Aug 08 2012
There is a vein of cruelty that runs through most of what the Joker does. He never goes the easy route, though. He is not the “shoot you in the head” type of villain. No, if he wanted to shoot you in the head, he would GET INSIDE your head. He would do something to break you, and then mail you a gun and a single bullet and a nude picture of your Mom. That is just how the Joker works. He may want to get from A to C, but you know he is going to skip B entirely, and reroute the whole plan from Z on backwards.
That is what I love about him. He has a goal, and it may seem simple, but how he plans to get there is nothing short of twisted genius. He may not always execute these plans, but even when he fails, don’t you think that is what he wanted? Here are five deliciously deviant Joker moments that truly set him apart from all the villain clones that seem to permeate so much of modern fiction.
Cripple Commissioner Gordon’s Daughter To Break Him in The Killing Joke
I would hope all you guys would know I had to begin with this. That sentence sounded weird so I had to read it three times to make sure it was correct, and even now, I’m not so sure. Anyway, this was the moment for me when I stopped seeing the Joker as the clown prince and started seeing him as the maniacally brilliant madman he truly was. The whole entire ordeal the Joker puts Jim Gordon through in The Killing Joke is the stuff of nightmares.
” Hey, I just paralyzed your daughter, and I am not even going to tell you what that little mutant girl intends to with that pole. “
Now it’s plain to see by the end of this book that it takes more than that to break Jim Gordon (wait, more than having your daughter paralyzed and being slowly driven insane, naked and drugged, inside a messed up fun house crawling with circus freaks, all while getting images of the event flashed on massive screens, over and over?!! Even writing that almost broke me) but this story also chose to tell us a back story about the Joker, and what turned him from an ordinary man into an insane sociopath, filled with contempt and madness.
One bad day, that was all it took.
The Joker loves how much body Pert Plus gives his hair.
The Joker Gets Revenge By R*ping His Partners Ex-Wife in The Joker
I know this one might piss some people off, because it was made after Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight, and was obviously aimed to mimic Heath Ledger’s Joker, moreso than following Joker canon. But still, this moment is so sick and twisted, and seems like something the sickest version of this character would do to exact a sort of mental revenge on someone, which is just why he does it. Let me explain, without ruining this for anyone who hasn’t read this disturbing take on the Joker yet.
It’s not a sex toy under that blanket, but with this version of The Joker, would that even surprise you?
So Joker is (inexplicably) out of the Asylum. And he needs a partner. You know, someone to drive him around and open doors and announce his presence and such. This is where Jonny Frost comes in. Jonny Frost takes the gig and tells us this story. And basically, the Joker takes a few days to reintroduce Gotham to his ways, and reclaim his spot as the king. Some of the things he does to reclaim that spot are unsettling at best, but none quite as unsettling as how he treats his new buddy, Jonny Frost.
The generic driver is Jonny Frost, and he just took the worst job of his miserable life.
So at one point in the story, Frost meets up with Harvey Dent and when the Joker finds out about this, considers Jonny to be “cheating”, so he decides he should cheat, too. And he, well, you read the header up there, unfortunately.
I think the Joker is such an enigmatic and vile character, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that he is a deplorable human being, capable of some truly terrible things. In this book, you see that side of the Joker more clearly than you ever had before.
A man who clearly finds joy in being cruel.
When Joker tells you to eat your pasta, you eat your f*cking pasta!
Though The Joker graphic novel deviates from the comic book lore, it is a must read for fans of dark and twisted tales, and anyone who was a fan of Ledger’s Joker.
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