150 Joker Quotes to Make You Smile and Appreciate the Madness

The Joker is a complex character.

Batman’s long-time nemesis is depicted in many different ways.

He’s still full of clever quips, and sharp observations about the world. This is what makes Bruce Wayne such a great foil for Batman: Bruce Wayne tends to be quiet, reserved, and calculated while the Joker is loud and conspicuous, chaotic, and conspicuous.

The Joker, who is known for his witty banter, sarcastic humor and darkly humorous insights into the world around him, could be called The Quoter. These 150 Joker quotes are a good example of this wild card’s unique, distinctive wit.

Joker Quotes

1. “Why so serious?” — The Dark Knight

2. “Not clown—Joker.” — Joker

3. “I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize it’s a comedy.” — Joker

4. “Costume’s a bit theatrical, but hey, who am I to talk?” — Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

5. “Have you heard this one? It’ll kill you, Batman!” — Batman (1966)

6. “What doesn’t kill you simply makes you stranger!” — The Dark Knight

7. “When I saw what a black, awful joke the world was, I went crazy as a coot!” — Batman: The Killing Joke

8. “As you know, madness is like gravity: All it takes is a little push.” — The Dark Knight

9. “I don’t know what it was that bent your life out of shape, but who knows? Maybe I’ve been there too. Maybe I can help. We could work together. I could rehabilitate you. You needn’t be out there on the edge anymore. You needn’t be alone. We don’t have to kill each other. What do you say?” — Batman: The Killing Joke

10. “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” — The Dark Knight

11. “When the chips are down, these civilized people, they’ll eat each other.” — The Dark Knight

12. “The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules.” — The Dark Knight

13. “Their morals, their code—it’s a bad joke.” — The Dark Knight

14. “Wait ’til they get a load of me.” — Batman (1989)

15. “When they treat you like a joke, leave them like it’s funny.” — The Dark Knight

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16. “I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.” — The Dark Knight

17. “You have nothing, nothing to threaten me with. Nothing to do with all your strength.” — The Dark Knight

18. “If you don’t like the movie, I’ve got slides.” — Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

19. “A joke a day keeps the gloom away!” — Batman (1966)

20. “Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?” — Joker

21. “That’s not funny…” — Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

22. “It’s funny. When I was a little boy and told people I was going to be a comedian, everyone laughed at me. Well, no one’s laughing now!” — Joker

23. “It’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message. Everything burns!” — The Dark Knight

24. “You know, it only hurts when I laugh.” — Batman: Under the Red Hood

25. “They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out like a leper.” — The Dark Knight

26. “Don’t test the monster in me!” — The Dark Knight

27. “I’m not good at future planning. I do not plan at all. Don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. Do not have a day planner and don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.” — Joker

28. “Without Batman, crime has no punchline.” — Batman: The Animated Series

29. “Does it depress you to know just how alone you really are?” — The Dark Knight

30. “I’m crazy enough to take on Batman, but the IRS? Nooo, thank you!” — The New Batman Adventures

31. “It’d be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.” — Batman Beyond

32. “Do you know how many times we’ve come close to world war three over a flock of geese on a computer screen? Do you know what triggered the last world war? An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed its war debt creditors! Telegraph poles!” — Batman: The Killing Joke

33. “Why don’t you just give me a call when you start taking things a little more seriously?” — The Dark Knight

34. “I don’t know why everyone is so rude, I don’t know why you are; I don’t want anything from you.” — Joker

35. “‎Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos.” — The Dark Knight

36. “Tell me something, my friend, have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?” — Batman (1989)

37. “Some people want to see you fail. Disappoint them!” — The Dark Knight

38. “You know, you remind me of my father. I hated my father.” — The Dark Knight

39. “Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick.” — The Dark Knight

40. “The real joke is your stubborn, bone deep conviction that somehow, somewhere, all of this makes sense! That’s what cracks me up each time!” — Batman #681

41. “Haven’t you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?” — Batman (1989)

42. “Memories are what our reason is based upon. If we can’t face them, we deny reason itself!” — Batman: The Killing Joke

43. “I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it.” — The Dark Knight

44. “I feel like I know you. I’ve been watching you forever.” — Joker

45. “Those mob fools want you gone so they can get back to the way things were. But I know the truth: There’s no going back. You’ve changed things forever.” — The Dark Knight

46. “Kid, I’m the Joker. I don’t just randomly kill people. I kill people when it’s funny.” — Batman #686

47. “For my whole life, I didn’t know if I even really existed. But I do, and people are starting to notice.” — Joker

48. “Do I look like the kind of clown that can start a movement?” — Joker

49. “A man with nothing to fear is a man with nothing to love.” — The Dark Knight

50. “His mask is his real face.” — Batman: Arkham Asylum

51. “The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.” — Joker

52. “You look good. Been working out? You could probably use a little sun. Then again, who am I to talk?” — Batman: Under the Red Hood

53. “You actually believed that all it would take is a few chemicals, a couple of days in drug-induced isolation and a cheap little nervous breakdown and you’d have me all figured out? Like there was some rabbit hole you could follow me down to understanding?” — Batman #681

54. “I’m not political. I’m just trying to make people laugh.” — Joker

55. “All I have are negative thoughts.” — Joker

56. “I always wanted to see my dame in lights. Heh. Even in a moment of abject saccharine, I still got it.” — Emperor Joker

57. “You think men like Thomas Wayne ever think what it’s like to be someone like me? To be somebody but themselves? They don’t. They think that we’ll just sit there and take it, like good little boys! That we won’t werewolf and go wild!” — Joker

58. “You really want to know what it feels like to be the clown at midnight? Where there’s only ever one joke and it’s always on you? Well, here you are. Now do you get it?” — Batman #681

59. “When you bring me out, can you introduce me as Joker?” — Joker

60. “Tell your men they work for me now! This is my city!” — The Dark Knight

61. “You’ll never be sad, and you’ll never be lonely. You’ll always have me to dance with.” — Batman Confidential #12

62. “You get what you f**king deserve!” — Joker

63. “Devil is double is deuce, my dear doctor … and joker trumps deuce.” — Batman #681

64. “You think he’s really gonna fix your nasty case of Joker-itis? Not a chance. I’m chronic, Brucie. I’m lingering.” — Batman: Arkham Knight

65. “Here’s the cold, hard truth Bats…I don’t hate you ’cause I’m crazy…I’m crazy ’cause I hate you.” — Batman: Cacophony

66. “Everybody’s telling me my standup is ready for the big clubs.” — Joker

67. “Lady, you’re harder to kill than a cockroach on steroids!” — Batman: Dark Victory

68. “I don’t care what happens to the world, and I don’t play nice with others!” — Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe

69. “Live…and in person! The Caliph of Clowns, the Grand Mogul of Mountebanks, the one and only Joker! Prerecorded for this time zone.” — The Sign of the Joker

70. “My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face. She told me I had a purpose to bring laughter and joy to the world.” — Joker

71. “I’m not mad at all. I’m just differently sane.” — Batman and Robin #13

72. “Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in, where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press? This town needs an enema!” — Batman (1989)

73. “As though we were made for each other…Beauty and the Beast. Of course, if anyone else calls you ‘beast,’ I’ll rip their lungs out.” — Batman (1989)

74. “Smile because it confuses people.” — The Dark Knight

75. “Everybody just yells and screams at each other. Nobody’s civil anymore. Nobody thinks what it’s like to be the other guy.” — Joker

76. “If you have to explain a joke, there is no joke!” — Batman: Mad Love

77. “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” — Batman: The Killing Joke

78. “I took Gotham’s white knight and I brought him down to our level.” — The Dark Knight

79. “You can’t win anyway… You see, I hold the winning card!” — Batman #1

80. “Very neat! That ugly head of yours does have a brain!” — The Dark Knight

81. “This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.” — The Dark Knight

82. “And I thought my jokes were bad.” — The Dark Knight

83. “They could put me in a helicopter and fly me up into the air and line up the bodies head to toe on the ground in delightful geometric patterns like an endless June Taylor dance routine—and it would never be enough. No, I don’t keep count. But you do. And I love you for it.” — Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

84. “And here we go!” — Batman (1989)

85. “There’s plenty wrong with me. Take my blood, for example. I wish somebody would—this stuff is killing me!” — Batman: Arkham City

86. “Ladies and murderers, welcome to the big fight!” — Batman: Arkham Asylum

87. “C’mon Bats, get crazy. It’s the only way to beat me!” — Batman: Arkham Asylum

88. “I have given a name to my pain, and it is Batman.” — Batman (1989)

89. “I hope my death makes more cents than my life.” — Joker

90. “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.” — Batman: The Killing Joke

91. “In my dream, the world had suffered a terrible disaster. A black haze shut out the sun, and the darkness was alive with the moans and screams of wounded people. Suddenly, a small light glowed. A candle flickered into life, symbol of hope for millions. A single tiny candle, shining in the ugly dark. I laughed and blew it out.” — Batman: Shadow of the Bat #37

92. “I make art until someone dies. See? I am the world’s first fully functioning homicidal artist.” — Batman (1989)

93. “You think it all breaks down into symbolism and structures and hints and clues. No, Batman, that’s just Wikipedia.” — Batman #681

94. “Do I look like I’m joking?” — Joker

95. “Over?! Why, my dear, delusional Dark Knight, it hasn’t even begun!” — Batman: Arkham Asylum

96. “Yes, memory’s so treacherous. One moment, you’re lost in a carnival of delight: childhood aromas, the flashing neon of puberty, all that sentimental candy floss. The next, it takes you somewhere you don’t want to be. Somewhere dark and cold, filled with the damp, ambiguous shapes of things you’d rather forget. Memories can be vile, repulsive little brutes. Like children, no?” — Batman: The Killing Joke

97. “It’s a funny world we live in.” — The Dark Knight

98. “Laugh and the world laughs with you!” — Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

99. “Parting is such sweet sorrow, dearest. Still, you can’t say we didn’t show you a good time. Enjoy yourself out there in the asylum. Just don’t forget: If it ever gets too tough, there’s always a place for you here.” — Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

100. “One by one, they’ll hear my call. Then this wicked town, will follow my fall.” — Batman: The Man Who Laughs

101. “Hello Late-Show lovers…and lovers of the Late-Show!” — Batman: The Laughing Fish

102. “A bit of advice…don’t ever apologize to no one for the way you look.” — Joker

103. “By clinging to reality, you’re denying the reality of the situation.” — Batman: The Killing Joke

104. “Notice the hideously bloated sense of humanity’s importance. Also note the club-footed social conscience and the withered optimism. It’s certainly not for the squeamish, is it? Most repulsive of all, are its frail and useless notions of order and sanity.” — Batman: The Killing Joke

105. “I am not someone who is loved. I’m an idea. A state of mind.” — Suicide Squad

106. “If I weren’t crazy, I’d be insane!” — Batman: Dark Detective

107. “Now comes the part where I relieve you, the little people, of the burden of your failed and useless lives.” — Batman (1989)

108. “You can’t rely on anyone these days, you gotta do everything yourself, don’t we? That’s OK, I came prepared.” — The Dark Knight

109. “I’m not exactly sure what happened. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another. If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” — Batman: The Killing Joke

110. “Forgive my laughter. I have a condition.” — Joker

111. “You see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are.” — The Dark Knight

112. “Comedy is subjective, Murray. Isn’t that what they say? All of you, the system that knows so much, you decide what’s right or wrong. The same way that you decide what’s funny or not.” — Joker

113. “Faced with the inescapable fact that human existence is mad, random and pointless, one in eight of them crack up and go stark slavering buggo! Who can blame them? In a world as psychotic as this…any other response would be crazy!” — Batman: The Killing Joke

114. “Where, oh where has my little Bat gone? Oh where, oh where can he be? His cowl, his scowl, his temper so foul. I do hope he’s coming for me.” — Batman: Arkham Origins

115. “You can’t kill me without becoming like me! I can’t kill you without losing the only human being who can keep up with me! Isn’t it ironic?” — Batman #663

116. “I’m a man of simple taste. I like things such as gunpowder, dynamite and gasoline!” — The Dark Knight

117. “Ladies and Gentlemen! You’ve read about it in the papers! Now witness, before your very eyes, that most rare and tragic of nature‘s mistakes! I give you: the average man. ” — Batman: The Killing Jok

118. “I can’t wait to show you my toys.” — Suicide Squad

119. “Yet we’re linked, you and I. Like comedy and tragedy. Two sides, same coin.” — The Batman (2004)

120. “Are you seriously saying there is nothing, nothing special about our relationship?” — The Lego Batman Movie

121. “I’m gonna make this pencil disappear.” — The Dark Knight

122. “If you actually let me finish a sentence, you might learn something! You might learn we’re not so different. You might even learn something about yourself.” — Batman: Arkham Origins

123. “Life’s a bowl of cherries and this is the pits.” — Batman: The Killing Joke

124. “Batman, darling.” — Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

125. “You know, kids, a lot has changed while your old Uncle Joker’s been away. New Gotham, new rules, even a new Batman. But now I’m tanned, I’m rested, and I’m ready to give this old town a wedgie again!” — Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

126. “Why be a disfigured outcast when I can be a notorious crime god? Why be an orphaned boy when you can be a superhero?” — Batman #663

127. “It’s true, Batsy! I know everything. And kinda like the kid who peeks at his Christmas presents, I must admit, it’s sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the sturm and batarangs, you’re just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy!” — Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

128. “I’m only laughing on the outside. My smile is just skin deep. If you could see inside, I’m really crying. You might join me for a weep.” — Batman: The 1989 Movie Adaptation

129. “You see, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.” — The Dark Knight

130. “Don’t go into the light, bats! It’s no fair! They won’t let me in!” — Batman: Arkham Night

131. “Let’s put a smile on that face!” — The Dark Knight

132. “You complete me.” — The Dark Knight

133. “Oh, Batman, if you had the guts for that kind of fun you would’ve done it years ago. I, on the other hand…” — Batman: The Brave and the Bold

134. “Let’s take a moment to reflect on the passing of a man who was more than just another do-gooder in tights. He was the best arch-nemesis a sociopath could ask for.” — Emperor Joker

135. “Now, I see the funny side. Now I’m always smiling.” — The Dark Knight

136. “Well look at the size of that cake, man!” — Batman: The Animated Series

137. “This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m gonna give it to them.” — The Dark Knight

138. “Laugh it up now!” — Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

139. “If the police expect to play against the Joker, they’d better be prepared to be dealt from the bottom of the deck!” — Batman #1

140. “You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else would you dress up as a flying rat? You had a bad day, and it drove you as crazy as everybody else…only you won’t admit it!” — Batman: The Killing Joke

141. “The pen is truly mightier than the sword!” — The Dark Knight

142. “I’ve been using it as a journal, but also as a joke diary, if I have any thoughts or frustrations. I think I told you, I’m pursuing a career in standup comedy.” — Joker

143. “Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg! The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Joker got away!” — Batman: The Animated Series

144. “April sweet is coming in, let the feast of fools begin!” — Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

145..“Nobody panics when things go ‘according to plan,’ even if the plan is horrifying.” — The Dark Knight

146. “If I weren’t insane, I couldn’t be so brilliant!” — Dreadful Birthday Dear Joker

147. “We aren’t contractually tied down to rationality! There is no Sanity Clause!” — Batman: The Killing Joke

148. “Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for… it’s all a monstrous, demented gag! So why can’t you see the funny side? Why aren’t you laughing?” — Batman: The Killing Joke

149. “Do you know how I got these scars?” — The Dark Knight

150. “No matter the situation, always wear a smile.” — Joker

The Joker is a supervillain who is the archenemy to Batman. He was first introduced in Batman #1 (Spring 1940). He was originally a criminal mastermind with an enigmatic sense of humor. Joker was originally intended to be a temporary appearance, but his popularity quickly ensured that he would continue to appear. He became a frequent foe of Robin, the Boy Wonder, and the Dark Knight. Joker was reimagined in the 1940s as a harmless prankster. He fell into complete obscurity in the 1960s and was then reintroduced as a legitimate threat in the 1970s. He is now one of Gotham City’s most notorious criminals. The character has assumed the role of an evil-incarnate in recent years. He enjoys torturing Batman and trying to make him fall into sin.

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The Joker is widely considered Batman’s arch-nemesis. He has been responsible for many tragedies in Batman’s life including the paralysis and death of Barbara Gordon, as well as the death of Jason Todd (the second Robin). Over the years his character has evolved, with his most popular form being a criminal mastermind who is known for committing crimes for himself. Joker is also one of DC Comics most well-known characters. He also fights other heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman. His portrayals in media related to Batman or other DC properties have made him a popular icon.