Top Ten Joker Quotes

In honor of the loss of a great actor and a the coming of an amazing movie. I give you my top ten favorite lines from Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. It was hard to pick a top ten because basically every single one of is lines is made memorable by this incredible performance, but I did my best. Here they are:

P.S.: This post contains spoilers, if you have not seen the movie (do), but don’t read this until you have.



First, the quotes that almost made it on the list (in no particular order):

  • “It’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message. Everything burns!”
  • “I’m like a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do if I caught one, you know, I’d just do…things.”
  • “Let’s put a smile on that face!”
  • “Those mob fools want you gone. So they can get back to the way things were. But I know the truth, there’s no going back. You’ve changed things…forever.”
  • “And I thought my jokes were bad.”
Top Ten:

10. “The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules. And tonight, you’re gonna break your one rule.”

9. “Do you want to know why I use a knife? You see, guns are too quick. You can’t savor all of the little…emotions. In their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way…I knew your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?”

8. “I believe… whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you…stranger.”

7. (When told that he has a 50% chance of living) “Ummm, Now we’re talkin.”

6. “Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos, I’m an agent of chaos , and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair.”

5. “I don’t wanna kill you, what would I do without you? Go back to rippin’ off mob dealers… no, no, no… no you, you complete me.”

4. “You can’t rely on anyone these days, you gotta do everything yourself, don’t we? That’s ok, I came prepared, it’s a funny world we live in. Speaking of which, you know how I got these scars?”

3. “I took gotham’s white knight and I brought ‘im down to our level. Madness, as you know, is a lot like gravity, all it takes is a little push. ”

2. “Don’t talk like one of them, you’re not! Even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak–like me. They need you right now. When they don’t…they’ll cast you out. Like a leper. See, their morals, their code: it’s a bad joke. They’re dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see, when the chips are down these civilized people will eat each other. Ya see I’m not a monster, I was just ahead of the curve.”

1. “You… you just couldn’t let me go could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You are truly incorruptable aren’t you. You won’t kill me because of some misplaced sense of self-rightousness. And I won’t kill you because…you’re just too much fun. I get the feeling that you and I are destined to do this forever.”

R.I.P. Heath, and thank-you for giving the world a performance of a life time.

189 thoughts on “Top Ten Joker Quotes

  1. You missed one of the best that he said throughout the entire movie?

    “Why so serious?”

    Very nice selection and definitely the BEST rendition of The Joker EVER!!! R.I.P. Heath

  2. My Number 1 Quote is the one he didn’t put on the list about why the joker doesn’t use knives.I loved that speech! That should have been at least number 3

  3. you also forgot the one about tryouts.

    somthing like:

    “So, which one of you five gentlemen wants to join my crew? We only have one spot avaliable so we’re going to have TRY-OUTS! Make it fast”

  4. “and here we go”
    orr the one where hes explainen how hes like a dog chasing cars, he has no plan, he wouldnt kno wut to do if he caught one.. he just DOs things.
    orr the one where he tells batman to hushh cuz they r goin to miss the “fireworks”
    orr his 2 speeches on how he got his scars
    yess there r many.
    orr “what doesnt kill you simply makes you…stranger”

    and by thee wayy BuckX…. he doesnt say that through the hole movie
    he says it 3 times, twice to the black mob guy n once to rachelll. buhh yeahh its a sick quote to.

  5. You see, my dad, he was a drinker. And one night he came home, espiacally drunk. He took out his knife and moved towards my mummy, I watched in horror. When he was done with my mum he walked towards me and looked at my face…. WHY, SO… SERIOUS!

  6. “My father was a drinker , and a fiend . And one night he goes off crazier than usual.Mommy gets a kitchen knife to defend herself . He doesn’t like that . NotOne,Bit. SO, me watching he takes the knife to her , laughing while he does it . He turns to me and says ” Why so serious?”. He comes at me with the knife . ” WHy so serious?” Sticks the blad in my mouth . ” Let’s put a smile on that face!” and . “Why so serious ?”

  7. most ya;ll should double check ur quotes but never read one bout when he makes the terrorist video tapes, “look at me……..LOOK..AT..ME!….see this is how CRAAAZY batman makes gotham”….he’s really a fuckin G in this movie seen it 4 times n it gets better each time

  8. “move over, I want to drive!”
    “i don’t think the, uh, television thinks he knows what he’s dealing with?”
    and while quoteless, joker blowing up the hospital (taking two trys) has awesome

  9. i’m surprised no ones said “you should never start with the head, its makes us…fuzzy” yet. but most of the jokers quotes are awesome, i could quite easily sit and watch the dark knight over and over again.

  10. ” You’ll see, I’ll show you,
    that when the chips are
    down, these uh… civilized
    people, they’ll eat each other. ”

    -hands down.

  11. this ones good too. “See, I’m a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite…and gunpowder…and gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They’re cheap!”

  12. My favorite quote….

    Mobster: did you really think you could steal from us and get away with it?

    Joker: Yes.


    good list

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  15. How about the one kneeling over Two-Face’s bed,

    “It’s a schemer who put you where you are. You were a schemer. You had plans. Look where it got you. I just did what I do best-I took your plan and turned it on itself. Look what I have done to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple bullets. Nobody panics when the expected people get killed. Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plans are horrifying. If I tell the press that tomorrow a gangbanger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will get blown up, nobody panics. But when I say one little old mayor will die, everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy, you upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I am an agent of chaos. And you know the thing about chaos, Harvey? It’s fair.”

    That quote, albeit long, is one of the best lines in the movie hands down!

  16. ‘iamjacksname’ huh? i see we have a fight club movie fan.

    you know, these quotations are all very well and good but the fact is, out of context, most of them mean very little.

    i notice most of the people who are commenting seem to be very impressed by the concept of anarchy or by a character who is somewhat removed from the idealistic social guidelines to which we unrealisingly conform.
    to these people i would simply say read some palahniuk, or some burgess, and definitely orwell. the cinema’s the wrong place for you. go to a library. steal a decent book and learn something from it.

    “Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing”- Orwell

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  18. “evening…………… comissioner.” one of the best quotes. this quote is one of the few ones that fits his name. haha but there are some great quotes of his in this role.

  19. “I believe whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you… stranger. ”

    “And I thought my jokes were bad… ”

    “Come here. Hey! Look at me. So I had a wife, beautiful, like you, who tells me I worry too much. Who tells me I ought to smile more. Who gambles and gets in deep with the sharks… look at me! One day, they carve her face. And we have no money for surgeries. She can’t take it. I just want to see her smile again, hmm? I just want her to know that I don’t care about the scars. So… I stick a razor in my mouth and do this…to myself. And you know what? She can’t stand the sight of me! She leaves. Now I see the funny side. Now I’m always smiling!”

    “A little fight in you. I like that. ”

    “Do you wanna know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savor all the… little… emotions. In… you see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?”

    “I took Gotham’s white knight, and brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. Y’see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little…push. ”

    “The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules! ”

    “See, I’m not a monster…I’m just ahead of the curve. ”

    “See, I’m a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite…and gunpowder…and gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They’re cheap! ”

    “Wanna know how I got these scars? My father was….a drinker. And a fiend. And one night he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. Turns to me and he says “Why so serious?” Comes at me with the knife,”Why so serious?” He sticks the blade in my mouth. “Let’s put a smile on that face!” And….. Why so serious?”

    “You’ll see, I’ll show you, that when the chips are down, these uh… civilized people, they’ll eat each other.”

    “See, this is how crazy Batman’s made Gotham! If you want order in Gotham, Batman must take off his mask and turn himself in. Oh, and every day he doesn’t, people will die, starting tonight. I’m a man of my word. ”

    “If you’re good at something, never do it for free. ”

    ” Ah ta ta ta, let’s not *blow* things out of proportion. ”

    “Look, why don’t you give me a call when you want to start taking this a little more seriously. Here’s my card. ”
    Ah, there’s a little more Joker quotes for ya! I know a whole crapload more, but my hand is already cramping! 😉

  20. My father was a drinker ……… and a fiend. One knight he goes off crazier than usual,mom gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that, not one bit. He takes the knife to her,laughing while he does it, then he turns to me and says” Why so serious?”, he comes at me and “Why so serious?”, sticks the blade in my mouth “Let’s put a smile on that face”, and “Why so serious”

  21. i like the quote where he says “as for the televisions jurisdiction, batman knows no jurisdiction, he will catch you and make you squeal ,i know the squealors when i see them and you and also the one where he says ” we are destined to do this forever” i want heath to win the oscar. R.I.P heath

  22. Best compilations of joker quotes yet. awesome character. as for Tyler Durden 9.15.08 / 1am, you would be supprised at how much the quotes actually say. try to look beyond the basic meaning. damn near anything ever said can have more than one meaning. some quotes can have a surprisingly large amount of truth to them as well. My high school literary teacher would be so proud right now.

  23. yo dumb ass if you are going to only do batman darknight quotes say it in the title because there are many more so now before i kill you i will ask have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?

    • i am sorry dude if you are a real reader of orwell and other dystopian writers you will sure no that those ppl can’t read

  24. “You remind me of my father, I *hated* my father.” <–best quote.

    I LOVE the joker. I think he did great acting insane. Maybe because Heath was a little insane while filming but it made the movie GREAT.

    ((R.I.P Heath Ledger. We love&&Miss you))

  25. “It’s A Funny World We Live In, Speaking Of Which, You Wanna Know How I Got These Scars? I Had A Sister, Looked Just Like You Actually. My Daddy Was A Detective And He Was Investigating A Series Of Murders. Well The Psychopath Wasn’t Going To Wait For Dear Old Dad To Find Him So He Came To Our House. He Killed Poor Mommy First. Never Even Gave Her A Chance Really. Then He Tied My Father And Me To Chairs And Held A Knife To My Sister’s Throat. He Started Asking Her A Lot Of Questions, Her Favorite Color, My Favorite Color, A Whole Bunch Of Things. Then He Asked Her If Anyone Else Was In The House, He Warned Her Not To Lie, Told Her It Would Cost Me If She Didn’t Tell The Truth. So What Does She Do? She Lies. Turns Out My Sister’s Boyfriend Was Hiding In The Closet, He Had Watched Him Come In And Never Leave. The Psychopath Threw My Sister To The Ground And Asked Me If I Was Mad At My Sister. When I Didn’t Answer He Carved This Into My Face. He Said That A Smile Was The Best Way To Lie, And He Said That When One Person Lies The People They Care About Most Get Hurt.”

  26. “My Methods Are Unpredictable And Incalculable. I Do These Things… According To My Own Twisted Sense Of Logic. I Do Not Desire Money. See… It’s Not About The Money… It’s About Sending The Message. If There Was One Thing That I Do Desire, It Would Be The Power Yo Instill Anarchy Into This World By Any Means Necessary. I Am An Exceptionally Intelligent Man, And This Tends To Be My Greatest Weapon Against The Police, And The District Attorney’s Office. I Am Often Confronted By The Authorities, But I Easily Evade Capture Due To Sick And Twisted Mind Games I Play On Them. You See, This City Needs A Better Class Of Criminals, And I’m Going To Give It To Em! Tonight, People Will Die, I’m A Man Of My Word…!”

  27. My favorite is when the Comissioner Gordon says

    “Where is he?”

    “Whats the time?”

    “What difference does that make?”

    “Well, depending on the time he may be in one spot or several”

  28. Well, our operation is small, but there’s a lot of potential for aggressive expansion. So which of you fine gentlemen would like to join our team, oh, and there’s only one spot opened ight now so were going to have, try outs. Make it fast. p.s. all from memory

  29. you wanna know how i got these scars on my face??? the joker was fuckin insane…lolz

    “your nothing but a freak…Like me!!!”

    i want my phonecall… i want it, i want my phonecall… lolz that was priceless…

  30. Dude like seriously ” Why so serious.” was probably the best quote so far and i liked how Heath Ledger would change his voice into a deep powerfull voiolent grumble when he would say that quote 😉 it was like frickin punkin ausome and i also like ” Lets put a smile on that face” i also like Jack Nickolson there both great actorz doin their jobs but seriously jack warned Heath that the joker was a hard part to play and he was right no wonder Heath is gone and out of hollywood hez in his grave i mean if he never played the part then he would’nt have overdosed those sleeping pills and die in his sleep. xoxo Nikki we luv ya Joker 😉 and Rest in peace LEDGER he hope you will reborn soon again. or better …… come back from the dead 😉

  31. Houdini Joker, two things. “Why So Serious?” is a great quote, but not nearly the best and the only reason most people say that it is his best post is because everyone knows it. And second of all, Heath Ledger didn’t kill himself because the Joker, he didn’t even commit suicide. He mixed pills that couldn’t be mixed, it was an accident that in no way involved the Joker. He played two parts after playing the Joker and before dieing. It’s just a rumor that he went insane because of playing the part. The fact of the matter is that Heath Ledger created the greatest character in history and being blamed for it basically. Its like people are saying that no one can be that evil and stay sane in real live. Its all a rumor that he killed himself and its an even bigger rumor that he killed himself because of a part he played. So just stop all the rumors NOW!

    the joker was priceless… he is by far much better than jack nicholson.


  33. sorry everybody but the best line in the whole movie is when he walks in on the criminals laughing. ah ha ha hee hee ho ha ha ah ha ha err.

  34. This Is The Best Movie Ever It was fucking sad how Heath Ledger died before the movie was released in the movie theaters R.I.P Heath Ledger best guy that could ever play the Joker

  35. The schemers..that put you where you are… you WERE a schemer. you had plans. and look where that got ya..

    haha. two face chokes the hell outta him.

  36. the real things that makes these quotes it really hits someone..

    like how corrupt and unfair the government really is….

    They need you right now. When they don’t…they’ll cast you out. Like a leper. See, their morals, their code: it’s a bad joke. They’re dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see, when the chips are down these civilized people will eat each other.”

    to tyler durden:

    there are some things that the books won’t teach us. maybe some, but they are boring to find..

    why look for something boring and hard to understand when you can watch something more fun and probably equally as educational?

    it’s a funny world we live in.

    fight club is great too.

  37. The Joker is effin awesome! Heath Ledger was a genius and seriously brought the crazy Joker to life.

    RIP will be severely missed

  38. Well one of my favourite has to be simply;

    “Very poor choice of words!”

    I laughed at that for about 10 minutes, causing my boyfriend to leave the room because I wouldn’t shut up!

    & We love and miss you Heath!

  39. i love the one were he says- ” hey carefull with the jacket it wasnt cheap, you aout to know………… you bought it”
    or ” give me a call………… hears my card ( pull out a joker card”

  40. i took Gothum’s white night and brought him down to our level. it wasnt hard! Madness, as you know, is like gravity, all it takes is a little push!

  41. that movie i have seen it three times and i never have seen a better actor then heath he is a totaly asome actor in this movie i can’t forget the line where he said (why so serious son) the joker rocks

  42. It’s such a shame Heath died. I really liked that guy ;_;… He was such a superb actor. He can take any role and make it his own. I don’t think he would kill himself, i believe it takes a lot more then stress for someone to want to do that. I love all his lines in the movie by the way. It’s one you can watch again and again and never get sick of it.

  43. The entire concept of JOKER in THE DARK KNIGHT is very innovative. The idea of JOKER having a big scar in the face is really a new way of representing the Joker. I never before knew this concept of a Joker with scars. The Dark Knight, also explains how hard Jack Napier has gone through his life to become the Joker, a drunken dad who made a scar on his face and a wife who left him. Heath Ledger has made it in a very grand way. The thing that i like the most in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series is all the people in the movie has no special powers.All of them are ordinary psychic people. No mutes, no ETs…

  44. joker is the man, plain and simple. heath made him what he wass supposed to be. its not even the quotes that were the best its the way he said them. he made you laugh and he made you fear him. it was probably the best acting job i’d ever seen.

  45. why is everyone just putting up the dark knight quotes for god sake. Heres some from batman the animates series, enjoy……

    “Under all the stern and batarangs is just a little boy, crying for his Mommy and Daddy. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic… Ah, heck I’ll laugh anyway HA HAH HAH AHAHHAHA”

    “I’m impressed, lady. You’re harder to kill than a cockroach on steroids.”

    “They sure don’t make straight jackets like they used too. I should know.”

    “Whoops! Ha! I guess the joke’s on me. You’re not Batman after all. Looks like there’s a new face in Gotham and soon his name will be all over town… to say nothing of his legs, and feet, and spleen, and head…”

    “Hello? Hello, operator? I believe my party’s been… disconnected! HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAA!”

  46. You see, those people have no idea what it feels like to be the best of them all…
    These Clivilzed peolpe are controling their little worlds and living with rules and bounders, but guys like me are likely to have the most fun in making Chaos to their worlds and those who live by their rules/orders for greater good. HAHAHA! But they talk as if they’re better than the rest. So, I put blade in their mouth(s) to show them that I can be serious too. Then, I say ‘Why so Serious?’ 🙂 Oh how these funny people can make me have fun and leave them with smile on their face. Fully this wolrd is sranger than riches and poorest people in this America. Joker is the most greatest emeny to the Batman. But the funny feeling is that they were willing to have the most fun in trying to kill the Batman and his fun toys. May you rest in peace, Heath Ledger. You played the Joker better than us all. But your Chaos will be still around and I will never forget you. The Dark Knight. ‘Why so Serious?’, ‘Let’s put a smile on that Face!’ and my favorite ‘You want to know how I got my scars?’

  47. Love?
    Its a human feeling. What’s the word that all brings think in their minds. You see, people control their little worlds and follow their order in the Government is the funy thing in control their people and nothing goes to wrong. But when I say just one little old mayor is gonna died. Well everyone LOSE THEIR MINDS! I just do things. Chaos is the better than being bored with nothing. HA HA HA HA! Heath Ledger was the greatest actor that played the joker. Why so serious? What happen? Did your balls drop out?
    My father was a drinker, one night he came home crazy than usal. Mommy goes get the knite and he doesn’t like that one bit! He takes the knite from he and saids ‘Why so serious?’ he looks at me and put the blade in my mouth and saids ‘Let’s put a smile that FACE!’ ANd then..
    Why so serious?
    ‘You look like my father. I HATE MY FATHER!’
    ‘I had a wife just beautiful like you.’
    ‘You want know I got these scars?’
    RIP. Heath Ledger.

  48. “Don’t talk like one of them, you’re not! Even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak–like me. They need you right now. When they don’t…they’ll cast you out. Like a leper. See, their morals, their code: it’s a bad joke. They’re dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see, when the chips are down these civilized people will eat each other.”

    It’s definetly the best one, I mean it’s so true and at the same time it proves something that is way bigger than just this movie. I find it insanely good. Especially the “They’re only as good as the world allows them to be.” part, it makes me drool 😮

    It even helped me finish my homework 😀

  49. One of my favorite parts are when this female judge is reading where she’s going in the get away card and the note says “Up” and the car blows up.

  50. hey how did you miss this one….
    “if you are good at something… never do it for free”

    you remember when hey tells this… ?

  51. what about have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? and look at us, were like beauty and the beast, of course if anyone else calls you beast i will rip thier lungs out=P theirs just to many to put

  52. Why So Serious … Lets Put A Smile On That Face.. ^_^

    i dont have any fav. quotes because every single word coming from him is a quote for me
    I mean it hurts me to know that he isnt around 😦
    and to know that no one will ever be as good as he was in jokers role

    The best actor in the history of the movies

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  55. “What happens, do balls drop off?”
    That’s almost like Nolan is saying it to other directors who play safe and make dumb movies lol.

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  57. Okay…. here they are. *thinks for a moment* nah, forget it. Heath was just so f***ing brilliant that I can’t even begin. Talk about stealing the show (and owning a role).

    P.S. Hey Tyler, ‘Fight Club’ is a gem too. But that and this, they don’t compare. Only a fool would attempt such a thing.

  58. Thank you heath best joker performance ever loved it you really are the joker of gotham city and a missed actor to us all an for that we thank you.


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  62. how about a magic trick. Im going to make this pencil disappear…. (throws the guy on the pencil) TAHDAH! ahh it’s gone. If your good at something never do it for free!!

  63. you all forget the best quote “how about we cut you up and feed you to your pooches, and then we’ll see just how loyal a hungry dog really is” how could you all forget that?

  64. i love the whole scene where he introduces his self to the mob,,, did yu see the way he talked to gamble,,, he knew he was gonna kill him as soon as gamble called him a freak smh,,, did see his eyes…. R.i.p. heath ledger, best joker all time hands down!!

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  72. One nerd’s guide to better understanding Batman and Joker:

    No two characters in comic books complement one another quite like the Batman and Joker. At first, you assume they’re on separate ends of the morality spectrum. Then you realize these two dudes are two very dependent versions of the same person. Sounds counter-intuitive, but hear me out.

    Batman has one core tenet: Do not kill. Under no circumstance will he ever justify killing another being, even if his decision is irrational as fuck. Imagine how hard this is. The most logical man on the face of the planet, the greatest single detective, has to fight the reasoning and critical thinking he relies on. He knows killing a major villain would prevent a shitload of deaths. He knows it would bring a greater peace to Gotham for the time being. He knows the good it would do. He struggles with it. But he never acts on it. He brings every villain back to Arkham and goes back to his Bat-cave to plan for their possible escape. That’s what he does. He plans.

    This is a man surrounded by beings that can fly, run faster than light, use magical rings, and do other crazy shit. All he has is his brain. His powers are strategy, foresight, unshakable will, and a disturbing level of obsession. He has a contingency plan for diffusing almost any possible scenario. He has to. He’s so good at it that even Superman wouldn’t fuck with him. And that guy can sit inside the fuckin’ Sun. (And consider this… Who is Supe’s arch nemesis? Lex fucking Luthor. A man who only has brains, money, technology and no superpowers).

    Now The Joker. This guy is evil incarnate. Not just any evil. The kind of evil that has no purpose or goal. He wants to cause as much chaos as possible with as little remorse as possible. Sociopath doesn’t even scratch the surface. Why does he call himself The Joker? Jokes imply lighthearted comedy and humor. You think of smiles and laughter. You think of joy. This shit is the exact opposite of what he does to people. He’s basically a walking, “Ha-ha fuck you.” The comedy and humor is still there. The smiles and laughs too. Even joy. But they are there for him and only him.

    Then one day, The Joker meets The Batman, and his life suddenly has purpose. For the first time, his actions become planned and orchestrated. His chaos becomes more ordered and methodical. Why? Because he knows Batman is smart. But he also knows Batman is fighting some heavy demons. He understands Batman better than anyone. Why? Because behind that black mask and armor, he sees a sleeping Joker fighting to wake up. And he’ll go to any length to unleash him. How? By getting Batman to kill. But just any random murder isn’t enough. He wants to be the victim. He wants to be the first person Batman kills.

    But why is it so bad if Batman kills Joker? Wouldn’t it save countless lives in the long run? Isn’t Joker just gonna eventually escape Arkham and kill again? He’s done it more than a few times. Why doesn’t Batman just bend the rules this one time and rid the world of this evil fuck? People ask these questions, acting like Batman hasn’t asked himself the same shit hundreds, maybe thousands, of times. And guess what? Batman is smarter than you.

    After his parents’ murders, Bruce Wayne dove headfirst into a dark, dark place in his mind. His entire reality pulled a 180 in the time it took two bullets to travel 10 feet. Over time, he willed himself out of this mental void by dedicating his existence to stopping the evil that stole the life he was supposed to have. And to stay on track, he set some ground rules. The most important? THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
    Under that calm and cool demeanor, Bruce Wayne is teetering on the edge of sanity. He spends endless night obsessing over his duties, using The Batman to cling to the last shred of the real him. This is why he can never kill. He can’t allow himself that privilege and that power. He knows that after that first kill, the second will be that much easier to justify. Then a third. Then inevitably a fourth. And suddenly he becomes judge, jury and executioner. No man should have that power… especially no Batman. Bruce knows that this shit would inevitably push his psyche past the brink and back into the darkness. And the last thing anyone wants is an unrestrained, mentally unstable Batman. Good fucking luck trying to stop that guy.

    Joker knows all of this. He knew it the first time he looked past Batman’s mask, and into Bruce Wayne’s eyes. He recognized the anger and frustration fighting to explode. And another thing, who the fuck does this bat guy think he is? He thinks he’s better than me? Mr. High and Mighty thinks he’s better than the silly impulsive Joker? WHO THE FUCK DOES THAT BAT GUY THINK HE IS?

    I guess I’ll have to show him. And that’s the beginning of the most beautifully complicated relationship in comic book history. A chess game where both players know that inevitably only one will walk away. Batman will do everything in his power to prolong their match, while Joker obsessively commits his existence to ending it. Joker wants to die. He wants to push Batman far enough to break that mental dam holding back all the rage. He wants to show Batman that Bruce Wayne is no different than the scarred up maniac he fights against. He wants to win and he knows he can’t be alive to do that. His death will unleash a force more chaotic than he can ever hope to be. This will be Joker’s last gift to the world, and he’ll be laughing his ass off every second along the way.

    Also, Robin sucks balls.

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