10 Times The Joker Won
These times when the Clown Prince of Crime won are no laughing matter.
The Joker is perhaps one of the greatest villains ever created in comic books, even without having any superpowers. His true appeal lies in his sheer insanity and how it infects the lives of everyone he comes into contact with, even his avid readers.
Recently in Batman #93, the Joker has actually achieved something fans never saw coming; Batman's wealth. Obviously, this story will end the same as always with Batman winning somehow over the Joker, if only because comic continuity demands he wins.
But that's the real beauty of the Joker - he will always lose as even if he kills Batman, the crusade will simply be passed along to someone else, leaving the Joker to try and kill every hero that follows in Bruce's long shadow.
However every time the Joker wins a fight against a hero, kills any number of innocent people, or injures the people close to Batman, he does win. Not in ways that are apparent at first, but instead in ways that continually drain the sanity of a child who watched his parents die in front of him, and subsequently decided to dress as a bat to fight people late at night.
The following are some of the ways the Joker has won in his constant battle to drive the batman, his allies, and the whole world insane.
10. Joker's Endgame - Batman: Endgame
It is well known that Joker does not have any superpowers and is almost always portrayed as a normal man, with insanity being his only defining feature. However, in his Endgame plan, he was able to convince the Dark Knight that he was actually a metahuman that has been a part of Gotham for centuries.
Starting with an attack on the Justice League, the Joker was actually able to turn the entire league against Batman using special laughing gas created for each league member, even Superman.
Then it is revealed that one of Batman's allies inside Arkham Asylum was actually the Joker wearing a new face after he had cut off his old one in prison. In fact, the Joker had found a specialised pool of healing liquid similar to a Lazarus pit that gave the Joker near immortality.
One after another, the pieces of Joker's final gamble to defeat the Caped Crusader fell into place. His allies were attacked in horrific ways, and a new Joker gas formula similar to the one used on the Justice League. This gas was spread across all of Gotham turning thousands of innocent people into insane monsters focused on killing everyone they saw.
In the end, the Joker may have lost his final gamble, but he also dealt a massive blow not only to Gotham but to the Dark Knight as well. For a time, it seemed that the Joker had finally finished their rivalry for good.