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The Joker is one of the main antagonists of Frank Miller's 1986 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns comic book miniseries, a posthumous antagonist on its 2002 sequel miniseries The Dark Knight Strikes Again, an unseen antagonist on the 1988 story arc Batman: Year One and the main antagonist on the 2008 prequel series All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder.

Like in most incarnations, the Joker is a psychopathic mass murderer who is Batman's archenemy. Following Batman's retirement, he gets confined to Arkham Asylum and falls into a catatonic state, but when Batman returns ten years later, he comes back as well for a final showdown with the Dark Knight.

He is also a major antagonist in the 2012-2013 animated film adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. Essentially, The Joker serves as a minor character in Part 1 and later becomes the main antagonist in the first half of Part 2.

He was voiced by Michael Emerson.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • He had murdered over 600 people prior to the events of the movie/comic, including Jason Todd, which is why Batman would retire as a superhero for so long.
  • He hires a group of neo-Nazis to start robbing various stores in Gotham City.
  • He feigns remorse at his psychiatrist so he can be invited to an interview on Late Night with David Endochrine. There, he kills his psychiatrist by cutting his neck with a cut cup as releases his laughing gas into the room, killing all the spectators and the presenter.
  • He manipulates Alejandro Noches into declaring war on the United States and the Soviet Union, in addition to being indirectly responsible for his death.
  • He gags, tortures and presumably even rapes Selina Kyle, dressing her as Wonder Woman and locking her in a room.
  • He poisons several children by giving them poisonous cotton wool, presumably killing them.
  • He tries and almost manages to kill Batman while he randomly attacks many civilians who were in the place. In fact, at one point he uses a child as a hostage during his fight with Batman.
  • He commits suicide to frame Batman for his death and completely destroy his heroic reputation.


  • His act of never threatening the lives of Abner or Bruno, his two henchmen, may seem like a disqualifying factor, considering that his mainstream counterpart often kills his henchmen either to not leave witnesses or due to their incompetence. However, it's possible that this version of the Joker doesn't kill his henchmen because they are useful to him, yet he still doesn't seem to care for their welfare, as Bruno was arrested and he didn't do anything to free her.

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Toyman (Superman: Doomsday) | Lex Luthor (Superman/Batman) | Owlman | Superwoman | Joker (Under the Red Hood) | Solaris | Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) | Harlequin | Jack the Ripper

DC Showcase
Madame Lorraine | Rough Cut

DC Animated Movie Universe
Professor Zoom | Darkseid

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

Other Earths
Joker (The Nail) | Barbatos | Joker (Earth-31) | Mayor Oswald Cobblepot | The Batman Who Laughs | Joker (Earth -22) | Robin King

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
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: Jack the Ripper

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

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Joker | Scarecrow

See Also
Arkhamverse Pure Evils | Gotham Pure Evils