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minimalistic artwork of Heath Ledger's Joker


The Joker is a DC comics supervillain who terrorizes the fictional city of Gotham. The archenemy of Batman, he is a psychopathic and cunning criminal who takes on the guise of a clown. The Joker's motive behind his crime sprees is usually for his own amusement.


The Joker made his debut appearance in Batman #1 on April 25th, 1940. Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane are credited for creating the character. Since then, the Joker has made appearances throughout the golden, silver, bronze, and modern ages of DC comics.
The Joker has also made a number of appearances on screen. The most popular ones include his appearance in (shown below, from left to right) 1960's Batman (played by Cesar Romero)[1], 1989's Batman movie (played by Jack Nicholson)[2], Batman: The Animated Series (voiced by Mark Hamill)[3], Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (played by Heath Ledger),[4] Jared Leto in Suicide Squad and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker.

Online Presence

On December 2nd, 2006, Urban Dictionary user The Joker HAHA submitted an entry about the Joker.[7] On July 18th, 2008, Urban Dictionary Slatte submitted another entry about the Joker[8], describing him as "The most badass clown this side of Gotham." On March 6th, 2012, the Joker subreddit was launched and gathered over 5,100 readers in 3 years.[5] A Facebook page dedicated to the Joker has 378,000 likes as of May 2015.[6] On November 20th, 2013, YouTube channel VariantComics uploaded a video discussing the history of the Joker (shown below, left) which gained up to 1.1 million views and 1,227 comments in a year. On March 16th, 2014, WatchMojo YouTube channel uploaded a video that compares the portrayal of the Joker between Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger (shown below, right) which gained up to 4.5 million views and 11,364 comments in a year.

On Deviantart, typing the keyword "The Joker" would yield more than 339,000 results as of May 2015[9].

Everyone Loses Their Minds

Everyone Loses Their Minds (sometimes known as “Joker Mind Loss”) is an image macro series based on a screen capture of the villain Joker (played by Heath Ledger) from the 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight. The captions typically juxtapose two thematically related events or actions that lead to drastically different public reactions.

It's Simple, We Kill The Batman

It’s Simple, We Kill the Batman is a catchphrase stemming from the 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan. It is often used in image macros to portray the subject as a scheming character.


Why So Serious?

Why So Serious? is a meme based on the famous line from the 2008 film The Dark Knight. As the film dominated at the box office, the meme became a viral sensation. Fans would draw The Joker’s face over themselves, celebrities, and other individuals and write “Why so serious?” across the image.

hHY SERIOUS? WHY SO SERIOUS? Will soon replace 'This is Sparta.

Jared Leto's Joker

Jared Leto’s Joker is a photoshop meme based on an official promotional image of American actor Jared Leto costumed as the iconic Batman villain the Joker in the upcoming DC Comics superhero film Suicide Squad.

David Ayer @DavidAyerMovies * Follow The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics RETWEETSFAVORITES 40,4 12 32,996 REI曲團早iE, F3 8:30 PM-24 Apr 2015

I'm The Joker, Baby

Well, I'm the Joker, Baby is a memorable quote from the viral video "My JOKER Pefomance." In the video, a man plays the DC Comics character "The Joker" in an amateur performance of a scene from the film The Dark Knight.

Joker (2019 Film)

Joker is a 2019 psychological thriller film based on the DC Comics character and Batman supervillain The Joker. Directed by Todd Philips, the film is an origin story for the character and stars Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role.

The film spawned several memes related to the character, including You Wouldn't Get It,, I'm Tired of Pretending It's Not, Dancing Joker and many others.

Search Interest

External References

[1] Batman Wiki – The Joker Cesar Romero

[2] Batman Wiki – The Joker Jack Nicholson

[3] Batman Wiki – The Joker DC Animated Universe

[4] Batman Wiki – The Joker Heath Ledger

[5] Reddit – /r/joker

[6] Facebook – Joker

[7] Urban Dictionary – Joker

[8] Urban Dictionary – The Joker

[9] Deviantart – Search for The Joker

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