Joker: Ending Explained: The Hidden Twist You Missed!

  • Published: 06 October 2019
  • Joker: Ending Explained: The Hidden Twist You Missed & All The Evidence To Support It. I give my theory of why the events in Joker were not real. This fan theory has massive spoilers so avoid this video if you haven't seen the film.

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    Joker Ending Explained
    Ok so Joker tells the story of Arthur Fleck, a nobody in the city of Gotham that rises to the top and causes a riot that sees the death of the Wayne’s.

    Joker in the film is an unreliable narrator that often hallucinates and imagines things that simply didn’t happen. But what if the majority of the events in the film didn’t actually happen and pretty much all of it was in the character’s head?

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    Joker Hidden Twist
    Well, personally I believe that the film is actually about an insane inmate at Arkham Asylum that stopped taking his medication and created a fantasy in his head that he started an uprising that lead to the deaths of the city’s most affluent family. He kills his psychiatrist at the end and does a mad dash throughout the halls of the complex before he’s caught and escorted back to his cell.

    Now the reason that he hates the Wayne’s and wants to take responsibility for their death is because when he was growing up his mother made him hate the family, most notably Thomas, who she said mistreated her when she worked at the manor. None of the events in the film, bar the few flashes that we see of the Asylum are real and this is simply Arthur imagining that he’s an important figure in Gotham that brought down the person he hates more than anything in the world.

    The Evidence
    Now whilst I can a lot of people instantly disagreeing with this, there’s actually a lot of evidence to support this.

    Firstly let’s jump to the ending of the film when we see Arthur being questioned by his psychiatrist. She asks him ‘what’s so funny?’ and he begins laughing. Arthur simply can’t contain himself and we cut to a scene showing Bruce standing over the bodies of his dead parents which shows that he finds it funny that they died. Arthur then continues laughing and says that ‘you won’t get the joke.’ This is true because the psychiatrist probably won’t know about his dislike for the Waynes and even if she did she wouldn’t understand why he would take so much glee in their death.

    This seems like the first real, genuine laugh from Arthur in the film, who up until this point, has been only laughing due to his condition. But what if during the entire events of the film, he was actually always in the Asylum?

    Was The Joker Real Or False?
    Well the first big pointer of this to me comes early on in the movie when Arthur is being questioned by his first psychiatrist. She asks about his past at the Asylum and we cut to the character smacking his head against the door to his cell before going back to their therapy session. Personally, I don’t think that this is a flashback at all and that Arthur at this point is actually in the Asylum, imagining he’s a free man and the mere question of Arkham makes him flash out of his delusion for a brief second in which he has to hit his head once more in order to re-enter it.

    We see more evidence of this later in the movie when Arthur is once more speaking to his psychiatrist for seemingly the final time and he states that he feels like he never really existed. If the last point is true then this interview is once again at the Asylum and Arthur is admitting that the person he imagines in his head doesn’t really exist and that it’s all just make-believe.

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Comments • 1 137

  • Heavy Spoilers
    Heavy Spoilers   2 weeks back

    We’ve got the results of Thomas Wayne and Joker’s paternity test right here -

    • Debra Bliss
      Debra Bliss  4 days back

      Heavy Spoilers s

    • Creative Thought
      Creative Thought  1 weeks back

      He asked how does someone get in here lol

    • Athiest Monk
      Athiest Monk  1 weeks back

      I think his death makes more sence than his life is a hint that he inspires a generation of jokers.

    • Zandy Man
      Zandy Man  1 weeks back

      It would be a pretty great plot twist if you gave me smash bros

    • Barnabas Blackthorne McTavish
      Barnabas Blackthorne McTavish  1 weeks back

      Did you also catch the bit where it said Penny Flecks had at least a partial lobotomy?

  • Auntie Creeps
    Auntie Creeps  2 hours back

    You're overthinking it. I enjoyed the events in the movie at face value. What was in his head was obvious. Also his first genuine laugh happens before the car wreck when he's looking out the window of the cop car seeing all the chaos he caused.

    • Samuel Gould
      Samuel Gould  9 hours back

      Yo! what if he was referring to the people that didn't like the movie when he says: "You wouldn't get it."

      • PoundHard Entertainment
        PoundHard Entertainment  11 hours back

        Nah!! It’s a one off! Flashbacks/cutscenes are transitions. But the real proof was when you actually saw him fantasize about the chic those times when he was with her...And vulnerable bro! That’s actually depicted as fantasy.

          JEFFREY ROEDEL  13 hours back

          Your theory was my very first impression at the end of the movie. Still makes the most sense to me, but I can see how people can watch it and just think the end was a flash forward to after his arrest and commitment to an insane asylum.

          • Heavy Spoilers
            Heavy Spoilers   12 hours back

            Thank you, yeah the more I watch it the more it fits. Thanks for the comment

        • RictorIAG
          RictorIAG  1 days back

          More evidence: The time on the wall at the end and in the therapist's office earlier in the movie is the same -- 11:10. When he's running through the halls with his Mom's file, that's the same place where he's locked up. In his version the walls are yellow. In reality they're white. The first time he sees someone wearing a clown mask is when he's in his delusion of being on a date with Domino. That mask, by the way, is hung on the corner of the mirror he's looking into at the beginning of the movie.

          • zapazoid
            zapazoid  1 days back

            Yes, it was all in his head. Tons of evidence to show it!!

            • Adam Craig
              Adam Craig  1 days back

              It's not very difficult. Hes in Arkham years later because hes been caught. Just like the joker has always been. People are trying to be way too smart. It's an origin story

              • Tyler Bisson
                Tyler Bisson  2 days back

                I think the joke that the psychiatrist wouldnt understand in the end is her own death.

                He was thinking about killing her and that was the joke that she wouldnt understand. I dont think it actually had anything to do with the Waynes death because he never witnessed it.

              • Scrypher
                Scrypher  2 days back

                So, the movie about the Joker was not about the Joker? Bait and switch is a form of fraud.

                • JEFFREY ROEDEL
                  JEFFREY ROEDEL  12 hours back

                  Well he was called Arthur Fleck and not any of the names traditionally associated with the Joker from the comics, so....Yeah we were warned.

              • Joshua Andrews
                Joshua Andrews  2 days back

                I just noticed in the last scene with the psychiatrist he doesn’t have his green dyed hair anymore. I doubt the green just “washed out” so this probably takes place after a great period of time.

                • Tess S.
                  Tess S.  2 days back

                  Perhaps the bad stuff that happened to him was real and his vengeance was fantasy? 😜

                  • vincent hammons
                    vincent hammons  2 days back

                    this ruins the whole joker movie imo that it is in his head takes away from the joker lore.

                    • John Olmos
                      John Olmos  2 days back

                      I think that theory is spot on.There are multiple instances where Arthur’s reality is in question

                      • Ufuk Bağbaşı
                        Ufuk Bağbaşı  3 days back

                        Does anyone can tell me what music playing at the end ?

                        • Gal Shalev
                          Gal Shalev  3 days back

                          *IMO* what *JOKER*was gonna say in to the camera after he *shot* Murray is: "And always remember... THAT'S ...... LIFE "
                          well they play that song twice in the movie and in the last scene Arthur even sings it so... it seems something *random* that the Joker might say... but who knows..

                          • Karen Van Zant
                            Karen Van Zant  3 days back

                            It is the same psychologist that he sees at the beginning and the end. Black female passive aggression toward white men. She has complete contempt for him and knows he is on edge to do damage as a victim of society, which is how she feels. You notice she is a younger version of her without gray hair and a cheap natural hairdo. Later in the asylum, she has a nice hairdo, more professional makeup, and a few grey hairs. The psychologist never was laid off but promoted and works in the state hospital now. She probably knew he was close to losing it and even warned others of the outcome, which is how she got her promotion, even though she sort of pushed it too, by not acting like she was attentive to his emotional needs. She has plans of cutting him loose all along so he would snap. That is why he killed her. She lied to him and was never in the same boat. But, it is not politically correct to discuss black female aggression towards white people. becuase only white people are the only ones that are supposed to hate .

                            • Mark Boon
                              Mark Boon  3 days back

                              Love how ambiguous the movie is.

                              It's possible that some of the movie is the truth, all of the movie is the truth or everything is fantasy.

                              • Lucio Aleixo Filho
                                Lucio Aleixo Filho  4 days back

                                Well, another fact that could support your theory is the fact that the way he is beat up by those kids and when he is hit by the car when running and hit by the ambulance, he seems to be fine after those incidents... This is just not possible...

                              • James Menzies
                                James Menzies  4 days back

                                i dont even think that the real Joker is even in the 80's note that the outdated paint job you can see when he steals the files isnt the case when he is leaving the bloody foot prints. it has a more clean modern look.
                                also does the lady that asks him whats so funny at the end ever say his name ? because that could be made up if not aswell

                                • James Menzies
                                  James Menzies  4 days back

                                  one more point his hair isn't dyed at end and that would take months and months to go away

                              • Melocotón Peluo
                                Melocotón Peluo  4 days back

                                I love how your fat ass directly hearting comments that support your shitty theory

                                • Mr. Malf
                                  Mr. Malf  4 days back

                                  The scenes where Arthur is confident or people are nice to him are fake. The scenes where he is suffering are real. Its really easy to tell. HOWEVER: He is "telling" the entire movie to the psychiatrist in Arkham. Just some bits are lies/made up. But half of it is real. This effing movie knows EXACTLY who his main character is and gives us an origin story without an origin story. It is effing brilliant. It serves every kind of audience.

                                  • Lazarussoul 82
                                    Lazarussoul 82  4 days back

                                    He isn’t the real joker.....he is a fanboy....the real joker and Batman are already out there in Gotham....

                                    • MISTAKƎN
                                      MISTAKƎN  4 days back

                                      I reckon some things in the movie were flashbacks and some were delusions (obviously) but he was having flashbacks and telling his story to the doc in Arkham and yeahhhhh

                                      • Coldblackice
                                        Coldblackice  4 days back

                                        That's a very cool theory that the final scene was actually after Batman had returned Joker to Arkham, but I respectfully disagree for the following reasons:

                                        1.) Had it been years later and after Batman caught and returned him, by that point, Joker would be *well known in Gotham, and by *everyone*, along with how insatiably dangerous + murderous he is. _AND_ how adept he is at escaping from Arkham (like in the comics). So it wouldn't make sense that they'd put Joker in a room with a quaint little sweetheart of a psychiatrist... and while he's only in handcuffs -- and handcuffed in front of him! They would be knowingly sending this woman to her death.

                                        2.) This psychiatrist would also know exactly who he was, and there's *no* way any right-minded professional like that would go into an enclosed room -- possibly even locked -- with the Joker if his ass wasn't already double straight-jacketed from head to toe, and locked. And even then, probably also restrained by 2-4 orderlies/guards.

                                        3.) Further, by that point, it would also be well understood by Arkham/Gotham that any sort of post-murderous-rampage "therapy" on the Joker would be of little use. Any contact with Joker would *only* be done with Joker straight-jacketed and restrained by *multiple* guards/orderlies. And even then, the contact would likely only be to inject him or force whatever medication on him that he guaranteed would not be taking himself (willingly).

                                        4.) Joker is smiling, not because Bruce is Batman, but rather, he's smiling at the *paradox* of it -- brothers -- where first it was Bruce who "took" Joker's father/parents (effectively), but now it was Joker who took Bruce's parents, returning the favor.

                                        _"He took my father (and effectively my mother), but now I took his father and mother. Oh, the irony. HA HA HA!!"_

                                        5.) Joker's final walk down the hallway is what he becomes known for -- escaping Arkham, being chased. There's no way he'd be able to make it all the way down to the hallway without any guards or anything there to stop him by the point Batman is returning him. Additionally, some lowly hospital orderly would likely not be doing the chasing. By that point, Joker surely would have murdered that orderly without even blinking, and the orderly would surely know that was possible -- even likely -- by that point, and very likely wouldn't go chasing after the Joker by himself. It would make more sense that Joker was still freshly new to Arkham and unknown, so not a whole lot of security on him yet.

                                        But again, I say all this with utmost respect. A very interesting theory, and if it was actually what did end up happening, I wouldn't be disappointed by it.

                                        • Fredo
                                          Fredo  3 days back

                                          Detective Comics #168 (1951) introduced the Joker's first origin story as Red Hood: a criminal who, during his final heist, vanishes after leaping into a vat of chemicals to escape Batman. His resulting disfigurement led him to adopt the name "Joker", from the playing card figure he came to resemble

                                          The joker wasn’t born yet when bruce was a kid.

                                      • sonyyaaj
                                        sonyyaaj  4 days back

                                        No it was not all in his head 🤦🏼‍♂️

                                        • Ordinary Thirty
                                          Ordinary Thirty  4 days back

                                          This would make sense the end if he was celebrated would he not be protected and put in hiding by his followers rather than being put into the hospital? Also when he kills one of his ex co workers and let the other go...would this not have consequences. Thinking it has been a detached daydream with the theme that he is the victim i that doesn’t have to take responsibility for his actions would match that theory

                                          • Barrelsinger 982
                                            Barrelsinger 982  5 days back

                                            The plot is meant to be like this tho it might have happened it might have not we don’t know and it’s best that way

                                            • Barrelsinger 982
                                              Barrelsinger 982  5 days back

                                              I think he did kill some of them

                                              • Emran Ghoriani
                                                Emran Ghoriani  5 days back

                                                Wait so if it's his fantasy that means batman doesn't exist in his timeline

                                                • illumi NOTme
                                                  illumi NOTme  5 days back

                                                  I loved the movie and hope your wrong. If the entire film was all in his head it takes away from the movie overall. I hate movies that are all " a dream " . I like to think that only parts of it were hallucinations.

                                                  • Emran Ghoriani
                                                    Emran Ghoriani  5 days back

                                                    Shutter island vibes

                                                    • David Deltgen
                                                      David Deltgen  5 days back

                                                      I think everything happened. I don’t believe it was a dream kind of twist. I just think that when it happened he was younger but put his current self in the story and maybe changed some details. Him behing patronized, his colleague calling him « his boy » at 44 is strange. And i find him behaving like a teenager wanting to know who is father is during the whole movie, having a crush with his neighbor and fantasizing about it. The joke is that he now knows that he created batman. The hospital lighting makes me think its in the future. That would make him slightly older than bruce, but not as much.

                                                      • Sam Mcmahon
                                                        Sam Mcmahon  5 days back

                                                        what about the fridge?? he can’t open it from the inside 🤔

                                                        • Bailey Pate
                                                          Bailey Pate  5 days back

                                                          I think most parts of the film were real but there were definitely parts that could have been imagined

                                                          • Andi N
                                                            Andi N  5 days back

                                                            Did anyone notice that both psychiatrists looked quite smiliar, just different age?

                                                            • Fredo
                                                              Fredo  3 days back

                                                              The link is on purpose,it is a hint that its all a delusion. If you notice we aren’t in the 80s in the last scene anymore

                                                          • Zeratul Of Aiur
                                                            Zeratul Of Aiur  5 days back

                                                            Ha! The joke is actually on you.

                                                            Those who think that things, for the most part, happened, and later he was caught and was telling his story:
                                                            You listened to the Joker. You see the world form his eyes.

                                                            By the way, this makes lots of sense, and follows a very causal flow of events, all making sense to sensible people. There are no contradictions here. He was fantasizing about his neighbor, perhaps to keep his sanity. He comes to her apartment the day he really needed to talk to someone. It didn't work. Weather he knew he was "fantasizing", or believe it as reality, is not known. He did similar thing with Murray, where it seems Murray never knew who he was, and it was all in his head. But it seems to be a deliberate fantasy which keeps him hanging on the edge, not losing it.

                                                            Those who think it was all in his head:
                                                            You are those who the joker dislikes. You decide what is true and what is not. You are the reason he existed. You look at what you think is unreasonable man, and refuse to listen. Isn't that why we have a divide in the country? Each look at the other as unreasonable and refuse to listen? You see the irony?

                                                            Regardless, to the joker, it doesn't matter what we believe. The comedy occurs.

                                                            P.S. Things happened, it is not in his head.

                                                            • Chad's World
                                                              Chad's World  5 days back

                                                              One of the major things holding me back from believing this is the fact that his relationship with Sophie was a fantasy, yet if it was all in his head, then why would that part be "fake". It would basically be a fantasy of a fantasy at that point.

                                                              • LogueTheRogue
                                                                LogueTheRogue  5 days back

                                                                Seems a lot like the movie American Psycho - a lot of people theorize the killings were all in his head. Kind of ironic that is was Christian Bale too.

                                                                • Sir HyBorn Medicated
                                                                  Sir HyBorn Medicated  5 days back

                                                                  1st of all you can't just go off your meds when you're in a psych hospital 2nd Bruce's parents actually died in that alley.

                                                                  • Osmosis Jones
                                                                    Osmosis Jones  6 days back

                                                                    That relationship with that girl was imagined?! Holy shit that just makes me feel so much worse for him

                                                                    • K M
                                                                      K M  6 days back

                                                                      I love the "I hope my death makes more cents than my life" quote because People don't seem to grasp that it wasn't Arthur's spelling mistake. It was his own play on words for a joke. "Cents" in death because he was never successful in life as a comedian. He was planning his own suicide. His dark humor that his death will make him more money than when he was living. It wasn't ignorance but intentional. How does this go over everyone's heads? Then the other line "I always thought my life was a tradegy but it's really a comedy" he now sees the irony in him almost committing suicide. See how it all goes together?

                                                                      • moonbutt
                                                                        moonbutt  6 days back

                                                                        okay but when i first left the cinema i was like “was everything in his head?” because at the end his hair was back to black. so unless he never dyed his hair, his hair dye was temporary or the asylum had a strict rule about uncoloured hair, then i’m confused

                                                                        • Rick Scicluna
                                                                          Rick Scicluna  6 days back

                                                                          Wow! What a film that really makes you think🤔😎😁🤣

                                                                          • Crazy Bazy
                                                                            Crazy Bazy  6 days back

                                                                            I think that all of it really happened, everything we saw happened was in his world. The world was created by him and everything in it The whole Gotham is his world and he is telling us his own story

                                                                            • jamie madrox
                                                                              jamie madrox  6 days back

                                                                              Your over thinking it man and if you think people missed that it could all be in his head then you underestimate people.

                                                                              • jamie madrox
                                                                                jamie madrox  6 days back

                                                                                @Heavy Spoilers oh.... well then. :')

                                                                              • Heavy Spoilers
                                                                                Heavy Spoilers   6 days back

                                                                                They did vote for trump and Brexit so 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

                                                                            • Todd Bertram
                                                                              Todd Bertram  6 days back

                                                                              Notice it is 11:11 in the scene when he smashes his head in the asylum.

                                                                              • Keet Madu
                                                                                Keet Madu  6 days back

                                                                                I don't think this movie was a I woke up and the whole thing was a dream. For example the girlfriend was an absolute delusion. We know that because the movie makes a point to go back to each time he imaged her with him to show you that he was in fact alone. Why be so specific about showing you that was a delusion there and not the rest? His real life was his delusion. His mother, his comedy, his girlfriend. The things that made him happy. And especially now with Joaquin saying a sequel is not out of the question. It would be silly to sequel a complete dream sequence.