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  • If you go to Crime Alley, Bruce can pay his respects to his parents.
    • A meta-example: when Kevin Conroy passed away, numerous people posted clips of them doing just this.
  • The scene where Robin leaves Batman is kind of touching. It really shows how much they trust each other.
  • In a probably twisted way, Batman contemplates why he should give the cure to the Joker, when the Joker stabs Batman, making him drop the cure, dooming himself. Batman admits:
    Batman: Do you wanna know something funny? Even after everything you've done... I would have saved you.
    • Even the Joker can't help but give out one last laugh from this and Go Out with a Smile of sorts:
    Joker: That actually is... pretty funny!
  • This is probably the only continuity where Batman and Mister Freeze actually patch up their differences. For once, Victor gets a relatively happy ending!
    • Freeze even admits he was wrong and apologizes to Batman. He also apologizes for doubting him as well, and given that he has always blamed others for stuff he did wrong in the past, that is saying something.
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    • You can go and visit Freeze and Nora during the epilogue. The affection he shows toward her is almost creepy, seeing as she's a block of ice, but also very touching.
      • One of the most subtle touches in the game is that Batman almost always refers to Mr. Freeze as simply "Fries" or "Victor", showing that he considers Fries as a human rather than a villain.
  • Harley wants to see who's under the mask. The Joker, for his part, gives no fucks and tells her no as it would alter the relationship he has with Batman. It's official folks - Joker cares enough to not ruin things for either of them! He wants to kill Batman, not whoever is under the hood.
  • Returning to the steel mill after Protocol 10 is activated nets you a scene with the Abramovici twins reconciling. Humorously, they want to take it all the way by getting reattached.
    Hammer: It is good to see you again, brother.
  • In Catwoman's DLC, you can have her choose to drop the loot she'd worked so hard to get and go save Batman. It was actually quite touching.
    • Especially if you've unlocked Catwoman's interview tapes. Strange tried to undermine Catwoman's feelings for Batman, saying her hesitance to accept a man's help keeps her from an actual relationship with the Dark Knight. To see her pass up the loot to help him in light of that adds so much to that scene.
    • Even further: if you direct Catwoman to take the loot and run, you see a Non Standard Game Over in which Batman dies under that rubble, Strange's plan succeeds, and Joker escapes with the cure and takes over Gotham. Catwoman's rescue is the only reason that Batman survived to save the day.
  • A small one, but sweet nonetheless. In Aaron Cash's office at Arkham Asylum, there was a picture of Cash, his wife, and his son. In his office at the church, there's another picture of them with a baby added to the family.
  • The Joker singing "Only You (And You Alone)" in the credits, seemingly recognizing the irony, yet playing it straight at the same time. It's really bizarre having a touch of empathy for the mass-murdering lunatic.
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  • The Joker's insightful, and surprisingly sympathetic message about how lonely Batman's life makes him. It's one of the few rare glimmers that there was ever a person in there.
  • If you go visit Mr. Freeze after rescuing Nora, Batman implores Victor: "Fix her and quit this life. You're better than this." Even more heartwarming that Freeze actually listened to his advice, leaving the city and continuing his research, quitting his life as a criminal.
  • Visiting The Mad Hatter as Catwoman any time after you've beaten him. Jervis asks Selina if she's "Alice", which prompts her to comment to herself about how "Strange really did a number on [him]", and reminds him that she's Catwoman. He continues to ramble on and on about finding "Alice", and Selina offers this somewhat sweet set of words to him:
    Catwoman: Listen, I'm going to go find 'Alice' for you, okay? I hear she's with the Cheshire Cat...
    • Assuming she wasn't mocking him anyway.
  • If you listen to the chatter of the political prisoners, you'll occasionally hear them trying to reassure and look after each other. It manages to be rather sweet.
  • As Catwoman, you can visit Mr. Freeze and his wife. She comments in a non-mocking manner how Batman kept his word of finding Mr. Freeze's wife and he comments how his beautiful wife is safe. Catwoman proceeds to propose a brief team-up to help her steal a jewel from the museum. Mr. Freeze simply asks her to leave him with his wife.