The Joker is also known as the Clown Prince of Crime, the Harlequin of Hate and the Jester of Genocide. When you think of the Joker, what comes to mind? Do you think of the bold and manic performance from Jack Nicholson? Do you think of Heath Ledger’s sick and twisted portrayal? Or how about Jared Leto’s high-energy performance in Suicide Squad? If you go back and take a look at the Joker’s journey in the comic books, he is so much darker than all of those performances combined. Here are ten reasons why the Joker is one of the most messed up villains of all time.
The Killing Joke is a graphic novel from 1988. In the novel, the Joker shoots Jim Gordon’s daughter, Barbara, through the spine. He then kidnaps Gordon and cages him in a freak show in an abandoned amusement park, where he forces Gordon to look at pictures of his wounded daughter to drive him insane.
As if paralyzing Commissioner Gordon’s daughter wasn’t enough, in the Batman comic, No Man’s Land from 1999, the Joker murders Gordon’s wife, Sarah Essen, by shooting her while she tries to save a baby.
5. He Kills Alexander Luthor In Front Of His Father
In Five Way Revenge, a comic book from 1973, the Joker escapes from the psyche ward, and because one of the members of his previous gang ratted him out to police, he goes on killing spree and murders the members of his gang one by one. He then captures Batman and decides not to kill him because he wants the murder to be perfect. Instead, he decides to keep the game of cat and mouse going a little longer.
In Joker, the graphic novel published in 2008, the Joker is fresh out of Arkham Asylum and looking to get into some trouble. The Joker goes to a strip club and meets Monty who rubs him the wrong way. The Joker skins Monty alive from the neck down and throws him onstage for some seriously gruesome entertainment.
In the 23-issue comic book storyDeath of the Familyfrom 2012, the Joker kidnaps Nightwing, Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl and Red Robin and sets them at a dinner table doused in gasoline with their faces bandaged up. He then makes Batman take a seat at the head of the table in an electric chair and brainwashes Alfred to serve a stew that appears to be made of the faces of Batman’s family.