Follow TV Tropes


Practically Joker

Go To

"Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight is more disconcerting than a cold blood shower with your father. And like Vader and Lecter, The Joker caused a chain reaction of copycats, which has now looped around ouroboros-style to Jared Leto's upcoming portrayal of The Joker in Suicide Squad. The only problem here? Ledger's Joker has become the go-to blueprint for every goddamn villain out there."

Just as Batman is one of the most popular superheroes of all time, his Arch-Enemy The Joker is one of the most popular supervillains. And much like how the Batman Parody is an Expy of Batman, the Joker Impersonator is modeled after the Clown Prince of Crime. A chaotic and unhinged villain with a tendency for slasher smiles and a usually bombastic attitude, the Joker Impersonator tends to have at least a few of the following traits:

It's worth noting that the Joker's design was largely inspired by Conrad Veidt's depiction of Gwynplaine, from the 1928 film adaptation of The Man Who Laughs. Unlike the Joker, however, Gwynplaine was a wholly good character who simply looked disturbing because of the Glasgow Smile he suffered from. Compare Darth Vader Clone, a character modeled after another iconic villain.



    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Big O: Alan Gabriel is an enigmatic villain who has a white face, and is a sadistic, strange figure with a penchant for giggling, similar to the Joker.
  • Bleach: While he's not Ax-Crazy, Sosuke Aizen is a nihilistic sociopath with a Mysterious Past who believes that morality and empathy are entirely without purpose. His signature color appears to be purple. He enjoys to get under the skin of his enemies with mind games and questioning their resolve. While he usually prefers to stick to the plan, Aizen will never pass up an opportunity to engage in pointless sadism if he feels he can get away with it. After he fuses with the Hogyoku, he becomes damn near unkillable and is one of the only villains to survive the whole series whithout making Heel–Face Turn of any sort.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo: Cioccolata, one of the Boss' Special Guard, is a Psycho for Hire for Passione. A former doctor, he's a Serial Killer that experimented and tormented his patients and before that the elderly in his care because he liked to watch them suffer and die, and has green hair ending in puffballs that makes him resemble a deranged harlequin. Much like the Joker the rest of the organized mob, even his own boss thinks he's scum. His relationship with Secco (a former patient he twisted and experimented to be his insane sidekick) is similar to the Joker's treatment of and relationship with Harley Quinn.
  • Hisoka Morrow from Hunter × Hunter, who shares the Joker's Monster Clown gimmick, obsession with the hero that borders on romantic, and ability to cheat death.
  • Fist of the North Star had two of them. Jako was based on The Joker and there was also a green-haired Filler Villain called Joker.
  • Joker from Fire Force. In addition to his name, he is an Ax-Crazy murderer with a playing card motif, is a Manipulative Bastard, has a Slasher Smile practically frozen on his face, has a poker motif and is absolutely The Unfettered in his pursuit of his goals. His twist to the usual formula is he's not actually a villain.
  • The Major from Hellsing is an Ax-Crazy warmonger whose default expression appears to be a Slasher Smile, generally has a jovial attitude, derives a good deal of pleasure from his murderous actions, and is hinted to have a twisted sense of showmanship with his speeches declaring his undying love of war. He also delights in his Arch-Enemy relationship with Alucard, constantly expressing a desire to be the one to destroy him.
  • Parallel Paradise's Galia is a rare female version of this: while not a straight-up clown, she's got a jester aesthetic. Personality-wise, she's genuinely goofy, childish and clumsy on top of being so sadistic and murderous that her cruelty is legendary among the entire cult of cannibalistic witches she belongs to: humiliating others and breaking their spirits is basically what gets her out of bed in the morning, to the degree that she'll forgo a meal for the chance to do so. Besides the fact she's been around for roughly three millennia, we know only the vaguest things about her past.
  • The Psycho-Pass villain Shogo Makishima has a signature smile, unnaturally colored hair and skin, has a fascination with a brooding, black-clad hero, and loves spreading chaos because he prefers it over submitting to the Sybil System.
  • Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti, or the Archbishop of Sloth, of Re:Zero is an Ax-Crazy Laughably Evil villain with a hammy, nihilistic personality. In addition to his pale skin and green hair, he's also been successful in driving the main hero, Subaru, insane. Put all these qualities together... and you basically have an Isekai Anime version of The Joker.
  • Souta from Tokyo Ghoul. A member of a group of Monster Clown-themed ghouls, Souta looks at the world as a toybox for his own amusement due to his own prematurely shortened lifespan. He laughs and jokes his way from atrocity to atrocity, doing things like feeding Eto her own editor as a bento, showing up to a position he got via Klingon Promotion in novelty sunglasses, and refers to his plans to use Rize as a Baby Factory as being "like 101 Dalmatians."
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yami Marik, the psychotic Split Personality of Marik Ishtar. He's an Ax-Crazy, sadistic, sociopathic Serial Killer who enjoys killing, inflicting pain, and spreading terror which by his own admission is motivated solely For the Evulz. He's Laughing Mad and is dangerously unhinged, but in spite of this still manages to be The Chessmaster and a formidable duelist. He also appears to be an Omnicidal Maniac who would be happy to bring about the end of the world had he been allowed to have his way.

    Comic Books 
  • The Joker himself has a number of in-universe copycats in the DC universe. He likes to use the Joker Venom to turn people into copies of himself complete with maniacal laughter, bleached skin, and green hair.
    • Dark Nights: Metal introduces the Dark Knights, evil alternate Bruce Waynes who also take traits with other characters, and represent dark paths Batman could've taken. Their ring-leader is The Batman Who Laughs, the Bruce Wayne of Earth-22 who was corrupted by Joker Venom after killing his version of the Joker. Representing Batman's fear of becoming as bad as the Joker, he has Batman's methodical mind mixed with the Joker's love of chaos. He considers himself Eviler Than Thou to the Joker, which the Joker actually agrees with to the point where he was willing to team up with Batman to stop him.
    • Teen Titans: Duela Dent, a.k.a. The Joker's Daughter, dresses up as a Distaff Counterpart of the Clown Prince of Crime, and even claims to be his daughter, though eventually it's determined she is the daughter of Two-Face (or rather, a female Two-Face and heroic version of the Joker from a Mirror Universe). Unlike most examples of this trope she's a heroic character... at least until the New 52, where she becomes a psychopathic young woman obsessed with the idea of serving the Joker, even wearing his cut-off face.
    • Out of universe, The Trickster I (James Jesse) from The Flash is seen as the Lighter and Softer version of the Joker, having a circus theme with all kind of toys and clown stuff used as weapons and being on the wrong side of the law. However, in-universe, they couldn't be more different; he's calm and focused, is a very moral anti-villain and Nominal Hero who abhores senseless killing, and the craziness of his persona is only seen in their robberies and acts against Flashes rather than with the Rogues. While he's sometimes depicted as having mental issues, they're portrayed sympathetically and what they are exactly is Depending on the Writer. The 'Joker stand-in' idea of him seems to mostly be inspired by for The Flash (1990) acted as an Ink-Stain Adaptation for him, as he was played by future-Joker voice actor Mark Hamill. His successor (Axel Walker, known as the Trickster II), however, is more Ax-Crazy and became more of a Circus Brat, being closer than his predecessor to the Joker.
      • As much as Trickster is often used as one, fellow rogue Abra Kadabra is even more this, especially after Mark Waid turned him into Wally West's nemesis. He's a narcissist obsessed with the spotlight, a showman who treats all his crimes as a performance that demands people pay attention, a Psychopathic Man Child who can't stand things not going his way, and a sadist who revels in high body counts. He's obsessed with ruining Wally West's life, but rather than simply kill him, he wants to make him suffer and leave his mark as the greatest enemy of the Flash. He's essentially what would happen if Emperor Joker never got depowered, but merely had a much more limited scope of his powers.
    • The story "Panic at the Midnight Rodeo" from the Dog Days of Summer Special introduced Bat-Cow's archenemy, an untameable, green-tinted, and lipsticked rodeo steer named Laffa-Bull who tramples, gores, and otherwise maims people For the Evulz.
    • In Batman/Superman (2013), the arc "Superman's Joker" revolves around one of Superman's rogues turning into an Ax-Crazy For the Evulz antagonist who functions as his equivalent to the Joker. It turns out to be Xa-Du.
    • In New Super-Man, Alpaca, a.k.a. Wang Jiali, acts as the Joker analogue to the Chinese Bat-Man (Wang Baixi), causing mayhem and acting as his archenemy due to not being chosen to be his "Robin".
    • Circe, one of Wonder Woman's most reoccurring and powerful foes, has been depicted this way since the 90s. She is an Evil Counterpart to the main heroine as both are superpowered women of divine origin but while Diana wants to help and protect humanity, Circe is a petty misanthrope who wants to corrupt and destroy it. Circe has even sometimes been depicted with purple hair and green clothing, a visual inversion of the Joker's iconic look and is often written as snarky and jovial with an obvious malicious streak. She has also shown a penchant for striking at Diana through her loved ones, as when she brainwashed Vanessa Kapatelis into becoming the new Silver Swan.
    • Some of Batman's international allies have their own Joker counterparts. The Knight from Britain has Jarvis Poker, the British Joker, who is more of a prankster than a murderer, and Night Runner has The Man Who Laughs, a dadaist lunatic.
  • Hack/Slash has April Fool in the "Interdimensional Women's Prison Breakout" arc, a female mass murderer from another universe who dresses like a sexy clown and tries to make all her crimes sadistically funny, and appears to hate having any one outfit on for more than a few hours due to being a Mood-Swinger. Cassie, not having Batman's inhibitions about killing people, hangs her immediately after finding her.
  • Marvel Comics:
  • Nemesis has its titular character, who answers the question of "what if Batman was the Joker?" A rich playboy decked in white, who constantly outwits law enforcement and does various horrible things and mind-games For the Evulz. Like the Joker, his true identity is a mystery as he lies about his backstory, merely stating that he's "rich and bored".
  • The premise of Oxymoron was deliberately done as "what if there was a Joker, but no Batman?". The original appearance of the character in The Red Ten presents Oxymoron as the archenemy of Batman expy Red, but she plays no part whatsoever in this Origins Issue. The titular Oxymoron is a psychopathic killer with a rictus grin, his costume a white ski-mask and a white suit and red tie. His goal is to kill all Hypocrites and contradictions everywhere, but with the various logical hurdles he goes to to accuse his victims of such, it is very likely this is just an excuse to murder indiscriminately. Like various incarnations of the Joker, he also winds up inspiring a legion of copy-cats.
  • Promethea has the Painted Doll, a mass-murdering "omnipath" who is hero-worshipped by in-universe edgelords and dresses like a Pierrot. He has Joker Immunity, which is finally explained by the revelation that he is a series of robots created by a secretly-villainous Gadgeteer Genius hero, a new one being activated whenever one is destroyed. Close to the end of the comic, all the existing robots are simultaneously activated - they proceed to destroy one another until only one is left, who announced his intention to go straight.
  • Clown, later known as the Violator, in Spawn, an Ax-Crazy demon whose human guise is an obese Monster Clown.
  • Stormwatch PHD introduces Serial Killer Pagliacci as a clear Joker expy, a clownish thrill-killer with next to no information about him. Unlike the Joker, he's obsessed with drama and tragedy rather than dark comedy, befitting his namesake.
  • Wanted: With his fitting Slasher Smile, psychopathic tendencies, and Black Comedy, series antagonist Mr Rictus is an obvious send-up of the Clown Prince of Crime.
  • Watchmen:
  • Supreme gives us Jack-a-Dandy. His nemesis is Batman expy Professor Night, and he shares Joker's green and purple color scheme. While equally crazy, he's not interested in laughs, but rather style: he's foppish and effeminate, and makes sure his Death Traps are beautifully-decorated. He's nevertheless shown to have killed people on a whim.
  • In Wrong Earth, both versions of Number One are clear expies of the Joker, with the Earth-Alpha version being based on Cesar Romero's portrayal and the Earth-Omega version being based on the more modern Joker.
  • In Astro City, Mister Drama was one of these. A failed actor who turned to crime, he adopted a fancy suit and stylized mask and served as a persistent enemy to the original Jack-in-the-Box. He even had a facial deformity, though this came late in his career, after a mishap with poisonous chemicals gave him cancer.
  • Interestingly, the very first comic book character to be an Expy of the Joker is an aversion of this trope. Poker-Face, from the Golden Age comic Black Jack, like the Golden Age Joker he's themed around playing cards, leaves a calling card related to that theme (in Poker-Face's case a poker chip), both of them have unique facial deformities and their preferred method of killing causes their victims to adopt those same deformities in rigor mortis.

    Fan Works 
  • DNMC features Rabca Tiburon, an utterly deranged Serial Killer who believes that his reason for being is to act as a wholesale killer of humans and who apparently regards Nara as his sister. Combine that with his Glasgow Grin, and he clearly takes cues from Heath Ledger's interpretation of the Joker.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Being a satire of sexism in superhero comics in which all the characters are a very recognizable Cast of Expies, Catherynne M. Valente's The Refrigerator Monologues inevitably includes a Joker-equivalent, Mr. Punch, a serial killer who mutilated himself to look like a marionette, frequently gets sent to a mental hospital, has an obsession with dark vigilante "Grimdark", and has a hero-worshiping, equally-deranged girlfriend who he murders.
  • Gary Gwynplaine from The Golden House, who was born with pale white skin and green hair, and wears a purple suit. He's called "Joker" through most of the novel, and is an extended Take That! against Donald Trump.
  • Pagliacci is a villain in various books of The Dire Saga, a monstrous clown who seemed to exist entirely to cause pain to others with his excuse being that he wanted to share the joy of tragedy.
  • It: The eponymous monster known as "It" disguises itself as a clown named Pennywise the Dancing Clown to lure children into its clutches. Aside from it originating in the Macroverse, It has the mysterious past and a sheer love of terrorizing its victims comparing it to salting the meat. When it encounters the Losers Club, It tries to drive them to insanity before killing them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Amazing Extraordinary Friends has the Comedian: a wise-cracking criminal who uses weapons based on practical jokes, and is completely ruthless (and murderous when he wants to be).
  • The Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode "The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner" revolved around a comic book villain called the Ghastly Grinner coming to life and wreaking havoc in the real world. The Ghastly Grinner was most likely inspired by the Joker because he was a villainous jester with a manic grin.
  • Arrowverse:
    • Being different than his comic book counterpart, the Trickster from The Flash is closer to the Joker in the series, having a sense of chaos and even been as campy as any of Batman's Rogues Gallery from the old '60s series. He's portrayed by Mark Hamill, who'd soon go on to being the Joker's voice actor in Batman: The Animated Series. He ends up reprising the role of the Trickster in the 2014 series, again portraying him closer to the Joker than his namesake.
    • Arrow:
      • Cecil Adams/The Count was stated by his actor to have his performance based off the Joker. That is, he's a complete psycho who gets off from the suffering of others.
      • Lonnie Machin/Anarky is a Bomb Throwing Anarchist who giggles with glee as he spreads chaos and terror across the city. He's also a Combat Sadomasochist who enjoyed being burned alive and thinks of it as being reborn.
      • Prometheus takes a lot of cues from the Joker, being the psychotic Arch-Enemy and Evil Counterpart of The Hero who is a Batman analogue. He is deeply obsessed with ruining the hero's life, being completely devoid of humanity and dedicates his entire life to his cause. This becomes even more apparent in Season Six where he returns as a Vertigo induced hallucination to haunt Oliver, very much like Joker did to Batman in Batman: Arkham Knight, establishing himself as the one enemy Oliver can never be truly rid of.
  • Frank Gorshin's portrayal of The Riddler in Batman (1966) is an inversion of this trope — various comic book writers have noted that when Batman was retooled circa 1970, the Joker was retooled based on Gorshin's Riddler. The constant swings from manic giggling to homicidal seriousness are all Gorshin's Riddler rather than Cesar Romero's more prankish and kooky Joker.
  • Dollhouse has Alpha, an Ax-Crazy Laughably Evil Serial Killer who makes it his business to get under Echo's skin and try to turn her into someone like him.
  • The John Simm incarnation of the Master from Doctor Who. He's Ax-Crazy, Faux Affably Evil, is always cracking jokes, frequently breaks out his Evil Laugh, became evil after "one bad day" (when he stared into the Untempered Schism), always wears a suit, has a romantic partner who, while not as dangerous as him, fully supports his villainy (at first), is completely unfettered, and always does horrible things for amusement and the evulz. In one scene, he even kills a room full of people with gas!
  • Game of Thrones: The show portrayal of Ramsay Bolton has been compared to The Joker: he has the Faux Affably Evil act at first, then reveals it's all a sick game on Theon's expense. After he reveals himself as Theon's torturer, he continues his psychopathic scheme to utterly break him. Sometimes he's Laughably Evil, other times he gets deadpan and serious, and above all loves to torture, kill and break people For the Evulz. His book version has more of a Multiple-Choice Past with his former servant Reek, where it's not clear who corrupted (and "created") whom.
  • Gotham:
    • Before the series introduced the real Joker, Jerome Valeska served as the proto-Joker. A very deliberate example in this case due to the show being done by a DC-sanctioned take on Batman, so the writers were constrained by Warner Brothers' insistence that the Joker be used specifically in their DCU films. So Jerome ends up being the Joker in all but name, having his characterization derived from several different versions of the Joker and being explicitly said to be a tribute to the Clown Prince of Crime. Though originally created as a one-off possible identity of the Jokernote . However, Monaghan's performance proved so popular that Jerome was promoted to this, becoming essentially the show's take on the Joker for the first four seasons and taking on many of the iconic Joker traits. Fittingly, he was responsible for giving rise to the real Joker of Gotham.
    • Jerome's cultists, possibly modeled on the Jokerz from the comics, also qualify. After Jerome's first outing as a terrorist, a cult develops around him that he and later, his twin brother, use in their various schemes. They all wear clown-inspired clothing and makeup, and buy into Jerome's philosophy towards life, which seems to be that there's no such thing as loyalty and goodness, anyway, so you might as well betray, kill or blow up anyone you want, and have a good time doing it. Their attitude towards betrayal comes back to bite them hard when they decide to turn on the show's real Joker after one of his schemes doesn't work, and the Joker proceeds to burn them alive for their betrayal.
      Joker/Jeremiah: I want you all to know, I find your fickleness quite hurtful. And more so, very predictable. [quickly backs out of the room, locks the door on them, and turns on the incinerator that he just happened to have built into the room they were standing in]
  • Goosebumps had a Canon Foreigner villain in its multi-part episode "Chillogy" named Karl Knave: a monstrous, malicious prankster in a bad purple suit who kills children by playing lethal games with them to amuse himself, all the while putting up a Faux Affably Evil act. Even his name is an implicit reference to The Joker. Many times, The Joker has taken identities related to clowns, jesters and such, including such obscure references as Eric Border. A Knave is an old word for a Fool — or, alternatively... a clown.
  • Kilgrave from Jessica Jones has shades of this. He's unbalanced, manipulative and childish; he has an obsession with a gloomy, psychologically damaged hero(ine) ; he's abusive to the women in his life; he wears a purple suit; and he has a habit of telling people to "smile".
  • Moriarty from Sherlock is an Ax-Crazy Faux Affably Evil Psychopathic Manchild hammy Mood-Swinger Giggling Villain who commits crimes to alleviate his boredom with life. His feelings towards Sherlock are a twisted combination of infatuation and a desire to break him, much like Mr. J's feelings towards Batman.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mutants & Masterminds:
    • The Conqueror Worm in the Freedom City setting has his weird conviction that he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist punishing "sinners", but is basically an Ax-Crazy lunatic who kills people for no real reason except he can. His belief that he and the Raven are Not So Different means that even after his death, he's still one of the few villains who gets under Duncan Summers's skin. He even had a Harley counterpart named Ligeia.
    • Blood Wing in Halt Evil Doer!. The greatest enemy of the first Black Wing, he was a scarred psychotic who is believed to have killed thousands of people, and his obsession with Black Wing stems from a horrific example of Create Your Own Villain (he was the murderer of Black Wing's family, and Black Wing left him tied up in a burning house. He later appeared claiming to have done a deal with Satan for revenge). Like Conqueror Worm, he's officially dead (killed by the Psychotic Seven, possibly as a Thanatos Gambit), but he's a Legacy Character: between his online Manifesto of Blood and his possibly having survived as a walk-in spirit, there's always someone twisted enough to put on the Blood Wing costume. (In a way, this is the ultimate Multiple-Choice Past — any given Blood Wing might have a different past because he's a different person, but once someone's become Blood Wing, it doesn't really matter who they were before.)


    Video Games 

    Web Animation 


    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • The first episode of Save the Supers features the Jokester as villain, who's pretty much the Joker with orange hair. Unfortunately for him, the local Batman expy, Night Knight, is a bit trigger-happy and the Jokester gets killed on his first appearance.
  • Oney Plays: In "Oney Plays Games PART 1," Zach, Chris, and Lyle imagine a new Batman villain. One of the three pretends to be "Mr. Hansel," a villain themed after Hansel and Gretel who leaves breadcrumbs to give Batman clues about his crimes. Although this motif is similar to another Batman villain, The Riddler, the voice that they give Mr. Hansel is similar to The Dark Knight's version of the Joker. In this animated version by Fax Jam, Mr. Hansel is drawn to resemble the Joker in the comics, albeit with light green skin, a green suit, and pink hair.
    Batman: You sound like the Joker.
    Mr. Hansel: No, I'm a different guy.
    Mr. Hansel: I do something DIFFERENT! Shut up!

    Western Animation 
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • The Creeper in The New Batman Adventures was originally Jack Ryder, a news anchorman who tries doing a biographical expose on the Joker, only for the Joker himself to show up and kill him for doing so without his permission. He gets a face-full of joker-gas before falling into the same chemical solution that made the Joker into what he is. The unique chemical compound turns his skin orange and his hair green, as well as giving him enhanced strength, speed and reflexes. The process turns him into a crazed loon, but not the same, sociopathic extent as the Joker, with sightings of him causing others to confuse him for a copycat. While he starts off wanting revenge on the Joker, he soon drops this when he sees Harley and becomes a relentless Abhorrent Admirer. By the end of the episode, the Creeper's antics become so bad that the Joker himself crawls up to Batman on his hands and knees looking for help.
      Joker: He's a lunatic!
    • Being based in the series, the Trickster from Justice League is entirely based on the aforementioned The Flash series, also being voiced by Mark Hamill just as he did in The Flash (1990), being more as a ported version than an adaptation from the comic book counterpart.
    • An in-universe example happens in Batman Beyond with the Jokerz, a street gang of hoodlums who dress up and model themselves after the Joker. Neither the elderly Bruce nor the actual Joker are impressed by them. It's eventually revealed he tried to create a Joker copy by torturing Tim Drake into a "Joker Jr.", which backfired when the traumatized Tim shot him. Who he later possesses to come back from the dead, thanks to a chip on his neck.
  • In Beware the Batman, Anarky is reimagined as a cackling, nihilistic, openly insane agent of chaos whose voice is a dead-ringer for that of Heath Ledger, and he's given an all-white costume and mask to match the Clown Prince's signature pallor. The Joker never had a chance to appear in the cartoon because of the creators' initial decision to focus more on the obscure enemies of Batman and the series being cancelled after one season, so Anarky was intended to be a stand-in for the Joker.
  • Gravity Falls: Bill Cipher is a nigh-invincible Eldritch Abomination who planned to make the universe itself the ultimate rave party, not caring that his reckless actions could result in the destruction of reality. Bill advocates chaos over order, has a disturbing sense of humor, and loves messing with the minds of his pawns. He also has a Mysterious Past and occasionally espouses Straw Nihilist views.
  • Samurai Jack:
  • Darkwing Duck: Quackerjack is an Expy of both the Joker and the Toyman. A deranged toymaker who turned to crime after the video game industry put him out of business, he's a mentally unstable Villainous Harlequin who's goofy and highly eccentric yet dangerous, and knows he's crazy but doesn't care. While he doesn't have a Multiple-Choice Past, it is mysterious compared to the rest of the Fearsome Five as aside from going insane when his toy company went under, we know next to nothing about his backstory. The Latin American dub actually took it a step further and named him "QuackGuasón" (lit. QuackJoker).
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Boggles the Clue Clown was originally a member of the Council of Thirteen, an oligarchy of super-villains that helped run the Guild of Calamitous Intent under the Sovereign. He was an Expy of both the Joker and The Riddler (having a clown-based gimmick with a penchant for leaving riddles with a rather twisted punchline) before he died of heart disease, his last riddle involving his own dead body and coffin being used as a jack-in-the-box. The Joker analogue is pushed further since his arch-enemy was Captain Sunshine, who is voiced by Kevin Conroy (most famous for playing Batman in the DC Animated Universe).
    • Presto Change-O is a villainous jester who likes to make jokes. Strengthening the comparison is that he's voiced by Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in the DCAU and other media.
    • The Wild Fop, while mostly based on Oscar Wilde, has the white makeup and facial features of The Joker. His voice also brings to mind Jeff Bennett's interpretation in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Mal from Total Drama: All-Stars, the evil Split Personality of Mike and the overall Big Bad of the season. He's an Ax-Crazy sociopath who is unpredictably chaotic and enjoys terrorizing others For the Evulz as well as being Laughing Mad. It's also put up to debate whether he or Mike is the original personality. Mal is the closest thing Total Drama has to the Joker.
  • The Mask: The Mask has a smile that matches up with The Joker's, is feared by the supervillains and has a sense of humour but however unlike The Joker he is a superhero who genuinely cares about his friends, the people who live in Edge City with him and his unmasked self Stanley Ipkiss. The Mask unlike The Joker is a Reality Warper but he only uses his reality warping powers and abilities to troll people who annoy him or the supervillains he fights showing that he has morals as well unlike The Joker.
  • Zombozo from Ben 10 is a Monster Clown supervillain and a frequent nemesis of Ben Tennyson, who had huge issues with him due to a phobia of clowns. Bonus points in that both of Zombozo's voice actors (John Kassir in the original series, John DiMaggio in the subsequent ones) have played The Joker at some point.
  • The Justice Friends segment of Dexter's Laboratory featured a villain called the Disgruntled Postman, who resembled the Joker dressed like a postal worker and was just as crazy as the Clown Prince of Crime himself.
  • Static Shock: Shiv is Ax-Crazy, is associated with the color purple and even states to be a huge fan of the Clown Prince of Crime during an episode where Static teamed up with Batman.
  • C.O.P.S. had Hyena, a member of Big Boss' gang. His Action Figure File Card notes that he's "a criminal mastermind, capable of concocting and planning [the] most elaborate heists between fits of uncontrolled hilarity". Adding to the Joker similarities, Hyena's weapons include an Electric Joy Buzzer and Explosive Cigars, one of his aliases is "Joe Kerr", and he's also a failed stand-up comic.
  • Reboot: Hexadecimal is something of a cross between The Joker and Harley Quinn: she wears a jester's mask (which actually a removable face), as well as a "crown" which looks more like a Jester's cap. While she doesn't tell lame jokes all the time, she is completely insane, calls herself things like the "Queen Of Chaos", and her whole motivation for terrorizing Mainframe is basically "she doesn't have anything better to do".
  • Supermansion has two Joker parodies:
    • Dr. Devizo looks and talks like The Joker, though he's more like Lex Luthor in both motive and the way they operate, being a Mad Scientist whose main nemesis is the resident Superman Substitute.
    • The Groaner is a more pathetic version of Joker who also has a Skull for a Head, serving as the nemesis of the resident Batman Parody.


Video Example(s):


Pennywise Reunites With Eddie

It is an ancient extraterrestrial being who takes on the form of a clown named Pennywise the Dancing Clown to entice children.

How well does it match the trope?

4.8 (5 votes)

Example of:

Main / PracticallyJoker

Media sources:

Main / PracticallyJoker