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Without Batman, crime has no punchline.
~ Joker presuming Batman has died.
What's the matter, Batman? No witty comeback? No threat? Then I'll provide the narration... I'll begin with how I peeled back the layers of the boy's mind. Oh, he bravely tried to fight it at first. You would've been proud to see him so strong. But all too soon, the serums and the shocks took their toll, and the dear lad began to share such secrets with me. Secrets that are mine alone to know... Bruce. It's true, Batsy! I know everything. And kinda like the kid who peeks at his Christmas presents, I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the sturm and bat-o-rangs, you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic. Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway. HA HA HA HA HA HAA!
~ The Joker's final "joke" on Batman.

The Joker is one of the main antagonists of the DC Animated Universe.

He is a psychotic criminal with a warped sense of humor, who seeks to cause chaos, destruction and misery wherever and whenever he can. As in all other media in which the Joker appears, he is Batman's arch-nemesis.

He was voiced by Mark Hamill, who also played him in the Arkham games, the alternate Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Malefor in The Legend of Spyro, Colonel Muska in Castle in the Sky, Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Maltruant in Ben 10: Omniverse, The Trickster in The Flash and Kavaxas in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).

Roles

He is the main antagonist of Batman: The Animated Series and its sequel series The New Batman Adventures, a guest antagonist in both Superman: The Animated Series and Static Shock, a posthumous antagonist in Batman Beyond, a major antagonist in Justice League and a mentioned antagonist in Justice League Unlimited.

He is also the central antagonist of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, the titular main antagonist of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and a mentioned antagonist in both Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman and Harley Quinn.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

In General

  • While he is comedic at times (as per usual with the character), it does not dilute his evil.
  • Murdered countless people with Joker venom.
  • Regularly abusing his girlfriend, Harley Quinn, both physically and emotionally. He also lied about being a victim of child abuse/neglect just to corrupt her to his side, having remorselessly knocked her out of a tall building out of anger for capturing Batman on her own, uncaring that she could've died.
  • While they did not start off this way (presumably, his minions were still getting to know him), his own minions start to get more afraid of him as time goes on. And Poison Ivy herself dislikes him due to how horrible he treats Harley.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

  • Under Valestra's orders, he murdered Andrea Beaumont’s father even after his debt to the mob was already paid, and took sadistic pleasure in it, smiling and stealing his surprised daughter's apple to eat.
  • Murdering his former boss Salvatore Valestra by putting laughing gas in his oxygen tank.

Batman: The Animated Series

  • Attempted to bomb a child’s birthday party. While most of the party guests were adults the gas still would have killed many people.
  • Released laughing gas into Gotham City with the intent of driving the populace permanently insane.
  • Psychologically tormenting Charles "Charlie" Collins for two years as a "hobby" just because Charlie cussed him out in traffic, getting him involved in a scheme to blow up the GCPD, intending to kill Charlie as well.
  • Kidnapped Catwoman after she saved Batman from one of his death traps, and tried to have her chopped up into mincemeat. He planned on mailing Batman a can of her remains as a means of gloating should he have succeeded.
  • Poisoned the ocean, which turned the fish into Joker-like fish, tried to have them copyrighted, and held Gotham's copyright office ransom when they refused.
  • Had his radar disruptor to make planes crash into each other out of confusion when they fly over Gotham's airspace.
  • Wanted to nuke Gotham while not caring if the Arkham inmates die, unlike Harley.

Superman: The Animated Series

  • Blew up numerous buildings in Metropolis just to spite Lex Luthor, attempting to destroy everything he created, which is most of Metropolis. In addition he kelp compromising the deal and pretend to feel bad.

Justice League

  • Bent the Rules of his own game and detonated one of the bombs early while Green Lantern was still inside the Casino, which temporarily stopped his heart and could have killed him had Hawkgirl not revived him.
  • Used Ace, a young member of the Royal Flush Gang, in an attempt to have her use her telepathic abilities to drive 70 million people insane, and not caring if he drove the crew who was helping him broadcast the whole thing insane.

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

  • Brutally torturing a young Tim Drake for three weeks and planting a microchip on him to take over his body decades later. He then attempted to make Tim kill Batman with a flag-spear gun.
  • Taunted Batman about his parents' murder, which made Batman snap and try to outright kill him.
  • Killed Bonk just because he wanted to leave Joker's gang.
  • Breaks into Wayne Manor, heavily wounds Ace in the process, and subjects Bruce Wayne to Joker toxin, nearly driving him insane.
  • Arranges for the Jokerz to kill Terry McGinnis, resulting in Terry's girlfriend Dana being seriously injured.
  • Caused massive destruction and killed many people with a satellite laser when he destroyed multiple buildings entirely.
  • It is revealed that during his time when he tortured Tim Drake, he put a chip on the young boy's neck with his DNA and memories, so that in case he would die, he would come through to chip to possess Drake as an adult for the rest of his life-forcing him to commit several atrocities along the way.
  • Threatens to blow up the hospital where Dana, is recovering from the aforementioned attack, Mary McGinnis' residence and Wayne Manor with a satellite laser just to spite Terry.
  • Tries to choke Terry to death for telling him he isn't funny.

Comics

  • Convinced Two-Face that his girlfriend Grace Lamont was cheating on him with Bruce Wayne, simply because he was bored.
  • Brutally tortured Jason Todd with a crowbar and attempted to blow him up strapped to a clown-themed explosive.

Trivia

  • While irredeemably evil in his later appearances, the Joker wasn't originally that bad in Batman: The Animated Series, where he was usually depicted more like a troublemaker than an outright murderer in the episodes he appeared in. It wasn't until Batman: Mask of the Phantasm that the Joker firstly showed his sadistic murderous tendencies in spite of retaining some of his comedic qualities. The Joker gradually became more dangerous and deadly in all his appearances from The New Batman Adventures onwards until he finally crossed the Moral Event Horizon in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
    • The reason behind this is that Batman: The Animated Series was subject to censorship when it aired on FOX, as the network had strong rules regarding the show's content. As such, the Joker's plans usually didn't involve murder and his Joker venom could only be used as a mere distraction instead of a mortal weapon. However, since Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was a theatrical movie, the production team was able to skip these rules, and when all subsequent DCAU shows went to be aired on Kids WB and Cartoon Network, rules were less strict, allowing them to make more direct references to death and murder and make the Joker more closely resemble his mainstream counterpart.
    • To help drive the point of this Joker being Pure Evil, Mark Hamill actually felt uncomfortable voicing him in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker because of his Moral Event Horizon despite playing the role for nearly a decade by that point.

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Batman: The Animated Series: Joker | Grant Walker
Superman: The Animated Series: Brainiac | Darkseid | Granny Goodness | Joker | Karkull | Reverend Amos Howell
Batman Beyond: David Wheeler | Joker
Justice League: Imperium | Lord Orm | Mongul | Joker | Darkseid | Brainiac | Doctor Destiny
Justice League Unlimited: Mongul | Brainiac | Doctor Destiny | Darkseid | Granny Goodness

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Comics
Joker | Hugo Strange | Black Mask | Deacon Blackfire | Victor Zsasz | Mr. Whisper

Other Earths
Joker (Earth-31) | Joker (The Nail) | Joker (Joker) | Mayor Oswald Cobblepot | Barbatos | The Batman Who Laughs | Robin King

Movies
Batman (1989): Joker
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: Joker
Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy
Catwoman: Laurel Hedare
The Dark Knight: Joker

Direct-to-video Movies
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: Joker
The Batman vs. Dracula: Joker
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force
Batman: Under the Red Hood: Joker
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Joker
Son of Batman: Talia al Ghul
Batman: Bad Blood: Talia al Ghul
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: Jack the Ripper
Batman vs. TMNT: Ra's al Ghul | Shredder

Television
Batman: The Animated Series: Joker | Grant Walker
Batman Beyond: David Wheeler
The Batman: Joker | Hugo Strange
Beware the Batman: Anarky

Novelizations
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Scarecrow

Video Games
Batman Begins: Scarecrow
Batman: The Telltale Series: John & Patricia Vale

See Also
Arkhamverse Pure Evils | Gotham Pure Evils

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Animated Features
Ommadon | Bryagh | Joker | Jacques | Thrax | Joker | Brainiac | Toyman | Eon | Emperor Palpatine | Lex Luthor | Major Force | Owlman | Superwoman | Joker | Madame Lorraine | Surtr | Solaris | Rough Cut | Atomic Skull | Joker | Professor Zoom | Darkseid | Talia al Ghul | Jack the Ripper | Shredder | Ra's al Ghul | Trigon | Katz

Live-Action Films
Scorpio | Pazuzu | Overlook Hotel | Mick | Joker | Arjen Rudd | Pieter Vorstedt | Grand High Witch | Sheriff of Nottingham | Earl Talbot Blake | Charles Rane | Simon Phoenix | Samuel Norton | Bogs Diamond | Ned Trent | Bobby Earl Ferguson | Miguel Bain | Donald McClintock | Travis Dane | Waingro | Daniel Harper | Robert Deguerin | Captain Dudley Smith | Poison Ivy | Dr. Jonas | John Milton | Azazel | Dr. Arliss Loveless | William Wharton | Cyrus Kriticos | Lord Voldemort | Akasha | Alistair Pratt | Jack Ferriman | Mr. Gray | Martin Asher | Peter Pettigrew | Laurel Hedare | Leland Jones and Billy Orser | Barty Crouch Jr. | Bill Cox | Peter Creedy | Lewis Prothero | Captain Vidal | Captain Poison | Dolores Umbridge | Bellatrix Lestrange | Judge Turpin | Joker | Skynet | Esther Coleman | Alexander Zalachenko | Lord Ozunu | Lord Henry Blackwood | Carnegie | Freddy Krueger | Burke | Jonah King | Cesaire | James Moriarty | Ares | Azog | Sauron | Saruman | Mickey Cohen | Lord Roderick | Bathsheba Sherman | Annabelle the Doll | Immortan Joe | Valak | Diana Walter | Erich Ludendorff | It | Niander Wallace | Leonard Dekkom | Duncan Taylor | Steppenwolf | Claire Wyden | Shere Khan | King Ghidorah | Black Mask | Victor Zsasz | Andrei Sator | Darkseid | Sub-Zero | Isla the Occultist | The Thinker | Gabriel | Baron Vladimir Harkonnen | The Analyst | Kurt Barlow

Animated Television
Joker | Grant Walker | Brainiac | Darkseid | Granny Goodness | Karkull | Reverend Amos Howell | Alpha | Dick Hardly | David Wheeler | Katz | Fusilli | Stitch Sisters | The Intruder | High Priestess | The Dominator | Imperium | Lord Orm | Mongul | Doctor Destiny | Slade | Trigon | Brain | Joker | Hugo Strange | Cecil Creepler | Vilgax | Eon | Brainiac 1.0 | V.V. Argost | Ragnarok | General Grievous | Dr. Nuvo Vindi | Wat Tambor | Pong Krell | Keeper Agruss | Twin Masters | The Lich | Dr. Gross | Van Kleiss | Dr. Branden Moses | Aggregor | Evil Entity | General Modula | Galalunan Commander | Black Beetle | Anti-Monitor | Maltruant | Anarky | Adam Taurus | Arthur Watts | Cinder Fall | The Beast | Harlequin | Benatu Eshu

Live-Action Television
Kurt Barlow | Richard Straker | It | Antono Refa | God | Lucifer | Lilith | Alastair | Abaddon | Dick Roman | Michael | Arcadius | Joffrey Baratheon | Gregor Clegane | Walder Frey | Craster | Ramsay Bolton | Karl Tanner | Count Vertigo | The Dollmaker | Werner Zytle | Matthew Shrieve | Lonnie Machin | Konstantin Kovar | Ricardo Diaz | Jerome Valeska | The Dollmaker | Hugo Strange | Professor Pyg | Jeremiah Valeska | The Trickster | Zoom | Indigo | Queen Rhea | Selena | Valentina Vostok | Quentin Turnbull | Julian McCaffrey | Dromos | Michael | Pete Daily | Henderson | Bartel | Anti-Monitor

Literature
Scarecrow | Lex Luthor

Video Games
Scarecrow | Joker | Scarecrow | Hugo Strange | Penguin | Calendar Man | Firefly | Sauron | Simon Stagg | John & Patricia Vale

Fanon
Aggregor | Rose the Hat | Overlook Hotel

See Also
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Comics
Anti-Monitor | Barbatos | The Batman Who Laughs | Black Manta | Brainiac | Darkseid | Doctor Destiny | Doctor Psycho | Felix Faust | Gorilla Grodd | Joker | Krona | Ma'alefa'ak | Mister Mind | Mongul | Perpetua | Professor Zoom | Psycho-Pirate | Vandal Savage

Television
DCAU: Imperium | Lord Orm | Mongul | Joker | Brainiac | Darkseid | Doctor Destiny | Granny Goodness
The Batman: The Joker | Professor Hugo Strange
Legion of Super-Heroes: Brainiac 1.0

Movies
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Owlman | Superwoman
Justice League: Doom: Vandal Savage
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: Professor Zoom
Justice League: War: Darkseid
Justice League: Steppenwolf
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War: Darkseid
Zack Snyder's Justice League: Darkseid

Video Games
Injustice: Joker | Brainiac

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