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|Height:||6 ft (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||165 lbs (75 kg)|
|First Appearance:||Batman: #1 (Spring 1940)|
| Mark Hamill (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City)
Troy Baker (Arkham Origins, Arkham Origins Blackgate and Assault on Arkham)
- "Nice of you to say, but you of all people should know, there's plenty wrong with me."
- ―The Joker[src]
An insanely homicidal super-villain, the Joker's white skin, green hair and blood red lips belie the chaotic nature underlying his cartoonish appearance. The extremely intelligent, self-styled Clown Prince of Crime has no super powers beyond a capacity for incredible violence and a skill at creating deadly mayhem. He frequently concocts elaborate schemes to entrap his arch nemesis, Batman.
Red Hood - Possible Identity?Edit
The Joker's origins are a mystery, barring that Batman was somehow involved. He reveals a possible story to Dr. Harleen Quinzel in Arkham Origins and to Professor Hugo Strange in Arkham City: once upon a time he was a failed stand-up comedian who was working nights at Ace Chemicals in a feeble attempt to support his sickly wife and their unborn child. They died just before the night he helped the Falcone Crime Family break into the chemical plant, disguised as the infamous Red Hood. Sometimes when life gives you lemons the only thing to do is run afoul of a lunatic in a bat costume and be thrown into the lemonade. "Lemonade" in this case being a vat of chemicals, which left him with his unmistakable appearance and warped view of reality.
Strange refuted this story, however, claiming the Joker had probably fabricated it to avoid taking responsibility for whatever his actual actions had been, commenting that the clown had told at least ten different origin stories during his career. Joker admitted that even he doesn't quite truly remember what happened, and that the various stories were inspired by a friend once telling him "if you're gonna have an origin story it may as well be multiple choice." It was entirely possible that this too was a lie.
Other versions of the story, told to Dr. Penelope Young, include being born in a small Norwegian fishing village with thwarted aspirations of joining the circus and being the son of a police officer who was slain by the mob. The Red Hood persona, the Ace Chemical break in, and the Batman's presence seem to be the only consistent events in each retelling, though whether Batman threw the Red Hood into the vat, or he failed to prevent him falling in, or if the criminal had leapt in to escape justice seemed to depend on the Joker's mood at the time.
Even the Joker's own insanity may be called into question, as this has never impeded his intelligence, ruthlessness and ambition or prevented him from mastering chemistry to produce his various toxins and gases. He might not actually be insane, simply the purest kind of human evil.
Incident Reports Edit
Before Arkham Origins IncidentEdit
Shortly after his transformation the Joker began scheming. Seeking to carve a name for himself in the Gotham criminal underworld, the Joker began to target Roman Sionis, also known as Black Mask, as the crime lord's trademark mask would make for the perfect disguise and his steel mill, used as a front to manufacture drugs, came with all the resources needed to cook up deadly toxins and explosives. He may also have chosen Black Mask because of Sionis Steel's reputation for shady theme park construction. At some point Joker even acquired such a site by poisoning a real estate agent with a palm pin when they shook on the deal.
Joker started his plans by stealing chemicals from Sionis' mill to manufacture explosives, attracting enough of the crime lord's attention to have him followed. Joker raised the stakes by stalking one of Roman's girlfriends, Tiffany Ambrose. Roman took Tiffany to his safe house at Lacey Towers. Unfortunately for Black Mask and his lover, the Joker was waiting when Tiffany returned from grocery shopping. Just as Tiffany messaged Roman about the identity of her stalker who he dismissed as "No one important" and begged him to come over, the Joker violently smashed her head into a worktop and tied her to a chandelier.
Ever paranoid, Black Mask had a body double enter the safe house as a diversion while he snuck in via the adjacent balcony. The Joker, waiting at a table, casually shot the double through the heart on sight. The real Black Mask then rushed from behind and tackled the Joker straight through his props, but the Joker rallied, overpowering Black Mask and tying him up. The Joker then used a Molotov cocktail to eliminate evidence, as well as torture Black Mask by giving him a choice: watch Tiffany burn to death or shoot her to put her out of her misery. Black Mask chose the latter, and the Joker dragged the struggling crime lord out with him
The Joker kept Sonis alive to access the bio-metric locks of the Gotham Merchants bank, give up inside information on his gang to improve Joker's disguise and take the fall if Joker didn't feel like killing him first. The next several days were spent holding the former Black Mask captive and torturing him to reveal every detail about himself. Using these details to his advantage, Joker disguised himself as the crime lord, taking complete control of his gang, resources and power. Any slip ups and out of character activity were put down to Black Mask sampling his own product.
Soon Joker had turned or killed appropriate gang members and had them placing explosives in the sewers directly beneath significant sky scrapers. Then there was the matter of Batman. "Black Mask" spent every moment not focusing on his other plans contacting eight of the world's deadliest assassins to come to Gotham and compete for a $50 million bounty he placed on the vigilante's head.
As the big night neared "Black Mask" has his men abduct Warden Joseph from Blackgate Prison and brought to his hideout. There he casually burnt out one of the warden's eyes and threatened to slaughter his entire family if security wasn't lowered on the night the recently captured Calendar Man was to be executed.
Arkham Origins IncidentEdit
It was the night before Christmas when the Joker made his move. As the assassins arrived in Gotham, "Black Mask" staged an all out attack on Blackgate Penitentiary with dozens of his men and Killer Croc, one of his assassins. Murdering dozens of guards and releasing many of the inmates, "Black Mask" took Commissioner Loeb hostage, announcing that there would be a "clean slate" and some big changes for Gotham tonight. He had Croc drag Loeb off while he and his crew released Calendar Man from the execution chamber.
He then proceeded to wipe the slate, leaving Loeb to be gassed to death in Calendar Man's place. While making his way to the roof he spotted one of the Penguin's drones following them and ordered Croc to smash it and retrieve it's memory card so he could see just how much the Penguin had managed to learn. To his irritation Croc only managed the former. As "Black Mask" made his exit via helicopter Croc got his chance to make up for it by staying behind to fight Batman.
Batman subdued Croc and escaped the police in his Batwing, leaving the cannibal killer for Gordon and his forces. To slow the vigilante down "Black Mask" turned to the GCPD, hiring Edward Nigma, head of the GCPD's Cyber Crime division and secret master hacker, to broadcast a jamming signal to interfere with the Batwing and brought the corrupt SWAT leader Branden in on the bounty. Both were completely unaware of the bombs beneath their headquarters.
As the night went on Batman defeated assassins Deathstroke and Electrocutioner, learned about the Lacey Towers affair from the Penguin, broke into the GCPD to hack the National Crime Database, discovered the bombs under Gotham and deduced that the Joker was using Sionis to break into the Gotham Merchant's Bank. "Black Mask" ordered his men to cause as much chaos as possible, taking over the Gotham Royal Hotel to convert the ballroom into a death trap using materials from his theme park, and stealing an ambulance so he could bust into the Merchant's Bank with Sionis at the stroke of Midnight and begin his new reign at the very start of Christmas Day.
"Life would be so simple if you were all I wanted."-The Joker verbally spars with Batman for the very first time.Just as "Black Mask" and his crew were about to make off with the loot, Batman blew up the ceiling of the vault and dropped onto two goons. Only the presence of a captive Roman Sionis and a strangely hysterical bank manager kept the vigilante at bay. His deception discovered the Joker abandoned the Black Mask disguise, coming face to face with his nemesis for the first time.
Batman tried to negotiate the release of the bank manager since the Joker got him. The Joker was unimpressed with the offer, and instead fired several bullets into the vigilante's armor before tossing him the bank manager. He fled the scene with Sionis and several million dollars in the back of his ambulance, detonating bombs rigged in the vault. Even if Batman managed to escape the trap the bank manager was still dead, one of the first victims of Joker Toxin. While skeptical that even Batman could live through the explosion Joker still sent in a handful of his men to sweep the building. Batman subdued all of them, leaving one for interrogation.
Amazed that Batman could survive both his gunshot wounds and the explosion, Joker embarked on the next phase of his plan. While the vigilante investigated Sionis's steel mill, freeing the real Black Mask and confronting Copperhead, the Joker headed for the Gotham Royal Hotel to call a meeting with the remaining assassins. Still disguised as Black Mask he called in Branden and the SWAT to keep Gordon and the media away from the scene. Tracking down the electronic signal from the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves, Batman infiltrated the building, dispensing Joker's men just in time to hack into the security feed and watch the meeting.
Disguised as Black Mask, the Joker had commandeered the hotel's penthouse and caught the assassins up on the night's events, and his displeasure. The night was almost over and Batman was still alive. The Electrocutioner was more engrossed in his phone, ignoring Joker's lecture. Displeased with the thug's attitude Joker dispensed with the Black Mask disguise altogether and kicked the swivel chair Electrocutioner was sitting in out a window, sending him to his death. An example made, the remaining assassins headed out into the night to find Batman except for Bane, knowing that he would be coming for the Joker.
Batman acquired the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves and used them to manipulate the hotel's electronics and dispatch the Joker and Bane's forces, rescuing hostage hotel employees and navigating through Joker's makeshift carnival attractions. All this greatly disturbed Batman as he turned each corner to find a new level of the Joker's madness, including the converted ballroom. The Joker stayed in touch through rigged TV sets and the hotel's P.A system the entire time, mocking the vigilante and claiming that he'd done more to eliminate crime in two days than Batman had in two years. Batman was able to survive the traps made his way through the hotel. Joker temporarily ended their one sided conversation and shoot the captured architect.
"You know- it's amazing what you can get done when you don't concern yourself with right and wrong. When you just...do things for a laugh. That's your problem Batman- and it's hurting your efficacy: You're far too serious."- The Joker's assessment of BatmanWhen Batman finally arrived at the penthouse Bane went to work, brutally pulling the vigilante down through an elevator roof and hurling him through the penthouse doors to Joker's lounging feet. The Joker's one caveat before Bane finished the job was time to speak to his target and he had his hand on the detonator to the explosives under the Royal if Bane didn't keep his word. Bane gave him one minute. The Joker detonated a near by building right in front of Batman who furiously grabbed him, demanding to know how many lives he'd just taken. Joker gleefully revealed that the building was merely a construction site. Batman slammed his enemy into the adjacent table, overturning several unused detonators. Grabbing one Joker revealed that it wasn't as harmless as the last. Pushed to his limit Batman destroyed the detonator and began to beat the Joker. The clown just kept laughing, right up until Bane returned. Bane threw Batman through the window and into a room beneath the Penthouse. Batman held his own until Bane used his Venom induced strength to toss him through another window and onto a snowy balcony. The Joker watched the battle, continuously mocking the two fighters. However the fight was interrupted by the arrival of police choppers. Alfred Pennyworth had called Gordon about the Royal and the police were now closing in for real. Bane decided to leave causing the Joker open fire on Bane's own escape choppers with a machine gun. Bane fired on Joker with a rocket launcher before leaving the scene along with his lieutenant Bird.
The Joker remained completely unphased by this, even spreading his arms wide as if welcoming an end to his insanity. Bane's missile missed the clown himself but exploded behind him, the force hurling him off the balcony. Batman dived after the Joker, attempting to catch him in mid-air. The Joker attempted to punch the vigilante as he was grabbed. Even with falling debris knocking it loose, Batman's grapnel was able to slow their fall enough that they survived crashing through the lobby's glass dome. They were instantly surrounded by two of Joker's surviving men, guns trained on Batman. In order do demonstrate his insanity, the Joker shot both men, citing that they had done unspeakable things and deserved death just like he did, before training his gun on himself. Batman disarmed and subdued him just as Branden and his SWAT team burst in, still intent on collecting the bounty. Batman escaped in the Batwing leaving the Joker in Gordon and Harvey Bullock's custody. Bullock manhandled the Joker into the back of a squad car, assuming the bat and the clown were partners to Joker's consternation.
"Who else would jump off a building to save your sorry ass?" - Harvey Bullock
"You know officer, I was wondering the same thing myself." - JokerJoker was sent to Blackgate, undergoing a quick psychological examination by a psych intern with a pretty name. The Joker feigned an interest in her. In reality he had retreated into a revery, all the factors in his creation, the failed stand-up act, the ACE chemicals break in, that first confrontation with a seemingly monstrous Batman, bleeding together with the nights events, specifically Batman saving him from that fatal fall. He now felt a connection to the hero and believed it was fate for them to meet, two by products of one bad day. Harleen thought he was talking about her which gave the Joker the possibility to manipulate her.
While Batman hunted down Bane and Firefly, the Joker (possibly with Dr. Quinn's help) instigated another riot at Blackgate, taking complete control of the facility. The only inmate he didn't release was Deathstroke. Responding to the riot Batman fought his way through the prison to the Panopticon and found Joker holding the warden hostage with Bane at his side.
The Joker laid out his ultimatum. Batman was forced to fight Bane to the death as Joker strapped himself, with a hostage Jim Gordon, to an electric chair that would automatically kill him unless a heart beat monitor attached to the chair registered Bane's death. With seemingly no alternative Batman unleashed the full capacity of his shock gloves on Bane. Satisfied that he appearently forced his nemesis to break his one rule, the Joker left intending to detonate the bombs still placed around the city. He took a brief pause to shoot Warden Joseph for calling him a freak but Gordon took the shot with his bulletproof vest.
"You just can't get it through your thick skull! WE BOTH EXIST BECAUSE OF THEM!!"-Joker explains the punchlineHe didn't make it very far, forced to take shelter in the prison chapel. Batman caught up to him, an ecstatic Joker ready to become his next kill. Batman spoiled the joke by revealing that Bane was still alive. Dismayed to learn that Batman saved Bane, the Joker tried to goad Batman into killing him, but Batman subdued him by beating him up.
The Joker was strapped on a gurney and was brought back to his cell. Batman had overcome all odds and chosen to let him live yet again, which Joker found hysterical. He chose to see the funny side of the whole affair. He now had a reason to be and the chance to top himself.
Arkham Origins Blackgate IncidentEdit
Three months later a riot allowed the Joker and fellow bosses Black Mask and Penguin to take over a section of Blackgate. Using a series of tunnels connected to a panic hatch installed behind a bookcase in the Warden's office, Joker captured Warden Joseph. He took control of the Administration building and had his men convert it into fun house themed fortress. He also hired Deadshot once more to act as an enforcer, unaware the sniper was secretly tripling his earnings by cutting the same deal with his rivals.
"Welcome valued guest!"-The Joker reunites with BatmanWhen Batman arrived at the Administration building, attempting to locate an underground supply tunnel that would let him access Penguin's turf in the cell blocks, he found the Joker waiting for him. Joker admitted that he hadn't finished his alterations to the building yet but Batman was more interested in threatening him for the Arkham Wing's Cryptographic Sequencer codes. Joker revealed that Warden Joseph was in the conference room, tied up with explosives. Batman tried to rush up the staircase Joker was standing on top of, only to be bowled over by detonated explosives beneath it. Joker left the semi-conscious Dark Knight to focus on his alterations to the Warden's office. He also shut off the ventilation to the Arkham Wing, endangering the hostages held there.
"You'll never foil my master plan, NEVER! Did that sound alright? I've been working on that."-The Joker, Renaissance Man.Batman caught up with the Joker exiting via the elevator just as he flooded the corridor with a gas version of the toxin he'd used on the Merchants Bank Manager on Christmas Eve. Batman escaped via the ventilation system, making his way to the library and freeing the hostages Joker was storing there. In retaliation Joker filled the room with gas again, but Batman escaped outside. The vigilante dealt with Deadshot before making his way back inside and to the conference room, where he found Warden Joseph tied to explosives Joker had rigged to security junction boxes. After disabling the security controls to short out the boxes, Batman headed into the maintenance tunnels to find a way into the room, coming face to face with Joker's puzzles. Batman solved them, navigated the vent system and entered the room through a floor grate, freeing Joseph. Batman headed into the sewers to gain access to the office but was delayed by Penguin, Black Mask and Solomon Grundy
"Okay, Bats, let's get ready to RRRRRRRUMBA!!!"-The Joker gets seriousThis gave Joker the time to finish what he'd been cooking up in the warden's office: altered riot control gas that would allow him to control the minds of the inmates in small does. Batman emerged from the bookcase panic hatch to confront the Joker, who had rigged the gas canisters to the prison's major air units for timed release. Joker taunted Batman with the Sequencer Codes, the only thing that would enable the office computer to shut off the countdown. Armed with a stun baton and a revolver the Joker fought Batman, who defeated him with well timed use of the Line Launcher even after Joker flooded the office with some of the gas. Joker was knocked unconscious, allowing Batman to retrieve the codes from his jacket and shut down the countdown. But Joker did manage to have had already provided Catwoman with bombs she could use to distract Batman with sometime during the night, allowing her to escape with Bane.
Between Arkham Origins and Arkham AsylumEdit
Once recaptured Joker was transferred to a newly re-opened Arkham Asylum. Despite the city's best efforts he would go on to continually escape, causing crime and chaos until Batman would stop him, a twisted running gag at Gotham's expence. He defied any kind of therapy or diagnosis, his doctors unable to decipher what kind of insane he even was. To add insult to injury the Clown Prince of Crime came to view the Asylum as a sort of home. He was aware of being observed obsessively by one of the doctors while in his cell, and out of it he put on a show, spontaneously brutalizing fellow inmates and Asylum staff just to keep everyone on their toes.
Harley Quinn Edit
Perhaps Joker's most insidious act was his seduction of his therapist, Harleen Quinzel. The psych intern, now a full fledged psychologist, transferred from Blackgate to Arkham intending to study Gotham's growing number of super criminals and become a pioneer in her field. She was eager to gain insight into the mind of the self style Clown prince of Crime to publish a book. Neither of them acknowledged the Blackgate incident but Joker strung her along as easily as he had then. Over the preceding months he shared insights and secrets with her, many of which he most likely made up, and had her believing that he was the love of her life. Months later Quinzel smuggled in explosives to break the Joker out and rechristened herself with his pet name "Harley Quinn" to become Gotham's number one power couple! Joker had just been looking for a pawn to set him free, and now had a would be girlfriend cramping his style. He treated her like any other member of his gang: physically and verbally abusing her even when she did carry out his orders.
Holding Grudges Edit
Soon after his arrival in Gotham City, the Penguin decided to make an impression on the underworld elite with a gala opening for his nightclub, the Iceberg Lounge. He included the notorious Joker, whose appearance would surely impress the crowd. When the Joker arrived, Harley Quinn on his arm and a dainly flower in his lapel, the Penguin was thrilled. He was hosting the sinister soiree of the century-until a clumsy waitress spilled a drink on the Joker. The laughing Joker aimed his flower and an acid spray melted the girl's face. As alarmed patrons fled the scene, a cold, dark rage at the Joker curled inside Penguin. The Joker eagerly returned to the Iceberg Lounge a few weeks later, but was insulted to find his name was not on the guest list. Willing to overlook this obvious mistake, he shot the doorman on his way in, kicked his feet up at a table, and ordered a glass of warm milk. He was pleased when alongside the milk was a summons to the club's VIP section. Led to a back room--past a tank where Tiny the Shark circled--the Joker happily greeted the Penguin, who promptly pushed him out of a door onto the street. The Penguin squawked out that the club had a new "no clowns" policy before slamming the door.
The Abromovici Twins Edit
The Joker heard tales of conjoined Abramovici twins, now widely known as Hammer and Sickle, and their reputation for brutality, and he wanted them for himself. Sending Harley on a desperate mission to retrieve them, she passed on the message to the circus owner that her puddin' would pay big for the twins. Of course the owner refused to sell his headlining act. He promptly vanished, only to be found three months later with a new smile carved on his face. The brothers would later have a falling out, with Sickle defecting to the Penguin.
The Joker's Diary Edit
At some point before the events of Arkham Asylum,Joker hatched a scheme based around the 4th of July. While stuck in an existential rut he encountered a criminal who claimed to could control the weather. Joker learned this criminal's techniques and, months later, set his scheme in motion by causing a power outage. This encouraged Gothamites to go outside. Batman investigated the power outage and overpowered the Joker, breaking his nose.
Even as he was dragged to Arkham Asylum his plan was unveiling. His signature toxin had been released in a powder form by fireworks. Citizens who came into contact with it died. He was sedated by Batman before arriving at Arkham. Before Batman could warn them, staff had touched him...and the toxin on his skin and clothes, killing them. He was taken to a special cell without clothes and away from the other inmates, one frequently used by Amadeus Arkham. During his time there he began to write a book, sarcastically suggested by Batman, containing the names of all the people he had ever killed.
Before Assault on Arkham Edit
During one of his many incarcerations at Arkham Asylum, Joker was visited in his cell at the dead of night by Asylum Warden Quincy Sharp, bearing a razor. Before things could escalate any further, Sharp seemed to freeze up with sudden terror. Never one to miss an opportunity, Joker procured the Warden's knife and had a little fun at his expense, slowly slicing his forehead. He left no visible scarring and never told anyone, most likely because the joke of a lunatic running the Asylum was too rich to spoil. However, the only record of this can be found in Sharp's Spirit of Arkham Diaries, and it's possible he may have hallucinated the incident.
"Do you have someone to go home to each morning, and I don't mean that kid you drag across the rooftops, I mean someone real, someone you can talk to?"-Joker worries about these things.Joker believed himself the leading man in Batman's life, constantly trying to out do his previous atrocities. He came close to destroying Gotham several times, almost always outsmarted, and certainly always out-muscled, by the Dark Knight. While he saw the importance of a good supporting cast he never developed strong ties with the rest of Arkham's super criminals, preferring to keep the spotlight all to himself. He didn't even approve of Harley's friendship with Poison Ivy. He didn't seem to like the idea of Batman sharing the stage either and, in one of the most heartbreaking moments of the Dark Knight's life, killed Robin (or one of them at least) and unknowingly ended the career of Batgirl when he shot Commissioner Gordon's daughter, damaging her spine and confining her to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. The joke was on him though, as Barbara refused to let this tragedy define her and became Oracle, an invaluable hacking and information source for Batman's detective work. The Boy Wonder he killed got better too, and took up the mantle of the Red Hood.
Assault on Arkham IncidentEditDuring one crime spree the Joker kicked Harley out of their getaway car, leaving her to face the music while he focused on the big picture. This may have been going too far even for him, but he wound up back in Arkham soon enough. But not before managing to steal and hide a dirty bomb.
When the Suicide Squad entered Arkham Asylum, Harley Quinn and Deadshot confront Joker in the Penitentiary (Located near the cell where Mr. Freeze is locked up). Immediately, Joker began by talking to Harley and laughing, commenting about how he pushed her out of a moving vehicle in the recent past. In a rage, Harley attempted to kill Joker by shooting at him. The glass being bullet-proof, she shot through one of the air holes in the cell until she ran out of bullets, almost killing Joker. Soon Harley told him that they were through, and she had moved on to a "new guy". This caused him to immediately frown and growl in response. She pointed out Deadshot who was dressed as a cop and taunted Joker again, asking if he was jealous, a claim the Joker denied poorly.
Later, Joker reflected on Harley and Deadshot being together. How he couldn't believe that she's moved on after everything he did for her. He began to rant and pace around the room saying he'd make more of her, make them where her skin, causing him to fantasize about how perfect and creamy her skin was. He stopped upon seeing a gap in the wall where Harley was shooting at in which he gleefully opened the wall to activate the door. After getting dressed, he stumbled upon Black Spider whom, unknown to him, was dressed as Batman. He then pointed his gun at his head, but before he could kill him, Spider's head exploded. Momentarily stunned and confused, the Joker looked at his weapon and comments that it was the "Best gun, ever.". Joker picked up the head to discovery it wasn't Batman; he overheard the Suicide Squad being zapped on the communicator in Spider's ear, saying he recognized that sound as it is "the sound of someone flossing their brain."
He immediately realized where they are, and made his appearance and began by shooting and throwing bombs. He then confronted the Suicide Squad, or rather Deadshot at which point Harley explained she was using them to help Joker escape; it was implied to be a lie. The two then fled, but not before Joker attempted to kill Deadshot for "touching his stuff". Though Deadshot claimed Joker's gun had no more bullets, Joker claimed that he was wrong, but fired the gun anyway, proving that he was right, Deadshot punched him in the face, but he and Harley escaped through a laundry shoot. He then demanded the mallet, in which he had hid his dirty bomb. He then released all of the inmates in Arkham in an attempt to stop Batman. During the riot, Deadshot escaped Arkham via a police helicopter, which unknown to him that Joker and Harley were also on board. Joker and Deashot fought intensely and the helicopter crashed into a building, which threw everyone out. The two continued fighting, and Joker managed to severely injure Deadshot with his knives. Deadshot then threw Joker into the helicopter and the helicopter fell out of the building with Joker laughing all the way down and exploded, seemingly killing him. Near the end of the film, it was confirmed that Joker's body was not found, hinting that he was still alive.
Road to Arkham IncidentEdit
One year later, the Joker and his goons then raided Gotham City Hall, took the Mayor hostage, tied him up and strapped a bomb to his chest. As the Joker taunted the Mayor, he expressed his displeasure that Batman hadn't shown up. The Batman attacks moments later.
The Joker then proceeded to attempt to escape via a large parachute but was stopped by Batman, who proceeded to escort the Joker to Arkham Asylum. Despite his failure to assassinate the Mayor, the Joker's actions nonetheless acted as the last straw for the Mayor, causing him to resign immediately. The Joker being caught was via an anonymous tip, which gave Batman some unease as he was the third super villain he had managed to put away in a short period of time (after Zsasz and Scarecrow).
Arkham Asylum IncidentEdit
- "Hehe. The night is young Bats, and I still have a trick or two up my sleeve."
Batman attempted to track down Gordon anyway, by detecting the alcohol Boles left in the air. Along the way, Joker left traps with Joker Venom as well as many gag chattering teeth. The Joker soon caught onto the Batman's attempt and as a result had Boles killed, no longer needing him. The Joker took control of Arkham's intercom system, telling his goons to destroy the Batmobile as he took over the West side of Arkham Island.
His next target was the Medical Facility where he ordered his goons to round up all the doctors in the area, most importantly Penelope Young, who he needed the Titan formula from. To the Joker's annoyance, Batman defeated his goons and rescued the captive doctors. The Joker drew up a 'party list' which contained the individuals who would help take care of Batman. He enlisted the help of the Scarecrow, who proceeded to attack Batman in the Morgue. After escaping Scarecrow's Fear Toxin hallucination, Batman made his way to Gordon, who was conveniently placed near Bane's holding cell.After Batman rescued Gordon from Harley, the Joker pumped a large amount of Titan into Bane, causing a fight with him and Batman. Joker was disappointed with Bane's inability to kill Batman, so he ordered his goons to assist him, though Batman defeated them all. The Joker's next order of business was to search Arkham Mansion for Dr. Young's formula, and Dr. Young herself, who had gone looking for said formula. After finding Zsasz in the Botanical Gardens, the Joker enlisted his help to deal with Dr. Young. Zsasz held Young hostage in Warden Sharp's office and threatened to kill her if he saw Batman approaching. Joker told Zsasz to just kill her, as she was useless to him since he had already gotten both Venom and Titan. Batman incapacitated Zsasz and rescued the doctor, though an explosion set by Joker in the Warden's safe killed Young anyway. Harley then entered and had her thugs prepare Batman for the 'party'. He defeated them and followed Harley, rescuing Sharp by tracking his DNA. Harley was shown releasing Poison Ivy from her cell, despite Ivy not being on the 'party list', much to Joker's apparent pleasure. He then unleashed the more violent, insane inmates all over the island.
Batman went after Harley, who sent her thugs after Batman again, though he managed to defeat them all. Harley's failure prompted Joker to remove her from the 'party list', and Batman defeated and locked her up, using her DNA traces from around the island to track Joker to the gardens, where the villain unsuccessfully tried to slow Batman down after killing an Arkham guard, Thomas Armbruster.
He demonstrated the successful Titan strain he had managed to create by injecting two of his thugs with a dart gun filled with Titan and having them attack Batman before escaping. Batman defeated the monsters and pursued Joker, who revealed over the intercom that he had teamed up with Poison Ivy and injected her with Titan, causing her to become far more powerful and take control of the island surface with her evolved plants. Batman defeated Scarecrow and Killer Croc down in the sewers and successfully harvested the spores needed to make an antidote for the Titan injection in Croc's lair. Batman then went down further into the sewers and found that Joker was trying to pump Titan pollutants into Gotham, telling his men to stop Batman from preventing this in a threatening, serious manner. After Batman shut off the pumps, Joker sent a Titan monster as a token of his displeasure.
Batman defeated the monster and escaped the sewers. Driven by more power hunger, Ivy betrayed Joker and swore to go after him once Batman was killed. Joker assured her that he would be prepared for her with an army of Titan monsters, saying the she could "bring the wine" and he would "make the salad". Batman managed to defeat Ivy in the gardens. With all of the enemies on Joker's 'party list' defeated, Joker had his men set off several fire works directing Batman, the 'guest of honor', to the 'party' at the Visitor Center by the Cell Block. Rather than fight Batman, upon his arrival and confirmation of being on the 'guest list', the goons acted friendly, cheered him and allowed him safe passage.Batman found a bomb planted by Joker in the visitor center and upon its explosion, discovered the Joker's lair, a throne room atop various plastic toys from which he had been broadcasting to the island. Joker was holding Scarface the puppet and taking out his frustration on him by having a fictional argument before throwing him away. He then berates Batman for ruining everything by "Turning Bane into roadkill, feeding Scarecrow to Croc, "slapping around" Harley Quinn (which is apparently his hobby), and destroying his precious venom plants." The villain then dispatched two Titan fueled security guards at Batman, who defeated them.
Joker then revealed that he had recaptured Gordon before he could escape back to Gotham. Firing a Titan-tipped dart at Gordon, Joker was overjoyed when Batman took the shot himself. However, he was angered when Batman resisted and fought off Joker's attempts to make him give in. Enraged that Batman would never allow him this final triumph, Joker shot himself with one of his Titan darts, claiming he had little more to live for. He quickly awoke and mutated into the most horrific Titan monster of all (possibly being his backup plan the whole time), while still retaining his intellectual faculties. He then directed the circling Gotham News helicopters and Jack Ryder to the rooftops of Arkham so that they could watch his final fight with Batman. Strapping Gordon to an electric chair above a makeshift fighting arena (making him the "referee"), the mutated Joker goaded Batman to give into his injection, as it was the only way they could be on even fighting terms. Batman refused and used the only antidote injection on himself, which the Joker found hysterical. The two, with assistance from Joker's henchmen, then fought a brutal battle, with Batman knocking Joker into the electrical generator used to torture Gordon.The Joker got up from the attack and said he could take anything Batman threw at him, and asked if the Dark Knight was ready for the next round. Spraying Explosive Gel onto his glove, Batman declared that he would never let Joker win and would always be prepared for his tactics. Enraged, Joker prepared to kill his relentless nemesis as Batman charged him. The gel on Batman's fist then detonated as he struck his opponent, finally incapacitating the most dangerous Titan subject of them all. Following the Joker's defeat, the GCPD then retook control of Arkham Island, recapturing the escaped inmates and watching over the Titan-powered henchmen as they returned to normal. Joker's transformation back to humanity was quite painful compared to others, culminating with the severe injuries he received in his battle with Batman. He was taken to his cell by several police officers and surviving Arkham security personnel, his plans having ultimately failed. While locked up and recovering from Titan's effects, Joker was left humiliated, angry, and thirsty for revenge. While he planned his next move, Joker began to notice his body was not healing well after being injected with Titan and began to fear that his defeat at Batman's hands may have cost him more than just being locked up again.
After Arkham Asylum IncidentEditAfter Batman stopped him from escaping Arkham Asylum, the Joker sat alone in his padded cell, knowing something was wrong. The first sign was an unusual, lump on his shoulder. He felt... tainted. Weeks went by and ten more unusual lumps appeared. The TITAN had done something to him, something bad, something that wasn't funny at all. The Joker was dying. He knew it and soon so would anyone who saw him. The last thing he needed was to appear weak before his rivals. So one day at lunch, the Joker took a spoon and dug out another inmate's eyes, knowing this would get him solitary confinement. He could keep out of sights, at least until his transfer to Arkham City. The Joker needed an escape plan, and on the night of his transfer, Harley Quinn provided one. Disguised as an Arkham's guard, she overpowered the Joker's escorts and stole her her puddin' away to a boat waiting on the island's quayside.
As the boat carrying the twisted pair sped off towards Gotham, it was joined by a second. A secret alarm placed by Batman had alerted him to the Joker's escape, and here he was in the Batboat, pursuing the fugitives. They ignored his orders to stop, so Batman opened fire. As Harley steered the boat to shore, missiles ripped the hull to pieces. They swam, the weakened Joker being pulled through the water by a distraught Harley, desperate to save her puddin'. She pulled the Joker out of the water to safety, somehow avoiding Batman's searchlight. She and the Joker sat there, gasping for breath, when they suddenly realized where they were: Arkham City.
After arriving at Arkham City, the Joker and Harley Quinn were eager to explore their new stomping ground. Reflecting that years had passed since the Penguin banned Joker from the club, they sought out the blue neon lights of the Iceberg Lounge. Harley pounded on the door, certain that Cobblepot would let bygones be bygones. The Penguin answered, a hulking guard at his side, and immediately reminded them of his ”no clowns” policy. He just managed to close the door before the acid from Joker's flower shot out at his face.
The original Scarface puppet was carved from the old gallows tree at Blackgate prison, and eventually fell into the hands of the meek Arnold Wesker, who'd disappointed his mafia family by showing more interest in ventriloquism than gunplay. Scarface became an unlikely mob boss in Wesker's hands--until Wesker was locked up in Arkham Asylum without his precious puppet. Forced to improvise, he scrounged up materials for a new Scarface--one left mute upon Wesker's departure from the asylum. When the Joker took over Arkham, he discovered Scarface in lock-up and took a liking to the puppet. Scarface quickly received a garish repaint and a new voice, complete with a demented laugh and a twisted sense of humor. When Batman shut down the Joker's riot at Arkham Asylum, it seemed the relationship between the newly demented Scarface puppet and the Clown Prince had ended—until one of the joker's old henchmen, Mugsy Binks, showed up at the Steel Mill in Arkham City. He's rescued Scarface from the old asylum, knowing it would buy him favor with Joker. And Mugsy was skillful enough to make a dozen more copies, freeing the Joker to mutilate any puppet that failed to amuse him. After all, another Scarface could quickly be built up for him to laugh with, abuse, and then break into pieces. Joker's only regret is that people aren't so easily toyed with and replaced. Or are they?
Being the first inmate in the city undetected, Joker plots to become the ruling elite in the Arkham City underworld and to use the facility for his own malicious designs and purposes and establishes his main base of operations in the Sionis Steel Mill, one of Black Mask's former company properties which Joker knew well from his time impersonating Sionis. Over the next several months, Joker begins renovating the factory into his classical image, complete with a roller-coaster death trap meant as a sadistic recruiting method to weed out the inmates with the best reflexes (those that jump from the coaster before the death plunge).
With Harley at his side, Joker begins to brutally recruit inmates once again for his new army, both old and new associates alike, and soon becomes one of the leading powers of Arkham City, rivaling that of Penguin and his gang. With Harley nursing him, Joker would soon gain some of his health back and would be well enough to walk without the use of a wheelchair, allowing him to embark on some of his plans himself.
Having firmly situated himself in the city, Joker begins to look to form several connections and partnerships to aid in his plans. He starts by paying a visit to Mr. Cobblepot, a.k.a, The Penguin, who was also one of the first inmates in the prison as he refused to move when the perimeter wall was built, believing that their bitter rivalry that started years ago was ancient history.
However, Penguin still remembers all the trouble Joker caused him over the years and refuses to even let him enter the Iceberg Lounge, shutting the door just before Joker squirts acid towards his face. With Penguin now back on his hit list, Joker makes it one of his goals to topple Penguin's power in Arkham City and slaughter him and his entire army. With both Joker and Penguin the first inmates in Arkham, they are seen as the major power-bases by other inmates to join in order to survive in the hellish domain.Lester Kurtz, arrives looking for a job and easily escapes the Joker's death traps and dispatches his goons. Joker, impressed, takes a liking to Lester and welcomes him into his gang, but also instructs his men to keep a close eye on him. Realizing that the Joker is a poor choice of employer, Lester bails out on the gang and goes looking for a job with Penguin. Joker is unsurprisingly furious to the point that he puts a bounty on Lester's head unaware of the fact that he's actually the latest alias of his hated enemy Batman.
Joker and his gang soon become embroiled in violent turf wars for control over Arkham City with other fractions and gangs. In order to ensure that no one could either confirm nor deny the rumor of his illness, Joker relays his orders through Harley while he remains in the shadows, cooking up his plans and operations in preparation of Batman's inevitable arrival in Arkham City. Joker also uses Harley to lead some of his men into making frequent raids on other inmates' supply of drugs in order to aid in his condition.
In addition to this, it seems that Joker has also been taking every precaution to prolong his fate, including abducting his doctor and forcing him to give him a diagnosis and isolate some of the Titan compound from his blood stream. The doctor, after informing Joker of his deteriorating condition and giving him the isolated Titan formula, is sent into the factory's old incinerator on Joker's roller-coaster.
At the same time, Joker begins to obtain several shipments of the Titan formula he sent off Arkham Island into Gotham prior to Batman spoiling his plans. However, he also knew that others such as the Penguin were likely to have obtained some of the shipments as well and uses the Titan he salvaged from his blood stream as a failsafe supply should the other shipments get stolen or destroyed. To this end, Joker uses the Titan in his possession to mass-produce large quantities of the chemicals once again and upgrade some of his gang, sending them out to kill anyone he sees as an obstacle in his plans for control over Arkham City.
Among them was Bane, who has been running a makeshift fighting ring in Arkham City, and is soon attacked by one of Joker's men, who is pumped up on Titan. Bane is defeated and nearly killed until Joker's thug's heart goes into cardiac arrest from the overuse of Titan and is mercy killed by Bane, who decides to locate and claim all the sources of Titan for himself once and for all, knowing just how dangerous it is, especially if used against him.Joker would also target many of the political prisoners within the city, most of them having been incarcerated simply because they knew too much about Arkham City, and have his gang use them as little more than slaves to do his bidding. Some of this would entail these individuals actually completing several tasks that would aid Joker in his ambitions for the war over control of Arkham City, but for the most part, they were used simply as another outlet for the Clown Prince of Crime to let his madness loose and torture and murder more innocents even within the confines of the country's most massive prison complex.
While Joker continues to be embroiled in the turf wars for control of the prison complex, Mugsy, an old time associate of the Ventriloquist, brings Scarface back to Joker as a favor to get back into Joker's gang, who is delighted to get his buddy back. Joker starts spending more time with Scarface than anyone else, making Harley jealous. Harley tosses Scarface into a boiler when Joker was not around, consoling Joker by saying that she slipped, but he tells her not to worry and brings out a new Scarface that Mugsy made for him.
While Joker hugs the dummy, it motions to his eyes with his fingers to Harley, implying that it's watching her and hinting that Joker may be intentionally using Scarface to mess with Harley's love for him for his own amusement and to make Harley more vicious and erratic in leading his plans and operations. Scarface is also the perfect means of abuse that Joker needs, with Mugsy creating a new one every time Joker gets bored with one, freeing him to mutilate, torture, and destroy any puppet that failed to entertain him.
With multiple unseen connections and pawns in place, Joker is prepared to launch his latest plans for the death and destruction of all of Gotham City and beyond. With his pending illness, Joker takes precautions to ensure that he is still seen as one of the leading powers in Arkham City and eventually conquer the new compound for himself. With his plaything of a manipulation, Harley Quinn, Joker issues orders that would eventually come to fruition to reveal a heinous plan that would be unleashed in Arkham City and violently erupt onto the unsuspecting citizens of Gotham City.
None know of the full extent of the Joker's plans, not even Hugo Strange himself, who assumes he has everyone in Arkham City under his control. Joker's plans would not only light up all of Gotham City with death and destruction, but would give him everything he has desired for the past year; power, revenge against Batman, a cure for his illness, incredible and unlimited numbers to command, and even immortality itself to continue wreaking death, chaos, and destruction for decades with no end in sight.
The Set Up For His Last LaughEdit
- "So here's the thing. If you want to make sure that no one else finds out about your past, you should stop poking your nose into mine."
- ―Joker reveals his extensive knowledge of Strange's background to the mad professor
With Joker regarded as one of the most violent and historic criminals of all time, it wasn't long before Hugo Strange has him brought into his office in order to study and understand him, seeing Joker as the ultimate challenge for his psychological tactics. After having Joker brought in to start taped interview sessions, Hugo Strange reminds the Clown Prince of Crime that his remaining time left before his impending death is short, something even Joker admitted. Strange then offered to make a deal with the villain; if Joker allowed the doctor to study him, Strange would make Joker's last days more 'comfortable' in return, starting their alliance.
Throughout his alliance with Strange, Joker has the mad doctor round up dozens of medical doctors and physicians for him to help cure his illness. Regardless of how many doctors Strange abducts and brings into Arkham City, Joker seems more concerned and happy with torturing, mutilating, and murdering them rather than developing a cure.
Unknown to Strange, however, Joker has been using the doctors to drain large quantities of his poisoned blood and ship it off to emergency rooms all over Gotham City, infecting thousands of people with his illness. In return, Joker would tell Strange what it is that drove him over the edge of sanity, though all the stories he tells are nothing more than mere fabrications to hide the truth about his condition, which Strange later concludes after reading a dozen different origin stories Joker has told over the years.While Strange believed he knew everything the Joker could be planning, the Clown Prince of Crime shocked him when he revealed that he knew everything about Strange, including his experiments, his control over Quincy Sharp, and his insidious plans for Arkham City, threatening Strange that he would have all this information leaked to the authorities and public if he doesn't stop trying to uncover his past. Using his knowledge of this information further to blackmail Strange, Joker was able to obtain weapons from him (though Strange had his own designs for this course of action), had all the prison's food drops to be delivered right outside his territory, and gain inside information on the occurrences within Arkham City.
Joker eventually finds out that Strange had Mr. Freeze brought into Arkham City and is having him prepare countless medical drugs, chemicals, and serums for his plans by holding his wife, Nora Fries, hostage. Wanting Freeze's genius for himself to develop a cure, Joker has Strange bring Nora to him to use as collateral to make Freeze develop a cure. Leaving Nora in one of his warehouses and at the mercy of his henchmen, many of whom wish to unfreeze and rape her, Joker blackmailed Freeze to develop a cure, threatening to murder Nora if he fails to do so, though Joker planned to kill her regardless if Freeze succeeded or not.
However, Strange, fearing Joker's potential to ruin his plans, forms a pack with Penguin and helps him capture Freeze, lock him up in his Museum, and gain control of his weapons. Strange would still remain in contact with Joker, who was initially unaware of this betrayal, and continue to supply him with weapons as part of his plans to initiate Protocol 10, a military operation that Strange believes will make him famous and serve as a monument to Batman's failure and defeat.
Joker also begins to suspect Strange's ambitions to use Arkham City as a coverup to actually plan an exploitation of the situation to wipe out every single individual within the prison. To this end, Joker makes use of the construction equipment at the Steel Mill to build massive tunnels that connect to Gotham's sewers and subway system as a shelter for whatever Strange has planned to ensure that his army survives while the rest of his enemies are slaughtered.
These tunnels would also prove to be the perfect entry points into the other villains' territory in order to conquer their turfs and claim them as his own. Joker also saw Strange's true designs as a great way to wipe out his most hated enemies and in which, by the end of the conflict, his army would be the only force left standing, ready to tear down the walls of the prison and completely destroy Gotham City once and for all.Eventually, one of Joker's trump cards arrives as Basil Karlo, also known as Clayface, enters Arkham City completely undetected under Joker's orders. Assuming the guise of numerous inmates and security personnel alike, the monstrous mudpack eventually meets with his cryptic employer. Having formed an alliance with the dying clown during his imprisonment in Arkham Asylum, Clayface is quickly convinced to aid the Joker and embroils himself in the Clown Prince of Crime’s last megalomaniac master plan. Despite not actually being imprisoned in Arkham City, Clayface has sided with the Joker for one key reason; to play “the role of a lifetime”. At the request of the Joker, Karlo poses as the healthy crazed Clown Prince of Crime and willingly carries out the vast amounts of chaos the actual Joker would if he was capable.
With Clayface’s vast and nearly unstoppable abilities under his command, the Joker knew he would all but conquer Arkham City with everyone fooled by his double, including Hugo Strange. Next to doubling as him, the Joker used the feat of clay as a puppet of power to carry out his most extreme tasks; having the shape-shifter overlook all operations outside the Steel Mill alongside Harley, recruiting and building up his army into massive numbers, and ultimately convince a cold tempered Mr. Freeze to develop a cure for the clown’s growing illness (although Hugo Strange had already taken Fries’s wife, Nora, hostage by that point).
The Joker was almost sure he was clearing a pathway straight to his victory and with the spotlight focused on his doppelganger he knew that he could easily stay hidden in the shadows long enough to see through his countless plans; which coincidentally would also play into what would be Clayface’s final “performance” as well.
Joker would eventually use Clayface to disguise himself as various TYGER personnel to infiltrate their locations and obtain their equipment and even the card keys and codes needed to access structures right outside Arkham City's perimeter walls. With these items in his possession, Joker gains access to the Sionis Boat House, just next to his base, where he stores his most valuable weaponry, equipment, and plans; away from the prying eyes of Hugo Strange and his TYGER operatives who remain completely ignorant and blissful of the true magnitude of Joker's own operations.
Joker lastly used Clayface to infiltrate Arkham Island, now TYGER's main base of operations, to place dozens of explosives deep within the bowels of the Asylum as part of his alternative plans for Batman and Gotham, as well as to take out TYGER when the time was right. With everything in place and his plans completely unnoticed by even Hugo Strange and TYGER, Joker waits for Batman's inevitable arrival in Arkham City, where their most brutal and psychological battle will play out.
Arkham City Lockdown IncidentEdit
Batman fights Joker's thugs across the Gotham rooftops before encountering the Joker, who promptly starts setting off explosives in the surrounding buildings before Batman manages to catch up with him and beat him down.
Arkham City IncidentEdit
- "Well look who it is! I haven't seen you for.. How long has it been? Let's see, there was an asylum, some monsters and oh that's right! You left me to die."
Each and every day, the war for control over Arkham City would escalate and become more chaotic and violent as Joker relished in the mass amounts of chaos, destruction, torture, murder, and mutilation he brought to the streets. In love with the very madness he creates, Joker is not concerned in the slightest about his opponents in the turf wars as he has already begun to lay the foundations of his megalomaniac plans and implement his numerous trump cards that only he and a select few know about. Before long, Joker would obtain everything he needed to conquer Arkham City and find the means to obtain complete power and control to destroy Gotham.
As Bruce Wayne is abducted and brought into Arkham City under Hugo Strange's orders, Joker's crew have seized control of the Arkham City Medical Facility, built inside the Gotham Cathedral, and have captured all the medical staff in order to claim all the chemicals and drugs for themselves. With Harley leading the operation, Joker's thugs also abduct a doctor, Stacy Baker, who previously diagnosed Joker, under his orders to bring her to him for an update on his condition.
Knowing that Two-Face is stationed in the Solomon Wayne Courthouse near the cathedral, planning to execute Catwoman to showcase his might, Joker also intends to ambush the operation to spoil Two-Face's plans, kill Catwoman himself, and grab Batman's attention. As Batman infiltrates the courthouse, defeats Two-Face's men, rescues Catwoman, and strings Two-Face upside down over a pit of acid, Joker sees his opportunity to implement a surprise attack. Using a remote controlled sniper rifle that Harley set up in the cathedral tower, Joker attempts to assassinate Catwoman, though his primary motive was simply to coax Batman into tracking him down as part of an elaborate trap.At the same time, Joker also begins sending groups of his men to find Mr. Freeze, who mysteriously disappeared, and to also enter Two-Face's territory and attack Dent's men in order to take advantage of his dwindling numbers. After making his way into the Smelting Chamber, Batman rescues Stacy, defeats all of Joker's bodyguards, and finally enters the office of the Clown Prince of Crime himself. When he enters the office, Batman finds Harley crying over a seemingly lifeless Joker in a wheelchair. However, this is all part of Joker's plans as he fakes his own death in order to divert Batman's attention, allowing the hero to become vulnerable to a surprise attack. Batman is soon gassed by Clayface disguised as Joker from behind (Batman believes that the Joker in the wheelchair was simply a dummy) and then beaten into unconsciousness by Harley with a bat, at which point Joker firmly ties Batman to a wheel chair, tapes a phone to his chest, and sticks a syringe in his throat to transfer his poisoned blood into Batman's body. With Batman now infected with the same disease as Joker, Joker insists that Batman follow his commands in order to get a cure for the disease from Mr. Freeze. Though Batman is willing to die if that means the end of the Joker, the villain reveals one of his trump cards; thousands of innocent people in Gotham are also infected with his blood.
Revealing that poisoning Gotham City is a separate plot from Protocol 10, Joker rolls the wheelchair outside the window, telling the Dark Knight that he will keep in touch with the phone he taped to him. However, Joker plans to not only use Batman to obtain the cure but also as his greatest asset in the turf wars in Arkham City in order to defeat his rivals. Batman, realizing he has no choice but to find the cure to save Gotham once again, allows Joker to send him on several missions to obtain the cure.
Meanwhile, a portion of Joker's crew have split up into two groups with one killing Penguin's crew outside the old GCPD Building, where Freeze was previously stationed, and one moving into Two-Face's territory and massacring all of Dent's crew and rounding up any stragglers for information on where Freeze is currently.
Keeping in contact with his longtime enemy through phone calls, Joker eventually sends Batman to rescue Mr. Freeze from Penguin, knowing that this will also topple Cobblepot's power in Arkham City and eliminate a major opponent in his control for Arkham City. Once Batman defeats Penguin's forces, saves Mr. Freeze, and puts Penguin out of commission, Joker immediately takes advantage of this new tide in the battle and has his men slaughter hundreds of Penguin's men and press any survivors into joining him. Using the sewers systems and tunnels that Joker's crew had made over the previous months, Joker's followers infiltrate Penguin's territory and begin claiming it for themselves.
At the same time, Joker sends his men to retrieve the last shipment of weapons from Hugo Strange under the foundations of Wonder Tower, Hugo Strange's base of operations, which would contain the most devastating weaponry including missile launchers, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, automated assault rifles, mines, high frequency power generators, thermal trackers, and much more.
With his increased firepower, Joker takes Arkham City by storm, conquering nearly the entire compound with only a small portion of Two-Face's territory left and leaving a trail of death and destruction in his wake. Almost every prisoner within Arkham City would be forced to join Joker's army, making Joker the ruling elite on the streets while Two-Face's men were being rounded up and tortured for information in the Steel Mill. However, Joker was still in desperate need of the cure and feared that perhaps Batman has actually failed or turned on him as he has not heard from him in hours.
Taunting Batman through phone calls with dubious clues about what he is truly planning, Joker was relieved to learn Batman has found the means to develop the cure and has Freeze create enough for both of them. However, Freeze destroys one of vials of the cure and refuses to give Batman the remaining one, which he locked up in his safe, until he saves his wife from Joker. Batman, knowing how little time he has left, fights Freeze for the cure. Joker in the meantime, having planned to double-cross Batman the entire time, sends Harley to steal the cure (and to also murder several of his henchmen for failing to capture Freeze) while Batman and Mr. Freeze are fighting by cutting the wall open located behind the safe and pilfering the cure.
In place of the cure, Harley leaves two Joker cards, with one being a faxed version and the other being a physical card, which are actually clues to what Joker's plans truly consisted of, to taunt Batman. Joker also orders Harley to steal some of Freeze's offensive equipment in order to increase his weaponry after successfully obtaining the cure. With Harley on her way to deliver the cure, Arkham City under his complete control, his increased weaponry, and Protocol 10 just under an hour away from commencement, Joker begins making his plans to blow the walls of Arkham City and form escape routes to lay a bloody siege on Gotham City and completely destroy it and wipe out all its citizens. To this end, Joker begins placing explosives all around the perimeter walls, ready to be detonated when the rest of his plans are in place. As all supplies, ammunition, and weapons are prepared and stored away for transportation, Joker motivates his army and prepares them for the massive attack on the city.
With Batman having accomplished everything he was blackmailed to do, Joker is delighted to begin his cat and mouse game with his old enemy and friend anew. To renew his game with Batman, Joker makes an anonymous phone call to the Gotham Tonight Show to inform the staff there that Batman was in Arkham City in order to lure news reporter, Vicki Vale, to the city. Once Vale was in the perimeters of the city in her news chopper, Joker takes over her broadcast to taunt her and then fires a rocket at her chopper, causing her to crash land in Arkham City.
With Vale's chopper destroyed and her pilot dead, Joker sends some of his men to kill the helpless reporter with sniper rifles, knowing that this will force Batman out into the open and serve as a diversion while Harley returns to the Steel Mill with the completed cure. Batman neutralizes the threat and rescues Vale, at which point Joker contacts him again, telling him that if he wants the cure, it will be waiting for him in the Steel Mill. With all the pieces in place, Joker is prepared to start the next phase of his plans and obtain the main objective of his schemes; finding the Lazarus Pit, which was hidden somewhere under Arkham City, to obtain immortality and absolute power and assume control over the League of Assassins.
However, just as Harley Quinn was about to reach Joker with the completed cure, Talia al Ghul, also in Arkham City to aid in her father's operations, intercepts her, ties her up, and steal the cure. Joker soon realizes that something must have went wrong and resorts to an alternative, knowing that he needs to have his gang under the impression that he was cured to motivate them to attack the rest of Arkham City and Gotham.
He then has Clayface utilize his abilities to assume his appearance once again and sends out a video taped message all throughout the Steel Mill to make his forces believe him to be completely cured and ready to lead them in full force once again. This works beautifully as all his men prepare for their final siege of Arkham as Joker concentrates his efforts on securing the Lazarus Pit. In the meantime, he also sends out a handful of his men to the Gotham Radio Tower near his base to take control of the broadcast frequencies and implant a message from him to all of Gotham as part of a fail-safe plot.After rescuing Nora Fries from his henchmen and retrieving Freeze's stolen equipment, Batman eventually confronts Joker, who is staring into a mirror and appears perfectly healed, though his reflection curiously shows him still sick, at the top of the Steel Mill. However, the reality was that Clayface was still posing as the healthy Joker while the real Joker was on the other side of the mirror, escaping from the Mill through this diversion.
Batman eventually defeats this Joker and dozens of his men, but is soon surprised when TYGER helicopters suddenly begin firing missiles at the Mill and all over Arkham City under Strange's orders, revealing that Protocol 10 is actually a security measure to wipe out the entire inmate population through missile attacks. TYGER continues raining down death and destruction onto the city, destroying the room and pinning Batman under the rubble. Clayface as Joker, gleeful, prepares to carve a smile into his face when Talia al Ghul interrupts him and offers him immortality in return for Batman's life.When Batman warns Talia not to do so, Talia presents her sword to the Joker, who gladly accepts it and agrees to lead the league, planning on taking advantage of Talia's knowledge of the Lazarus Pit to finally locate it. Leaving Batman, hundreds of his own crew, and even Harley Quinn, at the mercy of Protocol 10, Joker is led to the very building that is directly located over the Lazarus Pit Chamber, the Monarch Theater.
Contacting his forces, Joker orders the rest of his vast army to take shelter in the tunnel systems that they have constructed over the months to wait for Protocol 10 to end and the rest of their adversaries slaughtered before emerging back onto the streets to start the final phase of his plans. At the same time, he sends a handful of his henchmen down to Wonder City to retrieve all the Wonder City Robots, planning on reprogramming them to serve as weapons once he assumes leadership of the League of Assassins and commences his massive attack on Gotham.
While it seems that Talia betrayed Batman, she truly intends to lure the Joker aside and kill him while Batman tracks her down using one his trackers that Talia equipped on her person. Batman, however, knows that Talia is the one in danger and, true to his prediction, Joker easily outsmarts and overpowers her at the Theatre, holding her hostage to ensure that Batman arrives at the Theater for their final performance. Joker finally prepares the last steps of his plans; setting up an arena for an incredible showdown with his old friend and eternal enemy.
Turning the Monarch Theater into his own personnel arena, Joker rigs explosives all over the floors and walls, knowing that the key to immortality he so desperately craves was underneath his very feet. With Protocol 10 wiping out the rest of the competition, Joker counted on Batman to take down Strange and come to him for their final battle. As Joker waits for Batman's arrival, he records one final message that is meant to be communicated to Batman in the event of his death. Once recorded, Joker gives it to his henchmen to be stored within the Steel Mill as part of his contingency plans to destroy Gotham. Once the rest of Gotham's super-criminals were killed off in Protocol 10 and Strange was taken down by Batman, Joker would be able to take complete control of the entire criminal underworld and lead the whole inmate population of thousands of bloodthirsty and sadistic mass murderers, serial killers, and rapists to blow the walls of the prison, stage a coup against TYGER and steal the rest of their equipment and armory, and erupt onto the streets of Gotham in an orgy of bloodletting.
With the League of Assassins under his complete control, the powers of immortality at his disposal, the most technologically advanced military grade weaponry known to man in his possession, and the sheer amount of numbers in his forces to command, Joker relished at all the death and destruction he could bring to Gotham and the world for centuries with nothing in existence to stop or kill him.
After Batman stops Protocol 10, all TYGER forces are neutralized, Wonder Tower is destroyed, and Hugo Strange and Ra's al Ghul, the secret benefactor behind Strange's plans and operations, are killed. With everything in place, Joker has his men conquer what's left of Arkham City and patrol the streets as he takes control of the prison's monitor and communication systems to challenge Batman to a final showdown at the Monarch Theatre.
Batman soon arrives, subdues all of Joker's crew, and enters the very Theater where his life as a crime fighter began to take root. With Talia at gunpoint, Joker demands the cure from Batman, confusing the hero as he believed Joker already had it and cured himself. In the confusion, Talia grabs the sword she presented to Joker and runs him through with it, seemingly killing The Joker once and for all.
As Talia reveals she stole the cure from Harley Quinn before she could deliver it to Joker, Batman looks at his hated enemy, believing that his death was an unnecessary casualty and tells Talia that there is always an alternative tactic to defeating an enemy. Talia defends her course of action to Batman by stating that it was a necessary one in order to save him and comforts the hero, assuring him that the long night of chaos and destruction instilled by the Joker, Hugo Strange, and her father, was finally over.However, realizing that it's never simple with the Joker, Batman begins to rethink all the strange occurrences throughout the night; a seemingly dead Joker dummy in a wheelchair, the two versions of the Joker card left in place of the cure, and a healthy Joker looking into a mirror that reflected a sickly Joker. Connecting them all together, Batman realizes the truth: there was always two Jokers. Surmising that since Joker never received his cure, Batman immediately concludes that the healed Joker was not the real one and turns to Talia just as he heard a gun cocking in the distance. Batman, screaming out to Talia in vain, is too late to warn her and watches in pain as she is shot fatally in the back. Falling into the arms of her beloved, Talia apologizes to Batman for her carelessness with her last breath and dies as the insane laughter of the one, true Joker reveals himself in front of the movie projector holding the gun he shot Talia with.
Still sick and nearing death, Joker aims his gun at Batman next, demanding for Batman to hand over "his cure". The healthy Joker finally reveals himself to Batman as Clayface, having been smuggled into Arkham City under Joker's orders to take up the spotlight and divert attention from his true plans; Clayface agreed to assist Joker for the chance to play the role of a lifetime and then take on Batman's persona after killing him.
Clayface grabs the cure before Batman can, absorbs it into his body, and starts an incredible battle with the Dark Knight, using all his abilities to the fullest of their potential. With Joker watching the spectacle from the balcony, the fate of Gotham City and the world at large hung in the balance of this final showdown as Batman's own life was merely moments away from death. However, Batman is able to use Freeze Blasts that were manufactured and given to him by Mr. Freeze in return for saving his wife to stop Clayface in his tracks and retrieve the sword still stuck within him from Talia's attack. Batman then proceeds to cut Clayface into pieces with the sword, at which point the Joker, after making a tasteless joke about Talia's death, detonates the bombs on the floor for a "change of scenery."
As the floor explodes, Batman and Clayface are violently thrown down into the Lazarus Chamber, where their brutal fight continues. Clayface, now greatly weakened, begins isolating portions of his body into small soldiers to attack Batman as he attempts to compose his body mass once more. However, Batman, still wielding Talia's sword, is able to cut through Clayface's forces and throw freeze grenades into his body, freezing him once again. The dying hero then enters Clayface's body, retrieves the cure, and cuts him clean open, incapacitating the monster once and for all. Batman, having retrieved the cure finally, drinks it and cures himself of the Titan disease, while also keeping half to cure Joker and the rest of Gotham.
Joker, unshaken by Clayface's defeat, prepares to jump into the Lazarus Pit to claim immortality once and for all and become the new leader of the League of Assassins. However, much to Joker's dismay, Batman throws the sword into the main generator, causing it to falter and knocking what's left of Clayface into the Pit. The controls and remaining generators go critical as a result as Clayface's body matter contaminates the chemicals of the pit, resulting in an explosion that completely destroys the pit and most of the room.
With his plans ultimately ruined, Joker demands his last hope from Batman, taunting him that despite all the death and destruction he caused in just a single night, Batman will still save him. Batman voices his hatred of the Joker and his temptation to refuse him the cure and let him die, knowing that he will only continue to break out and kill if left alive and locked up. Laughing at the absurdity of their never ending battle, Joker stabs Batman in the arm, causing him to drop the vial, which shatters onto the floor. Joker screams in horror as Batman throws him to the ground and tries in vain to drink the cure from the floor.Accepting that he will ultimately die, Joker asks Batman if he is happy now and calmly sits on the ground. As the Joker's health begins to reach its ultimate low, Batman reflects on the irony and humor in that Joker was actually correct; despite his crimes, Batman would have still saved him. The Joker agrees with Batman and also finds the situation genuinely funny, laughing and coughing soundly in his final moments before he finally succumbs to his Titan poisoning, dying with a smile on his face.
Pitying his long time nemesis, Batman grimly picks up and carries Joker's corpse out of the Monarch Theater; as the doors open, Joker's gang is outside chanting his name, expecting to see their leader triumphantly striding out and having defeated by Batman once and for all. They all go completely silent when they see The Dark Knight carrying The Clown Prince of Crime motionless in his arms. Among the gang outside the theater is Harley Quinn, who gasps and falls to her knees, sobbing uncontrollably as she sees the Joker's limp body being carried away by Batman. Batman finally carries Joker's corpse through the main gate of Arkham City and into Gotham City, where the GCPD have gathered in preparation to retake the area from the rampaging criminals. He places the Joker's body on the GCPD patrol car of James Gordon, who is also shocked to see Batman's greatest nemesis dead and repeatedly asks him what happened, only to be met with silence. Over the following weeks, as Arkham City is shut down, Batman would see to it that a massive quantity of the cure for the Titan disease would be manufactured and administered to all of Joker's victims, curing them and saving their lives.After years of death, misery, and tragedy, The Joker, The Clown Prince of Crime, and Batman's greatest threat and arch-nemesis was gone at long last. However, unknown to Batman at the time, not all of the late clown's plots have been foiled as Joker had laid out a series of contingency plans and operations in the event of his death that have already taken effect. With Harley and the rest of Joker's followers ensuring that his legacy will be upheld, Joker's back up schemes would rock Gotham to its very core and continue to plague Batman. Even in death, The Clown Prince of Crime would wreak havoc Gotham and continue his cat and mouse game with Batman.
LegacyEditJoker's death has deeply affected both Harley Quinn emotionally and mentally, making her more vicious and temperamental, and Batman, who hasn't been the same, being even unable to say a word about what happened during the last time he was in Arkham City. His death has also caused the creation of Harley's revenge plan on Batman.
Not long after his death, Joker's corpse was immediately taken to the hospital for an autopsy. Initial search revealed his body had a secondary layer of skin on top of the decaying one, and a box containing a flash drive, with a message "Do Not Open Till X-Mas" written on it, hidden under that layer. One of the doctors attempted to remove the box, only to trigger a Joker Gas booby trap. Afterwards Commissioner Gordon, believing that the Joker is just as dangerous dead than he was alive, decides to take his corpse away and hide it from the rest of Gotham, letting only Batman in on its location.
Two weeks later, Harley escapes from her prison, reforms her old gang at the Steel Mill, and she kidnaps various GCPD Officers and even creates a shrine to Joker. While looking for the officers, Batman comes across a message left by Joker before his death but decides to put it off until later. After going to rescue the kidnapped cops, Batman is shot by Harley and put in a sphere in the Joker robot in a comatose state. After 2 days, Robin goes to rescue Batman and stop Harley's plans.
After rescuing Batman, Batman himself goes to deactivate the bombs before the facility blows up while Robin goes to take the officers out of the building, and after deactivating them, Batman goes to arrest Harley and discovers that it was she who stole the Mechanical Guardians from Wonder City and uses them to attack Batman and, after defeating them, he discovers Harley's ultimate plan, destroy the entire facility and killing everyone in it including herself, so she can reunite with her beloved Mr. J. Batman manages to escape the blast radius along with an angered Harley, but it appears that Robin was caught in the explosion, and taking advantage of the situation, Harley tries to stab Batman with a knife to finish her revenge, only to be stopped by Robin, who throws a Shuriken at her, knocking her out. Seeing that Robin and the cops are okay, Batman leaves the area.
The day after, a posthumous message by Joker was broadcast to all of Gotham, including Batman. Joker warranted a search for his dead body to be returned to Harley Quinn, with the prize money of 100 million dollars, or several bombs rigged around Arkham City's wall will go off, releasing its remaining inmates onto the streets of Gotham. Joker also left behind a message for Batman to go to Arkham Asylum, to retrieve the code that can be used to deactivate the bomb. This, however, turned out to be a trap, as the bombs are actually placed within Joker's cell in the asylum by Clayface, in order to lure Batman. The trap caused a large explosion, destroying a portion of the asylum. Batman, however, managed to survive, and later contacted Gordon to meet up. The Joker would later be cremated with both Gordon and The Dark Knight present. Gordon handed Batman the flash drive that was found in Joker's body, which he would later analyze in the Batcave. Inside was a video recording entitled "The Last Will and Testament of the Joker", where he explained his reasoning for inducing chaos in Gotham. Not long after this, Gordon was somehow affected by Joker's toxin, forcing Batman to break Harley Quinn out of prison in order to find the location of the antidote for the toxin. Batman, while able to find the antidote, was led into a trap, and had to battle Killer Croc, With the help of Aaron Cash, Batman was able to immobilize Croc and cure Gordon in time.
Batman: Arkham KnightEdit
A special download for Arkham Asylum exclusive to the PlayStation 3 allows players to take control of the Joker. He has his own attacks and challenge maps in which he must fend off Arkham's security guards trying to apprehend him. During combat, Joker employs a spray can of his lethal laughing gas, a revolver handgun, and his joy buzzer as special attacks. Joker uses his impressive hand-to-hand abilities to punch, slap, kick, and poke out eyes. During stealth missions where Joker must dispose of Arkham's security on patrol, he can use a pair of glasses called specs to see through walls and identify guards, similarly to the Detective mode, though he can't move while using them. The Joker also fights specific characters from the regular game, including guards Aaron Cash, Henry Smith, Eddie Burlow, Zach Franklin, William North, and Louie Green, as well as Commissioner Gordon. The challenge maps are divided into melee and stealth challenges. The melee challenges pit Joker in an arena-like room to face off against a number of security guards who come in to face the Clown Prince of Crime in groups. The stealth challenges are when the Joker must defeat all the Arkham guards without being detected in a large area of Arkham Asylum complete with nooks and crannies for the Joker to hide in. He also has joker teeth that explode, destroying walls and killing enemies.
In Arkham Origins Online Joker is a playable character,through activating the marked door by the Joker's Elites allowing the player to take control of him. Due to Joker's unique characteristic, he has the potential to turn the battle in his favor making him an ideal character to have in combat, and very effective in killing Bane's Elites & Heroes. In combat Joker has no special abilities, he's marked, his health bar does not regenerate & he does not respawn after being defeated. But have unlimited sprinting, have opposing Elite's marked, melee from Elites & Heroes is not very effective, a melee joy buzzer that effectively kills both Elites and Heroes, and a larger amount of health compared to the Elites and Heroes to compensate his weakness. His primary weapon is his Ace of Spades it deals a large amount of damage which can kill two Elites at the same time and can ricochet through corners allowing to kill an Elite taking cover, however, it has a powerful recoil and reloading is quite time consuming. His secondary weapon is his King of Hearts it has a long range and does splash damage which launches a volley of grenades,it's very effective against a group of Elites and also against the Heroes taking cover in vantage points or from long distance, but it does need reloading after per shooting.
Real Name: Unknown
Dr. Penelope YoungEdit
My most challenging patient at Arkham. The Joker's derangement defies easy classification. His rapidly changing mood swings hint at borderline personality disorder, but he has no trace of associated identity problems. He also displays signs of deep narcissism, but nonetheless he has a well-developed sense of others, as his ability to manipulate everyone from orderlies to doctors in Arkham is extraordinarily well-developed; he also shows all the signs of a highly functioning sufferer of antisocial personality. At times I actually wonder if he is actually insane at all.
His criminal record makes clear that he is an unrepentant homicidal maniac.
He is extremely manipulative; the file detailing Harley Quinn's associations with him is fascinating reading. It's unfortunate I was not on staff at the time to witness his seduction of her firsthand.
His past is unknown, and his answers to me about it are wildly inconsistent and frequently fantastical.
Dr. Hugo StrangeEdit
Dr. Hugo Strange: Side Note This self-styled criminal Clown Prince of Crime remains as volatile and violent as ever. His showdown with Batman in Arkham Asylum has left him humiliated, angry and thirsty for revenge. Some form of disease is spreading over the Joker, ravaging his face and body. He has repeatedly refused to be treated by anyone except his special 'nurse' Harley Quinn.
The Joker came to Arkham City laughing himself silly -- what's so funny about this place?
~ Dr. Hugo Strange
- Unrepentant homicidal maniac, albeit without a precise psychological diagnosis
- Surprisingly strong hand-to-hand combatant
- Using his Joker gadgets, tricks, and weapons.
- His past is unknown; conflicting, unconfirmed reports state that he was a failed comedian, a petty thief, and a broken family man
- Employs various deadly weapons, often based on party-gag items
- Frequently uses a toxin that stretches victim's face into a Joker-like grin and causes death
- Unbelievable escapist and stronger endurance than a normal human being
- His sense of humor can be credited to what he perceives to be wrong with the world around him, as he is often seen laughing at the pointlessly terrible and truly wrong. This gives an indication as to his true feelings on the matter as his laughter is seen as hollow at times. For instance, Hugo Strange comments on his finding Arkham City funny even though a normal human being would consider it an abomination. Joker only finds humor in what is wrong with humanity and points it out, highlighting it before attempting to either broaden the chaos around it or simply destroy it himself, often doing both in the process.
- Genius chemist and extremely skilled in strategy.
- Flawless actor/impersonator
- Takes absolutely no value for money, power, anyone besides Batman, and even his own life, making him impossible to intimidate, interrogate, bargain with, or persuade.
- Incredible tolerance for physical pain, making fights with him unusually long.
Batman's Profile of The JokerEdit
"I prepared for muggers, killers, thieves. Criminals, increasingly extreme in their methods and personality. But I never imagined someone like "The Joker". There is no information on him in any criminal database. As far as records go, it's as if he stepped out of thin air. He appears to be a highly resourceful psychopath with a sadistic intelligence, who delights in causing chaos, destruction and human suffering. Skilled with explosives and firearms. He displays personality traits consistent with criminal insanity, though his mental instability did not hinder his ability to infiltrate and take over Black Mask's criminal organization. His capacity for wanton destruction makes him a threat to the entire city. He must be stopped."
- Main article: Joker/Quotes
Industrial District AnnouncementsEdit
- "Welcome, inmates. You are now taking your first, tentative steps towards a better world. A world of fun, mischief and best of all, a world where the only person you need to answer to is yours truly."
- "I know what you guys are thinking. Is it all true? Is life at Joker Enterprises everything it's rumored to be? Sadly, it is. All of it. But look on the bright side. At least you know what you're getting yourself into and I can promise you this. You'll never leave."
- "Here at Joker Enterprises, I don't take the best, in fact, looking at some of those bozos, I'm not even sure I take the worst. Most of them definitely missed all the branches of the brain when they fell out of the sky, but you know what? I don't care."
- "If you're with me, the only things I demand, except for a murderous attitude and stunning good looks, is loyalty and obedience. If you're with me, I can promise you that I will be behind you all the way. Sometimes, that might mean I'm locked up tight in a bomb proof bunker behind you, but don't worry. I'll always make sure that you are there to protect me."
- "All new recruits will be subject to a mandatory full-body search; inside and out. I know some of you may feel a little uncomfortable at the idea of a giant Russian mercenary performing a full cavity search, but don't worry, he nearly always manages not to tear out anything too vital. You may even enjoy it, I know I did."
Steel Mill Speech Edit
- "Good evening, troops. This is General J with a quick update on what's going down here in Arkham City. As you can see, I'm looking much better. In fact...oooh...I think I'm looking better than ever. Oh, I can hear you all now: "How did this happen?", "Can I get me some of that crazy cure?", "I want answers, damn it! Now!" Well, here's the thing. Answers don't give you everlasting satisfaction. Sometimes you need to brace yourself for disappointment. Now think about it. Imagine your favorite TV show. You've been through it all. The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences, and then: Bang! They tell you what it's all about. Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church? You guys just need to know one simple thing. I'm back. Back for good. Now arm yourselves, boys, we've got a prison break to plan. No hostages. No surrender. I know. It sounds like suicide, but listen. Whatever happens...I'll be right behind you."
Behind the Scenes Edit
- In Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Asylum, Joker was voiced by Mark Hamill, who had previously voiced the character in various other related mediums, most notably the DC Animated Universe.
- In Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and Batman: Assault on Arkham, Joker was voiced by Troy Baker.
- In the first Catwoman mission, a portrait can be found with the inscription: "Cain & Abel - The Duality of Man". This is a reference to Two-Face and to the end of the game where Cain and Abel's pose is similar to how Batman was carrying the dead Joker. This also may be a resemblance to Adam and Eve's sons, Cain and Abel.
- When unlocked, concept art for "The Death of the Joker" shows Batman carrying the Joker's body, strongly resembling the iconic scene of Batman holding Jason Todd's body in "A Death In The Family."
- When coming up with the plot of Arkham City, Rocksteady decided early on that the Joker would die. They also came up with the idea that Joker would poison Batman with the same affiliation he had in order to show how the two diametrically opposed characters would interact in pursuit of a shared goal. Warner Bros. and Paul Dini did not oppose the decision, though they had two conditions: one, the Joker's death could not have been done for shock value (that is, his death could not have happened without warning); and two, it had to be made clear that Batman was in no way responsible for Joker's death, as the hero would not intentionally kill someone.
- In Arkham Asylum/City, The Joker is voiced in by Mark Hamill, who previously voiced the character in Batman: The Animated Series and other DCAU related shows and video games. However, in Arkham Origins and the Direct-to-Video film Assault on Arkham, he is voiced by Troy Baker in a similar style to Hamill's "cheerfully deranged" portrayal. Baker has voiced other characters in the Arkham Universe such as Tim Drake's Robin and Two Face in Batman Arkham City.
- Joker is the first playable villain in a DLC. The following games continued the trend, with Catwoman (Arkham City), Deathstroke (Arkham Origins) and Harley Quinn (Arkham Knight).
- Joker is the only villain to appear in a poster on his own AND with Batman for Asylum and City.
- In Arkham Origins he is listed to be 6ft 1in while in City and Asylum he is 6ft, His weight is also 165lbs in Origins, not 160lbs in previous games
- In Arkham Asylum, Joker would usually crack wise when his henchmen were taken out but is much more serious when this happens in Arkham City. This only happens when Joker is being impersonated by Clayface, another clue to the trick.
- The Joker has 2 different Character Trophies in each game. In Asylum there is the regular Joker and Titan Joker, City has Sick Joker and Clayface Joker, and in Origins there is Regular Joker and Red Hood Joker.
- Despite being scrawny to the point of anorexia, when it comes to fighting Batman Joker can take almost twice the amount of physical pain of his thugs. This might have something to do with the chemicals flowing through his blood, possibly eliminating his basic pain factor
- His age is unknown but due to his face wrinkles and hair loss it can be assumed that Joker is at least around 10, maybe even 20 years older than Batman. However, these could have been caused by his acid bath, and due to his physical shape he is likely Batman's age. Also, In virtually all continuities, when Joker falls into the acid as Red Hood he is a young man, likely in his early 30s as he has already graduated college and grad school, evident by his chemical expertise, and as this happens in Origins when Batman is roughly 30 years old, he and Batman are roughly the same age.
- The Arkham version of the Joker seems to be a bit of a music buff:
- When Batman confronts him in the penthouse of the Gotham Royal Hotel, TV sets behind him are playing the Looney Toons short "Rabbit of Seville" with the Barber of Seville also playing in the background.
- In one of the game overs for Arkham Origins, Joker sings his own version of "Ding-Dong, The Witch is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz.
- During his therapy session with Harley Quinn, during the Comedy Club segment, the background music was taken from The Thieving Magpie, alluding to The Clockwork Orange, which had the theme play during a similar scene with several escaped inmates fighting people in an abandoned theatre.
- During the credits for Arkham City Batman receives one last pre-recorded message from Joker's cellphone: a recording of the clown prince of crime singing Only You(And You Alone) by The Platters.
- The credits for Arkham Origins homage this: as Joker is locked in his cell at Blackgate he sings Cold, Cold Heart by Hank Williams.
- Interestingly, in both instances the Joker is singing love songs, apparently to his adversary.
Arkham Asylum Edit
- If you keep constantly visiting the Visitor Center, you meet Joker's head in the TV. He'll talk to Batman as if Batman was visiting for a psychological therapy appointment. See here
- When visiting the Visitor Center, after the Joker's head in the TV finished talking to you, turn the camera around and after a few seconds turn it back and notice how the Joker "mannequin's" arms change positions.
- During his take over of the Medical Building one of several statements the Joker makes through the Asylum's PA system is "Paging Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard!". This is a reference to the classic Three Stooges episode Men In Black, where the Stooges play incompetent doctors working at a hospital.
- In Dr. Young's notes, Joker may have looked at them , but he only put his signature around himself only, not even Harley. Yet, there is a Joker smile on the Tweedledee and Tweedledum page, as the Tweeds regularly hire themselves out to Joker.
- Of all the minor tweaks to his appearance, the Joker has been given a make-up based smile to make it look like he's always smiling. This was most likely inspired by Caesar Romero's portrayal of the character, sporting the same artificial smile.
- Unlike the other inmates, Joker doesn't appear to have an identifiable or decorated cell in Arkham Asylum. The only cell that could possibly be his is one found in the penitentiary, because on the wall someone has written "Welcome to my humble abode". Alternatively, he could be kept in the "Extreme Isolation" area of the Asylum, which is the one place that the player can not explore.
- Joker is briefly playable during the third Scarecrow encounter. This is the only time he is available to play for PC or X box users as his Challenge Pack DLC was a Playstation 3 exclusive, most likely due to Warner Bros/DC's business deal with Sony at the time. Joker's only gameplay during this segment is walking.
- After Joker "kills" Batman during the third Scarecrow encounter by shooting him at point blank range, the game recommends "using the middle stick" to avoid his gunfire.
- It is revealed that sometime before the events of the game warden Quincy Sharp entered Joker's cell and tried to kill him, only to be stopped in his tracks by sheer terror, possibly a result of Scarecrow's fear gas or Hugo Strange's manipulations. Precisely why Joker never revealed Sharp's madness to anyone after the incident is not clear, though he might have simply found it more amusing not to.
- The unlockable Patient Interview Tapes for Harley Quinn borrows heavily from Bruce Timm and Paul Dinni's Mad Love story, which acts as the Animated Series origin for the character. Her ending line, "Say hello to your new and improved Harley Quinn!" is a direct quote from the story.
- Although these tapes act as the first meeting between the infamous duo, Arkham Origins retcons it into being technically their second.
- Asylum is not the first time the Joker has turned to Bane style steroids to improve his act. The idea for his final boss state may have been inspired by Brawn, an episode from the third season of The Batman cartoon show, where that version of the character steals Bane's Venom injector to menace Gotham.
- Joker's challenge maps most likely show how he made his way through the Asylum during the events of Arkham Asylum.
Arkham City Edit
- When Joker won the VGA 2011 Rewards he was holding a file with the name Batman: Arkham World and on the back Rocksteady. when he dropped it he says, "Whoops, Spoilers".
- In an alternate ending to Arkham City that plays if Catwoman decides not to save Batman, a disturbing and panicked radio frequency will be broadcast by Oracle. She will plead for anyone who can hear her to send help as Joker and his forces have completely destroyed Gotham and murdered nearly everyone, including Batman and her father, Commissioner Gordon, ending by stating that Joker has won. During this ending, a rewound, sped-up message can be heard of the Joker, saying "thank you for the entertainment, Bats" if the message is slowed down and fast forward.
- In the Joker's Carnival Challenge Map, the Joker can be seen watching the fight and joins in when the player reaches a x100 hit combo.
- He will also act confused by the presence of Robin, referencing Jason Todd: "Didn't I already kill you?"
- The box of tricks found in the Steel Mill, needed to solve the Riddler's Revenge challenge contains Joker's X-ray spectacles from his Asylum DLC and a grinning Joker fish, a reference to the classic two part Detective Comics #475-#476 story The Laughing Fish! and The Sign of the Joker! by Steve Englehart where Joker poisons Gotham City fish to bear his distinctive grin and color scheme so he can mass market his own brand of fish prodcuts.
- At the end of Batman Arkham City during Joker's death, Joker stab's Batman in the arm which makes him drop the cure to the ground. Afterwards, Batman states that he would have saved him. Joker technically killed himself by making Batman drop the cure.
- Initially, the Arkham City End Game story (a 6-part arc released as part of the Arkham Unhinged series) revealed that after his death, Joker had one final plan to blow up the walls of Arkham City, which was triggered by a posthumous message that Batman recovered during his mission to rescue the GCPD officers from Harley Quinn. Eventually, Batman would manage to foil his plan, and he and Gordon would arrive to the decision of cremating Joker's body. The Arkham Knight prequel comics tell a similar version of the story, with Joker's final plan taking place before Harley Quinn's Revenge, rather than after, and also with the Arkham Knight involved.
- During Harley Quinn's Revenge several posters for Cadmus Labs can be seen. Cadmus is a science lab in the DC universe infamous for cloning experiments. The posters may have indicated that Harley was considering them as a way to bring her puddin' back or simply a red herring for fans to speculate about a possible resurrection.
Arkham Origins Edit
- The Joker's theme song in Arkham Origins is a very dark rendition of "Carol of the Bells."
- His references to 'One Bad Day' and killing a real estate agent to acquire a themepark come from Allan Moore's The Killing Joke story.
- In Arkham Origins, during the failed comedian flashback, all of the Joker's combat moves are lifted directly from Arkham Asylum including his strutting like walk. He also has borrowed a few takedowns from Nightwing and uses Batman's beatdown.
- In Origins, Joker's bio is the only one to be personally written by Batman.
- It is revealed in Arkham Origins that most of the Joker's henchmen were originally Mobsters in Black Mask's gang, before the Joker took over his operations. Listening in on conversations between the gangsters also reveals that many of them were dissatisfied with Black Mask under paying and dispatching them, preferring Joker's chaotic way of doing things.
- The in-universe existence of Batman Smells seems to come from one of Joker's PA announcements during the second Blackgate riot: "Jingle bells, Batman smells, Gotham's quite a mess! Blackgate's mine and you're out of time, which means you'll soon be dead!" A Blackgate escapee sings it later on, to which Batman simply responds "No." before knocking him out.
- The monstrous version of Batman, seen from Joker's P.O.V during his flashback and final confrontation with the hero, is the 'Nightmare Batman', an alternative skin that was initially going to be unlockable after completing the Worst Nightmare challenges in Arkham Origins. The skin could not be incorporated into the finished game in time for release and the version seen in the cutscenes and trophy gallery were most likely pre-renders, now the only traces of it in the entire game.
- Joker is playable in an online multi-player mode and very briefly in the Story mode in Batman: Arkham Origins, which is the second time he has been playable since Arkham Asylum.
- The Joker is currently the only playable character (not counting Bane or any henchmen in Arkham Origins multiplayer) to grant the player the ability to definitely kill their opponents.
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