The Joker

The Joker

    DC Extended Universe
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… a life of crime. When he's not robbing banks or assassinating public officials, he's setting up elaborate, Rube Goldberg-like traps for the people of Gotham, like threatening to kill one person for every day Batman doesn’t turn himself in. He also purposefully allows himself to be caught by the police just so he can break free and cause havoc from inside the police station.

Profession… terrorist, bank robber, arsonist, murderer, and clown. Let’s be honest, Gotham isn’t the best-functioning city. Say what you want about The Joker – like, perhaps, that he’s pathologically violent – but the guy inspires loyalty in his crew and, by golly, he gets things done.

Interests… explosives. As Batman's butler Alfred says, “Some people just want to watch the world burn.” The Joker wants to see the whole world explode as people descend into madness. His goal: "Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. And you know the thing about chaos? It's fair."

Relationship Status… once married, according to him. He says his wife was given scars after getting in too deep with some loan sharks and to make her happy, he gave himself his iconic mangled smile, which turned her away. Knowing the Joker, though, this story could just be a bad joke.

Challenge… trying to win the fight over Gotham's soul. The Joker is convinced that through fear and terror (and a whole lot of explosives) he can turn Gotham into a city of chaos. However, Batman believes that the people of Gotham are inherently good.

Personality… insane, violent, and extremely dangerous. The Joker will stop at nothing to terrorize the citizens of Gotham. His dark past has made him into a twisted murderer, and his intelligence unfortunately allows him to be very good at what he does.


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