One of the greatest villains in the world of DC and even the history of comic books is the Joker due to how insane and crazy his mind is and how he has always operated in a manner that’s very different from how other villains operate. Instead of the usual selfish motives that villains tend to have, the Joker’s motives were never clear. But the one thing that has always been sure is his deep rivalry with Batman, who he cannot exist without.
In that regard, throughout his history as a character, the Joker has had a lot of different things to say in the movies, comics, games, and TV shows. This has turned him into a weird source of wisdom because many of the things he says can reflect our society. At the same time, the Joker is still very much insane down to his core. Now, with that said, let’s look at some of the greatest Joker quotes of all time.
Best Joker quotes from the movies
1. “I believe that whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you… stranger!” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
Helmed by Heath Ledger’s fantastic performance as the Crown Prince of Crime, ‘The Dark Knight’ was one of the best Batman films ever. Of course, the Joker was one of the reasons this was such a great film, as we already saw that he was a very insane individual from the first moment we saw him. He was a man with a troubled past and was clearly someone who went through a lot in his childhood.
Throughout the movie, the Joker hints at where he got his scars, but he never really tells anyone what happened to him in the past and how he became who he was. We only know that he thanks the things that happened to him in the past because they only made him stranger and crazier. And the one thing that we know about the Joker is that he embraces insanity.
2. “I’ve got nothing left to lose. Nothing can hurt me anymore. My life is nothing but a comedy.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
In Joaquin Phoenix’s award-winning performance as the Joker in ‘Joker,’ we know that he had a troubled life that was the product of his multiple failures as an aspiring stand-up comedian and his problem with his mental health. On top of that, he understood that he wasn’t living an entirely good life that was worthy of praise.
But he understood that he had nothing to lose after he became an unhinged psycho that talked about the problems of society. In that regard, he was a very tragic character that was the product of the failure of the system instead of simply a lunatic that went crazy and psycho. That was how we understood that mental health really isn’t a joke.
3. “Well, no one’s laughing now.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
As mentioned, the Joker in ‘Joker’ was a man that was the product of the failure of the system to address people with mental health issues. Arthur was his name before he became the Joker. But Arthur was already detached from reality early on in his life as he wanted to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian but ultimately failed in that attempt.
While he always wanted to be a comedian, he didn’t succeed in the one thing he thought he was meant to do. He couldn’t make people laugh with his jokes. However, he made people laugh because of his comedic failures. But when he became unhinged, he became a scary psycho that saw that people were no longer laughing at or with him.
4. “You decide what’s right or wrong the same way you decide what’s funny or not.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
Again, we know that Arthur had problems with mental health issues in ‘Joker,’ and the thing that made him snap was that the entire world was laughing at him instead of with him. He spoke his mind when he finally got to the talk show he always wanted to be a guest on due to his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.
In that terrifying scene, he seemingly showcased a twisted victory while on his path to madness. He made the people hear his voice, and he quickly became a symbol for the oppressed people of Gotham. And the one thing that he wanted people to see was the fact that the world they lived in and the people living in it were hypocrites.
5. “I’m a man of my word.” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
One of the most chilling quotes in the storyline of ‘The Dark Knight’ was when one of Batman’s costumed admirers ended up dead as the Joker made a video that mocked him while tormenting him in front of the entire world. After that, he issued an ultimatum to the entire city.
He closed the video with “I’m a man of my word” while torturing his victim. He was laughing maniacally in the background as his victim was clearly screaming in pain and horror the entire tie. This goes to show just how crazy of a psycho the Joker is.
6. “I’m not a monster.” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
Of course, while we always saw the Joker as a psycho that killed people for fun and messed around with the citizens of Gotham, the one thing that he told Batman when the Dark Knight interrogated him was that he wasn’t a monster.
Instead, the Joker thought that the world around them was the monster because everyone living in the city was a monster that would cast people like them out of society. From Joker’s perspective, he wasn’t a monster. He never wanted to kill Batman because he thought they were two sides of the same coin.
7. “For my whole life, I didn’t know if I even really existed. But I do, and people are starting to notice.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
During the events of ‘Joker,’ the subway murders eventually awakened an inner part of Arthur that made him think that he had some sort of a twisted purpose in life. The worst part was that someone like him inspired other desperate people to do similar acts of violence as people started committing crimes all over the city.
In that regard, Arthur thought he was finally getting the attention and praise he always wanted. He became a symbol of the simple man’s revolution in Gotham after he spoke his truth and attacked the hypocrisy of society. And it was the fact that the other citizens of Gotham rallied behind him that made him a scary symbol of revolution.
8. “How many of your friends have I killed?” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
One of the things that were clear about the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ was that he was a man with a plan, even though he didn’t look like someone who thought of things beforehand. The police arrested him, but he knew that the only way for him to succeed in his plan was to force the police officer guarding him to get as close as possible to him.
In that regard, he decided to mock the officer by telling him he had killed many of his colleagues. Of course, because the officer wasn’t willing to hear the crazy words of a murderer, he decided to take things into his own hands as the Joker basically baited him. This allowed the Joker to hold the police hostage and use him as a way for him to succeed in his plans.
9. “I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it!” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
The one thing that the Joker used to convince the people around him that he was a madman without a plan was the fact that he didn’t look and act like someone with a plan. He called himself a dog that chased cars but didn’t know what to do with one after catching it. But the truth was that he always knew what he wanted to do with it.
As honest as the Joker may have sounded, the truth was that he always had plans for everything. He wasn’t just some mad dog chasing cars for no reason. Instead, he was a true criminal mastermind that had his own personal agenda. And we saw his ultimate goal during the events of the climax of ‘The Batman’ when he tried to corrupt the city’s people into becoming criminals as well.
10. “I haven’t been happy one minute of my entire f***ing life.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
As established, Arthur lived a sad life throughout the entire events of ‘Joker’ because he was struggling with his mental health and was a failure in the one thing he thought he was good at. That was why he was ready to accept that he was never happy, even though he wanted to make people happy with his jokes.
There’s a good reason why he was never happy. He didn’t have the best family situation at home because of his mother, who was just as delusional as he was due to her own battles with mental health. There was also the fact that he didn’t have the same kind of normal life that other people lived. And he didn’t even do a good job of bringing joy into other people’s lives because he became a laughingstock as a stand-up comedian.
11. “It’s not about money. It’s about sending a message. Everything burns!” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
Most of the criminals of Gotham operated for profit and power. They wanted money more than anything else in the world, and we saw that in how the different crime families operated. While they originally thought that the Joker was similar to them in that the only thing he wanted was money, they were wrong.
After getting his hands on a huge amount of money, the Joker burned all the cash to ashes because he wanted to send a message to the entire city and the different criminals of Gotham. His ultimate goal was not to become rich but to spread as much chaos as possible. And that was the reason why the Joker was always someone who didn’t have a clear motive in mind.
12. “This town deserves a better class of criminal, and I’m gonna give it to ’em.” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
Again, Joker wanted to be a different kind of criminal in the crime-infested city of Gotham. While all the other criminals Batman faced were in it for money and power, he was different because he didn’t care about the money. Instead, the one thing he cared about the most was spreading chaos throughout the entire city because he simply relished seeing the world around him burning.
In that regard, the Joker thought that the city needed better criminals than the usual ones that only focused on money and power. That was why he tried to bring the entire city down and spread chaos throughout Gotham, as he believed that only he could bring a better class of criminals to the city.
13. “I used to think that my life was a tragedy. But now I realize, it’s a f***ing comedy.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
When we saw Arthur’s life in ‘Joker,’ we all thought that he lived a tragic life that was the product of the failures of society to address people with mental health concerns. But one of the things that Arthur realized was that his life wasn’t a tragedy even though he didn’t get to live his dreams.
Instead, Arthur thought it was a comedy because people around him were laughing at him instead of with him. In that regard, he adopted a new outlook on life and decided to see his entire life as a comedy. And he made sure to make it funny by forcing the entire world to laugh with him as he became the symbol of revolution in his city.
14. “This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
If there’s one thing that we know about both the Joker and Batman from ‘The Dark Knight,’ they are both two sides of the same coin. The Joker was a lunatic who stopped at nothing to bring chaos to the entire city. On the other hand, he saw Batman as the most incorruptible person he had ever met.
So, when the Joker and Batman clashed during the climax, he realized that he was the unstoppable force that was up against an immovable object as he realized that Batman refused to kill him or step down to the level of a common criminal. He understood that Batman’s morals were truly incorruptible.
15. “Madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
The Joker has always been one of the greatest villains that Batman faced in the Dark Knight movie trilogy as he tried to bring the entire world down with him. One of the things that he tried to do was to make people just as chaotic and as crazy as he was. And he believed a little push was enough to push someone over the edge of insanity.
That was what he did to Harvey Dent when he contributed to the death of his beloved Rachel Dawes. Her death was what pushed Dent over the edge of insanity as the Joker gave him a little nudge to turn him into a mad criminal that, proved that someone who used to be incorruptible could still be corrupted.
16. “The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
This is one of the saddest lines of ‘Joker’ as many people around the world were able to relate to it. In a way, it was a call to make people more aware of the effects of mental health issues and how those suffering from mental illness aren’t exactly similar to others.
In this movie, one of Arthur’s biggest problems with the world was that they expected him to be normal as if he didn’t have mental health issues of his own. He couldn’t act like normal people because he suffered from mental illnesses. Of course, many people could relate to this quote because not all of us think the same, yet the world expects us to function in the same way that normal people do.
17. “You wouldn’t get it.” – ‘Joker'(2019)
This is another quote that aligns with the mental health struggles that Arthur and everyone with mental illness experience. The thing about mental illnesses is that the people that don’t have them won’t understand or get what it’s like to be in the shoes of someone suffering from these issues.
In that regard, Arthur knows for a fact that people won’t understand or get the way that his mind works. Some things work differently in his mind, and people who don’t suffer from mental health issues just wouldn’t get what goes on in his mind. In that regard, when he tried to share a joke with his attending doctor in Arkham Asylum, the one thing that Arthur told him was that he wouldn’t get it.
18. “I know. Isn’t it beautiful?” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
In the world of comic books, the Joker has always been an anarchist who wants to bring chaos to the world. He plots a lot of devious plans that were meant to make the world a bit more chaotic. But Arthur in ‘Joker’ tends to have a different way of doing things because he is an entirely different version of the character.
When Arthur accidentally inspired people to act up against society when he exposed the system’s hypocrisy, he became a symbol for the people of Gotham. He thought this was beautiful because he inspired people to act chaotically as the streets were filled with anarchists due to what he stood up for.
19. “I won’t kill you, because you’re just too much fun.” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
In the comics, the Joker has always considered Batman, the only person who gave meaning to his life. Without Batman, life was too boring for him. In fact, he had a lot of different chances to kill Batman but opted not to do so because he would lose his only meaning in life. And that was the same case in ‘The Dark Knight.’
The Joker summed up his relationship with Batman when he saw him as someone who completed him because Batman was just too fun to mess with. He saw Batman as a challenge due to how incorruptible he was. So, in that regard, he never wanted to kill Batman because the Joker felt that he would lose the one person that gave him the most fun he has ever had in his entire life. And this pretty much showcases why he and Batman are two sides of the same coin.
20. “I hope my death makes more cents than my life.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
In ‘Joker,’ Arthur had a lot of different jokes that he wrote in his journal as all that he wanted to do in life was to bring joy and happiness to other people by pursuing a life in stand-up comedy. One of the jokes he wrote down summed up how he viewed his entire life.
His life didn’t seem to matter to him because he had no friends and was seemingly meaningless to anyone else in the world. That’s why he resorted to self-deprecating humor when he wrote a joke about how his death would make more cents than his life. This had a double meaning because he thought that dying would bring more money and sense than anything he did while he was still alive. He pitied himself just as much as anyone else did in that regard.
21. “You have nothing… NOTHING to threaten me with!” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
If there’s one thing that has always made the Joker a very terrifying opponent for Batman, it is the fact that he always had nothing to lose. He was a madman who wanted to bring chaos to the world. And because of that, he was willing to put everything on the line to make the streets of Gotham chaotic.
So, when Batman interrogated him, the Joker told him that there was nothing that Batman could do to threaten him because he had nothing to lose. The Joker knew that Batman would never kill him, which was against his moral code. Even if Batman were to kill him, he didn’t have anything to lose because he would be able to prove a point that Batman wasn’t incorruptible. In that regard, Batman didn’t have anything that he could use against the Joker as he was a madman with nothing to lose in life, including his own life.
22. “In their last moments, people show you who they really are.”– ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
The one thing that has always been true about the Joker was that he was a cold-blooded killer who found delight in making other people kill other people on his behalf because that would mean that he could convince them to stoop down to his level of insanity. Of course, during the movie’s events, he convinced two henchmen to fight to the death so that they could save their own lives.
That was when the Joker said that people would show their true colors when their lives were on the line. To some extent, this is something that’s almost always been true because people often get desperate when they know that they are about to die. And that is when they will throw everything they hold dear and showcase their true colors.
23. “Do I look like a Guy with a plan?” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
One of the things that the Joker wanted to do during the events of ‘The Dark Knight’ was to convince the world that there was no such thing as an incorruptible person, as he sought to corrupt the city’s white knight in the form of Harvey Dent. So, when he met him in the hospital after a bomb killed Rachel and an explosion burned half of Harvey’s face, he found a way to convince him that he never planned on doing anything that happened.
By telling Harvey that he was someone who didn’t look like he planned things ahead of time, he convinced the lawyer that someone else had been pulling the strings. And that was one of the things that he did to convince Dent to go down a dark path.
24. “Never start with the head! The victim gets all… Fuzzy!” – ‘The Dark Knight ‘(2008)
During the interrogation scene involving the Joker and Jim Gordon, the villain was given to Batman, who had his own way of interrogating criminals. Batman used brute force against him to get the information that he needed. However, the Joker wasn’t bothered by any of his attacks, as he only told him that he should never hit the victim on the head.
In that regard, he was basically telling Batman his own experiences of hitting victims in the head. He knew that going for the head would make the victim go fuzzy and too numb to even say anything. In a way, he was telling Batman that he shouldn’t go for the head because this would only make his job more difficult.
25. “You don’t listen, do you?” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
In ‘The Joker,’ the idea of being ignored was often a theme in the entire movie. People ignored Arthur even though it was clear that he was suffering from life. In a way, the movie is also a big cry for help for those suffering from mental illnesses that others just don’t listen to or would rather ignore.
Arthur basically understands this as he knows for a fact that he has been ignored his entire life. He wants the world to listen to what he says because he is tired of being ignored by society and the world. The only thing that he truly cared about was for people to listen to him because no one had ever listened to him his entire life.
26. “Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
Throughout the entire storyline of the Batman comics, Gotham has always been portrayed as the worst city in terms of crime because crime has become uncontrollable. It’s a broken city that has become festered by organized and petty crime. And that was why there was a need for Bruce Wayne to act and become a vigilante.
However, ‘Joker’ didn’t portray Gotham as a broken city. But it does make it seem like the movie was an origin story that eventually led to the rise of criminality in Gotham. The Joker inspired people to commit crimes when he called out to society in front of a live television audience. As such, things became crazier in the city due to him sparking a revolution.
27. “Now, I see the funny side. Now, i’m always smiling!” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
The biggest thing about the Joker in the comics was the mystery behind his entire character. ‘The Dark Knight’ adopted the same kind of ambiguousness in terms of his backstory, even though he drops a few hints about his past here and there. At one point, he told Rachel Dawes that loan sharks attacked his ex-wife, which forced him to cut his face in solidarity. Of course, he could be lying.
Nevertheless, the one thing that made him a very disturbing character was that he turned his scars into something he told about people all over Gotham. The scars on his face make him look like he is always smiling, making him an even more menacing character, especially when he tells the story about how he got those scars.
28. “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
This quote probably makes the most sense when it comes to the Joker. He understands the value of hard work and skills, and that’s why he said that someone good at something should never do that thing for free. Of course, his context was a lot darker. But you probably get the point.
The Joker uttered those words in a meeting with the city’s top mobsters as he proposed to kill Batman. But the mobsters wondered why he hadn’t done that, to which he replied that he wouldn’t do it for free. Of course, the Joker was only toying with those mobsters because he would never kill Batman because he was too much fun.
29. “And I thought my jokes were bad!” – ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
During the events of ‘The Dark Knight,’ we saw just how gutsy the Joker was when he invaded a meeting between the city’s top mobsters and offered a proposal to kill Batman. During the meeting, one of the mobsters said that their money was safe, to which the Joker entered and laughed at that statement.
The Joker uttered this quote when he was basically telling the mobsters that their money would never be safe because Batman would eventually find them and foil their plans. As such, he insulted them by saying their jokes were bad.
30. “Everybody is awful these days. It’s enough to make everyone crazy.” – ‘Joker’ (2019)
A huge theme in the events of ‘Joker’ focused on how people can be mean to others. Arthur was a victim of how awful society was because he never felt treated well enough by the people around him. That was what eventually led him to a life of insanity as he was driven to the edge.
In that regard, he realized that a good part of what made people insane was society’s failure. For him, how people treated others could drive people to the brink of insanity. And he was right because society can be a bit too mean when addressing other people’s mental illnesses.
Best Joker quotes from the comics
31. “If the police expect to play against the joker, they’d better be prepared to be dealt from the bottom of the deck!”
One of the most memorable quotes in the history of the Joker’s comic book life was this one because he basically said that he was superior to the police in many different ways. Of course, he was right to some extent because the police always had to rely on Batman to beat the Joker and bring him to justice.
In a way, this was one of the quotes that ultimately turned the Joker into Batman’s greatest enemy. The Joker’s sense of superiority over the justice system made him think he was invincible. But Batman always had something to say about that.
32. “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest Man alive to lunacy.”
Ever since he was introduced to the world of comic books, the Joker always wanted to bring everyone down to his level of lunacy. He was an anarchist that wanted to see the world burn, and that was when he said that an incredibly bad day was more than enough to push a sane man to the brink of insanity.
We know that we all have our bad days, and some of those bad days are incredibly bad. Of course, for the Joker, a single bad day can be enough to make any person go crazy, especially when that bad day involves a day with the lunacy of the joke himself.
33. “I’m not mad at all! I’m just differently sane!!”
While the world has always known that the Joker was a madman, there were instances in the comics when he referred to himself as someone who was actually sane. He often made jokes about his insanity by calling himself someone with a different level of sanity than the rest of the world.
In a way, the Joker does make sense in calling himself a different kind of sane because he still maintains a logical way of doing things whenever he plots his next crime. But the fact that he relished in anarchy was what made him a madman. Nevertheless, he was as sane as any other person because he was perfectly aware of his actions.
34. “A candle flickered into life, symbol of hope for millions. A single Tiny candle, shining in the ugly dark. I laughed and blew it out.”
‘The Killing Joke’ storyline in the comics has always been one of the best storylines involving the Joker. In this comic hook storyline, the Joker delivered a great monologue that described one of his dreams wherein the world was shrouded in darkness after a huge disaster. And when a flicker of candlelight came to give the world hope, he was the man that would blow that candle out because that’s just the type of person he always was.
This quote perfectly embodies the kind of lunatic the Joker was because he was always the type of person that would rather see the world suffering. Of course, if he could be the person that could make the world suffer, he would gladly do so because he simply loves chaos and anarchy.
35. “One by one, they’ll hear my call. Then this wicked town, Will follow my fall.”
Gotham City is the most iconic city in the world of DC because this is where most of the Batman and Joker storylines occur. To some extent, the city is an entity on its own as it allows us to see the never-ending battles between the forces of good and the agents of evil in the form of the criminals that plague this city. Of course, the city gave birth to two sides of the same coin in the form of Batman and the Joker.
So, when the Joker said this quote, he was referring to himself as the person attempting to push the entire city down the path of madness. And the one person that would be there to stop him would be his eternal rival, Batman.
36. “I hit Jason a lot harder than that. His Name was Jason, right?”
We’ve always known that the Joker wanted to push the world to madness by corrupting it. But the one person that he wanted to corrupt the most was Batman. As such, in the comics, he decided to kill a person close to Batman. He brutally murdered Jason Todd’s Robin so that Batman would have a reason to come after him.
So, when Batman finally confronts him, the Joker brings up the fact that he hit Jason hard enough to kill the young boy. It was his own way of goading Batman into going down to his level of madness. And he often used Jason’s death as a way to enrage Batman and his allies, including Nightwing himself.
37. “Oh, the irony! Me, flying out from the darkness–like a bat. You know what I love about the darkness, batman? I can see my reflection in it. My face is the face of the deep. And it goes on forever. What do you see? Do you see your reflection? Is that why you sit in the darkness? Answer me! When you stare at the darkness, does it stare back at you?.”
The Joker has always been someone who tried to coerce Batman into falling into the same depths of despair as he did. That’s why he often tried to find a way to push him to the brink of insanity, as doing so would make him the ultimate victor in their never-ending war. But simultaneously, he saw Batman as the other side of the same coin.
So, when the Joker found something he had in common with Batman, he always tried to make it seem like they were the same in many different ways. But, of course, while they had a lot of things in common, Batman was always someone who saw the darkness in a way that was entirely different from the way that the Joker saw it.
38. “Why be a disfigured outcast when I can be a notorious crime god? Why be an orphaned boy when you can be a superhero?”
As mentioned, the Joker and Batman are two sides of the same coin. Joker is never complete without Batman because they share a symbiotic relationship wherein they represent the two sides of Gotham.
In that regard, this quote shows that both of these men became who they were because they lived in the same city and experienced many common things. But while Batman became a hero, the Joker became a crime lord.
39. “If I weren’t crazy, i’d be insane!”
If there’s one thing that has always been true about the Joker, it’s that he is entirely mad and crazy. His madness is one of the things that made him a special villain in the eyes of a lot of different comic book fans. And while his origin story tends to be a mystery to most fans, one of the things that we know is that something in the past turned him into a crazy person.
Of course, Joker knows that he is crazy, but he often views his craziness as something different from insanity. Nevertheless, he knows that he’d still be considered insane if he wasn’t as crazy as he was. So, while there aren’t a lot of differences between craziness and insanity, the Joker knows that he would fall into either category.
40. “It was as easy as beating a puppy to death with a kitten.”
One of the things that we saw in the ‘Injustice’ comic books was how the Joker could easily manipulate Superman into killing Lois Lane. This was something he did out of boredom because he got tired of always losing to Batman. And when he saw Superman as his next victim, he called him “easy mode” because he knew that manipulating Superman was much easier than manipulating Batman.
So, when Batman interrogated the Joker for what he did to Superman, he simply said that killing Lois was so easy that it was like beating a puppy using a kitten. Of course, he got his point across when Superman came in and murdered him in cold blood out of anger. The Joker won because he could corrupt a man that many believed was morally incorruptible. And he finally got his wish because he could never do that to Batman.
41. “If I weren’t insane: I couldn’t be so brilliant!”
This is another instance wherein the Joker acknowledged just how insane of a man he truly was. He knew that he was insane, but he also knew that he had a sane mind in the sense that he could come up with amazing plots that were so smart that they were good enough to give Batman trouble.
As such, he recognized that he could have been brilliant if he weren’t insane. Many readers could attest to that because Joker’s brilliance is truly incredible. But we all know that he’s a mad and insane man, so it’s hard to give him props for his brilliance as a criminal.
42. “Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… Forever.”
For someone who is incredibly crazy, the Joker can make a decent point when it comes to how he views madness. In ‘The Killing Joke,’ he tried to do his part to get out of his problems in life. However, when his problems didn’t end, he accepted his inner darkness.
This led to his downward spiral into the world of madness as he became a madman that embraced his crazy and insane side as a form of escapism. As the Joker, he could lock up the dreadful things he experienced in his life by being mad. In that regard, madness became a form of escapism for him.
43. “The real joke is your stubborn, bone-deep conviction that somehow, somewhere, all of this makes sense! That’s what cracks me up each time!”
Sometimes, the Joker makes a lot of sense that it can be very scary, especially when he makes more sense than even the most sensible people. This was a quote that he told Batman in one of their encounters, as he was basically telling the Caped Crusader that he holds on to his own moral compass in a very stubborn way.
In that regard, we’ve seen Batman doing the same thing repeatedly by defeating the Joker, only for the Joker to return and wreak havoc again. It’s become a never-ending war between them, and the Joker realizes that Batman is too stubborn to admit that this war will never end. And we all know that Batman must kill the Joker to end this never-ending war.
44. “This is going to hurt you a lot more than it does me.”
We all know that the Joker was the one responsible for murdering Jason Todd in the comics. It was one of the things that he did to coerce Batman into descending down the path of madness with him. As such, he ambushed Jason and brutally beat him up with a crowbar.
Of course, the deranged psycho told the young teenager that this would hurt Jason more than it would hurt him. This was his way of twisting one of the things parents often say whenever they spank their children. But, of course, Joker twisted it by saying that this would hurt Jason, as parents often say that spanking hurts them more than it hurts their children.
45. “Any Man can have one really bad day and end up just like me.’
In ‘The Killing Joke,’ the Joker wanted to convince the world that any man can be prone to madness because everyone experiences a bad day or two. Of course, for him, it doesn’t take much for someone to go mad, as he said that a person could end up just like him by experiencing a bad day.
He does make sense because we all go through bad days. But it takes a special kind of madness to allow a bad day to push you to insanity. And the Joker simply had too much darkness in him, allowing his insanity to take over his entire life after a bad day.
46. “Kid, I’m the Joker. I Don’t just randomly kill people. I kill people when it’s funny.”
As evil as the Joker may be, we all know that he does things for a good reason. He isn’t just some deranged killer that kills people just because he wants to. Instead, there is almost always a good reason why he kills, even if there is no justification for killing other people.
Of course, because the Joker is unconventional, he always has unconventional reasons for killing people. For example, if he thinks killing someone would be funny, he would gladly do so. After all, he is the Joker.
47. “I’ll… See you… In hell.”
Even though we don’t often see Batman killing people, we did see the Joker dying in the events of the graphic novel entitled ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ He had a duel with Batman, and this encounter led to his death after he snapped his own neck when Batman refused to kill him.
But while he did snap his own neck, he was still alive for a few moments. In his final moments, the Joker wore a devilish smile and told Batman he would see him in hell. That’s because the Joker truly believed that Batman would also end up in hell after his death, as Batman was never without his own fair share of sins and faults as well.
48. “So this little virtual-voodoo satellite turns my wonderful thoughts into reality? I think, therefore, they suffer?… It’s kinky! I like it!”
In one of the instances in the comics, the Joker found a satellite that could turn thoughts into reality. Of course, the one thing that we know about the Joker is that his thoughts are more dangerous than anything we could ever imagine because he is an insane psycho with a head full of the craziest things that someone could ever think of.
So, when he realized what this device could do, he immediately thought people would suffer because of his thoughts. And that’s why he immediately loved the concept behind this machine, as all he had to do was to think so that the entire world would end up suffering.
49. “How ‘bout if I just kill you all?”
The thing about the Joker is that he can be really simple with his words, no matter how crazy he can be. There are some instances when he wants to take things to a complicated level because he wants to have fun. But at the same time, we all know he can be decisive.
So, in one instance in the comics, he suggested killing everyone in front of him without even wasting time to make things fun for him. But we all know that killing itself is fun for the Joker, so that means that he can still have fun killing people without necessarily making it a challenge for himself.
50. “Is this some kind of – joke?”
His name says it all because the Joker has always been the master of jokes. He wants to make a joke out of everything as he relishes that he can have fun while doing all of the craziest things in the world.
Since he’s the master of jokes, the Joker really doesn’t enjoy being the subject of a joke. Nevertheless, he still understands a good joke whenever he sees one. Just don’t make sure to make him the butt of the joke because he probably wouldn’t like that.
51. “I Don’t know what it was that bent your life out of shape, but who knows? Maybe i’ve been there too. Maybe I can help. We could work together. I could rehabilitate you. You needn’t be out there on the edge anymore. You needn’t be alone. We Don’t have to kill each other. What do you say?”
This is a pretty weird Joker quote because we know that he has always been a crazy one that doesn’t like helping people. Of course, this is surely something that the Joker said out of character, but we all know that there’s a hint of sarcasm in what he is saying.
Nevertheless, the one thing that we know is that he is somewhat bargaining as he knows that he may be in trouble. And there must be a reason why Batman is so on edge here, as we all know that the Joker tends to go overboard with what he does or says.
52. “I May be a criminal lunatic, but i’m an AMERICAN criminal lunatic!”
This comes from a crossover event between DC and Marvel involving Batman and Captain America. Of course, one of the things that we know about the Joker is that he is somewhat self-aware of his own craziness and lunacy.
In this crossover event, he made sure to make his patriotism known by saying that he’s an American criminal lunatic instead of simply classifying himself as an ordinary criminal lunatic. We can’t tell whether it makes a difference, but the important part is that he has a sense of patriotism.
53. “The town isn’t big enough for two homicidal maniacs.”
One of the things that the Joker is aware of is that he is a crazy and homicidal maniac that won’t stop at anything to get satisfaction out of killing people for fun. While that may be true, he knows that he has a turf to maintain and that he has to ensure that there’s only one crazy person in the city.
In that regard, the Joker doesn’t want to share his turf with another person because he wants to be the only crazy lunatic murderer in Gotham. After all, having two homicidal maniacs wouldn’t make the Joker a unique character because he has to share his uniqueness with another person.
54. “Whoa. Well…Mommy always said…I was a little crazy!!”
We don’t know much about the Joker’s past and where he actually came from. We only know that he has always had a mysterious past that most likely led to his lunatic tendencies as a murderer. And this may have always been something that’s been around since his childhood years.
Of course, we aren’t sure if Joker’s mommy really did say that he was a little crazy because we don’t even know much about his past. But any mother would know enough that her boy’s a psycho. And it’s possible that the Joker’s mom really did say that her son was crazy.
55. “Oh, The Rich And Powerful! Takes Them A While To Get They’re Being Laughed At!”
There are some instances when the Joker makes more sense than others. For example, he knows how to point out the problems of society and why some people contribute to the overall failure of the system. And he tends to take things out on Gotham’s rich and powerful people.
In that regard, the Joker is aware of how the rich and powerful tend to see themselves well above the level of other people. This is probably the reason why he knows that those who are wealthy tend to struggle to understand whether or not they are the ones who are made the butt of a joke. And that makes sense because, in some way, wealthy people do really think that they’re above others.
56. “Here’s the cold, hard truth Bats…I Don’t hate you ‘cause i’m crazy… I’m crazy ‘cause I hate you.”
It has always been the case that the Joker seemingly cannot exist without Batman because he always saw Batman as the only reason for his existence. That’s why there have been cases wherein he could have killed him but opted not to because he wanted to continue his never-ending battles with Batman because it’s fun.
Of course, the Joker also attributes his craziness to Batman because he can’t defeat or find a way to make him fall to his level. He hates Batman but also loves him as well. And this has driven him to the point of lunacy as he just can’t break Batman’s moral compass and spirit.
57. “This is the part you’ve been waiting your whole life for, Buddy. A “clown” with so much pain inside. Show me that pain. Show the world.”
When we look at clowns, we often see happy people who tend to bring others joy. After all, that is something that clowns have always been known for, as they really do bring joy to the world. But one of the things we often forget is that clowns can be full of sadness as well.
In the Joker’s case, he doesn’t hide the fact that he lives with so much pain and sadness inside. He recognizes that he is full of pain and that this pain is what made him who he is. And the one thing that he wants to do is to force the entire world to feel his pain and fall down to his level of lunacy.
58. “Like the fella says, money can’t buy friends, but it gives you a better class of enemies.”
It has always been the case that money cannot buy real friends because we know that people who befriend the wealthy are only in it for their benefit. The Joker is aware of that because he knows that no money could ever give him the friends he probably needs to bring down Batman.
But simultaneously, the Joker recognizes that money can give him a better class of enemies. That’s because money tends to bring in more enemies than friends. Of course, it all boils down to jealousy and rivalry regarding hatred among the rich and wealthy.
59. “You know what they say, “dead men tell no tales.” Hm. Which doesn’t help a Man trying to build a reputation in this town.”
The Joker is crazy, and that’s a truth that has never been contested. But the one thing we know about the Joker is that he wants to be someone everyone in the world knows. And the only way for him to get his name across is to keep his victims alive so that they could tell tales about him.
After all, a dead person cannot tell scary tales about a scary person, and the Joker wants people to fear him. No one would fear the Joker if there was no one to tell stories about him. And that’s why he would rather torment and keep people alive so that the entire world would know who he is.
60. “Do I look like the kind of criminal to waste manpower on a no-name vigilante when I’ve got bigger bats to fry?”
The Joker is an efficient man who knows his targets. He doesn’t just go after people for the sake of going after them. Instead, he focuses on the things and people that matter, and the person that always mattered to him more than anything else was Batman.
That’s why the Joker wouldn’t waste his time and resources on someone who doesn’t matter to him. No matter how strong a certain vigilante or superhero may be, the Joker won’t waste efforts and resources on that person if he knows that he could use his resources on Batman, who has always been the only person he could ever beat.
61. “As I surmised. You’re not the same Robin. The new costume is trés chic. A bit of a runt, aren’t we? Kicked out the nest too Soon?”
Throughout his entire career as a villain, the Joker has seen his fair share of Robins because we know that he has always been Batman’s greatest rival. Of course, a lot of different Robins have already paired up with Batman throughout his entire career as a superhero.
The thing is, however, not a lot of villains have said anything about the fact that there are different versions of Robin. But the Joker quickly noticed that the Robin that he faced was different because different Robins tend to have different styles. And that’s what makes the Joker so dangerous, as he has clan be pretty observant even though he is a psycho lunatic.
62. “The likes of us working for a guy called Superman?! What an outrageous joke!”
One of the things that we know about the Joker is that he doesn’t respect Superman as much as he respects Batman. Superman isn’t too much of a threat to him despite the fact that he is so much stronger than Batman. But the Joker doesn’t care about a superhero’s physical strength, as the one thing that he has always found puzzling about Batman is his inner strength.
In that regard, the Joker doesn’t really think that Superman is someone worth his time because he never saw him as someone as challenging as Batman. That’s why he almost never respected Superman and even thinks that the Man of Steel is a very silly superhero concept.
63. “After all these years of mentally fencing with the Batman, dealing with a muscle-bound clod like Superman is like taking a vacation!”
In the ‘Injustice’ storyline, the Joker actually attacked Superman instead of Batman. He was the one who created a scheme that made Superman kill Lois Lane and their unborn child. And Lois’ death also led to the destruction of Metropolis, as the Joker could easily defeat Superman and make him lose the things that mattered to him.
The reason why the Joker targeted and attacked Superman was the fact that he always saw Batman as a challenge that he could never overcome. On the other hand, he found Superman, an easier victim. And this was proven when he forced Superman to kill his beloved Lois, destroy Metropolis, and kill Joker, thus proving the Clown Prince of Crime’s point that he could corrupt Superman.
64. “Crime hasn’t been all that good to me of late. I’ve been spending more time in Arkham Asylum than out.”
One of the things that has always been common in Joker’s life is that he gets caught by Batman and ends up in prison. Of course, because of the problems of the justice system of Gotham, he almost always finds himself in Arkham Asylum instead of in prison. And after some “rehabilitation,” he gets out of Arkham.
In that regard, there were times when the Joker noticed that he was spending more time in Arkham than outside of it. And he was quick to say that he was losing his touch because he was always finding himself getting caught.
65. “You’re a photographer. You have the all-seeing eye on the camera, but your lens cap is still on. You’re out of focus! You can’t see the big picture!”
The Joker has always been someone full of words of wisdom, as he knows how to use metaphors to his advantage when he wants to make a point. This has always been something impressive about him, as he can be pretty smart and wise even though he has always been a lunatic.
So, in one instance, the Joker used photography to make a point. For him, a photographer that keeps his lens cap on and doesn’t even focus on his subject can’t see the bigger picture. Of course, photographers tend to focus only on certain subjects instead of looking at the bigger picture.
66. “Funny thing is. I much prefer a knife to a gun. It’s hard to get precision from guns. I manage but it took some doing. You understand. I can tell. Few do.”
There’s no doubt that the Joker is a sadistic psychopath in everything that he does. That’s why he prefers to use a knife as it is more in line with his deranged personality because he finds it easier to become more precise with his sadistic approach when using a knife.
On the other hand, guns tend to be messy and less precise in their approach because there are some instances when a gun would immediately kill a person. But knives are much more controllable because the Joker can easily hit a spot that he likes without killing the person.
67. “If you were going for deformity, you’re using the wrong tools. If you were going for pain, you’re in all the wrong places. You just kept working an already broken jaw. Just wear out your wrist that way. No concept of craft.”
Of course, as mentioned, the Joker has always been sadistic in his approach because of the fact that he knows where and what to hit. He also knows exactly what kind of tools he has to use to get his desired results.
In that regard, the Joker is an expert at understanding how to torture his victims and make them suffer without necessarily killing them. That means that he relishes knowing where to hit his enemies in the most efficient way possible. This is why he has always been one of the scariest people in the entire DC universe.
68. “The problem with you kids today is that you have no culture of your own so you’re always ripping off other eras! The fifties?! The seventies?! Puh-lease! They were hideous enough once!
This actually makes sense because the Joker has seen a lot of different decades and cultures over his entire career as the Clown Prince of Crime. He has seen different eras that kids of the newer generations basically recycled.
Of course, there probably wasn’t anything malicious on the Joker’s part when he said this. It’s just an observation from someone who has seen his fair share of eras throughout his entire career as DC’s most iconic villain.
69. “All I’ve ever wanted… is to have a good time. And to annoy Batman, whenever possible, of course. And to one day murder Batman and defile his carcass sexually. And a pony.”
We can get a good look at the kind of person the Joker is because he doesn’t ask for a lot of things in life. Unlike other villains that focus more on gaining power and wealth, the Joker has simpler tastes.
Of course, Batman is at the center of the Joker’s desires because he wants to annoy him and murder him someday. Then again, the Joker also wants a pony of his own. As such, we can understand him because everyone wants their own pony.
70. “I derive far more pleasure from our continual battles of wits than I would from his single death… But to destroy his effectiveness — to take away the anonymity he so loves — that would be a pleasure.”
The one thing that the Joker has always lived for his entire life was his battles with Batman. He lives for his rivalry with Batman because he derives pleasure whenever he has to go up against the Caped Crusader in a battle of wits. This is why he doesn’t want to kill him as much as possible, as he wants to continue living his life battling him.
Of course, the one thing that he wanted to take away from Batman was his sense of anonymity because he has always been one of the things that made him an effective hero. And because the Joker wants to defeat Batman, he wants to take away this sense of anonymity from him.
Best Joker quotes from the games
71. “That’s why I like you, Superman. You’re much more gullible than…”
In the ‘Injustice’ video game, the Joker decided to put matters into his own hands by manipulating Superman into killing his own family. Of course, the reason why the Joker did that was because he always thought that the Man of Steel was much more gullible than Batman.
Throughout his entire rivalry with Batman, the one thing that the Joker could never do was completely outsmart him. That’s why he never thought that Batman was gullible. On the other hand, while Superman was always a smart being, the Joker saw him as someone he could manipulate and fool easier.
72. “I know it’s soon, but…Think you’ll ever find love again? Maybe you won’t kill your next family…”
As mentioned, the Joker manipulated Superman into killing Lois Lane and their unborn child when he used the Scarecrow’s fear toxin to make Lois Lane look like Doomsday. In that regard, Superman killed his family without even knowing that he killed them.
So, when Superman confronted the Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime taunted him by telling him that he could still find love in his life as long as he didn’t kill his next family. That’s just how deranged and fearless Joker is, as he just doesn’t care about what he is saying to one of the most powerful beings on the planet.
73. “What is it about dead relatives that turns you into a giant rodent?”
One of the instances in the Arkham games where Batman and the Joker talked about a villain was when Batman realized that Man-Bat was a former professor that used bat DNA to cure deafness. This caused him to turn into a giant bat that murdered his own wife in the process.
In that regard, the Joker joked that Man-Bat and Batman had something in common in that they both ended up losing their families and became bats. Of course, we know that bats aren’t rodents. But you get the picture here because the Joker was simply joking around about the common aspects between Batman and Man-Bat.
74. “That reminds me, I really need to get me some new shoes.”
One of the most fearsome enemies Batman faced in the Arkham games was Killer Croc, who debuted in ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum.’ In that game, he emerged from an elevator, standing over ten feet tall and looking to eat Batman. Throughout that time, the Joker never even showed a hint of fear.
After seeing Killer Croc, the only thing that the Joker had in mind was that this monster had a leathery hide. He was reminded of how he needed new shoes and was referring to the fact that he could probably make new leather shoes out of Killer Croc’s hide by skinning him.
75. “Have you ever had a really bad day?”
Even though fans weren’t entirely happy about the fact that Mark Hamill didn’t voice the Joker in ‘Arkham Origins,’ Troy Baker did a great job with the fact he was able to make the Joker shine well in this video game as he first met Harleen Quinzel before she even became his sidekick.
In that scene, he gave a good monologue that got us to see more into the mind of the Joker, especially when he said in ‘The Killing Joke’ that a bad day can turn anyone crazy. So, when he asked Harleen if she had ever had a bad day, he was referring to the possibility that his insanity was the product of a really bad day.
76. “That actually is pretty funny!”
One of the biggest twists in the Arkham games was that the Joker was actually Clayface in disguise in what was one of the biggest tricks he pulled off on Batman. This led to an intense boss fight. Meanwhile, the real Joker was dying and demanding Batman cure him. This led Batman to comment about how he and Joker had been locked in an endless cycle of fights.
The Joker stabbed Batman from behind, and this forced Batman to destroy the cure for the Joker’s illness. Batman told him that he would have saved him after everything that he did. As such, the Joker laughed before choking to death, but not before he told Batman that his words were actually pretty funny. He died wearing a smile on his face.
77. “How about ‘getting your ass kicked’ 101?”
In the games, Joker placed Batman through a lot and was still able to get a cure for his sickness when he stole it from Mr. Freeze. After that, he felt so good that he decided to challenge Batman to a fight and even offered to teach him a lesson. Batman responded that there was nothing that he could learn from the Joker.
Of course, because the Joker was always someone who was quick to respond with his jokes, he told Batman that he could still teach him how to get his ass kicked. In that regard, this was one of the funniest lines in the entire game, especially with Mark Hamill delivering it so well. And the funniest part was that Batman defeated him with only a few punches.
78. “Get ready for the encore.”
In the climax of ‘Arkham Knight,’ one of the things that we saw was the fact that Batman was injected with fear toxin as the Phantom Joker was able to take over his entire body. This was a climax that no one expected, but the Joker got so proud that he thought he was immune to the Fear Toxin.
But at the end of the day, the Joker ended up falling for Batman’s plan despite the fact that he said that everyone should get ready for the encore. As such, the Joker ended up getting injected with the fear toxin, as Batman was able to fight him in his mind.
79. “You of all people should know, there’s plenty wrong with me.”
During the earlier part of the ‘Arkham City’ game, the Joker had been kept in the dark due to the fact that the Titan process from Arkham Asylum had already infected him. In that regard, he was dying. But Batman thought that the Joker was merely joking as he said that there was nothing wrong with his mortal enemy.
So, when the Joker emerged from the shadows, he immediately told Batman that he should be the first person to know that there was something wrong with him because he knew the Joker well enough to understand that he wasn’t his usual self. And this highlights the fact that Batman and the Joker have always known each other better than anyone else.
80. “Welcome to the madhouse, Batman!”
In the Arkham games, the one reason why the Joker wanted to be brought to Arkham Asylum was so that he could take over the entire island after escaping. That means that he had planned the entire thing the entire time, and he ended up escaping with the help of Harley Quinn. After escaping, he hid behind a barrier and taunted Batman about the fact that he had set a trap for him.
The game began from that line from the Joker as the entire game was seemingly a trap that Joker set up. He was a threat to Batman throughout the game, especially regarding the psychological aspect. And this is why the Joker has always been Batman’s greatest rival.
Best Joker quotes from the animated series
81. “Jingle bells, Satman smells, Robin laid an egg. The Batmobile lost a wheel, and the Joker got away!”
While the animated series of Batman was a lot tamer compared to the comics and games, there were still a lot of fantastic lines from the Joker himself. And this is one of the lines that got stuck with a lot of kids that grew up watching the show.
A lot of kids ended up singing the same “Jingle Bells” song that the Joker modified. So, while this song might not entirely attack or insult Batman, it was an iconic jingle that kids loved singing throughout their childhood years.
82. “Nice entrance. Either you’ve never heard of a door, or you just like pulling glass out of your shorts.”
One of the things that made the Joker very iconic was that he had a penchant for quips that were funny and entertaining. Of course, he found ways to deliver his jokes at the best time possible. And despite the PG nature of the animated series, his jokes were still spot-on.
So, in that regard, the Joker was able to insult Batman and Robin when they entered the room by breaking through the window instead of using the door. Of course, the Joker made sense with that insult, as some people actually wonder why Batman would rather break through a window whenever he arrived at the scenes.
83. “I’m crazy enough to take on Batman, but the IRS? No, thank you!”
The animated series was actually full of different lessons that kids were supposed to learn at an early age. Of course, the Joker delivered some of those lessons in the classic Joker way, especially after he landed an inheritance during the time when he needed a lot of money. But he also learned that he needed to pay an Inheritance Tax.
So, after learning that there was tax involved, the Joker quickly said he was willing to pay the amount because he wasn’t crazy enough to go up against the IRS, even though he was crazy enough to take on Batman. So, in a way, he was telling people to pay their taxes because even the Clown Prince of Crime wasn’t willing enough to go to jail for tax evasion.
84. “Their names escape me for the moment.”
During his entire life as the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker didn’t do everything all on his own because he actually had goons that he ordered around to do the heavy lifting. These low-level criminals were quite disposable to him because he didn’t care what would happen to them, especially when fighting with Batman.
So, when the Joker barged into the office of one of his newest targets, in introduced himself and Harley Quinn but failed to introduce his goons because he didn’t even know their names. This goes to show that he never really thought of his goons as important people to him.
85. “Colonel what’s-his-name has chickens, and they don’t even have mustaches.”
Again, the Joker is full of different jokes relatable to real life, as most of the jokes he delivered in the animated series were quite tamed compared to those he delivers in the games or the comics. So, in a scene wherein he released a toxin that mutated the fish of Gotham and gave them smiles comparable to those he had, he was quick to relate this to real life.
The Joker joked about how his fish had his smile. On the other hand, the colonel behind one of the most popular fast-food chains doesn’t even have chickens with the same mustache as he did. He was obviously referring to Colonel Sanders of KFC.
86. “You really should loosen up, dealer. Have a laugh now and then.”
We know that the Joker tends to use a lot of stuff for his nefarious schemes, meaning he needs money. That’s why he still needed enough cash to buy the different devices and weapons that he needed to make Batman’s life a living hell. So, when an auction took place for a large batch of explosives, the Joker entered his bid.
But while some of the bidders bid money, the Joker threatened to blow the entire place up because he didn’t want to pay a single cent. He even made fun of the dealer by handing him an explosive, only for it to turn out fake. And he joked around and told the dealer to loosen up and have some fun.
87. “Without Batman, crime has no punchline.”
Again and again, it has always been mentioned that Batman is the Joker’s sole purpose for being a criminal because he lives to make Batman’s life a living hell. So, when the Joker thought that Batman had been killed by someone else, he fell into a state of depression and even ended up getting sad about Batman’s death.
He became sad because Batman was the one thing that made being a criminal fun for the Joker. As such, he even flirted with the possibility of leaving his criminal life behind because he thought that not having Batman around made life boring for him. That was how important Batman was to the Joker,
88. “Well, that was fun. Who’s for Chinese?”
Of course, we know that there was a point wherein the Joker thought that Batman had been killed, and the man responsible for that was Sidney Debris, who created an explosion that caused Batman to vanish. The Joker, of course, was offended by the fact that an unknown criminal could kill Batman.
In that regard, the Joker became vengeful as he trapped Sidney inside a coffin. He even pushed the coffin into the same acid the Joker exposed to years ago. And after he thought that Sidney had been killed, he asked his goons if they wanted to go for some Chinese food.
89. “The only things gaining now are the laughing stocks.”
The Joker can be great at making fun of the things that are happening in real life, especially when he can make a lot of sense regarding real-life scenarios. His dark humor has always been what made him special, but there were also other jokes that were so bad that they’re still worth laughing at.
So, in one episode, the Joker looked into the world of financial crimes and ended up manipulating the stock market. He saw how the stock market fell, as he joked about the fact that laughing stocks were the only thing gaining at that time. It was a witty pun that wasn’t entirely funny, but it was such a bad joke that you couldn’t help but laugh at it.
90. “Oh, Batman. If you had the guts for that kind of fun, you’d have done it years ago.”
In his battles with Batman, the Joker always tried to find a way to win no matter the cost because he knew that Batman would never kill him. Of course, the Joker knew that once Batman killed him, he would win because he knew he had succeeded in making him embrace his killer side.
So, when Batman threatened to kill the Joker after the clown converted Tim Drake, the Joker laughed at his threats because he knew that Batman would have already killed him years ago if he had been serious about killing him. And he was right because Batman never tried to kill the Joker throughout their entire rivalry.
91. “Compare me to Batman?! I’ve got more style. More Brain. I’m certainly a better dresser.”
Even though they are so different, Batman and the Joker are perfect for one another because they are opposites of one another regarding their morals and beliefs. And we also see just how different they are in terms of the way they dress up because Batman would rather go monochromatic than the more colorful way that the Joker dressed up.
So, when the mayor of Gotham condemned Batman for being a vigilante and even compared him to the Joker, the Joker was offended because he believed that he was more stylish than Batman due to his flashy way of dressing up.
92. “Remember, it’s not the fall. It’s the sudden stop.”
The Joker has always had a penchant for delivering great lines that showcase how twisted his sense of humor always was. He always found a good opportunity to deliver a good joke that reflected his personality and twisted insanity, even if he was threatening people with death.
In the show, Hugo Strange was unable to follow through with his plan of unmasking Batman, as the Joker decided to take him for a ride on a plane. He threatened to kill him by hanging him out of the plane door; he said this quote to instill fear into the heart of Hugo Strange.
93. “It’s only natural you’d be attracted to a Man who could make you laugh again.”
Introduced in the animated series, Harleen Quinzel was a woman that the Joker lured to become his sidekick and partner when Harleen was interviewing him while she was still working as a psychiatrist.
In that scene, the Joker turned the table by turning himself into the doctor as he was the one seemingly treating Harleen’s “illness.” Seeing that he could use the doctor to escape the asylum, the Joker made her believe she needed a man to make her laugh. And that was when Harley Quinn was born because she got attracted to the fact that the Joker could make her laugh and was able to bring color to what used to be a mundane life.
94. “Oh, Lexie, I’m hurt.”
There were a lot of instances wherein the Joker showcased that he was seemingly unafraid of dying and was basically immune to death because he just wouldn’t die despite seeing himself in positions that should have killed him. So, when he appeared in an episode of ‘Justice League,’ he crashed the meeting of Lex Luthor’s Injustice Gang.
In that scene, he told Lex he got hurt because he wasn’t invited to participate in that group. Lex remembered how one of their earlier partnerships failed, and that was why he tried to find a way to get rid of him, as he knew that he wouldn’t succeed with the Joker wanting to involve himself in his plans. And Lex understood that he could never shake him off because the Joker was seemingly immune to death.
95. “Sunshine. Clean air. *Coughs* I hate it.”
The Joker was arguably the most popular villain in the animated series because he was fun and very entertaining in his approach to his craft. He was eccentric and had a pretty twisted view of seeing the world.
Due to his warped way of looking at the world, he didn’t like the fact that Hugo Strange’s island hideout was on a tropical island that would have been a great place to take a vacation. But because the Joker didn’t like sunshine and fresh air, he scoffed at the idea of staying on that island.
96. “Oh well. Arkham is nice this time of year.”
Only the Joker could ever deliver a joke during a time when he should accept defeat. We know that his main passion is being a criminal, but he is also passionate about delivering jokes at any given moment, no matter how dire the situation has become.
A funny example of him delivering a joke when he shouldn’t be delivering a joke was when he got beaten by Batman in a short skirmish. Instead of getting sad that he got captured, he embraced the idea of going to Arkham Asylum.
97. “Why can’t he ever stay dead?”
There are countless episodes of Batman fighting the Joker in the animated series, and we know these episodes tend to be some of the best in the show. And we all know that the Joker wanted to kill Batman in his own special way but often failed in keeping him down and out for the count.
So, in one episode, the Joker seemingly defeated Batman, only for him to get surprised when the Caped Crusader returned and was still alive. This made the Joker lash out in frustration as his rival just wouldn’t stay down and dead no matter what he did.
98. “Hello! He’s still alive!”
One of the things that made Joker a complex character was that there were instances wherein he just couldn’t make up his mind in relation to whether or not he wanted Batman dead or alive. In some instances, he wanted him dead. But in many instances, he wanted him alive because he lived to make Batman’s life a living hell.
So, in one of the instances wherein Lex captured Batman, he kept him alive. But the Joker was sane enough to tell Luthor that killing Batman was the best option because the Justice League would come after them if Batman was still alive. So, in that regard, the Joker was the one that made the most sense here because he understood Batman more than anyone else.
99. “You’re not Batman!”
In ‘Batman Beyond,’ Terry had taken up Batman’s cowl after the elderly Bruce Wayne had become too old to play the role. But the problem was that, for some reason, the Joker had returned. He had kept a copy of his personality in a chip on Tim Drake when he captured him years ago.
In that regard, the Joker’s personality took over Tim Drake’s body in the future as he was basically revived. So, when the Joker faced Terry’s version of Batman, he was surprised to see that this was not the same Batman that he faced years ago. He was furious because he thought he would relive the glory days, only for him to realize that the old Batman had retired.
100. “Silly me. I forgot the acid!”
In the comics, one of the things that we learned about the Joker was that he often tried to beat Superman using some sort of powerful weapon. But he was actually able to defeat him in the animated universe. Superman wore a suit that protected him from the Joker’s Kryptonite. However, the Joker had already planned for that.
The Joker concealed acid on his lapel, and he used it to destroy Superman’s suit to expose him to Kryptonite. He was smart enough to prepare for Superman in that regard, as he used Kryptonite to defeat him. And he mocked Superman by telling him that he forgot about the fact that he had acid on his lapel.
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