A supervillian and the archenemy of Batman. He was first introduced in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) and has remained consistently popular. The Joker is a master criminal with a clown-like appearance. Initially portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement, the Joker later in the 1940s began to be written as a goofy trickster-thief. That characterization continued through the late 1950s and 1960s before the character became again depicted as a vicious, calculating, psychopathic killer.
He is never seen without his pale white face, red lips, green hair, and terrifying grin. The Joker is highly unpredictable which is what makes him the most dangerous of Batman's foes. He can shift from playful and harmless one moment to psychopathic and brutally violent the next. The Joker possesses a flair for the dramatics of crime that makes him utterly unique. When he commits a crime, he makes certain that everyone knows. He appears to sincerely enjoy the back and forth that he has with Batman. In fact, on multiple occasions, he has actually refused to commit crimes if Batman is not able to interfere, asking where the fun would be in that.
The Joker has been responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman's life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl/Oracle) and the murders of Jason Todd (the second Robin) and Jim Gordon's second wife Sarah Essen.
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