It all started with ” I believe whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you… stranger”.
My first impressions :
- yet another ordinary guy, with very poor sense of humour
- yet another villian, who is after money
- yet another attention seeker
At that moment, I never realized that how deep this character is. Joker is a villain who does not become a bad guy because of any personal reasons (a childhood spent in poverty, molestation etc). He is a bad guy because he wants to be a bad guy. He is a unique personality, a mixture of humor, anger, sarcasm, simplicity ,intelligence (A genius I will say). He has no friends, no family and he does not trust anyone.
Batman: He must have friends!
Salvatore Maroni: Friends? Have you met this guy?
Even Batman had a wrong impression about him. See, it is not ones fault, our society has a very poor class of villains who are after money, power, fame or stardom. But, this guy here, is of different league. In his own words, “I am a man of very simple taste”
A violent maniac who is the definition for pure evil (not necessary evil). Joker is not a schemer, he does not waste time in making plans, he just do things. He not only hate making plans, he hates schemers and their attempts to control this world. He always wants to show the schemers how, pathetic, their attempts to control things really are. Because of his extra-ordinary mind, he can easily make out what his enemies or schemers are planning and can turn it around. He murders people indiscriminately, with the prime motive of destroying, not specific lives, but respect for life, in general.
He has nothing, but complete disrespect for values and hate people who feel proud of their values. For ex – Dent with “I make my own luck” attitude. We all know, what he did to Dent. Instead of killing Dent, he destroyed his morals, values and love. He is not only a man of simple tastes, he has a very clear mindset and philosophy that makes him “Agent Of Chaos”
Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.
Most of the people believe that Joker is insane, he has completely lost his mind. I was one of these for a while. One day, I saw a real insane person and after observing him for a good time, I changed my mind. I thought, how can someone who does not know what is going on, where he is and why he is there can be a Joker. The Joker is a master of tricks, disguise and a liar who manipulates his enemies through lies, trickery, disguises, and traps. He has shown this on numerous occasions – bank robbery, gambol murder, dressing as a guard to kill mayor etc etc.
Joker is the most fearless villain of all times. He doesn’t ever bother to remember that how he got the scars. In comics universe, Scarecrow once betrayed Joker by spraying him with fear gas, but it has absolutely no effect on him. The Joker, does not value life, especially not his own. Even when faced with death, he laughs, as life is of no importance.
In his death too, he would have won by proving “all it takes is the right circumstances to turn a man to evil”. Last lines, as said by Alfred sums up this death-worshiping mentality:
“Some men aren’t interested in anything logical, like money. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”