The Joker as he appears in Injustice: Gods Among Us
160 lbs (73 kg)
"Batman corrupts young minds while I...bash them out of their skulls."
A chemical accident turned an unknown small time criminal into the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. More crazed killer than goofy clown, this super-villain's only goal is to kill his nemesis, Batman.
The Joker was the first victim of Superman’s rise to power. He drugged the Man of Steel, convincing him his wife Lois was the villain Doomsday. Killing her, Superman triggered a nuclear bomb that destroyed Metropolis.
The Joker is the direct cause of the events of Injustice, and thus plays a major role in the first issues of the prequel comic, set five years before the events of the game. Prior to this,, the Joker kills his fellow psychopath and Batman rogue Jonathan Crane (aka Scarecrow), stealing his signature fear toxin and dumping his body in S.T.A.R. Labs. At the Labs, he murders several scientists who had been experimenting on kryptonite and steals their samples in preparation for a grand scheme.
The Joker is first seen luring Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Superman's wife and best pal respectively, to the Metropolis docks with a false tip-off of a juicy story. While the two are distracted by a disguised Harley Quinn, Joker kills Jimmy by shooting him through his camera lens. He happily greets a terrified Lois, as he and Harley ditch their disguises. He later hijacks a nuclear submarine that he takes far out into open sea with his lackey and their hostage. When the superhuman community learns of the Joker's location, Superman is first on the scene, scuttling the sub and tearing the hull open.
The Joker and Harley have just finished performing some kind of operation on Lois as the Man of Steel bursts into the sub. Before Superman can do anything, the Joker gasses him with a kryptonite-laced version of Scarecrow's fear toxin. As Superman tries to regain his wits, he suddenly sees Doomsday before him and tackles the monster into the sky. Joker tells Harley it's time to go, though his childish accomplice is reluctant to part with their stolen sub, that she named. He warns her that the do-gooders will arrive any moment, so she bids goodbye to 'Gunther' and the pair turns to escape.
Suddenly, Joker and Harley are pinned down by a giant hand projected from Green Lantern's ring. Green Lantern and Wonder Woman touch down just as Batman arrives, carried by the Flash. The Joker is overjoyed to see his nemesis and takes delight in mocking him for having been raced over on the Flash. When Batman investigates the sub and finds nothing, he demands to know Lois' location. Joker reveals that he performed an operation on Lois to turn her into a "trigger" - more specifically, the trigger to the submarine's nuclear warhead, which is now in the center of Metropolis and ready to detonate the moment Lois' heartbeat stops.
With none of the heroes able to warn Superman in time to avert the Joker's plan, the Clown Prince of Crime offhandedly comments that he discovered that Lois was pregnant while operating on her. This remark gets him punched in the face by Batman, but the plan goes off without a hitch; Superman unknowingly takes Lois into space, ironically coming to his senses just in time to watch his wife and unborn child suffocate in the vacuum. The Joker and Harley watch in glee as Metropolis is destroyed in a blast of nuclear fire.
In the wake of the horror, the Joker is locked up in Gotham Prison, where a furious Batman demands to know why his nemesis went so far as to take everything from Superman. The Joker comments that he didn't need a reason to do it, but nonetheless provides an explanation: he was never able to beat Batman, so he decided to play his games on an "easier" level. He taunts Batman further by claiming that destroying Metropolis was "as easy as killing a puppy with a kitten."
Suddenly taking a philosophical turn, the Joker asks Batman, "What do you think Superman will become?" The Caped Crusader firmly believes Superman will rise from the pain the Joker has inflicted on him - that the Man of Steel is incorruptible - but the Joker laughingly asks, "You honestly think your friend will still be fun to play with?" When Batman insists that Superman will recover, the Joker replies grimly, "No. I think it's going to be a whole lot funnier than that."
Moments later, Superman himself breaks through the wall, shoving Batman aside and grabbing the Joker. Mercilessly taunting Superman about the loss of everything he ever loved, the Clown Prince of Crime's portent comes to pass as he finally drives Superman past his breaking point. The Joker exhales a final maniacal laugh as Superman impales him through the chest with his entire arm. The colorful criminal dies with a smile on his face while Batman looks on in horror.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
The Joker appears in the interrogation room in the GCPD (Gotham City Police Department) after nuking Metropolis, where he was being interrogated by Batman. Batman tried to force the Joker to tell him where he got the nuclear weapon, but this was then cut short when a grieving Superman broke into the interrogation room and confronted him. After taunting about his plans to escape and to "top" the destruction of Metropolis in his next scheme while further insulting Superman multiple times, the Man of Steel murdered the Joker, as Batman watches in horror. The Joker manically shrieks with laughter as Superman punches through his chest.
The main universe Joker first appears after the Justice League discover Lex Luthor gave him a nuke to blow up Metropolis. He is seen arming the bomb next to a statue of Superman in Metropolis, much to the excitement of his world's Harley Quinn. After Harley discovers Batman was teleporting to their location, the Joker forcefully makes Harley return to their van as he has a conversation with Batman and takes the bomb off standby, and forcefully orders Harley back to the getaway van. As he activates the bomb, multiple members of the Justice League quickly try to intercept him, only to teleport to the Regime universe, pulling Joker with them. Batman and Joker are separated from the others who teleported, namely Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Aquaman and Green Lantern. The Joker, enraged that his trigger failed to detonate the bomb, blames Batman for their displacement and attacks him. Batman manages to subdue him, just as Regime troops appear and attempt to apprehend the two. Batman uses a sonar distrust or and smoke bomb to escape the troops, while Joker sneaks away during the ensuing chaos.
The Joker tries to find his old gang by hijacking and killing the troops in the van and traveling to Gotham City, where he discovers he is well known in the Regime world, exclaiming; "My fame proceeds me!". Batman, having followed the Joker to Gotham, attempts to launch a surprise attack. Joker becomes aware of Batman's presence beforehand, and counters him, injuring Batmans leg. Because of this, Joker defeat Batman and almost sprays him with Joker Venom. Just as Joker is about to "put a smile" on Batmans face, he spots alternate Hawkgirl and Yellow Lantern and runs off. Joker watches from afar as they arrest Batman and take him away. As the Joker retires to his original plan, he finds himself being approached at gunpoint by an altered Harley Quinn, now going by her real name, Harleen Quinzel. Though he tries to persuade her that he is in fact, the Joker, Harleen insists that the Joker is dead, and that he is just another imposter. Outraged, Harleen attacks him, but is quickly subdued by him. Recognizing his fighting style, Harleen realizes he is the Joker and embraces him. The two then travel to the abandoned Arkham Asylum, where Harleen introduces Joker to the "Joker Clan", a large gang that worships Joker as a martyr, and combats the Regime through acts of terror.
The Joker addresses the Joker Clan, introducing the 5-U-93-R pill to them under the name "Happy Pill". This would provide him and the gang members with superhuman durability. The event is then cut short when Hawkgirl and Nightwing (Damian Wayne) arrive with a fleet of Regime soldiers to attack the clan. The Joker is repeatedly shot with an assault rifle by a trooper, but survives and thanks the "Happy Pill". Hawkgirl attacks the Joker, believing him to be the Joker from their world. The Joker defeats Hawkgirl and attempts to remove her feathers with his knife. Nightwing notices this and quickly charges towards him. The Joker throws his playing cards at Damian, overpowering him. He proceeds to mock Nightwing for leaving Batman and becoming Superman's 'pet', believing him to still be Dick Grayson. A fight ensues, and Joker defeats Nightwing. Altered Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Green Arrow and Wonder Woman rush in, and both Hawkgirl and Nightwing retreat thanks to Harley's call for help. The group is surprised to see the Joker, which leads them to the conclusion that Batman was sent to the parallel dimension as well. Joker is apprehended by Insurgency Batman.
The Joker is later broken out of custody by Harley Quinn, despite her orders from Batman. The two of them hijack a Regime vehicle and confront Insurgency Lex Luthor on his way to assist the Insurgency forces against the Regime. The Joker, after initially taunting Luthor for being shot down and landing on a Regime APC, orders Harley to take down Luthor and take his suit, but she fails. Annoyed with her, the Joker fires Harley and attempts to kill her, but Luthor intervenes and subdues him. Enraged by his attempt on her life, Harley tries to kill the Joker with his knife, but Luthor convinces her to stand down, saying she's outgrown him. In addition, he lost the support of the Joker Clan shortly afterwards when Harley Quinn informed them of Joker's treachery.
In the epilogue, the Joker is shown being lead at gunpoint by Harley Quinn to the portal that will take him back to his dimension.
Powers and Abilities
Utterly insane and hiding behind colorful costumes to make himself appear as nothing more than a harmless clown, the Joker is anything but harmless. Possessing no powers outside of his genius cunning, the Joker is still one of the most deadly villains seen in Injustice. His thin, lithe body allows him a surprising amount of speed and athleticism to dodge attacks thrown at him, while his purple suit hides a repertoire of weaponry, ranging from lethal chattering teeth, an acid filled squirting flower, a long barreled revolver, dozens of knives, and the infamous crowbar he uses to pummel his opponents to death.
None of these weapons are nearly as dangerous as the Joker's lethal toxin, created by the Clown Prince of Crime himself. The toxin forces its victims to laugh themselves to death, leaving a twisted smile on their faces. The Joker carries multiple canisters of the toxin, which he typically throws or kicks at his opponent to catch them off guard, and if he's feeling particularly lethal, he might shoot it to cause it to explode and spread the toxin as a gas cloud.
Aside from arsenal of weaponry, the Joker's most dangerous weapon is his mind, making him utterly unpredictable and dangerous, even to the godlike superhumans of Injustice.
- Crowbar: The Joker pulls out a crowbar and strikes his opponent three times, the third blow knocking them away. The Meter Burn version adds several more hits.
- Laughing Gas: The Joker tosses a laughing can full of green gas at his opponent. The Meter Burn version has the Joker shoot the canister, causing it to explode when it connects.
- Rolling Laughing Gas: The Joker drops the laughing can and kick it at his opponent. The Meter Burn version has the Joker shoot the canister when it connects, causing it to explode.
- BANG!: The Joker pulls out his revolver and fires a single shot at his enemy.
- Chattering Teeth: The Joker tosses a single set of chattering teeth that turns into a large clump of them that explode on contact with his opponent.
- Acid Blossom: The Joker fires a stream of acid from the flower on his jacket.
Joker's Wild: Joker's power is a high and low parry. When you hit successful, it gives you a "ha", each "ha" improves Joker's walk speed and jump arcs.
- Grab: The Joker sticks his opponent's abdomen with his knife and then slams their face with a canister of gas as he rips the knife out.
- Let's Be Serious: Joker throws a pie at his opponent's face. He then assaults his opponent with a crowbar and shoots them at point-blank in the face, then he bashes them into the ground with a big canister of laughing gas. While the opponent is on the ground, Joker gets on top of him/her, says "Wakey wakey!", and shoots the enemy point blank with a rocket launcher sending him flying back completely unharmed while causing severe damage to his opponent.
- Quick Slash - [ L ]
- Downward Punch - [ M ]
- Straight Kick - [ H ]
- Footsie - [ ← + L ]
- Spinning Humour - [ ← + M ]
- Crowbar Slam - [ ← + H ] / ( Hold to charge or [ ← ← + MB ] to Bounce Cancel )
- Belly Buster - [ → + M ]
- Downward Crowbar - [ → + H ] / ( Hold to charge or [ → → + MB ] to Bounce Cancel )
- Knee Slapper - [ ↓ + L ]
- Upward Crowbar - [ ↓ + M ]
- Cyber Trip - [ ↓ + H ]
- Straight Heel - [ L ]
- Air Hinge Kick - [ M ]
- Flying Crowbar - [ H ]
- Forward / Reverse Throw - [ ← / → L + H ]
- Suicide King - [ L , L ]
- Last Laugh - [ L , L , M ]
- Give Me A Smile - [ L , L , H ]
- Punchline - [ ← + L , H ]
- Die Laughing - [ M , L ]
- Put It There Pal - [ M , L , M ]
- HA HA HA - [ M , L , H ]
- Clown Prince - [ → + M , H ]
- Full Deck - [ → + M , H , M ]
- Joke's On You - [ → + M , L ]
- Mad Love - [ H , M ]
- Shank Shank - [ H , M , H ]
- No More Jokes [ H , H ]
- Crowbar - [ ← , → , H ]
- Laughing Gas - [ ↓ , ← , L ]
- Rolling Laughing Gas - [ ↓ , ← , M ]
- Bang! - [ ↓ , → , L ]
- Chattering Teeth - [ ↓ , ← , H ]
- Mid Chattering Teeth - [ ↓ , ← , H , ↑ ]
- Far Chattering Teeth - [ ↓ , ← , H , ↑ ]
- Acid Blossom - [ ← , → , M ]
EndingThough he had failed to elevate the Joker Clan's status, Joker was convinced a similar organization could be successful in his dimension. Joker used a series of devastating terrorist acts to frighten the populace, then convinced the more gullible among them that he was the path to security. The new Joker Clan soon had millions of members worldwide and committed regular anti-government attacks, wreaking havoc on the global economy.
- "What, you want one? Copy bat..."
- "First Krypton, now Metropolis...People you love tend to blow up, don't they..."
- "That's why I like you, Superman. You're much more gullible than..."
- "You think you can have a family. That locking me up will magically reform me. And they'll be safe. So big, so dumb..."
- "Now run along so I can break out of here. I've got lots of planning to do to top this!"
- "I know it's soon, but...Think you'll ever find love again? Maybe you won't kill your next family..."
- "Baldy said to... There we are..."
- "Back to the van, Harley. Bats and I need to talk."
- "Go. No one likes a third wheel."
- "Batman! My coeur des coeur! My pomme de frites! I knew that ape Deathstroke couldn't kill you!"
- "Why so jumpy? I merely took it off standby. It's this button you gotta worry about."
- "Eight million and two, darling. I was going to enjoy the fireworks from a safe distance...But now that you're here..."
- "What say we have one last dance..."
- "What the hell's the matter with this thing?!"
- "This is somehow your fault!"
- "Maybe I was too sentimental before."
- "I'll be fine without you."
- "Now that's funny!"
- "Thanks for the ride. You're a funny guy."
- "Are you sure the old gang lives around here?"
- "True...Here they could be dead."
- "Law-abiding?! Bite your tongue!"
- "Interesting... My fame precedes me!"
- "Right in the belfry!"
- "Please, don't go..."
- "Aww, did you hurt your leg? "
- "How 'bout a broken neck to go with it."
- "And now my sour-faced flying rodent..."
- "Let's put a smile on that puss."
- "Such a beautiful moment can't be rushed..."
- "Don't go cheering up without me!"
- "And me without my camera. I coulda gotten ten million hits!"
- "Ooh, I miss him already..."
- "Now where was I before I was so rudely-"
- "Harley, it's me! I'm the Joker! Look, it sez so right here on my underwear..."
- "Have we calmed down?"
- "It's the love. You could feel the love, right?"
- "This isn't my Gotham, but I'm the Joker, my dear."
- "Am I your Joker? Harley?"
- "I love what you've done with the place. Arkham has never looked better."
- "Dear members of the Joker Clan...You know the truth about the Metropolis Incident. Superman killed those people. Then he tried to kill me."
- "I admire the work you've done in my name...Disturbances...distractions...General pains in Superman's buttocks."
- "But let's think bigger..."
- "Harley tells me Superman made this pill for his thugs. Then Bat-Boy's Insurgents got some. Now we have them too. With these a bus can fall on us and we won't be hurt! Slapstick at its finest!"
- "From now on we'll be more than a nuisance. The barking dog will become the rampaging elephant. The whoopie cushion, a land mine! The joker...a king!"
- "I should be dead! Thanks, Happy Pill!"
- "It's not my Sunday best. But it's comfortable. And functional"
- "Oh, not tonight dear. You have a headache."
- "Lovely girl. If you can get past the feathers..."
- "Pick a card!"
- "So the Bat-Brat joined Superman..."
- "Tell me: Who's boots are tastier to lick?"
- "Nothing like me."
- "Oh no, dear boy."
- "It's just that Batman corrupts young minds. While I..."
- "..bash them out of their skulls."
- "I'll have to tell Batman...there's been a death in the family."
- "Hi gang! What'll we do now? Anyone up for pancakes?"
- "What. Ow! Why does she hate pancakes?"
- "There's one. Right there!"
- "Who? Superman? His flying friends took Batman. My Batman. Our. Batman."
- "Then why did you save me from them? Ow!"
- "I don't like you."
- "Yessir, Bats! Can I pick up your dry cleaning too? Wax the Batmobile?"
- "I'd worry less about him..."
- "Let's go."
- "Humpty Dumpty fell through a truck... Humpty Dumpty's suit is all f-"
- "It is...quite spiffy..."
- "Well then. How 'bout we share!"
- "Be a doll, will you? Help Mister Luthor out of my suit."
- "She can't quit, she's fired! Can't have your stink rubbing off on me."
- "Oh, don't worry."
- "There's a generous severance package."
- "No, no. Go save the world. I've got this."
- "'Watch out Joker, this one look's kinda tough!' Really? I think you underestimate me." - Intro
- "You're fired!" - Outro
- "Oh really?"
- "Wakey-wakey!" - During Special Move.
- "Open wide." - During Throw
- "Hold this. Gimme that." - During Throw
- "Trick or Treat." - During Throw
- "Say Ahh." - During Throw
- "Helloooo." - Occasionally after a combo
- "I hit 'cause I care!" - After winning a round
- "Just die already!" - After winning a round
- "Now that's funny." - Occasionally after a combo
- " Wrestling's fake." - Occasionally after combos on Bane
- " Right in the belfry." - Occasionally after combos on Batman
- " I'm dumping you!" - Occasionally after combos on Harley Quinn
- "Love hurts, my dear." - Occasionally after combos on Harley Quinn
- "Bite it, baldy!" - Occasionally after combos on Lex Luthor
- " Did I tug on your cape?" - Occasionally after combos on Superman
- "Nighty-night, Bat-boy!" - Occasionally after combos on Nightwing
- "May I have this dance?" - Clash with any Character
- "I don't like you." - Clash with any Character
- "Lets turn that frown upside down." - Clash with any Character
- "You're gonna love this!" - Clash with any Character
- "Is it Bane or Bané?" - Clash with Bane
- "Shall we play, Batgirl?" - Clash with Batgirl
- "Be careful not to miss me." - Clash with Batgirl
- "Smile!" - Clash with Batman
- "Funny meeting you here." - Clash with Batman
- "Going my way?" - Clash with Catwoman
- "Shame we never hooked up." - Clash with Catwoman
- "Always thought we had chemistry." - Clash with Catwoman
- "Till death do us part." - Clash with Harley Quinn
- "Hit me baby!" - Clash with Harley Quinn
- "You always hurt the ones you love." - Clash with Harley Quinn
- "Got a joke for you." - Clash with (Insurgency) Joker
- "I like your style." - Clash with (Insurgency) Joker
- "You look familiar." - (Insurgency) Clash with Joker
- "Hello, handsome!" - (Insurgency) Clash with Joker
- "You're not laughing!" - Clash with Lex Luthor
- "Your little jumpsuit okay?" - Clash with Lex Luthor
- "I liked you better as Robin." - Clash with Nightwing
- "So young, so serious." - Clash with Nightwing
- "Poor, pathetic boy." - Clash with (Regime) Nightwing
- "Temper, temper." - Clash with Superman
- "High Councilor?" - Clash with (Regime) Superman
- "Someone needs a hug." - Clash with Bane
- "Lighten up, big boy!" - Clash with Bane
- "No no, you first." - Clash with Bane
- "That's overrated." - Clash with Batgirl
- "It's what I'm best at." - Clash with Batgirl
- "I think not!" - Clash with Batman
- "Not yet!" - Clash with Batman
- "Not a chance, underpants!" - Clash with Batman
- "Do I have a chance WITH you?" - Clash with Catwoman
- "Here, kitty-kitty!" - Clash with Catwoman
- "We need to talk." - Clash with Harley Quinn
- "Simple, really: Like this." - Clash with Harley Quinn
- "Stop calling me that." - Clash with Harley Quinn
- "They're love taps." - Clash with Harley Quinn
- "As do you." - Clash with (Insurgency) Joker
- "Nice seeing you!" - Clash with (Insurgency) Joker
- "I've probably heard it." - (Insurgency) Clash with Joker
- "And I yours, sir." - (Insurgency) Clash with Joker
- "You're the joke, Lexy." - Clash with Lex Luthor
- "Still one more show." - Clash with Nightwing
- "Past your bedtime?" - Clash with (Regime) Nightwing
- "Is your mommy here?" - Clash with (Regime) Nightwing
- "Gotta wait for the punchline!" - Clash with Superman
- "How's next Thursday?" - Clash with Superman
- "More powerful than what?" - Clash with Superman
Joker wears a purple suit with a flower on his lapel, skinny leg pants, blood-stained white gloves, a skinny yellow bowtie, a dark green bullet-proof vest, and loose suspenders hanging at his waist.
Joker sports a longer purple coat with black accents, a spiked collar, and slicked back hair. He now has a skinny purple tie and brown dickies.
- The Joker was also playable in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, another game created by NetherRealm Studios (known as Midway at the time).
- Richard Epcar reprises his role from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
- When the Joker defeats the alternate Nightwing in story mode, he says that he's going to have to tell Batman that there was "A Death In The Family", a reference to the story arc in which the Joker killed Jason Todd, the second Robin.
- He was confirmed playable alongside Green Lantern, later on during the day that Green Arrow was revealed.
- The Joker is the only villain featured on the game's cover art.
- The Joker's alternate costume is named "Insurgency" despite the Joker never being a member of Batman's Insurgents.
- The Joker is one of the three villain characters playable in story mode, with the other two being Deathstroke and Lex Luthor.