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The 7 Most Twisted Joker Moments in Comic Book History

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  • The Joker is the premier villain he's had so many iconic
  • Representations throughout the years as well as a few that are you know less than iconic?
  • But some versions that the Joker are far more messed up than others
  • Let's take a look at the 7 most twisted Joker moments in all of comic-book history, and that was 8
  • But we're only doing 7
  • Sorry.
  • That was a twisted moment in itself number 7 Joker cuts off his own face and wears
  • It as a mask. The Joker has done a lot of heinous things to other people
  • But rarely has he messed with the man in the mirror historically
  • It's been much easier to get his jollies off by torturing someone else whether it be Batman or Harley Quinn nor any henchmen dumb enough
  • To not know that working for the Joker is essentially a terminal illness
  • Someone at DC might have noticed this aspect of the character because right when the rebooted new 52 universe
  • Kicked off the Joker cut off his own face and pinned it to a wall. After that
  • Joker wasn't seen for a while when he emerged from his self-imposed leave of absence Joker was wearing his own
  • Decomposing face as a mask with all the sinewy facial tissue clearly visible
  • Underneath this fleshy garment and did the Joker have a dastardly new plan to go along with his new
  • Cosmetic surgery well I mean yes
  • But the particulars kind of don't matter when you can't stop staring at the flies buzzing around this rotting flesh mask
  • The nightmarish new look begs the question. Why would anyone ever do that to themselves?
  • That's the exact question Joker wants you to ask if he's willing to mutilate himself just for fun, imagine the horrors
  • He could inflict on someone
  • He doesn't actively like
  • the most prominently featured in Scott Snyder and Greg Capulet epic run on Batman the most unsettling Joker moment came from
  • Tomasi and Gleason's Batman and Robin yep, that's the Joker turning his frown
  • Upside down by flipping his maggot-infested face skin around a hundred and degrees
  • It's best to just cut off your eyelids now because you're not gonna see anything else when you try to sleep tonight
  • number six the Joker is even more twisted as
  • Martha Wayne if there's anything that comics love more than time travel its
  • Alternate universes that are caused by time travel such was the case for
  • Flashpoint a huge DC event that eventually gave way to the new 52 this alternate universe
  • Imagines a world where Flash's mother never died and the butterfly effect has caused many massive ripples throughout the time stream in the flashpoint reality
  • Aquaman is at war with Wonder Woman, Superman's baby pod landed in Metropolis
  • Not Smallville and everyone continues to not care about cyborg one of the most notable changes came during that fateful night in Crime Alley
  • Thomas and Martha Wayne weren't killed in a mugging gone wrong
  • But instead there was another casualty little Bruce Wayne
  • This left a vengeful Thomas Wayne to become an older grizzled Batman
  • But Thomas took it pretty well compared to Martha distraught over the loss of her son
  • Martha Wayne goes insane
  • Slashes her face and becomes the Joker
  • Even though the Thomas Wayne version of Batman is much more likely to murder his enemies with guns
  • He still has a hard time coming to grips with the idea of killing his former wife no matter how insane
  • She may be this new Joker knows this and uses her power to get away with some pretty sick stuff
  • She tricked Commissioner Gordon into killing Harvey Dent's daughter
  • And then slit Gordon's throat
  • Much has been said about how we should never know the Joker's true origin by taking away some of that mystery
  • We make him less frightening, but with Martha it works
  • we know that she's lashing out at the world for taking her son and
  • Tormenting her husband for his failure during the course of the flashpoint miniseries
  • Which you can also catch as a DTV animated movie Batman learns that he could restore the past and save Bruce's life
  • That sounds like a great idea to Martha until she learns the details
  • It's touching to see a moment of sanity between Batman and the Joker
  • Even in this warped context, but it goes from heart-wrenching to downright creepy when they embrace
  • To be clear, Batman and the Joker are always about six inches from a hardcore makeout, but it's never happened until now
  • On the one hand it's nice to see the archenemies finally consummated their relationships on the other hand you know that his tongue
  • Probably went through her face holes at some point
  • number five the Joker destroys Superman and Lois Lane
  • Batman and Superman have teamed up more times than McDonald's and self-loathing
  • But that about does it for interactions between Gotham City and Metropolis. The rare crossovers that do occur tend to be pretty
  • Special as was the case when Joker decimated Superman without ever even touching him compared to his nocturnal
  • Counterpart Superman is kind of an easy target for the Joker
  • He's less corruptible
  • But the purity and the spirit also means he's more malleable and naive
  • Joker took advantage of that vulnerability when he poisoned Lois Lane with a lethal toxin that appeared to be killing her with haste
  • when confronted by Superman Joker gave him a classic ultimatum
  • It's an impossible decision for a man who does everything in his power to be a force for good, the classic lose-lose scenario
  • ensures that Superman has to either A.
  • Let his loved one die or B. kill in cold blood soil in his soul and his cause forever
  • Thankfully Batman is there to nudge Superman along the right path that is the path Batman chooses
  • Wracked with guilt Superman decides to let Lois Lane perish rather than kill the Joker
  • but then
  • Something funny happens just as she flatlines Lois gasps back to life apparently the whole thing is one big
  • Gag by the Joker the toxin was designed to make it look like Lois was dying
  • And then bring her back from the brink
  • Superman was put through the wringer
  • Basically for no reason that is because the Joker
  • Felt like it, the Man of Steel will have to live the rest of his life knowing that he would have sacrificed the one he
  • Loves most in order to protect the world's most ruthless serial killer
  • And then Lois wakes up and figures out what happened now Lois knows that Superman cares more about
  • Holding up his moral code than saving her life
  • imagine that you were engaged to somebody who was given the opportunity to either shoot Charles Manson in the head or
  • Pull your plug and they picked letting him live
  • That'd kind of suck right
  • little bit? probably not coincidentally Louis broke off her engagement with Superman in the very next issue
  • What seemed like the most ironclad
  • couple in comics torn apart
  • By the antics of an evil clown. number four an all-powerful Joker spends eternity
  • Torturing Batman when it comes down to it the Joker is just a man sure he's pretty wiry and deceptively quick
  • But it's not like he has any special
  • Powers or anything and that's a good thing too because you don't want to imagine what he would do with any kind of
  • Supernatural ability rather you don't have to imagine
  • Because we got to see it in the Emperor Joker storyline, the arc kicks off when the inhibited Mr.
  • Mxyzptlk is tricked into giving the Joker almost all of his phenomenal cosmic powers
  • With his immense capabilities the newly christened prankster God makes quick work of the universe bending everything to his whim
  • Joker kills everyone in China just to make a Chinese food joke though to be fair
  • He does stop short of complaining that'll be hungry again in half an hour with this unlimited power
  • Joker should have no problem killing his arch-nemesis, and he does
  • Over and over and over again Batman suffers at the hands of his tormentor
  • Repeatedly dying and coming back to life every day only to be subjected to some new and terrible horror
  • It's a tragic fate straight out of Greek mythology except in this case the Joker is Zeus
  • And he's turned to the rest of the gods into delicious euros
  • Even worse Superman watches it all happened helpless to do anything while his friend is eaten alive by a wake of vultures
  • That's one of the tamer torture methods depicted in the story, when Supes originally found Batman
  • He was being dragged into a grave by zombie clowns only to emerge from the ground and being pulled down to the dirt yet again
  • This kind of living hell is more than any man can endure even the Dark Knight
  • So broken was the bat after all was said and done the Superman had to take Batman's memories unto himself to save his friend
  • It's an incredible thing to do for someone and Superman won't ever tell anyone. I guess Batman really doesn't know everything
  • number three joker puts Commissioner Gordon to the test in no-man's land a classic arc: Batman
  • No-man's land is centered on a cataclysmic earthquake that shook Gotham City to its core
  • Declared a lost cause and officially cut off from the United States
  • Gotham quickly descended into a crap festive crime straight out of Escape from New York or The Dark Knight Rises
  • I mean as you might imagine
  • This kind of worst-case scenario is basically what Joker masturbates to in the corner of his Arkham cell so he wasted no time in
  • Kidnapping a hospital's worth of infants Sarah Essen second wife to Commissioner Gordon found the Joker and dared to confront him alone
  • But Joker knew that any good persons gonna put down their gun if you throw a baby at them
  • Could she have let the baby fall and shot Joker ending his reign of terror and presumably saving thousands of lives in the future
  • Yes, but Joker knew that you catch a goddamn, baby if someone throws it at you
  • And he took that opportunity to shoot poor Sarah right then and there
  • leaving the gaggle of babies to wallow in her blood the Joker is caught and the babies are saved because duh and
  • Commissioner Gordon has an intense confrontation with the man who killed his wife
  • Not to mention the same guy who crippled his daughter
  • No one could blame this dude for blowing the Joker away if anyone decided to do it at this point
  • They'd be doing the world a favor, but Gordon takes the high road and settles for a good kneecapping
  • That's just the thing though if Gordon had shot an unarmed Joker
  • He would have forsaken all of his principles and sunk into the level of that scum, Joker wins
  • But since Gordon didn't go for the kill Joker is essentially punished with an extended
  • But certainly temporary stay at Casa de Arkham and will almost certainly go on to kill more innocents.
  • Joker wins again
  • No matter what happens the Joker always has the upper hand he enjoys putting people through hell because there's no way that he cannot win
  • That's what's so funny to him number two the constant unending
  • abuse of Harley Quinn the Joker and Harley Quinn are one of the most revered couples in comics
  • But the screwed-up part is that they're not really a couple at all
  • Relationships are usually founded on mutual
  • adoration and respect while Harley is infatuated to the point of obsession her puddin has never felt the same way any
  • affection the Joker does show Harley is merely an of
  • Manipulating her even in the kindest interpretation of the relationship joker still unable or unwilling to care about harley his true
  • love is Batman and every time she demonstrates an inability to understand that he
  • Punishes her over the years their relationship is only worsened
  • It wasn't ever healthy, but it's gotten to the point where now Joker never does anything that isn't just mean or cruel to Harley
  • It's not just verbal abuse either on several occasions Joker has taken out his rage on Harley in a physical manner in one case he
  • Even shot her and left her for dead
  • It got even more messed up when the Joker went through his aforementioned face mask phase
  • the idea being in the rebooted new 52 comic verse
  • They wanted a nastier meaner Joker and that means he got to punch Harley in the face whenever he felt like it
  • It's not really fun anymore. It's not Harley trying to get the Joker to rev her up and getting pushed over a table
  • It's just kind of terrible, it already
  • Resembled a real-life abuse of a relationship to a startling degree and since then Joker has taken it up a notch
  • It wasn't long after her face punch that Joker shackled up Harley in a pit filled with human skeletons
  • There are means of which he claimed all belong to previous Harley's he told her that this is where all of his would-be
  • Sidekicks end up that she's in no way special and has always been expendable
  • Joker was probably just messing with Harley here
  • But that makes it worse he went through all the trouble of gathering these dead bodies or making some of them himself
  • Going to jo-ann fabrics and picking out the exact right shade of Harley's clothes
  • Dressing up the skeletons and laying them about and preparing a torture chamber to look aged
  • All to screw with this most loyal minion for no other reason other than it be a good laugh
  • Harley's feelings for the Joker have wavered now and again and there have been even a few times that she's left him
  • But she always seems to find her way back to Mr. J, One time Joker
  • Got sick of a sidekick and locked her in a rocket and lit the fuse, after escaping Harley confronted Joker
  • He simply apologized and all was forgiven. the Joker has killed thousands of people across hundreds of stories
  • But the fact that he lets Harley Quinn keep living such a miserable existence
  • Counts among his very worst deeds
  • Finally number one the Joker
  • Finally gets Batman to kill him Batman can't ever kill the Joker
  • Mainly because it would mean the end of one of the most celebrated rivalries in all of comics
  • But the in-universe reasoning is pretty simple if Batman kills the Joker
  • He erases the line between them he becomes a vigilante who executes street justice instead of someone who just you know
  • Paralyzes bad people. That's not to say that Batman has never wanted to kill the Joker
  • He probably thinks about it all the time and has a secret Pinterest board dedicated to the dozens of ways
  • He'd eviscerate his worst foe
  • All I've ever wanted to do is kill him a day doesn't go by when I don't think about
  • Subjecting him to every horrendous torture he's dealt out to others and then end him. But no matter what happens
  • There's this vibrating void between the two of them that prevents Batman from ending it
  • They're like two magnets that are repelling each other. Maybe they want to kiss
  • They're not gonna kiss
  • maybe they will part of the fun of comics is that you could pretty quickly and easily tell a story that happens outside the
  • Established canonical world and there we can explore
  • What would happen if Batman actually did kill the Joker the comic JLA the Nhil imagines
  • What a Justice League might be without Superman, lacking a moral compass the league descends into chaos and when Batgirl and Robin are murdered
  • Batman loses control and kills the Joker, as it so happens
  • He doesn't write in front of the media which is Batman and the league's
  • Worst nightmare. When everyone sees that Batman is a murderer
  • He loses all credibility as a symbol for justice, some Batmans don't see it this way
  • I'm sorry but the plural is Batsman, Earth two Batman straight up shoots the Joker the first time he gets a chance
  • Earth to Batman is also Thomas Wayne
  • But still a little bit different than flashpoint Batman, in this case both Bruce and Thomas survived the initial attack and Martha died
  • Bruce lived on to become Batman
  • but died
  • Saving the world and so Thomas took on his son's place to avenge his kid earth two Batman wipes out the Joker but in doing
  • So becomes a different hero altogether more in line with the Punisher than his own son
  • in some of these alternate universe stories killing the Joker makes a little more sense
  • Wouldn't pirate Batman just straight-up stab the Joker like the scurvy dog he is
  • Yeah
  • He would. Vampire Batman is also a little bit different infected with vampirism after a battle with Dracula
  • Batman has left to stalk the Gotham streets as a nocturnal bloodsucker for a while
  • He resists his urges instead feeding on rats as an unsoiled vampire that is yet to consume human blood
  • He was immune to things like crosses in holy water
  • But eventually vampire Batman gave in to his temptation and murdered Joker by sucking him dry
  • Staking him just to make sure the bastard stayed down
  • You'll notice in a lot of these kill shots that Joker is smiling even during his last breath
  • even as he's impaled through the heart Joker knows that he's
  • Corrupted Batman, the foul blood of his enemy now courses through Batman's veins giving him an insatiable hunger
  • Since he's killed Joker. There's nothing stopping him from killing anyone else who crosses in the wrong way
  • That's more
  • Or less what happens for any Batman then kills
  • Often giving in to that dark desire and ending the Joker just means giving him what he wants, something that has grave consequences
  • Like the time that Batman killed the Joker in the injustice comic, okay, okay, okay?
  • That's technically just a dream sequence. In the real story
  • Superman is the one that kills Joker, pushed to the brink when Joker tricked him into killing a pregnant Lois Lane, Superman
  • eviscerated Joker and started down a dark fascist path that gives the injustice game its dystopian setting
  • It's a horrible universe to live in and one that the Joker
  • Would have loved when he killed the Joker you could still hear him laughing in hell

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