The Joker

Normal Data

Actual identify:

Aliases:

The Joker
Joker
Bozo
The Clown
Matilda (nametag)

Alignment:

Dangerous

Affiliation:

Father
Mom
Spouse
Thugs

Portrayed by:

Heath Ledger

Appearances:

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―The Joker[src]

The Joker was a psychopathic anarchist mastermind who, portrayed himself as an agent of chaos, rose to energy within the legal underworld by thrusting Gotham Metropolis into turmoil and drew Batman ever nearer to crossing the advantageous line between heroism and vigilantism. Described as a “psychopathic, mass murdering, diabolical clown with zero empathy,” Joker was potent in each psychological fight and strategic planning, and his physique was outlined by his smeared clown make-up and ugly Glasgow Smile that added sick comedy to all his crimes and misdeeds.

Biography

Origin and Early Life

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―The Joker[src]

Nobody knew who the Joker actually was. Little might be confirmed concerning his adolescence earlier than he turned to a lifetime of crime. Regardless of his seize, no traces might be discovered on Joker’s fingerprints, dental information, or DNA matches towards the GCPD‘s Databases.

The Joker’s personal testimony, whereas usually fairly true when it got here to finishing up threats, appeared at instances contradictory, and he was recognized to present conflicting accounts at instances when he described previous occasions in his life, extra particularly how he acquired the scars of his attribute Glasgow Smile. One in every of Joker’s anecdotes informed of his supposed extraordinarily abusive and alcoholic father, which acknowledged that after he attacked his mom with a knife, the blade was subsequent turned on the younger man and created his mutilated smile. The truth that the Joker later referenced his father and his hatred of him to a celebration visitor when he crashed Harvey Dent‘s occasion implied there was a component of fact to that account. One other story that Joker informed was when his playing spouse informed him to not fear a lot and that he ought to smile extra. That recommendation went overhead when she allowed her face to be carved by enforcers of Mortgage Sharks, and the couple found that they did not have the funds for to pay for the surgical procedure. In a determined effort to guarantee his spouse that he did not care concerning the injury to her look, Joker took a razor to his cheeks and made his Glasgow Smile match hers, however the disturbing picture as an alternative triggered his spouse to go away him, which broken his psyche. It wasn’t revealed to what diploma these tales held the reality if any. It was attainable that the Joker himself was unaware of his true origins. Some psychological profiles of The Joker, indicated that he was insane to such an extent that he actually reinvented each his personal psyche and historical past every day. It was due to this fact attainable that, whereas neither story was true, that Joker genuinely believed them each as he informed them. Joker presumably was going to inform Batman the third model of his scar story when he was about to kill him, however he finally didn’t get the possibility to take action because of Batman actually shutting him up through the use of launching his wrist blades at him, who then claimed that Batman knew how Joker acquired these scars apart from the Glasgow scars on his mouth.

In a report filed by the GCPD, there have been three theories that had been introduced for the Joker’s origin and identification. The primary was that the Joker was institutionalized as a affected person at Arkham Asylum who acquired launched when his scars had been virtually healed or escaped throughout Ra’s Al Ghul‘s and Scarecrow‘s reign of worry with all the opposite sufferers on the time in an excellent worse situation (maybe because of Scarecrow’s horrible strategies), which defined why most of Joker’s Henchmen had been recognized as among the Arkham escapees. Nevertheless, that concept was debunked on the premise that Joker’s identification had no foundation inside any information. The second concept was that the Joker labored as a disgruntled worker or attraction for the Haley Brothers Circus, which was documented to have connections with the mob and defined the clown make-up that Joker at all times wore for his persona. The third concept that was introduced was that the Joker served as a soldier or Military Personal till he was despatched residence as a result of he suffered from acute PTSD, which defined his cool demeanor and familiarity with weapons, in addition to his devastating effectiveness in numerous types of fight. The third concept is additional supported by his anecdote to Harvey Dent about how if a mayor is killed by him it causes an uproar but barely anybody cares ought to he organize for a truck containing troopers to be blown up.

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―James Gordon to Batman[src]

Shortly after the loss of life of Ra’s Al Ghul, Batman mentioned with Lieutenant James Gordon the impact that Batman had made on Gotham Metropolis since his look. Gordon then revealed {that a} legal with “a taste for theatrics” had lately dedicated a double murder and an armed theft and left behind a Joker enjoying card as a “calling card.” Gordon additionally warned that simply as escalation occurred when it comes to the police power towards crime, so may the dimensions and elegance of criminality change in response to Batman’s look.

Someday later, the Joker orchestrated the theft of a giant cargo of Ammonium Nitrate from the Gotham Docks. The explosive chemical was then saved for storage on the Gotham Normal Hospital and on two passenger ferries someday later.

Financial institution Theft

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―Joker to the Supervisor of Gotham Nationwide Financial institution[src]

A number of months later, a bunch of financial institution robbers, (Grumpy, Pleased, Dopey, Chuckles, Bozo, and a Bus Driver) beneath the course of the Joker, robbed Gotham Nationwide Financial institution which was used as a money-laundering entrance for Gotham’s Gangs. The clown mask-wearing robbers whittled down their very own numbers inside minutes in a collection of calculated betrayals. Lastly, solely “Bozo” remained, who revealed himself because the Joker to the Supervisor of Gotham Nationwide Financial institution, who had earlier confronted the robbers with a shotgun. As well as, largely as a result of he could not resist showing on-camera, Joker additionally intentionally unmasked himself in entrance of a surveillance digicam and posed. The Joker then escaped with the financial institution’s money in a yellow faculty bus, hid his identification by driving inside a convoy of different faculty buses, and likewise left the Financial institution Supervisor on the mercy of a fuel grenade that was caught in his mouth.

Coping with the Mob

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―The Joker[src]

Shortly following the financial institution theft, Italian crime boss Sal Maroni talked about the Joker’s latest theft of Mob owned money to his fellow crime leaders at a enterprise assembly, dismissed him as a risk, and stated that he was a “nobody” who wore a “cheap purple suit and make-up.” The Joker, who overheard that remark and the plan that was introduced to the Mob by Chinese language mobster, Lau, arrived unannounced on the assembly whereas he faked amusing, as he noticed their “so-called plan” as a nasty joke. The mobsters had been at first unwilling to listen to Joker out, and Gambol, one of many crime lords who appeared to take essentially the most dislike for the Joker, despatched certainly one of his males to take him out by power.

The Joker then unexpectedly carried out a magic trick by making a pencil “disappear,” embedded the pencil within the desk, and shoved Gambol’s man head-first into the pencil the place it certainly disappeared inside the person’s head, which immediately killed him. The Joker additionally talked about that his swimsuit wasn’t low-cost and that they must know that since they purchased it, which meant that he had used the cash that he stole in the beginning of the movie and acquired his swimsuit. Joker then proposed that it was Batman’s interference that had resulted in idealistic leaders like Harvey Dent rising in recognition, and supplied his providers to kill him for half of all the cash that Lau, an illegitimate Chinese language accountant, took away from Gotham to ensure that protected retaining. Joker additionally warned the Mob that Lau would betray them if he was arrested and claimed to know a squealer when he noticed one. Whereas the Bratva mobster, The Chechen, and Maroni had been , Gambol, angered by the Joker’s lack of respect, tried to assault him, which compelled Joker to disclose his insurance coverage coverage: a number of grenades that had been hidden beneath his coat and allowed him to make a fast escape.

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―The Joker mocking Gambol[src]

Pissed off, Gambol then put a bounty on Joker. The Joker later took revenge that evening and had his males come to Gambol, who then claimed to have killed the Joker. In a little bit of unintended tragic irony that regarded the destiny of his actor, the Joker’s ‘useless’ physique was introduced inside in a rubbish bag earlier than he attacked Gambol and informed him the origin of his mouth scars as a means of psychological torture and intimidation. Then, when Gambol was most terrified and shaken, Joker killed him together with his knife. Then, with the stays of Gambol’s males, who had been overpowered and at his mercy, Joker took a pool stick, broke it in half, which made it spear-like, and stated that there was just one spot open for the time being with the intention to be part of his “team”, threw the piece of sharp stick on the center of Gambol’s scared males and has his gang, which was made up largely of mentally-ill and unstable vicious crooks who escaped from Arkham Asylum who appeared to have taken the Joker as their chief, made Gambol’s males battle to the loss of life with the stick till just one was left, and suggested them to “make it fast”.

The Joker’s Menace

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―The Joker to Harvey Dent’s occasion friends[src]

Finally, after he realized that Batman had retrieved Lau from Hong Kong and that the police had struck a take care of Lau to testify towards the Mob, Maroni and the Chechen relented and eventually employed Joker to kill Batman. The Joker first kidnapped a Batman Impersonator, filmed his homicide, and hung the physique, full with white make-up and Joker Scars, outdoors Mayor Anthony Garcia‘s Workplace. Within the homicide tape that he despatched to the Media, the Joker viciously mocked Brian Douglas (Batman Impersonator) in addition to terrorized him to the purpose of leaving him completely frozen and weeping, in addition to taunted his beliefs and his actions. Then, when he has completed humiliating and terrifying Douglas, Joker gave Gotham an ultimatum: Batman should take off his masks and switch himself in to the authorities, and, day-after-day that Batman refused to take action, he would homicide harmless individuals day after day. Because of Batman not turning himself in, the primary main victims had been Janet Surillo, the choose who presided over Dent’s indictments, and Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb, the previous by way of car-bomb and the latter by way of acid into the Commissioner’s scotch, respectively.

Later, the Joker and his gang stormed a fundraiser at Bruce Wayne’s Penthouse, utilizing Michael Wuertz as his bargaining chip, with the intention to kill Harvey in particular person. When Joker was unable to get the friends to inform him of Dent’s location, he determined to accept killing them off. Joker then tried to threaten a not-intimidated visitor whom he famous bored a resemblance to his personal hated father, to which Rachel Dawes then intervened. The Joker then informed Rachel one other chilling story about the place he acquired his Glasgow Smile: That point, the Joker had a spouse who thought that he didn’t smile a lot. Then, his spouse acquired a Glasgow Smile, and, to indicate that he nonetheless liked her and didn’t care about her Glasgow Smile, self-inflicted his Glasgow Smile onto himself, to which his spouse was disgusted by, and left him. The Joker then completed the story and stated that he noticed the humorous facet to it: he was at all times smiling. Rachel then kneed Joker within the crotch, however Joker laughed it off and stated that he favored individuals with just a little battle in them. Out of the blue, Batman appeared and fought with Joker. Joker solely managed to flee by throwing Rachel out of a window, who Batman then leaped after and saved. That encounter additionally led Joker to initially suspect that Batman’s true identification was Harvey Dent.

The killings then continued with two innocents and an try on the Mayor’s life at a Memorial for Commissioner Loeb. The Joker appeared in public with out his make-up, impersonated one of many Honor Guards, in addition to had most of his gang impersonate the remainder of them. In an effort to additional make sure that the GCPD was stored on its toes, Joker additionally positioned a sniper rifle on the windowsill of an house room, in addition to a timer to launch the blinds for the GCPD Sharpshooters to shoot at anybody who was hapless sufficient to be caught within the entice. Afterward, Joker, nonetheless disguised as an Honor Guard, shot his rifle at Mayor Garcia and Lt. Gordon was struck within the again after he willfully leaped in entrance of Garcia, with the intention to pretend his loss of life to keep away from any future try by the Joker of attacking him together with his household at residence. Because of that, Batman informed Dent to name a press convention in order that he might reveal his identification and cease the killings. In a shock transfer, Dent as an alternative claimed to be Batman himself and was subsequently arrested.

Whereas Dent was transported, the Joker and his gang attacked the caravan of police automobiles and tried to kill Dent with a machine pistol, a shotgun, and even a rocket-propelled grenade. Joker and his males managed to destroy practically all the GCPD automobiles within the convoy, however, when he tried to destroy the armored automotive that carried Dent, Batman intercepted his RPG, at the price of the Batmobile (Batman indifferent a part of it within the type of the Batpod). After he realized that Dent wasn’t Batman, Joker broke off his pursuit and tried to ram the Batpod as an alternative: Batman managed to dodge him after which capsized the Joker’s eighteen-wheeler by use of his cable launchers.

Batman then bore down on the Joker (who goaded Batman to kill him by screaming “”) however stopped in need of ramming him on the final second, which then compelled him to crash. Joker then ready to unmask Batman however Gordon, who was newly resurrected from his hoaxed loss of life, stepped behind him, held a shotgun to his head and stated: “We got you, you son of a bitch.” The Joker was then efficiently jailed on the GCPD, and, as a direct consequence, Gordon was then promoted to Commissioner by the Mayor. Joker additionally did a sarcastic clap for the newly-promoted Commissioner Gordon.

Assault on Gotham

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―The Joker throughout Batman’s interrogation[src]

With the Joker in custody, Gordon and Batman believed that his insanity was over however turned alarmed once they had been knowledgeable that Harvey was lacking. Determined, Gordon let Batman interrogate Joker for info, however Joker appeared unshaken by the ache. As an alternative, Joker gleefully informed Batman his view of individuals as egocentric and violent, who solely wanted just a little strain earlier than they descended into insanity. Joker additionally admitted that he might by no means kill Batman and regarded him his solely equal. Harvey’s kidnapping was a part of a check to see if Batman would save him or Rachel, whom Joker might inform that Batman cared for. The Joker then willingly informed Batman the place Harvey and Rachel had been positioned; nonetheless, Joker “knew” that Batman would select Rachel and tricked Batman into saving Harvey as an alternative and gave him Harvey’s location and informed him that it was Rachel’s, and vice versa. After a lot of the police had been gone, the Joker took his guard hostage and escaped by detonating a phone-activated bomb that he had surgically planted within the abdomen of Kilson who was arrested with him, with Lau in tow. After he failed to avoid wasting Rachel, Gordon got here to the belief that it was a setup and that Joker had deliberate to get caught with the intention to get Lau.

Harvey and Rachel every awoke tied to chairs with barrels of explosive materials that surrounded them and a speakerphone that was hooked as much as the opposite’s location. Rachel then confessed her love for Harvey and agreed to marry him. Harvey fell on the ground and his left facet was then fully immersed in Turpentine. Batman arrived, however discovered Harvey as an alternative of Rachel. Batman then realized that Joker had lied about Rachel and Harvey’s whereabouts with the intention to additional crush Batman’s morale. Batman then rescued Harvey because the constructing exploded and Harvey’s face was badly burned, whereas Gordon was unable to rescue Rachel earlier than the explosion. On the hospital, Harvey was pushed to insanity over the lack of Rachel and blamed Batman, Gordon, and Joker. That act triggered Maroni to inform Gordon the Joker’s location and located Joker and his craziness “too much” for enterprise.

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―The Joker to the Chechen whereas burning a pile of cash[src]

The Joker later met the Chechen in a container ship with Lau and was given his reward: half the Mob’s smuggled cash, which Joker then doused with Petrol, and set alight with the Chechen’s cigar, with Lau on high of the burning cash pile. Joker then betrayed the Chechen and took management of his males. He then declared that Gotham deserved a greater class of legal – one which was unmotivated by cash or energy however who dedicated crime purely for enjoyable. That corresponded with one thing that Alfred stated to Bruce earlier within the movie:””. Nevertheless, the Chechen, horrified by the precise scope of Joker’s plans, refused to have any half in him whereas he denounced him as a “,” which triggered Joker to order his males to chop the Chechen up into little items and feed them to his canines to see “” earlier than he acknowledged that his motives, removed from being about cash, had been about spreading a message of how ”

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―The Joker threatening to explode Gotham Normal Hospital[src]

The Joker then made a name to a information program the place Coleman Reese threatened to go public on the information with details about Batman’s identification. Reese was interrupted by the Joker who then acknowledged that he had modified his thoughts and believed that Gotham would to be too boring with out Batman. To with the intention to “give others the fun,” Joker then threatened that if somebody did not kill Reese in sixty minutes, he would blow up a hospital. Gordon then deserted his ambush on the Joker and centered on evacuating all of Gotham’s Hospitals.

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―The Joker persuading the disfigured Harvey Dent[src]

In the course of the mass evacuation, the Joker disguised himself as a nurse and entered the hospital room of Harvey. Joker then first apologized to Dent and maintained that he was not liable for Rachel’s loss of life as he lacked any concept for the repercussions of his actions, whereas the restrained Harvey makes an attempt to kill him in useless. The Joker then launched Harvey to his view of the world that his time in Gotham had launched him to, that individuals, or “schemers” as he known as them, had been the truest type of evil on the earth, because it was them who laid out the plans of society, together with when human lives had been expendable.

In an effort to show his argument, Joker identified that if his threats had been aimed toward ‘gangbangers’ or ‘troopers’, then individuals would not actually care as society educated them to see the loss of life of such individuals as acceptable. Thus, Joker then turned the disillusioned Harvey towards society and towards the “schemers” who put his and Rachel’s lives in peril, particularly the corrupt cops who kidnapped them, in addition to the “schemers” who seen Rachel’s life to be expendable: Batman and Gordon.

After he gave Harvey a gun, the Joker suggested Harvey to interrupt away from the regulation that failed him and switch to chaos, which the Joker described as the one actually honest system, because the destiny of everybody can be solely determined by probability, with out the interference of the flawed legal guidelines of Man. Harvey then responded by flipping his coin to resolve Joker’s destiny, which gave him the identical probability that Rachel had. Quickly after Harvey left, Joker detonated Gotham Normal Hospital, skipped merrily away down the road, earlier than he paused and seen that a lot of the explosives hadn’t gone off, earlier than he tapped the detonator once more, which then exploded the remaining explosives. Joker and his males then stole one of many close by evacuation buses and kidnapped the TV reporter and his crew who had been inside.

The Ferries

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―The Joker[src]

The Joker publicly declared that Gotham would change into his by the tip of the evening. He then informed those who they may depart, however that anybody who left by the tunnel or the bridge would uncover a “surprise,” which lead many fleeing Gotham residents to keep away from these two routes. Because of this, two ferries sailed from the harbor that evening: one was stuffed with strange civilians, and the opposite was stuffed with criminals. Nevertheless, earlier than their departure, Joker had organized for each boats to be loaded with explosives, and supplied with the detonator to the bombs on their counterpart’s ferry, at which level he hijacked the ferries’ PA system and defined the foundations of what he known as a “social experiment:”: The Joker, would blow up boats if one did not select to destroy the opposite by midnight, or if anybody tried to flee, which might kill everybody on board.

Batman found not solely the Joker’s location at an unfinished skyscraper, however that almost all of his “gang” had been truly the those who he had kidnapped earlier, who wore clown-masks with unloaded weapons that had been taped to their fingers, and that the individuals, who had been dressed as hostages had been the precise criminals. Batman was then compelled to battle not solely the Joker’s Henchmen however the SWAT Groups as effectively with the intention to save the hostages. Finally, Batman confronted Joker and, after the mad clown sarcastically claimed that he is “so thrilled” that Batman made it, initiated a last battle between them (with Joker utilizing a steel bar and a knife), additionally siccing Rottweilers that previously belonged to the Chechen on Batman to achieve extra of a bonus. Joker managed to get the higher hand, together with briefly disabling his imaginative and prescient, and pinned Batman beneath a scaffold. He then gleefully waited because the ferry’s deadline neared, and was visibly disillusioned when each teams of passengers refused to kill the opposite with the intention to save themselves: The civilians had voted to explode the opposite ferry however couldn’t convey themselves to truly accomplish that, whereas Ginty stepped ahead and, after he took the detonator, threw it out of a window, and stated that the cops ought to have performed that from the beginning. Because the deadline handed, Batman requested Joker if he was making an attempt to show that everybody was as ugly as him deep down and bluntly knowledgeable him that he was alone in each his corruption and madness. Earlier than he might detonate each ferries, Batman knocked the detonator out of Joker’s hand together with his taking pictures wrist-blades, threw him over the sting, and likewise cited proper earlier than he threw him off, in reference to Joker’s scar tales, that he knew how he acquired his different scars. The Joker then laughed hysterically as he fell to his loss of life, however Batman, who refused to kill him, as an alternative caught him together with his Grapple Gun and left him hanging for the GCPD to seize.

The Ace within the Gap and Defeat

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―The Joker last phrases to Batman following his seize[src]

With that act, Joker acknowledged that Batman actually was incorruptible however that Harvey was not the “White Knight;”: Joker had unleashed the scarred man on the town. Joker then acknowledged that Harvey was his “ace in the hole” in his plan to indicate the individuals of Gotham that everybody was corruptible and thus, undo Harvey’s work earlier than his transformation into Two-Face. Batman then angrily left the Joker dangling helplessly as he laughed maniacally and was then approached by the SWAT Group at gunpoint.

Although the Joker was neither seen nor talked about, his prediction of the residents of Gotham was confirmed right as Gotham shunned Batman within the wake of Harvey’s loss of life. Joker’s prediction about civilized individuals’s code being a ‘unhealthy joke’ was additionally confirmed true, as Gotham fell into chaos within the wake of Bane‘s ‘liberation’, and the residents ‘eat one another’ as he had predicted, by the use of properties being looted and Scarecrow’s Kangaroo Courtroom.

Persona

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―Alfred speaking to Bruce about how the Joker was totally different from most criminals[src]

The Joker was nothing roughly than the last word personification of chaos, anarchy, loss of life, destruction, insanity, and psychopathy. Nevertheless, the Joker himself claimed to not be insane, however fairly “just ahead of the curve”. This proved to be not less than partially true, because the Joker was a reliable strategist who might simply get inside individuals’s heads, predict their actions, and plan accordingly. He was in a position to plan out the occasions of and likewise improvised when he wanted to, displaying a excessive degree of mind and information. He had no issues getting beneath individuals’s pores and skin, and will simply manipulate individuals into corruption. Along with that, Joker was additionally expert at interesting to mentally unstable individuals (whom he used as free assist and for sections of his plans that required expendable belongings) and manipulated them with guarantees that he would make their psychological issues go away. For instance, when Joker planted a bomb contained in the abdomen of Kilson, he informed him that he would “make the voices go away and replace them with bright lights, like Christmas” (‘vibrant lights’ being a metaphor for the bomb Joker buried in Kilson’s abdomen). That excessive state of affairs of cruelty, sadism, and precision proved that this Joker was extra within the realm of a psychopath/sociopath than madness as he was neither delusional nor did he lose his grip on actuality. On a associated notice, Joker additionally had some irritation when he was known as a “freak” or one other time period that implied that he is poor, which was greatest demonstrated twice, each instances with members of the Mob: The primary time was with Gambol, the place, when he known as Joker a “freak” in response to his comment about “a guy like me” throughout his speech, which Joker ended up expressing some irritation earlier than he acquired to his level shortly, and the second time was with the Chechen, the place Joker was angered sufficient on the Chechen’s reference to him as such that he promptly had him ordered reduce up and fed to his personal canines in response upon taking on his legal group. Regardless of that, nonetheless, Joker had just a little drawback acknowledging that he was loopy upon being defeated by Batman, in-so-far as his perception in him and Batman not being a lot totally different from Gotham itself when it comes to sanity (or lack thereof). Joker additionally appeared to have some consciousness about his missing a humorousness, as when he arrived on the Mob summit and noticed that their plan was a nasty concept:”…and I thought my jokes were bad.” Grumpy and Chuckles additionally implied once they reviewed the plan to rob Gotham Nationwide Financial institution that Joker had gotten his moniker because of his tendency to “sit out and take a slice.” Joker typically spoke with a nasally Chicago accent, though he typically his voice stooped all the way down to a deep and virtually demonic pitch.

Joker subscribed to a morally nihilistic mindset (he even briefly paraphrased German Thinker Friedrich Nietzsche when he acknowledged to the Financial institution Supervisor what he “believed” in) and was obsessive about the bounds of morality, whereas he additionally was described as having “zero empathy;” the 2 could have got here collectively that mirrored the Joker’s doubts concerning the depths of human morality, primarily based on his perception that “When the chips are down; these civilized people, they’ll eat each other.” He was additionally masochistic and resistant to ache and intimidation, as demonstrated when Batman threw the Joker across the room, attacked him, and demanded the areas of Rachel and Harvey: Joker took the assault with pleasure as, beneath a number of events, he laughed whereas he was overwhelmed by Batman. An analogous show of his masochistic nature and his immunity to ache was demonstrated when Rachel Dawes, in an try and defend herself shortly after Joker gave his second “scar story,” gave him a fast knee-jab into his groin, he laughed it off after which admitted that he “liked” the truth that she had a “little fight” in her whereas he approached her.

Joker didn’t look after the individuals who labored for him; when certainly one of his minions acquired electrocuted in his try at eradicating Batman’s Masks, Joker laughed hysterically after which kicked him. Joker then mocked him by making noises just like that of somebody being electrocuted, earlier than he spit on him and resorted to his try at eradicating Batman’s Masks himself. That, together with the identical henchman, who was later revealed to have had a wired bomb that was surgically implanted inside him, confirmed that Joker had no issues inflicting ache upon individuals who labored for him. Together with being extraordinarily sadistic by psychological torture, bodily ache, and intimidation, the Joker additionally appeared to haven’t any look after his personal security or survival, akin to when he was informed Batman to run him over with the Batpod (in addition to briefly cursed beneath his breath when Batman determined to crash the Batpod as an alternative of working him over), and when Batman threw him off the skyscraper to his supposed loss of life and did nothing however snort (each was because of the Joker believing that he would ‘win’ by frightening Batman into proving him proper by forcing the Darkish Knight to commit homicide.) Joker appeared genuinely upset when Batman did not kill him, to the purpose the place he admitted his defeat and referred to Batman as “incorruptible” after their final battle. Equally, when Gambol tried to have the Joker killed throughout a Mob assembly, Joker revealed that he had wired himself with explosives and anticipated the likelihood that he’d be gunned down throughout that assembly. Throughout his interrogation by the hands of Batman, whereas he taunted him about how the latter had “nothing” at his disposal to interrupt him, Joker strongly implied that Batman’s solely possibility for coping with him was to homicide him. That proved that Joker completely did not care about himself and his life in any respect, solely his want to unfold chaos and anarchy and proving that every one males might be corrupted in the event that they had been pushed exhausting sufficient.

Probably the most notable instance in his utter lack of self-preservation was when, on the hospital, when Joker gave Harvey a gun, forcibly pointed it at his head, and gambled his life on the possibility that Harvey would undertake his philosophy of anarchy. Although, subtly, Joker stored his finger in entrance of the hammer of the gun, which stored it from firing prematurely. It was most certainly that Joker would take away his finger when Harvey would have fired the gun as Joker was proven on a number of events that he didn’t care about himself in any respect. As well as, when Harvey gave Joker the coin’s choices and informed him that he would die if the coin landed on the unhealthy facet, Joker stated: “now we’re talking!” in a barely enthusiastic tone.

Joker exhibited numerous signs of an delinquent character and blatantly disregarded legal guidelines and social norms far past commonplace deviant conduct. The Joker additionally had a low degree of inhibition and a relentless drive to disturb the established order: He was pushed by one thing apart from greed, as he complained that the criminals of the Mob had been simply searching for a revenue and that the town deserved “a better class of criminal,” particularly himself (it was closely implied, particularly together with his declaration that he supposed to unfold the message that “everything burns,” that his motivation and concept for a greater class of legal was to trigger chaos merely for the sake of chaos itself). Whereas Joker tried to take management of the town by recruiting Mob henchmen, he appeared to carry his philosophy of chaos greater than himself: he described himself as merely an “agent” of chaos (in his speech to persuade Harvey to let go of his beliefs in order that he might show in his final plan that even the noblest of males might sink all the way down to the Joker’s degree). Even though Joker by no means cared about cash (as evidenced by his burning of the Mob’s cash that he earned to get better Lau from the MCU and acknowledged that his actions weren’t “about money.”), he did see some use of cash; he used the cash that he had stolen from Gotham Nationwide Financial institution and created his {custom} swimsuit, acquired his tools and weaponry, and employed others to kind his personal gang because the Mob’s brokers had been merely used as a way by Joker to achieve management of Gotham’s infrastructure and cripple the Mob’s energy. When Batman interrogated him, Joker casually stated that with out Batman he’d must “go back to ripping off mob dealers,” which confirmed how little he truly cared about them.

Joker was additionally proven to be very literal in his phrase utilization, which allowed him to hold out his crimes and even betrayed his minions whereas, on the similar time, he technically stored his phrase. The final trait was particularly evident when Joker turned on the Mob after he retrieved their cash: When the Chechen angrily informed him that Joker himself was a person of his phrase when Joker revealed that he deliberate to set the money on fireplace, Joker confirmed that he certainly was that and made it clear that he solely supposed to burn the half of the cash that he acquired from retrieving Lau. Joker did it typically sufficient that his trademark was claiming that he was “a man of his word.”

Joker has a facial tic the place he repeatedly makes chewing motions together with his mouth with some licking, presumably attributable to his glasgow scars.

Look

The Joker was a fairly tall younger man (although his hunched posture made him seem barely shorter than Batman), who was wearing a custom-tailored purple swimsuit that consisted of a chic, purple coat and matching pin-stripe pants that had been stored up by suspenders fairly than a belt. Beneath it, Joker wore a light-weight gray jacket, a inexperienced vest, and a light-weight gray patterned shirt. Joker was virtually at all times seen sporting chalk-white make-up on his face, which consisted of darkish face-paint that blackened the areas round his leering brown eyes, inexperienced hair-dye that was unfold throughout unkempt greasy brown hair, and a crimson slash of lipstick that was smeared throughout a skinny mouth with two ugly scars that had been lined on the corners that resembled a Glasgow Smile, which additional implied his unstable psyche. Based on Pleased and Dopey, Joker’s use of clown make-up was meant to be used in psychological warfare akin to warpaint, and that was not less than one motive why he was given the moniker of “The Joker.”

In the course of the course of the movie, the Joker solely eliminated his make-up as soon as (when he disguised himself and his males as a part of the Honor Guard of their tried assassination of Mayor Garcia at Commissioner Loeb’s Funeral), which revealed a twisted and demonic-looking face that was extra scary than with the clown make-up, with sleep-deprived darkish circles across the eyes, fully yellow-stained tooth and soiled/dry pores and skin from sporting make-up for lengthy durations of time. Clearly, Joker’s extraordinarily poor groomed look was linked to his nonexistent look after himself and his life.

Skills and Expertise

The Joker was a genius at planning and improvising legal actions: He was extremely clever and calculating and at all times stayed one step forward of everybody else, together with Batman and the GCPD. Joker’s distinctive (if fairly disturbed) worldview, in addition to the whole thriller that surrounded his identification additionally gave him one thing of an edge. Having no connections, buddies, former identities or household to be traced again to made Joker very troublesome to foretell, observe down, and even perceive. Joker was additionally proven to be a fearless, and unpredictable fighter, who took on Mob henchmen and cops with ease and confirmed how deadly he was with many types of weaponry akin to shotguns, RPGs, machine pistols, handguns, explosives, and knives. Whereas he used weapons on many events, the Joker expressed his desire for knives as a result of “guns are too quick” based on him

The Joker was even able to holding his personal towards Batman and trapped him close to the climax of the movie (though he had help on each events when he fought Batman). One rationalization for his combating abilities may need to do together with his sadomasochist character: Joker did not actually worry bodily injury to himself like a traditional particular person did, and, even when brutally injured, laughed at his personal ache. His informal insensitivity to ache, and his excessive fearlessness, let Joker take dangers {that a} regular particular person could not even try, and most of the people simply did not see his assaults coming, i.e. strolling right into a room stuffed with mobsters and casually utilizing a ‘magic trick’ that impaled a pencil into certainly one of their heads. The Joker’s obliviousness to hazard made him invulnerable to what was often Batman’s best weapon in fight: his capacity to frighten low-level thugs.

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In Different Media

The Joker’s assault on the financial institution was talked about within the last particular episode.

The Joker was talked about in Greg Cox’s Novelization of the . With the Dent Act, the madness plea was thrown out for essentially the most half, with felons who had been predominantly imprisoned, fairly than institutionalized. Due to this fact, most inmates had been moved to Blackgate Jail. Nevertheless, the Joker was not discovered there, which lead some in Gotham to take a position that he was certainly one of, if not the one, inmate at Arkham Asylum. The Joker’s whereabouts had been by no means publicized, which left the likelihood that he had escaped by the point of Bane’s revolution: “The worst of the worst were sent to Blackgate, except for the Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. Or perhaps he escaped. Nobody was really sure.”

Behind the Scenes

The origins of the Joker had been left intentionally ambiguous in The Darkish Knight. Christopher Nolan and his Co-Author, Jonathan Nolan, steered Joker’s first two appearances in 1940’s problems with Batman as essential influences. Simply as in these problems with the Batman comedian, the Joker’s back-story was expanded upon little. As an alternative, the Joker was portrayed as an “absolute”. Nolan later reiterated,

The late Heath Ledger described the Joker as a “psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with no empathy”. Nolan wished to work with Ledger on various initiatives previously, however was unable to take action. When Ledger noticed , he realized a approach to make the character work in line with that movie’s tone, and Nolan agreed together with his anarchic interpretation. To organize for the function, Ledger lived alone in a resort room for a month, formulated the character’s posture, voice, and psychology, and stored a diary, by which he recorded the Joker’s ideas and emotions to information himself throughout his efficiency. Whereas he initially discovered it troublesome, Ledger was finally in a position to generate a voice that didn’t sound like Jack Nicholson‘s tackle the character in Tim Burton‘s 1989 . Ledger was additionally given and to learn, which he “really tried to read […] and put it down”. Ledger additionally cited inspirations akin to and Sid Vicious, which had been “a very early starting point for Christian Bale and I. But we kind of flew far away from that pretty quickly and into another world altogether.” “There’s a bit of everything in him. There’s nothing that consistent,” Ledger stated, and added: “There are a few more surprises to him.”

Earlier than Ledger was confirmed to play the Joker in July 2006, Paul Bettany, Lachy Hulme, Adrien Brody, Steve Carell, and Robin Williams publicly expressed curiosity within the function. On not being invited to reprise the Joker, Jack Nicholson remarked that he was “furious”. In flip, responding to his initially-controversial choice to play the Joker, Ledger acknowledged publicly, “It would not matter who is chosen to play the [Joker]. […] In any film, there is always someone who does not like you and I am secure in my choices and my record. But I know at the end of the day you are never going to please anyone 100 percent…I refuse to carbon copy a performance. That would not be a challenge and it would be mocking Mr. Nicholson, whom I have much respect for.” Although a singular portrayal, that Joker interpretation maintained a lot of his comedian character, akin to his refusal to kill Batman, his view that individuals’s morals had been simply derailed, and Two-Face‘s origin story within the movie mirrored the themes and plot of Batman: The Killing Joke, in addition to his unreliable reminiscence.

On January 22, 2008, after he had accomplished filming , Ledger died from an unintentional prescription drug overdose, which result in intense press consideration and memorial tributes. In March 2008, 4 months previous to the movie’s scheduled launch, Larry Carroll reported that “like Batman himself, Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Director Christopher Nolan find themselves shifting gears between being secretive, superheroic and fighting back a deep sadness.” “It was tremendously emotional, right when he passed, having to go back in and look at him every day,” Nolan recalled. “But the truth is, I feel very lucky to have something productive to do, to have a performance that he was very, very proud of and that he had entrusted to me to finish.” All of Ledger’s scenes appeared as he accomplished them within the filming; in modifying the movie, Nolan added no “digital effects” to change Ledger’s precise efficiency posthumously. Nolan devoted the movie partly to Ledger’s reminiscence, in addition to to the reminiscence of Technician Conway Wickliffe, who was killed throughout a automotive accident whereas he ready one of many movie’s stunts. Based on Nolan, had Ledger not died, a part of the plot for the sequel would have had the Joker standing trial for his crimes.

The Joker’s scruffy and grungy make-up was supposed as a mirrored image of his “edgy” character. Costume Designer Lindy Hemming described the Joker’s look as reflecting his character—that “he doesn’t care about himself at all”; she prevented designing him as a vagrant however nonetheless made him look like “scruffier, grungier”, in order that “when you see him move, he’s slightly twitchier or edgy.” Nolan famous, “We gave a Francis Bacon spin to [his face]. This corruption, this decay in the texture of the look itself. It’s grubby. You can almost imagine what he smells like.” In creating the “anarchistic” look of the Joker, Hemming drew inspiration from such Counter-Cultural Pop Tradition Artists Pete Doherty, Iggy Pop, and Johnny Rotten.

Ledger described his “clown” masks, made up of three items of stamped silicone, as a “new technology”, which took a lot much less time for the make-up artists to use than more-conventional prosthetic that often required—the method took them solely an hour—and resulted in Ledger’s impression that he was barely sporting any make-up in any respect. Rumors concerning the character’s design unfold after ‘s launch, with many who made connections with Tim Burton’s character, Beetlejuice, because of the related make-up design between the 2 characters. The irony of the rumor was that Beetlejuice was initially performed by Michael Keaton, who performed Batman within the 1989 film and its 1992 sequel, . Many followers steered that the Joker would have reappeared because the tertiary antagonist in if Ledger did not die in 2008. Within the movie, in respect of the reminiscence of Ledger, the Joker wasn’t seen or talked about. Additionally, many followers steered that the function of the Joker within the movie would have been Scarecrow’s or John Daggett‘s.

Trivia

  • Joker was the one main antagonist within the trilogy who wasn’t tied to the League of Shadows, though his actions had been not directly liable for Bane efficiently engineering a revolution in Gotham within the The Darkish Knight Rises.
  • Heath Ledger’s identify was seen on the primary poster for , so it might be assumed he was meant to be within the movie portraying The Joker, previous to his loss of life.[

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  • Parts of Joker’s character had been referenced with Jerome Valeska in , who was largely derived from numerous variations of the Joker as an entire.
    • When Paul made it very clear to Jerome that the latter being his illegitimate son was the one motive that he had helped him conceal the proof to his matricide, Jerome briefly stated: “My father…” in an analogous tone to the Joker’s first scar story to Gambol.
    • His videotaped speech to Gotham Metropolis that introduced the Maniax after he slaughtered the GCPD, resembled Joker’s first video message upon being employed by the Mob.
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