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Accidentally resurrected by the Penguin, who believed his tomb to be the repository of a great treasure, the Count begins abducting citizens of Gotham City and turning them into vampires as part of a scheme to revive his lost love, Carmilla. Batman catches on to this evil scheme and sets out to stop Dracula and save the citizenry.
This film contains examples of:
- Batman Gambit: Batman certainly angles for this, getting Dracula to follow him all the way through the catacombs back to the Batcave... and the only possible devices he can use against him.
- Brick Joke: The treasure Penguin and Joker were looking for.
- Cardboard Prison: Lampshaded, a convict fakes insanity to get a shorter term in Arkham, only to slowly start to crack. So he tells Joker and Penguin, the two who have escaped the most, about the treasure and kicks off the film's plot. Only he left the directions vague in hopes they'd break him out too.
- Cassandra Truth: Penguin really did try to warn Joker to stay away from a certain coffin.
- Cool Versus Awesome - The title alone is enough to give a person a Geekgasm.
- Curb Stomp Battle: Of Batman by Dracula. Batman goes into their first battle as ready as he usually is, and Dracula still nearly kills him. (Only the sunrise saves him.) Batman only wins in the end by Out Gambitting Dracula, and he still gets hammered by the Vampire Lord.
- Dracula: Duh.
- Darker and Edgier: Than the main series. It seems proud to feature visible blood for the first time.
The Penguin: I'm bleeding!?
- Evil Me Scares Me: After Batman's fight with Dracula, Bruce has a nightmare involving the deaths of his parents and a vampire version of himself.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Faux Affably Evil: Dracula.
- Groin Attack: Vikki performs one on The Penguin when escaping Dracula's crypt.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the beginning of the movie, the Joker falls into a river and is electrocuted by his own high voltage hand buzzer after trying to use it on Batman. He survives, though.
- Inferred Holocaust: Vampire!Joker and Batman have a brawl in a blood bank, Joker drinking gallons of it. Considering blood supplies are in short enough supply in the REAL World that means hundreds if not thousands died because of lack of transfusions.
- Joker Immunity: At the beginning of the film, Batman witnesses Joker fall into a river, with his electric hand buzzer still active, believing him to have been electrocuted to death. Although given he is the Trope Namer, he survives, only for Dracula to turn him into a vampire.
- Killed Off for Real: Dracula.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While both race to claim the treasure, Joker zaps Penguin with his electric hand buzzer and leaves him in a river, laughing all the way. As Penguin struggles to get back up, he spies Batman in hot pursuit of Joker.
Penguin: Instant karma.
- Mind Rape: When Batman questions Joker about Dracula's hiding place, this trope is why he won't talk.
- Mythology Gag: The movie included elements from Elseworlds tale Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, such as Dracula and his minions' vampiric designs and a Vampire Batman (who appears in Bruce's nightmare).
- Not So Different: Dracula tries this with Batman initially, thinking that just because he wears a bat costume and operates at night, spreading fear amongst the criminal population (and unintentionally, the civilian population) that he'd make a good vampire to serve under him. Batman of course, is logically not convinced.
- Though, he's uneasy about his Batman persona inspiring fear among the populace.
- Oh Crap: Penguin upon seeing Joker again, then Joker when he discovers Dracula.
Joker: That's a good looking corpse...
Penguin gets this too when he first revives Dracula.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Everyone Dracula (or a vampire turned by him) bites, becomes "his vessel". Effectively meaning they are turned and instantly become slaves to his willpower. Also (at least for some of them) the victims are not killed when bitten (Dracula hates wasting potential servants). The vampires are super-strong, super-fast, with heightened senses, they are all allergic to garlic and sunlight, but crosses don't do dick against them.
- It's implied crosses do affect Dracula himself, because Batman mentions him circumventing them in the catacombs.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Dracula doesn't kill most of his victims, not because he's against killing. It's because if he kills them, then he can't turn them into his undead minions and he hates wasting potential servents.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "I'm The Batman. And you're dust!"
- Could also be a Post Mortem One Liner...
- Reality Ensues: When Batman attempts fighting Dracula one-on-one for the first time, he doesn't exactly do so well against him, what with Dracula being much stronger, faster, oh and he can fly as well. Only the rising of the sun saves him from being drained dry by the Count. Effectively this means that in their next confrontation, Batman spends less time fighting him head on and more time trying to lead him into a pre-prepared trap.
- The Renfield: Penguin becomes this to you-know-who.
- Secret Keeper: Vicki Vale figures out Bruce is Batman.
- Sdrawkcab Name - While in Gotham, Dracula goes by the pseudonym "Alucard".
- Versus Title
- The Virus: This is at least the case for everyone normal turned in this film. Becoming a vampire effectively means contracting a virus from Dracula and Batman comes up with a serum to cure it. The stuff doesn't work on Dracula however, as his vampirism is much more supernatural in nature, apparently.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Batman has no problems with killing Dracula. Even Alfred is surprised. "Dracula's not a man. He's a monster." (Although granted, he did at least try the vampire cure on him first.)
- Technically, he was dead to begin with. Batman only fixed Penguin's mistake and returned Dracula to his sleep
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Penguin stumbles across the treasure after being freed from Dracula's control over him. Only to be arrested and the treasure taken by the police.