Brain Depositary: The Joker
occupation: professional criminal
base of operations: gotham city
height: 6' 5"
weight: 192 lbs.
first appearance: batman #1 (spring,
Although it may seem that the Joker isn't capable of rational thought,
the Joker is no Fool. His estimated IQ rangers from 140 to 160,
and he would actually be considered quite brilliant if he were ever
able to apply himself. The Jokers weakness is logic, his chaotic
mind can often be confused by legitimate theory.
The Joker is in average physical shape as far as his strength and
agility is concerned, but some type of physiological reaction has
given him the ability to recover very quickly from most wounds,
and has even rendered him invulnerable to a few forms of poison.
The Joker is a master liar, and a constant showman, his every word
and move seems to be part of a larger plot usually sinister in nature.
The Joker seems to derive some joy from deceiving others, and his
pranks usually have fatal consequences.
Quite a few years back, the maniac known
as Joker, was a nervous, unremarkable man living a fairly unremarkable
life. After quitting his job as a lab assistant at Ace Chemical
Processing Inc. for a failed attempt at being a stand-up comic,
he realized he was a failure. With a pregnant wife, Jeannie, living
in a tiny apartment in a poverty stricken neighbourhood he began
to explore other options. He agreed to help a couple of hoods go
through the chemical plant into a neighboring playing card company.
Shortly before the break in, he learned that
Jeannie had died in a freak accident. Forced to go through with
the burglary, he also wore a costume identifying him as the Red
Hood. The crime was botched by newly installed security measures
and the arrival of a certain caped crime fighter. To escape Batman,
the young man dived into a chemical waste vat. The chemicals radically
changed his appearance, giving him the trademark white skin and
green hair. This metamorphisis combined with the senseless death
of his wife and his new fugitive status, caused the loss of his
grip on reality and the creation of the Joker.
The Joker's real name remains unknown to
this day. Even this origin is suspect because the Joker is not only
a liar but doesn't really remember his own past, just bits and pieces.
We can assertain that he did have a mentally challenged cousin who
created the Joker gas and died early in the Joker's career. Besides
these few links to another life, the Joker's existence has been
defined by the man who made him, Batman. - Chickenchoker.com
“If the police expect to play against the
Joker, they had best be prepared to be dealt from the bottom of
the deck!” -The Joker, BATMAN #1 “Batman vs. The Joker”, Spring
“If Wayne is Batman-- Then Batman couldn’t
be Batman! But since Wayne couldn’t be Batman-- Then maybe I’M Batman!
But-- That’s CRAZY! So obviously-- I’M CRAZY!”
"There's no difference between me and everyone
else. All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man to lunacy.
That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day."
Joker's remarks to the Commissioner upon
the shooting of Barbara Gordon (Joker shot her in the abdomen, and
through the spine, she has just crashed through the glass coffee
table): "Please don't worry. It's a psychological complaint, common
amongst ex-librarians. You see, she thinks she's a coffee table
edition... Mind you I can't say much for the volumes condition.
I mean, there's a hole in the jacket and the spine appears to be
damaged. Frankly, she won't be walking off the shelves in that state
of repair. In fact, the idea of her walking anywhere seems increasingly
remote. But then that's always a problem with softbacks. God, these
literary discussions are so dry."
"Look at him now, poor fellow. That's what
a dose of reality does for you... Never touch the stuff myself,
you understand. Find it gets in the way of the hallucinations."
The Joker stands face to face with Batman
after paralyzing Barbara, and nearly destroying Gordon's sanity.
Instead of a fight or giving up peacefully, the Joker tells this
joke, which even Batman has to laugh at: "See, there were these
two guys in a lunatic asylum... And one night, one night they decide
they don't like living in an asylum any more. They decide they're
going to escape! So like, they get up onto the roof, and there,
just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town,
stretching away in the moonlight... Stretching away to freedom.
Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his
friend, his friend daredn't make the leap. Y'see... Y'see he's afraid
of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea... He says 'Hey!
I have my flashlight with me! I'll shine it across the gap between
the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!' B-but the
second guy just shakes his head. he suh-says...'You'd turn it off
when I was half way across!"