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No one here is getting out alive.
~ The Joker revealing his resurrection.
The Joker
The Joker
Biographical Information
Real Name: Jackson Cesar "Jack" Hamill

Current Alias:

The Joker

Aliases:

J, Domino Killer, Gravedigger, The Harlequin of Hate, Mr. J, Puddin, The Clown, The King of Gotham City, Bozo, Clown prince of Crime and Chaos, The Evil Bastard

Birthdate:

April 24, 1974

Age:

44

Deathdate:

March 11, 2011 (resurrected)

Gender:

Male

Species:

Human

Status:

Alive
Familial Information

Family:

Cesar Hamill (father, deceased);
Arlene Romero (birth mother, deceased);
Joan Hamill (legal mother, deceased);
Heath Hamill (uncle, deceased);
Lily Ledger (aunt, deceased);
Troy Hamill (brother, deceased);
Alicia Hamill (sister, deceased);
Jeannie Sorkin (fiancée, deceased);
unborn son (deceased);
Melvin Reipan (cousin, deceased);
Association Information

Marital Status:

Single

Affiliation:

Gotham Organized Crime

Occupation:

Crimelord, Serial killer, Anarchist, Terrorist

Base of Operations:

Funhouse, Gotham City, Gotham

Alignment:

Bad
Identity: Public Identity
Nationality: American
Education: Collage dropout
Physical Description
Height: 6′ 1″

Weight:

185 lbs (84 kg)
Eyes: Green

Hair:

Black, (dyed Green)
Skin: Fair
Physique: Muscular

Unusual Features:

Yellow teeth
Origins
Universe: Earth-77
Place of Birth: Gotham City, Gotham
Background Information

Voiced By:

Troy Baker
Jeff Bennett (as Jerome the Circus Clown)


Jackson Cesar "Jack" Hamill, later and better known as The Joker is a deranged, criminally insane psychopath and murderer. who portrays himself as an agent of chaos, being at the very top of the city's criminal underworld, greatly feared by other crime bosses. Described as a "psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy", he is potent in both mental combat and strategic planning, Devoid of empathy or pity for anybody taking part in his wicked schemes either by intimidation or fraud, and was particularly unkind to his former sidekick and ex-girlfriend Harley Quinn, such as manipulating and beating her to amuse himself. This however later led to his betrayal and murder at Harley's hands, though later Joker was later resurrected from the dead by a deranged, criminally insane psychopathic follower ironically named Joe Kerr, whom Joker took as his protégé, allowing him to once again reign terror upon Gotham City. He is also the long-time arch-nemesis of Batman.

Personality

Previously Jack had little remorse for any murders he committed as Red Hood until he met, fell in love with, married Jeannie Sorkin, settled down, and became a nice and social man, however after Sal Maroni murdered his wife and discovering her body, it completely warped and destroyed his sanity and became a utterly remorseless, unpredictable, ruthless, manipulative and psychopathic person who deeply enjoys needless acts of violence and chaos. However he still loves and misses Jeannie. The Joker claims to not be insane, but rather "just ahead of the curve". This proves to be at least partially true, as The Joker is extremely calculating, cunning, and a competent strategist. Being able to plan out events and also improvise when needed shows a high level of intellect and knowledge. Hamill also seemed to be knowledgeable in psychology and people's weaknesses and motivations. He had no problems getting underneath people's skin, and could easily manipulate people into corruption. In addition to this, he was also skilled at appealing to mentally unstable people (whom he used as free help and for sections of his plans that required expendable assets), manipulating them with promises that he would make their mental problems go away. For example, when he planted a bomb inside the stomach of one of his gang members, he told him he would "make the voices go away and replace them with bright lights, like Christmas" ('bright lights' being a metaphor for the bomb Jack buried in his goon's stomach). The Joker was nothing more or less than a personification of madness, delusional evil, mayhem, cynicism and anarchism. He viewed himself as not bad, good, or neutral, but rather a level higher than everyone else when it came to life.

The Joker also has no regard for human life, and takes sadistic pleasure in torturing others to achieve his goals, evidenced by when he brutally murdered Robin, while ignoring Harley's pleas not to do it, and left a jocular spray-painted message for Batman on the damaged Robin Suit, as well as when the Joker cruelly implanted a nano-bomb into Dr. Van Criss' neck, even after the latter had agreed to comply due to The Joker already having the man's wife hostage. His dark and twisted personality makes Joker find humor or sport in the suffering and fear of his enemies, and he himself is seemingly impossible to intimidate, due to his pathological fearlessness.

Jack is a showman; whereas most criminals would work from the shadows and conceal their crimes, he often broadcasted the carnage and violence he would inflict through his crimes, and he would always have a theatricality to his insanity. Jack desired to create a legacy for himself, no matter how cruel or corrupt, and he shows sadistic pleasure at the prospect of being remembered as a curse upon Gotham. His cruelty and remorseless nature was also shown by the fact that he killed most of his family members, never once hesitating when he had the chance to. The fact that these family members had abused him throughout childhood is most likely the reason he didn't hesitate to kill them, or show remorse adter ending their lives.

Despite his ruthless and psychopathic nature, Jack is capable of making allies and alliances. This is best shown through him taking over Arkham Asylum. However, his only loyalty is to himself, as he would frequently kill his allies or followers if he felt they had outlived their usefulness, let him down, or if he was simply in a bad mood.

Jack was also shown to have a disregard for his own safety, shown when he pulled the trigger on himself five times during a game of russian roulette, and trying to allow himself to fall to his death, instead of letting Batman arrest him. He was also highly sadistic and even masochistic, as he enjoyed inflicting pain and had no problem receiving it himself .

Jack believed that superficial and meaningless chaos and selfishness was basic human nature and tried to get everyone to agree with that theory. Hamill was very egocentric in this area as he disliked people who resisted or fought his opinion. The Joker took pride in having reached that conclusion before everyone else and viewed morally strong people as naive, immature and foolish. The Joker was also not greedy and had no interest in money or even companionship.

Joker exhibits various symptoms of an antisocial personality, blatantly disregarding laws and social norms far beyond standard deviant behavior. The Joker also has a low level of inhibition and a relentless drive to disturb the status quo. He is driven by something other than greed, as he complains that the criminals of the mob are just seeking a profit and that the city deserves "a better class of criminal", namely himself (with it being heavily implied, especially with his declaration that he intended to spread the message that "everything burns", that his motivation and idea for a better class of criminal was to cause chaos simply for the sake of chaos itself). While The Joker does attempt to take control of the city by recruiting mob henchmen, he appears to hold his philosophy of chaos higher than himself. He describes himself as chaos itself. Despite the fact that The Joker never cared about money (as evidenced by his burning of the mob's money that he earned to recover Lau from the MCU and stating that his actions aren't "about money."), he did see some usefulness of money; we know this by the implication that he used the money he stole from Gotham National Bank to create his custom suit, acquire his equipment and weaponry, and hire others to form his own gang as the mob's agents were simply used as a means by Joker to gain control of Gotham's infrastructure and cripple the mobs power.

The Joker subscribes to a morally nihilistic mindset and is obsessed with the limits of morality, while also being described as having "zero empathy"; the two may come together to reflect The Joker's doubts about the depths of human morality, based on his belief that "When the chips are down; these civilized people, they'll eat each other". He is also masochistic and immune to pain and intimidation, demonstrated when Batman is throwing Jack around the room and attacking him, demanding the location of Jason Todd, he takes the assault with pleasure as, under multiple occasions, he laughed while being beaten by Batman

Jack is also unlike anything that Gotham had ever seen, as he was a psychopath who only wanted chaos for the sake of chaos. But depsite this Hamill didn't see himself as crazy and when this was brought up to him by Commissioner Loeb he dismissed it, in fact the definition of sanity to The Joker was a "tiny little prison in your minds that stops you from seeing you're just tiny little cogs in a giant absurd machine" and then claims that he is not a cog and is free, showing that on some level Jack knew he was insane.

Joker does not care for the people who work for him; when one of his minions got electrocuted in his attempt at removing Batman's mask, he proceeded to laugh hysterically and kick the minion. He then mocked him by making noises similar to that of someone being electrocuted, before spitting on him and resorting to his attempt at removing the mask himself. This, along with the same minion later being revealed to have a wired bomb surgically implanted inside him, shows that he has no problems inflicting pain upon people who work for him. Along with being extremely sadistic through psychological torture, physical pain, and intimidation, the Joker also seems to have no care for his own safety or survival, such as when he was telling Batman to run him over with his Batcycle (as well as briefly cursing under his breath when Batman decided to crash the Batcycle over running him over), and when Batman threw him off a skyscraper building to his supposed death and he did nothing but laugh (both is due to the Joker believing that he would 'win' by provoking Batman into proving him right by forcing the Dark Knight to commit murder.) Joker seems genuinely upset when Batman doesn't kill him, to the point where he admits his defeat and refers to Batman as "incorruptible" after their last fight. Similarly, when Gambol attempts to have the Joker killed during a mob meeting, he revealed that he wired himself with explosives, having anticipated the possibility that he'd be gunned down during this meeting. During his interrogation at the hands of Batman, while taunting him about how the latter had "nothing" at his disposal to break him, he strongly implied that Batman's only option for dealing with him is to murder him. This proves that Joker absolutely doesn't care about himself and his life at all, only his desire to spread chaos and anarchy and proving that all men can be corrupted if pushed hard enough.

The Joker was really hard to place, as he knew what he was doing was evil by modern standards, but at the same time, he hoped that his behavior would become acceptable once everyone realized that anarchy was the only way to live. The Joker was also abnormally treacherous, uncaring, hypocritical, and above all, sadistic. He took immense joy in others being physically or psychologically wounded and even made dead-pan jokes on the occasions. The Joker was also utterly fearless and masochistic which robbed Batman of his pain inflicting and fear inducing tactics on his enemies. Those traits also make The Joker a good hand-to-hand opponent for the Caped Crusader despite him seemingly having no martial arts training as he frantically charged at Batman and ruthlessly wailed on him, something an opponent with a fear of getting hurt would never have his done.

Cruel yet charismatic, The Joker left destruction wherever he went, he was quite egocentric and enjoyed his time in the spotlight where other criminals preferred to stay to the shadows he would actually televise his crimes to the entire city. One of his most noticeable traits was his disturbed sense of humour which was accompanied with a never-ending, manic giggling and outright laughter towards everything which fit right within Jack's own beliefs on what was funny. He was sadistic and found immense joy in the idea of pain and death towards others, He was masochistic, after being head-butted by Loeb he responded by laughing excessively. The Joker was intensely sadistic, laughing at the anarchy he created across Gotham and smiling with joy when Sionis was killed by Galavan, He enjoyed his own pain as well, making him suicidal as demonstrated while playing Russian Roulette, shot himself three times in a calm manner, He had no value of.human life as he shot Happy, one of his own minions, dead simply because he stole his line, and also proceeded to shoot a wounded police officer simply because he was groaning in pain from his injuries just as he was about to make his speech due to the cop having "no manners.

Regarding his parentage, Jack absolutely hated his mother and father. Though he finally discovered that Arlene Romero was his birth mother, Jack initially seemed to have a low opinion of her, claiming she was "pathetic" and a "creep". Even after learning that Arlene was his birth mother, Jack merely stated "I'll be damned" in an easygoing and nonchalant manner, only shortly afterwards realizing the humor in the revelation. Arlene was also somewhat unsympathetic and insensitive towards her son and admits she was a bad mother but loved him nevertheless and constantly gave him shelter and a home, even helping Jack cover up his patricide of his legal mother for that reason alone. Whilst meeting with his birth mother after breaking into her house, Jack mockingly called her "ma", "mommy", and "mom" all before killing her. His father was his first ever victim. He was stated to be cold, abusive, defamatory, and vituperative to his son, and highly promiscuous and alcohol.

He also is shown to be very literal in his word usage, which allowed him to carry out his crimes and even betray his minions while at the same time technically keeping his word. The last trait is especially evident when he turned on the Mob after retrieving their money: When the Chechen angrily told him that The Joker was a man of his word when Jack revealed he planned to set the cash on fire, The Joker confirmed he indeed is that and made clear that he only intended to burn the half of the money he got from retrieving Lau. He's done it often enough that his trademark was claiming that he was "a man of his word." In addition, Hamill was exceedingly cunning, manipulative through the use of fear, oblivious to his insanity and depravity, and flawlessly thorough in his plans. The Joker's only real setback was his blind ambition that everyone was as cruel deep down as he was on the surface which caused his final plan to backfire on him. Jack lacked any fear of being killed in his actions, as demonstrated by his trying to goad Batman into running him over as well as laughing when Batman threw him off the roof, which made him far more dangerous.

After he was brought back to life, Jack was shown to be even more ruthless, cruel and psychotic. He wished to bring all of Gotham citizens down to his level, describing how 'we could all go insane with just one bad day'. However, Jack also showed a reflective side to himself during this time, as he admitted that no one ever helped him, though he was quick to taunt Bruce for helping him and letting him almost get killed by the man he had saved him from.

He is also all too delighted to forge alliances to his benefit, especially if he is able to manipulate those joining him.

The only predictable aspect of the Joker's criminally insane psyche is his inherent unpredictability: Joker describes himself as "an idea, a state of mind, who executes [his] will according to [his] plan." Hence, given the chance, he will kill again and again, but the how, why, when, and whom he will kill cannot be anticipated, sometimes even by genius detectives like Batman and Commissioner Gordon . His reasons and methods are not necessarily random, but are so quixotic and impulsive they may very well be.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Cheating Death: The Joker has cheated death numerous times, even in seemingly inescapable and lethal situations. He has been, among other things, caught in explosions, electrocuted, shot repeatedly, and dropped from great heights, but he always returns to once again wreak havoc.

Abilities

  • Indomitable Will: Jack possesses an obliviousness to danger that makes him invulnerable to fear and intimidation, which are usually Batman's greatest weapons in combat. Hence, Hamill does not fear death and will even threaten his own life to achieve his goal or make a point. This makes The Joker the Dark Knight's most formidable enemy.
  • Genius Level Intellect: The Joker is portrayed as highly intelligent and skilled in the fields of chemistry and engineering, as well an expert with explosives. From his first appearance onward, he has been consistently portrayed as capable of hijacking broadcasts - usually news programs - of both the television and radio varieties. Joker goes so far as to describe himself as "an idea, a state of mind, who executes [his] will according to [his] plan." Hence, his intellect extends itself to his tactical, strategic, deception, manipulative, leadership, escapology, and intimidation skills.
    • Gadgetry: Jack commits crimes with countless "comedic" weapons (such as razor-sharp playing cards, acid-spewing flowers, cyanide pies, and lethally electric joy buzzers) and Joker venom.
    • Weapon Expert: Joker employed various deadly weapons, often based on party-gag items.
    • Chemistry Expert: Frequently used a toxin that stretched victim's face's into a Joker-like grin and caused death.
    • Master Engineer: He is a brilliant engineer, designing advanced generators that could act as powerful explosive devices.
    • Escape Artist: Unbelievable escapist and stronger endurance than a normal human being.
    • Master Escapologist: The Joker is a genius at escaping unscathed in extremely dangerous situations, despite staggering odds.
    • Tactical Analysis
    • Master Strategist: Belies Joker's immense insanity is a dangerously cunning and intelligent master tactician,Joker has terrorised Gotham for many years,masterminded countless anarchic plans for immense chaos and destruction which lead to the deaths of numerous people,he is a unpredictably skilled anarchist planner to an extent that many times Batman could not completely stop the tremendous misfortune and bloodshed caused by Joker's ingenious malevolence,despite his immensely dangerous nature,through his dark charisma and extremely manipulative leadership.
    • Leadership Skills: Jack was able to assume leadership of the Maniax, a group of insane and volatile individuals, and later led hundreds of chaotic citizens of Gotham into causing chaos and havoc. Following his second incarceration in Arkham, he was able to become leader of both of the inmates and the guards, claiming to be very charismatic.
  • Disguise
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): While having no formal combat training, Jack is a strong hand-to-hand combatant. Being a completely unpredictable fighter, Joker relies on his insanity fueled instinct to defeat even well trained combatants such as members of Gotham city police force and Bane's henchman. Even Batman required very great effort to subdued the Clown Prince of Crime.
  • Immense Speed: Joker is a highly quick and agile fighter, able evade assaults from several enemies at once.He was so fast that not even Batman could catch him that easily.
  • High Pain Tolerance: Having been abused as a child, Jack has learned to withstand physical pain. Even when Batman kept punching him, he smiled and stayed conscious. He also seems to have little to no fear of death, or anything else besides boredom.
  • Psychology: The Joker understands human psychology very well. He predicts his enemies' next move and uses it against them.
  • Singing: Jack has a repertoire of songs he knows the whole way through, and can perform them word-perfect with no rehearsal, supporting the idea he was once an entertainer of some stripe. He seems to prefer songs he can croon to.
  • Master of Deception: After his resurrection, Jack was able to trick Gotham, including Batman into thinking he was a mere circus clown.
  • Intimidation: Jack, due to his capacity for heinous torture and murder, commands a very intimidating presence, enough to frighten low-level thugs and make them work for him out of the sheer fear of what he would do to them if they refused. This the one quality that Hamill and Batman have in common to an extent.
  • Make-up artist: Jack is shown to be a skilled make-up artist. Jack was able to use make-up to disguise himself as a circus clown.
  • Voice alteration: Jack was able to change his voice to make himself sound like someone else, as shown when he disguised himself as a circus clown.
  • Skilled Marksman: Jack has shown proficiency with guns and other firearms. He was able to shoot and kill one of his own followers without looking at the man behind him using his hidden sleeve gun.
  • Dark Humor: His sense of humor could be credited to what he perceived to be wrong with the world around him, as he was often seen laughing at the pointlessly terrible and truly wrong. This gave an indication as to his true feelings on the matter as his laughter was seen as hollow at times. The Joker only found humor in what was wrong with humanity and pointed it out, highlighting it before attempting to either broaden the chaos around it or simply destroy it himself, often doing both in the process.
  • Pathological Fearlessness: Jack possesses an obliviousness to danger that makes him invulnerable to fear and intimidation, which are usually Batman's greatest weapons in combat. Hence, Hamill does not fear death and will even threaten his own life to achieve his goal or make a point. This makes The Joker the Caped Crusader's most formidable enemy.

Weaknesses

Appearance & Clothing

The Joker is a quite tall young man, dressed with a purple hat and also in a custom-tailored purple suit consisting of an elegant, purple coat and matching pants. Underneath it, he wears a purple suit jacket, green vest, and a lime shirt. He is almost-always seen wearing chalk white makeup on his face, consisting of dark face-paint blackening the spaces around leering brown eyes, green hair-dye spread all over brown hair, and a red slash of lipstick smeared all over a thin mouth lined at the corners to resemble a smile, furtherly implying his unstable psyche . According to Happy and Dopey, Joker's use of clown makeup was meant for use in psychological warfare akin to warpaint, and this was at least one reason why he was given the moniker of "the Joker."

Paraphernalia

Equipment

  • Smylex: A deadly poison that infects his victims with a ghoulish rictus grin as they die while laughing uncontrollably. This venom comes in many forms, from gas to darts to liquid poison, and has been his primary calling card from his first appearance.
  • Joker Teeth: A common weapon and theme for equipment for Jack are "Joker Teeth." Clacking, wind-up gag teeth are commonly used to mock the Dark Knight and his allies. They are one of Hamill's signature items.

Transportation

  • Jokermobile: The Joker utilizes an Ferrari F12berlinetta is his personal stylized car.

Weapons

  • Various Joker Gadgets: Razor-sharp playing cards, acid flower, various guns and other weaponry. The Joker is unpredictable in that he will use any kind of weapon afforded him.
  • Joker's Joy Buzzer: Jack often used a modified novelty joy buzzer strapped to the palm of his hand. The buzzer administered a lethal dose of electricity into anyone who came into contact with it.
  • Guns/Firearms: He uses different firearms such as handguns and even rocket launchers. He used a small pistol that retracts from his sleeve to kill one of his followers.
  • Knives: Jerome carried various knives such as trench knives, throwing knives, and pocket knives.
  • Explosives: Hamill is an expert at bomb making and has even bought nuclear weapons. He loves using time bombs and does use grenades in battle, though they may be disguised as harmless objects like toys, dolls, balls or marbles.

Notes

  • This design belongs to Phil Cho on Deviantart.
  • The Joker is named after Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero and Mark Hamill.
  • The Joker's personality is based on Jack Nicholson's Joker, Mark Hamill's Joker, from both The DCAU and the Arkhamverse, Heath Ledger's Joker and Cameron Monaghan's Jerome Valeska.

Trivia

  • Jack Hamill is the sixth incarnation of The Joker to have an established backstory and identity, with the first one being Jack Nicholson's Joker in the 1989 Batman film, the second in The Killing Joke, the third the Martha Wayne version of the Joker from the 2011 "Flashpoint" crossover story arc, in which she was Joker in an alternative universe where Bruce Wayne was dead (having been killed by the mugger) and Thomas Wayne as Batman, the fourth being Lovers and Madmen, a Joker comic origin story, and the fifth being Jeremiah Valeska.
  • Jack has committed familicide.
  • Jeannie Sorkin was the only loved one that Jack has ever truly loved.
  • After Jack cried over his wife's body, going insane and breaking into psychotic laughter, he clutched his head in a way that mirrors the famous panel of The Joker going insane in Batman: The Killing Joke.
  • The Joker's role as the killer of John and Mary Grayson is typically taken by Tony Zucco in the comics and other media.