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Despite centering around the life of the "World's greatest detective", Batman, his allies and even his enemies don't always seem to think things through.

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    Arkham Origins 
  • Using the tracker implemented on the Batwing and comparing the voice between the two, Bane quickly managed to deduced that Batman is Bruce Wayne.
    You'd Expect: That he reports this fact to his own henchmen and Joker (he probably won't care though) to gain a massive advantage against Batman in the future and subsequently, destroy his manor and Batcave to cripple him.
    Instead: He keeps quiet of this fact and storms the manor himself with Alfred only on the verge of death and upon injecting himself with the TN-1 toxin, he forgets this fact leaving his knowledge of Batman's true identity lost forever.

    Arkham Origins: Blackgate 
  • Amanda Waller wants to recruit Bane for the Suicide Squad, but he's imprisoned at Blackgate.
    You'd Expect: Waller- with her immense political power- would simply arrange a visit with Bane. Remember she just waltzed up to Deathstroke in prison and asked him to join the squad, and he was also locked in Blackgate. Failing that- Bane is a notorious international terrorist and she could transfer him to some super government prison where she'd have more accessibility.
    Instead: Waller finds and recruits Catwoman to infiltrate Blackgate Prison, cause a riot, and break Bane out- a ridiculously complicated mission that goes south immediately and leads to a lot of deaths (civilian and otherwise) and collateral damage. The riot also gains Batman's attention, who goes to the island (entirely predictable given that he broke into Blackgate to quell riots twice in one night) and he effectively ruins Waller's plan.

    Assault on Arkham 
  • Arkham Asylum is a prison and mental institution currently holding super villains. Among its inmates are some of the worst criminals in Gotham City, known for having huge body counts.
    You'd Expect: Inmates to be kept away from their equipment, the passwords of the warden to be more complex, and locks of the cell doors to be on separate systems.
    Instead: Even ignoring the film's ties to the series, it's freaking Arkham Asylum, a place repeatedly shown throughout the Batman franchise to be staffed by people who are incompetent, corrupt, as mentally unhinged as the inmates, or any combination thereof. Of course, the warden's passwords are his birthday going backwards, all of the cells can be unlocked by one switch, and criminals like Bane and Scarecrow are locked up with their costumes and weapons.
  • Amanda Waller wants to keep certain information about her operations a secret and a person who knows about it is in prison.
    You'd Expect: Waller to just pay off a guard to kill the Riddler so that his knowledge of how to defuse the nanobombs that Waller uses to keep the Suicide Squad in line would die with him.
    Instead: Outside of Batman's search for the Joker's bomb, the entire plot happens because Amanda Waller decided to send in the Suicide Squad—the very last people who Waller would want to learn that information. Naturally, Killer Frost doesn't kill the Riddler like she was ordered when she learns this and outside of Killer Shark and Black Spider (the former's skin being too thick and the latter being impersonated by Batman after having being defeated), the Squad has the Riddler defuse the bombs through electroshock therapy. Additionally, their antics alerted the staff to their presence, got the SCU called in, caused Batman to investigate, and allowed the Joker to escape, who proceeds to start a riot—which also allowed the Riddler to escape as well.

    Arkham Asylum 
  • As soon as Joker gets to the asylum, he's placed in a set of Hannibal Lecter-style restraints on wheels. He's taken all through out the asylum on this.
    You'd Expect: Since Joker is such a dangerous inmate that such a set of restraints are necessary, they would carry him in them all the way until they get to his cell.
    Instead: They inexplicably remove him from these restraints before they reach his cell and attempt to walk him the rest of the way, accompanied by only two guards, whom he quickly and easily overpowers.
  • Frank Bowles is a notorious and unpopular guard who has been previously suspended for drinking on duty.
    You'd Expect: He would not be assigned handle the Joker, and people would see his hip flask and dismiss him right then and there.
    Instead: He's assigned to supervise the Joker's return to Arkham, and no one calls him out for his very visible hip flask.
  • Batman kitbashes three Batclaws into the Ultra Batclaw. This allows him to attack three thugs, pull grates off much faster, and even pull out walls that he can't reach with Explosive Gel. He couldn't have beaten Titan Joker without it.
    You'd Expect: He makes this standard equipment, or at least something he can airdrop.
    Instead: It never shows up again.

    Arkham City 
  • A major plot point is that Joker has become critically ill thanks to his use of TITAN. In need of a cure, he goes to Mr Freeze, a guy whose main schtick, besides all the ice-based weaponry, is turning his wife Nora into a Human Popsicle while he works on a cure for her terminal disease.
    You'd Expect: That at some point, Joker would request the same treatment while Freeze creates his cure, perhaps leaving behind instructions to deal with Nora if Freeze tries to double-cross him.
    Instead: It never occurs to him to do this.
  • A retro-active one for Penguin: before the events of the game, he had a henchman do recon on Joker with a sniper rifle. This went on for at least two days, as Batman finds this very henchmen after leaving the museum.
    You'd Expect: Penguin to just give the order to kill Joker. As far as he knew, Quinn was the only leader left, and she was incompetent at the time.
    Instead: He blows the chance to take out his rival. The game, and the rest of the series, plays like it does.
  • During a critical plot moment when Joker is on the brink of death from TITAN poisoning, Batman contemplates on whether he should give the cure to him.
    You'd Expect: Knowing full well that Batman never kills, he waits for him to finish his speech regarding Joker's actions before Batman gives the cure to him.
    Instead: He immediately decides to attack Bats just after giving the above speech. This results in Batman dropping the cure completely destroying any chance of saving his own life. In the end, all that Joker could do is laugh as he dies and Go Out with a Smile.
  • Hugo Strange has a few moments where his supposed intelligence becomes an Informed Ability. His base of operations is a high tower, with only one way out. He doesn't use body doubles nor has a proper plan for the event that somebody actually breached his security. The only thing comparable to a safe room is a glass box, instead of a vault or something similar. Everything in the prison is controlled by Waynetech security systems, and he knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman. He finds out that Batman is climbing the outside of his base of operations. Suddenly, all guards lose sight of Batman.
    You'd Expect: Strange orders the outside guards to do a double check, the inside guards to search everywhere, before leaving the tower with a group of highly trained professionals.
    Instead: He believes that Batman fell off the tower. He then enters a small room from where he can be seen from all angles, that has no escape routes, and is controlled by a panel created by Batman. He leaves his personal guard outside the room where they are vulnerable to Batman, instead of taking them with him to guard the only entrance from the inside, and taking out Batman by sheer force if he ever happened to open the door.
  • Speaking of Hugo Strange. He reveals in the first moments of the game that he knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman, and that he expects Batman to allow Strange to operate without interference, lest his secret be revealed. Naturally, Batman refuses to kowtow to Strange.
    You'd expect: That Strange would remind Batman of his leverage any time Batman shows evidence of uncovering the secret about Protocol 10.
    Bear in mind, though: Protocol 10 requires certain events to transpire and for Batman to end up in a specific location, so Strange was likely playing Chessmaster up to this point. Once Protocol 10 is activated, though, there is no such need to keep Batman alive. So...
    You'd expect: That any move Batman makes towards trying to stop Strange from then on would be met with a renewed threat. There are a number of occasions when it is clear to Strange where Batman is and what he is attempting, so he cannot be said to have no idea that Batman survived Protocol 10.
    Instead: No further mention of Batman's identity is made ever again, and the only tactics Strange uses to try and stop Batman are noted above.
  • Batman is dying. Mr. Freeze has the cure. He demands Batman to rescue his wife before he gives the cure to Batman.
    You'd Expect: Batman explains to Freeze that he was vomiting blood less than an hour ago. He notes that if he dies, he can't find Nora, and promises that he makes Nora his top priority in exchange for the cure.
    Or that: Freeze realizes that he is talking to the goddamn Batman, and gives the cure to him knowing that he will find Nora for him because it's the right thing to do.
    Or even: Lie to Batman about how much antidote he actually needs. "Half will only keep you going, to cure your disease you must bring back Nora for the rest."
    Instead: Neither even tries to negotiate. Batman gets angry, and tries to steal the cure, which makes Freeze angry. The two fight, and Harley Quinn steals the cure.
  • Batman finds several innocent prisoners inside the walls of Arkham City. They are no match for the criminals roaming the streets and are dying from hunger and thirst.
    You'd Expect: Batman tells Alfred to use the Batcomputer to identify them and see if they are telling the truth; If they are, he asks him to use the Batwing to drop some food inside Arkham City, before ensuring they are the only ones to get anything from the drop. If the helicopters (are about to) notice what's happening, Alfred uses the Batwing to distract them.
    Instead: Batman does absolutely nothing to help the innocent prisoners. The only interaction Batman can have with them from now on is some dialogue whenever he meets more political prisoners. Many of them die from cold, thirst and lack of food.

    Arkham Knight 
  • By the time the events of Batman: Arkham Origins ended, Batman learns a lesson regarding cooperation and teamwork.
    You'd Expect: That when he is stuck in a situation where he cannot do it alone or if he is too preoccupied in stopping the villain at large and wants to help catch the other villains, he asks for help from either Gordon, Robin, or even Catwoman to aid the job for him. Or if they want to eagerly help Batman, he gives them any task to make them useful.
    Instead: He keeps brushing off every offer of help from everyone but Alfred and Oracle. This ultimately caused his downfall as when he confines Robin out of fear, Scarecrow ended up taking advantage of it and he is forced to unmask himself to the world to save them.
    Result: Batman is forced to initiate the "Knightfall Protocol" and gets exactly what he wanted, being cut off from allies and friends forever.
  • A subplot of the game involves Robin looking for a cure for people infected with the Joker's blood, a plot point in the previous chronological game Batman: Arkham City.
    What You'd Expect: Given the presence of five cells, yet only four only have prisoners and his own involvement in the plot of City, Robin would know right off the bat (no pun intended) that the fifth cell was for Batman himself, whom the Joker also infected during City.
    Instead: It takes the betrayal of Henry Adams (who wasn't as immune as they thought and Evil All Along) to make a comment about Batman's condition for Robin to realize who the fifth cell was for. Granted, Batman did cure himself and showed no symptoms, but Robin never even considered the possibility.
  • Also, a flashback shows that Gordon is aware of the infected as well. The building they're in isn't far from GCPD.
    You'd expect: Gordon would have a squad of cops ready to provide backup at some point, or at least offer to do so.
    Instead: Gordon does nothing, never even considering the idea.
  • The Arkham Knight has a full military force prepared to take on Batman, infantry, tanks, missile launchers, drones, etc.
    You'd Expect: Since it's common knowledge that Batman won't kill, (and since the Arkham Knight is none other than Jason Todd, the former second Robin he damn sure would know this) the Knight would have soldiers inside operating the tanks, making it much harder for Batman to destroy them without killing the people inside.
    Instead: The tanks are all unmanned and controlled remotely.
    As a result: Batman can use his Batmobile's cannons to destroy them instantly without worrying about any fatalities.
  • Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight have covered the streets of Gotham with a huge cloud of fear toxin, and the city's only hope is for Batman to destroy a powerful tank belonging to the Arkham Knight. Unfortunately, the toxin has disabled the Batmobile, and Batman learns that he must fit a Nimbus cell to it in order to reactivate it. However, the Batmobile is currently on the streets of Gotham, deep in the clouds of toxin.
    You'd Expect: Batman to fit the Nimbus cell to the Batwing, use it to move the Batmobile out of the toxin clouds, and then transfer the Nimbus cell from the Batwing to the Batmobile. Alternatively, he could bring in the spare Batmobile and put the cell in that.
    Instead: Batman decides to dive right into the streets covered in the fear toxin (which can be absorbed into the body through clothes, rendering gas masks and holding one's breath useless) and try and put the cell into the Batmobile right there. Unsurprisingly, he nearly dies.
  • When Batman locks Robin up in the movie studios after the deaths of the Joker-Infected, he disables Robin's comm unit. Alfred chimes in saying he lost contact with Robin, which Batman blames on faulty equipment.
    You'd Expect: One of them to realize that the studio has its own communication system since Henry used it to call Batman earlier. It's rather important because if Alfred remembered, that would've ruined Batman's plan, and could've prevented Robin's capture.
    Instead: Neither one does.
    • Also, Batman learned from Ivy very early that Harley was a part of Scarecrow's alliance.
      You'd Expect: Batman would realize that if Harley knew about the infected, Scarecrow might know as well, and immediately write the studio off and take Robin to GCPD. From there, he'd just lie to the cops that Robin was suffering from Fear Toxin to keep him out of the way.
      Instead: He assumes the theater's still safe.
  • At the end of the game, Batman is captured and brought to Arkham Asylum, where Scarecrow plans to unmask him on live TV. Although he was jamming communications earlier, the fact that he's broadcasting means he's stopped.
    You'd Expect: Alfred to remotely pilot the Batwing over there to stop the transmission somehow.
    Instead: He does nothing and Batman is unmasked, forcing him and Alfred to seemingly kill themselves in one final act to protect Gotham and their loved ones.
    • For that matter, at the end, Scarecrow has Commissioner Gordon and Robin hostage and awaits Batman.
      You'd Expect: Since Scarecrow is the only criminal on Arkham Island, and Gordon isn't tied up, he could have easily moved Robin to safety and set up a trap while Crane was outside getting Batman.
      Instead: Much like Alfred, he does nothing, leaving both himself and Robin as Scarecrow's hostages. For crying out loud, Robin still has his utility belt.
  • Kirk Langstrom is trying to cure his deafness and thinks Bat DNA could help.
    What You'd Expect: To use any other bat than the one he did.
    Instead: He uses a freaking vampire bat! Even Batman picks up on how stupid that was.
  • You see several posters throughout the city establishing that both Superman and the Flash exist in the Arkham-Verse. Scarecrow takes his dear sweet time unmasking Batman on live TV.
    You'd Expect: Either Flash or Superman- both of whom can circumnavigate the world in seconds- rush to Batman's aid. Even if they don't know Scarecrow's location, it'd take either of them seconds to sweep the city.
    Instead: Neither hero appears in the game and a vital member of the Justice League (if it exists in this universe) is compromised.
  • In Arkham Knight we find out that rather then get beaten to death by a crowbar, Jason Todd was tortured by Joker for a year and a half. During this time we learn that A. Tim Drake replaced him six months after he was kidnapped, and B. that Joker sent a film of him shooting Jason, supposedly killing him, but actually surviving and getting tortured more before escaping and starting the games events.
    You'd Expect: Batman not replace and give up on Jason so easily, or at least put Tim Drake as doing something else, that would keep him out of danger, like Oracle. This would keep him safe, and also show that he was not immediately replacing Jason, as Joker could possibly use this, like he did.
    You'd Also Expect: That when he gets the murder film, he realize that he only has the words of what essentially is a deranged psychopath who lives for messing with him and is an extreme liar shooting a person who albeit having gone through extreme torture, was wearing BODY ARMOR, and realize that he could still try to find Jason, who hates him now, but still.
    Instead: He at some point of time around or after nine months gives up looking for Jason for SOME reason, and immediately accepts the word of, as stated above, a lunatic who loves to screw with him shooting his son. To be fair, Jason was shot directly in the chest and grief probably did make him somewhat irrational, but he had given up on Jason before hand. Anyone who played the game knows this bites him in the ass BIG TIME.
  • Batman sees Barbara committing suicide.
    You'd Expect: Between the villain being Scarecrow, dealing with Crane's toxin before (including hallucinating a dying Gordon during the events of Asylum) and his various battles with the shape-shifting Clayface (including standing in for the Joker in City) that he'd double check and make sure it's really Barbara—or at the very least, given that several of the Mooks are noted to be truly despicable, take the body so they won't have access to it.
    Instead: He just leaves upon realizing Ivy could help fight Crane and what it truly was—another Scarecrow hallucination and Barbara is really alive and well—never crosses his mind until after he sees Barbara alive.


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