We Finally Know How The Joker Became So Sick And Twisted

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  • Published: 01 October 2019
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    Just like Batman himself, the Joker didn't arrive fully formed. Here's how we got from a one-shot gimmick villain to the embodiment of madness and mayhem and how he was almost completely forgotten along the way.

    It might be hard to believe these days, but when he first hit the pages in 1939, Batman wasn't exactly an original concept. Bill Finger and Bob Kane were heavily influenced by the Shadow, a pulp vigilante who eventually found himself replaced in the pop culture pantheon by Batman. In fact, the story that introduced Batman, "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate," was, to put it charitably, "inspired by" a Shadow novel called Partners of Peril that had been released a few years earlier. If you don't want to be charitable, you might even say it was lifted wholesale.

    Before long, of course, Batman emerged as his own character. Six months after his debut, he got the origin story that remains unchanged to this day, and five months after that, Finger and Jerry Robinson introduced Robin, who redefined the idea of a sidekick and inspired a thousand knockoffs himself. Still, those stories were never exactly subtle about where they were digging up their ideas.

    Enter German actor Conrad Veidt. In 1928, he'd starred in a silent film called The Man Who Laughs, about a 17th-Century noble named Gwynplaine. His father had been killed in an iron maiden by political rivals, and as for Gwynplaine himself, they disfigured him by cutting his mouth into a smile, quote, "so that he might laugh forever at his fool of a father." Gwynplaine grows up, gets revenge, and actually gets a much happier ending than he gets in the Victor Hugo novel on which the film was based.

    The important part for the then-new Batman comics, however, was the striking image of a man whose face was permanently twisted into a grin, forced to smile no matter what emotion he was actually feeling something that Veidt did very well in the film. Finger was inspired by that incredible visual, and brought the idea to Jerry Robinson, thinking up a new villain for their comic.


    Batman #1 hit the shelves in 1940, and kicked off with one of the Golden Age's most memorable images: the Joker, smiling at the reader while plotting a string of crimes. Keep watching the video because we finally know how the Joker became so sick and twisted!

    #Joker #JokerSecretOrigin

    The Man Who Laughs | 0:11
    Enter: The Joker | 1:52
    Under the Red Hood | 2:43
    Gone and forgotten? | 4:19
    The Laughing Fish | 6:38
    Villain evolution | 7:47
    Exponential insanity | 9:46
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Comments • 310

  • Looper
    Looper   3 weeks back

    What is your favorite Joker story?

    • YouTube Pink
      YouTube Pink  1 days back

      Batman the killing joke

    • Karen Van Zant
      Karen Van Zant  3 days back

      Parkland shooter. That kid was Joker. But, not exactly my favorite story.

    • aryan shyam
      aryan shyam  6 days back

      killing joke

    • Rock Metalhead Kid
      Rock Metalhead Kid  1 weeks back

      The Killing Joke.I just love Moore

    • Shawn Williams
      Shawn Williams  1 weeks back

      The solo book joker following the dude riding him around he had the heath scars it came out 2008 I think it’s amazing and death of the family and endgame were crazy

  • Aaron Ayers
    Aaron Ayers  6 hours back

    After almost 80 years we think we have a clue.
    Fucking genius.
    How do you guys breathe AND think at the same time? Smfh

    • Boston
      Boston  6 hours back

      420 dislikes *epic*

      • Bolivar Cruz
        Bolivar Cruz  11 hours back

        Dyeing is easy,comedy is hard
        Joker - Batman animated series

        • Diamond Granola Bar
          Diamond Granola Bar  1 days back

          My favorite story is Ledger and Phoenix

          • ISOHaven
            ISOHaven  3 days back

            Finally? It was already known the second it was written and read.

            • Booksn'stuff
              Booksn'stuff  3 days back

              The fact that there are people hating on this video based on the Joker, aside from those that just don't like Looper, is proof of what a great and amazing character the Joker is. He is THE villain above all villains. He is such an evil character that people hate him even in the real world not just the fictional one. He even created chaos in the real world. Lol, Amazing. That's why he is my top favorite villain ever.

              • A&K C&R
                A&K C&R  3 days back

                My fav joker story told is the one on the series Gotham its pure genius

                • d davis
                  d davis  3 days back

                  new joker movie sucks

                  • Stoutimon tv
                    Stoutimon tv  3 days back

                    The Joker didn't become "sick and twisted", he is a reflection of society and a masterpiece at portraying it, especially the Mark Hamill Joker. Too precious puddin

                    • MÛHD KHÆÎ4ÜL
                      MÛHD KHÆÎ4ÜL  3 days back

                      the real red hood is jas** to**

                      • The Angry Dudeist
                        The Angry Dudeist  4 days back

                        There is no Joker backstory because the Joker isn't real, he's just a manifestation in Bruce Wayne's mind as he rots away in Arkham Asylum after going insane when he saw his parents murdered.

                        • Janee Thapa
                          Janee Thapa  2 days back

                          The Angry Dudeist lol it actually make sense

                      • Hunter Davis
                        Hunter Davis  4 days back

                        Scwartz kinda sounds like a dickhead boss

                        • untamedoffice
                          untamedoffice  5 days back

                          mark hamill as the joker is wow

                          • Mark Bel
                            Mark Bel  5 days back

                            so how did he become sick n twisted?? i learned nothing

                          • Code Name: Jordan
                            Code Name: Jordan  5 days back

                            This shit is getting over hyped now

                            • U U
                              U U  5 days back

                              Mean Kid, Bad Seed, I like him already.

                              • sean muza
                                sean muza  5 days back

                                I love how Bill Finger is being credited now. Keep it up Looper !

                                • Hajduk Besmrtnik
                                  Hajduk Besmrtnik  6 days back

                                  Cuz he's not real? 😂

                                  • Danielfallz Rothman
                                    Danielfallz Rothman  6 days back

                                    Wrong, Zoro was the inspiration for Batman!

                                    • Jonathan Simmons
                                      Jonathan Simmons  4 days back

                                      It's funny alot of people don't know that. He also was a cross with Sherlock Holmes too.

                                  • Unknown Unknown
                                    Unknown Unknown  7 days back

                                    No we don’t

                                    • Alex Madsen
                                      Alex Madsen  7 days back

                                      *The funniest part of madness is when your laughing so hard for so long and realize that everyone has left the room*

                                    • madhatters crafts
                                      madhatters crafts  1 weeks back

                                      That explained nothing

                                      • Bruce Wayne
                                        Bruce Wayne  1 weeks back

                                        Jack Nicholson joker was trash

                                        • Paul Hampton
                                          Paul Hampton  1 weeks back

                                          You know what's funny?
                                          The Joker isn't meant to have an origin,it's always meant to be a question that'll never be answered but that being said,the Joker movie with Joaquin phoenix is an origin I can get behind and live with and enjoy cos phoenix knocked that role right out of the park and deserves an Oscar

                                          • Chris Conaway
                                            Chris Conaway  3 days back

                                            Too bad his backstory has been explained multiple times. No, it's not supposed to remain a mystery. That's a stupid fucking comment.

                                          • Paul Hampton
                                            Paul Hampton  4 days back

                                            That all makes so much sense cos Arthur fleck is not exactly young in this film so the idea that The Joker is an idea fits

                                          • Ben Lupo
                                            Ben Lupo  4 days back

                                            Me and my friends were talking and we think that Phoenix was the one who started the movement and that the real joker we all know just took the joker persona and kept it alive

                                          • Kubomi
                                            Kubomi  5 days back

                                            Even that film many speculate Arthur isn't the same Joker we see fighting Batman in the Nolan series, he's the guy who sparked the movement, but he's like 30-40ish years old at the time when Bruce Wayne is only around 10.

                                        • Jade gacha
                                          Jade gacha  1 weeks back

                                          How does one *subscribe to the bell*

                                          • arm ZILLA
                                            arm ZILLA  1 weeks back

                                            Why is Christian Bale the joker?

                                            • Womb Broom
                                              Womb Broom  1 weeks back

                                              I swear the thumbnails Christian bale?😂

                                              • Kenshobu Q
                                                Kenshobu Q  1 weeks back

                                                DC trying to score woke points by turning Joker Gay.

                                                I'm fed up with that garbage.

                                                • Austin Blochlinger
                                                  Austin Blochlinger  4 hours back

                                                  Damien Rafalowski I don't think they should have this care about that tho lol, guess some would get mad tho but I feel that would be more of a minority

                                                • Damien Rafalowski
                                                  Damien Rafalowski  18 hours back

                                                  @Austin Blochlinger When the creators do that, though, people complain about that too.

                                                • Austin Blochlinger
                                                  Austin Blochlinger  1 days back

                                                  Damien Rafalowski or they should be as the creator of said character created them....

                                                • Damien Rafalowski
                                                  Damien Rafalowski  4 days back

                                                  @Kenshobu Q All characters should just be straight while males from now on to avoid offending snowflakes, yes.

                                                • I hate sand Anabogi
                                                  I hate sand Anabogi  4 days back

                                                  Kenshobu Q Every DC character they make gay or lesbian the character always ends up getting F##### up

                                              • Dee B
                                                Dee B  1 weeks back

                                                I believe this is the 6th video about Joker that Looper made. 10000 vids more to go

                                                • surver gameing
                                                  surver gameing  1 weeks back

                                                  I shat my self

                                                  • Chris Ludowyk
                                                    Chris Ludowyk  1 weeks back

                                                    this does not explain anything

                                                    • David Santos
                                                      David Santos  1 weeks back

                                                      Also i truly believe there is 3 jokers one being jack napir being thr one we are most familar with.

                                                      • DRFT Jester
                                                        DRFT Jester  1 weeks back

                                                        This video is cashing in on the new "joker" orgin movie out now haha. Interesting still

                                                        • Miguel Ramos
                                                          Miguel Ramos  1 weeks back

                                                          So with so many back stories that come up you HAVEN'T finally figured out how he became so sick and twisted. No one will know the truth that simple.

                                                          • Can Cannoli
                                                            Can Cannoli  1 weeks back

                                                            If undertail was realistic

                                                            • dillan 2.0
                                                              dillan 2.0  1 weeks back

                                                              Hahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa!!!!!!! what you can't take a joke why so serious!! Hahaha wanna see a magic trick

                                                              • RSA_0121 Force
                                                                RSA_0121 Force  1 weeks back

                                                                Why are you shouting?

                                                                • Road to 10k subs with no videos!! PogU

                                                                  Heath Ledger :(

                                                                  • Gerry Balan
                                                                    Gerry Balan  1 weeks back

                                                                    Few years from now Universities will have a college degree about Joker. Believe me...

                                                                    • Abraham Lincoln has
                                                                      Abraham Lincoln has  2 weeks back

                                                                      Yea by Society.

                                                                      • Isaac Garcia
                                                                        Isaac Garcia  2 weeks back

                                                                        Does anyone know the best team up in the DC comics If you don’t the best team up in DC comics in Batman and the joker.

                                                                        • yoyo 19
                                                                          yoyo 19  2 weeks back

                                                                          I can make this pencil disappear.....

                                                                          • Mr Bot
                                                                            Mr Bot  2 weeks back

                                                                            joker=the man who laughs= joker + batman + the man who laughs= the batman who laughs

                                                                            • Edward Tejada
                                                                              Edward Tejada  2 weeks back

                                                                              Joker is the best villain hands down

                                                                            • 111111111 222222222
                                                                              111111111 222222222  2 weeks back

                                                                              yeah. he lived in a society

                                                                              • Mata Nui
                                                                                Mata Nui  2 weeks back

                                                                                very misleading title. just name it history of the joker rather than imply we know his origin which we do not.

                                                                                • Lilith Aram
                                                                                  Lilith Aram  2 weeks back

                                                                                  The title is a bit misleading. This is the history of the Joker in the comic books, not "why" he was "sick and twisted."

                                                                                  • SodaGhost YT
                                                                                    SodaGhost YT  6 days back

                                                                                    Lilith Aram it’s what this channel does just clear clickbaits every video