The Joker: Who Best Portrayed the Iconic Batman Villain?

The Joker in 'The Killing Joke'

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Of all the villains featured in the DC universe, none have seen anything near the evolution of The Joker. Beginning as a slapstick character known for hair-brained schemes, the character has since evolved into something else entirely, becoming the physical embodiment of chaos, as well as Batman’s own personal id. Each actor that’s taken on the role has brought something new and interesting to the Clown Prince of Crime, backed up by 75 years of comic books to draw from.

Interestingly enough, the look of the Joker hasn’t changed much since his introduction back in 1940. His purple suit and iconic face paint have spanned the decades, all while Batman has gone through a series of redesigns both in the comics and in film. But while his look has stayed the same, his personality has evolved from “stock villain” to “topic of discussion in grad school philosophy courses.” So without further ado, here’s the definitive ranking for all the men who’ve donned the Joker makeup.

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