The Joker (Arkhamverse)

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Inside the Prison Chapel, Batman found Joker laying at the front of the altar, exhausted, but laughing hysterically at all the brutal events throughout the night. Driven by immense hatred and anger towards the Joker for nearly destroying everything he cared and fought for, Batman grabbed Joker, who was thirsty for him to take another life, but, much to his displeasure, Batman revealed that Bane was still alive.

After he verified Batman's claim by looking at the heart monitor, Joker pulled out Gordon's gun, only for Batman to drop him. Holding the gun to Batman's head, Joker told Batman that both he and himself were the same: Batman refused to believe in the Joker's words and kicked him across the room and into several pews.

Joker continued to goad Batman into killing him and told him that there was no hope for him. Batman threw Joker into one of the windows, at which point Joker took shards of the broken glass and attempted to slit Batman's throat. Batman knocked the pieces of glass off of him and punched Joker dozens of times before he smashed him into the ground. Batman began to strangle Joker, who continued shouting to kill him in between his laughter and grunts he once again hallucinated Batman as a demonic creature , but Batman resisted the urge and knocked out Joker once and for all instead.

Gordon arrived on the scene and expressed his respect for Batman for not killing the Joker before he statted that he still had to take him in. However, as Gordon informed Bullock that the Joker was neutralized, Batman disappeared, an action that Gordon later admitted to Barbara that he partially allowed to happen due to his new-found friendship with the Dark Knight.

As GCPD retook control of Blackgate, Gordon told Barbara how she was right to think of Batman as a hero and believed that he could indeed be a symbol of hope for the people of Gotham. Back inside Blackgate, the police rounded up the last of Joker's men and convicts and found Bane strung up and still incapacitated. Joker was then escorted back to his cell strapped to a gurney, who ultimately accepted his defeat for the time being, but also laughed at Batman's deception.

As Harleen smiled at him, Joker stated his belief that his future battles with Batman would indeed be "fun". Ultimately, by the end of the long and brutal night, the Joker was successful in building up a criminal empire of his own with thousands of followers, billions of dollars worth of revenue and resources, and carved a legacy for himself in Gotham's criminal underworld as its most notorious criminal, who had found a new purpose in his own life through mindless chaos and Batman, the hero who would feel the blunt of the villain's schemes and 'punchlines' for many years to come as his dedicated nemesis.

Joker was last heard during the night singing an altered version of the song, 'Cold, Cold Heart', as he was escorted by guards through various security measures before he was ultimately locked up in a cell. Later that evening, Quincy Sharp , a political activist, revealed his intentions to reopen Arkham Asylum , partially due to the manipulation of Shiva under Ra's al Ghul 's orders, in light of the night's events in an effort to create a more secure facility for Gotham's more dangerous criminals.

This essentially revealed that Joker's actions led to the reopening of Arkham Asylum and, thus, started the chain of events that made up the entire Arkham Series. In addition, Joker's earlier riot resulted in 20 Blackgate Prisoners escaping into Gotham, which necessitated in Batman in rounding them up as part of a favor for Gordon, which cemented the newfound trust that the police captain found and formed with Gotham's Dark Knight after all the inmates were rounded up.

While the Joker's plans were ultimately ruined, the effects of his presence in Gotham were still felt even after he was neutralized and locked up at Blackgate. Joker's actions on Christmas Eve, particularly the murder of Commissioner Loeb, unveiled the massive amount of corruption and conspiracy within the GCPD, which led to riots throughout North Gotham in anger to Loeb's influence on the criminal underworld, while Anarky 's remaining followers resumed their operations in South Gotham in response to the breaking news.

Other criminals, particularly the Penguin, also escalated their own criminal activities in order to ensure that they could withstand the massive amount of power and influence the Joker had accumulated when he took control over Black Mask's criminal empire and operations.

The Joker's earlier hiring of the eight assassins was also briefly referenced by the Penguin while he was trapped in ice at GothCorp, who cited Batman's survival "like a bad joke. Additionally, Joker's previous associate, Enigma, further added to the chaos by subtly revealing to major media organizations throughout the city about the corrupt nature of potential new Commissioner, Peter Grogan , and his ties to the criminal underworld.

In the end, however, the protests ended on a peaceful and celebratory resolution with the resignation of corrupt Mayor, Hamilton Hill , and the rise of Captain Gordon to the rank of Commissioner.

Despite Joker's chaotic influence, which led to nearly a thousand deaths since his emergence, the ramifications of his sick and deadly plans ironically and unintentionally had at least some positive influence as it enabled Batman and Gotham's citizens to finally rid their city of some of their most corrupt political leaders and ensured that much more noble and ethical individuals took their place.

Over the next few months at Blackgate, Joker began to see the prison as the perfect fortress to serve as his base of operations and lusted to slaughter the rest of the prison staff and inmate population in order to acquire Blackgate for his own purposes.

After he had frequent therapy sessions with Harleen at her insistence towards her superiors, Joker was able to further seduce the young therapist to the point that she was under his complete and psychological control. Harleen soon became so obsessed with Joker, that she went on to call him 'Mr. J' and even kept a detailed journal of her infatuation with him. With Harleen in love with him, Joker was able to easily persuade her to smuggle in several spray cans of food from the cafeteria during work hours.

Using a unique filtering device, which Joker fashioned out of old pipes and pieces of cloth from his own clothing, Joker was able to isolate specific particles within the spray cans that were instrumental to creating his Joker Toxin.

After he studied the blueprints for the entire prison, as well as the ventilation system, that was also smuggled into his cell by Harleen, Joker planned to take over the entire facility and pump his deadly toxin through the air ducts to slaughter nearly everyone, which would leave him and his gang as the ruling elites. Three and a half months after he was captured by Batman, Joker, along with Penguin and Black Mask, took over Blackgate, following a massive explosion that was engineered by Amanda Waller in order to find suitable recruits for the Suicide Squad , and each of them controlled a section of the facility.

After he perfected his Joker Toxin and mass produced large quantities of it, Joker unleashed it throughout Blackgate and left countless dead guards in his wake, all of whom were strung up and horrifically grinned with a dead smile from the toxin or had a Glasgow Smile carved into their faces, while he kept himself and his gang safe with gas masks that were stolen from the prison.

Joker then took complete control of the Administration Building, redecorated it into his own image, and targeted the Assistant Warden. After he forced the unfortunate man to draw an elaborate map of the Administration Ward, particularly the layouts around Warden Joseph's Office, Joker learned of an emergency hatch that was built into the sewer network below the prison and was connected to a secret passageway to the Warden's Office.

After he took the completed map and tore out the portion that was most useful to him, Joker then cruelly forced the man to get on his knees and beg for mercy, at which point Joker shot him, execution style, through the head. Using the map drawn by his latest victim, Joker abducted Joseph again by sneaking into his office through a sewer network that was connected to his emergency escape hatch.

After a brutal fist fight, which resulted in Joseph losing his glass eye, Joker had Joseph tied to a series of explosives that were rigged in with the prison's security control box wiring systems and left the bombs in a fragile condition if they were tampered with incorrectly. Joker then rallied dozens of the prisoners to become part of his expanding army, consolidated his hold over the administrative section of the prison, set up shop in the Warden's Office, obtained all of the riot control gas that was held within the facility, and began to alter it to transform it into Joker Toxin.

Knowing that Batman would interfere with his plans once again, much to his delight, and eager to resume his cat and mouse game with him, Joker also rehired Deadshot through a crudely written contract in his recent victims' blood. However, Deadshot also secretly lended his services to Penguin and Black Mask within Blackgate to collect triple the amount of money through killing Batman, as well as moved through all three sections of the facility freely, but promised to ensure that Batman was slowed down before he dwelled too far into the Administration Building.

In the meantime, Joker had his men patrol the corridors and held several staff members hostage to use as collateral and further slow down Batman. When Batman met his nemesis once again, Joker set off a series of bombs that destroyed a large portion of the building, as well as released gas when Batman attempted to pursue and rescue the prisoners in the Library, as Deadshot targeted Batman when he navigated outside to reach and confront Joker in the Warden's Office.

After Batman defeated Deadshot, rescued Joseph and the surviving staff, and reached Joker in the Warden's Office, Joker revealed his plans to release his Joker Toxin into the air conditioning ducts and poison the entire prison. After he implemented an automatic timer to run the ventilation system and release his Joker Toxin, the Joker then gleefully engaged Batman in a brutal fight, as his men cheered from above and threw grenades at Batman.

In the end, Joker was defeated by Batman, who then stopped the timer and the rest Joker's operations within the prison. However, Batman also discovered that despite what Catwoman told him, Joker never actually interrupted the airflow to the Arkham Wing and caused Batman to become suspicious of her. While Catwoman had no intentions of the explosives going off and simply used them as a diversion to keep Batman busy while she smuggled Bane, her true objective, out of the prison at the behest of Waller, Batman was forced to disarm them all in order to save Blackgate.

After he stopped all of Joker's explosives, Batman ensured that both Catwoman and Bane were put back into custody, which ended both Joker and Catwoman's plans once and for all. However, before Joker could be put back into his cell, he manageed to murder two riot officers when they arrived to arrest him, disguised himself as one of them, and used the disguise to escape from Blackgate to wreak further havoc on Gotham.

As the years went on, Joker's violence and influence over the criminal underworld, Batman, and Gotham itself continued to grow. Joker's presence within Gotham led to a massive escalation in crime within the city as more and more unique criminals, eventually branded, "super-villains", began to appear to counter Batman's methods.

Joker rose to the top of the criminal underworld, began to control a great deal of its operations, and became responsible for a majority of the crimes that were committed throughout the state.

With inhumane experiments conducted on random victims to perfect his Joker Toxin, the Joker used that weaponized gas to a much more frequent degree during many of his crimes, which left dozens of people literally laughing themselves to death, complete with a dead smile on their faces.

While both Batman and the people of Gotham hoped that the reopening of Arkham Asylum would ensure that Joker would remain behind bars, the facility actually did little more than aid the Clown Prince of Crime.

Becoming one of the first new inmates of the reopened asylum after Batman recaptured him following his escape from Blackgate and using his apparent insanity as a shield from the death penalty, though some psychiatrists believed his insanity to simply be an act, Joker formed connections with other villains and criminals within the asylum, including Scarecrow , Victor Zsasz , and Clayface , and even managed to bribe several guards with his ill-gotten fortune and converted them into inside agents.

Due to that, Joker saw Arkham Asylum as simply another staging ground to perform his various plans, developed a unique connection to the institution due to its violent background, and even appeared to have the option to escape at will, even if that meant the staff never noticing.

The Joker's reign of terror and continuos breakouts would persist for over a decade. Batman himself became aware of this when the brutal murders of three children displayed all the signs of the Joker. As a result, Batman visited Joker in his cell for the first time, beat him, and demanded to know how he got in and out of the asylum.

Both shocked at Batman's sudden rage, Joker simply laughed at the Dark Knight, reveling in his anguish, and denied any involvement in the deaths of the children, which caused Batman to leave in disgust at both the villain and his own sudden anger and violence. As Batman left, Joker gleefully whispered to Quincy Sharp, now warden of the asylum after returning it to full operations, that he was in Batman's head.

It was clear that Joker's influence over Batman was becoming stronger than ever, with the Clown Prince of Crime's unique sadism and disturbing nature haunting the hero's very thoughts.

Even the orderlies and psychiatrists were not immune to Joker's manipulation, as his sense of others was extraordinarily well developed and often influenced them to serve his own purposes. With his strong influence over both the inmate population and the staff, Joker often led riots and breakouts throughout and from the asylum, which lead to city wide panics, trails of destruction, and numerous deaths. However, Joker's ultimate inside agent came in the form of the simple minded and easily impressionable psychiatrist, Dr.

Harleen Quinzel, who came to the asylum to continue studying Joker after she was transferred from Blackgate. Continuing his manipulation of the young woman during their therapy sessions, Joker easily seduced Harleen and convinced her to set him free on several occasions, all the while brainwashing her into believing that he loved her and that Batman was the true villain. Eventually, Harleen's mind completely snapped when Batman returned a bruised and battered Joker back to Arkham Asylum after one of his violent breakouts and crime sprees.

The young psychiatrist assumed the alias of Harley Quinn, indicative of the court jester, Harlequin, broke Joker free from the Asylum, leading to the deaths of many security personnel and fellow employees alike, and became Joker's trusted sidekick, plaything, and sometimes girlfriend.

From this point forward, Harley's reputation was forever tarnished by her diluted love for the Joker, making it her sole motivation in life to earn his approval and was often locked up at the Asylum as well. Tragically for Harley, Joker simply used her to perform his plans, engage in sexual activities if the mood suited him, and abused and beat her, sometimes within an inch of her life, in order to feed his sadistic appetites.

Having firmly etched his authority over the criminal underworld, Joker's sadism and megalomania also put him into conflict with other villains, leading to brutal gangs wars with the likes of Bane and the remains of his forces, with Joker possessing an underlying contempt for other super-criminals and believing that they were not of his stature. This became especially true with regards to the Penguin, who deeply respected Joker initially for conquering Black Mask's criminal empire, and invited him and Harley to his newly constructed and opened front and base of operations, the Iceberg Lounge , for a formal party amongst Gotham's elite and criminal underworld.

While Penguin initially hoped to form an alliance with Joker and share in the massive amounts of power and influence that he held, Penguin came to despise him after Joker murdered one of his waitresses with his acid spray for spilling wine on him and shooting and killing his doorman on a return trip, which caused massive and negative publicity for his restaurant.

As a result, Penguin forbade Joker and anyone affiliated with him from ever entering his establishment. This ultimately caused a destructive and bitter rivalry between the two gang leaders, with both seeking to destroy the other and take control of the power base that was left in the wake.

As he made enemies with other villains and gained more followers, Joker eventually heard tales of a brutal pair of Russian twin brothers, conjoined since birth, known as the Abramovici Twins.

After their mother tragically passed away giving birth to them, the twins' guilt-stricken and grieving father reluctantly abandoned them to the care of a traveling circus and freak-show, seeing them as reminders of his wife's death. Known for their brutality within their performances, Joker sent Harley to negotiate with the circus owner to acquire the twins, known as Mr. Hammer and Sickle , and their natural violence for his own purposes. Refusing to give up his prized performers, the owner eventually met with a grim fate three months later when Joker brutally murdered him with a knife, carving a smile into his face, and hired the twins to become a part of his expanding criminal empire.

While the twins proved to be an invaluable asset to the criminal mastermind, Joker eventually realized that their large stature from their conjoint state and brotherly rivalry made them less effective than they would be if they were separated. With the help of Dr. Thomas Elliot , a world-renowned surgeon who often offered his skills to the criminal underworld and black market as he made his own plans for revenge on Bruce Wayne, Joker was able to separate the twins.

Keeping the the right-armed one for himself the joke being that he created a literal right-hand man , Mr. Infuriated that he was abandoned yet again, Sickle took up employment from the Penguin, believing that his brother had betrayed him, and made it his mission to prove himself to be the more worthy twin. As he consolidated his numbers with Mr. Hammer as his literal right-hand man, Joker often used fear and torture to exert his control over his gang and satisfy his lust for violence.

While many men were tortured and murdered by Joker on a whim, either because of failure, disloyalty, or simply for pure enjoyment, most of Joker's gang served him loyally due to their boss's inclination to allow them to keep all of the spoils from their various heists and exploits, paid them considerably better than the other crime bosses in Gotham, having no concern for money outside of what was necessary for his operations, and simply wished to create chaos in order to lure Batman into the crossfires.

Others were often forced to perform acts of random and pointless violence, including one thug being ordered to murder his own sister, simply for a laugh and serve as a test of loyalty. Joker's crimes themselves were both inhumanly brutal and bizarre, from unlicensed taxidermy and corpse desecration to cannibalism and even attempted omnicide, in his thirst for anarchy and carving a legacy for himself that would never be forgotten.

Joker's deadly plans themselves ranged from small-time schemes that were meant to target Batman specifically to large-scale operations that threatened the entire city, country, and even the world itself on several occasions.

Some were silly in nature, such as poisoning Gotham's waters to create 'Joker Fish' and copyrighted them even as they were a natural resource, to inhumanly brutal crimes, including a city wide massacre on the Fourth of July. By using knowledge that he obtained from a felon and terrorist named Mark Mardon, who served a sentence at Blackgate, Joker was able to create an electrical storm with the use of Mardon's resources in his lab at Gotham City, which caused a blackout throughout the entire city and even rendered vehicles unusable and resulted in much of the populace going outside for the moonlight.

While Batman tracked and apprehended Joker at the lab, Joker revealed that he had weaponized fireworks with Joker Toxin in powder form, which were shot over the entire city and took the lives of thousands of men, women, and children. This crime in particular was immense reinforcement to Batman, who had a small sample of anti-toxin to use on himself and escorted Joker back to Arkham Asylum through a sea of corpses, on how depraved the villain truly was and even compelled the hero to question his own stance on refusing to kill his hated enemy.

When Batman finally arrived at the Asylum with Joker, he was horrified when he realized that even the Clown Prince's very suit and skin were also covered with the laughing powder, which caused two orderlies to immediately drop dead when they attempted to escort Joker to a cell.

Infuriated, Batman stripped Joker of his suit and threw him into a dark cell within an abandoned wing of Intensive Treatment, to be held and hosed down for several days until all the powder on his skin was completely gone. While imprisoned within the cell, Joker reveled in the Dark Knight's continued torment at his hands and occupied his time by planning a trap for Batman to be potentially used, within that very same cell, in the future.

In addition to his more elaborate plans to employ physical and psychological games on Batman and attack Gotham, Joker also relished in exploits that were purely random acts of barbarism meant to accomplish nothing beyond satisfying his love of sadistic torture and violence. Such acts included replacing holy water with hydrochloric acid during a baptism at Gotham Church, that presumably resulted in the horrific death of at least one child going through baptism, setting fire to a maternity ward, and killing a soprano by tearing out her vocal chords and keeping them as sadistic souvenir.

Joker even managed to somehow get himself onto an election ballot, attempted to run for President of the United States, and even went as far as to released political ads that promoted himself to get into the Presidency for the occasion.

With thousands of victims claimed by his sick designs, Joker's presence within Gotham was a constant reminder to Batman of the true evil that could lurk within a human being and how easily it could be for the hero to lose sight of his moral compass as his battles with Joker continued to pile up. Joker himself hoped to push the Dark Knight into committing his first murder with his own death and believed that everyone was corruptible and a monster on the inside, especially Batman.

That intent was layered within the foundations of nearly every one of his crimes and plans, with Joker letting Batman live on countless occasions when he had the chance to kill him and even refused to uncover his true identity, believing the reveal would be anti-climatic and would spoil their physical and mental battles. Several years after his arrival and rise to power within Gotham, the Joker had somehow managed to steal a dirty bomb with enough destructive power to wipe out more than half of the city's population with the Riddler's involvement, and hid it somewhere inside Gotham while he was imprisoned at Arkham Asylum.

Because of that, Batman was tasked with finding the dirty bomb, which resulted in him directly interfering with a separate operation that was conducted by Amanda Waller against the Riddler, although Joker kept its location a secret even from the Riddler.

Joker's actions were also indirectly responsible for the Suicide Squad's initiation due to Batman's interference in Waller's operation. Joker's reign of terror and gang wars with the Penguin also continued, as Joker and Harley lit fire to one of Penguin's delivery trucks, which contained cigarettes and contraband that was meant to be sold onto the streets, and dumped it into the river. That caused the feud between the murderous couple and the Penguin to intensify even further, as the crime boss lost a considerable amount of expenses as a result.

During the course of that crime, Joker kicked Harley out of their escape car while it moved and presumably gave her severe enough injuries to leave her with bruises. That resulted in Harley temporarily breaking off her relationship from the Joker, and was fed up with his abuse, though Joker's influence had a hold on her forever.

Eventually, Joker discovered that Harley seemingly dumped him in favor of a new guy, although he soon discovered that her earlier assault on him just gave him an opportunity to escape. Joker then killed several guards, and attempted to hold up whom he believed was Batman he was eventually impressed with the gun when Batman's head supposedly exploded , although he soon discovered otherwise.

He soon deduced the Suicide Squad's location based on "Denzel's" earpiece that was still functional, and made an ambush on the Suicide Squad with explosive marbles shortly after the real Batman was exposed by the Riddler as having replaced Black Spider to the rest of the Suicide Squad.

Eventually, Joker made a transmission to Batman that revealed that he intended to leak "tainted love" throughout the city, and also released all of the Arkham Asylum inmates Two-Face, Bane, Poison Ivy, and Scarecrow in order to hold Batman off and anticipated the likelihood that Batman would try to stop him. Joker eventually, alongside who succumbed to her attraction to the Joker once again , managed to stow away on a helicopter that Deadshot had managed to hijack, and got into a fight with him, which resulted in Harley crashing into an under-construction building due to her inexperience with piloting a chopper as well as Batman pursuing them.

Joker then confronted Deadshot, where the clown-like psychopath tried to kill his former hire in a toe-to-toe battle. Joker eventually managed to subdue Deadshot after he knocked him into a glass panel, although with enough effort that he even admitted that he was "a real pain in [Joker's] ass" for someone who wasn't Batman. However, Deadshot managed to overpower Joker despite his wounded state, and even trapped him inside the crashed helicopter and knockied it down to the street below, although Joker laughed at his seemingly inevitable death.

Batman managed to disarm the dirty bomb, thanks to explicit instructions left by the Joker, after he subdued Harley. Despite being trapped in a helicopter crash, Joker managed to escape into the night. Waller later alluded to that when she taunted Batman. Additionally, it was implied by Joker's instructions to deactivate the dirty bomb that he truly had no intention of the device detonating and knew that Batman would eventually reach him as usual.

That latest plan seemed to simply be another sick distraction in Joker's games with Batman and had much bigger plans in store for the hero. Batman eventually recaptured Joker yet again and sent him back to Arkham Asylum.

With breakouts that continously occurred, Batman utilized his later-ego, Bruce Wayne, and funded increased security measures at the asylum, while Warden Sharp implemented his own initiatives as part of his own agenda. Unaware to both men and Arkham's staff, Joker's most deadly plans were eventually formed on the foundations of the asylum where its grounds would play host to one of the longest nights in Batman's career and Bruce's life.

Eventually reaching his breaking point with the Joker, Sharp hired Dr. Penelope Young , a well-known and reputable therapist, to work at the asylum and authorized her to implement several research and experimental operations at the institution in order to cure the most deadly patients, especially the Joker. However, Sharp secretly knew that Joker could not be cured and longed to murder him himself, using Dr. Young's employment at the asylum to simply gain political points for his mayoral campaign.

In reality, Sharp was being manipulated via mind control drugs, disguised as medical pills to treat a heavily concealed mental illness, that were supplied to him by Professor Hugo Strange, a power hungry psychiatrist who worked at the asylum with plans of his own to exploit both the nature of the institution and its inmates for his own ends.

Joker became aware of this fact himself after he noticed Strange observe him in his cell on several occasions and Sharp's altered behavior, using this knowledge to his advantage and as leverage years later. Among the most pivotal of Dr. Young's experiments was ' Project Titan ', the research into formulating a chemical compound in order to bolster a patient's strength and invulnerability to help them cope with the more extreme forms of therapy. Young also became absorbed by her own ambitions and believed that the project could breed a strong class of meta-humans that could be sold throughout the globe to interested parties.

To this end, the doctor became intrigued by the compound, 'Venom', used extensively by Bane, and conducted therapy sessions with the brute when he was temporarily moved to Arkham Asylum before the Suicide Squad's mission, believing that the chemicals derived from Venom could be the perfect foundation for her own serum.

Young hit a wall in her research when she ran out of funding and could not contrive a method to obtain the Venom that she needed from Bane. This soon changed as, unknown to Dr. Young, Joker had learned of her project from his associate, Scarecrow , who was previously asked to use his chemical expertise to help in the project by Young, believing Crane to be well on his way to becoming reformed.

However, the reality was that Crane lusted to use his own findings in Titan to perfect his own signature Fear Toxin and collaborated with Joker to plan a brutal riot at the Asylum that would serve both their purposes. Specifically, Joker planned to use the Titan Formula to create an army of mindless monsters under his complete control and use them to destroy Gotham and finish his battles with Batman, while Scarecrow lusted to unleash a new strain of Fear Toxin into Gotham to break the mind of every citizen forever and expose Batman's greatest fears.

Posing as one of his oldest aliases, Jack White, Joker used underground channels to fund Dr. Young's research with his ill-gotten fortune and pulled the strings to have Bane transferred out of Blackgate and into the asylum, with Gotham's populace believing that he escaped from the prison and fled Gotham.

With everything that she needed, Dr. Young began to drain large quantities of Venom from Bane and ruthlessly experimented on many of the Arkham patients, which caused most of them the last remnants of their sanity. While it would take some time before the Titan Formula would be completed to suit Joker's desires, the foundation of his plans were in order. Joker then turned his attention towards ensuring that, when such a time came, the brutal battles that would play out would only be between him and his eternal rival and best friend; Batman.

Young and her projects under Joker's control, several of his successive plans formed into a gruesome campaign to target Batman's closest allies, which started with the second Robin: While Joker adored and defined himself through his battles with Batman, he had nothing but contempt for the hero's allies and believed that they spoiled his game of cat and mouse with Batman.

To this end, Joker once again escaped from the confines of Arkham Asylum, leaving a trail of death and destruction behind him, and embarked on a particularly violent crime spree that was meant to specifically lure Jason into a trap. During the course of this campaign of mindless violence, Joker abducted, tortured, murdered, and dismembered an entire kindergarten class, knowing of Jason's empathy for children, and stitched their body parts together in horrendous and mocking formations, leaving a trail of blood from the crime scene to an abandoned and underground wing of Arkham Asylum.

As Jason watched a mother cry and attempt to put her son back together, he noticed the blood trail and followed it to the forgotten sanatorium of Arkham Asylum and turned off all his communications and equipment in order to ensure that Batman did not track him and attempt to prevent Joker's death. When Jason entered the wing, intent on killing Joker once and for all, this played directly into Joker's hand, who knocked out Jason with a crowbar, knocking out several teeth and breaking his ankle in the process, and abducted and entrapped him within the wing to torture him over the course of a year.

The forgotten halls of the asylum served as the perfect grounds to torture and humiliate Jason as, even when he was eventually caught and locked up once again, Joker had access to the wing thanks to several guards on his payroll, and Batman never suspected that Jason was just below the surface of the fully functional asylum.

With plenty of time, access, and resources, Joker crudely tied Jason to a wheelchair with barbed wire and rope within the filthy and abandoned wing and regularly beat him within an inch of his life with a crowbar, brutalized him with electrical and surgical implements, and convinced him that Batman had forgotten about him by showing him a picture of his new Robin, Tim Drake. As Jason's torture continued throughout the months, Joker eventually strung Jason up by his arms from the ceiling and branded him with a red-hot iron rod, in the shape of a 'J', on his face to signify that he belonged to him.

However, the truth was that Joker kept Jason alive and continued to torture him for several more months, deceiving Batman into believing Jason to be dead, as he felt Jason's hatred for his former mentor was too good of an opportunity to kill off.

Abducting a doctor from the asylum, Joker had the unfortunate man patch Jason up, his armor having taken the blunt of the bullet, and then immediately murdered the doctor after his usefulness served its purpose. True to Joker's prediction, Jason eventually fled from Gotham after his final days of torture some months later and created a new identity for himself: The Arkham Knight, in order to plan his revenge on Joker and Batman and eventually kill him for failing to save him from the psychopath and apparently replacing him with Tim Drake.

After he successfully tortured and brainwashed Jason into hating his former mentor and deceived Batman into believing his adoptive son to be dead, Joker next moved his sights on Batgirl and the second Robin, Tim Drake. With Batman's surrogate family in disarray with Jason long gone, Joker and Harley formulated a brutal plan to murder the two remaining sidekicks. They knew that they needed the perfect location to embark on such an agenda: To this end, Joker utilized his inside agents within Arkham Asylum to escape unnoticed from the institution and, with the help of Harley, targeted billionaire industrialist and oil baron, Edward Burke, who had the resources, finances, and just the right amount of tragedy in his life that was needed to complete their plans.

With Harley and Joker disguised as Dr. Harleen Quinzel and Jack White respectively, and knowing that Burke's young five year-old daughter, Katie, had battled a case of cancer for years, Harley approached Burke and introduced him to 'Mr. The pair eventually convinced the man to use his resources to construct an amusement park for his young daughter, as a way of uplifting her spirits.

Joker helped Burke outline the blueprints for the park and formulated many of the layouts and attractions himself, in preparation for his plans to come, while Harley became Burke's psychiatrist to help him cope with his tragic situation, which allowed the villains full access in order to manipulate Burke's emotions.

With encouragement from Harley, Burke retired from his job and worked on the park full-time, using the drawings Katie made at her time in the hospital as inspiration for rides at the park, and promised her that she would be the first to see the park before it opened.

However, when Katie's condition worsened, Joker referred Burke to Dr. Young, an aspiring therapist who worked at Arkham Asylum.

Unknown to Burke, Joker was also manipulating Dr. Young under the same alias for several other plans he was cooking up at Arkham Asylum and knew that, while her medication would help Katie in the short-term and allow the time that was needed to complete the amusement park, it would eventually worsen her condition and ensure a slow and painful death.

The alternative antibiotics that were prescribed to Katie were actually experimental chemicals and drugs of Dr. Young's creation, who was looking for useful test subjects in order to conduct clinical trials and hoped to accelerate her own research into creating new medication for her private practice and even serve as an asset for dangerous operations and unethical research being implemented at Arkham Asylum, specifically the Titan Project, all of which was also orchestrated by the Joker.

Eventually, Burke was able to complete Seagate Amusement Park as Katie seemed to finally be doing better, which was built off the coast of Gotham atop one of his oil rigs, with the only setback being several inspectors who threatened to shut the park down due to safety issues.

In response, Joker murdered the inspectors, telling Burke that he managed to convince them to approve of the park, and was able to complete their project once and for all. Young's experimental medications finally began to take their toll on Katie as Joker instructed Dr.

Young, who did not want to run the risk of disagreeing with her most viable financial backer and unaware of how much medication the young girl already took due to Joker's manipulative nature, to triple her dosage of "alternative meds". As planned, this not only accelerated Katie's cancer, but caused a much more slow, painful, and agonizing death, which ultimately resulted in a drug overdose for the young girl.

Joker, still posing as Jack White, blamed Burke for Katie's death, as he implied that Gotham General, the hospital that she stayed at prior to meeting Joker and Harley, was not the proper place to check Katie into.

Joker managed to convince Burke to give him the lease for the park, now that his motivation and daughter were both gone, as Harleen reaffirmed to the man that his pain and misery would never go away.

Pulling the last string, Joker convinced Burke to commit suicide and gave him his own medical pills to ensure a quick and painless death. Burke agreed and hoped to reunite with Katie in the afterlife, but when he took the pills in his office at the park, it was revealed that they were laced with Joker Toxin, which caused Burke to slowly and painfully die on his bed and with a smile on his face, just as he finally realized the truth of his former friend.

The park was left unopened due to never receiving a permit as Joker murdered the inspectors, and Burke's status was officially marked as "missing" by the GCPD due to a body never being found. Unknown to the authorities, Joker left Burke's corpse to rot away within his office, with the body eventually reduced to a mere skeleton, as he converted the park into a new base of operations. With the park under their complete control, Joker, Harley, and dozens of their followers attacked the GCPD and abducted Commissioner Gordon and over a dozen police officers.

At least one of those unfortunate officers was brutally tortured and murdered by Joker, who then wore his blood stained uniform. Acting as a hostage, Joker had several of his men guard him at one of their hideouts and waited for Batgirl to show-up, who worked off a tip, which was also orchestrated by Joker to commence his sadistic trap. After she arrived at the hideout and defeated all of Joker's men, Batgirl was startled and frightened when she realized that the apparent officer that she rescued was the Joker, having never faced him without Batman.

Taunting her, Joker informed Batgirl that Commissioner Gordon and several of his officers were held hostage at the Seagate Amusement Park and that only she and Robin were allowed to rescue him, threatening to murder Gordon if Batman was made aware of the situation.

With all the pieces lined up, Joker escaped, allowed Batgirl to go to the park, and predicted that she would also inform Robin due to her inexperience with such a situation. Believing that Batman's sidekicks would distract him from his games of cat and mouse, Joker hoped that the death of Batman's remaining sidekicks would allow their battles to revert to their original circumstances of simply being between him and Batman.

Situating himself at the amusement park, Joker murdered some of his own henchmen, including a man named Paulie, in his own spare time as he waited for his intended victims to show up. Transforming the park into a death trap, setting off sections to blow with explosives and Joker Toxin, and holding the various police officers hostage, some of whom were viciously tortured and murdered and, with the holiday of Valentine's Day approaching, Joker planned to kill both Batgirl and Robin as a twisted holiday gift for Batman, who was still coping with the loss of Jason.

As Batgirl and Robin made their way to the park on the lifts and rescued an officer who was held hostage, Joker fired an RPG at them and sacrificed several of his henchmen in the process.

Arriving at the derelict park, Tim and Barbara were forced to fight off scores of Joker's followers, navigate through death traps, deactivate the bombs, and ultimately faced off against Joker and Harley in a showdown. Despite the overwhelming odds, Joker and Harley were eventually defeated by Batgirl and Robin's combined efforts and their plans of further destroying Batman's family were ruined. Unfortunately, as the GCPD raided the park, Joker used Harley as a hostage and, after a failed attempt on Robin's life, jumped off the oil rig, opened a parachute, and escaped onto shore and into the night.

After she rescued Commissioner Gordon, Barbara's alter-ego as Batgirl, though greatly shaken from the experience, begun to further rise to fame within Gotham as Harley was arrested and sent back to Arkham once again, though Joker was still out there and ready to embark on his next schemes.

With Batman's sidekicks shaken, Joker decided to specifically target Commissioner Gordon next, both in revenge for his earlier escape from Joker's plans and to further attack Batman's network of allies and hoped to additionally prove to both Batman and Gotham that even the most noble of men could be corrupted and pushed into madness.

To this end, Joker disguised himself as a delivery man with a candy package and headed to Barbara's Apartment, though he was unaware of her alter-ego. Upon Barbara who was reading at home at the time answering the door, believing that it was her friend Colleen, Joker then announced his presence and shot Barbara through her spine as she attempted to flee, which paralyzed her from the waist down. Taking violent photos of Barbara in various states of distress, Joker eventually left in gleeful anticipation of her father coming home to his daughter's violent assault.

Joker abducted Gordon once again, upon the Commissioner finding his bloodied daughter, and forced him to relive the same situation of being imprisoned within a theme park, presumably the Seagate Amusement Park once again as a sadistic calling card to Batman, though this time, he was forced to watch a crudely made slideshow of Barbara, bleeding and paralyzed, in an effort to drive the Commissioner insane.

In the end, Gordon retained his sanity as Batman rescued him, cornered Joker and, in a rare moment of sympathy, genuinely reached out to his foe, and asked to help him give up his life as "The Joker", in order to finally end their inhumane war with each other before anyone else died. In an equally unique moment of respect, Joker seemed to sincerely appreciate Batman trying to help him before he declared that it was far too late for him and that his life would forever be committed to their battles.

As Joker recited a joke that personified his feelings on how the world viewed him, which entailed that society would eventually give up on trying to understand and redeem a man such as himself and would forever be outcasted due to his numerous crimes, the two rivals shared in a laugh as Batman once again resisted the immense temptation to end the Joker's life and apprehended him. The Joker was finally sent back to Arkham Asylum, but Barbara's life as Batgirl tragically came to an end, but also led to the chain of events that created her new persona as Oracle.

As Batman attempted to heal his family with Jason believed to be dead and Barbara paralyzed, Tim Drake's heroic actions at Seagate Amusement Park finally convinced Batman that the young man was fully qualified to bear the mantle of 'Robin'. Meanwhile, the Joker was far from finished and was prepared to unleash plans that were years in the making that would forever change the fate of Gotham, Batman, and the world itself. After Joker was recaptured by Batman yet again and sent back to the asylum, Dr.

Young's Titan project was nearing completion with little over a year of research and experimentation required. Continuing to experiment on Bane, Dr. Young pumped nearly every ounce of Venom from the villain's body to finally complete her project, leaving the unfortunate man strung up within a secret lab and barely clinging to life, and mutated plants within the Botanical Gardens to create unique plant hybrids to produce the desired chemical components necessary to complete the Titan strain, an act that infuriated Poison Ivy.

Believing Joker to be an ideal, first candidate for the research, as curing the apparent insanity of Gotham's most notorious and inhumane villain would further highlight her professional reputation and pave the way for additional research backers, Dr. Young was eventually horrified when Joker revealed during one of their therapy sessions that he was behind the entire project, having funded the research and pulled the strings to have Bane moved to the asylum. Realizing the true scope of the villain's plans and how much damage and tragedy her involvement has caused, Dr.

Young was guilt stricken with all that she has done under Joker's manipulation, transferred the money back, and put a block on her account. Never one to appreciate when his partners back out of an agreement, Joker began to blackmail and threaten the doctor, before brutally escaping from the asylum after Sharp, under the influence of Strange, attempted to kill him with a knife.

With the aid of Scarecrow's new fear toxin, Joker was able to stun Sharp and threaten him with his own knife, before letting him live believing Sharp's mental state to be a valuable asset to him and escaping, viciously murdering three guards in the process. For two months, Joker remained under the radar within Gotham City, carefully planning his every move to obtain the Titan formula and create his army himself. Sending threats to Dr. Young and her family, including an image of a deceased infant, Joker warned his former associate that he would be coming for her.

Young filed a resignation letter to the asylum and made plans to leave Gotham before Joker returned, as the villain acted on the next steps of his schemes. Setting a massive fire to Blackgate Penitentiary via a mole among the Arkham personnel, the crooked security guard Frank Boles , Joker instigated a sequence of events that allowed over a thousand of his crew to be transferred from the prison and into the asylum.

Meanwhile, Quinn had managed to convince some of the asylum orderlies that she was well on her way to becoming reformed, and was allowed to assist them in their day to day operations.

This gave Quinn access to many security measures at the asylum, enabling her to secretly release several inmates who were informed and part of Joker's schemes, including Scarecrow and Zsasz, and would make it all the easier for Joker to take over the area. With everything in place, Joker just needed to give Batman an incentive to escort him back to the asylum. The Joker tried to escape via a large parachute but was stopped by Batman, who proceeded to escort the Joker to Arkham Asylum.

In addition, as a direct result of Joker's assault on the Mayor, the Mayor declared that he was resigning from his position, having had enough of the city. Batman, however, sensed that the Joker went down too easily. True to his instincts, Batman would eventually learn that Joker's latest crime spree and capture were all orchestrated by the Clown Prince of Crime to begin his latest schemes.

Joker's most recent plans would involve Arkham Asylum itself and his continued manipulation of Dr. Batman returning Joker to Arkham Asylum on a night that would forever change Gotham.

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