History ComicBook / TheJoker

5th Nov '17 7:34:09 PM carkaroth
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* BadBoss: Willing to casually kill his own henchmen for any reason, be it part of a plan, for amusement, or simply on a whim.
1st Nov '17 3:06:04 PM babyhenchy1
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* StartOfDarkness: ''Detective Comics'' #168 posits he was a laboratory worker who becomes the Red Hood in order to steal a million dollars from his employers and retire. In ''The Killing Joke'' he quits his job to become a comedian, but fails and is coerced by mobsters to commit a robbery, becoming the Red Hood. His disfigurement and (in ''The Killing Joke'') his wife's death earlier in the story destroy what little was left of his sanity and he becomes The Joker.

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* StartOfDarkness: ''Detective Comics'' #168 posits he was a laboratory worker who becomes the Red Hood in order to steal a million dollars from his employers and retire. In ''The Killing Joke'' he quits his job to become a comedian, but fails and is coerced by mobsters to commit a robbery, becoming the Red Hood. His disfigurement and (in ''The Killing Joke'') his wife's death earlier in the story destroy what little was left of his sanity and he becomes The Joker. [[MultipleChoicePast Maybe]].
16th Oct '17 10:25:04 AM Anarquistador
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Joker snapped because he "finally got the joke" - that is, he came to believe that life is meaningless and awful, and the only reason to do things is ForTheEvulz. What boggles his broken mind is that he knows that Batman also once reached that point, but didn't snap the way he did. Batman got the joke too, but he's not laughing...and the Joker doesn't understand why.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Joker snapped because he "finally got "got the joke" - that joke." That is, he came to believe that life is meaningless and awful, a meaningless, terrible joke, and the only reason proper response is to do things is ForTheEvulz.laugh (ie, go insane). What boggles his broken mind is that he knows that Batman also once reached that point, but didn't snap the way he did. Batman got the joke too, but he's not laughing...and the Joker doesn't understand why.
13th Oct '17 5:53:30 AM ACW
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** He abruptly ends a partnership with Comicbook/RedSkull when his Nazi affiliation comes out. Red Skull [[EvilCannotComprehendGood simply wonders why he is so surprised when he thinks that the Joker would make a great Nazi]]. The Joker is ''NOT'' happy about this, proclaiming "I may be a criminal lunatic, but I'm an ''American'' criminal lunatic!" Yes, folks, even an equal-opportunity murderer like ''the Joker'' despises the Nazis![[note]]The Joker had originally thought that Red Skull was just dressing up as a Nazi as a sort of theme, which he approved of because it sounded like great trolling.[[/note]]

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** He abruptly [[ComicBook/BatmanAndCaptainAmerica ends a partnership partnership]] with Comicbook/RedSkull when his Nazi affiliation comes out. Red Skull [[EvilCannotComprehendGood simply wonders why he is so surprised when he thinks that the Joker would make a great Nazi]]. The Joker is ''NOT'' happy about this, proclaiming "I may be a criminal lunatic, but I'm an ''American'' criminal lunatic!" Yes, folks, even an equal-opportunity murderer like ''the Joker'' despises the Nazis![[note]]The Joker had originally thought that Red Skull was just dressing up as a Nazi as a sort of theme, which he approved of because it sounded like great trolling.[[/note]]
11th Oct '17 8:58:26 AM Anarquistador
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Joker snapped because he "finally got the joke" - that is, he came to believe that life is meaningless and awful, and the only reason to do things is ForTheEvulz. What boggles his broken mind is that he knows that Batman also once reached that point, but didn't snap the way he did. Batman got the joke too, but he's not laughing...and the Joker doesn't understand why.
8th Oct '17 4:06:53 PM R.G.
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** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has "Smile, won't you smile" from the episode "Emperor Joker".

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** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has "Smile, won't you smile" "Where's the Fun in That?" from the episode "Emperor Joker".
8th Oct '17 3:02:30 PM HeyFella
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* ''ComicBook/BatmanWhiteKnight''
2nd Oct '17 3:28:38 PM KingLyger
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* ArchEnemy: A classic example, and not just in the comics.
* AxCrazy: One of his main characteristics.

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* ArchEnemy: A classic example, example to the Batman, and not just in the comics.
* AxCrazy: One of his main characteristics.characteristics is his willingness to psycho on anyone, including his own henchmen.


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* ItAmusedMe: His raison d'etre. Why kill people in horrific ways, ruin their lives, and generally make the entire universe a worse place than he left it? Because it's funny.
21st Sep '17 12:18:25 PM quackytrope
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* LethalJokeCharacter: In-Universe. Those unfamiliar with him tend to write him off as just some fool dressed as a clown, only to realize very quickly why they should keep their guard up around him. He's still one of the most dangerous characters in the DC Universe, despite existing in a world filled with super-humans and gods.
19th Sep '17 2:21:53 AM Doug86
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* HumanHeadOnTheWall: There's a rather famous [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/joker_copy_4176.jpg piece of comicbook artwork]] drawn by Brian Bolland featuring The Joker lounging in a chair in front of a trophy wall mounted with the decapitated heads of various Creator/{{DC}} heroes and villains, all of them painted white and their faces distorted into a smile like the Joker himself. It's even been [[ArtImitatesArt parodied a bunch of times]] with other comic supervillains sitting in Joker's place.

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* HumanHeadOnTheWall: There's a rather famous [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/joker_copy_4176.jpg piece of comicbook artwork]] drawn by Brian Bolland featuring The Joker lounging in a chair in front of a trophy wall mounted with the decapitated heads of various Creator/{{DC}} Creator/{{DC|Comics}} heroes and villains, all of them painted white and their faces distorted into a smile like the Joker himself. It's even been [[ArtImitatesArt parodied a bunch of times]] with other comic supervillains sitting in Joker's place.
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