Every version of the Joker ranked from worst to best

The New Adventures Of Batman Joker (Lennie Weinrib)

If you ever want to develop a whole new appreciation for Batman: The Animated Series, take some time to head back to 1977 for The New Batman Adventures and its roster of paper-thin plots and extremely off-model character designs. Seriously, reversing the colors on Robin’s logo is one thing, but the Riddler showing up in a hot pink costume and Catwoman wandering around wearing a yellow shirt with a lion on it like she just got back from a third-grade field trip to the zoo? It’s rough stuff, friends.

Amazingly, the Joker managed to escape that particular flaw in the show, but “he looks a lot like he does in the comics” is about the only good thing you can say about him. His major accomplishment during the show’s entire 16-episode run was losing an election for President of Criminals when the Penguin invented a mind-altering substance called “crime slime.”

Put aside for a moment the fact that holding an election for the President of Crime is a genuinely amazing concept, and that the Joker announces his candidacy by driving through a wall and literally throwing around fistfuls of cash, and consider this: if you can’t win an election against the Penguin, what are you even doing?

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