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[[File:BatmanV1-23.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The Clown Prince of Crime in Batman v1 #23.]]
 
[[File:BatmanV1-23.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The Clown Prince of Crime in Batman v1 #23.]]
 
The Joker was a male human who lived in the modern age where he terrorised [[Gotham City]].
 
The Joker was a male human who lived in the modern age where he terrorised [[Gotham City]].
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One account claimed that he was once an ordinary lab worker who found his job unfulfilling and decided to turn to crime in order to become rich. To achieve that end, he decided to steal $1,000,000 and use the money to retire but knew that showing his face would lead to his arrest. Thus, he decided to adopt a masked identity where he became the '''Red Hood''' who attempted to rob the '''Monarch Playing Card Company''' which was when he was confronted by [[Batman]] and [[Robin (DC)|Robin]]. With no option of escape on the catwalk, he decided to jump into a large vat of steaming chemicals where he reasoned that his mask's oxygen supply would let him survive and escape to safety. The crime fighters believed the criminal to had perished in the escape attempt but the Red Hood survived and fled from a drainage pipe that emptied into the river. After emerging, he discovered that the chemicals had permanently altered his features with his skin going chalk-white, his hair going green and his lips a deep red. Using the playing card company as inspiration, he abandoned his old identity and adopted a new one where he became the criminal known as the Joker. (Detective Comics v1 #168)
  
 
===Silver Age===
 
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*'''Jackanapes''' : a gorilla that the Joker abducted from his mother at the zoo when the Clown Prince of Crime wanted to start a family. Naming him Jackanapes, he gave the gorilla the childhood that the Joker wished he had growing up. Dressing the ape in a clown costume, the gorilla was taught about survival of the fittest yet the pair had a father and son relationship. Eventually, he was taught to build his own inventions and came to use weapons such as machine guns or rocket launchers where he assisted the Joker on his criminal ventures. One day, the pair were involved on a heist on a plane where the Joker gassed the people turning them into zombies with Jackanapes becoming horrified at their actions. After jumping from the plane, Jack decided he didn't want to continue living he life and seemingly perished in the river after refusing to activate his jetpack. (Batman v2 #23.1)
 
*'''Jackanapes''' : a gorilla that the Joker abducted from his mother at the zoo when the Clown Prince of Crime wanted to start a family. Naming him Jackanapes, he gave the gorilla the childhood that the Joker wished he had growing up. Dressing the ape in a clown costume, the gorilla was taught about survival of the fittest yet the pair had a father and son relationship. Eventually, he was taught to build his own inventions and came to use weapons such as machine guns or rocket launchers where he assisted the Joker on his criminal ventures. One day, the pair were involved on a heist on a plane where the Joker gassed the people turning them into zombies with Jackanapes becoming horrified at their actions. After jumping from the plane, Jack decided he didn't want to continue living he life and seemingly perished in the river after refusing to activate his jetpack. (Batman v2 #23.1)
 
*'''Merrymaker''' : Dr. '''Byron Merideth''' was a psychiatrist noted for his extreme methods in treating patients at Arkham Asylum where he eventually left to start his own private practice with him specialising to treat those with obsessions over the Joker. He eventually faked his death and became the masked Merrymaker where he created the '''League of Smiles''' consisting of his former patients as they terrorised Gotham during the Joker's return but really used them to eliminate his enemies. (Detective Comics v2 #17)
 
*'''Merrymaker''' : Dr. '''Byron Merideth''' was a psychiatrist noted for his extreme methods in treating patients at Arkham Asylum where he eventually left to start his own private practice with him specialising to treat those with obsessions over the Joker. He eventually faked his death and became the masked Merrymaker where he created the '''League of Smiles''' consisting of his former patients as they terrorised Gotham during the Joker's return but really used them to eliminate his enemies. (Detective Comics v2 #17)
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*'''Clownface''' : a version of Clayface or possibly a fragment of him that separated where it gained sentience and took the form of a mute old man. Upon finding him, the Joker infected him with Joker Toxin and turned him into a monstrous shapeshifting killer with a pale white form along with a constant grin on his face. (Arkham Manor v1 #3)
 
*'''Punchline''' :  a dark haired woman who came to be the Joker's right hand woman and was a skilled killer who did his bidding. (Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen v1 #3)  
 
*'''Punchline''' :  a dark haired woman who came to be the Joker's right hand woman and was a skilled killer who did his bidding. (Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen v1 #3)  
  

Revision as of 10:28, 2 August 2020

The Joker in Batman v2 #23.1

The Joker is a male comic supervillain who features in DC Comics.

Contents

Biography

Golden Age

The Clown Prince of Crime in Batman v1 #23.

The Joker was a male human who lived in the modern age where he terrorised Gotham City.

One account claimed that he was once an ordinary lab worker who found his job unfulfilling and decided to turn to crime in order to become rich. To achieve that end, he decided to steal $1,000,000 and use the money to retire but knew that showing his face would lead to his arrest. Thus, he decided to adopt a masked identity where he became the Red Hood who attempted to rob the Monarch Playing Card Company which was when he was confronted by Batman and Robin. With no option of escape on the catwalk, he decided to jump into a large vat of steaming chemicals where he reasoned that his mask's oxygen supply would let him survive and escape to safety. The crime fighters believed the criminal to had perished in the escape attempt but the Red Hood survived and fled from a drainage pipe that emptied into the river. After emerging, he discovered that the chemicals had permanently altered his features with his skin going chalk-white, his hair going green and his lips a deep red. Using the playing card company as inspiration, he abandoned his old identity and adopted a new one where he became the criminal known as the Joker. (Detective Comics v1 #168)

Silver Age

Bronze Age

Modern Age

Joker in Joker's Asylum: The Joker v1 #1.

He later resurfaced where he took the guise of a masked British detective known as Oberon Sexton. At the same time, he began targeting the members of the Black Glove organization who he killed one-by-one and came to be regarded as the mysterious Domino Killer. (Batman and Robin v1 #12)

Post-Flashpoint

Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

He then hired Deathstroke to lead a band of assassins to enact his plan to steal the Wayne fortune and take over Gotham City. (Batman Secret Files v1 #3)

Joker then managed to capture a member of the Court of Owls and tortured them for information on the location of the Tomb of the Unworthy that was used to store their Talon assassins that failed them. Breaking into the site, he proceeded to find and awaken Lincoln March where he forced the Talon to serve him and dispatched him after Batman. (Detective Comics v1 #1023)

Thus, the Wayne fortune was transferred over to the Joker which he used to enact the next step of his plan. (Batman v3 #93) With the money, he made it appear that Bruce Wayne had embezzled millions resulting in the police seizing Wayne Manor and Wayne Enterprises. He then had his people move to target Batman's support network and his friends as he embarked on a plan to kill thousands in the city. (Batman v3 #94)

Overview

Personality and attributes

At one point, he was a mysterious masked man who had adopted the identity of the Red Hood. (Detective Comics v1 #168) One time, he operated in the guise of the masked bespectacled Oberon Sexton as well as being the infamous Domino Killer. (Batman and Robin v1 #12)

Powers and abilities

As an avid consumer of his own products, the Joker was said to had developed an immunity to poisons over the years. In one case, a mosquito was known to had sucked his blood where it writhed, whined and choked on the tainted blood. (Batman v1 #663)

One of his signature weapons was the Joker Venom that caused people to experience a laughing fit where they died and were left with a smile on their faces. (Batman v1 #1)

At one time, he was noted to had created his own version of Batman's Utility Belt that he equipped with a number of joke-themed gadgets to give him an edge in a fight. (Batman v1 #73)

In his hand, he was known to use a joy buzzer that typically only dealt a mild electrical shock but the Joker had increased his version's capacity with it dealing 200 volts. (Joker v1 #2)

He once sought to copy the tactics of Batman and made his own Jokermobile. (Batman v1 #37)

Among his followers included:

  • Gaggy the Dwarf : Gagsworth A. Gagsworthy was a dwarfish man who was a refugee from the circus before he joined as the court jester for Joker and served as his sidekick with him notable for having a glass-shattering scream. (Batman v1 #186)
  • Harley Quinn : Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a young psychologist who became enamoured with the Joker during her attempt to study him at Arkham Asylum where she was seduced by his madness and became his sidekick where she took the name Harley Quinn. (Batman: Harley Quinn v1 #1)
  • Flame Dupree : a woman with long blonde hair who wore pink clothes. (Batman v2 #23.1)
  • Jackanapes : a gorilla that the Joker abducted from his mother at the zoo when the Clown Prince of Crime wanted to start a family. Naming him Jackanapes, he gave the gorilla the childhood that the Joker wished he had growing up. Dressing the ape in a clown costume, the gorilla was taught about survival of the fittest yet the pair had a father and son relationship. Eventually, he was taught to build his own inventions and came to use weapons such as machine guns or rocket launchers where he assisted the Joker on his criminal ventures. One day, the pair were involved on a heist on a plane where the Joker gassed the people turning them into zombies with Jackanapes becoming horrified at their actions. After jumping from the plane, Jack decided he didn't want to continue living he life and seemingly perished in the river after refusing to activate his jetpack. (Batman v2 #23.1)
  • Merrymaker : Dr. Byron Merideth was a psychiatrist noted for his extreme methods in treating patients at Arkham Asylum where he eventually left to start his own private practice with him specialising to treat those with obsessions over the Joker. He eventually faked his death and became the masked Merrymaker where he created the League of Smiles consisting of his former patients as they terrorised Gotham during the Joker's return but really used them to eliminate his enemies. (Detective Comics v2 #17)
  • Clownface : a version of Clayface or possibly a fragment of him that separated where it gained sentience and took the form of a mute old man. Upon finding him, the Joker infected him with Joker Toxin and turned him into a monstrous shapeshifting killer with a pale white form along with a constant grin on his face. (Arkham Manor v1 #3)
  • Punchline : a dark haired woman who came to be the Joker's right hand woman and was a skilled killer who did his bidding. (Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen v1 #3)

He was known to make use of henchmen known as Slapstick Men that were people who impersonated him and had their identities changed multiple times to hide their true selves. (The Batman Who Laughs v2 #1)

The Joker was said to have he tendency to attract anybody not in their right mind. These included the obsessives, the nihilistic fanatics looking for a hero and even the depressingly ordinary who simply required inspiration to indulge in their dark thoughts. (Detective Comics v2 #16)

It was believed that the Joker's heart contained a singular super-toxin that was released if he ever died. The toxin then transformed the person who killed him into the next Joker. (The Batman Who Laughs v1 #1)

The Joker's spine once contained a regenerative healing compound called Dionesium that allowed those exposed to it to recover from injuries at an accelerated rate. (Batman v2 #38) At one point, he had the omnipotent powers of a 5th Dimensional Imp after Mister Mxyzptlk gave his abilities to the Joker. (Emperor Joker v1 #1)

He came to reside in his lair that he called Ha-Hacienda which was a secret base of operations for him and his gang. (Joker v1 #2)

Notes

  • The Joker was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson where he made his first appearance in Batman v1 #1 (April, 1940).
  • According to Bill Finger, he showed fellow co-creator and artist Bob Kane a photograph of actor Conrad Veidt wearing make-up for the 1928 silent film "The Man Who Laughs" with this becoming the model of the character that became the Joker.
  • "Batman From the '30s to the '70s" (1970) noted that the character was initially going to be killed by a knife wound in his second appearance but series editor Whitney Ellsworth decided the character had potential and should survive with this resulting in an additional panel depicting the Joker's survival
  • In the 1960's, editor Julius Schwartz who despised the character came to take over the Batman line of comics and relegated the Joker to comic book limbo.

Alternate Versions

In other media

Television

  • In Batman, the Joker appeared in the setting of the 1960s live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Cesar Romero.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, the Joker made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting:
    • In Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Mark Hamill.
    • In Justice League, the Joker appeared in the animated television series where he was once again voiced by actor Mark Hamill.
  • In Harley Quinn, the Joker appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Alan Tudyk.

Films

  • In Batman, the Joker appeared in the 1989 live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Jack Nicholson. This version was originally Jack Napier who was the right-hand man of mob boss Carl Grissom and years ago was responsible for the murder of Thomas along with Martha Wayne.
  • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the Joker appeared in the animated film set in the DC Animated Universe where he was once again voiced by actor Mark Hamill.
  • In The Dark Knight, the Joker featured as the primary antagonist in the live-action film that was part of The Dark Knight Trilogy where he was portrayed by actor Heath Ledger.

Video games

  • In Infinite Crisis, the Joker appeared as a playable champion in the setting of the MOBA video game where he was voiced by actor Richard Epcar.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, the Joker appeared as a playable character in the setting of the fighting video game where he was voiced by actor Richard Epcar.
  • In Injustice 2, the Joker appeared as a playable character in the setting of the fighting video game where he was voiced by actor Richard Epcar.

Appearances

  • Batman v1:
  • Joker v1:
  • JLA v1:
  • Batman and Robin v1:
  • Batman v2:
  • Detective Comics v2:
  • Batman v3:
  • Justice League v4:
  • The Batman Who Laughs v2:
  • Justice League: Hell Arisen v1:
  • Batman Secret Files v1: (2020)

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