Follow TV Tropes

This is based on opinion. Please don't list it on a work's trope example list.


Tear Jerker / Batman: Under the Red Hood

Go To

Spoilers Off applies to all "Moments" pages, so all spoilers are unmarked.

  • Near the beginning of the film, when Jason sees the bomb timer, you can see in his eyes that he knows at that moment he's going to die and there's nothing he can do about it. He just squares his shoulders and waits for the end to come.
    • The beating itself was just plain hard to watch, not helped by it being how the movie opened. Not many, especially those not on the up-to-date with Batman mythology, can watch a kid be beaten within an inch of his life like that without at least cringing.
    • A meta example: watching that scene and knowing that fans actually voted for that to happen in the original comic. They voted to kill Jason off, and the writers permitted it in the most gruesome way possible to drive that fact home.
  • All the flashbacks involving young Jason, especially the one right at the end when Jason wears the Robin suit for the first time and is really psyched about it.
    Young Jason: This is the best day of my life!
    • What makes the final flashback even worse is that not only do we see a happier and more innocent Jason, we also see a happier and more innocent Bruce. It's a stark contrast to how somber he has become since then.
  • Alfred's reaction to seeing that Red Hood's blood is a perfect match to Jason's is damn near heartbreaking. Especially since Bruce had never openly voiced his suspicions with anybody.
  • Advertisement:
  • Ra's al Ghul's actions, despite having the best intentions. By hiring the Joker, he paved the way for Jason's murder, and by resurrecting Jason, Ra's inadvertantly drove him insane and set him loose upon Gotham. His remark as he orders his men not to pursue Batman sums up Ra's' feelings about the whole ugly mess.
    Ra's: I have done enough.
  • The hopelessness of the moment when Jason just sits in a corner while a madman is choking his mentor and a bomb is ticking away to kill them all.
    • Two things make this scene all the more heartbreaking. One, when Batman does break out of Joker's grip, the first thing he does is actually reach out to grab Jason, totally ignoring the clown in favor of saving his surrogate son. Two, when the bomb goes off and reduces the building to rubble, Bruce begins to search through the rubble in the vain hope of finding what's left, if anything, of Jason.
      • The voice-acting also shines through, as you can hear the desperation in Jason's voice as he's giving Batman a Sadistic Choice - he knows Batman's code and hopes that, for his sake, he'd be willing to make a single exception.
    • Advertisement:
    • Add a third thing: when Batman does grab Jason just before the bomb goes off, Jason has an obviously shocked look on his face, like he is surprised that Batman is bothering to save him at all...
  • Amazingly enough, the Joker gets one of these moments as well, in the same scene as the previous example. While the Joker is choking Batman he laughs hysterically, with tears in his eyes, that he's finally going to get his wish of dying with Batman.
    Joker: (grabs Batman from defusing the bomb) NO! Don't spoil it! This is better! I'm the only one who's gonna to get what he wants tonight! Yes! Bing bang boom! We all go out together! Don't you just love a happy ending? [laughs/cries hysterically]
  • In a flashback we see a pre-Joker wearing the 'classic' Red Hood costume, pleading with Batman that it's not what it looks like and that he's 'not a crook'. He even tries to remove the helmet before tripping on his own cape and falling into the vats. For people who have read The Killing Joke, you can't help but feel sorry for the poor guy.
  • Batman admitting that he's always wanted to kill the Joker, but because he knows what that would mean for him, will never bring himself to do so. Bruce's real Sadistic Choice isn't the one offered by Jason, but the one he gives himself: spare the Joker, which would mean allowing him to continue his endless rampage and let Jason go unavenged, or kill the Joker, and lose his own soul in the process. Undoubtedly one of the greatest victories for the Joker, resulting in a complete Win-Win situation for him: Batman either kills him, and in doing so, completely loses his soul and lets the Joker die knowing that in the end he had the ultimate victory of forcing Batman to break his oath, or Batman doesn't kill him, and must instead live in sorrow/guilt for the rest of his life because the Joker has not only tainted the Robin legacy but successfully killed one of the few people Batman is close to.
    Red Hood: "Why? I'm not talking about killing Penguin, or Scarecrow, or Dent. I'm talking about him. Just him. And doing it because... Because he took me away from you."
    Batman: "...I can't. I'm sorry."
  • Nothing changed. The criminals killed by Red Hood will inevitably be replaced by more. Black Mask remains free, the Joker is back in Arkham, for all the good that ever does, and Jason, whether alive or dead, is still lost to Bruce, whose feelings of failure have, if anything, only gotten worse than ever.
  • Jason mentions "The friends he's crippled" when talking about why the Joker should die. The Killing Joke happened in this universe. It adds another layer of tragedy to Jason's character as well, as he wants to avenge Barbara as well as himself.
    • He states that he doesn't advocate killing any other member of the Rogues Gallery, just The Joker, because "he took me away from you."
  • Jason's speech, particularly these lines:
    Jason: I don't know what clouds your judgement worse: your guilt or your antiquated sense of morality. Bruce, I forgive you for not saving me... but why? Why on God's Earth - is he still alive?! ...Ignoring what he's done in the past, blindly, stupidly disregarding the entire graveyards he's filled, the thousands who've suffered, the friends he's crippled! You know I thought...I thought I'd be the last person you'd ever let him hurt. If it had been you that he had beat to a bloody pulp, if he had taken you from this world, I would have done nothing but search the planet for this pathetic pile of evil death-worshipping garbage... and sent him off to Hell!


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: