What Incarnation Of The Joker Are You?

One of fiction's most diabolical villains has been around since the 1940's. The Joker has gone through many phases, rewrites, and retcons (retroactive continuity). Which Joker best fits your own style?

Mark Dasinger
Created By Mark Dasinger
On Mar 24, 2015

Some say your enemies define you. Your enemies are:

To accomplish a goal, you will team up with:

There's someone that you just can't get along with. You:

Choose a weapon

So let's get back to Batman. Why do you fight him?

If you were to give in to your darkest desires, you would:

Which of these Batman villains do you think is most worthy of ridicule?

When it comes to your past...

How do you go about getting things done?

Which would you enjoy more?

How do you feel about Harley Quinn?

Finally, which profession appeals to you most?

The Silver Age Joker

The Silver Age Joker

You're the Silver Age Joker! So, you're not the most deadly of clowns. The worst crimes you commit are a little bit of kidnapping and property damage, but it's always just for a good laugh! You don't need all that unfriendly carnage to be a thorn in Batman's side, and since you are a much better team player than later incarnations, you have no problem teaming up on the caped crusader.

DC's response to the creation of the CCA, this Joker has gone from menacing killer to a nearly-harmless prankster, but this Joker is not without his place in the evolution of the character. Without him, future versions may have maintained the original's more serious nature.

Jack Nicholson's Joker

Jack Nicholson's Joker

You're Jack Nicholson's Joker! You don't mind people knowing a little bit about where you came from, but the here and now is still what matters. Both deadly and goofy, you are the king of making others laugh with you- nervously, of course, in hopes that the joke will not be on them.

This Joker was given deeper ties to his own Dark Knight, being responsible for the murders that created the Batman. With a more solid history than any other incarnation of the Clown Prince, we see a clearer picture of the co-dependency between the existence of both Batman and Joker.

Hammil's Joker

Hammil's Joker

Iconic, aren't you? Your style matches that of the man who was the voice of the Joker for two decades.
While your lethality and comic style may vary, there is one thing that is true to you- you live to fight your nemesis. Sure, sometimes you may not successfully harm a fly, but when your demented plans actually work out, they are grimly devastating to all involved. You aren't quite the lone clown, however. In the past, you may have tossed all help aside, but now you have that one person nearly as demented as you to help in your devilish plans.

From Batman: The Animated Series, to Justice League, Batman Beyond, and finally the Arkham Games, Hammil has voiced Joker for some time. Many consider his voice THE Joker and will accept no substitutes. His exploits range from wacky to deadly, but that iconic laugh will always echo in our ears.

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Bronze Age Joker

Bronze Age Joker

Wow, you sure like to come back with a bang.
You're the Bronze Age Joker, and the beginning of the swell of Joker's return to popularity.
You don't take kindly to being duped, and your team-mates lives' tend to only last as long as their usefulness. While you retain the pranks of the Silver Age, they have grown much more deadly.
As your life heads into darker territory, you do seem to occasionally relapse into your lighter self.
There is one other key difference between you and the latter incarnations: You need no Harley. The idea hasn't even crossed your mind.

Reintroduced in "Joker's Five Way Revenge", the Joker combined his deadly efficiency from the Golden Age with his wacky pranks from the Silver Age.

Nolanverse Joker

Nolanverse Joker

Why so serious?- okay, fine, fine. I won't use any over-quoted lines from this Oscar-winning performance.
You are Heath Ledger's portrayal of the character, a self-proclaimed agent of chaos.
You may be a little hypocritical, but that's part of the joke: You bash people for their attempts at making intricate plans, but are a master of making (and ruining) plans yourself. When the day is done, you hope to bask in the warm aftermath of all the panic you've caused, and you just crave the attention of a perfect playmate to help you ruin the day in an attempt to stop you.

Golden Age Joker

Golden Age Joker

Cold. Efficient. Deadly. You are Joker in his earliest appearances. While hints at a dark sense of humor were present, this Joker was much more concerned with getting the job done... and letting the world know he did it. Able to fight Batman to a near stand-still, this incarnation of the Clown Prince wasn't joking around when it came to achieving his goals.

Introduced in 1940, the character was originally meant to die in his second appearance. However, DC Comics saw the gold mine they were sitting on and had the final panel re-written so that the Joker could return again and again- setting the stage for the way Batman's most fearsome foes would haunt him for years to come.

New 52

New 52

You are the Joker of the New 52. You have been through many phases in your life, and looking back, you want to get back to the simple things: You, and the challenge you set before yourself. More than willing to cut any dead weight from your life in the most cruel way possible, this is a new you, but you don't exactly wish to come out on top- you want your challenges to be as dangerous as you've become. To that end, you will do whatever it takes to make sure your enemies are not distracted and have their full focus on you.

In a very shaky reboot, this Joker inexplicably had his face removed, only to have it strapped back on much later. He attempted to cut out any possible allies from both himself and the Batman, so things could be the way they "should": One Bat, one Clown, locked in combat forever.

The Killing Joke's Joker

The Killing Joke's Joker

You're the Killing Joke's Joker- You think you've got everything figured out, and it drives you mad that no one else can see the truth. You feel misunderstood, but you think there is one- just one sole individual- that could see you for who you are if they just let themselves. You need them to see your damaged past that led you to where you are and that deep down, you're just like everyone else... or more accurately, everyone else is just like you.
And to do that, you will torture the hell out of an old man because you're an ass hole like that.

The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore, is a possible glimpse into how the Joker may have become the monster he is, starting him off as a man down on his luck. While receiving rave reviews, the author himself would go on to describe it as a poor attempt to bring sympathy to an unsympathetic character.