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Heartwarming / The Dark Knight

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  • In the climax (that is to say, the second one), when both ferries choose to spare the other. After watching the Joker's nigh-unstoppable killing spree for the past two hours, seeing his Humans Are Bastards view proven wrong is a real thrill. Two kickers is first off, when even the businessman who tries to insist on killing the criminals finally realises he just can't do it himself and nobody else will either, and then the moment when the Scary Black Man takes the detonator, saying, "I'll do what you shoulda did ten minutes ago," and throws it out the window, then sits down again. And none of the other prisoners even protest. Rousseau Was Right indeed.
    • Made even better by the disappointment on The Joker's face when he realizes he was wrong.
    • The Joker's view gets doubly proven wrong when Batman spares his life instead of letting him fall. The disappointed look on Joker's face at this is priceless.
    • "What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone is as ugly as you? You're alone."
      • Jim Gordon reuniting with his wife after he was presumed dead.
      • Also, at the end when Batman willingly decides to take the blame for the murders Dent committed. Standing over Dent's body, he turns the head so that only the undamaged right side of the face is visible.
      • Plus the closing speech by Gordon.
        Son: Why's he running, Dad?
        Gordon: Because we have to chase him. ...Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A dark knight.
  • The moment after Bruce Wayne saves Coleman Reese, Reese is being escorted out of the police vehicle by Gotham police as Gordon talks to Wayne. When Wayne fakes confusion and ignorance of what's going on, even asking who's in the car that he "supposedly" saved, he looked right at Reese, who has an expression of pure disbelief on his face, and gives him the tiniest of nods.
  • The scene before the press conference where Batman is supposed to turn himself in. Bruce is contemplating turning himself in and admits he can't handle the situation with the Joker to Alfred.
    Bruce: Today you get to say I told you so.
    Alfred: Today... I don't want to.
    (As they walk away together)
    Alfred: But I did bloody tell you... I suppose they're gonna lock me up as well as your accomplice?
    Bruce: Accomplice? I'm gonna tell them the whole thing was your idea.
  • Bruce Wayne's speech to Harvey Dent. At first it seemed like he was trying to humiliate the poor guy in a hazing manner, as expected from his Millionaire Playboy persona. However, it soon turns into a sincere speech expressing his faith in Harvey Dent being the symbol of hope Gotham needs, as if the little boy who lost his parents just dug himself out of that persona to give him personal thanks for restoring his faith in the justice system.
    Rachel: Harvey may not know you well enough to know you're making fun of him, but I do.
    Bruce: No, I meant every word.
  • Batman not wearing hockey pads pretty much is the exact reason why he doesn’t like the copycats - he has seven years of training and high-tech equipment, but the copycats only have nylon padding, Halloween masks, and guns. Based on his conversation with Alfred later, Bruce would prefer being the only person putting himself at risk every night.
    Alfred: Why don’t you hire them and take the weekend off?
    Bruce: [laughing] That isn't exactly what I had in mind when I said I wanted to inspire people.