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Black Mask taunting Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins.

A Game Over is triggered when Batman or any playable character fails their main objective or dies.

Description & Possible Ways To Fail[]

After a playable character fails, there is usually a black screen with a villain who appears and taunts the character before fading away. On particular occasions, an ally instead appears mourning the character's death. In Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the player is given the option to try again or quit to menu. In Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Knight, the game loads a previously saved checkpoint.

In the series, there are ways for the player's character to be killed or otherwise. This will result in a mission fail. The player can choose whether to retry or quit in Asylum and City, while in Origins and Knight the player simply restarts from a certain point.

In Asylum, Batman can die by falling into a bottomless pit and the player not using the grapple in time. In later games, this no longer happens, except in City when Batman is in the main chimney of the Sionis Steel Mill and falls off the rope.

Arkham Origins[]

  • Playable character is beaten.
  • Playable character is shot.
  • Playable character is sliced.
  • Playable character fails to save hostage.
  • Batman is unable to disarm Anarky's bombs in time.
  • Batman is electrocuted by the electrified water in Blackgate Prison.
  • Batman is killed by Killer Croc.
  • Batman is unable to dodge the bridge when attempting to grapple onto Firefly.

Arkham Asylum[]

  • Playable character is beaten.
  • Playable character is shot.
  • Playable character is sliced.
  • Playable character is blown up by an explosion.
  • Batman falls to death in specific locations.
  • Batman is overexposed to the Joker's Smilex in the Decontamination Room of Intensive Treatment or the Guard Room of the Penitentiary.
  • Batman being seen by the thugs watching Penelope Young causing them to shoot her.
  • Batman is killed by the laughing gas after failing to escape the Guard Room in the Penitentiary.
  • Batman is found and crushed by Scarecrow in one of his Nightmares.
  • Batman is hit with rubble by Bane in the Boiler Room of the Medical Facility.
  • Batman is electrocuted by electrified water or electrified floors in Arkham Asylum.
  • Being beaten to death by a Lunatic either in the Penitentiary or in any of the three areas on Arkham Island.
  • Batman is either grabbed by Killer Croc, dragged underwater or blown off of a floating wooden board in Killer Croc's Lair.
  • Batman fails to detonate the Explosive Gel when Killer Croc is on the structural weakness and gets eaten.
  • Batman is killed by Poison Ivy’s plants.
  • Batman is exposed to Poison Ivy’s poisonous gas in The Arkham Mansion for too long.
  • Batman is squeezed to death and possibly eaten by Poison Ivy’s plants in the Botanical Gardens.
  • Batman is beaten to death by Titan Joker on the rooftop of the Penitentiary.
  • Playable character fails to complete round before timer expires in Extreme Incarceration challenge.

Arkham City[]

  • Playable character is beaten.
  • Playable character is shot.
  • Playable character is sliced.
  • Playable character falls to death.
  • Playable character is boiled to death.
  • Playable character is burned to death.
  • Batman falls into lava inside the main chimney in Sionis Steel Mill.
  • Playable character fails to rescue hostage(s).
  • Batman fails to escape the Church's Bell Tower before it explodes.
  • Catwoman is overexposed to Poison Ivy's spore gas in her lair.
  • Playable character is shocked to death.
  • Batman chooses the wrong cup while trying to save William North resulting in him being burned alive.
  • Batman is eaten by Tiny in the Torture Chamber of the Cyrus Pinkney Institute for Natural History.
  • Batman is thrown too many times by Solomon Grundy.
  • Batman is electrocuted to death while being held by Solomon Grundy for too long.
  • Batman is smashed to death by Solomon Grundy’s balls and chains.
  • Batman is blown up by Penguin’s.
  • Batman is killed by touching anything during the Demon Trials (no game over occurs)
  • Batman is killed by ninja stars thrown at him by Ra's al Ghul.
  • Batman is killed by Rā’s al Ghül’s electric blades.
  • Batman is sliced by blades in the cooling tunnels of the Sionis Steel Mill.
  • Batman is boiled alive by the water in the cooling tunnels of the Sionis Steel Mill.
  • Batman is beaten by Clayface or his minions in the Lazarus Pit Chamber either in the Monarch Theatre or the Lazarus Pit chamber underneath the theater

Harley Quinn's Revenge[]

  • Playable character is beaten or shot to death.
  • Playable character fails to save hostage(s).
  • Batman knocks out the Harley Quinn informants before interrogating them.
  • Batman fails to defuse bombs throughout the Shipyard in time.

Arkham City Lockdown[]

  • Playable character is defeated.
  • Batman fails to stop Harley Quinn from killing a hostage.

Special Game Over sequences[]

Arkham Origins[]

  • If a playable character is spotted by a hostage taker and fails to rescue the hostage, the game will enter slow-motion as the camera shows the hostage taker killing said hostage.

Arkham Asylum[]

Story[]

  • If Batman is spotted by Victor Zsasz while trying to save Mike in the Patient Pacification Chamber of Intensive Treatment, Zsasz will quickly turn around and press the detonator for Mike's electric chair shocking him to death.
  • If Batman remains in the Joker's Toxin for too long, then as he dies he can be heard laughing hysterically due to the effects of the gas.
  • If Batman is spotted in the office window by the henchmen guarding Dr. Young or only blows open one wall, a henchman with a shotgun will shoot Dr. Young with him saying "She's dead. Someone tell Joker!"
  • If Batman is spotted by Scarecrow during his Nightmares, Scarecrow's gaze will turn red as he raises his hand. Scarecrow then slams his hand on Batman, crushing him.
  • If Batman alerts Harley Quinn and/or her henchmen while trying to save Gordon inside the Experimental Chamber of the Medical Facility, Harley will prepare her assault rifle. Gordon then faces her and says "Do your worst" with Harley unloading her assault rifle at Gordon, killing him.
  • If Batman cuts the ropes of Louie Green or the other guard before cutting off the power for the electrified water below them while inside the Guard Room of the Penitentiary, one of them can be seen standing and screaming in agony as they are electrocuted to death. The screen then pans onto Harley who is standing inside the control area.
  • If Batman fails to escape the Guard Room in time and still has yet to free the guards, the gas is dispersed into the room, with Harley standing in the office saying "Mr. J is going to be so happy with me, I killed the Big Bad Bat!".
  • If Batman fails to decipher the locked door while inside the Guard Room before the gas is released, the screen shows the Joker Toxin canister dispersing the gas as recording of a laugh is heard.
  • If Batman spooks Zsasz while he has Dr. Young hostage or fails to save her in time in the Warden's Office of the Arkham Mansion, Zsasz will stab her off-screen. Joker then appears on the monitor in the office and says "Now that was unexpected. Who would have figured a deranged murderer would kill the poor little doctor?" before laughing.
  • If Batman alerts the guards of his presence by getting spotted or taking out any henchmen before the operator in the Aviary of the Botanical Gardens, the operator will be shown pulling the switch for the hanging cages. The doctors are then dropped into the dark pit below them to their deaths.
  • If Batman dies while being squeezed by Poison Ivy's plants, Batman will then be dragged into the ground. Batman is presumably eaten by Ivy's plants off-screen.

Challenges[]

  • If the timer expires and all of the enemies are not defeated in the challenge that takes place inside of the Extreme Incarceration room, all of the electric floors begin to turn on as the screen fades, presumably electrocuting and killing everyone in the room.

Arkham City[]

Normal[]

  • If any playable character is spotted by a hostage taker, the game will enter a slow-motion as the camera focuses on the hostage and the hostage taker as it shows the hostage taker shooting said hostage.

Story[]

  • If Batman lands in the acid bath or the boiling lava, he makes an animation where he slowly collapses into the acid/lava.
  • If Batman runs on the fragile ice and/or falls into the water before defeating Tiny in the Torture Chamber, Batman will be grabbed by Tiny and dragged underwater, where he is eaten afterwards.
  • If Batman fails to defend himself against Tiny as he chews on Batman's raft, Batman will be grabbed by Tiny and dragged underwater.
  • If Batman loses the ninja while chasing her on the Arkham City rooftops, he will either say "I lost her!" or "She got away!" before the screen fades to black.

Catwoman's Story[]

  • If Catwoman is exposed to the poison gas in Ivy's lair for too long, she can be seen and heard loudly coughing and slowly collapsing to the floor as she dies.
  • If Catwoman gets spotted by the TYGER guards in the TYGER Confiscated Goods Vault before she picks the three keycards for the terminal, Hugo Strange will announce the guards to lock the vault down as they have an intruder.

Enigma Conundrum[]

  • If Batman chooses the wrong cup while trying to save Officer North in his Riddler Room, he can be shown being burned alive as the Riddler says "and the winner is...ME!" and North screams in agony.
  • If Batman stands in the way of any hostage while they are forced to walk with bombs planted on them while in Riddler's hideout, they will be blown up and killed.

Cold Call Killer[]

  • If Batman gets spotted by Zsasz in his hideout, Zsasz will sometimes be heard saying "Oh, there you are, Batman" before turning to his hostages, saying "I will cut you. I will bleed you and when I'm done, I cut myself and you will be immortalized in my flesh."

Shot in the Dark[]

  • If Batman fails to get to Jack Ryder in time, a loud gunshot will ring out across the city as Ryder is killed off-screen. But if he is in plain sight you can see Ryder getting shot and collapsing.
  • If Batman is hit by Deadshot while trying to sneak up on him, Deadshot is seen doing a pose before the game over occurs.

Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC[]

  • If Batman fails to defuse all the bombs planted throughout the Shipyard before the timer expires, a cutscene is shown with Gordon running towards the side of the building before being blown back the blast, with him saying "No" in denial.

Lockdown[]

  • If Batman fails to throw the Batarang at Harley Quinn before she reaches her hostage, she aims her revolver at the hostage and shoots her hostage off-screen.

Arkham Knight[]

City of Fear[]

  • If the Batmobile is destroyed and Batman is not inside the car, the camera will show the Batmobile getting blown to bits.
  • If Batman loses the APC driver's signal while chasing it in the beginning of the game, a GCPD dispatcher will say the APC got away.
  • If Batman fails to take down the three militia soldiers in time before the Fear Takedown wears off while they guard a hostage, the screen fades to black, with one of the soldiers telling the others to kill the hostage and a gunshot rings out.
  • If Batman moves too fast while moving the volatile canisters inside ACE Chemicals, the screen turns white as a boom is heard, meaning that Batman was killed in an explosion.
  • If Batman fails to escape ACE Chemicals in the Batmobile on time, the screen will turn white as a boom is heard, meaning Batman was killed in the explosion.
  • If Batman loses Gordon's signal while protecting him from the militia, the Militia commander will say that they captured Gordon. The Arkham Knight then says to bring Gordon to him.
  • If Batman loses the APC driver impersonating the Arkham Knight, Batman will say that the driver got away and he was their only chance of saving Oracle.
  • If Batman loses the North Refrigeration truck while trying to find Penguin's hideout, he will say that he lost his only lead on finding Oracle.
  • If Batman abandons Ivy's plants while they are under attack she can be heard screaming.
  • If Robin gets spotted by Johnny Charisma while defusing the bombs, Johnny will make a remark and detonates all of the bombs in the room, killing himself, Batman, and Robin in the process.
  • If Batman fails to take down Harley Quinn as she holds Robin hostage in time, Harley will shoot Robin with her assault rifle off-screen as she laughs evilly.
  • If Batman insert too slow the new energy core into the Batmobile while inside the Cloudburst in time, Batman will cough violently as he collapses onto the ground and coughs constantly, apparently dying from the effects of the gas.
  • If Batman either dies while protecting the GCPD Building from Scarecrow's attacks or leaves the GCPD area, the screen will cut to inside of the building as Oracle is on her computer, but suddenly looks at the elevator in shock as it chimes. The police guard who is near will turn around and runs away screaming as the elevator opens, with a Minigunner and a few soldiers appearing and the Minigunner opening fire on everyone in the room, killing everyone as soldiers spread out across the room.

A Friend in Need[]

  • If Batman counters too early against Hush while he holds Lucius Fox hostage, Batman will attempt to counter him but fails to which Hush shoots Lucius in the face.
  • If Batman fails to counter Hush when he has the gun aiming at Batman, Hush will shoot Batman in the face.

Campaign for Disarmament[]

  • If Batman is outside the bomb area for too long, the screen then turns white and a boom is heard as the bombs across Gotham are detonated.

Riddler's Revenge[]

  • If Catwoman uses the wrong key for her explosive collar it will begin to beep rapidly as it is about to explode, with Catwoman struggling with the collar and the Riddler making a remark. The collar explodes off-screen killing Catwoman.

Lamb to the Slaughter[]

  • If Batman fails to defeat Deacon Blackfire's acolytes, deactivate the electric fences and stop him before he sacrifices Jack Ryder, the Deacon will say "Your life on this Earth is over. An eternity of pain awaits!" as he prepares to stab Ryder with him saying "No. No!".

Gunrunner[]

  • If Batman does not perform the Dual Team Takedown move on Penguin as he holds Nightwing hostage in time, he will execute Nightwing with a shot to the head.

Two-Faced Bandit[]

  • If Batman allows Two-Face's men to steal all the cash in any of the banks, the henchmen board their garbage truck(s) as one detonates a small bomb near the entrance, with Batman running after it, only to be disoriented by the blast and stopped from following them.

Wonderland[]

  • If Batman fails to defuse the bombs planted on the police car(s) containing hostage(s) in time, a boom is heard as the screen turns white, meaning that both Batman and the potential hostage are killed by an explosion.
  • During the fight inside the book, if Batman fails to grapple over to the next page in time, Batman is seen bracing himself and the "White Rabbit" as they are both crushed by the page.
  • If Batman knocks out the White Rabbit on the final page, a Game Over scene will be shown with the unmasked brainwashed police officer questioning Batman before seemingly dying with Mad Hatter mocking Batman.

In From the Cold[]

  • If Batman fails to reach Freeze's research vessel in time a boom can be heard as the vessel is destroyed, presumably killing Freeze.

A Flip of a Coin DLC[]

  • If Robin does not take Two-Face down in time before his coin falls back down into his hand in time, Two-Face will look at the coin (presumably showing the bad side) before executing Robin with a single shot from his pistol.

Catwoman's Revenge DLC[]

  • If Catwoman gets spotted by Riddler's guards before picking the three keycards for the terminal in the upper office, the guards will tell the others to lock the shop down as Catwoman is there.

Special Game Over Hints[]

Sometimes, when the player receives a special game over, they get special hints if the option is turned on (this does not appear if playing in New Story +).

Arkham Origins[]

Arkham Asylum[]

  • Mike's death - "You were seen and the hostage was killed. Approach Zsasz from the rear to avoid being spotted."
  • Dr. Young's death #1 - "The inmates panicked and Dr. Young was killed. Take out all the inmates at once to save Dr. Young."
  • Dr. Young's death #2 - "Zsasz panicked and killed Dr. Young. Target Zsasz when he reveals himself."
  • Spotted by Scarecrow - "Hide from Scarecrow's gaze to avoid getting caught."
  • Gordon's death - "Harley was alerted to your presence and killed Gordon. Rescue Gordon without being detected."
  • Louie Green/Unnamed guard dies - "You failed to save the guards. Turn off the power before cutting the rope."
  • Toxin timer reaches zero in Guard Room - “You were overcome by Joker Toxin. Rescue the guards before the timer reaches zero.”
  • Aviary hostages die - "You were spotted and the hostages was killed. Take out the control room operator without being detected."
  • Running in Killer Croc's lair while not attacking - "Running in Croc's Lair gives away Batman's position. Only run if Killer Croc is already attacking."
  • Not running in Killer Croc's lair while attacking - "Run to escape if the pontoon you are on starts to shake, before Killer Croc smashes it to pieces."
  • Allowing Killer Croc to grab Batman #1 - "Have your Batarang primed and ready for a surprise attack from Killer Croc."
  • Allowing Killer Croc to grab Batman #2 - "Use the Batarang to short circuit Killer Croc's neck brace and send him diving back into the water."
  • Failing to detonate Explosive Gel in Killer Croc's lair - "Detonate the Explosive Gel trap to take down Killer Croc."

Arkham City[]

Normal[]

  • Hostage dies - "You were seen and the hostage was killed. Take down the hostage taker from behind without being spotted."

Story[]

  • Killed by TYGER helicopters - "Navigate around the helicopter searchlights to stay out of sight."
  • Abandoning Catwoman in courthouse - "You left Catwoman in the courthouse to be killed by Two-Face. Take the henchmen down in the courtroom before Two-Face gets a chance to kill her."
  • Caught in church tower explosion - "Dive through the church windows to avoid the explosives."
  • Running on fragile ice in Museum - "Move slowly across the fragile ice to make sure it doesn’t break. Crouched movement is faster than walking but just as lightfooted."
  • Failing to defend against Tiny in Museum - "Fight off the shark using Batman's powerful shark repellent: a flurry of furious strikes.”
  • Killed by Penguin with Freeze's Ice Gun before receiving detonator - "Penguin is too well armed to take down head on. Search the museum for a way to disable the Freeze Gun first."
  • Killed by Penguin with Freeze's Ice Gun after receiving detonator - "The security override only works over a very short range. Get in closer to Penguin to disable the Freeze Gun and take him down.
  • Dying during Solomon Grundy fight - "Use the Explosive Gel to destroy the generator nodes on the floor, stopping Solomon Grundy from being able to recharge with energy.”
  • Ninja gets away - "Keep up with the ninja as she moves across the Arkham City rooftops. If you lose her, you will not be able to track down Ra's al Ghul for a sample of his blood."
  • Abandoning Quincy Sharp at Arkham City entrance - "You left Quincy Sharp to be taken away by the Two-Face thugs and executed. Rescue Sharp before the thugs kill him."
  • Leaving Amusement Mile before rescuing Vicki Vale - "You left Vicki Vale to be taken out by Joker's snipers. Take out the snipers before they kill her."
  • Leaving Park Row before saving Talia - "You left Talia to be killed by the Joker. Take down the snipers and get to the movie theatre before Joker executes Talia."

Catwoman's DLC[]

  • Spotted inside Goods Vault before picking the three keycards - "You were seen and the vault was locked down. Steal the key cards without being detected.”
  • Killed while battling Two-Face - "Two Face will continually bring in reinforcements. Focus your attention on Two Face to finish him off."

Cold Call Killer[]

  • Spotted in Zsasz's hideout - "Zsasz realized you were in the room and killed the hostages. Take down Zsasz silently to save the hostages."

Shot in the Dark[]

  • Batman's death - "Deadshot can kill with a single, well aimed shot. Be sure to approach him when his back is turned."

Enigma Conundrum[]

  • William North's death - "Riddler does not play by the rules. Check to make sure he is not cheating."
  • Dying in unsolvable puzzle - "Riddler has created this death trap to be impossible to solve. You will need to collect all your gadgets and upgrades to outsmart him."
  • Hostage(s) die in Riddler's hideout - TBA

Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC[]

  • Informant knocked out before interrogation - "The informant must be kept alive in order to find out how to get into Harley Quinn's Secret Base."
  • Time runs out to defuse bombs - "Defuse the bombs planted across the Shipyard before time expires."

Arkham Knight[]

City of Fear[]

  • Gordon gets captured - "Take out the militia before they capture Gordon."

A Friend in Need[]

  • Countering too early - "You reacted too early and Lucius was killed. Be ready to counter as soon as he removes the gun from Lucius."
  • Countering too late - "You reacted too late. Be ready to counter as soon as he removes the gun from Lucius."

Riddler's Revenge[]

  • Choosing the wrong key - "Choose the correct key for Catwoman's collar."

Wonderland[]

  • Failing to disarm explosives - TBA
  • Knocking out White Rabbit - "Keep the White Rabbit conscious for interrogation."

Catwoman’s Revenge

  • Spotted inside shop before stealing key cards - “You were seen and the vault was locked down. Steal the key cards without being seen.”

Hostages[]

Hostages are people who have been caught in the crossfire and used for protection. Should they die the player receives a game over.

Main article: Hostages

Game Over Lines[]

Batman: Arkham Origins[]

There are several lines from several characters throughout the game who taunt the playable character. The primary villains who taunt the playable characters would be "Black Mask" (Joker in disguise), Joker himself, and Howard Branden, but there are many more.

Main Page: Batman: Arkham Origins/Game Over lines

Batman: Arkham Asylum[]

The primary villains who taunt the playable characters would be the Joker and Poison Ivy for Batman, but there are many more.

Main Page: Batman: Arkham Asylum/Game Over Lines

Batman: Arkham City[]

The primary villains who taunt the playable characters would be Hugo Strange, Harley Quinn, the Joker, and Fake Joker (Clayface in disguise), but there are many more.

Main Page: Batman: Arkham City/Game Over Lines

Batman: Arkham Knight[]

In this game, some allies may appear, but it is mostly villains. The primary villains who taunt the playable characters would be Scarecrow, Arkham Knight, and the Joker hallucination, but there are many more.

Main Page: Batman: Arkham Knight/Game Over Lines

Special Game Over Lines[]

There are some special game over before a game over screen occurs whenever a player fails an objective.

Arkham Origins[]

TBA

Arkham Asylum[]

  • “She’s dead. Someone tell Joker!” (Henchman if Dr. Young is killed in X-Ray Room)
  • “Oh there you are!” ”Stay still. This won’t hurt.” (Scarecrow if spotted)
  • "Batman's here! Kill the old man!" (Henchman if spotted in Experimental Chamber)
  • “Say goodnight, Commissioner!” OR ”Nothing personal, old man!” ”Do your worst.” (Harley Quinn and Commissioner Gordon if spotted in Experimental Chamber)
  • “Aw, he ain’t having any fun. Too bad!” (One of Harley Quinn’s lines if a guard dies in Guard Room)
  • ”Mr. J is going to be so happy with me, I killed the Big Bad Bat!” (If timer expires and both guards are not saved)
  • “Now THAT was unexpected. Who would figured a deranged murderer would kill the poor little doctor? *laughs*” (Joker if Dr. Young is killed by Victor Zsasz in Warden’s Office)
  • “Sorry, doc. Looks like you’re out of luck. Buh bye!” OR ”You heard the man! Going down!” (Henchman if spotted in Aviary)
  • “You’re nothing but food now, Batman!” (Poison Ivy if Batman is killed by vines)

Arkham City[]

  • “I lost her!”OR ”She got away!” (Batman if ninja escapes)
  • “Lock down the vault. It appears that we have an intruder.” (Hugo Strange if spotted in Confiscated Goods Vault)
  • “And the winner is...ME!” (Riddler if wrong cup is chosen while saving William North)
  • ”Oh, there you are, Batman. I will cut you, I will bleed you, and when I’m done, I cut myself and you will be immortalized in my flesh.” (Zsasz to hostages if Batman was spotted in his hideout)

Arkham Knight[]

  • “All units, the APC got away!” (GCPD Helicopter pilot if APC gets away)
  • “KILL THE HOSTAGE!” (Militia soldier if any enemies remain while saving GCPD officer)
  • “Sir, we have him. The Commissioner is ours!” “Bring him to me.” (Militia Commander and Arkham Knight if Gordon is captured)
  • “He got away. That was our only chance of saving Oracle.” (Batman if he loses APC)
  • ”The truck got away. That was our only lead of saving Oracle.” (Batman if he loses North Refrigeration truck)
  • “Say goodnight folks!” “Let’s all take a bow!” "It's been a blast!" “Time to checkout, boys!” “No encore for us!” “Dying time, fellas!” “Bad move, Birdie!” (Johnny Charisma if Robin is spotted while defusing the bombs)

Lamb to the Slaughter[]

  • “Your life on this Earth is over. An eternity of pain awaits!” “No. No!” (Blackfire and Ryder if time runs out)

Riddler’s Revenge[]

TBA

Catwoman’s Revenge[]

  • "Catwoman's here! Lock down the vault!" (Henchman if Catwoman is spotted before pickpocketing all three cards)

Trivia[]

All games[]

  • Some Game Overs have the villain grabbing Batman, hitting him or in Killer Croc's case, eating him offscreen.
  • Informants in City and Knight being knocked out mainly does not affect story progress, but will withhold good secrets of the area.
    • However, in Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC of City, informants have to be kept alive, otherwise the mission is failed. This does not carry over to Knight.

Arkham Origins[]

  • This is the only game that shows at least a visible floor, as shown in one of Copperhead's game over scenes.
  • If one notices during one of Anarky's game over scenes, the camera pans up to a standing Anarky, showing that Batman is looking at him.
  • Some of Deadshot's game over scenes do not show his face very much.
  • One of Deathstroke's Game Over screens has him point a gun at Batman (likely with the intent of shooting him), only for the scene to abruptly end.
  • One of Firefly's Game Over screens has him pressing the button on the detonator, likely blowing up the rest of the Gotham Pioneer Bridge and everyone in it offscreen. No explosion sound effect is heard, however, because, like Deathstroke, the scene ends before the bridge explodes.
  • There are some scenes where the playable character's corpse is interacted with.
    • Branden reaches for Batman's mask to identify who he really is.
    • Penguin flicks a cigar at Batman's corpse.
    • Black Mask kicks Batman's corpse out of disappointment.
    • Killer Croc eats Batman's corpse off-screen.
    • Joker jumps on Batman's corpse repeatedly and grabs Batman's face.

Arkham Asylum[]

  • If one listens closely, bat and fluttering sounds can be heard in the background once the "Mission Failed" pop-up shows up.
  • While attempting to save Dr. Young in the X-Ray Room, if the player uses any gadgets without being seen in the window beside the office door or blowing open one or both walls, a henchman will hear a noise and will say that someone is there, but another henchman reassures him that nobody is there. Afterward, they go back to watching Dr. Young.
  • The hostages in the Library do not count as killable hostages as even if Batman fails to save them before Joker ends his countdown, it turns out that he was joking about detonating his “gas”. It also turns out that his ”gas” that was being contained in a gift box in a giant boxing glove in-a-box that attempts to punch him.
  • If Batman accidentally cuts either Louie Green’s rope or the other guard’s rope while they are left hanging over electric pools while Batman is standing in front of Harley Quinn near the office window in the Guard Room, then as Harley Quinn taunts Batman and the dying guard, Batman can be seen idling like in normal gameplay.
    • Some interesting notes would be that their ropes cannot be cut until Batman enters the room, even if he tries to cut them from the doorway to the room.
    • Even if Batman were to cut them down right before Harley Quinn ends her countdown for the power turning back on, the guards will not die if they are cut down beforehand.
  • If Batman fails to escape in time before Joker’s laughing gas is released while Harley Quinn is still in the office, Batman and the guards disappear as the gas is dispensed in the room, killing Batman and the guards. This is either because they are not meant to be seen dying because of the gas or this was possibly an oversight.
  • If Batman tosses a henchman over an edge from a high place or forces them either onto or into an active electric floor or door, game over won’t occur as it wouldn’t count as killing them, but rather knocking them out or if it is a deep pit, then the sound of water will be heard, despite no water being seen.

Arkham City[]

  • Funny enough, if one looks closely at the "Mission Failed" sign, the "A" on the "Failed" word shows the Arkham City logo, which is common for any bold letter "A".
  • Joker is the only character who does not have full speaking lines in some of his scenes, but rather, chuckles, giggles creepily, or laughs hysterically.
  • Turrets can only be found mounted on a wall in some secret areas within the perimeter wall. If they are not disrupted by using the Disruptor, they will shoot and damage the player. It also appears during the Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC. This can avoided by either using the Disruptor, which will overload and shut down or using Robin’s Bullet Shield, which will block the bullets from hitting the player. They are also what fires at Batman when he attempts to fly over the perimeter walls or the walls to the restricted area, but Batman will always avoid the bullets on the perimeter wall.
    • If the player performs the Quickfire Freeze Blast glitch (by spamming the "Double Tap RT" button near an edge) and gets high enough, one can fly over the perimeter wall and explore the off limit Gotham City and Arkham Asylum, but once the player falls underneath the ground (due to low texture) for too long, the character will die and the mission will be failed. Restarting spawns the player back into the city.
  • In some game over scenes, Two-Face can be seen raising and aiming his gun at either Batman or Catwoman, ready to shoot. However, before he could pull the trigger, he pauses and continues aiming at either Batman or Catwoman before fading from the screen.
  • Some steam pipes are seen in Sionis Steel Mill, GCPD Building, and Harley Quinn’s Shipyard Base. These can damage the player and will continue if the player stays in the steam. These can be avoided by either finding a switch for the pipe, using the Freeze Blast to cover it with ice or using Robin’s Bullet Shield to cover the steam from harming the player.
  • Electric floors are mostly seen in secret areas within the perimeter wall, which can harm the player. If the player is stand right on top of the floor, it will deal tremendous damage and could quickly kill the player. The only way to avoid these is by either using the Line Launcher or finding the switch for the floor.
  • If the player gets killed by inmates that are not affiliated with any super-villains, the player will receive a Hugo Strange game over. However, after Hugo Strange dies at the climax of the game, the player will then receive a blank game over, showing only the mission failed sign and possibly the hints.
  • Even if the player gets killed by TYGER Guards during one of Riddler’s Revenge challenge maps: Top of the World, he/she will always receive a game over screen with Riddler despite the TYGER Guards working for Strange.
  • If Batman touches anything in the realm during the Demon Trials, he will die but does not receive a normal game over, instead respawning at the last tower he landed on before he died.
  • If Batman loses the ninja while chasing her, the player will receive a blank game over. The hints will say “Keep up with the ninja as she moves across the Arkham City rooftops. If you lose her, you will not be able to track down Ra’s Al Ghūl for a sample of his blood”.
  • Talia al Ghul’s game over lines are only heard on the PC version of Arkham City.
    • There is a possibility that perhaps, her lines could have been used for if Batman was to die during the Demon trials, which was likely cut because of the chances of dying in this part several times is moderately high.
  • If a hostage is taken by a thug, it is not possible to use gadgets on the hostage taker, but using any gadgets without being seen will result in the henchman telling the hero to back off or he will kill the hostage.
    • The player can repeat this as many times as they want for all possible dialogue, but it is important to stay out of sight or he will kill the hostage and send the player to a game over.
    • If Batman is the playable character, he mentions that if he does that, the hostage taker will kill the hostage.
  • In the DLC, the special game over scene with the explosion of the building is reused from the ending cutscene of the DLC., the difference being that Batman and Harley Quinn are not shown escaping as both of them were killed in the ensuing blast.
  • This game introduces informants for the first time in the series.
    • However, the Riddler informants are not required to keep conscious, though the player will be unable to interrogate the informant for the locations of some of Riddler's secrets and perhaps, delay the search of the secrets.
    • Harley Quinn's informants are the only ones in the game that is required to keep conscious, as they are the only people who (partially) know all of the codes to the door to Harley Quinn's Shipyard base and that if they are unconscious, Batman will not be able to retrieve the codes he needs, failing his mission.
  • Despite Robin saying to himself that he needs to hurry in order to save Batman from the sphere on the Joker monument, the player is not on a real time limit and can take as long as he wants.

Arkham City Lockdown[]

  • These game over scenes are the only game over scenes where the surroundings are not pitch black and shows the fighting scene, unlike the other games.
    • However, for some reason, Harley Quinn's game over scene has a pitch background for some reason.

Arkham Knight[]

  • Poison Ivy has two different mission failed screens but with the same lines. If her flowers are destroyed before the Cloudburst part of the story, she will appear healthy. If her plant is destroyed while protecting it in the churchyard while in the Cloudburst, she will appear sickly due to the strain the gas gives her.
  • Joker’s “Bats? Bats? BATS!” game over screen is a reference to the game over lines of the Metal Gear series.
  • If Batman fails to protect Gordon and allows him to be captured by the militia, Joker will appear healthy, despite in most of his game over scenes, he appears sickly.
  • Sometimes if the Batmobile is destroyed, Joker will sometimes mostly say “Well, that’s what I get for betting it all on black.”
  • There are scenes where the villains will be shown touching the playable character’s body. For example, the: Arkham Knight will grab Batman’s face to look at him while he dies, Batman’s body is lightly kicked by a thug to confirm his death, and Robin is punched in the face by a Two-Face thug.
  • Alfred has his first game over lines in this game.
  • If the Batmobile is destroyed but Batman is not driving and he is moving around, he will freeze in place as the Batmobile is destroyed.
  • Unlike the previous Arkham games, there is no sign that says "Mission Failed". Instead, the screen is taken to the loading screen, where hints can be displayed.
  • In one of the Game Over screens, the Joker hallucination breaks the fourth wall by pointing out how everything has "gone dark" (in reference to the pitch-black background), and wondering if he and Batman are dying, only to wander around aimlessly due to the darkness.
  • If Batman fails to save Jack Ryder from Deacon Blackfire, there is no game over scene and instead, after it shows Deacon preparing to kill Jack Ryder, the screen takes the player to the loading screen.
  • In Firefly's side mission, even if the player lets him escape or fails to catch up with him, no game over occurs and instead, the player will have to wait until Firefly strikes another fire station.
  • Once again, like Arkham City, the player is not fully required to keep any informants conscious and no game over occurs if one is knocked unconscious. However, this will prevent the player from figuring out the locations of some of Riddler's secrets.
  • In the Catwoman DLC, her being spotted by the henchmen prematurely by Riddler's guards before receiving the three keycards is the same as the special game over in the TYGER Confiscated Goods Vault: both situations, being spotted before receiving the cards will result in a vault being permanently locked down, preventing Catwoman's entry.
  • The only time Batman would receive a game over for losing a North Refrigeration Truck is when he loses the very first truck while following it to Penguin's hideout. Otherwise, losing any other truck in the side mission "Gunrunner" will only result in Batman being unable to find the weapons cache and will have to wait until he gets intel from Nightwing about another truck.
    • Joker will say the line "There goes your only lead to finding Barbara" line.
  • This is the only game to show a corpse on-screen during a game over screen.
    • If Hush killed Lucius, his corpse will be seen as it is lightly kicked by Hush, expressing how he could have used a man of his talents.
    • If Batman knocks out the White Rabbit (Officer Hutch), it is ambiguous but likely that Hutch dies on-screen due to the wounds unintentionally inflicted by Batman after asking why he did this and then falling limp.
  • Informants reappear from City, but it is completely impossible to receive a game over if one was to knock out an informant. Like the predecessor, secrets will be withheld if the informant.

Other[]

  • Arkham Origins Blackgate and Arkham VR are the only games to not include Game Over screens.
    • However, if the player provokes the Penguin Thugs holding Batman at gunpoint in Arkham VR, they will shoot him.

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