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[Sigh] It doesn't matter, I win... I made you loose control. [Laughs] And they'll kill you for it. [Laughs] See you in Hell! [Laughs as he breaks his own neck]
~ Joker's final words to Batman.

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 mug as he 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 to mock her and locking her in a room.
  • He poisons several children by giving them poisonous cotton candy, 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.

Trivia

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

DC Showcase
Madame Lorraine | Rough Cut

JLA
Owlman | Superwoman | Vandal Savage

DC Animated Movie Universe
Professor Zoom | Darkseid | Talia al Ghul

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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
A Song of Ice and Fire Pure Evils | Amblin Entertainment Pure Evils | Arkhamverse Pure Evils | Arrowverse Pure Evils | Batman Pure Evils | Ben 10 Pure Evils | Cartoon Network Pure Evils | Courage the Cowardly Dog Pure Evils | DC Animated Universe Pure Evils | DC Extended Universe Pure Evils | DC Universe Animated Original Movies Pure Evils | Dead by Daylight Pure Evils | Die Hard Pure Evils | Godzilla Pure Evils | Gotham Pure Evils | Hanna-Barbera Pure Evils | Harry Potter Pure Evils | ImageMovers Pure Evils | Justice League Pure Evils | Legendary Entertainment Pure Evils | Middle-earth Pure Evils | New Line Cinema Pure Evils | Roald Dahl Pure Evils | RWBY Pure Evils | Star Wars Pure Evils | Supernatural Pure Evils | Superman Pure Evils | The Conjuring Pure Evils | Teen Titans Pure Evils | Village Roadshow Pictures Pure Evils | Wes Craven Pure Evils | Yu-Gi-Oh! Pure Evils

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