Things The Joker Can Do That Batman Can Never Do
- Published: 27 September 2019
- There are very few things Batman doesn't excel at, and even fewer that he just can't do at all. They do exist, however, and there's one character who can do quite a bit that Batman can't: the Joker. Here are the things that the Joker can do that Batman just can't.
While there have been plenty of stories over the years where the Dark Knight employs lethal methods in his fight against crime, the idea that Batman doesn't kill people has been a pretty solid general rule in comics since 1941.
Not coincidentally, that's about as long as the Joker's been murdering people by the dozens. In Batman #1, the comic that contains the Joker's first appearance, the Clown Prince of Crime manages to murder no fewer than twelve people through a combination of poison and good old-fashioned handguns.
That pretty much set the tone for the next 75 years, and even though he spent a few years focused more on bank robberies and gimmick crimes, he's more than made up for it in the years since, with an unofficial count by fans putting his body count at over 540 on-panel deaths. It's not just quantity, either, with high-profile deaths like Jason Todd, the second Robin and Sarah Essen, Jim Gordon's second wife. With all those twos, you'd think Harvey Dent was the one responsible.
There's no other Gotham City villain with a body count that even comes close, and the only villains in the entire DC Universe who can beat it are the cosmic threats who have wiped out entire parallel universes. Even if Batman was a killer, it's hard to believe he'd go that far.
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