Penguin after so many hours of putting up with his crap is so very, very satisfying. He has drones? You reduce them to scrap. He has goons? You leave them crying for their mothers. He's hacked your tech? You don't need it.
      • Although getting to his office is half the fun, the fight itself is no slouch — by the end, even fighting blind against an enemy with power gauntlets and a comms-scrambling eyepiece, Batman has grabbed a wrench to slug Penguin across the face, broken his gloves with a sledgehammer, and dropped him to the floor by kicking in his knee. Suffice it to say that Oswald's going to need another stay in the hospital.
    • And then there's the fight with Harvey, in which Alfred picks up a gun to defend the manor, and Batman summons a swarm of bats that flood the main hallway.
  • After Episode 5, the Vales' Cruel and Unusual Deaths are retroactively a Kick the Son of a Bitch example for Vicki, especially since she ends up saving another poor kid from the same Torture Cellar fate she herself suffered from them.

Episode 5

  • Bruce Wayne defeating either Penguin or Two-Face, depending on who you defeated first.
  • If Bruce decides to go after Penguin in Episode 4, he must defeat Harvey in Episode 5. One way Bruce can defeat Harvey is by appealing to Harvey's good half, who comes out to fight the evil side, allowing most of the hostages to escape. Considering that the evil side came out in the first place because his good side was so weak, it shows that Harvey can still possibly beat his condition.
  • When Bruce investigates Alfred's kidnapping, he finds out that Alfred fought back pretty well for an old butler, hitting and then stabbing a Mook with a pool cue, and attacking Vicki with fireplace poker. And when Batman goes to rescue him, Alfred will sucker punch Vicki if given the chance.
  • Batman beats down 4 different escaped prisoners while chasing Lady Arkham through Arkham Asylum.
  • John Doe briefly teaming up with Batman to battle several escaped inmates.
    • Adding to it is Gordon arriving just in time with a shot in Zsasz's hand to save Batman from being stabbed and having a Badass Ensemble pose with John Doe and Batman.
  • During said riot, one of the doctors is held hostage by the inmates. Batman uses his cowl to plan out a way to drop him. However by the time you get to him and manage to disarm him. The doctor manages to free herself and knock out the inmate. Batman is actually impressed and gives a nod of approval.
  • Alfred stabs a man in the shoulder with a pool cue. According to the investigation scene, the man goes down in one. If Lady Arkham hadn't interfered, Alfred would have won.
  • The GCPD finally proving that they're not so useless when they quell the Arkham Asylum riot, allowing Batman to focus on pursuing Vicki and rescuing Alfred.
  • When Lady Arkham asks if the mask is your true face, one of the responses is this: The mask is a symbol. A symbol of fear for some, of hope for others.
  • If you choose to give in to Vicki in the final battle and Take off your mask, then Bruce can give a variety of different responses to explain why what he's doing is far better than what Vicki's doing.
    • It's pretty damn satisfying in itself to take this chance and prove all of Lady Arkham's perceptions about Bruce Wayne dead wrong.
  • The final boss fight's finishing blow: stealing Vicki's staff and using it to blast her into the cathedral's angel statue.
    • The final boss fight in general really sticks out across Telltale Games. From the choreography, to Bruce kicking Vicki through a pillar, to the slo-mo punches, to the subverted Cross Counter (Bruce having longer reach), to the aforementioned final blow, and to the incredible music playing throughout the fight.

    Season Two 

Episode 1

  • Everything about the Riddler. While he's usually regarded as one of Batman's least formidable foes, this version of Riddler is a dreaded world-class criminal who had established his career long before Bruce even became Batman. He wears a badass-looking hood instead of the traditional bowler hat, his question mark cane now serves as a dangerous weapon and grappling hook, and unlike previous iterations of the character, he can actually put up quite a fight against the Batman himself.
    • He's so dangerous he was imprisoned in Pena Duro. And he immediately broke out.
  • Batman's solution to the Riddler's final death trap. While Avesta distracts the Riddler, Batman uses the hacked missile targeting signal and Tiffany's drone to fire missiles at the cage Batman and Avesta are being held in. Batman and Avesta then hide inside one of Ridder's death machines to protect themselves from the explosion. The kicker is how Batman begins his plan:
    Riddler: Who's the genius, Batman? Who's on top of Gotham? I want to hear it from you.
    Batman: I am/Definitely not you.

Episode 2

  • The mechanic in the GCPD arsenal who stabs Bane in the back to save Batman. Even if he didn't live to tell the tale.
  • Even with the possibility of Bane seeking revenge, the fact that you can leave him behind during the heist after all the shit he's put you through makes for some delicious Laser-Guided Karma. Especially if you tricked him into dosing himself with the Venom counter-agent.
    • Even if Bane survives, his entry in the Codex after the Episode implies that Bruce will be ready to fight him again.
  • Selina's back.

Episode 3

  • Revealing your identity to Tiffany can be this, if not just for the fact that you finally get to use the iconic "I'm Batman" line if you missed your chance in Season 1.

Episode 4

  • Batman vs. Bane and Mr. Freeze! Aside from directing their attacks against each other, it reaches an all-new epic when Batman takes out a batarang in each hand and uses them like knives!
    • There is also John's Big Damn Heroes moment during the fight, nobody hurts his idol.
  • Freeze gets his own after Batman is prompted to choose a weapon to throw at him. Regardless of your choice, Freeze will catch the weapon in midair, then freeze it and crush it in his hand.
  • The Pact's assault on SANCTUS is a pretty big one. Seeing these villains, almost always portrayed as lone wolves who don't like working with others, showing just what they're capable of when they have a common goal.
  • If Bruce trusts him and stops Waller, John successfully overcomes his Mad Love and helps arrest Harley.
    • What follows is both awesome and horrifying: though it begins with Waller thanking John, the moment he decides the virus is too dangerous, Waller attempts to shoot him to retrieve the virus. What follows is something more arguably awesome than the villain ending, John snaps and delivers an epic What the Hell, Hero? to the Agency (which the player is hard-pressed to actually disagree with) and sets off a smoke grenade and activates the bombs around the area. Despite Waller's attempts at regaining control of the situation, John stabs her in the the gut, which is bound to be cathartic to players who were tired of her manipulating. What arguably makes this better than the other ending in this Troper's humble opinion is that The Joker does this in a spur of the moment of his own accord, not because he wanted to save Harley, but because he's angry at being used, and singlehandedly makes fools of the Agents, police, Harley, and even Bruce trying to stop him. The cherry on top of this ending is when The Joker declares he'll hunt down everyone in the agency and bring them to justice, and escapes with the virus. In a way, the Joker may be even more horrifying as a Hero, but either way, he's finally found his purpose.
      • The most awesome part must be when John declares his intention to go on a crusade, in the name of justice, to stop the Agency, with Batman by his side. This version of the infamous Clown Prince of Crime is fighting for justice note , ladies and gentlemen!
      • In addition Anthony Ingruber's delivery in the Vigilante ending is seriously chilling, particularly the "that's what I want to see" line after The Joker triggers the bombs paints a terrifying image of what he'll be like as a Hero. It's arguably more evil than the villain version.
    • While it is too early to say, and given that Harvey Dent can be somewhat redeemed and stopped from becoming Two-Face, it is possible that John Doe has been averted from becoming the Joker in this continuity for those who trust him. Sure, he is still a dangerous criminal with violent tendencies, but he has legitimate reasons and an understandable purpose now. His faith and (optional) friendship with Batman may give him a chance to redeem himself.
  • If Bruce doesn't trust him, John becomes The Joker, with Harley clinging to him and calling him "Mistuh J!"
    • This scene really deserves further explanation: John crashes a freaking semi truck into the scene from out of nowhere, cackling like a maniac, telling Harley how he needs her "like a joke needs a punchline. Like maggots need meat." He then takes complete control of the situation, having Harley give him the detonator and boasting to the cops and agents how he'll kill them all. The speech he then delivers to Batman is one big Awesome Moment of Crowning.
    John: You say you're all about 'justice'. Justice is a joke! Tell me what's 'just' about my life. I lost half of it in an asylum, to a sickness I couldn't control. (Joins hands with Harley) But now I'm in control.
    (They release the detonator, causing destruction all over the bridge. Then they climb up on the edge, with John laughing more.)
    John: You could have prevented everything. Instead you made me into this.
    Harley: That was beautiful, Mr. J. I always knew you'd do great things. (Cue The Big Damn Kiss)
    John: (His lips now red from Harley's lipstick) A moment to cherish, Harley. So glad I could share it with you.
    (They fall off the bridge and out of Batman's sight, holding hands, with John laughing
  • John gets a CMOA even earlier, when he drops the act and calls Bruce 'Batman.' As awesome as it is chilling.
  • Although a subdued moment, it's pretty awesome to see Tiffany's designs for what is almost certainly a Batgirl suit. She's not ready to be a superhero yet, but she's well on her way.

Episode 5

  • On a meta level, Telltale deserve credit for creating their 'branchiest episode ever' - contrary to their reputation of rail-roading and irrelevant decisions, "Same Stitch" is effectively two episodes in one, with the story playing out in two utterly distinct ways depending on whether your John has become a villain or a vigilante. And that's just generally - depending on what path you get, the actions of Tiffany, Gordon, Selina, and Avesta are dependent on how you've treated them throughout the season. 'This game will be affected by the choices you make' indeed.
  • If you forgive Tiffany for her murder of Riddler she becomes Batman’s new partner, establishing the beginning of a dynamic duo in the Batman Telltale continuity.

Vigilante Joker

  • Vigilante Joker saves Batman from the Agency by using his own gadgets such as smoke bombs, a grappling hook, and JOKER-RANGS to turn the tide. Regardless of how quickly things go downhill afterwards, Batman and Vigilante Joker's teamwork against some Agency goons and Bane is a sight to behold. They sync up incredibly well, combo attacking the Agency and flawlessly setting each other up against Bane. Although it doesn't last, it's a glimpse of a potential and epic partnership.
    Joker: Don't worry, me and Batman - We got this!
  • After Avesta gives him the blackmail he needs to get Waller to leave Gotham, what follows is probably one of the most satisfying button presses in the entire series.
    Waller: You know why they call me "The Wall", Batman? Because you can't break through me.
    X Button- Shut her down
  • If Bruce takes Tiffany out in the field with him to help find where Joker took Waller she shows just how much she can hold her own when Harley attacks them and Tiffany easily subdues her by hacking her collar
  • Vigilante Joker, at the climax, serves as a Mirror Boss fight in certain ways - with his grapple gun and grin-themed throwing blades, he's a twisted counterpart to Batman himself, underscoring just how easily one could have turned out like the other - and how deeply entwined their fates are, in any continuity.
  • As repulsive as she is in this episode Waller does deserve some props for managing to knock Joker off the platform and even helping Tiffany so Batman could focus on Joker.
  • Though it may take a cold person to get the stinger variant where Alfred left and Joker was told the friendship meant nothing, it results in an awesome and chilling scene where Joker stares down Batman and maniacally declares that as enemies they won't be far apart.

Villain Joker

  • Villain Joker breaks into a boardroom meeting at Wayne Enterprises and holds the board and Bruce hostage. Then he reveals he made more of the LOTUS virus and gives the board the first taste of it while forcing Bruce to watch helplessly. Then after revealing he broadcasts the massacre on live TV and sets off more virus bombs across the city to cement that he is Gotham's worst nightmare.
  • Bruce can give Villainous Joker the mother of all putdowns — a precision "The Reason You Suck" Speech that strikes at the very core of his motivations, as seen in other versions: he tells him that he's no different than any other nameless scum, and he means nothing to Bruce. Joker's Villainous Breakdown is nothing more than seething rage.
  • Bruce and Selina are Back-to-Back Badasses again, this time against Villain Joker and Harley Quinn — and this time, they're doing combo attacks.
  • This exchange when Batman has to go clear the church, the location he's narrowed down for the Joker's next bomb.
    Tiffany: How... how can you go out there again... after what just happened? I don't know how you do it... You saw those people get... massacred. And that's just the start.
    Bruce: (optional response) I do it because I can't afford to take a night off. I do it because people rely on me to be there when things like this happen. (modulated voice) I do it because I'm Batman.
    • All of Bruce's responses at this point could be equally awesome, one more option again shows his dedication:
      Bruce: I'm doing this for the good of Gotham. (modulated voice) To stop things like this from happening again.
      Tiffany: But they don't stop. They never do.
      Batman: That doesn't mean we quit.
  • After everything Joker put you through during your trip to the Funhouse, there's something insanely satisfying about exposing his betrayal to Harley Quinn during dinner. Especially when Joker ends up corroborating your exposure, only confirming to Harley that he did betray her.
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