The Batman, the Dark Knight, is one of the most badass non-superhuman superheroes around. Who can ignore his skill in battle and solving problems? So who could possibly match the Batman's intellect, physical perfection, and combat mastery? Well, it wasn't Batman's first choice but there is no villain more dangerous than the Dark Knight's arch nemesis. He is the Clown Prince of Crime, the Jester of Genocide, The Thin White Duke of Death, the Harlequin of Hate, the Ace of Knaves, and The Mirthful Menace. He is...
"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? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else would you dress up like a flying rat? You had a bad day, and it drove you as crazy as everybody else... Only you won't admit it!"
Little, if any, history of the Joker is known. Accounts of the Joker's origins have been varied and numerous. He himself has told the story of how he came to be with several different variations, saying that sometimes he remembers it one way, sometimes another; and that if he has to have a past, he "[prefers] it to be multiple choice." Despite this, the story always ends the same way: a man falls into a vat of deadly chemicals and becomes the psycho is known (and loved) as the Joker.
The Joker is obsessed with Batman, the pair representing a yin-yang of opposing dark and light force; the Joker is colorful, humerous, chaotic, and evil and Batman is dark, solem, lawful, and good. Murder, theft, and terrorism, no crime is beyond the Joker, and his exploits are a theatrical performance that are funny to him alone. Spectacle is more important than success for the Joker, and if it is not spectacular it is boring. Although the Joker claims indifference to everything, he secretly craves Batman's attention and validation.
There is no true reason behind the Joker's madness. The primary hypotheses of the Joker is he's criminally insane beyond an equal. Some believe he is the emboyment of chaos; unpredictable, uncontrollable, and unstoppable. One hypothesis is that the Joker actually exists in a state of almost "super-sanity". It is speculated that he redefines his own personality every day. This explains why sometimes he appears as a horribly sadistic lunatic one day while acting like a simple mischievous clown other days. Some say he just "wants to watch the world burn".
No matter the case, the Joker is among the most dangerous individual in the world, if not the universe. In The Joker: Devil's Advocate, it is stated that the Joker has killed over 2,000 people but his body count is more than like greater than what is stated. During the events of Emperor Joker, the Joker had successfully destroyed the earth and near most the cosmos. Thankfully, the events were undone but I goes to show how dangerous a man the Clown Prince of Crime really is. Even death has proven ineffective in keeping this smiling psycho down. Wether it's falling great heights, taking several bullets, gettin electricuted, falling into the grasp of carniverous predators, or having his face cut off, the Joker keeps coming back to spead chaos and destruction where ever he goes.
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- Age: unknown
- Species: Human (or atleast was)
- Height: 6'5" (1.95 m)
- Weight: 195 lb (87 kg)
- Place of Birth: unknown (Presumably in the U.S.)
- Base of Operation: Arkham Asylum, Gothem City/mobile
- Alignment: Chaotic Evil
- Profession: Mass Murderer, Thief, Terrorist, Villain
A deadly poison that infects his victims with a ghoulish rictus grin as they die while laughing uncontrollably. This venom comes in many forms, from gas to darts to liquid poison, and has been his primary calling card from his first appearance. The Joker is capable of making Joker Venom out of nearly anything, once even escaping from Arkham Asylum by creating it with chemicals he found in a janitor's closet.
Long Barreled Revolver
Perhaps it is over-compansation. Perhaps its a phalic gag. In any case, The joker's 21 inch long revolver is one killer handcannon. In Tim Burton's Batman, this revolver packed enough firepower to shoot down the Bat Jet in one shot.
Killer Joy Buzzer
The Joker often used a modified novelty joy buzzer strapped to the palm of his hand. The buzzer administered a lethal dose of electricity into anyone who came into contact with it. This device is capable of harming and even killing superhumans.
Sticking with the Joker's love for comedy and gore, he will commonly incorporate a clichéd but all-out deadly mallet to bludgeon people to death. When he can't have it, a sledge hammer will do.
You know why the Joker likes knives? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the... little emotions. In their last moments, people show you who they really are. Big knives, small knives, knives have a nitch in the Joker's life. Helps him put a SMILE on his face, as well as yours.
Joker is an expert at bomb making and has even bought nuclear weapons. He loves using time bombs and uses grenades in battle, though they may be disguised as harmless objects like toys, dolls, balls or marbles. He also finds enjoyment in using RPGs, rockets, missiles, and other explosive projectiles.
The Joker loves guns. When he's not firing oversized revolvers or joke guns, he's packing high-powered revolvers, machine pistols, Tommy Guns, and other firearms of auto and semi-auto nature.
Deadly Joke Weapons
The Joker's greatest asset is his shear creativity, utilizing weapons that are a joke in appearance but deadly and effective in use. Razor-sharp playing cards, acid-spitting flowers, explosive chattering teeth, explosive cigars capable of leveling buildings, cyanide-laced cream pies, toy "Bang" guns that also shoot out the "Bang" flag as a harpoon; if it has comedic value, the Joker has weaponized it. The Joker is unpredictable in that he will use any kind of weapon afforded him.
The Joker's arsonal is not the only things he uses, as the Clown Prince of Crime will use whatever itemis given to him. He even popularized the crowbar before Gordan came around.
Unique Physiology: Due to his chemical submergence, Joker has gained beyond average advantages over normal humans as well as further exposure has tainted his physiology.
- Pain Resistance: It is speculated that the Joker's exposure to chemicals may have heightened his resistance to pain. This has provided him with wirey strength, enough to match even Batman in combat. It is also implied that he is masochistic in nature, and thus enjoys any pain received, making it an ineffective way of dealing with him.
- Tainted Blood: Joker's blood is tainted. It has been said that "being an avid consumer of his products, Joker's immunity to poisons has been built up over years of dedicated abuse." When a mosquito sucks the Joker's blood, it "writhes and whines, choking on tainted blood".
- Toxin Immunity: The Joker is immune to his own venom as well as various other poisons and toxins.
Cheating Death: The Joker has cheated death numerous times, even in seemingly inescapable and lethal situations. He has been, among other things, caught in explosions, electrocuted, shot repeatedly, and dropped from great heights, but he always returns to once again wreak havoc.
Cosmic Awareness: The Joker has, at times, shown to be fully aware of being a comic book character, even directly talking to the reader. However, most characters ignore this, due to the fact that he is criminally insane.
Skills and Abilities
Indomitable Will: The Joker's insanity, or his frame of mind, leaves him immune to the Spectre's judgement, though warranted, as Batman explained once that the Joker doesn't actually know what is right and wrong, a crucial understanding the Spectre needs to judge. In a way, one has to know one's deeds are evil or wrong for the Spectre to judge, and the Joker doesn't. Also, both Jim Corrigan and Hal Jordan Spectres have had major problems with navigating the Joker's mind, Corrigan even managed to get lost in it and Jordan literally was blasted out of his boots to the moon when he tried.
Disguise: Joker was able to use skin pigments and face relaxers to disguise himself as a new orderly at Arkham Asylum named "Eric Border". Joker's disguise was so convincing, he was able to fool even Batman for several months before returning to his clown persona.
Genius Level Intellect: The Joker is portrayed as highly intelligent and skilled in the fields of chemistry and engineering, as well an expert with explosives. From his first appearance onward, he has been consistently portrayed as capable of hijacking broadcasts - usually news programs - of both the television and radio varieties.
- Tactical Analysis: The Joker is a master of planning, weither it is far in advance or simply making it up as he goes.
Hand-to-Hand Combat (Weak to Incredible): The Joker has moderate skill in hand to hand combat. Over the years it has been shown that although Batman is stronger, the Joker is faster and more agile, and his fighting style is chaotic and difficult to predict. The Joker has been known to be able to hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Batman, however every time he is subdued by Batman, it is through physical force. However, the Joker has proven to be very skilled in the area of martial arts as well, this being proven when beating the Batman once in a fight without "cheating". However, this skill in fighting can also be questioned, due to different artists having different reincarnations of the Joker.
Heightened Dexterity: The Joker is extremely fast and agile. He is capable of matching, if not surpassing, Batman in shear speed and dexterity.
Marksmanship: The Joker's skill with guns never varies and is always good. He is capable of shooting vertually any gun he is given, from
Intimidation: Joker is adept at torturing his victims endlessly, including shooting Batgirl, torturing Robin to death and beating Damian into submission.
Charisma: The Joker displays unnatrual charisma. He is always able to gather goons to follow him and he even attracts Harley Quin to him. Something about that giant horrifying smile attracts the insane.
Completely Unpredictable: The Joker's most deadly attribute is his shear unpredictability. Few individuals are able to identify a pattern in his actions, and none can truly predict what he'll do next.
Human Limits: The Joker is the most dangerous human-level villain around. But that's just it: human. He can still be knocked out, mortally wounded, and crippeled as any human could be. The Joker has even been permanently killed for good in various different universes (Fell to his death in Batman, electrocuted to death in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, died from the side-effects of the Titan Venom in Batman: Arkham City, and evisorated by Superman in Injustice: Gods Among Us).
Mental Insanity: While the Joker's madness is his deadliest attribute, it is also his greatest weakness. The Joker is more incline to stop what acts he is doing, simply because it's boring. He will even forgo god-like power if he loses interest in it. His supposed "super-insanity" also modulates his capabilities from fully dangerous to almost harmless. He will flip plans on a flip of a dime, even when the flip is for the worse.
All Pizzazz: The Joker is all about Performan, Presentation, and Theatrics. When he doesn't have such, he won't accept it. The Joker cares too much about the presintation of his work that the need for showmanship will get in the way.
The Joker has a near endless list of feats under his name .To the Bat-Family alone,he has killed Jason Todd (the second Robin), brutally crippled Barbra Gordon (Batgirl) and beat Damion Wayne (the fourth Robin) to submission. He has been able to hold his own in combat with Batman, beaten and even killed various superhumans, and proven himself a major threat to high-powered superheroes and the world as a whole. Oh, and he has the highest death count of any human level supervillain, and that's not including the number of planets he's destroyed. I can't list off all his feats but I can safely say, the man is a force to be reconed with.
- Vast array of weapons: mostly ludicrous, all deadly
- Genius Intellect
- Superhuman Pain Tolerance
- Toxin Immunity
- Expert in Tortue and Murder
- Unnatural Charm
- Completely Unpredictable
- Highest Body Count of Anyone
- START WEARING PURPLE, WEARING PURPLE!
- Tendency to make Bad Decisions
- Too Sporadic for hos own Good
- Cares too much about Presentation
The Joker is an excellent combatant for a Death Battle but not a typical one. The Joker needs an opponent capable of matching his mind, blood lust, and madness.
- DC Comic featuring the Joker (comics, April 25, 1940 - now)
- Batman (film, 1989)
- Batman: The Animated Series (cartoon, 1992 - 1996)
- The New Batman Advantures (cartoon, 1997 - `1999)
- Various Batman animated films featuring the Joker (animated film, 1993 [starting with Batman: Mask of the Phantom] to ?)
- The Dark Knight (film, 2008)
- Batman: Arkham (video game series, 2009 to 2013)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (video game series, 2013)
Not every source will be noted, namely as there is WAY too many to list.
The Joker is a dangerous madman with one of the most powerful minds to date. A possible opponent must match his madness, his intellect, and his desire to destroy. Here is a short list of possible opponents:
Red Skull (Johann Shmit)
Johann Shmit grew up in Germany through the depresion an angery person, with anger and hate flowing through him all his life. One day, Shmit was taken under the tutalage of Adolf Hitler in an attempt to craft the "perfect nazi". Hitler soon gave Johann a red mask shaped like a skull, leading to the true begining of the Red Skull. The Red Skull would stand as the second most powerful man in Germany and would battle against Captain America, a man who embodied what the Red Skull was not. Through cloning and various plans, the Red Skull effectivly gained immortality and has nearly brought the world under his feet. Thankfully, he can't handel when one Mighty Shield comes bashing into his red face.
Probability: Very High - Just as the Joker is the opposit of Batman, the Red Skull is the opposit of Captain America. Both are psychotic, psychopathic, sadistic, and all out evil. However, they are both opposites. The Joker is chaotic and colorful, the Red Skull is dark-dressed and tyrannical. Remember, the Joker may be a criminal lunatic but he's an American criminal lunatic.
Fun Fact: The Red Skull's creator, Joe Simon, was inspired by the sight of a melting hot-fudge Sunday that resembled a human figure. He initially thought of naming his character "Hot Fudge", but thanks to a wrinkled cherry on top that resembled an exposed red skull, he decided to name the character "Red Skull", a FAR better and more memorable name.
Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
An amoral industrialist head of Oscorp, Norman Osborn took the Goblin Formula (really?) which enhanced his physical abilities and intellect but also drove him to insanity. He adopted the Halloween-themed identity Green Goblin (wow, even lamer), dressing in a goblin costume, riding on a bat-shaped "Goblin Glider" (Jesus, this guy got a goblin fetish?), and using an arsenal of high-tech weapons, notably grenade-like "Pumpkin Bombs", to terrorize New York City.
Probability: Medium to High - This is an excellent match up at first look: Both are intelligent, insane, use ridiculous weapons, and love to give crazy smiles. However, a major factor that makes this fight unbalanced is their insanity: the Joker's insanity is a benefit as it makes him unpredictable and dangerous without disrupting his intellect and success; Osborn's insanity, on the other hand, is a complete detriment and the primary reason why he fails so much. Joker's madness is his greatest strength but Green Goblin's madness is his greatest weaknesses. Still, both are smiling super-criminals with a taste for thematic and chaos.
Fun Fact: It was hinted that Peter Parker (Spiderman) had gotten Gwen Stacy pregnant. However, do to recon, she actually had children with Norman Osborn. So Norman, who was probably in his 30s or 40s before the kids were born, had sex with Gwen, who was probably in her 20s at the time, and got her pregnant? The reason for this was that having Spiderman have two adult children running around made him look too old. You know, seeing as Gwen was around Peter's age when she had the kids, it STILL makes Spidy look old. Also, Norman & Gwen? Ew.
Oh, Sweet Tooth. Who could talk about the Joker in a Death Battle without mentioning the horrific mascot of Twisted Metal. While most of the games gave little backstory to this killer clown, Twisted Metal: Black gave us his history as a mass murdering psychopath cursed at his execution to suffer the fires of hell on his head BECAUSE he's a mass murdering psychopath. Sweet Tooth takes combat in his heavily modified ice-cream truck to battle his opponents. When not in his truck, he likes to use a knife to cut people up.
Probability: Low to Medium - While Sweet Tooth and the Joker are scary clowns with a taste for carnage, the compatibility of these two as opponents is wavy. The Joker prefers to be on foot in combat and use a wide array of gadgets. Sweet Tooth, on the other hand, is a Vehicular combatant, relying on his modified Ice-Cream truck and lots of guns to battle. On foot, Sweet Tooth would stand little of a chance against the Joker. The two are perfect in idea but not in application.
Fun Fact: In Frosty Treats, Inc. v. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., Frosty Treats, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Sony contending that Sweet Tooth infringed on the company's trademarks for their "Safety Clown", a set of decals on their ice cream trucks and directs children to cross the street behind the van so that passing cars are more likely to see them. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled against the trademark claim because, even if Sweet Tooth was derivative, it was unlikely to cause confusion among consumers.
Who do YOU think should the Joker should face in a Death Battle? Who should I add to the list? Comment below and give me your thoughts.