5. The Joker doesn’t have a clear back-story. Throughout the years the Joker has had a mysterious past. Many people have surmised about the Joker’s younger years. Many origin stories have emerged, but the Joker still to this day does not have a concrete origin. We do know how the Joker became the colorful villain however. Batman accidently pushed the Joker into a toxic waste dump. Fortunately for him, the Joker survived but with some abnormal side effects. The toxins turned his skin completely white and his hair green. Due to his unsightly features, the Joker went insane while trying to cope with the transformation.
4. The Joker doesn’t have any superpowers. Batman’s archenemy has no super powers, instead he uses his intelligence and psychopathic tendencies to wreak havoc on the “Bats”. The Joker does have some chemical engineering expertise which he uses to create deadly poisons. With explosives, playing cards, and lapel flowers that emit toxins, the Joker is a villain to be reckoned with. Without superpowers, the Joker occasionally surrounds himself with other villains, but these relationships don’t last long. On the other hand, Harley Quinn is Joker’s loyal side-kick even though this relationship becomes rocky from time to time.
3. The Joker was the first villain in the Batman series. In Batman #1 the Joker was introduced. The creators of the Joker are Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson. The Joker was introduced in 1940, and he became the antithesis of Batman himself. The Joker sadistically laughs about tragedy whereas Batman takes things much more seriously. The appearance of the Joker is also the complete opposite of Batman. From the beginning, the Joker has always strived to kill the Batman. But Batman, due to his moral codes, will always seek to save the Joker.
2. The Joker has killed and injured many of Batman’s closest companions. The Joker is responsible for the death of Robin. He has also paralyzed Batgirl (Barbara Gordon). With these two acts and many others under his belt, the Joker is one of Batman’s most dangerous villains.
1. The Joker was originally the Red Hood. In one comic book storyline, The Joker was the original Red Hood. Although not as crazy, the Red Hood was known for robberies and other petty crimes. Batman caught him but accidently pushed him into the toxic waste dump that transformed him into the Joker. The Red Hood would continue to be an alias for other characters throughout Gotham. Jason Todd (Robin) is the more notable Red Hood in the DC universe.
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