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Tear Jerker / Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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"I didn't count on being happy."

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  • "I didn't count on being happy." Bruce pleads with his dead parents and himself to let himself go from the path of vigilantism in exchange for happiness with Andrea.
    • The kicker? There have been subtle hints during the show that Bruce's parents adored him and would've wanted him to be happy.
  • The flashback in which Bruce receives the "Dear Bruce" letter from Andrea.
  • Alfred's shocked and despairing "My God!" when he first sees Bruce in full costume after Andrea leaves him.
    • Even worse is the moment right before. Bruce looks at the cowl, the last piece to put on, and stares at it. It's his one last chance to back away from his vow and start over. He put it on and never looked back.
  • The shock and horror in Andrea's voice when she sees pre-transformation Joker leaving her house and realizing that he just killed her father. Not to mention the bloodcurdling scream she lets out when she sees the body.
  • The last two lines, which sum things up for both Batman and Andrea. "Do you wanna be alone?" "I am."
    • What makes it worse is that, in the end, Bruce would have taken Andrea back despite what she's done. Yet, when they meet again in the tie-in comics, it might have been too late. Bruce calls Andrea a murderer and Andrea doesn't seem to care anymore.
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  • Bruce's despair at the end and Alfred's speech:
    Alfred: I don't think she wanted to be saved, sir. Vengeance blackens the soul, Bruce. I've always feared that you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in and I thank heaven for that. But Andrea fell into that pit years ago, and no one, not even you, could have pulled her back.
  • "I Never Even Told You" by Tia Carrere. Its lyrics in context with the film are heartbreaking.
    I never even told you
    I thought you knew
  • Realizing that Andrea may quite possibly be the only person who could understand Bruce completely and totally yet, unlike Bruce, lost herself to her desire to punish criminals long ago, something that Bruce regularly fights against within himself every time he puts on the cowl.
    Andrea: They took everything from me, Bruce. My dad. My life. You. I'm not saying it's right or even sane but it's all I have left. So either help me or get out of the way.
    Batman: You know I can't let you do that.
    Andrea: Look what they did to us! What we could've had! They had to pay!
    Batman: But Andi... what will vengeance solve?
    Andrea: If anyone knows the answer to that, Bruce... it's you.
    Batman: [silent pause] Leave, Andi, now. Please.
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  • When Batman visits Andrea’s penthouse in the cowl, they have a tense conversation about her dad and his connections to the murdered gangsters. Andrea insults Bruce and tells him to leave. As soon as he leaves, she drops her drink and collapses on the bed, sobbing uncontrollably. She still loves him, but his mission and her revenge will never let them be together.
  • Since he can't ever catch his parents' murderer, this case will probably be Bruce's most personal. Though he's The Stoic, there's a lot of suggestion that digging up these memories and finding out these terrible truths is leaving him absolutely broken.
    Joker: What are you doing?! Let me go or we'll both die!
    Batman: Whatever it takes!
  • The kicker to all this? Batman wins nothing when all is said and done. The murder spree is over, but only because, well, the entire hit list is gone. Bruce gets his Lost Lenore back, only to lose her again, even more tragically. The Joker is (presumed) gone, with all the baggage that comes with. As far as we see, Batman doesn't even gather enough evidence to clear himself from the police. Bruce's chain got yanked hard in this one.
    • Though tie-in comics does reveal that his name was cleared. But it likely didn't make him feel any better.
  • Andrea’s quest for vengeance is so all-consuming, she consciously decides to abandon Bruce as the fair explodes around him so she can whisk the Joker away to whatever fate she has planned for him. It’s only by pure luck that Batman ends up in a drainage pipe that takes him far enough away from the explosions that he doesn’t burn or drown to death.
  • The final shot is Batman on his usual perch, but his head bowed in sorrow. Perhaps for the first time, he feels like being Bats is more like a jail sentence than a crusade.


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