ByClay Sands, writer at
I've read nearly every batman comic, I love the DC Universe!!!

Okay everyone, this my very first rant and I just wanna thank all those who have given my little rant a chance by deciding to take a few minute's out of their day to read this DC Universe theory I have about the all time funny yet very lethal Villain through out the comic book world known as.... The Joker. Now I'm pretty sure your your questioning the title that I chose, well fear not! I will unveil as much of the mystery behind the iconic villain's past as much as I can.

“Remembering’s dangerous. I find the past such a worrying, anxious place. “The Past Tense,” I suppose you’d call it. Memory’s so treacherous. One moment you’re lost in a carnival of delights, with poignant childhood aromas, the flashing neon of puberty, all that sentimental candy-floss… the next, it leads you somewhere you don’t want to go. Somewhere dark and cold, filled with the damp ambiguous shapes of things you’d hoped were forgotten. Memories can be vile, repulsive little brutes. Like children I suppose. But can we live without them? Memories are what our reason is based upon. If we can’t face them, we deny reason itself! Although, why not? We aren’t contractually tied down to rationality! There is no sanity clause! So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there’s always madness. Madness is the emergency exit… you can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.”

- The Joker

Now, we all know about how the Joker came to be and how there are many different versions of it with all having the same ending by leaving him falling into a vat of hazardous chemical's that altered his physical appearance by bleaching his skin to nearly bone white along with giving him green hair and ruby red lips that somewhat resemble the same color of shoe's that Dorthy wore in The Wizard of Oz...... No laughs? Work with me guys c'mon..... Talk about a rough crowd.

Continuing on from my very bad pun, the real question that everyone has been scratching the back of their heads for quite sometime about is where did the Joker come from and who he was before? Well, in the book Batman: The killing Joke by Alan Moore shine's some light on this questionable subject by saying he was an engineer that worked chemical plant in Gotham that had a wife with a baby on the way who wanted to provide for his potential family by following his dream and becoming a comedian.

Having quitting his job at the factory plant and being booted off of every comedy club stage within the city, money became very scarce for the iconic villain to be especially since he was about to become a father. Despite the constant support coming from his wife, he grew desperate and turned to two criminals that he agreed to help break into the place that he was formerly employed and in turn would get extra money to support them both until his comedy career gained enough momentum to take off.

In Alan Moore's version of the Joker's past, the persona " Red Hood " would be given to the inside man of every job of every place that was about to be broken into and in turn would never be the same man twice if the situation got so bad to where the ring leader's that originally planned out the operation could pin the whole heist on the inside man while they had a chance to escape and try to plan another heist that would be more successful.

But during the planning of the heist, the failing comedian get's a phone call from the police saying that his wife and unborn child have died in a house hold accident which made him want to back out of the whole operation because he was grief stricken but was strong armed by the two criminal's into keeping his promise and continuing with the plan to rob the plant that he formerly worked.

As soon as the plan went into play and the three of them went into the plant, they are immediately caught and a lethal gun fight break's out which in turn leaving the two ring leader's of the whole operation and the failing comedian known as the joker left to fend for himself. Trying to escape the failed heist, he is caught off guard by Batman, who was investigating the disturbance and accidentally knocking him back into a rusted railing that gave way which led to him falling into the vat of chemical's below him.

Surfacing up in a near by reservoir, he pried the the red fish bowl helmet that was given to him by one of the two dead criminal's to reveal the reflection that we all know and love that made him have a total personality shift given all the trauma that he had just experience which turned him into the psychotic clown prince of crime that we grew up on.

Now, in the story " Push Back " ( Batman: Gotham knight ), support's Alan Moore's Joker origin's by saying saying that there was a witness ( Edward Nigma who is ironically the Riddler ) seen that the Joker's wife was kidnapped and killed by the two thugs who later died in the shoot out as a way of keeping him in with the heist plan that horrifically back fired. This story referred to the Joker as Jack which in few similar other stories would do the same thing so if this were true, then we all knew all along the Joker's real name but never realized it.

Later on in the batman comic series, a psychiatrist named Harleen Quinzel asks him a series of questions regarding to his past which he tell's her. The comic series have claimed that the Joker is a pathological Liar and would say anything to make him seem interesting which in turn make's the psychiatrist so interesting that she break's him out and joins with him as his side kick.

During the Joker's criminal career and an arms sale gone bad, he admit's to his side kick that he has been falling in love with her which he hates that feeling because I could only assume that on some level of his personality shift and extreme amnesia, she reminds him bits of his old life when his wife was still amongst the living to which he eventually then tries to kill Harley by blowing up a building with her inside it.

Going back early on into the Joker's life, it has been said he was once a very gifted criminal or was abused by his father who was a police officer in another story and etc. I literally think that it is all connected because the relationship between Joker and Harley was extremely abusive to where he has tried to kill her multiple time's which leave on my mind that all the trauma that he had went through has manifested itself physically through his fractured psychological state.

Let me tell you what I think he went through. As we all know, the iconic villain was a failing comedian right? Well, did you know that often some if not most comedian's have emotional and mental scaring brought on by one thing or another? I mean look at Robin Williams, he had depression! Now I don't mean to slander who I think is a great comedian that pretty much ruled my child hood by the occasional Jumanji movie and Aladin tv series.

I am getting way off course.... sorry people. anyways, when the Joker was very young, he was abused by his father and I assume that his mother wasn't around very much so that could be another reason why the way he is around Harley which in that case would lead to big mommy issues. As a result of being in a broken home with an abusive parent, turned to a life of crime where he was told to be very gifted at what he did and so he rebelled causing to be arrested multiple times and tarnishing his family name in the process.

Having to fight with an abusive father would explain why he was so good at hand to hand combat. Well, there is another possibility that he was an ex military man with a similar experience as the one that I have mentioned above, but that is a conversation for another time I suppose as we continue on with the current reason as to why the Joker is the way he is.

This probably went on for years until one day he eventually ran into a women who would later be his wife and made him quite the life of crime to try and impress her by putting himself through school to be an engineer and chemist to which I can safely assume he succeeded in impressing her because he became his well.... wife right?

With that being said, he grew desperate for money when he quit his job to become a comedian and was told that he was going to be a father so that led him dipping his toe back into his former criminal career by aiding the criminals that would soon destroy his life and putting him at the end of the barrel to watch everything he knew go up in flames which would also be an explanation as to why he want to destroy the world and everyone in it.

Due to his personality shift, the Joker doesn't seem to remember all that much of his old life but has been caught during a paragraph or two in Alan Moore's The Killing Joke saying he doesn't even know that the lies he tell's are really true or not but prefers to keep his option's open but I wonder why? He has been caught saying that without batman around then he wouldn't have fallen into the vat of chemical's that turned him into who he is now but I wonder if he know's that the criminal's who made him break in to where he worked were the most cause of why he went truly insane?

But the most part of what drove him to insanity was the thought that not only he was a grieving widower, but was a grieving father who got the short end of the stick and was disfigured in such a way when he fell into the vat of chemical's that it has also enhance his intelligence greatly which would explain why he can whip complicated devices that are often baffling.

Either that or he was an ex special ops man who was extremely intelligent that had his identity erased to do a certain job that required to know how to make complicated devices then was given a knew one when his tour was done and wanted to do something that would make people laugh but I guess that didn't work so well..... this theory sounds a lot more plausible then the one I just said.

Thank you everyone who has read this and agrees that if DC universe should ever fill in the blanks of Joker's life, then they should go with something like this. let me know what you think of this theory.

"Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another... if I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!" - Joker


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