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The Joker

Joker

Real Name
Jack Napier
First Appearance
Batman (Vol. 1) #1 (April 25, 1940)
Creators
Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, Bob Kane
Team Affliations
The Injustice League, The Injustice Gang
Aliases
The Red Hood, The Clown Prince of Crime
Base of Operations
Gotham City
Powers
None
Skills and Abilities
Genius-level intelligence, Expert chemist and engineer, Skilled in hand-to-hand combat
Tools and Weapons
Knives, Guns, Jester Cane Sword, Razor Sharp Playing Cards, Crowbar, Hammer, Mallet, Boxing Glove Arm, Long-Barreled Gun, Explosive Toys, Presents, Bazooka, Various Custom Explosives, Cupid Extractor 1600, Grenades in Coat, Exploding Teeth, Joker Toxin, Acid Flower, Joy Buzzer, Harpoon Toy Gun, Joker Gas, Chattering Teeth, Joker Venom

The Joker is a supervillain in the DC Universe and Batman's greatest enemy. 

OriginEdit

The Joker's true origin is unknown, though it has been theorized that he was a failed comedian who went mad after he lost his wife and child and fell into a vat of chemicals during a robbery he was involved in, turning his skin white and his hair green.

BiographyEdit

The Golden Age (Earth-Two)Edit

Much of the Joker's past prior to fighting Batman is unknown.  It is known he was once a lab worker who decided to turn to crime and ended up acting as a criminal leader known as the Red Hood.  However, during a job at the Monarch Playing Card Company, the Red Hood was cornered by the superhero Batman and his sidekick Robin and he attempted to escape by jumping off a catwalk in the factory.  Falling into the chemicals, the Hood escaped, only to find that he now had chalk-white skin, deep red lips and green hair.  He went onto reinvent himself as a master criminal, taking on the name the Joker.

He first made his presense known, announcing on the radio his intent to kill certain wealthy Gothamites and take their possessions.  He did just that, leaving rictus grins on their faces through use of a specialized venom.  Eventually, however, his spree was ended by Batman and Robin.  While the Joker went to prison, he didn't stay in their long, escaping using a tiny explosive hidden in his molar.  In order to capture him once more, Batman baits a trap and he and Robin fought the Joker once more.