History ComicBook / EmperorJoker

30th Jan '16 9:33:46 PM mkmckoy
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* AntagonistTitle: Superman is the protagonist of the story, and the Joker is only [[LateArrivalSpoiler revealed as the villain halfway through the series]] (which until TheReveal is called ''Superman: Arkham''). But once the Joker does appear, he almost becomes the VillainProtagonist.
29th Jan '16 2:12:12 PM mkmckoy
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* BastardUnderstudy: Enigma/Riddler—justified though because the Joker plans to destroy all reality, including his minions.

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* BastardUnderstudy: Enigma/Riddler—justified though because given the Joker Joker's plans to destroy all reality, including his minions.


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** Superman breaks out of Arkham every night, only for Bizarro to capture him and return him again.
29th Jan '16 9:04:49 AM mkmckoy
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-->'''Batman''': I can't close my '''''eyes''''', Clark. I can't close my eyes because I '''''see''''' it. All of it. I can't close my eyes, because I see '''''him''''' ... and it ... and me ... '''''pieces''''' and parts ...
-->'''Spectre''': Each death cry, each horror resonates within him. Dark vibrations ... merciless as the Joker's attentions. And they have broken him. The man you know ... is lost. Only pain remains.
28th Jan '16 6:42:10 PM mkmckoy
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** Robin has sign saying, “Why didn’t anyone call in to save me?” referencing the popular vote over whether to kill or save Jason Todd in ''ADeathInTheFamily''. Also counts as BreakingTheFourthWall.

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** Robin has sign saying, “Why didn’t anyone call in to save me?” referencing the popular vote over whether to kill or save Jason Todd in ''ADeathInTheFamily''.''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily''. Also counts as BreakingTheFourthWall.
27th Jan '16 9:07:55 PM mkmckoy
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** The Joker tells Superman, “Never rub another man’s rhubarb,” when Superman goes after Lois. The Joker first said this to Bruce Wayne in the [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 movie]] after shooting Bruce, when he finds Bruce in Vicki Vale’s apartment.

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** The Joker tells Superman, “Never rub another man’s rhubarb,” when Superman goes after Lois. The Joker first said this This is the Joker’s [[BondOneLiner post-mortem line]] to Bruce Wayne in the [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 movie]] after shooting Bruce, when he finds Bruce for being in Vicki Vale’s apartment.



** Joker says, "Goodnight Harley," after [[StarsAreSould turning Harley into a constellation]], referencing GoodnightMoon.

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** Joker says, "Goodnight Harley," after [[StarsAreSould [[StarsAreSouls turning Harley into a constellation]], referencing GoodnightMoon.



* ThouShaltNotKill: Played straight by Superman, despite great temptation, but subverted by Batman, who after suffering endless brutal murders and resurrections decides that killing the Joker is the only way to stop him. This is then [[DoubleSubvertedTrope doubly subverted]] after the Joker is defeated, and Bruce agrees that Superman was right not to kill him. But then it is then quickly triply subverted(!) by Bruce saying that when he does kill the Joker, he wants it to be for real.

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* ThouShaltNotKill: Played straight by Superman, despite great temptation, but subverted by Batman, who after suffering endless brutal murders and resurrections decides that killing the Joker is the only way to stop him. This is then [[DoubleSubvertedTrope doubly subverted]] after the Joker is defeated, and Bruce agrees that Superman was right not to kill him. But then it is then quickly [[ZigZaggedTrope triply subverted(!) subverted(!)]] by Bruce saying that when he does kill the Joker, he wants it to be for real.
27th Jan '16 9:02:10 PM mkmckoy
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* AbortedArc: Ignition’s origin and why the Joker cannot read his mind are never revealed, despite receiving a great amount of attention.



* AndIMustScream: The Joker kills Batman in extremely excruciating ways each night, and then resurrects Batman so he can be excruciatingly killed again. And Batman remembers all of the pain of each murder. And he cannot stop the cycle of murder and resurrection.

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* AndIMustScream: The Joker kills Batman in extremely excruciating ways each night, and then resurrects Batman so he can be excruciatingly killed kill him again. And Batman remembers all of the pain of each murder. And he cannot stop the cycle of murder and resurrection.



* IdiotBall: Mxyzptlk decides to give the Joker, a known psychotic maniac, part of his powers, because he is bored. Mxyzptlk eventually acknowledges his catastrophic stupidity.

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* IdiotBall: Mxyzptlk decides to give the Joker, a known psychotic maniac, part of his reality warping powers, simply because he is bored. Mxyzptlk eventually acknowledges his catastrophic stupidity.



* MindWipe: [[spoiler: Because of what the Joker put Batman through when he killed him over and over again, Superman has to take Batman's memories into himself for Batman to move on]].
** On all humanity in general, though Batman notes there have been too many reports of “[[AllJustADream dreams, nightmares, and somnambulistic activities]]” for it be to be a coincidence.

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* MindWipe: [[spoiler: Because of what the Joker put Batman through when he killed him over and over again, Superman has to take Batman's memories into onto himself for Batman to move on]].
** [[spoiler: On all humanity in general, general,]] though Batman notes there have been too many reports of “[[AllJustADream dreams, nightmares, and somnambulistic activities]]” for it be to be a coincidence.


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** The Joker tells Superman, “Never rub another man’s rhubarb,” when Superman goes after Lois. The Joker first said this to Bruce Wayne in the [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 movie]] after shooting Bruce, when he finds Bruce in Vicki Vale’s apartment.
** Robin has sign saying, “Why didn’t anyone call in to save me?” referencing the popular vote over whether to kill or save Jason Todd in ''ADeathInTheFamily''. Also counts as BreakingTheFourthWall.


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** Joker says, "Goodnight Harley," after [[StarsAreSould turning Harley into a constellation]], referencing GoodnightMoon.
* StarsAreSouls: Joker turns Harley into a consolation rather than kill her outright. For the Joker, this counts as sentimentality.
* TheStarscream: Lex seems to have ambitions to be this, but Joker kills him (twice) [[GenreSavvy before Lex has the opportunity to do anything]]. Though Enigma’s failed coup shows any attempt to overthrow Joker would’ve been pointless anyway.


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* ThouShaltNotKill: Played straight by Superman, despite great temptation, but subverted by Batman, who after suffering endless brutal murders and resurrections decides that killing the Joker is the only way to stop him. This is then [[DoubleSubvertedTrope doubly subverted]] after the Joker is defeated, and Bruce agrees that Superman was right not to kill him. But then it is then quickly triply subverted(!) by Bruce saying that when he does kill the Joker, he wants it to be for real.


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* WeirdMoon: Joker reshapes the moon to resemble his face.
27th Jan '16 8:44:42 PM mkmckoy
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* AndIMustScream: The Joker kills Batman in extremely excruciating ways each night, and then resurrects Batman so he can be excruciatingly killed again. And Batman remembers all of the pain of each murder. And he cannot stop the cycle of murder and resurrection.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Inverted by the Joker when listing his faults as a husband to Lois.
-->'''Joker''': “Sure I can be difficult—I eat crackers in bed, and I never put the cap back on the rat poison, and occasionally [[DomesticAbuse I’ll snap your neck to prove a point]] …”



* BastardUnderstudy: Enigma/Riddler—justified though because the Joker plans to destroy all reality, including his minions.
* BatmanGambit: Done by [[TropeNamer Batman himself]]. He lets the Joker know how much Superman cares for Lois, knowing the Joker would send her into [[ShowWithinAShow the Superman sitcom]] to be killed, and that this would only spur Superman on more strongly. This is the only time throughout the story that Batman smiles.



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Lois backstabs Superman several times, but he never gives up on her. And despite the constant backstabbing, Lois cannot shake her feelings for Superman.



* DespairEventHorizon: Batman reaches this point after being continuously murdered and resurrected.



* GilliganCut: Issue #8 ends with the Justice League members returning to their original form and preparing to storm Joker City. Issue #9 begins with a detailed shot of the Justice League’s mangled remains, and the Joker laughing hysterically over them. Needless to say, this is a non-humorous version of the trope.



* IdiotBall: Mxyzptlk decides to give the Joker, a known psychotic maniac, part of his powers, because he is bored. Mxyzptlk eventually acknowledges his catastrophic stupidity.



* MindWipe: [[spoiler: What the Joker put Batman through when he killed him over and over again. Superman has to take Batman's memories into himself for Batman to move on]].

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* MindWipe: [[spoiler: What Because of what the Joker put Batman through when he killed him over and over again. again, Superman has to take Batman's memories into himself for Batman to move on]].on]].
** On all humanity in general, though Batman notes there have been too many reports of “[[AllJustADream dreams, nightmares, and somnambulistic activities]]” for it be to be a coincidence.
30th Dec '15 1:51:49 PM Anddrix
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* OnlySaneMan: Aside from the heroes, Joker left a single person untouched and drew him into his demented world - SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor. He was not pleased. Not pleased ''at all''.

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* OnlySaneMan: Aside from the heroes, Joker left a single person untouched and drew him into his demented world - SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.ComicBook/LexLuthor. He was not pleased. Not pleased ''at all''.
30th Dec '15 1:37:01 PM Anddrix
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It's an average day in Metropolis: Franchise/{{Superman}} breaks out of [[BedlamHouse Arkham]] [[CardboardPrison Asylum]], overseen by Solomon Grundy, ComicBook/LoisLane is [[SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor the richest, vilest, and]] [[BaldWoman baldest woman]] in (and owner of) the city, and Bizarro #1 is the most beloved (and destructive) hero in the city.

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It's an average day in Metropolis: Franchise/{{Superman}} breaks out of [[BedlamHouse Arkham]] [[CardboardPrison Asylum]], overseen by Solomon Grundy, ComicBook/LoisLane is [[SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor [[ComicBook/LexLuthor the richest, vilest, and]] [[BaldWoman baldest woman]] in (and owner of) the city, and Bizarro #1 is the most beloved (and destructive) hero in the city.
2nd Dec '15 7:03:56 AM Anicomicgeek
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* MindWipe: [[spoiler: What the Joker put Batman through when he killed him over and over again. Superman has to take Batman's memories into himself for Batman to move on]].
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