Day 10 - A to Z Challenge - "J"
Abilities/Powers: Complete Unpredictability, Intelligence
Base of Operations: Gotham City
There are several back stories for the Joker, but a true, definitive one has not been set yet.
The Joker himself sums it up pretty well, "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another...
...if I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!"
(One of stories said that the Joker was a laboratory worker who becomes the Red Hood (a masked criminal) and tries to steal a million dollars from his employer, so he can retire. He falls into a large vat of chemical waste, when his plan is thwarted by Batman. When he emerges from the vat, his skin has been bleached white, his lips are cherry red, his hair is green and he now wears a permanent grin. And of course, he is completely insane.)
-The Joker made his comic book debut in 1940 and was originally set to be killed after only a couple appearances. Thanks to the editor of the comic book, the Joker was given a reprieve and remained in the world of the Batman.
-The Joker is said to be Batman's archenemy.
-The Joker has several nicknames, including The Clown Prince of Crime, The Jester of Genocide, The Harlequin of Hate and The Ace of Knaves.
Definitely one of the creepiest characters around!
No matter the type of media, comic books, TV, movies...
..the Joker is always unpredictable and extremely entertaining.
I really enjoyed watching Cesar Romero portray the Joker in the 1960s Batman series, where he is more prankster, than psychopath. I found him quite funny and loved watching the banter between him and the Penguin. (They would often team up together.)
I think I prefer the funnier side of the Joker character, to the serial killer side.