Why The Joker Is One Of The Most F**ked Up Villains Of All Time
“I’ve demonstrated there’s no difference between me and everyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once, am I right?”
Joker has always been intrinsically linked to Batman — and not just psychologically. Both are among the oldest comic book characters, with Joker first appearing in Batman #1, less than a year after Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27.
The two characters also have also been portrayed by two of the most prestigious succession of performers in both live action and animation. Now, in the course of a few weeks, we have one of the most iconic Joker stories of all time – The Killing Joke – being adapted as an animated movie, with one of the most popular Joker performers voicing the Clown Prince of Crime, followed by a brand new (and potentially extreme) version of the character in Suicide Squad.
While Mark Hamill and Jared Leto’s respective performances will be totally different versions of the character, neither is drastically separated from any other incarnation seen in the Joker’s 75 year history. A similar variance in multiple personifications of the Joker is even at play in DC’s Rebirth comics now, with the Mobius Chair’s reveal to Batman that there isn’t just one Joker, but three.
The three Joker’s reveal makes a lot of sense. The Joker has a history full of enough insane antics for three — or even more — villains. Whether he’s going by the Crown Prince of Crime, the Jester of Genocide, the Harlequin of Hate, the Ace of Knaves, The Joker, or simply Mr. J, this clown has done some messed up stuff. Here’s why The Joker is simply the most fucked up villain ever.
#1 The Joker Kills Robin
“Batman: Death in the Family” was a reader based decision. Jason Todd ,aka Robin,’s life was put in the hands of the readers. Let Robin live, or have the Joker kill him. The character was killed off by a vote of 5,343 to 5,271. And so the Joker beat Robin nearly to death with a crowbar in an abandoned factory. He placed a bomb inside and left, seeing if Batman could rescue him in time. The explosion killed Robin and filled Batman with a loss so great that he would never forgive himself for not being able to save Todd. The grief and sadness he felt was comparable to the death of his parents.
#2 The only reason Batman is alive is because the Joker spared his life
In “Joker’s 5 Way Revenge” the Joker goes about tracking down and killing the former members of his gang. By the end of the story he manages to blindside Batman. He has his on the ground at his mercy, his foot on Bruce Wayne’s throat. Right then and there he could have killed Batman and ended one of the world’s most famous and heroic Heroes. Instead, he walks away just so that he can kill him later down the road once he finds a way to “destroy him properly.”