History ComicBook / TheJoker

17th Sep '16 12:10:30 AM Luc
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* ForTheEvulz / ItAmusedMe: The usual motives of the Joker.



* ObfuscatingInsanity: ZigZaggedTrope. Some stories claims The Joker is actually sane, but pretends to be otherwise to avoid the death penalty. Others says he is genuinely crazy. It must be noted that Joker, like other Batman villains, was only identified as insane from the 70s onwards by various writers.[[note]]This was part of the trend of HollywoodMentalDisorders in the air and which DC editors and writers infused into the stories to keep it contemporary. It must be noted that from a legal perspective, Joker would not qualify as insane. Insanity has a separate clinical and legal definition, and a legal definition of insanity stops short at whether the person knowingly inflicts cruelty and accepts that he's breaking laws, both of which fits Joker perfectly[[/note]]

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* ObfuscatingInsanity: ZigZaggedTrope.ZigZaggedTrope / DependingOnTheWriter. Some stories claims The Joker is actually sane, but pretends to be otherwise to avoid the death penalty. Others says he is genuinely crazy. It must be noted that Joker, like other Batman villains, was only identified as insane from the 70s onwards by various writers.[[note]]This was part of the trend of HollywoodMentalDisorders in the air and which DC editors and writers infused into the stories to keep it contemporary. It must be noted that from a legal perspective, Joker would not qualify as insane. Insanity has a separate clinical and legal definition, and a legal definition of insanity stops short at whether the person knowingly inflicts cruelty and accepts that he's breaking laws, both of which fits Joker perfectly[[/note]]perfectly[[/note]]
* OutsideContextProblem: A recurring theme of Joker "first appearance" stories in various adaptions, is that nobody in Gotham is prepared for a guy who's only in it ForTheEvulz. Also, the Joker himself likes to find these, and exploit them.
13th Sep '16 9:08:11 AM R.G.
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction''
13th Sep '16 5:59:32 AM Anicomicgeek
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13th Sep '16 5:59:31 AM Anicomicgeek
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** During ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', once he realizes that Azrael isn't Batman, his plan's gone to hell, and one too many criticisms from Creator/GeneSiskel and Creator/RobertEbert stand-ins, he kills the stand-ins.

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** During ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', once he realizes that Azrael isn't Batman, his plan's gone to hell, and one too many criticisms from Creator/GeneSiskel and Creator/RobertEbert Creator/RogerEbert stand-ins, he kills the stand-ins.
2nd Sep '16 12:30:37 PM Doug86
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The Joker is a fictional comic book character, supervillain who appears in comic books published by Creator/DCComics as a member of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s RoguesGallery. He first appeared in ''Batman #1'' (25 April, 1940). He was created by Bob Kane, Bill Fingers and Jerry Robinson, though credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, but acknowledged Finger's writing contribution. Originally he was to die at the end of his first appearance, but the comic's editor wouldn't allow it.

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The Joker is a fictional comic book character, a supervillain who appears in comic books published by Creator/DCComics as a member of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s RoguesGallery. He first appeared in ''Batman #1'' (25 April, 1940). He was created by Bob Kane, Bill Fingers and Jerry Robinson, though credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, but acknowledged Finger's writing contribution. Originally he was to die at the end of his first appearance, but the comic's editor wouldn't allow it.



Despite not having any superpowers, The Joker is often regarded as one of the most feared villians in DCComics due to being incredibly cunning and morally uninhibited. He's intelligent enough to regularly match wits with Batman and depraved enough to commit acts so horrible that even other supervillians find them to be unsavory. Although the Joker sometimes does join forces with other supervillains such as the Penguin and ComicBook/TwoFace, and groups like the Injustice Gang and Injustice League, these relationships often collapse due to the Joker's desire for unbridled chaos. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' introduced a romantic interest for the Joker in his former psychiatrist, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, who becomes his villainous sidekick. Although his primary obsession is Batman, the Joker has also fought other heroes including Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman.

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Despite not having any superpowers, The Joker is often regarded as one of the most feared villians in DCComics DC Comics due to being incredibly cunning and morally uninhibited. He's intelligent enough to regularly match wits with Batman and depraved enough to commit acts so horrible that even other supervillians find them to be unsavory. Although the Joker sometimes does join forces with other supervillains such as the Penguin and ComicBook/TwoFace, and groups like the Injustice Gang and Injustice League, these relationships often collapse due to the Joker's desire for unbridled chaos. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' introduced a romantic interest for the Joker in his former psychiatrist, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, who becomes his villainous sidekick. Although his primary obsession is Batman, the Joker has also fought other heroes including Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman.
15th Aug '16 12:09:16 AM Anicomicgeek
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** He's holding a dead cop's corpse in his intro in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' and using it as a puppet.

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** He's holding a dead cop's corpse in his intro in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' and using it as a puppet. He also talks to the body of one of the Regime enforcers who captured him once he breaks out and heads to Gotham.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Some of the Joker's victims fall into this.
** ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' sees him kill David Endochrine and Ruth Weisenheimer, who were clearly based on Creator/DavidLetterman and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
** During ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', once he realizes that Azrael isn't Batman, his plan's gone to hell, and one too many criticisms from Creator/GeneSiskel and Creator/RobertEbert stand-ins, he kills the stand-ins.
** In one of the issues for the ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' tie-in comic, ''The Batman Strikes'', he terrorizes a stand-in for Creator/ConanOBrien. This becomes darkly HilariousInHindsight as the real O'Brien voiced Endochrine in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
14th Aug '16 5:21:19 PM SignSeeker7
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* {{Foil}}: To Batman. While Batman is a rather serious character who also refuses to kill anyone, The Joker is a rather comical character who revels in death. In addition, his gadgets tend to be rather goofier but much more lethal, such as the Joker Venom that he often uses to kill his victims. Furthermore, while Batman gets along well with his sidekicks Robin and Batgirl, Joker frequently abuses his sidekick Harley Quinn and has tried to kill her before.

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* {{Foil}}: To Batman. While Batman in several ways: while Batman is a rather serious character who also refuses to kill anyone, The Joker is a rather comical character who revels in death. In addition, death; his gadgets tend to be rather goofier but much more lethal, such as the Joker Venom that he often uses to kill his victims. Furthermore, victims; while Batman gets along well with his sidekicks Robin and Batgirl, Joker frequently abuses his sidekick Harley Quinn and has tried to kill her before.before; and, if the origin offered in ''Killing Joke'' is to be believed, both Batman and Joker had one bad day that put them on very different paths.
13th Aug '16 4:30:36 PM dasabouri
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He possesses no superhuman abilities, instead utilising his expertise in chemical engineering to develop poisonous or lethal concoctions, and thematic weaponry, including razor-tipped playing cards, deadly joy buzzers, and acid-spraying lapel flowers. Although the Joker sometimes works with other supervillains such as the Penguin and ComicBook/TwoFace, and groups like the Injustice Gang and Injustice League, these relationships often collapse due to the Joker's desire for unbridled chaos. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' introduced a romantic interest for the Joker in his former psychiatrist, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, who becomes his villainous sidekick. Although his primary obsession is Batman, the Joker has also fought other heroes including Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman.

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He possesses no superhuman abilities, instead utilising his expertise Despite not having any superpowers, The Joker is often regarded as one of the most feared villians in chemical engineering DCComics due to develop poisonous or lethal concoctions, being incredibly cunning and thematic weaponry, including razor-tipped playing cards, deadly joy buzzers, morally uninhibited. He's intelligent enough to regularly match wits with Batman and acid-spraying lapel flowers. depraved enough to commit acts so horrible that even other supervillians find them to be unsavory. Although the Joker sometimes works does join forces with other supervillains such as the Penguin and ComicBook/TwoFace, and groups like the Injustice Gang and Injustice League, these relationships often collapse due to the Joker's desire for unbridled chaos. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' introduced a romantic interest for the Joker in his former psychiatrist, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, who becomes his villainous sidekick. Although his primary obsession is Batman, the Joker has also fought other heroes including Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman.
9th Aug '16 7:25:30 PM R.G.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' by Creator/JeffBennett
9th Aug '16 12:50:54 PM Anicomicgeek
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* CopKiller: Sometimes people officers are among the Joker's victims:
** During ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' he and Scarecrow killed several members a SWAT team and one of his last actions in ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' was to kill Commissioner Gordon's second wife, Lt. Sarah Essen.
** One of the alternate realities seen in ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' was one where he killed Commissioner Gordon instead of [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke crippling Barbara]].
** Part of the reason Gordon takes over the post of Commissioner in both ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' is due to the Joker killing Gillian Loeb.
** He's holding a dead cop's corpse in his intro in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' and using it as a puppet.
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