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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 took the detonator, saying "I'm gonna do what you should have done ten minutes ago," and then throws it out the window, then sits down again. And none of the other prisoners even protest.
    • 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 be the hero Gotham deserves, and the villain it needs.
      • 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.
  • A meta-fictional example is when Heath Ledger was awarded a posthumous Academy Award for "outstanding actor in a supporting role". His family, including his father Kim, went onstage to accept the statuette on his behalf. Kim said that Ledger's young daughter Mathilda would inherit the Oscar when she turns 18. Not a dry eye in the whole Kodak theatre.
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    • The Dark Knight Rises doing a silent treatment of The Joker. No recasts, no bus crashes, not even a throwaway line acknowledging Gotham's triumph over him - so as to not diminish Heath Ledger's memory.
  • 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 Rich Idiot with No Day Job 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.
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