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Things The Joker Can Do That Batman Can Never Do


There are very few things Batman doesn’t excel
at, and even fewer that he just can’t do at all. They do exist, however, and there’s one character
who can do quite a bit that Batman can’t: the Joker. Here are the things that the Joker can do
that Batman just can’t. While there have been plenty of stories over
the years where the Dark Knight employs lethal methods in his fight against crime, the idea
that Batman doesn’t kill people has been a pretty solid general rule in comics since
1941. “You won’t kill me, out of some misplaced
sense of self-righteousness.” Not coincidentally, that’s about as long as
the Joker’s been murdering people by the dozens. In Batman #1, the comic that contains the
Joker’s first appearance, the Clown Prince of Crime manages to murder no fewer than twelve
people through a combination of poison and good old-fashioned handguns. That pretty much set the tone for the next
75 years, and even though he spent a few years focused more on bank robberies and gimmick
crimes, he’s more than made up for it in the years since, with an unofficial count by fans
putting his body count at over 540 on-panel deaths. It’s not just quantity, either, with high-profile
deaths like Jason Todd, the second Robin and Sarah Essen, Jim Gordon’s second wife. With all those twos, you’d think Harvey Dent
was the one responsible. There’s no other Gotham City villain with
a body count that even comes close, and the only villains in the entire DC Universe who
can beat it are the cosmic threats who have wiped out entire parallel universes. Even if Batman was a killer, it’s hard to
believe he’d go that far. With all the childhood trauma, self-sacrifice,
and violent confrontations, Batman’s brain probably isn’t exactly a pleasant place for
a mind-reader to be. Still, he’s never driven someone insane just
by giving them a peek inside his psyche. We know someone who has, though. “… hi.” On multiple occasions, the Martian Manhunter
— you know, the guy with all of Superman’s powers plus he can turn invisible and read
your mind — has been confronted with Joker’s brain. It did not go well. He could barely keep himself sane while poking
around up there. Considering he can keep the entire Justice
League telepathically linked at once, the fact that Joker’s brain alone was so harrowing
should tell you just how much his mind affects anyone who takes a peek. Crime never takes a vacation, which means
that Batman doesn’t either. He’s so dedicated that he rarely takes a rest,
even when he needs it. Super-criminals, on the other hand, are free
to take as many breaks as they want, assuming that they’re not busy paying their debt to
society in an asylum that seems to be held together with spit and chicken wire. There’s always somebody like the Cluemaster
or the Electrocutioner waiting around to take their shot, so why not? In fact, we actually know that in the comics
canon, the Joker always makes sure to take a vacation once a year. The catch? According to Aztek: The Ultimate Man #6, he
only goes somewhere worse than Gotham. Given the state of the DC Universe in the
late ’90s, when Gotham was afflicted with two plagues and an earthquake on top of all
the other “regular” supervillain attacks, that meant going to some pretty bad places. And when the Joker takes these little trips,
Batman sees it as his responsibility to bring him back to justice, meaning that whenever
the Joker takes a vacation, Batman, by definition, has to work. Say what you will about the Joker, but at
least he keeps his sidekicks alive. What, too soon? Look, we hate to say it, but Batman doesn’t
have a spotless track record when it comes to his sidekicks. Jason Todd had his brains bashed in, the Spoiler
was tortured to death with a power drill by Black Mask, Bruce Wayne’s bodyguard Sasha
Bordeaux was shanked in prison after being framed as an accessory to murder. Even his own son Damian died, which wound
up driving Batman so crazy that he tracked down Frankenstein to figure out how to bring
corpses back to life. Sure, all four of those people came back to
life eventually, but they still went through some rough stuff. But the Joker? Believe or not, he’s batting a thousand. Harley Quinn is not only alive, she’s also
become one of DC’s most popular (and marketable) characters over the past couple decades, with
multiple starring roles in comics that have lasted longer than the Joker’s ever did. Heck, even Gaggy Gagsworthy, a sidekick who
appeared in a single issue back in the ’60s, is still alive somewhere out there in the
Multiverse — he was in comics as recently as 2009! Batman couldn’t keep Robin alive, but the
Joker managed to keep Gaggy around for 40 years! Of course, once in a while, the Joker remembers
to be the Joker. Here’s one thing you can’t take away from
Batman: he’s massively popular. He has been since the start, propelling Detective
Comics to such heights that its publisher would eventually rename their entire company
“D.C.” after it. He’s starred in thousands of comics, a whole
bunch of movies, cartoons that have been more or less constant since 1992, and even had
his own breakfast cereal. The Joker, of course, is also popular — arguably
the single most popular villain in the history of superhero comics. But while Detective has passed 1,000 issues
plus over 800 issues of Batman and not to mention all those other Bat-centric titles,
the Joker managed to get his only solo series canceled after just nine issues. Of course, that was back in 1975, with a pretty
different version of the character than we have today. It also just wasn’t that good, probably because
it’s kind of difficult to get behind a remorseless homicidal maniac as a protagonist. Of course, it didn’t help that Batman never
appeared in it, leading the Joker to fight some random dude who got hit in the head and
thought he was Sherlock Holmes, but the Joker is a proud clown. It has to sting a little bit that his only
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89 thoughts on “Things The Joker Can Do That Batman Can Never Do

  1. Anything you can do I can do better

    I can do anything better than you

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can! Yes, I can!

    Anything you can be I can be greater

    Sooner or later I'm greater than you

    No, you're not

    Yes, I am

    No, you're not

    Yes, I am

    No, you're not

    Yes, I am, yes I am

    I can shoot a partridge with a single cartridge

    I can get a sparrow with a bow and arrow

    I can live on bread and cheese

    And only on that?

    Yes

    So can a rat

    Any note you can reach I can go higher

    I can sing anything higher than you

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can

    No, you can't

    Yes, I can

  2. From my Point of View, the greatest thing that the Joker can do is cause chaos however he wants, whenever he wants, with whatever he has.
    All for the sake of laughter and fun.
    Why so serious

  3. Hmm lets see, without watching another pointless Looper video let me try to name some right off the bat.. pun not intended.

    Well let's see, of course there is MURDER! Yeah that's a pretty big one.

    Batman isn't allowed to have a sense of humor so he can't crack jokes.

    Also, MURDER. Well I think that covers the main ones.

  4. Batman kills if necessary. He tries to not kill. Example joker dangling isn't a threat a warehouse full of machine gun thugs with possible explosives is a genuine threat, people are gonna die.

  5. You forgot to say the joker can beat his girlfriend, that was a whole side story of his and Harley.

    not saying it's good but neither is racking up a body count lol

  6. Number 6: Kill the Joker.

    Batman can never bring himself to kill the Joker, but the Joker is mad enough to kill himself.

  7. "His only solo outing couldn't break double digits" famous last words a week before Joaquin Phoenix's movie comes out and destroys box office records for R-rated comic book movies lmao.

  8. Batman has never killed but his body count is as high as jokers. Every time he allows a villain to run free, to kill again, that's on Batman. Every time he is presented an option to permanently stop a villain when given the chance, he chickens out. Many say it's moral code and all that bullshit, but when you realize that he's the world's greatest detective, he has contingencies to stop his allies even kill them, he doesn't have some for villains? Batman is an overrated, overused, and over analyzed character. He's treated as a god but given few flaws of a real life man.

  9. Let's see 🤔
    Premarital unprotected sex with harley.
    Torture and kill then joke about it.
    Lie cheat and steal.
    Doesnt have to hide identity or come running everytime someone shines a light in the sky.
    PRETTY SWEET LIFE 😃

  10. I liked the cancelled 75-76 joker series 😂 he still killed someone in one of the funniest ways “like all double crossers you’re going down to a hot place”

    throws the man into an incinerator

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