History ComicBook / TheKillingJoke

16th Aug '16 10:23:10 AM HighCrate
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[WordOfGod Alan Moore]] insists Joker didn't rape Barbara, though it certainly looks possible on a casual reading. Moore did [[AscendedFanon suggest]], in one interview, that it's possible to read Joker having three circus midgets strip Commissioner Gordon as implying ''his'' rape.
12th Aug '16 7:04:29 AM Silverblade2
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'''''The Killing Joke''''', first published in March 1988, written by Creator/AlanMoore and drawn by Brian Bolland, tells [[MultipleChoicePast one possible version]] of [[StartOfDarkness the story of how The Joker became The Joker]], while simultaneously telling how he paralyzed Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon.

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'''''The ''The Killing Joke''''', Joke'', first published in March 1988, written by Creator/AlanMoore and drawn by Brian Bolland, tells [[MultipleChoicePast one possible version]] of [[StartOfDarkness the story of how The Joker became The Joker]], while simultaneously telling how he paralyzed Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon.
7th Aug '16 7:50:17 PM JamesAustin
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-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'''

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-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'''
'''ComicBook/TheJoker'''



* PatrickStewartSpeech: Batman gives one to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in response to his "one bad day" monologue.

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* PatrickStewartSpeech: Batman gives one to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in response to his "one bad day" monologue.



* UnreliableNarrator: This trope goes hand-in-hand with MultipleChoicePast and is also one possible explanation for what actually happens at the end. This ''is'' SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker we're talking about, after all. For example, one hint of this is that in one frame, his pregnant wife gives an unnatural, very Joker-like grin.

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* UnreliableNarrator: This trope goes hand-in-hand with MultipleChoicePast and is also one possible explanation for what actually happens at the end. This ''is'' SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker we're talking about, after all. For example, one hint of this is that in one frame, his pregnant wife gives an unnatural, very Joker-like grin.



* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]:

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* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]:WhenSheSmiles:
7th Aug '16 5:54:54 PM nombretomado
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* {{Elseworlds}}: A number of fans believe Moore originally intended for the story to be a one-shot non-canon story and ExecutiveMeddling integrated it into TheDCU; it certainly would explain why Batman has a picture of Bat-Girl and ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} on his desk. WordOfGod says ''The Killing Joke'' was always intended to be in continuity, however. It should also be noted that far in advance of the graphic novel's publication, Len Wein commissioned Barbara Kesel to do a Secret Origins issue and a one-shot Batgirl comic in order to tie-up any then-extant loose ends for the character.

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* {{Elseworlds}}: A number of fans believe Moore originally intended for the story to be a one-shot non-canon story and ExecutiveMeddling integrated it into TheDCU; Franchise/TheDCU; it certainly would explain why Batman has a picture of Bat-Girl and ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} on his desk. WordOfGod says ''The Killing Joke'' was always intended to be in continuity, however. It should also be noted that far in advance of the graphic novel's publication, Len Wein commissioned Barbara Kesel to do a Secret Origins issue and a one-shot Batgirl comic in order to tie-up any then-extant loose ends for the character.
3rd Aug '16 9:30:51 AM redandready45
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* TragicVillain: Possibly. The Joker feels it is far too late for him to step out into the darkness.

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* TragicVillain: Possibly. The Joker feels it is far too late for him to step out into the darkness. stop his madness.
3rd Aug '16 9:27:39 AM redandready45
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* TragicVillain: Possibly. The Joker feels it is far too late for him to step out into the darkness.
28th Jul '16 7:18:51 PM Anicomicgeek
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* SanitySlippage: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the Joker when he states in his monologue that one bad day can reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.
** However, the attempt to prove that on Commissioner Gordon ''fails'' as Batman points out.

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* SanitySlippage: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the Joker when he states in his monologue that one bad day can reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.
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lunacy. However, the attempt to prove that on Commissioner Gordon ''fails'' as Batman points out. out.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Likely because they were aware Batman would continue his war path the moment he got out of the Batmobile, the Joker's troupe fled at the mere sight.
27th Jul '16 11:33:16 PM Fan01
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*** Seeing as Joker is alive and well in later stories (i.e. Death In The Family) it's clear that Batman stuck to his moral code and didn't kill Joker.
25th Jul '16 10:14:39 PM Eagal
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* MonsterClown: '''Guess.'''

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* MonsterClown: '''Guess.'''The Joker, clown themed supervillain in top form for this story, trying to torture a man into insanity just to validate his own worldview.
25th Jul '16 10:12:55 PM Eagal
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* DeusAngstMachina: "All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy."

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* DeusAngstMachina: Joker believes in this.
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"All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy."
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