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"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."
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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 Grin he suffered from.


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    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 without making a Heel–Face Turn of any sort.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Mad Pierrot, aka Tongpu, arguably the most dangerous and definitely the most disturbing antagonist in the whole series. He's a deranged serial killer who was originally the subject of some kind of supersoldier experiment which ended when it turned out that the process was causing him to mentally regress to the point that, as of the series' present-day, he's basically a psychotic child in the nearly-invincible body of a human weapon. With that in mind, he has a similarly unknown past to the Joker—why he was made the way he is is never explained and we only get glimpses at the process, and whoever he was before then is a total mystery—and he has a similar Monster Clown aesthetic, and his name (and the title of his episode, "Pierrot Le Fou") comes from a stock clown character. He spends a fair bit of his screentime, especially while dealing out death and carnage, laughing his head off and the climax even takes place in a theme park that Mr. J himself would be proud to have taken over for just such an occasion. To top it off, the main conflict of the episode is that central character Spike Spiegel just happens to cross paths with him as he's killing someone else and Pierrot decides to kill him, too, just for the hell of it. He was even deliberately modeled on three different Batman villains, most obviously the Joker but also the Penguin (for his appearance) and Bane (for his origins).
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind: 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.
  • Metroid Manga: Ridley, The Dragon of the Space Pirates and Recurring Boss in the Metroid series, is given a personality akin to the Joker. He's a sadist who enjoys killing innocents For the Evulz and is the personal Arch-Enemy of Samus Aran, who lost her parents to Ridley at the age of three. Ridley also has a sick sense of humor, taunting Samus of how the cells of her mother are incorporated into his body and doing his best to destroy her psyche before he goes for the kill. And that's not going over the fact that in the overall franchise, Ridley has a lanky purple body with green glowing eyes and is notorious for his Joker Immunity.
  • Monster: Johan Liebert, the series' titular character. While lacking the Monster Clown gimmick and being much more emotionally mature than the Clown Prince of Crime, Johan nails every other aspect by being a ruthless psychopath who engages in pointless chaos and destruction For the Evulz, as well as having a Mysterious Multiple-Choice Past, corrupting everyone around him into either commiting suicide or become serial killers like he is, trying to make Dr. Tenma kill him so that he becomes a person just like him, and being overall unapologetic about his murderous actions.
  • My Hero Academia: All For One is a Card-Carrying Villain who loves breaking heroes' spirits and ultimately wants to become a Demon King. He especially loves rubbing killing All Might's mentor in his face to further enrage him. You can also says that Shigaraki can be this too, since his character design looks like the Heath Ledger's Joker. Another example, abit more classic with Redestro Word of God even told that he was based on the clown, but also the Green Goblin from Franchise/Marvel who's also inspired by the Joker.
  • Donquixote Doflamingo in One Piece. He has a very outlandish appearence, a constant smirk in his face and laughs all the time. Taking it further, his codename in the black market is Joker, his end-goal seeming to be starting a world war and that he never misses a chance to indulge his sadistic impulses.
  • 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.

    Asian Animation 
  • The Malaysian Batman Parody cartoon, Keluang Man ("keluang" being the local name for fruit bats) has his own version of Joker, "Badut" the clown, who is the titular hero's primary nemesis.

    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, 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 abhors 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 The Flash (1990), which acted as a version of him, as he was played by future-Joker voice actor Mark Hamill. His successor (Axel Walker, known as 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, is based on 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.
  • Nimble Jack from Colder is a monstrous, cruel entity from the "Hungry World" that is understandably obsessed with insanity, given that he feeds off people's mental anguish; to improve the "flavor" of their madness, or just for his own amusement, he torments and mutilates his human victims with a big, broad grin always on his face, taking special pride in Declan Thomas, who he's been saving for a special occasion and wants to savor. Juan Ferrerya's art of Jack looks intensely Joker-like at times, especially when compared with his own interpretation of the Joker that he would later paint.

    Fan Works 
  • In Amy The Joker, Amy Rose goes crazy when Sonic, her great crush, marries Sally Acorn, becoming the King and Queen of Mobius. She becomes the Joker (Heath Ledger's interpretation), murders Mammoth Mogul, taking her place as Queen of Crime, and hatches a plan to murder Sonic and Sally.
  • 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 
  • Bomb Voyage from the prologue sequence of The Incredibles has some shades of this: while his aesthetic leans more on "mime" than "clown," he does have the white makeup that some versions of the Joker use and likes blowing things up.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 has Lord Shen. His Ax-Crazy behavior, Mood-Swinger tendencies, Hammy tendencies, taste for violence, and the fact that he is a villain with a rather sober humor (despite being Laughably Evil) makes him a noticeable parallel to Heath Ledger's Joker (ironically enough, his voice actor has portrayed Commissioner Gordon, one of the Joker's antagonists).
  • Steven Universe: The Movie has Spinel, a court jester driven mad by a traumatic event that turned her into an exuberant maniac of a Monster Clown trying to get revenge by committing mass murder with a deadly poison.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Some DC Extended Universe villains were criticised (and sometimes praised) for acting more like the Joker than their comic counterparts;
    • Jesse Eisenberg's eccentric portrayal of Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came off a lot like Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. He has the stringy hair, disheveled appearance, Ax-Crazy demeanor, and he’s an expert strategist with a nihilistic worldview. As this Cracked article put it:
      Here's a fucking question: What is up with Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman? Why is the iconic, cool-headed businessman transformed into a shaky-voiced lunatic peeing in jars while ranting about the paradoxical nature of man? In the end, his slap-shit babble plan is to make Superman and Batman fight while also releasing an uncontrollable ogre on the city for the fuck of it. That is objectively not the character of Lex Luthor; it's a level of nonsense quite conveniently close to The Joker.
    • Ewan McGregor's portrayal of Black Mask in Birds of Prey (2020) made a lot of fans think he would make a good Joker. He’s portrayed here as a flamboyant, swaggering mobster whose jocular and disarming nature contrasts with his sheer ruthlessness and sadism, and he has a specific bone to pick with Harley Quinn.
  • Batman Film Series
    • In Batman Returns, Oswald Cobblepot, as part of his Composite Character status, takes on several traits that come more from the Joker than the Penguin of the comics. His gang has a Circus of Fear and Monster Clown motif. He has physical deformities including pale skin. He's a Laughably Evil Faux Affably Evil Ax-Crazy Large Ham with a hefty dose of Psychopathic Manchild. He concocts a plan, mostly For the Evulz, so monstrous that even some of his henchmen are disturbed by it. He has a Mysterious Past where it's unclear what exactly happened between his parents abandoning him and where he is today, with only a few hints given about it. Finally, he sees Batman and himself as two sides of the same coin, both "freaks", with the only difference being that Batman has to wear a mask, while Penguin's freakishness is authentic.
    • Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face in Batman Forever was notably remarked on by several critics as bearing more resemblance to the Joker than his traditional comic counterpart. He's depicted as a hammy, Axe-Crazy villain prone to laughing and fits of rage that combined with the often purple and red color motifs associated with him and the disfigured portion of his face having a permanent grin, made the similarities impossible to ignore.
  • After killing two Wall Street executives in self-defense and one For the Evulz, the titular character of Joker (2019) inspires a movement of imitators who mistake his actions as the start of an anti-establishment revolution.
  • Probably an unintentional example, but El Indio from For a Few Dollars More is practically the Joker in The Wild West. He's a deranged, sadistic, sociopathic, nihilistic monster who commits evil acts For the Evulz, has a Mysterious Past, and his nemesis wears black.
  • Skyfall: The Big Bad, Raoul Silva, was confirmed to be inspired by the Joker, with bleached hair, an unnerving grin that's entirely false, and a love of spreading chaos.
  • Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin in Spider-Man all the way (fitting considering even Sam Hamm the screen writer of Batman (1989) thought Dafoe was a perfect choice to play the Joker back then). Much like the Clown Prince of Crime, the Raimi version of Norman Osborn is an absolute agent of chaos in his Goblin persona and torments the hero and attacks his loved ones, not out of any perceived vendetta or benefit like the comics, but simply For the Evulz. Played even straighter in Spider-Man: No Way Home where Goblin gets the purple and green colour scheme, manipulates other rogues into giving into chaos and murders Aunt May in front of Peter and just like Joker tries to goad the superhero into going over the edge by killing him. Like with Mister J, Dafoe’s Goblin stands out even compared to the other villains (who usually have at least some humanising traits) as there’s no hope of trying to reason with him and punching him only makes him cackle with laughter.
  • Probably another unintentional example, but Alex from A Clockwork Orange seems rather like the Joker, being a sociopathic, Straw Nihilist asshole who likes to murder and rape people For the Evulz and (in the film at least) wears an excessive amount of makeup.
  • Simon Phoenix from Demolition Man is similar to the Joker in many ways. He's a sociopathic madman who enjoys committing wanton act of violence and mayhem for nothing more than his own sick amusement while at the same of time putting on a jovial and charming demeanor as well as cracking jokes whilst carrying out horrific acts of violence. And to add more evidence to this, he also has quite the Evil Laugh as well.
  • The Giganotosaurus from Jurassic World: Dominion was based on Heath Ledger's Joker in personality; according to Word of God it "wants to watch the world burn".
  • Slasher Movie antagonists who can speak often display characteristics relating to the Clown Prince of Crime:
    • Freddy Krueger cracks jokes at the expense of his victims and has Joker Immunity on his side.
    • Chucky is a Giggling Villain who takes delight in the mayhem he inflicts. He has a disturbing sense of humor and often pretends to be a benevolent doll to manipulate his targets. He also spouts nihilistic statements such as claiming that there was no god. He even has his own Harley Quinn in the form of Tiffany Valentine.
    • In the Scream films, Ghostface has more than once turned out to be like this once they're unmasked.
      • Scream (1996): While the lead killer Billy Loomis is motivated by hatred of Sidney and her family, his partner-in-crime Stu Macher is doing it For the Evulz, having jumped at the chance to become a real-life slasher killer. After The Reveal, he's practically Laughing Mad.
      • Scream 2: The killers in the original script were an Outlaw Couple seeking Fame Through Infamy and a chance to spread their nihilistic philosophy to the world. In the final film, one of the killers, Mickey Altieri, retains elements of this, with a plan to become famous through a highly sensationalized murder trial.
      • Scream (2022): Not only do both of the killers fit this, the fact that they are a male-and-female duo adds a Joker/Harley dynamic as well. Richie Kirsch maintains his jovial demeanor even after he's revealed to be Ghostface, treating serial killing like a fun children's game, but it's his accomplice Amber Freeman who turns absolutely unhinged, acting like a Distaff Counterpart to Stu from the first film.
  • J.D. from Heathers is pretty much what the Dark Knight Joker would have been like as a teenager (even though he predates that specific version of the character). He's an Axe-Crazy Straw Nihilist who explicitly loves "chaos," blowing things up, and causing death and destruction.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • Jack Slash in Worm. His Psycho Knife Nut tendencies, extreme nihilism, conflict For the Evulz, and tendency toward Break Them by Talking as a Manipulative Bastard paint him as a take on The Dark Knight version of Joker. He's even established to have an in-universe form of Joker Immunity, specifically a secondary Master power which subtly prevents other parahumans from killing him.

    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 and even had a habit of leaving his victims with frightening rictuses of their own.
  • 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. His Earth-3 counterpart, also portrayed by Hamill, has an even stronger resemblance to the Joker aside from the usual psychotic tendencies by having abnormally colored hair (albeit purple rather than green) and wearing makeup.
    • 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.

    Music 
  • In rapper Da Baby's video for his song "Lonely," the rapper is shown dressed in a bright Joker-esque outfit, complete with makeup inspired directly by the 2019 film version of the character, being arrested after a shooting spree and then taking over the mental hospital he's sent to.
  • Eminem's Concept Album Relapse contains a photoshoot in the booklet of Slim Shady - who on the album is a Serial Killer accompanied by evil-circus production - dressed like Heath Ledger's Joker. The album itself makes frequent allusions between Eminem and the real Heath Ledger, as "actors" who got supposedly Lost in Character as monstrous characters and overdosed on pills as a result.

    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 aren't 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.)

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    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney
    • Florent L'Belle in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies wears a purple suit, is covered with pale makeup, carries a squirt flower, goes through a line of hair dyes that ends with green, and is a flamboyant criminal willing to blackmail and murder people to seize a gold ingot, just for the sake of alleviating his own financial problems.
    • Roger Retinz is a nihilistic, Faux Affably Evil TV producer who, in his "Mr. Reus" persona, wore a green-and-purple suit and took the "Joker" as his playing card symbol.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight has an in-universe example with the Joker Infected, who are infected with the Joker's blood and show different aspects of the Joker's personality; Christina got his obsession with Batman (and Bad Boss tendencies), Johnny his sadistic theatrical flourishes, and Albert his brutality. As later revealed, Henry Adams gets his brilliant scheming. The last infected victim turns out to be Batman himself, who is poised to receive the full package.
  • BlazBlue: Yuuki Terumi is a green-haired Psychopathic Manchild with a nihilistic outlook of the world, seeing it as nothing but lies, and believes that the only truth is despair. He's well aware of how much of a vile son of a bitch he is, and is also utterly insane, frequently breaking into fits of laughter, has a constant Slasher Smile on his face, is the Arch-Enemy of a brooding Anti-Hero who he loves to get under the skin of, commits atrocity after atrocity for no other reason than because he feels like it, has a sick and twisted sense of humor, and is also very hammy. However, he starts to move out of this trope by the fourth game, Central Fiction, in which it's revealed that he's actually Susanoo no Mikoto, Jerkass God par supreme and Master Unit: Amaterasu's brother. Due to being tied to his sister's will as a kind of necessary adversary in the past, he decided to dedicate his life to destroying absolutely everything she loved in the world out of nothing but petty spite at her infringing upon his free will, but since this was still in line with his assigned role, he decided to use the Azure to turn reality into a cesspool of misery, fear, hatred and despair, where everyone kills everyone they love for him and he rules over this hellhole world as its only god.
  • Danganronpa:
  • Deltarune:
    • Jevil was a former court jester to the Card Kingdom who snapped after learning that his life takes place in a video game thanks to a mysterious stranger. He then started treating the world as an open sandbox game as an agent of chaos with all the associated nastiness. While his reign of terror was put to an end by his imprisonment, he did drive his former colleague and captor Seam towards despair and apathy at the state of the world. Fitting the Playing Card Motifs theme of the chapter, Jevil is based on the Joker card much like Batman's nemesis.
    • Spamton takes design cues from Billy the puppet, being a clown-like dummy/animatronic, but otherwise aligns with Mr. J. He's a crazed spambot who's simultaneously funny and scary, associated with smiles and laughter, and has a mostly unexplained backstory which partially includes a serious fall from grace that led to his murderous and existential insanity (with hints of having taken a literal fall into battery acid, not unlike one of the more iconic origins for Joker's white skin). Spamton also gets to Kris mentally through directly prodding at their own similarities of being a puppet, leaving enough of an impact to be the first villain to visibly haunt Kris even after battling him, and he actively enables the murderous rampage a sadistic player can make Noelle perform and directly takes advantage of the chaos. And despite the obvious similarities to Billy, his pale white face, slicked back hair and wide grin all still strongly evoke many of the Clown Prince's animated appearances, something perhaps most visible in his NEO form with a purple body.
  • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening: Jester, a form of Arkham is based off the Joker and was almost named as such. He's a Monster Clown who despite how evil he is can be pretty funny.
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Dhoulmagus is a magical jester and similar to the Joker in many ways. Like the Joker, he's a Monster Clown that tends to make things serious, and a dark-humored figure who enjoys his kills.
  • Far Cry:
  • Clown from Fighters Dynamite series is the Sub-Boss of the series, and a Monster Clown with various circus-themed weapons and tarot cards. Different from many of the expies, he's an ugly man who hides under an harlequin mask. He finds himself as a narcissist and likes pretty boys, and it's implied he's homosexual.
  • Final Fantasy VI: Kefka Palazzo is similar to the Joker, though put in a fantasy setting. A mad jester with white clownish make-up, he's dedicated to causing chaos and suffering For the Evulz, with a large part of his broken psychology being he finds life and love worthless. And like what happens to any group who thinks they can control the Joker, Kefka turns on his superiors. In Dissidia Final Fantasy, his English voice is similar to Mark Hamill's Joker voice.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: William Afton is depicted as someone who enjoys committing murders as evidenced by his constant sadistic grins in the mini-games. While he is the CEO of Afton Robotics, his entire backstory and motivation behind his actions is shrouded in mystery, and if the man presented in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator is Afton, he resembles Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier identity from 1989's Batman. And just like the Joker, he keeps cheating death.
  • Fu'un Series has a villain properly called as "Joker". The leader of the Looly Po Po, a criminal organization, Joker is a demented psycho who loves chaos and disorder, who's also dressed as a clown with rollerblades and Hidden Weapons. He enjoys making people suffer and thinks it all to be just a joke. He only enters both tournament organized by King Lion just for fun and to get his attention because he seems more funny than him.
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Having an unapologetically chaotic nature, combined with a twisted sense of humor, Trevor Philips is an absolutely frightening Mood-Swinger and a Card-Carrying Villain who enjoys causing chaos, misery and destruction 24/7 For the Evulz, lives off it, and embraces it unceremoniously. Comparisons with Vaas Montenegro (a clear Joker parallel) and The Joker are almost inevitable. An IGN author did indeed compare him to Heath Ledger's Joker, stating that "Trevor absolutely knows that he's a monster but just doesn't care. He enjoys causing misery and harm, lives for it and embraces it and – much like Heath Ledger's Joker – he exists purely for unadulterated anarchy."
  • Guilty Gear: Xrd introduced a mysterious character named Happy Chaos, but it wasn't until the next game in the series, Guilty Gear Strive, that he became this. He's a gun-slinging, perpetually grinning Wild Card who only cares about drama for his own personal amusement, to the point where he'll leave deliberate holes in his schemes for his enemies to exploit, no strings attached, or even switch to the "good" side of a conflict at the drop of a hat if he thinks the outcome would be more amusing.
  • League of Legends:
    • Shaco, the Demon Jester, is basically the Joker as an enchanted marionette in a Villainous Harlequin outfit: deceptive, chaotic, tricky, murderous, laden with sadistic toys (he can even hide a demonic jack-in-the-box), and completely devoid of any goals but causing mayhem. He even has a very similar appearance to many versions of the Joker, with a chalk-white face and an exaggeratedly large Slasher Smile.
    • Jinx, a heavily-armed, completely insane, criminally inclined young woman with blue hair and very pale skin, who thinks violence is hilarious, was, according to Word of God, conceived as a gender-flipped version of the Joker from Batman: The Animated Series, although many players are reminded more of Harley Quinn. Arcane suggests she might also be psychotic, especially after blowing herself up and being revived with a massive dose of Shimmer. Jinx in Arcane bears heavy resemblance to the Arthur Fleck incarnation of the Clown Prince from Joker (2019), as both are realistic depictions of characters who previously had a fantastical and quirky version of insanity. They start off as mentally disturbed but still good-hearted people who had the misfortune of being born in a Wretched Hive run by brutal criminals and kept in poverty by an extremely corrupt upper class. This horrific environment and a series of tragic events worsen their already existent mental health issues to turning them into the chaotic villains we know today.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has the titular, vibrantly colored mask contain an incredibly violent and petty spirit. Majora's Mask has a sketchy backstory at best (it was said to be used by an unnamed tribe for rituals), and its crimes range from trying to drop a moon on Termina to poisoning the water supply of a civilization to knocking over old ladies, all out of amusement and/or boredom. When Link confronts Majora's Mask inside the moon, it tries to provoke Link through five "figments" that look like masked children.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gives Ghirahim a primarily white color scheme with hints or red, yellow, and black, making him look somewhat like a jester or a Renaissance clown. Behind his easygoing exterior, he's particularly vicious by the standards of Demise's army, often issuing colorful death and torture threats over being delayed in his quest to revive his master. Other than being a sword of Demise that can take on a sentient form, he has no backstory whatsoever.
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has Yuga, an incredibly vain Mad Artist with mostly purple clothing and clown-like makeup. He has no detailed backstory, although he is eventually revealed to be Princess Hilda's right-hand man and advisor. Although he supposedly acts to save Lorule from destruction, his actual end goal is to annihilate both it and Hyrule so he can make new worlds in his own image, just because thinks of both as "hideous".
  • Metal Gear Solid V has Skull Face, who has quite a few parallels with the Clown Prince of Crime, particularly his incarnation from The Dark Knight and the eponymous Joker graphic novel. That the audio tapes, particularly the one with Skull Face detailing his backstory can be likened to one of Joker's infamous "scar stories" and the fact that he's a Wild Card playing against both Snake and Cipher doesn't help one bit.
  • Octopath Traveler: Simeon, the Puppet Master is the main antagonist of Primrose's story, and possesses several Joker-like characteristics. A complete psychopath who thinks the world is filled with "constant, inescapable darkness", his greatest joy is to ruin the hopes and dreams of others, taking pleasure in their suffering. He is also cunning and intelligent, accurately deducing that Primrose's quest for revenge against him and his associates for murdering her father, is really desperation to find peace from the loneliness of losing him. This revelation nearly breaks Primrose.
  • Persona 4: Tohru Adachi, a nihilistic detective who only became a cop so he could legally hold a gun; and was the murderer behind the two culprits. He is bored with his life in Inaba so he resorts to murder.
  • Gengar from the Pokémon games is purple and sports a malicious smile. Numerous Pokédex entries state that Gengar gets its jollies from tormenting people.
  • While he's much smaller-time than the Trope Namer, Lucas Baker from Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a scrawny and pale Large Ham Serial Killer whose M.O. is rigging elaborate deathtraps and torture devices which he subjects his victims to in Deadly Games. He also blatantly does it because he genuinely thinks it's fun, grinning and giggling up a storm once he thinks he's played someone into his hands; and late-game plus the Not a Hero DLC reveal that he's also officially a researcher for a crime syndicate wherein even the scientists who work under him are disturbed by what a loose cannon he is. For bonus points, he's mildly associated with clown and circus imagery, even using a stylized image of a Monster Clown as a personal logo.
  • Super Paper Mario: Dimentio initially appears to be a Villainous Harlequin, but is gradually revealed to be this instead. He is an evil jester who has a sense of humor but is Ax-Crazy, killing Mario and friends with a smile on his face, and he believes that Love Is a Weakness to be exploited in his plot to destroy all dimensions and replace them with perfect new ones. He also has a Mysterious Past- where he came from is never explained, and while Carson has theories, nothing is ever confirmed. Finally, he tries to get the heroes to join him in overthrowing Count Bleck, sapping their free will if they comply.
  • Umineko: Golden Fantasia: Black Battler, the evil doppelganger of Battler Ushiromyia who is featured as a fighter, wears a purple suit, is Ax-Crazy and homicidal, prone to Evil Laughter, Psychotic Smirk and Slasher Smile, and has a very twisted sense of humor.
  • Wasteland 3 has Victory "Vic" Buchanan, a purple-haired, flamboyantly dressed giggling psychopath who rigged up Aspen full of elaborate deathtraps while murdering and torturing his way through the families he grew up with purely for fun. He controls his mooks, the Breathers, through "happy gas", paints ironic slogans in blood on the walls and floors a la The Dark Knight's Joker, and generally thinks of the wasteland as his private playground where nothing he does matters.
  • Goro Majima from the Yakuza series definitely fit the picture in the first game. He's always got a wide grin on his face, eager to fight Kiryu on a regular basis and won't hesitate to beat up one of his minions if he finds out they're not laughing with him. Also, in the original PS2 release, he was voiced by none other than Mark Hamill. He becomes a more heroic variant of this trope in later games, with his Ax-Crazy qualities downplayed in favor of more lighthearted eccentricities. He's still a total Blood Knight who wants to fight Kiryu at every opportunity, however.

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    Webcomics 
  • Florida Man from Ennui GO! takes a lot of cues from The Joker (minus being a Monster Clown); he commits random acts of chaos simply because he "feels like it", is hedonistic to an almost disturbing degree, corrupts the main characters in various ways like introducing a then-preteen Izzy and Addy to drugs, alcohol and various debaucherous activities and possibly turning their mother into a violent drug addict, and finally having a Multiple-Choice Past.
  • In the doujin, "I'm working at a mahou shoujo recruitment company, but I think I may be at my limit" by Momiji Mao (NSFW warning for ads, since the doujin in question is on Danbooru), Kyubey is a worker at a magical girl recruitment company and down on his luck, such that his boss is threatening to terminate him if he keeps dragging down the company. The only people who believe in him are his wife Kyuko, who is three months along with Kyubey's baby, and his work buddy Kyuzo, the only one in the workplace who knows he is trying his best. Bolstered by this, Kyubey works extra hard, even pulling all-nighters, and manages to get ten new magical girls into the fold. But then it's revealed that not only did Kyuzo screw Kyubey over by taking all the credit for his accomplishments, but when Kyubey calls Kyuzo up and demands an explanation for this shit, that's when he (and we) learn that this isn't even the half of how Kyuzo's betrayed him — Kyuzo is in bed with Kyuko when he gets the call, and it turns out that he's been banging her on the side for at least three months, because that kid that's three months along? It's not Kyubey's. With everything good in his life taken away from him in one fell swoop, Kyubey snaps and goes postal on everyone before burning his workplace down. He makes a resolution that the next time he meets someone, he should give them the same cruel lesson that he believes Kyuzo and everyone else were trying to teach him. This pararells the Joker's Start of Darkness. Aside from that, after he goes insane, Kyubey also starts Laughing Mad, multiple times and his motivation bassically boils down to a Straw Nihilist variant of For the Evulz. Multiple comparisons to the Joker were made.
  • The Heckler, from League of Super Redundant Heroes, dresses a lot like Joker, and uses Jolly Venom in his fight against Flying Fox Man.
  • A one-page joke in Ralph Hayes, Jr.'s The Fellowship of Heroes is about a pumpkin-faced Joker wannabe entering a bank and boasting that he will start his villainous career massacring everybody inside and that they should be happy. Unfortunately for him, Everyone Is Armed inside of said bank and his villainous career ends with him being unceremoniously blown away.
  • An early chapter of The Wotch had supervilains coming out of comic books, which naturally included "The Jester".

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    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.
  • OneyPlays: In "Oney Plays itch.io 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.
    Batman: YOU SOUND LIKE THE JOKER!
    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.
  • Disney Channel:
    Sylvia: This Joker is who you think is the most dangerous villain in the galaxy?!
    • The Owl House: The Collector is a jester-like entity trapped underneath the bones of the Titan. Much like any Joker-inspired antagonist, the Collector acts playful and speaks in riddles even when they regard killing every living thing on the Boiling Isles in the event of the Day of Unity.
  • Samurai Jack:
  • 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 Arc Villain 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.
    • Played straight with Dr. Pretorious, who is even voiced by Tim Curry, the actor who was even on-tap to voice The Joker before Mark Hamill got the part. Pretorius' sense of humor is more dry and unintentional, however, with an occasional edge of Foe Romance Subtext to it.
  • 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. (1988) 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:
  • Mark Hamill briefly voiced Skeletor in his Joker voice in Masters of the Universe: Revelation as a nod to himself voicing The Joker in various Batman cartoons and video games.
  • The Robot Chicken sketch "The Wurst Script in the World" revolves around a spoof of Batman Begins where a German man named Heimlich starts a career as a caped superhero operating at night who uses the Heimlich maneuver to prevent people from choking to death. Near the end of the sketch, he confronts a villain called the Choker, a cackling madman who tries to kill people by forcing large pieces of food down their throats before Heimlich kills him by hurling a sausage into the back of his head.
  • SWAT Kats had a one-shot villain known as Madkat, the ghost of a court jester who went mad over being replaced and in the present day possesses the body of comedian Lenny Ringtail, who similarly became insane because David Litterbin was given his coveted position as a talk show host and had escaped from an asylum before finding the jack-in-the-box Madkat was imprisoned in. With the villainous jester's manic grin, fondness for causing mayhem and very twisted sense of humor, he ticks all the boxes on the list of attributes essential for being a stand-in for the Clown Prince of Crime.


 
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