7. Tricking Super-Man Into Killing Lois Lane
Batman is well-known for his no-killing rule but Superman does not mind spilling blood in his crime fighting adventures. In the prequel comic to the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us, the Joker tricked Superman into killing his wife Lois Lane.
Making matters worse, Lane was pregnant with Superman’s child. Driven with furious rage and anger, the Man of Steel rips the Joker’s heart out. The moment apparently left Batman in a state of disbelief but with all honesty, Superman definitely did his Justice League member a favor.
6. Framing Batman By Breaking His Own Neck
Often regarded as the best Batman storyline, The Dark Knight Returns had several memorable moments in it such as the battle against Superman and the suicide of Joker.
The 55-year old Batman comes out of retirement and so does his arch nemesis to engage in one last showdown. Left to the point of being severely beaten, the Joker knew that the Dark Knight would not kill him so he broke his own neck to make Gotham believe that he died by the hands of Batman.
5. Killing Detective Sarah Essen
Jim Gordon’s second wife and co-worker Sarah Essen died at the hands of the Joker in the storyline No Man’s Land. In an attempt to save several babies, Essen came in the way of the Joker who shot at her forehead before saying, “Merry Christmas.”
Gordon has watched many people of Gotham die by the hands of the Joker but never for an instance had he thought that his wife would be one of the victims of the psychopathic clown.
4. Crippling Barbara Gordon
The Joker had the nerve to go right ahead to Jim Gordon’s department and knock the door in order to execute his revenge. However, his daughter Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl opened the door.
Getting the shock of her life, the Joker shot her and the bullet snapped her backbone. Severely crippled, Barbara’s career of crime fighting was over!
3. Forcing James Gordon To Watch His Abused Daughter
The line was definitely crossed in The Killing Joke when the sick clown abducted Detective Jim Gordon and held him in restraints with his clothes stripped off. In order to prove that even the righteous citizens can go mad after having “one bad day”, the super villain did the unthinkable!
The Joker showed a slideshow of Gordon’s daughter Barbara in a bloodied, unconscious, injured and totally naked condition. It was a sight of disbelief and absolute disgust. What kind of man forces a father to watch his daughter in such a state?
That kind of man is none other than the Joker! Though Gordon did not go insane despite of the horror he had to go through, he was left traumatized and still requested Batman to handle the Joker “by the book.”
2. Murdering Jason Todd By Explosion
The Joker has been responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman’s life and the merciless killing of Jason Todd – the second Robin – tops all of them.
In Death in the Family, the Clown Prince of Crime hits Todd with a crowbar numerous times and kills him with an explosion. Often regarded as Batman’s biggest moment of failure, the loss made the superhero reluctant about future partners.
1. Made Batman Laugh By Telling a Joke
The very thought of Batman and the Joker sharing a laugh together is unbelievable and quite shocking. At the climax of The Killing Joke, the Clown Prince of Crime actually narrates a joke to his adversary and surprisingly manages to make Batman laugh. Behold and read the joke that even made the Dark Knight chuckle:
“See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…and one night, one night they decide they don’t like living in an asylum any more. They decide they’re going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moonlight…stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend daren’t make the leap. Y’see…y’see, he’s afraid of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea…He says ‘Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I’ll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!’ B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says… he says ‘What do you think I am? Crazy? You’d turn it off when I was half way across!'”
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