Throughout his existence, the Joker has managed to make several people's lives miserable.
I don't have room or time to list them all here, although I will try to add more as time goes on.
For the moment, however, I bring you a list of some of the more prominent citizens of Gotham
who's lives have irrevocably changed by the Joker. I haven't listed Batman because it would
take a gigabyte to list all the ways the Joker's messed with his head.
The daughter of Commisioner Gordon had hung up her bat suit
and decided to proceed with her own life. She was having coffee
with her father one evening, discussing the Joker's recent escape from Arkham Asylum.
The door bell rang. Thinking it was a friend, Barbara opened the
door without checking the peep hole. She recognized the Joker a split second
before he shot her in the midsection. He then proceded to remove her clothing and take several
pictures of her decrepit state while sipping a glass of wine. Barbara was found by a neighbour
and rushed to hospital. The doctored bullet had blown away a section of her spine and despite
the best medical treatment,she was pronounced paralyzed from the waist down. Perhaps the hardest
part of Barbara's ordeal was that she was shot as the daughter of Gotham's Police Chief, not
Batgirl. Despite all her efforts to stop crime, she was still better known as the commisioner's
kid. Barbara eventually adapted to life in a wheelchair and, using her computer and librarian
skills, became the all knowing Oracle. She is presently working with Black Canary to stop any and
all kinds of international crime.
Dick Grayson/ Robin I/ Nightwing
The first Robin and Batman were pursuing the Joker after his escape
from Arkham. They eventually cornered him on a rooftop and prepared to
bring him in. The Joker pulled a gun and shot Robin through the upper
right arm before either hero could react. While the wound was not all that serious, it
made Batman question the wisdom of putting Dick in dangerous situaltions as his sidekick. He
resolved his dilemma by telling Dick he could no longer be Robin. Dick was
devestated and left on a sort of journey of self discovery. After a stint
as leader of the Teen Titans, he eventually became Nightwing.
While he and Bruce have managed to patch things up, there is still tension
between them. Who knows what road Dick's life might have taken had the Joker
not made his mortality painfully clear.
Jason Todd/ Robin II
This one takes a little more explaining. It takes place in various thrid world countries
where the Joker is planning to sell a cruise missile to a militaristic Arab faction and Jason
Todd is looking for the mother he never knew. Being impulsive, Jason had ran off without Batman
and gotten himself in a load of trouble. After eliminating three other women as possibilities,
Jason finally found his mother in Ethiopia. Problem was, she was connected with the Joker, against
her will of course. While the Joker was her enemy, she immediately turned her son over to him out
of fear. Joker had the time of his life beating the crap out of Jason and finally locking him in
a room with a bomb and his mother. With no way out and death inevitable, Jason attempted to die
nobly, throwing himself on the bomb to shield his mother. Batman arrives to find them both dead.
Our friend the Joker however was in much better shape. After meeting with the Ayatollah, the Joker
is given full diplomatic immunity (why they made an insane clown a diplomat we'll never know). It is
only after his attempt to kill the entire UN with joker gas is defeated by Superman that Batman is
allowed to lay a hand on him. Bats was shot in the arm and the Joker in the head, but as the
saying goes-"No one EVER dies in acomic book" Unfortunatly, that statement does not apply to
Actually, it was not the Joker who killed Robin, but the fans themselves. The issue containing
his death could have gone either way. The issue before was a cliffhanger and gave fans a special
number to call to cast their vote. The question- "Should Jason Todd live or die?" By the narrowest
of margins, the fans of Batman decided to get rid of his whiny sidekick and move on. And so the
Joker was given the priveledge of causing his nemesis a great deal of grief.
Commisioner James Gordon
The Gotham City Police Commisioner was having a pleasant evening with his
daughter when the Joker came in a put a hole in her. After allowing Gordon to
get a good look at his daughter lying on the floor, bleeding, the Joker and
his gang hauled him off to an abandoned amusement park. After stripping him
of his dignity (along with his clothing), the Joker took him on a special ride.
The ride through the funhouse consisted of various pictures of a naked, bleeding Barbara
and an inane song of the Joker's. The point of this exercise was to drive Gordon crazy
proving to the world that "ordinary people" and the Joker were not all that
different. The plan failed. When the Batman rescued Gordon, the commisioner
ordered that he bring in the Joker by the book, "to show him that our way works"
The Caped Crusader obliged. This incident is one of the many example of how
the Joker has made Jim's life a trial.
While some people may contest my calling Harley a victim, they should
remember that were it not for the Joker, her life would be very different right now.
Harlene Quinzelle was a competent psychiatrist working in Arkham Asylum. After working there a
brief time, she discovered a particularily fascinating patient. The Joker, realizing the
interest he held for Harlene began to manipulate her into seeing him as a victim of circumstances.
After a few months, Harlene felt only compassion for the maniac under her supervision.
The next time the Joker escaped(notice how all these stories involve the Joker escaping from Arkham),
Batman returned him in such condition as to infuriate Harley. This is what snapped her mind and
led her to break the Joker out of Arkham as his sidekick, Harley Quinn.