Fans of all ages are familiar with the villain Joker in the DC world. For years, fans have seen the Joker in various lighting and in many ways. Almost often, people regard him as a monster, a diabolical boogeyman haunting Gotham’s streets with his ghastly laughter and heinous acts. Despite this, fans often forget that the Joker is a clown.

For every heinous deed performed by the Clown Prince of Crime, there have been occasions when he has acted as he appears: a prankster. While the Joker is one of comics’ most heinous villains, he’s not without a sense of humor

He Once Tricked Superman

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The truth is that Batman comics are so old that not every moment and act will be included here. Some people will be left out who should have been included. However, Superman’s fate in the universe of Injustice cannot be disregarded. Superman finds himself in a battle with Doomsday after facing the Joker after he steals a nuclear weapon.

However, after launching the behemoth into space, Superman realizes he’s been fighting his wife, Lois Lane, due to fear toxin. Metropolis is destroyed by a nuke as Lois dies. What’s the reason? Because the Joker was fed up with losing to Batman and wanted to try something “easier.” Even after killing the Joker, Superman came out on top, demonstrating his longstanding slogan of “One Bad Day.”

He Assaulted Batgirl

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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke has received a thorough critical re-evaluation in recent years, with the focus particularly on The Joker’s unexpected attack on Barbara Gordon, AKA Batgirl. It’s a disturbing scenario, with Joker arriving at the Gordons’ house dressed as a tourist and shooting gunshots into Babs’ spine before the fully capable Batgirl can respond. Worse, Joker strips her naked and reveals the prepared images to Jim Gordon in an attempt to drive him insane.

It’s one of the darkest moments in the Bat-history, family, and a terrifying monument to The Joker’s wickedness. The violence is all the more horrifying here because it is so intimate, taking a step back from the larger-than-life intentions of poisoning Gotham’s water supply and just ringing the doorbell of a family who feels safe at home.

Kidnapped Babies & Murdered Sarah Gordon

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The Gordons don’t have a good track record when it comes to The Joker. During No Man’s Land, Joker kidnaps a slew of newborns, which is already a problem in his hands. The Joker then confronts Jim Gordon’s wife, Sarah Gordon, and throws a baby at her. Sarah has the option of letting the kid fall or attempting to ward off the Joker’s gunshots.

She chooses to save the baby and is shot as a result, creating a gruesomely iconic image of a killed Sarah Gordon surrounded by abandoned newborns. This is simply another proclamation of the Joker’s soul’s darkness. Unlike some villains with a code, the Joker will break any boundary, even enlisting newborns in his vicious and deadly rampages.

 He Poisoned Duke Thomas’ Parents

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Over the years, the Joker has poisoned, gassed, and shot many innocent Gothamites, but it’s always painful to witness a character’s loved one warped by his venom. It’s a typical zombie fiction cliche for heroes to find their significant others or family members distorted beyond recognition by the raging epidemic. That’s exactly what happens to Duke Thomas, Batman’s newest not-quite-Robin, in “Endgame,” when his parents are poisoned past the point of no return.

The Joker is at his most destructive in Snyder and Capullo’s “Endgame,” converting practically all of Gotham into a zombie-like swarm of laughing Jokers, and even twisting the Justice League into smiling clowns hellbent on slaying Batman. Unfortunately for Duke Thomas, the Joker’s cold-blooded vengeance on Batman extends to his parents.

Made a Smile Out of Falcon’s Mom’s Teeth

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Only two issues into Tom King and Mikel Janin’s DC Rebirth “The War of Jokes and Riddles,” Joker is a joyless masochist, killing everybody who gets in his way. Batman volumes 25 and 26 are chock-full of homicidal “Bang!” sound effects, but Joker’s most horrific action thus far comes from a reference to his treatment of Carmine Falcone’s mother.

When the crime lord fails to assassinate the Riddler (his former adversary in the battle), Falcone returns to his office to discover Joker stating, “I took your mother’s teeth from her mouth, and I formed a grin.” The Joker undoubtedly has more scary moments up his sleeve, but we’ll never look at our teeth or our mothers the same way again.


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